Crystal Abel
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  • Rainier, Oregon
  • United States
  • The Eccentric Eclectic Woman

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I am a wife to a loving husband and am a mother of 4. I have two highly active boys named Delbin and Jaedan and two girls that love everything with princesses, ponies, and pink named Teela and Zari. My special needs; medically fragile; daughter named Tatiana passed away in 2010 at the age of 6 and we all miss her sweet spirit, gorgeous smile and red curls. I also have a large dog and a mini pony. I love all things organic, natural, and whimsical. I have a PR friendly blog and love to review things that are family friendly.
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My 2015 Resolutions and Goals

My bulbs pushing through the ground, ever upward to feel the sun.

I know that January is almost over, but I wanted to share with you all what I would love to accomplish this year, both off and on my blog. This is my time to reflect upon myself, the Lord, and my life. My resolutions like so many others are a window into what I would love to change, work on, and grow in.

As the first flowers of spring push through the ground ever upward to feel the sun, I am pushing ever upwards in my edification to be more like Christ, the Son of God.

My 2015 Resolutions and Goals
  • To Better Myself - This is a huge resolution that encompasses many aspects of my life.
    • I need to deepen in my faith in The Lord Jesus Christ and be more like him every step of the way. I need to also be more aware of what I do and say to become more Christ-like.
    • I would like to become more independent. I don't want to rely so heavily upon others.
    • A steady progression in my fiber arts studies (sewing, knitting, crochet) is also welcome.
    • I would like to continue my studies about herbs, herbal remedies, foraging, nutrition, and wild/raw foods.
    • My studies about permaculture and how to best apply it to our farm needs to also continue.
    • I would like to learn how to play the guitar and to continue advancing on violin (when I get another one).
    • My fitness regimen needs to be more than chasing kids around the house, shopping, and blogging.
    • I want to make living sustainably a part of my everyday life. Pushing for a more simplistic and less plastic/less waste lifestyle.
    • I would like to cook more healthy meals at home so we don't end up with unhealthy options like takeout or fast food. Growing and having my own healthy food (garden/orchard/greenhouse/aquaponics/chickens/quail) will help with this. Also creating a meal plan will help too.
    • Become a lot more involved with my children. Become a better role model and teacher for them.
    • I need to have a: more organized household and schedule. I need to plan better, be on time, and procrastinate less.

I know that I may not accomplish all of these goals, but I am willing to at least give it a try. I know that circumstances beyond our control sometimes get in the way of progression. Hopefully I can document my growth on here. This is the first installment in my posts about improvements I will be making this year...with me, my blog, and my homestead/farm.

What are you working on this year?

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: Because I am posting about The Orkin #BedBugFeud App I am getting a Orkin CleanRest Pillow Encasement free for my readers as a giveaway and one to keep for myself. Thanks to PartnersHub for providing me this promotion information and free product. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for posting this blog app and giveaway.

Olde Westport Spice Company Offer

US Family Guide provided me with this promotional information to share with my readers. I am getting something for free in return for posting this information. 

Online specialty Food Company stands the test of time - Spice Company creates custom spice blends, seasonings and dry soups. Olde Westport Spice & Trading Company is a 33-year-old spice manufacturer that is still going strong. This online company operates a small plant in Goodland, Kansas, and knows a thing or two about spices, seasonings and soups. This family owned and operated company was originally founded in the Kansas City area and has stayed true to its mission of making custom spice blends for main meal dishes and appetizers as well as nearly 20 varieties of dry soups. The products are available online at; at food-related craft and trade shows throughout the Midwest; and at gift and gourmet food shops. Olde Westport's spice blends and seasonings include Italian, Cajun, Taco, Fajita, Chili, Jalapeno, Beef Sauce, Salsa, Garlic and many more. All of the products use quality ingredients for a balanced flavor that compliments meats, pastas and vegetables. The company also invented dry soup mixes that are simple and easy to make including Antonio's Minestrone, Country-Style Creamy Potato, Chipotle Black Bean, Creamy Broccoli and Cheese, Kansas City Steak & Ale, Gold Coast Garlic Pasta Alfredo, Mesa Flats Chicken Enchilada, New Orleans Red Bean & Rice, Southwestern Tortilla, White Chili Soup and more. Olde Westport Spice and Trading Co. is owned and operated by Bill and Judy Petersen, who along with their daughter, Ann Myers, also own and run a restaurant (Westport Grill) in Goodland featuring the products. Bill first custom created all of the spices and seasonings in the kitchen of his home. Today the company has a manufacturing facility where Bill still researches and develops new recipes and dishes for future products. For more information or to place an order, please visit or call 1-800-537-6470.

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: Because I am posting about the Olde Westport Spice Company Offer I am getting Get a free jar of Mesquite Seasoning, Garlic Seasoning, a package of Chili, Enchilada, and Chili Verde. Value is $22.50. Thanks to for providing me this promotion information and free spices. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for posting this promo. 

Wordless Wednesday Delbin Sandwich

Teela and Zari giving their brother, Delbin, his daily hugs.

Wordless Wednesday Church Pews to Repurpose

We are repurposing these oak church pews for different things around our farm and home.

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Crystal Abel commented on Mom Bloggers Club's blog post 'Ready. Save. Bake!'
"Oh yummy! I would love the Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies!"
Nov 5, 2012
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Nov 5, 2012
Crystal Abel commented on Mom Bloggers Club's page Ronco 5500 Rotisserie Giveaway
"The Ronco 5500 Stainless Rotisserie would make my Thanksgiving Memorable because it would cook a turkey perfectly. It is also easy to use and will save me time in the kitchen! It even has a DVD that would make it foolproof."
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"I liked the Philips AVENT FB fan page! Crystal Joy Abel finamoon AT gmail DOT com"
Nov 14, 2011
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"I am a fan of Avent and have a 11 yr old, a 9 yr old, a 3 yr old and a just turned 1 yr old. If you all have any questions for me just ask!"
Oct 27, 2011
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"we (chach + nellie) started a blog & would love for you to check us out and hopefully get a giggle & some answers to "why is this blog called the third boob"?!…"
Jul 14, 2011
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Jun 23, 2011

Crystal Abel's Blog Oregon Virtual Academy

Posted on August 3, 2008 at 4:03pm 0 Comments

I have decided to enroll my boys in online Oregon Virtual Academy. I am doing this because of several reasons: first I want to be able to know for sure that my kids are getting all of the state required curriculum; second I was having trouble with the public school, Hudson Park Elementary, here in Rainier, Oregon because they didn't teach at my standards; third I want to be able to contribute to their learning and… Continue

Lullaby and Goodnight

Posted on August 3, 2008 at 3:24pm 0 Comments

Johnson's bedtime bath and bedtime lotion have made a website that you can download free lullaby songs...

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At 11:50am on July 12, 2013, Lea said…

Work At Home Mom, WAHM, Mom Blogger

I am stopping by to say "hello" :)
I haven't been here in a while.
I welcome your friendship :)

Lea @ Mother Baby Child & Weight Loss Help

At 1:48pm on July 14, 2011, the third boob said…
we (chach + nellie) started a blog & would love for you to check us out and hopefully get a giggle & some answers to "why is this blog called the third boob"?! (
if you find the story amusing enough to follow us or tell people about we would be forever grateful.
At 8:34pm on August 27, 2010, Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner said…
Hi there from The Girlz Korner in upstate New York where you'll find light, witty and rather entertaining articles on every topic imaginable from The Little Black Dress to Making Whoopie. So if you get a chance to kick back and exhale, if only for a brief moment ... come on over and see me some time.
At 6:32pm on June 2, 2009, Angela & Angelica said…
Hi Crystal, Welcome !
Angela & Angelica
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At 8:40am on August 25, 2008, Lindsey said…
Oh wow, I haven't seen anyone else with a spelling so close to Jaedyn's. :-) I love how you spelled your son's name - Jaedan. What made you choose that name? I chose Jaedyn because it sounds Celtic to me, and strong.
At 5:48pm on August 10, 2008, Erin said…
I've subscribed to your blogspot blog and I look forward to reading your updates over there :) I'll also add a link to you on my blog too if you'd like :)
At 1:52pm on August 1, 2008, Crystal Abel said…
Hi all that want to know. The surgery for my 4 year old daughter went well. She is still in Pediatric ICU and they don't know when yet they are going to let her eat. She hasn't eaten anything since 6 in the morning on Wednesday...poor thing. She is in a lot of pain and on some medication to help with that. They say she will be in the hospital for at least 5 days...but knowing her it will probably be longer. We are hoping for the best. Please pray for her to heal fast and get well soon. Thanks!
At 7:15pm on July 31, 2008, Erin said…
How did the surgery go?
At 5:44pm on July 25, 2008, Erin said…
How are you doing?

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