Friday, July 13, 2018

The Achiever

Achiever - A person who achieves a high or specified level of success

Success - The accomplishment of an aim or purpose


Purpose - The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. 




It's kinda crazy how little things inspire us.  I was looking through this magazine the other day and found a series that they had put together on famous or well known women. The stories were very interesting to read, but as soon as I saw The Achiever  it got me thinking about myself and my life; where I am, where I'm going, and where I want to go. I thought, whoa, I dont think I've achieved much of anything really. And this just really bothered me for some reason. So I had to do what I always do, i had to write it out so that my eyes could see it and so my brain could process it. I started with the most basic achievement that there is and went from there:

- I graduated high school.
- I graduated college with a Child Development Associate. 
- I started an online children's boutique specializing in hairbows and tutus.
- I am a Licensed Zumba Instructor 
- I have carried the title Youth Pastor
- I am a lifestyle blogger 
- I have successfully bought 2 homes.
- I had a piece of my writing published in an online magazine. 



As I was writing these things about myself,  I wondered, am I boasting? Am I tooting my own horn?  Is this something that God would be pleased with? Then God reminded me;

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
Psalms 37:23

So then I had to stop writing and thank God, for what all He has brought me through. He was there the whole time; with every step of the way, cheering me on. Saying, "way to go Krystal!" Pushing me, "you got this, you can do it!" Everytime I took a leap of faith, "I'm so proud of you!" Everytime people that I loved, left out of my life, He was there saying, "Its gonna be ok, because I love you!" 


To be honest after talking with the Father, and having him reassure His love for me, all of the listed above doesn't even matter. All that matters is that the Almighty loves me, and Hes in my corner, and Hes rooting for me, and Hes working things out for my life! So I'd say I am an Achiever!

I hope this encourages someone today! If anyone is in need of prayer for guidance or strength, please let me know in the comments and I will put you at the top of my list!!

- Krystal 😘


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Friday, July 6, 2018

Summertime Nudes!

Hey guuuyyysssss!!!! 😀 With summer in full swing, and after I've already shared my "go to" makeup at the moment, I thought I'd narrow down some of my most fave lippies ar the moment!  And if you haven't guessed by the title, they're all nudes that suit me!! 😉


I know that I've spoken about some, if not all of these products at one point or another.  But I figured why not pull them all together for one post!! 😉 LOL Anyway,  all of the following are and have been my "go to" lip products for at least the past 6 months to a year.  


Up until about 2 years ago, I was always afraid of color.  Well, mostly I was afraid of what others would think if they saw me wearing color.  On top of that, I hate to waste money, so I couldn't just go buy a lipstick, because, what if it didn't look right on me? That would've been a total waste.  Which is probably why I would always just wear carmex.   Once I decided to subscribe to Ipsy, it really helped me to try new things, and really helped me find what was ME, and what made me comfortable.  And at $10 a month, I didn't really feel like I was losing anything.  With all of that said, I have figured out that the color that I gravitate towards or "go to" more than anything else is a nude!  I feel like it pulls my makeup look together without being distracting.


The first 2 up are both from MAC Cosmetics.  I've had these for about a year, and you can tell that they have been worn a lot!  Lol I ordered them in a lip kit from last years Nordstrom sale.  I can wear them separately or together to help give the illusion of having fuller lips.



2nd up is a lipstick from Tarte.  This was either from Ipsy or Sephora Play, but either way it was from a subscription box.  It's a smidge darker than a nude, definitely closer to a brown, but it's so beautiful on and it's not drying either!


Since I do get so many lippies from  subscription boxes, I dont usually go out and buy new ones.  But I saw this one at Walmart and thought, hmm... this looks similar to my MAC that's almost gone, why not try it?! 🤣 As soon as I put it on, I realized that it's the exact same color as my lips!  I had heard people say, "your lip color but better" and I never understood why you would want a lipstick that's the same as your natural lip color, but I do now!! Lol This one is from Covergirl and it's a liquid lipstick that dries matte, but it doesn't leave your lips dry feeling at all.  And, its transfer proof!


The next 2 lippies are glosses.  The first one is a sheer gloss that Burts Bees was kind enough to send to me, to try out and review.  Which I did in my Spring Makeup post, you can go check that out here.


This other one, is a Too Faced Lip Injection.  When I first got this, I didn't read what it actually was, I just saw it and thought,  oh, a lip gloss! Haha But when my lips started tingling and burning, I sure enough read what it was lol 🤣🤣 oh my goodness, I about had a fit that day!! Wheew!! Anyways,  after I found out that its supposed to tingle to help plump up your lips, it was easier to mange the tingle! 


My last 2 lip products are balms!!  I use both of them on the regular.  I think with me using Carmex for basically my whole life, I have stripped my natural lip moisturizers, so I have been trying to use other products to help with that.  I dont know if you can get your natural moisturizers back or not, but I'm hopeful that I can.  Constantly having dry lips is so annoying. 



If yall know of any other brands that have amazing lippies, that I should try, let me know.  I hope yall have an awesome weekend, byeeeee!!!!

- Krystal 😘

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Travel Diary- Family, Friends, Food!


Hey yall, what's up everyone?!  Its Friday! Woohoo!! 😀 Oh wait, I'm a stay at home mom... 🙄 so that means absolutely nothing to me.  Lol just kidding!  I mentioned in last weeks post, that we were on vacay, visiting with family and friends and just trying to squeeze as many things as possible into our week time frame.  I really enjoyed writing about our trip to New Orleans,  so I thought why not do another one?!!  So grab your coffee, you're gonna need it, and take a trip with me.


WEDNESDAY 

Our trip started last Wednesday, when we loaded up and traveled a little over 4 hours to my cousin's house in Maurpas, Louisiana.  We got there in time for dinner, which was amazing!  Pam, (my cousin)  was cooking fresh, (not frozen) fried shrimp.  This had to have been the best fried shrimp I've ever eaten!  Everyone in my family are good cooks, so it didn't surprise me.  That night Pam was telling us about The Cajun Village, and how they have really good beignets.  As soon as she said "beignet", I already knew that I wanted to go there.




THURSDAY 

One of my favorite things about Pam and Keith's home is their back porch.  They have these huge, oversized wooden rocking chairs that overlook a canal that runs behind the house.  And since we weren't in a rush that morning,  i was able to sit and enjoy my coffee.  There is just something about back porch sittin with a coffee in hand that makes me feel at home!





After we cleaned up and loaded up the truck, we left in search of The Cajun Village.  At this point I could literally taste the beignet.  The GPS took us to this little community of houses that looked old and rundown, and I would have never guessed that this a place that people would want to go.  I was thinking where in the world has Pam sent us?!  Then I quickly realized that the little cafe / houses / stores were intentionally "rundown" looking.  They did a great job of giving The Cajun Village an authentic "down on the bayou" feel.  We found the Coffee House, which was the cafe / restaurant.  And of course the first thing I ordered was beignet! Lol they also offered beignet fingers, that were actually easier for the kids to handle.  We also ordered a couple short stacks and a philly cheesesteak sandwich.  All of which were so delicious!  







There was SO much more to The Cajun Village, but we just didn't have time to check out everything.  Sometime I would like to go back and spend more time there.  From there we made our way to Texas, Baytown, Texas to be more specific.  We got there right as my parents were getting home from work, so that worked out perfectly.  They took us to a local Mexican Food Restaurant, (I dont remember the name), the chips and salsa and queso was so good!  I ordered the flautas from the kids menu, and it was not very good.  Definitely not what I was expecting.  My stepdad asked if I ordered a crispito!! 🤣 

FRIDAY

One of the main reasons for this trip was because the Hamilton family reunion was going to be on Saturday, (My maiden name is Hamilton), that just happened to be in Waco!  And I just couldn't be in Waco and not go check out Magnolia Market at the Silos!  So we got up Friday morning and drove 3 hours to Waco.  As I am a huge fan of Chip and Joanna Gains, it was super exciting for me to visit the Magnolia grounds.  We grabbed some coffee and  goodies from the bakery, browsed through the market, and picked up a couple things, and took a hundred pictures!  I was literally living my best life, besides the fact that it was 102 outside... ☀️

















SATURDAY 

Saturday morning was pretty much a repeat of Friday morning.  We got up, got dressed, and drove that 3 hours to Waco.  It was really nice to be able to visit with that side of my family again.  I remember, as a kid, running around and playing with my cousins, now my kids are running around and playing with their kids! Ah! It just makes me so happy!  We only stayed for a few hours, because we knew we still had to drive back to my parents. 





SUNDAY

I was really hoping to sleep in a little on Sunday morning,  but that just wasnt the case.  We went for breakfast at Dennys, took the dogs to the dog park, (did I tell you we had to bring our dog along? No! Well we did, but that's another post for another day!!) and then we spent the rest of the afternoon at the waterpark.  That's actually what my kids had been talking about doing weeks before.  They were so excited.


MONDAY

Monday morning my parents were headed back to work, and we were headed to Arkansas!  (For those who dont know, I'm from Arkansas, and that will always be "HOME") While planning this trip, there were a few places that I wanted to go, most of which were restuants!! 🤣 I wanted El Agaves in Hpoe or Casa Carlos in Prescott, because there isn't any GOOD Mexican food places aroundhere.  Or, none that I've found in Crestview, Fort Walton, or Destin.  And then there's Tailgators, 😋 and that's what we went with.  I had almost forgot the feeling of walking in somewhere and seeing people that you know!  We've been in Florida for almost a year and I never see the same people twice.  After lunch we went to Stephens parents house and visited with them.  Then, we were finally able to go visit with Baby Mia! 😍 She was the only reason that we even went to Arkansas!  




TUESDAY 

After being away from home for a week, it was time to go back to the panhandle!  We got back home between 4 - 5pm, which gave us  time to clean the pool and mow the yard! Lol 😂 

I told yall this was gonna be pretty long! Lol I hope I didn't bore you to death with my rambling, because I tend to ramble a lot!  Stephen went back to work today, and I get to go grocery shopping and grab some things for the house.  We're getting ready to start making our house ours, so be on the lookout for House Updates / Renovations, because I'm planning on blogging all of it!! Ok yall, that's it, I'm done! Lol Enjoy your weekend!!

- Krystal 😘

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Friday, June 22, 2018

June Ipsy Glambag Review!


Hello from Texas!!  I almost didn't have a post for today... I know, I know, shame on me! Ha!  Anyway if you've been following along in my stories, then you already know that we've been traveling for the past few days.  Right now we're headed to Waco! Ahhhh!! I'm so excited!  I woke up this morning and was like dang... I dont have a blog post prepared for today... 😳 which is probably not a real big deal, but it kinda is to me.  I've been working so hard to be consistent with my posts, and I couldn't just not post anything today.  So today is a review on my June Ipsy Glambag!


First up is a facial sheet mask from bioBELLE. Actually,  they sent me 2 of these. They are the Perfect Radiance infused with chocolate, mulberry, and honey.  It's your standard sheet mask; leave it on for 15 minutes,  rub in the excess product, its supposed to make you face have a #UnicornGlow.  All of the radiance products are great to have, especially if you have dry skin.  I have oily skin, so I can only use these at night before I go to sleep.  But it definitely does make your face shiny!


Second in my bag was this Prep and Prime from MAC... 😯 ahem... when did we start getting MAC in our glambags??  🤣 I've only used this once.  I accidentally keep forgetting to use it... 😜 but that one time, I didn't really notice anything spectacular. Lol 


Next up is another Luxi brush, which is probably my most favorite item in the bag.  I have gotten several Luxi brushes and they're all different so I'm not mad about it!


Then theres this nail polish from PS Cosmeceutical.  This is definitely a brand that I've never heard of.   It's a beautiful coral color, but it's not a great nail polish.  It's not shiny, it's not very opaque.  It's just a no go for me.  


Last in my bag is a hand cream from Delectable.  It smells amazing and is great to keep in my backpack 



Overall,  this was not my favorite bag.  I love the brush and the hand cream.  I was pretty excited about the MAC product but it didn't really do anything for me.  So, this is probably the first bag that I was like... meh.... Anyway guys, that's my thoughts on the products that I got.  Did you love yours or was it more, so so? 


Alright yall, that's it for today, I hope you enjoyed it!  Be on the lookout for another Travel Diary!  Heres one from our New Orleans trip. Also, be sure to check out my affiliate links before you go!! BYYYEEEE!!!

- Krystal 😘


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The Achiever

Achiever - A person who achieves a high or  specified  level of  success .  Success - The accomplishment of an aim or  purpose .  Purpos...