About Kristal

I started this blog in 2015 (right after our wedding) as a skin care and recipe outlet. I was in the best shape of my life, was busy creating healthy recipes and having fun in my day job as an esthetician, then BAM! I got pregnant and in October of 2016, had our beautiful baby boy, Chase (or “Chasey” as we like to call him).

I knew everything was about to change but I really had no clue. Living in North Carolina, away from our families in Massachusetts, I was clueless as to just how difficult it would be trying to start a family away from family.

As a new mother, I had never been happier in my life, I had also never felt more confused, more isolated, or more alone.

I had heard about post partum depression but didn’t know post partum anxiety or “post partum depression’s bitchy twin sister”, (as I like to call it) existed. Being away from family made this even harder and I thought I was losing my mind at one point.

So sitting in the rocking chair of my son’s nursery while nursing my baby to sleep and not being able to move for an hour so he would FINALLY NAP, I began to re-write this blog. Yes, in the dark. You should see my notes.

This time, I’m sharing my experience with starting a family away from family and my journey through this thing called Motherhood.

As I found myself reaching out to anyone and everyone I knew that had a child for advice on everything from sleeping and “what is this rash?” to nursing and “Is 12:00 to early to start drinking?” (it’s not), I feel like I should share my experience and advice because is we can’t count on each other for advice, who can we count on?

I’ll be posting everything from advice on what to buy and what to borrow, nursing, napping (or lack there of), post partum anxiety, all of the ups and downs of being a new mom and what I’ve learned and what I have yet to learn (which is a lot!) Remember, this is just my experience and my perspective!

I hope my journey throughout this crazy experience of motherhood helps other mothers (especially other mommies away from their mommies) know that they are not alone. That they are not crazy. That it is ok to cry (a lot) and laugh at yourself!



How it all began! I married my husband on 11/19/15 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We had 54 guests and stayed for 8 days…talk about an adventure!! We had SUCH a blast, I couldn’t have asked for anything more and I miss it already..


This was such an awesome day and night! Take me back!


When we got back from Punta Cana, we got married at our church. It was such a blessing and I am so glad we did it this way!

We found out we were pregnant with Chase in February, not even 3 months after the wedding in Punta Cana.


And here is our boy! Chase Nicholas, “Chasey” Born 10/27/16 at 6:11 AM Weighing 8 pounds 1.6 ounces:)

And here is our girl! Noelle Joanne, “Noojie” Born 8/24/18 sometime around 10:00 PM, Weighing somewhere just under 8 lbs (because she’s the second child and I’m tired)





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