7 Favorite Christmas Scents

I love Christmas scents probably the most out of all scents ever! Maybe because Christmas is my favorite time of year; I love the warm glow of the lights, the smell of the Christmas tree, and of course baking, decorating, & devouring homemade sugar cookies!

I think I might’ve become kind of a candle snob in July? Around the time i started working at the candle shop. I absolutely love them which is great considering I have about 30 22oz candles; so much so I have an inventory of them all in spreadsheet form.

7 Favorite Christmas Scents
Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love all the scents that tag along with the holiday, I’ve narrowed down my seven favorites.

Maybe it’s weird but I love good smelling things; cats, dogs, armpits, cars, restaurants… Whenever I’m out in public I get a little upset if I can’t smell myself – I don’t want to smell bad.

The obsession with candles has sparked a fire (see what I did there? Hehe) this year and I am all over the Christmas candles! I am all over smelling them all, thank goodness for coffee beans (they help clear the nose pallet) or my nose would probably cut itself from my face to run away.

It took a little pondering however I did it! I have picked the very best (in my opinion) Christmas scents to share with you all. If these do not sound like your idea of a smellebration then (your wrong jk) that’s ok because to each is their own and variety is the spice of life.

How the fragrances are arranged in what order the scent is received through your nose pallet. While the candle is either sitting or burning all of the notes are combined to create the full effect of the entire candles scent.

The fragrance notes go as followed:
• Top note is the initial impression of the fragrance
Middle note is the main body of the scent
Base is its final impression.

Yankee Candle’s “Balsam & Clove”
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Clove, Fresh Balsam, Cinnamon
Middle note: Cassia (spice from bark of east Asian evergreen), Pine
Base: Cedarwood, Amber

Yankee Candle’s “Cherries on snow”
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Fruit, Cherry, Almond, Sweet Citrus
Middle note: Spicy Cinnamon, Tart Cherries
Base: Musk

Yankee Candle’s “Red Apple Wreath”
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Golden Apples, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove
Middle note: Apple Peel, Cracked Walnuts, Brown Sugar
Base: Amber, Melted Butter, Maple Syrup, Vanilla

Yankee Candle’s “Holiday Bayberry”
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Clove, Nutmeg, Lemon
Middle note: Apple, Pine, Lavender
Base: Fir Balsam, Patchouli, Amber

Did you know?:  Trimming your wick to 1/8-inch helps the candle burn evenly. The length helps create complete combustion which means less soot is formed.

The WoodWick company has been around for a little while but it seems like not everybody has seen them in action. I like burning these at night with the lights off and the tv turned down or completely off. WoodWick makes their candles with a soy base but have an intriguing natural wooden wick.

the pluswick innovation of the wooden wicks creates a crackling sound, such as a fireplace. Between the ambiance and the unique crackle of the wick these candles are perfect for relaxation. I like to pair mine with a Lush bubble bar bath.

WoodWick’s “Frasier Fur”
“This fragrance truly captures the essence of fresh-cut fir on a crisp winter morning.”

WoodWick’s “Hot Toddy”
“Tempting notes of ground cinnamon and nutmeg swirl with caramel-drizzled apples and sweet maple wine.”

WoodWick’s “Crimson Berries”
“Juicy Christmas berries blended with a touch of warm spice and mistletoe essence”

If you like candles even a little bit I’d say check out the WoodWick’s if you want to have your mind blown and relaxed at the same time. If your not into holiday scents check out the White Tea & Jasmine or the Lavender Spa scent.

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November Moments Away From The Screen

November was a phenomenal month of 2017 for me. I’ve been trying to find my footing this year as I quit my cushy corporate job in January. Things are FINALLY starting to fall into place, which I assume is the case with any adjustment period.

If you know me then you know I’ve made 5 pretty bad decisions in a row is 5 years. Yeah, that was kind of my thing – but not anymore! I’ve learned a very valuable lesson that’ll stick.

Learn from my mistakes, please! I traded 5 brand new cars (each had less than 20k miles) in the span of 5 years (those salesman make it so easy too) which left me paying over $750 a month just between car & insurance payment every month.

I love love loved the Jeep I leased! I have a thing for jeeps, but it wasn’t practical for just me. My puppy (he was 11 but he’ll always be my puppy) passed away earlier this year so my roll dog is gone and I didn’t need all that space. It was a bummer because I didn’t get to drive it in the sand or snow either!

November Moments Away From Screen

I told you all that to tell you this – i got a 2015 Chevy Malibu (the car & Insurance payment comes too a little over $325!) that I absolutely love! My brother said it looks like a granny car compared to the Jeep but I told him to kiss my ass because I’m saving so much money & getting 36mpg, his Jeep gets 19mpg.
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At the beginning of January I started to work with my aunt at her insurance agency as an assistant. I also decided to start my freelance writing business which was going great until I got a part time job that turned into full time at a candle shop on my days off. Taking up so much time with the candle shop & 3 days a week with my aunt I had no days off and was exhausted.

Something had to give before I gave out. I applied for a dermatologist billing job I discovered on Facebook Jobs then got a call for an interview. I went into interview and afterwards I got shown around the office to meet everyone. I got a call on Tuesday of last week to come in to shadow the job I’d be doing to see if I’d like it and I’m a fit. I’m so excited, It will be 2-3 days a week plus with my aunt 1-2 days a week. I’d have my afternoons plus weekends free to rebuild my freelance writing business.

I’ve been learning anything I can about manifesting and getting a grasp on it. Some people I tell just laugh when I talk about it, that’s ok though; to each is their own.

I am a believer though because I’ve really put it into play this month and it has totally and completely came through. I needed to get out from under the debt the Jeep weighed on me, I was stressed to the max. I had no idea I could hold 2 auto loans but it worked out.

I wanted a sturdy part time job so I could still work at the insurance office part time which would also allow me to write. I see this month as a win!!

                     What did you win at this month?

November Moments Away From Screen
I hope something awesome came to you this month! I’d love if you’d share.

Stress Management Techniques for Family Get-Togethers

The holidays are all about spending time with your family and friends. That’s why it’s such a special time, right? Well, let’s be honest; that’s also why it’s such a difficult time. Stress rates spike, family altercations increase, and you somehow find yourself in tears after what should have been a lovely dinner.
Stress Management Techniques For Family Get-Togethers

Much as we love them, family can be difficult. Whether your family is the type to get into out-and-out arguments, or whether the stress is usually a result of subtle barbs and hurt feelings, we can all use a little extra help with stress management over the holiday season. Here are some tips to help you keep your cool:

Deep Breathing
It might seem really basic, but it’s a classic because it works. When we’re stressed, our sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive and forces us into a reactive state, where we might act in ways we regret later. It can even become a self-perpetuating cycle, where you become vigilant for any perceived threat and it just continues to feed the stress. Instead, cut off your stress reaction by reassuring your body that it’s not in physical danger. How? Give it oxygen. Regulated, relaxed oxygen. Whenever you find yourself reacting to the stress, start to measure four counts as you inhale, four as you exhale.

Communicate Boundaries
If setting boundaries feels like a mean-spirited thing to do, consider sociologist Brene Brown’s advice that the MOST compassionate people are those with clear boundaries. Setting clear boundaries with our loved ones allows you to stop stressing about how much you need to take before just snapping. It also lets you have more peaceful relationships because others know where you stand, instead of being surprised that you’re reacting so negatively to something they say. It’s especially great for those arguments that you keep having over and over again. This post has fantastic advice for setting and communicating boundaries with loved ones in a way that will avoid conflict instead of creating it.
Stress Management Techniques For Family Get-Togethers

Check Your Self-Talk
Usually we’re quite sensitive to things that our families say because there’s actually more behind every statement. We hate when our sister brags about how great her children are doing in school because we feel self-conscious about our own performance as a parent, or we react badly to our father’s advice because we feel he’s never been satisfied with us, even back when we played little league. Instead of reading into each comment, check your own self-talk. Write it down and follow each lead down to the extreme conclusion so that you can decide whether or not it’s logical. Then, when that harmful self-talk creeps in again, you can nip it in the bud.

Take a Walk
Did you know that walks outside–especially walks in green spaces–have a powerful effect on our cognition? It gets us outside of our own heads, puts our body chemistry into a healthier balance, and redirects self-deprecating thoughts. So include a nice walk around the neighborhood into your family get-together, whether it’s with a few other family members, or just by yourself. If you want some time alone, you can always say that you have to take a call and step outside.
Stress Management Techniques For Family Get-Togethers

Have an Exit Strategy
By hour 4 of family socializing, stresses and conflict can compound. Evenings that seem to go on and on can wear on us, and yet slipping away might not feel like an option if you have a mother who has perfected guilt-tactics (and let’s face it, all of our mothers know how to guilt us). So, go into the evening with a plan and an excuse to leave. Tell yourself you’re heading out at a certain hour, and a reason why. For example, you might have to get the kids to bed, you might need to get to sleep for an early morning appointment the next day, or you might even have to leave a daytime party before it gets full dark because you don’t want to drive icy roads at night when your vision is compromised. Let your mother try to argue with the safety excuse!

No Malls And No Problems

How is it already the middle of November?! Where have I been all of 2017, I feel like the only thing I’ve accomplished this year is gaining 15 pounds. That’ll definitely have to come off in 2018.

I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself so let’s enjoy the rest of 2017. I hope the next month 1/2 everything you want; you get. Stay focused and kick some butt into 2018.

My favorite holiday is coming up; not only does December hold Christmas but it’s also my birthday month! I like eating birthday cake by the Christmas lights, the lights are so soothing to me. Low light has become a favorite of mine, especially during my night time routine.

Time is running out to find everyone the perfect Christmas presents but there is no need to sweat it. I’m sharing a few of the online shops I bought from this year, to keep from having to go out to the mall.

Crowds give me horrible anxiety especially since all of these bad things are happening in the world. However, I was able to get everyone on my list something I know they’ll love sent right to me. In the words of Heather Land “I’d rather drive a speed boat through a sewage pond” than to have to walk around the mall “I ain’t doing it”.

Each and every person on your list is different so variety is going to be what you want. This year I went with Personalized Jewelry, cards for the friend I have that loves them. She can use them all year around as I made her thank you cards and blank cards. A few of my friends are TruDog lovers so I didn’t really skip them I just got their pooches something to love, which will make my friends happy in return. I got my cousins goodies from Ashley Brooke Designs because I love love love her shop! I want everything in it.

I wanted to do it a little different this year and think outside of the box. I am so pleased with my purchases and I know they’ll love them too. You can check out the Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals in advance to plan your purchases.

I don’t want to give away what I’ve bought my friends and family for Christmas but here are a few of my favorites!
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A Tiny Solution

One thing about me is that I like close spaces, they make me feel safe. I was in a tornado when I was three years along (along with my mother & brother) that almost killed us.

Being three years old this shook me to my little core; I spent the night at my grandparents house for about 6 years after that dreadful night. I simply didn’t trust to be in the home I shared with my family. It was a brand new home but still on the same land the tornado hit. My little brain couldn’t comprehend that I would be safe that the tornado was just a fluke.

Looking back on things that tornado helped shape me into the person I am. I think that is where my anxiety started, and that be so? I was only three. I wouldn’t spend the night with anyone and my mom said at night I’d pace until my grandma picked me up.

What is weird though is I’m not scared of the dark, I love storms, rain is one of my favorite things ever, and I feel peaceful on rainy days.

I can’t explain how excited I was to see a tv show on HGtv that showcased these tiny houses. I thought they were so adorable! After binge watching the show for a few hours (don’t judge) I decided I will have a tiny house.

I think it would be a fun little place to live and I would feel comfortable, so let the savings begin!

I’ve got a design in mind but want it to be at least 800sq ft – not the 670sq ft that is pictured. I really love the design of the house with its levels and the lounge upstairs, Quin will love looking at the birds and other wildlife animals all day.

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Self Care 101

Self care has become very important to me over the last few months. I’ve been going none stop since August (which is why there aren’t a lot of posts yet; I am in a busy rut that will hopefully pass in the next month or so) so I need a variety of ways to relax and de-stress.

I have horrible anxiety yet i decided to take a retail job I thought was going to be part time that is actually full time along with a part time freelance business and a part time insurance receptionist job.

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What is self care?
Self care is the care provided by you for yourself. It is the importance of knowing what you need and doing activities that help nurture you. Self care is a way of treating yourself, kind of the way you treat others.

What are ways you can practice self care:

  • Take a bath
  • Try yoga
  • Bake up a new recipe
  • Try doing a 15 minute meditation
  • Do something creative
  • Read a book
  • Go for a walk (without your phone)
  • Turn off your phone for an hour or so
  • Get a manicure/pedicure
  • Take a little nap to recharge
  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Binge on a bowl of ice cream
  • Buy yourself a new outfit
  • Note 10 things you are grateful for in that moment
  • Buy yourself flowers (flowers always put me in a good mood. The colors are so pretty to look at)
  • Call your bestie and have a lunch date
  • Get rid of 2 things you don’t use anymore
  • Repeat positive affirmations (I love doing this every morning myself)

I love taking a bath with one of Lush’s new bubble bars, it helps me relax at the moment and it makes my skin feel so soft, which makes me feel great all day or night. On days I need to give my endlessly wondering mind I will read a book (I’ve been reading self help books lately. That and freelancing books to up my game) to give my brain something else to focus on other than my not so great decisions.

There are so many ways you can self care for yourself, anything that makes you happy and sets your mind at ease. We all need to take a little break from the madness that this loud life has to offer us.

Who Is Your Alter Ego?

I found a piece of myself a few days ago that caught me off guard. I’ve been working a lot lately so I’m tired, grumpy without coffee, and a little moody.

This is where I did something my normally bubbly self wouldn’t do, I snapped on someone. Before I knew it words came spewing from my mouth; I felt a little embarrassed but at the same time pleased with myself.

If you know me then you know I’m kind of like a timid puppy, scared of my surroundings, uncomfortable with confrontation. I’m an introvert but seems like I’m an extrovert because I try very very hard to keep my social anxiety hidden (I thought it was a good idea to take a job at the mall) so I can try to live a normal life.

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After hours dealing with loud noises, snarky candle sniffers, and the urge to bite my nails down to my fingers I take at least 2 hours to simmer when I get home.

I don’t have any days off between the three jobs I am juggling. I think I have an alter ego (I’m naming her Nichole & I’m going to keep her) though, she came about the day she gave the overly pain in the ass lady a piece of my mind. I usually apologize after I say something rude or say nothing at all. I had left work and was pursing the mall which I am fairly new to (all 300 stores!) when I decided to pop into one of my favorite stores to indulge a little.

Having anxiety I don’t like to be touched and I am strange about my personal space, like for real if I can feel your breath on me – your too close!

 

To be fair I asked her to back up a little but she was blabbing away on her cellphone so I politely repeated myself but when she looked at me and shouted “I am on the phone here!” Out of nowhere I heard myself say “yes I see your on the phone, everyone hears your on the phone because we all hear your conversation! Your standing so close to me I feel your every word brushing the back of my neck” before I could say another word she stormed off. I don’t do that, I am a quiet, polite, people pleaser!

I did have at least 4 people tell me thank you that she was obnoxious and couldn’t seem to chew gum with her mouth closed.

I think I will hang onto Nichole for times I need a little more.. something.. she seems to get the job done effortlessly. When I called my mom she was as shocked as I was, I’m telling ya, that’s not me!

Do you have an alter ego? Just a little something that pops out now and again but gets things handled. I hope I’m not the only one! Haha.