Use Smells to Make Your Home Inviting to Guests

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Place fresh flowers next to the couch to make your front room smell inviting when guests come in.  #sponsored #HotShot  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI am kind of a home body.  So I love to invite my friends over to my house instead of meeting them out at a restaurant or coffee shop.  I always try to make sure that my house feels warm and inviting to them.  One way that I do this is through smells.  My mom and I have always loved scents.  Growing up we would go to the swap meet to buy our favorite incense.  It was called African Love.  It smelled of strawberries, jasmine with a touch of musk.  And it was heavenly.  We’ve tried all kinds of ways to introduce smells in to our homes from wall plug-in thing-a-ma-bobs to diffusers for scent-infused wax pellets.  But it doesn’t need to be difficult to make your house smell great.  Here are few quick and easy tips to make your house smell fantastic, which makes your home more inviting to guests.

If you have fresh flowers in your yard, you can easily clip some and display them in your home.  You don’t need a lot of stems and you don’t need an expensive vase.  A few fresh blooms can instantly help a room smell better.  And as you sit on the couch and enjoy each other’s company, you will be able to smell the flowers the whole visit.

Candles are a great way to have your home smell great when guests come over.  #sponsored #HotShot  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comCandles are a really easy way to make a home smell amazing when someone first enters.  My home does not have a lot of places to keep candles displayed so I usually keep just one or two in a cupboard and pull them out about half an hour before company is due to arrive.  Even if you place the candle on your dining table, no extra centerpiece or styling needed, your guests will be welcomed by your fragrant home. 

Add a few drops of an essential oil like lavender to your throw blankets before guests come over so the couch smells great.  #sponsored #HotShot  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnother trick of mine is to add a few dabs of lavender oil to my throw blanket before a guest arrives.  Lavender is a soothing, calming smell and people usually love it.  It reminds me of a spa which instantly transports me in to a more relaxed place.  Take note, I will NOT massage you.  Although I love to have you in my home, I don’t want it to get weird.  Just make sure to use the oil sparingly, a little goes a long way.

Slice and bake cookies generally last a long time in the fridge which means they are easy to have on hand.  You can put the cookie dough in the oven a few minutes before your guest gets there.   NO one can resist that smell.  AND you’ll have a snack to share with your guest.  And as the holidays get closer, you can simmer some water with cinnamon sticks, sliced oranges and vanilla on the stove for a super festive smell.  What is your favorite way to make your house smell better? 

Hot Shot® Ant and Roach Killer to keep unwanted guests (of the bug variety) out of your home.   #sponsored #HotShot  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBut there are a few guests that I don’t EVER want in my house.  The bug variety.  I do not want them to feel at home in my house.  I abhor ants and legit would scream and run out of my house if I saw a roach.  I would even leave my guest on the sofa to fend for themselves.  In the past, when I’ve had issues with ants, I would try all kinds of things to keep them at bay.  Nothing ever worked as well as Hot Shot® Insecticides.  They really help to keep my house bug free.  While I love to try natural remedies, there are certain things that need a little more strength.  My family doesn’t hesitate to put the smack down on those gross ant armies.  The floral scent is also much more tolerable, especially if you have to annihilate some bugs before your friends get to your house.

Keep your home and yard bug free so you are ready for any guests.  #sponsored #HotShot  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd since I live in a warm climate, and the patio is pretty much an extension of our home, I also use the Hot Shot® spray outside.  Works like a charm.  I’m pretty brave if I have a can of spray but usually my husband has to handle any and all bug sightings.  What about you?  Do you do the deed?  Or is it a job for the man of the house?  Share your answer on the Hot Shot® Insecticides Facebook Page and you will be entered to win their July sweepstakes!  They are giving away Visa Gift Cards weekly with one final grand prize winner!

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The Shark Rocket is AWESOME!

*I received a Shark Rocket Vacuum for review.  All opinions are my own.

#sponsored The Shark Rocket vacuum is amazing for homes with hard floors and area rugs.Something is terribly wrong with me.  I irrationally love this Shark Rocket vacuum.  I hate cleaning.  Especially the floors.  So I was really shocked to find that I LOVED this vacuum.  I am familiar with the Shark brand having owned one of their steam cleaner mops.  My mom had turned me on to it and it was perfect for my tile floors.  But I’ve never been happy with how I clean the rest of my floors.  We have a hardwood laminate through most of the house with several area rugs.  A big heavy vacuum will ruin the laminate but a light micro fleece sweeper won’t do anything for the carpets.  I got the chance to learn about the Shark Rocket at Alt Summit and thought it might be just what I needed.  And I can’t believe I am talking to you all about a vacuum!  But I truly love it.  If they had sent it to me to try out and then taken it back (they would have been jerks – just kidding) but I would have gone out and bought one for myself.  That is how much I think this vacuum is perfect for my home.

Vacuuming is a great chore for my 7 year old. And I’m not the only one who thinks so.  As soon as I took it out of the box, my oldest son became really interested.  He had to check out each and every piece and know how they all worked.  I certainly wasn’t going to say no to that.  This vacuum is crazy.  And kind of like a transformer.  The Shark Rocket is a traditional vacuum, albeit light weight, but also comes with attachments for cleaning hard floors and you can make it in to a handheld vacuum with several different heads.  It can do anything!  And the attachments are super easy to change.  I found a huge mess of crumbs in our pantry cupboard the other day – your know like pretzel salt and crackers bits.  I just popped on the wand that you can see in the photo above and sucked all that gross stuff right off the shelf.  So easy!  And since it was out, I took it for a quick clean up of my bathroom floor where a new round brush had basically exploded after the first use and sent bristles all over the floor.  This thing is seriously so easy to use.

The Shark Rocket is super versatile. #sponsored.As you can see, the size and weight of the waste container is not overwhelming.  And the cord is really long which I LOVE!  I used to have to start and stop just to move the plug around the house to vacuum the different rooms.  This makes it easier to just power through the house.

Sometimes kids like to do housework.  Take advantage of it when that happens. As you can see, my son chose vacuuming over making a couch fort with his brother and a neighbor.  Who’s kid is this?!  He was dead set on using one of the handheld attachments.  But the wand and micro fleece cover would have been my choice.  He’s still young.  He won’t be sore from vacuuming like some of us.  Not that that has happened to me.  Often.

A light weight vacuum is perfect for houses with hard floors and area rugs. Then another crazy thing happened.  I made a girlfriend try it out when she came over.  What?!  Welcome to my home, now won’t you please vacuum it?  That is how much I love it.  My last vacuum never got these carpets clean.  I could always see little pieces of fuzz still on it even when I just finished vacuuming.  But the Shark gets it super clean!  And it almost pulled me along behind it.  That is how powerful it felt.  So I made her try it out.  I know sometimes it is hard to tell if a blogger is being sincere about a review.  I am totally weirded out by myself for how much I have been wanting to get this post done so I could share my love of it with you.  Wait, is this a sign of severe exhaustion?  Where do the starlets go when they get “exhausted’?  Is someone going to check me in somewhere?

#sponsored The Shark Rocket is amazing.  I never thought I would be so excited about a vacuum.  I fear I've turned the corner to crazy.If you have been thinking about buying a vacuum, I think this would be a great option.  Especially if you have a similar set up like mine with hard floors and area rugs.  There are two changes I would make to the vacuum.  First, the hook to wrap the cord around is on the regular vacuum base.  But I use the hard floor base more frequently which does not have a hook for the cord.  So in order to store the vacuum nice and tidy I have to swap the bases.  Which is really no big deal but I’m lazy.  The other thing is that it doesn’t really stand on its own.  It does come with a plate that you can screw in to the wall and then hang the vacuum on.  But since we are renting and I don’t really want to hang a vacuum in my kitchen in plain sight, this kind of leans in a corner.  I will be making its permanent home in the garage as soon as I organize a bit so sometimes it is in a corner and sometimes it lays on the floor.  Not ideal but not a deal breaker for me either.

The other day I came across an infomercial on TV for this vacuum.  And I stopped to watch it.  Not all of it, just a few minutes.  I learned even more great things about this vacuum and its power.  I can’t wait to vacuum my couch and mattress.  So bizarre to hear that come out of me.  I am truly a fan of this vacuum.

*I was sent this Shark Rocket vacuum to try out.  All opinions are mine.  And I freaking love this vacuum.