Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Favorite Things

Do you remember the song from the musical "My Favorite Things"? Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens......... Well, Yankee Candle has a new collection out for the holidays, called My Favorite Things collection! I received the scratch and sniff (yes that's right) catalog in the mail the other day, and I was so excited! They have the fragrances of Moon on their Wings, Bright Copper Kettles,

Raindrops on Roses, Warm Woolen Mittens, Crisp Apple Strudel, and Blue Satin Sashes! How clever is that? I was skeptical of Warm Woolen Mittens. Now, I thought, what in the world could that smell like? It's hard to describe, but actually one of my favorites! Almost like a clean cotton smell. Yankee candles have always been one of my favorites. The smells really come out, but not overly strong. They also burn for a long time. One of my other favorites of course is the pine scented ones, and gingerbread.

The white chocolate mint is also yummy! Some of the other new ones are Cherries on Snow, Be Jolly, and Icicles.

I can't wait to go to the store, and see all of their goodies! Car fresheners, scented oils, travel tins...... They also have a set of 12 votives in all of the fragrances of the "Favorite Things Collection. You get 2 of each for $19.99. Great stocking stuffers!

I always burn candles in my home, especially in fall and winter. Makes the house smell so cozy, and inviting. Hope this helps with some gift ideas! Thanks for coming by!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Kitchen Bumper Sticker

Every refrigerator tells a story. I understand how magnets could be momentos of someone's life. Magnets with funny slogans and intriguing shapes had turned the door into a family photo album. The refrigerator became a scrapbook long before scrapbooking was in. They also held crayon drawings, report cards, bills, menus, quotes, obituaries, business cards, phone numbers recipes, greeting cards, letters, cartoons, newspaper clippings, coupons, notes, grocery lists-and a lifetime of memories. It would take a hardened soul to read a stranger's refrigerator door and remain emotionally uninvolved. I remember some of the things magnets held to my own mother's refrigerator door - sayings that made me contemplative and newspaper comics that made me laugh. One of the ones I enjoyed most was the cartoon called "love Is" that used to be in our newspaper each day. My mom would cut them out, and put them on the fridge. I still have some of them today.

A refrigerator door of memories is a family encyclopedia. It is a form of journaling. It serves as a communications center. Today, a refrigerators library has been downsized for the sake of expediency. No reams of paper stick to it. Various electronic instruments of communication have unsurped its information - exchange duties. But, the door is still an important organizer. The magnets hold up messages, a notepad for grocery lists, emergency telephone numbers, and other necessities. Some people today prefer the look of stainless steel, which magnets won't stick to.

They also prefer the uncluttered look. I personally do not like stainless steel, and I like my magnets.

I do occasionally put up a befitting cartoon or comic that happened to give me a chuckle that day, not to mention the picture of me 20 yrs ago, that will inspire me to lose weight, and not open the door. Of course, there are the very creative people out there, who will find a new concept to display the photos, magnets, and reminders, such as this cute memo board made from a baking sheet. (found on pinterest)

So, this is my fridge. The little things that I like to look at, the poem that inspires me, the pictures of my family that I change seasonally, (A large magnet, with a clear cover, that sticks right to the fridge. I purchased it from a catalog) instead of letting them sit in a box on the shelf in the closet. The dear friend, whom I live hundreds of miles from, but think of every day. This is me, this is my fridge, and I like it that way. So, what's on your fridge?

Thanks for coming by for a visit!