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Vanilla Latte

I love these candles. The fragrance complements my other candles I have. I have Roasted Espresso in another brand and together they smell like a great coffee house. I will continue ordering these.

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Needed candles to be shipped to pittsburgh and the customer service line contacted me right away in order to process a 2 day shipping!

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Smitten Kalamazoo candle

Bought for 7 ladies that were celebrating my daughter’s bachelorette party in South Haven. My daughter met her fiancé in Kalamazoo and thought this would be a nice keepsake of where the couple met. Also found the name very fitting for the occasion.
The girls loved the candles and the scent

Michigan Gal

I love the candles. Especially the covers like Kalamazoo and Western Michigan U as I graduated from WMU and lived in the Kalamazoo area.

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Fun Fact #1: The word "picnic" comes from the French phrase  pique un niche. 

Pique = to pick a place.

Niche = an isolated spot (or nest) where you could enjoy a meal together with your favorite people, away from the distractions & demands of general communal life.

Pique un niche morphed into pique-nique, which became an official French word shortly after.

 

Fun Fact #2: Today is National Picnic Day.

To be perfectly honest, the only thing better than a sunny spring day is spending that sunny spring day on a blanket with your favorite people and your favorite foods. 

 

Fun Fact #3: No picnic is complete without a fresh salad.

(Bonus points if your salad includes some zesty herbal goodness.)  
That said, it makes sense for us to feature Basil Leaf today. If you haven't tried this delicious fragrance, you need to.  

Fresh basil pairs beautifully with ripe tomato leaf and watercress in this delicately complex spring fragrance, softened by sweet jasmine petals and finishing with savory notes of clove and fennel. (Yes, it's THAT good.)

We encourage you to get outside and discover the joys of eating al fresco as well!  

Here are some fun tips from our friends at Western Michigan University* on how you can enjoy spring/summertime picnics in the most environmentally-conscious way.

[No one likes pests.] 

1. Avoid bugs naturally with DIY natural bug repellent “candles.”

We love this tutorial from Shared.   (hint hint... you can even repurpose your Kalamazoo Candle jars for this one!)

DIY insect repellent candles (Image source: Shared.com)

[No one likes a litterbug.]

Here are a couple tips to help avoid creating unnecessary waste at your picnic:

2. Create a reusable picnic basket set to reduce your waste/chance of litter!

How cute is this DIY basket?
Check out  the super  simple tutorial from Lovely Indeed!

3. Create your own reusable placemat/cutlery/napkin set.

Here's an awesome step-by-step guide from Craftaholics Anonymous: 

DIY Picnic Placemat (Image source: Craftaholics Anonymous)

 

Not a DIY-er?  No worries, you can buy some pretty amazing sets online! 

We love this adorable set from Saidonia Eco:

Or this set of To-Go Ware from Package Free Shop

To-Go Ware: Package Free Shop

 

No matter how you slice it, National Picnic Day is pretty awesome.  

Do you have any favorite picnic tips/tricks?  

Tell us about them! 

 

 

*A huge thanks to the WMU Psychology Department Behavioral Approaches to Sustainability Practicum, whose students compiled this awesome camping/hiking guide for us!


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