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”

The Un-Paper Towel, A Tailored Home Review

I have been using my microfiber cloths for well over a year now, but I still missed having a roll of paper towels. It was always handy having a roll in my cute little paper towel holder! After browsing through Pinterest (of course, pinterest is always a pot full of great ideas!) I accidentally came across the most GENIUS idea! The UN-Paper Towel! There were a couple of different shops that I could purchase these from, but they were roughly all the same price. There was one shop that stood out as far as color choices and design, A Tailored Home. I was super excited to order myself (yes, this is not a review for something that I received free…I haven't gotten that far into blogging to get sweet free stuff yet, lol) a set of these Un-Paper Towels for our kitchen! Laura@A Tailored Home even sent a free gift with them, these adorably cute (and very functional) cloth sponges! They matched my un-paper towels too! Continue reading “The Un-Paper Towel, A Tailored Home Review”

Make Your Own Natural Citrus Softscrub For Your Sinks, Tubs, and Toilets!

I have a “friend” with a bathtub that is so gross, they didn't even want their name to be revealed out of embarrassment, but they did want me to find a great way to clean their bathtub (and sinks, toilets, etc.). I knew that they were looking for a soft scrub, so I got to work finding a recipe that would help to clean up all of the nastiness that was caked on the bathtub's floor.  After a preliminary search of the internet, I found pretty much the same recipes everywhere that I went, and all of them combined both vinegar AND castile soap, and as I have been learning (from Lisa Bronner's blog), that is a big no-no. Continue reading “Make Your Own Natural Citrus Softscrub For Your Sinks, Tubs, and Toilets!”

Have the SOFTEST Laundry Ever By Adding Homemade Softener Crystals to Your Wash

I keep seeing commercials for the new Downy fabric softener crystals and mention of the Purex softener crystals in blogs that I read through. You know that I will not use those in my house because of all of the cancer and allergen causing chemicals that those products are laden with, but I still was on the lookout to better my laundry soap recipe with something natural that works along the lines of what those products claim to do. Continue reading “Have the SOFTEST Laundry Ever By Adding Homemade Softener Crystals to Your Wash”

The Hippy Juicing Cleanse – 3 days of detox

The Hippy Husband and I have been trying a lot of things to bring more nutrients and health into our lives and to help him lose some of the beer belly he has acquired over the years. After watching the documentary Fat, Sick, And Nearly Dead, both Andy and I were convinced more than ever that we needed to put our health at the forefront of our lives. We thought that a juice fast would be the perfect way for us to be able to cleanse our bodies of all of the toxins that we have built up, and maybe slim down a little just before spring comes around. Continue reading “The Hippy Juicing Cleanse – 3 days of detox”

Make Your Own Holiday Gifts: Peppermint Laundry Soap in a Jar

Yep. I know it sounds crazy, but it's the gift that keeps on giving. Not only do you KNOW without a shadow of a doubt, that everyone needs laundry soap, you are giving them MUCH better homemade soap that is good for the environment and not toxic to you. Not only that, you can give them a little tag with the recipe on it, so that they can continue to make the soap long after they have used up your gift. Like I said, it's the gift that keeps on giving! Continue reading “Make Your Own Holiday Gifts: Peppermint Laundry Soap in a Jar”

Kill Germs & Boost Immunities With Medicine Woman Essential Oil Blend – a DIY Anti-Germ/Immune Essential Oil Blend

My goal this winter is to keep my family free of sickness. Honestly, I know just how epic that kind of statement is, and that I have slim chances of accomplishing this goal 100%, but I am serious about trying everything that I can, to keep my family healthy and happy all the way through the winter. To do this, I am going to have to battle with my best foot forward. My secret weapon this year is my DIY “Thieves” oil alternative! This stuff is so amazing, i just couldn't wait to tell you guys about it! The story that goes along with it, is even more amazing. Continue reading “Kill Germs & Boost Immunities With Medicine Woman Essential Oil Blend – a DIY Anti-Germ/Immune Essential Oil Blend”