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Your Valentine’s Day Playlist

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This week I am focusing on the wonderful sense of hearing. Music makes my world go around, so I wanted to share my Valentine’s Day playlist that will be sure to fill your home with love. I hope you enjoy!

1. “You and Me” by Dave Matthews Band

2. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

3.  “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder (my favorite!)

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4. “Love on Top” by Beyonce

5. “Your Body is a Wonderland” by John Mayer (he’s my boyfriend)

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6. “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison ( my wedding song!)

7. “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin (this is for you my friend, Erin)

8. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel

9. “Love for All Seasons” by  Christina Aguilera

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10. “Everything is Sound” by Jason Mraz (he’s my other boyfriend!)

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10 Sexy Foods to Spark Love.

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As we approach Valentine’s Day, I want to unlock one of our 5 senses, TASTE. Here is my list of foods known to spark romance and surround your home with love. Some of the foods on this list might just surprise you!

1. Oysters- One of the best known aphrodisiacs, oysters are high in zinc and have a reputation for promoting love and fertility.

2. Strawberries-Also called, the romantic fruit, strawberries are naturally heart-shaped and red in hue. Packed with vitamin C, strawberries help keep your blood flowing :) the perfect jump start to your Valentine’s Day.

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3. Chili Peppers-Heat up the night! Chili peppers stimulate endorphins (the brain’s feel good chemicals), which speed up the heart rate and make you sweat. Straight up Sexy!

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4. Arugula-Yup! The lettuce.  This tasty, spicy green is known to heat up your internal engine.

5. Avocados-Is it the sensuous shape or it’s rich flavor? Avocados are high in vitamin e which helps keep the spark alive and aids with maintaining energy.

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6. Red Wine-This is a given. Valentine’s Day is not Valentine’s Day without red wine. The bright red color enhances the feelings of love and might loosen you up to truly explore your passions.

7.Vanilla-The erotic effects of vanilla have been the subject of numerous studies. The aroma not only lowers stress levels to get you in the romantic mood, but also evokes warmth, indulgence and euphoria.

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8. Watermelon-Really? Really! A cold slice of watermelon has long been a Fourth of July holiday staple. But according to recent studies, the juicy fruit may be better suited for Valentine’s Day. That’s because scientists say watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido.

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9. Dark Chocolate-Proven to make you HAPPY! Chocolate also helps the brain produce feel-good serotonin. Be sure to indulge in the dark variety — it contains incredible amounts of antioxidants making it a smart sweet.

10. Chai Tea-Skip the after dinner coffee and order chai tea. Ginger, cloves and cinnamon which are the spices most commonly found in chai, help get the blood flowing! Enough said.

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Enjoy the TASTE of Valentine’s Day!

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5 Simple Steps to a Loving Home

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It’s that season and love is in the air. I’ve been all wrapped up in the word LOVE as I just finished designing my latest trunk, you got it… LOVE.  I did a lot of thinking of what really creates a loving home and the key ingredients to ignite the magic. Every time I create a new trunk,  I absorb myself in the experience of the holiday or the season.  I find myself relying on my 5 senses to truly capture the experience.  I imagine what it would taste like? Whats sounds do I hear? What does it smell like?  So, as we’re approaching Valentine’s Day I wanted to share 5 simple steps to help spark up the romance or make you hug your kids a little bit longer.

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1.  Music. Music. Music. It’s all about music! Set the mood. I’m not talking about only on the big V day, that’s a given. Come home from work this month and load up your favorite love songs and watch your home transform into a mellow and nurturing environment. Here’s one of my favorite love stations on Pandora to get you started.

2. Light a Candle. Candle burning is an ancient practice, almost everyone who lights a candle has an intention in mind. Whether it’s a little more  heat in the bedroom or deeper connections with your friends, light your candle with the intention to bring more love into your home.

3. Get Cooking. The smell of food conjures up feelings of love. It might be your favorite recipe your mom cooked for you as a child, or maybe what you ate on your first date. Explore food this month, get creative! FYI: many foods are aphrodisiacs, just sayin’ :)

4. Appreciate.  Stop and smell the roses. I thought about this step a lot as we often forget to appreciate the love that’s right in front of us everyday. Our daily lives are hectic, we simply need to stop and feel the love around us. I promise it’s there. It’s one of my own personal goals to appreciate more, so I decided to make it one of the steps for a loving home.

5. Give your Home a Hug. I know this might sound a little corny, but it works. If you love your home, it will love you back. It provides a safe and nurturing space for you and your family. A loving affirmation when you unlock your door sets the tone for the rest of your evening.

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Spread the Love.

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