Friday, November 29, 2013

Starting To Sell On Ebay

Hello all.  It has been a while since I have posted anything, but I'm going to try to post more often.  I just wanted to write this small post to say that I am now selling some products on eBay and will be adding more.  My user name is houseofdiva.  Please check it out and buy something!  : )  Here is the link to my items:  houseofdiva

Happy Shopping!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Somethin' Sweet....

If you haven't had the chance to pick up one of the newer, Glade scents, then you should try to find the Somethin' Sweet (soft and fluffy cotton candy with a twist of fruit) scent.  It comes in a Fragrance Mist, 4 oz. candle, plug-ins and an automatic room spray.  It is part of the County Fair collection.  They also have Sparklin' Lemonade (a refreshing splash of fresh juicy citrus and a hint of mint) and Twirlin' Breeze (a breeze of summer fruit and wildflowers).

I really love the Somethin' Sweet scent.  It is absolutely delicious!  I smells exactly like cotton candy that you would get at the county fair!  It is soft and light, but it does smell wonderful.  I use the fragrance mist daily and my family enjoys it!  Try to get your hands on this one.  I know it came out maybe over a month ago, but I barely found it in one of my local Wal-Marts last week. 

Happy Shopping! 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fall has already arrived....

I am a huge Fall home fragrance fan, and I am happy to let you know that new Fall candles have surfaced on the Bath and Body Works website.  There are going to be a ton of candles for Fall, and they have already released some at test stores throughout the country and some of them are available online as of today (7/9/13) for $12 each.  I will share the pictures of some of the new Fall fragrances.  If you click on the picture, then it will take you to the page where you can order that scent.  Also, remember that retail stores are typically ahead a season or two.  So, if you see something you really must have, then you might want to purchase it within the next month or so.  I remember last year a lot of people were disappointed when they could not find their Fall favorites such as Leaves, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Cupcake to name a few because the store and the online site had already been sold out of them by the time it felt like Fall outside.  

 There are also some wallflowers in some of these scents and some other ones already on the site for those of you who like those.  Those of you who don't know what wallflowers are, they are like the Glade or Febreeze plugins.  You can check the site daily or weekly for new products.  I just type keywords in the search bar and see what comes up.  Also, to get all of the latest information about what is coming out, please visit the Facebook page and "Like" it.  Fans are always posting tons of information that even the sales associates do not know about.

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Bath and Body Works SAS Coming to an End on 7-7-13

I just wanted to share some of my purchases during the Summer '13 Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual Sale (SAS).  All of the anti-bacterial soaps were $3 or less.  The Secret Wonderland items were all 75% off.  The Fresh Picked hand cream was $2.  The Wallflower Bulbs were $3 each.  The Aruba Coconut items were all 75% off.  The Fresh Picked Tangerine body wash were $4 each.  The Men's Citron items were 75% off.  The Fresh Picked Hard Working Hand and Body Cream were $4 each.  The True Blue Spa items were 50% off.  I got one Aromatherapy Lemon Zest body wash for $6.50 (I'm hoping they will go 75% off within the next couple of days before the end of the sale).  I found 5 of the tall white pedestal candle holders at 50% off.  I also got 3 of the short white pedestal candle holders for 50% off.  The 4 oz candles were 50% off.  I was lucky enough to find them in Summertime Soda and Dulce.  I would have loved to find the 3-wicks in those scents.  I got one Pizzeria mini candle just to have.  In my opinion, it smells horrible!  All of the 3 wick candles that I purchased were $10 each (they are regularly $20 each).  I bought some other ones that my family is already burning.  The seahorse nail file was 50% off.  The double pack Wallflower bulbs in Apple Crumble was $6.  I purchased two room sprays in Mahogany Teakwood and Lavender Vanilla at $2.50 each (regularly $5).  The pocketbacs that I purchased were $.75 to $1 each. 

I did purchase some other items during the sale like a variety of other Wallflowers, 3-wick candles, and body care items that are already in use.  If you ask me, then this particular SAS was not as good as ones in the past.  I heard that they are going to extend the SAS and make it into a Summertime Sale.  There will be a new floorset on July 8th and there are a bunch of new items coming out.  I can't wait to try some of the new products especially the Fall items.  The Fall is my favorite time of year, so that is when I really go crazy with candles and other home fragrance items.  You can check out the following blog for more info on coming Fall items.  The blogs title is Sincerely Kelley XOXO.  The blog's site address is  or just click the picture below!       
Sincerely Kelley xoxo

Happy Shopping! 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bath and Body Works Semi Annual Sale Preview

The Bath and Body Works website is having an Exclusive Preview Sale Event.  This is a preview to the Semi Annual Sale which begins on June 12th in most areas.  I know some stores in Colorado have already started their Semi Annual Sale.  During this sale, you can find items that are discounted up to 75% off and sometimes 90% off.  Going to the website using this link will take you to $3 signature scents, $6 double pack wallflowers, current 50% off items which will more than likely go to 75% once the in store sale gets going on June 12, 2013 and many other sale items.  This is the time to stock up and make sure you use your coupons! 

Happy Shopping! 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Redbook + L'Oreal Paris Happy Hour House Party package

I recently received my Redbook + L'Oreal Paris Happy Hour House Party package.  I was chosen to be a host of this party by  In order to be chosen to host a House Party, you basically have to agree that you will invite so many people to attend your party, share the contents of the party package with your guests, review the items, you agree to not sale any of the items in the package and lastly, you must take a group photo and share it on the House Party website
I had no idea that this party package would include so many great products.  It was actually shocking to see all of the great items.  (Disclaimer:  I received these items free of charge in exchange for my and my party guests reviews of the products.)
You can see all of the wonderful items that were included in the party package in the picture below.   
Looks pretty awesome, right?!  I will make cute gift bags with the items here and add some of my own products to make it even more fantastic.  I will do some sort of game to give the books, lip stain and eye shadows away since there are only a couple of each of those products.  Each guest also gets a free subscription to Redbook!  I personally love Redbook.  I think it is a great magazine that touches on family, food, finance, beauty, health and other topics. 
I will post more once I have the party.  My party will be on May 4th, and I am looking forward to it.  So, stay tuned for more pictures of my guests and I partying!  I'm sure it is going to be a fun one! 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Make Your Garden Grow

I was just chosen to participate in the PENNINGTON® SMART FEED™ SPRAYER SYSTEM BzzCampaign!  Thank you  I can't wait to receive the sprayer system and the fertilizing tablets.  We have been working on our lawn and the shrubs, and this will only enhance it!  My husband also has some tomato plants that we can use this system on and hopefully, we have some good results.


As stated on the website, Pennington developed their reusable Smart Feed Sprayer System; an easy, reliable way to apply fertilizer that delivers bigger, better results*. Simply attach the sprayer to your hose, load in a pre-measured Smart Feed water-soluble fertilizer tablet and spray to release nutrients to your plants.  The Pennington® Smart Feed™ System delivers 100% of its nutrients in roughly 10 minutes.  That’s half the time and half the water needed for competing products!  We love products that are made for simplicity, and this seems like it will be pretty simple to use!  

I will be taking pictures of our yard, shrubs and plants so that we can have before and after photos.  Once I do take the before pictures, I will post them.  After using the product, I will post after pictures.  I'm excited to give this a try.  

The products are provided by BzzAgent for free in exchange for feedback and spreading the word about this product to friends, family, co-workers and anyone who will listen!    

To find out more about the Pennington brand, then please visit their website: 

You can also click the link to read about the PENNINGTON® SMART FEED™ SPRAYER SYSTEM BzzAgent Campaign on facebook. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Candle Sale at Bath and Body Works - 2 for $22

There is currently a sale on the 3-wick candles at Bath and Body Works.  They are currently 2 for $22.  If you have a survey coupon for $10 off of $30, then  you can get 3 for $23.  I just wanted to let you know in case you were not aware of the sale!  I believe the sale ends on 4/21, but that is subject to change as they always say in their emails.   

Please visit the Bath and Body Works website to see the full selection of candles that are on sale.

Happy Shopping! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Covergirl Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm - 845 Juicy Jam

I recently picked up the Covergirl Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm in the color 845 Juicy Jam.  The Covergirl Queen Collection of cosmetics is intended to complement darker skin tones.  I personally think many of the gloss balm colors complement any skin tone.  Some of the other products in this collection will also go with most skin tones.      
The following is what the Covergirl website says about the Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balms: 
  • Twist up the color and glide on the shine. Treat your lips to a balm that complements darker skin tones and is fortified with shea and mango butters for a smooth look with a hint of color.
There are 16 beautiful colors in this gloss balm collection.  You can visit the Covergirl site here to see all of the colors available.  
I only purchased one color to see if I like the way it feels on my lips.  I wanted to make sure that it didn't cake up or feel sticky.  For the record, it didn't cake up or feel sticky.  It feels really soft, smooth and creamy.  I absolutely love it!  I will be purchasing many more in a wide array of colors.  
In order to get your lips looking beautiful, all you have to do is generously apply the gloss balm to your lips by starting in the center and work your way out.  It really does give your great color and shine.  The color lasts for quite a while (hours) without having to reapply.  
I purchased my gloss balm at Target for around $7.  You can pick it up at other retailers such as Walmart, Ulta, local drugstores such as CVS and Walgreens, and your local grocery store.  You can also purchase other products from the Covergirl Queen collections such as matte pressed powder, concealer, flawless foundation, mascara, etc.  Click here to see the full Queen collection. 
And like I stated previously, the collection is geared towards darker skin tones, but several of the products like the eyeliner, lipsticks, gloss balms, mascara, eye shadows, etc. will work with many skin tones.  I'm not dark by any means, and several of the products work wonderfully on me.   
Happy Shopping!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bath and Body Works Market Peach Candles

I went to Bath and Body Works last weekend and purchased some home fragrance items.  While there, I received two free Market Peach 4 oz. candles.  I bought the two candle holders that fit either the mini candles or the small 4 oz. candles.  They are really cute and made of bubble glass.  They were only $6.50 a piece, but I had a coupon and got a discount. 
While burning the candles this early morning, I decided that I really do like the candle holders.  They put off a wonderful ambiance.  The only thing about burning the candles that I don't like is that I can't smell a thing.  I was burning them in my living room which is a pretty good size.  They were burning pretty much right in front of me on the coffee table, but I couldn't smell them.  The only way that I got even a tiny bit of scent is if my nose was right over the flame.  I guess I won't be buying any of these 4 oz candles.  I have rarely had any luck with the 4 oz. candles from Bath and Body Works.  I usually purchase the 3-wicks, but since these were free, I thought I would give them a chance. 
You should go out and purchase some Bath and Body Works candles and try them for yourself.  I would recommend the 3 wicks, but you can try out the 4 oz. ones because you never know, you might have better luck.  Some of their stronger candles may put out more scent in the 4 oz., but it will be trial and error. 
Please visit the Bath and Body Works website to see the great collection of candles, candle accessories, and other products.  Or visit your local store or outlet location near you.  Here is the link to the store locator.   
Also, visit the Facebook Bath and Body Works page and "Like" to read all about products and customer feedback.  They also do Facebook Exclusive Offers from time to time! 
Happy Shopping!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bath and Body Works Spring Market Event

Here is a picture of my haul from the Bath and Body Works Spring Market Event that took place on Saturday, March 9, 2013.  If you purchased a home fragrance item, then you got a free 4 oz Market Peach candle as a free gift..  I did two transactions and received two free gifts. 

I bought two more of one of my favorite scents at Bath and Body Works.  Pineapple Orchid is an amazing scent!  If you have not tried it, then you really should.  It is sweet and beautiful!  This 3 wick candle also burns perfectly.  I have not had any problems with it tunnelling or with the flames.  You should definitely check this one out before it it is gone for the season.  I also purchased four of the the wallflower bulbs in the same scent.  I currently have this scent in three rooms throughout my home.  I'm surely addicted to this wonderful scent.  I picked up two candle holders which hold either the mini candles or the small 4 oz candles. 

The last items that I picked up were the Pink Chiffon hand creams.  I was waiting and waiting for these to show up in my local stores.  A friend of mine posted online that they purchased one on Friday evening, so that is one of the first things I looked for when I arrived at the store on Saturday.  One of the Sales Associates actually ran up to me and pulled one from her apron just in case by the time I showed up they were all gone.  She said that she knew I would show up sooner or later on Saturday.  I really love the scent.  It feels nice and smooth, but after a little while, my hands were itching like crazy.  I don't know if it was a one time thing or not, but I'm going to try it again on another day to see what my reaction is.  I hope that it doesn't make me itch like that again because I will have to return them.

Overall, I had a great shopping experience.  All of the SAs and the manager were so kind and helpful like usual.  My store didn't hand out free samples like some other stores did, but maybe, they will hand some out at future events.  I used two survey coupons for $10 off of $30, and got the two free gifts, so that made me happy!

Happy Shopping!   

Orchid Professional Nail Lacquer Review

I bought this Orchid brand Professional Nail Lacquer in the color (183) I Lost Your Number quite a while ago, but never used it until this past week.  I actually really like the lavender color of the polish.  It is a darker lavender rather than light, but I wouldn't call it purple.  Anyway, I polished my nails on Thursday, and unfortunately, it was already chipping and peeling off by Saturday.  I didn't really have to use a lot to get the full color, but after two coats, it was still streaking.  You can see it in the pictures below.  It isn't totally clear because of the flash, but you can see it if you really look.  At the time that I bought this color, I bought a couple of other ones, too.  I haven't used those, yet, but I don't think that I will purchase this same brand again because of the chipping and streaking.  It is pretty color though. 

I bought this at my local grocery store (HEB). I've only seen these at HEB, but you may be able to find it in drugstores such as Walgreens or CVS.  I did not find a website for Orchid.  I would encourage you to go out and buy it so that you can try it for yourself.  Maybe, it was just me that thought it was too streaky.  When I purchased several of these, they were on sale.  I think they were regularly around $5, but I got them for about $2 each. 

If you look closely, then you can see the streaking.

Happy Shopping!

Monday, March 4, 2013

It's a Beautiful Day

at Bath and Body Works! 

I went to Bath and Body Works this weekend and picked up some things.  They were having a sale on lip glosses for $5 each, so I picked up two of the C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Night Balm.  It is a wonderful product.  They had a Facebook free offer for the new Beautiful Day fragrance EDT.  I picked up one of those with the coupon.  I also got several more because the sales associate said that they were ringing up buy 2 get 2 like the other signature collection items.  They were $3 each so, I picked up 8 more for only $12.

I have been using Winter scents for so long and I was getting tired of them, so I needed to pick up some new soaps in Spring scents.  I also picked up some new ones for the kitchen.  I got one in Sparkling Pink Champagne for around a $1 because it was on clearance from Winter.  I also picked up a couple of last year's Fresh Picked hand creams.  I got the Fresh Picked Apples and Pears for only $2 each.  I got the Honey Sweetheart Fine Fragrance Mist for free with a coupon (spend $10 get free item up to $14 free). 

I picked up three of the discontinued Citron cologne for a little over $4 each because they were on clearance.  My son loves that scent, so he asked me to buy him a few to last him a while.  The last item I purchased was the new Fresh Picked Tangerine Hard Working Hand & Body Cream.  This was free with a coupon, too.  It was free because the coupon was a spend $10 get a free item up to $14 free.  The hand and body cream was $8, so it fell within the parameters of the coupon.

Shopping at Bath and Body Works is always a great experience for me.  I always use coupons when shopping there and you should, too!  There is always a great deal to be had!  I will be going back this weekend because they are having a Spring Market Preview Event on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 1pm - 5pm.  You should all go and check it out.  They are giving a free gift with a home fragrance purchase while supplies last.  The free gift is a 4 oz candle in a cute little bag. 

Happy Shopping!       

Chocolate Chip Cookies for All

I ususally don't write about my cooking or baking, but I am, now!  I'm not going to give out my recipe though because it is a secret!  I do recommend that you use parchment paper when baking.  I never knew about it when I was younger (my mom was not big on baking).  When I discovered it, baking cookies became so much easier.  Anyway, to hear about my most recent baking adventures keep reading. 

My son absolutely loves Chocolate Chip cookies, so he bugged me and bugged me to bake some for him.  Now, it seems as though I have been baking every week for the last three weeks.  My husband actually took some to eat with his lunch, and gave one to a friend.  His friend later asked him if I could make him a batch (I know his friend, too).  My husband came home that day and asked me if I could make his friend a batch so I did.  The friend couldn't get through the day without eating the majority of the batch of cookie.  He texted me and said that there were only 8 left in the bag.  I made him a batch of 24.  I asked him if he even shared any with his wife and daughter.  He claimed he did, but I didn't really believe him.  Since then, I have baked two more batches for him.  He said that he is addicted! 

My son took some to school and shared with his friends.  His friends asked him how much I would charge to bake some for them.  I told him that I would just bake some for free and not charge them.  My son said, "we can sell them a batch for $10."  I told him that was too much.  We didn't sell them any, we just gave his friends some out of kindness!  Now, my son asks me to bake every other day.  I'm glad others are enjoying them, but I'm not in the baking business........but maybe, I should be!  :)  

Friday, February 22, 2013

Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm

I was shopping at Target last weekend, and decided to purchase the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm in the color Forbidden.  The reason I purchased this was because it was on sale for $2.98.  At that price, I figured I couldn't go wrong.  They had some other lighter colors that were more pink, but I really liked this color better than the others that were on sale.  It is a really nice color.  This product has the lip stain on one end, and just a clear balm on the other end.  I took several pictures in different lighting so you could see it in bright light and in dim light. If I am going to be completely honest about the product, then I would say that I didn't really care for the feeling of it being applied.  The applicator wasn't smooth to me.  It gave my lips this weird tickle and was a little rough going on until I used the balm side to make it shine.  I applied one coat and then applied a second coat once it dried.  And like I said previously, I put the balm on after applying the color.   It did last for a couple of hours, but it didn't have a strong staying power.  

This is the description from the Revlon website:
This unique 2-in-1 gives you kiss-proof color with soft shine and a nourishing balm for supreme comfort.

Some of the characteristics of this balm stain are as follows:
-Unique 2-in-1 lipstain and balm
-Kiss-proof color with soft shine
-Nourishing balm for supreme comfort
-Lightweight feel

It does like nice on the lips as you can see in the pictures below, but I prefer the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain.  I just like the way it goes on smoothly instead of a little rough like this one did.  That is just my opinion.  I would like to hear other's opinions on the two products.  Feel free to leave a comment below if you have used either one or both of these Revlon lip products.    

Like I stated above, I purchased this particular color on sale for $2.98.  The regular price was $7.99.  I got a pretty good deal.  Your local store may have some of the colors on sale as well! You never know until you check it out! So, go out to your local Target, and purchase this wonderful product by Revlon so you can tell all what you think of it!  You can also purchase it at places like Ulta, Walmart, local grocery store or drugstore that sells Revlon products (I can't guarantee a sale price.)      

Happy Shopping!  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

I recently purchased my first Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the color - 005 Crush.  It would be wonderful for your Valentine's Day look.  I absolutely adore this color.  It is beautiful.  I took several pictures in different lighting so you could see it in bright light and in dim light.  It goes on very smoothly.  You do not have to use a lot to get the full effect of the color.  Also, it lasts for hours.  I put it on in the early afternoon, and I didn't have to reapply it until late evening.   

This is the description from the Revlon website:
It’s a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon. Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain gives softer, smoother lips with a perfect flush of color that lasts hour after hour. The gel formula comes in 12 vibrant shades that match any look or mood.
Some of the characteristics of this balm stain are as follows:
-Lightweight Lipstain + Moisturizing Balm
-100% of women who tried it felt their lips were instantly moisturized with a soft stain of color
-Retractable chubby crayon, no sharpener required

All of the colors that are available are also very lovely.  I purchased this at my local grocery store and they had an in-store coupon for $3 off of any product over $5.  The regular price was a little over $7, so with my coupon, I got this for around $4. Your local store may have an in-store coupon available!  You never know until you check it out!  So, go out to your local drugstore, Target, Walmart or grocery store and purchase this wonderful product by Revlon!     

Happy Shopping!