Spring… Where are you?

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I have been told it is Spring. When I walk outdoors the wind hitting my face tells me otherwise! I have never felt this impatient for Spring before. I, like many others, feel like this is the never ending winter. I am tired of it!

What frustrates me is the limbo we are in. I would love to start pulling out Spring clothing and organize the closets or put away the winter boots and coats but given the fact it is minus 15 out I can hardly contemplate that! I am also annoyed because the front of my home looks terribly blagh. All the Christmas decor is down and my front door is naked. I want to put something on it but a spring design seems silly with well over three feet of snow still on my front lawn.

So I wait. I wait impatiently for the thaw to occur, for the weather to warm up enough that I can decorate my door and not have the snow banks mock me.

Come on Spring! I am waiting!!!

Cooking Up A Happy Home… Scents Matter!

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“Scents can have positive effects on mood, stress reduction, sleep enhancement, self-confidence, and physical and cognitive performance,” says Theresa Molnar, executive director of the Sense of Smell Institute.

I love walking through a front door and smelling something yummy. For me I like sweet scents. The smell of cookies baking in the oven, or a scent port that has a vanilla & coconut mix. Not everyone likes the same scents however. I have one friend who despises the smell of vanilla. So what may smell heavenly to me may turn the stomach of someone else. The key is finding the right mix for your own home because by becoming more aware of the way specific odors affect you personally, you may be able to enhance your health and well-being.

In the photo above I show orange peels, apple and cinnamon. I love tossing these into a pot with some water and letting it simmer away. The smell in the home is delightful and completely natural.

I have been reading about scents and did you know that an odor has no personal significance until it becomes connected to something that has meaning? With your initial encounter, you begin forming nerve connections that intertwine the smell with emotions. So next time you smell something and love it, try to think if you have a connection to it. Maybe a childhood memory may be the reason you love the smell of rain on a hot afternoon? Happy scent hunting for your home. Make sure to find a scent that makes you smile because scents do matter!

Declutter Day – I propose a new holiday!

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Clutter, clutter, clutter. It seems to me that this is an epidemic in our Canadian culture. As Canadians we like our stuff. I dare not say we are hoarders but we may be on the verge. How we differ is that we take that mass amount of stuff and put it in our garages, sheds or storage rooms. We pack it away, organize it by colour and hold onto it forever just in case so and so has a baby the same season as me (who cares if the styles are 15 years old!) Or hold onto those winter coats from seasons past because having a couple back-ups is a good thing. Or the bags of decorative pillows that I may use on my bed again someday or maybe in one of the kids rooms? Let’s not even begin to talk about tea cups, random casserole dishes or, wait for it, the clothes I may fit into again someday.

I would like to propose a new holiday. Declutter Day. A day where we all go to our now packed up clutter and decide to get rid of it forever. Crack open those garages and storage spaces and purge them of the items that we “may” need some day. I know I am going to encourage my family this March Break to look through their boxes of “extra” stuff in the basement and see what we can get rid of. Really, how many purses does one 12 year old need??!