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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…

5 Ways to Support a Small Business

I grew up in a small business. My parents owned a restaurant when we were younger. I saw the late nights, the struggles, the joy in owning...

Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum Oils

Pregnancy and Labor These products made a huge difference in my pregnancy and labor experience. You can find the full recipes here with my...

What the Covid-19 Pandemic Taught Me

Anyone else feel like their day to day didn’t really change? Yet somehow choosing to stay home with your kids is different than being told...

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....

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What the Covid-19 Pandemic Taught Me

Anyone else feel like their day to day didn’t really change? Yet somehow choosing to stay home with your kids is different than being told you HAVE to stay home? Or now that you are home you’re expected to have lists and goals and you should be crushing them? That...

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Our Bedtime Routines

Bedtimes can be rough. Throw in changing schedules, routine disruptions, sleep regressions and everything else that can go wrong. Having a bedtime schedule, something that tells them, even from a young age...

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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 WITH my son, I didn't want to leave. Waking up with a vague idea of what the day would be, small routines, but nothing major. Having...

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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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