Win an Amazon Giftcard #giveaway

amazon giftcard giveawayThis summer, I have been able to be a co-host for this party that is hosted by The Ultimate Linky. All of the co-hosts of The Ultimate Linky’s daily social media parties have gone together to offer you this giveaway for a $20 Amazon Gift card! This giveaway is open worldwide!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Finding Crystal is not responsible for the fulfillment of this prize.

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The Ultimate Party

We have made it to our fourth week of The Ultimate Party on Facebook!

The Ultimate Party on Facebook

Last week we had 51 different Facebook statuses linked up to the party!

Here was my favorite share of the party!

To participate in today’s party:

  • First follow your hosts and co-hosts on Facebook.

Hosts:

hosts facebook

  1. Tammy from The Ultimate Linky — Follow The Ultimate Linky on Facebook HERE.
  2. Tammy from My Life Abundant — Follow My Life Abundant on Facebook HERE.
  3. Kim from Kid PepFollow Kid Pep on Facebook HERE.
  4. Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row– Follow Ducks ‘n a Row on Facebook HERE.

Co-hosts:

cohosts facebook

  1. Crystal from Finding Crystal — Follow Finding Crystal on Facebook HERE.
  2. Paula from Buenos Aires –Follow Paula — Buenos Aires on Facebook HERE.
  3. Amber from Snapshots and Snippets — Follow Snapshots and Snippets on Facebook HERE.
  • Go to The Ultimate Party’s page on Facebook HERE.

  • Add one or two of your Facebook statuses that you want boosted as a comment to the top post on the page. The post says “The Ultimate Party on Facebook, Week 4!!!”

Here is how to find the URL of the Facebook post:
Go to your Facebook page.
Find the post you want to boost (have people like/comment/share).
Click on the time under the title. I would click on “30 minutes ago.”
time for facebook.

Then go up to the browser window and copy the URL. It will look like this:
URL of facebook post

Paste this URL as a comment on The Ultimate Party’s page.

  • Go and boost at least 3 other statuses for every status you link up. Like, comment, or share the other Facebook posts. I cannot be on Facebook all day! The hosts and co-hosts will do their best to boost every post, but we need your help!
  • Please follow our Facebook page (The Ultimate Party) if you want to see our updates!
  • If you wish, you can follow our Pinterest board called The Ultimate Party where all of your hosts can pin your great posts.
  • Optional: You can include your pin URL for that post so that others can pin it if they want to. If you repin the pin, please try to remember to include the hashtag #theultimateparty in the pin description.
  • We would love it if you grabbed our button!
The Ultimate Linky

And we would love some tweets! Thank you!



Before you link up, we have one more special feature that truly makes this Facebook party The Ultimate Party!

Every weekday except for Tuesday, you can share your posts on one of the host’s pages.
Go and link up one of your posts as a comment to the post on the host’s Facebook page. (It will be pinned at the top or will be very close to the top of the page.)

Here is the schedule:Schedule for Facebook share days

Now go HERE to party!

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KitchenMade Measuring Cups Review

I was sent the KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups to review. I love kitchen stuff. When I first started thinking about buying a house, the first things I started buying was kitchen supplies of all kinds. So when I was accepted to do a review of these measuring cups, I was happy!

I truly believe you can never have enough kitchen stuff. When I got married, we received so much kitchen utensils, small appliance, pots, pans, etc. I really wondered if all of it was necessary. Once we moved in and started using the kitchen, I learned that you can never have too many. I feel the same way about towels, blankets, and so many other things for the house.

KitchenMade Measuring Cups ReviewThe KitchenMade measuring cups are $17.67. My first thought was that these were on the expensive side. I did a search of other stainless steel measuring cups on Amazon and the price is pretty much average.

They are made of stainless steel and I received one set. They have a lifetime guarantee of no rusting, bending, or breaking. They are made from a single piece of steel. This is important because it adds to the strength of the measuring cups so they don’t bent or break. I also like that these cups will fit into each other. I don’t know about you but I am notorious for losing measuring cups (and spoons) because they don’t fit together. These measuring cups also come in standard and metric sizes and the sizes are engraved on the side of the measuring cup. I also tested these cups against other measuring cups that I have and these cups are accurate. I’m not sure why but I have had some cups before that were not accurate.

I’d say that this is an awesome set of measuring cups! I can’t wait to use them more!

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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Tea Tree Oil Review

Tea Tree Oil Review

I wanted to go a little out of my comfort zone with a review this time. I’m a creature of habit for the most part so I really wanted to try something I have never tried. Plus, I’ve really wanted to try some type of essential oils to see what they are all about. Luckily, Apothecary Extracts sends a recipe guide. I am also lucky to have a Facebook friend who sells and uses essential oils and was able to give me some guidance about it.

Apothecary Extracts is a fairly new company. They sent me their tea tree oil to review. Like I said, there was a recipe guide and my Facebook friend also pointed me to a couple of websites: here and here.

I don’t know what I expected when I opened the cap to smell it but I was pleasantly surprised. It smells really good. It’s very earthy and does actually smell like trees. It is extracted from the Tea Tree so that would be the reason. The smell reminds me of sawdust and my grandfather when he was doing wood work. It’s actually a very calming scent.

The uses are endless for this product. The following is just a few ways that I used the tea tree oil and ways that I plan to use the tea tree oil.

  • Skin care- you can make scrubs, cleansers, toners, and even acne spot treatments. You can also make lotions, lip balm, and deodorant.
  • Hair care- Tea tree oil actually is really good for the scalp and hair. There are all sort of ways to use it but one way I used it was as a hair mask. I have dry scalp because of Lupus so this was awesome.
  • Aromatherapy- I actually cannot wait to try the oil to make a relaxing spray mist that you can spray on your pillow at night.

 This oil comes in a 4 oz bottle that is advertised as lasting up to a year. On a personal note, I have two dogs. Some of the recipes and guides list insecticide and uses for animals. I’m particularly excited about trying something that is safe for animals.

What would be a way that you would use tea tree oil?

If you are looking to purchase tea tree oil, you can use my affiliate link above and that helps me deliver more great reviews to you!

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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Social Saturday/Sunday #bloglovin #sverve #youtube

Welcome to the Social Saturday and Sunday Linky Party!

Thank you for linking up here at the Social Saturdays linky party! I am co-hosting this party all summer along with the host of this party, Tammy from The Ultimate Linky. 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!

Every week, there will be a Bloglovin linky party as well as two other social media linkups! The party will stay open Saturday through Monday. We will also do Youtube and Sverve one week and LinkedIn and StumbleUpon the next, and it will keep rotating every other week. The Ultimate Linky has link-ups for Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Facebook on Monday – Friday.

Let’s be social get our party on!

  • Please add the button to your sidebar or party page. We also appreciate any shares that you could give! Thanks for your help in spreading the word!
  • Follow the directions down below!
The Ultimate Linky

You can link up your Bloglovin Profile URL here:

You can link up your Sverve accounts here:

You can link up your YouTube URL here:


Social media parties every day of the week!

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Three Ways I Live With Lupus

I’ve had Lupus for two and a half years now. Well, I’ve been diagnosed for two years, but I’ve probably had Lupus closer to three years. For the first six to eight months, ‘living’ consisted of sleeping and feeling sorry for myself. It was also spent fighting against the disease process and willing my body to heal itself. And if I wasn’t spending my time fighting my body, I was spending my time pushing my body. I refused to accept that my body wasn’t capable doing what it once had been capable of doing. I pushed until my body threw up both hands and said, “Fine, have it your way.” I started falling asleep at my desk, missing more work, and getting sick. It was then that I accepted that my body, and I as a person, would never be the same.

There are still days that I want to sit down and just feel sorry for myself. However,with my other chronic health problems, I have always tried to make the best of my life. This was just another thing to accept and work around. I have figured out (almost) how to LIVE, not just survive, with Lupus.

Three Ways I Live With Lupus

1. Take advantage of the good days. There are good days. In fact, I have had two good days in a row, which is a rare occurrence. Yesterday, I took advantage of the good day by going to see one of my best friends. I spent the evening with her and her daughter. It felt good to feel normal, even just for a little bit. I took advantage of the good day today by going to lunch with my other best friend. I got to see her son and catch up with her. I haven’t seen these two ladies in over a year.

2. Make the most of the time I’m given. Last night, I only spent about two or three hours with my friend. We laughed, talked about when we were kids, laughed some more, watched Frozen (okay, just freaking ‘Let It Go’ already kids), and sat on her front porch. That was “our thing,” sitting on a swing on a porch laughing. Today, I spent around two hours out to lunch with my other friend. We also talked, laughed, I played with her son (for about five minutes), and caught up with what we have going on in our lives. That was “our thing;” we love going to Applebees and talking. My point is that I only spent three hours max with these ladies but it was time well spent. Each minute was savored and the conversation flowed. Because I never know when I will get that time again.

3. Rest. This one is very simple. When I came home last night, I went straight to bed. I did not go to sleep right away but I laid on my bed. When I was diagnosed with Lupus and realized just how important true rest would be, I had to find a place where my body knew it was time to rest and I found that place on my bed. I allow all the muscles in my body to relax, my heart rate slows down, and my body heals itself- or at least I like to think it does.

Those are just three of the many ways in which I have learned to live (and thrive) with this disease process. I can handle Lupus taking my body from me. My independence, my mind, my spirit and my love for life- those are mine.

How do you thrive in life? What does thriving mean to you?

Don’t forget to subscribe to my monthly newsletter! My goal is to get 10 subscribers by August 7th. On August 8th, I will send out my first newsletter! I will be sending out links to my favorite posts of the previous month, my favorite products or boxes for that month, and a few extras! You can sign up here:

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Why I Blog – My Mission Statement

I previously wrote a blog post titled, “What I Blog About.” This post was part of my homework from the Badass Babes e-Course I am taking. I am loving this course because I am learning that I don’t have to change who I am or what I want to write about to have a successful blog. I am learning ways that I can make my blog stand out from the rest and still be attractive to sponsorship opportunities.

Our assignment this week was to create a mission statement that described the purpose of our blog and who we are targeting with our blog. I wanted to start by figuring out WHY I blog, why do I put time into the blog, and why I think others should read as well.

1. I love to write – I started writing stories, poems, etc when I was in the 7th grade. There have been times in my life that writing has kept me breathing and has helped me work through a bad breakup or a rough time in my life. And I sincerely hope that something I write, resonates with someone else.

2. I love to educate – I also love to write to educate. I think that we learn best when we read the experiences of other people. Yes, we have to make our own mistakes and educate ourselves. However, I particularly like bring awareness to topics that I am passionate and knowledgeable about.

3. I love giving my opinion – Let’s face it, everyone has one. There have been times in my life that I just needed to give my opinion whether anyone else read it or not. I particularly love reviewing products that help my ‘stay at home’ status easier.

Mission Statement:

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Beauty Box 5 July 2014 Review

First of all, I am so excited to tell you that I am now an official BeautyBox5 affiliate. I have been trying to get into this program for a couple of months and I was finally approved! If you decide to subscribe to this box, please do through my link. If you use my link, you can use the coupon code HALFOFF to receive your first box 50% off.

BeautyBox5 is a subscription box that is $12 a month. If you buy more than one month, it’s less than that per month. They send full size, deluxe sample, and regular sample sized products for you to try. It comes with a card telling you what the product is, how to use it, and what the retail price is. It’s a good bargain and great for someone who doesn’t have a lot of money to spend on a subscription box.

Beauty Box July 2014 Review

This is my BB5 box for this month. I received a coupon for mascara so that was really cool!

Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara Retail $7.99 Full Size: I used this mascara on Sunday to try it out. It’s a new product by Revlon. It totally brightens my eyes and gives the appearance of longer lashes. It was also super easy to apply- just one application and it was done!

HASK Argan Oil Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment Retail $2.49 Sample Size: This is a hair mask for dry or damaged hair. This is ideal if you use styling products, curling iron, hair dryer, etc. I do not use anything on my hair. However, I did try it out for test purposes. It made my hair feel really soft and definitely added some moisture. I probably would not buy this product on a normal basis but it was nice to try it.

Body Drench Candy Licious Lips Retail $3.99 Full Size: This is going to be an awesome tool to have in the winter. It also tastes like peppermint which was really cool. The card says it has beeswax, coconut oil, and vitamin E in it. I put this under lipstick because lipstick tends to dry out my lips. It worked great.

Anna Naturals Glowing Mama Walnut Face & Body Scrub Retail $10.99 Sample Size: The card says this scrub is all natural, vegan, and is infused with moisturing botanicals. It does not have parabens, chemicals or artificial fragrances. I am really careful what I use on my face so I tried this on my arm. It worked great and left the skin soft. However, there is only a small bit- two uses at the most – so I would have to buy more if I wanted to use it again.

Miss Jessie’s Multi Cultural Curls Retail $16.00 Sample Size: I have gotten this in other boxes before and I’m not sure why. I’ve never filled out my beauty survey and said I have curly hair. And no matter what I try, my hair is just not going to curl up. It’s wavy but will not curl unless it is drenched in product. This will be something I’ll give to someone else or swap out.

I think this was a really strong box for me. I’m excited about the mascara and lip balm.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my monthly newsletter! My goal is to get 10 subscribers by August 7th. One August 8th, I will send out my first newsletter! I will be sending out links to my favorite posts of the previous month, my favorite products or boxes for that month, and a few extras! You can sign up here:

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The Ultimate Party on Facebook #4

We have made it to our fourth week of The Ultimate Party on Facebook!

The Ultimate Party on Facebook

Last week we had 39 different Facebook statuses

linked up to the party!

Here was my favorite share of the party!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake by Bobbie on 3GLOL

Peanut Butter Cheesecake on Facebook

To participate in today’s party:

  • First follow your hosts and co-hosts on Facebook.

Hosts:

hosts facebook

  1. Tammy from The Ultimate Linky — Follow The Ultimate Linky on Facebook HERE.
  2. Tammy from My Life Abundant — Follow My Life Abundant on Facebook HERE.
  3. Kim from Kid PepFollow Kid Pep on Facebook HERE.
  4. Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row– Follow Kid Pep on Facebook HERE.

Co-hosts:

cohosts facebook

  1. Crystal from Finding Crystal — Follow Finding Crystal on Facebook HERE.
  2. Paula from Buenos Aires –Follow Paula — Buenos Aires on Facebook HERE.
  3. Amber from Snapshots and Snippets — Follow Snapshots and Snippets on Facebook HERE.
  • Go to The Ultimate Party’s page on Facebook HERE.

  • Add one or two of your Facebook statuses that you want boosted as a comment to the top post on the page. The post says “The Ultimate Party on Facebook, Week 4!!!”

Here is how to find the URL of the Facebook post:
Go to your Facebook page.
Find the post you want to boost (have people like/comment/share).
Click on the time under the title. I would click on “30 minutes ago.”
time for facebook.

Then go up to the browser window and copy the URL. It will look like this:
URL of facebook post

Paste this URL as a comment on The Ultimate Party’s page.

  • Go and boost at least 3 other statuses for every status you link up. Like, comment, or share the other Facebook posts. I cannot be on Facebook all day! The hosts and co-hosts will do their best to boost every post, but we need your help!
  • Please follow our Facebook page (The Ultimate Party) if you want to see our updates!
  • If you wish, you can follow our Pinterest board called The Ultimate Party where all of your hosts can pin your great posts.
  • Optional: You can include your pin URL for that post so that others can pin it if they want to. If you repin the pin, please try to remember to include the hashtag #theultimateparty in the pin description.
  • We would love it if you grabbed our button!
The Ultimate Linky

And we would love some tweets! Thank you!



Before you link up, we have one more special feature that truly makes this Facebook party The Ultimate Party!

Every weekday except for Tuesday, you can share your posts on one of the host’s pages.
Go and link up one of your posts as a comment to the post on the host’s Facebook page. (It will be pinned at the top or will be very close to the top of the page.)

Here is the schedule:Schedule for Facebook share days

Now go HERE to party!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my monthly newsletter! My goal is to get 10 subscribers by August 7th. One August 8th, I will send out my first newsletter! You can sign up here:

Subscribe to Finding Crystal


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