A year ago, I talked about the Irish cream-flavored items that Dunkin Donuts was doing and a couple of candles. I have no food this time but I’m back with another round of St. Patrick’s Day-inspired candles!
Yankee Candle’s website was a having Buy 2 Get 2 Free sale and I couldn’t pass it up. I decided to be a wee bit festive and picked up their Lucky Shamrock and Irish Cream candles. I picked up Eucalyptus as well and the fourth candle is Wild Sea Grass (not pictured).
Lucky Shamrock smells like one of YC’s summer candles called Summer Wish but I’m not sure if they are exactly the same. I know Yankee has sometimes re-labeled candles to fit a certain season or holiday. Both have a very nice clean smell to them but they both also suffer from the same problem of their scent not being very strong. I had Lucky Shamrock lit for a few hours to the point where the entire top layer had pooled. I was sitting right next to the candle. I could barely smell it. Nice scent, but not recommended because it’s extremely weak.
With Eucalyptus, I fared a bit better. I’ve never noticed this one before but I read a customer review online that stated YC carried it for years and years and they have apparently just recently brought it back. It’s another good clean smell and I was most interested in it because the reviewer stated it helped open her nasal passages. I’m not sure about that but I do like it. It’s got a much stronger scent than Lucky Shamrock but still a bit weak, I think.
Irish Cream was probably the candle I was most interested in trying. Unfortunately, I think YC took either their Vanilla Cupcake or Buttercream candle and gave it a new label. So that was disappointing.
But hey, you don’t know until you try, right? I’ll still burn through all of these candles but so far I’m liking Eucalyptus the best.
I was supposed to go to Disney World right after Christmas with my family (my parents’ gift to us), but I’ve been having anxiety issues lately and at the last minute I canceled because I didn’t want to take the 14 hour drive (7 hours each way) in the car.
But, I ended up having a nice quiet week to myself. I had already requested off at work so I kept those days and enjoyed doing NOTHING for an entire week. No work, no school, no P90-whatever workouts. I ate what I wanted, watched whatever I wanted and bought whatever I wanted! I basically told myself it was okay to blow some money to A) make me feel better for chickening out and B) because I had money I had been saving for Disney anyway.
Other than junk food and meals, here’s a few things I picked up last week:
Well, one of the first things I did was check Yankee Candle’s website for post-holiday clearance sales. No, the pic above is not what I bought, but it is my entire candle collection. I’m sure it pales in comparison to many others, and if so, I want what they have, too.
I ended up buying five large jar candles at half off: Apple Cider, Bavarian Pretzel, Fireside, Pinecone & Tassel and Yuletide Spice.
I was only familiar with Apple Cider. It’s one of my favorite candles. Unfortunately, it was not packaged very well and arrived broken. I emailed the company and they quickly responded and have shipped a new one out to me free of charge. After dealing that, I hated to throw a perfectly good candle away. Upon closer inspection, the big broken chunk of glass still fit perfectly with the rest of the jar. I used some quick bond glue and it seems to be working.
September 1st is always the start of Halloween season for myself and many others and once again this year I’m going to recommend you Dinosaur Dracula, Review the World and I-Mockery for all kinds of cool Halloween related posts over the next two months.
Back to me.
I decided late this afternoon to go on a run around town to browse the Halloween section at various stores. The exception being I decided to ignore big box stores like Walmart and Target because I know they are slowly bring in Halloween items and haven’t gone full bore yet. So, I decided I was going to hit up a few shops I rarely ever go to. Namely, K-Mart, Party City (of which I always make multiple trips to during the Halloween season and then ignore it for the other 10 months out of the year) and then maybe a Family Dollar or a General Dollar. Are both of those Dollar stores owned by the same company? They’ve always seemed interchangeable to me. You’ll find the same cheap products, clearance items and nearly expired food at each place.
Well, St. Patrick’s Day will arrive tomorrow on March 17th, just as it does every year. I have nothing against jolly old Saint Patrick, but as a kid, I remember the schools liked to push it as a big themed holiday, but I knew that it wasn’t. Sure, there were lots of activities involving cutting out shamrocks, coloring them green and having discussions of leprechauns & gold but that’s really all there was to it.
Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine’s Day and Thanksgiving all offered food, gifts and candy. Looking at the holiday from a purely superficial point of view (the only way I look at any holiday), St. Patrick’s Day had/has very little to offer, really.
When you’re a kid, St. Patrick’s Day is just a reason to wear green. It’s mass color coordination across your school and if you’re the one kid who goes to class and doesn’t wear something green, you’re going to get pinched. A lot. Well, maybe just a few times. Actually, is that still a thing? I remember it was a thing when I was in elementary school. When you’re an adult, St. Patrick’s Day just seems like a good excuse to eat and drink on a work night and puke up green beer. Then when you’re hungover next morning to you can eat Lucky Charms.
Still, lots of green stuff and mint-flavored things pop up during the month of March. Bakeries come out with cupcakes with green frosting or shamrock-shaped sugar cookies with green sugar crystals sprinkled on top and everyone decides they need to buy a box of thin mints from a Girl Scout, Irish creme coffee creamers skyrocket in sales and you might find a bag of gold chocolate coins in the candy aisle, but it’s McDonald’s that truly has the market cornered with their Shamrock shake.
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Listening to old-time radio shows, I’ve learned that one big tradition for Halloween parties “back in the day” was apple cider and donuts. During the various Halloween episodes of Jack Benny, they almost always make a reference to serving cider & donuts for the gang’s Halloween party. Since I don’t know a place in the area that makes/sells cider donuts (I miss you, Quality Dairy!), this sounds like the next best thing short of dipping the donuts into the cider, which I wasn’t about to do.
After I worked my second job last night (which was insane before trick-or-treating time and then deader than a zombie afterwards), I decided I would do the traditional cider & donuts along with the cliched viewing of Halloween (one of the all-time horror greats). I have to be honest, after an exhausting evening at work, when I got home around 10:45PM, I was struggling to keep my eyes open. I lasted until 11:45 and then went to bed and finished up the rest of the movie this morning while drinking coffee and eating maple bacon! Even though Halloween has come and gone, I plan on watching Halloween II (almost as good as the original) this afternoon on this lazy wet & gloomy but still warm & humid day.
By the way, I picked up the donuts from the way-too-close-to-my-house-for-my-own-good Dunkin Donuts and got old-fashioned cake donuts along with some sugar raised donuts!
And, yes, that is the 25th Anniversary DVD edition of Halloween. I don’t own the 35th Anniversary Blu-ray. :(