Saturday, August 31, 2013

Recipe: Farmstand Apple and Savory Squash Soup

A IS FOR APPLE RECIPES  shared from Bath and Body Works Daily Bubble  


Recipe: Homemade Hot Apple Cider

Shared from Bath and Body Works blog: the daily bubble


The Inspiration:
Spiced Cider Home Fragrance

The Apple: The Gala apples’ shape is similar to that of the Golden and Red Delicious apples. It has a mild, sweet taste, crisp texture, and a beautiful red sheen with yellow undertones. Galas are easy to eat uncooked thanks to their thin skin and overall sweetness, making them the perfect kid-approved snack! They're also good for cooking.

The Ingredients:
8-10 Gala apples
½-1 cup of sugar
4 tablespoons of cinnamon
4 tablespoons of allspice

Directions: Quarter the apples (no need to remove peel or seeds). In a large stock pot add your apples and fill with just enough water to cover the apples. Add sugar. Add cinnamon and allspice in a doubled up cheese cloth, tie and add to pot. Boil on high for 1 hour (uncovered checking it frequently). Then, turn down heat and let simmer for 2 hours (covered). Take off the heat after the 2 hours and let cool. Remove spices and mash apples with a potato masher. Once cool and evenly mashed, pour into a strainer over a large bowl, press cider through. Place excess mashed apple into cheese cloth and squeeze out as mush cider as possible!

Reheat in microwave or stove and serve! Garnish with cinnamon sticks, whipped topping or caramel.

Recipe: Sweet Pumpkin Apple Crisp

August 31, 2013

A IS FOR APPLE RECIPES  shared from Bath and Body Works Daily Bubble                       
Take a bite outta fall with a sweet, spiced & savory apple dish!                          


The Inspiration: Pumpkin Apple Home Fragrance


Pretty Purse Scentportables

August 31, 2013

Okay, so I am a girly girl.  You caught me.  But I can't help it.  Blame my parents.  I was their first daughter as well as their first child so they lavished me with dolls and dresses and pretty little purses as a child.

White patent Mary Jane shoes with a matching white patent little purse. Sold.  It couldn't hold much but it was my church purse and I loved it.

Now fast forward a hundred years, haha and I am Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Shimmer Foam review and a shopping tripill a purse fiend and these are sooo adorable I just had to share them.

They are scent portable holders yes....and they are calling them car visor clips.  I don't use them in the car for a few reasons.  First...any of the liquids....oils, wallflowers and scentportables may leak and when they do....they will ruin whatever they leak on. I have first hand experience with that; I stood a wallflower up on a dresser.... well, no more paint in that spot.  So tucking them into a visor may be good in theory, but in the heat of the summer...not so much.

My thoughts for these adorable little purses are: (and I know you know all of these)

  • bridal shower table decorations and take away gifts.  place settings for your girlfriends where you can tuck in a tag with their name on.  then you can wrap up in tulle a scented refill with a bow for them that they can chose one from a basket as they leave.
  • Even for a informal friends luncheon.  Placed around the table as a place setting....Who doesn't love a " I was thinking of you "  present.
  • little girls party table decorations.  I had mine in my hand in the store and my friends 5 year old granddaughter couldn't take her eyes off of them...which made me giggle....and then she did and asked me what I was doing with little girl purses.  they don't need to have a refill, they may just like to tuck little things into the front.
  • teens or tweens school locker
  • closet shelf  re-fresheners.  mine will be going into a closet on the shelf
  • hanger fresheners.  slip the purse strap over a hanger in your closet to re-freshen coats and things that get tucked away for long periods of time.
  • usually I put just the refill in my drawers to keep my bras and panties smelling great....these are perfect for the bra and panty drawer.  So Victorias Secret colors.
  • your buying a gift card for a friend....use this as a holder....
  • hang on the outside of a gift bag.....(a purse inside the gift bag wouldn't hurt either ;)
You get the run....and get some before I buy them all!!!

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Shimmer Foam review and a shopping trip

August 31, 2013

I stopped in the malls Bath and Body Works store first before heading to Victorias Secret for their 7 for $26.00 panty raid and with a $10.00 gift coupon I was so ready. The B&BW store was bedecked with hanging leaves and plenty of tables full of candles and fall accessories and I started at the front looking for some sign of Halloween.  None.  I knew the main set up isn't out yet but I expected to see something.

The only thing in this store was the spider caddy at the register.

They did get in two haunted houses and one was already sold by the time I got there and mine was on the counter waiting for me.  I grabbed a few trinket items and another pumpkin cupcake mason jar candle and before I got a chance to checkout, a dear friend and her granddaughter came and joined me.  I took the time to help her shop the Buy 3 get 3 free sale that is going on now for Labor Day and helped her choose some great candles while they too were on sale 2 for $22.00

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Shimmer Mousse - Signature Collection - Bath & Body WorksWe tried the new Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin shimmer foam that I posted as new on line yesterday and I must say I LOVE that product.  Not the price.. $16.00 a can..but the product yes.  Our little five year old shopper was interested in seeing the shimmer so I grabbed the tester and pinched the top ( like a foam whipped cream nozzle) and a bunch came  Expect that if your trying it. And you only need a little as it is rich and creamy.  Not watery like lotion.

The cream is silky soft and feels heavenly going onto your skin and that small dollop was plenty for the three of us to try.  My hands and arms were so soft after using it, that I noticed it immediately. I could barely see any shimmer at all so if it was there, I couldn't notice it in the store lighting.  The scent was perfect, not too heavy and not unnoticeable.

I know that I can buy 6 cans and get them for $38.00 plus tax with a survey or coupon now making them just under $7.00  a can... but it would be nice to have an assortment of scents for something like that.  Not just SCP. Please BBW....make that foam cream a regular signature staple....its awesome.

Sundays Deal of the day $6.00 Large can room Sprays

Tomorrow, September 1st, 2013  the deal of the day in Bath and Body Works is the large can room sprays for $6.00

Forever Midnight information

August 31, 2013

Just in from a shopping trip out and I had to write out what I heard in store today. 

Forever Midnight may not be launching BOTH lines this November.  Only the WOMENS version may launch.  I heard that the MENS is doing favorably better and they are considering holding the mens back to February (valentines time) and only launching the womens version first.

Also, they are considering doing a commercial for this product.  How cool.

Again...this is not written in stone....but, if your expecting to see both for holiday gift giving it may not happen.

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Shimmer and other new

August 31, 2013

A bit more new on the Bath and Body Work page today:

  • sweet cinnamon pumpkin shimmer body cream
  • sweet and sexy gift box



Friday, August 30, 2013

Forever Midnight idea

August 30, 2013

I love things that inspire especially.  Wouldn't this be thee perfect picture for the bottles of Forever Midnight?  And no I didn't see them, yet.  Just the preview little mini with no label. I am sooo curious what this new bottle graphic is going to look like...

I just happened across this photo and the colors and the scene inspire me to wonder I suppose.

Wow, don't we wish we all could be her.....?

Wait....we are.....

Bouncebacks: now to November 3rd & Holiday Floor sets until December 26th

August 30, 2013


  • August 5th ~ September 8th  Fresh Picked  ($10.00 off $30 purchase)

  • September 9th ~ October 6th  Pumpkin County Fair ( save 20% off of entire purchase)

  • October 7th ~ November 3rd ( Free signature item of your choice with $10.00 purchase- 13.00 value)

  • November 4th ~ December 2nd  Forever Midnight Bottle (free item of your choice with a purchase of $15.00 or more)

  • Holiday Fragrance Guide

  • December 3rd ~ December 24th

Floorsets:  remember all dates are approximate and subject to changes according to merchandise availability and marketing plans.
July 8th Summer Chill
August 5th Sweet and Sexy
August 28th Pumpkin Carving
September 8th County Fair
September 23, 2013 AMBER BLUSH
October 7th New Signature Bottles launch
October 7th Holiday I--
October 27th Forever Midnight Party
November 4th Holiday II
November 25th  Holiday III
November 29th  BLACK FRIDAY
December 2nd
December 16th  Holiday IV
December ??21  Super Saturday
December 26th  year end SAS

New Bounceback: valid October 7th to November 3rd {new bottle design launch}

August 30, 2013

How fantastic is this!!!


Floorset info: Forever Midnight and new signatures bottles

August 30, 2013

Just a quick post .....  The Forever Midnight floorset is set to be November 3rd making our ability to buy this new scent November 4th.

Also, in most areas that do not already have the new signature lotion and shower gel bottles on the shelf, those are set to change out with a floorset on October 6th and we can see them for purchase on October 7th.

We all know that we will see floorsets start early so the new bottles may start appearing sooner in your locations....this is just how the company has scheduled things out.  As for the Forever Midnight...well we may see it, but I bet we will not be able to buy it until November 5th.... like last years big tado....with select stores having a launch party. 

This is just all information I heard in store but I wanted to get it out there so we all can plan our purchases accordingly.

It's Official~ FOREVER MIDNIGHT launches November 4th 2013

August 30, 2013

I just heard that Forever Midnight Launches November 4th!!!!!!

Of course things may get pushed up depending on sales and marketing....nothing I have to tell anyone we all know....but its set for  a floorset that Sunday.....and a Monday release

Amber Blush mini EDT Preview online

August 30, 2013

With a higher concentration of fragrance oils, our Eau de Toilette gives you a more intense, longer-lasting aroma. Master perfumers have blended a unique formula of the finest ingredients for a unique fragrance experience.

  • This ultra-feminine scent is a sensual blend of raspberry champagne, gardenia petals and magnolia blossom with a seductive kiss of crystallized amber and creamy vanilla suede
  • Top Notes: Sparkling Bergamot, Juicy Mandarin, Raspberry Champagne
  • Mid Notes: Jasmine, Gardenia Petals, Star Anise, Apricot Nectar, Magnolia Blossom
  • Dry Notes: Creamy Vanilla Suede, Crystalized Amber, Golden Sandalwood, Soft Musk
  • reg. $7.50   / now $3.00

Fall Fragrance Totes: Vermont Honey Apple ~ Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin

August 30, 2013

Fashion meets fragrance! Stay on trend this fall with an autumn accessory perfect for storing the season's signature scent! Our taupe tote is interwoven with glistening gold strands and features a pumpkin patch in autumn's rustic color paletts so you can stash your fave fragrances on the go!

  • Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin is a scrumptious blend of freshly-sliced pumpkin, crisp apple and spiced vanilla
  • Tote measures 9.75"L x 3.5" x 8.25"H and includes full size Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Body Lotion, Body Wash & Fine Fragrance Mist
  • $29.50

  • Key Fragrance Notes:

    Top Notes: New England Pumpkin, Fresh Crisp Apple Mid Notes: Fresh Ginger, Fruity Jasmine, Cinnamon Spice, Touch of Gingerbread Dry Notes: Amber, Hint of Rum, Spiced Vanilla, Touch of Sandalwood


Fashion meets fragrance! Stay on trend this fall with an autumn accessory perfect for storing the season's signature scent! Our taupe tote is interwoven with glistening gold strands and features orchard apples in autumn's rustic color palette so you can stash your fave fragrances on the go!

  • Vermont Honey Apple is a fresh blend of crisp Vermont apple, golden honey and creamy peony layered with sparkling pear and a touch of Tonka Bean
  • Tote measures 9.75"L x 3.5" x 8.25"H and includes full size Vermont Honey Apple Body Lotion, Body Wash & Fine Fragrance Mist
  • $29.50

Fresh Picked Pineapple Mango candle???

August 30, 2013

How did I miss a Pineapple mango candle?

Tantalizing pineapple is the perfect partner for luscious mango in a fragrance rounded out by a hint of warm vanilla.

  • The world's best candle guaranteed! Radiates enough fragrance to fill a room. Wax melts consistently & evenly. Flames won't burn out!
  • Made with the highest concentration of fragrance oil, an exclusive blend of vegetable wax, and lead free wicks to ensure an amazing fragrance experience and even burn, from beginning to end
  • Burns approximately 25 to 45 hours
  • Measures 4" wide x 3 1/2" tall

Haunted House and more now online

August 30, 2013

I just love when I type in the search bar new on Bath and Body Works online pages and









Thursday, August 29, 2013

Last nights Pumpkins & Halloween Floor set ~ good-buys and Hellos

August 29th, 2013

Surprisingly, I was able to make a quick trip to my local store today to see all of the from last nights floor set.

I was excited walking up through the mall approaching  the store as I could see the sign in the front....announcing the wallflowers~deal of the day for $2.50 each, Buy 3 get 3 free on signatures and 50% off a lot of the summer stuff in big blue bins..... and I could see a bit of fall leaves hanging from the ceiling.  The closer I got, the more I could smell the aroma of an apple candle burning...and it drew me in.  Oh, the power of scent.
I had hoped it was going to be impressive as I have seen some really beautiful sets shared and truly today, it wasn't.  I had the three different codes of printed out coupons in my purse and I really didn't need anything, but you know how that goes. 

The Sa approached me and called me by name asking what was I looking for today.  I asked for the Halloween candle rings and she showed me a little clear container with 6 left in it. Hello black cat!  I chose the few I wanted and asked where the haunted house was.  Their display wasn't even a display it was a few little things tucked into the shelf...the spider, hand soap and a few pocketbac holders.  By the look on her face and the hesitation studdering I comes the fib. 


She said while it is scheduled, they have none.  Her body language and her reaction gave her away so I let it at that and saved myself fifty bucks.  I looked around needing either a dollar item or some pocketbac fifty cent holders to make up the difference of the ten dollar purchases I was making and then I grabbed two of the $12.50 sweet cinnamon pumpkin candle holders as well as that ceramic soap/lotion holder $9.50.  These would be my freebies.  I grabbed four of the wallflowers and headed to the register.



For $30.00 I got four colored pocketbac holders, two ceramic filled pumpkins, one ceramic pumpkin caddy, four wallflower bulbs and four Halloween candle rings.  Not too bad.

I saw the sweater "leaves" scent filled candle holder as well as the sweater empty holder....the silver pumpkin box, the large pumpkin with SCP items inside $125.00, that squat looking metal pumpkin shape candle holder $34.50....a few of the cream ceramic pumpkins (2 sizes) $18.00 and $49.00 {everything I posted about with pictures before} and not much else.  For a big floor set there wasn't too much new yet.

I was told shipment came in and possibly the amber blush EDT mini was in it but everyone was busy to go look.  Again she told me next month for the full release.

So I am here looking at my new little Halloween friends...not putting them away as they will be coming out soon.  I still have my dining table set with sand and shells and summer things themed and I will be changing over to sunflowers and pumpkins in the upcoming months.

Speaking of pumpkins....weis grocery store  had just put out  a huge carton of big.... really big and gorgeous pumpkins for only $4.99 each.  That is an awesome price.  Around here these are sold on the farms by the pound and by the diameter  size so I can make many a minion for a decent price for the front porch.  I wanted to buy them tonight but hubby reminded me....October is many, many weeks away...and today it is hot and humid with no let up in sight. 

So it is goodbye for now sweet pumpkin....but hello is just around the corner!








New items, New floorset, Deal of the Day & No Amber Blush

August 29, 2013

There was a new floorset completed last night and hopefully all of the pumpkin items pictured a few blogs back (pumpkin carving) will be out and finally ready for purchase. 

There should also be a table out with a few Halloween treats but not a full out launch yet.  Amber Blush was not scheduled to release today so it will not be out.  Although there is going to be a mini EDT preview of it, it just didn't come into my store yet.  I have read that some stores launched it early but they could be test markets for bigger stores.  A lot of other stores also have the new bottle designs out and we don't yet. 

I have two different markets available to me here and Amber Blush will not release fully most likely until next month, (I think its on my calendar for then) when the new bottle design releases.

Today is the first Deal of the Day and it is Wallflower $2.50

The online site has some new items:

smoke mercury glass owl  $16.50
leaves spray