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5. Partner in Crime

02 January, 2014 |


This man. This crazy crazy man I get to call husband, I'm so happy our hearts belong to each other. There is no one on this planet I'd rather circle the sun with.

Top 10 Blessings of 2013 from Krystal Donovan Photography on Vimeo.


6. Breastfeeding

02 January, 2014 |

 The ability to create life is still beyond my comprehension, I did it, I know I did, I have an amazing little girl to prove it. The fact that I've been her sole source of nutrition for the past 7 months just boggles my mind. I never thought I would make it here, those first couple months were killer, KILLER! I'm so happy we stuck with it, theres nothing sweeter than looking down at her smiling face while she nurses, by far my most favorite thing.

Top 10 Blessings of 2013 from Krystal Donovan Photography on Vimeo.


7. Baby Wearing

02 January, 2014 |

Baby wearing! Non baby wearing mamas, how do you do it? I give you major props. I wouldn't have been able to brush my teeth in Ellys early months without my Sakura Bloom. Not only has it made my Mama life easier, it has created such a lovely bond between my girl and I. Wearing Elly so close to my heart helped with my postpartum blues, I never felt the pangs of missing her right below my heart, because it was if she never left. It's also brought me such wonderful opportunities, such as the Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries Vol. IV, and not to mention some amazing baby wearing friends.  

Top 10 Blessings of 2013 from Krystal Donovan Photography on Vimeo.




8. Friends & Family

02 January, 2014 | 1 Comment

This year has been filled with new friends and old friends, all dear & close to my heart. They've watched as my family grew, supported me, loved me, laughed with me, and cried with me. I will be forever grateful for the people who have entered my life this year, and for those who never left, they've changed me for the better.

Top 10 Blessings of 2013 from Krystal Donovan Photography on Vimeo.



9. Fatherhood

02 January, 2014 |

The only thing better than becoming a mother myself, was watching my husband, my best friend, my partner in crime, the love of my life, become a father. Watching their relationship grow just melts my heart. The love they share is amazing, and I can't wait to watch them to become best friends.

Top 10 Blessings of 2013 from Krystal Donovan Photography on Vimeo.



10. Motherhood

02 January, 2014 |


 Becoming a mother this year was by far the most profound moment of my life. I will forever be connected to this little soul. Forever a mother, a best friend, a boo boo kisser, an open ear, an advice giver, and unconditional love giver. I'm so thankful for this little lady, she has taught me how to live and love like never before. Thank you for choosing me, thank you for being MY daughter.

Top 10 Blessings of 2013 from Krystal Donovan Photography on Vimeo.




15 December, 2013 |

It's no secret, I LOVE the holidays. Just love them. I love all the people, the rushing, the food, the smells, it's a magical time of year, even the earth gets dressed in it's best.  

Anyways, I had a point... hmmm, oh yeah! Traditions. Growing up, my mother made sure that the holidays were extra special. I can still remember bundling up in coats and pj's, piling in the car and driving around, gazing at the beautiful christmas lights. Eating gingerbread and candy canes until my heart was content, while singing christmas carols at the top of my lungs.

Since it's our fist Christmas as a family of three, I want to make it full of magic and fond memories. Even though our little one's only six months old, I want this year to be marked with new & old traditions. Christmas lights, caroling, hot chocolate,  handmade gifts, santa, gingerbread houses, candy canes, stockings, mistletoe, christmas trees, the whole shebang. Speaking of Christmas trees! We went and chopped down our own tree over the weekend, well the hubby chopped it down. I pointed and warned him not to chop his fingers off. It's something I've always wanted to do, and it was everything I thought it would be. The best surprise of all was that the farm was owned by a lovely Italian family, who ran a vineyard on the Estate. I'm talking handcrafted, 4,000 year old vine, silver medal, delicious, unaltered (no chemicals),  amazing WINE. We got the whole tour, we even had a chance to taste wines still in the making straight from the barrels. Elly thoroughly enjoyed every bit from the comfort of her sling, they even gave her grape juice at the tasting, fresh grape juice!

Christmas trees and cases of exceptional wine, I'm thinking we have a new tradition to add to the list.

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I hope you all are having a wonderful Holiday, and I'd love to hear what traditions you have!

Peace & Love,




Giving Thanks

30 November, 2013 |

Lately I've forgotten to stop and smell the roses. Life has become so busy, filled with this thing and that, project after project.

Now that the foods been devoured, naps have been taken, family has been visited, and Thanksgiving is over. It's now, in this quiet moment, when the baby and husband are asleep, that I have a chance to look around at this amazing life I've been blessed with and truly give thanks.

I have the most amazing husband, slash best friend, who's an incredible father to our daughter.

A mother, who moved down here just to help me become the best mother I could possibly be, and who already is the the most incredible Yaya(Grandmother) ever!

A family who's there through thick and thin.

A lovely roof over my head, that's right next to my most favorite place to be, the ocean.

Friends who I cherish and love beyond words.

For all these things and the things I've forgotten, I am thankful.

Life's not all roses and Unicorn farts let me tell you... But looking over at this little family I've got snoring next to me, yup, life's good.

Peace & Love,

Moments From The Weeks End

24 November, 2013 |


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Bright yellow leaves & bright yellow slings.


Rad views.


Vines on walls. Babes in hats.


Tilt A Whirls.

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Little hands reaching. My breath taken away.



This weekend was one of those, go with the flow, we have no plans kinda weekend.  We got to spend time with mostly all of our family at one time or another. Had the yummiest food, drank the sparkliest of wines, hiked in the forest, drove until we were on empty, walked around a fair until our bellies were full and our feet were sore, and kissed like we were teenagers.

I hope you all spent your weeks end with the ones you love.

Peace & Love,



16 November, 2013 |

meditation garden

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  Where does time go? I mean really though...where? Sometimes I feel as if I can see it as it passes by. 

Watching my daughters face light up, at practically everything she saw that day, was so thrilling, and heartbreaking at the same time.  Watching as she stepped boldly into the world that day, made me realize that the time we have with our little ones is fleeting, and oh so precious. She usually stays tucked away in her sling, silently watching as the world passes her by, not that day however. 

As we walked through the stillness of the Meditation Gardens, carful not to disturb guests who where quietly reading or meditating, my thoughts wandered to how incredibly blessed I am to have such a magical place just down the street from our house. Then suddenly, to my surprise, the quietness was soon broken by tiny squeals of joy. She laughed at absolutely every plant, bush, flower, and tree that she saw. Reaching her chubby hand out to grab anything and everything she could get her fingers around. I was so terrified that the other guest would find offense to this amazing act of joy pouring from my child. It was such a lovely surprise when person after person would came over to comment not on the noise, but on how lovely it was so witness such pure happiness come from such a little person. Even the security guard, which I admit had shushed me once or twice before whilst visiting the gardens sans the little one, came over and greeted her. He even took pictures for us, and gave the loveliest advice on love, marriage, and parenting. Most, which stemmed around keeping God in the center of our marriage, something we strive to do everyday. 

I came to the gardens that day, already buzzing with excitement and anticipation for this season of life. Filled with a sense of thankfulness, for the opportunities that have come our way this year. I left the gardens with a humbleness I never knew possible. In awe of the little person slung tightly to me, who touched so many people that day with her joy for life. 

Peace & Love,


Another Year, Another Birthday

13 November, 2013 |


















Last month we celebrated my 28th Birthday, with some of my nearest and dearest friends up in Malibu. We camped out on the beach for two days, and two nights! Not a small feat, when you have a four month old baby in tow. It was by far one of the best birthdays to date, not only because of the aaaamazing red velvet cream cheese frosting cupcakes that Heather made, but because it was my first birthday as a family of 3. Not to mention a party hat wearing bunny, we are wild over here, let me tell you.



Peace & Love, Krystal

First Rain

14 October, 2013 | 1 Comment