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.


Making Peace With My Emotions

When I was a child, I watched my mother express emotions and my father criticize her for it. I watched my father stuff his feelings and brood, and my mother…

Why We Hide From The Love We Need

I have two cats; one outgoing, cuddly, and loving, the other skittish, fearful, and aloof. They are brothers from the same litter, and presumably have had comparable life experiences. Of…

How to Avoid Burnout When Life Happens

I’ve suffered from major burnout several times in my life–I guess I’m a little too ambitious for my own good. The first time happened slowly over several years, beginning when…

Mental Hygiene For A Calmer, Happier You

We all know the basics of hygiene – washing our hands, brushing our teeth. We do these things daily almost without thinking about it, they’ve become so habituated for us.…

How to Make Reusable Food Wraps

I find myself using Ziploc bags quite a bit when I’m storing leftovers that just don’t fit into my tupperware (or when I can’t seem to find lids for my…

How to Avoid Making Self-Care Compulsory

There is a lot of talk about self-care these days. I for one am a lover and advocate of self-care, and I practice it in my daily life. I find…

How to Make the Most of Your Sick Day With Natural Remedies

Some days, when I feel a little something coming on, I just up my water intake, throw a little OnGuard essential oil into my tea, take a rest, and keep…

Why I Stopped Everything and Moved to Thailand With My One Year Old

This is an old throwback of mine detailing my move to Thailand with my little guy. Although we’re back in the states now, our time in Thailand was precious, eye-opening,…

How Comic Books Can Help Your Kids Behave Better

  My kiddo is now of the age where superheroes and comic books reign supreme. As a highly visual person, he loves to see the progression of events laid out…

4 Simple Sensory Hacks for Home

My kiddo and I have a living room that basically looks like a gym. We’ve got our mini trampoline in one corner, an inflatable punching toy in another, and a…