Old Factory Candles Review

Old Factory


I am a NUT for candles; I used to make my own by the dozens but after several burns and never getting it quite right I went back to purchasing candles. I have tried just about every candle on the market;the brand from the North, the bath shop in the mall and the home party favorite.  Between the cost, strong scents and cheap packaging; I was ready to give candle making another try. To my families excitement Old Factory soy candles asked me to review their collection and I have put away by wicks and started buying candles again!

Old Factory candles sent me their Romance collection (Rose, Dark Cocoa & Champagne). This was the perfect collection for my husband & I to take on our most recent romantic getaway!  The candles arrived a few days before our flight and I was elated to see that they were packaged perfectly in an adorable box that would easily fit into my suitcase. I was even more impressed when we arrived at our destination and the candles were still intact.  I couldn’t wait to light these babies:)

Don’t let their pint size fool you they are the perfect accent to any room, their rustic look works with any motif and they pack just enough fragrance to set the mood. There is nothing worse than planning a romantic evening and getting a headache from a candles strong order wafting through the room. Since, these cuties burn for close to 20 hours I popped their tops back on and packed them back in my suitcase to bring home.

Each set of candles has a brilliant harmony of scents burn one or all of them to create a splendid aromatic blend. Below you will find all the scent combinations offered(good luck picking one:)



Here are so more reasons to purchase Old Factory Soy Candles:

 Burn up to 20 hours

 Made with All Natural Soy Wax

Old Factory candles are hand-poured in the USA

Self-trimming cotton candle wicks
♥ Burn Clean & No Soot
Click below to purchase your very own set of candles today:

Scented, Natural Soy Wax Candles. Burns Clean, Even, and True-To-Scent for Hours. Perfect as a gift, or for your own home. Hand-poured in the USA. “FALL HARVEST” themed gift set of 3 different 2 ounce candles. Includes Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, and Autumn Leaves.



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Geek Educational Link Up…

Jess over at Benoit Academy is sharing some amazing resources on Lenardo da Vinci this week. Lenardo da Vinci is one of our favorites; we are so looking forward to exploring more about him in this extremely informative Unit Study! Read More About Jess post below:


This week I’ll share some Leonardo da Vinci resources that were scrounged up while searching for info to go along with the catapult kit that L9 received for Christmas! You can use these to create your own unit study. Here is just some of the great resources that I found! click here


Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest polymaths of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote”. Marco Rosci states that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time. ~Wikipedia


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Creating Vision Boards to Start the New Year 2015

Geeky Educational NEW Format:  Our team of bloggers  have started something new this year; hopefully the new format will encourage all of you wonderful Geeky Bloggers to link-up!. We will be featuring a post from one of our hosts each week. Each blogger will have a short paragraph inviting you to visit the entire post on the site it was originally posted on. Don’t worry will also be sharing some of last years favorites too;


So, without further ado this is 2015’s First Geeky Educational Post by Andrea Warren:


vision board 2015



At the beginning of the year each of us creates  our very own personal vision board.  This visual representation helps us to begin to pull things from our external environment that will enable us to realize our dreams & goals. By selecting pictures and words that evoke emotion we will eventually manifest these wants into our lives.  Last year was the first time we asked the children to participate. Each child was given a small canvas and very simple instructions: look through a collection of magazines and find words or pictures that inspire them.  We felt if we made instructions more convoluted than that, it would make the project stressful and not fun. Each child took their time and really embraced the idea.  Finally, after hours of cutting & searching we gathered all of our pictures and words to design our boards.  We loved seeing what the children created; this project gave us an insight we would not normally have into our children’s dreams and goals.  We hope you choose to create a Vision Board with your family this year.

Here is a list of items you will need to create your own Vision Board

1. A lot of magazines, old pictures or any items you may want to cut pictures or words from.

2. We use an 8X8 canvas; we may also use poster board or even cork board.

3. If you use canvas you may want to paint the before adhering  pictures or words. ( I like to do this I feel it gives it a more finished look)

4. Glue (I prefer a liquid white glue, not glue sticks)

5. Hodge Podge to cover pictures and words once glue has dried.

6. Lastly, if you use a canvas you may want to attach a ribbon to hang it on a hook or nail. I find this too gives the Vision Board a more finished look.

One more suggestion hang your master piece in area where you will see it each day; this ensures these thoughts will stay forefront of your mind. No matter what happens during your day, your vision board is a constant reminder of where you intend to be.

Wishing you all  a very Happy New Year!!!

Your Inner Being would want you to manifest everything that you decide that you want. Your Inner Being would want you to know that you have value and the ability to have or be or do anything. Your Inner Being would want you to fulfill every wish and whim that you could identify.-Abraham Hicks

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Lilla Rose by Laurie Review


I am always hesitant when buying new hair accessories online but when Laurie asked me to review her Lilla Rose’s Flexi Hair Clip I was excited. For those of you who know me you are aware that my hair is a wild crazy mess:)  I have hair issues most days and my usual solution is to throw it up in bun but now that I have been introduced to Lilla Rose I finally have a fashionable solution for my BAD Hair Days!

I have tried a ton of accessories in the past but most did not have the capability to reign in my wild curly hair but with the Flexi-Clip I  did not have that problem at all. The clips are easy to use and beautifully designed. These clips work with all types of hair, from baby-fine to super-thick. I found their online site very helpful too; there are sizing videos to watch which made it very simple to figure out the size I required. I also was able to watch videos for each style and I even created a few of my own. If you’re looking for a super cute stocking stuffer or are in need of a hair style change yourself I highly recommend Lilla Rose’s Flexi Clips!




If you want to learn more about Lilla Rose click here

And if you are looking for a fun and exciting way to earn some extra money click here and ask Laurie how to get started!


If your bun needs a little flare check out these super cool hair sticks!


Eco Friendly Tips for Tree Care and Conservation


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Guest Post:

By:  Jake Hyet

If you have planted some new trees on your property, or even if you want to do better by the ones you have, there are many things you can do to both help the environment and keep your trees healthy and thriving, using wood chips and newspaper is just one thing.  Here are some eco friendly tips for tree care and conservation:

Chemical Free Mulching

Why not forget about using chemicals and use an eco friendly method to kill existing grass.  First begin by edging the bed to disconnect the grass and weeds from surrounding plants that can work against you by keeping them alive.

Next cut the grass as short as you can get it in order to make it dry out faster.  Cover the area to be mulched with newspaper or cardboard.  The benefit of this is that it makes a temporary but extra layer of mulch to help kill off the grass.  Also, the paper will gradually break down and improve the soil below it.

Spread a layer of shredded bark or wood chips over the cardboard.  About 2 to 3 inches should do it.  Keep the mulch away from the trunk of the tree to avoid future insect, disease and rodent problems which can arise and lead to the need for tree surgery.  The wider the bed, the better the tree likes it.


If a large mulch bed isn’t part of your plans for your garden, then try planting shade and drought tolerant groundcovers under your trees.  You’ll find that these types of plants are better suited to the environment and less competitive with young trees than grass is.  You might consider Deadnettle (Labium), ginger (Asarum), coral bells, and perhaps foam flower (Tiarella) just to name a few.  Don’t put soil over the roots of the trees.  Instead, plant the groundcovers in the existing soil and mulch to hold back the onset of weeds and conserve moisture.


If you allow your lawn mower to shred the fallen leaves and allow them and the grass clippings normally left on the lawn to do their job, they should provide plenty of fertilizer, thus giving your trees the nutrients they need so that they don’t become sick and require tree surgery.


Now here’s a tip you probably didn’t know about.  Never move firewood.  How can this be harmful to your surrounding trees and wildlife? You might ask.

Well, the “Never Move Firewood” rule got its start due to the damaging effects caused by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle, or the EAB if you prefer.  The EAB is an invasive bug, tiny enough to actually fit on the head of a penny, and thus difficult to track down and detect in nature.  When you move firewood, you are unknowingly transporting the EAB beetle, spreading it to new areas, and in the long run endangering more trees.

How this little critter does its damage is like this.  The larvae of the EAB beetle tunnel under the bark of the tree, disturbing the tree’s system for transporting food and water.  If this keeps up, it will eventually starve and kill the tree.  The fact is that tens of millions of trees have died because of the nasty effects of the EAB beetle, which can now be found in various states, such as New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and many more.

In order to help prevent the transfer of the EAB beetle and help stop any further damage from happening to our trees, it’s recommended that you burn local firewood, rather than buying wood which has been transported from another area.

Biography:  Jake Hyet is considered an expert in canopy tree surgery and maintenance.  He worked for several years for a professional tree service and now writes extensively on the topic of tree maintenance and how to keep your trees environmentally friendly using things like canopy wood chips and newspaper, etc. 

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Is

Thanksgiving is
A time of gratitude to God, our Creator and Provider,
Whose guidance and care go before us.
And whose love is with us forever.
Thanksgiving is
A time to reflect on the changes,
To remember that we, too, grow and change
From one season of life to another.
Thanksgiving is
A time of changing seasons, when leaves turn golden
In autumn’s wake and apples are crisp
In the first chill breezes of fall.
Let us remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
As we see the beauty of Autumn,
Let us acknowledge the many blessings which are our…
Let us think of our families and friends
And let us give thanks in our hearts.
– Anonymous