Summer scent trend: Sea Salt

It's been a minute since posting a "Notes From the Stash" edition and now that my wax haulage has slowed to a trickle, it's time for another dip into my wax stash. I love to identify fragrance trends, gauge popularity and make predictions. Perhaps inspired by my current Florida beach location/coaching trip destination, one trend... Continue Reading →

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Teaser Tuesday: Circe

I'm relishing a captivating read that has generated a bit of book buzz in the last few months. Published in April, Circe is the story of the infamous sorceress with whom Odysseus matches wits in The Odyssey. A re-imagining of her life as an outcast goddess and the circumstances that led her to an island exile. It... Continue Reading →

Gio & Turner: Custom wax haul

Did everyone know that Gio & Turner offers custom wax bags? News to me when happening upon a comment on an unrelated post in May (thanks to the Instagram algorithm for burying unknowable numbers of posts from those I follow). Jeannie from G&T is a kind and esteemed maker who started her small business around... Continue Reading →

Callahan Ceramics: Constellation mug

As my forty-first birthday approached with little fanfare (we were busy celebrating other happy family milestones) the lack of festivity instilled in me the need to treat myself. With no New York City celebration to ring in my new decade as it had last year, I settled for a quiet morning sipping coffee on our... Continue Reading →

May: Wax/Life update

"Among the many buds proclaiming May Decking the fields in holiday array, Striving who shall surpass in braverie, Marke the faire flowering of the Hawthorne tree Who finely clothed in a robe of white, Fills full the wanton eye with May's delight."   --Chaucer The month of May is becoming a favorite; great baseball game weather,... Continue Reading →

Summer TBR list

Summer reading programs officially kick-off at libraries across the country today, including mine. I'm eager to see the little ones' excited faces as they turn in their reading logs for prizes and enjoy reading our adult participants' book reviews. The program adds a bit more paperwork to the job, but it's all worth it. In the... Continue Reading →

Wicks Flicks ‘n Gifts review

One positive blogging perk is occasionally being gifted wax to photo and review. Selected by my similarly wax loving sis, Wicks Flicks n' Gifts, in business since 2013, is an etsy company I had never come across before. A shop specializing in down home scents with country-chic style. Homespun primitives aren't part of my usual... Continue Reading →

The Scrub Down Part 2: scrub vs scrub

Comin' to ya with my 200th post! Whenever I acknowledge a little bloggy milestone I like to write a round-up or reference post because they are how I began this blog over two years ago. Today's will pit shower scrub vs. shower scrub, vs. shower scrub, vs. whipped soap...I could continue but essentially, it's a... Continue Reading →

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