My Morning Routine

Let’s just dive in!

In an ideal world I wake up at 7:00 am and then things get poppin’. “Ideal world” being the key phrase in that sentence 😉

I pee, wash my hands, brush my teeth, and then go over to my closet and put on my work out clothes. Yeah, baby!

After that I pour myself a glass of water and make a cup of coffee.

This is where it gets boring so pay attention! I sit on my couch (or the ground) for 10 minutes and mediate to some random yoga/mediation music on Spotify or the 528hz playlist I heard about from this Youtuber I like. Shoutout to Stella Rae! After mediating I write in my gratitude journal. I don’t have a minimum or maximum amount of things I write about, I more so just think about my life and everything that I have and thank God that they have been given to me. Sometimes I will write affirmations like “I am kind. I am loving. I am thoughtful. I am successful. I am a sexy bitch with a hot bod”  but for the most part I stick to gratitude.

After that I pretty much plan out everything that I am going to do that day. I usually don’t have times for when I am going to complete certain task (although I probably should) I generally just write a list of everything I need to do: pay Spectrum bill, get car washed, retwist dreads, go to bank, hide body etc. and then do those tasks one by one.

After that I clean my house and this is probably the most important part of my morning routine. I can’t truly have a good, fun, productive day if my house is not clean. I’m not sure whats wrong with me. Likely some childhood trauma but that’s what has to go down in order for me to get shit done. So after I’ve polished the pots and the floors have been scrubs I “work out” lol. During my work outs I could be drenched in sweat, legs on fire, moments from vomiting or just lazily sitting on the floor lifting a 5 pound weight above my head. There is no in between.

Once I’ve finished my least favorite part of my day it’s breakfast time! Usually breakfast consists of cereal, oatmeal with fruit, or just some plain old eggs. I try to keep it simple, I got shit to do. After that its shower time and then I put on my face and pick out my clothes for the day.

I’m realizing that this is kind of a long morning routine but I look forward to doing it when I wake up so fuck it. My advice to you is to make a set morning routine and stick to it. There are so many decisions that we grown ups have to make during the day so creating a routine that you don’t even have to think about doing lessens the number of decisions you have to make. Then you can use all that brain power to focus on things that really matter like your children and sleeping.

x

Krystal

 

Name Change & New Posts Coming Soon!

I’m back!

I haven’t blogged in about 3 years but I have missed it deeply and plan to return this month with brand new content and regularly scheduled posts. I want to talk about food, art, beauty, music and really anything that comes to mind. Blogging was a way for me to express myself and share my interests with other online content creators and I look forward to doing that again.

xo,

Krystal

5 Things I am Grateful for This Week

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I have a lot of things to be grateful for in my life but there are a few things that happened this week that have made we feel especially thankful and I would like to share them with you.

My Dogs
My dogs can be butt heads. They are puppies so they like to chew up my wires and shoes but they are also hilarious and always energetic and happy to see me. This week they went to the groomers and it was weird that they weren’t in the house for a little while. It felt empty and too quiet. It made me realize how grateful I am to have them around all the time and that I have such amazing dogs.

A New Business Opportunity
I had struggled to find a job that I not only enjoyed but made money doing and after searching for months I have finally found one and I am so happy that I did. I feel like I was meant to do what I am doing and I am grateful to have been given this opportunity.

My Supportive Family
My family is so supportive it is crazy. More supportive than I could have ever dreamed of them being and I am so thankful. They truly inspire me and I couldn’t ask for a better family to be a part of.

My Art Teachers
I have recently re-re-begun drawing and painting and I love it. I have always loved drawing and I am glad that even after I haven’t done so in a little while my ability to draw and paint hasn’t gone away. I am also thankful for the teachers who took the time to teach me how to draw. It is not a talent that you are born with or at least I definitely wasn’t and I am grateful for them all believing in my.

That The Neighbors is Coming Out on Friday
OMG! I have been waiting for this movie to come out since I saw the previews in theaters months ago. It looks hilarious and the commercial cracks me up every time I see it. I rarely go see movies opening night but I will be seeing this one come this Friday!

What are you guys grateful for?

I hope you all have a lovely week!

– Krystal

High School Rejects Turned Summer Reading

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When I was in high school I was assigned an array of books to read that I actually never really read. I skimmed them and looked for the key terms in order to find the answers to the chapter review questions but I rarely ever actually read a book I was assigned from cover to cover. I guess I didn’t feel as though I had time since I played two sports, worked, hung out with my friends, and really just didn’t feel like it.

Since I have gotten a little older and am no longer a bratty little high school know it all, I now realize the importance of reading and absorbing information. Information is knowledge and can profoundly influence what direction your life goes in. That is why I have decided to read all the books that I neglected to read in high school. All the books I tossed to the side in exchange for scrolling through their densely worded spark notes pages.

I harbor a more genuine appreciation for literature than I ever have and along with reading some of the greatest stories ever told I want to pay homage to the teachers who worked so diligently to help me grasp the concepts of these age old tales. Yes it is years later but at least their words and effort are not completely going to waste.

I will begin with Hemingway, Coetzee, and Miller and end with Wilde, Lee and only regretting that I had not read these great novels sooner.

“Read more, learn more, change the globe” – Nas

What books are you planning on reading this summer?

I hope you all have a lovely day!

– Krystal

The Best Kept Beauty Secret: Biotin Pills

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There are thousands of products that claim to be the best kept beauty secret. Most of them are for external use only. A scrub that you apply twice a day to remove the dead skin, moisturizer with added sunscreen, and natural oils to give your skin a radiant glow. Few however, are oral supplements that you can take on the daily basis that help improve the texture of your skin, quality of your nails, and strength of your hair like biotin.

Biotin is a vitamin found in small amounts of food. It is used to help prevent biotin deficiency associated with pregnancy, malnutrition, and rapid weight loss. It is also used to treat hair loss and brittle nails along with an array of other things. If you do not suffer from any of these medical problems biotin can still be useful to you.

I have been taking the pills for the past two months everyday and I have seen a drastic improvement in the quality of my nails, skin, and hair. My skin has always been relevantly good but now the texture is much smoother and free of bumps. My nails also appear to be much stronger. They have show vast improvement length wise and have not broken off when in the past they would have at this length. My hair has probably shown the most productivity. It has always been dry and with my starter locs it had become even dryer but I noticed an almost unbelievable increase in the length and texture. It is much smoother yet stronger and has grown an inch or so in just a month.

I encourage anyone who is interested in improving the strength, appearance, and health of there hair, nails, and skin to try Biotin pills. It is a natural supplement and can be found at any drug store. Please speak to your doctor for advice in regards to the appropriate dosage you should take and just sit back and wait for your great results to arrive. I do not think you will be disappointed.

What are some of other great, natural vitamins and supplements that you guys are taking?

I hope you all have a lovely day,

Krystal

Low Down on the Derma Roller

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Sorry I have been so MYI recently! I have been working on a project but I promise that I am back and will be blogging daily just as I previously have!

Today I wanted to talk about a product that I have used quite often throughout the past year that is effective yet controversial and that is the Derma Roller.

I really can’t remember where I first found out about the product but more than likely it was at some point when I was looking up random things on the internet and I became instantly intrigued the anti aging tool.

The Derma Roller is a sleek, hand held roller that contains tons of tiny sharp needles. You grip the handle of the device and roll it against your skin while applying pressure. The tons of tiny, sharp needles are intended to penetrate the first layer of your skin and heal any scars or aging signs that have appeared over time, similar to how a razor rejuvenates your skin after you shaved.

I purchased my Derma Roller on Amazon about a year ago and have been using it on my face to help lightening the appearance of some of the facial scars that I have. While the scars still remain present I have noticed a slight positive change in the texture of my skin. Parts appear tighter and softer but not by very much.

One of the main reasons why I purchased the tool was because it was written that Angelina Jolie used the product and it has been used by top dermatologists at their practices as well. However, it does hurt and I have even seen Youtube videos where many of the people who have tried it are bleeding because of how sharp the needles are.

I am a wuss by nature and only lightly press down when using it but for more effective results it is recommended that you use some sort of topical creme along with applying added pressure to which ever area you seek improve to.

Definitely a non-conventional way to reverse the aging process but many people have been satisfied with their results. What do you guys think about the Derma Roller?

Happy Thurday!

I hope you all have a lovely day,

Krystal

Throwback Thursday: The Evolution of Robin Thicke

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Happy Throwback, Thursday!

I am sure that each of your Instagram feeds will be littered with pictures from your friends 3rd birthdays or their first Easters but for this joyous Thursday I wanted to blog about an artist who is very near and dear to my heart and that is Robin Thicke.

I first heard the heavenly melody of Robin Thicke’s song “Lost Without U” probably 7 years ago on the radio and I was instantly obsessed with that song. I thought that is was the perfect beat, tempo, and melody, and it evoked sexuality and lust. It was like love at first lyric. At this time, because I had only heard the sound of his voice I assumed that Robin was black. Not sure why exactly….perhaps because of the sensuality but for whatever reason I thought he was black and so did my mother.

My family and I enjoyed the song so much that we decided to buy the whole album from a record store (when those still existed) and after looking around for a bit we found the CD and were blown away to find that he was a super hot white man. Not that color plays a role in the music that I listen to but we were shocked and happy to find out that a white boy had so much soul. We bought the CD and Robin Thicke has held a sensual place in my heart ever sense.

He has recently been in the media after word that he and his beautiful wife and lover for over 20 years will be getting divorced. It broke my heart to hear this news and I genuinely hope that they figure out their differences.

In conclusion I would like to dedicate this beautiful Throwback Thursday to Robin Thicke. You may be Lost Without your love but I am so glad I found you!

Do you guys like Robin Thicke? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you all have a lovely day!

Krystal