Creating The Smell of Home

Did you know that the sense of smell is the most evocative when it comes to memory recall? That's why the smell of hot cider in the fall or lilacs in spring can bring you instantly back to a fond memory. Since smell is so important, when you're designing and decorating your home, it's important to think about scents that can make it feel even homier. Below are a few ways to build the sense of smell into your home.

Candles — Purchase some good smelling candles. They are great for living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms, but don't use scented candles in your kitchen or dining room. Strong fragrances can interfere with food enjoyment!

Bake Something — There's nothing better than the scent of homemade cookies or fresh-baked apple pie to make your home feel instantly cozier. If you have guests coming, put a dozen cookies in the oven to bake, and let the enticing smell fill your interior.

Room Scents — Forget the Febreze, and go for a "green" home fragrance, instead. You can lovely sprays at many home stores, such as Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn. Natural fragrances fill your home with natural scents like lemon verbena, lavender, and rose.

Hot Cider — In the colder months, put a pot of cider on the stove, or make some mulled wine in your slow cooker. The spicy smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices will have you ready to curl up by the fire with a good book in no time.

Fresh Flowers — In the warmer months, bring the outdoors inside with bouquets of fresh flowers! They not only add fresh fragrances to your space, but they are a great way to add a pop of color!

Warm-Weather Activities To Enjoy Outside

The lovely warm weather of spring beckons us to make even more use of the outdoors. If the radiant sunshine is calling to you, here are some ways to make the most of those terrific sunny days:

Walk in Nature
When a sunny day arrives, head outside and commune with nature. Take a trip to your local park, and enjoy the beauty of your surroundings as you fill your lungs with fresh air.

Go to a Sporting Event
Get tickets to a minor league game or simply attend a high school or college lacrosse tournament. Just getting outdoors to enjoy some good old-fashioned competition is what warm, sunny weather is all about!

Play a Game
Channel your inner-kid, and invite a friend or loved one to play a friendly game of one-on-one basketball. Or grab your racket and head to the tennis court to brush up on your swing and serve. Don’t even worry about keeping score, just revel in being outside!

Plan a Picnic
If you find yourself graced with a gorgeous day, pack a simple picnic and enjoy your meal outdoors. Bring a magazine or book so that after your meal, you can partake in some leisure reading.

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