Candles Galore!

Candles....ahhhh my guilty pleasure. Small one's, big ones, ones with the fruity citrus smell, and my favorite honey vanilla scented candle. Besides their sweet smell, there's something about burning candles that brings a sense of calm after a long day. The warm glow of the flickering light is so soothing to me.  Like it massages all of the tension away; it's an instant mood changer.   You can burn candles while you're cooking, listening to music, taking a bubble bath, before going to bed, and even while eating dinner; what's better than dinner by candle light?!! I know I'm not the only candle freak out there, you ladies know what I'm talking about, and even you guys too!  Who doesn't like candles?!!  Enjoy your Saturday everyone and don't forget to light a candle!  :) Candle1 Candle2 ARI_4561_1 ARI_4558_1 ARI_4557_1 ARI_4553_1
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My Little Momma

Ok, I had to do this one for my Mom!! My mother moved to Florida almost a year ago but up until then we were like two peas in a pod.  Frequent shopping trips to the mall, long conversations about anything, or just hanging out at home watching a movie.  Sounds more like a best friend then a mom.  But that's how I look at her, even to this day; my mom is one of my best friends.  She's like this little lady, 5 feet 4 inches, so cute, full of life and loving.  I call her "my little momma" :). She flew up to New York to visit with me for two weeks.  It was like old times.  We stayed up late at night reminiscing about old times when I was growing up, strolled around Union Square admiring the artwork from the local vendors, and even pampered ourselves with a trip to the nail salon to get mani/pedi's.  We did so much in the two weeks she was here but the time that stood out the most to me was taking her to the Japanese Stroll Garden in Oyster Bay, Long Island.  One thing you should know about my mother is that she absolutely loves gardens, flowers, and anything nature related so this was the perfect place for her.  It felt good to be able to do this small thing for her after all the things she's done for me in my life.  Here are a couple of photos from that day that I also plan on putting into an album because I would love to look back on this experience 5 or even 10 years from now.
Look how beautiful!!  Initially she didn't want me to take any pictures of her because she doesn't think she's photogenic.
And by far my most favorite picture of my mom.  Really captures her spirit and her beauty from within.
It's funny how when you grow older you look at your parents and appreciate them in different ways.  Now when I look at my mom I really see and understand who she is.  Being a parent can be a very difficult thing and I realize that now as an adult and hopefully a future parent.  I am grateful to have such a fulfilling relationship with my mom and I'll always cherish the times that we spend with each other.  Love you Mom!!
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