Fermented Food Guide: the basics + 19 beginner recipes

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

Apple Sponge Cake with Spelt Flour

As I recover from labour and spend time bonding and cuddling with my new baby, Sophie, from Accidental Artisan, is sharing with you her delicious and nostalgic recipe for Apple Sponge Cake made with Spelt Flour! Doesn’t it look amazing?! I may have squealed a little when Carly asked me to write a guest blog post for Modern Hippie Housewife. I knew exactly what recipe I wanted to share: this delightfully fancy looking but oh so simple apple cake. This is a recipe that my Mom has been making since she was in her twenties thanks to this much loved…
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Apple Sponge Cake with Spelt Flour

Composting at Home: 4 Tips for Beginner Composters

Composting at home gives you an opportunity to decrease your household’s carbon footprint by reducing landfill waste as well as reducing kitchen and yard waste—and the compost you make can be used to optimize the health, growth, and longevity of your landscape’s foliage overall by introducing beneficial organisms to the soil and providing an effective alternative to chemical fertilizers. Modernize has put together the following checklist to help you create a convenient and effective composting system for your household:

Composting for Beginners

DIY Herbal Perineum Tea

I’ve lined of some great guest posts for the next several weeks to give me a chance to rest during the last week of my pregnancy and for when the baby is born (due date – today)! Today’s post is written by one of my favorite bloggers – Loriel, of Naturally Loriel. Loriel has very recently had her second baby, too, so she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to postpartum healing! I’m excited to try this DIY Herbal Perineum Tea for myself…hopefully sooner rather than later!  I never knew births could be so substantially different until I gave birth to…
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DIY Herbal Perineum Tea for Postpartum Healing

4 Reasons to Make Your Own Cleaning Products

When my daughter started crawling and putting everything she could find in her mouth, I really started questioning our household cleaning products. Although I had an idea that they were somewhat toxic, I never realized the full extent of their destruction until I started to do more research. Turns out, the common household, multi-purpose cleaner is far more toxic than I’d imagined, and inside the home, it’s our little ones and pets who suffer from these products the most. Here are 4 reasons to make your own cleaning products…

Homemade Cleaning Products