Google+ Linky Party

Welcome to the The Ultimate Linky’s Google+ Party!

Thanks for coming and linking up here to the Google+ Linky Party! Be sure to stop by every Wednesday to add your links and follow other people.

I have still been recovering from surgery so it will most likely be one more week before I am posting regularly. I have lots of reviews to do and lots of post ideas. Be ready!

There are two linkies in this party! You can do just one or both linkies if you wish. On the first linky, you will link up your Google+ URL from your Google+ profile or page so that others can add you to their circles. On the second linky, link up the URL of a status from Google+ that you would like to receive some more interaction (a comment, +1, or maybe even a share!)

Please add Tammy from The Ultimate Linky and me to one of your circles on Google+, add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to circle/interact with!

Here is the button that you can add to your sidebar or party page. We also appreciate any shares that you could give about this party! Thank you for your help in spreading the word!

The Ultimate Linky

We would also love if you took a second to tweet about this party!!


If you would like to have a google+ post shared, link up the url for that post below. The same rules as above apply except you only have to do the two links above yours. I will make sure I do the last link(s).


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Have You Met Xena and Jonny?

There are a lot of things in this world that I advocate for and support. Two of my biggest passions is mental health awareness and acceptance and animal abuse awareness and rescue. These two passions collide on a Facebook page I follow.

I follow an awesome little boy and his dog on Facebook. Jonny has autism and ‘has a friend’ in Xena. His mom posts daily about Jonny and Xena and the fun they get into. Before Jonny’s mom adopted Xena, Jonny was pretty much nonverbal and had several other sensory issues. Xena has opened up a whole new world for Jonny. This family blesses my life each day just through their Facebook page. Xena won her category as Emerging Dog Hero and is now in the running for top hero dog. Keep reading to find out why she should win!

Meet Xena:

Xena

And meet Jonny:

jonny

Read this story and come back here

I started following Xena the Warrior Puppy almost as soon as her story went viral, basically since her story started. There are no words for how I felt when I read her story, saw the pictures, and started praying for her. Her pictures and her story made me sick to my stomach and made me want to hurt the people who hurt her.

By fate, coincidence, or, if you are like me, and believe in God, Xena and Jonny came together. Jonny has Autism. While I’ve talked about Autism in the highly functioning category, with what I have learned about Jonny, his functioning is/was not as high on the spectrum as those I’ve written about so far. He was, for the most part, non-verbal, had sensory issues, and other issues with socialization and meeting people. Jonny loves playing with marbles, making simple Rube Goldberg Machines with erector sets and other materials, but was not very social. Until Xena came along.

These two continue to remind me daily that miracles happen. Jonny coined the phrase “Spreading the Words” in the video below. Together, these two are ‘spreading the words’ about Autism and animal abuse. I’ve also started following their YouTube channel. Check it out but be sure to have some Kleenex with you. Xena is nominated for Hero Dog of the Year and was already named ASPCA Dog of the Year of 2013 and Emerging Hero Dog. After watching these videos of Linda talking about Xena and Jonny, visiting Xena’s Facebook page, and watching and reading the news about Xena, I’m sure you will agree that Xena deserves Hero Dog of the Year. You can vote once a day per email address. Please share this link far and wide.

Linda and Xena on HLN:

Jonny’s PSA Awareness Announcement in April 2013:

And my favorite video:

And my favorite picture:

XenaandjonnyYES, Xena has a friend in Jonny and Jonny has a friend in Xena. This pair is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. There are times that something is posted on their Facebook page that has me in tears in minutes. They are constantly supporting their local animal shelter and constantly educating all who will listen about Autism and animal cruelty. Take a minute and go visit Xena and Jonny and tell them Crystal sent you. Jonny and Xena are “Spreading the Words!”

And on their Facebook page, the question is constantly asked:

xenajonnywhorescuedwhoSo, what do you think? Who rescued who?

**All photos and videos are under copyright of their respective resources. Jonny and Xena’s story was shared with the permission of Jonny’s mother Linda.**

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Google+ Linky Party

Welcome to the The Ultimate Linky’s Google+ Party!

Before we party, I want to post an update about this blog. I am still in the process of healing from surgery. It has taken longer than expected, with a few setbacks. I am hoping to be up and going again full time by the beginning of October. Until then, I will be posting when possible.

Enter to win a BY Framesi Hairspray giveaway here.

Also, subscribe to Finding Crystal for a monthly newsletter.

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Thanks for coming and linking up here to the Google+ Linky Party! You can come back here every week on Wednesday for September and October to get more followers on Google+! Our goal is to grow this party so that there will be new people linking up every week so that you can continue to get new followers!

There are two linkies in this party! You can do just one or both linkies if you wish. On the first linky, you will link up your Google+ URL from your Google+ profile or page so that others can add you to their circles. On the second linky, link up the URL of a status from Google+ that you would like to receive some more interaction (a comment, +1, or maybe even a share!)

Please add Tammy from The Ultimate Linky and me to one of your circles on Google+, add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to circle/interact with!

Here is the button that you can add to your sidebar or party page. We also appreciate any shares that you could give about this party! Thank you for your help in spreading the word!

The Ultimate Linky

We would also love if you took a second to tweet about this party!!


If you would like to have a google+ post shared, link up the url for that post below. The same rules as above apply except you only have to do the two links above yours. I will make sure I do the last link(s).


Social media parties every day of the week!

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The Essential Gluten Free Cookie Guide

I was sent The Essential Gluten-Free Cookie Guide to review. I also received The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide with the cookbook. I do not follow a gluten-free diet but I know those that do. These two books are really essentials for those that eat gluten-free.

The Essential Gluten Free Cooke Guide

The cookbook was awesome. It gave tips on cooking gluten free, substitutions you can make, and other cookie making tips. I was also pleased to see how easy the cookie recipes were. I love chocolate chip cookies. The recipe I use is more complicated than the one in the cookbook. Plus, the one in the cookbook doesn’t use any flour so I’m interested to see how that works out. This cookbook is not just a cookie cookbook. There are brownies and bars included as well. The only thing missing from this cookbook was colored pictures. However, this is just a personal preference for me. I’m very visual so I like colored pictures.

There are also lots of recipes for frostings and fillings to go with all the cookies and bars. I’ve never been one to make my own frostings but I might have to try some of these.

I also received a gluten-free shopping guide with this cookbook. These two items, or even the shopping guide by itself, would make an awesome Christmas present for a person who is on a gluten free diet. The cookbook would be awesome for anyone who likes baking but has to eat a gluten free diet.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Adovia Sulfur Soap Review

I am getting more into beauty products the more I get into mail and the more I do these reviews. I am always looking for skin care products. I have always had a problem with my skin. I’m 31 and I still get acne and other skin problems. I was sent Adovia Sulfur Soap to review and I was excited to try it.

Adovia Sulfur Soap Review

The product information described it as:

  • Adovia sulfur soap, is highly enriched with minerals and sulfur from the Dead Sea.
  • Your skin’s natural moisture levels are balanced and optimized with Olive Oil, Dead Sea minerals and Aloe Vera extract.
  • Sulfur has Antiseptic, Anti-Fungal and Antibacterial properties.
  • This soap thoroughly cleanses your face and body and leaves your skin gentle and smooth.
  • Our sulfur soap has a 3% sulfur content.

I tried the soap on my face first. For some reason I thought it was only a facial soap. I have really sensitive skin on my face and my face did not like this soap. Instead of preventing breakouts, I think it made them worse. It also made my skin really red.

However, I read a little more about this soap and decided to use it on my hands, legs, arms and back. That made all the difference. It did exfoliate my skin and I could almost feel the sulfur pulling out the impurities in my skin. The soap made my skin very soft and there was a visible difference in the way it looked. I also liked that it had antiseptic and antibacterial properties. That tells me that it will help with skin irritations and any infections that Lupus can cause on my skin. It also would make a really good treatment for your hands. I reviewed Adovia moisturizer a few weeks ago and that moisturizer is a perfect companion product to use with this one. Using those on my hands left my hands soft and also decreased the look of age in my hands.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this soap. It might be a little harsh on really sensitive skin but I thought it worked very well for me.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

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Candy Club Review

If you have been reading Finding Crystal for more than a couple of weeks, you know that I love subscription boxes. And there is just about a subscription box to everything. One of my new favorites is Candy Club and I can’t wait to tell you about it.

Candy Club Review

I fell in love with my Candy Club box. My first thought was the packaging was cute. It was bright, attractive, and colorful- exactly what a candy box should look like. I also loved that the candy came in these little paint can looking containers. This box was pretty heavy so that was also a plus. I felt like I was getting my moneys worth. There were also cards giving me information about each product and information in general about Candy Club. Candy Club would make a great gift for just about any occasion and especially if the person is a candy lover!

There are several plans to choose from and several different amounts of candy available. Also depending on how many months you decide to subscribe, you get a discount. This will definitely be a regular box in my house.

There were five different candies in my box:

Haribo Techno Gummi Bears: These were similar to regular gummi bears but had different, more ‘up-to-date’ flavors. There was also Sour Power Wild Cherry Gummi Belts and jelly beans. The containers had pop off lids similar to paint cans. Michael had to show me how to get them open. I liked this because it will keep the candy fresh. If I had to estimate, I’d say that these three items were about three pounds of candy altogether. Candy Club also throws in a few extras.

There was a box of Peach Buds (peach flavored hard candy) and some Sweet Water taffy. I’m not normally a fan of peach flavored candy but the Peach Buds were really good and the flavor was not overpowering. The taffy was cotton candy flavored and I love anything cotton candy flavored. It was so good and so addictive.

The candy tasted fresh and I thought the variation was good. I cannot wait to see what September’s box contains.

Candy Club provided a box in exchange for an honest review. However, I only recommend products that I have personally tested and I believe my readers will enjoy. See Disclosure Policy for more information.

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Framesi Hairspray + Giveaway

I received Be Yourself Mist Spray Strong Hairspray by Framesi. If you are interested, you can find the website here. The product description says:

  •  A fast-drying, finishing aerosol with an extra-firm hold.
  • Keeps your style in place while protecting your hair from UV rays.
  • Contains anti-aging Vitamin E and light silicone for shiny hair.
  • Will not buildup or flake.

Framesi Hairspray Review I am generally pretty skeptical about hair care products and especially styling products. I find that most styling products weigh my hair down, make my hair look oily, and just feel sticky. However, this hairspray was a little different. First, it didn’t weigh my hair down. The spray strength itself was not heavy and the hairspray went on lightly and didn’t feel like it was glued to my head. I have very fine and thin hair. This hairspray helped my hair hold a curl and style. Second, it contains Vitamin E, which is really good for your hair. I found that this hairspray did not make my hair dry, didn’t make my hair feel brittle, and didn’t leave my hair looking like it had hairspray in it. I wasn’t excited about the silicone in it but it didn’t seem to have an effect on my hair. My hair is already shiny so I really didn’t notice a difference there. My favorite part about all of this was it was not difficult to wash out of my hair. Most hair products I have used make me have to wash my hair two or three times to completely rinse out the product. This didn’t leave my hair feeling that way. I also liked that the can of hairspray was huge and would last a long time (I don’t use hairspray very often). It is a little on the pricey side for what I would buy for myself since I don’t generally style my hair. However, if you love products and do style your hair, this is a great one, especially if you have hair that does not behave and does not like to hold a style. You have the opportunity to win a can of Framesi hairspray. Enter here:

Giveaway rules are as follows: Giveaway ends September 14th at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Giveaway Tools and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Finding Crystal is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Magnetic Door Review

I received the MAG Magnetic Screen Door to review. I was so excited to get this product. Michael and I love keeping our back door open. We have two large dogs, Lug and Diesel. They love to go outside but they are inside dogs. We were excited to receive this so they could go out and come in whenever they want. It took them a minute to get the hang of going through the screen but they learned.

Magnetic Door Review

My first impression of the material is that it is sturdy material. My mom had one of these and hers wasn’t nearly as good of quality as this one is. The mesh screen is thick and tightly woven. It is long enough to cover our doors and hold up to the dogs using it to go in and out. It has magnets down the middle so it will close. It does do a good job in closing after the dogs go through it and we walk through it. It was nice to be able to leave it open as Michael grilled out. I also thought that this looked nice. It has a ruffle at the top and it doesn’t look cheap. With products like this one, you can never been sure what it will look like. I was pleasantly surprised to see how good it looked.

The installation was a little big more work than the ad said it is. It comes with thumbtacks. It could have just been our door frame but these thumbtacks alone were not strong enough to hold up the screen. In order to put it up on the door, Michael used small nails to hammer into the door frame. It also comes with double backed strips to stick to the side of the door to hold each side to the door. These work surprisingly well and we haven’t had a problem with them.

I’m going to be honest. I went into testing this product with a negative opinion. I didn’t think it would work well, I thought it would look cheap, and I was sure I wouldn’t like it. However, it is an awesome alternative to a traditional screen door and I love how well made it is. I look forward to using this in the Fall to let the house air out and the cool air in. I also look forward to grilling with this and not having to constantly open the door.

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Google+ Linky Party

Welcome to the The Ultimate Linky’s Google+ Party!

Thanks for stopping by to link up for the Google+ Linky Party. I am slowly incorporating G+ into my social media repertoire. I am late to the party on this one and just now learning the benefits of using G+. Every week in September and October I will be co-hosting this party. We want this party to be awesome and help grow our networks. Please share so more bloggers will know about this link up.

A few notes about Finding Crystal before we party:

  • I am in the process of starting to blog again. I had to take a break because I had defibrillator replacement surgery.
  • I have a beauty themed giveaway going on right now. I love beauty tools so I am giveaway an eyelash curler. It’s super easy to sign up. Enter to win here.
  • You can also sign up for my monthly newsletter. Each newsletter contains favorite products of the month, any favorite posts of the month, and some other goodies. Sign up here:

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There are two linkies in this party! You can do just one or both linkies if you wish. On the first linky, you will link up your Google+ URL from your Google+ profile or page so that others can add you to their circles. On the second linky, link up the URL of a status from Google+ that you would like to receive some more interaction (a comment, +1, or maybe even a share!)

Please add Tammy from The Ultimate Linky and me to one of your circles on Google+, add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to circle/interact with!

Here is the button that you can add to your sidebar or party page. We also appreciate any shares that you could give about this party! Thank you for your help in spreading the word!

The Ultimate Linky

We would also love if you took a second to tweet about this party!!


If you would like to have a Google+ post shared, link up the URL for that post below. The same rules as above apply except you only have to do the two links above yours. I will make sure I do the last link(s).


Social media parties every day of the week!

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Astor Extra Large Electric Swatter Review

Astor Extra Large Electric Swatter Review

When I first received the Astor Extra Large Electric Swatter , I couldn’t help but laugh and channel my inner child. I could see me running through the house with this tennis racket shaped contraption swatting away at fruit flies and other flying bugs. I absolutely hate wasps and hornets (who doesn’t) and in the summer, they are everywhere. I could even see myself on my back porch swatting away at flying creatures. This is going to become a favorite ‘toy’ of mine.

Yes, it is as huge as it looks. It is legitimately the size of a tennis racket. I love that the electricity is not active on it unless you have the button pressed. The 2 C sized batteries that it requires is included which was nice. That means I could go ahead and start playing as soon as I received it. And I did! And it was fun! And no, I’m not ashamed to admit that my inner child enjoyed herself immensely. I also like that it is a well built product. It is not cheaply made and just holding the swatter, you know that it will last awhile.

I’m actually disappointed that I did not get one to review sooner. This would have come in handy this summer. Michael and I love to leave the back door open for the dogs to come and go from the backyard. However, living in the South means bugs, bugs, bugs. I would have loved to have this to use this past summer. However, we also love leaving the door open during Fall so this will be a huge help with all the bugs that come in. I also cannot stress enough how fun this thing is!

The specifics of the Astor Swatter include:

    • • Powerful current kills bugs on contact
    • • 10.5″ x 8″ zapping surface
    • • Heavy-duty ABS plastic frame with zinc steel strings
    • • Instant on/off button with LED warning light
    • • Requires 2 “C” batteries, included

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

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