And just like that another Bath & Body Works Candle Day has come and gone! Crazy that it’s already December!!! December is my favorite time of year to shop for myself, so I make sure to get all of my holiday gift shopping finished BEFORE Thanksgiving! That way I can take advantage of all those fabulous deals that show up in my inbox daily without a guilty conscience!!!
I’m happy to report that 99% of my shopping was completed way before Thanksgiving, so this Bath & Body Works Candle Day, I was able to splurge on every last thing that I wanted guilt free!
Listed below are the candles I scooped up during the sale, in the order of how fabulous they ended up smelling for me once at home!
No idea what Bath & Body Works Candle Day is? Make sure to check out my last post so you can take advantage of the next Bath & Body Works Sale!!!
FRAGRANCE ~ White Cherry, Orange, Juniper with Essential Oils
OPINION ~ I am shocked to say this candle is tied for my number one spot on my favorites list!!! Cherry Frost & In The Stars were the most powerful scented candles I purchased in my Bath & Body Works Candle Day Haul! If you love cherry, you will be obsessed with this candle!!! Plus, can we talk about how cute the packaging is?!?! Ahhhhh I love the whole girly Christmas vibe Bath & Body Works went with this season!!!!! Honestly, I purchased this candle for packaging reasons, so that’s why I was shocked that this candle smelled the best! So wasn’t expecting that!!!
IN THE STARS
FRAGRANCE ~ Make every moment glow with an addictive fragrance that radiates from start to finish like the stars above. In The Stars is a warm, sparkling blend of starflower, sandalwood musk, sugared tangelo, white agarwood & radiant amber.
OPINION ~ I LOVE THIS CANDLE!!!! The scent is super powerful!!! Smells like an expensive perfume, which makes this the perfect candle to burn while getting ready for those Christmas parties!!!! I really wish I would have picked a few more of these up to add to several gift baskets I have made for a few girlfriends! A total steal for only $8.95!
FRAGRANCE ~ Bubbly Champagne, Sparkling Berries, Juicy Tangerine with Essential Oils.
OPINION ~ Champagne & Cranberry, the candle below, are tied for the middle spots on my favorite candle list! I was pretty excited about this candle since I’m champagne obsessed, but at the same time didn’t have my hopes up since most champagne and wine scents tend to be disappointing . This past fall Bath & Body Works had a Champagne Apple & Honey Lotion and I wasn’t too impressed. All I smelled was Apple! Now the Champagne Toast Candle? Bravo Bath & Body Works!!!! Still not as powerful Champagne-wise as us bubbly lovers would like, but it’s a huge step in the right direction!!! Love that I bought this candle!!!! It will definitely make for a great conversation piece when guest come over!
FRAGRANCE ~ Iced Cranberries, Blonde Woods, Red Apple with Essential Oils.
OPINION~ Frosted Cranberry smells exactly what what you would expect! That’s always a good thing when spending big bucks on candles. You could totally buy this candle at full price and feel you got your money’s worth!!! I love cranberry, especially around Christmas time, so I was glad I picked this candle up!!! Plus, the packaging is pretty fab itself!!! Girly Christmas galore!!!!
FRAGRANCE ~ This is what Christmas smells like: Cool Peppermint, Sugared Snow, Vanilla Buttercream, Hint of Musk with Essential Oils
OPINION ~ This was honestly the candle I was most excited to pick up!!! It looks exactly what I imagine girly Christmas to look like! It was the first candle I lit up and boy was I disappointed! For $8.95, it didn’t smell bad. It did smell delicious, but considering this is a $24.99 candle on a normal day. Boo! The scent was on the weak side for a Bath & Body Works Candle since most of their candles are pretty powerful scent wise. Glad I didn’t pay full price.I feel this was a candle that deserved that $8.95 price tag!
FREE CANDLE HOLDER!!
That’s right! I said FREE Candle Holder!! If you receive Bath & Body Works coupons in the mail, then you know there is a free gift coupon in the December mailer!!! I obviously took advantage of the free gift during the Bath & Body Works Candle Day Sale! This holder was $12.95 & the coupon was for anything under $13. Pretty fabulous candle holder if you ask me! Glad I was one of the crazies at the Bath & Body Works door when they opened so I could actually scoop one of these babies up! I bet they were gone pretty quickly during the sale since I’m sure a ton of shoppers were taking advantage of that free gift coupon!
Did you take advantage of the Bath & Body Works Candle Day Sale?
Omg!!!!! I just found out Bath & Body Works Candle Day is this SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1st!!!!! If you’re not a Bath & Body Works obsessed gal like myself and have zero clue what I’m talking about, this is the day Bath & Body Works discounts all their 3 wick candles down to $8.95. These candles can be marked as high as $24.99 on a normal day, so this is a killer deal if you’re someone like me who needs all the candle scents all the time!
Since I’m a seasoned Candle Day Veteran, I thought I would share a few of my Candle Day tips to help you get the most out of your Candle Day experience!
1. Don’t Just Stock Up On Christmas Scents
This is literally the number one rookie mistake! As much as we want ALL the Christmas scents, who wants to be burning Christmas candles all year long? I know once New Years hits, I’m done with Christmas for the year & that means candle scents as well. If you’re planning on doing a large candle haul, grab a few non-Christmas scents so you have candles to burn all year long! Shopping for a besties Christmas gift? I would also suggest snagging that non-Christmas scent so they can burn it all year long!
2. Call Your Local Store The Night Before
Some Bath & Body Works Stores actually open early for Candle Day! Some years I have heard of stores opening as early as 7am! If you have certain scents on your must-have list, I would suggest calling your local store to see if they happen to be opening early. Nothing worse than arriving at usual opening time only to find out your scents are sold out because the store had been open for hours!
3. Get There Early
If you are someone after the trendy Christmas scents, I would suggest going to the sale early! Everyone has Christmas candles on their mind since they are the newest, so the trendy Christmas scents are going to be the first to go! Get their early to snag your candle!
4. Last Seasons Scents
Was there a scent you were obsessed with last summer? Years past I have actually spotted candles from previous seasons! Just do a little digging and walking around. You never know what you might stumble upon!!! Nothing better than finding that scented candle you were obsessed with and thought you would never lay eyes on again!! It really can happen in candle day!
5. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask!
I know you can feel silly asking an employee a simple question. Makes me nervous thinking about it since I’m one of those people who likes to shop without being bombarded by employees asking me if they can help me! But if you can’t find a scent you know should be out on display, ask an employee if they have more in the back! Every time I have thought a candle was sold out, I built up the courage to ask if they had more and they did! Candle Day is crazy busy, so most of the time, if you’re at the sale early, they didn’t have time to restock. If you’re at the sale later in the day, still ask! You never know. Maybe that specific scent isn’t popular in your town and they do have more!
I know, y’all are like CourtneyLynne said the word coupon?!? Is the world ending?!?! While I might not be a coupon gal most days, it’s not my fault I forget those suckers at home! I am a huge fan of coupons on candle day! If you’re on the Bath & Body Works mailing list, you can use the December coupon book you received in the mail on candle day! That Dollar Discount Coupon will be your bestie!!! You can take off $5, $10, or $15 depending on how much you spend! Just take your coupon book to the store with you and use the coupon for your total amount at checkout! That coupon will make your candles even cheaper!!! Example, spent $20? You will get $5 off with that Dollar Discount Coupon!
There is also a coupon for a free gift with purchase in the December coupon book! They won’t let you use the coupon for another candle, I watched someone try one year! But use that baby to score yourself one of the cheaper candle holders for all those new candles you just purchased! That’s what I did at the last Candle Day sale!
7. Stack Mailer Coupons In Store
If you receive a coupon book with several coupons all attached on the same card, you can use ALL three in one transaction! So if you have the December coupon book, you can use the that Dollar Discount Coupon AND the Free Gidt Coupon in the same transaction! Jackpot!!
8. Best Ways To Use Free Product Coupons.
That awesome Free Product Coupon in the December Coupon Book is pretty awesome!! Since you can get pretty much ANY product valued under $14 with any purchase. That’s right, buy one candle and get anything under $14 for free, make sure you use it for something good! I personally use them for candle holders! Other people I know love to use them on the Aromatherapy collection items since they rarely go on sale!
If you’re not able to shop in-store for Candle Day, they usually release the sale online too, but unfortunately you’ll have to pay to ship. If you’re on the fence about their candles, they smell AMAZING! I actually prefer them over Yankee Candles as they make my entire house from top to bottom smell delicious!
10. Get Free Gift Wrapping Supplies In-Store.
Planning to gift those candles you just purchased, but don’t have time to buy a gift bag? Be sure to ask at checkout if you can have cello bags, gift tags, and ribbon! They will give you a set of wrapping supplies per candle!
As most of you know, we travel A LOT during the holidays. With my family living all over the place in Texas, my besties thousands of miles away back in Orlando, it’s life on the road once the holidays hit since we are located in New York.
It it can be rather tough trying to scheme up that perfect Secret Santa gift when you have things like luggage weight limits to worry about on those fights! That’s why I’ve been a huge fan of CHAMILIA when I need that beyond fabulous gift when I’m on the road. Small enough to be tucked away in a carry on bag and fabulous enough to give to even the picket person on your holiday shopping list since everyone loves Swarovski!
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Since I’m someone who is all about themes & my Secret Santa gifts are usually passed early in the holiday season, I’m all about the Christmas charms/ bracelets when it comes to gift giving! Something festive the recipient can rock around the Christmas tree throughout the season!!!!
My favorite charm this year? This beyond adorable charm called Peppermint Joy. This sterling silver charm features light oxidation, opaque red enamel detailing, and white SwarovskiPure Brilliance Zirconia and can be paired with any Chamilia bracelet or necklace. Depending on who I’m shopping for, I will buy either just the charm since they already have a bracelet, or bracelet & charm to
get them hooked on the fabulously that is Chamilia. Then every year I can buy another festive charm to
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Are you a Chamilia Charm Collector?
This post was sponsored by Reebok as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I’m a hater of all things winter. I truly am. I dislike the cold, the snow, the gloomy & ridiculously depressing sky. Winter is literally my nemesis & I’m counting down the days until I can once again walk the pup around the neighborhood in 70-degree weather.
Part of my daily routine is that I like to walk. A LOT! Walking is my form of exercise. It’s how I get all my energy out after a stressful day and my life feels all wonky if I’m unable to get a walk in. But during winter? Walking the neighborhood is not happening. I’ve tried. People don’t shovel sidewalks. Plows push ice and snow on the few paths that are shoveled. It’s agonizing to me!!!
The next best thing?
Mall walking of course!
Mall walking offers a safe, free, comfortable, walker-friendly way for the public to be more physically active.
Why Walk The Mall?
• Malls offer an indoor environment so you can avoid harsh weather.
• Malls have security!
• Level ground, which can reduce the risk of trips and falls
• Company of fellow mall walkers
• Well-lit restrooms, access to free water fountains, and benches or places to sit and rest!
The first few times I hit the mall for a nice long walk, I bumped into several other mall walkers. There are even clubs and these people are serious about their daily walks. They have headphones in, they have created their own “lanes” and to them, if you aren’t moving quickly, you’re in their way. It can quite intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! That’s why I created a list of tips for those of you wanting to get into to mall walking! With these tips, you will be mall walking like a pro in no time!
The right shoe can literally make or break your walk. You braved the cold, scrapped snow off of your car & made the trek all the way to the mall, so you definitely don’t want to cut your walk short due to an uncomfortable shoe! That’s why my go-to mall walking shoes are Reebok Classics!!
The reason I’m obsessed with Reebok Classics is because not only are the super comfy, but they are so versatile! I can go walk a few laps at the mall in total comfort and then head to dinner or run some errands rocking the same look! No need to change or anything! My pair of Reebok Classics have rose good accents all over the shoe, so I’m constantly getting compliments on my favorite shoes!!! Want a pair for yourself?!? You can scoop up a pair online at Shoe Carnival!!!
If you're like me, you don't necessarily want everyone to know that you're at the mall to work out. The solution is simple: Don't wear workout gear, just wear regular clothes (something comfortable). That way you don't stand out! This is another reason why I love wearing my Reebok Classics for my mall walks! They are comfy enough for a workout, yet match my everyday clothing!
In my experience, no one smiles at each other. There is no small talk!! And I love it!!!! The worst part of hitting the gym is all the small talk. None of that happens at the mall. We all divert our eyes to not slow our pace!
I feel I get the best walks in when I take breaks. I will bring a bottle of water with me. Switch which hand I’m holding my water in as if my water bottle was a weight. When I start to feel sluggish, I find a chair or bench and take a water break! Once I down my bottle of water, I’m off to the second part of my walk!
No strolling aloud. Walk briskly. Swing your arms and prepare for a real-life game of Frogger!! You will burn more calories the faster you walk and the more you swing your arms!
Take The Stairs
Take the stairs and not the escalators or elevators. This one should be pretty obvious, but I felt I should toss this tip on the list! Stair climbing is such a fabulous workout! Whenever I have extra energy, I love speed walking stairs over and over!!! I even do this in my own home. My legs always feel like jello after and I love it!!!!
Stop Into Stores
Don't just walk the length of the mall, stop into the stores and walk around! This will not only give you extra steps, but you'll be so distracted you won't notice you added more steps to your workout! I love going into stores when I start to get bored and haven’t met my steps goal since stores change their stock all the time. Stores are constantly giving me new things to look at while walking.
Are you a mall walker? Do you have any mall walking tips of your own?
Thank you Boscov’s for sponsoring this post! Regardless of compensation, all opinions, stories & typos, 100% my own!!!
The hype. The hysteria. The holidays!
It’s officially that time of year again folks! Tis the season to hook a drain tube up to your wallet and watch your cash flow disappear faster than a Kardashian marriage in the name of Jolly Old Saint Nick!
The good news is, holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful & it certainly doesn’t have to drain your savings. All you need is an effective strategy & good list making skills to help you stay on task.
The most important part of your strategy willl involve figuring out ways to save on your holiday shopping. When you’re spending money, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. This is the only way to stretch your budget further & make sure you have enough cash to cover all of those peeps on that shopping list.
That’s why hubby & I always head to Boscov’s for our holiday shopping! With incredible deals all year long, FREE gift wrap and a department for every gift on my shopping list, Boscov’s is literally the one stop shop to get that holiday shopping AND wrapping done in a flash!
To make things even more easy peasy for you, I’ve compiled a list of gift tips,tricks & hacks that will ultimately help you nail the role of Santa Claus and help you save that money this holiday season. Whether you’re doing your holiday shopping at Boscov’s online or in-store – these tips will cover it all.
New Relationship Gifts!
This is the shopping tip that really started this post! We went to dinner a few nights ago with a co-worker of my hubby’s and he was asking me all sorts of gift questions. He’s in a new relationship and wants to nail that special gift! While jewelry is nice, unless you’re loaded & can afford straight up diamonds that no female could resist, I would shy away from jewelry until you learn her jewelry taste. Some girls are all about the bling while others are more modest. You don’t want to screw that detail up! It will look like you aren’t paying attention to her.
A nice designer handbag would be my gift of choice for that new relationship! Plus, you can usually find awesome deals on Michael Kors, Betsy Johnson, etc at Boscov’s making it easy to find that bag within your budget. No matter what walk of life the girl in your life comes from, every girl needs a bag at some point, so the bag will definitely get used. Stick with safe colors like black, white and brown and I promise you, your girl will have the biggest smile on her face Christmas morning.
Gifts For Her
If you have been married forever like I have, then I bet you know what the love of your life would buy for herself. If you don’t, I have you covered with a few hacks!!!!
1. Head to her closet and check the sizes on the clothing items she wears the most!
2. Write down the names of her favorite designers for perfumes by raiding her collection. While there, check to see which bottles are almost empty. That way you know she needs a new bottle AND she likes that specific fragrance since the bottle is almost gone. Shopping for fragrances during the holidays is my favorite since most perfume’s come in cute gift sets making that gift extra blingy & special AND at a discounted price!
3. & don’t forget to jot down those shoe sizes!!! Unwrapping a new winter jacket, bottle of perfume, and/or a new pair of designer boots would definitely make me give my hubby a huge kiss Christmas morning. Thankfully, you can find all of these items at Boscov’s AND have them gift wrapped for you FOR FREE!
Gifts For Him
I swear guys are way more tough to shop for than girls. While girls get in awe when they spot any designer item of the fact you nailed her shoe size, guys don’t seem to be that impressed with labels. You can splurge on a new Calvin Klein suit & unless your man asked for it himself, he will probably give you a “nice” or a “cool”
before tossing it to the side.
One thing most guys get excited about happens to be sports. I try to stick with sports related items when it comes to my husband. I will usually splurge on a set of tickets & then head to Boscov’s and buy all the sports memorabilia possible to go with those tickets! Boscov’s always has the best and most unique sports memorabilia! Perfect for hubby’s mancave or to put on his desk or in his locker at work!
One of the best parts of Christmas morning is snacking on all of that chocolate Santa left you!!! One of the only days of the year it’s acceptable to eat candy for breakfast! That’s why I love raiding Boscov’s candy section when playing Santa!!!!! Santa only leaves the best chocolate at our house and Boscov’s has it all. I swear chocolate is the one thing EVERYONE loves, so it’s a safe buy! Once you picked up your chocolate, head to the intimates section and scoop up those undies & socks! It wouldn’t be Christmas without them!
Gifts for Animal Lovers
We all have that animal lover on our shopping lists. Wheather it’s the crazy cat lady or the person you know that fosters all the stray dogs, Boscov’s has plenty of gifts for the animal nut. I’m about one cat away from being a crazy cat lady myself, so when I spotted the animal themed gift section. That’s right, a whole section!! I had to give it a shoutout on the blog!
I know my daughter can’t get enough of all things Unicorn & Mermaid! She is also into all thing JoJo and Boscov’s had loads of JoJo over in the Bargain Central section of the store!!!!
One of the hot items I was shocked to spot at Boscov’s were Pomsies! If you follow me on Instagram, you know my daughter has an obsession with this cute little kitties! They are all the rage in first grade. She even took one to the Pumpkin Patch this year. Pomsies are on every “hot toy” list this holiday season, so don’t forget to toss one in your cart!
One way to save that cash when shopping for younger kids is buying all of those discounted themed toys! A little kid will see 10 JoJo bows and think she was Santa’s favorite since she received 10 & not 1! Kids have zero clue about prices and money, so don’t break the bank on a 4 year old! 10 JoJo bows will mean more than a Power Wheels in their eyes. Wait until they are older to splurge, so they will appreciate the costly item.
The One Who Has Everything
On my shopping list, this would be my Dad! He literally has everything and buys everything he wants ALL THE TIME! For those tough to shop for people on that shopping list, I’m all about the cute and funny gifts! They already own everything, so give them a good ole giggle for Christmas. The gift of laughter works every year since it’s something you cannot buy! That laughter will also be the gift that keeps on giving since that funny gift will come up in conversation over and over throughout the year, even years!
Gifts for Travelers
I can only dream that when I retire, I spend all my free time roaming the world! While I would love to purchase an airline ticket for the loved one struck by wanderlust on my shopping list, gifts like luggage will have to do! I promise your frequent flyer friend can never have enough!!!
Usually around the holidays you can score crazy deals on luggage. I’m not sure exactly why this is, but even Boscov’s had 75% off sales of select luggage. If that isn’t a crazy deal, then I don’t know what is! Pick up that suitcase and let everyone think you spent a small fortune!
Don’t break the bank trying to look fly for that holiday party. Dresses can get pretty pricey, BUT they are also the area you can save that cash!!!! The less you spend of that dress, the more you have to spend on presents! That’s why I’m constantly stalking the Boscov’s sales! I’m someone who won’t be spotted at that party rocking anything but Calvin Klein, Michael Kors etc, and Boscov’s always comes through. I saved so much on my holiday party dress, that I was able to scoop up a New Years dress as well! Got to love those sales!!!
Hack ~ Don’t have that much wiggle room in the budget for a dress? Head to the clearance rack & check out last seasons dresses! If you spit a solid colored dress, grab it! Toss on a pair of tights, heels and a sparkly statement necklace and that summer dress just became your holiday dress!
Don’t Forget The Furbabies!
Our fur babies need presents too!!!!! Have a bestie with dog? Shy away from holiday treats and stick with toys. You don’t know what diet your friends pet is on! Some people are pretty strict about what their beloved furbaby can eat. Toys are always a safe choice and Boscov’s had loads of them! Even cute unicorn & flamingo squeaky toys!!!
Not going to lie, I love Secret Santa gift shopping!!!! Unfortunately I don’t have any friends (joking, sorta ;-) ) so I never get invited to do such activities. If I were to ever partake in one, I would raid the novelty mugs, cups, glasses.... one can never have enough. If the budget was a tad bit higher, I would be all about the cute wine bags and toss a bottle of bubbly inside!!! Booze makes everyone happy, especially during the holidays. Plus, if you mess up and buy the wrong type of booze? Wine can always be re-gifted!
Beware Of Timing
If you intend on buying any gifts from Boscov’s online and want to receive them before major holidays like Christmas, be sure to factor enough time in for shipping. Remember that the business shipping days Boscov’s will list when talking delivery, DO NOT include weekends, so plan, plan, plan! Basically, if you haven’t started making online orders yet, get on it this week!
Hack ~ Buying and sending a present for someone who lives across the country can be a bit of a hassle; you end up having to make a trip to the post office and paying a lot for shipping. Instead, ship the gift right from the Boscov’s. For instance, if your cousin across the country, just send her that cozy sweater directly rather than shipping it to yourself, wrapping it and shipping it out again. It’ll save you some time and may even save you some money, since stores like Boscov’s have flat shipping fees for items and even FREE shipping if you spend a certain amount as opposed to the weight-based rate at the post office!
With all of the deals Boscov’s puts out around the holidays, it’s easy to get carried away by buying more than you planned. Before you head out , make a specific list of your recipients, the items you’re looking for and how much you plan on spending per person. Only buy what you have written down, otherwise your $200 budget could quickly become $400. Goodbye savings, hello part-time job!
To make sticking to that budget as painless as possible, I have included a free Christmas List Printable for you to download, print, fill out and take shopping with you!
No printer? No problem! Boscov’s has a Gift Registry AND a Wish List section on their site! Have your kids and spouse make a wish list and shop off of that!
Have you started your Holiday shopping?
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.