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What Really Lasts

This post was sponsored by Air Wick as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Our family is going through a lot of changes and it has been a difficult year.  One of the things that is happening right now is that my husband’s parents are moving.  That might not seem like a big deal, but they’ve lived three doors down from us for the last 14 years.  Our children have grown up seeing them whenever they wanted and knowing they were there, but now things are going to be different.  I know that different doesn’t mean bad, but there is loss there and it’s creating a strong need to have touchstones that remind us of special times and places, especially at the holidays.

After the past few months, with my teenage son’s lung surgery (he’s better now) and going through all of that tough stuff, I feel like we need it more than ever.

So, I started decorating early.

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This is also our oldest son’s senior year.  So, before we know it, we’ll be sending the second of our three children off to college next Fall, leaving us with just one at home.  Things are going to be different.  Again, different isn’t bad.  I know that.  Hey, if they didn’t leave, you couldn’t go visit them and have fun adventures, right?  Still, changes can be tough.  Especially, when it comes to moving or being in a new place away from the home that’s familiar to you.

When I watched this video, I cried.  I could completely see this from my in-laws point of view.  It’s so moving, heartwarming and beautiful and it’s what I’m seeing happen right now.

Scent can trigger powerful memories.  That’s why when my daughter comes home from college, she always talks about how good it is to be home and how it smells like home.  There’s a lot to that, I think.  Scent is why trees and certain baked goods smell like Christmas to me.  Certain colognes or perfumes can transport me so fast through time that I’m surprised at the rush of memories.  Moments, memories, home and family, that’s what really lasts and it can all be vividly recalled in milliseconds by a smell.

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I received these Air Wick Life Scents™ Holiday Collection candles and they smelled good to me and my husband even before we lit them.  These are always the smells of the holidays in our home.  So, I know that when my daughter walks in the door, for Thanksgiving, she’ll catch the scent of home and will relax and be comforted immediately.

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Air Wick’s new Life Scents Collection features the first-ever constantly changing fragrances. They have scents like Spiced Apple Crumble, Snowflake Vanilla Cookie, Emerald Woodland and Berry Cool Winer available in plugin refills, Freshmatic® Auto Spray Refills as well as candle and wax melts in select fragrances.  That makes it easy to pick the scent that best fits your home or reminds you of home.

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To celebrate its Life Scents Holiday Collection, Air Wick is launching its Give the Gift of Home campaign which includes a one-time donation of $250,000 through a portion of its profits to benefit families in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and a heartwarming video as a tribute to families all over the world, bringing them closer through the power of scent.

I wish you and your family a happy holiday season full of warm memories!

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