Do THIS Before Having Guests Over For The Holidays

December 17, 2015 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

I met lifestyle guru Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty at an event for HomeGoods recently, where she shared a bunch of her great home decor tips (see them all here). One tip that was particularly interesting to me, and that I ran home and tried, was an oldie but a goodie: boiling cinnamon sticks in water to make your house smell amazing. 

“Boiling cinnamon sticks and other fragrant foods is a great way to add a subtle holiday scent to your home,” Abby advised. “You’ll need about a cup of water per cinnamon stick and you can add things like orange slices, cloves, even a splash of vanilla extract. Bring to a boil for a couple of minutes, then reduce your heat to a simmer and let the goodness happen!”

Amazing. You definitely have to try this over the holidays–especially if you’re having guests over, but even if you’re not. It’s my husband’s new favorite thing–he keeps saying “Should we boil some cinnamon?!” every weekend. Now I just need to buy the stuff in bulk.



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Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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