Starting Your Seeds Inside The Easy Way – Apartment Gardening Series

For many people around the country, spring has come extremely early. Here in the great state of Texas, I think that spring took over winter and we narrowly escaped having to experience the cold that should accompany this time of year. With all this crazy warm weather here so early, I got started on my garden extra early this year! As it turns out, I do not have acres of sprawling fields and forests. I live in an apartment and have a patio worth of space to fill up, but that is not stopping me from building a fruitful garden to feed my family! Continue reading “Starting Your Seeds Inside The Easy Way – Apartment Gardening Series”

5 Ways to Grow Food Without a Garden

Gardening is one of my favorite pastimes, and as a budding herbalist, it’s one of the most important skills you can learn! Today I have a fantastic treat for you! One of my favorite blogging friends,Susannah Shmurak is an avid food gardener, sharing her wisdom on her awesome blog,HealthyGreenSavvy, and she is here to share her wisdom with us today, on 5 Ways to Grow Food Without a Garden! After you read her post, don’t forget to check out her blog! -With love, Christina Continue reading “5 Ways to Grow Food Without a Garden”

Using Essential Oils in Your Home & Garden to Kill Pests + DIY Bugs-B-Gone Home & Garden Spray

We can all agree that bugs have their purpose in this world, especially our favorites; the pollinators, but getting rid of the pesky ones naturally can sometimes be a bit of a conundrum. What to use that will actually work, is natural, and if eaten won't kill us people, our little ones, and our pets…but still kills pests? The answer is not as tricky as you think! There are a couple fantastic natural options  for use against insects and bugs of all kinds, but the one I am sharing with you today is a fantastic All-Purpose bug spray because it can work outside, inside, and on any bug you like! Continue reading “Using Essential Oils in Your Home & Garden to Kill Pests + DIY Bugs-B-Gone Home & Garden Spray”

You Don’t Have to Know a Thing About Gardening to Grow Your Own Food

Gardening is one of my favorite pastimes, and as a budding herbalist, it's one of the most important skills you can learn! Today I have a fantastic treat for you! One of my favorite blogging friends,Susannah Shmurak is an avid food gardener, sharing her wisdom on her awesome blog, HealthyGreenSavvy, and she is here to share her wisdom with us today, on getting started gardening! After you read her post, don't forget to check out her blog! -With love, Christina Continue reading “You Don't Have to Know a Thing About Gardening to Grow Your Own Food”

Soothe the Sting – DIY Bee Sting & Wasp Sting Relief for Adults, Kids, & Dogs

I have always been a bit afraid of being stung by bees or wasps. I love honey bees and do what I can to not hurt them. Wasps, on the other hand, terrify me to no end. Incidentally, I got my first wasp sting ever, at the same time that Syfy also received his. Spring had just begun this year, and we were out hiking in the Oak Point Nature Preserve. I must have poked a fallen nest with my walking stick because out of nowhere there were a couple wasps angrily chasing us around in circles, until we both got stung, him in the head and me just under my eye where my sunglasses don't reach (let me tell you…that swells up a lot more than other spots!). Realizing the angry wasps were guarding our way back out of the woods, I remembered my homemade Bugs-B-Gone spray was in my backpack and pulled it out. Please don't laugh too hard, but yes, I totally sprayed the air above and in front of us with that spray, effectively getting us out of the woods without being stung again. Continue reading “Soothe the Sting – DIY Bee Sting & Wasp Sting Relief for Adults, Kids, & Dogs”

Bugs-B-Gone Jr. – A Kid-Safe Bug Repeling Essential Oil Blend

We have all been there, sitting at our picnic table trying to enjoy some quality family time, when all the buzzing, flying, and creepy crawlies come out to join the party. It's all fun and games until someone gets bitten! I wrote a long time ago about making your own Bugs-B-Gone spray and candle for adults, today we are learning how to make our own kid-safe Bugs-B-Gone Jr. essential oil blend! At the end of the post I give several different ways, you can use this blend to repel bugs safely with small children around! Continue reading “Bugs-B-Gone Jr. – A Kid-Safe Bug Repeling Essential Oil Blend”

Get Growing with Your Kids, with the Get Growing! Greenhouse – An Earth Day Review & Giveaway

Happy Earth Day fellow Earth residents! This day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, because we get the chance to teach our kids about the many ways that we can help our Earth grow and stay beautiful. This Earth day I am coming at you with a fun project for you to do with the kiddos, a Smart Lab Toys Get Growing! Greenhouse.  Continue reading “Get Growing with Your Kids, with the Get Growing! Greenhouse – An Earth Day Review & Giveaway”

Introduction to the All-Natural Hippy Lifestyle – A definitive guide on where to start YOUR natural DIY journey

I get asked this question a lot, “Where do I start? There's so much to learn! What should I buy first?” Those can be difficult questions to answer! Over a period of three years I have learned so much and changed so much that I sometimes don't know where to start, myself! I decided that it was time for me to give you a definitive guide on where to start for yourselves. Because some like to start with cleaning products or essential oils, while others prefer to make their own beauty products and cosmetics, I decided to make you SEVERAL shopping lists, that way no matter where you choose to start changing in your life, you have a shopping list to do it with! Continue reading “Introduction to the All-Natural Hippy Lifestyle – A definitive guide on where to start YOUR natural DIY journey”

Ban the Bugs With Essential Oils – DIY Bugs-B-Gone Candles & Spray

It seems to me, that every year I feel like the bugs come out bigger, badder, and stronger. Last year the grasshoppers ate my entire vegetable garden; but this year, I have plans to prevent any bug infestations from ruining any outdoor fun I want to have! I have created The Hippy Homemaker Bug-B-Gone candles and spray. The smell of this spray is absolutely wonderful and refreshing. We have even sprayed this spray on our picnic tables and blankets, to help keep the bugs off of our area. This spray works so well that I carry a bottle of it in my purse, just in case! Continue reading “Ban the Bugs With Essential Oils – DIY Bugs-B-Gone Candles & Spray”