Candle Empties #11 | Wax Empties

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

It's time for another set of candle empties in which I show and discuss the candles that I've completely burned up or gave up on since the last time.  As always, the video will be embedded below along with a list of products mentioned with short, rapid fire text reviews.

The Kick in the Teeth that I Needed | Jenn Begins #2

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

There are times when life gives you grief.  Other times, it gives you inspiration and hope.  It can also just rare back and kick you square in the front teeth.

Swatch It Out | Random Polishes #21

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It's finally time for a new Swatch It Out, oh yeah!  If you aren't familiar with this series, I pick seven random polishes from my collection to swatch and review here and on my youtube channel
I see which ones are worth keeping and which ones just need to retire.  So, let's just get to swatching!

[SPOILER ALERT!: this blog post is uploaded a day before the video is going live on my youtube channel.  If you don't want to have the polishes revealed until the video is live, please wait until tomorrow to read.  Thank you!!!]

Yankee Candle - Market Blossoms | Candle Review

Monday, November 21, 2016

Today, I am reviewing Market Blossoms from Yankee Candle.  This is an online exclusive scent that I purchased directly from the brand's website during a promotion. 

Official Scent Description: A wonderful gathering of scents straight from a morning at the farmer's market—fresh, happy blossoms and ripe berries bursting with flavor.

Fragrance Notes:
Top: Bergamot, Strawberry, Raspberry
Mid: Muguet, Apple, Mandarin Blossom
Dry: Sandalwood, White Patchouli, Vanilla

Swatch It Out: Random Polishes #20

Thursday, November 17, 2016

This should have been posted on May 17, 2016 when the accompanying video with live swatches went live on my youtube channel.  Somehow, it got lost in the mix.  I felt it still pertinent to post in case someone wanted to see what these polishes look like on the nail--especially on shorter nails like mine.  (Also no photoshopping!  I'm just not that cool.)

Art Journal Page: Gray | Collage Junk Journal

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

This is a very simple, yet very fun to do, collage art journal page.  I just used magazine pages, glue, and scissors.  The process was very cathartic for me, and I just love the final result!

Trying to Change Layout Today

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

UPDATE: Mobile Nav bar should be fixed now. 

EDIT: I just need to finish the nav bar links, and it should be all back and running. YAY!!!

I finally have a moment to get a layout put in that I mentioned in the "Things Are Changing" post.  Let's hope it goes smoothly.

If the site looks like a hot mess for awhile, don't be alarmed.  I never know how this is gonna go. 

Health and Beauty Empties | Mid to Late 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

It's been quite awhile since I've brought y'all an empties post that wasn't wax related.  If you aren't familiar with beauty empties, I basically hold on to all my empty bottles and containers to review the products before they hit the recycling bin for good.  I enjoy these reviews the most since they are done after a product has been repeatedly or completely used up.

As always, I've embedded my accompanying video from my youtube channel below along with quick, one line product reviews for those that ain't got time for that.  Enjoy!

Things Are Happening

Monday, October 17, 2016

If you notice some strange things around the blog in the coming days, I'm slowly making some changes in preparation for an even bigger change.

It shouldn't mess with the functionality of the site, but it may make things a bit wonky all along the way.  I could put the site on private until I am finished, but nah. :)

I started off tonight with deleting the old coupon lists off this new blog.  They are still on the old blog Spake With Twang if you should need to access them for whatever reason.  I felt they were no longer relevant (way expired) and I no longer post couponing content anymore.  (That's a whole 'nother story for a whole 'nother day.)

Next, I'll be cleaning up the tags as they got muddled in the earlier merge of my four previous blogs (Spake With Twang, Scents With Twang, Book Twang, and Sweet Tea and Pretty Polish.)

I have a long laundry list of things that I should have done months ago.  Better late than never.

I'll update y'all with any other big news as I go along.  I'll also continue to be posting content while I work on these things.

I'm excited!


Update 10/16/16

I cleaned up the tag in preparation for a big change.  I felt there was far too many and that made it difficult to navigate the site.

If you are looking for a particular brand or post, the search bar at the top is still fully functional.

I also cleared out a lot of the older, irrelevant posts that weren't getting any views over here since the merge.  It just cleans it up nicely and makes it easier on me.

(Most of the posts cleared out were: old coupon hauls, lists, old clearance haul, nail polish hauls, subscription box posts, and beauty hauls.)

I'm going to get back to it and see just how much I can get done day in between the other 9000 things I have to do.

To excitement and tons of coffee!!!!!

Wax Melt Empties #10 | Wax Empties

These are my reviews of wax melts that I've completely melted over the last couple of months.  This bunch has a lot of vendor wax in it as I finally kicked myself in the rear and made myself start using it.  After all, what good is it just sitting on my shelf collecting dust and losing scent?

Swatch It Out: Random Polish #17 | Nail Polish Swatches

Somehow this never got posted when the video went live on my youtube channel on December 21, 2015.  I'm going to go ahead and post this sans commentary in case anyone wants to be able to see the still images.  Some of these polishes are just too pretty to fully ignore. 

If you want to know my thoughts on each polish or see how it swatches in real time, check out my youtube video (

Wet n Wild - Taking the Red Eye

Pure Ice - Looks Like Rain

Sally Hansen - Metal Iced

Covergirl - Timeless Rubies

China Glaze - December to Remember

Zoya - London

Revlon Top Speed - Decadent

Revlon Top Speed - Hearts of Gold FX

Formula X by Sephora - In Like

Formula X by Sephora - In Love

Candle Empties #10 | Wax Empties

Thursday, October 13, 2016

I burn through quite a few candles still even with working all the time.  It takes dedication, madness, and a stinky house full of furry friends to forever combat.

This is a video of me reviewing all the of the candles that I have completely burned in the last few weeks.  It is a tad bit long.  So, I have provided a list below of all the candles I mention with one liner reviews as an accompaniment for those of you short on time.

Collage Art Journal Spread: Outstanding | Junk Journal

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I'm in love with the texture of this one.  This is a very simple spread using materials that would have just been thrown in the garbage can.

Wax Melt Empties | Wax Empties #9

Monday, August 29, 2016

Here are my quickfire reviews for the wax I melted from January into April 2016.  There are retail, high end, and vendor wax items included. Video is also embedded below.

Jenn Begins #1: Time to Grow

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Since I came back to blogging again 3.5 years ago, I've only written content that wasn't personal, like hauls or coupon lists, because it was easier and allowed me to keep a good distance.  Today, that changes.

For the last few years, I've not really gone much of anywhere.  Sure, I've lived and worked in several different places.  I've been able to cross paths with a wonderful and refreshingly, diverse group of people.  While this greatly expanded my view of the world and smashed through a lot of the ignorant childhood notions festering within me, most aspects of my life have stagnated.

After years of feeling like I have my personal dark cloud, I think I'm finally ready for my life to change.  I'm just so fed up that I just want to scream at the top of my lungs.

Chat, Haul, and Review #6

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Here's another Chat, Haul, and Review for y'all.  I have a mixed bag of products in this one for sure.

I had originally shot the video for these about 3 and a half months ago.  So, the reviews below will reflect my thoughts after really getting to test out the products.

Collage Art Journal Spread: Queen | Junk Journal

Monday, August 15, 2016

I had a super stressful day at work last week.  So, that means it was time to put everything else aside and make another collage journal spread. It seems to be the best thing I've found to reset my nerves.  (And it doesn't cost much of anything.)

Wax Empties #9: Candles

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wow, it's been a long time!  I thought it was about time to get my candle empties that I did 3 months ago posted.  :/ 

For those pressed for time, or just favor words over moving pictures, a full list of the candles is below complete with short, one-liner reviews.

Health and Beauty Empties | January - April 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It time again for me to review my health and beauty products that I've complete used up.  I've done a video, as well as, a list with one line reviews of each item if you are pressed for time.

About the lack of posts for the last month...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Work has just been kicking my butt this month.  There ain't no other way to say it.  I have a lot of posts that I need to finish and post, but time has just not been on my side. I've had one day off this whole month in which I did laundry like a crazy person and attempted to get the house in some kind of order.

I have one more day off coming up.  So, I hope to have some time to show this blog some more love soon.  The way my schedules have worked out for both jobs has just not been the best.  (And I had to go on an intense training trip for a week out of state that was exhausting.)  So, I've not had time for any blogging.

TLDR:  I have no plans to stop blogging.  (They will have to pry this blog from my cold, dead hands....or pay me some serious moolah. lol I'm a realist.)  My jobs are just kicking my butt this month.  And bills getting paid  and professional life progressing come before internet things.

Chat, Haul, and Review #4

Saturday, May 14, 2016

This is the fourth installment of chat, haul, and review where...well, you can probably guess what I do in these things by now.

The video is embedded below along with a product list with links in case you want to know more.

Wax Melts Empties | Wax Empties #8

Thursday, May 12, 2016

These are my opinions on some wax melts that I've used up over a period of about 3 months.  So, you may want to grab a beverage, a snack, and a comfy seat. 

Video is embedded below, as well as, short written reviews if you are pressed for time.

Candle Empties #8

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Here are my thoughts on a bunch of candles that I have finished burning.  Short, one line, reviews are below, as well as, a video showing and discussing each candle. 

Y'all, upon rewatching the video, this group of candles was pretty tragic.  Haha!

Chat, Haul, and Review #3

Saturday, May 7, 2016

This is a new series I started on my youtube channel where I chat while hauling and reviewing things. 

Swatch It Out: Random Polishes #19

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Swatch It Out time!  If you are new to this series, I swatch seven random polishes from my collection.  I take swatch pictures and video and show y'all if they are worth being on the lookout for or just need to stay on the shelf.

Let's Swatch It Out!

Chat, Haul, and Review #2

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Here's the second installment of my new series called Chat, Haul, and Review.  I have a nice mix of things to talk about today including tea, candles, and even a new little friend.  Video is embedded below, as well as, a list with links of all the items mentioned.

Dollar Tree Haul: April 26, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I swear I do still shop at the Dollar Tree.  Haha!  There just hasn't been much to get other than a few lunch items that are boring that I get all the time.  (And too much junk food. Ugh.)

So onto what I got with commentary, reviews, and whatnot.  Whoohoo!

Big Lots French Vanilla Macaroons | Candle Review

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Today, I am reviewing French Vanilla Macaroons from Big Lot's Paris Cafe collection.  I am forever amazed at how many candles that Big Lots keeps getting in, both for their private labels and well known brands, while keeping the price of the majority of them really low.

I had been keeping my eye on this one for quite awhile and jumped to purchase it the moment it went on clearance to make room for some newer collections.  (What can I say?  This girl is bargain addicted. Haha.)

Official Scent Description:  (couldn't find one)

Empties: Health and Beauty | November - January 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

If you aren't familiar with empties videos, I basically save all my trash from products that I use up.  Then I show y'all the empty packages and tell y'all what I thought about each each product before it goes to the recycle bin.  Yep, I have shelf space in my office just for trash to collect.  ;)

Chat, Haul, and Review #1

Saturday, April 23, 2016

This is a new video series that I've started called Chat, Haul, and Review.  As you may have guessed from the title, I'll be chatting while showing y'all things that I've bought. I'll also be telling y'all how I've been liking some products that I've been trying.  And who knows what else?

This was created to take the place of individual haul videos on my youtube channel, as well as, individual product review videos.  I'll still be doing those on this blog on occasion.  Just no more videos other than these.  Hope y'all enjoy especially as I get more in a groove with these videos.

Swatch It Out: Random Polishes #18 | Nail Polish Swatches

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It's finally that time once again where I take 7 random polishes out of my ridiculously large nail polish collection and live swatch them for y'all, as well as, take still pictures.

Pictures, commentary, and live swatch video below.  Let's swatch it out!

Big Lots Candle Haul | Paris Cafe Collection

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Y'all know that I need more candles like I need thorns in my side, but I did pick up a couple last night after my shift.  I've been huffing them ever since they came in about a month and a half ago.

New Beginning, Somewhat New Blog

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I say somewhat new blog, because this blog is mostly old blog posts from my other blogs at the moment.  I've ported over almost 600 posts from the last 7 years, including over 50 book reviews.

I'll be updating this post while I make more updates and fix issues..  I am figuring out too many bugs and want to run and fix them before I forget.  ;)

4/12/16: There was an issue with the site only working when you use the "www" in the top bar.  It should work now.  I didn't have my settings finished apparently. Oops.

Messages put on old blogs to come here.  Hopefully, y'all found your way.

Wax Melt Empties #6

Thursday, January 21, 2016

I got a whole 'nother bin of empty wax melt packets.  So, it's empties review time once again!

Full product list, divided by brand below with embedded video as well. 

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