Spring has sprung....
Here in the NW, spring means rain, rain, and more rain. This year has not disappointed in that respect. As I write, I can peek out my window and watch the liquid sunshine melting from the sky. It's not sad, though, it is entirely expected and cozy, and it gives me a chance to sit inside with a nice cup of decaf and sew or knit a little without offending my conscience.
I'm all done with my Intuit job for the season: they only allow seasonal works to work six months (otherwise, they're permanent workers, I guess, lol), so since I started back in September, it means I get to miss the crazy end-season rush. That meant I got to trot on down to Disneyland with my little Alice girl for a week, and boy-oh, was that ever fun. That girl was meant for Disneyland...she was good as gold the whole time....slept in her stroller without a fuss, loved the big characters without fear, and melted her way right into Grandpa Mister's heart by loving the Casey Junior ride almost as much as he did as a kid. We also stayed at Disney (we usually stay with family in the area), which was a bucket list item for me, and it was so worthy. Nice for us to go back to the room for a little rest here and there and then hit the parks again with renewed vigor. While there, Miss Alice learned to clap, got a new tooth, and started signing "more" with a vengeance when she learned how yummy lava cake with ice cream on top is. Here she is being adorable waiting in line:
While we were gone, little Buddy Soren learned to ham it up for the camera--he is quite the chatter now, and it amuses me that Alice is the doer (can that girl ever stop moving?) and it looks like Soren will be the talker. His Mama got him an earflap hat for next winter, and here he is showing it off, in all of its largesse:
Between work and vaca, I've had very little time to try out my new Scentsy scents! Just before I left for vacation, I received all the new scents plus two new warmers...the Travertine core and the Etched Core. The Silhouette line is my absolute fave, and I got the Spokes wrap with Travertine core for my living room, the Dragonfly wrap for my old core for the entryway, and the Tulip wrap plus etched core for my kitchen/nook area. So pretty! Love that you can change out the wraps seasonally without a big dollar commitment.
Now that I'm home, I'm starting to melt new scents. First up, I tried out the April Scent of the Month, Sugared Blooms. Soft petals fresh with morning dew, sweet berries touched with a kiss of sugar evoke springtime to brighten your day. This one is receiving quite a mixed reaction on the Scentsy forums, but I've decided I like this one pretty well. It is definitely heavier on the floral than the fruit. I think a lot of folks were hoping it was going to be similar to Scentsy's Sugar, which is not on my like list, so I was relieved to find it is not. The visual that came to mind was a beautiful, pastel Easter bouquet, brimming with tulips, daffodils, and greenery. It makes you want to fling the doors and windows open and yell, "welcome spring!"
The most important thing, as with all Scentsy scents, is you must melt it before deciding. Sugared Blooms is a moderately strong, spring floral that blooms when warmed, so if you're looking for a good basic floral to jumpstart your spring, this is it. Its potential downside is its lasting power--just average. For the person who likes to change their scents frequently---ahem--not a problem. Available April 1st.
Scent Rating: 7
Scent Strength: 7
Scent Lasting Power: 5
A dewy-sweet bloom of ripe honeydew, soft freesia, and water lotus. Zen Garden is the type of scent Scentsy does best--a creamy blend of fruit and floral that is perfectly balanced, soft and flowy, calming and delicious. It reminds me a bit of retired Cerise, sans the vanilla. This is the go-to scent when you want your scent to set the scene, not steal it. It is an extremely pleasant scent in which none of the scent notes overwhelm the others, and I can see going to this time and again; it is perfectly suited to every room in the house, from guest bath to living room. Again, it has just average lasting power: expect a cube to last a day or two at most.
Scent Rating: 8
Scent Strength: 7
Scent Lasting Power: 5