I Scored Over and Over Again…bath bombs, soaps and Lush

bath products from GatlinburgWalking around “The Island” in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee I sampled moonshine, rode the Wheel and even had a caricature made. While my husband scanned the scene for pizza and beer, I had only one thing on my mind. …bath products.

There were several shops admist the carnival games, rides and restaurants. I went past stores with purses, shoes and candies. I meandered into action hero stores and had my picture made with Daryl from the Walking Dead. (Actually it was just a cardboard cutout)

Then I spotted it.  A spa with bath products peeking from its windows. It was called St. Somewhere Spa and although I really would have enjoyed the spa and queen-like treatment, I bought three large bath bombs instead. Pumpkin, donut and candy scents….sounds like a vacation in a tub doesn’t it?

Bath bombs

That evening I googled “bath products in Gatlinburg”. I found a listing for a local store only 10 minutes from the cabin I was staying in, Misty Mountain Soap Company.

After my morning coffee and donut we headed to the arts and crafts district in Gatlinburg and I found the bath shop nestled between craft, lampshade and antique stores.  I could smell the clean and refreshing scent of soap before I entered the soft-colored room.  The atmosphere was calming and although there were many items to gander at, sample and drool over, it was not overpowering to the eye.  I appreciated that!

I  gathered soap bombs first, they had minis and medium sized.  I bought sample packs of shower Scent-sation tablets. They create aromatherapy to energize, calm or refresh you, just to name a few.

There were the most darling little cupcake bath bombs I just had to buy; slices of handmade watermelon, strawberry and pastel colored soaps found their way into my bag as well.

Misty mountain soap co

Honestly, I could have stayed there all day and bought one (or two) of each item.  They had bath salts, scrubs, body care lotions and lip balms, masculine products and even pet products.

This store had it all, including friendly, not-pushy-at-all staff.  You can visit their website to find out more about them or make an order for yourself.  I highly recommend this family-run, homemade business……I am not sponsored by this company or any other company at this time….it’s still just little ol’ me in the tub.

Misty Mountain Soap Company

The 3rd shop I found on vacation was in Gatlinburg. I actually found it just by chance as we were seeking shelter from the rain, dodging in and out of specialty shops.

It was a small store with an elegant atmosphere. I felt under-dressed in my blue plastic Smoky Mountain poncho and ballcap. The soaps, bath bombs and salts were showcased like fine jewelry.  The shop had other items such as lotions, purses and cards. So this wasn’t your home-made soap type of place.

I kept my focus on the bars of soap. I am not usually a bar soap kind of girl, but when I see soap this beautiful I can’t look away. I only purchased 2 because my cash flow was dwindling.

But they are beautiful! I may not even use them – again I am turning into my mother, “these are just for looks”.

The 2 soaps I purchased were apparently made by two different companies. …..remind me to look these up and see what else they have!

Verbena’s.   Verbenas bath soap

Wait there’s more:

We left our cozy vacation spot and headed home. A steady rain accompanied us. We drove a few hours, then stopped in Nashville, Tennessee for 2 things.
1. Cheesecake Factory and 2. LUSH store —-or 1. LUSH store and 2. Cheesecake Factory depending on your particular tastes .

It was my 1st Lush “store” visit. I stalked the store like a One Direction fan would Harry Styles; spot it, take a photo, then dive right in. The store was smaller than I imagined- and wanted – it to be. I spotted a few bath bombs I have already tried and pointed at one’s I have “liked” on my fellow Lush lover’s blogs and Instagrams.

I bought 6 bath products and nothing else. I’m sure you are shocked I didn’t buy any skin care or beauty products. I assure you I was over my “bath product allowance” and I will be back.

We ate our dinner and cheesecake and I eyed my Lush bag every now and then to make sure no crazy Lush fiend stole it….not that I would blame them.

We drove the rest of the way home in rain, downpours and sprinkles. I was exhausted by the time we got in, unloaded the car and kissed our “babies” (2 dogs and 1 cat).  When I headed for my bath, I had all of these glorious new products to try.  I was overwhelmed and really just wanted to admire them all for awhile before I used them.

I used a Lush bath bomb from my previous online order. French Kiss.  After overindulging in food, alcohol, spending and passionate endeavors for our long anniversary weekend, sometimes all a girl really needs is a nice long kiss.

Lush French Kiss

How to Create a Romantic Bath Experience

Bath for two

You may think a romantic bath starts in the bathroom, but you are wrong.  It starts out on the porch, on a cool evening.  Mine started out on the porch of our rented cabin in the Smokies.  There was a simple swing with two pillows. It overlooked the horizon of the trees cascading the mountain.  The sky was clear and the stars provided a soft romantic glow.  We nibbled on chocolates, sipped wine and shared soft kisses.

Swing, chocolates, wine

Our chitchat turned to meaningful discussions, our hands lingered longer, as did our kisses, my cheeks felt a singe from the wine.

A chill from the breeze of the night persuaded us to bring our wine into the house.  We played music from our phones and refilled our glasses. I sang the wrong words to the song, but he didn’t seem to notice.

Music stitches

A romantic bath experience is dependent of the right lighting.  Since we are renting this cabin, I did not want to light candles….just in case.  The room had a nice set of lights that you could brighten and soften.  I softened them.

I placed towels, wash rags and a bath bomb on the edge of the tub.  Our glasses of wine traveled with us.  Our choice of bath bomb was Lush’s Sex Bomb….in case you are curious.

Romantic bath and lighting

With the hot water, the closeness of our bodies and the Sex Bomb dissolved in our water we really didn’t need to finish the wine.  But we chose to anyway.  Our kisses were sweeter that way. I had a glow that could even be detected in the soft cabin light.

The last crucial ingredient for a romantic bath is the attire to be worn after the bath. There are many choices, it is totally up to the individual.  You could go with the birthday suit, a simple nightie, a warm housecoat or even the towel.

NightieMy choice….a nightie.

A romantic bath really only requires two things: you and a person you care about. Although the more thought you put into it, the better the experience will be.

Enjoy your bath,

-Jesica

When Relaxation Just Happens

I had a whole day of hiking, waterfall gazing, comedy show watching and ferris wheel riding planned for the day.

Well life happend, actually autumn happend,  just in time for my 22nd wedding anniversary and the Smoky Mountain National Park was booming with people.

So my adventure filled day turned into a wonderfully relaxing day. My husband and I ate pancakes.

pancakes

I rode shot gun up the hills and curves of the national forest. I took pictures from my window as we sat in gridlocked traffic jams.

traffic to Smoky Mountain park

We walked “quiet trails” instead of our usual waterfall trails with swarms of tourists. We kissed and held hands. We walked slow and carefully observed each step, each tree and the peaceful stream of the creek.

quiet walkwaystream

We stopped at waterfalls with small parking lots just to get out of the convoy of spectators.  We kissed again and he took sips of bourbon.

waterfallsipping bourbon

Although the day was nothing like I planned, it turned out to be relaxing, romantic and remember-able.

The evening ended as I planned though. ..with a soak in the hot tub.

hot tub

Happy weekend from the Smokies!

Stop Wishing Your Time Away

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I stumbled upon this quote last night as I searched the Web trying to calm down and “unwind,” as my mom says, before I went to sleep.  It made me think of the day’s events and how much I just wished it would hurry up and be over. 

My workday was so frustrating and the more I hurried to get things going smoother, the worse it all became.

I scarfed down donuts and coffee on my break and said “just 10 more hours”.  The afternoon came and I was still agitated and counting down the hours until I would be home.

Funny how as much as I wanted to be home,  I never sat still and just enjoyed “being home”. I was busy with to-do lists, gotta do this-s and make sure I don’t forgets.

By the time I got in bed,  I realized I had hurried,  cursed and wished my day away. I’m almost positive that it was a nice day out, full of possibilities, but I chose not to acknowledge it.

My husband and I are heading to the Smoky Mountains this evening after work to celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary.  While I don’t want to be at work today any more than I did yesterday  (or any day for that matter) I’m trying not to rush through these hours just to get to the next.

I’m trying to slow down, take things as they come and when I have time just sit and reflect on our last 22 years together.  We have grown up together and now we are growing older together.

Time is all we really have. It’s all we need.  We should appreciate it, be present in it and cherish it. Just like how I eat my chocolate,  time should be taken in slow bites and savored.

Be sure to check back for posts about my trip and find me on Instagram for some (hopefully) amazing pictures of Gatlinburg, the Smoky Mountains and the cabin we will be staying in.

Special thanks to my new blogging friend for getting me started on Instagram. Check out her blog @
tattoomamaofthree

P.S.  I can’t wait to see the bathtub and the HOT TUB in the cabin.