Blissful Hope

A Grad Student's Journey Toward Healthy Eating

Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review/Giveaway February 13, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Maria @ 2:24 pm

I was recently contacted by Old Factory Candle to see if I would like to try out their Gift Set. I jumped at the chance since I obsessed with candles and love that they are soy so burn much cleaner than the standard wax candle. These candles are currently sold exclusively on Amazon and come in many different scents. Their candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and premium fragrance oils. The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, and basement.  Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someone’s in your life.

I chose the Vacation set which included 3 (2 ounce each) candles: Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei, and Awapuhi. I figured since it is the middle of winter I would change things up with a summer/vacation vibe. I am sooo glad I did. I burned these candles in my kitchen for a few hours as well as my bathroom and the scent was perfect. It wasn’t overwhelming but any means, but it held enough scent that I could momentarily transport myself to somewhere tropical. I just lit all 3 candles and placed them in various places in my living room and I am really loving the combo smell of each scent. I am sooo impressed with these and would definitely consider purchasing them in the future, as well as for a gift. I love them even more that they are soy/clean. I hate to be inhaling artificial chemicals and possibly altering the color of my walls etc. from them burning too close. These candles are definitely winners!

That being said, Old Factory Candle would like to offer one of my of my lucky readers (with US address only) a chance to get 1 box of an Old Factory Candle Gift Set. Feel free to leave a comment on this post or “contact me” letting me know which scent combo you would like to try. This giveaway will end one week from today on Friday, February 20th and I will email the winner directly. Good luck!

**Disclosure: I did receive a FREE box of an Old Factory Candle Gift Set, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any other way**


Berry Almond Chicken Salad June 13, 2012

Filed under: Dinner — Maria @ 7:01 am

Tonight for dinner the boyfriend stopped and picked up Wendy’s and got me my favorite (newly) seasonal item ever — their berry almond chicken salad. It consists of field greens, grilled chicken, shaved asiago cheese, strawberries, blueberries, and roasted almonds topped with fat free raspberry vinaigrette. It is sooo delicious!!! As soon as we saw the commercials on TV for this salad I knew I needed it soon. Now that I’ve had a taste I might need it like once a day. Thank God it’s only about 2 miles from me haha. This afternoon I spent studying my oral boards, although the boy sent me a Bill Simmons interview with Lena Durham so that took up about an hour of my time because I had to listen since I love her. I love the show “Girls” on HBO. It’s so raw and real and just wonderfully written. I’m sooo sad the season finale is this week booo. Oh well, I was already informed this even we will be watching the NBA playoffs game #1 how fun ;P

P.S. I can’t add a pic because I ran out of space on my blog ahhh so sad! I’m debating if I want to buy more, stay tuned!


Multigrain Rice Cake with Banana Slices, Almond Butter, & Cinnamon June 12, 2012

Filed under: Breakfast — Maria @ 6:55 am

This morning for breakfast I am having a multigrain rice cake with banana slices, creamy almond butter, and a cinnamon. I wanted to make this like I usually do with the almond butter spread nicely on the rice cake topped with bananas and a sprinkle of cinnamon, but I opened up a new package of rice cakes and the first three were broken!! I decided it wasn’t worth it to keep digging down for the fourth since I was making a mess as it was, so here it the final product. Hey it all ends up in the same place right ha? So last night I went to bed at 10pm and slept right through until about 6am. This is rare for me. I was super tired all day yesterday so hopefully this chunk of good sleep will get be through the day. I have a pediatric immunizations lecture this morning from 8am-12pm that is 341 slides ahhhh! I think it’s going to be horrible. Hopefully it will be a little interesting at the very least. Lunch packing time!


Swiss Steak with Sweet Peas June 11, 2012

Filed under: Dinner — Maria @ 6:04 pm

Tonight for dinner I made swiss steak with sweet peas. I planned to make this about a week ago and kept taking the meat in and out of the freezer and then ended up having different things. Well tonight is the night and it came out great. This meal definitely reminds me of home. This evening I wasn’t that hungry since I snacked a little throughout the day. Tonight I am just relaxing and maybe studying a few study guides for oral boards since I don’t have another exam until Monday. My orthopedics exam went better than I anticipated today even though I thought it was tricky. Hopefully I can end my last semester of PA school on a good note. I was really tired this afternoon and planned to nap but it didn’t quite happen. Maybe I’ll just end up going to bed early. Otherwise, I’m not quite sure I can fit a nap in ha. Class all day all week blah. Is it August yet? Please come soon!


Turkey & Cheese Sandwich, Cucumber Slices, Strawberries & Blueberries

Filed under: Lunch — Maria @ 7:03 am

Today for lunch I packed an oven roasted turkey, extra sharp white cheddar cheese, and baby spinach on toasted whole wheat bread with a sliced cucumber and strawberries/blueberries. This lunch makes me happy. It is sooo colorful and complete I’m sure I will enjoy it. I always feel so much better about eating a balanced meal. Yesterday, I went a little crazy with all the random foods and times I ate, I am glad to be back on track today. I’m hating this whole exam every Monday thing. It is totally killing me weekends and it’s rarely hard to balance with studying for oral boards since they are so important too ahhh! It was nice to have a weekend free of games/babysitting though (even if a family did cancel last minute). This weekend I am definitely a little busier, as expected. I can’t believe how fast the summer spring is flying by. I just need to keep my eye on the prize. Ok orthopedics test here I come!


Peach Greek Yogurt, Golden Delicious Apple

Filed under: Breakfast — Maria @ 6:56 am

This morning for breakfast I am having a Fage Greek yogurt with a golden delicious apple. Wow so I have really fallen off the blogging wagon and I’m not sure I can pinpoint why. I think it’s just me not having normal meals or not being at home. Now that I have a normal week of school I will try to post my meals more regularly. I do need to plan something for dinner though. In fact, I am running to the kitchen right now to take some meat out of the freezer. This poor meal I just decided I am making I planned to make several times this week and kept taking the meat in and out of the freezer (not good I know!). So tonight will finally be the night. I have an orthopedics test today in a hour and then class until 4pm. Long days of class this summer and I’m not loving it. Today is my friend Elysha’s birthday though soooo happy birthday!!! We will celebrate after this exam for sure :)


Sourdough French Toast with Butter June 9, 2012

Filed under: Breakfast — Maria @ 8:37 am

This morning for breakfast I made sourdough french toast with butter. I had some bread in a freezer from a few weeks ago I thought I would use up and this was the perfect way. It was actually way more filling than I thought, I couldn’t even finish it I was sooo full. The sun is shining and it’s the weekend so I’m happy. I do have an orthopedics test on Monday but I’m not even too concerned at this point. I don’t have any plans at all this weekend — no games, no babysitting, no commitments. I can just focus on school and get some cleaning done. The boy is working all weekend since his company has these weekend workshops and it’s his turn to project manager so he’s there Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 7a-6pm. He is not excited to say the least. I think I shall go hang with him this evening to break up the monotony. Yayyy for Saturday!