Modest Mamas

I wanted to do a post on modest nursing-friendly mom outfits, but I realized modesty is one of those things that might be defined different for everyone. Clothing shopping seems like such a minefield these days! How does one define nakedness in these modern times? The Bible makes it clear that we are to cover…

Natural Play on a Budget

Natural, imaginative wood or metal toys are beautiful, last a lot longer than plastic toys, and avoid the health concerns that plastic toys have. However they can be very expensive. One way I have found that saves money and avoids plastic toys is to either improvise using stuff I already have on hand or buy…

The difference between praise and encouragement

I’ve been reading a new parenting book lately called UnSelfie by Michele Borba, and I’ve realized how often I conflate praise with encouragement. The Bible tells us to encourage one another, 1 Thess. 5:11. But how should one do this with words? Ms. Borba suggests utilizing words that encourage character rather than words that praise…

The Simple Playdress Tutorial

Play dresses are one of those things that are hard to justify spending too much money on. Baby Girl wears them everyday: they get food stains, they get paint stains, they climb trees, they ride bikes. They must be pretty for playing ballerina or they won’t get worn. They must be completely comfortable, or, you…

No-Fuss, Non-toxic Face

Six years ago I ditched almost every beauty product I owned.  Newly pregnant, I was reconsidering every thing I put on my skin. I knew that whatever it was (sunless tanner, facial cleanser, facial toner, foundation, lotion, shampoo, conditioner…) it was going to make it into my bloodstream and into my baby. I used the…

Non-toxic Sofa on a Budget: Going Vintage

Family size is on the rise around here, so coming up with creative, natural seating options that don’t break the bank has been a top priority lately. If you have followed Anna’s Hyssop for any amount of time, you know we don’t do synthetic foam or chemical flame retardants. We want our home to be…

French Roast Vegetables and Beef in the Crockpot

I love my crockpot. Life as a mom just would not be the same without it. It almost ranks up there with my baby carrier – almost. So it is getting to be winter here in the Midwest, and root vegetables are in. This is an easy go to crockpot recipe with a lot of…

The Suitcase System

I’ve been a mother for almost 5 years now and it took me 4 years to finally hone in on a laundry and clothing storage system I really love. It is easy and efficient. It allows me to only do laundry once a week. Putting away clothes for a family of five takes only 30…

Moving the Porch Swing Indoors

A number of years ago I resolved to eliminate chemicals from my furniture. This meant purging polyurethane foam (read a great article about why here), chemically flame retardant treated mattresses, and pressed-wood furniture. Since then I’m always on the look out for cost-effective ways to replace those ubiquitous treated overstuffed sofas and recliners. The fact…

Homemade Kitchen series: Apothecary Shelf

If I could pick one word describe the vibe I find myself most often attracted to when it comes to decor and design it would be old world. My dream kitchen would have an authentic antique farmhouse table, worn wood floors and soapstone counter tops. An antique apple peeler would perch on the counter, and…

Natural Beauty: 8 Simple Steps toward Healthy Skin

If the body had a megaphone, to let us know if it was unhappy with its situation [too much stress and not enough stillness, focused on negativity, not receiving enough love, overly critical of self] or how we were feeding it [chemically riddled processed foods, not enough nutrient dense real foods, oblivious to food sensitivities] or treating it [dousing it in…

Homemade Kitchen Series: DIY Recipe Book

Recipe boxes have never been my thing. I remember as a child being sent on quests for a particular recipe – that one particular herbed dinner rolls – only to locate it after sifting through the entire 200+, 300+? box of recipe cards, twice. Besides the finding inefficiencies, there were other issues as well. The…