What am I doing with my additional day this month thanks to leap year?!?! Writing up a Bath & Body Works Haul post for y’all!!! I’ve had my hands on these goodies for a few weeks now, but between our latest Disney Trip and the nonstop craziness since we’ve returned, I’ve lacked the time to share. Better late than never right???? So here it is!!! The latest Bath & Body Works scents and my opinions!!
STRAWBERRY POUND CAKE
Fragrance ~ A sweet, airy swirl of fresh strawberries, golden shortcake & whipped cream
Opinion ~ Literally my latest favorite!!! Smells like strawberry candy. I almost wish you could eat lotion because Strawberry Pound Cake smells so good!
Fragrance ~ A sweet-meets-salty blend of key lime, sunny citrus blossom & whipped vanilla
Opinion ~ Love the name!!! Totally cute bottle!!! Smells delicious, but I’m not sure I would really call it margarita. It’s definitely citrus crossed with vanilla.
CONFETTI CAKE POP
Fragrance ~ A sweet, airy swirl of fresh strawberries, golden shortcake & whipped cream.
Opinion ~ Vanilla times 1000! If you love vanilla scented anything, you will love Cake Pop! Literally a vanilla scent on crack lol.... super powerful and leaving you smelling like vanilla all day long.
Fragrance ~ A clean blend of fresh linen, water blossom & white musk.
Opinion ~ I honestly grabbed this without really smelling it at first. I was in a hurry. Spotted a new scent and tossed it in my bag. So glad I did because ahhhh love it! Not really sure why it’s called saltwater, but it does smell like musk and I’m a huge fan of all lotions that smell like high end perfumes. I brought this one to Disney with me and everywhere I went people were asking me what perfume I was wearing and would look at me like I was nuts when I said it was a Bath & Body Works lotion!
Fragrance ~ An optimistic blend of fresh raspberries, sparkling pear & pink lily petals.
Opinion ~ I was so excited for this scent!! That description sounds like yumminess in a bottle! While the fragrance smells good, it’s a very weak scent. Once on the skin I’m not smelling it. I’m someone who loves a powerful scent that lasts all day long and this one was just not it.
Have you tried any of the new Bath & Body Works Scents?
I’ve partnered with vitafusion and L’il Critters as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
New Year, New You?!? Then mid January rolls around and you’re like ughhh, maybe next year will be the year I kick my health & fitness goals?!?!
There’s nothing wrong with setting goals, in fact I’m a huge fan of setting big, fat, terrifying goals! But I also think it’s important to focus on realistic goals. Realistic goals that fit into our everyday lives will give us something to work towards and give that extra sprinkle of motivation when we need it. We can have that chiseled body be the ultimate goal, but we need to map out a realistic path that we won’t quit to get there!
Today I’m going to share my top realistic wellness goals that ANYONE kick!!! Even that busy mom with the most hectic of schedules. That way you aren’t wasting that valuable time between feeding hungry kids and keeping the toddler alive trying things that may not work! You will see gradual results that will eventually lead you to that ultimate goal! Slow and steady wins the race my friends!
I know, sounds like a no brainer! However, you would be shocked how many people try and cut corners and buy one type of vitamin and then share that one vitamin with every member of the family! Men & woman’s body’s have different needs so it’s crucial to scoop up the right vitamin so our body’s are getting the right amount of nutrients!
While on one of my weekly Walmart shopping sprees last year, I discovered Vitafusion Men and Women’s Gummy Vitamins. Safe to say Hubby & I have been hooked ever since. I have a huge sweet tooth with gummy anything being my guilty pleaser, so Vitafusion Gummy Vitamins have literally been a game changer! I never skip a day since I swear my brain thinks I’m ingesting actual gummy bears. As the #1 Gummy Vitamin Brand, vitafusion gummy vitamins give adults a delicious way to be nutritious. It’s crazy that I actually look forward to vitamin time since vitafusion is the only gummy vitamin brand with “clinically proven absorption”* and has Award Winning Taste!**
Have a picky eater in the house?!?! Don’t fret! I swear my daughter is the queen of the picky eaters and she even participates in vitamin time with mom & dad! L’il Critters gummy vitamins give kids the great taste they want in a fun, gummy bear shape they love. You can also have peace of mind knowing that L’il Critters is the ONLY gummy vitamin brand with “doctor tested proven nutrient absorption”*!
Label reader?!?! You won’t regret choosing L’il Critters gummy vitamins since you will be giving your kiddos the nutrients they need without anything extra – no artificial sweeteners or flavors, high-fructose corn syrup, synthetic dyes, or gluten or dairy! WooHoo!!!
*For Vitamins C & D3 in products that contain those nutrients
** The ChefsBest Excellence Award is awarded to brands that surpass a quality standard established by independent professional chefs.
2. Quality Sleep
Lol, sorry, don’t mean to sound like your mom, but there’s a lot of goodness that happens when you go to bed at a decent time! I know that this isn’t always possible in every season of life, like when you have a new baby, but aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Poor sleep is heavily linked to a higher BMI and weight gain. Everyone has differing sleep requirements but research has seen changes in weight when people get less than 7 hours sleep a night. In fact, the shorter your sleep, the more likely you are to see a gain in weight. So getting quality sleep really will lay the foundation for feeling & looking like Wonder Woman. No cape required.
It's already tough enough to wake the family to catch that school bus, much less carve out an extra hour to prepare, eat and digest a meal. However, When you start your day with a healthy breakfast you provide your body with energy & most important for those chiseled body seekers, breakfast kick-starts your metabolism! Even if you’re not super hungry, something light like a piece of fruit & a cup of tea will actually help keep you full later on in the day. Plus, If you don’t eat first thing, there’s a good chance you’ll simply overeat later. So do yourself a favor and don’t let a busy morning or a snoozed-alarm stop you from eating something healthy and delicious. I promise breakfast will help keep energy levels up, appetites under control, and bodies feeling strong & lean.
Most people know they need to drink more water. Heck, we’ve been lectured to drink more water since were kids! However, most people don't really grasp how important daily water intake can truly be. You can rest assured that if they ever do find the “Fountain of Youth”, it will be a water fountain since every serious weight loss & health plan tells you to drink more water. The reason? More water helps with the process of losing weight. Water helps the body efficiently process the food you eat. It helps to give you a “full” feeling, helping you to consume less. It can also contribute to a feeling of having “more energy,” so you can get the most from your exercise program. I carry my handy dandy water bottle with me daily & make it a goal to smash it before the day has ended!
No gym? No problem! If we’re being honest here, I’m a gym hater! Nothing gives me more anxiety than thinking about carving out a portion of my day to hit up a place I have no desire to go. I’m also not a huge working out in general. What I have come up with however is a clever way to get those steps in without ever stepping foot into a gym. Need to pee? Use the bathroom the furthest away from you! Cleaning the house? Sweep instead of vacuum so you can get a good arm workout in! I also love to strap on leg weights while I’m playing Cinderella, so my legs get nice and strong. I also keep a set of weights in my living room so when I’m catching up on YouTube, I press auto play and build those muscles while getting the latest tea!
Resolutions At Walmart Sweepstakes
Who doesn’t love a sweepstakes!! You can enter the Resolutions at Walmart Sweepstakes for a chance to win a gym membership for a whole year! WooHoo!!!! A gym membership would really come in handy when it comes to kicking those Realistic New Years Wellness Goals!!!
This post was sponsored Wonderful Pistachios as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own
Winter!!!! Such a beautiful season! There is something so magical about snow flakes and let’s not even start talking about all that fabulous decor!!!! Yet it can be totally depressing here in New York! I swear we only have two seasons here. Summer for 2 months and then winter for 10! There really isn’t any in between when it comes to weather. I’m either rocking that bikini poolside or I’m snuggled in at home in my favorite footie pajamas!
Baby it’s cold outside!!! It can be pretty easy to let our wellness slip away when locked indoors due to the freezing temperatures! But don’t fret!!! With these 5 Tips For Winter Wellness, you will be able to keep your mental wellness in check all winter long!
Yes, the most wonderful time of the foodie year is finally upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself to stay skinny! Looking for a healthier alternative snack? Go ahead and indulge a little with The Skinny Nut. That’s right, Wonderful Pistachios are a great addition to any gathering with your family, friends, or community!
Wonderful Pistachios Roasted & Salted and Roasted No Salt are dry roasted Pistachios with no added oil. They are also Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free, Kosher certified, Halal certified, and vegan making them the perfect alternative snack for all your holiday needs!
Plus, cracking each shell may actually help you slow down and eat mindfully! So head to your local Walmart, toss a bag or two into your cart and crack, snack, and meditate on a healthy you :):)
2. Eat Protein
While the farmers market may be closed and your garden covered in snow, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re body is getting protein! Protein helps keep blood sugar levels stable and can reduce sugar cravings! Many people load up on carbohydrates & sugars over the winter which can compromise the immune system! Known for protein and fiber, Wonderful Pistachios are a smart snack! Another fabulous reason to keep a bag of Wonderful Pistachios on hand all season long!
BONUS!!! Plus, the green and red-purple hues in Wonderful Pistachios come from antioxidants. So, treat yourself to nutritious pistachios. When it comes to your health, they pass with flying colors.
3. Stay Social
The winter months can naturally cause people to turn inward and be more isolated. With holiday party season right around the corner, make a date with a bestie and keep spirits high.
One of my favorite charities during the holiday season is Toys for Tots! I’m always attending Toys for Tots social events since the holiday season is a time of giving! Western New York isn’t exactly the wealthiest area, so I have seen the Christmas miracles Toys for Tots gives so many children in my area.
This season, Wonderful Pistachios is taking the whole giving thing to the max!!! Wonderful Pistachios will be donating $.10/unit for Wonderful Pistachios Roasted & Salted and Wonderful Pistachios Roasted No Salt sold at Walmart up to $100k benefiting Toys for Tots! The collection period will run from November 1 – December 24, 2019! So #GoNutsForTots & head to your local Walmart! Heck, make a shopping date with a family member and Go Nuts For Tots together and stock up now :):)
Just because the sunshine is hiding under all that snow, doesn’t give you an excuse not to stay active! If the gyms are too crowded due to New Years Resolution folks, try mall walking! If the roads are closed due to a blizzard?! Hit up YouTube and try a new at home workout! Exercise naturally supports a healthy mood! A healthy mood is crucial to wellness!!
5. Extra Sleep
With the shorter, cooler days and longer nights, our bodies naturally need more sleep! If you start rubbing your eyes earlier than usual, take the hint and hit the sack! A sleep deprived body is more prone to illness, plus it can put us in a bitter mood which is definitely not good in the wellness department! A well rested body is a happier body that’s for sure!
Since the Beautiful World of Jeffree Star debuted on YouTube last night, I figured I would piggy back off of all of the popularity and review one of his latest products for y’all! The Morphe x Jeffree Star Set & Refresh Spray!
I am still holy grail-less when it comes to a setting spray! I feel like all the almost fabulous ones are just too overpriced. I will shell out ridiculous cash for good makeup, but not for almost fabulous products and that’s how I feel about all the setting sprays I have tried to date.
Jeffree is known to go over the top for his products and puts a ton of heart into his formulas, Will his latest collab with Morphe be true to his brand name?! Or did he sell out to make a quick buck? Keep on reading to find out!
I have to admit, I love the formula! The point of a setting spray is to keep your makeup set all day long or to refresh your look without applying more makeup and becoming a huge cake-face!
For $18, I couldn’t have asked for a better setting spray. It has only reached the 80’s here in NY since I’ve had my pretty little bottle, but every time I used the Set & Refresh spray my makeup looked pretty flawless all day long! I barely had to do any touch ups. score!!!
You also get a decent amount of spray for the price! You can’t beat it! And did I mention the spray legit smells like strawberries?!?’ Deliciousness every time you spray your face.
The only bad part about this spray is the spray part itself. I don’t know if my bottle got a tad bit messed up in the mail or if all the squirters are the same? But there is a 50/50 chance it will stream at you and not mist. So when I use the Set & Refresh spray, I hold the bottle back and walk into the spray to avoid all of the spray going onto one spot of my face. I really wish the squirt part was a tad bit better. Then again, they would probably have to raise the price for a fancier squirter....
For $18, I would definitely buy this spray again if something else doesn’t hit the market that I just need to try. However, if my makeup holds up when I go to 99 degree Turks & Caicos in two weeks, I will definitely be adding this to the holy grails list when it comes to setting sprays. Update to come!!! Stay tuned!!!
Have you tried the Morphe x Jeffree Star Set & Refresh Spray?
Happy almost fall y’all!!! I know I’m going to basic girl hell for this, but fall really isn’t my thing! I just hate colder weather. I loved fall when I lived in Florida. 75 degrees and sunny? Best weather ever!!! Hot enough to chill outside, yet cool enough where you don’t melt! Literally heaven!!! Here in NY however, ughhhh! Once October hits? Brrrrr. I don’t want to leave my house. Wet, cold and gloomy just isn’t my thing!
However, fall scents are a favorite of mine! Something about vanillas, Cinnamon & Pumpkin is just so cozy and comfy! I can’t help but buy the whole Bath & Body Works store when I’ve spotted the fall scents have been released
Last weekend, I spotted a killer deal on the Bath & Body Works site. Flash Sale, $6 lotions. Buy 2 get 2 free candles AND free shipping over $25! You best believe your girl stocked up and is now showing off all the fabulous scents she picked up for mad cheap!!!
This was actually the first time I ever ordered and didn’t shop in store at Bath & Body Works, and I’m happy to report that I received my package in two days with free shipping! I don’t know if I just live near the distributor or they ship this fast always, but I was mad impressed. Nothing worse than tracking a package for a week! I didn’t even have time to track since my box was literally at my door two days later!! Seriously. Ordered Sunday night before bed, sitting at my door Tuesday morning! #Awesome
Your house will smell like you hit the tanning salon and then decided to spend the rest of the day baking cookies. Literally a favorite of mine right now! So glad I took a chance and ordered since tanning and cookies are two of my favorite things!
Black Cherry Merlot
This is definitely not a newbie, but I will say I can't believe I didn't discover this fragrance earlier than last winter. It's easily one of my favorite Bath & Body Works hand soaps for fall / winter! This is the first time I have purchased the candle and omg! I know people complain on the internet saying it’s not as strong as the hand soap, but it’s still a badd ass smelling candle! A totally berry smelling candle. Reminds me of fruit snacks. It gets two thumbs up from me :)
Two favorite fall fragrance in one candle? Dreams do come true. If you’re a team Apple girl, this is your candle!! While you do get hints of pumpkin, the delicious apple scent does take over when lit.
I will be honest, I totally purchased this candle because there is a black cat on it!!! Looks like my cat Baby!! However, this candle does smell falltastic. A purrrfect treat of carved pumpkin, spooky cinnamon & moonlight vanilla!!! Literally fall in a jar! If you want one candle and you want that candle to smell like fall, this is it!
Friday night lights, cool air, and varsity leather jackets! I purchased this lotion last year and just had to scoop one up again since it’s perfect for those occasions where you want to smell like fall, but not in the mood for cinnamons, apples or pumpkins! If you’re into the more perfume-like scents at Bath & Body Works, you will love this lotion.
Sugared Cranberry Cider
I’m currently wearing this scent and loving it! While I do wish the scent was a tad bit stronger, I am a huge fan of all things berry scented! While perfume-like scents are my go-to’s most day’s, when I feel like smelling sweet, berry anything is my jam.
Golden autumn leaves, bright blue skies, and crisp apple slices! Sweater Weather is definitely a scent I pick up annually! Not only is the bottle over the top falltastic to look at, the scent itself is so yum!!!
Pink Velvet Cupcake
Not going to lie, this is the scent I was most excited for!! When I first spotted Pink Velvet Cupcake in stores in August, I couldn’t wait for my current fragrances to run out so I had an excuse to purchase this very scent!!! Did it live up to the hype?!?! Yes and no. While I do love the scent. It’s actually my new favorite!!! It has a berry, sugary smell which is right up my alley, I don’t think I would call this fragrance cupcake lol. No hints of baked goods at all. More like berry frosting. Glad I finally got my hands on this scent, but it’s definitely not the name.
Wild Blackberry & Vanilla
Another fragrance I was super excited to get my hands on, but unlike Pink Velvet Cupcake, I was left very disappointed. You do get hints of blackberry, but this fragrance reminds me of a man lol. Very masculine!! I actually had to check the bottle to make sure I didn’t order a men’s scent by mistake lol. I will definitely use this bottle up, but it will be the scent I use when I’m not leaving the house. Maybe my before bed lotion.
If you like perfume-like scents and are into the sensual side of life then this really is the scent for you. The Twilight Woods scent from Bath & Body Works is romantic (heck, with a name of “Twilight” it had better be, right?). The girly fragrance has bright flowers, surprising spices and creamy woods with a touch of cashmere!
I purchased Bonfire Bash last year and was first very disappointed. The lotion does not smell like Marshmallow Fireside contrary to reviews I read before purchasing. I love marshmallows so I was sad my lotion didn’t smell anything like them. However, the scent grew on me the more I wore it!!! I ended up loving Bonfire Bash and was sad when the bottle hit empty! It still smells mighty good regardless of not exactly smelling like marshmallows!
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.