Friday, October 12, 2018

College Football Viewing Party Tips


You may have noticed that along with a slight coolness in the air something else has arrived – college football season! Whether you consider yourself a diehard fan or just enjoy an opportunity to get together with friends this is a great time of year to open up your new home to guests.
Here are a few tips to help you host the ultimate football get together!
1.     Make sure you get the game! Some TV packages carry different schools and some cable companies charge extra if you want to watch something out of the ordinary. You don’t want to get caught without the channel you need!
2.     Think finger foods. People tend to gather in the kitchen and in the living room where the game is playing. Think of foods that are easy to eat while standing up and holding a drink in one hand. Some examples include: chips and dip, pigs in a blanket, sausage balls, pizza bites, veggies and dip, brownies and cookies.
3.     Prioritize comfort! Have lots of pillows for lounging. Move chairs into the room with the television and clear clutter off of end tables or coffee tables.
4.     Think about the bathroom. Have plenty of toilet paper and hand soap. Add a scented candle for an extra touch.
5.     Don’t forget the music. Commercial breaks, half time, there might be opportunities when music is needed for the background.
How do you host a football gameday party?

Friday, October 5, 2018

Make Your Home Smell Like Fall


Finally Fall is in the air! Want to bring some of that Autumn smell inside? Smell is one of the most poignant ways to usher in the season – hence the everything Pumpkin Spice craze!  But you don’t have to go down to your local coffee shop to enjoy the smells of the season.  Here are a few ways to enjoy the smells of Fall right at home!
-        Create a simmer pot and leave it on the stove while you’re home during the day.  Fill a saucepan with water and add in some of your favorite scents. Bring it to a boil and then allow it to simmer, filling with water as needed. Some favorite fall combinations are sliced oranges, cranberries and cloves or apple peels, cinnamon and nutmeg. 

-        Diffuse essential oils for a light and natural Fall fragrance. Popular Fall oils include cedarwood, cinnamon, ginger, sage and vanilla.

-        Look for Fall scented candles or aromatic plug-ins – plentiful this time of year!

-        Make your own potpourri with treasures found on an invigorating Fall nature walk! Look for pine cones, acorns or twigs and then combine with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and cloves.

-        Create your own scented pine cones by rinsing off pine cones you find around your home and let them soak for an hour. Bake the cones on a foil-lined baking pan for 30 minutes at 200 degrees. Place the pine cones in a gallon Ziploc bag and sprinkle in 30 drops of your favorite fall essential oils. Seal the bag and shake till all the pine cones are coated.  Let the pine cones sit in the bag for a week to really absorb the smell.

-        Maybe the simplest way is to let the Fall air in! Open the windows to get stale air out and fresh air in. Just a few minutes can make a huge difference in how your house feels and smells!