About Life, This Week -10

I'm convinced that resuming normal life after coming home from a vacation requires a certain degree of grace that I severely lack. I envy families that come back to a perfectly clean house where bags are unpacked and put away within the first six hours.

My suitcase is still wide open in my loft. And don't even get me started on my lack of meal planning and grocery shopping. Last night we had take-out pizza and antipasto salad from our local Italian restaurant - that was a highlight. Mostly it's been fast food by way of Jersey Mike's, Rubio's, Chipotle and in a delicious moment of weakness, Panda Express.

Add to the normal chaos of landing back on your feet after a hearty getaway, feeling under the weather takes re-nesting to another level of slow.

I've called in sick to work the last two days, fighting a fever and feeling queasy. I'm on the correct antibiotic now and I already feel much better.

The night before I got really sick, Curtis and I drove up to his sister's house in Mission Viejo to celebrate his birthday with a small, family barbecue. Our niece made him the sweetest card:
 happy birthday! I love you so much and I love the dogs too!
picture of Kayla and Curtis holding hands 

Is that not the sweetest thing - seriously.

Have you seen this picture that's been circulating around the internet in honor of Earth Day. It's strikingly beautiful and I can't stop staring at it.
NASA took this picture


When it comes to doing my share for the Earth, I'll be honest, I could do better. What I have been able to incorporate into my life have been easy changes. Here are a few things I do on an almost everyday basis:
  • recycle - this sounds like a no brainer but some areas still don't make recycling easy for residents. Luckily, California is on the ball and provides recycling services with our normal garbage pick up.
  • reusable shopping bags - every once in a while I'll forget to put the bags back into my car in preparation for my next grocery/Target/Walmart run but for the most part I've done away with using the store given plastic or paper bags.
  • turn off the water while I brush my teeth and wash my face. I guess some people leave the water running the entire time they brush their teeth. I can see this if they're trying to warm up the water to wash their face .......
  • wash my face with cool water instead of warm. I haven't seen any difference in using cool over warm water for my face.
  • traded in my big SUV for a Prius hybrid.
Some things I would like to start doing that wouldn't require too much effort:

  • military showers - not difficult in theory but this is a hard one for me. Ideally, I would like to get soaked, turn off water, wash hair, lather up, turn on water, rinse, turn off water, condition hair and shave, turn on water, final rinse. 
  • water bucket - slightly on the hippie side but still practical. While the shower water is running to warm up, catch the water in a bucket to use when rinsing off the razor when shaving. could also be used for plant water on non shaving days.
Requires a bit more effort, but definitely doable:
  • composting - I've been wanting to do this for a very long time.
  • maintaining a small garden - possibly just a container garden but fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuces and carrots would be a dream.
A bit of a budget cruncher:
  • solar panels for the house - hubby has been wanting to do this and was close to pulling the trigger several times but something just seems too new with the technology to me. I want to wait a year or two.
I would absolutely love to know if you have any Earth friendly tips to share. 



Some great melts the last couple of weeks, full list HERE!:

Best of the Week
Lasting Scent Candles - lemon coconut angel cake
Rosegirls - monster cookie fluff puffs
Streetman Co. Store - lemon curd & rose petals
Steetman Co. Store - 'nilla & pumpkin
VCS - war of the worlds

Highlights & Repurchases
Front Porch - lemon honeysuckle
Lake Providence Lodge - strawberry fluff / melted marshmallow
Lasting Scent Candles - iced lemon biscotti
Rosegirls - soothing lavender dreams

I'm waning a little bit on the blogging front. I guess it's part of getting back into a routine just like everything else. 

I hope you are doing well and enjoying beautiful spring days <3

About Life, This Week - Spring Break Family Vacation

Hello, I've missed you! I'm back from a ten day trip to the Florida panhandle. I have all these pictures to share but really, all I want to talk about is this Beezy order taunting me as I write. Sitting here next to me so pastel-y and smelling marvelous. His Tea & Cake is making me weak. 

But first, my trip. The highlight is always spending time with my family and celebrating my dad in his 83rd year. With my siblings scattered on the opposite coast and in the middle portion of the country, we make a great effort to get together at least once a year. 

Visiting a part of Florida this Florida girl has not explored was the other highlight. 

We rented a large, modern beach front condo on Miramar Beach, just outside of Destin. I didn't know this but this part of the coastline along the Gulf is known as the Redneck Riveria. I found this extremely amusing in a 'it's funny 'cause it's true' kind of way. Alabamians were coming in hot the week we were there. Loved them, not a cranky or unkind one in site.
Officially, the area is known as The Emerald Coast.

I've said it before, Florida beaches are superior in almost every way to almost any beach, especially those in California. The parking is easier, the docks that lead out to the powder soft sand are well kept and often lined with scented plants that give a distinct island feel that make your senses go into overload. 
This trip brought my first experience in deep sea fishing. I had a great time but I think I'm okay with being one and done with that activity. We left the dock early on a foggy, low visibility morning, which is my favorite kind of morning.

The Destin Harbor Boardwalk:
Our efficient crew member getting the bait ready:


The first catch. It was quite violent, luckily it was the only big one (King Mackerel) we caught. It was so bloody violent, we missed the opportunity to shout out a hearty HOLY MACKEREL.


We caught a good amount and enjoyed feasting on our bounty during the rest of our stay. fried fish, fish gumbo, fish stew, fish cakes, fish burritos, fish sticks....I love Bubba.
As nice as our rental was, the kitchen was ill equipped and was lacking the necessary baking equipment that the girls in my family require for our competitive bake offs. I think this was the first time in our family history that we used icing from a jar. It wasn't nearly as bad as I imagined! 
Visited the idyllic town of Seaside. Second to the beautiful beaches, this is what Florida looks like to me:

We arrived in time for Easter egg fun:



This little lady was a super trooper. She wasn't feeling too well after a bout of motion sickness from the ride out but after some meds she began to feel better.

  • Driving Coast to Coast (and back) wasn't nearly as bad as it sounds. I guess this would depend on your level of road trip excitedness though.
  • Making my husband listen to self help audio books while imprisoned in a vehicle may be considered below the marital belt. 
  • We spent three extra hours in a New Orleans emergency vet hospital.
  • I found drivers in Alabama to be especially aggressive. Southern California drivers are still the absolute worst.
  • Another vacation, another urgent care. I'll spare any male readers the details.
  • I like Texas. We had the best BBQ of our lives in Houston. 
  • But I don't like the highways in east Texas. They create a high pitched whistle that is alarming.

Until next time Florida!


Prior to leaving, I had a good week of melts. Full list HERE!.


Best of the Week
Butterfly Lane - chicks dig it
Streetman Co. Store - 'nilla & pumpkin
SGA - IHOP

Highlights & Repurchases
Beezy Tarts - paradise bay
CFTKR - berry good sugar cookies
HHS - granma's mango lime smoothie
Scentsationals - pink sugar berries
SMT - peggy's blueberry noel / lemon bread / blueberry cream
TBG - strawberry nonsense
TSW - velveteen rabbit

Honorable Mentions
the scents weren't for me but they were awesome, strong performers
RG - monster cookie / southern creme brulee / pumpkin chai
S&S - hazelnut espresso

While on vacation, I melted a Rosegirls almost exclusively. My family loves Monster Cookie Fluff Puffs!

Order of the Odor - Volume 8


We hope your spring is blooming with beautiful weather and happy circumstance.

Have you been craving any particular scents this month?
I'm crazy for mint lately. Spearmint, in particular. When blended with a creamy, vanilla base, it makes me euphoric. Also, bright and tart fruits are doing it for me. These scents make me want to open my windows, dust the naughty bits around the house, organize drawers and put away my sweaters. In the evening, I crave the fragrance of tea with lemon as I relax with a good British TV series.

Are you a seasonal melter?
Yes, although I'm very tolerant of full bodied bakery scents all year round. Which means the pumpkin pecan waffles are almost always a go. Other pumpkins, cranberries, eggnog, the little bit of cinnamon that I can tolerate and pines have to be put away for next season.

Please share with us your answers to these questions in the comments and see what is going on in the following waxy blogs:

Deb, over at It's Always Something, has found a rich buttery sugar cookie tart that you NEED to try! Best part? It is really affordable and may be only an errand away! 

Pop over to Fragrance Obsessed to see what incredible blends Sunnee ordered from Sniff My Tarts, and find out what scent she is head over heels in love with enough to order a full sheet cake in....

Ready for another fabulous 10 out of 10 high performing tart from Lolo?! This one even smells like the much lauded London Calling candle from Bath & Body Works. Come check out what vendor creates this awesome tart!

As waxies, we are probably all familiar with Scentsy, but what are some of Julie's top Scentsy picks that stand out from the vendor crowd? 


About Life, This Week - 9

It's been awhile since I've shown glimpses of my home. I'm horribly slow at decorating and adding furniture. For this house, I'm trying to find the perfect pieces and not be hasty with filling space just for the sake of filling space. 

When I purchase items for my home, I try to answer one of the following questions in the affirmative:

  • Is it beautiful
  • Is it meaningful
  • Is it useful
Those questions also help me declutter most everything in my house on a regular basis, bathroom and closet excluded. I might need professional help with those areas.

One of my Christmas presents to myself last year was an entry way credenza that would serve as a place for us to drop our keys and wallets/purses. I'd been looking for about a year, knowing exactly the style I was looking for. Mirrored. It's trendy, I know, but I love it. It also had to have drawers to hide the keys and hubby's wallet. Bonus for easy storage under the drawers to fit my purse. 

It was an exhaustive search because most everything that was a match was upwards of two thousand dollars. 

Finally, a black Friday sale provided exactly what I was looking for. It was on sale with an additional 
20% off and free shipping. I snagged this one for about $800. 

The lamps were also a Black Friday find from Target and the picture above is my framed Instagram snaps from 2014. I plan on changing out the picture every year with a collage of the prior year, which reminds me to start taking more pictures for Instagram.
Here's the view from our garage door/hallway to the great room. 
We purchased this house as a foreclosure when the housing market was in the dumps and we got lucky because the prior owners didn't act like animals before they vacated. Our neighbors' foreclosure left them without both of their air conditioning units. We also lucked out because our house was a prior model so there are some nice upgrades throughout. I question the taste of the decorator though, she/he was going through a very odd wallpaper phase. I love wallpaper, but the olive green wallpaper they chose for the kitchen was not the highlight of their portfolio.

It takes quite a bit of cash to decorate or remodel a house. We still have a long list of things we would love to do so in order to keep myself from getting discouraged with how long it's taking, I splurge on little things on a regular basis, like fresh flowers or houseplants. 
 Grocery store flower finds - 30 stems of daffodils for $5.
Perfect for my mantle. 

I haven't felt like blogging lately which is incredibly ironic because of the flurry of traffic I'm getting from Facebook. My heart has been heavy with worry for my sick pup and I fear that the end of our journey together is near. 

Next week, we leave for our Florida beach vacation. We chose to drive knowing that the situation with Fannie could make it necessary that she goes with us.  It's difficult for me to feel excitement for much these days but knowing that I will be surrounded by the love of my family as well as the beauty of the Gulf has me somewhat looking forward to the days ahead. 

What I've melted for the past week : HERE.

Highlights and Repurchases:
CFTKR - fresh picked strawberry
Front Porch - Lemon Noel
HHS - Serendipity Noel
RG - soothing lavender dreams

Best of the Week:
Rosegirls - Berry Lovely Sugar Cookie
Scentsy - French Kiss

Honorable Mentions:
the scents weren't for me but they were awesome, strong performers
CBV - satsuma punch
Tiffany Candle - donut shop
VCS - cookie baking at mom's
I think cookie baking at mom's and donut shop are the same oils. They are very similar and both were so strong.


Have a great weekend!

Facebook 500 Likes **GIVEAWAY** ***CLOSED***

As I continue to pinch myself for obtaining 500 likes on Fragrance Obsessed's Facebook page, I want to extend a sincere "thank you" to everyone new to the blog and especially those of you who have been here before the business page went live. 

I was honestly bummed out about my original account being closed and the FO business page being forced upon me but it has been a blessing in disguise. Again, I thank you.

Giveaway Time!


ENTER TO WIN TWO $50 GIFT CERTIFICATES TO SEPHORA

THE RULES:
  1. You can enter twice, once on the Fragrance Obsessed Facebook page HERE! by entering a "ME" in the comments and once here in the comments of the blog, either in the actual comment section or the blog's FB comment section (must be signed into your FB account in order to comment)
  2. The Sephora gift certificate will be emailed to you, you MUST leave me an email with your entry if you comment on the blog. If you leave a FB comment, I will PM you on FB.
  3. Giveaway will close at noon on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
  4. This is open to anyone who can shop at Sephora and has a valid email address.
Good Luck!
I would be remiss if I didn't give a mention to my fellow wax bloggers and dear friends. They have made this blog adventure fun and enriching. If you like my blog, then you will love theirs: 

Have a wonderful week my friends <3

Rosegirls Muffin Club - Round 2

Rosegirls muffins might be my favorite thing right now. I'm daydreaming about my next custom order and .....

another round of muffin club!

You probably know the members of my particular muffin club because they are three fantastic wax bloggers. DebLaurenJulie (please click on their names and follow them to their fabulous wax blogs if they are new to you).  We have had several rounds of muffin clubs and I think this last round is my favorite.  
The blends are listed below and I highlighted my first impression favorites - 
  1. cherry berry punch lemonade
  2. ooey gooey caramel / toffee apple crunch / dunk my donut 
  3. lavender / vanilla bean noel / birthday cake
  4. peppermint / lemonade / sugared apple
  5. peppermint / royal sugar cookie
  6. peppermint / christmas past
  7. marshmallow smoothie / celtic moonspice / apple puff pastry
  8. monster cookie / southern creme brulee / pumpkin chai
  9. pecan waffles / cotton candy frosting / blueberry cobbler
  10. christmas past / cranberry orange
  11. strawberry jam / sicilian lemon cookies / royal sugar cookies
  12. sweet pumpkin pie / vanilla bean noel / vanilla waffles
  13. vanilla bean noel / strawberry raspberry guava / marilyn
  14. cranberry orange / marshmallow smoothie / cranberry marmalade 
  15. sweet lemon confection / orange revival / sage
  16. pink sugar / margarita / watermelon slush
monster cookie, southern creme brulee and pumpkin chai - you don't say!

Never in a thousand years would I have thought to order that blend, let alone like it. I LOVE it. I'm hoping it melts as good as it smells right now. 

One of the best things about our muffin club, besides making my house smell amazing, is the friendship that has developed between four women who share a very strong love for scented wax. Our very first club brought about a group chat to discuss our blends and order status. I could get teary, and I would depending on the time of the month, telling you how that initial chat has turned into a daily conversation that has evolved to so much more than wax. It's now a true friendship and a genuine concern for each other. 

I love that in the wax community these groups of friendships are common. 

And luckily for me, I landed in a group with some wonderfully creative wax blenders!  

If you missed our first round of muffins, you can read about it HERE.

Ulta Haul : March 2015

If I had to choose one, between Sephora and Ulta, I would probably pick Sephora. If the choice were based on where I shop in person more often, it would be Ulta. Online shopping is almost exclusively Sephora for me.

The reason I prefer Ulta if I'm shopping in the store is the convenient locations. They are normally stand alone stores tucked in efficient strip malls making them more preferable to the shopping malls where Sephora is located.

Don't even get me started about Sephora in JcPenny. 

I recently stopped into my local Ulta to pick up a few items:
This is my first time purchasing mini polishes from the OPI collection, or any collection actually. They are super cute and probably the perfect amount of polish for about five applications, I'm guessing. I don't think I've ever fully used a bottle of polish in it's entirety which seems incredibly wasteful, especially since I can't stop buy more polishes.

The Hawaii Collection by OPI was on my Lust List last month. I'm happy with the amount of polish per bottle, I wish the bottle were bigger so application would be less awkward. The brush appears to be normal size, luckily.
Mario Badescu The Moisture Magnet w/ SPF 15 is my answer to low key, minimum sun exposure days as well as a way to quench dry skin.
I resent washing my hair daily but with fine hair it comes down to the that or grease bomb status. There is hope though. I know it sounds hokey but I trained my hair to go an extra day or two between washes. Basically you just don't wash your hair for as long as you can stand it and keep doing that until day 2 and 3 aren't so greasy anymore. This is legit - YouTube tutorials and all.
I'm pretty good on day two but day three needs a little help. Enter Batiste XXL Plumping Powder:
Zoya Satin Polish in Leah was irresistible as were the other colors in the Satin line but I kept my purchase limited to this one:

My favorite blush, Benefit's Hervana. I even like the included brush.

My first ever bottle of Pink Sugar. I give my obsession with wax credit for this purchase because I was never interested in this perfume before. Now, I love it. I almost feel like it's more appropriate for young girls but I still love it.


I mentioned the 21 Days of Beauty at Ulta in my last post. It's coming up this Sunday and I am prepared. Here are the days I'm planning on participating:



Day One - 
bareMinerals clear radiance all over face color : $20 $10

Philosophy the microdelivery exfoliating wash : $28 $15





Day Three -
Tarte 4 in 1 mascara : $20 $10







Day Four -
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gel : $30 $19.50
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Face Gel :
$35 $22.50






Day Six - 
IT Cosmetics Your Brows but Better : $24 $12







Day Seven -
Urban Decay eyeshadow primer : $24 $12









Day Nine -
Bliss triple oxygen mask : $54 $27









Day Fourteen - 
Bare Minerals mascara : $18 $9









Day Eighteen -
Two Faced sweethearts blush : $30 $15









Day Nineteen - 
Tarte pure maracuja oil : $46 $25








I'm curious at what point I'll be completely over going down to the store as soon as they open. Ulta is about a twenty minute drive from my house but with me being a day sleeper, having to get up for store hours is going to be the biggest challenge.

This is the first year I've participated in this sale and I'll be sure to update letting you know how successful I was in obtaining the products. 

Have a great weekend!