Candle Obsessed!

Summer begets the sweetest times for teachers. Oh Summer, how I love thee! It has been half a year since I have blogged, but I have thought about blogging every day. Just so little time to do anything other than be a teacher during the school year. There is a huge difference in being a high school teacher and an elementary school teacher. Will provide those details later. As always there is so much to share, but for now lets get down to it. Candles. Oh, MY, Gosh!!! My latest obsession besides a few others things, including raising the sweetest baby girl on earth. ANYWAYS…

If you are anything like me, you enjoy being welcomed by the pleasant smell of something warm and delightful when you enter your front door. I literally have tried everything out there to make my home smell pleasant: plug-ins, room sprays, Renuzit gel fresheners, Febreeze small spaces, multiple sent sachets from Kirklands, and everything in between. Now, the Renuzit air fresheners and Febreeze small spaces do work. However, after three days the smell is not as strong. And my home just does not smell like the Kirkland’s store.

All of this is not to say that candles are the best answer to your home smelling whimsically. Because they too can become ineffective. Here is how candles are the answer to your home smelling pleasant prayers.

Depending on how large your home is one to three candles can do the trick. A while ago, I discovered the magic of candles. I have not always been on this hype. So one day while preparing breakfast, I burned my new candle from Bath and Body Works. On the way out to run errands, I blew out my candle and went on my way. Upon return, instantly when I opened the door, the warmth and smell of the candle hit me. Pure BLISS! In this moment, I knew I had mastered a way to come home to a wonderful smelling home.

Now, I have been on a buying candles maniac spree since Thanksgiving of last year. My best friend always talks about the candles at Bath and Body Works, and when I go to her home it always smells yummy. So she told me when they had their next sale, and I have been hooked ever since. I have never purchased their candles full price. I always buy them with a coupon or when they have a sale. Because of this,
I buy quite a few each time I go. Moreover, these candles make the perfect gift. Like literally everytime I buy them, I always end up giving one or two to my mom; she too loves candles, just not as crazy as I do.

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By no means am I saying throw away your Yankee candles, but they have nothing on the candles at Bath and Body Works. As I have mentioned, the smell is so loud the aroma of one candle spreads throughout my home. And after blowing them out, if you leave the top off for the wax to cool, when you return home you will still be able to smell them.

I have tons of the Bath and Body Works candles. I have to buy multiples of the ones I love because often times the scents are seasonal, like many of their other well loved items. Such as the yummy scent Blueberry Sugar which came out last Christmas. During the after Christmas sale I bought five more. It smells scrumptious! It is available on Amazon for ridiculously high prices, so hopefully it comes out again this Christmas.

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What I have enjoyed doing is buying the scents for the different seasons, so during Christmas time I had Tis the Season– smells like Christmas, Cinnamon Caramel Swirl– which I still burn now, it goes well when I making pancakes, and Blueberry Sugar– this one I burn all the time. These candles truly brought in the Christmas spirit.

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After Christmas, I fell in love with several scents that I buy frequently so I can have them on hand in case they ever stop selling them: Watermelon Lemonade, which I bought the other day at the end of their Semi-Annual Sale, Georgia Peach, Peach Bellini, and Strawberry Mimosa.

I love the candle Sweet Summer Days, perfect scent reminder of the beach. Smells like summer!

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I enjoy the aroma of burning candles in different rooms of my home. It makes my home feel warm and homely.

Like I said before, the candles work so well for me because I burn them often. But, another home fragrance essential you may want to keep on hand that works well is the Bath and Body Works concentrated room sprays. When the mist comes out it is quite dry; hence, not creating a slippery mess on the floor. PERFECTION! I love these. I spray them when necessary, the candles are good on their own. I use the spray especially for my living room because I do not burn any candles in their due to my little one.

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One of my favorite scents

If you’re just as candle obsessed please share your favorite candles.

To sweet smelling yummy homes Jewels!

Settling Has Never Done Any Good

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For some reason, we can have all the warning signs. You may even experience some symptoms of anxiety, like a sour stomach or goose bumps on your arms. And yet you move ahead in the wrong direction knowing it is no good for you. This can be related to a job, a relationship, buying the right car, placing your child in the right school, the list can go on forever, the point is I have learned to not settle.

It can be difficult to decide if you are settling or making the appropriate choice. But I promise that every time something felt wrong about the choice I was about to make, I had those awful feelings and tons of doubt. My mind was unease about the entire situation. That is when I knew I could not go through with what my heart wanted because my mind was being more conscious of what I was getting myself in to.

Now, I am not perfect and neither have I been the best decision maker all my life. This is a daily process, as we humans make choices every second of our day. But some choices require more thought as in buying a car versus do I want expresso in my chai latte or not. Some decisions require more thought than others as you see.

I have made poor choices. Prior to making those choices I did feel a bit jumpy about them, but because I think I know everything that is best for me, I went forward in the wrong direction knowing it was not the best choice. The result of such actions has not left me dead, heart broken- OF COURSE, but you move on, there is life after a breakup. The point that you broke up means God was looking out for you saying there is someone far greater I have for you in your future; but other results have been I am left a little broke because the business plan failed, does this mean you never try at the business again? No indeed, you have a better game plan. This may have placed me at a horrible job, yeah I may have cried many drives home and vented to my friends about how much I can’t stand working there, BUT…life goes on, I found something new to venture off into.

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The point is we are designed to make choices, all the time. Sometimes, we have warnings that tell us to not go into that direction, but we ignore those red flags, the yield signs- begging us to slow down, the yellow flashing light warning us to please stop ahead. We just drive past those signs and end running off the rail, and because death cannot claim you yet, life has given you plenty more second chances. Each new second is a second chance to get it right. If you can’t get it right with one person, you’ll have tons of new opportunities to get it right with the right person, that deserves your time. If you invest in the wrong business, because you felt it was now or never, or even worse pressured into one, it’s ok don’t settle as a failure, go to the drawing board and try again.

So recently like a week ago, I thought I was moving into a new direction for 2018. I had visited this place numerous times. Then, I brought my family there. They were in love too. Everything was looking good. Finances were straight. Papers were ready to be signed. I was so hyped at the beginning of the week, knowing that by Saturday my little family will be making big moves. Well…Friday evening my gut feeling changed. I became worrisome in the decision I was about to make, and honestly, deep down I always was uncomfortable about it, because I did not like the distance and other factors, but I was willing to SETTLE!!! Friday night all the papers were lined up, and as much as I wanted it, I called it off. I just did not feel good about it anymore. And I have made too many bad choices where I was settling, and this time I was not going to do that to myself. I walked away from what was my “dream house”, but of course, there is a better one than I can even fathom at this time, somewhere in my future. The fact that I wasn’t even upset about not getting the house gives me peace in knowing I made the right decision.

Just think of the possible consequences of signing the contract. I would’ve lost my money I put down had I told the contractors I change my mind, days later. I would’ve hated the distance from work. It just would have been a big mess. It looked good, but it wasn’t best for me. So glad I didn’t settle.

When you don’t settle it may not feel good to walk away at that time, but a few minutes later or hours or days you will have peace about it. And before you know it, you’ll be walking into something better than you even imagined. I may not have my “dream house” at this time, but it is coming.

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We deserve far too much to be settlers. We deserve the best. We deserve to be happy. We deserve to live a life that we are proud of. And that begins when we stop settling. Stop thinking you are not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, educated enough, gifted enough. If you need more education, finish school. If you need more training, get the training. You owe it to yourself, to give yourself the best.

I am not just telling you this, I am talking to myself. We are entering a new year. Forget all the other new year resolutions, if you live to give yourself your best life, then all the other resolutions will fall into place.

Jewels, lets make smart choices and stop settling. We DESERVE THE BEST!