Getting Organized: Blog Organization

getting blog organized One of my biggest issues with running my websites are organization. This humors me a bit because I am one of those people who are generally so organized I can tell you exactly where everything is. In my freelance career I was always done before the clients due date. But since graduating last June and starting YUMeating, I have been all over the place. Now that I have other websites to manage, I need to find a way to better organize and manage my time. [Read more...]

Autumn Hair – 5 Tips to Go Darker for Fall

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Fall is officially here in Michigan! I am certainly feeling the crisp in the air today. My arthritis pain is in full force. But, I am not going to let that stop me from have beautiful hair. I keep my hair fairly dark these days, but in the fall I love to give it a bit of a red hue. I guess that’s the Irish in me ;) I’m still loving my Madison Reed haircolor and believe it’s about time for me to do some touchups. I think this time I am going to opt for a more red tone instead of the burgundy tone. I’ll have to consult with my personal colorist on the website and see what they have to say.  That might require me to lighten a bit before I go dark red.  [Read more...]

10 Things Every Woman Should Have With Them

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Never leave your home without preparing for the worst. If you keep these products close-by, then you’ll be able to get yourself out of almost any situation. Don’t be caught without these 10 essentials items: [Read more...]

Homemade Migraine Remedy

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I’ve been suffering from migraines since I was about 9 years old. I have tried every OTC medication and prescription I could try.  OTC can sometimes provide some relief, but I found out a few years ago taking these pain relievers was wrecking my kidneys and liver. I knew I had to find some alternatives because prescription medications never settle well with me and often the side effects were worse than dealing with the actual migraine. I remember there were some herbal/holistic treatments I had tried in the past so I decided to get back to basics. [Read more...]

Miracle Marathon to Support Beaumont Children’s Hospital, Detroit

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I am thrilled to announce that I will be joining the 27.2 Miracle Marathon which helps the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. My hospital of choice is Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. Great hospital, great cause, great to be a part of.  I’m on a mission to get back on the exercise track while saving kids’ lives. Since a traditional marathon is 26.2 miles, Miracle Marathon is adding 1 extra mile “for the kids.”

So, I laced up my sneakers and logged Day 1 of the C25k program. This is my 3rd or 4th time starting C25k. The furthest I got was week 3 or 4 and then I quit. Osteoarthritis and degenerative disc are only half the running battle. The good part about this marathon is that I don’t do it all at once. You do a mile a day. So, over the course of 27 days participants can walk, run, dance, skip or any other movement to reach the goal.  [Read more...]

Crafting with Cricut { #giveaway }


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Everywhere I go people are talking about this thing.
There. I said it again.
For the longest time I had no idea what this handy-dandy gadget was. But then, we met. [Read more...]

Why I Won’t Continue with Jewelry In Candles


It has come to my attention that Jewelry In Candles has decided to implement a monthly quota for their direct sales representatives. This comes after they decided to charge reps for signing up to their direct sales program. As it is worded, free sign up still exists but one must purchase the rep start-up kit for $38. That is a minimal investment compared to some direct sales companies. In the time that I have been with Jewelry In Candles I have seen the company go through a lot of growing pains and were not always so professional with the way they handled things.  [Read more...]

Movie Night : VeggieTales Celery Night Fever { #giveaway }

Celery Night Fever

Ok, confession time.

Hello my name is Chrystal, I am 39 years old and I am addicted to Veggie Tales.

In all fairness I am not the only one in this house who loves their Veggie Tales. Husband and kiddo love them, too. At 9, kids are often caught in that middle where they feel some cartoons are too babyish for them and yet some of the shows on ABC Family are still a little too adult. Especially when they have older brothers or sisters. Kiddo has both. And, she has a younger sister. So, she still tends to watch a lot of cartoons when she’s at her moms during the week. [Read more...]

Welcome to Everyday with Chrys

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If you have found your way here, welcome. I am so glad you found me.

For a lot of you, this domain will come as no surprise. I have had it for four years (yes, four!) And never really did anything with it. I first purchased it when I realized that as I started to publish I really needed something to build my name instead of using Self Employed Writer, which was more about my freelance writing.

After some time I stopped writing on the site and ended up turning Chrystal Mahan into a business card website. Meaning, it just was a one page site with a bit about me and where to find me.

Over the years I have started and stopped many sites. I’ve been at this blogging thing a long time (like 1997!) and if things don’t work the way I want them to, I scrap the idea. Often I will buy a domain or start a blog on Blogger thinking I can really get with the name, and then after a while it just doesn’t really catch what I want it to. [Read more...]

The Results are In : Madison Reed Hair Color Review

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Last week I did a review on Self Employed Writer regarding this amazing hair color brand, Madison Reed. I wanted to give another review and a bit of an update; mostly because I can’t stop bragging about this awesome product! My hair is naturally a medium to dark brown. In the summer time when I lived in the South it would lighten up quite a bit. Of course, I helped it a little for a while.  These days I tend to dye it a super dark brown or soft black. I wanted to try something different to see how it would turn out so I tried  Palermo Black – 3NVV [Read more...]

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