Scented Candles for Every Room – and Every Mood!

If there’s one thing I LOVE around my house, it’s a good smell. When I come home, or even just when I’m walking from one room to another, I enjoy smelling something nice. It brings a certain amount of satisfaction to me, for some reason. 

So when Jane Dizon asked to share a post here on the blog about scented candles, I was all about it! I love her idea for having different scents for different rooms and different moods. Check it out!

When your friends walk into your house, how do you want them to feel? Impressed by the fresh aroma of a clean house? Maybe an instant comforting vibe from the décor? How about both?

Scented candles are more than just freshening up your living space. Aromatherapy through scented candles can dramatically change one’s mood based on the scent.

Aromatherapy dates back thousands of years to the Egyptian era. Chemicals in the brain react depending on the smells, which have mental and physical effects. It can even help with insomnia, muscle pain, and reducing stress.

We came up with a list of best scents for each room of your home. From relaxing in the bedroom to studying in the office, your mood, and your nose will thank you.

Bedroom

Your bedroom is a place to relax, spend quality time with your significant other, and sleep. Certain fragrances aid in those feelings.

Lavender is an excellent choice to promote sleep. The smell can reduce your heart rate and blood pressure which slows the body down. Vanilla is another great option to induce sleep.

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House Cleaning With Children: How To Make It Fun And Easy!

I have to laugh at my girls. 

When it’s time to vacuum, and I turn on the vacuum cleaner, I have one twin who shrieks in excitement and crawls around after me, watching me vacuum. Then I have another twin who bursts into tears and must be held while I’m vacuuming, trembling the entire time.

Some may say that one year old is a little soon for me to be able to notice their preferences and tendencies, but I’m not sure that’s the case. After all, the one who loves the vacuum cleaner is the one who IS like ME the most! But I feel like, eventually, I’m gonna have to talk the other one into helping out around the house. 

Do YOU find it hard to get your kids motivated to help clean the house? I think the key is to have a little fun along the way!

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Let’s be honest here – cleaning your home (or anything for that matter) isn’t exactly a job that fills you with excitement, so why should your kids feel any different? Most people would rather be doing a million and one other things than scrubbing and dusting surfaces, but these jobs still need to be done. So, if you sometimes struggle to get motivated to do the housework, how are you meant to entice your kids to get involved too? Make house cleaning fun and easy, of course!

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The Great Faucet Conundrum

I’ve been wearing my aprons in the kitchen a lot more recently. 

Ah, because you’ve had a chance to start cooking more now that the twins are a bit bigger, you say?

Um, no. 

Because I have a faucet in the kitchen that I HATE.

Why do I hate my faucet, you ask?

The Great Faucet Conundrum

Because it’s not well-suited for the sink!

On a daily basis, I walk away from my sink soaked in water after rinsing up a few dishes, or sometimes even after just washing my hands. 

See, I’m only five feet four inches tall, and I really think the counter tops in our new kitchen are higher than the counter tops in our old kitchen. When I stand and lean up against the counter or the sink, it hits me just above the waist. 

And somehow, when the water from the faucet that I hate in the kitchen hits the kitchen sink, it splashes up and hits ME right above the waist. Soaked, I say. SOAKED. So I’ve been wearing aprons a lot if I’m going to be by the sink. They do a pretty good job of keeping me mostly dry. 

But I got to thinking, it’s probably a good idea to replace the faucet.

Since I’m not ready to replace the sink yet, I know I want to stick with something that coordinates decently with what’s already there. My husband suggested something like this:

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Don’t Forget About the Roses

As you’ve heard me mention of late, we recently purchased a new home. One of the reasons why we love this house is that it’s great for entertaining! Wide open spaces, lots of natural light, great places to set up a hearty buffet, and plenty of room for our friends and family! We’ve had two gatherings here so far in the two-and-a-half months that we’ve lived here…and I’m about to have another one this coming weekend. Still loving how the house works so seamlessly for entertaining!

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Besides the space, light and room, I, like you, have my own favorite elements to add to any gathering I host. 

  1. Fresh towels in the guest bathroom. You know…the GOOD towels that people are afraid to use?! I LOVE having my bathroom stocked with those! it’s like bringing out the good china!
  2. A good variety of foods in the kitchen. I normally want something sweet, something healthy, something crunchy, something salty…you get the idea. As long as anyone who comes in my home has SOMETHING to eat, I’m good.
  3. A wonderful smell throughout the home. Sometimes that comes from whatever I’ve had baking in the kitchen. Sometimes from diffusing essential oils or burning candles. And sometimes…from fresh flowers!

In fact, fresh flowers will add to almost any gathering, wouldn’t you agree? I love my local grocery store, because they have a small “florist” section, and I can always pick up what I might need for any gathering. Or even grab a nice assortment of blooms if I feel like fresh flowers on the table for dinner!

But, you know what? I’ve gotten SO used to ordering just about anything online and having it shipped to the house. I mean, come on – anytime I have to go somewhere, I have to prep 2 one-year-olds and their diaper bag to go with me. Once I arrive wherever I’m going, I either have to get them all situated in their stroller or in a shopping cart…and if it’s a shopping cart, is there a double shopping cart? Do I have wipes to clean it off with? Do I have the shopping cart covers with me? It’s always an event for us to go anywhere!

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How to Improve the Feng Shui of a Long Hallway

In our new home we have one very long hallway. I mean, it’s long, y’all. (I just now stopped to measure it – it’s actually almost 20 feet long).

On one side of the hallway, there are entrances to the nursery, the guest bath, the office and the guest bedroom. On the other side, all there is is an entrance to the living room and then this HUGE blank wall. I feel like it just goes on for miles!

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What in the world am I going to do with this hallway? That was one of the first things I asked myself when we moved in. I thought of a few things…

  1. All the pics over the years of the girls, I could just keep on framing them and adding them to the hall. But then, who would see them? Just us! I would want those to be out everywhere for folks to see!
  2. Well, if I didn’t want anyone to see, I could always start hanging those canvases I paint when I go to those painting parties. They’ll fill the space. And I really don’t care if anyone ever sees those or not. I’m certainly not what I’d call an artist!
  3. What if we could use it for storage with some kind of shelving system? But what on earth do we have to store that would take up that much room?!

To be honest, I’m still at a bit of a loss, but I’ve been tossing around a few more ideas of late. And here’s a good point: long, narrow hallways are prone to bad Feng Shui, if not cared for effectively. This is because it may have a combination of stagnant energy (Si Chi) and rushing (Sha Chi). Fortunately, there are many things you can do to improve your home’s Feng Shui.

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