Krystal Avila

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Krystal is a Massachusetts native who grew up in the 'burbs and is now loving the city life in Roslindale with her husband and 2 boys (3 and 1). She and her husband met eight years ago downtown working at a restaurant together, and since then their love of restaurants has kept their date nights exciting as they try out the latest places. Learning Spanish has been something Krystal has loved ever since middle school, and that has become her passion as a Spanish teacher in Boston, wife to a Salvadoran, and mother raising her children bilingual. Loves: family, friends, playing with her kids, a comfy hoodie on the beach when the sun goes down, nachos, baking, ABC Family movies, Christmas time. Not so much: loud music, putting away laundry, terrible threes (whoever said it was twos, was wrong), and black pepper.
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Spring Sports, New Attitude

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It has been 14 months since my children have done anything organized, outside of school. And now, suddenly, we are in the thick of it.  Before the pandemic, I wrote about how I didn't think...
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Spring Cleaning — A Family Project

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Around this time of year, I always get the itch to get the house cleaned and organized — before spring sports start up, before we are outside more, and before spending an afternoon going...
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Starting the Second Round of COVID Birthdays

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And here we are... a year later. Starting the second round of quarantine birthdays.  Last year, our world shut down on March 12. That was the last day of school. Stores were running out of...
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Peloton :: It’s More Than a Workout (It’s Therapy)

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I heard about the fancy spin bike, remembered the controversial commercial, and never thought I would be one to actually purchase the Peloton. But I did! And I am never looking back. After glowing reviews from friends...
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Can We Take Anymore? Our Family’s COVID Scare

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As a family, we have not had a COVID-free year. We lost jobs and two very important family members and have had a difficult year, all due to the coronavirus. I honestly thought as...
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Bribery — What You’ll Do for Sleep!

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I haven't slept soundly in months. My mind is racing, and I seem to have added "insomniac" to my resume. Sleep is hard to come by, so when it does happen, I want to...
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Maybe I’m NOT a Soccer Mom?

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During the game, I was constantly reminding him to sit with his team, cheer on his teammates, and pay attention. He was only 4, but I did not realize this was what I'd signed up for. My soccer mom dreams were not coming to fruition. I barely sat in my chair, I did not speak to any other soccer parents, and I certainly did not get a chance to drink my coffee. I found myself counting down the minutes until the end of the game.
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Is 2 Enough? How the Pandemic Might Change Our Plan

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My husband and I have always known we want three children. I am one of two, and my husband is one of four. I knew I wanted more than two; my husband thought four...
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Not My Typical Summer Read :: Swapping Romance Novels for Anti-Racism Reflections

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School's out, and summer is halfway over. I usually start my summer with a book or two waiting for me to read. Before kids, I had the goal of reading 10 books each summer....
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What the Pandemic Has Done to Us

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I'll never forget it; one day in my classroom, a colleague mentioned she was worried about the coronavirus and whether it would make its way to the U.S. I admit, I was not scared...
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What Is That Yellow Stuff? (Welcome to Allergy Season!)

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Pollen! The yellow stuff on my car, the backyard toys, and basically every surface in the house when the windows are open is hurting my 5-year-old. I have never seen someone use as many tissues...
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My Sidewalk Running Is Not Going Well (Share the Road!)

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Thrown into this new lifestyle, I am trying to listen to ALL the advice. Social distance, wash your hands, don't hoard toilet paper, make a schedule, FaceTime with friends (and wine), and get some...
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Zoom :: The New Night Out?

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I have been Zooming all week. Staff meetings, department meetings, morning meetings, read alouds for my kids, a special 'happy birthday' for my son, and my favorite — happy hour. Zoom happy hour has become a regular part of my day, when I carve out time to enjoy a drink (or more) and chat with friends. These calls have been vital to my week and help keep me sane and grounded each night.
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I Can’t Stop Using This Four-Letter Word

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I can’t stop using this four-letter word: S-T-O-P! Stop fighting with your brother. Stop jumping in the crib. Stop throwing water everywhere. Stop playing with your food. Stop this. Stop that! Some days I feel like I have no other words...
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We’re Late! (A Reflection on Trying to Leave the House on Time)

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It doesn't matter where — school, daycare, soccer practice, swim lessons, a birthday party, Nana's house, vacation. It could be the most exciting trip to an amusement park that we've been planning and talking about for months. We are always late!