Start the New Year With Clear Skin – DIY Detoxifying Herbal Goddess Face Mask

It's the dawn of a new year, and I am feeling the yearly need to detoxify myself inside and out! I know I am not alone, so this year I have a whole slew of detoxifying posts to help get you through this first month of the new year. Really, though, you could choose to detoxify yourself at any point during the year! I love to try and focus on detoxification once a month!

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Soothe Itchy Irritated Eyes Naturally With Calendula & Coconut Oil

Recently we've been dealing with all sorts of eye issues in my home. Everything from conjunctivitis to infection, and not just in the humans in our home. When Syfy became ill with pneumonia and strep throat, he also managed to spread the strep to his eyes, getting conjunctivitis too. Our pediatrician prescribed $60 eye drops, saying that they likely wouldn't work because most of the time conjunctivitis is viral, but just in case we should use the eye drops. I am not one to overuse antibiotics and am not willing to use them unless they are absolutely needed. Out of desperation, I began investigating all my herbal books, looking for the best herbs to use to help soothe Syfy's eyes and get rid of the infection. That's when I realized that I already had everything that I needed to help my family and pets with all their eye irritations!

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Making Mega Friends At the MegaFood Factory This Summer

I have always wanted to visit New Hampshire, but never had the chance to go, that is until this summer! Last May, I was chosen among many health and wellness bloggers to be one of the MegaFood MegaBloggers “Brand Ambassador”. I was completely stoked about this opportunity to learn even more about health and wellness and to dig deeper into a product that I was completely excited to know more about.
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Help Your Kids B-Centered With 3 Savory Kid-Friendly Dips For Healthy After School Snacking

After school gets out, the kiddos are ALWAYS hungry! This year Syfy is starting public school and I am looking for all kinds of healthy ways that I can sneak nutrition in with his lunches and after-school snacks. What's a better snacking tool than sneakily healthy kid-friendly dips? Syfy is such a picky eater that I decided to come up with some more of my sneaky mom recipes that don't taste like they are sneakily filled with veggies and nutrition!   Continue reading “Help Your Kids B-Centered With 3 Savory Kid-Friendly Dips For Healthy After School Snacking”

Crispy Oven “Fried” Okra – Vegan/Gluten-Free/Oil-Free

Summertime has been a blast here at the Hippy home, as we have spent a TON of time adventuring outdoors, swimming to our hearts content, and of course consuming our summer favorites. Our CSA has been overflowing with summer veggies including a  favorite of mine, okra! Who doesn't love fried okra all summer long? The only problem is, like many other health conscious people, I don't do fried food. I wasn't about to give up my love of fried okra, so I came up with this recipe last summer when I had okra practically coming out my ears. Continue reading “Crispy Oven “Fried” Okra – Vegan/Gluten-Free/Oil-Free”

Coming Together Under One Magnificent Tent – Hippy Family Backpacking Trip Part 2

The car trip from Dallas, TX to Devil's Den State Park in Arkansas, only took us 4 1/2 hours. Even though I have been to Arkansas before for a wakeboarding trip, I had never been up in Devil's Den and was totally blown away by just how different it was. The flat plains of Texas began to turn into rolling hills, like mountains to a native Texan, but I am not a native Texan. As we entered Devil's Den State Park, Syfy and I both became very excited. With every turn around each tight corner, we drove deeper and deeper into the woods and farther away from society. Overwhelmed with happiness, I opened my window so that I could take huge breaths of the fresh air that my lungs missed while living in the city. “This is the BEST day ever!” Syfy shouted, opening his window to feel the cool forest air outside. I couldn't help but agree with him. This WAS looking like one of the best days ever. Continue reading “Coming Together Under One Magnificent Tent – Hippy Family Backpacking Trip Part 2”

Let’s Play Outdoors Together! Join Me At Outessa The Perfect Outdoor Retreat For Adventure Loving Women

Raise your hand if you love to play outdoors but wish you had some outdoor-loving girlfriends that thoroughly enjoyed playing out in nature with you? I can totally understand that feeling! As a passionate lover of pretty much all outdoor sports, I am always wishing I had girlfriends that wanted to go out in the wild with me! Where are my backpacking and kayaking girls? How about my climbing and biking girls? Let's all come play together during a weekend of fun that only a group of outdoor loving ladies can appreciate! Continue reading “Let's Play Outdoors Together! Join Me At Outessa The Perfect Outdoor Retreat For Adventure Loving Women”

Healthy Homemade Whole-Egg Mayonnaise + 4 Different Flavor Variations (Chipotle, Cilantro Lime, Dill Pickle, Garlic Black Pepper)

I am totally a mayo kinda girl! I love it on my burgers, sandwiches, and even in my salad dressings. I have even been known to put it on my breakfast sandwiches in the morning! I hear some people even like it with their french fries…though that's going a bit far me! What I don't like is eating mayo that is filled with all sorts of extra additives and artificial ingredients. Continue reading “Healthy Homemade Whole-Egg Mayonnaise + 4 Different Flavor Variations (Chipotle, Cilantro Lime, Dill Pickle, Garlic Black Pepper)”

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”