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Do You Have a Signature Scent Your Kids Will Always Associate with You?

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 by No Comments

Scent is a powerful thing. It has the ability to open up a group of memories within seconds, taking you back to another time and place. It has the power to affect your mood. A person’s signature scent will have their loved ones immediately thinking of them if they smell it somewhere else.

My grandma’s been gone for quite some time, but there was always a fragrance—on her, at her house, on anything that left her house—that no one could quite identify. It was clean, soapy, a little sweet and a little herbal.

Every now and then I’ll catch a whiff of something that has that smell or was a strong part of that smell, and I’m a kid again, sitting in the living room while she’s cooking a delicious southern meal. Cooking was her superpower, I swear.

I’m mesmerized by the power of fragrances and their ability to unlock those memories or brighten our mood for no apparent reason. I love aromatherapy and using scented candles to create a warm, more welcoming space.

Sadly, I haven’t found a “signature scent” for myself in all the perfumes I’ve tried and collected over the past decade or more. I love the idea of there being one scent that my daughter and grandchildren can smell and think of me one day, something she could pick up a bottle of, have a sniff, and feel comforted. It’d be nice to have a scent that felt like it was made for me and represented me as a mom.

There are scents I’ve used for different times in my life. GAP Heaven reminds me of my first year in college and makes my mom think of me because she used to do my laundry when I’d come home from school on breaks and the smell would still be in my clothes.

Then there was a tangerine body spray that will forever take me back to the night of my first double date. I bought it just for the occasion. Now, though, I want something comforting for my daughter to associate with me after she’s grown up and started a life of her own. I hope I find it soon. The best contender right now is Tom Ford’s Black Orchid.

Do you have a signature scent that you’ve worn for years and can’t imagine ever straying from? Was it a conscious decision to choose one or did you just find one you liked so much, you never changed it? What was it about it that made you choose that particular fragrance?

Photo credit: Josh (broma)

Link Round-up: Christmas Decorations, Winter Driving Emergency Essentials, and More

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has Christmas decorations, a faux gingerbread house, winter driving emergency essentials, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us a new kind of tree that looks gorgeous and takes up less space—the coastal branch tree.

Homemaking Hacks showed us how to make Santa belt clothespins for hanging pictures and art.

Our Simple Life offered tips for starting to live a simple life.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make a bottle cap Christmas wreath.

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Our Secondhand House shared eight winter driving emergency essentials.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to create a faux gingerbread house you don’t have to throw away.

A Cup of Jo showed us how to get ready for a holiday party in five minutes.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Our Secondhand House

Link Round-up: Upcycling, Thanksgiving Dishes, Gingerbread Rice Krispies Treats, and More

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 by 4 Comments

Today’s link round-up has upcycling, delicious Thanksgiving dishes, gingerbread Rice Krispies treats, and DIY gifts in jars.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make slow cooker mashed potatoes.

Our Secondhand House showed us how to upcycle pajama pants into scarves.

Homemaking Hacks shared 22 slow cooker recipes that call for five ingredients or less.

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Tomfo shared a free calendar to help the kids count down the days until Christmas.

This Mama Loves shared a recipe for gingerbread Rice Krispies treats.

Kids’ Activities Blog shared tips for making the most of the crunchy and the smooth times during the holidays.

Domestic Mommyhood shared ideas for DIY gifts in jars.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Tomfo

Link Round-up: Collections, Christmas Ornaments, Salt and Sugar Scrubs, and More

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has organization tips for kids’ collections, Christmas ornament ideas for kids, a natural salt and sugar scrub, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us some cute ideas for using rainbow ink.

Kids’ Activities Blog shared some tips for keeping kids’ collections under control.

How Does She shared 21 Christmas ornaments kids can make.

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Crafts by Amanda showed us how to turn stenciled CDs and DVDs into coasters.

Olivia Cleans Green taught us how to make natural salt and sugar scrubs.

Pizzazzerie showed us how to set colorful kids’ Thanksgiving table.

Painted Home Designs showed us how to turn a dresser into an island.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Crafts by Amanda

Link Round-up: DIY Ornaments, Glittery Napkins, Activities for Preschoolers, and More

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 by 3 Comments

Today’s link round-up has DIY ornaments, glittery Thanksgiving napkins, fall activities for preschoolers, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make Thanksgiving napkins with glitter leaves and acorns.

Kids’ Activities Blog shared some fall activities for preschoolers.

How Does She taught us how to make a simple, chic headband.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make oversized photo booth prints for under $10.

Pizzazzerie taught us how to make cute acorn drink stirrers.

Create Craft Love shared a tutorial for a reindeer wreath.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to make a felted snowball ornament.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Thanksgiving Ideas, Cake Pops, Boo-Boo Bags, and More

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a few Thanksgiving ideas, plus fun cake pops, boo-boo bags, a DIY crochet cowl, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make Thanksgiving turkey snack bags.

Mind Body Green talked about five relationship problems that are totally normal.

Pint Sized Baker showed us how to make cute Marie Antoinette cake pops.

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Homemade Interest taught us how to make a Thanksgiving turkey sign.

Living Chic on the Cheap taught us how to make boot socks.

A Mom’s Take inspired us to make some boo-boo bags.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make our own crochet cowls.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Homemade Interest

Link Round-up: Thanksgiving Sides, Crustless Apple Pie, DIY Hand Scrub, and More

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 by 3 Comments

Today’s link round-up has some Thanksgiving sides to be thankful for, pear and pumpkin bread, a DIY hand scrub, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a crustless apple pie recipe.

Hungry Happenings showed us how to make Magic 8 Ball cakes.

Happy Deal Happy Day taught us how to make a coffee filter wreath.

Pint Sized Baker shared a recipe for pear and pumpkin bread.

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Homemade Interest shared 10 Thanksgiving sides to be thankful for.

A Mom’s Take shared ideas for beating the wintertime blues.

A Dose of Paige taught us how to make a hand scrub.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Homemade Interest

Link Round-up: Recipes, Beauty Finds, Pumpkin Spice Room Spray, and More

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has recipes, beauty finds, a pumpkin spice room spray, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make cheesecake Reese’s.

Crystal & Co. shared an amazing chili cheese dip recipe.

Growing Up Gabel shared some tips for filling deviled eggs.

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Kenarry shared plumbing repair red flags you shouldn’t ignore.

The Domestic Life Stylist shared five beauty finds she’s falling over this fall.

Crafts ‘n Coffee taught us how to make a ribbon loop Christmas wreath.

Wellness Mama taught us how to make pumpkin spice room spray.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Flower Grapevine Wreath, Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread, and More

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a flower grapevine wreath how-to, pumpkin pull-apart bread, sleepytime foot spray, and more.

My Joy-Filled Life shared four ways to stay fit with the family.

Growing Up Gabel showed us how to make pumpkin pull-apart bread.

A Life in Balance shared some healthy fall desserts.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared a recipe for pumpkin pancakes with chocolate chips.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a flower grapevine wreath.

Wellness Mama taught us how to make a sleepytime foot spray.

Makeup and Beauty Blog reviewed a product that will possibly make bad hair days disappear (as long as you’re okay with wearing a bun).

Photo credit: My Joy-Filled Life and A Beautiful Mess