ENTRYWAY ADDITIONS

ENTRYWAY ADDITIONS

I made two small changes to my entryway but I feel like they really elevated the space. I actually did not like the apothecary chest but just adding the brass knobs made me fall in love with this piece. I also changed out the white lamp shade for a black lamp shade. I feel like this new addition really added some much need warmth to this little corner. I will admit our entryway was not an area of my home that I really liked before but now I think it looks so cozy.

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Dark and Moody Boho Teen Bedroom Reveal

Dark and Moody Boho Teen Bedroom Reveal

We finally finished my niece’s bedroom just in time for her Birthday. We started the process of designing her room on Pinterest trying to decide what Style she really liked. Once she picked out a Boho theme that would be dark and moody we went to Sherwin Williams and picked out paint colors. We chose Blue Peacock for the accent wall and Snowbound for the other 3 walls. We got Moscow Nights for the headboard and the side table that I redid. Next week I am going to share both DIYs for the headboard and side table.

Our color palette at this point was teal, navy and white but I really wanted to add in some mauve. My niece does not like pink but she loved the deep color of the mauve. We picked out the cutest navy fur bedding and added a sweet mauve throw pillow. My niece did not want a bed that was hard to makeup so I kept things simple. She also wanted an area to do her hair and makeup so I got this super affordable desk at Ikea and the cute mauve velvet stool off of amazon. The mirror was our favorite though. As soon as I saw it at Target I knew we had to have it in her room. Originally I wanted to put it over the bed but since she needed a makeup spot I decided the mirror over the desk was best. We found this moon wall décor at Homegoods which turned out perfect over the bed.

I then ordered these gorgeous velvet drapes in dusty rose (which is mauve by a different name). The bookcase and reading area are by far her favorite. We did not spend much on the bookcase since we were redoing the entire room. We got this adorable chair at Target from the Studio McGee collection but we had to have a pouf so she could prop her feet up to read. We also added soft lighting where ever we could. I added fairy lights to the headboard, LED strip lights to the back of the bookcase and the cute “Hello” light up sign. My niece loves to sit in her room with just these lights on and listen to her music. This may have been one of the funniest room makeovers I have ever done. This is not a style that I am familiar with but I loved stepping outside of my comfort zone.

I hope you like the final product as much as my niece!

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Dark and Moody Boho Teen Room

Dark and Moody Boho Teen Room

My niece and I are in the process of redoing her room. She is now 13 so wants a more mature room. We looked at lots of images on Pinterest and she decided she loved all the dark and moody rooms. She also really loved all the Boho accessories that have gotten popular. We have a very limited budget so we are going to work with what we have as much as possible. Below are some of the items we found in our search to create the perfect space for her. I will continue to update you on the progress as we go. Last weekend I shared our paint color selections on Instagram so if you missed it we picked Blue Peacock, Moscow Nights and Snowbound all by Sherwin Williams.

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Accessorizing your home can make such an impact!

Accessorizing your home can make such an impact!

My sister just got a new dresser in her bedroom and she had not styled it at all. She said it made the room feel empty so we went shopping! We wanted to keep the budget down so we went to Target and Home Goods for all our purchases. Below I have included a before picture so you can get the “empty” feel for the space.

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My sister had only one request for how I styled the dresser. She knew she wanted to have a group of pictures that could be leaning and overlapping to give the dresser a layered look. She already had a sweet framed picture of my dad and grandmother. Also last year I bought her this tree sketch from Target. So we added two more prints from Home Goods. I always love a nude for the bedroom and this one was perfect for only $30. I also got the small floral print from Home Goods for only $10.

My sister loves Joanna Gaines so we picked up two of her books from Target to add some more layers to the space. I then got this cute rattan box and vase from the Studio McGee collection at Target. To finish the chest off I cut some stems from her yard to keep the price down. Now that the dresser is styled the room feels complete and cozy.

Happy Styling!

Jordan

NEW OLIVE STEMS

NEW OLIVE STEMS

I just got in these Faux Olive Stems and had to share them! They are only $16 for 5 full large stems. I cannot get over the quality. These will be a staple in my home. In the picture above I added in 3 small olive stems I had from target. These little stems have a few small olives on them but I love using these stems alone as well. These stems will also make for great greenery in other arrangements. Click on link below if you are interested!

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Jordan

FRIYAY 5

FRIYAY 5

Swim Coverup/Wicker Chain/Isola Filicudi, Italy/Death Comes to Pemberley/Vanilla Bean Biscotti

Happy Friday! I am sharing my FRIYAY 5 today which is a combination of my 5 favorite things from the week whether it is fashion, design, beauty, travel, home décor or a book!

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Swim Coverup

I love this swimsuit cover up. I am always self conscious about my legs so I got this skirt a little oversized so that there was no gap in the fabric. I love wearing this to the pool because it gives me so much confidence! It was a little long on me but I am only 5’4″. I have worn it 3 times up to the pool and it has held up after washing. I did dry it the first time hoping it would shrink a little in the length but I have mainly let it dry on my rack.

Wicker Chain

I just got my wicker chain in the mail and I love it. Below I have a picture of it on my coffee table. I am still trying to decide if I want to keep it on the coffee table because my son says it is in his way! He thinks the entire family room is nothing but a playroom for his army men. Either way I love it and have already thought of so many fun ways to style with it.

Isola Filicudi, Italy

I love to research travel and new places for our family to visit. My husband does not like crowds so when I saw this island, Filicudi which lies northeast of Sicily, I knew this would be a destination he would enjoy. I found some great articles about island but my favorite description was on the Visit Sicily website…”little wild and worldly, ideal for those looking for the intensity of the essentials and who love unpolluted nature. The three population inhabited centres of Filicudi are: Filicudi Porto, Valdichiesa and Pecorini a Mare, joined together by a very picturesque street. Livelihood here centres around tourism and the cultivation of capers and figs, which are the basic ingredients of the local cuisine.”

Death Comes to Pemberley

I adore Jane Austen and I went through a phase where I would read anything that even attempted to imitate her work and style. I however would not recommend a lot of these books to others because in all honestly most where not that great. I however would recommend this novel. I like that the author did not try to recreate the story but instead just took well know characters I love and used them in a genre I adore…mysteries! I also appreciate PD James writing style. My favorite PD James book is Mistletoe Murders. This is also a three part mini series that aired on Masterpiece and is currently on amazon.

Vanilla Bean Biscotti

My daughter and I made this delicious recipe the other night and we just had to share it! The recipe is super easy and the end result is so fantastic! If you have ever had the already made version wrapped in plastic and did not like them then give this recipe a try! Homemade and fresh is no comparison to the premade. Below is a picture of the batch we made. You can tell we dripped the icing over the entire biscotti instead of having it all in one bite. My kids dipped their biscotti in tea and chocolate while my husband and I enjoyed them with our morning coffee.

I hope you enjoyed my weekly picks! Have a great weekend!

Jordan

FRIYAY 5

FRIYAY 5

THE BOOKSHOP ON THE SHORE/SCALLOPED JUST RUG/PORTREE, SCOTLAND/LEMON VINAIGRETTE/SWIMSUIT COVERUP

Happy Friday! I am sharing my FRIYAY 5 today which is a combination of my 5 favorite things from the week whether it is fashion, design, beauty, travel, home décor or a book!

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THE BOOKSHOP ON THE SHORE

BY JENNY COLGAN

Whenever I want an indulgent read that is short and sweet I always go for a Jenny Colgan book. Her books always make me happy and take me away to another place…Scotland! She is so great at drawing you in with her beautiful descriptions of her home country. I will say I am not always in the mood for a romance book but when I am Jenny Colgan is one of my go to authors. This is a sweet book about a single mom who just needs a little help and she finds just what she is looking for in a small quaint Scottish town.

SCALLOPED JUTE RUG

I saw this scalloped jute rug on the Harlowe James website and feel in love. If you have never looked at her site you should try it out. I love all her great vintage finds too. I like the idea of getting this adorable rug in the small size to use as a mat either in my Kitchen or in my guest bathroom. I like buying from small shops on Esty so this is a win win all around.

PORTREE, SCOTLAND

Scotland has been on my bucket list since I was in college. My husband and I went to London for a short 6 day trip and I really wanted to add on some time to travel to Edinburgh if nothing else but sadly we could not make it happen. I am trying to now plan a Scotland and Ireland trip for all 4 of us. I think my kids will love it. They are great travelers and love experiencing new things. They are also always willing to try new foods which makes travel with them even more fun. They are happy in a Michelin Star Restaurant or a dive. My kids get just as much enjoyment from an incredible meal as my husband and I do. Our kids favorite meal is going to a local Spanish restaurant for escargot and paella then walking down the street to our favorite coffee shop for some Gelato.

LEMON VINAIGRETTE

I absolutely LOVE this vinaigrette!! I use it in salads, on some orzo pasta with a sprinkle of parmesan, or as a chicken marinade for the grill. This is such a versatile recipe. I always have the ingredients on hand so it is handy to have on those weeknights when I cannot find inspiration to whip up something. I include the honey or maple syrup and the dried thyme even though she says it is optional. I cannot recommend this recipe enough!

SWIMSUIT COVERUP

I am always on the hunt for a good coverup so when I saw this best seller on Amazon I had to order it. I loved it so much I told my twin sister who ordered it as well. I like that it fits loose and longer in the back to cover up the back of my thighs.

I hope you enjoyed my weekly picks! Have a great weekend!

Jordan

Summer Grilling

Summer Grilling

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I am sure you have noticed how much I love creating different tablescapes, whether for a holiday or just an everyday meal. I think a beautiful and fun can add so much to the enjoyment of an everyday meal. Whenever I feel myself getting in a rut from the everyday routine I just bring out my favorite plates and linens then add some flowers and candles. It always does the trick. I used all things I already owned except for the placemats and napkins which are a new purchase from amazon.

I think a tablescape is never finished with out some flowers (fresh or faux) and candles. Since we eat outside often I buy these Pillar Citronelle candles at Target. I used my new favorite Vase which I made using a little navy spray paint and some painter’s tape. The flowers are fake since this was a last minute idea but I think they still look beautiful.

My husbands always enjoys grilling and my daughter’s favorite is barbeque chicken. Brandon does a simple mix of spicy mustard and molasses on the chicken prior to grilling. Once on the grill he puts the chicken over direct heat for 15 to 25 minutes. Once he moves the chicken off the direct heat he baste the chicken with BBQ sauces and lets cook for another 30 minutes. Once he removes the chicken from the grill he covers then chicken and lets it rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Brandon’s favorite barbeque sauce to use is Lillie’s Smokey BBQ which I purchase at Fresh Market. his chicken turns out perfect every time. My favorite veggie to grill is corn and since my kids love it too we often do this combo for dinners.

Hope you enjoyed our Summer Tablescape and Grilling ideas! I have linked some of the new purchases below so just click on the image and it will direct you to the website.

Jordan

Dresser Makeover

Dresser Makeover

I enjoy a good DIY project because it is so satisfying to see the finished product. This project turned out way better then I anticipated. I have been saying for over a year I was going to try to redo the dresser but my husband kept telling me it was a lost cause. I was given this dresser by my mother-in-law but after several moves it had a lot of wear and tear. The wood detailing was also starting to come off in places so it was time for a makeover. I first removed all the detailing and knobs. I then had to remove the several 100 small nails used to attach the detailing.

After hours of pulling out nails I then used wood putty to fill in the holes left by the nails. Next I began the sanding and then more sanding. Once I was done with sanding I used some grey paint I had leftover from another project. I do like the way the dresser turned out but I am thinking about using a darker color grey. What do you think leave it a light grey or go with something a little darker?

I kept the original knobs for the dresser but I am debating about ordering some brass knobs. I think if I use a darker color I may consider getting new knobs or painting the existing knobs. I may spray paint the knobs with Design Master Antique Gold or Brilliant Gold. If you have not tried out this spray paint you should definitely try this brand on your next DIY project. I will keep you updated on any fun changes I make!

Jordan

FRIYAY 5

FRIYAY 5

MEDITERRANEAN CHOPPED SALAD/VILLA SAN GIACOMO/TERRACOTTA BOWL

SURF SHACK/RATTAN TOTE

Happy Friday! I am sharing my FRIYAY 5 today which is a combination of my 5 favorite things from the week whether it is fashion, design, beauty, travel, home décor or a book!

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MEDITERRANEAN CHOPPED SALAD

Our family loves a delicious salad and this one nailed it. Isn’t it just gorgeous with all the colors! The dressing really clinches the deal though. I did have to take out the tomatoes since I am the only one who likes them. I used a block of feta and cut it into big hunks because that is the way my children love it. We paired this recipe with a a Greek marinated chicken.

VILLA SAN GIACOMO

The Amalfi Coast is at the top of my travel list so when I came across this gorgeous villa hotel I had to share. The views are incredible and the rooms are luxurious. I am not sure much else needs to be said!!!

TERRACOTTA BOWL

I love anything for my kitchen that is unique and eye catching. I love neutrals so this bowl really checks off all my must haves for kitchen décor. I love all tableware that I can not only use but display as well!

SURF SHACK

I love home décor with a beach vibe. My husband grew up near the beach and loves going at least once a year to one beach or another. I not only love the home décor ideas but it is such a pretty book to put on display.

RATTAN TOTE

I adore the simplicity and shape of this bag. I plan to use it as a handbag but also as a beach tote! It is not big enough for me to use when I have my kids but it is perfect for a weekend beach trip with just the hubby!

I hope you enjoyed my weekly picks! Have a great weekend!

Jordan

FRIYAY 5

FRIYAY 5

Rattan Bracelet/La Granja/How to find Love in a Bookshop/Sloppy Joes/Mango Wood Vase

Happy Friday! I am sharing my FRIYAY 5 today which is a combination of my 5 favorite things from the week whether it is fashion, design, beauty, travel, home décor or a book!

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Rattan Bracelet

I adore rattan or cane home décor so it is no surprise this bracelet jumped out at me! The neutral color means it will go with every outfit. I cannot wait to wear it with my beach dresses!

La Granja

I want this outdoor eating area in my home! But I am willing to travel to Spain to enjoy it. The entire hotel is gorgeous. Even if you cannot visit Spain you have to go check out the pictures of this incredible hotel. Make sure to look at the poolside bar that is set under the most serene trees!

How to find Love in a Bookshop

I really enjoyed this beautiful story! Since I am a lover of all books this title instantly attracted my attention. The combination of a love of reading and music help to create the perfect setting for a beautiful romance. Several side stories, including one about a new mom whom I could whole hearted relate to, really rounds this story out to encompass all types of women. This can be a tear jerker at times but the book pulled me in and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.

Sloppy Joes

This is one of our families’ favorite recipes! If you have not tried some of the “100 days of real food” recipes then you have to start here. This is such a great alternative to traditional sloppy joes out of a can and it honestly taste so so much better. You will not regret giving it a taste. I will add that I puree all the veggies before sautéing them which made this kid friendly for our family!

Mango Wood Vase

Don’t you just love these simple mango wood vases. I think these would be a great addition to any home décor style. I can picture it perfectly in my home, my sisters’ and mom’s. We all have very different taste when it comes to decorating our homes but I know we can all agree on these!

I hope you enjoyed my weekly picks! Have a great weekend!

Jordan

Summer Tablescape and Roast Chicken Recipe

Summer Tablescape and Roast Chicken Recipe

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Every chance our family gets we eat outside. We have a great outdoor space under a pergola that is covered in beautiful star jasmine. We added an outdoor fan and string lights to create the perfect atmosphere. On Sunday nights I often make roast chicken and my family loves it. I have tried out several great recipes and finally created my own that is perfect for our entire family! Below I have shared my roast chicken and vegetables recipe. I also created a simple and fun outdoor summer tablescape.

I found the cutest faux orange potted plants at Target. I then created an orange inspired arrangement with fresh cuties, moss stones and palm steams. I used my everyday great white plates from pottery barn and my blue scalloped salad plates from William Sonoma with these simple wood chargers from world market. I really enjoy going all out for our Sunday night dinners. I feel like it starts our week off right.

ROAST CHICKEN RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

3 – 5 pounds Whole Chicken

4-5 medium carrots, chopped in large chunks

4 celery stalks, chopped in large chunks

1 onion, chopped in large chunks

8 garlic cloves

16 thyme springs

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1 lemon. quartered

2 tablespoons butter, melted

salt and pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then combine carrots, celery, onion, 4 garlic cloves, 8 thyme springs, and 2 – 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a mixing bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste and place vegetable mix in the bottom of a 9×13 greased dish.
  2. Rinse whole chicken and pat dry. Stuff the chicken with remaining 4 garlic cloves, 8 sprigs of thyme, and quartered lemon. Once stuffed place the chicken on top of the vegetables. Using a basting brush cover the chicken with the melted butter. (Note: you can use olive oil if you prefer. i use the butter because it makes a nice golden crispy skin.) Then salt and pepper your chicken.
  3. Roast the chicken for an hour. Cover the chicken with aluminum foil and let sit for 20 minutes. I use a thermometer to make sure the chicken is at least 140 degrees before I cover and let it sit.

Bon Appetit!

Jordan

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

I adore making changes in my home but my budget does not always allow for large purchases. I find some of the biggest impacts can be more affordable items for your home. For instance changing up your styling on shelves, adding affordable home décor pieces, a rug or a new art print. With that in mind I decided to create a post for all my favorite Home Décor items which can make such a big statement in your home. My favorite types of home décor pieces are vases, jars, coffee table books, unique bowls with fillers, faux plants, decorative objects and candles. If you missed my “Favorite Vases” post click here to view. Also I did a post on my “Favorite Spring Candles” so if you want to check it out click here. Below I have included my favorite picks for each category. Click on the number below the image to be directed to the website.

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I really like decorating with jars and it is apparent as soon as you walk in my house. Blythe is my favorite color so I just adore any Ginger Jar. Matching Jars work perfect on a mantel, a set of jars can be arranged on any table top whether a dining table or a console. I also love to use them as a vase. They really are such a versatile Home Décor piece that anyone should be able to use them in their home. I included some more traditional jars above but I tried to find a few unique ones. I like shopping from small business too so most of these are from small shops.

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Color and Textures are the two important aspects of design for me. I have chosen a neutral palette for my decorative objects but as you can tell there are lots of different textures. Wood, Cane, Marble Stone and Brass are all very versatile Home Décor pieces. I see all of these objects as great layering pieces for books, trays, bowls, stands or boxes. I want the brass keys to layer on top of some books I have on a small side table. I think the large chain set would look great on my coffee table either alone or hanging out of a bowl or tray. The Brass boxes would work great layered all together or just purchasing one to layer on a book or tray. Also the brass box could stand on its own on a bookshelf. The Candle votive and hurricanes could easily serve duel purposes as candle holders or vases. They work perfect inside or outside. The knots I love to layer on a books!

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I think that bowls can easily be set out and not have any fillers in them. But I also love adding fillers to change things up and it is a very affordable item to add to any styling. The white stones with the raw edge teak bowl would be perfect on a coffee table or console table. I love the rattan bowl and artichokes for a kitchen island or table. The whitewashed bowl and moss I did in my own home and put it on my coffee table. I think the rope bowls are so unique and I adore pinecones. These pinecones are large so you will not need many. They are a little more then I usually spend on fillers so I may just purchase 2 or 3 and add in some real pinecones.

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I do not have a green thumb so affordable faux plants is a must in my home. I tend to lean towards ferns because I enjoy decorating with flower stems so I really like greenery in my potted plants. However I do adore lavender so I had to add it to the list. I included the olive tree as well because I want it for my kitchen. I will either put it on my island or Kitchen table. In my opinion adding a plant always makes a room feel more homey and if you are like me and cannot manage to keep them alive faux is the way to go.

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I layer books everywhere in my home so I have quit the collection of coffee table books. My husband and I are both big readers too so we have a lot of novels as well which I do tend to use in my home décor as well. We actually have so many books we had to put three boxes full of books in our attic because we had no more room.

Happy Shopping,

Jordan

FRIYAY 5

FRIYAY 5

WHITE JEANS/WHITBY, NORTH YORKSHIRE COAST/GARDEN SPELL

EASY MONGOLIAN BEEF/THROW BLANKET

Happy Friday! I am sharing my FRIYAY 5 today which is a combination of my 5 favorite things from the week whether it is fashion, design, beauty, travel, home décor or a book!

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WHITE JEANS

White jeans are such an essential for a summer wardrobe. I really like these because they are cropped and just a little torn. I have multiple blouses I am ready to wear with these perfect jeans. I love the fit of Loft jeans and they do not stretch out too much as the day goes on. I hate jeans that are falling off after a day long wear.

WHITBY, NORTH YORKSHIRE COAST

I love visiting the UK. I adore reading British Detective novels because of the amazing settings and beautiful details they provide. My husband and I went to London for our honeymoon and we plan to take our kids once they oldest is 12. My son is dying to go see Big Ben because of Peter Pan. I want to explore more small towns outside of London.

GARDEN SPELL

My sister and I really loved this book. We are not really into books about magic but this book has just the right proportion of reality and magic! The characters are developed well and the setting is beautifully described. I would love to spend several hours in their amazing garden. The book is about the Waverley sisters coming to terms with their past and their unique family traits but it also has a sweet love story. We have read all of Sarah Addison Allen’s books and this is my favorite! The Sugar Queen and the Peach Keeper are wonderful as well.

EASY MONGOLIAN BEEF

This is a super easy and delicious weeknight meal. My kids loved it so that is all I had to know to add this recipe to my weeknight rotation. I did find the sauce a little runny so I added in some arrowroot (cornstarch) to help thicken things up. We have it over brown rice with chicken spring rolls.

LEOPARD PRINT THROW BLANKET

I am always on the hunt for blue throw blankets that are unique. I really like this one and put it on my Mother’s Day gift list for my husband. I love animal print and this blanket will work perfect on my couch. Now I just have to keep my son from stealing it.

I hope you enjoyed my weekly picks! Have a great weekend!

Jordan

Summer Home Décor

Summer Home Décor

I adore seasonal touches for my home décor. It is such an easy way to change things up. I am constantly looking for ways to make our home feel happy and cozy! I went all light and bright with my picks for summer! I added just a few new fun pieces to my Kitchen and changed things up on my coffee table.

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I really got into the citrus this year! I not only got a faux plant, tree and stems but I also got a fun citrus print. I do love decorating with subtle color and I find the little pops of color from fruit to be just right.

My coffee table is one of my favorite spaces to change up. I enjoy finding new items but I like moving things around that I already own even better. Of course my husband prefers when I just use what I already own! I wanted to add some lighter tones to my coffee table for the summer so I went with all neutral pieces. There is nothing that says summer like Palm stems and sea shells. I found this great hurricane at Target and decided to use it as a vase instead. These cane hurricanes are so popular right now and I have seen them everywhere. I thought at $10 this was a great price! I also got this whitewashed wood bowl at Target. I already had some reindeer moss leftover from another project so I decided to keep my bowl filler simple by just adding the green moss. I love my little artichoke and have had it for years. I am often asked where I got it but it is no longer sold so I linked a similar one below. Of course I had to include a candle and this lemongrass smells amazing. In case you missed my Candle review click here.

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Happy Shopping!

Jordan