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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Keeping Connected: Games to Play on Zoom

Board games have gotten my family through all this staying home we have endured in the last year. We have used them not only to pass the time, but to connect. We have been...
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Unpacking My “Stuff” About Stuff

“Remember the dumbbells?” This phrase gets thrown around by me quite often in the middle of arguments over stuff in our house. Mostly when I can’t find something and I accuse my beloved of throwing...

Experience Gifts They’ll Love

The 2020 holiday season looks like no other in recent memory. Experience gifts are even more important as we look for ways to occupy our kids while stuck at home! Given the popularity of books...
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Expecting Less to Enjoy More

I rang in 2020 with a cocktail somewhere over the Pacific on an epic adventure with my husband and children. My year started out watching my kids experience their first international trip, loving every...
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Soup Season Hacks: One Pot Winners

Confession time. For me, soup season lasts all year long. It is my favorite thing to both cook and eat. The approaching cooler weather means my soup habits are once again socially acceptable! In...
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Connecting Through Books: Literary Theme Nights

I am raising serious bookworms in my house. For which I am eternally grateful. They would read all day, every day, if left to their own devices. We have a rolling cart for library...
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Let’s Hit Reset and Take a Deep Breath

We could use a reset button. I know I can’t be the only one feeling like this right about now. Life is out of our control for the most part. We have choices, but...
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Creating Structure in a Cancelled Summer: Time for Camp Mom

I spent my summers pre-kids working for and running summer camps. I met and fell in love with my husband at camp. Deep down inside, I still love belting camp songs, complete with motions....
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Time: Finding Quality in the Quantity

This pandemic has gifted us all with a lot of time together. We have been doing everything together in my house. No one has been going to school in the morning and the farthest...
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Five Lessons I Learned in this Pandemic Experience

This too shall pass… This is a life motto I learned many years ago in a story told around a campfire at summer camp. It has carried me through times both good and bad. It...