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.


Raspberry Fool: A Little American History with Your Dessert?

My kiddo and I love spending time in the library, and we especially looked forward to trips to the amazing Thailand Knowledge Park in Bangkok’s Central World mall. We spent…

Forgiving Myself for Not Being The Perfect Mom

I loved being pregnant. I felt beautiful and special and very full of life, literally. I was thrilled that I had the opportunity to have a home birth, and I…

Easy ‘n’ Kid-Pleasy: Shrimp and Bacon Kabobs with Basil Aioli

My kiddo saw a video of shrimp bacon kabobs somewhere, and begged me for several days to make them. Once I got to the store for skewers and shrimp (because…

An Easy Way to Teach Kids Gratitude

Sometimes I complain. Sometimes I zoom in on the negative and forget about the bright side of life, especially when it comes to acknowledging the material abundance I actually experience in my life as…

4 Reasons to Skip Retail and Go Treasure Hunting

I was practically raised in a shopping mall, but I’ve come to find that spending time in a retail store really drains me. Between fluorescent lights, crowds, and too many…

Valuable Lessons About Codependency for Kids and the Parents Who Love Them

  Codependency may seem like a big topic to tackle with an elementary-schooler, but the underlying concepts are what make the difference between an independent, well-adjusted child and one who doubts…

Why I Won’t Allow Anxiety to Write My Child’s Future

Finding a balance in parenting is hard. Knowing just the right amount of effort vs the right amount of letting go is almost impossible. It’s a constant back of forth…

The Parenting Learning Curve

  When I taught preschool in Thailand, my kiddo would tag along with me in the mornings. He’d join in our daily meeting (thanks to generosity and flexibility of the…