Unclean Shoes

  We are in the midst of Omer counting lately. For us, as followers of Yeshua, it is a time for quiet contemplation. Each day, I mark the calendar and I’m reminded of the earliest followers of Yeshua, waiting in Jerusalem like the Messiah told them. Waiting for Shavuot, counting the Omer just like followers…

Quick Beef and Sprouted Lentil Lunch

When switching to a gluten-free diet, lunch can become a predicament. This a relatively quick option since the sprouted lentils cook in less than 5 minutes. Sprouted lentils are packed with nutrition and offer a great alternative to rice. Serves 2. 1 carrot, ribboned using a peeler 1 onion, sliced into thin strips 1 medium…

A Colorful Cake (without the Neurotoxins)

Every year I field my kids requests for their birthday cake. And every year I find myself in the kitchen trying to cram smashed berries into the icing without producing a soggy mess. Children love color, and my local baking aisle is lined with artificial food coloring products to make the task easier, however they…

The Non-toxic Couch Chronicles: the Feather-backed Couch

If you have been following Anna’s Hyssop for any length of time, it might seem that I am kinda obsessed with my couch. Sorry, this post about my couch again. In my  war against polyurethane foam and IQ lowering chemical flame-retardants, the couch has always been of the utmost priority in my total healthy-home makeover….

Removable, Washable Ergo Baby 360 Carrier Cover DIY tutorial

I made this organic cotton cover for my Ergo Baby 360 carrier, it both lines the interior and covers the exterior, and it only took me about 20 minutes to make.  Please forgive my low resolution cell phone snaps: like I said this was a quick project!   I wanted to do a very quick…

Perfect Jeans Tutorial

As a typical Midwesterner, jeans are an outfit staple for me. But the fit is so important. They must be just right. And so, since I hate shopping, online or otherwise, all my jeans are altered. I’ve done this for so many years I thought it might be good to put together a post of…

High-waisted Corduroy Skirt Sewing Tutorial

I switch my clothes up biannually, so I’ve been doing a lot of sewing lately. Not from scratch – my patterns haven’t been out in quite awhile since family size has increased. But I love to hack thrift store finds instead.  $4 corduroy pants? Yes, thank you. Do they fit? Absolutely not. But that’s what…

Yom Teruah is approaching

“All the inhabitants of the world, and you that dwell on the earth: When a banner is lifted up on the mountains, look! And when a shofar is blown, hear! For thus YHVH said to me, “I am still, and I watch in My dwelling place like a dazzling heat in the sunshine, like a…

Turn Any Pants into Cloth Diaper Pants

I am in the middle of preparing my little ones for fall and winter. So on top of the housework, schoolwork, meals, laundry and dishes, there is now a sewing machine. Let me just say I am ready to cut the sewing corners wherever possible. As much as I love to sew, I have too…

Non-toxic DIY mattress update

A healthy, non-toxic mattress is probably the most important piece of furniture for kids, considering how many hours of sleep they put in each night and how close they are to it. Standard, chemical riddled mattresses contain a plethora of harmful substances. There are numerous studies and articles to be found documenting this but this…

10 Mom Hacks I can’t live without

Being a mom is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. I remember juggling 22 credits one semester in college, most of them physics and mathematics and engineering courses. I thought that was it, the pinnacle of difficulty. I still have nightmares that I forgot to show up for a final that semester. But being…

Weed-killing before Chemical Herbicides: A Kettle and Water

Is your weed killer making you fat (at best) or killing you (at worst)? I have never personally used store bought chemical weed killers such as Roundup but I’m surrounded by people who do. All my life I have just pulled the weeds manually to keep the yard looking nice but some people are just…