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  But, my limit seems to be the ubiquitous outdated ceiling fan.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…

Setting up the Side Porch

  One of life’s little pleasures when I was a kid was sitting in the laundry mat, the sleepy joint’s fan on full blast nearby, flipping through glossy Country Living magazines or Martha Stewart Living while my mom did laundry. I especially loved when they’d showcase budget, flea-market makeovers. And now I’ve gone ahead and…

Quick Easy DIY Tzitzit

Since becoming a Torah-observant Yeshua/Jesus follower, tzitzit wearing has been one of those things I strive to do, but don’t always succeed at. (If you are wondering what tzitzits are see my two part series on the meaning of tzitzits here and here.) I’ve tried making my own tzitzits, and I’ve ordered them online. I’ve…

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…