good things happening in november: nothing.


Lauren and CJ’s Wedding, May 17, 2014.

To put it lightly, November turned my world upside down. 17 days ago, I received the worse message I could ever imagine. My friend, Lauren, and her husband, CJ, were involved in a terrible accident. Neither of them survived.

Up until then, I can’t say I have ever experienced heartache to this capacity. Still in the days following, I’m trying to make any type of sense from these broken pieces.

I’ve sat and asked God in hundreds of ways, “How can this be happening to ME?”

I’ve struggled with selfish thoughts of, “Why couldn’t this be anyone else?”

This year, I have made an effort to jot down Good Things that have happened to me this year in the back of my daily planner. This month was no exception. Although, after the accident, I found myself writing the word “nothing,” for the month of November. How could anything good come from this awful event in MY life?


Dinner with Lauren and CJ at Blue Sushi. I introduced them to this restaurant and they were both hooked. Lauren decided to have her birthday dinner at Blue a few weeks later.


Lauren and I had been planning dinner for weeks. In between my internship and her softball schedule, we finally had a chance to enjoy dinner with Bella. CJ was so sweet to make dinner for us before he had to go to class.


Today, I don’t know why this happened. I can guarantee you that I won’t know the answer to this tomorrow, nor the next day.

Many times I have said, “my comfort comes from knowing they are with my Savior.” I believe with all my heart this is true. This eases some of the pain. Some of it, for now that is.

After losing a friend, some of the thoughts of I “Shoulda, woulda, coulda” begin to flood your mind. To the point that many waking moments are filled with them. It’s so difficult when there seems to be no answer.

The church was packed at the memorial service for Lauren and CJ. People gathered from far and wide (as far as Chile), to pay their respects to my friends.

I was overwhelmed with tears seeing how many people they touched in the short amount of time we had with them on Earth.

One pastor spoke about how fragile life is and how it can be gone like a vapor in the wind.

Seeing what Lauren and CJ accomplished as far as leading people to Christ through their actions and relationships, the pastor said something that will forever change me- “If you don’t like the way you’re living, you can change it, today.”

You have one life, are you living it well?

Lauren and CJ radiated love in everything that they did. It’s difficult for me to even think back of my friendship with Lauren before CJ, even though I’ve known Lauren and her family for many years.

As of now, all I have left are memories of Lauren and CJ. Times we laughed until our stomachs hurt, prayed together, and sometimes even cried together. Heart to heart discussions about life and living. Conversations about plans for the future, and the paths to get there.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Until we meet again.

Please keep the Davis and Benthall Family in your prayers.

Be kind, be gentle.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”  Revelation 21:4

<3 Krystal

dietetic technician program

I am going to be short and sweet, because I am studying for a test and just finished a case study.

It occurred to me that I never post about projects, reports, or case studies I have worked on or completed in my Dietetics program. This is such a disservice. When making the decision to return to school, I followed tons of RDs, DTRs and dietetic student bloggers, which helped tremendously in deciding to return to school.

I decided that I would create a new tab on my page dedicated to some of my case studies and projects I’ve completed during my program. It won’t be for everyone, but for those that may be considering going to school for Nutrition or Dietetics.

Hope this can shed some light and guidance for those pursuing this career.

<3 Krystal

product review: bulu box

I always say that being a Sweat Pink Ambassador has its perks. I never thought that being accepted to the community would teach me so much about myself and others, in just two short years. Enough of the sap.


Bulu Box. Is the jam. Really it is. I first heard about Bulu Box two years ago when I first became an ambassador. I love the idea of this company. How often to you go into a store and buy a product a friend or blogger has been raving about, and once you commit to purchasing a giant tub of product, it get home to find out you don’t like it? Bulu Box is your solution.

Each month you receive a box of sample products in the mail. A try before you buy deal. Who doesn’t love that?

Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime. Share your thoughts about each product in our sample surveys and you can earn 50+ Rewards Points (that’s $5!) each month! Use your points to purchase your new favorites in full size at! Here you’ll also get expert tips, tricks and a supportive community of Bulugans! Join the discovery and find a healthier you!

Each Bulu Box is unique. Here’s what I got in my box.

Quest Protein- Peanut Butter

This was what I was the most excited to try. I’ve put off buying an entire container due to the commitment issue thing. I hit the jackpot with this one. Blended it up with some milk, a little chocolate powder and ice. Score.

MovIt Energy Gummies

Just what you’d expect. I’m not in training for anything now (or probably ever again.) But, for what it is, these little gummies pack a punch. Easy to chew and flavorful.

Mediterra Nutritional Bars

I can’t even. Like really, I can’t. From the birdseed appearance of it, I didn’t think I was going to be a fan. Then, it touch my tastebuds. If you like birdseed, you’ll love it. If you like birdseed, that taste like Olive Garden. This snack is for you. I for one, will pass.

Earth’s Care Anti-Itch Cream

This cream is a lifesaver. I live in the South and being in the South we have mosquitoes. This cream provided the most relief to itchy mosquitoes bites. Thank you Bulu!

Yerba Prima Daily Fiber Formula Orange Flavor

I can’t say I didn’t try. I couldn’t do this either. Something with flavored fiber makes it difficult to mix into smoothies or other foods that should not taste like orange. I tried, but I can’t. Gritty, orangey. I rather consumer fiber from fruits and vegetables.

Now the fun part for you:

Use the code SWEATPINK for 50% off a 3-month subscription to BuluBox.

<3 Krystal

freekeh foods review and giveaway.

What the Freekeh???

I know, I thought the same thing. Being a nutrition student, I am always on the lookout for some new, interesting food finds. But, sometimes, as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, those foods find me. I was given the opportunity to review a new (but real old) food. I’ll talk more about that in a second. Let me introduce you all to Freekeh!

Cue Missy Elliott!!!

Freekeh is a process which means “to rub” in Arabic. Freekeh was created by accident nearly 2,000 years ago when a Middle Eastern village was attacked and their crop of young green wheat was set ablaze. Most folks would sulk over their misfortune, but the crafty villagers rubbed off the chaff, cooked it up and “Eureka!” Freekeh was created. We’re proud to offer you this tasty, nutritious ancient grain with a funny name.

Freekeh has up to three times the fiber and protein found in brown rice, and fewer calories than quinoa and white rice. Freekeh is a great choice to use in recipes you already enjoy, from salads, to soups, to main dishes—the cook times are comparable to brown rice, so it’s easy to choose Freekeh! Unfortunately, it is not gluten-free.

Enough about that. Now, how do you make it?

I was a little bummed the package said “Cooks in Minutes,” when the reality was it cooked in 25-30 minutes. Okay. Similar to cooking brown rice, 2 parts water to one part freekeh. Simple.

I was wanting to try out a BuzzFeed video recipe of Vegan Mac and Cheese, with a few modifications, such as sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. I figured this my ideal time to try my Freekeh.



Although my “cheese” recipe was a totally fail, I ended up with a puree of carrots, sweet potatoes, cashews, and onions which made a new dressing for my freekeh.


Freekeh on its own is very bland. It has a gritty texture. When cooked, it’s similar size and shape of steel cut oats, but a hearty and more filling. I cooked the freekeh as directed, but next time would use a chicken or vegetable broth to add a little more flavor.

If you’re looking for a new food to add to your dishes, Freekeh is an excellent choice. I am still unfamiliar with it’s properties to try anything much more adventurous than the package instruction.

It is super pumpkin season, so I would like to gift one of my readers with Freekeh. Maybe you can revamp a pumpkin dish with your new Freekeh. Contest ends Saturday, September 12 at 11:59 pm EST. Sorry, US residents only.

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how to take great notes and pass a really hard class with flying colors.

The last few weeks of summer have been spent with me working and trying to enjoy my time away from the books before Fall semester aka my last semester begins.

I successfully completed my Anatomy & Physiology I class with an A. (Which I couldn’t be prouder, since this was a retake to bring my grade up from a D.)

During this 8-weeks crash course, I developed a few strategies which I would like to share. Some of these are no secret. But, just helpful tips for anyone taking a difficult course. I am an auditory and visual learner. Auditory to the degree I can remember weird inflections in voices that help me remember information. I like to doodle, so I claim the visual learner title as well. Maybe, I am just weird, and this is way more information anyone needs to know before they read my tips. Okay, I’ll cut to the chase.

Tip #1- Read the text.

Yeah, that’s no secret. This semester I discovered my tolerance level to classmates that ask me questions or straight up ask for answers and they have not read the text or even opened their book for that matter. One girl even said, “I can’t find the answer and I didn’t want to read through 400 slides to find it.” I’m not going to lie, I somehow made my made through high school and most of my marketing/communications degree without reading many textbooks. But, for a complicated subject, reading the material (prior to class) is key. This is even more important during a shortened semester. Instructors expect you to be prepared before class, and quite honestly, it’s frustrating for them, as well as your classmates, when you ask questions which clearly tells you didn’t read any of the material.


Tip #2- Take notes.

When following Tip #1, take notes while you’re reading. I found it very useful to use 2 pens (one black and one blue) and 2 highlighters (I use blue and green). While reading on my own, I take notes in black ink and highlight in green. During lecture and lab, I would only take notes in blue ink and highlight in blue. For me, this helped me remember things that were discussed in class as opposed to on my own. This also helped with clarifying topics. For instance, there was a typo in our textbook which stated the chemical formula for glucose was C6H12O2 instead of C6H12O6. I brought this typo up in lecture and marked this in blue ink. For me, it helped to know this was corrected and addressed by the professor, so I should remember it now. I also used the same method when correcting my test.


20150711_144544Tip #3- Read your notes!!!

Notes are your condensed version of the main points and topics in the text. Read them! Review them!!!

Tip #4- Go to office hours, study groups, and labs.

Your tuition essentially funds lab tutors/mentors, office hours, and materials. GO TO THEM!!! I learned so much more than I needed to know for A&PI by going to our campus’ science lab. Each time I went, I had a one-on-one tutor helping me with the material, they even prepared me for topics before we went over them in my lecture. You’re already paying for these services, so go!


Tip #5- Communicate with your instructor.

Do not wait until the end of the semester when your grade is at stake. Come a few minutes early to class, stay a few minutes late. Ask questions, even if you know the answer. Email them when you have questions or concerns. On every test day, I got to campus at least an hour early to review. I was the only person there, but my instructor saw me every test day waiting in the hallway studying. Not saying this is why I passed this class, but instructors see students taking initiative.

Have a great semester!

well, well, well. part 3.

Every so often I like to let you all in on some little known facts about me. Some are interesting and intriguing while others are just a little embarrassing. But, here it is, enjoy:

1) I am an Irish twin. That’s right. I only became familiar with this term a couple of years ago, but my older brother and I are indeed 11 months apart- to the day. Everytime I look at this picture, the lyrics to Mary-Kate and Ashley’s “Brother For Sale,” come rushing in my head. But, I love this guy! He really is the best big brother.


2) When I was in middle school, I won an Oreo Stacking contest at the grocery store. Of course, I found out about this contest through extensive dial-up internet research. Life goals, ya’ll, life goals.

3) I absolutely love wearing dresses. No explanation needed.






megan+oliver's wedding

megan+oliver’s wedding


not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

When I’m driving, it’s fun to look over and see couples arguing. Okay, maybe it’s not so much fun, but entertaining to say the least. I can only imagine how heated a conversation can get from the time people get in the car to their destinations, what has called so much turmoil to cause these “carguments.” Back seat drivers? Hard breakers? Who knows? It’s entertaining to watch. And this is why I drive alone.

This past week, I’ve been studying my booty off for A&P. Quite frankly, it’s easier the second time around. I found myself studying one afternoon at Starbucks when an elderly lady sat next to me. She noticed the huge book on my table and began asking me questions about school. She introduced herself as Dr. Harriette O’Connor, and boy has she overcome some adversity to call herself a doctor.

When she completed her undergraduate studies, over 50 years ago, she applied to 7 medical schools and was turned down from EVERY ONE strictly because she was a female. After choosing to take to broader route, she found herself married with children. Never losing sight of one day becoming a doctor, at the prime age of 40 she decided to go back to school after encouragement from a close family friend. And that’s what she did. She was the oldest one in her class, and admits to not being the “brightest bulb in the chandelier,” but she worked hard. She asked questions. She did the work. She showed up.

There’s my encouragement for you today. SHOW UP! DO WORK! ASK QUESTIONS! Maybe, not necessarily in that order. But, really, what’s your excuse at this point?

I also attended my 10 year high school reunion and had a blast. I’m amazed of what my former classmates have accomplished in the last 10 years. Some have proudly served in our military, others are starting charities, and others own businesses. It’s nice to get pretty for one day and pretend like “I woke up like this.

Photos Courtesy of Lance Adams, Fort Worth, Texas

Have a fantastic week.

<3 Krystal