Monday, November 15, 2010

The bain of my existence....

Just a quick post promoting my latest addiction.... You see - I have lived most of the last 6 years with a total of 6 stinky pets, 3 stinky men, and now - I am living in a home that is 70+ years old. Sometimes, no matter how clean your house is, it is still just stinky. I have tried Febreeze - but I can't seem to find a scent that I like from them - plus it kind of goes away after a bit anyway... I have the good old standby of watered down fabric softener on the soft surfaces of my home. But there aren't that many since we have lived with hard wood floors and leather couches to minimize the stinkability in the first place...


So - I have tried the oils with diffuser reeds. These are okay but can be expensive and you can't really have them too many places around kids or cats. Which we have exactly 6 of around here... so - I have decided to go with a combination of candles and plug ins. Okay - so the plug ins that I have tried from the stores don't last very long and they seem to either be soapy smelling or super fruity smelling. Neither are my thing... I have also tried the Scent Story discs and that contraption that "plays" the scent discs. It works good if you are sitting near it to smell the air flowing out - but I didn't find it to "diffuse" through the room much at all. And as soon as you turn it off - the scent is basically gone....


But - thank goodness for Bath and Body Works. First of all - their candles are very expensive - I must admit - $19.50 for the larger version. But - they are still cheaper than Yankee candles by far (which don't smell up an entire room larger than like 10x10 very well - JMO :-). The pluses are that they are self consuming, burn evenly, do not leave soot at all, they have a lead free wick which burns so cleanly, and they can smell up even a huge room in no time. The lid is a modern silver style that sits atop nicely, and after the candle burns completely down to the wick clips - you can still use the jar and the lid for something else - like your crafty supplies - hint, hint...


I have tried every candle from Target, Walmart, in-home party sales types, etc... I have just found these to be the most fragrant and longest lasting. Trust me on this - I burn candles all day long and I haven't been able to find anything better - if you like your candles strong that is.... At least for what's available to me in my town. Of course - I suppose it depends on which scent you purchase as well - some scents are stronger than others. I tend to go with the warmer - musky scents.

Anyway - I just wanted to give a quick testimonial on this because it has driven me nuts spending money on candles - and having them leave black yuckiness on my walls, ceilings, and moldings - and only smelling good if you get up close to them...


I am burning the Leaves version during this next couple of weeks in tribute to Thanksgiving - it smells kind of like apple pie to me without the huge cinnamon smell. I am also a big fan of the Fireside scent which completely smells like a crazy combination of a campfire and a scrumptious man... Reminds me of happy memories camping plus a little cologne smell in there...


If you burn these candles - what are your favorite scents? Do you mix any scents - or keep the scents consistent through your house?
The company that makes them is Slatkin & Co. and I think you can find them other places besides B&BW. I know I saw them on some home shopping network recently like QVC or something...


Bonus!! - The Wallflowers that they offer are wall plug ins that you can buy to match your favorite candle scents - so basically my house is gonna smell like apple pie for the next month - and I am totally okay with that :-)

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's almost here...

Here's a sweet card that I made for my daughter's 18th birthday... I used an awesome digi image from a dear friend's own hands... Heather has blossomed over the years as a paper crafter - and now she has her own digi shop and rubber stamps... Wow - I am so proud of her.... You can check out her shop here - http://www.freshbreweddesigns.com/





















I love her playful style - and I couldn't be happier than to use her image on Jessa's 18th birthday card....




Well, it's almost here.... the day I have been dreading since she was born... yes - my darling first born daughter is turning 18 years old tomorrow. I say "dreading" because every parent knows that adult life is scary and as her mom - I am happy and scared at the same time... What a weird feeling... As I look back on the memories over the years - I can't help but still think of her as a little girl. Where does the time go??? These are the ones that stick out the most to me...





When you were born - you used to have a bit of blond mixed into the mountain of hair on top of your head. People actually asked me if I had "frosted" your hair... really?!?! I know I was young - but I wasn't stupid :-)





















Your first real Christmas - you were the center of attention all day long (and of course you liked it). Which is still the case today :-)
























Leaving you at daycare every day - it tore my heart in two... Not you... You loved every minute of it - and waved goodbye confidently every day to flutter off and be the social butterfly of the group... I was just chopped liver at that point...






















Your first "big girl" haircut - it turned out great! I hate to say it - but I was glad to see that long hair go - so we didn't have to keep it untangled and looking nice... Now - all you want to do is grow your hair long :-)





















Your first bicycle from Santa - oh how you shined.... ("shined" me on of course - since you already knew about "Santa" but hadn't told me yet :-).....






















The birth of your twin brothers after being an only child for 10 years - you were so excited! (Until you dropped one of them on the floor and cried so hard and said you were "never going to hold them again!".... which of course you did :-)....
















Your first serious boyfriend. The love and the pain this relationship brought into your life has changed you forever. Looking back - you can see that it has made you a stronger person. He may have been the first - but he won't be the last. Just trust your heart babe - even if you think you might get hurt again. Sometimes the love you get is worth the risk :-)





































All the dance lessons, the sports, the braces, school dances, makeup, driving, and everything else in between - well it's just hard for me to believe that you are on your own now. Please remember that you are truly never "on your own". Your family and God love you and we all can't wait to see what your life becomes. The choices are yours, and above all - be happy in life and true to yourself - and you can't go wrong sweetie.... I love you!!! You know I have to throw in a few words of "wisdom":
1. Macaroni and Cheese is a very flexible food. Practically anything can be mixed in :-) practically....

2. "Remember dear - your teeth are not tools. Especially ones that cost $10K like yours..." Now I have said that for the 101th time...

3. An oven can be used to store dirty dishes in a pinch when company comes over (since I know you will never do your dishes)... Just remember to take them out before cooking up your addiction of cookie dough :-)

4. No, dollar store shampoo is not the same as other shampoos... as evidenced by your split ends and unrelenting frizz :-) Mommy will buy you nice shampoo if you need it :-)

5. Do not accept rides from strangers... yes - this one still applies - and will probably apply until you are in a nursing home girl!

6. Make friends and influence people... in a good way of course :-)
7. Only ask for money if you really need it - but if you really need money - then ask for it :-)

8. Be the best woman you can be, and find yourself the best man you can find.

9. Do your homework, wash your sheets, and call your mother :-)

10. Have fun!



~Mom