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Old Factory Candles Review and Giveaway!

I am a self-confessed coffee lover and candle lover. That is why testing this product is like hitting two birds with one stone! I was so excited when I received the candles. I specifically chose to order these scents mainly because I haven’t yet bought a candle with a coffee scent.




The packaging is really cute. The box and bottles are something you can reuse afterwards. One box comes with 3 candles, each with a different scent. The ones I received are Coffee Bean, Hazelnut and Chai Tea. They are collectively called as Coffee Shop. 🙂

These candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming wicks, and premium fragrance oils. According to the company, the candles burn clean and even for 20 hours. It has always been my preference to choose clean burning candles so that’s plus points for this product.

Coffee Bean

Coffee Bean



Chai Tea

Chai Tea


I have tested each and I’m now burning the Chai Tea while I’m writing this. I’ve noticed that they do burn clean. Because the candles are made from natural soy wax (produced from soy beans), they produce very little soot and they are less likely to trigger allergies than artificial waxes. The scents are spot on. The strongest scent out of these three is Hazelnut. It filled out the room with its scent right away when I lit it. The Coffee Bean scent smells like a mild scent of coffee. The most calming of them all is the Chai Tea.

These are candles that I would definitely buy. These candles are also perfect gift ideas. There’s a scent available for every room in your house. Old Factory offers the following scents:



The candles are available on Amazon through the link below:


And YOU, my dear reader, are lucky because you have a chance to win a candle set of your choice by joining the giveaway I’m hosting for Old Factory Candles. Please check out the rules before joining. No purchase necessary! Click the link below to join! 🙂

Old Factory Candles Giveaway!


Dot&Dot Slim Packing Cubes

If there’s one thing I would always love to do, it is to travel and explore the world. I would always take the chance to travel and I usually prefer to fly. That’s why I was so happy when I was given the chance to review this travel organizer because I would definitely use this product.


Number one on the list of essentials when I travel is to list everything that I need to bring and then depending on how long that list is, I will then decide what type of bag to use. Of course for long travels, a bigger luggage is a must especially when I travel out of the country. A lot of times I tend to stash last minute stuff that I happen to remember on the exact date of my flight and just put those things in between clothes or the sides or anywhere I can squeeze them in which is definitely easy to do but once you start to unpack or let’s say, you just need that one little thing and you can’t find it and you have to dig in and in doing so you just messed up all the contents of your bag. Traveling can be chaotic yes, but a little organizing once hurt. 🙂 The slim packing cubes I received has a mesh design so this is different from the organizers I have used before. This product is very ideal because you don’t have to open each little bag or organizer if you’re looking for a specific item because with its mesh design, you can easily see the contents of each organizer.

This is how it looks. I used one for all my electronic stuff (charger, cords, portable hard disk etc). Another one for my undergarments..another one for my meds and I was able to sneak in 2 bottles of my favorite spreads! See, these are described as slim but you can put a LOT of items inside. I also noticed that even if you’re not able to pack each organizer to its full capacity, it somehow adjusts to any free luggage space. I still have one packing cube to fill! I think my shoes will definitely fit inside that one. 🙂


The ones I received are color gray but they have a variety of colors to choose from depending on your personality. These cubes have a little handle at the top so you can also hang them or carry them. This product is also ideal organizer/bag for packed lunches, gym stuff organizer, car organizer or anything you can think of. 🙂

If you want to know more about this product, please visit SLIM PACKING CUBES – TRAVEL ORGANIZER.

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

Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution

Who would say no to a product with so many uses? I always go for value for money products and I feel very lucky that I was chosen to try Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution. I received this product for free through Dr. Teal’s and Smiley360.


At first glance, I initially thought that this is a soaking solution only but when I received the product, I was surprised to find out that Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt can also be used for the following:

– soothe sore muscles
– relieves tired feet
– as a detoxifying soak
– post-shower spa treatment
– hair volumizer
– facial exfoliation
– sunburn relief
– relieves dry lips
– bee sting remedy
– splinter remedy
– natural sleep aid

So many uses! You might ask yourself – but what is Epsom salt? Epsom salt is a pure mineral compound of magnesium sulfate in crystal form. According to the national academy of sciences, most American’s are magnesium deficient. It helps the body regulate over 325 enzymes and plays an important role in many bodily functions, like muscle control, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. While both magnesium and sulfate can be absorbed through the stomach, studies show soaking in a bath enriched with Epsom salt increases magnesium levels.


After doing my own research about the product, I became more excited to experience the benefits of Epsom salt. There are different types of Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution and the one I received is Soothe and Sleep with Lavender. I tried it as a bath soak. As instructed, I added 2 cups of Epsom salt to a bathtub of warm water. I soaked for about 15-20 minutes and yes, it is very relaxing! I immediately felt the effect on my legs. I sit for long hours during work so a bath soak with Epsom salt really relaxed my muscles and I felt better afterwards.  I’m planning to use it as a hair volumizer next time. 🙂

*Epsom salt baths are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have any questions of a medical nature, please consult with your physician.

To know more about the product, visit Dr. Teal’s.

To know more about the uses and benefits of Epsom salt, click HERE.

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 “I received a free product for the purpose of my review. Opinions are 100% my own.”

Influenster Goodies!

I rarely join online contests so I was surprised when I won these goodies from Influenster a few weeks back. Just got these in the mail earlier today. I’m a happy asian! 🙂



TOMS Surprise Sale EXTENDED until October 20! (Promo ended)

SURPRISE!!! Sale extended and ends October 20! Still up to 45% off! Just click on the link below 🙂

Sale Extended! Up to 45% off TOMS plus save an additional 5% for registered users during the TOMS Surprise Sale with code SURPRISEGIFT at! Sale ends 10/20.

As a reminder, the additional 5% off using the promotional code SURPRISEGIFT is only valid for registered TOMS users and can only be used once.


Shop for a limited time for up to 45% off TOMS shoes, sunglasses, and clothing for women, men, and kids. TOMS is in business to help change lives. It’s a big job, and TOMS doesn’t do it alone. With TOMS customers and Giving Partners, TOMS transforms everyday purchases into a force for good around the world. With every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.®

Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil + Giveaway!

I have this habit of checking out the ingredients of almost everything that I buy and you can find tea tree oil as one of the most common ingredients in bheauty products. So I was pretty excited to receive one bottle of Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil for free and to share one free bottle to my readers. 🙂




So what exactly is tea tree oil? It comes from the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree and it has been a medicinal tradition in the wilds of Australia for centuries. Below are some of the modern uses of tea tree oil:

– skin care
– first aid
– household cleaning
– hair care
– aromatherapy
– feminine care
– chronic illnesses
– dental care





The one above is the bottle I received from Apothecary Extracts. It’s packaged air tight in a dark colored bottle for a reason: light and air exposure are enemies of the tea tree oil. Storing it in a dark colored bottle allows the oil to stay as close to its original state. I did a skin test when I received this product and good thing, I did not experience any skin irritation or any other side effects. The product comes with an ebook “53 Uses of Tea Tree Oil” with complete steps on how to make your own body scrub, deodorant, lip balm, shampoo, conditioner, itch relief, toothpaste, mouthwash, oil diffuser, air freshener, bath salts, detergent, toilet cleaner, dryer sheets, oven cleaner and a lot more!




I’m hosting the giveaway below together with Apothecary Extracts. This isfor US residents only and an Amazon account is required to claim the prize.

Click here for a chance to win 1 bottle of Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil!!!


To know more about the product -> Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil on Amazon

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Win a $20 Starbucks Gift Card and Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil! #AllTreatsNoTricks

Hello everyone! I’m hosting this giveaway as part of the All Treats, No Tricks Giveaway Hop! This is your chance to win one or more prizes from over 100 bloggers participating in this event! The event starts today October 16, 2014 and ends on October 31, 2014.

I am giving away ONE $20 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD which I will send to the winner’s email as an e-gift! 🙂 This giveaway is for US residents only and is not sponsored by Starbucks, I just love their coffee so I’m sharing some love. 🙂 Plus, I have added one more giveaway for 1 bottle of the very useful Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil! (Promo for the Tea Tree Oil ends on October 23)

So what are you waiting for? Hop in and click the link below to join! 🙂

*****Win a $20 Starbucks Gift Card!*****



Welcome to the first annual “All Treats, No Tricks” Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers & Up All Night Blogging! We are a group of bloggers that specialize in giveaway hops – so stay with us and you will have many chances to win some amazing prizes! Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 – and some are much more than that! Be sure to visit them all – there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! Good Luck and Have Fun!

Click the frog below to hop along and enter lots of other great giveaways!





TOMS Surprise Sale! (promo ended)

TOMS Surprise Sale


Check out the link below 🙂

Up to 45% off TOMS! Plus save an additional 5% for registered users during the TOMS Surprise Sale with code SURPRISEGIFT at! Valid 10/10-10/17.

A few more days left for a chance to avail discounts up to 45% off! Shop for a limited time for up to 45% off TOMS shoes, sunglasses, and clothing for women, men, and kids. TOMS is in business to help change lives. It’s a big job, and TOMS doesn’t do it alone. With TOMS customers and Giving Partners, TOMS transforms everyday purchases into a force for good around the world. With every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.®

Happy birthday, Trees!

My colleague once said that women can leave three lasting legacies: write a book, give birth, and plant a tree.

Today, the trees I planted turned 6 years old. 🙂

Yes, I brought Doraemon with me 🙂 *Some of the photos were taken by (website no longer active)

When I was still working for IBM in 2008, I joined a company-wide tree planting activity.  We all hiked to Ipo Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan, Philippines. It took us hours to get to the tree planting site and it just felt great to give back to Mother Nature. At the time, there is an alarming rate of deforestation in the area and several mountaineers also did their part in planting trees.

It is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. The trees are now 6 years old and I couldn’t imagine how tall they are. Anytime is the best time to plant a tree. In this ever-changing world, where only a small portion of the world are caring about trees, it doesn’t hurt to take the initiative to plant even just one tree. You can start leaving a legacy and making your mark in saving the Earth.

When will you start? 🙂