About

DSC_0421Hi, I’m Jess. :)

I’m a loud laughing, extroverted mama to five boys, who all managed to get my flair for the dramatic. I’m crazy passionate about slow, simple, natural living and believe that calendars were made to be cleared and woods were made for exploring.

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Photo credit Brooke Collier Photography

I’m one of those crunchy mama types – you know, the one who brings the gluten free, no sugar added, made from scratch pumpkin muffins to the party. I’ll basically solve all your problems with herbs, essential oils, and fermented foods. My life has been forever changed through a journey of ditching toxins from our food and our home. We eat whole, non-processed foods whenever we can, and we’re always looking for ways to kick toxic ingredients to the curb. Everyone is on a journey here – you’ll never see any judgment from me! I share a lot of DIYs and real food recipes, because I want to help you and your family make better choices, whether you’re the crunchiest of mamas or if you’ve never even thought of it before. You can read more about my journey to wellness here.

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I love to create and sewing is where I spend most of my time, and bonus points when I can take something I thrifted and upcycle it into a new creation. I share a lot of sewing tutorials and free patterns here, things I sew for my kids, my home, and myself. Sewing is how I keep my sanity in a house full of boys. I love thrifting, especially vintage linens, fabric, and notions.

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In my pre-kid days, I was an elementary teacher. Now I stay home with all my little loves and homeschool them by day, but I feel like I’m unlearning what it means to teach. Instead of spending our days in desks and at tables, we let learning unfold as it happens when we can. We spend much of our time outside hiking and exploring and nearly everything we do is centered around good quality books. No two homeschool day looks the same, as I try to follow my kids’ interests when it comes to what we’re going to learn. My goal as a homeschool family is to give my kids the freedom to spend lots of time outside, be creative, and to help them discover what makes them love to learn.

I combined my love of teaching and my love of pattern design into a love for graphic design! I opened an online shop with digital prints – art prints to hang on your wall, learning prints for your littles, and sewing patterns. You can find them all in my SHOP (including quite a few freebies!).

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If we were friends in real life, I’d make you a peppermint mocha, sit with you at our big kitchen table, and get to know you. But the next best thing is connecting over on Instagram, so be sure to find me over there and say hi!

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5 thoughts on “About

    1. thanks, nicole! i agree – fun getting to know you too :) i need to update this photo though… it’s missing one of my babies! woops!

  1. Just stumbled upon your blog looking for sewing patterns (you posted on mellysews.com a few years ago). I’m just getting back into sewing after a few years break. Just wanted to say hello and that I added your blog to my RSS feed. I’m looking forward to sharing my projects on my blog as well.

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