Leap Year Celebrations

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Did you know this is a Leap Year? I was looking at the calendar this week, and somehow that fact snuck up on me! It got me thinking: What is a leap year and where did it come from? Leap years happen every four years, making every fourth year in the Gregorian calendar 366, not the usual 365, days long. Because it takes slightly longer than 365 days for the earth to orbit the sun, an additional day was added to compensate for the additional time required for a full orbit.

In honor of the 29th of February, I wanted to share some ideas on how we can make this extra day extra special! According to old Irish legend, Leap Day was the only day on which a woman could propose to a man. If the man said no, he would have to provide a gift to the woman, usually in the form of money or lavish garments. Another perk is that many airlines offer special Leap Year discounts on certain flights and hotel packages. Who knew?! This year, I will be celebrating the 29th by baking and decorating these adorable little leap frog cupcakes with the kids. How are you celebrating Leap Year?

Mardi Gras Voodoo

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With Mardi Gras just around the corner, I am so excited about planning evening festivities to enjoy with family and friends. Mardi Gras, also known as “Fat Tuesday”, is the day before Ash Wednesday and filled with raucous celebrations, colorful beads adorning the necks of millions of revelers, and of course, breathtaking floats parading through the streets of New Orleans. However, Mardi Gras is about more than just beads, bringing diverse groups of people together to celebrate together. Let the good times roll!

Here’s a recipe I found for a lovely little cocktail to start off your Mardi Gras festivities. Enjoy!
NEELY’S HURRICANE
Ingredients
• Ice cubes
• 2 ounces light rum
• 2 ounces dark rum
• 2 ounces passion fruit juice
• 2 ounces pineapple juice
• 1/2 lime, juiced
• 1 tablespoon grenadine
• 1 orange, sliced into wheels, for garnish
Yields 1 serving

Directions
Fill the hurricane glasses with ice. Mix the rums, passion fruit juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, and grenadine in an ice-filled shaker. Strain into the hurricane glasses. Garnish with a wheel of orange. Cheers!

Romantic Gestures: Belgian Linen & Our Luxe Gift Set

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m thrilled to introduce two more romantic collections. First, travel to Belgium with your beloved and tickle your nose with the aromas of warm Belgian waffles. Then imagine cozying up in a bed made up with the freshest Belgian linen, the finest in the world. Inspired by our travels through the Flanders region, the Belgian Linen blend has a top note of floral, middle note of ozone, and bottom notes of woods & musk. Envelop yourself in irresistible richness.

Our newest gift set is Luxe in every sense of the word and includes three seductive, rich and luxurious scents: Amber, our new Belgian Linen and Cashmere.

Amber – For thousands of years the healing properties of amber have been revered. From the ancient Greeks to the Chinese, burning Amber was used to purify the air and perfume sacred spaces. Appealing to the romantic in all of us, indulge in this ancient and irresistible scent with our rich amber candle blended with Egyptian musk. Purify.

NEW! Belgian Linen

Cashmere – Nothing warms you up like cashmere. Now you can wrap your sweetheart in this inspired and sophisticated herbal scent. Infused with the warming scent of patchouli, Persian limes and a touch of vanilla, this scent will warm up any room. Elegance.

Bring the romance home this Valentine’s Day and treat your love to Linnea’s Lights candles from our sweet new bouquet. Shop the newest collection, here!

Brand New Scents for Valentine’s Day & Spring: Part 2

Well we hope the suspense hasn’t been too painful! We’re back again with the latest installment of our romantic new scents, and this time we’re thrilled to introduce you to our cupid-approved Rose candle.

In ancient mythology, Roses were associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, Isis, the goddess of motherhood and magic, and Eros, also known as Cupid. In modern days, the Rose is a time-honored way to say “I love you” when words just aren’t enough. Warm, inviting, and intoxicating all in one, this timeless blend is inspired by the endless bouquets of roses that our loved ones shower upon us. Close your eyes and be swept off your feet. Romance. Love. Seduction. What do Roses mean to you?

Plus, shop the Rose candle, now available at Terrain!