November 25, 2013

MIMM #17 and Breathe Deeply and FIND A GIFT!


I don't really have much to say about this weekend-which is kind of great. I wasn't as productive as I wanted-I'm going to blame that on the freezing cold weather and my drafty apartment which made it difficult to move from the couch. 

Friday night I celebrated getting my first publication  from a work project (and first author at that!) officially published on the interwebs with drinks and staying up way too late. 

Waking up with a headache and far too little sleep made running in the cold Saturday morning not at the top of my list of things I'd like to be doing, but I couldn't let my peeps down and the run went by quickly! I definitely have my eye on a pair of Under Armour coldgear running tights because I can't survive the winter without some super warm clothes! The rest of the day included lots of coffee, naps,movies and ice cream! 

Sunday was a day of sleeping in and football. I also got a bunch of homework done and even trekked to Whole Foods-it's been a while. 
I managed to escape Whole Foods with a bill of less than $50 which is a miracle

I've got a fun weekly feature I'll be doing from now until Christmas on the blog called Breathe Deeply and Find A Gift! Each week I'll share a unique gift you can give someone (or yourself!) this holiday season.  There will also be giveaways  and coupons for these great gifts mixed in, to get you started on that holiday shopping! Today I have a great gift for co-workers, teachers, or friends. 


I'm a big fan of candles, especially around the holidays with all the amazing seasonal scents.  I have most of my big family gifts bought or in the works already (go me!) but am always looking for a versatile gift-one that is great for a friend or to give to the host of a party.  However, I always feel like giving someone a candle from my go-to candle emporiums Yankee Candle or Bath and Body Works is a bit impersonal, especially when I know how many candles I receive and buy around the holidays.  I was excited to discover Prize Candle which makes for a fun gift! Prize Candles are all-natural, scented, soy candles and come with a bonus. Each candle comes with a surprise inside-a ring valued anywhere from $10-$5,000. It's the Cracker Jack of candles-except you are getting a much snazzier ring. I actually don't think Cracker Jack even gives out rings anymore, which is disappointing. 

The candles come in a variety of scents including Pumpkin Spice, Mountain Sage, and Mulled Wine-which I received.  The Mulled Wine scent isn't as strong as I'd like, but the candle is  very long-burning because I haven't even gotten close to my prize yet! Once you can spot a prize in your candle, you let the wax cool and use some tweezers to pull out the prize pouch and unwrap your ring. You can type a code that came with your ring into the appraisal section of the Prize Candle website to find out how much it's worth! 


You can order your Prize Candle here ! I burned the candle for most of the evening last night and still have yet to get my prize out but once I will-I'll be sure to update!

Disclaimer: I was sent a candle from Prize Candles to review in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are my own!

Also I'm super excited for the Elf 4 Health challenge that started today. Today's challenge is to have a Meatless Monday. For me that means my usual oatmeal for breakfast, a smoothie and protein bar for lunch, and a sushi date night for dinner. Easy peasy. 


How was your weekend? Have you started your holiday shopping yet?


  1. i LOVE candles. like love love. they burn around my condo most days. these are so cute.

    1. Yeah I'm a bit of a candle addict but I love a nice smelling apartment!

  2. Wait that candle is so cool. I need a weekend to just do nothing. Aka what I plan to do for the entire week that I'm home aside from the family festivities.

    1. Being home and doing nothing is wonderful. I did it for most of this week/weekend too :)

  3. Hi Lauren!
    Great job getting up and running after an evening of fun and drinks. Sometimes running in the cold is nice...if it's not too cold :)
    I love your idea about a weekly gift, I'll be back to get more ideas! Thanks :)

    1. I agree with the cold-not TOO cold haha. Thanks for reading!

  4. You had me at "prize". I have to get one of these candles. What a cute idea!

  5. Those are awesome candles!

    Congrats on the publication!!! I can't imagine how awesome that feels. My husband works for the government, not the same I know, but they do thrive on publications, and he is always soooooo relieved when his work gets out.

    I'm excited for you to be posting these lists - I'm always looking for unique gifts!

    1. Thanks-science work is all about publications! Glad you will keep reading!