Rituals for Unwinding

Rituals for Unwinding

How do you unwind? Relaxation is becoming increasingly important to me as I consider stress’ impact on my health. I struggle with high blood pressure and take medication to control it. That does keep it in check but I also use holistic practices to help reprogram my type AA personality.

Here are a few things I do to unwind.

  • I stopped watching the news at the suggestion of Dr. Andrew Weil in this book and I have never regretted the decision. If something enormous happens, someone will tell me, but otherwise, I don’t need to know. Most local news is simply crime reporting which I find depressing and sad. If I need to know world events I can get a quick update from the internet.


fresh roses and rose Kombucha on A Well Styled Life

  • I buy fresh flowers for myself each week because having beauty around me is relaxing.


  • I’ve just rediscovered the joy of immersing myself in a fun novel. My latest are by Fiona Davis. I just finished The Address and loved it! It’s historical fiction about the famous Dakota in New York City. I dreaded coming to the end so quickly ordered The Dollhouse which is about the glamorous Barbizon Hotel for women, set in the 1950’s and present day. I like her writing so much I just bought her latest book, The Masterpiece, which is about Grand Central Station in the 1920’s and 1070’s. Sadly, those are the only 3 books she’s written so I am open for suggestions:)Dollhouse by Fiona Davis on A Well Styled Life


  • I am writing in a gratitude journal each morning, taking time to meditate and diffusing essential oils.
    essential oils and gratitude journal on A Well Styled Life



  • My newest ritual has been to get up before the sun, light a candle and sit quietly enjoying my tea. There’s something very soothing about watching the world wake up. I like how it sets the mood for my day and find it helps me be more productive.starbucks mug and Sanari candle on A Well Styled Life


  • I burn candles. Most evenings you’ll find candles burning on my mantle, coffee table, and end table. I find them soothing plus everything looks better by candlelight.


I recently found what may be the healthiest candles around. The owner reached out to me and after I read her story and tried her candles, I wanted to share them with you. This is not a sponsored post.

Rebecca is a breast cancer survivor who stopped burning candles because of their toxins. She missed enjoying the ritual of burning a candle so in 2014 created a safer alternative and started Sanari Candles.

These special candles are made from organic coconut wax and non-GMO soy wax which is sourced from organic farmers who use sustainable sources. It turns out that good old coconut wax is one of the safest waxes to burn, plus its renewable and environmentally friendly.relaxing by candlelight on A Well Styled Life

She mixes in pure essential oils for the full aromatherapy effect. The wick is a wide unbleached cotton which burns cleanly and evenly, creating a triangular glow. The candles are hand-poured into a recycled stemless wine glasses. How’s that for environmentally friendly?

Rebecca has generously offered to give my readers a 25% discount with the code LIFE25 at checkout, which is good until 9/30/18.

She has also generously offered to give away a 16 oz candle to one of my readers. My favorite fragrance so far is this Pompelo which is a blend of Douglas Fir, Chamomile, and Lavender. So soothing!

To win the candle, simply pop over here and see which blend sounds yummiest to you, Then come back and leave it in the comments. I will pick a winner at random.

How do you unwind?

This giveaway is now closed.

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!

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  1. Peggy Nalls
    August 16, 2018 / 3:49 am

    Sorbetto sounds wonderful to me. I had to stop burning most candles because of the allergies I have but miss them a lot. Would like to try one. Thank you for the opportunity. Enjoy the blog.

  2. Rose
    August 16, 2018 / 3:52 am

    The Pompelmo candle is one I would like to try. Sounds relaxing and calming and I can always use help in that regard.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:48 am

      I think we all can use help to relax so I love us all exchanging ideas

    • Laura
      August 16, 2018 / 8:30 am

      Out of stock, unfortunately.

  3. August 16, 2018 / 4:09 am

    Biscotti sounds amazing with vanilla bean and cinnamon. The one that you like sounds great also. I love candles they just make a room when you walk into it. Thanks for the opportunity to win,

  4. Lezlie Davis
    August 16, 2018 / 4:14 am

    I loved The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel. Thanks so much for the tip on Fiona Davis! I’m adding her to my samples list on Amazon!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:48 am

      Thanks Lezlie. I’ll check it out!

  5. Carole
    August 16, 2018 / 4:16 am

    I get a stiff sore back around 2:00 every day now. So I read a suspense novel, or nonfiction and usually fall asleep also I enjoy the news and watch a good panel discussion every day at 5. All your ideas are good too.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:47 am

      That sounds fun!

  6. Lezlie Davis
    August 16, 2018 / 4:17 am

    Biscotti sounds wonderful!

  7. Joan
    August 16, 2018 / 4:20 am

    Had to have my precious puppy (10 years old) put to sleep this week. Have been taking careful notes of ways you have suggested to relax and would love to try a candle. Thank you and have a blessed week.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:52 am

      I’m so sorry Joan. That’s so very painful. Sending hugs and warm thoughts your way.

  8. August 16, 2018 / 4:24 am

    Oh, that sounds like a really good way to relax. But I cannot live without the news! I relax with a good book and a glass of wine. Cannot have candles unfortunately because my husband is allergic to scents.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:46 am

      I love a glass of wine and a good book too!

  9. Joyce
    August 16, 2018 / 4:25 am

    Pomelo would be my choice.

  10. Nancee Margison
    August 16, 2018 / 4:25 am


    August 16, 2018 / 4:26 am

    Sorbetto sounds good to me. I’ve had to stop burning candles because of allergies. Maybe this one would work. I hope so.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:46 am

      Or there are some very realistic battery operated candles that look very realistic. You might try those!

  12. Janet
    August 16, 2018 / 4:31 am

    Great topic today! This is a big issue for me and I agree with your strategies. The news is a big problem I struggle with. I have always felt the need to be informed but the last couple of years have been more stressful than ever so I am trying to unplug more often. My job is very stressful and I don’t see a change until retirement so I need to do whatever I can to deal with it.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:45 am

      Try not watching the news for 1 week and see if you miss it. I was delighted to find I never did so didn’t go back to it. If your job is stressful, the last thing you need is to hear distressing news. Happy news is a different thing and there are websites for that!

      • Janet
        August 16, 2018 / 1:45 pm

        Thanks Jennifer,! I will. J.

  13. Gloria
    August 16, 2018 / 4:32 am

    I like fresco; sounds like what I want my home to be—fresh!
    I do many of the things you do to unwind. My grandmother told me years ago as I struggled to read the Italian newspaper while visiting her that the news is the same no matter what period of time it is, and this statement was a result of her many years of life experience.
    Thanks for your blog !

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:42 am

      Your grandmother was a wise woman!

  14. Melissa
    August 16, 2018 / 4:33 am

    Sorbetto! This was a difficult choice. Love your blog and have learned so much from you!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:41 am

      Thanks for reading Melissa

  15. Griselle Camacho-Claudio
    August 16, 2018 / 4:36 am

    I like the “Biscotti” from the Spicy Woodsy Candles. I love your daily posts, I look forward to read them every day.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:41 am

      That does sound good! Thank you for being here Griselle

  16. Cindy
    August 16, 2018 / 4:44 am

    I love candles ad essential oils, and I use both on a daily basis. The Trentino candle sounds so yummy – that’s the one I’ll try first!

  17. Cynthia
    August 16, 2018 / 4:46 am

    I would love the Sanam candle

  18. Maureen
    August 16, 2018 / 4:47 am

    Pompelo sounds like it’s just the ticket!
    I too need to destress – HBP, leg issues from my job(s) – I work 6-7 days a week – life in general takes a toll. I love your tips and so enjoy your blog!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:40 am

      Thank you Maureen!

  19. Donna Spremulli
    August 16, 2018 / 4:48 am

    I would choose ARIA, as the combination sounds delightful! Thank you for posting the link.
    I love the ambiance from a burning candle, but never use them because of the toxicity, so I
    will definitely be checking out the link.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:39 am

      After doing a little or research, I was shocked to discover how unhealthy most candles are!! Delighted to find these ones.

  20. B. Reining
    August 16, 2018 / 4:54 am

    I think I would like biscotti. They all sound delightful.

  21. August 16, 2018 / 4:56 am

    Hi Jennnifer, these candles sound fantastic! If I would be a lucky winner here I would choose Trentino. It sounds wonderful for fall. I agree that having some relaxation rituals is a healthy habit, I also like being awake before the rest of my family and relish the quiet and the chance to read blogs like yours! Have ag great day

  22. Kathleen
    August 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

    Great post! I use essential oils and a good book. I would like Pompelo too.

  23. Barbara
    August 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

    Sorbetto sounds divine to me. Thanks for this opportunity!

  24. Diana H
    August 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

    Hi Jennifer. I enjoy candles also but not heavy perfumey ones. I looked at the Sanari website and thought Granita sounded interesting.
    Is there a book club in the community where you are living? They can be good sources for new titles and stimulating conversation, as well as new friends.
    Thanks for the candle suggestion.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:37 am

      I haven’t checked for a book club but that’s a great suggestion. Thank you!

  25. Dorothy
    August 16, 2018 / 5:03 am

    Sorbetto. What a lovely collection of candles. Thanks for sharing all of your relaxation tips.

  26. Deborah
    August 16, 2018 / 5:06 am

    Hi Jennifer! Pompelmo sounds wonderful! I try to unwind with baths, or sitting with the dog curled up in bed with a good book.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:36 am

      Sounds wonderful. I will get back to my warm baths when the weather cools off.

  27. August 16, 2018 / 5:06 am

    Salam would be my first choice of candle fragrance, although it’s difficult to choose!

    You have developed some great methods for relaxing, Jennifer! I agree with you that the morning hours are a great time to reflect and be grateful for my many blessings. The world is still quiet and I can enjoy looking at the plants, birds, and any other creatures that are starting to move around outdoors. Along with a good cup of coffee, the early mornings truly allow me to more fully appreciate my new world of retirement!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:34 am

      Salam sounds so good! Gratitude is eye and heart opening

  28. Elizabeth
    August 16, 2018 / 5:08 am

    Bosch would be my choice. Love your blog.

  29. Kim
    August 16, 2018 / 5:10 am

    I think the Bosco scent sounds divine! As for my self-care, I meditate every day, listen to Marconi Union “Weightless” song (anti-anxiety), exercise, and eat well.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:33 am

      I haven’t heard that one. Checking for it!

  30. Sharon
    August 16, 2018 / 5:12 am


  31. August 16, 2018 / 5:12 am

    Wow, these candles sound amazing….The Aria candle seems to be the one for me. I will be ordering some as gifts for the upcoming holidays and of course for me too!!!
    I love your blog and I am so thankful and grateful for your willingness to be open and transparent with all of us…
    Thanks ❤️

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:32 am

      Thank you Mo! I love my readers and feel blessed you’re here sharing with me.

  32. Connie
    August 16, 2018 / 5:13 am

    Anything with vanilla sounds beautiful! I usually pick that for any candle I use. Love the idea that these are natural!

  33. Kathy
    August 16, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Jennifer, I agree with you that Pompelo sounds great, but since she’s out of stock on that one now, I would choose Aria with tangerine, Ylan Ylang and lavender (gotta have lavender!) as a second choice. Thanks for giving us this new source.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:31 am

      I want to live in a lavender field so I agree!!

  34. Susan Winham
    August 16, 2018 / 5:19 am

    What a great find with these plant based candles! Thank you for sharing. So many fragrances to choose from. I am leaning toward the Biscotti or Sorbetto. I want to try them all!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:30 am

      I think I do too!

  35. Cindy Kline
    August 16, 2018 / 5:19 am

    I think my favorite is Aria.

  36. Sharon Johnson
    August 16, 2018 / 5:21 am

    Citrus herbal sounds wonderful! Thanks for great articles!

  37. Barbara
    August 16, 2018 / 5:25 am


  38. Anita
    August 16, 2018 / 5:25 am

    Citrus Herbal. I love anything citrus!

  39. Pamela Welch
    August 16, 2018 / 5:25 am

    Biscotti – Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg, and Cinnamon! Sounds good enough to eat!

  40. August 16, 2018 / 5:26 am

    I was just wondering what book to read next and now I have three to devour, thanks Jennifer! mmm, I bet Bosco smells like Christmas trees. Lovely, natural candles!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:29 am

      I’m going to order Bosco myself. It sounds amazing!

  41. Roxanne
    August 16, 2018 / 5:26 am

    I enjoy the rituals of my morning, especially now that I am retired! Opening the blinds, pouring my coffee, sitting out on the porch with my pets and watching the day wake up. We live in the country and have our own private lake…so I see Great Blue herons, ducks, geese and right now lots of hummingbirds at the feeders. I call it the Magic Hour because it is so calm and peaceful as the sun comes up. It sets the tone for the day.

    My hubby is not fond of scented candles, but the citrus herb collection sounds divine, especially the Persian lime.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:28 am

      Your place sounds divine!! Can I move in?

  42. Debra
    August 16, 2018 / 5:28 am

    For the upcoming fall/winter, the pine, douglas fir, and mint sounds wonderful!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:27 am

      I agree. Cozy cool weather scents

  43. J'Laine Bradley
    August 16, 2018 / 5:34 am

    The Trentino candle sounds fabulous! I too have been looking for ways to de stress. I know that I wake up exhausted every morning. I started wearing a Fitbit and found that I am not getting hardly any deep sleep, mostly light sleep. I have began using candles, reading before bed and no electronics late in the evening.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:26 am

      The electronics at night are so stimulating it keeps me up too. Hard habit to break, but so much better for us. Have you had a sleep study? My husband found he had sleep apnea and has been helped so much by using a little machine.

  44. Holly
    August 16, 2018 / 5:41 am

    I love burning candles as well……it sets the mood ????????????????. I really like the reason behind making these candles! My favorite is; Basco-Pine, Douglas Fir, Mint !! My Birthday is in December and this has always been my favorite time of year!

    Have a Blessed Day,

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:25 am

      That does sound good! I love the scent of trees so that would be great

  45. Patty
    August 16, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Granita sounds wonderful!!!

  46. beth byrd
    August 16, 2018 / 5:44 am

    This is a wonderful post today, Jennifer. We all need to take time to unwind and refresh. Thank you for the reminder. I think the Granita (Rosemary, Pink Grapefruit, Dry Oak) candle sounds divine!

    I have taken time this summer to read. I step away from technology and immerse myself in a good book. Nothing more relaxing than a summer afternoon spent reading outdoors! Right now I’m reading Emily Giffens’ “All We Ever Wanted.”

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:23 am

      That does sound yummy. They’re all amazing ingredients. Thanks for the suggestion

  47. Shirley Minish
    August 16, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Sounds like you have figured out a great way to start your day! Those candles sound wonderful – I think the Granita from the Citrus-Herbal Collection sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:22 am

      It’s a lovely way to get going in the morning. Unless it’s too early like 2:30, then it’s a bit exhausting.

  48. Gail Medeiros
    August 16, 2018 / 5:49 am

    Thanks for a great post! The Aria scent sounds yummy to me.

  49. Lottie Allen
    August 16, 2018 / 5:50 am

    Rosemary, Pink Grapefruit and Oak sounds wonderful. I really enjoyed your post and plan to adopt some of your tips. I’ve added Dr. Weil and Fiona Davis to my future reads as well. Thanks.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:21 am

      Those do sound wonderful! I love his books. He’s brilliant.

  50. Wendy Makohoniuk
    August 16, 2018 / 5:52 am

    Hi Jennifer,
    Up here in Alberta Canada, getting up before the sun is the norm for half the year! I do like early summer mornings – the crisp, cool air. I sit on my deck, drink tea and knit. Knitting is my stress relief – doing something creative and repetitive is very soothing. I’ve recently taken up yoga, and I find the deep breathing to be very good for re-focussing my mind.
    Avoiding the news is a great idea – I try to tune it out as much as possible, however I’m married to a new/sports junkie. So I read while he watches the news – not the perfect solution, but it helps.

    Lighting a candle and having a nice cup of mint tea sounds so lovely. I think that I would like to try the Sorbetto; in the depths of winter, the aroma of orange and coconut would be a wonderful reminder of the summer to come.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:20 am

      My husband is too! It drives me batty so I go into another room because the noise is so distracting.

  51. Andra Steele
    August 16, 2018 / 6:04 am

    For me, it would be a toss-up between the Sanam and the Aria. I love floral scents! If I had to choose only one, I would go with Aria, as it has both lavender and some citrus as well. I love that the candles are made of coconut and soy waxes and that they have been poured into recycled wine glasses!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:19 am

      I’m a huge fan of lavender and citrus too!

  52. Cassandra Minor
    August 16, 2018 / 6:07 am

    Loved Paula McLain’s (and anything she has written) Love and Ruin about Hemingway’s third wife. Kristan Hannah’s The Nightengale and The Great Alone are fabulous too. All novels about strong women. I hook onto authors too: Jody Picoult, Beatriz Williams, Jojo Moyer. I’m looking for interesting nonfiction reads like The Founding Gardeners.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:18 am

      Thank you Cassandra. These sound wonderful. Bookmarking this!!xo

  53. Stormy Smith
    August 16, 2018 / 6:10 am

    As one who needs all the help I can get unwinding, I just ordered a Sanari candle.
    I did read The Dollhouse and loved it. I will check out the other titles. Thanks!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:17 am

      The Address was wonderful!

  54. Jane
    August 16, 2018 / 6:15 am

    Bosco although they all sound delightful.

  55. Téa
    August 16, 2018 / 6:16 am

    I do many of the same things to “unwind” and recommend a CD of “ocean sounds”…just the tide going in and out…I make believe I’m on the coast somewhere.

    Thanks for the book suggestions! I would like to suggest Ruth Reichel’s trilogy of memoirs “Tender at the Bone”, “Comfort Me with Apples” and “Garlic and Sapphires”…they read like novels. Thanks, Jennifer for your lovely blog.

  56. Nancy Wheeler
    August 16, 2018 / 6:16 am

    The pine, Douglas fir and mint sounds yummy!

  57. Téa
    August 16, 2018 / 6:20 am

    “GRANITA” sounds like my aroma profile…

  58. Debra
    August 16, 2018 / 6:23 am

    Granita sounds wonderful. I love the scent of rosemary!

  59. August 16, 2018 / 6:26 am

    Fresco, Granita and Bosco sound wonderful to me!! Thanks for sharing this, Jennifer!

  60. Olga
    August 16, 2018 / 6:45 am

    Hi Jennifer, those candles sound delightful. My choice is the Aria. Thanks for sharing your rituals for relaxing. I follow many of the same rituals. Waking up early in the morning is currently not one of them. I may have to start that one once my husband retires as he likes to turn the TV on as soon as he gets up. Me, I like to listen to the kind of music you recommend or simply like it quite. Like you, I will have to escape to a different room. I will check to the library for those books. You are an inspiration. Love your posts.

  61. Ms. Mary
    August 16, 2018 / 6:47 am

    Loved your un-winding ideas. I am going to look for those books- great suggestions!

    Thanks for putting the effort into the blog posts. I know those photos, links, ideas, etc. don’t happen by themselves.

    You are appreciated. <3

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 6:51 am

      Thanks for being here Mary. I enjoy doing it for you

  62. Erika Carter
    August 16, 2018 / 6:55 am


  63. Linda
    August 16, 2018 / 6:55 am

    I would like the Biscotti, please

  64. Debbie
    August 16, 2018 / 7:00 am

    I’ve always been fascinated by The Dakota since reading Rosemary’s Baby back in the ’70s. I may have to check out that book!

    My husband does not like scented candles and I have found they give me a headache after a while. Also I am a bit paranoid about having open flames in the house. I do have several of the battery operated candles, some look very realistic.

    I can’t stop watching the news. Never used to pay as much attention, now I can’t stop watching what is going on in our country. Mostly CNN and MSNBC. If I watch even just a few minutes of Fox I can feel my blood pressure rising, so I turn the channel.

  65. Anita
    August 16, 2018 / 7:02 am

    I identify with Rebecca’s story, being a survivor of two rounds of breast cancer. My second diagnosis was just after I had passed the five year mark for my first. My husband passed away between so they were very different experiences.
    I met such strong and interesting women during this long process. Many, like Rebecca, found their lives moving in a different direction as you realize that life is too precious to not do what you really want every day. Everyone should be grateful each morning to wake up and have another day in this wonderful world.

    I like the Pompelo scent. It’s important to enjoy the good things of life while protecting the environment!

  66. Mary McCoy
    August 16, 2018 / 7:15 am

    Like some of the other comments, hard to choose, they all sound wonderful! Sorbetto, I think, or Biscotti. Can you smell them while they are burning? Some candles smell great in the container, but you cannot even smell them when lit. Thanks!

  67. candice clement
    August 16, 2018 / 7:18 am

    I think the Fresco sounds lovely for fall. I find stretching helps me relax. Also looking at photos of my granddaughter.

  68. Kathe
    August 16, 2018 / 7:18 am

    Love all of your unwinding ideas! I do many of the same ones. Especially reading with a candle burning nearby. I just finished The Masterpiece. You’re going to love it.
    I’d really love to have a Bosch candle for this fall and winter. We live in Minnesota and that candle’s smell would be perfect for a late afternoon reading session with my tea (or wine!).

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:08 am

      I’m so excited to start it. Thanks! I love her writing. Bosch does sound yummy

  69. Linda
    August 16, 2018 / 7:27 am

    The pompelo sounds wonderful. I am currently doing a long-term sub for a fellow teacher (after 18 mos of retirement) and I will be ready for a trip when I am done at the beginning of October. My husband and I are taking a relaxing RV trip to the mountains and maybe visit Washington, DC since we haven’t been there in 30+ yrs.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:07 am

      That sounds like a wonderful trip! Have fun

  70. August 16, 2018 / 7:27 am

    Spicy Woody sounds amazing! But then, I think I like all the scents in her shop.

  71. Candy
    August 16, 2018 / 7:30 am

    Pompelo is the scent I would choose. We just found out that my husband has cancer, and I think Pompelo would be a good choice for the soothing and relaxing atmosphere we need right now.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:05 am

      Oh Candy, I’m so very sorry. Sending prayers and hugs your way.

  72. Miriam
    August 16, 2018 / 7:30 am

    Sorbetto sounds wonderful. Thank you for your suggestions for relaxation. There is something about having a good book to read with a cup of tea. After your post I have new books to check out! I also like the idea of not watching the news. So much of it is depressing and as you said, someone else can give me updates when needed.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:05 am

      Isn’t this fun? I’m loving these great suggestions.

  73. Carole Klopschinski
    August 16, 2018 / 7:32 am

    Trentino sounds good to me. thanks for sharing these wonderful candles with your followers.

  74. Wendy
    August 16, 2018 / 7:32 am

    I think biscotti sounds wonderful. I’m in a book club with a group of wonderful friends. We read a book a month and take turns hosting and planning a lunch or event that corresponds to the book we’ve just read. So much fun! We just finished “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. It was a total delight.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:04 am

      That’s sounds so fun! I need to join a group.

  75. Ellen S
    August 16, 2018 / 7:33 am

    Fresno sounds delightful. Many terrific blends to choose from. Love candles that don’t release toxic fumes into the air.

  76. Linda
    August 16, 2018 / 7:34 am

    Ordered the CD. Love the sound of the floral fruit candle. Adding the books to my reading list. Thanks!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:03 am

      Which floral fruit sounds best?

  77. Theda
    August 16, 2018 / 7:48 am

    I’m an avid reader and have been since I was a child. These are a few of the books that have stayed with me long after I finished them. Mary Alice Monroe’s books: The Beach House and The Book Club are my favorites. Also if you like historical fiction, Kristen Hannah’s book The Nightengale is excellent.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:02 am

      Thank you for the suggestions Theda

  78. Diane
    August 16, 2018 / 7:52 am

    I think Bosco would suit me. Thanks for the reading suggestions. I needed to find a new author. I love reading an actual book and not on a Kindle. I find the tactile experience of feeling the pages in relaxing.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:02 am

      Me too. I never liked the kindle. Paper for me all the way.

  79. Linda Ann S
    August 16, 2018 / 7:59 am

    Biscotti sounds amazing, especially heading into fall. I had also stopped watching the news in the evening, but have fallen down that rabbit hole again. Hearing you say you’ve stopped has reminded me that I need to also! I love to burn candles every evening and just love the glow and scent my home takes on. I’ve had problems quieting my mind enough to mediate. I need some help in that department! Stress certainly does impact our health and I need to do more to de-stress!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:01 am

      I struggle with that too Linda. I think many of us do. My mind starts chattering the moment I sit down to meditate. Try playing spa music. I recently starting using a Mala which helps a lot.

      • Linda Ann S
        August 16, 2018 / 10:01 am

        I think they call it monkey brain! I’ll check out your music suggestion. I do find music so calming! Thanks for this post!

  80. Carolyn
    August 16, 2018 / 8:03 am


  81. Vicky
    August 16, 2018 / 8:03 am

    Wouldn’t you know? My favorite is out of stock – Giardino. I love the scent of bergamot!

  82. janice bedo
    August 16, 2018 / 8:04 am

    Blood orange Coconut and Vanilla sounds wonderful. I quit burning candles years ago with all my allergies. These sound perfect!

  83. Mary Lou
    August 16, 2018 / 8:09 am

    Thanks for the timely post. All the choices sound wonderful, especially Trentino (cinnamon bark, vanilla bean and clove).

  84. Sharon Kraft
    August 16, 2018 / 8:32 am

    Thank you for your blog Jennifer. Your blog is one of two that I still subscribe too, out of more than a dozen that used to come in my email each day. The fact that you share your life, ups and downs, makes you real and I feel blessed each day. Thanks again.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Thank you for being here Sharon! I think we’re all stronger when we support and learn from each other.

  85. August 16, 2018 / 8:36 am

    Thanks for the book recommendations. I’ve got A series for you. Start with “At Home in Mitford.” I find it very soothing even though it has a religious background and I’m not of that religion.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 8:52 am

      Thanks Sandra! I’ll check them out

      • Jna
        August 16, 2018 / 2:30 pm

        The Mitford series is fabulous. I’ve read the entire series twice.

  86. Mary Smith
    August 16, 2018 / 8:40 am

    I’d like Granita–I love the smell of grapefruit!

  87. Paula Holloway
    August 16, 2018 / 9:05 am

    Biscotti. or Granita. So many choices. Thanks for sharing.

  88. Darla
    August 16, 2018 / 9:22 am

    I love all of your ideas Jennifer, for relaxing, unwinding, and general well-being. Thank you for sharing them. I may try watching the morning wake up with a glass of herbal tea and the ‘Granita’ candle. It sounds soothing and invigorating (with grapefruit, rosemary, and dry oak) to both mind and spirit, which I need in the morning to give me a great start. Please keep sharing ideas knowing that there are people like me who benefit.

  89. Paula
    August 16, 2018 / 9:24 am

    I love a good book, I’ll have to check these out! I love how the candles are environmentally friendly. The Sorbetto peaked my interest.

  90. August 16, 2018 / 9:26 am

    I received a beautiful journal from my daughter for my 65th birthday last fall which was made more precious by the messages that she and her children wrote to me in the front pages. It is so special that I’ve hesitated to begin writing in it, but this post has inspired me to start using it as a gratitude journal and to add writing in it to my early morning routine. Thank you, Jennifer!

    The candles sound wonderful. My first choice would be Sanam largely because it contains Jasmine, a scent that takes me back to the summer that we spent on the beautiful Pacific island of Saipan.

  91. Roberta
    August 16, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Thank you for sharing your relaxation rituals. I agree that stopping the inundation of daily depressing news reports is key. All of the Sanari candle scents sound wonderful to me, especially Sanam, Aria, Sorbetto, Bosco, and Biscotti.

  92. Nancy
    August 16, 2018 / 10:14 am

    Thank you for your music and book recommendations, always appreciated. The scents of the Sanari candles look so interesting…wish you could get the fragrances through the computer. The scents I would love to try would be the Pompelo, Fresco and Bosco. The last two sound like something you would smell at a spa!

  93. Miss Boots
    August 16, 2018 / 11:13 am

    I’d love to try Granita. Citrus is my favorite. I love the idea of waking up early and enjoying a quiet peaceful morning, BUT I just can’t seem to do it. I need a solid 8 hours and rarely go to bed before midnight.

  94. Joanna
    August 16, 2018 / 11:24 am

    Like you, I stopped watching the news at night. I found it either disturbing or frustrating, both of which left me feeling anxious at bedtime. I do read our local news though.
    I love to read and always have a book by my side. Have you thought of a book club, Jennifer? I belong to one and it is wonderful to be with a group of like minded women discussing a book of choice. It has also lead to some great reads that I might not have picked up.
    I hopped on over to the Sanari site. Some many wonderful sounding scents. I particularly liked the sound of the Biscotti & Trentino. They sound yummy for the fall.

  95. Vickie
    August 16, 2018 / 11:25 am

    The blood orange, coconut, vanilla bean sounds interesting! Like the lime, basil, sage best but it’s out of stock unfortunately. Thanks for sharing these thoughts!

  96. Sandra Talbot
    August 16, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Sanam seems like a lovely summer scent that I’d like to try.

  97. Rosemary Matty
    August 16, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    Granita because I love rosemary

  98. Polly
    August 16, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    Sanam sounds lovely, but would go with your fave too. This is valuable information for me. I went thru treatment meant for lung cancer last year, so this is very helpful. Thank you.

  99. Barb
    August 16, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    The Biscotti sounds like it would be perfect for fall. I need to find more time for myself to unwind and be quiet. Since my natural body rhythm is to be awake late, I simply can’t get up before the sun. So I guess the solution for me is to do any meditating before I go to sleep. This, in conjunction with my normal reading time right before I fall asleep, may benefit my sometimes restless sleep. At this point, I’m open for anything!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      Meditation helps when ever you do it. It might make sleep much deeper;)

  100. Dot
    August 16, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    Hmmm, I would select the Bosco. In the car I listen to Sirious XM Spa to keep myself calm during driving if you have that service. I also enjoy a regular massage.

    I practice most of your relaxing rituals as well, birds of a feather!

  101. Arell
    August 16, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Bisco and Bicotti sound nice! I love lighting candles, but seldom do because of all the things I have read about it not being good for us. It is nice to know about this Organic Source of Coconut Oil/Wax. I love rituals! I enjoy a cup of coffee or tea by myself and looking out the window. I use to look out and watch the birds in the big tree on my side porch. Now we live in the desert in Joshua Tree. I look at the clouds and sunsets a lot. In the early morning and evening, there are always bunnies, roadrunners and coyote to view.

  102. Jan
    August 16, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    I’m loving the sound of blood orange, coconut, vanilla that someone mentioned above. I can’t access the website. I’m getting a message that they are offline???Maybe your followers broke the website? LOL I’ll check and comment again later if something else appeals more.

  103. August 16, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    Sanam sounds divine- pomegranate, rose petals and jasmine. Perfect to read a book by!

  104. Barbara in Charlotte
    August 16, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    Bosco would be my choice. You sure struck a chord. I don’t think I have seen so many comments before! But easing stress is a topic important to us all. Thank you for sharing your own methods. Frankly a news break is a good thought for us all these days.????

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      I think a news break is a very healthy thing!!

  105. Jan
    August 16, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    I like the Crem Bucca. Enjoy your blog

  106. Patti Shannon
    August 16, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    Pomelo and Biscotti both sound amazing….but then I really like patchouli too….choosing is stressful! Be sure to read “Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One” by Raphalle Giordano if you haven’t.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      I have not read it but it’s on my list now. Thanks Patti. It sounds wonderful.

  107. Christine
    August 16, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    Trentino sounds lovely for fall!

  108. Gloria
    August 16, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    Granita sounds lovely.

  109. Sherry Thrasher
    August 16, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Giardino sounds lovely, one can’t go wrong with bergamot! Thank you for the news about “clean” candles. I have only one lung and must be particularly careful of irritants.

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      I think these would be fine but please be careful

  110. Denise L.
    August 16, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    Crema Bucca – yum! I gave up watching the news years ago … haven’t missed a thing! Always look forward to reading your blog. Thanks for inspiring us!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Thanks for being here Denise

  111. caren
    August 16, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    I need to stop watching the news……so depressing! Sanam sounds wonderful! Thank you for your post.

  112. Allison
    August 16, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    Such an interesting post today. Stress is so prevalent in our lives and ultimately can take a huge toll on us psychologically,emotionally and physically. A few years ago I met a wonderful psychiatrist who told me that he had stopped watch, listening or reading the news. Like you he felt that if anything major occurred someone would let him know! He said that collectively we ‘feed’ into the despair, pain and general sadness that we see. We bring the drama into our lives and give birth to it over and over just by just talking about it. His belief was that if we all just stopped watching the world would be a better place! After a bout of depression I followed his advice for several years and actually felt much better. I need to do that again! Meditation also does wonders to alleviate stress as does time in nature or a good sweat sesh with my kettle bells. I confess I also like to play silly games on my tablet to de stress!!

    • Jennifer
      August 16, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      I totally agree with that psychiatrist. People do feed into it and get sucked into a negative vortex. I get ill when that happens so I avoid bad news and negativity.

  113. August 16, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    First, I must extend a heart felt congratulations to Rebecca on being a breast cancer survivor.

    I, like you, Jennifer, stopped burning candles a few years ago due to the toxic artificial ingredients. The chemical smell of even the “best” candles caused headaches. Sanari candles sound absolutely wonderful. I can imagine the delicious, relaxing scent of the Sorbetto – Blood Orange, Coconut, Vanilla Bean candle filling the air around me.

    May you continue to find ways to de-stress and enjoy life!

  114. Laura Bailey
    August 16, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I would love a Granita candle!
    I have also given up watching the news. I’m so happy I did! I don’t need all the negativity in my life.

  115. Diane
    August 16, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Both Aria and Pompelmo sound like heaven. The Trentino would be lovely for the Holidays. I find candles so soothing and relaxing.

  116. Kay
    August 16, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    After a lifetime of reading (not so excellent) students’ papers, I have been spending my retirement reading historical fiction. I might as well learn something while I’m at it, right? Of course novels are not 100% accurate historically, but close enough to keep me interested. The epics written by Edward Rutherford are fun, and I think you might enjoy the “New York” one.

  117. Karen
    August 17, 2018 / 3:02 am

    Biscotti sounds wonderful. Wishing for scratch and sniff on the internet! LOL!

  118. Annette Williams
    August 17, 2018 / 3:43 am

    Citrus Herbal sounds relaxing. I also love to relax with a good book or crochet. I really enjoy your blogs.

  119. Julia
    August 17, 2018 / 6:15 am

    Crema Buca gets my vote for the most interesting mix of scents. I would love to try this and several others as well. I love this post and can’t wait to get a chance to read through all the comments. So fun to get book ideas from everyone. I’ll post a few, too!

  120. Susan McMillan
    August 17, 2018 / 7:54 am

    Aria sounds wonderful to me! I’d love to try it as I go through lots of candles throughout the year. They bring peace and relaxation to me.

  121. August 17, 2018 / 8:57 am

    All great ways to relax! I love the sound of the book, The Dollhouse and I may have to check that out on amazon. I have a diffuser, a wooden looking one from amazon that looks like a piece of art.. I enjoy using it when taking a bubble bath. Enjoyed reading!
    Have a great weekend Jen!
    jess xx

  122. Becky
    August 17, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    I think the Granita sounds wonderful! I diffuse grapefruit oil a lot and also add it to my water. I would love the smell in a candle.

  123. August 17, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    The Biscotti!I love the description.I find crossword puzzles relaxing and playing with my cats.

  124. Joanne
    August 17, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    What a lovely give away! The Sorbetto scent really appeals to me. Thank you Jennifer.

  125. Karen H.
    August 19, 2018 / 8:02 am

    I do all of your stress busting rituals too! I would love to try one of the candles; I think I’ll try the Tretino. Thanks Jennifer.

  126. Kathleen
    August 19, 2018 / 9:21 am

    I too have returned to enjoyment reading. Light and pleasant. Last summers beach read was “Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk “by Kathleen Rooney
    I think the NYer in you will enjoy it.
    Just wanted to share.

    • Jennifer
      August 19, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks Kathleen! I check it out

  127. Debbie Z.
    August 19, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    The Bosco candle sounds wonderful. I love the idea of candles without toxins!

  128. August 20, 2018 / 7:43 am

    If I have had a very stressful day, I will go for a long walk. I can ponder and plan while I am walking and usually by the time I am home I do feel a lot of the stress has fallen off my shoulders. I walk in the forest when I can, nature and trees, the green really helps. When I am at home, I listen to very soothing music, also burn candles and never watch the news!

  129. Becky
    August 20, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    Fresco sounds wonderful!

  130. Beth Baryiames
    August 21, 2018 / 5:32 am

    Bosco scent would take me back to Chania Crete in Greece while the snow falls and winds roar in Massachusetts this winter.

  131. Trish
    August 22, 2018 / 11:55 am

    I love anything grapefruit so the Granita is it for me!

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