Monthly Obsessions: January 2014

The first month of 2014 has not been especially great to me. I am glad to put January behind us. With my grandma tentatively scheduled to return home (from hospital/rehab) in February, I am hoping that it only gets better from here.

With that said, I did have a few bright spots in the form of products I discovered and enjoyed this month.

Bath and Body Works Snow Day Candle

Last month I was obsessed with the Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint hand sanitizer. I mentioned that I wanted to get the candle version. I did end up ordering one, along with Snow Day and Winter.

Despite my initial love affair with Twisted Peppermint, Snow Day is the one that liked most and wanted to burn right away. It’s described as a blend of “spruce branches, peppermint and vanilla”. So, it’s kind of like Twisted Peppermint with a kick. It’s awesome, and it seemed perfectly fitting that I burned it while being homebound due to Snowmageddon earlier this month.

Canine Calm

Earlier this month I won a free PetBox during a BlogPaws Twitter chat. Included in the box was this product, Canine Calm. It’s an all-natural spray that contains bergamot, lavender and other essential oils. I tried it out almost immediately, as my other dog Molly had been acting nervous and pacing around before bed. Now, it could have been a fluke, but I sprayed this stuff on her bed and a few minutes later she had settled down.

Molly will be 11 this year, and she was never an anxious dog until the past year or so. I don’t know if it is her age, or just extenuating circumstances, but she is a bundle of nerves.

This spray isn’t a miracle cure, and it’s certainly not a tranquilizer, but I do think it helps to take the edge off. I have been spraying it on Molly’s bed at night and rubbing a bit on her chest.

 

Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Sweet Cream

This product will probably make some people cringe. I know, I could just use regular milk or cream and avoid some mystery ingredients . But, I’m lazy and I also happen to not totally hate artificial flavors (though I do think this Natural Bliss line is pretty short on questionable stuff)

I got the Sweet Cream flavor for an all-in-one flavoring option for my tea (I don’t drink coffee). The term sweet cream is kind of vague and I had no idea how sweet they were talking. Well, I tried a bit on my finger, and it’s quite sweet. Which, was perfect for me, because now I can skip the step of adding sugar or honey to my tea.

The process of making a single cup of tea can be a bit tedious and this product streamlines at least part of it. A splash of this in the cup and I’m good to go. 

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