Y’all aren’t seeing things. I legit feel like I’m cheating on Bath & Body Works right now! I went to Aldi and purchased candles!!! That’s right. My Bath & Body Works obsessed self purchased a different candle!!!! With Bath & Body Works stores being closed. Zero coupons in my inbox and shipping being ridiculously high on the website. I check daily hoping for either a flash free shipping sale or at least a shipping price drop! But no. $24 a candle and $10 shipping. $35 plus tax for a candle? No thank you. Just can’t bring myself to do that regardless of how big of a Bath & Body Works addict I am.
So I took the advice of all of you Aldi nerds that comment on my IG stories constantly and headed to Aldi to see if their candles really are the Bath & Body Works dupes y’all claim them to be!
This is the candle I was most excited to light! Rumor has it that it’s a dupe for the Lavender Bath & Body Works candle with all the macarons on the glass. I actually have the macaron candle. Empty! But I still had it in my possession since I’m a hoarder to sorta compare the scents! Safe to say they smelled pretty similar! I see why people are calling it a dupe! Wish I had enough of the Bath & Body Works Candle left to do a scent test with both lit since they smell so similar unlit!
Literally will make your home smell like mangos! I actually left to run to the liquor store the other day to stock the wine fridge. Don’t worry! Hubby and the kiddo were home to make sure the house didn’t burn down. Came home and my house smelled amazing!!! I was literally shocked a $3.99 candle had that much scent power! Out of all 4 candles purchased, this was the strongest scented candle. If you have a home full of stinky furbabies needing to get to the groomers when the apocalypse ends like myself. Get this candle lol....
Happy Mother’s Day
If floral scents are your thing, you will enjoy this candle! Florals are actually not a favorite of mine at all. I prefer fruity & musk scents, so I personally was not a fan of this candle. I do think it’s totally adorable looks-wise and I will probably be saving this baby to burn on Mother’s Day while I sip champagne all day.
I was the least excited to smell this candle since I assumed it would be floral galore. I couldn’t do a smell test in store since it’s a law to wear masks in store here in NY. Got home and was shocked it was very musky! Not floral at all! Aldi nerds on Facebook were comparing it to Chanel. While I wouldn’t go that far, it does smell like perfume. Only drawback was this was probably the least powerful scent wise. Such a shame since it did smell good! There is always one candle in every haul though regardless where I shop that isn’t very strong scent-wise and this was that candle.
Are Aldi candles actually Bath & Body Works dupes?! I would have to say they are pretty damn close! I was shocked that a $3.99 candle can make my house smell amazing. If I spot a candle with a catchy name or looks like it would smell delicious, I will definitely toss one in my cart! Definitely a great option for those not wanting to cough up those dollar bills for Bath & Body Work Candles or refuse to pay outrageous shipping like myself! So happy I decided to give them a try since they are definitely doing the trick and holding me over until my beloved Bath & Body Works stores reopen!
Happy November 1st!!! Woohoo Thanksgiving!! Which basically means Christmas is tomorrow!! Happy New Year my friends!!!
Honestly though, it’s CRAZY how fast this year flew by! I can’t believe it’s already time to write out those holiday menus and plan those epic Christmas parties!!! As most of you know food is my passion so chef’ing up deliciousness during the holidays ahhhhh!!!! It really makes this the most happiest time of the year for me!!!! Can’t wait to hit the kitchen and start all that baking!!!!!
As most of you know from my insta stories, I have a pretty fabulous kitchen! It’s literally a wannabe chefs dream!! When we were house shopping, we were actually kitchen shopping! Unfortunately we have been living in my home for a little over 5 years now and my refrigerator is the only thing that wasn’t replaced when the glamification of my kitchen took place by the previous owners. It’s stainless steel, so it matched the upgrades, so it was one less thing to purchase.
One of my 2019 bucket list items is to replace the now old, leaky, dated, refrigerator, but where does one start?! When I discovered the All-New Bosch Counter-Depth Refrigerators! Ahhhhh!!! I think I may have found my next refrigerator!!! WooHoo!!!
Just look how sleek the All-New Bosch Counter-Depth Refrigerators are!!!! With a fabulous Stainless-steel finish it really aligns perfectly with any stylish kitchen design!!! True counter-depth refrigeration, this freestanding refrigerator sits flush with the countertop, features hidden hinges, and discreet tucked away feet, all to give you a true built-in look and feel. Plus, made from the highest quality materials, this eye-catching and durable refrigerator with a timeless design is built to last.
Did I mention the touch sensitive controls?!?! Makes operation simple for all of your blonde moment gals like myself!
Are you a gallon of water a day person?!? The Bosch UltraClarityPro™ water filter reduces >99.9% of sediments that may be found in your water, including harsh elements like chlorine and chloramine all with just one touch. Boom! I know I was pretty hyped about that feature!!!
Need a midnight snack?! LED interior lighting to illuminate interior.
Have kids that like to leave that refrigerator open?!? The door alarm is here to save the day since it will alert you when the refrigerator door is accidentally left open to save energy.
Is it Saturday night and you’re craving a frozen cocktail?!? Automatic ice maker to provide a steady supply of ice without the mess of having to refill those annoying ice trays!!
And then don’t even get me started on organization!!! All you type a gals like myself, meet your match since you can organize contents with ease: Includes 5 tempered glass shelves, 4 of which are adjustable and half-width, 3 gallon door bins and 2 humidity controlled compartments to provide ample space for storing items.
Then FlexBar™ creates extra space in your refrigerator – it’s the perfect home for wine bottles, condiment jars, eggs, and more.
If your kids drink as much milk as my child, you are going to love this! Featured on both sets of doors, three wide gallon door bins easily accommodate two large side-by-side gallon containers each!! Such a space saver!!!!
And now let’s not forget the freezer!! We need that nice and organized as well! An ingenious three-tier layered freezer drawer system creates extra storage for frozen items, from pizza boxes to frozen waffles. You can now take advantage of all those deals and have a place to store all of your steals!!!
The Home Connect™
Technology is crazy these days!!!!! I just love how one little app can make our day so much smoother!!! You can now master your day, in your own way, with Home Connect™. The Home Connect™ app allows you to remotely monitor and control your Bosch refrigerator from your smartphone or tablet. Control the temperature, adjust lighting, run diagnostics—wherever you are,** for ultimate convenience. Connected refrigerators from Bosch are designed to give you peace of mind, customization, and simplification!
**Connectivity and speed varies based on network and Wi-Fi levels.**
Can you believe it!?!?! The first day of school is less than two weeks away?!!! Where did summer go?!? I swear it flew by wayyy too fast this year! I still have more than half of my summer bucket list to complete lol. #fail
Since I will have a second grader this year who is convinced she is now a big girl AND we happen to live right around the corner from the elementary school, Haylie has been begging to roll into the first day of school in style! No more traditional walk into the classroom, she wants to roll in on a scooter. And not just any scooter, the new Hover-1 Journey Electric Scooter from Best Buy!
Hover-1 Journey Electric Scooter
I know most of you have already heard all about the Hover-1 Journey Electric Scooter since it’s all kids seem to talk about these days!!! They all just NEED to have one!!! But since I do know there are probably a few of you out there in the interwebs that aren’t exactly sure what your kids are rambling on about, I’ve got all the details and then some!
The Hover-1 Journey Electric Scooter is really like no other!!! With a weight capacity of 220 lbs, that ensures safe riding. A chic foldable design that offers a convenient, stylish, and exciting form of transportation to and from school, it’s really not that hard to see why all of our kids are obsessed!!!
I know the one thing on all of your minds, how safe if this thing? Let me start out by mentioning that the Hover-1 Journey Electric Scooter has electronic AND foot brakes which help the scooter come to a complete stop SAFETY!!! WooHoo!!!! It also reaches speeds up to 14 mph & and it tackles hills at angles of up to 15 degrees effortlessly, so you can ride anytime, anywhere!!
Now when it come to charging, it’s a breeze! The scooter also has a 36V UL certified battery pack which is ridiculously simple to charge with the provided easy-to-use charger!!! It also has a range of 16 miles before it even needs a charge, so you won’t have to worry about your kiddo getting stuck somewhere without a charge!
Where To Buy?
I know, at this point y’all want to know where you can scoop one of these babies up while doing that last minute school supplies shopping. Best Buy is where you will want to head! Love that it’s THAT easy to find these scooters since Best Buy’s are literally EVERYWHERE!
No time to hit up a store? Just click away here and order your kiddo the IT item of the 2019 school year! You will definitely win the best mom/dad of the year award!
Y’all know once fall hits hubby and I are glued to our TV!! Hello football season!!!! Honestly, football watch parties are best way for us Western New Yorkers to stay occupied once the snow hits!!! So when we heard a wireless home audio system made by Bowers & Wilkins hit the market? Omg!!! FINALLY, a wireless home audio system with the high quality we expect and the high performance we have been waiting for. WooHoo!!!
Since football watch parties are our thing, you best believe we have tried many wireless home audio systems in the past since wireless audio systems are the new standard for convenience and whole-home connectivity! Plus, we want to feel like we are actually at the games we watch! We are extra like that!! Unfortunately, most systems we tried were total flops! Low quality & breaks in the sound, which really is the make or break when it comes to an audio system!!!
Let’s just say our football watch parties will
never be the same again thanks to the Bowers & Wilkins Wedge, Bar & Bass System! Finally the high-end, super reliable wireless audio we have always wanted in the comfort of our own living room!!!
How does all this wireless sound system fabulousness work?!?
Well I’ll let me explain!
The legendary Bowers & Wilkins room-filling sound with incredible clarity is created by a 120-degree Formations Wedge’s cabinet that utilizes Formation Wedge Technology so it can deliver that awesome wired quality sound, but WIRELESS! The astonishing high range of sound is made by the Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter.
The Bowers & Wilkins Bass is what is responsible for that expressive sound you can hear and feel throughout the room!! It’s enhanced with deep and authentic bass sound optimized in real time thanks to the Dynamic EQ. The subwoofer performs at a higher level, delivering significantly more bass without distortion. Combined with the Class D Amplified that supplies 250W RMS power for high volume levels and minimal distortion, this system will set the new standard when it comes to wireless audio systems.
Discover the new standard in wireless audio with the Bowers and Wilkins Bar!!! This multi-room and powerful soundbar streams wireless sound with legendary audio quality through nine optimized drive units. This wide sound-stage experience for music and movies has a dedicated center channel so the dialogue will be crisp and easy to hear while watching your favorite TV show & movies. Do not only did your game days get better, your family movie nights did too!!!
Want to experience the increase Bowers & Wilkins unique wireless audio experience yourself?!? Just head to your local Best Buy. After checking out this epic wireless audio home system for yourself, you can save $200 when you decide to purchase the Formation Bar & Formation Bass for your home!!! ~ in-store only and limited time offer valid until September 7, 2019.
This post was sponsored by Amazon as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Ahhhhh snow days!!! I have such a love/hate relationship with them! When you spot a blizzard a few days before on your Echo Show, at least you have time to prepare yourself for a house full of kids and not being able to go outdoors. When you get a random ice storm in the middle of the night and receive a 6am automated call telling you schools are canceled due to freezing rain and icy conditions. Those are the “snow days” that would drive me insane. Not a single planned activity. Definitely not stocked up on those favorite snow days snacks. Unplanned snow days were the worst until we discovered all the fun we can have with our Alexa devices!
Honesty, it’s hard to remember a time Alexa wasn’t there to help save the day!!! Alexa makes our unplanned snow days a tad bit more fun & exciting since we can just ask her to play music, read the news, control our smart home, tell a joke, and more! Whether you are at home or on the go, Alexa is designed to make your life easier by letting you voice-control your world.
A few months ago we found out that Amazon made an Echo Dot Kids Edition and boy did we get excited!!! Families just like ours have loved using Alexa in their households so Amazon wanted to provide a kid-friendly, kid-centric Alexa experience with parental controls! My daughter loves playing with our devices, especially on those snow days and now she can have one of her very own! No more stealing mommy’s Alexa to read to her favorite stories or play the Sponge Bob Challenge, she can play with her very own Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition instead!!!
Echo Dot Kids Edition
Keep your kids nice and entertained on those unplanned snow days with Echo Dot Kids Edition and FreeTime on Alexa. Kids have access to age-appropriate music! That’s right, unlike Mommy & Daddy’s devices, Echo Dot Kids Edition is filtered with FreeTime on Alexa that lets parents select which services and skills kids can use, turn off voice purchasing, and more. Parents can also block explicit song lyrics with Amazon Music, and use Household Communications for announcements, calling, messaging and drop-in within the home.WooHoo!!! You can also find features like educational Q&A, a Magic Word, and kid-friendly suggestions when kids are bored on those snow days. Parents can also manage their kids’ experience on Parent Dashboard—same as FreeTime on other devices! I swear after one day of having an Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition in your home, you will be asking yourself how you ever went without one! Especially on those snow days. Such a game changer!
Amazon FreeTime on Alexa
I know there must be a few Alexa newbies out there and I know exactly what you’re asking yourself. What the heck is this Amazon FreeTime Unlimited that you speak of? FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa is how you keep your child entertained since it includes over 1000 Audible kids’ books, kid-friendly, ad-free radio stations and playlists, character alarms, and premium Alexa skills that kids will love.
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa is also available on Echo devices starting at $2.99 per month. And, families that already subscribe to FreeTime Unlimited on Fire tablets or Android devices can enjoy FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa content at no additional cost. So if your kids have those popular Fire Tablets like my daughter, hook your Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition for free!
Do you struggle keeping your kids entertained on those snow days? Let Alexa help you with exciting entertainment the whole family can enjoy!!!
• Alexa, start SpongeBob Challenge.” This voice-activated memory game tests your wits as you try to take meal orders at the Krusty Krab from the residents of Bikini Bottom.
• “Alexa, open Sesame Street.” Your Alexa-enabled device becomes a direct line to your little ones favorite Sesame Street character Elmo!
• “Alexa, meow like a cat.” This is one feature my 6 year old couldn’t get enough of when she discovered it!!! She would ask Alexa to meow like a cat and bark like a dog over and over. She did it so much our puppy though Alexa was an animal and would start barking at her lol.... According to the Animal Sounds Alexa skill creator, users can ask to hear the sounds of a “baboon, bear, bobcat, cat, cow, coyote, hippopotamus, lemur, lion, spider, monkey, spider monkey, rooster—and more.”
• “Alexa, open Amazon Storytime.” Turn any time into story time with Amazon Storytime, a free Alexa skill for kids ages 5-12. Explore a collection of more than a hundred short stories featuring lively full-cast recordings. Kids can choose from story categories including bedtime, silly, family, friends, and more. Or spin the magic story wheel for a surprise set of stories. Super helpful if you just need the kids to sit still and chill for a few minutes.
• “Alexa, tell me a knock-knock joke.” Alexa won’t do the back and forth thing with you, but she does have some knock knock jokes to tell. The answer is always different, so your kids might get sucked into asking for knock knock jokes all day.
• “Alexa, how old are you?” Alexa will actually tell you her age (which is 3), but she will also tell you how old she is in dog years and AI years. It’s a large number, as it seems the latter age is counted in nanoseconds.
• “Alexa, launch Guess the Number.” Alexa will “think” of a number between 1 and 100 and your kids have to guess it while she directs them “higher” or “lower.”
• “Alexa, Can you beatbox?” I have to say Alexa is the best at beatboxing!! Have your kids give it a try and and see Alexa throw down.
• “Alexa, play [insert child’s favorite song here].” Alexa is, at its heart, a speaker made for music. So let her blast out the Sophia The First theme song if it helps cheer things up. Or, if it’s just you who needs the cheering, just make your pick and rock it out, mama! Alexa can play pretty much anything you ask of her, especially if you’re an Amazon Prime or Amazon Music Unlimited member, which gives you access to Amazon’s expansive music library.
• “Alexa, Who you gonna call?” “Ghostbusters!” This one always gets my 6 year old and even my hubby giggling!
•”Alexa, open Mighty Trivia. This one is geared towards a younger audience with three different difficulty levels. Alexa will pretend to be an object, person, place or animal and you must guess what she is based on questions and hints.
• “Alexa, Fart” That’s right. You read that correctly! Your kid’s love for Alexa may reach unprecedented heights when they discover the perfect command to give her: “Ask for a fart. The laughs are sure to be plenty.
Are you an Alexa family? What ways do you use your device on snow days?
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.