My Weekly Meltdown - 2014.30

Another week gone by. I took a couple of days off from work last week and used that time to turn forty get the house fully cleaned and organized.  

I have a confession to make. My wax obsession is slowly, very slowly, starting to wane.  
That was a little difficult to say. I'm taking a deep breath.


I still love my wax and I get excited when I pick out my melts throughout the day but the excitement to order new wax just isn't what it used to be. I'm not even too terribly twitchy about ordering fall scents. 
This year I may do a few small fall and/or winter samplers and call it a day. Add in a few BH&Gs to that and I foresee total wax contentment in my future. 

My fun money focus has switched back to my house and the empty rooms that need furniture and accents. About a year and a half ago, I was on track with decorating our house but felt frustrated with the expense of it all. At the peak of my frustration, I found wax. 

I guess you could say I'm refocusing. 

That's not going to deter me here in bloggy land though. I hope you guys stay with me as I include some of my home decor wins and mishaps here. I'm thinking before and afters and where to buy type posts. 

Today, though, let me show you last weeks' melts. 

FAVES from last week:
  • Front Porch - lemon honeysuckle - OMGOMGOMG. Top three most favorite ever. There was recently a discussion in a wax group about the impossibility for wax to last in warmers for days. Until this melt I would tend agree with that statement; however, lemon honeysuckle was in my warmer for 48 hours and I could still smell it. It was light after the first day but I was holding onto the scent as long as I could because it was so very good. There's something very beautiful and refreshing about lemon and florals together. It's my latest obsession.
  • Rosegirls - sweet lavender sweet lemon confection - again with the lemon. I think I reviewed this in a prior weekly recap or I was talking about it to some waxy friends in great length. This is a keeper.
  • CFTKR - pumpkin pecan waffles - much love and appreciation to Lynda for this large bag of PPW.  This is the first time I've tried PPW from Carol and I thought her version of it was excellent! It's not my favorite because it didn't last as long as I would have liked - it was strong for about an hour then fizzled quickly after that.
  • Streetman Co. Store - long island limeade - I love limeade. (I really love Sonic's limeades) I also love strong wax that smells like limeade, like this one. It has a fizzy note to it that was also enjoyable. Performed very well! 
Since I decided to relax on taking pictures of every single tart I melt, I found myself melting a ton more:

Also melted, not pictured (highlighted are FAVES):
     Front Porch
     L3WW -
          fenway park

     I Heart Wax -
          apple butterscotch cake zucchini noel
          zucchini bread vanilla ice cream - favorite I Heart Wax scent so far
          fresh picked strawberry
          wildberries and sugar milk
          champaka *gift*
          summer boardwalk one

     Sniff My Tarts
          grape jelly
          orange chiffon cake pink noel
     The Melting Fairy
          mexican fried fruity loops *gift*
          fairy fluff cookies *gift*

     Up the Creek Scents
          burnt sugar zucchini bread

          Kaelyn's caribbean congo line

     Sugar & Spice Gourmet Soy
          mystery scent shot
          cookie butter crack *gift*

     K's Kreations
          appleberry fluff cookie bread
     SuperTarts -
          cotton candy
          zucchini rose zest

     Makes Scents
          birthday cake

     The Bathing Garden
          pomegranate lime sweet tart

          sugared vanilla shortbread

          welcome home
          cherry vanilla - my husband's most favorite tart and one of the few melts that he 
               will always comment on how much he likes it 

Weekly State of Affairs:

Pending orders:
     SMT - part 1 (3/30)
     SMT - part 2 (3/31)
     Rosegirls (6/21)
     Glitterati (7/20)
     Enchanted Candle Co. (7/20) - arrived 

Something I am in the mood to order is wax warmers, which is funny because it's both wax related and home decor minded. I want new warmers to change out these country cottage style warmers that's not really my aesthetic. 

I've been seeing some Scentsy warmers that have a more sleek and modern design that are catching my eye. 

Time to add Scentsy to the list of pending orders. It's been awhile.

I hope you're enjoying the last day of July <3 

Streetman Candle Co. - Order 4

I've mentioned this before, but there are some exciting things happening over at the Streetman's. Even though I cheer from the sidelines, I'm pretty up to date on all the latest offerings and news. When they announced their first Streetman Company Store sampler a couple of months ago, I was all over it. Wax AND seasonings AND body care? 

I think I will!
One of the most exciting things in the box (WHAT'S IN THE BOX!), for me, was the Pizza Dough Mix. I'm going to make this at the end of the week and I'll be snapping pics as I go. Tune in early next week for my pizza masterpiece.

I also received this packet of delicousness.

My husband is very excited about the Italian Dressing Mix. His benchmark for best dressing is Olive Garden's Italian. I'm not a fan of Olive Garden's pasta dishes but I will give their salad and bread sticks due credit.   

If the pizza dough made me want to jump for joy, these products made me want to sit where my feet were planted to open, smell and test each sample. 
  • Beach Waves Texturizing Spray - you know that seemingly effortless wavy hair look you see everywhere, especially during the summer? Not on my head because I have the world's flattest hair, but this spray gives you that look. If you have annoyingly straight hair like me, you would need to follow up with a half a can of AquaNet. If, like me, you also have oily hair (am I awing you with the description of my hair yet?) you can use this spray as a mattifier, of sorts. I have a good arsenal of texturizing sprays and I'm happy to say this works as well as any of them. This will definitely extend a shampoo or blow out another day. 
  • Sugared Berries Bodycream - I'm just kind of oily, in general. I don't suffer from dry skin so I tend to like lighter, less thick body creams and lotions. Love this! It's the perfect airy, light consistency that I adore and the scent is perfectly sweet and fruity. It's girly but not immature. It's sweet but not sticky sweet. I will order more of this. 
  • Strawberry Body Butter - The body butter is not for me for all the reasons above. I did use this after I showered the other night and a little went a very long way. Because it's incredibly thick, I needed to warm it up in the palm of my hand in order to have it spread easier. It was slightly tacky on my skin but that went away. I focused on my heels, knees and elbows and it was great for those areas. Someone with dry skin would probably soak this up. I did enjoy the strawberry scent. 
  • Sugar Lip Scrub - I'm the kid in class eating glue when it comes to this lip scrub. I know I probably shouldn't eat it but it's really good. Lush has one similar to this and I eat that one too! I love a good lip scrub and how it exfoliates your lips. (okay, so I don't eat it with a spoon or anything but if I happen to get some in my mouth.....) My suggestion is to use this scrub before you brush your teeth so when you rinse you get all the sugar bits off your face. I used it after teeth brushing and before face washing and it was a little annoying rubbing sugar on my cheeks. I definitely want more of this, I'm almost out.
  • Exfoliating Shaving Whip - This is exciting! First, let me say, it's another scent that I really enjoyed. Lick my Cotton Candy --super girly and flirty. I've never had an exfoliating shaving cream before. It's different, for sure. I used it first on my underarms and didn't like it too much there but when I used it on my legs I enjoyed it. You can feel the exfoliating beads and I swore it made my skin super soft. I'm not sure if I can transition from my usual shaving cream that "sticks" to my skin but I'm going to give it my best try. 
  • Solid Salt Scrub - I used this today and it worked well with my Buf-Puf body sponge. I love finding soap that my sponge holds like a mitt. The combination of this cherry sized scrub and the Buf-Puf is perfect. It looks like a small rice ball to me but one that stayed intact. Even though it's on the small side, this little sample is going to last several more scrubs.  
Scrub, cream and butter goodness:

Scrub a dub dub:

What's a Streetman's sampler without wax:

I'm very happy with my first Streetman Company Store sampler. The cost was $39.95 (includes shipping) and I thought it was a good deal with an excellent variety of products. The pizza dough had a party in transit and sprinkled pizza dust on the other products but it wasn't very much and easy to wipe off. I was especially thrilled with all the new bath and body products. As soon as I use all the products from this sampler, I'm giving myself permission to order another one. 


This is from my last order, prior to the sampler:
baste, marinade and roast beef seasoning with some spicy onion dip

I love this chicken seasoning!:

I also love a good bundt:

Custom Blends:

  • bonfire on the beach / strawberry love
  • toasted / pecan bars
  • grandma's sugar cookie / zucchini bread

  • sweet pea / vanilla bean noel
  • raspberry sugar / pom pom noel
  • sugar cookie zucchini bread / pumpkin pecan waffles
My first body and linen spray in Serendipity:
this didn't stay on my skin as a body spray but I use it every night on my pillows before
I get in bed and I love it!

What the bundts look like when I cut them:
very easy with a normal amount of breakage

For simplicity sake, I put them right back in the labeled bag they arrive in:


I baked Double Chocolate Banana Bread using a recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I used regular cocoa instead of the fancy pants one that the recipe calls for.

This turned out okay. It was very dense and more like a brownie than a banana bread. I liked that the banana flavor was obvious but the chocolate was still a little too overpowering. I don't think I'll make this one again.

My Sunday morning breakfast snack - banana bread chocolate brownies and iced coffee:

Layla protecting her beloved flamingo

My Weekly Meltdown - 2014.28

This week is all about cleaning, organizing and general life tidiness. I blame my new planner. If it is written then it is done. Except when I write GO TO GYM. 

My daily melts are slowly getting up to speed. I still need to increase it by a bit to ensure I get through as much of my stash as possible. I wondered if taking pictures of every single thing I melt added to the pressure, so this week I was a little bit more relaxed and it seems to be helping. I still plan on listing what I melt but the pictures may decrease a bit.

My FAVES from last week:

Lake Providence Lodge - summer fruit salad - I continue to be impressed with my LPL order. This had consistent medium throw for about six hours. A little more candy sweet then real fruit sweet but I still liked it quite a bit.

Front Porch - june breeze - Perfume, musk and fruit. It works. June breeze lasted forever, similar to most of the FP laundry scents I've tried. Strong, pretty and long lasting are all wins in my book.

L3WW - olives - I had low expectations for this one. I placed it in my upstairs guest bathroom - just in case. It did not suck at all, quite the opposite actually. It did not smell salty, which surprised me. A very mild and clean scent. I found myself going into the bathroom just to smell it more.

I Heart Wax - pomegranate rosemary mint - Deb blended this in a recent custom order and shared a grubby with me. Thank you Deb, I loved it. The pomegranate complimented the rosemary mint so well. It was the right kind of sweet/tart that mellowed the green out a little bit. I would order this again for myself in a heartbeat!

 Weekly State of Affairs:

Pending orders:
     SMT - part 1 (3/30)
     SMT - part 2 (3/31)
     Streetman Company Store Sampler (5/26) arrived 7/22
     Rosegirls (6/21)
     Glitterati (7/20)
     Enchanted Candle Co. (7/20)

I've only gone 3 days without ordering wax. My Glitterati custom order was so much fun though.  I knew it would be. Then Enchanted Candle Co. had mystery lots up for grabs and I couldn't resist that. 

In case you're interested in seeing what I ordered from Glitterati, you can see my order HERE..  Many of the blends were taken directly from recommendations on the FB group page. 

There has been gardening frenzy at my casa these past few weeks. My mom started it by planting four rose bushes in my back yard. We also got a humming bird feeder and hubs fixed our fountain so we've been spending copious amounts of time enjoying the birds, flowers, weather and general ambiance. 

Some kinda crappy cell phone pics:
I hope you are all having a wonderful week and staying cool!

My Weekly Meltdown - 2014.25, 26 & 27

This is going to be the saddest weekly meltdown ever. Mostly because all I've been obsessing about the last few weeks is my new Erin Condren planner. I'm thinking my planner might get an entire post unto itself. 

Also, all of these melts were enjoyed while I was on vacation or when I had family at my house. I was a bit of a scatterbrain and often on the go too much to really take in and study these melts. With that being said, I specifically picked the tarts below to showcase my wax that I thought would be most enjoyed.

All of these were great! The weakest one was Makes Scents 'tropical getaway' and the standouts were RG's 'sweet pumpkin pie pumpkin pecan waffles' and 'kaelyn's caribbean congo line'. 

The sweet pumpkin pie PPW is amazing!  

 Weekly State of Affairs:

Pending orders:
     SMT - part 1 (3/30)
     SMT - part 2 (3/31)
     Streetman Company Store Sampler (5/26)
     HHS (6/5) arrived 7/5
     Scent Illusion (6/9) arrived 7/15
     Rosegirls (6/21)
     Front Porch (6/26) arrived 7/7
     Beezy (7/2) arrived 7/8

The pending orders are becoming a lot less freaky again. I don't have any immediate or future plans to order wax other than a custom order from Glitterati. My name just came up to bat from the custom order list. 

I know this is going to sound like I had a brain transplant, but I haven't had the 'itch' to order lately --lately as in the last 72 hours. This is huge! 
I'm sure that will all change when I sit down and start plotting my Glitterati order though. 

One last thing -- Haley's Heavenly Scents!  I can't wait to post my haul because it is fantastic! This is a vendor that has gone from pretty low on my list to way, way up there. The vast improvement in my experience with HHS is blowing me away right now.

Until then, be well! <3 

SuperTarts - Order 1 & 2

You know those workplace safety signs that document the number of days since the last injury? I feel like I should have a weekly "wax ban" compliance sign:

12 DAYS 

Even though it's been a torturous 12 days (no CFTKR order for me!), I'm still very behind on posting prior purchases. 

I have no idea why it's taken me so long to post my first two SuperTarts orders. My first order arrived in March. I remember snapping some quick pics of this order but, somehow, I lost the photos. I retook them several weeks ago and they've been sitting in draft-land ever since.

SuperTarts is owned by Brandy Williams who is also a popular wax YouTuber. I remember watching a few videos prior to her becoming a vendor and thought her personality was bubbly and positive. She has transitioned well and remains excited about other vendors' wax and is an enthusiastic supporter within the community.

I haven't melted too much from my orders because I've been waiting to post this but the few that I have tried did very well. 

For my first order, I kept my selection on the smaller side. One of the best things about SuperTarts, in my opinion, is their originality and creativity. It's so exciting to see the different themes and scent blends that Brandy comes up with.

Order One:

  • zucchini bread
  • serendipity
  • strawberry jam fresh mint
  • pomegranate champagne mallow
  • cotton candy frosting
  • zucchini rose orange zest
  • mango ice cream
  • berry jam butter cookies

My second order:

  • passion fruit nectarine 
  • lucky lemons
  • magically delicious
  • flash
  • fake n bake

  • iced berry tea
  • strawberry lilac candy
  • gooey gardenia explosion

  • fluffy violet candy
  • posers spa
  • sand dollar cookies
  • eucalyptus vanilla spearmint 

  • mango pink champagne
  • lavender citrus dream
  • raspberry peach sangria
  • frosted tangerine roses
I mentioned the creativity/originality as being one of the stand out features of SuperTarts and I think it's worth mentioning again because in today's wax world, it's very difficult to come up with new blends and ideas that hasn't already been done. I give Brandy a ton of credit for that.
If I had to pick some things to critique about my experiences with SuperTarts it would be elevated shipping charges and a longer TAT without updates. Both of these are not deal breakers to me but were still minor concerns that did come to mind as I was waiting for my orders.  

First, I have to say that overages in shipping charges makes me crazy. I don't know why I'm so sensitive when it comes to shipping. I love paying actual shipping and definitely love flat rate shipping when it benefits the consumer but to know that there's a profit from shipping charges gets me every time. 

SuperTarts has it in their policy that the extras in shipping would be applied to office supply fees, etc.  NO! Even if it's only a dollar, or sometimes less that that, I resist it tooth and nail.  I would rather the actual product price increase than have shipping elevated. 

The fact that it's such a little amount of money (although sometimes it can add up to several dollars and that multiplied by a large amount of customers can possibly be significant) says more about me than anything else. I think it's fair to say that it's more of a personal pet peeve than a negative on the business. I don't think there's a huge profit coming from this but I also think that charging a 'handling fee' so to speak is a minor turn off.

The second minor issue is TAT. Now, a long TAT is not an issue for me, at all. But sometimes when TATs are more than six weeks or so, it's nice to get a general update. I don't know about you, but I hate to bug vendors asking where I am on the list of orders being worked on. I rarely ever do unless it's been a couple weeks past expected TAT. That's why I appreciate a general update on their Facebook page of orders being currently worked on. Several vendors, including Rosegirls and Sniff My Tarts, do this and I love it! 

One of the biggest complaints I hear from my fellow wax consumers is vendors who start taking orders for the next restock without fulfilling all the orders from a past restock to completion. I don't know if SuperTarts is guilty of this specifically but I do recall several posts on a non vendor group questioning the timing of an announced restock when there were still outstanding orders. 

SuperTarts are well on their way to becoming a seasoned and reputable vendor. Almost all of the feedback I see on general and non vendor facebook groups are positive. I know I mentioned TAT as a minor negative but I want to clarify that SuperTarts' TAT isn't the forever and a day kind. 

I would definitely recommend giving SuperTarts a try if you haven't already done so. You can find their website HERE! You can also find their Facebook group page HERE!

Roadtrip 2014 - San Diego to Colorado - Day Five

Hello! hello! 

We returned home to San Diego last week and the party is still going strong. At least now, I can relax in the divine comfort of my own bed and take much needed time outs every once in awhile. 

I've always thought of myself as an extrovert but this road trip has taught me that I'm very much an introvert. One thing about us introverts, we need our alone time. A friend of mine illuminated a fabulous analogy that made the realization of my introvertedness (whatever red squiggly line, it's a word!) concrete.

An introvert starts their day with a bag of coins. For every interaction with others, they give a coin away. If they have too much interaction they are completely drained and depleted at the end of the day.
An extrovert starts their day with an empty bag. For every interaction with others, they receive a coin. The more interaction, the more fulfilled they feel.

Can I get an Amen from the introverts! 

I don't know why, but that realization made a huge difference in my mindset. I stopped being angry at myself and let go of all the guilt. 

I love my family. Just because I don't want to be with them 1,440 seconds out of the day, doesn't make me an awful person. AMEN.

So, things were looking up when we got to Las Vegas. We had separate hotels and made time for group outings and free time. 

We checked into the Vdara Hotel & Casino after driving from Utah. We had our nephew with us and he was quite impressed with the digs. After dropping our bags and cranking down the A/C, I did a back flop onto the bed and let out a huge sigh. 

This was more like it. I'm not a rough and tumble, let's go camping kind of girl. I wish I were, but I'm not. I want down comforters and deep soaking tubs. 

We visit Vegas regularly but this was our first time staying at the Vdara. I recommend it! The prices are extremely reasonable in the off season and the accommodations are first class. All the rooms are suites and the amenities are fabulous!

We stayed in their entry level suite that was equipped with four separate rooms - a kitchenette, living room, bedroom and bathroom. 

One of the first things on our list was a visit to the Bellagio conservatory to see the giant snails made of flowers.

Some outside views:

Curtis and I are foodies. One of my priorities on vacation is picking out great places to eat. We've been saving our pennies in anticipation of both of us turning 40 in 2014 and splurging on a dinner at Joel Robuchon's restaurant at the MGM. We took my mom, since it was her birthday last month, and my brother wanted to go too. We all ordered the 16 course meal and it was phenomenal. MGM sent a limo to pick us up and drop us off, which was nice, but one of the best parts of my night was going through the secret entrance of MGM where the celebrities and VIPs stay. Completely private with enormous gates that opened up to an amazing motor court that led to a fairy tale courtyard garden (they pipe in a citrus/tangerine scent and I was dyiiiing, so realistic and great!)

Once we exited the car, a beautiful, leggy female greeted us and escorted us to the restaurant. This part was so bizarre. She had on a full length black sleeveless dress, slit to her thigh and she walked slowly and purposely in front of us without saying a word. It was all very Eyes Wide Shut. 

They sent each of us home with a swag bag that included a personalized copy of our menu and a pineapple pound cake.

Some extras from Bellagio:

Regular posting should be starting again next week. The family leaves on Sunday. 

It's going to be a sad day for me.

OH! Beezy order in! I just received my CNS's. He had a very good restock, wouldn't you say?

Roadtrip 2014 - San Diego to Colorado - Day Four

I hated everybody today.

Being with family 24-7 is not easy and it took four days to bring out the crankiness, tiredness and road weariness in all of us.

When I'm annoyed and counting to ten so I don't say something stupid and regretful, I have this habit of closing my eyes and pursing my lips together. I try to turn away from the person so they don't see this obvious sign of annoyance but sometimes my turn action is delayed and I look like an absolute crazy person to the actual crazy person. This happened about nine times today.

Everyone, myself included, was out of their mind today.

I blame the 103 degree heat.
Don't tell me it's a dry heat here in the desert or I'm gonna close my eyes and count to ten.

In case you've never been to the desert (lucky you), it feels exactly like opening a pre-heated 400 degree oven and sticking your face right in front of it for eight hours.

Then, because we were all insane, we decide to hike four miles at one o'clock in the afternoon.


We're in Moab Utah today and I'm sorry to say, it is not my cup of tea. I do think there is beauty in the desert but I don't think there's much of it at the end of June.

Luckily, we were able to rent a very nice and comfortable house for the past two days where the A/C performed like a champ at 68. (Another thing a group of eight people can not agree upon - a comfortable room temperature)

Here are some pictures from today. I know there is beauty in every climate, in every terrain. It took every bit of willingness to see it in order to try to capture it through a camera.

I didn't do Arches National Park justice. This landscape just isn't my thing.

The highlight of my day:

I do love my family, more than anything.  We are the thick and the thin of it.

Tomorrow we head to Las Vegas for a couple of days. I am so ready for a nice hotel and a massage.