about me

Hey there! I’m Mal.

I am a twenty-something gal living in the Midwest. I’m married to my childhood sweetheart, living with our gorgeous husky pup, and our newborn son, Noah Jackson II.

This is the space where I share my thoughts, tips and convictions on living intentionally in all areas of life.

You’ll find there is a bit of everything here: habits & routines, Bible study & discipleship, tutorials & designs for various crafty shenanigans. Some book reviews and random thoughts, style round ups, recipes and good old fashioned mommy blogging. 

I love sharing what I am learning about in God’s word, discussing Biblical living and keeping in step with the Spirit. Walking out our faith together, in grace and truth. 

I believe in challenging each other to follow Jesus earnestly. To call out complacency, to live in accountability, to share praises as well as complaints. There is richness in sharing the true joy that unites us in Christ, and this is what I’d like to share in this space.

Crafting and DIY’s are another passion of mine! I’m a firm believer that if you don’t know how to do it, teach yourself! No use complaining about how you can’t possibly be that creative, dig into it, and find out the beautiful things you can make!

You’ll find a lot of tutorials here! I love to tackle projects for home and style…all the pretty things! 

 Sewing, embroidery, painting, furniture refurbishing, decorating tips…designing a space or creating a dress that you made with your own hands, always feels so personal, homey and lovely.

Perfection is big with me, but I’m trying to relax a bit, so these how to’s are simple and involve easy short cuts for everyone to enjoy!


I am in a constant state of discovering a more natural, homemade lifestyle. Realizing alternative solutions to the chemical products in my home, finding an organic way to add nutrients into my diet, trying out different recipes….I love it all!

Always researching and practicing a more holistic way of feeding and healing my body, and making my home a space of natural living.

Follow along with my journey of kombucha brewing, armpit detoxes, sourdough creations, hormone management, building our immune systems and so much more. 

I am a big fan of ancient herbal medicine and nutrition as well, and love the process of research, and application, seeing the benefits in my life and body!

This is our newborn son, Noah Jackson Oetjen II, and we are so in love! 

You’ll find lots about this sweet little guy and our life with him as he grows! All the things from newborn season to montessori learning, babywearing and diaper creams! My husband and I come from large families, so this new season of parenting our own sweet baby is so exciting!


Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you find encouragement and thought provoking discussion, inspiration for homemade beauty, and lots of helpful tips and resources, and a community to grow with.

Let’s dive in friends!


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