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  But, my limit seems to be the ubiquitous outdated ceiling fan.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

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…