@krystalbloom9 - Krystal

Bookworm, scientist, cat lover, avid essential oils user
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Here's my #BookstoreRomanceDay haul from @cupboardmakerbooks yesterday!! The first pic are all local romance authors - it was so much fun to meet and chat with them. Especially the ones who stayed for the bookstore slumber party last night! 
The second pic are the books I snagged for 50% off. 3 paranormal romance and an Armentrout I didn't have yet.

Do you read romance? What are your favorite kinds and/or authors? I'm mostly an erotica or paranormal fan myself, I don't like the mushy stories... Gimme the dirt!!  @briana_michaels_author 
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Here's my #bookstoreromanceday haul from @cupboardmakerbooks yesterday!! The first pic are all local romance authors - it was so much fun to meet and chat with them. Especially the ones who stayed for the bookstore slumber party last night! The seco

Scored some awesome Pyrex today!! Found the first set at the Antiques Marketplace in Lemoyne. It's a newer print, Homestead, circa late 70's, but the set is in amazing condition.
The Butterprint sets, circa 1950-1960's, were found for A STEAL at a shop going out of business in Harrisburg, Atomic Warehouse. They are both in great condition and the refrigerator set alone is worth . Will have to keep an eye out for the large Butterprint casserole dish to complete the set of 4, but I am tickled pink right now.
#pyrex #vintage #butterprint #homestead #useglassnotplastic

Scored some awesome Pyrex today!! Found the first set at the Antiques Marketplace in Lemoyne. It's a newer print, Homestead, circa late 70's, but the set is in amazing condition. The Butterprint sets, circa 1950-1960's, were found for A STEAL at a sh

#JulyReads
Not pictured: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro, audiobook
It was a good reading month thanks to some vacation time. I'm also about halfway through The Fifth Season currently. Second picture contains my book haul from the local beach bookshop @bookateriatwo. I almost always find @jrwardauthor books there that I don't have yet, and they had a like new copy of Silent Spring that I had to grab! -Study In Charlotte was pretty good, but Last of August was really whiny. I don't think I'll return to the series after that one.
-Cremains was my cozy mystery for #ReadHarder2019. I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't supposed to be set in the same town I live in, because that is definitely NOT my town.
-Death and the Seaside was an ARC. I'd liken it to Gillian Flynn with less thriller.
-The Iron Fey series: These 4 books have been on my shelves for a while. Very stereotypical YA Fey story. They were a nice bit of fluff for reading on the beach.
-Trampling In The Land of Woe was another #ReadHarder book that has been on my shelf for a while. It surprised me how much I enjoyed it, despite some editing issues you commonly find with small press stuff.

32/152 TBR
16/24 #ReadHarderChallenge
#books #reading #readbooks #bookworm

#julyreads Not pictured: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro, audiobook It was a good reading month thanks to some vacation time. I'm also about halfway through The Fifth Season currently. Second picture contains my book haul from the local beac

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!! 
(I still want to go back @bloomnonion).

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!! (I still want to go back @bloomnonion ).

Home.

Home.

I stayed mostly #screenfree this week and it was really nice. But that also means I didn't take a ton of pictures. We had great weather, played lots of games, saw dolphins, and even had a few quiet moments with my usually very active nephew. Here's to another year of memories at the beach

I stayed mostly #screenfree this week and it was really nice. But that also means I didn't take a ton of pictures. We had great weather, played lots of games, saw dolphins, and even had a few quiet moments with my usually very active nephew. Here's t

Vacation, you look good on me. #beachhair

Vacation, you look good on me. #beachhair

Several years ago a small study revealed that many common aloe vera gel brands didn't actually contain any aloe vera!! I stopped using the stuff after that point. But guys, it's really handy after a too-long day at the beach, and we're headed there later this month.
Luckily for me, @oil.and.glass has created an after-sun aloe vera spray recipe! Naturally, it calls for aloe vera gel, which you can certainly buy. BUT, I own an aloe plant, so I'm putting that overgrown baby to use!!
Best way to get it out of the plant is to slice in half and scrape, similar to a vanilla bean. The larger, fuller leaves are easier and provide more aloe.
Along with the aloe (I'm being a rebel and adding more than the recipe calls for), I'll be adding lavender and peppermint, along with some witch hazel to pull it all together.
Bring on the vacay! ️️
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#beach #sun #sunburn #sunburnrelief #aftersunspray #aloevera #lavender #peppermint #essentialoils #yleo #DIY

Several years ago a small study revealed that many common "aloe vera" gel brands didn't actually contain any aloe vera!! I stopped using the stuff after that point. But guys, it's really handy after a too-long day at the beach, and we're headed there

I am a terrible floral photographer, but these are lovely. Thanks @coldwaterflowers!
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#flowers #locallygrownflowers #locallygrown

I am a terrible floral photographer, but these are lovely. Thanks @coldwaterflowers ! . . #flowers #locallygrownflowers #locallygrown

So. Much. Cuteness.
#kittensofinstagram #kittens #catsofinstagram #cats #snuggles
#JuneReads
Whew, I've been trying to post this for DAYS. What's the deal IG?? Uprooted:  A fun, single book fantasy, very VERY loosely based on Rapunzel. The pacing was off at times, but overall I enjoyed it.

Spinning Silver: Another standalone, this time based on Rumpelstiltskin. I could have done without one or two of the viewpoints, and I hated how the viewpoints were displayed in the text, but overall still a good book as well.

White Hot Kiss: A reread for Fountain of Youth book club, I loved this just as much the 2nd time around!

Seven Til Sunrise: A self-published short story collection by @j_andrew_smith, written during a really difficult time in his life. I thought the Facebook story in particular was interesting.

Hole In My Life: A non-violent true crime, this is a memoir about getting caught trafficking and selling drugs in the 70's. I appreciated the author's frankness regarding his teenage naivety.

Catfantastic: I've been carrying this around in my purse since JANUARY, glad to have finally finished it. A collection of short stories about cats, some of them were genius and I wanted more, while others were obviously dated.

26/152 TBR (Halfway to my goal for the year!)
14/24 #ReadHarder2019
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#books #bookworm #bookstagram #reading #readharder

#junereads Whew, I've been trying to post this for DAYS. What's the deal IG?? Uprooted: A fun, single book fantasy, very VERY loosely based on Rapunzel. The pacing was off at times, but overall I enjoyed it. Spinning Silver: Another standalone, thi

The finished deck!  We've been dreading this project since we moved in 8 months ago. Why the original owners never did it is beyond me. If you notice a discolored spot near the middle, we had a really bad, weathered knot that needed to be filled in. I did a lousy job of sanding it 🤦. But hey, once the deck furniture is out, no one will notice.
Done and done.

The finished deck! We've been dreading this project since we moved in 8 months ago. Why the original owners never did it is beyond me. If you notice a discolored spot near the middle, we had a really bad, weathered knot that needed to be filled in.

Progress... One more railing to do, then it's a quick job of the floor. After that I head below to help Pat with whatever he doesn't have done by then.

Progress... One more railing to do, then it's a quick job of the floor. After that I head below to help Pat with whatever he doesn't have done by then.

The deck has been power washed and prepped!! Staining commences Friday!

The deck has been power washed and prepped!! Staining commences Friday!

Library book sale haul!! Snagged some really good ones this year!
#books #booksale #reading #bookworm #supportyourlocallibrary

Library book sale haul!! Snagged some really good ones this year! #books #booksale #reading #bookworm #supportyourlocallibrary

Friends, let's talk pain relief for a hot second.
I have something called chondromalacia in both knees. Basically, my knee cap moves around and irritates the cartilage, causing inflammation. It's similar to arthritis pain, but acute rather than chronic. While it was a constant issue in my teens, these days it only bothers me occasionally.
Like last night.
Guys, I have tried all the pain relief creams and lotions, heat and ice. The only thing that has ever taken the pain away is time or ibuprofen. The kicker is that I'm not supposed to take pain relievers anymore unless absolutely necessary, because they screw with my stomach. 
So here I am getting ready for bed, my knee is killing me, and I know it's going to keep me from falling asleep. I look over at this bottle, recently purchased to help with tense muscles (thank you desk job), and say well, why not.
IT WORKED. The pain eased away, and I was able to fall asleep, no Motrin necessary
ALL HAIL THE COOL AZUL!! 
If you would like to try this yourself, I was sent a few samples a while back. It's what convinced me to buy the bottle
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#painrelief #essentialoils #coolazul #jointpain #yleo

Friends, let's talk pain relief for a hot second. I have something called chondromalacia in both knees. Basically, my knee cap moves around and irritates the cartilage, causing inflammation. It's similar to arthritis pain, but acute rather than chron