This week we met with Crystal Battagliola, inspired by the collaborative, creative nature of the many women in the local blogging community and craving balance for herself, she decided to combine her passion for writing and  photography and start Hustle with Luster, a social/blog platform dedicated to keeping it real, sharing her creative ventures and finding the shine in the daily grind. 

Please Define Motherhood In Your Own Words. 

The most challenging lessons with the biggest rewards.

What Advice Can You Give Our Mommy Readers? 

Throw mom-guilt out. We’re all just doing the best we can each day, and every day is a new day to start over.

How Would You Handle a Temper Tantrum in a Store?

This still happens, even though my girls are long past the toddler stage! My best result always comes from me remaining calm, and empathizing with them first, as opposed to chastising them.  But don’t get me wrong, it’s hard to do that some days!

How do I measure my success as a parent?

How my kids treat others, when they’re kind & gracious, I know I’m doing my job right.

What Is Your Favourite Go-To Dinner Recipe When You Are Short On Time?

A quick lentil coconut curry.  2 cans of Lentils, 1can coconut milk, jar of butter chicken sauce, heated through & served over steamed rice.

What’s your favourite part of being a mom? 

Seeing experiences through their eyes, watching them light up when they try new things or travel to new places is always my favourite.