Beauty, Haul, Healthy Living, Lifestyle

For the Sake of Hauling

I told you that there would be many hauls. After losing power for an hour this morning, because something at National Grid overheated in my town, I am ready to write up this blog post and then tackle paying my bills. Probably a lie. Probably going to work on a few blog posts before I do that. I hate watching all of my money disappear. lol. I have a few Dean hauls in the works to write and it is almost April. I am so behind in my mind on the blog posts that I want to write. I am going back to college (online) in the Fall, so my blog will get behind then too. At least, I’ll have a good reason then. Still plan on posting twice a week though during that time. I don’t want to become irrelevant.

treadmill

I bought a Welso Manual Treadmill to get my exercise on. I have only used it once so far but it is very nice. It is quiet and on an incline. The incline makes for short 15 minute sessions in the beginning, but I haven’t exercised in a long time. Having a baby can do that to you. This manual treadmill doesn’t contain magnets, so it isn’t going to break on you. I also bought a warranty on mine in case it does break. Love the compact size and the price point: only $100. Seriously. Will never go electric again. I feel the workout more with the manual than I ever did with the electric.

headphones

These were only $5 at Walmart and I just needed some basic ear pieces. Not much more to say about it. I’ve been loving the color blush pink lately.

conditioner

I did it again! I meant to buy purple shampoo and I bought conditioner instead. When I go back tomorrow, I will grab the matching shampoo as well. I am going blonde, so I need a good purple shampoo when I do. Not Your Mother’s is cruelty free and I have tried a couple of things from them before. Hopefully, it work to keep my blonde from getting brassy.

deordorant

I love this all natural deodorant. It really works and I love the scent. I want to purchase it in the rose and vanilla scent after this one. This one smells like a Margarita and I love it. You have to warm it up a bit in your arm pit first, but really worth it. It does last the 24 hrs that most deodorants claim too but don’t actually last that long. I’ve never felt more confident than wearing this deodorant.

home

I am totally OBSESSED with Pioneer Woman EVERYTHING. I bought these cute doves for my shakers and I couldn’t be happier with them. I want to get EVERYTHING from this brand to build my dream kitchen. For most thing, I will wait until I buy my own house, but if I need things here and there, I will buy what I need from this brand. So far, I just have these and the can opener in that nice blue that the box is except brighter. It is really high quality and I highly recommend. I bough the shakers for $5, because Walmart marked them down. I always check this aisle now for marked down items in case I need something. I saw plates and cups marked down. I could use a few big dinner plates, but no such luck yet.

With Love,

Selena

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Beauty, Empties, Lifestyle, Reviews

Turquoise Waters

For B&BW Turquoise Waters 3 Wick Candle

The candle burned well and I will be cleaning up the container to reuse. The scent on this one was way too much and overpowering. I would not repurchase this scent, but I have repurchased other scents from B&BW. I recommend B&BW candles, but I always get them on sale for $10 or $12. I never buy them full price. I’m more of a sweet, fruity, beachy scent girl. This scent was good, but it wasn’t my favorite. I always had the door open (the screen closed) when I burned this one.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

Empties, Lifestyle, Reviews

Dial It Up

For Dial Seasonal Collection Hand Soap with Moisturizer in Iced Berries

soap

This was a limited edition Dial hand soap and I loved it. I loved how it moisturizes my hands and the sweet, light berry scent. I would buy this again for the scent alone. I like that this soap doesn’t have alcohol in it. There really isn’t anymore that I can say about it, except that I will continue to repurchase Dial soap in the many scents that they offer. I really like the formula and scent of their liquid soaps. I have yet to try the foaming hand soap, but I really want to try it now.

With Love,

<3Selena Hannah<3

Top Ten

Top Ten W/ Elizabeth Rose

Ten Questions With Elizabeth Rose: Author of ‘Til The Last Petal Falls
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I emailed Miss. Rose ten questions, which she graciously answered as her character, Granny Demchek. Miss. Rose’s book is a spin-off of the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast made popular by Hollywood re-edits geared for an older, more mature audience.

Granny Demchek, the classic Mrs. Potts character, is the head of the household maids, and was one of Adam’s (the Beast) nurses when he was younger.

TEN Q’s WITH GRANNY:

1. Did you always want to lead a life of domesticity or did you have oter dreams and aspirations, when you were young?

You act as if domesticity isn’t a big enough dream, young lady. I always wanted to be in the business of watching children, though if I’m going to be honest I originally wanted to open myself a daycare. I was raised by a single mother, and it was always my own dream to help other gals who were like my mother. I ended up never making enough money, sadly enough. I got married in the 50s, to a Charlie Demchek. We were married for ten years before Chuck passed away of lung cancer. I kept nannying throughout his illness, to pay the bills, but there was no way to make enough to open my own center. Not enough time to make my own children, either. I started working for Mr. Emilie’s father when Adam was first born. I was in my late forties then.

2. Why didn’t you open up your own daycare? Did life get in the way? Were you so in love that you willingly threw your dreams away?

Well I was always so busy taking care of Chuck, and raising money with what nannying jobs that I could land. It’s not so easy to take care of an ailing husband, and we didn’t have enough to just hospitalize him. I was the bread winner for our family; I didn’t have time for opening a business. Though I’d say it’s a bit romantic to say that love made me throw away my dreams. It’s silly to think that people can’t change their dreams. My dream was to open a daycare, but then I married Chuck and I found that my dream wasn’t pressing anymore. What was more pressing was making sure that my husband was comfortable, and that we didn’t end up on the streets. Dreams are wonderful, if you can achieve them, but they aren’t the most important thing in the world. Dreams are dreams; people are real.

3. You mention “our family” many times. Do you have children? Did you want children? Do you still want children or is taking care of children during working hours satisfying that need?

I don’t have children, though I did want children- we just ran out of time and health, and I never had the desire to remarry. I haven’t taken care of actual ‘children’ since Mr. Emilie, however. It’s something that I wanted when I was young. Not something that I needed, as wonderful as children are. I think I was more drawn to the ‘taking care’ part of it, and less the ‘children’. Though, Mr. Emilie will always be a child to me.

4. How was taking care of Mr. Emilie as a child? That must have been interesting.

‘Interesting’ is one way to put it, that’s for sure. Mr. Emilie’s always been a bit of a trouble child, no wonder, with how his parents behave… He’s a bit of an attention-hog, to put it lightly. I suppose it’s because he’s a lonely child, but… there should be a limit. I shouldn’t be saying too much about it. Mr. Emilie’s business is his business, he’ll be mad enough as it is that anything’s gotten out of the mansion, even something as small as an interview.

5. Sounds like Mr. Emilie’s got a temper to him. Has his temper ever flared dangerously?

That’s none of your business, young lady. It does nobody any good to be going around flapping their lips when they shouldn’t be.

6. Okay, I’m sorry for offending you. Onto other topics…Is there any leading ladies in his life right now that you don’t like? Considering that you practically raised the boy yourself.

All the ladies that have been around Mr. Emilie have been with him as staff since he was young, and aren’t hardly his age. He’s never had much interest. And that new girl, Jolee, well she’s sweet and smart but I don’t think he likes her all that much. He gets all worked up every time she does just about anything. Pity, too. She’s a pretty little thing, maybe could have had something there. Hopefully he’ll warm up to her someday.

7. So, there might still be the hint of love in the air. What about you? Are the rumors true that some head butler, Kron, I think it is, has as a budding romance with you? Everyone is just dying to know and I know you stated before that you are not looking for love anymore, but has love found you?

Ah, you should be a writer of romance, my girl. But Horace- Mr. Kron- is much too young for me, by a good twenty years at least. Even if he wasn’t such a pup, he’s also got quite the rat up his rear, if you know what I mean. My Chuck was a cheerful, kind man who never minded the messier parts of life. Horace needs everything in a neat, orderly line. I see him as a brother- I have fondness for him, yes, but it’s a kind of fondness that I’ve developed seeing as if I didn’t, I’d surely go insane up in that mansion. Besides, one romance is enough, don’t you think? Love as a young passion is rather tiring. I had my fill of that, and now I have the time to kick back and enjoy my tea. Who needs the messiness of love when they have comfort?

8. Ah…so not a romantic, I presume? Well, then time might change your mind yet. So now that you live a life of comfort, how is that new position of yours at the house?

I’ve had eighty or so years for life to change my mind dear, and it hasn’t been doing all that good of a job. And the position suits me well. I get to take care of Mr. Emilie, I get to enjoy the beauty of Aspen, I get to take care of my girls. A lot of the people Mr. Emilie takes in as staff have very few other chances out in the world. It does me good to be around them, they’re a great bunch to live out my last days with.

9. So, no plans for the future?

Do we really need plans to be happy? I planned all those years when I was young, and all it didn’t get me any farther than anyone else. No, no. When you’re older, you’ll learn that sometimes you can be happier if you don’t plan. I could be happy going tomorrow- I could be happy staying with Mr. Emilie and the mansion for thirty more years or more- I could be happy being transferred to South Africa within the week. You don’t need to plan for the future when you get to my age, you know that so much can change in an instant. It’s better not to. Every day is a wonderful surprise. Nothing is disappointing.

10. I know there are many things that go unsaid. If you could say anything that you censored to anyone, who would that be and what didn’t you say?

You sure like the hard questions, don’t you dear? I suppose the only things even worth being said would be to my Chuck- and I’d tell him that I did, in fact, hate his mother and never enjoyed her green bean casserole. She never liked that I took her baby away from her so young, you see, and she tried to make me out to be some kind of bimbette witch every chance she got. I put up with it, though, because I didn’t want to worry Chuck any more, not with him being so sick and all. But putting up with her evilness didn’t let me keep him a day more than the Lord had already planned. I still lost him. All it did was give me more years to re-convince myself that I was worth something. In fact, if that, that witch wasn’t already dead, I’d…. well, ladies don’t talk about some things in public. I’d rather tell Chuck, at least he might get a good laugh out of it.

Thank you for reading!

Be sure to check out ‘Til The Last Petal Falls by Elizabeth Rose!

You will be seeing the review posted here sometime this year.
So if you are still hesitant, be sure to check back in with my blog.