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…

Non-toxic shoes

I never really thought much about shoes before having children. Actually, I could put a lot of things in that category. Before having children I pretty much stayed barefoot unless I had to go to work or stores. Around the home, it was a no-shoes policy. But with kids, there seems to be this constant…

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…

Cheap Light Fixture Updates when Renting

I love renting. It makes sense for this time in my life. And I always come to love my rental homes. Quirky and older.  I love the challenge of arranging the furniture each time.  But, my limit seems to be the ubiquitous outdated ceiling fan. No amount of surrounding decor can mask it. Too complicated…

Space: Summer Mantle

I tend to switch up my mantle as the seasons shift. We are heading full steam into summer over here which means steamy and buggie (aka a little irritating at times!). So for this summer’s mantle I’m using greens, blues, aqua and neutral white to provide a cool and calming effect over the living room….

Hawaiian Chicken Stir Fry

Roast chicken is a cost effective means of providing protein for a growing, real-food eating family. Around our household, I utilize the skins and bones for bone broth, the livers battered and fried for the extra vitamin A content, and all that pulled chicken for as many meals as I can make it stretch. Lunch…