Bring back my memories

Bring Back My Bar is always a huge hit with customers, Consultants and employees in the home office. After all, it’s a chance to revisit fragrances we love, or try scents that came and went before our time. What is it about fragrance that intrigues us? The obvious answer is that fragrance is fabulous! It transforms our favorite spaces into sanctuaries and enhances our mood. But fragrance also conjures memories from every phase of our lives, from childhood to that great gathering last week. Lucky for me and countless others, there are plenty of fragrances featured in our latest Bring Back My Bar promotion ready to transport us to our happy place. Here are the ones that most speak to me: Oats & Honey I’ve been on or around horses most of my life, and this reminds me of the room or space in every barn where the grain is kept — or these days, my car when I swing by the feed store on the way home from work. Sweet, toasty, warm. I’m instantly comforted, every time. Simply Ro ...

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Chopping Down the Christmas Tree: Extreme Edition

When I was a kid, my parents would take me to a Christmas tree farm where patrons could chop down their own trees. Bear in mind, these were smallish trees in a controlled setting, neatly planted and grown in rows so the city folk could swoop in and do their thing without much difficulty. It was like chopping lite. You get the experience without having to fight too hard for it. But when I moved to Northern Idaho from the Bay Area as an adult, I was determined to take this experience to the next level and actually venture into a real forest — not the manmade farms of my youth — and chop down a “wild” tree. So I saddled up my horse, grabbed a not-nearly-sharp-enough hatchet and set off into mountains in search of my fantasy tree. There was about two feet of snow on the ground, the air was crisp and clean, and we even saw two young bull moose jog across our path (I later learned that I was fortunate they didn’t perceive us as a threat and charge). All in all, I was sure ...

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Dec
14

Hey Christmas, quit encroaching on my birthday!

Today is my birthday, and for yet another year, my personal holiday will inevitably be dwarfed by Christmas spirit. There’s not much I can do to stop it, except in my own house. Years ago when I was first on my own, I made a rule to never put up the Christmas tree until Dec. 15, so it would not overshadow my birthday. For me, Christmas season begins the day after my birthday. For those of us with December birthdays, we are used to having our special day being overshadowed by Christmas and sometimes Hanukkah, depending on when it falls on the calendar each year. These days, even people born in mid-to-late November have to take a back seat to holiday music, decorations and spirit. While it can be a downer, there are also some benefits to having a birthday this close to the holidays. One of them is the combined gift. Rather than receiving a birthday present just a few days before Christmas presents, I can get away with asking for a more-expensive item under the guise of saying it’s a c ...

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Make your fake Christmas tree smell like the real deal!

Up until five years ago, I’ve always had a REAL Christmas tree — to string with lights, to decorate with keepsake ornaments and to SMELL like a pine forest right in my own living room. Throughout my childhood, I went with my mom to the small, independent nursery in my hometown to pick out the perfect tree. When you live in Southern California, a white Christmas only happens in the movies, so we would alternate years getting the tree flocked. The fake snow wasn’t fooling anyone in our 70-degree living room in December, but we swore it made the tree look more Christmassy and even helped it stay fresher longer. Even in college, my roommates and I would pool our meager funds and get a tiny tree to put up in our apartment. These trees looked more Charlie Brown than Rockefeller Center, but the tradition continued. After college, and in my first “adult” homes, I’ve had all kinds of fresh-from-the-lot Christmas trees: the tree that was too short for the height of th ...

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Start a sweet new Christmas tradition!

When I was in elementary school, one perk of being in sixth grade was you got to spend the last day before Christmas break making gingerbread houses. It was the best day of the year. We huddled our desks in small groups and shared piles of candies and white frosting to decorate our own gingerbread houses to take home. Now that I have daughters, we spend one afternoon every Christmas season decorating gingerbread houses with bowls of white frosting and tons of candy. The earliest years were a little rough — and messy! The desire to load up the houses with as much frosting and candy overtook any design aesthetic. There were caved-in roofs, drowning gingerbread men and walls that came crumbling down.  Now that my girls are a little older, I love seeing the creativity and personality (and a little friendly competition) that comes out in their designs. And if my nieces are in town, it’s double the fun! My older daughter loves basketball, so last year, she decorated a gingerbre ...

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Nov
09

Scentsy subscription service? Sign me up!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a subscription for something. Growing up, we got newspapers delivered twice a day (The Telegram in the morning and The Post in the evening). Believe it or not, there was a time when a community could support two different newspapers. Those days are long gone, which is sad, especially for someone who worked at a variety of newspapers across the country for more than 25 years. If it wasn’t a newspaper subscription, it was Sports Illustrated magazine or Columbia House Record Club for 8-tracks and cassette tapes (and later compact discs). I still remember wondering what the “selection of the month” was going to be in the rock ‘n roll genre. Would I check the box saying I didn’t want that offering or would I do nothing, knowing that would mean the selection of the month would be shipped to me directly? It was a monthly highlight as I built my collection of 8-tracks, then cassettes and finally CDs to its current size of 1,500 or so (every ...

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Our House on Haunted Hill

OK, so it’s not haunted (at least not I that know of), but my family does live in a house on a hill, so we’re halfway there. Hopefully, we’ll stay that way, because while I love scary things like horror movies and ghost stories, I prefer to experience those scenarios secondhand. Speaking of scary movies, I’ve been watching them for ages. When I first met my husband, I was shocked he hadn’t yet seen “The Exorcist” (he was 30 years old!), so we watched it on one of our first dates. It was the version with bonus scenes that had just been released at the time, and it absolutely terrified him (and me, even though I’d already seen it several times). Some might say extreme, traumatizing fear isn’t the best foundation for a sound relationship, but we’ve been together for 13 years so I think it worked out pretty well. In fact, watching horror movies is still one of our favorite things to do. He’ll scour Netflix for the highest-rated new releases or ...

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Host a Halloween Open House – Scentsy and Velata style!

October is where it’s at! It’s my favorite month because some of the best things happen this time of year: the smell of leaves as they crunch beneath your feet, the color of the sky and crispness in the air as the sun goes down, and settling into a comfy chair by the fireplace to read an old, tattered library book. Of course, I’d be kidding myself if I didn’t include our annual Halloween party. All of our guests – even the adults – get in the game, and why shouldn’t they? Nothing is better than someone encouraging you to act like a kid again, and what’s more childlike than putting on a costume and contributing to general buffoonery and merriment? No Halloween party would be complete without good food and great decorations. To prep, I decorate the house – inside and out! – in all things fall. I deck out the table with party foods and CANDY! But let’s be real; like everyone, I’m busy so I’m always looking for shortcuts along the w ...

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Get the most when you host!

I’ve had a pretty crazy fall. In addition to being busy at work, we’re also closing on our new house in 10 days and are expecting our son next month. While not everyone is crazy enough to build a house while expecting a baby, I know I’m not alone in my autumnal busyness. With the kids back in school, reestablishing routines, fall sports and approaching holidays (Christmas is just 70 days away, folks!), it’s hard to keep up, let alone plan ahead. If your schedule is anything like mine though, there are a few blissful weeks between mid-October and Thanksgiving where the flurry of activity winds down before they ramp up in preparation for the holidays. Given that I expect to spend most of that blissful repose chasing around my 19-month-old daughter while caring for a newborn, I am seizing this opportunity to start my Christmas shopping now. I’ve always taken advantage of sales that pop up between Labor Day and Black Friday to take care of my Christmas list, but this y ...

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Autumn, at last! My favorite Scentsy Fall/Winter fragrances

I know I’m not alone when I declare fall as my favorite time of year. While many are mourning summer’s last gasp, I’m secretly checking the forecast praying for those temperatures to drop. Growing up in San Francisco, extreme heat just wasn’t something I encountered, and despite moving to harsher climates like Iowa and, ultimately, Idaho as an adult, my body has never grown accustomed to intense weather. Which is why you’ll find me parked in front of the AC when it’s 100 degrees outside, refusing to budge until the thermometer comes to its senses. There are so many things to love about cooler weather, especially the fragrances. Whether it’s the pumpkin-flavored everything sold by retailers large and small, or the cool, clear days wandering a wooded path, fall and winter scents always bring me comfort. And since I live right in the middle of sprawling nature trails and wildlife hot spots, I can enjoy the scent of fir trees, pinecones, traces of smoke from ...

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Bring back my memories



Bring Back My Bar is always a huge hit with customers, Consultants and employees in the home office. After all, it’s a chance to revisit fragrances we love, or try scents that came and went before our time.

What is it about fragrance that intrigues us? The obvious answer is that fragrance is fabulous! It transforms our favorite spaces into sanctuaries and enhances our mood. But fragrance also conjures memories from every phase of our lives, from childhood to that great gathering last week.

Lucky for me and countless others, there are plenty of fragrances featured in our latest Bring Back My Bar promotion ready to transport us to our happy place.

Here are the ones that most speak to me:

Oats & Honey
I’ve been on or around horses most of my life, and this reminds me of the room or space in every barn where the grain is kept — or these days, my car when I swing by the feed store on the way home from work. Sweet, toasty, warm. I’m instantly comforted, every time.

Simply Rose
When I was growing up, my dad had a rose garden that he’d tend on evenings and weekends. I remember he’d always come inside with little scratches on his hands from the thorns. Simply Rose reminds me of following him around, watching as he pruned and plucked while savoring the beautiful fragrance of the blooms he loved.

Banana Nut Bread
I’m a wreck in the kitchen, but my husband loves to bake. Banana bread is one of his favorites, and this warm, fresh-from-the-oven fragrance perfectly captures his culinary adventures.

Cherry Vanilla
Two of my favorite things in one fragrance! Cherry Vanilla reminds me of the Shirley Temples I’d order as a kid whenever my parents took me to a nice restaurant. I’d feel so mature! The vanilla gives the fragrance a hint of creamy sweetness that anyone who enjoys fruiter scents will love.


What other Scentsy fragrances are being temporarily brought back from retirement? Here’s the complete list of our current Bring Back My Bar fragrances:

Banana Nut Bread
Carrot Cake
Cherry Almond Pie
Cherry Vanilla
Go-Go-Goji
Grandma’s Kitchen
Grape Granita
Happy Go Lucky
Hemingway
Hendrix
Mulberry Bush
My Home
Oats & Honey
Puppy Love
Red Delicious
Simply Irresistible
Simply Rose
Spiced Grapefruit
Watermelon Patch
Wild Black Cherry

Which Scentsy fragrances evoke memories for you? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Our Bring Back My Bar fragrances are only available until Jan. 31, so be sure to contact your Consultant or find one near you to snag your long-lost favorites or try something new!

Chopping Down the Christmas Tree: Extreme Edition

When I was a kid, my parents would take me to a Christmas tree farm where patrons could chop down their own trees. Bear in mind, these were smallish trees in a controlled setting, neatly planted and grown in rows so the city folk could swoop in and do their thing without much difficulty. It was like chopping lite. You get the experience without having to fight too hard for it.

Christmas tree lights


But when I moved to Northern Idaho from the Bay Area as an adult, I was determined to take this experience to the next level and actually venture into a real forest — not the manmade farms of my youth — and chop down a “wild” tree. So I saddled up my horse, grabbed a not-nearly-sharp-enough hatchet and set off into mountains in search of my fantasy tree. There was about two feet of snow on the ground, the air was crisp and clean, and we even saw two young bull moose jog across our path (I later learned that I was fortunate they didn’t perceive us as a threat and charge). All in all, I was sure this would be a memory I’d pass down with misty-eyed pride to my own children, and maybe even the grandkids.

Snowy Pine Trees


After an hour or so of searching, I found it: the perfect tree. It was majestic. Eighteen feet and nearly as full as it was tall. I immediately dismounted and got to work.

Nearly two hours later, my not-nearly-sharp-enough hatchet had only left what looked like glorified scratches on the trunk. Have you ever tried to cut through strong, healthy pine? It’s really difficult, especially without a power tool. But I was determined to finish what I’d started and live out the fantasy, so I kept at it until the poor thing was finally on the ground. Then I had to tie it to my saddle for us to drag home, which I did without issue thanks to my mellow, level-headed horse who had experience pulling buggies and carts.

And then we began the long, slow trek back to the barn. We’d probably ventured five miles into the forest, which didn’t seem so bad on the way out. But now that we were dragging a huge tree through two feet of snow, it felt like a death march. The deep snow kept dragging the tree off-center, causing the rope to dig into my side. By the time we finally made it back, I had these nasty welts on my torso that would take a couple weeks to heal. By then, though, I didn’t care. I was just so relieved that my ill-planned ordeal was over and, most importantly, that my horse was unscathed.

I was living in a doublewide at the time, so I had to cut at least three-quarters off the tree before it would actually fit inside my place. And by the time I’d finished, the grandiosity was gone and I was left with what amounted to the top six feet of the tree. But I decorated the thing anyway and swore I’d never fall prey to my fleeting whims again (I did, of course, but thankfully in other areas of my life).

These days, I stick to a faux tree. I know it may seem like sacrilege to some, but it’s easy (so blessedly easy!) and looks real, which is good enough for me. And with the right decorations, our house looks plenty festive.

Do you have any crazy, fun or downright weird Christmas tree-related stories? Share them in the comments!

And if you’re looking for ways to spruce up your holiday décor, be sure to contact your Consultant or find one near you to check out Scentsy’s seasonal products. 

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