Friday, September 20, 2019

3 Important Thoughts To Get You Through Any Situation // Encouragement

Hey y'all, and happy Friday! As we walk through this journey we call life, something is always bound to happen. It doesn't matter if everything is seeming perfect, there's always that one area where things could be better. The way that we handle those situations will determine our outcome. 

I have been a stay at home mom for 7 years now, but I was in the workplace for 8 years before that. And I can think back on certain situations that I know for a fact that I could have handled differently. Better. Now, many years later, I'm like, crap... if I could go back and change the way I reacted to those situations, I would in a heartbeat!



If you have to write these down on a sticky note or save this post for future reference, do it. Because I have put together 3 thoughts that I believe can help you through that situation. These are not ground breaking by no means, but it is nice to have a small reminder everyday, that you can and will get through it.


1. You have to go through trials, in order to appreciate the blessings. Not all situations are the same, but with Stephen and myself, we started out with pretty much nothing. Our families weren't "rich". Our first home together was built in the 1920's, it was 1,300 sqft. and cost less than $50k. And we lived there for 8 years! I was a preschool teacher and Stephen worked at a speaker factory. Those were some of our trials. We weren't in poverty, well we probably were and just didn't realize it!πŸ˜† My point is, by faith we pushed through those situations and grew together with God leading us. Now after being married for 10 years, our current home is double the square footage of our first home, and God is still our source. People from the outside looking in may say, "oh look at all they have, blah blah blah". Yeah well, you don't know what trials we had to go through to get to where we are now. We are so grateful and appreciative of all that God has blessed us with. So hang in there sister and allow God to guide your steps!

3. Embrace the fear and go for it. When I first started blogging 3 years ago, I was scared. To be completely honest, I had initially wanted to start blogging years prior, but I didn't know exactly how to go about starting one. On this "Blogger" platform, it shows that I started my account in 2013...😳 RIGHT?! If I hadn't allowed the fear of people's thoughts to control what I did, then this year would've made 6 years of blogging for me. All I'm saying is, if you're in a situation where you want to do something, but you're scared of what people will think of you, PUSH THROUGH IT!!! Don't let the opinions of man control your life.  

3. Be kind! Being kind doesn't cost anything, its absolutely free! This is one that I struggle with.  Not because I'm not a kind person. I have a kind heart, a giving heart, a serving heart. My struggle is that I have attitude and I'm loud, and when you mix the two together, it's not a good thing. By me being sassy, it negates the fact that I am a kind hearted person. So this is the area that I personally struggle with, but I am only human. Just like you, I have my shortcomings. Since I am aware of my attitude, that is something that I have to work on every single day.

I love you guys. I really hope this will help someone today. I hope to see yall back here next week!
- Krystal πŸ’‹

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Natural Glam Makeup // September Ipsy Plus Review


Natural Glam??!! Is that an oxymoron?!! πŸ˜†What is up you guys? Can you believe we're already in September?!...😳 Even though it's been holding steady in the 90's 🌑 here in Central Arkansas. Which I'm totally fine with btw, because more ☀️ pool days!! Today I am bringing you my September Ipsy Glam Plus review! I always get so excited for these every month! For those who may not know, Ipsy Plus is a monthly subscription service that sends you 5 full size beauty products every month. And I absolutely dang love this month's box. It was loaded with amazing products that I will continue to use!


If you want your foundation to look good, then you have to do the foundational steps first! This exfoliator from Glam Glow is amazing! I've only used it twice and I can already tell a difference in the texture of my face. It's not super abrasive, so it won't leave your skin feeling dried out. Not gonna lie, it's not the best smell, but it's not terrible either. 

WHAT THEY SAYπŸ‘‡πŸ»

This super-fruit-powered exfoliating cleanser gently polishes your skin and wipes out impurities for a renewed glow, like you just got back from vacation (even if you’re overdue for one). 



I was kinda scared to use this translucent setting powder, only because most of them leave me looking very ghostly. However, I was super surprised and very impressed with this one from Ciate London. As you can tell from the photos, it left my face looking flawless!! This is definitely a keeper in my book!

WHAT THEY SAYπŸ‘‡πŸ»

It’s super fine, literally and figuratively. Finely-milled and blendable, this powder won’t cake or crease your makeup masterpiece. 




This little trio from Ofra is the bomb.comπŸ’₯ Not only was I able to use this blush and highlight in its intended places, I used the blush all over my eyelids and then dabbed the highlight on top of that for a more shiny lid. It turned out beautifully!

WHAT THEY SAYπŸ‘‡πŸ»

Highly pigmented formulas offer an impressive buildable color payoff, whether your vibe is barely-there or full glam.



When I saw that I received the color taupe in my box, I was kinda like 😬 only because I usually have to go with the "blonde" brow pencils. However, it turned out to work perfectly. Which is a good thing because I actually needed to get a new one! I really like how it's really thin and its retractable, so it was a win win!

WHAT THEY SAYπŸ‘‡πŸ»

This precise, easy-to-use pencil has an ultra fine tip designed to enhance and fill in your brows for a natural look. 



In my sneak peek email, this color scared me, but in person it's not as pink as in the pic. Which I was totally relieved. Its really more of a subtle pink and not so "in your face" pink. It went perfectly with the Ofra trio palette. Being a semi matte, it wasn't drying at all, it was very comfortable on the lips. 

WHAT THEY SAYπŸ‘‡πŸ»

This semi-matte, semi-satin lipstick gives you the best of both worlds—creamy texture with full coverage.




That's it for today y'all, I really hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on these great products. Also, I did record me using these products so that y'all can see for yourself just how good they are. Hoping to have that up on my YouTube channel next week so keep an eye out for that! Until next time πŸ‘‹πŸ»

- Krystal πŸ’‹

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Easy Game Day Snacks // Recipes

Every year, in honor of America's favorite NFL team, we always have a big "to-do" in the Chenault household. Not because I care about football, but because my husband loves it! We all dress out in our Cowboy's attire and I let the kids help put together a few different snacks to munch on during the game. 



We always have a variety of snacks to choose from. So I put together a few of our favorites to share with you. I purchased all of these items from Walmart, however I'm sure you can find them at any grocery store. These are extremely easy recipes. They are tastey snacks, and our kiddos love getting to help in the kitchen!



We'll start with the easiest item first. We love to get these little Hormel snack trays, even when theres not a special occasion. My favorite is the one with smoked turkey. When I am setting up a table for any occasion, I like to display the food so that's it's pleasing to the eye. So with these snack trays I just open the individual packages and put them on a ceramic serving dish. Totally not necessary, but I like it!!πŸ€—




Next up are these pinwheel things... 🀷🏼‍♀️ not sure if that's the correct name for them?..
 Anyway, I talked about these in a blog post from a while back, (here). Basically it's a turkey, ham, cheese, and spinach wrap, just cut into finger food size. They are so good, even my kids eat them WITH THE SPINACH!! We also like to dip them in ranch dressing. I don't like putting dressing inside the wraps for things like this, simply because,  what if you don't eat all of it? It's gonna get soggy and nasty, so we stick to dipping! Obviously, you can add whatever you want into them. 

I usually like to use the Joseph's flax whole wheat wraps, turkey, ham, or both. If I'm in the cooking mood, I'll fry up a few strips of bacon to throw in there. Also, I like changing up the kind of cheeses that I use. I like swiss, colby-jack, pepper-jack, cheddar, provolone,....lol I like all the cheese!!πŸ˜‚ Then of course the spinach! Like I said, super easy and there's no cooking involved!






Now let's get into a smidge of cooking, but still nothing too crazy or complicated. For any gathering, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Pig-in-the-blankets!! This was one of my favorite snacks as a kid. I loved it when my mom had a fresh batch of these made after I got off the school bus! I only liked them with the little smokies though, I didn't care much for the ones with hot dogs in them. You can use regular can biscuits, I prefer the crescents. 




The next snack is a little bit more complex than the others, but still very simple. You use the crescents again, a small spoon full of spaghetti sauce, 2 or 3 pepperoni's, half of a string cheese stick, and BAM!! πŸ’₯Homemade Hot Pockets!! Using only 4 ingredients, 3 minute prep time, and 10 minutes to cook!! They. Are. Delicious. πŸ˜€ 





And saving the sweetest for last! I mean, is it really a party if there's no chocolate?!! These Nestle breakable chocolate chip cookies are the best. It's pretty self explanatory, but you just break them apart and cook for 10 minutes!πŸ˜‹ 





I really hope you enjoyed hanging out in my kitchen for a while today. What are some of your go to snacks for game day?! I'm always up for trying new things!! Bye y'all, meet ya right here, next Friday!!

- Krystal πŸ’‹

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Fall Staples // Fashion

Is it just me, or did the temp seem to drop a smidge over the past few days??!! With it being the unofficial end of summer..😭 I figured that i would get a jump start on my fall wardrobe. If you've been following me for any length of time, then you'll know that I love fashion. I also love adding a few new pieces to my collection each season just to freshen it up. 


Now, I'm not the most "trendy" person in the world, because I really don't like a lot of the "at the moment" trends. However, I do like to incorporate some of the trending items into my existing wardrobe. A few weeks ago I did a major overhaul on my closet to see what needed to be replaced, trashed, or donated. And to see what I was lacking for the upcoming season. 


After looking online and in the department stores, I've found a few must have, trendy items that are actually wearable that are not too crazy, over the top, in your face kinda stuff!! I'm pretty sure some of these have been hanging around for a few years now. and I know that these fall staples that will carry you straight into the colder months of winter! One of my favorite places to shop is Tjmaxx, because you can find some great pieces at a fraction of the cost. Everything that I'll be talking about today was found at my local Tjmaxx store. AND my entire outfit was under $100 πŸ€‘


Let's talk about knitwear! Seeing knitted sweaters and cardigans in the stores is a for sure sign that fall is upon us. Besides your plain-Jane creams and oatmeal chunky knits, what I've been seeing a lot of is color blocking and leopard print. I chose to go with this color block sweater, simply because I already have a ton of leopard print and thought that I needed to add something a bit different that wasn't too far outside of my comfort zone.  No matter what your style is, nobody likes being cold, so knits are the way to go! This sweater was $30.


One of the things that I don't really buy a lot of, are jeans. I guess i just take really good care of my denim, so I will only get a new pair every now and then. I found these destressed jeans for only $17, so I had to at least try them on. They fit so well, that I couldn't not get them. And for that low of a price? Cha-ching!!πŸ€‘ I know that I will get a lot of wear out of these this fall, winter, and even on into next spring!


BOOTIES!!πŸ˜ƒ I think I'm most excited about the booties!! After I finally got my closet organized to the point that I could see what I had, I noticed that I didn't have a pair of brown ankle booties. So when I found these for only $20 I had to scoop them up real quick! Where I don't think we're quite ready for over the knee boots just yet, I know that I will have to keep my eyes peeled for a new pair of black OTK boots before the temps really start dropping!! (Rocko chewed up the heel on the pair that I've had for the past 4 years...) 


Of course there are other trends out there at the moment, but I'll save those for another day! I really hope you enjoyed todays post, and be safe this holiday weekend!


- Krystal πŸ’‹

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3 Important Thoughts To Get You Through Any Situation // Encouragement

Hey y'all, and happy Friday! As we walk through this journey we call life, something is always bound to happen. It doesn't matter i...