Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stop & Chat: The Vet Visit

This morning I discovered that Bunny was having trouble breathing. She seemed to go into a coughing fit every so often, waking herself up while she pathetically squeaked and wheezed her way around her bed. When I held her, I felt a rattling in her ribcage and she seemed disoriented.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Lasting Scent Candles - Serenity

Scent Description: Lavender, green mint confetti.

Date Received: April 8, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.9 oz

Location of Warmer: Living room, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 5/5 A delicious mix between spearmint and lavender.

Warm Sniff: 5/5 No surprises once melted.

Scent Strength: 3/3 That mint was hard not to notice!

Scent Throw: 3/3 This filled the entire living room with its scent

Melting Power: 5/5 Half of a scent shot lasted for over 10 hours before the scent started dying down.

Repurchase: Yes! A beautiful blend that performs well? Sign me right up!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Lasting Scent Candles - Fuzzy Baby Blanket

Scent Description: Lavender, baby blanket, and newborn freshness.

Date Received: April 8, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.9 oz

Location of Warmer: Living room, in tealight warmer.

Cold Sniff: 2.5/5 A weird combination of baby powder, herbal lavender, and... well, babies.

Warm Sniff: 3/5 The main note was an herbal lavender. The powdery note dissipated a bit, but was still noticeable. All in all, something I would expect to smell in a baby's room.

Scent Strength: 2/3

Scent Throw: 3/3 This filled the entire living room.

Melting Power: 4/5 Half of a scent shot got about six and a half hours of scent.

Repurchase: No. Still not in the babymaking market, still have no plans for it, and still find it weird to be reminded of babies in my own home. LOL

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Band of Bloggers - Vol. 17/May 2017

May, May, May. Welcome back, ol' friend! May is a turning point in the year for a lot of people. The school year is almost over, summer is coming soon, and those mild months will soon become scorchers. The birthstone of May is the emerald, which symbolizes love and success. This month, we're focusing on those two things!

We all love something with all our hearts, so tell us what you love the most. It could be the story of how you met your spouse/significant other, where you got your pet, or a nod to your parental units.

I'm going to go a slightly different route and say that I love myself the most. Me. Myself. I. It sounds so selfish when I read it over, and I get a twinge of narcissistic pleasure at acknowledging myself as my own most loved one, but it's an important thing for me to acknowledge.
There was once a time when I could not find it in me to love myself. I couldn't even say I liked myself. All I saw when I looked in the mirror were my flaws, my shortcomings, my failures. I believe that I could not have learned to love the people and world around me so wholly if I had not gone through such a long journey in learning to love myself.
I won't pretend to stand behind any of those "you cannot xyz others until you learn to xyz yourself" sayings. I will say that in working on my relationship with myself, my relationship with others has improved immensely.

In terms of success, and keeping it blog related, have you ever participated in and/or completed a successful "project wax" or spring wax/perfume/makeup/scented product purge? Have you ever had so much product you felt the need to use it all up before your bought again?

In late 2015 I purged an immense amount of wax products in preparation for our move to Korea. I have worked long and hard to rid myself of the habit of stockpiling everything I buy. I had a very nasty mentality that if I used up a product then I had somehow wasted it. 
I'm currently at a point where I need to use up a lot more of my wax before I can allow myself to buy again. It works out that we're heading into summer and I already don't buy for fear of my smelly goodies melting on their way to me. A benefit of my unofficial wax-buying hiatus is it frees up that money to go toward other ventures. Like hanji. Or makeup. Or stickers. Buying stickers, you ask? Noooo, young padawan. Making stickers.  

Please, feel free to answer these questions in the comments section below!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Stop & Chat: Last Week of April

Wednesday the 26th was the first in a several-day whirlwind of activity.

C called me late in the morning to ask if I wanted to go on a quick trip to Insadong with her. I quickly threw on some clothes, grabbed my backpack, and walked to our meeting point.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Stop & Chat: Petsitting Woes

Skip to the end of this post if you want a super cute picture of a half asleep hamster. If you're ready for perhaps an inordinate amount of complaints, continue reading!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Stop & Chat: Hamster Lids, Stickers, and FACE MASKS!!

Remember when I said I was done buying plants? That all but my heartiest of hearty snake plants liked dying off and I was tired of wasting money on them? Yeeeah.

Michael went to the Garden 5 the other day and sent some pictures of the plants they had. I couldn't resist asking him to pick up a few. I've been craving more life in the house. Plant life, that is. We have more than enough animal life going on currently. LOL

Friday, April 14, 2017

Stop & Chat: Hamster Snacks

This is a shorter post, but I wanted to share this very small but incredibly rewarding project: homemade hamster treats!

The hamsters have settled into their new homes swimmingly. I've reached a bit of a bump in their hamster-lid making adventure because we do not have some of the tools required and they were not on post like we'd hoped. Amazon, it is!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sniff My Tarts - Whipped Cream/Watermelon Cake

Scent Description:  Delicious, fluffy whipped cream with hints of whipped churned butter, blonde sugar cane, Madagascar vanilla, and vanilla extract/Fresh sliced Watermon and rich decadent cake.

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.9 oz

Location of Warmer: Living room, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 5/5 Deliciously juicy watermelons smothered in whipped cream and used as icing for a creamy cake.

Warm Sniff: 5/5 No real surprises once melted. At the very end of the melt the watermelon took on an artificial note.

Scent Strength: 2/3

Scent Throw: >3/3 This filled the living room, hallway, kitchen/dining area, and entryway.

Melting Power: 4/5 The 6 hour mark is when the watermelon took on an artificial plastic note and I dumped the wax.

Repurchase: Yup! Though I have a major lesson to learn: never leave coffee in the main room this wax is melting in. My cup of coffee tasted and smelled like waxy watermelon cake. Did I still drink it all? Yup. Do I regret it. Super yup. I needed a weak long break from that specific coffee before I could smell it without reliving the watermelon-wax taste. LOL

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Band of Bloggers: April 2017 - Volume 15

It's that time of year again! As the warmer weather soothes stiff joints and brushes off the last vestiges of winter, homes beg for the same fresh start everyone promised themselves at the beginning of the year. Clothes are donated, rooms are scrubbed, and yards are tended. While the fauna leave their winter dens or return from long migrations, the world blooms with new growth in vibrant splashes of color.

For April's Band of Bloggers post, we will answer a few questions about Spring and the ever-loved Spring Cleaning. Feel free to join in and answer these questions in the comments below!

Do you decorate for Spring? 
I don't normally, but it's not because I don't want to. I'm a frugal person, and up until Korea I had about 0% interest in my home decor. Give me the cheapest thing that has a function and I'm good.
I probably won't decorate for this Spring season, but when all the themed decor goes on sale I hope to stock up for future seasons.

Are there any products you find yourself reaching for as the weather warms? This can be anything; food, clothing, bath and body, wax, you name it!
Bath and Body Works Country Chic is synonymous with Spring to me. My freshman year of college I had a roommate who liberally applied this fragrance every morning come Spring semester. The scent eventually grew on me and now I can't go through the season without lightly using the scent.
I reach for lavender scented products more. I know, lavender is pretty much an all-the-time kind of scent for me, but it's possible I can reach for it more! Herbal lavender heavily reminds me of Michael's time at basic, and even though I had a lot of hard times there it's a pleasant reminder of all the growth I went through while he was gone.

Do you participate in the Spring Cleaning craze?
Yup. Whether I want to or not I tend to clean more around this time of year. The communities I live in help encourage spring cleaning by offering community yard sales, swaps, and all other "get rid of your stuff" gatherings.
In Korea, yellow dust season starts around spring and it becomes exceptionally important to keep our home as clean as possible. I find it's easier to maintenance clean every day instead of waiting for dirt to pile up and mass clean every other week. The cleanliness helps us sleep better and the constant movement in order to sweep and mop helps keep an active lifestyle on days where the air quality makes physical activity less than ideal.

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