Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School Giveaway


Back to School Giveaway | Musings of a Modern Hippie

It's that time of year again! Back to school! For us, it's just the beginning, as my little one starts Kindergarten. How many kids are you sending to school this year? Maybe you homeschool? Or maybe kids are not in the picture at this point in your life! No matter your situation, this 2-item giveaway is for you! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Homemade Healing Shea Cream


Homemade Healing Shea Cream | Musings of a Modern Hippie

I was given the opportunity to try this shea butter in exchange for my honest feedback.

True unrefined, organic, raw, shea butter is often hard to find, as many manufacturers either contaminate it with other oils and dyes, or it's not in fact, shea butter at all, but a similar, less expensive product called Kpangnan Butter (pronounced "painya").

Real Shea butter is an off- white or ivory-colored fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa).

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Crunchy Fermented Sweet Pickles

Crunchy Fermented Sweet Pickles

You may have seen my recipe for Crunchy Fermented Dill Pickles. This is my sweet pickle version! Like the dills, I wanted to make lacto-fermented pickles, as opposed to vinegar-based pickles this year because lacto-fermentation makes for super healing foods. These pickles are crunchy and sweet, with just the right combination of zesty, sweet, and saltiness.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Crunchy Fermented Dill Pickle Recipe

Crunchy Fermented Dill Pickles

This summer has been unusually wet and cool here in NY. And while it means worrying about flooding basements and unripe tomatoes, it also means tons and tons of cucumbers. And lets face it, not having to water the garden at all has been a nice relief. Tons of cucumbers means tons of pickles because there's only so much cucumber salad a family of 3 can eat! I wanted to make lacto-fermented pickles, as opposed to vinegar-based pickles this year because lacto-fermentation makes for super healing foods. These pickles are crunchy and tart, with just the right combination of dill, garlic, and saltiness. They just might be my new favorite snack.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hydracentials Sporty Stainless Steel 25 oz Double Wall Water Bottle Review


Hydracentials Bottle Review | Musings of a Modern Hippie

As a prior Hydracentials customer (I purchased the Slim Grip for my last Giveaway), I was given the opportunity to test the newest model - the Hydracentials Sporty 25 Oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Flip Cap and Straw - in exchange for my honest feedback. And I think it's a great choice! I'll start at the top and work my way down.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Sizzle Giveaway


Congratulations to Richard M. the winner of the Summer Sizzle Giveaway!

Didn't win? Stay tuned...new giveaways are in the works!

Summer Sizzle Giveaway | Musings of a Modern Hippie
In honor of recently crossing 1000 Likes on Facebook, I'm doing another giveaway! 

Summer Sizzle Giveaway

I don't know about you, but it's hot, Hot, HOT here! And what's a better way to celebrate the heat than with a sizzling hot giveaway! And to help you beat the heat, I'm giving away a few of my favorite Modern Hippie products.

Friday, June 27, 2014

9 Natural Remedies for Sunburn


9 Natural Remedies for Sunburn | Musings of a Modern Hippie

It's that time of year! The warm weather is finally here (for us northerners) and we can drop the clothing layers like last year's bad habit. If you are blessed with blindingly white English/Swedish/German skin, like I am, then you know that building up a healthy, protective tan is a very sloooooow process.

It is important for us living in the northern hemisphere, especially above 37 degrees latitude, to build up a good store of Vitamin D over the summer months in order to get us through the dreary winter months. (The same is true below 37 degrees in the southern hemisphere.) So some direct sun exposure is necessary. But like a lot of things, more is not better. And most of us still probably need to supplement.

I usually tell people to shoot for 10-15 minutes of direct exposure per day, during the peak hours of 10 am - 2 pm. Fair skinned folks should definitely start out slower. Even just 5 minutes a day at peak is beneficial, and will allow your melanocytes (the skin cells that absorb the sun's UV-B rays) to wake up and start producing a tan and Vitamin D, without causing damage.

Building your protective tan slowly is important. We've all heard about the dangers of sun exposure, and probably even know someone who has had skin cancer. Get your 10-15 minutes, then cover up or slather on the natural sunscreen. Here's a great recipe to make your own. Or check the Environmental Working Group's Sunscreen Guide for the best store bought ones.

I highly recommend these ones, that we've tried with great success:

          Any of the Badger Brand ones. We especially love this one with natural bug repellents.

          Alba Botanica Very Emollient Kids Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30

          Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive, SPF 30+

Since many of us aren't quite as diligent with the sunscreen application as we should be, we may, on occasion, get a little more pink than we probably should. No one likes to suffer through the pain of burned skin and the subsequent days spent peeling like a shedding snake, so here are 9 natural remedies that will not only help speed the healing process, but will heal the damage, prevent shedding, and do what we care about most - stop the pain!