Monday, September 28, 2015

Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate

The first one said, "My it's getting late."
The second one said, "There are witches in the air."
The third one said, "We don't care!"
The fourth one said, "Let's run! Let's run!"
The fifth one said, "Isn't Halloween fun?"

Ooo, went the wind.
Out went the light.
Those five little pumpkins
Rolled fast out of sight!

That is my favorite pumpkin, Halloween, fall poem. And this is my favorite season. It has the best flavors and scents - like pumpkin!

Scents make a house homey.
Whether you're hosting a party, showing your house to sell, having some company, or just need a comforting boost - adding a scent to the air will transform your mood and extend a welcoming hug to those who enter. (Was that a bit thick? Oh well!)

A few years ago, I had a neighbor with three daughters whose house was spotless and smelled heavenly no matter when I popped over... she made me sick!

Since my boys are wandering lumps who shed clothes and trash everywhere as they walk through the house, I'm on my own for cleaning and gave up on that perfection. So I totally stole her idea to warm my own house with yummy scents.

Here are some ways to spruce (a nice winter scent! ha!) up the air in your house with pros and cons:
  • Candles - most scented candles don't give much fragrance as they burn, but they do have good scents without burning and they're decorative
  • Wax Tarts - I like these. They're reusable and they give a lot of aroma. **TIP: To remove a cold tart, put the whole thing into the freezer for 3-4 minutes and the wax will slide right off!
  • Plug-Ins - These are great for bathrooms or other stinky rooms and they last a good long time (a month or more)
  • Reed Oil Diffusers - stick you put in oil. Oil is messy and gets on your fingers then your fingers smell strongly of the oil for a long time. This can be a problem with some of the oil plug-ins too, yes I found out the hard way. But these sticks work well. I think they're easier to find refills for now.
  • Bake sweets! - You've probably heard this one before, but the smell of baking is the most inviting smell there is!
My favorite scents:
pumpkin anything!
apple anything
acorn? I have a really inviting candle and it says it's acorn
candy corn
vanilla, the old stand by
most fruits - especially orange & cranberry
coffee anything

Bad scents, to my sensitive nose:
herbs - I just don't like them
autumn anything - just doesn't work
flowers are surprisingly not that sweet...
anything they try to put a scent to that shouldn't have a scent... you know

What are your favorite scents? Any nose-turning ones? Do you have another way to smell it up right?


  1. Ah, I remember my son's preschool doing that song for their Halloween show. It was so adorable! I love filling the house with good smells too. Baked goods has to be my top one, but I can't be baking all the time! We also burn incense sometimes. Light and earthy scents.

    1. the amount of baking i do barely qualifies me as a mom =) but when i do it's yummy!! (and gone in 24hrs or less w/my crew!)

  2. My daughter's nickname is "Princess Pumpkin," so this post absolutely sings to me! I will surely be telling her the pumpkin poem :D

    1. sweet! i love it! pumpkin was my nickname for my youngest =)

  3. A lot of cooking goes on in this household so cooking smells are prevalent. Other than that I use Airwick.

  4. I, of course, loved the phrase, "wandering lumps." I plan to steal that, so keep an eye out and you can nail me for plagiarism. :-)

  5. cool! i love inspiring the thot process! ha!

  6. My grandma always hated the smell of mums, because they reminded her of funeral homes.

    I love the linen smell- that way I can fool people into thinking I DON'T have a giant pile of dirty laundry in my basement at all times.


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