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Even though I’m not totally a natural blonde I still fit the mold sometimes. We don’t necessarily have to say “dumb blonde” now do we :) It’s called having a “blonde moment”.

Let me just tell you about one of my “blonde moments” that happened a few years back.

My husband and I were driving down the road when we saw this sign…

Sean pointed it out to me and said I should call the number for a manicure. I was like, oh awesome! Free manicures! Then quickly started dialing the number on my cell phone.

It rang and rang until it went to voicemail.

The voicemail was a man saying he’d gone fishing and to leave a message. I thought it was a little strange so I just hung up.

The next day I decided to call again.

Still no answer.

So I thought, oh well, I’ll just leave a message. This is what I said:

“Hi my name is Crystal and I’m calling about your free manicures. Give me a call back when you get a chance, here’s my number $#@^%!#^”

Later that day I recieved a phone call from a man. He was laughing as he said, “Hi, is this Crystal”?

Me: Yes, this is Crystal.

Man on phone (still laughing): Hi Crystal, I’m returning your call about the manicures.

Me (a little confused): Oh… uh yah, okay. Well I was wondering if I could make an appointment.

Man on phone: hahahahahah, well I’m sorry, I can’t give you a manicure, but I’ve got plenty of “MANURE” for ya.

Me (feeling unbelievably stupid): Oh, haha…

oops, hee hee…

guess I read the sign wrong didn’t I…

Sean got the biggest kick out of this whole thing. He loves to play tricks on me and is the best at holding a straight face. So he just sat back and watched as I made a complete fool of myself.

Makes for a pretty good story though :)

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Remember the days when you’d spend hours on end playing with those little dolls we call Barbies?

Nothing better than pretending to BE something we’ll never live up to, with those perfect long legs, tiny little waist and perky boobs.
…and we wonder why we grow up with body image issues.

Well, besides the fact that I felt inferior to these plastic toys, I never got sick of dressing them up, setting up the house and playing out a life of glamour and ease. With nothing more to do than try on beautiful evening gowns and brush long locks of gorgeous hair.

Here’s a short video for your enjoyment :)

Posted by Crystal

Hey all my lovely friends. How is your summer going? Can you believe it’s almost over? Feels like it just started.

For us it’s been great. Lots of things going on thats for sure. Sean and I just got back from a nice little trip to Las Vegas to celebrate our 7 years of marriage together. Thanks to Sean’s parents we were able to leave the kids for a couple days and enjoy some alone time.

We stayed at the Vdara Hotel which is located on the strip next to the Bellagio. Sean decided to splurge and surprised me with a corner suite, which means we had two walls full of windows giving us an amazing view of the city. Perfect view of the Bellagio fountains too, which is my favorite part of Vegas. I would definitely recommend the Vdara Hotel, it was beautiful, reasonably priced and had extremely comfortable beds.

I didn’t take a single picture, can you believe that? I didn’t want the hassle of hauling around the huge camera bag AND my purse, so this morning I found the perfect solution.

Snugglens $99.99

Isn’t it cute?

It works as a purse, diaper bag and camera bag! How cool is that? I figured I’m going to be needing a new diaper bag soon, and thought this was perfect. I can stick some diapers and wet wipes right on the top, and still have room for my wallet, camera, and even an extra lense or a bottle if I need one. It was a little pricely in my oppinion, but I figure since it’s 3 in one, it was worth it.

I got this cute little strap to go with it.

So anyway, I think this will make bringing my camera places, much easier.

Next thing on the list of things I wanted to share with you is a fun contest Hapari Swimwear is having.� The contest prize is $2500 and a trip to Florida. All you have to do to enter is email them a picture of you wearing one of their suits. Email it to [email protected] They are posting all of the pictures on their Facebook page and they said that your chances of winning increase by the number of “likes” or comments on your photo. So if you head over there you can cast me a little vote if you want :) I’ll definitely return the favor if any of you enter. Just look through the 12 pics and you’ll find mine in there. See more details HERE.

Have a great weekend!!!

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Oh how I love that show. It’s amazing to see what the body is actually capable of.

The other day I was looking through my year book and found this picture.

Nice how I’m the ONLY one not paying attention.

This picture brought me back to those high school days. Boy, do I have some funny stories to share.

Watch this little video I made and you’ll see what I mean.

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Here’s a little story I MUST share with you. It took place back when Lily was just a new born and I only WISH I had it on video.

“You dare me to drink this bottle of breast milk.” Asked my father-in-law as he raised the 4-ounce baby bottle in front of the whole family. Everyone looked disgusted as he opened the bottle preparing to drink. He thought he was playing a joke on everyone.  Little did he know the joke was on HIM.

We were all over for a nice Sunday meal, which my benevolent good mother-in-law puts together for us from time to time. Earlier that night, Tony, Sean and I had planned it. We filled a baby bottle with soymilk so that Tony could pretend as though he was going to drink my breast milk.

Sean and I secretly made a whole new plan of our own. We switched out the bottle of soymilk with a fresh bottle of breast milk, which I had so generously prepared earlier that day. We let the whole family in on the joke, without Tony’s knowledge of course.

As Tony slowly lifted the bottle to his mouth, we all looked at him in awe. Was he REALLY going to drink it?
Tony thought he was about to drink soy milk, but we all knew what was really in that bottle. We stood by trying hard not to show what we all knew. I glanced over at Sean, amazed at how he kept the joke going. He was always much better than me at keeping a straight face.

Tony pounded that 4-ounce bottle like it was a cold glass of water on a hot summer day. Everyone was in complete shock. Then they burst into laughter, which quickly turned to disgust. Sean and I could not believe we pulled it off. We laughed so hard we were crying.

Seconds after Tony guzzled the breast milk he suddenly realized what had just happened. His face turned white, his eyes began to water…

Then it happened.

The milk came right back up. He looked like a fire hydrant bursting. The milk sprayed in all different directions, gushing from his nose and mouth.

Once he had successfully spit up (because that’s what you call it when it’s breast milk) all traces of the milk, he stood over the kitchen sink, dry heaving as everyone in the room laughed hysterically.
Without saying a word, Tony cleaned himself up, walked over to the table and sat down.

I walked over, put my hand on his shoulder, looked him straight in the eye and said…

“I feel like we’ve just bonded.”

Posted by Crystal

One thing I’ve learned over the years of being a mom is, there’s no shame in hiring a little help…

It’s possible on any budget really. Think about it. So many of us spend money on random useless things all the time. It’s all a matter of budgeting right, perhaps trading in something thats not benefiting you in any way. For example, new jewelry or clothes, eating out, your daily diet coke or Star Bucks, ect.  If you spend just $2 a day on one of these addictive drinks, that’s $60 a month, which is more than enough money to hire someone to clean your toilets, organize the toy room or even do your laundry.

The way I see it is, how is my time best spent. Would I rather spend two hours a week doing laundry, or would it be better spent doing something I enjoy? Like developing a talent, pursuing a hobby, or simply playing with my kids. Spending countless hours on house work is not my idea of living a full life.

So I’ve budgeted a certain amount of money each week for an “Andrea”…

My “Andrea” helps me with the laundry…

does dishes…

and even helps with the organizing.

It’s all about priorities folks…

and cleaning is not one of mine.

Just so you know, my “Andrea” has an open schedule for the summer, so if you’re looking for someone awesome to help secure your sanity, then getting yourself an “Andrea” is the best thing for you :)

She only charges $11 an hour.

Email me if you’d like her phone number.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a fantastic Father’s Day!!!

Posted by Crystal

I’m 15 weeks now and loving life. For a minute there I thought I was going to die because of all the morning sickness. Thank goodness for the second trimester providing a bit of relief before the huge and uncomfortable stage comes.

Sean’s getting a little jealous of all the attention I’ve been getting, so I let him join in the photo shoot.



This weekend we had a nice family BBQ where I served some AMAZING FOOD, if I must say so myself :)

Well I can’t really take credit for it since I simply followed the recipe from my new cookbook, Dadgum That’s Good!

“Dadgum That’s Good!”brings you more than 125 professionally-tested smoking, grilling, frying, boiling and steaming recipes, including 16 of John McLemore’s signature recipes. Plus you’ll find tips on: how to choose cuts of meat, fish, and poultry, keeping your pantry stocked with essential items, and getting the most out of your ingredients. Although particular products in this cookbook are recommended, you can make these recipes on products you already own.

Here’s a picture of the delicious Maple BBQ Turkey Burgers I made. The recipe really calls for pork sausage, but I used turkey sausage to make it healthier and boy was it yummy!!!!

These are actually pretty simple. Just chop up a green bell pepper, mix it into the turkey sausage and form into 4 (1/2-inch thick) patties, cover and refrigerate while you make the sauce.

For the sauce, combine 1 1/3 cups BBQ sauce, 3 T. maple syrup, and 3 T. apple cider vinegar.

Then grill the patties about 5 minutes on each side. Baste one side with sauce and grill for 5 min. then flip and baste other side, grilling for 5 min. more. Then serve on some toasted Hawaiian rolls, top with some coleslaw and wahlah!!!!

Here is my beautiful sister Robyn, modeling for me :)

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Sean is TOTALLY going to kill me for posting this, but I couldn’t resist. I found this footage while organizing all our home video’s. This was shot right before Christmas of this year, and I think I was out shopping or something because I had no idea this took place.

Lily wanted to have a dance recital with her dad and insisted on video taping it. So they took turns performing for each other.

Here is an inside look at the kind of dad Sean is.

I LOVE it!!!

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Posted by Crystal

Do you ever have those days where you feel like you’re on a debate team? Except you’re not really on a team, you’re on a desolate island left to fend for yourself with a vicious 5 year old as your opponent.

5 year old DAUGHTER might I add.

Lately everything I say to my daughter turns into a two hour argument which in the end leaves me throwing fits and saying things like:

“Uh huh”

“No I’m not”

“Ya huh… I think I know what I’m talking about… I AM a mom ya know”

“I’m telling daddy”

“SEEAAAAANNNNN, Lily’s not listening to me”

Once I run out of all my ingenious rebuttals, I tastefully complete the dispute by sticking out my tongue.

Then she say’s things like:

“MOM!!! You have to be nice to your childrenS   or Santa won’t bring you ANY toys”

“If you don’t let me watch a movie then I’m not EVER going to brush my teeth again!!!”

Then Sean say’s:

“GIRLS!  Stop fighting right now or you’re both going to time out!!!”


I think I DO need a time out.

Okay, now you HAVE to watch this video.  I’m serious!  No no, I’m REALLY serious!!! Watch it okay.

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Posted by Crystal
Look at my cute friends!!!
They came over last night to watch the Bachelor Finale AND to sing happy birthday to me :)
Actually I tricked them into coming over for my birthday. They thought it was going to be all about the Bachelor.
Little did they know I was going to lock them in my house and force them to sing to me.
We about set off the smoke detector with as many candles as I had :)
mmmmmmmmmmm….. RED VELVET CAKE…………….. my favorite!!!!!
Sean was so cute and made us all dinner while we vegged on the couch for two hours gossiping about every Bachelor contestant under the sun.
I was really happy with the way this season turned out. I hope they can work through the issues and make it last.
NOW for the pics some of you submitted for the What’s In Your Bag post. I thought it was interesting to see the differences among these ladies.
“You can tell how expanded a woman’s view of the world is by the size of her bag. It’s apparent that many women are prepared for most every emergency from what they place in their bag.”

“Basics like phone, wallet and makeup. Then all of my necessities… almonds, insta-toothbrushes, my son’s ipod, headphones in a baggie, hay all over the bottom for the hay ride over christmas to see the lights, deodorant (texas is HOT), gum, breath mints, antibacterial cleaner, tide spot cleaner, pens and pencils (i really only like to write in pencils though), hand lotions, neo-to go, biz cards, notebook (when i meet someone i try to write down things to help me remember them or reference), my new favorite nail polish extra-va-vaganza by opi super cute and glittery, camera, aroma disc for my car (have no idea where that came from) and tons of receipts! Nothing really all that exciting but apparently I can’t leave home without any of it!”
-Cynthia Gratzer

Now that’s a lot of stuff, all the essentials of course :) .  Is that TWO cell phones I see there Cynthia?

“Afraid mine is not very interesting. I am not a purse girl…or perhaps I am a man (according to John Gray anyway.) But here she is in all her…boringness…I had a wallet/checkbook, a pen, a lip balm and some hand sanitizer.  It is all I ever have. Except during that “special week” when I add a little pink case.” 
-Leslie Pincock
Okay Leslie, I am totally impressed, wow!!!! I’m thinking I need to simplify a little.
“My purse is so huge that I have a hard time remembering not to pack for the weekend. Here is what’s in my purse right now.  This is what I usually have on me at any given time… [see pic 1 of items in purse]
My wallet is that big textured silver thing. It has everything I need need. Tampons, change, cards, I.D., blood donor card, starbucks card. The other great and black bag holds hair items (some have escaped), lip balms & glosses, m.a.c. Studio Fix and should hold the candy that hasn’t found it’s way in there, either. I could/should really just live with those two in there but as you can see, I have lotion, cigarettes (I know, I know), lighters,  candy for my ten year old, hair stuff galore, GUM… I love gum! And, sunglasses.
Why is it that women can’t live without all this stuff, again? Hehe”
-Valerie Hogervorst

Valerie, I love that you carry nail polish around, haha, very important :)

This is also a very simple purse. Good for you Chiquita!

Kathy, I LOVE your gloves!!!!! So cute!!!

Thanks for playing along!!!
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway. The prize is one of my Wanna Be Balanced day planners.

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