I had two pet hamsters when I was little, one of my friends’ hamster had a bunch of baby hamsters and he gave two to me. I remember, it was the first day of High School, which is Year 7. We got the cage from the pet store, because we were noob and didn’t know what else to get. They lived together for a while and then we bought a separate cage because they kept fighting.
We had one of those metal wire frame with two levels cages. It wasn’t awfully large, but then the hamster was a dwarf hamster, so I think it was big enough. Plus I always took it out to play anyway.
But I recently stumbled upon this hamster cage idea, I think its the best thing ever! Its super large, and its transparent, so you can see the hamster all the time. You can personalize it with whatever toys and bedding you want, and it looks amazing!
Its actually the Detolf glass shelf from Ikea, and turned on the side, without the glass shelves. I think its so pretty, this guy put real soil and plants so its like the natural environment. Theres so many things you could put in it to make it look pretty and let the hamster play. It would be a pain to change the sand / bedding though…
This is what the Ikea Detolf is meant to look like – its for displaying valuables I suppose. Its about $70. If I ever get hamsters again I’d go for this as a cage!
It seems such a waste to throw out old candle jars – they are perfectly re-usable glass jars. I think the candle companies should try to collect old candle jars, because they can easily refill and resell the candles as new ones. Even if the glass jars are put into recycling, the melting & energy costs will be much higher.
Anyways, for a simple do-it-yourself project at home, old candle jars can be turned into something more useful.
The first jar I used to store cotton pads and cotton swabs, and the second slightly larger jar I used to store / display necklaces and bracelets. I especially like the jewelery one, because you can easily see the necklaces and pick them out without having to dig through a lump of chains.
- After burning out the candle, there will be some wax and the wick still intact. Put the entire candle in the freezer for about 2 hours. This will harden the wax and make it more brittle. Use some knife or a sharp edge to break apart the wax, and remove it. I used scissors. You should be able to remove all the wax, but not the wick, which is glued onto the bottom of the jar.
- Pour about half an inch depth of boiling water into the jar, and let it sit for a few minutes. This melts the glue, and using the scissors again, I scraped the wick out. Next, pour away the water. There might still be some glue residue where the wick used to be.
- Clean the jar. I used a stove top cleaner I already had, which is formulated for glass / ceramic surfaces. I removed the rest of the glue and cleaned the glass. Lastly, rinse with water and allow to dry.
- (optional) decorate the jar & it is ready to be used.
There is another method of removing the wax using hot water, but this is more messy since you won’t be able to pour the wax down the drain (you don’t want the wax to solidify and clog up your pipes). I think freezing it and removing it as hard wax is the best way.
Burning candles in winter is like having a mini fireplace that also smells wonderful. I’ve been closely monitoring Bath & Body Works for their candle sale, and today they had the 5 for $25 offer for small candles!
I spent a long time smelling every single candle in the store, especially the winter collection. I actually dislike most of the winter scents. They had a lot of trees / pine / nature scents for the winter, which sounds lovely, but actually smells like shit. And I’m not trying to be vulgar, but honestly, it smells unpleasant. They could have toned down the nature scent. They also had a lot of the sweet caramel /vanilla scents, which I did not care for either. It was too strong and off-putting. What I ended up picking were the fresh scents:
Left to right: Cranberry Woods, Lemon, Cranberry Pear Beluni, Japanese Cherry Blossom
I don’t think any of these are from the winter collection. Cranberry woods may be. I also picked out Candy Apple which is from the winter collection, but it was taken from me sadly 😦
Just from smelling directly from the jar, my favourite is the pink one – Cranberry Pear Beluni. I’ll try not to burn them excessively 🙂
I’ve also been wondering if theres some way to recycle these candle jars. The wick doesn’t completely burn up and theres always some wax stuck at the bottom, so I can’t use them as a pen holder or something. Maybe some shops take them back? Or chuck them down the recycle bin. Although if that means remelting and everything its kind of a waste. They should really collect these jars and make new candles from them, since the glass is perfectly intact and doesn’t get used up or anything.
For the past few months I’ve been trying to replace my Macbook Pro and have been checking computer stores like Future Shop and Best Buy for laptop sales and deals. I’ve seen a few that I liked – but I was quite specific in what I was looking for – a 14″ screen with higher quality discrete graphics card and processors that come under $700 in total after tax. I’ve found a few, but finally decided to go for this one.
Its this Samsung 14″ laptop with AMD processors and graphics card. I think for my budget I’m pretty much limited to AMD. AMD doesn’t do much high end graphics card, as they focus their market towards everyday computers (as opposed to gaming and performance). The laptop uses a quad core A10 processor and dual graphics cards (though one is integrated). I’m not an expert on these computer stuff, but as I understand it, it has the newest processor & graphics cards, but not the highest quality. Its kind of in the higher-mid range.
So I bought the laptop – came to $620 with tax, which is good, and transfered my files and wiped my old Macbook Pro clean with reformatting and reinstalling the OS. I posted an ad for the Macbook Pro and almost immediately had a bunch of replies. I set the price to $700 (which is why my budget was $700 for the new laptop – I didn’t want to effectively lose any money in the replacement). I was actually pretty surprised that a 3 year laptop could retain its value so much! The computer runs slow and the specs aren’t good enough for most games, but its still a Mac, which is the important thing.
The whole process took about 2 weeks – from buying the laptop, transfering files and selling the old macbook. I think its a good move – the new computer has better performance (compared to a 3 year old computer). What I miss most is the trackpad on the mac, and the user interface. Windows is alright… but Mac is definitely better. In my opinion, Mac gives you a better experience using the computer, but for the same price you could get much better specs in a PC. My new laptop is able to run Skyrim on High quality (the old Macbook Pro struggled to run it at low). It depends on your personal preference. Right now I’m more concerned on the price, but in the future when I can afford the expensive Mac computers I will definitely choose Mac over PC.
Left – Macbook Pro, Mid – external monitor, Right – Samsung laptop
The song I’ve been listening to repeatedly because its so good =)
I bought this lovely planner to plan my life 🙂 It was really cheap and cute. And the blue matches my new bag too ^_^
The inside is really cute too with lots of colour and space to write. You fill in the days of the month yourself, so I liked it because most planners are like january-december.
This is the inside of one of the monthly pages. Its really cute!
The main reason why I wanted a planner was because I kept forgetting the stuff I had to do, so I needed something to keep track.