Clean EVERYTHING In Your Home With ONE Truly Natural Plant Based Soap – A Branch Basics Review

Do you have a bottle of natural soap in your home that is capable of cleaning EVERYTHING, from your kitchen and bathroom to your kids and dogs? I do! I used to be the biggest fan of castile soap because I thought it was my only option as far as all-encompassing natural soaps go, but that was before I was introduced to my new favorite love, Branch BasicsContinue reading “Clean EVERYTHING In Your Home With ONE Truly Natural Plant Based Soap – A Branch Basics Review”

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”

DIY Citrus Glass & Window Cleaner That Beats Windex

It's spring cleaning time! When I started on my Spring cleaning venture a couple of weeks ago, I suddenly realized…I have been living in darkness. I really had no idea that my windows had gotten so bad over the winter. I suppose I had gotten used to how gross they became, but when I came across Crunchy Betty's Alvin Corn window cleaner recipe, I knew I had to try it out on my own dirty windows and let the light shine through. Continue reading “DIY Citrus Glass & Window Cleaner That Beats Windex”

Lavender Lemon Powdered Dishwasher Detergent For Hard or Soft Water

For the last year and a half I have been making my homemade dishwasher tablets and using them to clean our dishes in the dishwasher, but one day I decided it was high time that I make a simple powdered dishwasher detergent that was more effective and took less time to create. The first time that I had made a powdered dishwasher detergent (with all the ingredients that you saw in the dishwasher tablets), it turned into one big hard rock after 24 hours of sitting in the container, and I was baffled what else to do besides turning it into the dishwasher tablets. Now after reading some more, I have learned that I didn't need all of those ingredients, to begin with! The fact of the matter is, I was making it much harder than it needed to be. Continue reading “Lavender Lemon Powdered Dishwasher Detergent For Hard or Soft Water”

DIY Natural Bleach Alternative

I know it's only January right now, but I have been itching for spring hardcore. The other day I was doing some homework reading for my Master Aromatherapy classes and I read about SAD (also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder) and it occurred to me that I was feeling exactly like this. Did you know that millions of people experience this every winter?This year, I have been avoiding the cold more than usual, and that combined with not being able to drive Syfy and me around, has really made me feel like a hermit. To combat this, I have started spring early in my head. I am thinking about tropical scents, planning out the cute yoga tank tops I am going to buy off Etsy, and even taking Syfy to the public pool (it's indoors lol I would not swim in this weather…not a polar bear over here! Although….if given the chance to join the real polar bear club, I would totally try it out because I am the kind of crazy person who would love to tell people that I have done it! Continue reading “DIY Natural Bleach Alternative”

DIY Dish Soap That Actually WORKS – It’s Simple, No Melting and No Waiting!

This post has been a LONG time coming. I have been trying to find a recipe for dish soap that ACTUALLY works, for at least a year now. I have tried just about every single DIY all-natural “crunchy” soap recipe that I could find! Every one of the recipes that I found contained castile soap in them, but I was looking for something less alkaline. The cold hard fact of the mater is that castile soap whether in liquid form, grated bar form, or even a combination of the two just wasn't working well enough to cut the grease and clean my dishes effectively. While those with soft water don't see any issues using castile soap, those with hard water find that all their dishes are covered in mineral deposits or spots. Continue reading “DIY Dish Soap That Actually WORKS – It's Simple, No Melting and No Waiting!”

The Hippy Homemaker’s Green Cleaning Starter Kit – The Ultimate Green Friendly Wedding Present

I had the privilege of being invited to one of my long-time friend's wedding and reception this last weekend. Though we weren't able to go to Colorado to make the actual wedding, we were able to go to their reception dinner held here in Texas. When our invitation arrived in the mail, my first thought was “what to make them for their wedding present?”  For a little over a year now, I have made all of the gifts that I have given at the parties that I have been invited to.  Each time, I was invited to a new type of party (i.e. baby showers, bridal showers, and wedding receptions), I came up with a new DIY eco-friendly gifts that I could give. This time around was no different. Continue reading “The Hippy Homemaker's Green Cleaning Starter Kit – The Ultimate Green Friendly Wedding Present”

Which Essential Oil Companies Should YOU Buy From? My surprising findings on my quest to find the best

I am most likely going to piss off some people with this post, but the information that I found was too good to keep to myself and keep you guys in the dark. As always, you should do your own research and question everything (even me!!). I ALMOST fell for the ploy. I got really excited because I felt like I was about to embark on a journey into the world of “top quality essential oils”. I thought that the lines I was being fed about these oils being “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” (or “CPTG”), “100% pure therapeutic grade”, and “therapeutic quality” meant that these essential oils HAD TO BE THE BEST. I was about to find out that all of these descriptions meant nothing in the eyes of the FDA and the aromatherapy world; they were just that, descriptions. Continue reading “Which Essential Oil Companies Should YOU Buy From? My surprising findings on my quest to find the best”

DIY Dishwasher Tablets For Hard or Soft Water (and homemade Lemishine)

In our old house, I was utilizing castile soap in my dishwasher and always getting fantastic results. I had no clue that the difference in my water softness could make such a huge difference in how well some of my natural cleaning products worked. When we moved into our new home, my first load of dishes came out of the dishwasher covered in a white film. I was beyond disappointed.  At first, I had no idea what had happened, but after doing some reading, I found my problem. If you have really hard water, castile soap will turn the water cloudy, and consequently, will cause your glasses to come out cloudy too. I knew that now I needed to come up with a new dishwashing plan for hard water. Continue reading “DIY Dishwasher Tablets For Hard or Soft Water (and homemade Lemishine)”

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”