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.


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…