Suds or Duds? Chocolate Bath Gifts

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It’s no secret, I love chocolate. Some may even say I’m obsessed by it. But, do I want to bathe in it?

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All day long surrounded by the lingering scent of decadent chocolate, luring me into the bakery, the ice cream shop, the chocolate shop. Sounds simply aweful.

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 Buy it by the bar.

Chocolate mint soap

Or, buy it as a liquid.

Chocolate Passion Shower Wash

OR, buy it as a solid that dissolves into a liquid.

Chocolate Bath Bombs

(The worst part about these soaps is that they look delicious. One may find it hard to resist a taste, and then quickly regret it.)

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For the single woman, that was brought up with the theory that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach:

Bath and Bodyworks Temptations’ Wickedly Hot Chocolate Lotion

So, smelling like the third course of dinner will theoretically drive your date cocoa loco.

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Although, I wouldn’t suggest rubbing bacon behind your ears.

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And for the man, who wants to be as irresistible as Ben and Jerry:

Axe Shower Gel Dark Temptations

 

 

From the product description:

Subtle aroma of chocolate with fresh gourmet scents;

Combines hot chocolate, amber and red peppercorn notes;

Unlimited female attraction”

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Although, I’m guessing that this scenario is more realistic:

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So what do you think of these chocolate scented bath products? Money well spent? Or, money down the drain?

 

Please share in the comment section below.

Gift these suds?

Trash these duds?

Or, keep them for yourself?

Hot or Not? S’mores Maker

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We’re continuing our Christmas idea list with an interesting appliance.

Item of the day: Nostalgia Electric S’mores Maker, sells for @$30 here on Amazon.

 

What could be better than roasting marshmallows over an open fire, er, heat source, in the comfort of your own home? No bugs. No flames. No hair full of campfire soot. 

Personally, I think this is a fun item. Perfect for an afternoon snack, a slumber party, or a family night at home. But, is it practical? Does it warrant a $30 price tag?

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Part of my brain argues: “Can one really put a price tag on memories?”

But, come on. Do I really want to store one more appliance? 

Then again, it is a chocolate appliance.

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As you can see, I’m on the fence on this one. What do you think? Is this a good purchase? 

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Let me know your thoughts below.

Wrap it?

Trash it?

or…Keep it for yourself? 

(As always, I’m not affiliated with any of these products). I’m just here for the chocolate…and the good company.

Free Book TODAY- Reviewers Wanted😊

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✏️Diary of a writer:

Dream, write, rewrite, sleep, can’t sleep, edit, scratch everything, rewrite, repeat.

The process of writing a novel can take months, or in my case, years.😐 So, in that time, irrational expectations may have grown.

 

Expectations of a published writer:

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Reality of a published writer:

 

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Lol! Perhaps, a bit of an exaggeration. At the end of the day, writers all want the same thing- they want their work to be read.

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I told myself I’d never be one of those nagging authors, constantly shoving my book in my lovely readers’ faces. But…(the dreaded but),

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I’m here to ask a favor…and it won’t cost a penny (today– Tues, Nov.28th).

I’m anxiously seeking reader feedback. How can you help?

 

1. Download Thirteen Chocolates ebook here on Amazon. (It’s free TODAY).

2. Read, and enjoy.😉

3. Leave a review on Amazon, here. (Go to the Customer Review section and click on “Write a Customer Review”).

Feel the ❤️ from this gracious author.

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Wrap it or Trash it? Instant Ice Cream Maker

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We’re continuing our Christmas idea list with this sweet culinary find.

Item of the day: Chef n’ Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker, sells for @$44  here on Amazon.

According to the item description, you simply freeze the bowl a day ahead of time, add ice cream ingredients and stir, and presto, homemade ice cream.

From the product description, “…Mix ingredients together and pour 1/2 cup into the Sweet Spot. Let sit for a few seconds to start freezing, then scrape and scoop to build a consistent texture.
Add toppings such as fruit, chocolate or nuts and fold into the mixture.
Makes six individual 1/2-cup servings in 30 minutes before the need to refreeze the Sweet Spot.”

 

 

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one!

Gift it?

Trash it?

or…Keep it for yourself?

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(Fyi, I’m not affiliated with any of these products).

But, I do love ice cream.😋

What dessert are you making for Thanksgiving?

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Decisions!

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I have yet to decide on what I’m making for dessert. So, I’m tempting myself with my options.

Single layer?

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Lots of layers?

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Ice Cream?

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Or, Ice Cream Cake?

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Warm and dreamy?

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Cool and creamy?

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Chocolate fluffed?

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Chocolate stuffed?

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Chocolate covered?

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Chocolate Smothered?

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After viewing all of these pieces of chocolate heaven, the answer is clear.

I’ll make one of everything!

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(Thanksgiviving Day)

Husband: You know you have enough dessert here to feed 60 people.

Me: Well then,…I guess we’ll have leftovers.

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What dessert are you making (or eating) for Thanksgiving?

Free mystery ebook Nov 13th, THIRTEEN CHOCOLATES

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Hello everybody!

I just wanted to thank all of you for your support of my new book, Thirteen Chocolates. It was a long time in the making, so I’m so happy to finally share it with you all!


I hope to have paperback versions available by the end if this month. In the mean time, I wanted to offer you the free ebook on Amazon. Get it here.

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It will appear free on Amazon today, Monday, Nov. 13th. (After that, it will go back to 3.99). So, if you have a moment, check it out. I’m really eager to get your feedback. (And if you can leave an Amazon review as well, extra love❤️).


Thanks again. You all are the best!

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When should you tip?

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If you’re a chocoholic, chances are you frequent bakeries, donut shops, and coffee houses. More and more, counters are adorned with tip jars and cash register screens prompt your tip preference. These standard practices have stirred up some debate.


So, I want to know from you, fellow coffee guzzlers and chocolate consumers-

When should you tip?

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Obviously, if you are at a sit down restaurant, order a coffee, and somebody brings it to you, a tip for satisfactory service should be automatic.

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But, when you order that same cup at counter service, then it can get a bit tricky.

 

You dont tip the cashier for pouring and handing you a $1 cup at a fastfood chain, but, should you if you are ordering that same cup in a coffee house?

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Or, does it depend on your order? Say you’re ordering an upgraded coffee. One that requires more effort than just pouring your coffee.

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If so, do you tip the barista? Or, the cashier? Or, the other staff member that got your bagel for you? What if it was a dozen bagels? And they need to be sliced. And toasted!

Then there’s the doughnut server. That patient soul who waits as you pick out twelve different doughnuts? Which gets me thinking about the baker that got up in the wee hours of the morning to make these doughnuts fresh for you. And he didn’t even skimp on the Boston Cream filling.

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Some peple would argue that all of these employees are just doing their job. Others argue, that these people are providing a personal service and should be tipped accordingly.


I’m stuck in the middle. Mainly because two of my first jobs were waitress and cashier. As a waitress, (at a sit down restaurant), tips are your livelyhood. Back then, the paying rate was only $2+ an hour. Plus, you had to pay out a percentage of your sales to bussers, hosts, and bar staff. So, if you didn’t get tipped, you’d literally have to pay to wait on someone.

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Alternatively, my actual first job was cashier at a grocery store. Obviously, this job didn’t generate tips. Yet, technically being a cashier was providing a service for the customer. Bagging up groceries for safe transport home, negotiating sale prices that the customer swore they saw on a sign somewhere, and ringing up stacks of coupons. So then, is it different if a cashier rings up a dozen eggs and bags it, in comparison to a coffee house cashier who is ringing up a croissant and bagging it?

I’d love to hear your opinion on this one. What’s the proper tip etiquette in coffee houses, bakeries, and doughnut shops?

Final thought: 

At the end of the day, I encourage everybody to share the love, and show your appreciation for a job well done. Every hardworking employee deserves a kind gesture of gratitude for their service, whether you choose to acknowledge it in a monetary form, a verbal thank you, or even a complimentary smile. 

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