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January Favorites

This is something I've been meaning to do, and if I were as good as my intentions, I'd be great. Isn't that the way it always goes? So...monthly favorites. Inspired by new media (specifically YouTube) we highlight what our favorite things are near the end of the month and why. Plus, it's visual. :P 1. Aromatique Lavender & Peony

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Available in both decorative potpourri and metallic candle, this fragrance is richly comforting. Science has shown that lavender is one of the most calming and relaxing fragrances, and my olfactory system is finally catching onto it. Seriously, I've been burning this candle every night after work.

2. Let's Go Green Tea & Skinny Sip Tea

I couldn't pick between the two, they're both so delicious and vivacious. Let's Go Green tea packaging reads, "Subtly sweet and highly fragrant, jasmine tea is also a powerful antioxidant. It can be enjoyed without sugar and reduces fat absorption, also calming nerves. There are so many reasons to go green." I'm noticing a trend here. Apparently I need to calm down more hahaha. However, this stuff is wonderful. The aromatic experience can be shared with others (Here, sniff this cup!-but don't sip it. It's all mine...) and completes the flavorful cup of tea.

The other tea, Skinny Sip, is an oolong tea (black) with green tea. Now, in college my roommate and I always drank white or green tea. The first time I ever made oolong was for her parents (from Shanghai) who were in town for graduation. The little pellets, unbeknownst to me, will expand as they steep. So I filled the bottom of the tea cup with a thin layer like normal (for green & white tea!) and poured the hot water on it. After I let it steep for a while, I came back to it and was shocked that the cup was FILLED with leaves. So, learn from my mistakes, and know that a little goes a long way with oolong. It's also wonderful for the stomach! Oolong is the tea I drank for the majority of the remainder of my college years. There is something slightly sweet about it, but also very fresh. It's just a really full, well rounded flavor.

3. Thymes Goldleaf Gardenia

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I've already gone on and on about this one, and it deserves to be gone on and on about again. This. Is. The. MOST. Excited I have ever seen my mom for a fragrance to come in store. Obviously we love all the things that come in, they're hand selected! However, this one just stands out. Fresh. Opulent. With a mysterious allure, it's almost like the siren of fragrances. Lures you in, and then traps you. Because once we smelled it, we couldn't stop talking about it for days. Our shipment arrives tomorrow, and I will be losing sleep tonight in anticipation.

4. Flowers

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Because, duh. This month, I sent flowers to a friend in another state. Just because. I wanted them to feel special, and I wanted to feel what it felt like to send a just because fresh arrangement. And you know what? It's addictive. I did it again the next week to another friend. Something about making someone else feel important, makes you feel important. And that snapchat or text message or phone call, is so uplifting for both parties-it's like a party midday.

5. Dionis Lip Balm

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Because normally my lips are chapped and have that grand canyon split in the middle of them this time of year, that hurts like hades and burns when I try to put lip balm on it. Not this year. I was using good stuff. :D

And as always, one lucky random commenter will be winning a fresh arrangement two days from this post! <3 SO, what are some things you couldn't live without this month?