Google+ Link Party

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

Thanks for stopping by to link up your Google+ page. I am hosting this party for the rest of the month and I would love to see it grow. Be sure to stop by every week in October to link up.

I don’t know about you guys but I cannot believe it’s already Fall! Southern Girl Blog Community is having a great giveaway that I am really happy to be participating in. Be sure to stop at the Southern Fall-Tastic Giveaway to enter the giveaway!

Also, there will be changes coming to Finding Crystal. I think I am slowly realizing what I really want to write about. I am excited about what is going on in my personal and professional life.

If you want to keep in touch, be sure to subscribe to my email list:

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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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Apple USB Charger Review

Apple USB Charger
Disclaimer: I received the product free in exhange for an honest review. However, I only recommend products that I believe will benefit my readers. This post may also contain affiliate links.

I received the [Apple MFI Certified] Apple USB Charger to review. An important thing to note with this product is that it is Apple Certified. I have an iPhone and one thing that was explained to me when I bought mine was if I used anything other than an Apple certified charger or product with my phone, it would make the guarantee on the phone null and void. I personally feel that this is a way for the company to make money but I also do not want to make my warranty null and void.

My husband has a Droid but I have an iPhone. This particular charger is pretty heavy duty. I’m rough on chargers to begin with, so I was happy to see that the cord and plug ins looked and felt sturdy. This is also compatible with most Apple products and comes with a guarantee.

 
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Lifeguard Mini Portable Charger Review

Lifeguard ReviewDisclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I was sent the following product free in exchange for a honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products that I think will benefit my readers.

I’m going to be honest. I hate technology. I had never heard of a power bank and had no clue as to why I needed one. So when I received the Lifeguard Mini Portable Charger I was completely unaware of the awesomeness of having a power bank.

Once I learned what a power bank was and why I needed one, I was interested in this product because I am forever forgetting my phone and Kindle chargers. I love that this charger is small enough to go in my purse and/or my car. It is just a little bit bigger than a tube of lipstick, about the size of a lip gloss, and this makes carrying it around very easy. However, because it is a battery, it does have some weight to it. I think it’s as light as it can be given that it is a battery. This charger also came with two cords that are compatible with my iPhone and my Kindle. The charging is a bonus for purchasing the charger. I felt that the price is comparable to other portable chargers and certainly to replacement batteries.

I think I am going to really enjoy this power bank. Now, I just have to remember to charge the power bank so that I can charge whatever device needs charging.

 
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Southern Fall-Tastic Giveaway

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Your awesome Host & Co-host for this giveaway:

Southern Girl Blog Community :: Prototype Mama :: Finding Crystal :: Logan Can :: RedHead Baby Mama ::

Mom’s Magical Miles :: An Alli Event :: Wetherill Says I Do :: My Big Fat Happy Life :: Magnolia Mom::

Daisy & June :: House of Fauci’s :: Bon Bon Rose Girls :: Natural Chow :: Natalie Made It :: Endless Bliss ::

Any Girl Can Do It :: MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter :: The Crumby Cupcake :: Imperfectly Ricci ::

Enter to win $350 cash via Paypal.

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway. One lucky winner will win $350 cash- Good Luck!

The giveaway will end October 13th. It is open internationally and you must be 18+ only.

Please use the Raffelcopter form below to enter.

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Google+ Linky Party

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

Thanks for stopping by to link up your Google+ profiles. You can come back here every week on Wednesday for September and October to get more followers on Google+! Bloggers, including myself, are quickly learning how important Google+ is. Linking to parties, such as this one, and participating on G+ can help your SEO and help your blog receive more traffic.

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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Dash Grab Review


Disclaimer: I was sent the following item for free in exchange for a honest review. This post may also contain affiliate links.

Dash Grab Cell Phone Review

I was sent the Dash Grab Universal Phone Mount to review. I am always excited to get to review new items, but when the items are things me or Michael would use on a daily basis, it’s even better. My husband is a mechanic so he loves playing around with car gadgets. He also loves testing out anything that is hands free as he used to be a truck driver as well.

This cell phone mount was easy to install. It had a suction cup that is built very sturdy and can hold up a cell phone. With items such as this one, the product can feel cheaply made. However, this is not the case with this product. It’s made of plastic but is incredibly sturdy. Also, once the suction cup is on the window, it’s really easy to put the phone into the mount. It snaps open very easily and grabs the phone so it’s a one hand installation. Another unique feature was it can swivel 360 degrees so you can put your phone horizontally, vertically, or even sideways if you are so inclined. The mount also will tilt forward or backward. The cell phone mount is compatible with most cell phones and has expands four inches to fit larger phones. This mount will even hold GPS systems. I also love that this system comes with a 30 day guarantee. You can get an idea at the versatility of this product with the following pictures. This dash mount would make a great present for someone on the go or even to buy for yourself.

This shows what the product looks like installed in my husband’s truck.

Dash Grab Cell Phone Mount

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Grazia Muffin Pan Review


Disclaimer: I was sent this product free in exchange for a honest review. However, I would not recommend any product that I did not feel like would benefit my readers.

I was excited to be able to try the Grazia Silicone Muffin Pan. I am always excited when I get something to review that I know I will use and have been wanting to try anyway. The pan is 100% pure food grade silicone, FDA approved, and heat resistant to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also safe to use in the dishwasher and the freezer. There is also a 100% money back guarantee with no questions asked. I love when a company stands behind their product.
Grazia Muffin Pan Review

Michael and I love muffins and cupcakes (especially me). However, I rarely make them because of the hassle trying to clean up the old metal pans that I use. I use cupcake liners but then the muffin or cake gets stuck to the liner and it just never works out the way I want it to.

My first impression of this pan was that it was very flimsy. I wasn’t sure how it would hold up when batter was added to it. You literally can fold this baby in half. However, this pan is very sturdy and able to hold up to the heaviest of batters. I also loved that I did not have to use any butter or cooking spray with this pan. When I was ready to take the muffins out of the pan, I just flipped it over and they fell out! I cannot wait to use this pan to make mini quiche and other non-dessert items I’ve been avoiding.

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Coconut Patties Review

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Disclaimer: I received this product free in exchange for my honest opinion of the product. I only recommend products that I like.

I recently had a chance to review Anastasia Confections Coconut Patties. I’m not a big fan of coconut so these were given to my mom to try and report how she likes them. She is a connoisseur of anything and everything coconut. The candy came with lots of information about Anastasia Confections as well as information about other flavors they offer. They do not make just coconut candy but it seems to be their specialty. You can find out more about Anastasia Confections on their website.

The box these come in was sturdy and easy to open. I hate getting candy that you have to pry open. These were also delivered in 90 degree heat and they were not melted. They were in a specialty container that made sure they arrived in great condition.

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The first thing we both noticed about these patties were the size- they are huge! This wasn’t just some small piece of candy. I honestly was expecting something like a peppermint patty, not something resembling a small piece of cake. They were individually wrapped. I loved this because it helps the candy to remain fresh. They had a very smooth texture. Coconut can sometimes be gritty but these were not. The dark chocolate on the outside was smooth as well. These were similar to a Mounds bar but better.

I love getting new candy to try and was so happy to get something I could give my mom. She definitely recommends these!

 

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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).


Social media parties every day of the week!

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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:

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And meet Jonny:

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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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