- Place a rough mat outside your entryway to catch the first layer of snow and mud.
- To stop people from tracking throughout the house, place a boot tray inside your entrance. An old cookie sheet works too!
- For any muck that gets on your floor, fill a bucket with ¼ cup All Purpose Cleaner and 1 gallon warm water. Mop entire area and scrub visible salt residue. Mop area again with fresh, hot water and air dry.
- A coat rack or wall hooks are effective ways to keep winter wear on the wall and off the floor.
- A bench is a great piece of furniture for an entryway—perfect for sitting down and putting on or taking off shoes. One with a lift-up top is even better, because you can store towels or blankets inside.
- A big basket to keep winter accessories like hats, coats and mittens makes getting out the door easier. If you have a large family, individual baskets help everyone find their gear quickly.
The New Year is a great time to get active. See our tips below to keep your exercise clothes in great shape.
Download our holiday paper ornaments to decorate your tree, or hang around the house. Print on card stock, trim, punch a hole and add a sting.
This holiday favorite is delicious and easy to make. We highly recommend Thelma’s recipe below:
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- 1½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ cup melted butter
- 1 cup molasses
- 1 egg ½ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup hot water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and spices. Stir in melted butter, molasses, egg and buttermilk. Beat in hot water. Pour batter into generously greased and floured 8-inch square pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until cake springs back when lightly touched with finger. Serve Gingerbread with butter icing.
BUTTER ICING INGREDIENTS
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup butter (room temp)
- 4 tbsp cream
- 2 tsp vanilla
Sift powdered sugar. Stir in butter until smooth. Mix cream and vanilla together, then add to powdered sugar and butter mixture. Stir until smooth. Spread over Gingerbread.
We celebrated the launch of our 2013 Holiday Collection by hosting a party at the intimate and charming Tasting Table in New York City. The atmosphere was made even cozier when our friends, new and old, arrived to help us celebrate. Seasonal scents on display included crisp Iowa Pine, warm and spicy Orange Clove, and our new tart, tangy and a little bit sweet, Cranberry.
Our much-adored namesake, Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer, was able to join us for the evening and was the delight of the party. She shared tips on how to keep your home clean and happy during the busiest time of the year. When asked how she kept the oldest of her 9 kids from telling the younger ones the truth about Santa, she answered, “Winks, whispers and little white lies.” View more of her tips here.
Chief Innovation Officer, Pamela Helms, gave depth to our holiday collection as well as answered any questions about our everyday scents. Learn more about the products she and her team conceive here.
What is a holiday party without a craft station? We set up a long table stocked with glitter pens, festive washi tape, markers and tape. Everyone enjoyed decorating cards that were later delivered to the Lollipop Theater Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the magic of movies to children in hospitals nationwide due to chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
Let’s not forget the food! We were inspired by our Cranberry Scent and stirred up several pitchers of refreshing Cranberry Spritzer. Thelma insisted on making her addictive English Toffee and flying with it under her watchful eye all the way from her home in Iowa. If you’re curious about just how mouthwatering it is, try her recipe here.
We hope your holidays are just as bright as ours!