1.) The warm, cuddly smell of the kids when they're sleeping. They smell like heaven. I wonder if they'll ever get tired of me sniffing them awake?
2.) The way a man smells in a suit after a long day at work. Craig smells just like my Dad used to when he came home from teaching. He smells familiar and safe.
3.) Freshly mowed grass. It's like a whiff of contentment.
4.) Burning leaves. The smell makes me feel warm and full inside on an otherwise cool night.
5.) Beautiful, by Estee Lauder. My Mom has worn that perfume for years. Ironically, I never like it when I smell it from the bottle. But when she's wearing it, it smells feminine and comforting.
6.) Freshly baked brownies. It's the smell of breaking the rules and feeling good about it.
7.) Spaghetti and meatballs. Not just any recipe....OUR recipe. The aroma fills the house with generations of love, laughter, and tradition.
8.) Cooked garlic. The smell literally makes my stomach growl.
9.) Babies. They have a most perfect smell of purity and innocense. Every time I smell one, I want one.
10.) Lilacs. My Mom fusses over them every Spring. They always remind me of her and make me smile.
11.) COH. It's the name of the big-girl perfume that we bought for the girls this past Christmas. They wear it every day, and it smells so clean and soft. Every time I smell it, I smile. It smells like little girls who want to be like their Mommy.
12.) The kids' nasty blankets. Only a parent can love this smell. It's the smell of unconditional love.
13.) Craig...when he's not wearing cologne. He's got the best natural scent of a man.
14.) Puppy breath. It smells like giggles. Love it!
15.) My doggies, Tucker and Bella. They smell like loyalty.
16.) Clean sheets, fresh from the linen closet. They smell like serenity.
17.) Anything cooking on the grill. After a long cold winter, it smells like liberation.
18.) Gasoline that has dripped on my hand at the pump. Every time it happens, I take a whiff and then look around to make sure no one was looking! It's the smell of the forbidden!
19.) Bleach. It smells clean and fresh. And, most often, it's a smell of accomplishment.
20.) Wool-lite laundry detergent. It smells like my Grandma. That's the reason I use it.
21.) Apple jack & peel candles. While it's not necessarily the scent I would pick, it's Craig's very favorite smell. Whenever we have them lit in the house, he is instantly in a festive mood. He is so affected by aromatherapy. He notices and appreciates it every time he walks into the house and I have a candle burning for him. It's the smell of a simple act of kindness.
22.) Hot coffee. It smells like time set aside to spoil yourself.
23.) The smell of our house after we've been away for an extended period of time. Simply put, it smells like home.
24.) The halls of the kids' elementary school. It's the smell of wishes, hopes and dreams. It reminds me that anything is possible.
25.) A Perfect World, by Origins. When I was pregnant with the girls, Gabe would rub it on my big belly every night. I still use it every day and it always makes me smile when I picture those chubby little baby hands of his. It's the smell of time flying when you're having fun.