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**


Homemade Lentil Soup April 11, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Maria @ 7:21 pm

Tonight for dinner I made a big pot of homemade lentil soup. I literally started this baby around 3pm and let it simmer on low for hours. I think it came out amazing! I especially love it because I used the ham leftover from Easter that my mom gave me. She made this amazing spiral ham, and of course ham off the bone is always so much better than anything other kind. This was a super flavorful batch so I am glad it made a lot that I can freeze for future meals. Yayy for convenience! So I am still on a high from finding out my rotation schedule this afternoon. I have basically been talking about it with different people for hours. I definitely need to crack down on studying for radiology sooner rather than later. I am pretty nervous about my midterm tomorrow since our last quiz was a lot harder than I was anticipating. This has twice as many questions and is given on a computer again so it will be interesting for sure. Off to hit the books!


Hello world! May 25, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Maria @ 1:17 pm

Today is the day I decided I would start blogging. My initial plan is to make this a food blog, although I am sure it will turn into more of a life blog if I stick with it. I have been following a few people’s food blogs that I stumbled upon and found myself really enjoying them. I check everyday to see what they are eating and if it’s something I would like to try. More times than not it is.

Ok, quick recap of my life. I just finished the 1st year of my Master’s program last week. It is a vigorous hard science curriculum and I’m grateful having completed it since I will be better able to prepare for my DAT which I plan to take at the end of the summer. Yes, I am applying to dental school! That is a stress in itself haha. I moved to a new (big!) city last summer and am still getting adjusted. I am trying to find out who my friends are and what I want to be involved in, but it’s super hard when school is so demanding. But what I really need to work on is eating healthier!

Since high school I have gained a decent amount of weight. I have become much less active and rarely say no to foods I want. I really just need to make a lifestyle change. Well now is the time! To be honest, I have been thinking about this for a while and have been waiting for the right time.. well there never is a right time! Nevertheless, here I am :)

My plan is to try to take pictures of every meal I eat. I’m sure I won’t capture every one but there is something about grasping every color and detail of food that captivates me. After following a few food blogs, I am so addicted. I just need to do it! I am hopeful that I can choose to eat healthier since this blog may be a form of accountability. Wish me luck!

P.S. I never blogged before in my life so bear with me getting my page started. Thanks!!