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A Absolute Bath & Body Works fan who writes a blog for both men and women covering various topics including photography, gardening, cooking, arts and crafts .

Life Writings | Michael's Craft Store Visit - Fairy Garden Releases - January 2019

​A friend had asked me if I have visited Michael's recently and if so did I happen to see any of the new Fairy Garden pieces they have out for spring.  While out of town yesterday, I made sure I took a walk through the fairy aisle and recorded what I found.

There is so much new I didn't even know where to look first.  Houses for so many different themes filled the shelves.  Before Fairy Gardening became so popular you were lucky to find a small display out in stores and most of those pieces were of garden gnomes only.  Not any more. Pick a theme you love and you will find it miniaturized.

At the beginning of the aisle you see houses, then cottages, some castles...to match up with the knights theme...and gnome theme, haunted forests and wizards...oh it's all so cute.

Keep going further and you see gardening pieces and Valentines Day themed pieces. Perfect to grab a few of those now!   

Easter themed bunnies and chicks and lambs fill the wall and you can't choose only one- I need them all! The hollowed out eggs are a great piece to fill and gift in an Easter basket to start someone else on this fun journey of the little's.

Whatever your style of decorating, you can find a house to build upon.  Need the trays to hold them? They have them.  Rocks, trees, greenery?  Got it.

My advice is this.  Take your time and look at it all first.  I know it's so hard to resist!   As of today, these aren't on sale yet so those online coupons will sure help out on the larger ( house, tray ) items. And keep in mind, Anything can become a fairy garden so you don't even need a house.  You don't need to really get everything at once.  It is expensive...as you can see by the price tags on the pieces.  What I do is grab those few things I want that I think others will too and will get sold out quickly.  Then I watch for good sales and grab a piece or two.  Keep an eye on the clearance aisles.  A piece on clearance from a season past will usually find a home somewhere in your current season. ( except for a Halloween Dracula, of course ha ha ). I found a tub of stones cleared out for pennies and I use those throughout all of my home decor at times.

I purchased the Kissing Cherubs, The Enjoy the Little Things sign and the mini...and I mean mini bottles shown above.  I used two coupons.  The mailer I received that expires tomorrow for 50% off one regular priced item...used on the cherubs. And the online 40% off one regular priced item on the Enjoy sign.  I also grabbed a $1 pouch of Valentine Sprinkles for my Faux Whip ( when I get time to make it).

So, are you a Fairy Garden(er) too?  What is your favorite theme you have done?

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Bath & Body Works | New Floor-Set Tour Part Two - January 18, 2019

Here are a few more new things I found in store today.  One in a Million released in stores and the new Crystal Cove Body Care Collection was shown as a preview at the door.  I did try the One in a Million fragrance and I do like floral scents and Gardenia so I thought it was nice.  At first spray it was very floral and dried down to a much sweeter scent on me. I would get the travel sizes to see how I like it.

The New Aromatherapy Body Care scent - Stress Relief Sage - Cedarwood was on the shelves, and some new unicorn accessories were found. The turtle candle magnet was in stock too. I see the Hot Dog Pocketbac is back and there is still more new to come.

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Bath & Body Works | Kaleidoscope Body Care Collection - January 18, 2019

Effortless. Beautiful. You. Kaleidoscope mixes with your body chemistry for a fragrance that's uniquely yours. 

I found this online today in more forms than it was offered in limited stores this past holiday season.  I personally couldn't wear the scent but it did smell lovely in the bottle.

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Dreaming of Spring in the heart of Winter

Dreaming of Spring in the heart of Winter

We are in for a ton of snow over the next few days so seeing this bit of spring color was a great pick me up.  I will be sure to think of these beautiful flowers as I am shoveling a foot of snow later this weekend.
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Bath & Body Works | New "Test" Candles Found - January 15, 2019

​Bath and Body Works newest candle release in select ( test ) stores, we are seeing a sneak peek into what could be a March release of Hawaii themed scents.  These were shared on Instagram yesterday.  I am sure there will be a few more candles found and when they come out, I will keep this post updated with the new.  My thanks to @_Scentsgalore on Instagram for allowing me to share these photos.

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Bath & Body Works | New Floor-set Tour - January 14, 2019

​Here is a tour of the January 2019 New Items Floor Set.  So much fun, new items to try...what is a girl to do...!

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Bath & Body Works | Today's Purchases - January 14, 2019

​New items in Bath and Body Works today means so much to check out!  With more newness still to come I checked out what was out now and grabbed a few things I didn't want to miss out on.  Here is what I grabbed today and used a coupon on.

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Target: Bullseyes Playground Finds - January 14, 2019

Here are a few more bullseyes playground finds from today.  Slowly, but surely I am getting the new I want.  It's crazy how cleared out the playground is from last Friday.

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Bath & Body Works | Wallflower Collection - Sweet Shop

​Bath and Body Works new January 2019 Wallflower Collection - Sweet Shop. 

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Bath & Body Works | New Men's Fragrance - January 2019 - Graphite

Bath and Body Works newest Men's Fragrance release, Graphite.  I was able to smell this in store today and it's delicious. It would be a great add-on gift for Valentine's Day.  
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Bath & Body Works | Wallflower Collection - Assorted White Barn, Signature Fragrances

​Bath and Body Works new January 2019 Wallflower Collection - Assorted White Barn and Signature Fragrances.

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Bath & Body Works | Blue Bungalow Candle Collection

Bath and Body Works Blue Bungalow Candle Collection currently in stores and online soon.

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Bath & Body Works | New Room Sprays - January 2019 - Mixed Materials, Blue Bungalow, Black & White Collections

Three new Bath and Body Works Room Spray Collections out for January 2019.

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Bath & Body Works | New Black & White Candle Collection

Bath and Body Works Black and White Candle Collection in stores now.

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Bath & Body Works | New Hand Soap Collection

​Bath and Body Works new Hand Soap Collection available online and in stores.

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Bath & Body Works | Pretty In Pink Candle Collection

Bath & Body Works | Pretty In Pink Candle Collection

 New, In stores and online soon, Bath and Body Works new Candle Collection - Pretty In Pink. Pretty in Pink Candle Collection: Black Cherry Merlot-  Decadent Dark Cherry, Black Raspberry, Sumptuous Merlot Cactus Blossom -  Cactus Flower Petal, Sun-Kissed Coconut, Vanilla, Fresh Sparkling Lemon Honeysuckle -  Sweet Honeysuckle Ne...
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Bath & Body Works | Mixed Materials Candle Collection

New Bath and Body Works Mixed Materials Candle Collection in stores and online now.

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Bath & Body Works | Pretty in Pink Hand Soap Collection

Now available online and in stores, Bath and Body Works new Pretty in Pink Hand Soap Collection. 

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Bath & Body Works | Destination Vacation Hand Soap Collection

 New, online and in stores, Bath and Body Works Destination Vacation Hand Soap Collection.

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Bath & Body Works | Wallflower Collection - Crystal Cove

​Bath and Body Works new January 2019 Wallflower Collection - Crystal Cove.

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20 January 2019
Life Writing
​A friend had asked me if I have visited Michael's recently and if so did I happen to see any of the new Fairy Garden pieces they have out for spring.  While out of town yesterday, I made sure I took a walk through the fairy ...
18 January 2019
Bath & Body
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Bath & Body
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