5 Ways to Keep Joy in Your Home 

I have to start this post with telling you I almost named this 5 Ways to Make Love in Your Home. Then I remembered what that meant. Wow. You all could have read that title and thought I was really stepping outside my comfort zone with this post! But alas I am not and this post is only about 5 things I keep in my home to help joy spread inside of it. Much cleaner. Much less graphic. Much more appropriate.

Wild Man and I are happy people and we have a happy child and I like to think we’ll continue to birth and raise happy children. As I was brainstorming ways I could go about this post I thought up five things that are in my home that I decided help us be happy, joyful people and wanted to share and maybe inspire. Enjoy!

Family Pictures. These are pretty routine to see in people’s homes, but to me they display our love of family. It reminds me how lucky I am to have mine and how close we are and of the wonderful relationship we have.

A Candle. Who isn’t happy when their home smells like a million bucks? I love when I have a candle on and my house smells so good then Wild Man gets home from work and comments on the pleasant smell. Even H likes them – it’s fun to try and blow them out all day! Even if you’re standing under the table that the candle is sitting on. They create joy and entertainment for the whole family!

Cozy Blankets. Blankets promote cuddling. A lot of times they’re used while watching a movie or tv show. They make us be physically close as a family and is there any better feeling than a fuzzy blanket on freshly shaved legs?

Games. I grew up in a game playing family and I swear those evenings playing games with our family brought us closer. To this day I still eagerly look forward to playing games because they tend to lead to lots of laughs and really awesome bonding time. Wild Man laughs at this because he claims that growing up games usually lead to fights and arguments.. So I guess we’ll see which route our family takes as it grows and gets older.

Uplifting Quotes. I have a Light Box, a chalk board and several (church and Disney) quotes up around the house. The light box and chalk board have ever changing phrases obviously. I love being able to read them and smile or get a quick reminder of what’s important or to feel inspired or motivated by what I read. I hope my kids grow up reading these quotes and find that they stick with them throughout their lives and motivate them to be kind, helpful, loving, go-getters with a good head on their shoulders.

What do you keep in your home that brings you joy??

xoxo
ceeceesparkles

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Holiday Smells

Once November 1st hits (if not sooner) I bust out the holiday scented candles, plug-ins, air fresheners and I feel no shame for this. I have a candle lit in my house every day and I am all about a yummy scent in your home – it just makes it feel cozier and makes me feel more put together and mature. I have been so into my holiday scented candles this season (some are not marketed as holiday, but to me they just scream holiday baking, holiday goodness, etc) that I figured since I’m such a candle junkie it just made sense for me to do a post about my favorites.

Starting with my very favorite candle ever, from Anthology Candles, this is Main Street Bakery. These are Disney-themed candles (so obvs I’m all over them and have like 90% of their candles) and this one smells like the bakery and there is nothing better. It smells like a bakery, has a hint of coffee and I can’t tell you how many times I have wished it was an edible candle because its that good.

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My mom bought this for me on Black Friday and I’ve only used it once but holy cow! This is the signature Christmas candle you need in your home. Maybe I’ll light this one Christmas morning – its bound to up the Christmas cheer by 100%. It is called, Celebrate and its from Bath and Body Works.

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Look, more Anthology! This is called A Spoonful of Sugar and its lovely. It has a really delicate vanilla scent. This one isn’t overpowering and its not the kind of candle that hits you in the face with its scent so its nice when you just need a little hint of something.

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Walter & Rosie Candle Co. is another Disney inspired candle company and I have a few of their candles, as well. While Anthology is still my favorite brand, I’m falling fast for these guys. My current favorite from them is The Grand Gingerbread House candle that smells like gingerbread (obviously) and it is heaven in a candle.

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This is one of my newer candles from Anthology Candles called, The Matterhorn. When I first smelled it I was pretty sure I’d hate it. Its a more masculine smelling candle and reminded me of my husbands deodorant, but I still gave it a shot and I’m actually really into it.

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These two Bath and Body Works candles are from last year but are still going strong this year. The brown one is called Pumpkin Pecan Waffles and the pink one is called Cranberry Woods. They’re both really strong and are stereotypical holiday scents and they are bomb.

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Churros from Anthology Candles. Your house will smell like a Disneyland churro,  do I need to say anything else?

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And lastly, just in case you aren’t a candle lover (what?! how?!) then here is another festive, yummy option. Glade’s air fresheners are awesome. I feel like they work better in smaller rooms, but they last a while and put off a great scent. My current favorite holiday scent from them is Happy Glow which smells like apple cinnamon.

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I hope your holidays smell phenomenal.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Two days ago we put up our Christmas decorations and I really couldn’t be happier. Wild Man texted me in the morning and said we should put our stuff up and that throughout the week we should stop at our storage unit to grab loads of our Christmas decor (yes we have loads of it). I got so excited that I went a little overboard and brought everything home and decorated the entire house. Wild Man’s only request was that I leave the star for him to put on top of the tree. I think we both expected our star pictures to be a lot cuter, but H really didn’t want to let go of the star while helping his dad — so they turned out kind of funny. Cute, nonetheless.

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Decorating with H was just about the cutest thing ever. I’ve been really emotional lately for some reason and his wild enthusiasm for Christmas decorations did not help the tear flow! Oh, it was so cute. Now that everything is up he can’t look away from the Christmas tree. He blows on it all day long – thats what he does to things he thinks are cool and points in awe at all the festive stuff we have around the house.

This is really the most wonderful time of the year.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles