Girls “Light” Out!

It’s officially fall which means the air is getting crisper, our DVR is full of Hallmark original movies and the candles are burning non-stop. Last week a few of us girls got together and attended our first candle making class in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. It was scent-sational (see what I did there) and I officially have a new Fall Kick-Off Tradition!

Magnolia Scents by Design has a location in downtown Greenville, S.C and Independence, Kansas.  At both locations you can make your own soy candles, including picking your scent, mixing your own color and naming your candle!


All the materials are provided for you, so all you have to do is show up ready to have fun and get creative!  The most important lesson we took away from this class was that size matters…when it comes to wicks.

Pro Tip: If you want to know what color your candle will be when it dries, just tap a little bit of color onto a paper towel.  Trying to find our perfect color shade was definitely a team effort!

The whole process takes roughly an hour and as Jessica put it, “there was pretty much no way to mess it up”.   The fact that all of our candles looked and smelled amazing, despite some of us *almost* forgetting to add our scent (Malinda) and some of us adding WAY too may color drops (Brie), is testament to that.


Our candles were ready to be picked up less than two hours later.  The whole night was a blast!  Any event that allows me to make something useful and beautiful while also making fun memories with my friends is a win in my book.


Special thanks to Taylor, for being such a great (and patient) teacher!  Don’t forget to name your next candle “Taylor Made”!

If you’re in the Greenville or Independence area, do yourself a favor and check out Magnolia Scents!  They offer several candle making classes each day, and if you don’t have time to make your own you can still pick one up in store.  I highly recommend the Cookie Shop scent.




P.S. Here’s a picture of us with my sweet parents, who were in town visiting from Texas.  And everyone knows my favorite dinner spot in downtown is Trio!


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Valentines Day Gifts for Him (that he’ll actually like!)

Valentines Day is 4 days away. You don’t have a gift for your man, yet.  That’s where I come in.  Valentines gifts for the girl who needs something quick and inexpensive.  Because, lets face it, if you google search “Valentines gifts for him” you end up with over priced items that no man actually wants.  Let’s make sure your man not only likes his gift, but you don’t break the bank getting it for him.  All the links will be to stores you can visit in person, because you only have FOUR days, no time for shipping!

  1. Activity  – Something you two can do together that is fun, active and gets you out of the house.  It can be something new, like archery lessons (so fun, but harder than it looks!) or something you both already love, like going on a new hiking trail or a brewery tour. – Priceless
  2. Scratch Map – For the man or the couple that loves to travel.  You can get one for the United States or for the World. – $25 – $35
  3. What I Love About Us Book – fill in the blank book from Urban Outfitters or Amazon$10
  4. Super Slim Wallet – My husband has one and loves it.  He didn’t realize how bulky his wallet was until he switched to a slim one that just carries the basics. Now it’s the only one he uses. $20 – $30
  5. Baseball hat or T-shirt for one of  his favorite sports teams! $20 – $50
  6. Gift Basket – You can buy these online, but these are so easy to put together and so much cheaper when you do it yourself.  I’ve done these for Eric a few times and the best part is buying the basket – because it’s one that I wanted to buy for the house anyways.  I fill his with a mixture of his favorite candy, fun beers from World Market, a book or magazine he likes, t-shirts, socks and beef jerky! – $20 – $50fb_img_1486779962115

Alright ladies, get out there this weekend (or on your lunch break Monday) and get that perfect Valentines gift for your man!  Let me know what you get, in the comments below!