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About Me

Hi there, my name is Crystal and I love learning, reading, and healthy living to a point, I do love my chocolate and drink way more coffee than is normal. I also love essential oils, DYI crafts and journals.

Mother, wife, ministry… some of the many labels that have described me or will be describing me soon. It’s a lot, especially when it wasn’t the “plan”. I’ve always had a plan, an idea of where  my life was headed from the time I was 13. However it didn’t exactly match up with God’s plan…

Our Bedtime Routines

Bedtimes can be rough. Throw in changing schedules, routine disruptions, sleep regressions and everything else...

Maternity leave is over, now what?

17 months I was home, the first 5 months before he was born I was alone and couldn’t wait to go back to work. The 12 months, being home...

Healthy Eating With Toddlers

Let's talk about healthy eating with toddlers! A couple of weeks back I had a question box going for lunch suggestions for...

Malachi’s First Birthday: Party on a Budget

A few months late, and by a few I mean 7, but I finally got around to writing about my son’s first birthday. First...

Blogging: Being Accountable and Staying True

I’m back at it. Blogging. I took the summer off. I wasn't a small business owner. I hardly posted on social media, therefore...

Starter Kit 101

You've got your starter kit - now what? Now that you've got your starter kit, what's next? The first time I opened my kit I had no idea...

Feeling “Unfit”: My Postpartum Fitness Journey

To be honest, I hate the gym. I hate running, and I’m not for lifting weights and all that other stuff everyone else seems to enjoy....

Easter Family Traditions

This year is Malachi’s first Easter. He’s still a little young to understand Easter baskets and the Easter bunny. Or even the meaning of...

Separation Anxiety: Why + How to Cope

Everyone has heard of separation anxiety. If you’ve ever been around preschools, daycares or sunday school, you know it involves a lot of...

Why We Use Essential Oils?

I’ve talked about when and maybe even a little bit on why I started using essential oils over here. Why we continue to use them and why I...

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Healthy Eating With Toddlers

Let's talk about healthy eating with toddlers! A couple of weeks back I had a question box going for lunch suggestions for a toddler. (I got some great ideas I shared them later in my stories. You...

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Blogging: Being Accountable and Staying True

I’m back at it. Blogging. I took the summer off. I wasn't a small business owner. I hardly posted on social media, therefore there was no growth. No blogging, google analytics or SEOs. Blogging is hard. There is so much pressure to have high views, good numbers and...

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Starter Kit 101

You've got your starter kit - now what? Now that you've got your starter kit, what's next? The first time I opened my kit I had no idea what to do. I grabbed purification and thieves and that was it. I didn't use it for anything other than making the living room smell...

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Easter Family Traditions

This year is Malachi’s first Easter. He’s still a little young to understand Easter baskets and the Easter bunny. Or even the meaning of Easter and the love and sacrifice of Jesus. After Good Friday service we went for brunch, just our little family and my husband and...

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