Monday, June 6, 2011

Chill out!

Face it, when you live somewhere as hot as Phoenix during the summer, you look for all sorts of ways to cool down. Yes, we have a pool (water is as warm as a bath!) and air-conditioning is as necessary as bottled water to survive here! But sometimes it's just the little things that give the appearance of cooling you down that really count! I love an idea that I saw in "InStyle" magazine (May, 2011)... they suggest setting out small clippings (bundled) of fresh herbs in colorful, "handblown" votives. The herbs with their scent and the color of the votives give a soothing, almost spa-like feel to your kitchen (along with handy herb access for cooking!). They suggested some lovely votives in blue and green glass, each of which runs $40 at You should know by now that the Penny Pincher doesn't go for that type of budget for displaying herbs (let alone the family heirlooms!). But check out Michael's, JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby or even Pier One or CostPlus (99 cents for clear votives!) for some look-alike deals to chill out with! Ah...can you feel the breeze?

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