I Am a Yankee Candle Addict

I Am a Yankee Candle Addict

Hello, I'm James and I am a Wax Addict
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So, many people have their hobbies throughout life. They can be anything from collecting cards, to painting, to reading. But mine is sort of unconventional.

I really really love burning candles and melting wax tarts....

Now, this addiction/hobby goes all the way back to probably early 2001. I was only 8 years old at the time.I don't remember what made me get hooked on to them but there is one brand in particular that I buy, and to be honest it is the only brand I buy.

Yankee Candle is my go to candle/ wax obsession company . The candles burn flawless and the scents they have are so authentic. I can remember being a little kid, going with my mother to the local hallmark stores inside our mall and running over to the Yankee Candle section and just sniffing the little wax tarts. They smelled, and still smell amazing!. I would beg my mom to buy me at least one or two. Back during this time, they only cost .99 cents per wax tart so, my mom would just give me a dollar or two and I would just pick out whatever scents I wanted.

From then on out, the wax tarts turned into a collection. In the past few years I have collected over 100 scents. Some are discontinued. Some are still being produced. I still buy them when I have the money.

As I got older, I started turning my obsession from wax tarts, to actual candles. I have about 15 large Yankee Candles Currently that I own. And they are all over the place. From Buttercream, to Clean Cotton, to True Rose. If you think of it, I probably have it in some sort of wax form.

I was talking to my best friend a while back. His hobby is talking about comic books and reviewing them. He was the one that gave me the extra push to take my passion and obsession to social media and sharing out with the world. To my surprise, I am not the only Yankee Candle addicted person out there. There are tons of people that share my love of scented wax.

I have a Yankee Candle outlet store about 30 minutes away from me. When I get time (which is rare) I drive over to it and see what new and interesting candles they have. Its sad to say but I never leave that store unless I have a shopping bag full of candles or wax tarts. The deals that outlets have are amazing.

This hobby is an expensive one. I have dropped 150 dollars on candles in the past. But to me, it is so worth it. The smells relax me. Seeing the flame move and have a mind of its own is something that also relaxes me. I recently just bought 15 more tarts. My friends thing im insane, but hey, if it makes me happy, that's all that really counts!

Candles are just something That I love to collect. I probably will keep collecting until I die. At least my house or apartment will always smell good!!

Cover Image Credit: Yankee Candle

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1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

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5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

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16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

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18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

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Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

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From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

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I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

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26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

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I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

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5 Stores You Should Never Take Your Girlfriend To, Because You'll NEVER Get Out

You've heard the jokes about Target... they're real. It's a real problem.

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There are some stores that really are money suckers... everything is cheap and cute, and you just want to buy everything. Guys, here are the seven stores you should NEVER, EVER, under ANY circumstances, shop at with your girlfriend!

1. Target

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Never EVER take your girlfriend here! She'll find an irresistable pair of booties she HAS to buy, or a cute new top, or some comfy sweats that would look super cute with that hoodie of yours. Don't do it.... just don't.

2. T.J.Maxx

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This is another trap. Everything is cute and name-brand, and there will be something she wants, I promise. Last time I was there they had Tommy Hilfiger sweatshirts on sale... really had to demonstrate self-control there.

3. Bath and Body Works

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This one is especially dangerous because there's ALWAYS a sale, and you normally get a bunch of free products, so trying to not buy something is really REALLY hard. I always cave, I can't help it.

4. Yankee Candle, or any candle store.

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Candles are like a thing I buy and never use but can't talk myself out of buying. I love the way they smell, but I always forget about them. It's a slippery slope, and once you get started it's hard to stop buying them.

5. Forever 21

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Want a new outfit for the weekend? $20 and you're set. Girls LOVE Forever21, and it's so hard to say no when you find something you love for $10...

Well, fellas, I hope this list helped if you want to save money and/or time! Girlies, what are your favorite stores I forgot to mention?

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