Aug 14, 2017

Three Hot Ways to Use Thieves Essential Oil

If you’re just tuning in, the Three Hot Ways series is straight talk, no frills help for the average Betty who wants to live a more natural and healthy life by using essential oils all without breaking the bank or her brains.

Today, we’re going to talk about Three Hot Ways to use Thieves Essential Oil.

Thieves Essential Oil is Young Living’s most popular blend. Read the origin story here! It’s got clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary and smells like Christmas and gingerbread cookies. (Funny, I don’t celebrate Christmas and I can’t eat gingerbread cookies!)

This oil is like a ninja. It’s got so many benefits, so let’s get you using this oil right now!

I didn't know how to start using my Thieves Essential Oil from Young Living at first. This has three easy ways to get started | Hot Pink Crunch

Aug 7, 2017

I Am A Self-Conscious Pill Bug

About a year ago, I moved from the “leggings aren’t pants” party over to the “leggings should be the only pants that ever exist as long as your shirt covers your butt” party.

I like it better here. It’s like wearing pajamas all the time. Only pajamas that suck my gut in because I wear the premium leggings from Torrid (they come in such awesome colors!) and they’re like wearing a girdle. So slenderizing.

There’s only one problem with my love of leggings: I can’t really wear flats very often with them. Instead, I have to wear big, clunky, running shoes because they’re the only thing I can fit my old-ladyish orthotic insoles in, which I absolutely need because I’ve had reconstructive foot surgery on both feet in the last year and I'm not about to go through that again!

Sadly, I have to wear those clunky orthotics with socks.

And I think the entire combination looks ridiculous.

Jul 27, 2017

A Game of Thrones Lesson: People Don't Understand Mental Health Problems

Confession: I do a lot of creative writing for an online, text-based role playing game #nerdalert

A lot of what I write has to do with mental health. I put the main character of my stories through a lot trauma, and then I write my little heart out to get her through the aftermath and the inevitable mental health issues she experiences as a result: PTSD, anxiety, depression, self-harm, thoughts of suicide. I like to explore these issues because it helps me better understand them.

Unfortunately, sometimes people don’t get what I’m writing. They don’t read my attempts at portraying mental health issues for what they are. Instead, they see my character behaving a certain way and label it as unnecessary drama, selfishness, or her feeling sorry for herself.

And it’s super disheartening.

It’s made me want to give up trying more than once.

Jul 20, 2017

Introducing Two Series: Simple Swaps and Three Hot Ways

Let’s not sugar coat the truth here (especially since delicious sugar is so soooo evil): Trying to live a healthier and more natural life can be extremely hard and overwhelming.

Where do I start? How do I start? Do I just throw everything out all at once? (I did that with my hair products and then freaked out after!) Is everything going to give me cancer? How do I keep up my momentum once I start? How can I afford this? Where do I find good products? Where do I find reliable information? Is butter good for me or bad for me? I can’t throw out my hair gel!

Jul 17, 2017

Being Healthy Needs To Be Easy

Being healthy needs to be easy.

I seriously do not have the energy for anything complicated.

I don’t have the energy to whip up complicated DIYs so I can avoid all the chemicals lurking in our personal care products or even the easy ones sometimes. I don’t have the energy to spend ten hours at the gym to get fit. I don’t have the energy to come home after work to create elaborate and healthful meals. I don’t have the energy to make my own green cleaning products and then use them to clean.

I just don’t have the energy.

Jul 13, 2017

Coming Unglued

I have a confession to make.

Hot Pink Crunch has been a big hot mess for the last year.

When I wrote about anxiety back in July 2016, I thought I knew what I was talking about. I thought I really knew anxiety. And maybe I did.

But it got much much worse.

Jul 10, 2017

It's Scary To Stop Thinking And Start Acting

I’m sitting here right now overthinking this.

This stuff I am writing.

I really want to wait another month (or year… no no, better make it two years) before I start putting my words out into the world wide web again because I am anxious about this thing I am doing. About writing. About putting my thoughts and feelings out there for other people to see.

Sep 5, 2016

Chocolate Ba-Nutter Smoothie

“And you should drink a smoothie every morning for breakfast.”

Suddenly, I felt like Brian Regan when he was facing his doctor: “And no more happiness!”

I was sitting across from my naturopath doctor, listening to my doom. I was already going to have to stop eating pancakes, toast with avocado and crumbled bacon (or toast with nutella and bananas--yum!), and every cereal ever made aside from Cheerios for breakfast because I needed to go gluten free. Now he wanted me to replace all that deliciousness with smoothies?


My first experiences with smoothies a few years ago were not so great. The chunks of blueberry skin made me gag. The ground flax made me gag. The chemical aftertaste and grittiness of protein powder made me gag.

Do you see the pattern here? Smoothies made me gag!
Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie Recipe | Hot Pink Crunch

Aug 22, 2016

11 Tips for Going Gluten Free

I went gluten free recently. It sucked. I literally mourned the loss of wheat in my life.

Then time moved ever onwards as it has the tendency of doing, and I kind of got it over it (sort of). On days when I’m not over it, on days when I would like to visit the grave of my gluten-filled life, I will gluten myself with something like onion rings (because onion rings mmmm).

Then my stomach bloats out to twice its size, and as run to the bathroom for the fifth time to poop my brains out, I think to myself: “Oh yeah, this why I gave up gluten in the first place!”

Also: “I should invest in toilet paper stock because eating gluten sure makes me use a lot of it.”

Clearly, even with the very compelling reason of not wanting to spend my life sitting on the toilet (it makes my legs go numb), going gluten free is still hard. Anyone that tells you differently is selling something.

Going gluten free is difficult, frustrating, and unfair but there are a few tips that can make the process a little less terrible.
11 Tips for Going Gluten Free | Hot Pink Crunch

Aug 8, 2016

20 Secrets of the Mysterious Menstrual Cup

So, you've taken the menstrual cup plunge.

You spent hours reading blog posts about why they're the best thing ever. You measured your cervix (how that'd go for you? #awkwardlifemoment) and determined what size you need. You picked a company, held your breath, and ordered your first cup. Then your little box of joy, containing the supposed cure for all that ails you during menstruation, arrived!

And you stared at it like, "WTF!?"

I know. My dear friend Overthrow Martha first introduced me to the wonderful vampire wine goblet that you shove up your vagina back in 2014, but it took me over almost two years to move from, "This sounds really gross" to "I'm intrigued" to finally "I'm getting one of these things!"

And once I got it in the mail? I didn't know what to do with it! I mean... it was hard enough figuring out how to put a tampon in the first time. My first menstrual cup was 100x more intimidating!

Many months and menstrual cycles later, I've learned a LOT. And I've learned it all the hard way.

Fortunately, I'm willing willing to share my tips and tricks with you!

20 Secrets of the Mysterious Menstrual Cup | Hot Pink Crunch
(pelvi menstrual cup pictured)