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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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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The Year of the Pig

Happy Chinese New Year! My family has a few traditions that we do to celebrate the new year together, but this year my mom and I decided to start something new.


Do you remember the controversial maybe even disturbing short film before Incredibles 2? The one where the mom eats her son who is a small steamed bun? Even though it might have been disturbing, you have to admit that the buns the mother and her son made together looked delicious!

The food in the short film is called bao and it is a traditional Chinese steamed bun that typically contains pork as its filling. My mom and I were inspired to try to make our own and maybe after this article; you'll be inspired, too!

Here are the ingredients you will need:

1. Premix flour steamed bao (you can find this at the Asian market)

2. Steamer (we used bamboo steamers from the Asian market)

3. Ground chicken breast

4. Chopped Portabella mushrooms

5. Chopped green onions

The first thing we did was prepare the filling for the bun. Traditionally, pork is supposed to be in the bun, but we decided that we would do chicken instead.

1. Add grapeseed oil to a large, frying pan

2. Add minced ginger, onions, and mushrooms (measurements are optional)

3. Add the ground chicken breast

4. Add the seasoning as you continue to sauté all the ingredients.

5. Season with soy sauce, hoisin sauce and ginger (measurements are optional)

Make sure your center stays heated while you start to make the bun. The instructions for how to make the buns are on the packaging of the bun powder. Once you mix all the ingredients, you have to knead the dough for quite a while.

You can always make your buns from scratch. You can find a recipe for homemade steamed buns here.

Once the dough is kneaded, separate it into 18 strips. It is difficult to roll out the dough at first, but it becomes easier after a while. Once the dough is divided, roll them out into flat circular shapes and place the filling in the center of the dough. After you put the filling in the center of the bun, grab all of the edges of the dough together and twist them at the top, forming a swirling shape at the top of the bun.

We placed four bao on wax paper in one steamer and steamed them for 15 minutes. Each bao must be placed on separate sheets of wax paper. After 15 minutes, you have your bao!

This is a family-friendly activity that not only entertains your family, but it also feeds them! Celebrate the Year of the Pig by making bao with your friends and family! It's an experience that brings people together and gives them memories to cherish for a lifetime!

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