Smells like Christmas


Some years it is hard for me to get in the Christmas spirit. Worries and stress weigh me down and the last thing I want to do is decorate and celebrate and do all of the Christmas type stuff.

There are certain scents I like that help me get in the mood of the season. Sort of like a holiday aroma therapy.

smells like christmas

There is something about the way the air smells this time of year. The cool air seems to bring out the pine, and the air smells fresh and clean. This reminds me of Christmas.

smells like christmas

Since I was a little girl baking has been a big part of the holiday season. Starting with Thanksgiving, the smell of pies, cookies, and cakes fill the air. Cinnamon, spice, baked sugar… These smells remind me of Christmas.

smells like Christmas

Thankfully, all of these scents are easily accessible in the scent aisle of my local Walmart, Target, and grocery stores. Candles, wax melts, plugins, and air fresheners for all the rooms in your home are available in of the scents of the season to get you in the mood for the holidays. A living room with an artificial tree can smell like pine. Kitchens can smell like fresh-baked pies and cookies without ever turning on the oven.

Those are the smells I enjoy. Those are the smells that put me in the spirit so that I can enjoy the holiday.

What are your favorite scents of the season?

This #SmellsClean post was sponsored by Acorn Influence. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Just Dance 2015

Cady and James have loved all of the Just Dance games that have ever come out. This year I got the opportunity to review Just Dance 2015. The kids were SO excited when it arrived in the mail and couldn’t wait to try it out.

What did my kids think of Just Dance 2015? Here's a hint. They LOVED it!

Of course the first 15 (or more) minutes were spent scrolling through the song list so they could pick their favorites, and there were a LOT of great booty-shakin’ songs to choose from, including:

  • “Bang Bang” – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
  • “Best Song Ever” – One Direction
  • “Happy” – Pharrell Williams
  • “Black Widow” – Iggy Azalea Ft. Rita Ora
  • “Maps” – Maroon 5
  • “Birthday” – Katy Perry
  • “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
  • “Holding Out For A Hero” – Bonnie Tyler
  • “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” – Dead Or Alive
  • “Let It Go” – Disney’s Frozen
  • “I Love It” – Icona Pop Ft. Charli XCX
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • “Get Low” – Dillon Francis & DJ Snake
  • “Diamonds” – Rihanna
  • “Walk This Way” – Run-DMC & Aerosmith
  • “Don’t Worry Be Happy” – The Bench Men
  • “Epic Sirtaki” – The Bouzouki’s
  • “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” – Ylvis

As you can see, there is something to get every age group up and shaking what their mommas gave them. Or something. Here are a few of my kids’ favorites:

Another thing I really like about the 2015 version are the improved graphics. I tried to snap a photo from my television while the kids were playing, but it really doesn’t do the game justice.

The graphics are greatly improved in Just Dance 2015.

I can’t put it all in technical language, but I was seriously impressed with the animation and just the visual display of the game and thought it was much better than previous versions.

“Can we play Just Dance?” Is a constant refrain every time Cady has friends over for a visit so I know that the kids loving playing the game. What I love is that this is something both of my kids enjoy doing, they can do it together, it is simple enough that they can be successful, AND it gets them up off their feet to play instead of keeping them stuck behind a tablet or computer screen.

I also really like that Just Dance has partnered with Stomp out Bullying to spread the message that it is okay for everyone to dance to their own beat. I love companies that support a great cause. Also, the songs and, sometimes wacky, choreography in Just Dance 2015 allow kids to let loose and be themselves while having a great time.

Just Dance 2015 is now on sale on Amazon for all of the video gaming platforms and would make a great gift this holiday season.

Have you ever played Just Dance? What do you like about it?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.