Summer Sizzle Giveaway

Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Sizzle Giveaway


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

Didn't win? Stay 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!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Healthy Popcorn Recipe


Healthy Popcorn Recipe | Musings of a Modern Hippie brings up so many memories. Of going to the movies as a kid. Those big huge buckets of salty, buttery goodness that we'd stuff ourselves silly with. Extra butter? Yes, please! Maybe a memory of sitting around the campfire with family, mom or dad popping corn over the fire, the smell of melting butter mixing with charcoal wood smoke. There's nothing like it.

Too bad that buttery deliciousness at the movies is loaded with chemicals! Besides table salt reaching almost 1000 mg, there are food dyes, pesticide residues, hydrogenated transfats, GMO soy, and other chemicals with names most of us can't pronounce let alone know what they are. And the microwave version isn't any better.

The good news is that making your own is super duper simple. We are talking just 4 ingredients for the best popcorn you will ever eat. Did I mention guilt free? A nutritious, healthy snack that you will want to make every day. What could be better?

Healthy Popcorn Recipe | Musings of a Modern Hippie

Easy, Nutritious, Delicious Popcorn

Organic, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil (Find it here.)
Organic popcorn (I've tried a lot of brands. This is my favorite.)
Organic unsalted butter or ghee from pastured cows. (This is my favorite brand.)
Sea Salt (I like Himalayan the best personally.)

Put a healthy dollop of coconut oil (~1/4 cup) into a large stock pot and turn heat up to medium-high. When the oil has melted, add a single kernel of corn. If it sizzles right away, the oil is hot enough. Cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer of popcorn. Cover. Remove from heat as soon as popcorn stops popping. Best to have a large bowl nearby to dump the popcorn into right after popping so it won't burn. Melt lots of butter (don't be is not the time to count calories or fat, this is what eating real, whole food is about!). For a large stockpot, I melt between 1/2 to 3/4 of a stick of butter. Or an entire stick if I'm really going gourmet. Drizzle the butter over the popcorn, mixing it up halfway through. You can toss the popcorn if you have mad skilz, but don't blame me if you attempt it and the popcorn goes everywhere! Sprinkle with sea salt to taste, toss again to thoroughly coat everything and enjoy.

Healthy Popcorn Recipe | Musings of a Modern Hippie


I like to swap out the pot cover for a mesh splatter guard about halfway through popping. It allows the steam to escape and the popcorn to dry out and be more crunchy.

Make sure to pop on medium-high and not full out high heat - you will have less burnt kernels!

Healthy Popcorn Recipe | Musings of a Modern Hippie


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Intro to Herbs Giveaway!


The Online Introductory Herbal Course Giveaway | Musings of a Modern Hippie

One of our most popular topics on the Homestead Bloggers Network is natural health and herbal remedy information. It's important that if you are going to use these home remedies that you understand how herbs work and educate yourself. It's one of the most powerful things you can do for your family's health. That's why we are thrilled to announce this amazing giveaway.

Giveaway and Discount for the Herbal Academy Online Introductory Herbal Course

We are giving away ONE (1) Free Enrollment into the online Introductory Herbal Course, a home study program for beginners in plant medicine, in partnership with the Herbal Academy of New England. That's a $195 value!

Are you curious about traditional home remedies or the weeds that grow along your curbside? Then this course is for you!

The Introductory Herbal Course is a brand new, multimedia program consisting of six in-depth units, interactive ebooks, printable charts and handouts, demonstrations, and many herbal recipes. This course will get you started on your herbal journey, covering all of the basics including common discomforts, herbal actions, dosing, and herbal remedies! By the end of this program, you will know why herbs work and how to make your own body care products, teas, tinctures and more.

Build your apothecary, start your Materia medica, and get to know the Holistic Approach! You will walk away more inspired to pursue your herbal studies at the intermediate level and beyond.

Learn herbal medicine with this introductory online herbal course!

Read the full course description and look through the curriculum outline on the Herbal Academy of New England's website.

COUPON CODE: In addition to the giveaway, Homestead Bloggers Network is offering an exclusive coupon code for readers to to get 10% off the Introductory Herbal Course during the launch period only. 

Use the coupon code HOMESTEAD when purchasing the course through June 15, 2014 . 
Note - if you purchase now with the 10% discount and win the giveaway, you'll get a full refund of your registration fee so register now with this exclusive coupon code!

To Enter: 

Follow the directions on the rafflecopter below. You'll need to click this link to view the full course description and then answer the question in the mandatory entry.

Don't delay, this giveaway ends on June 9th!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Quick and Easy Homemade Cheese

Quick and Easy Homemade Cheese | Musings of a Modern Hippie

My wonderful Mother-in-law taught me how to make cheese recently. She is this tiny little firecracker of a woman, straight from Italy, who can't be more than 90 lbs wet, but has enough personality for a person 3 times her size. It's that vivacity that I love about the Italians. On occasion when my husband and I get into a particularly spirited discussion in front of our 5 year old, he will tell us "Mom! Dad! Stop yelling!", to which I reply "We aren't yelling, we're Italian!"

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Super Healing Balm: A Home First Aid Kit Must-Have

Super Healing Balm: A Home First Aid Kit Must-Have | Musings of a Modern Hippie

I'm not one to push products on people unless they specifically ask me for a recommendation, but this one is amazing. It's called Golden Salve from Nature's Sunshine. It's a healing balm that can be used for wounds, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash and other rashes, hemorrhoids and fissures, vaginal issues, abscesses and other infections, bites, stings, itching, sores, burns, blisters, poison ivy, athlete's foot, and cold sores. Really just about any skin issue.

Monday, April 28, 2014

No-bake Strawberry Shortcake Recipe (gluten-free)

 No-bake Strawberry Shortcake | Musings of a Modern Hippie

This recipe combines the deliciousness of strawberries with cream, store-bought bread, and a pinch of stevia to make a quick, easy, no-bake strawberry shortcake.