6 Yankee Candle Scents You Must Try Right Now

6 Yankee Candle Scents You Must Try Right Now

You can't go wrong with vanilla cupcake.

Growing up, my mother always had a candle lit in the kitchen; she still does. Yankee Candles have been her go-to candles and they have become mine as well. I love lighting a candle when I am home working in my room because it always leaves my room smelling great. Here is a list of some of my favorite candles!

1. Campfire Treat.

This scent is by far my favorite because it is different than most scents put out by both Yankee Candle and other companies. It does not have a perfume-esque undertone. It has a smell similar to that of a campfire. This scent reminds me of my summers growing up spent around bonfires on the beach with friends and family!

2. Red Raspberry.

Raspberries have always been my favorite food, so when I heard Yankee Candle released a raspberry flavored candle, I was beyond excited. This candle was everything I expected. It captures the tart, yet sweet flavor of raspberries and reminds me of warmer weather whenever I light it.

3. Cranberry Chutney.

This candle was one of my mom’s personal favorites. When the store discontinued one of her favorite scents, she went to this one and ended up loving it. This candle represents the tart nature of cranberries. Whenever I smell this candle, I think of fall because it reminds me of cranberry sauce and Thanksgiving.

4. Sun and Sand.

I know a lot of people that are not a fan of this candle, but for some reason, I have always loved it. When Yankee Candle produced hand sanitizers, I bought this one and fell in love with the scent. After that, I had to buy the candle. This scent is mild but has almost undertones of sunscreen. That sounds incredibly odd when you hear it, but to me, the smell of sunscreen is the smell of summer. I have always loved that smell for that reason. This candle also reminds me of the ocean.

5. Vanilla Cupcake.

This was probably the first scent that I really fell in love with. When I was little, my mom would get me the Yankee Candle lip balms (now discontinued) in this flavor. As a young girl, I thought it was fantastic. This scent smells exactly like a cupcake. You can almost taste the vanilla buttercream. I still buy air fresheners in this scent for my Jeep!

6. Create Your Own!

This is number six on my list, only because it is not offered at all locations. I had the opportunity over winter break to go to the original Yankee Candle store in Deerfield, Massachusetts. One of their new features of this store is the fact that you can make your own medium candle. You get an empty jar and there is a wall of wax dispensers. This wax is almost in the form of sand. You go through and layer your colors and flavors and then an employee will melt the top layer to hold everything in! I thought this was wicked fun and they had a great selection of flavors. My candle was a combination of lilac and cinnamon!

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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My Strange Obsession: Bibibop Addition

I am obsessed with Bibibop.


I am obsessed with Bibibop.

Sounds strange, right? But it's true.

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to experience Bibibop, Bibibop is an Asian Grill set up similar to Chipotle. You're able to go down the line of food, choosing a base (always go with the purple rice), hot toppings (they all slap), protein (the tofu is to die for), some cold toppings (a great way to try kale for the first time), and a sauce (if you don't get the Yum Yum sauce, you're weird.)

And, let me tell you, the final product is always delicious.

I hadn't been introduced to Bibibop until this past year, but once I tried it for the first time, I never looked back. Now I am constantly craving the taste of the Yum Yum sauce. I usually hit up Bibibop once every two weeks, but if I was rich, I would probably eat it every other day.

Though, admittedly, the prices are pretty good. And they celebrate meatless Mondays with 20% off to anyone who doesn't get meat in their bowl.

Plus, it's pretty healthy. Unlike most restaurants, like Chipotle, where your somewhat healthy meal can instantly become bad for you with the addition of something on the menu, Bibibop's entire menu provides nutritional value and offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Basically, Bibibop is the most underrated and most delicious restaurant in the world, which is why my obsession with it runs so deep. Although I would usually admit that obsessions are unhealthy, I think this one might be okay.

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