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My name is Christen, I'm 30 years old and a stay-at-home mom to my three beautiful girls, Lauren, Hailey, and Farrah. My husband David and I live on scenic Long Island and we love it. Our party of 5 keeps pretty busy, but I try to set aside as much time as I can to blog (which isn't as often as I'd like these days).

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Weighing in with Christen: An Introduction

Naturally, with a new baby, I haven't updated my blog in a while. It's also been a lot more hectic than usual because my husband and I bought another house and we've been renovating non-stop since we've moved in. But now I'm taking a hiatus from the renovations for my sanity and I'd like to sllllllow things down.

Other than my blog being neglected, so has my health! I'm starting a new series. I'm going to title it "Weighing in with Christen". This blog series will be centered around my trip-ups and triumphs as I work toward a healthier weight. My first goal is to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight since I delivered my younger daughter back in May. Before I got pregnant again, I lost nearly 100lbs and successfully maintained that loss until I reach my second trimester of pregnancy. Now, I'm carrying around about 20lbs extra and between the move and renovations we had going on, I didn't have a kitchen for several months and we ate fast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Finally, all of my pores are unclogged. *shudders*

If I order any more fast food for the remainder of my life - it'll be too soon. That excludes pizza though. ;-)

Now that I've completely derailed this year, I'd like to talk about a few goals I've made for myself that are fairly small. Realistically, as a mom of 2 with a spouse that commutes almost two hours to and from work, I haven't found the time to exercise at all. I simply never have anyone to watch the kids. Sure, I could exercise from home with workout DVDs - but I can't imagine truly being able to focus on proper technique with a 3 year old weaving in between my legs. The kids zap all of my energy. I know, I know. It sounds like an excuse. Maybe it is. But that's something I really want to touch on here. How do you have a healthier lifestyle that includes daily exercise when you have kids? I haven't bothered to figure it out. I realize that there are others mothers that can make it happen and I envy that.

With that being said, my first goal is to GET to the gym. It sounds lame - but I will find ANY excuse not to go. I'll even accept a half-assed attempt of walking down my porch and towards the car to pretend like I'm going. Am I seriously that lazy when it comes to exercise? Yes, my friend. Yes. NO SHAME.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Product Review: Jackpot Candles All Natural Soy Jewelry Candle

Last month I was asked to review a jewelry candle of my choice from Jackpot Candles. I was very excited to try one of their scents as I'm familiar with the concept of jewelry candles and have become quite the collector.

Jackpot Candles sells a variety of all natural scented soy candles that contain a piece of jewelry hidden somewhere inside of the candle. You can choose a candle that holds a ring, a set of earrings, or a necklace. I love the fact that there are different jewelry surprises, and the choice is yours what kind of jewelry surprise you'll get! If you choose to get a ring candle, you can even specify size - which is something that other companies, like Diamond Candles, don't offer as an option.

I browsed the somewhat limited offering of scents and went back and forth between Banana Nut Bread and Hot Fudge Brownie. I wanted a familiar and comforting "foodie" scent to burn in my kitchen. I opted for a Banana Nut Bread candle with a ring surprise and specified that I wore a size 8. The candle arrived quickly and was packaged securely. I took a good whiff and it smelled EXACTLY like banana nut bread should when it's fresh out of the oven. In fact, it smelled so fresh that my husband thought I had actually baked something and was seemingly disappointed when I told him it only a candle burning! Ha.

My Banana Nut Bread candle by Jackpot Candles 

SURPRISE!!!
I started burning it immediately. I brought it with me from room to room because I just couldn't wait for the surprise inside. My ring was nestled somewhere inside the candle about 1/4 of the way into the wax in a blue foil ball. Finally, the fun part! I blew out the candle and grabbed my favorite tweezers to gently remove the foil from the candle and onto a paper towel that I had folded in half to prevent wax from getting on the surface of my electric stove. After it cooled down a bit, I opened the foil to reveal my ring surprise that was in a tiny plastic bag to keep off any wax that might have leaked through the foil. My ring is an abstract design with what appears to be garnet stone - my birthstone! The ring is my style, but fits a little snug due to my swollen pregnant fingers. 



What did your jewelry appraise at?
As an added bonus, the Jackpot Candles website has its own instant jewelry appraisal feature. After your surprise is revealed, you'll see a unique code attached to it that you can enter on the website to see how much your new jewelry is worth. My ring was appraised at $19.00. Feeling lucky? You could hit the jackpot and receive a candle that contains a fine jewelry item appraised at $5,000!!! Hey, it could happen...



I'll definitely try out another scent after my Banana Nut Bread candle has completely burned down. But I'm hoping to see Jackpot Candles expand the list of scents available in the future.

Visit Jackpot Candles website to enter your e-mail for an instant $5.00 Off Your Order coupon code!!!


Disclosure: This product was sent to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are strictly my own and were in no way influenced by the exchange. A special thanks to Jodie from Marketing for considering Beauty and the Blocks.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blog Undergoing Maintenance

Hey Readers!

You may have noticed that my blog is missing some graphics and looks like it'll be shut down, but I assure you, that's not the case. I'm working on launching a new look and "feel" to my blog and I accidentally deleted some photo files. I hope to have everything back on track as soon as possible.

Stay tuned...