Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Random Rants – Peeves and Likes for 2013

I haven’t blogged a random rant in 3 years.  Time sure does fly.  Random rants are just that….random.  Nothing to do with business or home d├ęcor.  Now that I can breath after the maylay of gift sets I made I can blog about something mindless. 
Throughout this year some things just stick in my craw (is that a word?) or drive me crazy.  Most are not really new to 2013 but bug me nonetheless.  (In no particular order):
  • Speaking to me in person, talking to me on the phone or writing a letter to me like you only have 140 characters.   Why are you saying “LOL”  can’t you just Laugh out loud?  I’ll get it!  OMG, YOLO and #hashtag.  What the heck are you verbalizing a hashtag?  Am I suppose to reorganize it in my brain for another time and click on it in the future? #stupid
  • Cra Cra – What the heck is that?  Why do we have to shorten a 2 syllable word to two half words?
  • “It is what it is” What Is it?!  Never liked that saying and I still don’t in 2013
  • Look up when walking.  Why must I dodge the zombie phone users on a Manhattan street.  Next time I’ll just walk into you.  I may only be 4’11 but I have an intimidating stare.
  • Learn basic math – I’m no math whiz but If I give you $20.52 for total purchase of $15.52, chances are I’m not looking for change back.
Why is there a tip jar by the cashier?  Donut shop, Gas station, Chinese take out?  I thought tips where for restaurant servers who get below minimum or for those who go “above and beyond” on a regular basis.  Since when have we gone tip jar crazy?  Your socializing with the cashier next to you about your boyfriend problems and because you took all my coupons  and said “have a nice day” I must tip you? Cra Cra.
  • Tweeting or texting on your phone while driving.  I see you.  I’m behind this person and they are driving extra slow because they think they will be safer doing that as one carries on a heating phone conversation when in fact they also have their left blinker on but the car is turning right.  Or they are  texting in between stop lights and by the time I realize they are too busy texting and blow the horn the darn light changed again.  Newsflash driving is important.  You can kill or injure you or someone else if you are not alert and paying attention to what is going on; or piss me off if I’m late for work and behind you.
  • Get some social skills….Offline.  I know you have 10,000 friends/followers but turn off the phone when we have lunch.   I don’t want to see your brown roots (or grey or dandruff) all afternoon because your head is buried in your phone that you didn’t even have time to eat your lunch.  Next time I will just Instagram my lunch to you and #didlunch and say we did
  • The Knicks (sorry…that’s a 10 year pet peeve)
  • Cyberhacked – Having a business online and doing most of my bills and shopping online I have been the victim of numerous cyber hackings despite locking myself out of my own account because I can’t remember what the heck I changed the password to every 90 days as suggested. 
    • This year my business emails got hundreds of spams per minute that my website vendor had to go in and change my password because it was overloading his “thing-a-majig” (will that be the new catchphrase for 2014?)
    • Last week my personal ebay account got hacked (that I don’t use very often) and somebody bid and won over $5000 in bitcoins (whatever that is) and Itune gift cards.  

Honorable mention - Selfies – I really don’t have that much of a problem with this.  But some people overdue it a bit

If you’re on Facebook, Instagram and something has just touched your heart or simply made you smile and restored your faith in humanity that the peeves have not taken over and left you bitter towards the world.
  •  The news isn’t all bad. I have noticed (or paid attention more) that TV has more humanitarian stories than it use to that melt my heart:
  • My Family – I may gripe about them but I love them and I’m thankful they are all safe.
  • My Health – Thanks Dr. Forman for making me healthy again.  I feel like a new woman!
  • TV dramas are back – Enough of the cat fight reality shows.  Great acting has revived must-see-tv
    • Breaking Bad -  I was a very late bloomer and caught it on Netflix and I’m salivating for the last season to get on Netflix cause they haven’t shown any reruns on regular tv.  Where are the reruns when you need them?
    • Scandal – I say OMG to myself after every episode.  
    • House of cards – Kevin Spacey….enough said
Honorable mentions : Justin Beiber announces his retirement.
 Jessica Simpson announces she won’t act anymore.

So what are your pet peeves and thumbs up 2013 moments? 
Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

$25 Giveaway 2013

A gift certificate from Nikki Makes Scents makes a perfect gift for any occasion or for those hard to buy for people. Let them decide what scented delights are their favorites.  We have certificates available from $10 to $100.   This giveaway you have the opportunity to win one as a gift for yourself or a last minute gift!  Many chances to win and some entries can be done daily to increase your chances.  Good Luck!  (Please make sure to read the terms & conditions)
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Scent of the Month - Gingerbread Cookies

I can't think of a better homey scent for December.  That smell of baking ginger wafting through the house signals the end of fall and the beginning of winter holidays.  Don't let the holidays stress you out....stop and smell the Gingerbread Cookies.  Enjoy our special for this scent this month.

Monday, December 2, 2013

5th Annual Cyber Monday Deal


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*Completed orders from 12/2/13 12am until 7:59am EST
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 *Completed orders from 12/2/13 8:00am until 11:59pm EST on almost all items we sell!
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Stock up on scented delights from candles, Body Oils and Bath + Body items for all your friends and family.

In addition, we're offering a Doorbuster on the first 5 customers also receives
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No discount codes needed. 
Once the sale is over we will go through orders and the first five orders the shipping will be refunded!
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  • Buy 1 get 1 Free or 1/2 off of the same item. While supplies last.
  • Buy 1 get 1 1/2 off (please order 2 and we will refund 50% off the second item).
  • All Candle items are eligible
  • Exceptions are: Samples, Gift Sets, packaged discount sets, accessories, reed diffusers and gift certificates.
  • Coupons and any other discounts are not accepted during this sale.
  • Sales valid ONLY from 12/2/13 12am Monday - 11:59pm. EST
  • Sale will not be held over nor backdated for out of stock items.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Incense Giveaway 2013

Although Nikki Makes Scents is known for our candles and over 700 candle scents, our hand-dipped incense have grown in popularity.  Check out all the great reviews we've gotten (click here)!   So much so we have increased the fragrance selection in the past couple of years from 50 to 175.  We have the regular scents from Nag Champa and Patchouli to new out-the-box fragrances like Deep Fried Ice Cream and Butterscotch Vanilla.  This Giveaway is only for one week and since the holidays are upcoming will be a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.  Twelve chances to win and some you can enter daily to increase your chances.  Good Luck!  (Please make sure to read the terms & conditions)
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Perfume Body Oil Giveaway

This is one of my favorite GiveAways.  We have over 200 body oil fragrances with many designer duplications that are a fraction of the price of the original.  My perfumes are oil-based and a dab will last the day.  Even the sample sizes are generous!   Many of the designer scents can also be made into bath & body sets of lotions and washes.   You have the opportunity in this giveaway to try one of your most favorite in a full-size bottle and sample two other fragrances.  (Please make sure to read the terms & conditions)

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Gourmet Soap Giveaway

We now have over 30 gourmet soap bars that your skin will love.  From exfoliating to refreshing wake me up soaps.  Many are as large as six ounces.   Now you have a chance to try one of our soaps in this fantastic week long giveaway.  Enter and increase your chances by tweets and shares with your friends each day.  Good luck!  (Please make sure to read the terms & conditions)
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bath & Body Giveaway!

You have 1 week only to enter this fabulous Giveaway!  Our generous 2oz samples are great travel sizes as well.  This giveaway you can choose 2 different or two of the same samples with different scents.  (BTW we have about 600 scents to choose from).

The samples include our Shea Butter Body Wash, Aloe Wash, Foaming Milk Bath, Castile Liquid Soap, Body Scrub Gel, Hand & Body Lotion, Shea Butter & Aloe Lotion, Goat Milk & Honey Lotion, Shea & Herb Shampoo, Shea Butter Conditioner, Herbal Shampoo

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Scent of the Month - Cornucopia

If you follow my blog, Facebook or Twitter you know my favorite season is fall.  Not to cold, not to hot, the changing leaves and abundance of foods to indulge in.   Well that last one I'm trying to wean myself off of to just the necessities and practice "smell therapy."
This fragrance encompasses the smell of fall.   I've had it for quite some time but sometimes the good ones get pushed further back for the newer flasher scent names.  Cornucopia is an old favorite I brought back as the Scent of the Month and I'm sure you will love it once again.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The smell of Coffee

I'm not a coffee drinker but I've seen friends, family and coworkers before and after a cup of coffee and I would prefer after.  Additionaly, the smell of coffee is intoxicating.  Especially the wonderful fragrances of the different kinds of coffee flavors.  We recently have received several request for coffee-flavored candles, tarts and incense and they have become some of my favorites.  Take a look at some of our coffee-inspired scents like Butter Rum Cappuccino, Cappuccino Brulee, Caramel Cinnamon Latte,  Columbian Roast, Fresh Brewed Coffee, Irish Mocha,  Mochachino,  and new scents like Double Mocha EspressoFrench Roast Coffee and Jamaica Vanilla Cafe.  What is your favorite beverege-like fragrance? 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Scent of the Month - Bunny Basket

Is it me or does it seem a little weird that Easter is in March this month and daylight savings time is March 10th?  "Spring ahead" means in the spring doesn't it?  
Anyway, This new spring/holiday scent Bunny Basket is a whole lotta fun for your senses with all the favorites you would want in your basket!  Check out our Scent of the Month special for March only.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013