Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fall Haul: Bath and Body Works and Target

This past Saturday I woke up knowing that it was finally the day to go buy my fall candles! I looked on the Bath and Body Works website and saw it was buy three get three free! I grabbed my 20% off coupon and headed off the to the mall. 

Of course I walked out with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Leaves candles! I absolutely love Leaves and continue to purchase multiples year after year. I did however pick two other candles just to mix it up a little bit. Marshmallow Fireside is one I've tried before and really like. It actually works really great as a winter candle as well which is great. The final candle I chose is Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin which I also have in body lotion and shower gel.

In addition to my 20% off coupon I also had a free wallflower coupon so I also picked up a wallflower in sunset beach. I don't have a wallflower plug to use it, but I will definitely pick one up soon!

While I was at the mall I also decided to go to Target because there were a few things I wanted to pick up for my upcoming trip to Disney World!

The main item I wanted to pick up was a new bag for all my products. I needed something to hold all all my travel minis safely when we go away and I thought this bag was super cute. It's made by Sophia Joy which is a brand I've never heard of before but I think it looks beachy and I love it!
I also picked up loofas for both Tim and I (green for him since it's his favorite) and basic cotton rounds for my toner.

I decided to pick up some minis for my trip; Pantene shampoo and conditioner, Burts Bees facial wipes, Pacifica facial wipes, Pacifica deodorant wipes, EOS shave balm, Yes To Grapefruit Facial Scrub and Sensodyne Toothpaste.

The last thing I picked up is very much needed and is a wide tooth comb from Conair. I have been needing a comb to use in shower for some time now because my hair is super tangly. I'm hoping this works!

So that's it for my haul today- you can also check out my video of this haul over on the BalancingOnMyToes Youtube page!

Have a great day everybody!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Life Lately: Lotus Flowers, Peeka, and Kayaking

I'm back with just a little update on what's been going on in my life lately so let's jump right in!

Locally in Rhode Island there is a small pond that has humongous lotus flowers and I made Tim take me one day so I could snap a few pictures.

The pictures honestly do not do them justice and they are only around for a very short period of time so if you want to see them in person you have to hurry once you hear they are out!

Tim was such a good sport taking selfies and looking at flowers although he did admit that they were pretty cool.

Brittni texted us in the late afternoon that day asking if we wanted to meet them for dinner, which of course we did because when Emma is involved there is always live entertainment! We all laughed as she covered her eyes then uncovered them and yelled "PEEKA!" then we all were expected to yell "BOO!" back at her. She laughed and laughed.

Clearly this kid knows her audience and how much control she has over all of us.

After a yummy dinner at Not Your Average Joes (the bread and oil is AH-MAZING!) we said our goodbyes and Tim and I stopped for some ice cream!

One of my favorite things about summer is getting ice cream in the evenings and we haven't done that nearly enough this year.

Also I recently was able to enjoy my lunch time with this little one at the playground.

The face of pure joy!

Tim's family does a kayaking trip every year and this summer was no exception! You can see recaps of our past kayaking trips here and here.

This year we took a slightly different route since the one we'd been doing the last couple of years was impassible. However the route we took also had its fair share of obstacles and plenty of rocks to get stuck on!

Just waiting for everyone to get into the water and join us!

At one point I was wayyyyyy ahead of everyone else because everyone got stuck and I just slid right past. I think that kayaking can certainly be all luck. If you choose the correct path you can just get really lucky and make it through

Tim and I were actually separated for the majority of the trip which was strange since we normally go in a two person kayak but we just ended up socializing with different groups which  meant we had a lot to share afterwards!

I love getting the chance to hang out with this girl! Danielle is Dans girlfriend (Tim's brother Dan- not to be confused with my brother Dan) and she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet! We kayaked near each other for a good portion of the afternoon and I enjoyed catching up with her.

We were quite the crowd with Tim's parents, Tim and his four siblings, all their significant others, Tim's two nephews, his cousin Derek  and his girlfriend Ally, and his aunt Cindy and cousins Joe and Catherine. It was quite the day!

I was very sore at the end of it all and ready to relax at home! We ended up going to dinner with Derek and Ally at Dan's Place (one of our favorite restaurants in West Greenwich, RI) which was a great way to relax and recap the day. Then I proceeded to be sore for the following three days!

Did you guys get out to see the eclipse?

This is the best picture I got but man was it cool!

We were lucky enough to have a welding mask at work and some safety glass so we could take a look.

Then lastly, look what arrived in the mail...

It's almost time for our trip! :)

That's all for today! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017 Beauty Product Collections: Perfumes and Body Sprays

Hey everyone! Today I want to share with you how I store my perfume and body sprays as well as share my collection with you. I'm starting a new series called Beauty Product Collections where I'm going to share with you my current beauty products in different categories. I have reduced the number of products I have but I still have lots to use up and declutter so I thought I would take inventory, show you where I'm at and get motivated to use some things up!

I keep my perfumes and body sprays on a mirrored tray on my dresser and I absolutely love the way it looks. I've been using mirrored trays for years- I remember my mom and grandma having perfumes on trays like this growing up and I think it's so feminine and beautiful to store them this way.

Don't they look nice?!

First I'll share my perfumes then we will move on to the body sprays.

Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf had been on my wishlist for years until Tim purchased it for me last Christmas. I've found that it's more of a nighttime scent for me and I end up wearing it mostly when we go out to dinner or somewhere nice. It's definitely a heavier scent then I normally wear but I absolutely love it.

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck is a great day scent and is super light. I wear this a lot day to day and I think this may be my second bottle of it. I love the Taylor Swift perfumes because they last all day without being overwhelming.

This is by far my favorite perfume of all time and is Taylor by Taylor Swift.  I get so many compliments when I wear this and I have gone through at least three bottles of this. If they ever discontinue this I will buy every bottle I can get my hands on because it's so amazing. It's very fruity and floral but I can't get enough of it. I cannot recommend it enough!

Roar is a perfume that uses your body chemistry to create a scent. This is just okay and I definitely won't repurchase once I finish this up. I thought the concept was really cool but I much prefer some of my other scents to this one.

Princess by Vera Wang is a perfume I was obsessed with the idea of so I'm glad that I purchased the smaller roll on instead of the huge bottle. I like this perfume but it's nothing special and is a little stronger then I normally like. Once I finish this I will not be repurchasing.

Pink Sugar is great! I do really like this scent for day since it's super sweet and sugary. To me it smells like walking into a candy factory. There are other scents I would rather have but I definitely enjoy wearing this one!

Now onto body sprays!

Victoria's Secret Amber Romance is the body spray I'm currently wearing daily and working on using up. I received a gift set which I enjoyed but this is a scent I definitely wouldn't repurchase. I don't find that the scent lasts very long even if I give myself ten sprays in the morning before I leave. Once I finish up this and the matching lotion that mini gift set will be gone!

Bath and Body Works Oahu Coconut Sunset is nice and I do really enjoy using this mini. It primarily smells like coconut which is one of my favorite scents however I don't think I will repurchase this once I finish this up.

I had heard amazing things about Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction so I had purchased a complete set of body spray, shower gel and lotion but I haven't really used it yet. I have sprayed myself a couple of times but can't wait to try out the entire set together. It smells great and definitely seems like it has staying power.

I've used this Bath and Body Works Vanilla Coconut Body Spray a few times and it smells nice but not something I need to repurchase in the future. I definitely prefer some of my other scents to this one but I will definitely be working on using this up.

I have been through multiple Victoria's Secret PINK Warm and Cozy body sprays and they are amazing! I have a big one this time so it will last me awhile but I absolutely love it. It is similar to pink sugar but not as strong and smells just like its name warm and cozy!

My brother bought me this Bath and Body Works Wild Madagascar Vanilla Body Spray and I really like it! I haven't had a chance to really use too much but it's definitely a body spray that I'm enjoying. (Can you tell by now that I love vanilla?)

Snow Angel by Philosophy was given to me by Rachel at Christmas Time and I haven't really bonded with it yet but it smells amazing. My plan is to use this from Thanksgiving through New Years since it will be a great holiday scent!

Pink Sugar Hair Perfume is something I bought on a whim but it is great to use as a compliment to my Pink Sugar perfume. I don't think I would repurchase this however since I don't really need it.

Pretty In Pink body spray by Victoria's Secret is a product I've had for years and have not used up yet. It's not my favorite so I will definitely have to work on using it up so I can be done with it.

Moonlight Path  by Bath and Body Works is my newest body spray and I absolutely love it. It's super strong and the staying power is incredible! It's super floral which I surprisingly love and I'm excited to add this to my collection.

Lastly,  I keep a rollerball of Taylor Swift Incredible Things in my purse so I can throw on some perfume if I forget at home or if what I applied earlier has worn off. I do like this but it is probably my least favorite of the Taylor Swift perfumes, it smells super clean and isn't as floral or musky as the other ones.

So those are all my perfumes and body sprays. 18 in total so I would like to reduce my collection a little bit. How many do you have? What are your favorite scents?