Be our guest! Be our guest! Be our guest! In case you didn’t notice, I’m just a lil bit excited that my brother, beautiful sister-in-law, adorable niece and precious nephew are on their way. They are headed down from DC to spend a week here with us in Tampa. I love getting a guest room ready to be used and this time I’m super excited to try something with my lavender oil. (I know, I know…more oil talk). It has so many benefits for relaxation and I’m sure you’ve seen it in all the baby lotions and potions that are out. Well my niece is almost 2 years old and my nephew is only 6 months, so if lavender has some kind of soothing and calming effect, I’m all about it. I got the idea when I saw something on Pinterest that said to add some lavender to the rinse cycle of your bed linens. I had every intention of doing that except that I completely missed the rinse cycle when I remembered I had laundry washing. So, I decided to add 3-4 drops of lavender to a small spray bottle of water and spray the bed and sheets as I was making the bed. I may have gotten a little carried away and sprayed the rug, comfy chair, and extra blankets as well. Then I remembered I had a small sachet of lavender that I bought in a cute shop in Marseilles last summer. It doesn’t smell much anymore so I added a few drops of lavender to it and laid it on the nightstand. Here are a few other touches for our guests….
Little touches like fresh flowers let them know how special they are to you…
Have their fluffy towels and washcloths ready and easy for them to locate by placing them on the foot of the bed. This way they won’t feel like a burden asking you where to find them when they’re ready to freshen up. Go the extra mile by providing water bottles and easy snacks so they don’t have to tiptoe around the house if they’re hungry late at night or early in the morning….
I’m always sure to have a clock with an alarm, sweet smelling candle (this one from anthropologie), light reading (love this book by Emily Schuman), and ample amount of light…
Last but not least, I’ve added a few touches to the reading corner so that our guests don’t have to keep asking us for what they all want…wi-fi! 🙂
What do you do to make your guests feel welcome? Would you use any oils?
I’m so excited…I just trekked across town (well, not by foot..and technically, I rode along while my friend Aprile did the trekking…but not by foot, got it?) and found unbelievable prices for a huge selection of essential oils. Remember that post about my husband with his allergies and sinus issues? (No? Here’s a refresher) Well, I’ve been talking to so many people about oils and everyone has had an opinion. And then my friend sent me this link of a DIY Shower Decongestant that I decided I HAVE to make for my suffering husband.
But don’t be crazy. I refuse to pay $100 for four oils (which remain unnamed) ! Jackpot! How do you use your oils and what recipes are your favorites?
Tonight is the night! Grammy night! One day, probably never, I’d L-O-V-E to go to someone’s Grammy party. Just my girlfriends and I, re-wearing a fancy dress that’s hanging in our closet after only being worn once, with our wine and cheese and the TV on the moment the red carpet arrivals begin. . In my mind, we are having a wonderful time, all in love with #Giuliana Rancic (oh! Maybe we’re drinking XO, G wine), and oohing and ahhing over every celebrity she interviews. As the night goes on, that wine is kicking the party into full gear and we need a little more of something in our bellies…but we have to still be able to fit in those dresses!
This veggie tray (from Gardenview Cottage) is a great display of the vegetables that are filling and yummy at the same time. And Couponcabin.com has a list of 5 recipes that even have cute Grammy inspired names attached to them. Are you attending someone’s party or hosting your own? We’re dying to know “who will you be wearing”?
Let me tell you about the latest argument in my house. It was this morning. Because of a pimple. Yep. That’s what I said. My oldest son is officially a pre-teen (at least that’s what he tells me) at 11 years old. He plays competitive basketball 7 days a week. He’s sweaty. Every day. He’s wiping the sweat off his face with the collar of his tee shirt. He now has multiple whiteheads all around his nose and chin because he’s rubbing dirt and oil into his open pores. No problem, I said. I can help you, I said. Here’s some tea tree oil for it. But guess what…the testosterone in my house far outweighs the estrogen. They think mom is the crazy lady trying to put tea tree oil on everything from a pimple to a bug bite. (Think about the Windex from My Big Fat Greek Wedding) Of course I got defensive when even my husband called me nuts. I mean…I’ve done the research! Don’t question the knowledge of mom! And I can testify that I use it myself! Why would you doubt me?!! And so the argument went on. But I feel like I won. And I sent them this link from webmd.com to back up my argument. And then I found this list at keeperofthehome.org of 25 Uses of Tea Tree Oil that made me super happy, so I thought I’d share with all of you. And I’ll rest my case. Get your tea tree oil on amazon here and then tell us how you use it…I need more ammunition for next time.
It’s not just #Superbowl Sunday in Chicago. It’s #snowmageddon or #snowpocolypse or as we used to call it…Snow Day! No School! Yay! Whether you love love love looking outside and feeling like you’re living in a snow globe or hate hate hate being stuck inside trying to figure out what to do with the kids, we have some answers for you. Check out 8 Simple Ways for a Fun Snow Day from handsonaswegrow.com. She has some great ideas to make those negative outside temps a little more bearable while you’re stuck inside. And if you are brave enough to venture out, first and foremost, dress those kiddos appropriately and be ready to warm them up as soon as they come in. Hot chocolate never hurt anyone! Second, have some old fashion fun with snowmen, snow forts, and my favorite of all time, snow angels. These 10 Fun Things To Do In The Snow – Outside are easy enough for older kids to even handle without your help. But if you’re feeling like a kid again and are looking forward to making those perfect family pics that we all envy on Facebook and Pinterest, then here’s a chart from popsugar.com for you to check how many calories you’ve burned out there. Bonus!