Today’s interview comes from Crystal. She has been with her husband for 10 years and they’ve been married now for 3. They have two beautiful sweet children, Kyan who is 4 and Cadence who is 1. She is a WAHM making tutu’s, clips, clip holders, wands, anything for little girls really over at Cadenza Bella. Make sure to check out her facebook page!

Thank you for taking time to answer these questions Crystal!


What is your favourite thing about living in Christchurch?

  • Everything. I love Christchurch. I love that everything is accessible within less than a 2 hours drive. It truly is a beautiful city, even amongst the current post quake chaos.

What activity or place would you recommend to other mums who live here in Christchurch?

  • Our favourite summer outing in the weekends is to go to Waimari beach. The kids get to play in the sand and water, then go play in the playground and then lunch and/or a coffee and fluffy over at the beach cafe (it gets VERY busy though). Or Hagley park, the pool, playground, ducks and gardens there, followed by lunch and/or a coffee at the garden cafe (when it is open) or at the boathouse. 🙂

What has been your biggest challenge living in Christchurch post quakes?

  • The nerves and stress of living in a ‘disaster’ zone. Copying with my sons latest game of earthquake, (that’s when he makes a house out of blocks and then smashes it and says it’s an earthquake :/ ).

Where do you see beauty in your life right now – as a mum, in your career, in relationships, in your home, in our city – that you would like to share?

  • I see beauty in the rebuild of Christchurch and the way people are getting on with life the best they can. I see it in my kids eyes and hear it when they laugh and I see it in my hubby when he is trying to cheer me up after a rough day 🙂