It’s Beginning To Smell A Lot Like Christmas!

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas! Yup, you read the right! SMELL! Mmmmm! I love the smell of Christmas! Today’s scents are brought to you by Perfectly Posh’s October Splurge. 

A Splurge is a once a month specialty item. It is available until it is sold out and if you don’t get it right away there is a chance you will cry when you no longer can get it.

So what are the fabulous scents I am smelling??

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First up is Nice Ice Glittery Skin Stick. This is so.much.fun! It glitterfies your skin, giving you an icy shimmer! I am in love! I love all things sparkly so this skin stick and I were simply meant to be. Loaded with Shea and Cocoa Butters, your dry winter skin will get seriously moisturized and nourished. It has a light, crisp, peppermint scent that invokes the image of the Candy Cane dance sequence in The Nutcracker. Leap, twirl, and dance your way to glittery happiness!

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This is going to be the best stocking stuffer for the glitter lovers in your life. It is also a great gift idea for teens; my teen has several friends he needs to get gifts for and this is perfect! Super fun, great quality, and the perfect size and price point!

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The second item is Holly Jolly Chunk. Perfectly Posh Chunks are amazing.
*they are huge and last 2-3 months, easy
*tallow free
*free of parabens, sulfates, SLS, etc
*uses moisturizing butters, like Shea and Mango Seed
*amazing scents
*sustainable palm oil
*most are vegan

Holly Jolly is one of the vegan chunks. It is also gorgeous; a deep Merlot color that makes me want to draw a bath and sip a glass of wine while I relax and drink up the intoxicating scents of my Posh products (Falliday Fizis, Bubble Up, and Holly Jolly make a perfect triple combo act!).

Speaking of scents, this glorious chunk is so juicy smelling! It has a sweet-tart pomegranate-meet-citrus scent that reminds me of all the warm and cozy scents of Christmas. I think of cranberry garlands and dried orange slice ornaments and cloves and cinnamon sticks. OK, so there is no cinnamon scent at all, but it is one of the scent memories invoked when I smell Holly Jolly. I love this and need a million!

Again, this makes a great holiday gift. The price point is phenomenal at just $9, so it meets the usual $10 price point for Secret Santa and Yankee Swap! Toss it is a super cute gift bag and the recipient will feel utterly spoiled.

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All I want for Christmas is parcel of Posh! (please tell me you  sang that to the 2 front teeth tune).

~Andrea

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A Surprise Gift

Zen Baby got a Secret Santa gift. Unfortunately, the generous person (people?) had no clue that a dishonest person had previously bought and returned the gift. This kind person bought a gift that, once opened we discovered, was used. It was missing pieces, the stickers were already added, and one piece was actually broken. Seriously people, be cool. Don’t return stuff broken and then NOT tell the store!

Zen is 2.5 years old, for those who have lost count. He was disappointed he couldn’t play with his toy. “But WHY, Momma? I want to play!”
Two year old toddlers aren’t always reasonable. I tried telling him it was broken and I was working on getting him a new one.

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Here is a recent picture of Zen. He is getting so big! 

 

I tried to figure out where the toy came from. I still am not sure.
Zen just kept pointing to the box and asking hopefully “I play with that?”
I felt so badly.

During one of my Goggle searches for the mystery toy I discovered Kohl’s has something similar enough that Zen would love. Even better, the item was on clearance. Top it off with the fact I have had Kohl’s Merchandise Credit sitting in my wallet for some time now and nothing important to spend it on.

Off to Kohl’s I went. I quickly found the toy. It was originally priced at $69.99. The website had it listed at $28 (for those wondering, it isn’t on the website anymore. My guess is they sold out).
The store had a clearance sticker price on it for $34.99. I went to the register and hopefully asked if they price match to their site. For the record, they do not. Darn. Oh well.

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Original price and clearance sticker price. 

The cashier rang it up and it came up at $27.99! One penny cheaper than online! Yay! Yes, a penny matters to me and I was thrilled! I also had a coupon for 15% off. This took $4.20 off the sale price. My total, after tax, was $25.60. Not bad considering retail value is $69.99. However, I was not done. I still had my Merchandise Credit to use. That took an additional $22.25 off my total. Out of pocket I paid an amazing $3.35! Can you believe that?

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Zen doesn’t have the original toy, but he has a pretty awesome substitute and he is thrilled with it! So what did I buy? I got him the Vtech Go!Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Amazement Park Playset. The set we got is a Kohl’s exclusive and included an extra 15 pieces of track! Here it is:

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Pretty cool! Especially since I paid a whopping $3.35 for it! I am going to write another post about putting it together (I grumbled a lot more than I thought I would) and reviewing it. No, I am not being compensated in any way. I just want to review it on my own accord for those who are interested in it. You can get this set, without the extra 15 pieces, at other stores. It looks like the smaller set retails for $59.99, but a quick Google search tells me all the big stores also have this on post-holiday clearance!

Zen knows this is not really from me. It is a special gift from a Secret Santa; someone with a kind and generous heart who just wanted to put a smile on my baby’s face. That person is amazing and we send them our thanks and love.

~Andrea

Snowmen Ornaments Craft

The kids have swim instructors/coaches who are incredibly awesome and so I thought a nice Christmas gift was in order. However, there was two issues. One, what if they do not celebrate any of the holidays? Two, I have a very limited budget and we are talking about gifts for 8 people, not including C-Dog’s martial arts instructors.

Hi Ho Hi Ho! It’s off to Pintrest I go! I found a blog, in another language, that showed a really cute idea, so I pinned it. You can look at the pin here. The great thing about this idea is snowmen are generic. They do not represent a holiday. They represent a season.
This idea was even more fantastic because I had everything on hand!

The kids used white acrylic paint and painted the front, back, and sides of the sticks. When they were dry they used Sharpie markers to make faces and buttons. They used orange craft foam from our stash and cut out carrot noses. The dug through my ribbons and picked 3 colors and cut them into scarves. They then went and got coordinating felt from our stash and cut rectangles out of it. They grabbed a ball of yarn and I pulled out the hot glue gun.

I won’t let them use the hot glue gun, so I did all the assembly. I added the carrot noses and scarves first. I folded the bottom of the hats up and glued them. The kids added sparkles to the folded bottoms. When they dried I wrapped them around the snowmen heads, tied them with yarn, trimmed the tops of the hats down and then frayed them. The kids then took a sewing needle and threaded it with a thicker thread, pulled it through the backs of the hats, and knotted them so the snowmen can be hung. I added all of their names to the backs and the year.

The kids made cards and we put everything in little seasonal goodie bags I found at the dollar store (8 for $1, perfect!)

I did not take pictures of the steps, but I plan to and add them later. I wanted to get this great idea out there though, so I hope you are following along OK!

This project cost me the frugal amount of $1! Here is a picture of the finished snowmen.

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~Andrea