Hello, it’s me.
I feel like I start the majority of my blog posts apologizing for my lack of blog posts, but I see you, random readers, creeping on past blog posts, wondering if I’m still around, keeping me relevant.
Since we last spoke, I traveled to Argentina, suffered a meltdown over the presidential election results (and was brought back to life via Obama/Biden memes) and otherwise kept fairly busy between work and my personal life.
I hope your Thanksgiving was a lovely time spent with family and loved ones, that you have a game plan for surviving the hoardes of Black Friday shoppers and that your Friendsgiving was LIT.
It’s been a while since I posted a Fri(yay) Lovin‘ blog post, so here we go!
Reusing candle holders: I am obsessed with candles and can have about four or five around the house at any given time. I love staring at them, I love smelling them and I love listening to them, especially WoodWick Candles with their natural wood wicks that create a soothing, gentle crackle–like a tiny bonfire! I. Am. Seriously. Obsessed.
However, I have a hard time getting rid of pretty candle jars once I’ve burned through them and all that’s left is a thin layer of wax inside.
After a quick online search, I learned that frozen wax becomes brittle and easy to remove from a container, so I placed the jars in the freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, I used a knife to pry any remaining wax and the wick collars. I then wiped the jars down and removed any stickers left behind.
I’ve read a few tutorials on what to do with the jars once emptied and a lot of them mention using the containers for storage, but I wanted to do something different.
I went to Florida Cactus (aka heaven aka where I want to be buried), a wholesaler and retailer of cactus and succulent plants in Apopka, and bought a few tiny plants to take home with me.
Once I got home, I pulled out some of the clean candle jars, added pebbles, potted soil and replanted the succulents in them.
Gingerbread house: Bed, Bath & Beyond sells a Gingerbread Mini Village kit for $9.99, which includes the different building pieces, candy and icing. We successfully built four out of the five houses (one kept falling apart so I ended up eating half of it out of frustration) and spent about an hour creating and decorating them–oh and making a colossal mess in our dining room, but that’s besides the point.
Holiday lights lightning cord: In my never-ending quest to keep the spirit of the holidays alive past January 6 (el Dia De Los Reyes, duh), I ordered a multi-colored, Christmas light phone charger for $15.95 on Urban Outfitter’s website and picked it up at the store within 24 hours (free shipping for in-store pick-up). I have a strong dislike for multi-colored lights, but I honestly cannot stop staring at my charger now… although I can only use it in the living room because my husband refuses to let me bring the string lights into our bedroom. Haha!
Edit: My future sister-in-law let me know that American Eagle Outfitters also has the string light charger in WHITE for $9.95! Already reserved one online and might be returning the colorful one once things have died down after Black Friday!