Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Results: Jewish Creation Cards Craft

In my last post, I posted my lesson plan and example cards for a Sunday School craft I called, Creation Cards.

I meant to post the results sooner but alas the Holiday Season is upon us and I'm officially 36 weeks pregnant.
Without any further delay here is some of the cute results of my 2nd Grade students:












*This is a set from two students, they wanted a penguin for their "Animals" and made portraits of themselves for people. Too creative! :)

As a reminder for imagery used in each card above:
In the textbook we use (My Jewish Year), The Seven days of Creation are described as:
•Day One: God created Light.
•Day Two: God created the Sky.
•Day Three: God made the land and the sea.
•Day Four: God created the Sun, moon and the stars.
•Day Five: God made the fish that swim and the birds that fly.
•Day Six: God created all the animals and man and woman.
•On the Day Seven, God rested. God blessed the seventh day and it made it holy.
The Seventh day is Shabbat, the day of rest.

I'm really happy with the way this project turned out and will most likely use it again.
The kids really loved cutting, pasting and creating their own options within in the seven days.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Jewish Sunday School Craft: Creation Cards

I spent a lot of time thinking of a Shabbat related craft for my 2nd grade Sunday school class for tomorrow

...and since I spent even more time making my examples, I thought I would share my creation.

In the textbook we use (My Jewish Year), The Seven days of Creation are described as:
•Day One: God created Light.
•Day Two: God created the Sky.
•Day Three: God made the land and the sea.
•Day Four: God created the Sun, moon and the stars.
•Day Five: God made the fish that swim and the birds that fly.
•Day Six: God created all the animals and man and woman.
•On the Day Seven, God rested. God blessed the seventh day and it made it holy.
The Seventh day is Shabbat, the day of rest.

Craft project: Creation Cards

Show Students Example and discuss each day of Creation.

Materials needed: Construction paper, Scissors, Glue, Markers/Crayons, and Pencils

Students will make collages of each day of Creation.
They can work individually or with a partner.

Step 1: Each Student will need seven pieces of paper 4.5” x 6” inches each for their card backgrounds (one piece of paper for each day).
--They can do this step quickly by folding a piece of construction paper (9” x 12”) into four sections and then cutting them into four separate pieces. They will need two pieces of construction paper to make backgrounds.

Step 2: Have students brainstorm images to use for each day.
What types of images can they use to represent light/Shabbat/etc.?
What types of animals do they want to make?

Encourage students to use the construction paper to make images by collaging and drawing freely.

Step 3: Let students work individually on their art.
Help students that may have trouble with brainstorming/cutting/creating.

Here are my examples for the class:
(Images can be clicked on to make larger)


1. Light, 2. The Sky


3. The Land and Sea, 4. The Sun, Moon and Stars


5. Fish in the Sea and Birds in the Sky, 6. Animals, Man and Woman


7. The Day of Rest for all, Shabbat.



I really think this will be a fun way for my students to reference the idea of Creation.
Let me know if you use this idea!

Any questions or comments? Feel free to use the comment function or tweet me ;)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Starbucks, I'm calling you out.

It should be known that I have a love/hate relationship with Starbucks and always have.

While for the most part I enjoy their drinks, some of their business practices I do not agree with.
If there is a local coffee shop within reach, I'd much rather order my cup of coffee from there.

This morning I needed a cup of coffee really bad, mind you I am pregnant...
but my doctor has told me a cup of coffee daily is safe (don't worry I don't drink that much naysayers).

I needed coffee because my husband woke me up in an odd way and I just couldn't fall back asleep.
You see, my sweet Husband, talks/yells/squirms like a worm in his sleep.
This morning was no different...he was thrashing around like a fish out of water which made me wake up half way, that's when he yelled "AWFUL" at the top of his lungs, still knocked out.
Fair enough, it was time to go get a cup of coffee.

We have a Starbucks a few miles from our house and I always feel awkward going there because it seems like it's always full of the Starbucks super fans (the types of people who constantly reload those cards and order all kinds of fancy drinks that I don't understand what they are).

Anyway, there was a really nice gentleman, clearly from out of state, in front of me ordering a whole bunch of drinks probably for family members.
He asked the cashier for one of those Holiday drink cards and she claimed she didn't have any
... yet I spotted a whole stack of them out of the corner of my eye.
Me: "Sir, I have one. You can have mine."
Him: "Wow, how nice of you. Thank you so much."

I don't get why the cashier would just give him one in the first place, he ordered 4-5 drinks and some breakfast sandwiches. Then with my card, she still didn't give him the silly free drink or discount.
Starbucks, you make me crazy.

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Disclaimer: This story is written below by someone named Casey Cook. I do not know her personally but I do know of this specific Starbucks and have been their numerous times before as I live in the same county. It has been shared 4,774 times on Facebook since November 29th when it apparently took place. I am sharing it because Starbucks has not taken it seriously thus far and I'd like to believe in the power of social media/blogging.

Here is Casey Cook's story:

"Forgive me for a disturbing post, but I feel compelled to share this story. On the way to get a Christmas tree today, we stopped at Starbucks, just off church circle on main street Annapolis, in the basement of the Maryland Inn. I ordered a Mocha, and got my 3 boys hot chocolates. For Kristjana Knight Cook I ordered a regular black coffee. Long story short, all the chocolate drinks including the mocha were infested with bugs, either maggots or roaches. There were several in each up. The nastiest part is that I ingested at least one (how many of you check your mochas for bugs before drinking?).

I was sickened and irate that my boys had put their little mouths on this.

I brought the drinks back inside. An apologetic barista said that they had just put in a new bag of mocha. "We saw that the box was broken but the bag looked fine." Well it wasn't and there were maggots/roaches throughout the bag. I was stunned that they did not close down the shop. They acted like it was all ok because they had pinpointed the origin of the bugs. But they incomprehensively kept making drinks on the same machine that maggots had just gone through minutes before to make the chocolate milk and mochas!

The store manager called me. I told him I was horrified. He agreed I should be.

I called the Anne Arundel county board of health. They were closed. Called starbucks corporate, and the person that answered the phone named "Cookie" (seriously) was horrified. I was glad she was. She was sickened by it. And then told me I would be contacted within 48 hours. Ugh.

Anyway, I am so disturbed by this. I encourage you all to repost and share this. The address of this starbucks is 16 Church Circle, Annapolis MD (410) 263-2641. I encourage locals NOT to patron this place.

Here is one of the photos I took before leaving the store."




Casey, then later posted on facebook that all three of her boys were ill and throwing up.

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Friends, please think about ordering anything mocha related from Starbucks and drink local if you can.
That is all.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

What Four Year Olds are Thankful for...


Okay, this gave me quite the giggle... anyway...



For those of you that do not know, I work with kids Monday- Friday as a Pre-K Assistant and watching kids after school hours. On our special Thanksgiving lunch day, we asked the 4 year olds what they were thankful for and we got some interesting answers. Here is where I share them with you!

"What are you thankful for?"
Now imagine a group of four year olds seated on a carpet, hands raised excited to us tell their answers.

I am thankful for...

"Cake!"
"Can we classify that under you being thankful for food?"
"I guess so."

"My mommy, my daddy and my sister."

"I'm thankful for the whooooole world." As he motioned a circle with his hands.
Three other kids also decided they were thankful for the same.

"The toys in here and my toys!"

"My family!"

"Icecream!!!"
This one was shouted out pretty loud.

"My school and the teachers."

"My baby sister."

"My big brother!"

"The TV and the movies!"



These are all that I remember off the top of my head at the moment.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
...If you're a black friday shopper, Good luck with the madness.

Monday, November 25, 2013

10 Things to Not Ask a Pregnant Woman


Thanks, Ryan Gosling.

Okay, so at 30 weeks pregnant...
I'm really over those questions that people who don't know you well ask you about your pregnancy.

It's a reminder that many people have no filter when it comes to their curiosities.

Anyway, I've been thinking about all the things that you shouldn't ask a pregnant woman who isn't your friend/or any close relation to you and compiled my list thus far. Here goes nothing...

1. "Was the baby planned?"
That's clearly not something polite to say but for some reason, I've been awkwardly asked this question numerous times by people who aren't close to me.
A Simple, "Congratulations on your pregnancy!" will suit you better.

2. "How much weight have you gained?" and along with that, "Do your clothes actually fit you still?"
Is that really your business? If you're not a doctor, don't be concerned with someone else's weight.

3. "Have you been vomiting?"
Why on earth would anyone want to know if I have been tossing my cookies?
That's not a conversation I just want to start out of the blue, thanks.

4. "How much have you spent on ___________, ______________, and ___________ ?"
It's incredibly tacky to ask someone how much they've spent on baby stuff so far, especially considering many moms already have an idea on what everything costs.

5. "How far along are you? Oh, when I was was that far along my stomach wasn't showing."
Women are really great at body shaming other women when it comes to pregnancy, every woman has a different body type and many start showing at different parts of their pregnancy.
My stomach popped at 7 months, before then my co-workers didn't believe I was pregnant.

Stating side comments like "Oh, you're ___ many weeks, you must feel like a cow." is not a self-esteem booster by any means.

6. "Are you going to have a natural birth?" and "Do you have your birth plan already?"
While these questions may seem harmless, it's always followed by over-shared opinions.

7. "So what are you going to name the baby?"
If it's not being advertised, you'll have to wait to find out like everyone else. Respect privacy.
If for some reason a pregnant woman tells you the name don't disrespect her by telling her how much you hate the name she has chosen.

8. "What types of food are you craving?"
This question can be cute and start nice harmless conversations but asking this over and over again is obnoxious.
For your own reference, I'm craving spicy things, Mexican Food, and Fizzy Drinks.

9. "Are you suppose to be eating that?"
If you're not a doctor, or specifically her doctor then please don't be concerned with her diet.

10. "When are you having the next baby?"
Uh... really?

It's crazy how many women over share when it comes to talking about Pregnancy in general.

I felt extremely awkward when a woman I had never met before (that was cutting my hair) told me about all her nausea when she was pregnant and about how her body changed so much. The details were graphic, I'll spare you.

I felt uncomfortable when a woman told me about a previous still born birth but then claimed it wouldn't happen to me.

My advice is if you're curious about a woman's pregnancy, trend softly if you don't know her that well.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tutorial: An educational Hanukkah craft! Dreidel Garland



For those of you that do not know, besides teaching Pre-K during the week...
I also teach 2nd Grade Sunday School in a Synagogue this school year.

Many of my educational crafts I come up with on my own to cater to my lesson plans.
This craft is not only for decorative purposes but to educate kids on how to play Dreidel!

I call it... Dreidel Garland!

Materials needed:
Construction Paper
Glue
Scissors
Pencil or Markers
Tape
Yarn

*Optional: I had the hebrew letters pre-drawn on construction paper for my students to cut out.
This eliminated any "I can't do it" comments from my students.

1. Start by having students identify each letter and what the letter stands for.

In the rules of the game, if the dreidel falls on:
Nun: Nothing is taken from the pot.
Gimmel: You can take the whole pot.
Hay: You can take “half” or the pot.
Shin: You must put one back in the pot.

Remind the students that the letters stand for Nes gadol haya sham, “a great miracle happened there.“

2. Draw a dreidel shape on the board for the class to see.
My students are really empowered to draw things on their own.

I had them draw a square, a triangle on the bottom and a small hat (or rectangle) on the top.
Tell the students to cut out their first dreidel and trace it for the next three dreidels so that they are all roughly the same size.

3. Have students cut out their letters. Nun, Gimmel, Hay and Shin.
If they need help, have your scissors ready.

4. Have students write down the rules for each letter on a slip of paper.
This slips of paper will be attached to the back.

Have the students match one letter with it's slip of paper to each dreidel.



5. Once students have finished their dreidels, cutting out their letters and rule slips. Pass out the glue.
Make sure students are gluing things where they need to be.

6. Attach Dreidels with tape to a piece of yarn.
Remember we read Hebrew right to left.
The letters should read in the following Order: Nun, Gimmel, Hay and Shin.
If for some reason they are not aligned in that order, chalk it up to kids rationalizing it with dreidel playing. ;)

Some student examples:




They're now ready to play Dreidel!

Happy Hanukkah!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Friday Collages

The past few days I've been resting up in bed but I got a little restless yesterday and got onto this wonderful creative spree...

I was incredibly inspired and I made ten artist trading cards.

Here are three of my favorites:


Geometric City, Collage on Bristol, 3.5" x 2.5" inches. Traded.


Time Machine, Collage on Watercolor Paper, 2.5" x 3.5" inches. For keeps.


Dream Machine, Collage on Watercolor Paper, 3.5" x 2.5" inches. Traded.

Interested in trading an ATC with me?
I trade on AtcsforAll dot com as MyNameisJenn ;)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Seven Days of Thanks


Fall Inchies, 1 inch by 1 inch, marker on bristol. 2013.



You know that somewhat obnoxious facebook trend going on right now?
The one where everyone magically decides to brag, I mean describe all the things they're thankful for... with one thing for each day of the month.

The majority of things listed on my feed are ridiculous and materialistic.
I've seen people "thankful" for money. MONEY! Money... you get my drift.

Although, not all of the things listed in the seven days of November have been terrible.
Some of my girlfriends have wrote really wonderfully heartfelt messages to their families, children and husbands.

I've had another friend write that she was thankful for Bacon, Olive Garden Breadsticks and Thin Mint cookies. I'll admit that hers is my favorite list so far. I can only imagine what next food item makes the cut.

It's not that I'm jealous or bitter, but so far the month of November has been very trying for me physically and mentally.

So here are my thoughts on "Thankfulness" for the first seven days of November.



My number one, I am thankful for my husband.

Part of me feels like many people would assume that this goes without saying but Jason is always there for me when I need him without me even having to ask. On Sunday, I got into a car accident and I was very upset. I put the key into the lock of our front door only to have him to swing open the door and hug me. That hug was just what I needed, no words just happy that I was okay.

I usually find it super cliche when people say their partner is their best friend but he really is, there is no one else I'd rather spend all my time with. I'm incredibly thankful for all the moments I share with him.



Number two, I am thankful for our little boy.

This is the first time that I've announced I'm pregnant on my blog and I'm almost 29 weeks. We're having a little boy and we're incredibly excited. I'm thankful as of right now that he is healthy and growing as he should. I can't wait to meet him.



Number three, I am thankful for a space to create.

It's a small space (and this photo is from april) but I'm incredibly lucky to have a place where I can sit down and make things. Now, if I could only have the energy to clean it and make some art very soon.



Number four, I am thankful for my family.
This easily ties with number one. ;)

I am lucky to have a family who not only supports me and loves me but are super great to be around.



Number five, I am thankful for good food.

I'm happy that my husband enjoys my cooking and that we have food to eat.
I'm thankful for the comfort food can bring mentally as well.



Number six, I am thankful for my dogs.

Max and Mason are protective, funny and good companions. I cherish them even when Max is in one of his crazy moods.


Red Balloon, ATC, traded.

Number seven, I am thankful for human kindness.

I love those small moments where someone waves or smiles to a stranger to tell them to have a nice day.
I appreciate the people who open a door for me when my pregnant self is struggling.
I enjoy seeing people help the elderly put their groceries into their cars, just because.
I adore seeing good deeds and people paying it forward.

Are you participating in this Facebook trend?
What are you thankful for friends?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Night Owl ATC



Night Owl, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, Colored pencil and ink. Traded.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

15 Drawing Exercises

I recently replied to someone on an mail art forum looking for various Drawing Exercises to keep them busy.

Here are fifteen exercises I listed in case you're stumped and want to practice drawing in your sketchbook and beyond.

1.Cut a picture out of a magazine, rip it in half. Draw the other half.
2. Draw your to do list.
3. Get a cheap mirror and practice drawing your face, or parts of it.
4. Draw your latest finds from the farmer's market or grocery store.
5. Find a new park in your area, draw 5 quick sketches.
6. Think of ten adjectives...try drawing each one.
7. Sketch your pet. Practice drawing textures like hair.
8. Draw on spare paper you may have...including junk mail. Doodle away!
9. Draw grass outside, as silly as this sounds, you're practicing using line and tones at the same time.
10. Stumped on what to draw? Try making Pencil rubbings of various objects/grounds and create an abstract composition.
11. Try to recreate a scene told from a newspaper article or news story.
12. Try experimenting with new media, I once dipped random objects found around the house in ink and tried just making new marks.
13. Do a daily drawing for a certain amount of time, many artists do this anywhere from five minutes to an hour. Pick a time that suits you best.
14. Ask a friend if you can draw them. One of my friends from graduate school needed models but didn't have anyone to sit for him so he made drawings of all his facebook friends from their profile pictures.
15. Create new patterns you haven't seen before but can imagine on a wall or rug.

Hope these are helpful to someone out there! Draw on!

Friday, August 23, 2013

We All Scream for Ice Cream Illustrations









These Ice Cream Illustrations are 2.5 x 3.5 inches each and were made for a swap.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What I Wish I Could Tell my 19 Year Old Self.

With back to school here and around the corner for many students,
I can't help but to think back to what it was like during my freshmen year of college.

This blog post is sure to be silly with some photos of myself that I cringe while looking at.
Here is a list of some of the things I wish I could of told my 19 year old self.



On my Grades:

I was totally that girl who called her parents up to complain how disappointed she was when she got a B.
My parents would always laugh and remind me that there were lots of worse grades I could receive.
I'm extremely lucky to have such a laid back mother who let me read whatever I wanted at a young age and pursue interesting hobbies.

Continuing on...

On my first day of Art School, one of the professors in this awful lectures we were forced to go to every week as foundation (or freshmen) art students there was this long rant about how grades worked in art school.

I distinctly remember him saying "You will get C's if you're average and most of you will get C's, not A's because that is what you will earn. You're average. You won't be the best artist here." Ouch.

Advice to my 19 year old self: Contrary to what they are telling you here, don't freak out if you don't get an A. You'll still get into graduate school and art is highly subjective anyway!
You don't need to spent 40+ hours on every project outside of class because that's absurd and overkill during your freshmen year.
Remember you're in college and you're suppose to have a social life.

On Handling Roommates:



Posting images like these to myspace (yes, myspace) at the time may have not been the best idea.

Back story here: One of my roommates freshmen year should of walked around waving a flag that read "I am crazy" at all times.
She lied all the time, met weirdos off the internet and would go "hang out" at their apartments and went swimming at night in a river while drunk. She also thought she was going to turn into a Vampire. Just to name a few of her favorite hobbies.

Anyway, another roommate and I posted this image on my myspace blog (or bulletin?) for our friends to guess what substance our roommate left all over our bathtub/shower after we had just finished cleaning it, twenty comments later our other roommate was obviously a little ticked off. She later moved out (not over this) and we became very civil to one another.

Advice to my 19 year old self: Don't air your problems with someone else out publicly over the internet. No one wins.
You just look like a jerk and you'll make other people uncomfortable.

On Dying my Hair:

When I was 14, my Mom let me get some highlights dyed in my hair. In high school, I dyed my hair all kinds of colors.
Many of my crazy dye jobs were total disasters... and the same goes for this look I sported when I was 19.



Everything about this photo is incredibly awkward...
my neon pink/black makeup combo, I look like I'm missing a tooth and the random blue metallic fuzzy earmuffs on my head.

Yes, neon orange hair. Neon Orange Hair.
What in the world was I thinking?

You're probably looking at this photo going, "it's not that bright"...or "it's not that bad."
It really was, see what it looks like with an orange shirt...


I am cringing right now.

Of course when the orange faded, I naturally bleached it again and dyed it with Bluish Purple Streaks.
Even my crazy Russian Figure Drawing professor said in his thick Russian accent "Jennifer, purple isn't natural."


This is the only picture I could find of it which is probably a good thing.

After the purple eventually faded out and my hair was left looking fried, I had it professionally dyed blonde until sophomore year when I had it dyed a rich chocolate brown.

Advice to my 19 year old self: Don't dye your hair orange, no matter how good of a color the dye looks in the jar.
This color will not be for you.
Remember you're too pale to sport anything neon ever.



Face Palm.

Other things I wish I could of told my 19 year old self:
1. Don't walk through alleys while trying to shorten your trip to class/the store/a party, you'll meet the creepiest people ever.
2. Avoid drinking any liquid that comes in 40oz. bottles.
3. Avoid eye contact at the laundrymat. You'll immediately get asked for money.
4. Stop making your bed, this way your roommate and her creepy friend will stop sleeping in it and using your pillows.
5. Don't yell at the guy drumming on buckets outside your window to make some money, he'll start coming around more playing all day and night.
6. There is more things to eat in the Dining hall besides salad, soy milk with cheerios and Sushi. Remember when you found out Fajita Friday existed? Best Day ever.
7. Frat parties are lame as were most themed parties, you could find better things to do with your Friday night.
8. It's a dumb idea to hang out at clubs where fights are common along with people getting robbed.
9. You should of taken down your roommates christmas lights, they didn't need to be on 24 hours a day inside our dorm.
10. You should of explored more Vegan Restaurant options in the city sooner.
11. Don't let your roommate walk around barefoot in a park known for syringes in the grass.
12. Do laundry more often. Why wait until you have no more clean clothes to wear?!
13. There really is no point to getting your belly button pierced.

Hope you found some sort of amusement in this post,
What do you wish you told your 19 year old self?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bad Customer Service= Complaints. Complaints. Complaints.



If you haven't already noticed Blogging isn't always about Sunshine and Rainbows.

Sometimes many bloggers have things they want to get off their chests or just out into the Blogosphere.
...A hope, a rant, a full on vent over something possibly typical.

The past couple of days, I have been trying to get my Bank accounts fixed.
You see, the bank screwed up and spelled my legal name wrong on my accounts and for my new cards soon to be in my mailbox.
I then received another phone call that my Credit Card also through this bank was deactivated, which was extremely fishy.

Here with this situation:
As the ridiculous human being I am, I have paranoia that my cards won't work and I won't be able to access my accounts.
Then, I'll be stuck somewhere because I won't be able to get gas because my cards are all declined.
However, I still try to tell my mind to be rational that this will not happen.

Meanwhile, the customer service I experienced was absolutely horrendous.
I wasn't disclosed information about my accounts that I should have been.
On top of that, the bank was not apologetic for their screw up or for wasting my time.

I'm always that person...you know the one who says "I'll write a letter about this or I'm going to complain," but I never actually do either of those things.
I'm not the type of girl that wants to give people a slap on the wrist or get them fired.

Well today, I finally did it. I wrote a complaint and sent it off.
I wrote a very long complaint explaining my experience with the bank Saturday, Monday and today and how bad Customer Service makes me reconsider being their customer.
I highly doubt it will even be read as they're a big bank but I feel better.
I feel better in my own head, like I stuck it to the man.

Whatever business you run, if you screw up either admit it or at least be apologetic about the situation.
I'm not a big fan of the phrase "the customer is always right," but I was right. Bad Customer Service gets you nowhere in the long run and if anything you will lose your customers.

There I said it.
Now I'm done and will think back to my happy place above in the photo, where I was this morning.

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Baseball Weekend: Social Media Works!



This weekend, My husband and I went to two Orioles Baseball games.
The Baltimore Orioles vs. The Colorado Rockies.
We were lucky enough to be season ticket holders this season and didn't use tickets to two of the games so we swapped them out for this past weekend.

What was great about being at Camden Yards this weekend was that MASNorioles (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network) was having a promotion called MASN Social Media Weekend.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday...you could tweet or instagram to win seat upgrades and autographed "Swag."

....and well I was pretty determined to win.


The very wonderful, Nate McLouth



So Saturday, I tweeted away and instagramed (just created a new verb) photos attempting to win.
The service was terrible on my phone because I'm sure many hundreds of fans were also trying to enter.
Since I seemed slightly disappointed when we didn't win, my husband said "It's okay, we can try again tomorrow."

So we did.
On Sunday, we tried again and I thought if I didn't win it wouldn't be a big deal.
The weather was beautiful out (besides a few rain drizzles) and my husband is the best company.


This is the photo I put up on my Instagram attempting to win some O's Swag.

It was the third inning and all of a sudden two young women in MASN t-shirts came down to our section looking for "Jenn."
"Are you Jenn? Are you Jenn?" They asked the woman seated in front of us.

My husband and I both ecstatic, I yell, "I'm Jenn!"
One of the women proceed to tell us and the rest of our section, "Jenn has just been upgraded because she follows MASNorioles. Here are your tickets behind home plate!"
Our section went a little crazy as if they had won and the women proceeded to pass out t-shirts to some of the kids seated around us.

We then posed for a picture and went off on our way to Section 40.
The best seats we have ever had in Camden Yards.


This picture was posted on @MASNorioles's twitter, I was one of five fans that won.

And I won, just for tweeting to MASN! :)



I'm happy to say you can really win things from Social Media.
Twitter helped give me and my husband awesome seats and a great day at the ballpark.

I hope everyone has a great Monday and a lovely week. Cheers!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Diamond Candle Review and Giveaway!

The wonderful people over at Diamond Candles sent me a fantastic candle to review.

I had been wanting to check out their candles for a while, you see their candles are not only all natural soy deliciously scented candles, they also contain jewelry!
Yes, in every Diamond Candle there is a ring that can be valued either at $10, $100, $1000, and $5000 US Dollars. Wow.

With the help of my husband, we picked a Strawberry Bliss scented candle.
Diamond Candles shipped very fast and securely.



We're big candle people and light them about daily in our house.
When opening up the box, we were surprised at the size of the candle and the scent. Both were great!

Let me tell you, the candle burns so clean and filled up our living room with the scent of Fresh Strawberries.
We burned it for a couple of hours for three nights and then noticed the top of the foil in the molten wax.

Here are some photos of extracting and revealing the Surprise Ring Inside.


Diamond Candles suggest that you blow the candle out and then remove the ring with a pair of tweezers.


I easily pulled the ring out without and resistance.


Each ring is wrapped in foil with the ring protected by a small plastic ziplock bag.


Here I am wiping some of the extra wax off onto a paper towel.


Peeling the Foil!



I got super excited at this point as my husband was snapping the Camera away...


Oooooh! Ahhhh! It's a ring alright.


It wasn't stamped on the inside which makes me think it's worth $10 but it's lovely and high quality.



Overall, I am super impressed with Diamond Candles and can see myself buying them regularly.
They're natural soy candles and sustainable! Woo.
The surprise rings are a fun touch...and potentially worth something!
They're also cheaper than many other candle brands on the market.
They would make great gifts for any lady in your life.

Interested in learning more about Diamond Candles?
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So besides giving me a candle to review for my blog, the generous Diamond Candles has offered to giveaway a free candle to one of my readers! Woohoo! Use the Rafflecopter form to enter below.

To make this more fun for me, feel free to leave a comment on which candle you would pick if you won and thank Diamond Candles for being so generous!

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Disclosure: I was not compensated financially for this post, however, I did receive the product directly from the company. All opinions are honest and my own. Winner will receive a code for a free candle to be directly sent from Diamond Candles.