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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 | On the Road to Forever | Valentine's Day 2019

My days here lately are snow covered in search of a shovel...and busy with too much to do in a day and not enough time to get it done.  I am sitting here for a moment at my desk, forgetting what I needed to do when I first sat down so I am watching the sun pass through the clouds dulling the blue sky as more flurries fall.  The freezing rain from the past two days has everything coated in a nice, thick layer of ice that is nearly impossible to clear...so fingers crossed it is easier to navigate on tomorrow.  Thursday's are grocery shopping days for my father in law so that and a bunch of other errands should fill up my Valentine's Day just fine.

Hubby and I exchanged our Valentine's yesterday because he was anxious for me to have mine...and I can see why.  It moved me to tears just reading the first part of his writings...something he Never does.

If you knew my husband, you would know he is a man of few words.  For the past 3+ decades he went into the greeting card store and picked out a card that best suited his hearts thoughts.  This year, he bought a blank card and filled it with his own.  #bestcardever

We grabbed six pink roses last week for the house ( on sale for $5.00 ) as well as a potted yellow rose plant that will be moved to the garden when spring finally arrives. 

So as I am sitting here watching the sun play hide and seek I wondered how many Valentine's Day postings have I made that were personal...and not something about Bath and Body Works.  Turns out...not too many.  

I thought I would share the one I found from 2014.  I remember that year well.  We got hit with a bucket ton of snow and it ruined everyone's Valentine's Day plans as businesses were closed including the restaurants and the florists could not deliver all of the rose orders they had. I had mine though...from Walmart.... Ha ha.

Wishing you a wonderful Valentine's Day....and every day.

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Walmart Beauty Box - February 2019 | Hydration Heroes

I received my new Classic Version Walmart Beauty Box (2) and this is what I received.  

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Bath & Body Works | White Barn Hand Soap Collection

​A new Bath and Body Works White Barn labeled hand soap collection with essential oils in a gentle foaming formula.

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Bath & Body Works | Revitalizing Clay Mask with Seaweed and Bentonite Clay | Detoxifying Clay Mask with Charcoal and Bentonite Clay

​When I grabbed the Watermelon and Mango Sleeping Masks last week I saw that there were three new Clay Masks on the floor set sheet coming to stores but they weren't out yet.  I finally found two of them in store so I grabbed these to try.  The missing mask is the Calming Clay Mask with french red clay and bentonite clay and when it arrives I am going to try that one too.

While I usually apply masks with my fingers, I thought I would try the $14.50 mask tool set offered to see if it was any better of an application.  I LOVE them.  The silicone fan applicator brush was wonderful to lay down a thin coating of the clay mask and the round bristle brush removed the mask completely from my pores. 

Here are my thoughts on each of these masks...

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Target: Bullseyes Playground Finds - February 11, 2019

Target is now in the process of changing out their Bullseyes Playground and setting the new February 10th and February 19th boxes of new merchandise. While you may find empty shelves in your Bullseyes Playground section currently, know that new is coming so keep checking back. I stopped in my Target today, twice, and scored a few new things with the help of a store employee.  Here is what I found...

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Bath & Body Works | New Candles Testing | Modern Farmhouse Collection

A new candle collection has surfaced in a Bath and Body Works test store and while the collection name, The Modern Farmhouse Collection, seems to imply farmhouse decor inspiration, the actual wrap around labels look more Aztec inspired.

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Bath & Body Works | New Tropical Body Care Collection | Waikiki Beach Coconut, Bahamas Passionfruit and Banana Flower

As seen on a Bath and Body Works Canada Bounce Back Coupon, here is a sneak peek at some upcoming fragrances.

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Bath & Body Works | February 2019 Mailer Coupons

​A new mailer coupon booklet has just been received and here is what coupons are inside.

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Bath & Body Works | Beauty to Go Selection - January 2019

 Our favorite beauty obsessions found at Bath and Body Works.

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Life Writings | Dollar Tree Store Fairy Garden Selection

 Adorable!

If you like the whimsical fun from Fairy Gardens then The Dollar Store has something for you. 


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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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Life Writings | In Other News

Life Writings | In Other News

I am finally sitting after a very long day. Well, a few very long days if you count Winter Storm what's her name....Harper, dumping that whole sloppy mess on us this weekend. We are in what feels like a polar vortex here with temps.that were below zero all weekend finally heading into the double digits....as in 20 degrees double today.  Going ...
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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 | January 2019 Mailer Coupons

​A new mailer coupon booklet has just been received and here is what coupons are inside.
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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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