Summer is usually my all time favorite season to scoop up those Bath & Body Works scents!!! I love all things beachy smelling, fruity and just straight up yummy!!!! However, this years haul?!? A tad bit interesting....
The packaging this year? omg!!! Design team gets a gold star because so freaking cute!!!
The scents however?!? I was left thinking this haul was just ok! Then again, I did order all of these since stores here in New York are still closed, so maybe I would have had better luck in store where I could have taken advantage of the try me before buying.
Keep on reading to find out what you should scoop up and what you might want to pass on regardless of the fabulous packaging.
Summer Boardwalk ~ Caramel-Glazed Popcorn, Warm Taffy-Apples, Salty Sweet Cream with Essential Oils. I feel like this candle is straight up fall. Creamy apple is all I smell! Not horrible, but not summer at all.
Warm Apple Pie ~ Baked Granny Smith Apple, Melted Brown Sugar, Flaky Homemade Crust with Essential Oils. I knew this would smell like fall! I purchased this candle solely for the packaging! Perfect for July 4th!!!
Berry Waffle Cone ~ Sweet Summer Berries, Golden Waffle Cone, Creamy Vanilla with Essential Oils! This was the candle I was most excited about!!!! Berry & vanilla sounded so yummy! However, this candle smells like maple syrup mixed with berry. But a horrible scent, but not what I was expecting lol... reminds me of fall!
Sandcastles & Sunshine ~ Salted Starfruit, Ocean Mist, White Driftwood with Essential Oils. I was super excited for this candle as well!!! Starfruit sounded, well fruity & I’m all about a fruity candle! However, this candle smells like a clean house lol.... maybe even clean laundry. I love the smell of cleanliness, so no hate! Just wasn’t expecting such a scent from something claiming to be starfruit.
Beachfront Blanket ~ A transportive blend of fresh white linen, summer sunrays & soft musk. This lotion has the cutest packaging EVER & it’s smells exactly as it claims. Fresh linen with a little bit of musk.
Coastal Hydrangeas ~ A summer bouquet of fresh hydrangeas, ocean mist & golden apple. I was expecting this lotion to be straight up floral and shockingly it’s not. Floral mixed with apple. An odd combo, but not bad!
Sea Salt & Lavender ~ A calming, coastal blend of fresh sea salt, blooming lavender & sun-drenched sands. This lotion is exactly what you would expect. Lavender! It’s a very light lavender however, so it’s not over powering. A great night time lotion!
Boardwalk Taffy ~ A nostalgic, summertime treat of spun sugar, pink berries & whipped vanilla. This was the lotion I was most excited for!!!! Thankfully it didn’t disappoint me that much. While it could be more powerful scent wise, you do get berry and vanilla! Finally a win!!!
Sunrise Sail ~ A sun-kissed blend of ocean breeze, blue iris & sparkling citrus. Floral and clean is all I smell. Not horrible, but not a favorite at all. I feel like the lotions this season all smell like laundry lol.... maybe next summer I will get my fruity scents back!
Have you tried any of the new summer scents?
Another season of goodies means another haul!!! This Bath & Body Works Haul was a tad bit different though. With the whole world basically being shut down due to Covid, I had to pick and choose my scents by what sounded amazing online. Definitely challenging when you’re someone like me who wants to be the first to buy things and reviews are yet to be posted. So I took the risk and purchased what I hoped would be fabulous! Keep on reading to find out if these scents are passes or fails!
Strawberry Pound Cake ~ I somewhat cheated with this candle. I purchased the Strawberry Pound Cake lotion once before, so when they released the new version of the Candle, I somewhat knew what it would smell like. The answer?!?! Pure fruity heaven!!!! A mix of strawberry & cream. This candle legit makes my whole house smell amazing!!!! Definitely goes on my all time favorites list!
Amazing Mom ~ Is it bad I purchased this candle for myself lol.... I knew my hubby and daughter weren’t going to hit up the Bath & Body Works website to purchase it for me. Store yes! Website, they probably don’t even know it exists, so I ordered it myself lol.... This candle smells like Watermelon Lemonade and it’s definitely yummy! Reminds me of sour watermelon candies!!!
Peach Bellini ~ Another update on a classic. Peach Bellini is one yummy smelling candle. It’s always a fabulous one to grab when you spot a sale and don’t know what to grab! Never disappoints. Super peachy!!!!
Perfect Peony ~ I saved the one I was most excited for, for last!!! This is the new “IT” scent at Bath & Body Works. They even made a legit perfume! It definitely lives up to the hype because I was ridiculously obsessed!!!! Super powerful and I actually enjoyed the scent even though I’m not usually a team floral. I really hope they keep this scent around because I will be putting this candle on my “safe” list for future purchases!!!
Whipped Vanilla Chiffon ~ Legit smells like a boujee perfume!!!! I was so happy I snagged this. I feel so fancy when I have it on!!!
Coconut Hibiscus ~ I was interested as to what this would smell like. A unique combo if you ask me. The scent? Smells like tanning lotion. I love the smell of tanning lotion, BUT I was hoping to smell a little bit of Hibiscus as well. Not so much.
Perfect Peony ~ As I mentioned above, this is the “it” scent Bath & Body Works has been promoting! Just like the candle, the lotion does not disappoint! For a floral it’s not too over powering. A super classy scent!!! Perfect for date night.
Fresh Cut Lilac ~ I thought the packaging was beautiful. That’s I clicked add to cart when it came to this scent. However, it’s 100% overpowering floral which I’m not too fond of lol..... florals just remind me of old people. If you like florals however, you should love this! Super powerful. I wore this to bed and my hubby was even like omg you smell like flowers lol...
Atlantic ~ Last but not least we have Atlantic! I had no idea this was even a men’s scent, so when it arrived, I smelled it and was like omg!!! Why does this smell like Axe?!? Looked at the bottle and it’s for men. A total fail for me! A win for my hubby I guess since he now has a new bottle of lotion that legit smells like cheap cologne. Let’s just hope this quarantine ends so that little mistake never happens again. I want to “try me” in the actual store lol....
Have you tried any of the Spring Scents?
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!!!
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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!
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.