Kristal, Senior Writer

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Kristal is a native of California, lived in Utah, and now lovingly calls Colorado Springs home. She grew up in a household with four younger siblings and graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz. She and her husband are raising their elementary school aged children in the Briargate area. With kids in school full time, Kristal is an active member of the PTA, and spends time working in local schools. She is passionate about connecting moms in our community. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks in the aisles of Target, dancing it out in Zumba classes, drinking copious amounts coffee, cooking dinner as a form of therapy, and last but certainly not least, spending time outdoors with her family.
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In a Drought, What Do We Water?

We are no strangers to droughts living in Colorado. We learn to landscape and plan to be “water-wise” in our yards and gardens. We hesitate to add water-thirsty lawns if we don’t think they...
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Kid Dates to Make Time For

Perhaps you’ve seen the memes reminding you that we only get eighteen summers with our children. The ones that make us think about all the things we want to cram into those short years....
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What Your World Needs Now is LOVE: Three Ways to Spread It

A few years ago, I saw a fun idea to write a series of love notes, or a “heart attack” for your children from February 1-14. I decided to try it and now it’s...
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Ten Fresh Ideas to Break That Lunch Rut

Halfway through the school year my lunch packing skills get stuck in a repeat of things I know my kids will eat. I get bored, they get bored. Here are some easy, kid tested...
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Experience Gifts They’ll Love

The 2021 holiday season is here and the scramble to shop for gifts is on. With the shipping delays in the news and worries over supply issues, gifts that aren't things on shelves are...
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Home is…Where?

Home is where the heart is. That’s the way the saying goes and I believe it. I can feel at home anywhere in the world if I have my husband and my children. Lately, I’ve been...
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No Time Like Now for Health: Putting Yourself First

I have outlived my mother. Something most people do, but not something anyone wants to achieve before forty. I did not have my mother for so many milestones: graduations, wedding, and babies. She died of...
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Back to School without the Blues

Every year, the end of the summer brings a sense of disappointment and sadness for me. I want more and I am filled with regret and FOMO for all the things left undone. It...
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Five Pantry MVPs

A well-stocked pantry is something that brings me peace of mind and takes away a little of the stress at the end of a long day. Here are five things I keep in my...
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Peer Pressure: Not Just for Teens

“Shouldn’t we sign them up for a sport or something?” Picture my husband and me: parenting a preschooler and a toddler, still fighting sleepless nights, living in a new state and completely clueless of the...