Friday, July 29, 2011

Ugh, I keep being MIA

Sorry that I don't keep up with blogging like I used to with my other blog. Life seems to keep getting in the way. (That and the fact that I still don't have the internet in my apt. Grrrr!)

But despite that fact, I have some neat news to share with you! The store I work with, Red Hill General Store, owns a website (one of many) called Pressure Cooker Outlet, where we sell pressure cookers, pressure canners, and other kitchen sundries. (Of course!)

Well, we have been working on a little something with Pressure Cooker Outlet, and have finally released it for the public, and that is our Pressure Cooker Outlet Affiliate Program. Seriously go check out that link! We are offering 10% of the sales made through our affiliates' links to the affiliate in question. Want to know more? Go to:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Stealing Ideas - Mosaic Medley

Came across a neat blog by PioneerCynthia called Visual Descriptionary and I'm so snagging her idea, but first for the rules:
  1. At the end of this post is a list of questions. Type your answer to each of these in Flickr Search.
  2. From the results, using the first page only, choose an image.
  3. Copy+Paste the URLs of the chosen images in FD’s Mosaic Maker.
  4. Insert the resulting Mosaic in your blog post.
  5. Drop a link to it in the comments to this post.
Here is my mosaic and the questions follow:

Here are the questions:
1. What is your first name? Crystal
2. What is your favorite food? Right now? Veggie Pizza
3. What high school did you go to? Carroll County High School
4. What is your favorite color? Pink
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Chris Hemsworth
6. Favorite drink? Dark Chocolate Almond Milk
7. Dream vacation? Tropical Cruise
8. Favorite dessert? Dark Chocolate
9. What do you want to be when you grow up? a famous writer
10. What do you love most in life? being creative
11. One Word to describe you. Jack of all trades

Links to Answer Photos:
1. * * * * * * * * Crystal Ball * * * * * * * *, 2. Veggie Pizza, 3. Boys' High School, 4. pink gadgets, 5. chris hemsworth, 6. Dark Chocolate Almond Milk, 7. Pedro Garcia - Tropical Cruise, 8. kshocolat Dark Chocolate Bar, 9. 20090208-142931-1829_sRGB, 10. the art of getting by., 11. Jack of all trade...master of none..12. Not available

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Crazy, Sexy, Diet Update

Well on the Crazy, Sexy, Diet you are supposed to start with a 21 day cleanse, but I decided to ease myself in so that I will actually stick to it. (Well my version of easing myself in anyway, ha ha)

Thus far in a little over a week I've lost 7 lbs. SERIOUSLY.

Here's what I've done so far:

No soda, nada, zip, zilch.
No coffee.
No dairy or meat products period. (except for my 1 cheat meal a week.)
Lots and lots of fresh fruits & veggies.
Some cooked beans.
Lots and lots of water and warm tea.
Organic almond butter on a square of organic dark chocolate when my sweet tooth hits.
Dried veggies to replace my salty potato chip cravings.
And Dark Chocolate Almond milk just for being good.
I also found some gluten free organic vegan cereal to replace my cereal addiction.

Plus one day a week I can have any meal I want (just stop eating when I'm full.) I know me, and I know that if I don't do that then I won't stick with the CSD. I'm hoping I can slowly make my 1 cheat meal every week and a half, then every 2 weeks and stretch it out to where it is a rare occasion. But I want to do this in a way that it doesn't seem impossible to stick with and for right now, that is what is working for me.

I seriously recommend this book to anyone who is needing something to change in their life. I have felt so good this past week and even have felt "lighter" (don't know how else to explain this feeling) I have been quite tired, probably just from adjusting to the no caffeine thing, I was highly dependent upon it for a long long time. But if you are on CSD and have any tips or just want to share your story please leave a comment! Also, if you are interested in trying it out here's a link to the book:

I'm hoping to feel up to the 21 day cleanse by the beginning of August (need to get that done before school starts back.)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Crazy, Sexy, Diet

Finally got my book in the mail! (Thanks Babe!)
I've almost finished reading it and just wow. Everything in this book makes perfect sense. So now it is time to get my butt in gear. Okay, well not now, but as soon as I get some grocery money.

When I was on the Gallbladder Cleanse Diet, I felt so much better, and I lost so much weight. And well, that diet wasn't meant to be permanent. So after I fell back to my old ways of eating, I started feeling sluggish again, and here lately I've been starting to get painful twinges in the area of said gallbladder. So I went on a search for a diet that was similar to the GCD, but written in a way that it would be easier to take with me into my daily life. I am so excited to get started on this path and to start feeling healthy and more like myself again. It will be tough. No doubt about that. But I have a feeling that it will be totally worth it in the end.

I've ordered my juicer, now I've just got to save up for a few other items that I'll need on this new quest. (If anyone has any suggestions as to good brands, etc on these items PLEASE let me know!!!):

Food Processor
Coffee Grinder
Food Dehydrator
Salad Spinner
Mason Jars w/Lids

I've also purchased 2 more books to help me on this journey:

I also want to get:

Wish me luck on this endeavor to get my life, energy, and health back.