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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Fresh Spring Scents from SOI Candles

Ah spring…the time we love to clean, organize, and freshen up our homes. Scent always creates a a fabulous ambiance, but burning regular wax candles can sometimes be unhealthy and actually create a mess.

SOI Candles are a fabulous, soy-based alternative.

The SOI Company was founded with the idea of creating a healthier environment in your home through beautifully crafted, all-natural soy products.

SOI Candles are hand-poured using 100%, FDA approved, kosher soy oil and burn cleaner than paraffin-based candles. Available in a variety of sizes, SOI candles burn about 140 hours (about 40% longer than wax candles), are soot-free and do not emit any harmful toxins (like Benzene) into your home. Unlike wax, soy oil burns coolly at 106º into a reflective pool of soy that always remains warm to the touch and will not burn little hands.

Soy wax burns cleaner, lasts longer, holds more fragrance and supports American agriculture. It contains no toxic chemicals or carcinogenic compounds. Soy candles do not put your health at risk. Soy candles do not release the toxins that paraffin candles emit.

Paraffin wax is a by-product of fuel refining – specifically, Paraffin is basically the “bottom of the barrel” even after asphalt is extracted. Paraffin is the final byproduct in the petroleum refining chain.

Even “food grade” paraffin contains several known carcinogens (cancer causing agents) identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – such as benzene and toulene, which are released into the air as a paraffin candle burns. Some other air contaminants in paraffin fumes include methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), and naphthalene–substances found in paint, lacquer and varnish removers.

Soy candles are eco-friendly, hand-crafted and biodegradable.  Custom crafted with top-grade fragrance oils, our soy candles are the safest, most fragrant eco-candle you’ll find!

Because SOI Candles are created from natural soy, the melt pool can also be used as a skin moisturizer that can be massaged into any dry or irritated areas. It can also be applied as a soothing remedy to sunburned skin, eczema, psoriasis, and poison oak!

SOI Candles are triple-fragranced with a variety of delightful aromas to match the décor and accentuate the feel of your home. Never overpowering, one SOI Candle can scent a 2500 square foot area.

So..what scents would smell fabulous for spring?

Here are my picks for the season:

Asian Citrus: A fresh yet exotic intermingling of citrus

Cucumber & Melon: A refreshing combination of cucumber and honeydew melon

Forbidden Fruit: A tantalizing blend of mango and papaya

Island Breeze: A relaxing combination of sea spray and fresh coconut

Rosemary Lavender: Opposites attract in this invigorating floral fragrance. The stimulating essence of rosemary works to balance the relaxing scent of lavender. Soothing, yet energizing!

Seaside Villa: Ocean fresh scent intermingled with citrus

Thai Lemongrass: A wonderfully earthy and exotic fragrance

Truly Clean Cotton: The crisp and clean fragrance of fresh linens

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