Hey there, I’m Crystal, mama to an amazing little boy–

the best surprise of my life.

 He’s a sharp, sensitive, and quirky Tasmanian devil with a keen sense of humor, a penchant for trains, and the biggest heart in the world. Oh, and he loves pink.

Part health nut, part know-it-all, part child of the information age, I’m a tomboy prima donna who lives for story time and cuddles.

Although I’m many things, in the end I am what I seek — to be connected to myself, my son, humanity, and the environment in which I live. Sometimes I really suck at it.


Here’s to letting go.


Giving Birth at Home: My Greatest Gift to Myself

The birth of my son was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. It was an experience in which I was able to fully trust in the wisdom…

Early Signs of Autism: What To Look For

According to the National Autism Center, there are several early signs of Autism to look for: no social smiling by 6 months no one-word communications by 16 months no two-word…

How To Eat Seaweed Every Day: 6 Delicious Ways

            Ah, the vegetable of the sea. Seaweed is chock-full of great stuff, like magnesium, calcium, iron, folate, and fiber, and according to Chinese medicine…

Why Self Care Isn’t Selfish – Especially for Parents

I have a little mom rule I call the “oxygen mask method”. Very simply, it’s making sure my needs are met before I move on to meeting my son’s. This…

How to Make Your Own Essential Oil Diffuser for the Car

The car is one of my favorite places to diffuse essential oils because the fan comes on automatically when you get in. It’s a no-effort no-brainer. An idea came to…

Empower Your Child to Handle Their Feelings With EFT for Kids

I had heard about EFT here and there as someone in the alternative medicine community, and used it myself to help my acupuncture treatments along. In case you’re not familiar, The…

A Secretly Healthy Summer Treat

I love and adore turmeric. This is for myriad reasons, including how beautiful it’s mustardy color is in my food, and for the amazing anti-inflammatory benefits. I drink it every…

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

When my kiddo wants something, he wants it now. Sure, he may be a little spoiled, but a major part of it at least for him is that he can’t handle…

Two Games to Teach Kids Cooperation

There are a lot of opportunities for kids to learn how to compete with each other. Academics are ramping up to such an extreme that even kindergarteners are expected to…

Mindfulness for Kids: Why It’s Okay To Be Bored

As an avid meditator myself, I wanted to find a way to share this passion with my son in a way that he could understand and find fun. I came across…