Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Astrid Perfume: Bath Treats

Astrid Perfume, formerly Blooddrop Perfume, makes on of my favorite bath time ritual products... Froth. When Astrid of Astrid Perfume announced a pre-order for some bath time goodies I was trying to pinch some pennies so I only picked up one Froth and one Bath Salt. During the pre-order process she mentioned that sales were low and she might not produce the bath products again. Insert sad face here. So I will use what I have and be happy that I got what I did.

Undo Bath Salt Soak is a relaxing blend of lavender, chamomile, peppermint and black pepper with a few other herbs thrown in. These salts made for a truly soothing bath with a skin softening and muscle relaxing effect. I will be running through this bottle in about a week I think. Especially with trying to sell the house and having to keep it clean for a showing just about every other day. Kicking myself for not buying more of these.

This particular Froth is scented in Lavender and Vanilla. I am a sucker for milk baths ever since I was gifted a Haunt milk bath product long ago. Astrid's milk bath is amazing. It froths up on the surface of the bath water and makes for a hazy and nourishing bath experience. It is like bathing in silk. The lavender and vanilla fragrance is mellow and creamy. A dream to slip away into before bedtime.

Astrid was very generous and included this Lotus Serum face oil as a freebie in the bath product orders. I am blown away by her kindness. I had made a bone head move and picked the wrong shipping but she was polite and provided good customer service through the kerfuffle. Anyway, I am almost 2/3 of the way through my current face serum but I look forward to trying this one out. It is loaded with skin pampering ingredients like rice bran and kukui oils, squalene, lotus extract, green tea and ginseng to name a few. I will report back once I add it to my rotation. 

Are you loving anything in particular in your bath lately? How about skin care? 

We had an offer on the home and another showing for this Saturday so things are picking up. The girls both got into the public Montessori school we applied to so that was a huge blessing. Thank you for your kind words and well wishes. Pieces of our next adventure are beginning to fall into place one part at a time. <3

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Moms' Getaway: White Springs, Florida

My two friends and I rented a cabin at the Stephen C. Foster Cultural Center in White Springs, Florida for two nights recently. We all enjoy hiking and the area state parks offered a bounty of lush greenery. 

We strolled the boardwalks at Falling Creek Falls and off-roaded in Big Shoals State Park. We wore fairy wings and flower crowns. We forest bathed. We lit a campfire and made it dance with teals and purples. We wrote lists of goals and aspirations, things we wanted to do as friends. We watched fireflies. We created inappropriate MadLibs like 12 year old boys and cackled way too loud. We talked about failures and fears. Hopes and dreams.

At one point we walked into the state park gift shop and the park ranger took one look at us and asked if we were Wiccans.

Nah. Just a trio of moms about to enter a new phase of their lives and looking to let their hair down.

I don't have a ton of friends in my life but the ones I do have are very important to me. This weekend helped settle my emotions and soothe some sore places. 

How are you doing? How was your weekend?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Murava Ceramics: Amanita Mushroom Spoon

My friend Susie posted a photo the other day of one of her coffee mugs and I noticed that right beside it was the most stinkin' adorable mushroom spoon I had ever laid eyes on. Thankfully Susie is a savvy social media queen and loves to support artisans like I do and she linked the maker in her post. The maker was Victoria Khostsianvich who uses her Etsy store called Murava Ceramics based out of Belarus. The spoons were made to order and estimated to take 4-6 weeks. Mine came right at one month. It was packed very well. Actually, quite beautifully. The brown box tied with string was wrapped in bubble wrap and sent in a bubble mailer. How adorable is it?

The spoon itself was snug in a blanket of grasses and leaves. Now I have a small piece of Belarus of my own. <3 

The spoon emits a rustic appeal with its antiqued patina and old-world charm. The detailing is charming.

There is a hole towards the top that can be run through with cording in order to hang the spoon. It came with a tag that had a wonderful thank you note attached. 

My new coffee spoon is pure magic. It will rest beside my Coffee-Mate for years and years to come. If I was an Egyptian Pharaoh I would want to be buried with it so I could stir my coffee in the afterlife with it. 

I am smitten. 

Now I kinda want a gnome themed kitchen. Poor Adam. I really put him through the wringer. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Taking it Slow

Things I cannot get enough of:
Enya. Seriously. That woman takes me places. She is like a Xanax for my mind.
Peppermint and lavender pillow mist.
Steeping tea.
Slugs, bees and flower buds.
Ciao Bella Blood orange sorbetto.
Deadheading the wildflowers.
Pawing through used $1 records. 
Bras without underwire.
Colorful pens.
Lurking on the garden snails.
Cheap books.
Hugs from my girls. 
Sleep in my bed.
Cats in my lap.

There are only 30 days of school left. 
There are 8 days until Avengers: End Game, which I am strangely excited for. 
There is one day until an interview. 
There are 80 days until I wind up in the Blue Ridge Mountains for vacation.
Two cute slug eyes.
One realtor lock box on the door.
30 dissected owl pellets.
Two cracks in my phone screen.
Four kitty paws.
14 years in the nest.

Trying to take deep breaths and really open my eyes to what is around me. 

How are you?

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Mellow Mermaid Soap Co.

These products were sent free from The Mellow Mermaid for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Gayne from The Mellow Mermaid Soap Co contacted me through Instagram and asked if I would be interested in trying out some of her handmade products. Her company is based out of Florida and prides itself in being vegan friendly, cruelty free, palm free and made with organic and fair trade ingredients.

Bar soaps run about 4.5 ounces and cost $8 each. Most are made with avocado oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and castor oil. A couple of the soaps does have shea butter in it as well. I am going to give away three of these soaps at the end of the post so I am only going to use and review Beach Hippie, the others I will only mention the scent. 

Paradise Found- A refreshing blend of citrus, floral and ozone. 
A mildly sweet clean aroma of Valencia oranges mingling with freshly laundered sheets. 

Turbulent Seas- An energizing blend of eucalyptus and spearmint. 
Evocative of a spa day with cooling gels and herbal aromatherapy massages. The spearmint isn't too chilly and the eucalyptus possesses a smoothness. This is one of my favorites in the bunch.

Beach Dream- A dreamy blend of lavender, florals and vanilla.
This one is Scarlette's favorite. It has that freshly laundered softness of dryer sheets. A clean linen scent with the vanilla softening the edges. 

Beach Hippie- An earthy blend of orange and patchouli essential oils.
What? Me try the earthy one? Who woulda guessed. Beach Hippie is a great scent for my preference profile. It actually wasn't extremely earthy or musky. It has more of a wooden lean with the patchouli and the orange aroma veers into the dry orange rinds and aged orange wood territory. It lathered up beautifully with abundant bubbles and it felt nice on the skin. The lather rinsed clean and left no residue. Overall, a nice sudsing experience.

The Mellow Mermaid also sells scoopable wax, which couple be fun.  

If you would like to have the other three soaps please be the first to leave a comment claiming the soaps and I will mail them off to you. 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Femme Fatale: Obscurus Wax Tart

Femme Fatale is an Australian based webstore that curates a collection of talented indie vendors and sells their wares. From cosmetics to bath and body to home fragrance and nail polish. Femme Fatale runs a monthly Indie Pickup page that features themed products. 

The month of May will be themed after those fun 80's scratch n' sniff stickers and today I have the home fragrance component to share with you: Obscurus' (aptly named) Scratch 'n Sniff!

Scratch 'n Sniff- Notes: A juicy delight of boysenberry, pink berries, pineapple, sea salt, mandarin, mango, citrus and melon.

A sweet melange of bright, tart and vivid fruits swirl about like a flavorful sorbet. Oranges and the peach-like nectar of mangos are lifted by an airy aquatic breeze and rounded out with honeydew and cantaloupes. This tart is a tropical fruit forward aroma that smells incredibly summer-like and fun. It gives the impression of all those fruity stickers mixing their perfume in their cellophane package just waiting to be opened.

The colors in this soy based tart match those fun stickers too. 

This tart threw in my kitchen and large living area at about a medium-strong scent level. Very nice. Uplifting and pleasant.

These tarts will be for sale May 4th 1am AEST- May 7th 1pm AEST via the Pickup site I linked above (no affiliate link). 

Are you melting any summery scents? What fruits are your favorite in wax?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Mermaid Treasure: Laurel and Lime Earrings

The next installment in the Laurel & Lime Snail Mail Society was a sweet little note with a discount code. I browsed Katie Kelly's site and found some beautiful studs. They arrived wrapped delicately in tissue paper and tucked into this rustic pouch. 

I love it. And I love handwritten notes. I don't do enough of that. I hope to get back to that one day soon. 

The "Old Growth" studs came framed by a sleek black cardstock piece. I believe these are pyrite and silver. 

The setting detail echoes the meandering lines of woodgrain.

Katie has been forging some really lovely pieces. Her ferns and dangle earrings are artistic and stylish. 

I mentioned wanting to try and hand write more notes to people. What small something do you appreciate that you would like to do or start doing again?