It's the most wonderful time of the year! (At least, I'm just telling myself that until I'm no longer wishing I were in sundresses and sandals. Ahhh, summertime, how I miss thee.) But really, once I get past the shock of the first snow (last weekend) and my hardy Iowan spirit sets in, there's a lot to love about winter. Mostly: the holidays.
It's time to hunker down and get cozy. 'Tis the season for sipping hot cocoa and eggnog, spending time with loved ones, eating savory meals, wearing those super-soft fleece pants all day long, decorating the house in a festive spirit, and (of course) enjoying the delightful holiday scents like fresh pine and warm cookies. Those scents (and those fleece pants) are just such a magical part of this time of year.
Speaking of those wonderful scents, Air Wick sent me over some of their holiday scented candles and scented wax melts to help create the holiday atmosphere in my home!
I usually don't decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. Really. I typically leave out the pumpkins and harvesty decor, but this year I gave myself a free pass to do it early. (Blame it on Air Wicks holiday scents!)
Since my apartment is over 100 years old, the outlets aren't so strategically placed. And with cats that would no doubt love to mess up my Christmas tree, I decided to put my little tree up off the ground this year. It's a light purple, pre-lit tree that hangs out perfectly on my television stand. I added a strand of colored lights as well as some bright bulbs. I love the non-traditional colors and how they fit right into my colorful, eclectic space.
I also had a spare strand of white lights, so I ended up wrapping them around my beloved deer's antlers. I adore how fun and unexpected it looks! He looks so festive now.
In my living room, I've been burning Air Wick's Spiced Apple Crumble scented candle. The combination of apple, vanilla, spices, and warm pastry crust smells so delicious. My apartment smells like I'm baking apple crisp – and I wish I could say I'm that adept in the kitchen!
On the other side of the Christmas tree, I've been melting Air Wick's Spiced Apple Crumble wax melts. Unlike some wax melts I've used, these really keep their scent and disperse the fragrance throughout the whole room.
Around and underneath my Christmas tree, I placed turquoise glass electrical insulators and my sparkly turquoise deer. I'm looking for a small Christmas tree skirt to complete my holiday vignette! I'm also on the market for some old-school Christmas records to play on the turntable. I just love the thought of turning on my colorful tree, lighting my Spiced Apple Crumble candle, sipping on spiked eggnog, and listening to some vintage Christmas tunes. Doesn't that sound cozy?!
Air Wick also sent me their Emerald Woodland scented candle and wax melts. I've been using these in my office because 1) I love the forest green color with my turquoise and gray decor, and 2) this is such a soothing scent. Some candles that feature pine can be sooo potent and overwhelming. Not this one. The Emerald Woodland blends the scent crisp evergreen with the fragrance of just-baked sugar cookies. The combination caught me off guard, but it's perfect. The warm vanilla balances out the crisp pine wonderfully – it's a sweet, warm, fresh smell that I can't get enough of on chilly nights in my office.
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