Tag: holidays

Four Fragrant Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Are you scrambling to find to perfect gift for your mom this year? You can never go wrong with the gift of fragrance. Aromatique is a decorative fragrance company in my home state of Arkansas so when I give scents, I always reach for Aromatique. My friend Patti Upton started the company in 1982 with a line of potpourri made with materials she found in the woods surrounding her backyard. Since that time the company has expanded to include approximately 500 fragrance lines and can be found in store across the country. You can buy the Aromatique online here, but if you want to shop local use their retail finder to locate a store that carries their fragrances here.

Vanilla Bean

Does your mom love the simple comforts of life? Is her style simple elegance—an intimate garden, good friends and home? I’m betting she’d love a gift of vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting on cupcake stands, a dessert cookbook and Aromatique’s Pure Vanilla fragrance.


Your mom is tranquil and serene, but enjoys a good belly laugh from time to time. Her style is modern and playful with an eye for the classics. She makes great shadow animals and cherishes close friends, family and a fragrant garden. A gardenia in a decorative container along with Aromatique’s Smell of Gardenia.


A cheery disposition and a great sense of humor set your mom apart. Friendship, honoring the past and the beauty of outdoor living have a special place in her heart. Give your mother a hydrangea shrub, garden gloves, a trowel and fragrance from Aromatique’s Fresh Hydrangea line.


Fresh as a daisy with a love of home and hearth describes your mother. Every day is spring cleaning day for her and she’s always working on a project to spruce up her house. She’ll enjoy the fresh fragrance of Aromatique’s Honeysuckle Vine with a bouquet of white roses in a sweet filigree vase.

Turn Up the Lights!

It’s not shocking that light plays such an important role in the December holidays. It is, after all, the darkest month of the year when days are the shortest. Who wouldn’t want a little extra glow?

It’s also not a big surprise that the inventor of the light bulb introduced the idea of using strings of electric lights to decorate for the holidays. If you were riding the subway past Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park lab in December 1880, you would have undoubtedly seen his Christmas light display. His motive was product promotion, but his legacy is the tradition of adorning our homes in festive lights.

I’m thankful for Mr. Edison’s marketing ploy because I really enjoy seeing my town lit up for the holidays. This year I’m planning to take it on the road to visit some places along the “Arkansas Trail of Lights.” Sixty communities across the state participate with outdoor holiday light displays, parades and festivals. My first stop will be Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, where they have over 4 million lights. It’s a sight to behold! I also want to make my way to Mountain View to see their historic court square festooned with lights and hopefully get a ticket to “Caroling in the Caverns” at Blanchard Springs Caverns. I imagine the sound of singing in an underground cave is magical. For a pre-Edison experience I hope to go to Historic Washington State Park to see the luminaries and take the candlelight tour.

Each of these destinations is an easy day trip from Little Rock and the state makes planning my trip a breeze with their interactive map of locations and itineraries for the different regions. Who knows? With the price of gas so low right now, I might just try to hit all 60 stops!

Blanchard Springs Caroling in the Caverns

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Candlelight Tour at Old Washington State Park