Fermented Food Guide: the basics + 19 beginner recipes

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

How to Make Fruit Kvass

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 when the baby is born. Today’s post is written by Celeste Longacre – author, mother and master of sustainable living. I know you’ll enjoy this recipe for Fruit Kvass as much as I do! (Photos are my own). Decades ago I became convinced that, if I wanted to have a healthy body, I needed to put the right kind of fuel in it – real food. Further study led me to learn that growing…
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Citrus Infused Multi-Purpose Cleaner

When I embarked on my “cleaner, greener life” journey, just a few years ago, the toxic chemical cleaners were the first thing to go! Replacing my commercial cleaning products with homemade, eco-friendly and non-toxic versions, seemed like the obvious place to start, considering that I’m just as conscious about the environment as I am about my health.

Citrus Infused Multi-Purpose Cleaner

How to Beat the Winter Blues

Call me crazy, but June 21st marks a sad day for me – it means that the days are getting shorter, and we’re approaching winter. To some, this may seem totally ridiculous, but for me, as the summer days shorten, even by just a couple of minutes each day, I can’t help but feel a small sense of panic and anxiety about the winter months approaching. The short, dark, and cold days simply “aren’t my thing,” and I often feel like my “winter self” is completely different then my “summer self.” However, I really should be speaking in past-tense now,…
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Peering Out at 2016 – My Goals and Intentions for the Year to Come

Although it’s just another day on a man-made calender, and technically, any day of the year is just as good as today to set goals and intentions and break bad habits, January 1st really does spark the desire to self-reflect. Today, the first day of 2016, I’m particularly excited about. I hate to say it, but my enthusiasm to start a new year is partly due to the fact that 2015 is now behind us! It’s hard to call 2015 a “bad” year because so much good has come out of it, but it definitely came with it’s challenges…and that’s a very…
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DIY Peppermint and White Chocolate Lotion Bars

These DIY Peppermint and White Chocolate Lotion bars smell good enough to eat and are the ideal moisturiser for seriously dry winter skin. They fit perfectly into your purse (or pocket – guys) without melting or goop-ing, and you can use them to rub on anything from chapped legs to to cracked lips!

Peppermint & White Chocolate Lotion Bars

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub

If you’re planning on DIY-ing some Christmas gifts this year, be sure to add this DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub to your list! Go ahead and make some extra for yourself while you’re at it, because your absolutely going to love the way that this scrub make your skin feel! Read the full article over at Naturally Loriel!

Peppermint Sugar Scrub