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.

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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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

The Passport Program: All Abroad the Booze Train

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Life is weird; this is a fact that we are all familiar with. And the first half of 2017 has definitely been interesting from my new job as a resume writer to my break up with Brent barely a month later to adopting a dog about a month after that; there was a point when I thought the dust would never settle. But, the nice thing about life, that we should all be grateful for is that it does go on and things do get better, no matter how much it may feel like it never will.

Since my break up, I did a lot of things; cried, found solace in a wine bottle, watched TV until I passed out, cried on my friends’ couches, joined a new gym, worked on getting my six-pack back (that’s still in progress but it is coming back!) and started dating again. You’re always going to miss your first love, but I’ve finally decided that I’m not going to stop living my life or doing what I love because of it. My happiness is my own, it’s found within me and no matter what happens, no one and nothing can or should take that away from me; and that goes for everyone. And besides, it is summer, no one should be inside moping when almost every day is sunny and sweaty and in honor of reclaiming my happiness (and summer), I’ve decided to do something that has been on my radar for a while: The Passport Program. Continue reading

Love, Humility and The Greeting Committee

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The first time I ever heard the Greeting Committee play on 96.5 The Buzz, I assumed they were some band, possibly from L.A., making their run at the big time. Imagine my surprise when I saw them live for the first time and realized, not only were they local, they weren’t even old enough to drink. It has been almost two years since The Greeting Committee got signed and released their hit single, “Hands Down” and while most would think they would have moved to a bigger, “better” city to grow their fan base, the band has remained rooted to their hometown. Continue reading