Crystal Marie
Crystal Marie loves a good story, which is why professionally she helps major brands tell their own. Personally, she writes true stories on uncomfortable topics like faith, politics, race, relationships, and current events. You can follow her on Instagram / Twitter at @crystalmariecom .

A church near Uptown will launch a daycare option for parents who need financial assistance

Charlotte families pay, on average, about $10,670 per year for childcare – roughly $1,000 more than the national average. Nannies, daycares, childhood...

The greenest house in West Charlotte — how the Hughes took 6 simple steps to create an eco-friendly home

Just a few miles from Uptown, William and Tiffany Hughes have taken simple steps to make their home a certified Wildlife Habitat. Once I learned that one of...

I should have listened to my pediatrician and signed up for daycare early, but I didn’t

Finding an elusive daycare slot in Charlotte is hard. I always believed that nannies were for the rich who didn’t want their children to rub shoulders with...

I own a Tesla and this is what it’s like to drive an electric car in Charlotte

I am not what you would call a “car” person. Prior to purchasing an electric vehicle, I had an unmemorable Chevy sedan that required the passengers to...

How I learned to love and take care of my body postpartum

On July 26, 2013, Kate Middleton emerged with her new son, George. As I looked in awe, I also learned something I had never considered before. In the days...

My initial reaction moving from LA to Charlotte

“Are we being punked?” My husband keeps asking me that, several months after we moved to Charlotte from California. Most recently, the question was...

I moved across the country and got laid off 4 months later — here’s what I learned

After several years in Los Angeles developing a marketing career I loved, I took a leap of faith and accepted a promising PR position in Charlotte. Four months...

6 quick takeaways from my first time visiting Elevation Church

Their logo is everywhere, on hoodies, T-shirts, bumper stickers. I even spied it on a coffee mug in a Starbucks in SouthPark. I’m not talking about an...

Baby+Co closing all N.C. locations leaving Charlotte without a local birthing center

After having cared for over 4,000 women and families, Baby+Co will close all three birth centers in North Carolina, including their Charlotte location in...

I just moved here from LA and it’s exciting to live somewhere my vote counts

California is by most measures the bluest state in the country, and there’s rarely any doubt which candidate will win an election, unless it is a primary...