Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wishing Well

Have ya been thinking to yourself, hey, this girl sells Scentsy, so she's never gonna have a negative review of anything Scentsy? 

Well, that all ends here.  Yes, folks.  There are Scentsy scents I don't care for.  It goes back to that "scents are personal" thing.  I may not like the forthcoming scent, but you may adore it.  I think it has a lot to do with our scent "memory"--what we associate scent with--that colors our love, or dislike, of scent.  So, don't let my negative review color your urge to try it.  If you're unsure, find your local consultant and get a good whiff of her/his tester!

Wishing Well
Scentsy says Wishing Well smells like: A pool of fresh rainwater, with soothing water hyacinth and subtle green fern.

I get funeral flowers with a hint of old-lady perfume.  The full disclaimer is that I don't care for any floral scents that feature gardenias, jasmine, rose, or, as it turns out, hyacinth.  So, if you are a floral lover, this is probably the scent for you.  I bought this one before I was a Scentsy consultant, so I went on the rainwater description smell-unsniffed because I tend to really like water scents.  Not a good plan.  Now I have six cubes of Wishing Well languishing in my Scenty cupboard, just taking up space.  Sigh.

On the positive side, it has a HUGE throw, and the last power was phenomenal--several days.   So, if Wishing Well is the scent for you, one bar will last you a good long while.  In summary:

Wishing Well,
Scent Rating: 4
Throw: Strong
Lasting Power: Excellent!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Amalfi Coast and Sunkissed Citrus Review

Are you a citrus lover?  I am.  Problem is, finding citrus scents for my home that don't smell like Pledge or some other cleaner for my home.  I've never found one in the mall-brand (you know who I'm talking about!!!) that I just really loved.  Scentsy, however, really rocks the citrus world, imo.  Today, I'm reviewing two of them that I absolutely love.  First up:

Amalfi Coast
Scentsy describes Amalfi Coast as "A warm afternoon in a sun-drenched Italian citrus grove: sparkling pomelo, white grapefruit, Capri lime."

Really, it is hard to top that description!  Warmed, I get lots and lots of tart grapefruit with just a hint of sweet citrus to balance.  I love it so much, I have a scent circle in my car.  YUM!  It is a 10+ in my scent rating and the throw I would rate as medium.

The only downside to the Scentsy citruses is they lack the staying power of most of Scentsy scents.  But, I have the same problem w/ citrus-based scents in other brands, too, so it must be a citrus-thing.  Expect 4-8 of good strong scent from a cube.

Scent Rating: 10
Throw Rating: Medium
Lasting Power--low

Sunkissed Citrus
Scentsy's Description?   A lively blend of oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit.

Sunkissed Citrus, to me, is another citrus winner.  I get a LOT of orange out of this one, and it is definitely a bit sweeter than Amalfi Coast.  The top note is very warm and sunny, almost like there is a tiny hint of vanilla in it, although the description doesn't support that theory ; )

There's no hint of orange cleaner in this one, thank goodness--just lots of pure, warm citrus.  I give this one a 9.  I do love it, but I reserve the 10 rating for scents that send me over the moon!  The throw is quite good--Medium, but like Amalfi Coast, Sunkissed Citrus doesn't have a huge staying power.  Again, expect 4-8 hours of scent from a cube.  Still, not bad, considering there are 7 more cubes in the pack awaiting the warmer!

Scent Rating: 9
Throw Rating: Medium
Lasting Power--low

Check out my new ScentReview site/blog: and   Eventually, I hope to just have all my reviews over there ; )

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Look! Look! A Scent Review Site....

I'm super excited to announce my new website Scent Review (no worries, this blog isn't going anywhere, as you'll see in a minute.)  Scent Review is different than my official Scentsy sales site because it is really just meant to be an informational site.

You know how absolutely nutty for home fragrance I am (every nook and cranny in my home is stuffed w/ scent).  Before I became a consultant for Scentsy, I was looking around the internet for reviews of the scents.  And not finding a whole lot.

I was kind of hoping that a scent review site would be helpful for those who don't have sniff testers at their fingertips 24/7.  I really encourage you to connect with your local Scentsy consultant so you can have a sniff-fest!  I mean, I seriously lie in bed some nights and re-smell all my testers, just to remind myself of their yummy goodness (imagine how Mister loves that!).  But, if you don't have the testers at hand, and need a reminder, come on over to Scent Reviews and remind yourself what a particular scent smells like!

THIS blog will continue with cats, crafts, and crazy, b/c all that is ever-present in my life in addition to scents!  Wouldn't want to give all that up!  Bwahahahaha!

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Very Winter Father's Day

Ahhhhh!  Such a lovely Father's Day  (like the saying goes...there's a special place in Heaven for the father of three girls!)  Just a quiet day around the house, although Mister did take the opportunity to do a little badly-needed tree-trimming after spending all day Saturday riding with his Cyclopath buddies.  That was his Father's Day fun, just a day early.

Scott & Leah came over to help Sarah, Maura, and I celebrate Mister.  Of course that meant FOOD.  Lots and lots of yummy food.  We started out with my homemade chevre on Mister's homemade Sicilian bread, topped with chopped tomatoes and basil from the garden, and then a buttery slice of avacado!  YUM!   The main course was a pork roast on the grill, fingerling potatoes, and a mixed green salad.  The piece de resistance was a cream cheese pound cake (with my own neufchatel!) in a bundt pan.  Friend T- sent me that recipe, and boy was it worthy.  Fresh, local strawberries topped off that little calorie fest quite nicely, along with the presents, of course.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Scenes from Camping at Mt. St. Helens

Ape Caves--North America's longest accessible lava tube
Coming out of a lava tube--I love this pic b/c Brendan rarely smiles in pictures : D

Sunset at Merwyn Reservoir
Maura and Caoimhe

Scott, Edie, and Caoimhe enjoying Trail of Two Forests

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Weekends at the Winter's

I love weekends at Chez Winter!  That's when cheese/yogurt/breadmaking kicks in to high gear.  It's not at all unusual to see this:
What is it?  A batch of neufchatel cream cheese draining the whey.  I've tied it to my potrack w/ a strong piece of linen yarn.  In another six hours or so, it will be pressed in a colander with a plate and 8-lb weight on it overnight in the fridge, and tomorrow, salted, herbed (if desired) and then stored for some yummy eating over the next week or two.  

Meantime, Mister is usually whipping up all kinds of bread options for the upcoming week--anything from homemade bagels and english muffins, to sourdough baguettes, to a whole grain sandwich bread.  Pretzels, cinnamon bread, and ciabatta find their way on to our menu occasionally as well.

It's not at all unusual to start out a Saturday with sourdough pancakes--I like mine doused in some plain, homemade yogurt and a healthy sprinkling of powdered sugar.  Normally, I'm not a huge pancake fan, but throw that sourdough in there, and I'm on board.  Mister has several sourdough "mothers" living in our house currently, each with its own character, so there's always plenty on hand for something sourdough and delicious.  YUM!

Whatcha waiting for?  Stop by and sample some of the best bread in Puyallup...and have a dollop of cream cheese or yogurt while you're at it!

Friday, June 8, 2012

What is Success? Defining my Life...

What is success??  I've given this idea a lot of thought this past year...the first year in 23 that I didn't bring home some sort of paycheck.  Because, let's face it, it's easy to equate Nice Paycheck with success.  Oh, it's simple to lay on the platitudes--success is doing what you want, success is enjoying life, blah blah blah, but if I'm really honest with myself, I know in my heart, that I feel--ahem, felt--unsuccessful without that paycheck.  Head said one thing, but my heart said another.

I always told myself that Mom-ing was the most important and challenging job I've ever had--and it is--but you have to have a superhuman sense of self to ceaselessly hold your head up high and confess that in polite society.  It's so undervalued!  I admit, I always answered, what do you do? with something like, "tax accountant," or "teacher", or "bookkeeper" followed by, "and a mom" like I'm ashamed of that!  It's especially ironic, as I've never worked full-time outside the home since first giving birth to my oldest nearly 25 years ago.  Mom-ing always has been my full-time job, and working outside the home has provided us w/ some extra money and perks.

As a strong advocate for the value of Mom-ing, especially encouraging families to raise their own children when it is possible, I cringe when I realize that much of my own idea of success was subconciously connected to a paycheck.  I discovered that fault pretty quickly when the community college I taught for began its slow merger with another, and my program I taught in for 12 years was ended.

So now, a year after that ending, a year in which I've struggled to reframe my vision of success, I'm, well to be honest, limping along with the idea of unemployment.  Especially since my active Mom-ing days are over, too.  Ah!  The empty nest! 

What is success?  For me, success is defined in my life-long motto, "Family First."  It is also defined by a more recent motto I've adopted, "You are Enough."  My head believes those things, and I'm certain my heart will follow.

My daughters, Maura, Leah, and Sarah

Our "like-a-daughter", Katie, who has been part of our family since 2nd grade!  Her mom and dad, Charlene and Dennis generously share her with us ; D

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Camping & Scentsy Pixie Review

We're going to camp this weekend up near Mt St Helens.  The weather is typical June NW weather--rain!  Sigh.  Think sunny thoughts and maybe we'll have a break or two in the weather.

My crafting mojo has been low this week.  Don'tcha hate that? I don't have much to show for my time--always a sad thing.

So, thought I'd throw out another Scentsy review.  I scoured the web searching for reviews when I was wanting to hope that others find the reviews useful.

Scentsy Pixie Review

Scentsy describes Pixie as: A mischievous moonscape of pink pepper, mandarin, and heliotrope, deepened by exotic teakwood and vanilla oak.

I like the complexity of Scentsy's scents.  Many of them I sniff and think, "what is THAT, it smells so good!"  It makes it hard to pick out a single note.  As the description implies, Pixie is slightly spicy, slightly woodsy, and a little fruity.  It is a very sophisticated scent.  Pink Pepper doesn't really belong to the pepper family--it is actually a berry!  So, Pixie doesn't have that peppery sting that black pepper has.  I absolutely love it, but it is quite different than any other home fragrance I've tried, so really don't have a scent comparison to offer.  I have also added Scentsy's 2012 Scent Note, Pink Pepper, to this one to spice it up even more, and find that just as yummy.  The Pink Pepper in Pixie really is the top note--the one that hits your nose first.  The underlying citrus, florals, and woodsy undertones come through subtley.  The throw on this one is good, but not overpowering.  Two cubes lasted several days in my family room, but really didn't wander beyond the kitchen, the next room over.

If you like distinctive, complex scents, definitely add this to your wishlist.

Scent Rating: 10 (don't worry, I have upcoming reviews for ones that are NOT 10's in my book)
Throw Rating: Medium