Friday, September 14, 2018

How I Maintain My Weight



A few weeks ago I talked about a some daily / weekly routines that I do to maintain my outward appearance. ( You can check that out here. ) But today I want to talk about what I put on the inside, that helps me maintain my overall health. 

I am one of the biggest snackers that I know.  I love ALL the junk foods.  You will usually always find me with some type of candy in my bag.  My favorite food is probably french fries... or pizza... 🙄 oh I dont know, I just love food.  But with the way foods are being processed these days it's really hard to know what's ok, and what's not.  Since I eat all the snacks, theres no doubt that I consume a considerable amount of the garbage that's passed through the FDA.  But I'm not here to get technical about what's in our food.

As a kid, I was blessed with a mom that cooked just about every night.  I remember I would always want to help her in the kitchen, so inevitably, my style of cooking reflects hers.  Which to be completely honest, Southern Cooking, it's not the most healthy.  Once I started to focus more on what my body needed and what I could live without, my cooking style shifted just a smidge.  I didn't go in ham and do a drastic lifestyle change up front,  It was a gradual process.  For example I started using real butter instead of margarine.  I started buying whole wheat bread instead of white bread.  I still dont know a ton of healthy food recipes, I just took the few that I did know, and perfected them to my taste.

Below are just a few meals that I eat several times throughout the week.  Everything listed can be purchased at Walmart. 

BREAKFAST:
Typically for breakfast I will have peanut butter on wheat toast and 2 boiled eggs.  Sometimes I will mix it up by adding fresh fruit and / or oatmeal.  If I dont have time to cook something, I will make a protein shake.  This is usually what I'll have on a Sunday morning before church!! 🤣 It is so easy to just throw in your favorite protein, some chia seeds, fruit, yogurt, or whatever your heart desires, blend it together and go!!  ( 🤔... I should do a dedicated blog post on just protein shakes!!)  Speaking of protein shakes, I have recently been introduced to Over Night Oats!  If you haven't ever tried them, you should consider it.  If I know that I have something going on the following morning, I will put one of these in the fridge before I go to bed, and its ready in the morning!! That's even easier than pulling out the blender! 😃




LUNCH:
Since lunch time is usually just me and Elly, I'll try to keep it light and simple.  I recently came across these flax seed wraps.  My cousin was visiting from Louisiana and made some turkey and cheese wraps with them, and I was blown away at how good they were.  At first I couldn't find them in any of the stores around me, which was a total bummer.  Then one day I saw them in a random place in Walmart.  I like them with deli turkey, colby jack cheese, and spinach. 😋  And the wraps are so long, I turn them sideways them I'm able to eat on 1 whole wrap throughout the day.  Somedays I'll have a can of progresso soup, then others  I will make up some tuna fish sandwiches, it adds ll really depends on how I'm feeling that day. 


DINNER:
Considering that I love to cook and I enjoy my cooking, dinner is usually the hardest meal for me.  I am slowly finding things that my kids and husband will actually eat, that are considered to be more healthy.  Below is a meal that I LOVE!  Grilled chicken, rice pilaf, and cauliflower!  This chicken has literally been a game changer for me.  It's precooked fajita chicken by the brand John Soules.  There is a Grilled Chicken kind, but the Fajita Chicken has more flavor!  Anyway, I have found myself using this in casseroles, chicken spaghetti, quesadillas, salads, and even by itself!!


SNACKS: 
I have found that if I snack on the healthy foods, I'm more likely to not snack on the unhealthy.  The only issue I had with that, was not having them easily accessible.  So I try to have a couple more healthy options in the house.  Here is what I have to snack on right now!  Some snacks do take longer to prepare than others, that's why I try to have snacks that are popable, like almonds.  Blueberries are another one that I like to have, but we're out at the moment.   I make the best fruit smoothies,  (in my opinion that is).  All it calls for is frozen fruit and cranberry juice!  Its delicious!! 😋 




I also want to throw out there, that I dont eat like this in every meal.  A lot of times i only have 1 or 2 healthy meals a day.  Like I said, I love all the junk foods.  I put creamer in my coffee, I drink soda every now and then, I want chips with my tuna sandwich, or on it really!! 🙄 DONT JUDGE!! 😂🤣  I want crinkle cut fries with my burger, steak fries with my philly cheesesteak sandwich, and waffle fries at Chick-fil-a!!  So I'm just like you when it comes to things we love to eat!  It's all about balance.  

We are entering the Fall season, which means more comfort foods; and more candy!  Heres a tip for you, if you're trying to not over indulge at Thanksgiving dinner, but you dont wanna hurt grandmas feelings by not eating her famous Coconut cake, drink a protein shake before you go in.  This will allow you to still have a couple bites of your favorite foods, but it will curb your appetite immensely.

Disclaimer; I am not a doctor, dietitian, or 
nutritionist.  These are just some of the meals that I eat to help me maintain my body.  I also, am not here to try to sell you any type of program or supplements.  I am simply telling you what I do, because it works for me.  

I hope yall enjoyed learning a little more about me, I know that I like getting to know yall!  I hope you have an awesome weekend!  Please let me know, what is your favorite, simple meal?  I would love to try it out!!

- Krystal 😘


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Friday, September 7, 2018

Camp Nick Summer 2018 // The Nick Box // Unboxing


What's up guys and gals!!  Today we will be going through my latest Nick Box!  For those who dont know, The Nick Box is a quarterly subscription box thats packed full of all the 90's Nickalodeon cartoon memorabilia.  It's around $56 in total, every 3 months. This is my 6th box and it will also be my last box... 😥 As much as I love this box, I feel like I'm just collecting things in boxes, in my closet.  Where I do use some of the merch, most of it is not being put to use, so I went ahead and cancelled my subscription. 


Every box has a theme.  This box's theme is Camp Nick Summer 2018!  So everything in the box is based around Summer Camp.  As always I will let the products speak for themselves!  



Helga Bobble Head
- Hey Arnold -

Vinyl Rocko
- Rockos Modern Life -

Reptar Blowup Ball
- Rugrats -

Bottle Opener
- Rocket Power -

Playing Cards
( I am most excited about this )

Sports Bottle
- Camp Anawanna -

Salute Your Shorts
- Camp Anawanna -

Camp Nick T-shirt 

Bumper Logo Cap
If you are interested in The Nick Box you can click here to subscribe.  I hope yall have an awesome weekend!!

- Krystal 😘

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Friday, August 31, 2018

3 Ways To Wear Denim This Fall // Under $100 // Cato Fashion

YALL, I am so super pumped about today's post!! 🤗 About a month ago Cato Fashion emailed me about doing a partnership with them on their new denim collection for Fall 2018. 😳 IKR?! I was completely beside myself.  Then I was like, Heck Yes!! ☺  I have been shopping at Cato's for as long as I can remember.  Probably because my mom shopped there when I was a kid.  I still have a jacket from highschool, that I bought from Cato's, (that I still wear... ahem.... 15 years later 🙄).  But I digress!! 🤣  


For the past 2 weeks I have been working on this project.  Cato's gave me $100 to style an outfit, focusing on denim, and staying true to my style.  So I took that $100 and created 3 totally different outfits, each for under $100.  I was able to do this by knowing what I already had to work with  in my closet


- First Look -
  

- Dark Denim: $24.99
- Shirt: $9.99 
- Plaid Vest: $19.99
- Booties: $29.99





- Second Look -

- Distressed Denim: $29.99
- Graphic 3/4 Sleeve Tee: $17.99




- Third Look -

- Blazer: $29.99
- Booties: $29.99





If you look through my Instagram feed, the majority of my outfits consist of at least 1 piece from Cato's.  Here is a Copy Cat blog post that I did a few months back, wearing all Cato's clothes!  It's just so easy to talk about things that you truly love!  And it is such an honor to work with them!!  I really hope you guys enjoyed this!  And I just wanted to leave you with this, work towards your dream! 😘 Bye Guys!! 

- Krystal 😘


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Friday, August 24, 2018

IPSY AGUST GLAM BAG // Country Queen

Good morning lovelies!  Today's post is all about what I got in my Ipsy August Glam Bag!! 😃 These posts are always so fun for me.  I love being able to play with new products and dress up, ah it's just fun to me! Lol Anyway let's get into my bag!




First up, is a GORGEOUS highlight from Ciate London.  This shimmery highlighter is made with tiny, sphere-shaped particles that capture and reflect light for out-of-this-world radiance.  It’s lightweight, silky smooth, very buildable, and blends like a dream—everything we want in a highlighter.  It’s paraben-free, gluten-free, and vegan (yup, all three!).  




Second is, a blush from PIXI, in the shade beach rose. This light-diffusing powder blush is made with vitamin E to keep your skin soft, smooth, and hydrated. It’s blendable and buildable—one swipe gave me a subtle flush for day, a few more and we were ready to beach party at night.  Beach rose is a soft, rosy shade that instantly warms up your complexion.  No animal testing, here. This baby is 100% cruelty-free





Next, is this beautiful foiled chrome eyeshadow from THEBALM Cosmetics in the shade Locked Up.  OK how cute is this superhero packaging? And the shimmery shadow inside packs a powerful punch, too. It’s long-lasting, so shiny, and highly-pigmented.  The foiled effect gives it a naturally wet look that’s so sleek and shiny—but you can dampen your brush for an even more intense effect.  Locked up is a pretty, silvery lilac shade.  Like all of THEBALM’s products, it’s cruelty free.





Then, there was a watermelon aqua balm from PURLISSE BEAUTY.  Aside from being one of my fave summer fruits, watermelon is so good for your skin! It’s the star ingredient in this lightweight balm and it’s packed with vitamins A, C, and E which help hydrate, brighten your complexion, and regenerate your skin cells.  Aloe vera and cucumber work together to calm inflammation and reduce redness.  White tea extract protects your skin cells from damage.  The texture? Light, refreshing , and so soothing—it gave a quick burst of moisture my skin craves during the summer.




Lastly,  I got a blush brush from SLMISSGLAM.  It’s not just for blush! The brush head shape makes it great for blending your highlighter, bronzer, and contour products, too.  The synthetic bristles are so soft and light, yet pick up powder pigments with ease.  It’s got a rose gold glitter handle and the bristles have a hint of gold, too—so it’ll look *so* pretty in your brush jar.  Brush with kindness—it’s cruelty-free!




Overall,  I got a fabulous bag this month.  The blush was a little warm for my skin tone, so I had to lightly tap into it.  The highlight was absolutely perfect for me.  The silvery shadow is pretty, but it's not something I would wear ever day.  I always love getting new brushes!  And the water balm was ok, not my favorite, but my 3 year old loves it!  So like I said, overall I loved this months bag!



I hope yall enjoyed this review.  I posted the link below if you're interested in Ipsy for yourself!  Also, I hope yall have an awesome weekend!!  

- Krystal 😘

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Home Update // DIY // Upgrade

Back around the first of May our washing machine decided to stop kicking into the spin cycle.  Which I'm sure all of you know, the spin cycle is a very important part of the washing process. 


We immediately started looking on the trade sites to try and find a replacement.  But theres no way we could just not wash our clothes while we were waiting to find another one.  And since I refused to spend money at a laundry mat.  I created the "Dip and Dump" system 🤣

The Dip and Dump consisted of wringing the clothes out by hand.  Then, dipping the water out of the washer into a large bowl, and dumping it into the sink! 🙄 It was definitely a chore, but it sure helped my kids understand why they shouldn't throw clean clothes in the dirty clothes basket!

After being hustled several times on the swap shops, we decided to just go look at Lowe's to see what they had to offer.  At the time they were having the Memorial Day Sale.  So we found a white front loader set for a good price! ($1,000)  They had the washer in-store, but had to order the dryer from their warehouse.  Which we were totally fine with.

After we got the washer unloaded and hooked up, Lowe's called to say that they had discontinued that dryer, but wanted to offer us an UPGRADED model for the same price!! 🤩 We were like, pssh yeah! Lol So after some back and forth phone calls and a trip to the store, we ended up with not only a newer model, but a better brand of appliance! ($2,500) AND they were red, which I have been wanting for forever!! 🤗 


Since we were getting a brand new NICE washer and dryer, I decided to put more attention into our laundry room.  I have wanted a folding table for years, but there was never room in our old house.  However, there was just enough space in our new home for one.  So I went back to Lowe's to look for a cheap, basic cabinet that I could add a solid surface to.  I looked through all of the standard stock cabinets, and found one with 2 doors and a large drawer.  It was $150, and that's not what I was looking to spend.  But I took a picture and sent it to Stephen to get his thoughts.  As soon as I turned the corner there was the EXACT SAME cabinet but marked down to $99, because it had a broke bracket on the back corner.  I tracked down an employee and told him what my plans were, and if this was an easy fix.  He assured me that all I would need was a drill to reattach the bracket.  So I bought the slightly damaged cabinet.  

Stephen had to pick it up that night, because it wouldn't fit in my SUV.  He pulled it out if his truck and there wasnt one thing wrong with the cabinet 😳 I said, "Stephen, this is not the cabinet that I bought.  I bought the broke one." He said, "it had your name on it, so I grabbed it!" So again we got an UPGRADE! 


The next Wednesday night we ran into Robbie and Nola at Chick-fil-A,  (they are on the leadership team at our church).  We were telling them about how God has just upgraded this whole ordeal.  I then went on to tell them about how I needed to find some type of solid surface to put on the cabinet.  Robbie then says, "what about butcher block? I have some leftover from our remodel. Yall can HAVE it."  😂😂😂 Say it with me, UPGRADE!!! Lol Come on God!! 


The moral of the story is not to brag, but to encourage you to PAY YOUR TITHES!!!!  And be faithful with it.  God is a good father.  You take care of the Church, and He will take care of you!  So I encourage you to come into a relationship with Him.  Pastor Glanis Crane would always say, "theres no regrets in jesus!" And she is absolutely right, and that's how we live our lives!  


I hope yall enjoyed hearing one of many testimonies that I have!  Tell me, how has God blessed you? 

- Krystal 😘




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How I Maintain My Weight

A few weeks ago I talked about a some daily / weekly routines that I do to maintain my outward appearance. ( You can check that out her...