“I don’t even kill flies”

Just because my eyes are slanted and skin is a little darker doesn’t give you a reason to label me a disease

She grabbed her daughter, talking about “Get away from her she looks like she has Covid-19”

I wasn’t about to let that lady slide so I put down my phone and opened my big mouth

Told myself over and over, “Crystal breathe, please don’t shout”

And as soon as she noticed my phone out

Ol’ lady wanted to play the victim role as I predicted

Here we go with the “I didn’t say that” card, it was all too scripted

When I was just minding my business

Blind sided by another Karen infected by the illness

An illness more infectious than the Rona, SARS, Ebola two point O

A virus that destroys it’s target individuals including its host

A disease manifested in families, colleagues, and communities

So we protest in big groups to be heard – herd immunity

Got Elijah McClain in his last breathes apologizing for being different

George Stinney Jr. executed at 14 years old then later proven innocent

George Floyd screaming for his mother, while he was held down by a knee

Can somebody tell me WHY Breonna Taylor’s murderers are still out there living free?

And where is Vanessa Guillen, whatever happened to “No soldier left behind”

Would it have taken 2 days instead of 2 months if the color of her skin was white?

This isn’t a wake up call, they were just pressing the snooze button a million times

Would the outcome be different if I wasn’t standing in that aisle?

Cause in the end, the only person infected was the racism which had manifested

in that hate filled mother who just taught her child that it was okay to spread it

And what’s sad about it, is that she meant it when she said it

Racists thinking it’s a joke placing nooses in Oakland, Cali’s Lake Merritt

Racism and oppression has always been a pandemic, ain’t no curves getting flatter

But at the end of the day, all lives don’t matter, until Black Lives Matter.

#BLM

Oscar Grant
Emmitt Til
George Floyd
Philando Castle
Trayvon Martin
Eric Garner

Announcing the upcoming launch of my designer shoe line —ADKreativ

On Friday, March 27, 2020, I will be launching my first Limited Edition “ADK” shoes from my upcoming All Day Kreative Shoe Collection.

The shoes that I will showcase in my upcoming collection were inspired by East and West coast flavors integrated into one.

ADK

The shoe is 100% handcrafted in Le Marche, Italy, also known as The Shoe Valley. The ADK’s features a classic high top look, pristine quality black leather, a gold sole and comfortable to wear, and eye catching. The insoles are carefully designed and made out of organic cotton and leather. It will also arrive in its own custom box. Shipping is free.

Excerpt from my bio on AliveShoes.com:

As a kid, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I used to take my crayons and draw sketches of different outfits on construction paper. Not sure why I didn’t pursue my dream at the time, I guess you can say, I grew up and lost sight of it. However, my inner love for fashion has never left me. Plus I’ve always been a sneaker junkie. I always tell people that I’ll be wearing sneakers until I’m 80 years old. Moving forward, I travel coast to coast. For me, New York breeds everything fashion. But so does California. My designs are a fusion of two styles into one — it’s like mixing peanut butter and jelly but I also love being experimental like adding cranberry juice to my ginger ale…” – All Day Kreative, Crystal Tolentino

#QuarantineLife — Earn Free Gift cards by doing little to nothing

Now that most of us are in the house on a mandated “Shelter at Home” order, we have a lot of time on our hands. For me, if I’m not cooking, I’m eating, if I’m not eating, I’m putting on my makeup just to hangout in my living room, if I’m not in my living room, I’m shooting hoops in my backyard with my son. If I’m not playing basketball, I’m laying in bed browsing on Amazon. While I’m doing that, why not earn free gift cards and save some money?

We all get a bit hesitant when it comes to earning free gift cards online. But after trying a few apps and websites that claim to reward you with free gift cards, I found two that are completely legit. I always shop on Amazon and I found those $1-$10 Amazon gift cards very useful.


PANEL APP

For Apple and Android Users

I’ve been using Panel App for more than a year and I earned at least $100 worth of $1-$2 Amazon gift cards. All you do is download the app ➡️ PANEL APP

All you have to do is download the app, register, take surveys, earn points, then redeem your points for free gift cards or use it to enter sweepstakes for bigger prizes. Once you hit 2000 points, you can redeem it. I usually redeem my points for Amazon gift cards because like I said, I always shop on Amazon. You can also earn points faster if you refer a friend to download the app. The more you refer, the faster you gain points.

Once you redeem your points, you will receive your gift card sometime between 2-3 weeks.

Screenshot from my Amazon Account

MobileXpression – For iPhone or iPad users Only

Yes, this is legit. But spaces are limited. It usually opens up in the beginning of the month, but it’s worth a try. Mobile Xpression is a trusted Market Research Panel designed to understand the trends and behaviors of mobile users. Some people are very hesitant when it comes to downloading unknown software onto their phones, but I’ve been using this for a year and haven’t had any issues or weird glitches on my phone. To redeem, you just need to earn a minimum of 30 points. The panel sends you an email once a week and you tap on the link they provide you to claim your credits. I just redeemed my points for a $5 Amazon Gift card and already earned 15 since then.

➡️www.mobilexpression.com⬅️


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Pros: You earn gift cards faster, in as little as a week

Cons: Sometimes they forget to send you your gift card. But all you have to do is send them an email to let them know. Their response time is roughly 24-48 hours.


Well, I hope this information helps save you some money in the future. It has for me. A dollar or two can make a huge difference, especially when you’re struggling to make ends meet. Because for a single mom like me, every dollar OFF any price counts! Save some money, earn those points, but most importantly, please be safe out there!

Quarantine Snacks — No Fire S’mores

I’m going to start this new thing on my website. I’m going to post one random easy recipe a week using basic ingredients. FYI, I am not a Chef nor did I go to culinary school.

Today marks the first day of the “Shelter at Home” order in Solano County. I was able to leave today and grab some groceries. Since I have all this free time at home, I’m going to share with you what I made today. I call this “Quarantine Snacks”.

No Fire S’mores


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Honey Graham Crackers
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars
  • 2 bags of Kraft Jet Puffed Miniature Marshmallows
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil (Not required)
  • Oven (Duh!)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to BROIL.

Break the graham crackers in half

Place one half of the graham crackers on the baking sheet, set the other half to the side.

Add a few marshmallows on top of the graham cracker

Place the baking sheet in the oven and leave it in for about 1-2 minutes. After the first minute, check the graham crackers to make sure it doesn’t burn. It will look like this when it’s done:

Sorry left the crackers in my oven a few seconds a little too long by accident. I couldn’t find my oven mitts!

After you remove it from the oven, place the chocolate bar on top of the marshmallows. It will look just like this:

Now you’re at the finish line. All you have to do is grab the other half of the graham cracker and place it on top. Just like this (See video):

And there you have it! A quick and easy Quarantine Snack without the bonfire. 🔥 By the way, don’t forget to turn off your oven!

How I lost 10 lbs in a month — without a gym membership.

This post is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

Hawaii was a month away so I needed to act fast. Unfortunately, my trip to the islands had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. All I have to say is that it’s been a crazy 2020 thus far. Especially with the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others who passed away in that helicopter crash. I have to admit, I’m still having a tough time accepting it, plus I haven’t completely gotten over the death of Nipsey Hussle either.


Moving forward, I wanted to share my workout routine with you. From the beginning to the end. I’m not fitness instructor nor am I a personal trainer. I don’t even work at a gym! 🤣 But if you plan on following my routine, awesome! Remember to move slowly first then gradually increase your sets.

Please consult your physician before beginning this or any exercise program! As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint or dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately.

  1. 20 minutes of stretching — arms, legs, your ass, your back ( I will show you how I stretch my back in another post)
  2. 15 minutes of jump rope (best cardio ever) or you can walk on a treadmill for an hour or…
  3. Do Burpees – 15 to 20 of them to get your heart going. Or…
  4. Shadow box! But if you have a heavy bag, that’s awesome! Put on your hand wraps, your gloves and be ready to punch the bag. Hit the bag with straight jabs for 3 minutes without stopping.
  5. 15 lb kettlebell workout. If you don’t own a kettlebell you can use a 15 lb dumbbell. If you would like to order a kettlebell, you can find one Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2wfRVBt
  6. For beginners, here’s a good 15 minute Kettlebell workout video that you can follow on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pTVZs7aYrHw
  7. 3 sets of 25 stomach crunches.
  8. Squats! This is the best exercise to tone your legs and give your butt a lift! I usually do 50 squats per workout. Sometimes more.
  9. Cool down
  10. Meditation

I do highly recommend the HIIT workout. HIIT means, “high-intensity interval training.” This is when you go ALL OUT. It sort of feels like you’re doing cardio level 100. The best thing about this workout is that you don’t need equipment however, expect to sweat a lot. Here is a video that will help you get started: https://youtu.be/1skBf6h2ksI

I bet you’re curious to find out what my daily diet is. Basically, I cut down on eating bad carbs (pasta, rice, bread) and replaced it with good carbs (sweet potatoes, quinoa, kidney beans – YUCK) I increased my spinach and kale intake, about 2-3 cups of greens per day. I stopped drinking soda. Whenever I wanted to get my soda fix, I would replace a Coke with sparkling water. I cut off candy! I cut off desserts. I cut off everything that could give me a cavity. I drink LOTS of water.

Working out isn’t just about losing weight or toning your arms. Working out gives you a chance learn your body and be in tune of yourself. To hit your weight loss goal, it takes discipline, determination, persistence, and consistency. Don’t get me wrong, I love the gym. The gym is my safe haven. But I also love saving money too.

You can find the cutest swimsuits here! Get $10 off your purchase when you use my promo code AMB-CRYSVENTURES! The code will apply when you tap on the link below:

https://wearlively.com/AMB-crysventures

I was glad to hit that goal this month!