4 KC Candlemakers that will Leave You Feeling #cozy this Fall

Fall is slowly making it’s way to Kansas City and we are all rushing to pull out our flannels, scarves and cozy sweaters. But Pumpkin Spice Lattes and sweaters aside, I am always building up my candle collection for fall in hopes of capturing that craft store smell in my own home. Sure, I could go to White Barn or Yankee Candle Co. for my favorite fall scents, but Kansas City is home to so many candle makers, you’d be crazy not to try a few local candles. There are in fact so many candle makers around the city, I will not get to all of them, but I will share a few of my favorites that I have been using throughout the summer and will likely use into fall and winter.

Crumble Co.

Crumble Co. has come a long way since I first stumbled upon them at a craft fair on Swift St. in North Kansas City. It has perhaps been three or four years since then and Crumble Co has expanded beyond making wax melts to products for the bath and body. Throughout all this exponential growth, Crumble Co. has remained committed to founder, Brandon Love’s mission of providing hope, happiness and community to those who struggle with depression, suicidal ideation and other mental health issues. Crumble Co. routinely gives back to several non-profits, both locally and nationally and hosts the largest 24/7 staffed mental health focused community on Facebook. a wealth of free in-house support groups.

The fun thing about Crumble Candle Co. is the whimsical collection of scents they provide. From scents as quirky as “Frootie Loopers” and “Gummy Bears”, uplifting scents like “Depression Relief” and “You Are Oh So Very Loved” and, of course, the seasonal fall staples we’re all craving: “Pile O’Leaves”, “This is Boo Sheet” (for those “Spook-ooky” fans) and “Cranberry Sauce”

5B & Co.

5B & Co is a magical little wonderland that combines the kitschiness of Hobby Lobby with the scents of White Barn. Except it’s local and the candles are made in house so it’s exponentially better. 5B & Co has it’s roots in Weston, MO before moving to their current location in Brookside. The shop is absolutely adorable and offers several traditional, seasonal and unique scents in various forms from room sprays to votives to car fresheners to tea lights to wax melts to candles in various sizes. You can even recycle your used candle container and get it refilled with your favorite scent. In addition to their more eclectic scents like “You Bet your Sweet Grass” and “Tomato Vine”, 5B & Co. also creates scents that are uniquely KC, such as Brookside Bungalow, the Plaza and KC Showtime, based on Chiefs Quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.

Last time I stopped into the shop, it was the beginning of summer and I ended up buying the Ginger Grapefruit room spray. It’s fresh and very summer-y, but right now I’m ready for something crisp and cozy. I haven’t decided whether or not I want my home to smell like a Brookside Bungalow or an apple orchard. Maybe I’ll get both and rotate the scents as the mood suits me or I’ll try out their subscription box, the possibilities are endless.

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5B & Co room spray in Ginger Grapefruit

Untamed Supply

Untamed Supply is all about earthy scents that remind you of the great outdoors without being outside, which is great if you’re not an outdoorsy-type. Founder E.J. Wood says it best, “We have a knack for capturing nature’s pheromones.” Untamed Supply is also another company that also donates its profits to a worthy cause; 3% of all purchases go to National Parks. Untamed Supply also works to make create a sustainable product by sourcing renewable soy wax and lead free cotton wicks. Capturing scents like your S.O.’s favorite flannel, your first campfire or the first chai tea of winter, you’re sure to feel the fall vibes with these candles.

Let’s Get Lit

I recently learned about Let’s Get Lit candles while at the Strawberry Swing Craft Fair this year. Let’s Get Lit is committed to sourcing ingredients from the Midwest and giving 5% of all profits to local organizations such as American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas city, Human Rights Campaign, KC Pet Project, Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Rose Brooks Center. Carefully crafted using Kosher-certified, all natural soy wax, phthalate-free essential oils and fragrance oils, lead-free cotton wicks and recycled jars, Let’s Get Lit is committed to reducing the amount of waste their company contributes to the environment. Their candle names are cute and sassy to boot; featuring names like, That’s Bae and This House is Bitchin’ which is a confusing yet refreshing mixture of mint and bubble gum.

As the weather gets cooler and move further into winter, I know I’ll find myself collecting more candles to remind me of pumpkin rides, spiced cider and the first bonfire of the season. What are some of your favorite candle scents? Where do you typically like to get your candles from? Tell me everything.

Washing up with Mixture & Indigo Wild

Since I recently went on a clothing bender, which includes my clothing haul at Do Good Co.’s Yard sale, I figured that I should probably make a point to take care of my new (and slightly used) threads. Sure I wash my clothes, but, A. my detergent is from Wal-Mart and isn’t exactly local (branding and all) and B. I don’t even know what’s in my detergent. The ingredients aren’t, in fact, listed on the bottle, you’re generally referred to the website if you are wanting to know what’s in your detergent.

The ingredients in my current laundry detergent

While the ingredient list isn’t particularly long (at least it isn’t if you use Arm & Hammer like I do), but it is filled with lots of ingredients I can’t pronounce. Not to mention that your commercial detergents are made with petrol-chemicals which are often linked to various health problems, including, respiratory issues, skin irritation, even cancer. 

While it seems weird to care about what you wash your clothes with, consider which products you use when you’re in the shower.  The bottom line is, if your conscious of what you use to shower with, it might be time to consider what you wash your clothes with too. Your skin is your largest organ and you live in your clothes on an every day basis. With that thought in mind, I scoured the city for a laundry detergent that would be a little healthier/safer, eco-friendly and locally made. Continue reading

Back from the Dead Part 2: On going through Puberty…Again

NOTE: If you haven’t read part one of my “Back from the Dead” series, I highly recommend it. You’ll probably be less confused. 

Yep, that title is correct and I likely just blew your mind. Don’t worry, I felt the same way too when my therapist told me that it’s very normal to gain weight at my age. But…I thought that was what the freshman 15 was in college? Well kind of, but there is way more to the whole freshman 15 phenomenon than we’ve all been led to believe (this article from Cosmo is likely to clear up how the female body changes throughout your 20s). For most people that know me, or if you’ve ever met me, you are likely to wonder why gaining weight is such a big deal (I’m 5′ 7″, athletic build, approx. 150 lbs just to give you an idea).  And the answer is, nothing really, but most women are freaked out to find that they’ve gained weight especially when you look in the mirror and don’t notice anything alarmingly different about your body.  More than anything, it’s incredibly frustrating to go to put on a pair of shorts you bought a year ago only to find they don’t fit you anymore.

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Boulevard: Summer Brews to Beat the Heat

IMG_20190805_183655We all love summer for some reason or another; school’s out, music festivals, patio drinking (my personal favorite)—but we all hate summer for one good reason: it’s WAY too hot. While we may be heading into August and the subsequent end of summer, we all know that the temperatures in Kansas City likely aren’t to drop until at least mid-October. And since the temperatures are going to rise well before they drop, it’s only right to cool off with an ice cold beer and of all the beer I drink, Boulevard Brewing Company is an easy a go-to choice: they’re local and they make some damn delicious beer. In fact, Boulevard has come up with so many beer concoctions since its 1989 inception, including the recent introduction of Fling cocktails, it’s hard to say which brews are my favorite, but I have curated a little list of beers that I have enjoyed drinking this year, along with a bonus or two, that are sure to leave you feeling refreshed through the remainder of summer. Continue reading

Kansas City Noir: Escaping to the Familiar

Kansas City Noir book

Kansas City Noir, edited by Steve Paul and published by Akashic Books

My birthday has come and gone and we are quickly heading into August, which means that beach and poolside insta photos are becoming far more frequent. For some reason as we get older, the appeal to actually get in the pool, goes down and the appeal to sunbathe near the pool with a good book goes up. Whether you’re sitting poolside at the neighborhood pool or oceanside on a summer vacay, sometimes it’s nice to view your hometown in a new way.

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The Brewkery: Reaching Booch-phoria

I hate kombucha. At least, I thought I did. It all started with a little sip of my sister’s Target brand kombucha. To my surprise, I actually liked it, a stark contrast to the kombucha my dad made me try–acidic, kind of like drinking straight vinegar. Since trying my sister’s kombucha, I started looking into getting into the “Booch craze”, and stumbled upon The Brewkery; a kombucha tap-room nestled in my own neighborhood. However, before we get to the fun stuff, allow me to give you a brief overview of what kombucha even is. Continue reading

Back from the Dead: On Getting Older

It’s weird to be writing again. Well, writing here again. It’s kind of like saying hello to an old friend and things feel awkward because you don’t know how it’s gonna go, but once you figure things out, it’s like you were never apart at all. So a lot has happened since I posted last and I won’t go too deep into it because I’m not trying to turn this post into a novel, but I will give the short version: I was single for a while after my break up and was very depressed, I adopted a dog and started dating again, met a few duds and finally found a guy that I’m still with, bought a house and recently got a new car. Amidst that entire saga, I have been working on the blog in small ways but not as actively or tangibly as I would’ve liked. Because of this, the next few blog posts will be dedicated to catching everyone up on what I’ve been doing over the past year and a half (?). Continue reading