Make a Candle in Toledo and Ignite a Memory to Cherish for a Lifetime

What has the capability of taking you back to a significant moment in time, a special memory, in a split second? It’s the only sense that works in the opposite direction and actually has you reacting emotionally first. In fact, 75% of your emotions are triggered by this sense and are linked to pleasure, well-being, and memory.  So much so that a survey found that 85% of all people remember their childhood when they caught the smell of Crayola crayons. The sense of smell is such a powerful sense that it not only contributes to our emotions and memory, but also to 80% of our taste, and though the expression “love at first sight” is used often, the more appropriate term might be, “love at first smell”, thanks to pheromones. So it’s fair to say that the sense of smell, the olfactory system is one of the most significant senses so why not have an experience that not only will take you back to a special memory in your life but will also have you making a special memory to cherish in the future? Call up your BFF, pick up your mom, schedule that date night, make reservations for a moms night out, or take the most amazing people in your life, your kiddos and go down memory lane together as you share the aroma of various scents while you create your own unique scent and lay down that neural pathway towards a new memory. 

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This is long overdue

I’ve been meaning to write this for some time now. It’s long overdue. But every time I escape into the computer room, open my laptop, my fingers barely graze the keys, and a silent alarm must sound altering the children that I’m about to give something else my undivided attention. For they all seemed to beacon before I can even type a word, “Mom, I need help submitting….”, “Mom, my screen froze!”, “Mom, I can’t type on my work in Google Docs”. It’s a miracle they aren’t banging on the door right now. I am currently hiding out in the bathroom, on the floor, with my laptop, fan on, so hopefully I’ll have a few uninterrupted minutes…I took this idea from the “Dad Handbook” ;), lol! So needless to say, this letter has been on my heart for some time, and it embarrasses me that I haven’t sent this sooner. I don’t know if you know this or not, but you’re such an important and significant part of my life. They say that life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away and though, an eloquent idea, I’d add that it isn’t just the big moment in life that matters, but the everyday that embrace life’s imperfections.  Looking back on my lifetime thus far most of my life’s imperfections, serious contemplations, and happy memories either took place with you or you helped me get through them, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t take this time to express just how much you’ve played a role in those moments.  

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