Jackpot Candle Review


If you haven't seen the explosion around the internet lately about the new craze with the candles containing jewelry in them, they are popping up everywhere. It's a new thing and creating a lot of popularity. I have to admit, I am a sucker for these. I love candles. But what is better than a candle? A candle with a prize inside. And what's better then a prize inside your candle? A prize worth up to $5,000. Yes, now that is something to get excited about, isn't it?

A new company called Jackpot Candles is new to the scene of the jewelry in candles contacted me to do a review. I couldn't tell you how excited I was because I love these types of things. People who know me know I love candles. I used to only ask for two things in life: Picture frames and candles. But I was so excited to try this one because you get a prize inside.

What is so great about this company? All candles are 100% handmade in the USA soy wax product we make contains a jewelry item based on your selection. You can choose between earrings, a necklace or a ring in your size choice. That's awesome! No need to worry about a ring that is too big or too small. Not to mention, you may be a lucky winner to get one that is worth a lot of money.

I was able to choose the scent I wanted and let me tell you, it was a hard choice. There were so many awesome scents that I didn't know which one to choose. I finally decided on one with the help of my 8 year old. We decided to try out the Hot Fudge Brownie candle. Seriously, I was drooling just thinking about the name LOL. I couldn't wait to know what that smelled like. With the weather being so cold and all the snow we have on the ground, this seemed like the perfect cold weather scent. Just like hot chocolate in a candle but even better. A fudge brownie.

I also decided to go with the choice of a ring. I don't wear earrings and I do like necklaces, but really wanted to see if I could find a really cool ring. So I chose that with the candle.

So when the candle arrived, I was not wasting anytime opening it up and trying it out. The candle smelled amazing right even out of the box and not even lit yet. 

 So I decided there was no better time to start lighting this baby then right that second! I started burning the candle at 2:30pm. Within five minutes of burning, I immediately smelled the room fill with the scent of chocolate. It was really awesome. Who doesn't love a chocolate smelling room?
I let the candle burn until 12:30am the next morning when I decided it was time to try and head to bed. There was still no sight yet of the ring. But I was getting excited about hoping to see it in the morning after I would start it back up again.

I woke up and lit the candle again at 7:15am the next day. By 9:40am, the foil with the ring started to appear through the wax. Yippee!!! But it wasn't ready yet to come out. So I still had to wait some more and let it continue burning.
The smell still continued to fill the room. Chocolate heaven galore! Finally, at 2:10pm, the foil was exposed enough that I could dig out the piece and find what ring was in store for me.

I scooped out the foil. The ring is wrapped in foil to protect it from the damage the wax could cause to it.
Once I opened the foil, there was a little plastic bag which protected the ring even more. I unrolled the bag and the ring was exposed. It had a white tag attached to it.

The white label tells you about how to find out the value of your jewelry. There is a code on the other side and you have to go to their website and type in the code. It will then expose if you found a really valuable stone or just a fun piece of play jewelry. 

So I went to the website as instructed and typed in my special code. What do you think it revealed?

 If you can't read the reveal {I know it looks super small on here}, it says that my ring is worth $18.00

Ok, so I wasn't a big winner, however, it is still the most valued ring I have gotten from one of these candles before. And therefore, it makes me happy :)

So here is what the ring actually looks like:
 
It's a cute ring. I am happy with it. It's simple but it doesn't look gaudy. And as I mentioned above, it is also just the right size for me since Jackpot Candles allows you to choose which size you need.

If you are interested in your very own Jackpot Candle, head over and visit their website to look around and place an order. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. So stop by and maybe you'll be a winner of their grand prize jewelry.


*disclaimer - I received one or more of this product in exchange for a blog post. However, all opinions and views are my own. 
I give my honest review of all products/services*

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Dr. Cool Gemstone Dig Kit Review

As a homeschooling parent, it's up to me to find the best teaching resources for my child. Something that is fun, educational and keeps her interest. That is when I came across the Dr. Cool Gemstone Dig Kit. I was super excited to be able to grab one for review. I knew my daughter would love the hands on learning from this.

My second grade daughter has shown a lot of interest in rocks. She loved when we did our Geology unit. She decided to start collecting rocks and examining them. They are so fascinating to her. So I knew this dig kit would be a perfect fit for her interests. I think the Dr. Cool Dig Kits are so inventive and intriguing to children. They love exploring and learning when they don't know they actually are!

Here is what their website says about the product:

Excavate 3 real gemstone specimens with this incredible hands-on excavation kit. Buried within a gemstone-shaped digging brick, your treasure hunter will dig out a real amethyst crystal, a quartz crystal point and a tiger's eye specimen! This hands-on adventure science kit is a great way to start a rock and mineral collection and includes an excavation tool, brush, and magnifying glass. There’s also a wonderful full-color information guide (written by teachers) so that you can identify and learn about each gemstone. Plus there’s an activity booklet with 10 fun games, puzzles, and challenges to complete. This is a must-have gift for the rock hound or treasure hunter in your family!

AWARDS WON: Preferred Choice Award - Creative Child Magazine 2012 and Seal of Excellence - Creative Child Magazine 2012

So here is what the packaging looks like on the front, inside and back:
And once we opened it up, we found a bunch of fun things all inside waiting to be used.

  • Excavate real quartz, tiger’s eye, and amethyst gemstones with this hands-on digging kit
  • Kit includes digging tool, brush and magnifying glass & is a great way to start a rock & mineral collection
  • Perfect gift for any kid aged 6-12 that is interested in rocks, science, geology, or paleontology
  • The 12-page info guide is filled with cool science facts about gemstones and was written by teachers
  • Activity booklet contains 10 wonderful puzzles and games for hours of extra fun and learning
So the digging began! My daughter was really excited to start this. She had already reviewed the Real Bug Dig Kit and had loads of fun with that one. This one was a bit more trickier for her though. It took a lot longer to dig through and uncover the three stones. But once she did find them, she was really excited!
We made a video of the actual dig! It took a total of about an hour to get all three stones out of the mold. But once they were out, we had a lot of fun analyzing and researching them with the information provided in the booklets.



Overall thoughts:
This was our second Discover With Dr. Cool kit and my daughter liked it but preferred the other one better. This kit took too much time for her to dig through the plaster and she started to become a bit frustrated with it. I took over at one point to help speed up the process. She told me that she would recommend this to someone 20 years old LOL .... but once the rocks were all out of the mold, she did enjoy observing them. I do think this kit was pretty cool. But the time it took was a bit too long to hold an 8 year old's interest. I do like the three rocks she got in the kit though. Her favorite she said was the Amethyst. She loved the purple color of it and said she recognized it from jewelry she had seen before.
You can purchase this kit on Discover With Dr. Cool's website or on their Amazon page. You will also find additional kits there as well to discover with your children. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

That's Right, Cause It's My Birthday

Well today is not just an ordinary day. Today is MY day. That is right! It's all about me. And I'm darn proud of that.
Ah yes, another year older... another year that has past. I feel like I'm getting old. I feel like I'm starting to look old (yuck). I need to remind myself I'm going to be 19 again.. over and over and over. How many times can one turn 19? LOL Well, 19 has been a while for me. But that's ok. I can still pretend, right?
 
No I'm not Abby...no I am not. Though....nope. I still am not.


So this is actually how I feel today:

Ok, so maybe I won't be doing all those things. Birthdays are not what they used to be. My husband doesn't celebrate birthdays {it is against his religion} and so there isn't anything special done for me around here. No going out, no presents, no Happy Birthday {except for my mom and everyone who Facebook reminded}. But you know, I'm getting used to it. Maybe one day there will be a small celebration. But until then, I just party in my head and tell myself how awesome I am because IT"S MY BIRTHDAY!!! Party Like A Rockstar.




Since there isn't any celebration plans for me, I decided to do my birthday manicure. This time though, I went really simple. So much chaos and stress has happened in the last few weeks, I needed something to remind myself it's time to just unwind, to relax, and just take a moment to breathe. So that is why I decided to do my nails very simple, yet fits with the tone.

I am wearing Julep's Aretha {March Birthstone Polish}. I love Julep's Birthstone Collection and was lucky to get the entire collection as a Christmas present this year. So I knew that for my birthday, I wanted to wear the March Birthstone Polish. It was named after Aretha Franklin.

So here is my simple birthday mani. And no, I didn't do any clean up work so the photos are what they are. Next time I'll do some clean up work to it but for now, I'm just going to leave as is.
 This was in artificial lighting. The one below gives a better view of the actual color in daylight....


So what are you wearing on your nails? Do you do something fun or fabulous for your nails on your birthday?

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