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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Squad Life: How to Get Unlost with Maxie McCoy

I feel like I could have titled this interview with Maxie McCoy it a million things. It could be called Why you need a Girl Gang and who should be in it. It could be called why rituals will help you achieve a goal. It could be called Maxie McCoy: Why I stopped being a sports broadcaster.

This summer while I was at the Keep Collective and Stella and Dot women empower conference I had the opportunity to finally meet Maxie. Her platform is based on her book "You're Not Lost", which I instantly felt in love with on page 3 of the primer because of this....

"You don't need to know where you'll end up in order to begin. Here's what you do need: a deep, deep sense of self-belief."

Oh, and there was this on page five.

"Conventional wisdom taught you that you need to know where you're going in order to begin, but actually, you'll unlock it all by just beginning. You'll start by starting."

In this episode we unpack more concepts from the book. We also talk about why reflection is so information in productivity and achieving goals. Maxie mentions a resource she uses at the end of every year: 25 Questions for Reflection From Last Year.


Maxie's Suggestions
Books: Essentialism and Fire Starter Sessions
Who to Follow: Amy Elisa Jackson In Pursuit podcast 
Make Up: Elta MD Sunscreen, Supergoop Setting Spray

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Squad Life: Why You Should Work with a Stylist like Erin Stoll

Have you ever thought about hiring a stylist? Honestly, I haven't. It has always seemed like one of those luxury things. Kind of like a house cleaner being out of the realm of possibilities. Recently though I have had a mindset shift. I think it is more about letting down your guard and asking for help. There is no shame in having someone come over and clean your house one a week or month. In a recent Instagram poll I actually discovered that over half of my friends have someone come help them clean their homes.

So why wouldn't we have someone give us direction on what we should be wearing? I mean I like to think I have pretty good fashion sense but I too often find myself standing in front of a closet full of items thinking to myself "I have nothing to wear".

Erin Stoll is a midwest fashion addict and owner of Style Thief Fashion, a personal wardrobe styling company. Style Thief Fashion was born from her desire to help women find their unique style so that they always feel confident, and know that they are more than enough. If you follow Erin on Instagram you will instantly feel a sense of encouragement and inspiration.




Erin's recommendations:
Squad: @mommyinheels and @WhatKateFinds
Make Up: L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lip Gloss color Coral Sands
Special Offer: $50 off a Styling with Erin message on Instagram to claim

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Breast Cancer as a New Mom with Brooke Clay Taylor

Elope to Montana - check. Hallmark style wedding photos - check. Get pregnant and deliver the most beautiful baby girl - check. Find out you have breast cancer the same day you give birth to that beautiful baby girl - check. Brooke Clay Taylor has checked it all off. She is 32 years old, and has lived a life of joy and adventure, but breast cancer was what was going to really to put her to the test.

With no history of breast cancer in her family, Brooke managed to grow at 6 cm tumor in her breast while growing Elsie in her tummy. Brooke has let her cancer journey be an open book. Through the hashtag #kbyecancer she has united an army that is taking control of their own health and connected other young women with a similar diagnosis. She also needs our support and prayers.

After a successful career in marketing, communications and public relations, Brooke launched her own media and creative business Rural Gone Urban. When you are self employed it might seem like it is pretty simple to give yourself a maternity level. Yet, when you are self employed and you stop working you also stop getting a paycheck. Brooke had a plan in place to be able to still take on those jobs she describes as "being able to do while rocking a sleeping baby" but when you have cancer, and then go through an unplanned surgery for a staph infection and now can't life your arm that throws a kink in things. So does 1.5 hour one-way trips to Tulsa for chemotherapy.

One of the biggest lessons I learn from Brooke's interview is that we are often quick to offer help. But, that help can become almost burdensome if our offer is left too open ended. For someone that isn't used to asking for help or doesn't want to be a pain it can be hard for them to speak up and say, "Yes, I need help and I would specifically like you to come over and help with laundry."


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but there are four simple things you can do at anytime to support Brooke and take control of your own health.

  1. Take the Bright Pink Quiz. This will help you determine what your risk factors are and help you start a conversation with your doctor. 
  2. Donate to Brooke's Go Fund Me and follow her at RuralGoneUrban
  3. Purchase a bracelet or lipstick from my Bright Pink Boutique. 20% of the proceeds will go to Bright Pink, and 20% will go to Brooke's Go Fund Me. 
  4. Sponsor a warrior bracelet or lipstick to be given to a women fighting breast cancer, plus a donation will be made to Bright Pink and Brooke. Send $29 to paypal.me/crystalblin to sponsor. 
Brooke's Recommendations: 
Book to Read: 100 Day to Brave
A person to follow: @stacypearcecreative 
Make-up recommendation: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Brooke's Wigs: Wigs.com and Amazon
Goin Coastal Fundraiser T-Shirt

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Do You Need a Coach with Marlene Eick

Have you ever wonder what a life or business coach could do for you? I mean with the amount of self help books and podcasts out there couldn't you figure out that stuff on your own? 

Marlene Eick, host of the Live Your Story podcast and business coach, helps put into perspective why you might need a coach to take things to the next level. We also discuss forming adult relationships and why you want to surround yourself with women that will pull you up. 

And lastly we talk about why I almost didn't start my podcast. It had to do with so many other friends already having podcasts already. However, I decided if one one ever took the leap because someone else was already doing not much progress would be happening in the world. 

You can listen to Marlene's episode below or through iTunes or Spotify




Marlene's Recommendations:
Book: Good to Great
Who to Follow: @wellfarmsbeef
Beauty Product: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
Support Brooke's #KByeCancer Campaign

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Business of Being a Creative with Regan Doely

Have you truly thought about how much can change in a year? I mean for me my cows go from a soaking wet newborn calf to 1,000+ pounds of beef animal. I am sure your kids do something similar too, lol. 

Regan Doely went from corporate graphic design to pursing here business full time at Doe a Deer Design. And that has meant TWO trips to Magnolia in Waco, Texas to be Chip and Joanna Gaines' guest at curated small business events. It has also meant answering questions ​like do I need a coach, what should I pay myself and how do I stay in inspired. 
After listening to this week's episode you are going to want to check out Doe a Deer. She has some adorable home and clothing products and with the code SQUAD10 you can get 10% off your order. 



Regan Recommendations:
Podcast: Proof to Product
Beauty: Better than Sex Mascara and A'Del Natural Cosmetics
Person to Follow: Michelle at Dirt Road Candle Co. 

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Why I Left My Job

I have always had a pretty clear sense of direction. When I graduated from college I knew I wanted to work in corporate America. I knew I wanted to climb the ladder. And I did just that. 

But at some point there was a shift. The thing that once brought me so much happiness didn't anymore. It was leaving me feel out of balance. There were too many glass balls in the air and I knew I had to make a chance before they all shattered. 

I haven't ever shared this story publicly before, but this September marks one year of being fully out of corporate America and my four year anniversary of being a part of the social retail company Keep Collective and the Stella and Dot family of brands.

I have been fairly certain that I made the right decision, but it was when I saw my new headshots that I take take this summer I instantly knew. I don't think I have seen a photo of my that has so much joy in it. Everything that I have been doing to strengthen relationships, work on my mental health, the place that I am in my career... it all radiated joy. And that is what life should be about. 

In this episode of Squad Life, I share my five tips for finding success in any career or side gig.

1. Develop a network and lean on them. 
2. Work really hard. 
3. Know that at some point your dream job or life will change, and that is ok. 
4. Be brave. Don't let things drag on. 
5. Seek advice. Fin those that won't sugar coat it. 

If you need a space to come hang out so that you can find inspiration, joy and have a little fun. Be sure to check out Crystal's Squad Insider's. 


You can also listen on here on iTunes or Spotify.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Squad Life: Defending the Work From Home Gig

Is part of your life a work from gig? 43% of Americans that work a full-time job also have a side gig. According to the 2017 US Census, 5.2% of workers in the US worked from in 2017—or 8 million people. I bet when the next census comes out that number rises. 

If you don't work from home it can be hard to "get it". You might not quite fully understand what we do at home all day. There is also a phenomenon out there that once a mom's children are of school age that mother should go back to a job outside of the home. I actually had no idea that was even a thing until I talked to a few of my mom friends, including Ally Billhorn. 


Ally is a successful food blogger at Sweet and Savory Eats. She has spent 10 years developing recipes for brands and her blog. She also recently launched Bread and Butter an all in one meal planner, grocery list and recipe book. I personally love Bread and Butter because of its small size (fits in a purse) and Ally's recipes are so simple and delicious. 


In this episode we cover: 

  • how to deal with guilt
  • the biggest mistake you are making when you introduce yourself 
  • why you can't work for free forever  




Ally's Recommendations: 
Beauty Products: Olay Complete SPF 15
Instagram: SweetSavoryEats

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Squad Life: Most Interesting Woman in the World

Did you grow up loving the Spice Girls? I sure did. As soon as I found out Sheridan had made the trip to London to see them this year I knew I wanted to ask her all the questions. You see Sheridan appears to be living her best life. She will straight out tell you it is unconventional and not the same thing that other women her age are doing but it works for her. This this episode we'll talk about.

  • Why you have to be brave to jump at opportunities
  • What does the phrase "don't yuck on someone's yum means"
  • Why true friendships matter
  • And how comparison never gets us ahead 



Sheridan's Recommendations:
Beauty Products: Shiseido Foundation
Instagram: Sheridan_W and HavanatheVan

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

My 100 Goal Project

The coffee cups are always designers
in small towns. 
This month I had the opportunity to attend an incredible women's conference and retreat called Camp Climb.

Kathleen Shannon of Being Boss Club led one of the keynote sessions. If you ever see her name listed as a conference or workshop speaker GO. She was fantastic. Search Being Boss in iTunes and you'll find their three podcasts that are perfect for entrepreneurs and goal setters. Spoiler alert: everyone should be a goal setter.

One of the concepts that Kathleen talked about was using goals to build confidence. Her 100 goal list really resonated with me. So last weekend I say down and wrote out my 100 goals.

I'll let you take a listen to this week's Squad Life podcast to hear how such a large number of goals gave me clarity and direction.



If you are looking for other ways to be consistent with your goals check out some of my favorite goal tools.

1. The Start Today Journal: Rachel Hollis map to how she has accomplished every single goal of hers. She has only accomplished a few things, right?!

2. Erin Condren Checklist Petite Journal: EC is known for her journals but what I really love is their quality of their notebooks. Use this link to receive $10 off your first order.

3. MIMI: This is one of the greatest apps out there but sadly it isn't available to everyone. As a Keep Collective or Stella and Dot Stylish you have access to this incredible app. It allows you to input your goals, track it visually, receive prompts on which customers you should follow up with and more. If you are a part of the Stella & Dot Family and Brands and not using MIMI you aren't using it right.

4. Post-it Big Notes: I love to make sure my goals are visible. These giant post it notes are perfect to put on your door, wall or fridge. Make your goals visible to your family too. This will help them buy in, respect the time you are putting and you can celebrate together when you have accomplished the goal.

As you work on your goals I would love for you to share a screenshot on social using the hasthag #thesquadlife or tagging me @crystalcattle. 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Squad Life: Launching a Beauty Brand with Nikki Hynek

You all know that I am a beauty products junkie. Two years ago I was attending a conference where Nikki Hynek, founder of Dollup Beauty, was one of the keynote speakers. I was awestruck by her make it work attitude. This girl HUSTLES.

Since the age of seven, Nikki knew that she wanted a product base business. As a make up artist and aesthetician, ideas constantly ran through her head until she landed on the Dollup Beauty case. A hardshell, magnetic case that keeps all of your favorite beauty products and tools in one place. However, despite Nikki's passion for the product and hustle the launch of the Dollup case can't be defined as an instant success. Through a lot of determination was Dollup Case has been the catalyst for the Dollup Beauty line and The Pretty Lane store front and beauty education boutique. Yes, Nikki opened a store front during a time when so many store fronts are closing.

In this week's episode you'll learn how to:
  • recover from failure
  • have a follow up mentality 
  • rethink that vision board. 

Plus, you know that Nikki and I are going to talk a little beauty because their powder highlighter in the shade Lavish is one of my MUST HAVE beauty products. 

Nikki's Recommendations:
Instagram: DollupBeuatyCo
Reads: Every good Endeavor by Timothy Keller, Outliers: The Story of Success, Why by Simon Sinek
Nikki's Squad: Alli Webb founder of DryBar, Sara Blakely founder of Spanx

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Squad Life: Customer Service Grows Businesses with Becki Smith

Ever felt like you needed some liquid courage to start a business? Becki Smith did. A shot of tequila to be exact. Becki was finding success in her careers but not enough joy, so she took the leap into full time photography and started Smith House Photo. In this week's episode of the Squad Life you'll learn a ton simple business principles that can be applied to any niche or industry.

  • Be a consistent learner 
  • Treat everyone like a supermodel 
  • Provide amazing follow up 
  • You don't have to only focus on one thing 
By following these strategies Becki has rapidly grown her business over the past five years. She has photographed everyone from Kristin Bell to Molly Sims, and worked with brands like Crate and Cultivate, Work Party, Keep Collective and Kendra Scott. Plus, she is the lady responsible for my gorgeous head shots. 

Beauty Products: Green Clean Face Wash
Instagram: SmithHousePhoto
Reads: Elizabeth Gilbert Big Magic, You're Not Lost by Maxie McCoy, The Road Back to You
Becki's Squad: Maxie McCoy, Luke and Cat 

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Squad Life: How to move from corporate career to owning your own business with Nichole Rohrich

How does one go from dream corporate career, to side gig to owning your own business? Nichole Rohrich, boy mom of soon to be FOUR figured it all out and even was able to get Rachel Hollis to wear one of her Minted Olive shirts. A graphic designer by trade, Nichole felt she reached the peak in her corporate career fairly early. As she was looking for more she thought a side gig might help her continue to explore her creative side. She joined Keep Collective, the same social selling business that I am a part of, for the the discounted jewelry, however she quickly fell in love, worked her butt off and found success hitting #3 in sales company wide in 2017. KEEP grew Nichole's confidence, network and business skills, giving her the courage to start The Minted Olive in the fall of 2017 with her husband David. Today, along with her family The Minted Olive is her sole focus.

The Minted Olive is all about living your best, most comfy life. And I can attest that Nichole's T-shirts and sweatshirts are some of the coziest ones in my closet. Nichole designs each shirt to reflect joy, gratitude or the chaos that life hands us.

If you are sitting there wanting more yourself, or a little inspiration on how to handle life, kids and your passions this is the episode for you.


Nichole's Recommendations:
Beauty Products: Tarte Shape Tape and Ever Daylight Treatment Corrector
Instagram: @the.minted.olive and @nichole.rohrich
Minted Olive Discount Code: SQUAD 10
Nichole's Squad: @limelifewithnikki

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Squad Life: How to Start a Blog and Stay Consistent with Raquel Lynn

I have been connected with Raquel Lynn through our blogs for almost a decade. That is an eternity in the blogging world. I did a bunch of searching to see if I could get an accurate stat to no avail but I will say I have seen a lot of blogs start and stop in their first few months and even fewer get past that one year mark. That isn't to say it isn't possible. However, to be successful you need a plan.

Raquel Lynn started the Horses and Heels blog in 2009 and today the lifestyle brand can be found on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Growing a blog to the level that has doesn't happen overnight. However, by being consistent, forming a relationship with her readers and focusing on her email list she has been able to turn her little blog into a successful business. Raquel shares her actionable steps on how you can start your blog and then keep it running from the long haul.



Raquel's Recommendations:
Beauty Products: High Meadow Skin Cream and Kiehl's Reviving Concentrate
Instagram: HorsesandHeels_

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Monday, July 29, 2019

My Ride of Die Lipsticks #NationalLipstickDay

It is a pretty close toss up between National Lipstick Day and National Donut Day as to which one is my favorite. Thankfully, wearing lipstick everyday won't make you gain one thousand pounds. 

I LOVE lipstick. I can be rocking four day dry shampoo hair, gym shorts and sneakers covered in cow poop or walking into a boardroom and it is the one accessory that gives me an instant pick me up. I know a lot of women are intimated by all the choices. My biggest recommendation is go into a store and have a beauty consultant try on a few with you. For me it has to be long lasting. I also don't really care for glosses because 1. blowing hair stuck in lips isn't my thing and 2. it doesn't last.

I have broke my favorites into two categories. Let's get started!

Pinks and Nudes | These are great when you are wanting a more subtle look. One swipe of these lipsticks will help you pull everything together. 


1. Ever Soft Smooth Stick Soft Strawberry similar to a lip balm, more of a sheer cover. I am obsessed with this one. 2. MAC Snob 3. MAC Pink Plaid 4. MAC Brave a great neutral 5. Flower Tickled Pink an inexpensive option 6. MAC Pro Longwear Unlimited it is a retired shade but the one I'll be buried in. I have a stack of back ups! 

Bold Color | Sometimes you have to be brave and play with some color. 



Now tell me what are you favorite brands, formulas or shades! 






Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Squad Life: Filling Up Your Cup So You Don't Shatter

If you follow me on social you will have seen that in the past 45 days I have had some pretty cool opportunities to attend some incredible conferences. First in June I saw Rachel Hollis and her gang speak at the Rise conference in Minneapolis and then it was Keep Collective's women empowerment conference in Denver in July. There I was inspired by Jessica Herrin, Sallie Krawchek, Maxie McCoy, and a whole slew of other incredible women.

Are you saying to yourself "man I wish I could do stuff like that." The truth is you CAN, and you NEED to. Filling up your cup is the only way you are going to have the strength, knowledge and energy to pour into others. Tune into these weeks Squad Life podcast to hear my simple tips, and then I want to hear your feedback!



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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Squad Life: Money, Mentorship and Small Towns with Hannah Miller

I am pretty sure it was some hashtag that brought Hannah Miller and I together a LONG time ago. She is someone I very much admire. If you looked up side hustle in the dictionary I am pretty sure you would find a picture of her. Hannah has always complemented her corporate careers with an array of side gigs. It has been a simple way for her to fulfill her passion, even though those passions are ever changing.

After this episode you'll surely be making a stop on Amazon to pick up a few of the books she recommends, and of course there is a great conversation about her favorite beauty product. If you want to know more behind of the story of why both of us love It Cosmetics make sure you check out Rachel Holli's podcast interview with founder Jamie Kern Lima.

Hannah's Businesses: Hannah Mo Consulting, Goin' Coastal Outfitters
Instagram: @HannahMoMiller
Book Recommendations: Broke Millennial, The Financial Diet, The Crossroads of Should and Must
Beauty Product: It Cosmetics Foundation
Squad Recommendations:  Brooke Clay, Rural Gone Urban, and Vance Crow

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Squad Life: Be the Hero of Your Own Story

Being a farm girl myself you had to know that it won't be long until I invite a fellow boss farm girl onto the Squad Life podcast. Danielle Hayden was the perfect place to start. Not only are her husband, Daniel and her changing the imagine of agriculture, but she recently hit the five year anniversary of her photography business Two Arrows. Only 50% of small businesses make it to five years, but Danielle gives tangible tips on how she proved the odds wrong.

We cover all the buzz words like the Enneagram and self care, but what makes Danielle truly amazing is that she doesn't just talk about these things. She has put them in to play to literally change the trajectory of her health, marriage and business.




Danielle's Recommendations:
Book: Where the Crawdads Sing

Beauty Products: Beauty Counter and Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
Personality Tests: Enneagram Institute 
Instagram: @haydanib or @twoarrowsphoto

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Squad Life: Lisa Sarmento Tiramisu Paperie "Martha Stewart of Greeting Cards"

I am a paper product junkie. So it only made sense to have Lisa Sarmento the "next Martha Stewart of greeting cards" on the podcast. What started a little side business has turned into a passion and a business that is going to be a legacy for her son Michael that is on the Autism spectrum. Tiramisu Paperie are paper good that give you a little pick me up. Her sassy and sarcastic sayings will make you laugh out loud.

If you are looking for inspiration on how to take your business big, protect yourself from the naysayers or have been thinking about how in the world are you going to keep all the balls in the air then this is the episode for you. And spoiler alert... Lisa loves vision boards as much as I do.

Lisa's Recommendations:
Tiramisu Paperie
Book: You Are a Badass
Make-Up: Benefit Bo-ing Concealer
Four Point Trading Co. - handcrafted, uniquely scented memory candles
Cork Pops - wine accessories


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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Squad Life: Conquering Your Goal in Three Steps

I LOVE goals, I HATE failure. You are have probably heard of the acronym SMART when setting goals. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. This episode focuses on the timely aspect of goals. What happens when you set the deadline for your goal and then you haven't accomplished it by that date? It can be hard to get past that, but if your goal matters have to keep moving forward.

In two weeks I'll find myself in Denver at our annual Keep Collective women's empowerment conference. Here we will celebrate huge milestones that many business owners hit over the past year. However, there will also be people that said last summer that I will hit xyz by next conference that have come up short of their goals. As I have mentored the women on our team over the past four years (we call ourselves the Arm Party Squad - are you sensing a theme?) I am constantly reminding them to focus as much on the final destination as the steps in between.


Then add in the layer of comparison. The goals that your friends, business partners or the girls you follow on social media might all be the same or similar. Yet, the path is going to be incredibly different. We need to stop measuring our success against others, but rather learn from others success and failures. That also means we have to be vulnerable enough to share our failures. I told myself this podcast would be up by the end of May. That didn't happen. Did I quit? Nope! I buckled down and made it happen in June.

I can't wait for you to listen in and learn how I pause, reflect and move forward each time I am trying to conquer a goal.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Squad Life: Kindness is Courageous

Ever come across a person on social media and you are immediately drawn into their story? That is exactly how I felt when I stumbled across Nicole Phillips. Anyone that knows me knows that I value positivity and kindness. I believe by embodying these to actions we can change our lives, and Nicole is proof of exactly that.

An author, Breast Cancer survivor, flower girl in her mother's prison chapel wedding and former beauty queen, Nicole Phillips used kindness to change her perspective and life. Nicole shares how even though she had everything she wanted she was depressed, on the edge of being an alcoholic, unhealthy and felt like life was mundane. It was a single encounter that flipped her life around and set her on the path of spreading kindness and teaching others how to find more joy in their everyday lives.




Nicole's Book: Kindness is Courageous
Nicole's Book Recommendation: The Kindness Challenge
Instagram: http://instagram.com/nicolejphillips
Favorite Beauty Product: Buxom Lip Gloss

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

I Launched a Podcast

For the past couple months I have been working on "Crystal's Big Secret Project." If you follow me on Instagram you know that there isn't much that I don't share with the world. However, this is one goal that I held close to my heart as I figured out how to tackle creating my own podcast.

For a couple years now I have wanted a bigger platform to share my story and the story of other incredible women. I talked a lot about creating a podcast last year, but decided if it was was truly going to happen in 2019 I needed to put it on my vision board. It is also now one of my 10 Goals that I write down daily in my Start Today Journal.




The podcast will share how small town girls like me are fearlessly going after our dreams. Each week you'll hear from someone in my squad or myself in a solo episode as we share how to pursue your big idea, live a life of joy and step outside of your comfort zone.

You can subscribe and listen to Squad Life on Spotify or iTunes If you like to receive an email notification each time there is a new episode subscribe to my newsletter here. I can't wait for you to listen to the interviews I already have recorded. I have to say I have a pretty badass squad. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Easy Heart Shaped Cupcakes

Last week in my Facebook scrolling I came across the most adorable heart shaped cupcakes posted by my friend and Pampered Chef consultant Anne McMillan. She was highlighted the Pampered Chef brownie pan, which of course I have because due to hosting a Pampered Chef bridal shower almost seven years ago I have EVERYTHING Pampered Chef and I ain't complaining.

Instead of running out and purchasing a heart-shaped cupcake pan, a small ball of tinfoil transforms ordinary cupcakes or brownies into the perfect heart shape.

Anne's preference for boxed brownies is the Philsbury brand, but if you are looking for something lighter than brownies she recommends this Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup water
1/2 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 eggs beaten
1 1/2 baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:
Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder and baking soda. Mix in oil, beaten eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Bring water and margarine to a boil and then combine with mixture.


Use the Pampered Chef Small Scoop (1 teaspoon scoop) to fill cupcake liners. The key to make sure you don't fill the liners up too much so that batter doesn't rise above the liner once baked. Once the batter is in the liner place a small ball of tinfoil in one of the corners. Bake for 16 minutes at 350 degrees.

You should easily dress these up with icing, but I choose to go the sprinkle route. One of my favorite things to do is to mix sprinkles to make my own custom blend. These cow sprinkles are one some of my favorites and I have loved using them on chocolate dipped pretzel sticks.

I can't wait to hear how you use this idea. Whether you need a sweet treat for Valentine's Day, bridal shower or just because I know these will be a hit.

This post was not sponsored my Pampered Chef. I just really like all of their kitchen gadgets. 
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