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.


Why Self Care Isn’t Selfish – Especially for Parents

I have a little mom rule I call the “oxygen mask method”. Very simply, it’s making sure my needs are met before I move on to meeting my son’s. This…

How to Make Your Own Essential Oil Diffuser for the Car

The car is one of my favorite places to diffuse essential oils because the fan comes on automatically when you get in. It’s a no-effort no-brainer. An idea came to…

Empower Your Child to Handle Their Feelings With EFT for Kids

I had heard about EFT here and there as someone in the alternative medicine community, and used it myself to help my acupuncture treatments along. In case you’re not familiar, The…

A Secretly Healthy Summer Treat

I love and adore turmeric. This is for myriad reasons, including how beautiful it’s mustardy color is in my food, and for the amazing anti-inflammatory benefits. I drink it every…

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

When my kiddo wants something, he wants it now. Sure, he may be a little spoiled, but a major part of it at least for him is that he can’t handle…

Two Games to Teach Kids Cooperation

There are a lot of opportunities for kids to learn how to compete with each other. Academics are ramping up to such an extreme that even kindergarteners are expected to…

Mindfulness for Kids: Why It’s Okay To Be Bored

As an avid meditator myself, I wanted to find a way to share this passion with my son in a way that he could understand and find fun. I came across…

Raspberry Fool: A Little American History with Your Dessert?

My kiddo and I love spending time in the library, and we especially looked forward to trips to the amazing Thailand Knowledge Park in Bangkok’s Central World mall. We spent…

Forgiving Myself for Not Being The Perfect Mom

I loved being pregnant. I felt beautiful and special and very full of life, literally. I was thrilled that I had the opportunity to have a home birth, and I…

Easy ‘n’ Kid-Pleasy: Shrimp and Bacon Kabobs with Basil Aioli

My kiddo saw a video of shrimp bacon kabobs somewhere, and begged me for several days to make them. Once I got to the store for skewers and shrimp (because…