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Monday, July 31, 2017

Essential Oil Candle Collection

It should come as no surprise that once this candle collection hit Bath and Body Works I was going to be a fan. I purchased 3 but I bought two of the Rose scents. All of them are lovely.

The eucalyptus has some peppermint notes in it and is very light. 

 Eucalyptus 3-Wick Candle - Bath And Body Works

The lemongrass has lime and may chang essential oil. I have that in our bedroom. And the rose has lemon and orange essential oils and I have that in our family room. I love the three scents that I have. I did not realize that there was a lavender and cypress available. They did not have those in my store. I smelled the bergamot and I may go back and get that as well. I did not like the cinnamon and the almond. The almond reminded me of vanilla and the cinnamon had a hint of clove in it. But everyone likes what they like. I am a huge fan of floral scents.  But I do hope that my location will get that lavender and cypress soon. I hope you enjoyed this post and will go and do a "test smell" with them all. Enjoy!

(photo via Mrs. Shockley and

Friday, July 28, 2017

Beauty from the Cans

I saw an article recently about a floral designer by the name of Lewis Miller who is turning trash cans in New York City into bountiful beautiful floral arrangements. It is quite remarkable and frankly the best thing I have seen in a long time.....

Goodness, if I saw this it would stop my in my tracks. This is seriously living elegant everyday.

To view the article see it here.

(photos via

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Lunch Break at the Symphony

Earlier this month I attended a symphony during my lunch break! It was a wonderful experience. A co-worker of mine sent me an email called the "Lunch Break Series" with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

I had never heard of it before but apparently they have it every year in July. So I looked at the list of music that they had available and I purchased a ticket for the Classically Romantic Series.

I couldn't wait to go and see what it was going to be like. So on Friday I stopped at Subway and ordered my sandwich and drink and headed to the theatre.

Walking inside

I went inside to find my seat and wait for my friend. 

I sat down and looked around. There were people of all ages and children. 

It was nice to be able to send eat your sandwich and enjoy the music! The conductor's name was Ruth Reinhart and the music that they played was Overture to Egmont, Op. 84 by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Three Dances from the Bartered Bride by Bedrich Semetana and Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy by Piotr llyich Tchaikovsky. 

My friend and I both sat and listened to the music. It was very serene and lovely. It was so nice doing something different for a lunch break for a change. The session was about 45 minutes. It was just enough time to get back to the office.

I wanted to attend the following Friday's session. It was called the "Music of John Williams". The conductor was Richard Kaufman and it was mostly Star Wars music. I am not a Star Wars fan but there was one piece that was going to be played that I wanted to hear and it was the music from the movie "Sabrina". I love both versions but the 1995 version is my favorite. 

I can't wait until next year. I am hoping to attend more concerts like this in the future. 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley & Google)

Monday, July 24, 2017

New Heights at the Freedom Tower

In 2014, my family and I visited New York and we went to Rockefeller Center. Now I have to admit that I am a little more frightened at the top of that building than the Freedom Tower. If you wish to see my post about Rockefeller Center you can view it here.

The next place on the list was the Observation Deck at the Freedom Tower.  We didn't know what to expect but it turned out really great....

Before heading over to the Tower, we had a quick stop at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown.
I needed a quick bathroom break and I am glad I did!

It turned out to be a really snazzy room!

Sorry for the weird bathroom photos but I love beautiful spaces!

Very beautiful hotel.

So we headed on over to the tower and our friend took us inside this space....

I was not quite sure what it was....

We continued to walk inside...

And it turned out to be a mall!

And a very beautiful one at that....

After walking around the mall for a bit we then went outside and headed toward the tower.

We visited the 9/11 memorial. 

Very pretty

So scary being under it.

We went inside and saw the intro video for the space. It talked about the process of building the Freedom Tower and all the time that went into it. After that there was an introduction to the space and the attendants talked about devices that they had that would give you a tour of the scenery. 

Sorry I didn't take any photos of that. I was trying to enjoy the moment also. 

But the view was incredible! 

More information about the space.

Both bridges in the distance

It really is a concrete jungle. 

Here is a photo of inside the space. 

It really was a great opportunity to see the city. Inside the observation deck was a restaurant and plenty of bathrooms. The space was very comfortable and there were a lot of people around. I am sure it would be absolutely breathtaking at night. 

I wish we could have done that but maybe some other time. I hope you enjoyed my posts about our trip to New York. It was a great trip as always.

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge

We took a break on a Thursday to re-cooperate and get ready for the next day because my husband made it clear that we were going to the Brooklyn Bridge and I knew it was going to be hot!!

So the next morning we got up and set out on our day. Keep in mind that we you visit New York City that you will walk everywhere and I mean everywhere! But it is a great way to get in all the sights. We walked through downtown and headed up the steps to what I feared was going to be too high for my liking but it actually turned out to be quite marvelous....

So magnificent....

It was a hot day

Building projects in the distance
The white line had a rule, bikers to the left and walkers to the right 
(depending on which way you were facing)

Walking over the cars.....

Grand view

The Freedom Tower off in the distance.

The history of the bridge.

There were some pockets of shade on the bridge. The breeze was nice and it was
a perfect moment to see the view.

We stayed for a while and then starting walking down. 

It was a nice moment and I am glad that my husband finally got to see it.
He had been talking about it for a long time now. Another bucket list item checked off.

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)