Pumpkins Etc.

If you don’t like the flavor of pumpkin, you’re pretty much counting the days for this season to end. Everywhere you turn, there are pumpkins and pumpkin-flavored products. Halloween is among us, which means there is an abundant amount of pumpkins everywhere!

My awareness of the pumpkin invasion began mid-August. Target was already selling pumpkin-scented hand and dish soap so I stocked up and stored them away. One day when I was washing the dishes, I smelled a pumpkin fragrance. WTF? It was only August. Who put the pumpkin-scented dish soap in the soap dispenser?! It actually annoyed me to smell Fall in August. The scent made my already short summer, even shorter. I was so bummed! Grumbling, I had to force myself from being annoyed to letting go in order to look for the blessing: I am so fortunate to have someone who was thoughtful and kind enough to help me!

Now that we’re in the full swing of the REAL pumpkin season (which again, is not in August), I was excited to pull out my pumpkin-scented stash to give them away as Halloween thoughtful pinches.

These smell so good! They make excellent  pinches  for anyone who would appreciate anything other than candy. “No thanks!” - says any kid in the world.

These smell so good! They make excellent pinches for anyone who would appreciate anything other than candy. “No thanks!” - says any kid in the world.

I also stocked up on this Fall scent for those who do not like pumpkin (cough,  Jay-Jay , cough).

I also stocked up on this Fall scent for those who do not like pumpkin (cough, Jay-Jay, cough).

Another idea for a pumpkin-scented pinch is a candle. At my church fundraiser, I “won” a pumpkin spice chai candle as part of a yoga package that also included a yoga mat and a month’s membership. Since I don’t drink chai (due to the caffeine), smelling this is the next best thing. There is a wide variety of pumpkin-scented candles that are available at so many different stores. Pick up a candle or two for those who prefer to skip a Halloween candy treat; they will appreciate the insightfulness. My blog entry Sweet vs Sweet gives more ideas for items that are not candy sweet but instead, thoughtfully sweet. Or my blog entry Smell My Feet could help you find even more non-candy pinches.

I hosted a mother/daughter gathering at my house the other day and lit this candle. It added the perfect touch to the rainy evening of charcoal masks, homemade sugar scrub and  Beautycounter  bonding.

I hosted a mother/daughter gathering at my house the other day and lit this candle. It added the perfect touch to the rainy evening of charcoal masks, homemade sugar scrub and Beautycounter bonding.

Somebody (cough, Jay-Jay, cough) shipped another batch of thoughtful pinches to us today. I feel like the timing was so crazily perfect. How did she know I was writing about pumpkins?

Thank you for being a pro*  Jay-Jay ! I love whoopie pies. I love pumpkin. Marry them together to get Pumpkin with Maple Cream Cheese whoopie pies by  No Big Whoop . Love. The other flavors she sent us are Apple & Spice and Chocolate with Butterbeer (Harry Potter lovers unite!).

Thank you for being a pro* Jay-Jay! I love whoopie pies. I love pumpkin. Marry them together to get Pumpkin with Maple Cream Cheese whoopie pies by No Big Whoop. Love. The other flavors she sent us are Apple & Spice and Chocolate with Butterbeer (Harry Potter lovers unite!).

While it’s all fine and dandy to buy gifts for others during this pumpkin season, please remember to pick up treats for yourself! You deserve a pumpkin scone, pumpkin donut, pumpkin and caramel cookie, piece of pumpkin pie or a pumpkin non-fat latte - the list of pumpkin products goes on and on. Just walk into any Trader Joe’s to see their display of pumpkin products. It blows my mind that manufacturers can use pumpkin as an ingredient in so many cool products these days.

I get funny looks from the baristas when I only buy these bars and nothing else. Starbucks, thanks for carrying these! This year, I have been treating myself to this pumpkin treasure.

I get funny looks from the baristas when I only buy these bars and nothing else. Starbucks, thanks for carrying these! This year, I have been treating myself to this pumpkin treasure.

Last but not least, we come to the most unique pumpkin-themed product that I have come across so far. Who wouldn’t pick up a packet of these just for the novelty of it?

I’m pretty sure these Pop Rocks do not taste like exploding pumpkins but they’re available during the pumpkin season and that counts. I found these at Dollar Tree.

I’m pretty sure these Pop Rocks do not taste like exploding pumpkins but they’re available during the pumpkin season and that counts. I found these at Dollar Tree.

You get my drift. The pumpkin invasion is ever-evolving! Next year there will be more new items that will top off 2018’s new pumpkin-themed products. And just like when the retail stores start playing Christmas music the day after Halloween, Target will probably start rolling out their pumpkin-themed items the day after the 4th of July. If that’s the case, I’m letting my whole household know - we will NOT use anything pumpkin-scented until October!

Pinches,

Barb

*trademark pending for pro description. Stay tuned!

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