Fermented Food Guide: the basics + 19 beginner recipes

Soaked Quinoa Pizza Crust Recipe

Today’s post is written by fellow real-food lover, Lauren, from Blue Feather Spirit.  I absolutely LOVE this Quinoa Pizza Crust Recipe that she’s sharing today from her new Ebook Blue Feather Food. I know all you Modern Hippies will love it too! I’ve always loved pizza but have not always been in love with the effects of eating it. What I’m really referring to is the usual white flour (processed wheat) and yeast combo, which for me, has been the trigger for digestive and skin issues. Thanks to the super grain, quinoa, I’m now able to enjoy pizza or flatbread, as…
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Soaked Quinoa Pizza Crust Recipe

Why I don’t Make My Own Makeup (and What I Use Instead)

As you probably know, I’m passionate about health and the environment, but what exactly makes me a “Modern Hippie”? Makeup is the perfect example. Unlike plain ol’ stereotypical hippies, who don’t wear makeup (or deodorant or shoes…), I DO wear makeup. Not all the time, but definitely when I’m hitting the town with the ladies, feeling (and looking) a little tired, or when my confidence just needs a bit of a boost. And not just any makeup will do, either – I’m pretty picky about quality. The “Hippie” in “Modern Hippie” represents the fact that, even when it comes to makeup, I’m still…
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3 Awesome Ways to Re-Purpose Mesh Produce Bags

As Scarlett (the three year old) played at daycare, and Ruby (the 4 month old) slept soundly in her swing, I set out into the yard with a camera hanging from my neck and a bag full of bags in hand. This is the life of a blogger – while the kids are occupied, we set out to take pictures of what many on-lookers would consider to be fairly insane. Today I felt particularly nuts, and smiled at the thought of what my neighbours would think it they peered through the hedges and saw me photographing old, mesh produce bags,…
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DIY Massage Oil for Pregnancy

It’s no secret that pregnancy is a strain on a woman’s body. At times, I remember feeling like I was going to rip open if my baby grew one more inch, and all the extra weight caused seriously achy joints and muscles. Thus, there’s no better time to pamper yourself then during pregnancy! And since you’re saving money by not purchasing margaritas and merlot, why not splurge on a professional massage from time-to-time (or all the time)! It’s one of the simple pleasures that expectant mothers are actually allowed to indulge in.

DIY Massage Oil for Pregnancy

Homemade Hairspray with Essential Oils

I often receive emails and messages from readers requesting recipes that they may not be able to find on the blog. By far, the most sought after DIY recipe has been homemade hairspray ! And I can totally see why – hair spray is a toxic shit-storm! Even though aerosol cans no longer contain ozone depleting CFC’s (chlorofluorocarbons), and haven’t since the 70’s when ozone depletion was brought to public attention, the can itself is just another form of human waste, destined for the land-fill. Not surprisingly, the  majority of popular hairspray brands on the Environmental Working Group website are rated…
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Homemade Hairspray

My Modern Hippie Hospital Birth

I think that most people would expect an “all-natural” kinda gal like myself to have a peaceful home birth equipt with a midwife, doula, and labour pool. A few people asked me who my midwife was and had curious questions about my home-birth plan – I suppose I just give off that kind of vibe, I don’t know. But no, I did not have a home birth. Instead, I had a naturally-mindful, modern hippie hospital birth. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m totally supportive, and even a promoter, of home births, and considered it myself at one point, but…
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My Modern Hippie Hospital Birth

Managing Work/Life Harmony as a Mompreneur

Today’s guest post is written by my good friend and fellow Mompreneur, Lindyn Williams. She is someone who wholeheartedly understands the busyness that come with being a work-from-home-mom, and I love venting to her when my head is spinning because she always has something wise to say that brings me back down to earth. I hope you enjoy her 5 tips to balancing work/life harmony as a Momprenuer. Intro from Lindyn: As working a mama, I can guarantee that not every day is going to go as planned. And that’s ok!  When you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and…
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Purple Cabbage and Kale Coleslaw

Some of my  favorite blog posts, and the ones that I enjoy writing the most, are always ones that are spur of the moment – the ones that are written when I’m right in the middle of doing something. This is one of those times. 10 minutes ago… Me: “Ry, I’m feeling inspired! Take the baby!” (run upstairs to grab my laptop) Husband: Ok……..??? (baby and husband look at each other confused)

Purple Cabbage and Kale Coleslaw

How to Pack a Naturally Minded Hospital/Home Birth Bag for Mom

Today’s post is written by one of my favorite bloggers – Loriel, of Naturally Loriel. Loriel has very recently had her second baby, at home, and is writing from experience when it comes to packing a naturally-minded birth bag! At 35 weeks when I was on the floor with intense stomach pains at 11pm, we thought we were in labor. My husband quickly scrounged together random baby things and stuffed them in a tote bag, called his parents to pick up our 4 year old, and rushed to the hospital. We were completely unprepared. I thought because I was having a home birth I…
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How to Pack a Natural Birth Bag

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar

Like many fermented foods, apple cider vinegar is simple, nutritious, and very inexpensive to make. To make apple cider vinegar, I use the apple scraps (peelings and cores) left over from making apple sauce and apple pie. It’s a great way to utilize the scraps and makes for a nutrient dense apple cider vinegar! I was over the moon when Heather asked if I wanted to share my Apple Cider Vinegar recipe on her blog, Mommypotamus,  a few months back. She is, after all, one of my blogging inspirations. Find out How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar HERE!

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar