Saturday, October 17, 2015

My Second Businesses

By now you probably know that I have an entrepreneur side to me.  I have a passion for two very separate things.  One of them lets me use my artistic side and the other lets me use my passion for helping people get healthy.  These two business that let me use my passions are Southern Belle Bouquets and Plexus.

The first business I started was Southern Belle Bouquets.  I was recently married and I had so many people compliment my fabric flowers and bouquet at my wedding and after that I decided to see if I could make a business out of it!
The pondering began for a name and the only thing that suited it more was Southern Belle Bouquets and so that little crafty business was born.  I have to admit, Its kinda fallen to the wayside in the last 2 years and I have gotten a few orders here and there but I am hoping all of that will change soon. 
If your interested in seeing my work you should check out my shop.  The link is above!!

The second business I started in order to get healthy.  Plexus.
My friend Heather introduced me to the product in January 2014 but it wasn't until April of 2014 that I actually decided to give it a try!
Instead of paying full price, because I mean who wants to do that, I signed up as an ambassador.  I decided if I could get a few customers I could pay for my product that way and so that business was born.
Now I am growing my team, growing my wealth and getting healthier by the day.  If your interested in learning more about how Plexus can help you with your weight loss struggles just ask. FYI- Plexus is so much more than weight loss its a health and wellness company.  Weight loss is just one of the many perks!!  My link is posted above as well if you'd like to check out our awesome products!!


So theres' a little more to me than my typical work days at my day to day job.  I love that I have these business to keep my busy and help me meet different people.

Do you have an entrepreneur side?  If so what is your passion? 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Annalise's Nursery

I am going to try to do a few room tours this month.  This is if we can keep each room clean long enough so that I can take some pictures!

Last weekend I probablly spent a good 2 hours in Annie's room purging her closet and organizing her armoire and dresser.

I remember when we found out we were going to have a girl I invisioned a room that was peaceful, quite, and calming.  I wanted lavender and terquoise colors a few dabs of pink if it fit and nothing too expensive.

Literally everything in her room we bought used except for the glider.

This room is still my favorite room in the house.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

31 Facts About Me

I thought this would be a fun little post so that you all can get to know me better.
These are in no particular order.

1. I HATE, and I mean hate rodents- mice, rats, hampsters, squirrels, etc. Like, I am literally terrified of them.  I have stories... lots of stories maybe I'll write a post about them one day.
2. I knew my husband for 5 years before I ever gave him the chance to take me on a date!
3. I love musicals
4. I can recite any song on any Disney Princess movie!
5. My biggest pet peve is people blowing their nose or wiping their nose in front of me.  GAG!
6. I am the eldest of all my siblings with 19 years difference between me and my youngest brother.
7. Even though my cousins live far apart we are all still very close and I love that about us.
8. My dad. Even though he is gone I swear sometimes he is right next to me.  Especially when I am probably driving too fast and singing too lound in my car, thats when I feel his presence the most!
9. I was told at the age of 22 I probably would never be able to have children- that dr. was a liar!
10.  If we go to the movies I have to have a cherry ICEE.  Its just a rule I can't break!
11. Besides living in Texas I have also lived in New York and Oregon.  If I could choose, I would have probably lived in Oregon forever.  It is so so pretty there.  I LOVED it.
12. Bud Light lime is my drink of choice for social occasions but I am also a fan of any fruity drink with an umbrella in it.  Especially if it involves me barefoot on the beach.
13.  Oh the beach.  I really hope I will be able to visit many more tropical beaches in my day.  Nothing is more relaxing to me than laying by the water and reading a good book at the beach.  It recharges me like nothing else.
14.  I rarely cuss but if I do its normally the "S" word or the "F" word and used to just make my point!
15. My dream car is an Audi A5 Cabriolet- however, I will gladly take a free Plexus Lexus one day!
16. I miss my grandma a lot.  I think of her often and wonder what she would think of Annalise. I miss her Alabama accent and giving us money and gum out of her "pocketbook."
17.  My sister is my best friend even though we are complete opposites!
18.  I had to move 1400 miles away to meet my best friend Heidi and I am so glad I did. Even though we don't talk often we always pick up right where we left off.
19.  My Aunt Evy always has the best advice, I hope to be as awesome as her one day!
20.  I have a weird obsession with stripes lately. Seems a lot of my clothing has horizontal stripes.  I just cant stop buying them.
21. I hate my natural wavy hair. This is why you will most likely know I have naturally wavy hair. Its usually straightened or curled, and yes, I am that girl that will spend an hour fixing my hair only to put it up in a pony tail an hour later!
22.  I dont get all the hoopla over pumpkin everything.
23.  My favorite holiday is my birthday and Christmas.
24.  I like to indulge in a good book whenever I can.  Once I get into it though I will stay up as late as I can until it is finished.
25.  I believe with all my heart my daddy sent me my daughter from heaven.
26.  I have always dreamed of being a broadway singer but never had the guts to try!
27.  I am addicted to pinterest
28.  I clean when I am really REALLY mad.
29.  I clean when I am bored too.  I just like to clean.
30.  I believe I am a good combination of an introvert and an extrovert.  Becuase I do enjoy a good party but I could also stay in yoga pants and watch movies all day.
31. I am 31 years old and pretty happy with this life God has given me.  I am truly blessed.

So there ya go.  Me in a nutshell.  Do we have anything in common?  Comment below.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Testimony Tuesday: Real Men Drink Pink

Plexus Ambassador Heidi Speer shares her husband Clint's story and shows that the #PinkDrink isn't just for women...

Plexus Ambassador Heidi Speer shares her husband Clint's story and shows that the #PinkDrink isn't just for women...

"My Plextimony is a little different than the ones you're probably used to seeing floating around. I started my Plexus journey because my wife started taking it and well...I just really liked the taste of it. I didn't have any weight to lose and I was actually trying to put on weight after getting down to a scrawny 163 lbs. For a man standing at 6'2'', that is very skinny. Overall I didn't struggle with portion or craving control, and my blood pressure and cholesterol were just fine.

So I didn't really NEED Plexus, right??

It all started out with that tasty little fruit-flavored pink drink. Plus she left these little Plexus packages laying all over the house. So naturally I drank it. One, sometimes two if I was thirsty, and even three on the days that my wife didn't catch me. I liked the taste! Give me a break!

Anyway, after about a month of her taking the products and deciding to share Plexus with others, I was being dragged along to meeting after meeting about Plexus and hearing story after story about people getting better control over cravings, losing weight, kicking sugar and caffeine habits, and just improving their overall health. I mean, I loved the taste of it, and I did actually feel better and have increased energy when I had Plexus Slim on-board, but it didn't compare to the weight loss and health testimonials that I was hearing at these meetings. Did it?

After hearing Plexus this and Plexus that for a few months, curiosity got the best of me and I caved and asked her if she thought I could benefit from the Plexus multivitamin. Well, of course she couldn't throw the XFactor vitamins my way fast enough! She was excited that I was interested in more than just the taste of the drink! I even let her in on my thoughts about the pink drink, the energy I was feeling, the fact that I was sleeping better at night, and just feeling better overall. Maybe I should've kept that to myself because then she actually started making me talk at some of her meetings.

At the beginning of 2014 we both were feeling good enough that we wanted to start really working out. Now...this was very unusual for me for a few different reasons. i would always start out with good intentions and I wanted to support my wife on her health and fitness journey while she was dealing with her medical issues, but I would always fall short. I would either get discouraged because I couldn't put on muscle or weight no matter how hard I tried, or I would just be so tired that I really couldn't be bothered to waste what little energy I did have at the gym.

So in January when we made the commitment to working out and sticking with it, I truly didn't see it going very far.

And then it happened.

In January we started back at Rivermarket Boot camp that we had been doing on and off for about a year. Before Plexus we would usually make it to a few classes and then before I knew it I was making excuses and saying "we'll go tomorrow". Well when we started back, this time was different. This time we completed the full 5 weeks, and it felt awesome!!!

In February we decided to make a commitment to working out twice a week with our trainer Bashay who owned the boot camp. Now, I wasn't sure that I would actually stick with it because that's not what I do but I can definitely say that this time was different. I WANTED to workout. WHAT?!

I felt good and now I wanted to LOOK good. I can definitely say that having my pink drink and my XFactor significantly impacted my workouts and my results. I was able to stick to a cleaner diet while working out and I knew that the pink drink was helping me burn fat instead of muscle. Not to mention the incredible energy that the XFactor gave me to get me through 2 hours of intense weight training.

Now we are coming up on a year of CONSISTENTLY working out at least 4 times a week, and I feel awesome and I'm even stronger than I was in my high school football days! And it is pretty neat getting to do this along side my wife and experience this journey together.

So for all of you out there that think this "little pink drink" is just for women, or that its all about weight loss, I'm here to tell you that you're wrong. It's about overall improved health and being able to feel good about yourself on the inside AND the outside!

Real men DRINK PINK!"


Hey Y’all! I’m Crystal Evans, wife to Aaron and mommy to Annalise.I love all things purple, planning parties, cooking like the pioneer woman, and drinking iced tea on the back porch.

I started this little blog back in 2011 to document our wedding planning.  I've dabbled here and there in this little blog but recently I have really wanted to make an effort to document our life as a family of 3.

I want to capture memories in time so that I can revisit them and show Annie one day when she is older.

I love reading other blogs so figured I would give it a good try myself.  So, we'll see where this little piece of web space takes me!

Monday, October 12, 2015

31 Day Blog Challenge

I have been searching for more ways to interact with you, my readers.  The whole 5 of you! lol.
So I have decided to do a 31 day blog challenge and see how it goes!
This should be fun. So sit tight get ready to know me a little better!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Testimony Tuesday!

This testimony blew my mind.  I have been following Rachael on facebook for quite a while now and knew some of her struggles but never would have imagined this.  Rachael Rogers shares her persoanl and emotional struggle with cystic acne and how she is overcoming. 

Rachael says:
"My tummy is CHURNING just thinking about posting this but if it can help even one person, it's worth the humiliation (an possibly hateful commnets).
Acne sufferers will totally understand.  If you have perfect skin, BE. THANKFUL. because there are  TON of us who don't.  I personally battled with cystic acne for over 18 years.  The left is the very worst my skin had ever been and right is last week- lots of rednes and scarring but ZERO pimples.  I've tried every cream, mask, gel & acne system known to man.  I've tried clean eating and exercising.  I've cut out all sugar, coke & chocolate. I've tried antibiotics, accutan,e lasers, facials... all the typical dermatologist recommendations.  It's been a very long jouney but I've finally found a systemthat works for me.  About a year ago, I found out that an immediate relative had been diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa, or "Acne Inversa" and were tol that HS was a hereditary issue and that they probably had a family member that struggled with cystic acne or HS.
Ummmmm...that would be ME!
Long story short, I spent the last year trying different combinations of products (with Plexus TriPlex combo at the center of it all) and finally found a system that works for me.
We found that the TriPlex, plus XFactor, MegaX and a very low dose of cephalosporin antibiotic was the perfect combination of clearning my skin, improving my scarring and keeping acne at bay.  Typically with long-term antibiotic use, problems will occur such as yeast infections and tummy issues but because I'm replacing good bacteria in my gut every day, cleansing my GI tract/ colon every day, taking an incredible vitamin that helps me absorb these nutrients, Slim to balance blood sugar, and MegaX to keep the epidermal bacteria at bay too (that's what Omexa 5 & 7 do!!!), my body has had ZERO issues that are typically associated with antibiotics.  Plexus alone is not a cure- all and neither are prescription meds.  I've tried antibiotics alone MANY times in the past and they've NEVER kept my skin clear. Never.  But pairing them with my Plexus products has worked for me and this could be someone else's answer too.  Finding out that your specific type of acne is hereditary is not fun, but God was faithful in helping me find a system that works best for me.
Your story might be similar.  I'd love to help you find a combination that works best for you too!!

Send me an email if you would like more information.