Giveaway :: Objects with Purpose

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


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My love affair with candles began in my late teens. I would light candles in my room when I was studying or listening to music and it always helped me relax. There is that moment right when you light the candle, as the wick starts to burn, where time stops for a moment and you exhale and your muscles loosen. This was a ritual I kept for years, lighting candles whenever I was home and my mood was dramatically improved for it. (I’ll admit I’ve let my ritual go, with two small children in the home.) But there are times when I still use them, when I need them for my own well-being.

Ianthe Mauro created objects with purpose to carry on much of the same ritual I experienced. Mauro’s Waldorf kindergarten teacher used to light a candle before lunch and this inspired her to carry the practice into adulthood. “Lighting a candle became Ianthe’s way of giving thanks, focusing on an intention, creating warm fragrant ambiance, and calming down at the end of a long day.” She soon realized, however, that most of the candles she was burning at home were full of toxic substances and looked for a way to provide a natural substitute. objects with purpose was born to fill the void. These candles not only smell amazing, but they are non-toxic and burn clean. You can also use the candle as a body perfume (something I used to do in college!) and carry that intention with you all day long. Perfection.


objects with purpose is giving away one wearable candle gift set (which includes 1 large 3 wick candle, room spray, a nest and petite hex jar candle) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, October 22nd.  Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit objects with purpose and tell us: What is your secret to unwinding after a long day?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, October 28th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Jennifer says:

    a bath, a book and a cat!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    going to bed early with a good book!

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    Pumpernickel says:

    First (and most important) step: put the babies to bed. Then I can finally focus on ME for a little bit. Wine, a bath and some Billie Holiday followed by my biggest, squishiest blanket and some Netflix with my husband on the couch. Perfection!

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    Anna L says:

    My secret to unwinding after a long, hard day simply is to breathe!  Sometimes while in the hustle and bustle of a crazy life, trying to balance all aspects of who I am and what I do, I need to remember to just breathe.  Then I will be able to take steps toward greater work and a greater well-being.  If I plan ahead, I also try to make time for my regular practice of hot yoga, which really forces me to breathe and relax.

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    Tiffany says:

    A great cup of tea and trashy television to get my mind off things.

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    Emma L says:

    I wash my face (go away, mascara!) and jump into leggings and a flannel shirt. Then, plenty of tea and a cozy throw, and I am set – it does not matter if it is raining outside (I’ll sit in my chair) or still sunny (I’ll curl up in the sunny spot on the porch) or if it is still mid-afternoon (you don’t HAVE to keep working just because it is not dinner time yet), it always works.

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    Lu says:

    I unwind by just relaxing on the couch with my ragdoll Bellini. He makes me so happy that I cant help but relax and unwind when I see his smooshy face.

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    Rachel says:

    I love to paint.  There’s something freeing by mixing the colours, creating something new, and getting messy 🙂

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    Rachel S says:

    I unwind by changing into comfy clothes and curling up on the couch with a cup of tea; it’s a fantastic way to allow the stress of the day melt away.

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    Nikki says:

    Coming home should feel soothing and peaceful and comforting, so I always leave the house with things tidied (which is actually different than clean and dusted) so walking into the house is already a step towards unwinding.  I believe in candles, music during homework and dinner making, fire in the fireplace or windows flung wide open for fresh air, drinks for adults and juice with a lime wedge for kids. But true unwinding comes later when my husband and I get into bed, I light a candle, we watch something on Netflix (right now it’s The Walking Dead–not soothing, but fun to talk about and I always jump when the zombies attack) or listen to music and rub backs and feet and hands, and talk!

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    Emily says:

    Cooking dinner with my boyfriend and then a glass of wine or bourbon while we cozy up on the couch and watch netflix or a rental.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    Watching a movie or old Colombo episodes with my husband.  If he is asleep, I like to watch any shows on the ID network or any Real Housewives show.  I know I’m crazy but watching those shows makes me realize I have a simple but wonderful life.

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    Heather N. says:

    A little bit of red wine, wool socks, and a good movie. The best! 

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    Samantha S says:

    After a long day, the first thing I do is take out my contacts and wash my face. Then I put on well-worn yoga pants, and pull my hair into a ponytail. For some reason, the ponytail is what signals that the day is over, the evening is mine, and (since I’m a grad student, coming home doesn’t mean that work is over) after dinner, it’s time to settle into hours of reading.  

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    Melissa says:

    A hot shower or bath (depending on how much time I have), a little wine & dark chocolate, and some tv usually does it for me. 

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    Susie says:

    I’m intrigued by the the fig and sage candle! I may have to add that to my newly growing collection of candles. I like to use candles in the late afternoon, to ease the transition of me switching from work to Mommy-mode, and to encourage calm as the kids come down from busy school hours to home where they can slow down.  As far as my nighttime routine, I’m usually completely exhausted, but the one thing I count on to let my mind turn off is to have a running list from the day – to cross completed items off, and to add any (and many) random loose ends to the next day. Putting it on paper frees my mind, and I can finally rest for the night.

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    Elizabeth says:

    My secret to unwinding is not doing things for myself, but doing relaxing things WITH my family.  If I unwind by myself, I end up feeling lost and that leads to wasting(precious) time and…guilt.  If, on the other hand, I stay connected to my daughter – brush my teeth with her and wash our faces together, I actually still have enough energy left to do the work I need to do (housework or otherwise) after she has gone to bed.  But that’s just me.  I’m a single mom in a PhD program.  So…unwinding means something different to me than it does to some other people.

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    heather says:

    Now that I’m back to work after a (too short) 3 month maternity leave, my absolute favorite way to unwind after a long work day is rocking and nursing my son before bed. It’s quiet time for me, special bonding time for us, and it energizes me to then put my much more active 3 year old to bed, a slightly less relaxing process! 🙂

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    Shannon says:

    Talking it out with my husband!

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    Rachael says:

    My favorite way to unwind is a long soak in the bathtub with flowers, candles & music. It’s so relaxing, I often doze off!

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    Susan F says:

    MARTINI !!!

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    Noma says:

    My favorite thing in the world is to sit down with a bag of salt and vinegar chips, preferably kettle cooked, along with a glass of grape juice, and watch Project Runway. That’s it.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I love to listen to music instead of watching tv…I’d much rather be reading

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    Trisha says:

    Finding a quiet place where I can sit alone for a little while and listen to music and goof off on the internet.

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    megan says:

    i like cooking, drinking green tea or wine, and immediately changing into the comfiest clothes!

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    Sparrow says:

    I have two boys. Wild boys. And another boy on the way, despite my best efforts to channel a girl into our family. Once they are down and the house is quiet (Oh, how I love the sounds of quiet), I find a need to methodically order my mind, which I do by knitting. I love using organic, soft yarn, and I love the way it moves through my fingers, creates something practical and beautiful and allows me to move through my thoughts, consider them and then dismiss them.
    I love that you came to your love of light through Waldorf. I just discovered this method last year and my boys and I are so excited to celebrate the festivities of light. I think light has this power to draw everyone together, to create a kinship, and a mutual gratitude. I’ve wanted to start lighting candles at dinner to draw my family in together and create a kinship through shared light. Beautiful.

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    Tiffany says:

    I go for a run outside and with each step and each breathe I forget about all of the silly things that flooded me with stress during my work hours. By the time I’m done I feel more accomplished than I did at work and I can come home, take a warm shower, get in comfy clothes and tackle the household tasks with renewed energy.

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    Cindy A. says:

    I love to snuggle up on the sofa with my mister, a good movie, and favorite quilt. Throw in some hot chocolate and I’m in absolute heaven.

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    cindy says:

    A long walk. I love walking at night when all of the houses are lit up and you can peer inside and create little stories about what their lives are like. Like a tv show, but better 🙂

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    Kristen H. says:

    Really really good quality chocolate, a glass of wine, and something frivolous on tv.

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    Kate B says:

    A few years ago, my husband got me a Slanket (uh, the *original* blanket with sleeves and so, so, so superior to a Snuggie) for my birthday. It has turned out to be one of my favorite things he’s ever given me, because it’s so snuggly and warm and comfortable, I use it nearly daily (even in the summer, if we’ve got the AC on, I find a reason to cuddle beneath it). So my combination would be: my slanket, one or both of my cats on my lap or directly next to me, and gently poking fun at something on TV (our current favorite being Carson Daly’s truly terrible hosting efforts on The Voice) after a delicious dinner. Works like a charm, every time!