5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥

Why hello! It's another Friday which means it's another round of 5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥. I encourage you to delve deep inside your soul to see what you're loving. Something big? Something fun? Something seasonal? Join me. Let's spread positivity, light, & happiness!

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Pure Joy

In the hustle & bustle of our daily lives, it's nice to just have those moments of pure joy. Sometimes it's the relief of finally catching up with your best friend or the moment of bliss when you try a really delicious dessert. It's extremely important to be aware of these moments because they are fleeting.

bird's nest cupcake

Bird's Nest Cupcake

Easter has come & gone but its pastels remain with us. I couldn't help but share this charming bird's nest cupcake I received. Isn't it delightful? I especially love the chocolate eggs with the crispy inside. Yay! Love those things.

spring blooms

Spring Blooms (Again)

Yes, yes. I know I mentioned spring blooms in my last 5 Things post, but I'm just so obsessed with them. They're everywhere & they're absolutely remarkable. I admire nature & the beauty she brings to the world.

lavendar candle, bblackbox

Lavender Candle*

As you probably are aware, I'm a fan of candles & equally as obsessed with lavender. Although I burn through candles relatively quickly, this adorably petite bblackbox lavender candle smells just as its name describes. The bits of genuine lavender help it stand out from the crowd.



I've been vegetarian for just about 10 years now & the vegetarian options have progressed miraculously over the years. When I spotted a sale on some of my favorite vegan-friendly faux meat alternatives, I couldn't resist stocking up on some Gardein products. I mean it; I really stocked up! Two products for $5?!?! That's unheard of. I like to add these to meals as a source of protein when I'm feeling like I need a little pizzazz.

What are you loving right now? :]

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* Disclaimer: I received the lavender candle from bblackbox as a PR sample. All opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure here. :]


  1. Love love candles. Light one up in my room after a long day, outs me in a relaxed mood. I have a blog that I think will resonate with you, would love to get your feedback on it :)

  2. I truly share your love for spring blooms! So, there's so shame in mentioning them twice in a row in my book ;)


  3. I love reading things that make people happy! I've also been considering going vegetarian recently so getting a better look at the brands and options I have is great, Gardein looks great! x


  4. I looove cupcakes, straight obsessed and that one looks SO good!

  5. Candles and cupcakes!! Things that always make me happy!
    Rachna Priyanka |

  6. I am really loving spring blooms too. That pic is gorgeous!! Have a great weekend!:)

  7. It's nice to be able to focus on the positive and happy on your life! Great post :)

    Kathy x

  8. Love spring blooms. These cupcakes look so cute

  9. Those cupcakes are so yummy looking! Now I need cupcakes

  10. I love being able to see a bit of optimism on a Friday evening - or any day, for that matter. I must admit that I'm quite impartial to a cupcake, a lovely candle, or some admiration of nature's wonder myself!
    Kate x

  11. Those cupcakes look amazing, and I'm so jealous of the flowers blooming already! We still have a bit of snow here, which is so crazy to think it's spring. I'm also such a huge fan of candles, I just collect as many as I can but lavender is definitely one of my favourite smells, it reminds me of Paris for some reason!

    My Lovelier Days

  12. i wish gardein was gluten free! i am in love with Qrunch Quinoa burgers if you have not tried those!!!


  13. Ah this post made me so happy. The cupcakes look so lovely! <3 I'm looking to go veggie too and I agree, there are some great meat free alternatives out there right now x

  14. Lovely post, love everything that you have mentioned here. I am not vegetarian but I can imagine how awkward it can be sometimes to make meals for yourself - I am dairy free and I find it a struggle! Nice post! <3

    The Dazzle Guide

  15. Those bird's nest cupcakes are absolutely adorable. I'm loving how warming your voice sounds in this post, Carmen. As for what I've been loving lately, it's the rest that I've finally come to attain after weeks of hectic studying and work, the discussions I get to have with boyfriend and best friends alike and the ability to finally relax.

    I hope you have a wonderful week, Carmen! x

  16. I am also loving all these blooms. It feels so nice to break through the icy sheets with a refreshing taste of new life.

  17. Spring, warmer weather and blossoms are what I'm loving right now, also longer days! Bird's nest cupcakes are so cute!

    Ela BellaWorld

  18. those cupcakes look delicious! it makes me so happy to see spring blooms too :)

    xo Sarah

  19. These are things that I would absolutely love too! Wonderful post! =)

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  20. This is such a creative post! I am inspired!


    Aïchatou Bella

  21. Those lavender candles look amazing! I'm also loving the blooms. xx

  22. Lovely things you're loving at the moment ;) xx

  23. Me too. Candles rock. Do you have a favorite brand? :]

  24. Phew, I just love them so much. :]

  25. There are so many options these days. :]

  26. Candles & cupcakes. A great combo. :]

  27. It's vital. We all have negatives, problems, & more. Those are easy to dwell on so it's important to spend some time focused on happiness. :]

  28. Cupcakes, candles, & a bit of nature make for a lovely combination. :]

  29. We don't get any snow here, but we had a wee but of rain this weekend. :]

  30. I haven't tried Qrunch Quinoa burgers. Sounds promising. :]

  31. There are so many veggie options that weren't available just 3-4 years ago. :]

  32. It is awkward sometimes because just veggies isn't the most filling. :]

  33. Ah yes, rest is vital. Here's hoping you were able to slow it down this weekend. :]

  34. That must be so refreshing. We don't have snow here. :]

  35. The blooms are so colorful & exciting. :]

  36. That Cupcake look so delicious!!! :D

  37. That cupcake looks so good! I'm so envious of those Gardein products, they're so good but you can't buy them in France :(

  38. I just adore those cupcakes! Will have to try and recreate for next year!
    Thanks for sharing!

  39. That lavender candle!! Heart eyed emojis!!!



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