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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…

Introducing Solids: 5 Things You Should Know

Have you ever stood in the baby food aisle at the grocery store? There are SO MANY choices. Not to mention the ingredients on each...

Formula vs Breastfeeding: Why I Don’t Feel Guilty and Neither Should You

Everyone has an opinion. Some are good at keeping it to themselves. Some are not. I have never received so many opinions then as a...

6 Newborn Must Haves

Our newborn favorites - in my personal opinion they are the must-haves of mamas in order to make the newborn stage easier to enjoy the...

That 4-Month Sleep Regression

...and 3 things every first time mom should know As a first-time mom, you do so much reading and googling. Looking up every little thing...

A Look Back on Our Wedding Day

Do you ever look back on your wedding day? The excitement, the tears, and the love? A couple of weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our...

The 4th Trimester: It Takes Time

The 4th trimester. I had never given much thought to it you know. There’s a lot of information out there about pregnancy and birth but not...

5 Favorite Children’s Books

Our favorite 5 children's books and why we chose to start reading to Malachi at such a young age.  ***This post contains affiliate links....

Malachi’s 3 Months Old

My baby is 3 months old. Some days I can’t even believe. I look at him sleeping or laughing with his dad and I just can’t believe he is...

Pregnancy, Labor and Essential Oils

Surviving Pregnancy and Labor with Essential Oils Pregnancy, Labor and Essential Oils - greatest thing ever. I’m sure by this point lots...

Essentials for Camping with a Baby

Growing up family vacations was my favorite. Making memories, discovering the world with mom and dad by our sides (cheesy, I know). Most...

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6 Newborn Must Haves

Our newborn favorites - in my personal opinion they are the must-haves of mamas in order to make the newborn stage easier to enjoy the happy moments.  Now that my little guy is almost 6 months old we’ve been going through and putting some of his newborn stuff in...

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That 4-Month Sleep Regression

...and 3 things every first time mom should know As a first-time mom, you do so much reading and googling. Looking up every little thing is just a right of passage into motherhood in this day and age. Is this normal? Is my baby peeing enough? The list just goes on. My...

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A Look Back on Our Wedding Day

Do you ever look back on your wedding day? The excitement, the tears, and the love? A couple of weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our second year of marriage. It came so quickly, I feel like I missed it. Our first anniversary I was counting down the days just like...

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The 4th Trimester: It Takes Time

The 4th trimester. I had never given much thought to it you know. There’s a lot of information out there about pregnancy and birth but not much on postpartum. I was so excited for when my baby would come. Huge bonus I would not be pregnant anymore. I wrote a brief...

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5 Favorite Children’s Books

Our favorite 5 children's books and why we chose to start reading to Malachi at such a young age.  ***This post contains affiliate links. Clicking these links and making purchases provides a small compensation to me to help me keep writing and maintaining my site at...

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Malachi’s 3 Months Old

My baby is 3 months old. Some days I can’t even believe. I look at him sleeping or laughing with his dad and I just can’t believe he is growing this fast. Waiting for him to get here felt like forever, the first couple weeks felt like a long time too (I think sleep...

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