Friday, October 28, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a... Highly Scented Holiday Season! Candles By Victoria Holiday Scent Review

I love this time of year, seeing my daughter get excited about Santa coming to visit, decorating the house, and baking lots of goodies to share with friends and family. But there's one thing I always have on hand during the holiday season and that's holiday scented candles! They put the final touch on the over all feel of the season and warms up my home nicely.

This is my first order of holiday scents and I do see at least one more order in my future to stock up on seasonal candles but this is what I have right now....

Charlie Brown Christmas: If there is one scent that I believe everyone should have this time of year, it would be this scent right here. The first thing I smell is a lovely mild cinnamon scent with zesty orange peel. Followed by a sweet sugary vanilla smell with clove. The bread note is something I cant quite smell but I'm sure it will come out when I melt it. The description says it has raspberry in it but I pick up an almost cranberry like smell instead. The deep red almost maroon color puts the final touch on this amazing scent. It's absolute perfect!

Sugared Spruce: This scent is the best Christmas tree smell I have come across yet. It's a sweetened pine smell and reminds me of my most favorite kind of Christmas tree, the Frasier Fir. When smelling this scent I get the wonderful image of going tree hunting with my fiancee and running my fingers through the needles of the trees. It's so realistic that I almost feel I can skip on the Christmas wreath and use this to scent my home with the scent of Christmas tree! It's very strong so be careful in small spaces.

Cookies for Santa: This scent is wonderful! I smell snicker doodle cookies for sure. It's a sweet sugar cookie smell with a dash of cinnamon. The cinnamon is not overpowering at all and in fact takes the back seat to sugar cookie smell. A wonderful bakery scent for this time of year. I can see this one being a medium throw  but still very noticeable.

Christmas Tree: This was my free scent shot in my very first order. All I can really smell is pine sol cleaner. Maybe if I was to mix this with a sweeter scent it would be more bearable for me. But if I was to do that, I would just purchase Sugared Spruce instead! This is my least favorite holiday scent I have received.

Peppermint Bark: Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark Squares all the way! It's the perfect blend of peppermint and chocolate. The description for this names white chocolate which I do get when smell it but it almost smells like dark chocolate too. On first sniff, I picture Ghiradelli squares but when finishing up the sniff you get that almost dark chocolate smell which reminds me more of Snyder's Peppermint Chocolate Pretzel Sandwiches without the salty pretzel smell. Either way, it's a wonderful peppermint bark scented candle.

Christmas Buttered Rum: This to me smells like a very warm butter smell with a hint of sugared caramel. In other words a warm, sweet butter smell. It's very nice and is a great change from all of the spiced scents for this time of year. Reminds me of Werther's hard candy.

Holly Berry: I love this scent of cinnamon, clove, and oranges which is sweetened just a touch with vanilla. This is perfectly balanced and not overly cinnamon-y or spiced. Love this one a lot!

Mistletoe: This is very similar to Holly berry but has a lot more orange to it. The spices take a backseat to the citrus-y smell. Also a great scent. If you want more spice I would go with Holly berry. If you would rather have something more fruity and citrus-y Mistletoe would be a better way to go.

Sweet Snow: Very strong peppermint smell. At the very end you do get a vanilla smell which sweetens the peppermint and tones it down just a little bit. I love this and think it is perfect for not only Christmas but winter in general. I can't wait for it to snow to burn this one!

Snow Drift Berries: Wow! If you love fruity scents but don't want something tropical or summer smelling this is the way to go. There's no spice at all, just a strawberry and raspberry smell that seems almost "spritzed" with a light peppermint spray. At the very end, you do get a light pine smell, but it's extremely light and does not give this scent a cleaner smell at all. Amazing and so unique!

I love all of the scents I received in this Christmas order with the exception of Christmas Tree. If I had to pick only three to purchase again they would be Charlie Brown Christmas, Snow Drift Berries, and Sugared Spruce. I have a feeling that I may be trying out a create a scent of Charlie Brown Christmas with Sugared Spruce. I have a feeling that this would be the ultimate Christmas Eve scent to have lit while eating dinner and sipping on some wine or hot chocolate while watching A Christmas Story!

All of these scents, along with over 700 other scents, are available on Victoria's website, For more suggestions and reviews I would check out her message board, The people are friendly and ready to help you  find your perfect scent. A great place to make new friends and share a common obsession... Candles By Victoria!

You will never find a candle better than Candles by Victoria. There are no others that are this highly scented, burn more cleanly, and have this large of a scent throw. Drop by her website and take a look around... you will not be disappointed!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Lazy Day Crock Pot Chili

Have you ever had one of those days when you know you have to cook but you really dont want to? This is a great recipe that is quick, easy, and great for fall and winter.


1 lb. ground beef cooked and drained (I also rinse mine under hot water to remove any remaining fat or grease)

2- 14.5 oz cans kidney beans, light or dark, undrained

2- 28 oz cans diced tomatoes undrained

1 medium to large onion, diced

1 green pepper, diced

2 packets of McCormick Chilli Seasoning or your choice

After cooking and draining ground beef, throw all of these ingredients into a crock pot and set on low. Cook for 6 to 8 hours and then serve! Could it get any easier? This is an all time favorite in my house and is also one that I grew up on too!

Top with shredded cheese or add hot sauce for a spicier chili. I prefer both of these!

Also, you can add a can of corn to the recipe. This tends to add a slightly sweet aspect to the chili which is nice when adding lots of hot sauce like me! ;o)

I also like to serve Cheddar Cheese and Jalapeno Cornbread with this meal....

1 box Jiffy Cornbead mix

Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Diced Jalapenos

Mix the Cornbread according to the directions on the box, and as much or as little of the cheese and jalapenos to your liking. Pour into a greased 8x8 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Hope yall enjoy this recipe and let me know if yall want more like this! :oD

Desserts, Sweets, and Breakfast Goodies Never Smelled so Good. A Review of Bakery Scents by Candles by Victoria

Victoria's bakery scents are by far my most loved. They're unique, fun, realistic, and so good they are sure to put a smile on your face! With over 700 scents to choose from there is bound to be something for everyone... even in the bakery scents! So let's get started!

Hawaiian Hula Muffin: I have to admit, when I first received this candle, it smelled like the pineapple did not mesh well with the muffin scent. I decided to let it sit for awhile (so long in fact that I forgot I had it) and smell it again. I love this scent! It's a great one for spring and summer because of the pineapple. It reminds of a cake I bake... white cake soaked in pineapple juice and iced with whipped cream with pineapple chunks. A great sweet scent!

Bear Claws: One of the first ones I ever tried from Victoria! I smell a mild cinnamon with caramel and a bakery cake-like note. This is followed up by a very light raisin and nut scent. It has a great scent throw that lasts all day!

Peanut Butter Cookies: On cold throw, this one was not very impressive and seemed to have almost a play dough smell to it. But warm, it's absolutely awesome! Smells exactly like sweet peanut butter cookies right out of the oven. Great scent year round!

Bubbling Butterscotch Sundae: I have yet to burn this one but it smells fantastic! Extremely sweet butterscotch... perfection.

Brown Sugar Shortbread: When I first received this one, it almost smelled like nothing! After it has cured for about two weeks, it's very strong and I can not wait to burn it. The brown sugar scent is sweet and has a slight butteryness to it. The shortbread cookie smell adds to brown sugar's sweetness to give this scent a great sweet shortbread cookie smell with just a slight hint of maple.

Blueberry Cobbler: This scent has an extremely strong blueberry smell that is very sweet. So if you love blueberries, this one is definitely one you'll like. When smelling blueberry cobbler you get a background or bottom note of a crusty bakery note. It truly smells exactly like blueberry cobbler. Very strong scent thrower too. I would burn in a large room so it is not too overwhelming.

Pumpkin Frappuccino : I wanted to like this one more than I do. It's a good scent but not one of my loves. I smell pumpkin and coffee with cinnamon. Maybe if it was mixed with more of a creamy scent I would like it more and it may smell more like Starbuck's Pumpkin Frappuccino . Has a medium scent throw to me and would be great for fall.

Pumpkin Vanilla: A sweet pumpkin smell. I smell the vanilla first which almost overpowers the pumpkin but not exactly. The cinnamon in this is a red hot cinnamon but is very mild and accompanied with a light clove as well. A decent scent throw on this one.

Apricot Crumb Cake: I was on the fence about ordering this one so when I got it as my free scent shot I was very excited to try it. I love this one! It has a sweet juicy almost tart apricot fruit smell followed by a light sweet cake smell. The brown sugar almost gives it a coffee cake like smell without the cinnamon. Fantastic scent overall!

Marshmallow Campfire: A sweet creamy vanilla marshmallow smell that actually smells like it has been roasted. It does not have a burnt or "caught on fire" smell so don't get me wrong there. The "roasted" smell is very light but adds a lot of depth to the marshmallow scent. A great scent year round or when you have the urge to make smores or go camping!

Hello Dolly: my soon to be husband thought I was out of my mind the way I reacted to this candle. One of my favorites for sure! It has a rich chocolate fudge scent with sweet butterscotch and a very very light creamy coconut scent which, to me, doesn't really come out but makes it smell even sweeter and more decadent. A very strong scent thrower that will have you craving something sweet in a heartbeat!

Caramelized Pralines: A much loved scent by many, that has a strong scent throw. I smell a rich caramel first followed by a roasted nutty note. Another amazing scent.

Nutella: This one really does smell like Nutella! It's a little on the lighter side but you still get that amazing chocolate and hazelnut smell. Very nice!

Granny's Pie Crust: Oh my goodness! Another love of mine! I smell a rich flaky crust which is slightly sweet. Purdy good scent throw and this scent would be great for create a scents. I'd personally mix it with Hello Dolly for a decadent chocolate pie scent, or even Caramel Apple for a rich apple pie topped with caramel. Georgia Peach might also be a good one for a peach cobbler like smell.

Vanilla After Dark: If you love vanilla, this is a fantastic scent for you! It's not just a plain vanilla or a fake vanilla. It's vanilla with some added depth, sweet and the tiniest bit musky and woodsy. I love to light this in the bedroom very relaxing and homey.

Strawberry Danish: My husband to be fell in love with this one... I'm not quite sure about it yet but I haven't lit it either. It is very very sweet and the strawberry almost smells more jam like. It also has a very rich, buttery, salty bakery note. When I baked for the store I work at I used to bake all of the sweets. On cold throw this reminds me of the apple and cherry danish bites before they were actually baked.Very doughy. Hopefully when lit, it'll have more of a just out of the oven smell. I would imagine this has a very strong scent throw.

Pumpkin Pralines: A delicious pumpkin scent with no cinnamon but her carmalized pralines scent instead! I would definitely light this one during the fall season. The pumpkin is creamy and accented well by the caramel in the carmelized pralines. A delicious scent that is hard to resist!

The top bakery scents that I love and would suggest to everyone are Granny's Pie Crust, Hello Dolly, Vanilla After Dark, Pumpkin Pralines, Blueberry Cobbler, and Apricot Crumb Cake. My wish list for bakery scents is gigantic and growing all the time. Check these scents out and view Victoria's scent descriptions as well to see which ones you'd like. For more suggestions Victoria's message board is a great place to discover scents that you may be interested in... To views all the candles and scents Victoria has for sale, visit her website at

Do you have any favorite bakery scents from Candles by Victoria? I'd love to know, comment below!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Trick or Treat, Smell My... Favorite Fall Candles! A Candles by Victoria Review

Fall is by far my most favorite time of the year. I love the cool weather, the orange-y copper-like color the sunset turns when looking through all the changing leaves. Fall also has some of my all time favorite candles scents! Here are a few from the best candle company someone will ever find!

Trick Or Treat: This is a warm, very sweet smell which really does go hand-in-hand with Halloween.  Victoria mixed two scents, caramel corn and butter cream crunch, to create the candy corn fragrance. It is absolutely irresistible!

Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Bread: This candle is in my top three favorite fall scents. It is a well-balanced bakery type scent. You can smell the pumpkin and cinnamon first, then the apple with a background note of a yeast bread. The cinnamon is not overpowering but complements the pumpkin and apple very well. Victoria describes this as, "Sweet creamy pumpkin, rich cinnamon apple with a crunchy strudel base note."

Apple Jack N Peel: This is one of my husband-to-be's favorite scents to have lit! It's a deep warm apple scent with orange and cinnamon and clove. The cinnamon is more of a red hot cinnamon but I personally smell more clove before the cinnamon sets in. It reminds me of the spiced tea that my mom makes every year during fall and winter. This would be a great scent to carry into Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's everything that's wonderful in a nice soul-warming fruit scent!

Pumpkin Pie Spice: Who doesn't love the glorious blend of cinnamon, cloves, allspice... all the spices that make the pumpkin pie smell wonderful baking in the oven. This candle is no exception and is a well rounded blend of all things pumpkin pie!

Honey Spice Cake: This is also a great one to carry us into Thanksgiving and Christmas! I mostly get pumpkin and cinnamon at first, sweetened with a sweet caramel scent. The cinnamon is a red hot cinnamon again, but absolutely great balanced with the pumpkin and caramel. Victoria describes this one as, "Spicy pumpkin gingerbread with top notes of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon and bottom notes of hazelnut and caramel."

Apple Cider: If anyone asked me to name the first thing that comes to mind when I think of fall, apple cider would be my answer every time! A juicy make your mouth water apple is the first thing I smell followed by warm cinnamon and clove. "It is like driving down a country road on a brisk autumn day and coming upon an old-fashion cider mill. You are enticed by the rich aromas of ripe green and red apples, crisp, sweet and tart, all at once," is the description given on the website. Very fitting and very true!

Country Bumpkin: Can you say Thanksgiving in a candle?!?! "A wonderful complex blend of apples, candied yams, marshmallows, sweet cream butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, crushed cinnamon bark and fresh cloves. Bring the country home to you.," Victoria describes this perfectly! It's a sweet, spicy fragrance that is blended very well. I think of desert after Thanksgiving dinner.

Monster Mash:  First all, I love this name! I smell Victoria's blueberry fragrance first (which is aaaahhhhmazing), followed by a slight hint of apple and clove and a bottom note of a warm crust. Her description is, "A killer fragrance to say the least! The aroma of freshly picked blueberries, fresh cut Granny Smith apples, smothered in butter, cream and cinnamon with a background of fresh baked crust. This fragrance is to die for!" Monster Mash is a great sweet and fruity scent for fall.

Witch's Brew: Another great name with an eye catching lime green color. This scent is very familiar to me but I can't quite put my finger on it! I still haven't figured it out yet. I smell a juicy apple at first sniff,
followed by juicy pineapple and peaches with just a little hint of cinnamon and very sweet vanilla. This scent is great for fall because of the apple cider like quality but also like a breath of fresh air from all of the warm spicy fragrances. This scent is a great pick me up in the middle of the season!

Spellbound: This is slowly making it to my all time favorites list! I love everything caramel apple and this is heavy on it. It is slightly different from her straight caramel apple scent  in the sense that it is sweetened further with cotton candy. It warms my heart to smell the candle. Plus, the deep purple color is beautiful!

Pumpkin Chocolate: Two of my most favorite things ever! This candle is a 50-50 blend of pumpkin and chocolate. Sweet, chocolaty, and pumpkin! A great mix for sure.

Caramel Apple: Mentioned above in Spellbound, this scent is one of my all time favorites! Sweet caramel covering a juicy mouthwatering apple. An absolutely addicting fragrance!

Autumn Leaves: This scent left a lasting impression on me and I don't think I will ever be able to forget it. It smells of the perfect scent of leaves fallen of the trees and laying on the ground through a dewy wet morning. I took a suggestion from the message board and mixed it with apple cider. All I could think of was sitting outside on a cool fall afternoon, drinking apple cider, with a slight breeze that would carry the scent of the leaves with it. Absolutely unforgettable!

If I had to choose three must haves for fall they would, without a doubt, be caramel apple, pumpkin apple cinnamon bread, and trick or treat. And for a very different and unique create a scent, you have to try Autumn Leaves with Apple Cider.  If you're curious but not quite sure yet, buy a scent shot of the ones that interest you! At $2 a piece, you wont feel bad if you don't like a scent. For more information on Candles by Victoria please check out my first blog called The Best Candles Hands Down or visit Victoria's website,

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Best Candles Hands Down

I wanted my first blog to be about something that has helped me a lot lately, as crazy as this may seem. I work third shift and I also have a two year old so sleep happens almost never and stress seems to take over a little too quickly. One thing that has always relaxed me since I was in my teens are candles. But I was never satisfied with the amount of scent that was given off by any of my candles. And I have bought many different brands of candles.

I love to watch youtube in my spare time and found a candle company that a lot of the girls who made videos found amazing. I figured it wouldn't hurt to check this company out, everyone deserves at least one chance. I had no clue that my idea of candles would soon be changed.

Candles By Victoria is the name of the company, based out of Texas, and extremely family oriented. The prices of the candles are a steal compared to other widely known candle companies. On top of the price of these candles being so great, the amount of different scents they offer are astounding.... over 700 scents! There truely is something for everyone and if you have any ideas for a personal scent you have one of two options... you can create a scent or email Victoria herself to see if she would be able to create one for you.

From tarts to small jar candles, and very large candles to different types of jars, she also has a sweet treat line and comfort candles to choose from. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this company. The first time I visited the website I was in utter shock at all the options you can choose from. And the fact that the candles were not poured until you had made your order was really great to hear. Just knowing it hadn't sat on a shelf for six months before I bought it made me feel like the candles couldn't have been any less than that of bigger companies.

So I made my first order, a rather large order, and soon after a second. These candles are by far the best in the business and I believe no one would be disappointed by them. These candles are triple scented and strongly scented at that. As long as you read the description of the scent, you really can't mess up an order.

So far, out of the around 50 I have tried, I do have some favorites already....

My top three that I can't really rank in any order because they are all so awesome are:

Granny's Pie Crust
Hello Dolly
Caramel Apple
These scents will always be in my home and I will never be without them.

Some other scents that are enjoyed are:
Georgia Peach
Apple Jack-n-Peel (My fiancee's favorite)
Raspberry Guava
Vanilla After Dark
Bella Swan
Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Bread

This company is definately worth checking out... with a flat rate shipping fee of $8.50 no matter how big the order and the fact she always has a sale of at least 10% off makes these candles an even better deal! I have a rather open house and one candle will scent my whole kitchen, living room, sun room, and dining room with no problem. Yall should definately check this site out if you're into candles like I am!

Scent descriptions of my favorite and also not so favorite scents will be available shortly... I hope yall enjoy the fall season as much as I do!