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.


Quick and Easy Paper Marbling Technique to Make Your Own Stationery

I love to get crafty when I have the downtime, but being a full-time working single mom means I can’t always have a sprawling, unscheduled art day. Not to mention…

The Parenting Cheat Sheet — Free Printable!

Since my latest posts have been a little heavy, I decided to post on a lighter subject and share one of my favorite parenting books–a book that’s helped me immensely…

The Big Lie of Depression

Trigger Warning: depression, panic, anxiety, PPD, dissociation, PTSD When I was three months pregnant with my son, I wrote a letter to his father. He was my best friend in…

I Never Lost A Child, But I Lost My Son’s Childhood

It has taken me seven years, my son’s entire life to-date, to realize that I have been grieving for the childhood I wanted to give him. As I’ve been shedding…

An Open Letter to the Guy At In-N-Out

To the Guy at In-N-Out who said “Good job, mom”; It is likely that you don’t understand the ramifications of your comment. It is likely that you didn’t put much…

It’s Hard to Live With a Person With Autism

At my son’s most recent educational support meeting, I went in armed with research on our rights, the legislation that entitles him to certain accommodations due to his Autism diagnosis,…

Making Peace With My Emotions

When I was a child, I watched my mother express emotions and my father criticize her for it. I watched my father stuff his feelings and brood, and my mother…

Why We Hide From The Love We Need

I have two cats; one outgoing, cuddly, and loving, the other skittish, fearful, and aloof. They are brothers from the same litter, and presumably have had comparable life experiences. Of…

How to Avoid Burnout When Life Happens

I’ve suffered from major burnout several times in my life–I guess I’m a little too ambitious for my own good. The first time happened slowly over several years, beginning when…

Mental Hygiene For A Calmer, Happier You

We all know the basics of hygiene – washing our hands, brushing our teeth. We do these things daily almost without thinking about it, they’ve become so habituated for us.…