Interviews: Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

Interviewers ask where you want to be in five years because they are gauging: 1) Your ambitions – Are you someone who is looking to learn? Do you have drive? Are you willing to work hard? Are you satisfied with complacency?, 2) Your relationship with reality – Are you applying for an entry-level position and see yourself as a CEO in only five years?, 3) Your devotion and loyalty – Are you planning on leaving the company after they have invested money into your training and success? With the power to understand where the question is coming from, you have the power to adjust your answer to the interviewer.
Most likely you are being interviewed by someone from the department you’re applying to, probably a manager. As an interviewee, we must assume that person has worked hard to be in the position he/she is in, and what does someone who has worked hard want? Recognition. That’s why one of the best answers you can give is, “In five years, I see myself on the path to become a (manager/insert name of that person’s position), because I plan on growing and learning from the company as much as I plan on contributing to the company’s growth.” You want to establish yourself as someone committed to learning, with aspirations, and a personal steady growth-model. By choosing the position of the interviewer, you’re inadvertently complimenting the interviewer, as well as setting personal goals.
Of course, there are caveats to this. If you happen to be interviewed by the CEO of the company, you want to say that you see yourself working in management, helping to steward a team to motivate and inspire. If you’re being interviewed by someone in the same position you’re currently applying for, you can also use the management point.
No matter what position you are applying for, the key to any interview success is research. Know the company you’re applying to, and know their hierarchical structure. If you can’t find this information through basic research, it’s okay to structure your response with a question first: “I would like to continue to grow with this company in five years, but could you explain to me the opportunities that could become available?” As always, be true to yourself; if you really can’t see yourself with this company in five years, consider other opportunities.

A Candle in the Darkness

As per my annual tradition, every year around Halloween, I tell my students stories. Today, I will be entering class and telling a story about Josie. Josie, who at 7 years old, saved my life.

Sitting in a classroom on an unusually warm February afternoon, she came back to me. I had pushed it out of my mind. The whole thing happened so many years ago, twenty-five to be exact, that I’m surprised I remember the details as vividly as I do.

I remember it being sunny outside. A bubbly seven-year-old whose desire to chat superseded all else, I was not paying attention to the teacher as usual. I was daydreaming out the window. My, the trees’ leaves were so green. BANG! My desk-mate smacked me in the head with a crayon. I turned to her and started laughing.

“Now Kristen, you better behave yourself! Today is not the kind of day to be joked with!”

According to Miss Junneman, it never was. She hated me. For a second grade teacher, she was not very nurturing. The problem was that they decided to mainstream our school and I was so bored. We were learning how to spell words like “Cat” and “Rat,” words I learned how to spell in kindergarten; I was not being challenged enough. I made my own fun.

“Kristen Fusaro! Turn around! Pay attention!… Don’t give me that look. You were NOT paying attention…Don’t you dare raise your eyebrows at me! What is 10 times 10 then, Miss Smartypants?”

“One Hundred.”

“That is no excuse. Pay attention… 5 times 6?”

“(Sigh) Thirty, Miss Junneman.” Boy, I would have sure loved to throw a sock at her. I could not wait until recess so I could play with Josie and we could complain about Miss Junneman. She made me so mad that I doodled a picture of her with goblin teeth and horns.

“Kristen, what are you doing NOW?”

My goodness, when did this woman have time to teach? She was always so busy yelling at me.

“Okay, I’m going to bring you all down for lunch. Two lines. Size order.”

Finally! I could sit and eat lunch with Josie and get away from this horrible woman.

“Kristen, you are eating lunch with me today upstairs.”

No way! You have GOT to be joking! This woman lives just to make my life miserable. Who is Josie going to sit with? I HATE Miss Junneman. I hate her. I hate her. I hate her.

“Miss Junneman, can I please eat lunch with everyone else today?”

“After the way you behaved, absolutely not!”

I drudged down the halls with everyone else knowing I will be seeing the same halls on the way back up to the classroom in just a moment from now. I ran my fingers over the tiles. It was so cold. For a day so sunny I felt so cold. I wished I could talk to Josie. Josie would understand that Miss Junneman is just picking on me. Josie missed Mrs. Brooks, our first grade teacher, as much as I did. Brrrr! Why am I so cold?

“Miss Junneman, can I get my sweater out of the closet, please?”

“It is May, Kristen. It is NOT cold outside. You are just stalling because you are mad that you have to eat lunch with me!”

What does stalling mean? “Miss Junneman, I’m really cold.”

“Not another word out of you or I will call your mother.”

Lunch, as you could imagine, took forever that day. I picked at my peanut-butter and jelly sandwich, not eating any of it, just poking it. Miss Junneman received a phone call. She came back, ghostly white, and sat down.

“Kristen, I want you to go back downstairs and have recess with the rest of the kids.”

YESS!! I was so excited. I could play four-squares with Josie! Before I ran down the stairs, I grabbed the sweater I had sitting in the closet since January. I didn’t care about the rest of my lunch so I just threw it in the trash and joined my peers outside. I ran straight to Josie.

“Hi Kristen, wanna play four-squares?”

“Of course! I hate Miss Junneman. She’s so mean to me.”

“Don’t worry; everything will be better one day. Hey Kristen…Don’t forget me, okay?”

“Forget you? Why would I forget you?”

“When you get older and you learn how to drive, don’t forget me.”

“What the heck are you talking about, Josie? You’re so weird sometimes.”


Recess was over already. We ran back into the large group of first, second, and third graders. Somewhere in the commotion, I lost Josie. It didn’t matter anyway; since they mainstreamed us, Josie and I weren’t in the same class anymore.

We all settled down and got ready to listen to Miss Junneman again. She seemed very sad. She had a tissue in her hand, it was crumpled and missing the right corner; it was torn apart.

“Children. I have some very sad news. I just got a phone call. The reason why Josie did not come to school today was because she was hit by a drunk driver on the way to school. Children, she was killed in the accident.”

My world turned purple. Then red. Flashes of yellow. Then finally, it turned black. When I lifted my eyelids again, it felt like they weighed a thousand pounds. I was just talking to Josie; this couldn’t be possible.

Years passed. I grew up and I was okay. I had gotten over everything that happened. I don’t remember the mourning period. All I remember was that I spoke to Josie in the schoolyard that day. I told my parents, but no one else. I guess they brushed it off as my way of dealing with it. I guess after sometime, I did too.

Then I was suddenly nineteen years old. My friends and I went out together. My friend got drunk, and she was the one driving. It came time for us to leave and she wanted to drive. Josie flashed into my head…

“When you get older and you learn how to drive, don’t forget me.”

“Er, guys, I think she’s way too drunk to get behind the wheel.”

“Don’t be so paranoid, Kristen, geez.”

“She’s really not in good shape, maybe someone else who hasn’t been drinking should drive.”

“Kristen, we’ve all been drinking. It’s her car, just get in.”

“When you get older and you learn how to drive, don’t forget me.”

“Guys, count me out. I’ll call a cab.”


They got into a terrible accident that night. “If ghosts do not appear to validate faith, then faith remains just that – faith rather than fact…it needs to be acknowledged that our ghosts are also comforting to us” (Weinstock 6). While everyone knows that one should not drink and drive, it often becomes a faith issue. People sometimes take it for face value, and not to heart. I took Josie’s words to heart. She comforted and protected me in the only way she could, as herself. Her ghost saved my life; she was the candle in the darkness.


Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew. “The Spectral Turn”. Spectral America: Phantoms and the National Imagination. The University of Wisconsin Press. Popular Press, 2004.

Shop Small on Saturday

You’ve heard of it on Social Media. Maybe you got a notice from American Express.  Wherever the information is coming from, it’s important to note – Shop Small on Saturdays. 

FAQ on Shopping Small

What does it mean to Shop Small?  It means that you opt to take your buying power into a non-chain, non-franchise, non-conglomerate business. Small business can be local brick and mortar shops, or can be small online retailers.

Why should I Shop Small?  One of the biggest reasons to shop small is the American Dream.  Small business are usually owned by individuals or families who work tirelessly to get their business up and running. These people are your neighbors who have had dreams and visions of adding something to the world.  They are not millionaires; they are everyday people. They are working to survive, to put their kids through college, to give back.  They are employing your friends and family, and maintaining a healthy community of commerce.

What are the benefits of Shopping Small?  Without any hesitation, it’s Customer Service. When you deal with a small business, you are likely dealing directly with business owners who have a vested interest in making you happy. They (WE) sincerely care about your needs and wants. They will work with you until you’re happy, and they remember who you are. It’s personal.

To give you one example, our wedding favors were around the typical price we found from chains; however, the local business we chose (who, sadly, is no longer in business), threw in gift-wrapping, jordan almonds, and labeling for FREE. Another example – During my time as Coordinator of Student Activities, I developed an excellent relationship with VisionTech, who filmed our school’s video yearbook. Know what Tony Tudda, Owner & CEO did for us? He created a beautiful film of our wedding, FOR FREE. That’s the beauty of small business.

According to Forbes Magazine, “Local business owners are more likely to give back to your community.” When you shop with a small business, you are maintaining the sanctity of community, and when small businesses survive, they’re the ones who give back to your favorite charity, your child’s school, or your local hospital (just to name a few).

But don’t small businesses charge a lot more? This is a myth. Before we opened Candle Moments, Frank and I were planning for our wedding. Not knowing much at the time, we first shopped for vendors from big-box retailers. Luckily, we had a long enough engagement that allowed us time for research. Turns out, every vendor we chose was local, and CHEAPEST.  Want a solid example? Just take a look at the prices of our candles compared to major big-box retailers (and note the difference in ingredients).

Do you have other questions about why it’s important to Shop Small? Comment below!  If you’re ready, take the pledge that you will shop small during this holiday season.   If you’re in the local NYC area, you can start by checking out all of the amazing artists and vintage retailers at Artists & Fleas this Saturday (10.31.15) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from 10am – 7pm.

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Black and White and Red All Over

It’s been a long week of candle making, grading papers, writing lessons, and just general household activities. I thought, what better way to celebrate over-the-hump Wednesday than by sharing a funny college story? Here goes…

Black and White and Red All Over

     Freshman year of college claimed many things from me. My savings account, my checking account, my hopes and dreams of becoming a famous author, but above all, my dignity.
It was an evening like any other in my good-for-something dorm room. I called up my best friend, Pam, who lived several residence halls over and demanded we have a Disney-movie night. Knowing the exciting plans I had ahead, I slugged off my pajamas, hopped into the shower, and started searching for a fresh pair of pajamas to switch into. For the decency of mankind, I decided to put on a bra.
To my chagrin, my bottle of Robitussin from my top drawer had fallen over and leaked all throughout my socks, bras, and underwear. Eh, I will put up laundry tomorrow, I figured, and proceeded to put on my now white and red-Robitussin stained bra and a black pair of underwear (which I did not realize were the most drenched at the time).
I heard a knock on my dorm door, and knowing it was Pam, and figuring she would get a good laugh, I told her to come in. Except it wasn’t Pam. It was Michael. Thehottest upperclassmen guy on my floor.
There I was in all my glory. Trying to stay cool, I said, “Oh hey, what’s up?”
“Um, I was just wondering if I could have some printer paper….I ran out.”
“Yeah, no problem!” Stay cool, stay cool.
Bending over to pick up the paper from my printer, I realized the Robitussin was leaking from my underwear down my leg.
Red and white bra. Black and red panties. Red dripping down my leg. I looked like I just walked out of the Bates Hotel.
Staring at my crotch and thighs, Michael mutters, “Uhhh, Kristen, you should really get that checked out.”
“Oh no, it’s ok, it’s just Robitussin.” Staying super smooth and ultra cool, staying super smooth and ultra cool. I hand the paper over to him.
“Yeah, well, we have mental health services on campus, too, ya know. That’s not how you take Robitussin.” And he walked out of the door.

Candle Moments Quiz – Which Collection are You?

Choosing the perfect candle scent can be a cumbersome task. There are so many varieties, it may be hard to figure out where to begin. We’ve compiled a quick quiz to help guide you to a perfect scent collection for your tastes!

Directions: Choose the answer which most closely matches your personal preferences and keep track of your responses.

  1. You finally found some downtime in your day. With this extra time, you are most likely
    1. to grab your book that you have yet to finish.
    2. to Netflix and chill.
    3. to start baking or cooking something delicious.
    4. to go shopping!
    5. to exfoliate or use a face mask.
  2. It’s the summer and you have a day off from work. What do you do?
    1. Catch a yoga class or go for a walk.
    2. Head right to the beach or pool.
    3. Grab a lunch with friends.
    4. Check out a street fair.
    5. Make an appointment to get pampered.
  3. Your boss just told you that you have to work overtime. How do you react?
    1. Take a breath and get to work.
    2. Watch the clock.
    3. Ask if there will be a dinner break.
    4. Check social media to see what everyone else is doing now.
    5. Plan for a hot bubble bath when you’ve finished burning the midnight oil.
  4. Which is your favorite holiday?
    1. Mother’s/Father’s/Grandparent’s Day – Love and cherish those who came before us.
    2. Fourth of July! Bring on the fireworks!
    3. Thanksgiving & Halloween. Helllooooo candied yams….or just candy!
    4. Black Friday!
    5. New Year’s Day – A time of fresh starts and new beginnings.
  5. If someone went digging through your bag, they would most likely find
    1. Perfume or cologne.
    2. Sunscreen.
    3. A granola bar.
    4. Coupons or a magazine cut-out.
    5. Hand cream.
  6. If you had to pick one social media outlet, and give up the rest, which would you pick?
    1. Linkedin or Google Plus.
    2. Facebook.
    3. Instagram.
    4. Twitter.
    5. Pinterest.
  7. You’re deciding on something to read, what do you grab?
    1. One of the classical canon.
    2. The latest Nicholas Sparks novel.
    3. A cook book.
    4. You scan The New York Times best-seller list.
    5. Anything self-help or motivating.
  8. What type of music do you prefer as background music?
    1. Classical or jazz.
    2. Top 40.
    3. Holiday tunes.
    4. Pandora – surprise me.
    5. Naturescapes or mood music.
  9. What is your general view of the world?
    1. Everything has its place and purpose.
    2. Make your own happiness.
    3. There’s nothing that a cold beer or glass of wine can’t make better.
    4. Carpe diem.
    5. Bring peace and serenity with you.

If you chose mostly A

You are a relaxed and focused person who would most likely enjoy our Lavender Lover Collection or our Perfect Moments Collection. 

If you chose mostly B

You are a fun person who likes to hang out; you would most likely enjoy our Beach & Summer Collection.

If you chose mostly C

You are a joyful foodie and you would most likely enjoy our Holidays & Celebrations Collection or our Foodie Collection.

If you chose mostly D

You are a trendy person and you would most likely enjoy our Limited Edition Collection or our Best Sellers.

If you chose mostly E

You are a holistic and health-minded person; you would most likely enjoy our Body Spa Collection or our So Fresh, So Clean Collection. 

Of course, this quiz is intended just-for-fun, and no person is ascribed to just one characteristic, but we certainly hope it gave you a chuckle – and perhaps even some direction!  If you’re like me, I like to see all options available to me, in which case, you can check out all of our Collections, or browse by Alphabetical Catalog. 

Holiday Fair Tips and Etiquette – Part Two

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PART TWO – For Vendors.

One of our favorite activities since starting Bath, Body, Candle Moments is attending holiday fairs and vendor shows. It’s our opportunity to engage with customers, do informal tests of the appeal of our products, and to generally socialize with people of the community. Throughout our experience at shows, we’ve learned a few tips and encountered a few breaches of etiquette that will help you, as either a vendor, an organizer, or an attendee, gain the most value from your time.

Vendor Tips and Etiquette

  1. Plan far in advance. Organizers may not have all of their information together right away, but you should contact any potential venues very far in advance and plan your calendar as such. If they’re not ready, just ask to be placed on a list-serv and follow-up in a timely fashion.
  2. If this is a new event, ask questions to determine if it’s worth your time. Whether it’s new to you, or a new event in general, ask how it’s going to be advertised, how many people are expected to attend, and how you will be able to reach the organizer. You’re there to make money, and time is the most valuable of all assets, so be sure you ask the right questions to see if you should commit.
  3. Balance the cost of the event against what your potential sales will be. Some events are very expensive to buy a table or space, make sure you have the potential to at least double your investment.
  4. Get the exact specifications. Are you renting a space, if so, how much space? Is it outside? Will the event offer you a table/chair/etc.?
  5. If you’re doing outside events, invest in a quality tent and tent weights. I can’t emphasize this point enough! I’ve seen vendors literally chasing after their tents as they fly away, and I’ve seen tents collapse and ruin products. Make this initial investment!
  6. Make your space attractive. Be creative, but clear with your design. Make it appealing and easy for customers to navigate. Keep it clean; don’t eat on top of your products, and have somewhere to store trash.
  7. Have shopping bags for purchases.
  8. Offer receipts; even if they’re handwritten, offering a receipt shows you’re serious about your business.
  9. Bring lots of change! Think about how you charge for your products and be sure you have matching change. I suggest about $150 in small bills. Most people will come with 20s, so be mindful of that.
  10. Make sure your space isn’t blocking other vendors. You want to be a good neighbor.
  11. Along with being a good neighbor means introducing yourself to other vendors and the event organizer. Making friends with neighboring vendors and the event organizer acts as a great networking tool for later.
  12. If possible, always have at least two people at your event. This is ideal, for practical reasons such as a restroom break, but also if you find yourself in a “rush,” the more hands, the better.
  13. Treat every customer kindly and with respect. Don’t just assume anything about people. Be sure to greet people as they walk by. Get up often to appear approachable.
  14. Appearance matters. Dress for success. This doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit or gown, but be clean, neat, and pressed, even if it’s wearing your company’s t-shirt. This also means having some breath-mints available; no one wants to know about your breakfast from your breath. If you smoke, and the event is outside, smoke away from the event, and have some spray for yourself.
  15. Have clear signage. Let customers be informed about what you’re offering and the prices. Make specials clear and obvious.
  16. Offer your business card or business literature to everyone, but especially to people who aren’t making a purchase. You never know who may be a future customer, and it demonstrates your value of the person over the sale.
  17. Have a place to collect email addresses, and send a follow-up email the next day or that evening. Thank customers for their visit to the fair and for the opportunity to meet them. *You should also promptly thank the event organizer.
  18. If your products are delicate by nature, be sure to wrap them for your customers. You don’t want someone going home to find a broken item.
  19. Wait until the end of the event to break down. This shows respect to the organizers and last-minute customers. We’ve all had slow events, but your job there is not just selling your product, you’re selling your brand.
  20. Advertise the event on all of your platforms. The event organizer should take main responsibility for this, but the more eyes and ears who know about it, the better for everyone.
  21. Move your car out of the customer lot. This is so important. One event we attended, none of the other vendors moved their cars, and guess what happened – people left because they had no where to park!
  22. Keep track of your inventory. This can show you what is working and what isn’t.
  23. If possible, offer the option for customers to use credit cards.
  24. If you do not want certain items touched, be sure to offer samples.
  25. Offer incentives for your customers to return to you in the future. That can simply be offering a unique discount code for their next purchase.

Do you have any other suggestions? Please feel free to comment below!

Holiday Fair Tips and Etiquette – Part One

PART ONE – For customers and event organizers.

One of our favorite activities since starting Candle Moments is attending holiday fairs and vendor shows. It’s our opportunity to engage with customers, do informal tests of the appeal of our products, and to generally socialize with people of the community. Throughout our experience at shows, we’ve learned a few tips and encountered a few breaches of etiquette that will help you, as either a vendor, an organizer, or an attendee, gain the most value from your time.

For Customers Attending Holiday Fairs

  1. Bring cash with you – preferably, smaller bills. While in this day and age, many vendors will accept credit cards at shows (we do), cash will often give you greater discounts. For example, when we accept cash at shows, we will include tax in our base price, so to the customers, it feels like you are getting a tax discount.
  2. Ask before handling goods. Most of the time, vendors will be happy to let you touch and feel their products, but sometimes, there are certain items that have a sampler. For example, we once had a customer open one of our sealed body scrubs. While we certainly are happy to let you sample our scrubs, that item was now no longer hygienic and we had to toss it aside both losing money on the item and creating an awkward situation.
  3. It’s okay to ask for a receipt. It’s always important to keep track of your purchases, and asking for a receipt can protect you if you potentially need to contact the vendor about your purchase.
  4. Arrive early! You are most likely to get the best customer service and have the most options if you are one of the early birds. Vendors are freshly set up, and you can avoid the mass of people that will always arrive late.
  5. Be polite, please. This holds especially true if you are visiting a set-up with hand-crafted goods. People who hand-make items put at a lot of time and effort into their items, it’s rude to make comments such as “Wow, that’s expensive!” or “I can make that myself!” If it’s too expensive for your taste, simply move on, and if you can make it yourself, you can surely get your own table next year.
  6. Ask questions and engage with the vendor. We don’t expect you to make a purchase simply because you’re curious. We’re happy to just talk and get to know you.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask for fair specials, but be mindful of haggling. Most vendors will offer specials for fairs, if it’s not clearly posted, go ahead and ask if there are any deals going on. But be cautious about haggling, not all fairs or events are geared towards that. The best guide is if it’s called, specifically, a flea market – vendors expect you to haggle at a flea market, at a regular holiday fair, not so much.
  8. Read the signage. A good vendor will have signs posted offering various information. Read away! Ask for a brochure or a business card.

For Event Organizers

  1. Plan your event early! Give customers and vendors plenty of notice so everyone has time to plan and attend. Make it easy for vendors to contact you about joining your event. If you have a policy about squatter vendors, make sure squatters and new vendors are aware.
  2. Please notify vendors whether or not they have been accepted in a timely manner. Time is money for most of us, and if there is no room for us, give us the opportunity to book a different event.
  3. Advertise your event. It’s so easy to advertise for free! Make a Facebook event, post it on all other forms of social media, and you can usually announce it in the local paper cheaply or free. There is nothing worse than having an event that no one shows up to. You’re not likely to get vendors to re-sign the next year if it wasn’t worth their time.
  4. Introduce yourself to each vendor. Ideally, a vendor will come up and introduce him/herself, but in the circumstance that there is a limited amount of time for set-up, make your efforts to introduce yourself.
  5. Make yourself available before and during the show. You can simply offer your cell phone number, but be available to deal with any situations.
  6. Make clear signage. If you will have vendors and activities in different parts of the area, make it clear for customers to navigate their way around. The same for vendors; make it clear where they should be set up.
  7. Be clear about expectations. If you expect vendors to be set-up by a certain time, make that clear; if you don’t want them breaking down until a certain time, make that clear, as well.
  8. Have a Plan B. If your event is outside, plan a rain-date in advance. Offer alternative solutions for varied circumstances.
  9. Plan out the floor appropriately. If you have more than one vendor of the same type of product, keep them far and away from one another. Good etiquette also suggests you inform the vendors that there will be more than one.
  10. Follow-up after the event with vendors. Invite them to make comments and suggestions for the next event. If people feel like you are giving them the opportunity to offer input, it leaves the impression that you care about their success, and that word will pass around.

I (Kristen) spent four years as an event-planner, and I am also a certified Wedding Planner. If you would like more detailed tips, or if you have specific questions about planning, please feel free to contact me directly or comment below.

The Charity Dilemma

The season of giving is coming upon us, and while we hustle and bustle to buy gifts for our loved ones, many of us open our hearts – and wallets – for charitable organizations. It’s important to remember to support those who may not be as fortunate as you are.  I’ve comprised a list of tips to help you decide how to consider your donations wisely.

Intelligent Steps to Make the Most Impact of Your Donation

  1. For many of us, we have the best intentions and want to give to every charity possible, but our budgets say otherwise. Sometimes this can leave us feeling despondent or that our donations don’t matter, but that’s false. Like the old man in the modern Starfish Fable, even a small donation creates an impact.
  2. Choosing a charity doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You don’t have to give to every charity that comes around. It’s perfectly fine for you to say “not at this time,” and be picky about where your hard-earned cash goes.
  3. When deciding on a charity, be sure it really is a charitable organization. A charity, according to the IRS, will have a 501c3 on file. This ensures you maximize your donation, as you will also be able to claim the donation on your taxes.
  4. You should also check in to see what the Charity Navigator rating is of your chosen charity. It’s important to understand that some charities spend more on marketing or on administrative payroll than on the actual cause itself.
  5. Consider personal causes. Is the vision of the charity organization in line with your own personal beliefs? Are you donating because of a personal experience, or an experience for someone you love? Are you donating in memory of someone or something, and will that charity recognize your memorial?
  6. For some people, it’s important to see the direct impact of your donation. You may want to consider smaller, local charities such as your place of worship, or your local school. There are organizations, such as Donor’s Choose, where you will actually receive letters and/or photographs showing you how your donation made such an impact. For others, it’s more about the bigger cause and the bigger mission. Either direction is fine, just know yourself and what you expect in return.
  7. Check with your employer to find out if they match your donation. Many companies will offer to match whatever your donation is (usually up to a certain maximum), which also magnifies your donation impact. If you’re unsure about your company’s matching program, you can usually connect with the Human Resources Department or your direct administrator to find out if the program is available.
  8. Another idea for charity can be buying goods where a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit certain causes. For example, Greater Good offers you the opportunity to buy different products and a portion of the proceeds goes to a charity. Candle Moments recently launched the Om Charity Candle, where $2 of every Om Charity Candle purchase is given to the ASPCA.

Whatever charity choose, and in whatever denomination, remember that you are doing good and you are making an impact on the world. If it feels right, it probably is.

 The Om Charity Candle 

Feel the Burn

Candle Moments Candle Care

*The first time you burn a soy candle is the most important!

Good Burn vs. Bad Burn

It’s key to have the time to burn your candle to get the most out of it.  To ensure the most burn time out of your candle and an even burn, candles should be burned at least 1 hour for every inch across in size that the candle is, or the melt pool should be 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch. For example…if you have a 2.5 inch wide candle (the size of most of our 16oz jars), you should burn it for at least 2.5 hours. Soy wax is special in that in “remembers” the melt pool. If you don’t have time to let the melt pool go across the candle, it will keep burning that same melt pool, thus causing the weird hole (called “tunneling”). Remember that candles should always be burned while supervised by an adult.

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Clean Your Candle!

For safety and a clean burn, it’s important to clean your candles while they’re unlit and cool. Sometimes there is a build-up of dust, lint, hair, or sediment on candles that haven’t been used in a while. It’s very important to clean these areas out for safety, as this is highly flammable, and for a clean burn.  Clean candles between each burn, after they’ve cooled off, for the best possible safe results.

Storing Candles

Always store your cooled, unlit candles in a cool, dark and dry place. Tapers or dinner candles should be stored flat to preventing warping. Avoid placing your candles where they will be directly exposed to sunlight or harsh indoor lighting, such as a spotlight. Candles may fade if they are left in bright light for an extended period of time.
(Courtesy of the National Candle Association)

Candlelit Romance

Candles are nothing short of romantic. Whether you’re giving the perfect Candle Moment as a gift, with just the right saying, or customizing it with his/her perfect scent; candles last so much longer than flowers.

Though we may be months away from Valentine’s Day, gift-giving is in the air for this holiday season, and who do people shop the most for? Of course, their spouses and lovers…well, kids probably come first, but you get the picture. I invite you to indulge your mate with one of the most unique and romantic gifts you can offer, a Lotion and Massage Candle, but before you get lost in the shea butter, I want to whisk you away to my love story.

A poem by Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo

The One. The first one. The one who was exciting. The one who left me for Europe.

Two was a nice guy. Nice guys finish last.

Three was a high school crush. Never revert to high school.

Four was after four glasses of wine.

Five, a military man, flew to Iraq then married a heroin addict.

I thought Six was Adonis. Six was Narcissus.

Lucky Seven. Seven was kind, nurturing, comfortable. Comfortable is boring.

Eight was One realizing I was the one.

I left One for Seven. After six years, I married Seven. Lucky number Seven.