An Autumn Night at Home

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Something about Autumn just stirs the soul. The crisp air, the beautiful leaves, and a quiet night at home after a long week of work and school make for a perfect combination.

The perfect dinner is a rich and hearty soup. Chicken tortilla is one of my families favorites!

Quick Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 Package of Bear Creek Chicken Tortilla Soup Mix
4 cups water
1 (32 oz) box of low sodium chicken broth
1 Rotisserie Chicken leftovers shredded
1 can Kidney Beans undrained
1 cup frozen corn
Corn chips
Sour Cream
Shredded cheese

  1. In a large soup pot bring broth and water to boil.  Add soup mix a little at a time whisking to break up clumps. Lower heat and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  2. Add shredded chicken, entire can of kidney beans and frozen corn. Let simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Serve hot and top with crushed tortilla chips, a dollop of sour cream and a handful of shredded cheddar cheese.

The perfect ending to this type of night is a family movie night with a roaring fire if you have one!




Clean Living: Old Factory Hand Poured Candles

Clean Living Old Factory Candles

I love candles but it is difficult for me to go out and buy scented candles because so many of them are too strong or the synthetic fragrances used to scent them will trigger a migraine. The only candle I really buy that doesn’t make me sick is Macintosh Apple from the Yankee Candle shop.  So, I was really excited when Rachel from The Old Factory contacted me and asked me to review their soy based candles made with essential oils and cotton paper wicks.

FullSizeRender2Soy candles burn more cleanly than paraffin candles so they off-gas less. Further, fragrance contains phthalates which has over twenty years of research showing that they mess with hormone levels and reproductive health.  Scary!  Essential oils don’t contain phthalates.  Further, some poorly crafted candles or candles produced in other countries and imported here have been shown to use lead in their wicks.  There is NO safe level for lead contamination.

I told Rachel I would be happy to review the candles they sent me and leave a fair review of the product. In the mean time I went to Amazon to view all the candles they sold and check out the price.  Old Factory candles come in three packs in a wide range of scents.  I was also surprised to see that they had a number of “male” inspired scents as well as the traditional floral, holiday, and fruit ones that women are so fond of.

A three pack of candles from Amazon costs $30.99 but they are currently on sale for $25.  The good news is that they qualify for free shipping if you spend $35 through Amazon, so add on a new book or some other item to avoid S&H.

FullSizeRender3I requested the Spa Gift Package with comes with Cucumber, Green Tea and Lemongrass. When the candles came I will say that I was a little surprised by their size.  Each candle is two ounces in size.  I think in my mind I was expecting them to be larger, something similar in size to an Airwick or Glade candle.  Still, there was no denying the quality of them.

First off, the glass jars are very cute and well made. Once my candles are all used up I have every intention of keeping the jars and repurposing them.  Each candle smelled exactly as labeled.  I think my favorite one was the Green Tea.  I burned a different candle in my room each night until I tried all three and I was very happy with the aroma in the room.  The entire room was scented pretty quickly.  The lemongrass is naturally a stronger smell so I recommend using that one in a larger room.  It did over-power my bedroom after a while.  Each candle is guaranteed to burn for 20 hours. FullSizeRender4

Another plus to the candles are that they are made 100% in the USA so if you believe in buying local or supporting small businesses this is a great company to support.

Because the packaging is so cute I can honestly see myself purchasing some of these to use as hostess gifts in the coming holiday season. I know I will be giving a cute, fun, and safe gift to friends and loved ones.

To check them out for yourself click on the pictures or click the link right here:  Old Factory Candles at Amazon

**Full Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post.  I will not make a commission from any clicks from my website.  My only compensation was a single three pack of candles to try for review.  My opinions written here are honest and genuine. 

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