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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Clean as the Fresh Fallen Snow

I have to confess that although I enjoy holiday baking (and eating), I’m not crazy about my house smelling like cloves and cinnamon all the time.  For one thing, the Mister, Big, and Middle are convinced that if the house smells as if I’m baking something, then I actually should be baking something, which would clearly cut into my blog-reading, magazine flipping, and bon-bon nibbling time, mighty scarce as it is!

Still I don’t want the T&C House smelling like athletic shoes and Clorox either.  So, welcome my new favorite scent—the perfect blend of pine and paperwhite and peppermint with the smallest whiff of spice.  Yes, it’s a soap not a candle or potpourri, but once it’s unwrapped from the lovely packaging, the scent fills a room without overwhelming.
WinterfieldSoap Made by the family-owned Greenwich Bay Trading Company in Raleigh, North Carolina, the soap is made of domestically sourced vegetable oils with no animal testing.  Inks are soy-based and printed on post-consumer recycled paper.  The entire product is designed, manufactured, packaged, and shipped from Raleigh.   It is available in a hefty 10.5 ounce bar as well as a petite 1.9 ounce bar, which is perfect for unwrapping and placing in bowls on a bookshelf or on the top of a cupboard to let the fragrance bless the room.

Heck, you can probably even wash with it.

What’s your favorite holiday scent?


  1. The combination of scents sounds wonderful. Right now I'm just enjoying the fresh scent of our tree ~ I like simple for allergy purposes. I did find a candle not too long ago {Roots} with a balsam fir scent ~ very light with a hint of Christmas.

    Thank you for your sweet words. They were just what I needed to hear! You brought a smile to my face and permission to just relax and enjoy. Hope you're having a merry holiday season.


  2. I love sandalwood/asian spice all year. A little cloying in summer, but I love it. Never thought about using soap....that's the first thing I do in a store...start sniffing the soap! I got some great ones in Maui, I might have to try putting them out in a room!

  3. You just make me giggle more than you know~

  4. I probably should have mentioned that I was not compensated for this post in any way. (drat.) I found the soaps in a nearby shop, but I believe they are available nationwide, at least.

    Jo, I am glad you are feeling better and having some fun! xo

  5. Sounds terrific. I tend to go with vanilla and citrus combos. I just might have to try this (and if I actually do place an order I will certainly tell them that T&C sent me!). By the way, happy belated birthday! Which day? I am the 10th and hubby is the 6th. Also, I know that the Jan. issue of T&C is already out; I would be glad to send you my copy of the Ina & Nora issue... Really.
    Ho ho ho,

  6. I love pine and peppermint - this sounds lovely!

  7. Ooo, that sounds like a very nice combo of scents. I may have to look into purchasing that...

  8. Sounds yummy! I usually just go to BBW and buy a few Winter candles and burn them all month :O)

  9. Oh, I would love something with that kind of fragrance! It sounds just right...subtle...crisp...and still "Christmas-y" without being so sugar-y sweet.
    P.S. Just wanted you to know that I'm adding you to my blogroll! :-)

  10. Sounds fabulous - and too funny about your men - the baking smell should indicate real baking! I'm going to check out the soap - thanks!

  11. That sounds divine... My favorite is Thymes "Frazier Fir". Nothing more Christmas-ier" than that in my book!

  12. Oh I love finding new products--especially when someone loves them already. I'm going to try the soap. I'm intriqued by the combination of scents.

  13. I MUST find this soap. This time of year, I love the Yankee Candle smell MISTLETOE. It smells like a real Christmas tree. Although we always get a real tree, the type we get does not smell. This is how I cheat!

  14. It sounds wonderful. I love the packaging! So charming...I tend to like pine based scents. I have a R.L. Holiday candle that I'm currently stuck on...which always makes me feel Christmas-y. Although the best scent really comes from the tree!



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