A Classic Pairing: Mother/Daughter Teams That Inspire

Mother’s Day is here and I can’t help but reflect on the powerful bonds between mother and daughter. I am fortunate enough here at Linnea’s Lights to work side-by-side with my own mother, Lynn, and today’s celebration got us thinking about some of our other favorite Mother/Daughter teams:

The Tough Cookies: Sophia and Dorothy, The Golden Girls
Sassy, smart and independent, Sophia and Dorothy make quite a pair! They may not always view life in the same way but they are, as the theme song goes, true pals and confidants.

The Country Crooners: Naomi and Wynonna, The Judds
One of the most successful acts in country music history, this passionate duo has always come out on top. Inspiring each other and their fans through the music, the message is clear: Give a Little Love.


The Eccentric Duo: Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, Grey Gardens
Eccentric and stylish, Jackie O’s quirky cousins were made famous in the 1970’s cult-classic documentary film, Grey Gardens. With big dreams and even bigger personalities, it’s hard not to fall in love with this pair of misfits who were all but attached at the hip.

No matter how you’re celebrating or which team you and your mom relate to most, we’re wishing you all a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Shopping for last minute Mother’s Day gifts?

Mother always told you not to wait until the last minute, but here you are again: Mother’s Day is just around the corner and you’re still waiting for inspiration to strike! Well, we’re here to help with great gift ideas from some of our favorite partners.

Mom’s green thumb may leave something to be desired, but that doesn’t keep her from planting her favorite perennials each season. Get her something that will remind her of you all year round with Terrain’s Heirloom Seed Collection, which happens to complement our very own Heirloom Tomato candle perfectly!

Since you’ve got her to thank for your baby blue’s, give her something that brings out the best in her eyes, with these stunning London Blue Topaz Chandelier earrings from AshBlue.

A personal favorite, Vosges Haut Chocolat has something special for any sweet tooth. Perfect for Mother’s Day, she’ll melt when she opens Vosges’ delicious Exotic Truffle Heart Collection.

And of course, Mom’s favorite flower is one of our latest Spring scents. The new Lavender and Mimosa candles are now hot off the press from Orange & Pear!

Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Linnea’s Lights!

Magnolia

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When Lynn met Danny, he was a southern gentleman from North Carolina. Together, they looked forward to their frequent trips back South. Their favorite way to pass the time while on vacation was by sitting on rocking chairs, sipping iced tea and enjoying the fresh, southern air. This was Lynn’s special creation, which she made after Danny passed as a lasting way to remember their times together. Intoxicating, powerful and luxuriant, the magnolia flower captures their time together perfectly. Charming and beautiful, this special Magnolia candle blossoms with a hint of southern peach.

Find out for yourself at Number Four Eleven.

Sweetgrass

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I so look forward to the scent of spring meadows after a long winter, as they’re bursting with sweet violets and fresh grass. Culled from this sweet inspiration, this scent is soft & clean. This candle represents the perfect blend of fresh grass & sweet violets.

Pick up Sweetgrass at Mohr & McPherson (Boston, MA).

Mimosa

Wander through the brilliant yellow Mimosa fields of Provence, and you will understand the delicate potency of this flower’s scent. Subtle, yet powerful, this evergreen flower’s  fragrance evokes the image of the sun drenched hills and the quiet grandeur of the South of France.  Combined with white jasmine’s exotic sweetness and sandalwood’s rejuvenating powers, this fragrance epitomizes the euphoric, casual luxury of France’s most exquisite region. Creating a perfect and balanced halo, this scent will transform any room into your own enchanting getaway.

Available Martha Harris

one kings lane + linnea’s lights

We are thrilled to partner with One Kings Lane on an exclusive sale event today through Sunday, March 27th.  We believe they are doing this whole flash sale phenomenon the right way, partnering with us on exclusive scents available the few days of the sale and telling our inspiration and story. Below is a little teaser of their Get Inspired article…

Whether it’s glossies like InStyle and Vanity Fair, or a multitude of design-minded bloggers, people can’t seem to get enough of candle company Linnea’s Lights. With so much buzz, we just had to know more about these covet-worthy candles and meet the women behind the brand.

Linnea's Lights

As the mother-daughter team behind Linnea’s Lights, Lynn Manley and Laura Cler infuse their personal experiences and back-to-basics ethos into each and every candle they make.

PASTIME WITH POTENTIAL

Founder Lynn Manley initially began creating candles as a hobby, but soon the demand for her artisanal wares spread like wildfire. “We’re so fortunate that the people who love our candles also love talking about them,” says Laura Cler, Manley’s daughter. That passionate word of mouth has generated quite the cult following.

Read more about our inspirations and stories that One Kings Lane captured so beautifully….

Shop the One Kings Lane sale today

Fat Tuesday ~ Mardi Gras Madness

Many of us associate Mardi Gras with little more than drunkenness, debauchery and indecent exposure rewarded by cheap, plastic beads—but is that all there is to this festive and famous yearly celebration? Whether you simply wish to impress coworkers with some useless, but fascinating Fat Tuesday tidbits or need some ideas for a nudity-free fete, or are visiting the Big Easy this Mardi Gras, we’re your gals….

Traditions~

Let’s start with the beads….Started by the Rex Krewe in the 1920’s, beads were thrown to excite the crowds. Traditionally, simply repeating the famous phrase “throw me something mister” was enough to get you a strand of beads. No one quite knows how the other tradition started, but let’s pretend it never did.

One of the oldest traditions of Mardi Gras, King Cakes are essential for any authentic Mardi Gras shindig. Braided, decorated with purple, green and gold frosting, and filled with pecans, cinnamon and raisins, this cake holds a surprise inside: a plastic baby. As tradition dictates, the recipient of the plastic baby must throw the next King Cake party. Party Tip: Order an authentic cake straight from The Big Easy or, if you’re feeling audacious, bake one yourself with our favorite recipe.

Each Krewe spends months working on elaborate floats for their decided theme. During the parade Krewes throw beads and dubloon stamped with their crest to patrons below. These floats became so outrageous that the city of New Orleans has restrictions on the size of the floats. No float can be higher than 18ft and longer than 50ft.

Party Tip ~ Keep the kids busy by throwing your own float contest! Grab some shoe boxes, green, gold, and purple glitter, some Mardi Gras Stickers and beads and get the creative juices flowing! Award the winner of the contest the title of King or Queen of Mardi Gras

Travel Tips ~There is more to New Orleans than just Bourbon Street. Be sure to check out the shopping! Check out Magazine Street for the best shopping this town has to offer. Be sure to visit Spruce Nola for one-of-a-kind eco-friendly home furnishings, and unleash your inner pen pal at the Stationer of Nola. Their astonishing collection of high quality stationary from the likes of Crane, Kate Spade and Vera Wang cannot be missed.

Blue Agave

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Our family has always loved traveling through the Southwest. Its dusty roads and warm nights never fail to inspire us. Lynn & Danny spent a lot of time there, and I too found myself entranced by the desert blooms while spending time in Tucson. Blue Agave plants can be found down south and though it takes over ten years for the Agave plant to mature, just before it dies the Agave grows a stalk of delicate and intoxicating flowers that perfume the air with a bewitching scent. Medicinal and floral, this candle is about rebirth.

The Willows has the Blue Agave you’re looking for!

Lemon Verbena

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We love getting our hands dirty with a little gardening. Lynn instilled this love in me and we agree that the beauty of a garden can lift our spirits any day. Plus, growing our own herbs has lent an innovative spirit to our home cooking. Lemon Verbena is a mainstay in our family gardens and is also Lynn’s favorite herb. This powerfully scented citrus infused herb is one of the most versatile and brilliant plants ever known.  Used to make teas, and oils it is also used on compresses to reduce swelling.  This bright and elegant aroma purifies while at the same brightening any space with its strong citrus finish.

Available in-store from our friends at Pamela Lerner Antiques.

French Pear

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The juicy aroma of a ripe Anjou Pear is enough to get my own creative juices flowing. This is a family favorite and evokes the pear trees that once lined our property. The very essence of Spring, the scent of the French pear is both elegant and evocative. The intoxicating aroma of the flowering pear tree inspires this candle and brings your room to life with thoughts of fresh grass and sunlight.

Pick yours up from our friends at Oliver’s Twist (Carmel, IN).