Friday, September 27, 2013

Homemade All-in-one Hair, Body & Shave Shower Cream

There's something about making your own cosmetics and bath products that lifts my spirits instantly. 

Not only does your wallet notice how much cheaper it is to make homemade products, but it adds so much more than that to you and your entire family. 

Handcrafting something that is useful and healthy adds value & appreciation to an every day product. I find that every time I whip up something new, both my 5 year old, 15 year old and husband show some excitement in seeing, smelling and trying them out.

After dropping off Abber-dabber at Kindergarten today, I went to the locally owned dollar store in search of any kind of contraption that would indefinitely trap and kill fruit flies {it's bad this year!!!}. This store is slowly becoming more of a liquidator than a typical dollar store, which is exactly the type of store I like to shop in! 

Just one of the things I scored today is a glass tea-diffuser pitcher! The original price was $37 and I picked it up for $2.88. Woooooooop!!!

Rushing in the door with eagerness to try it, I grabbed a few sprigs of fresh lavender leaves and flowers on the way in, ran out back to grab a few mint leaves, disturbed them a little, then combined the two with a dash of fresh lemon zest, added hot water and WAH-LAH!

Delicious, homegrown tea. Ahh... Yes, it tasted a bit Spring-y, but that's the best I could do in a moments notice, and I'll take Lavender anything, any time of year!


Of course, combining herbs and making my own of anything always fires up my creative juices for the day, so I was not even close to done!

As I sat staring at an array of supplies I've accumulated over the months, I remembered reading about a basic homemade shampoo that literally consisted of only two ingredients, water and baking soda. 

After trying this, the watery solution I ended up with was not satisfying. To thicken it up a bit I added some corn starch. It was... OK. But still not great. 

It needed some soothing oils. 

A dash of Olive Oil and a hint of Vitamin E oil did the trick!

But it was still watery....

Ah ha!! I have a gallon of unscented liquid hemp castille soap that I use tiny amounts of for Carlin's cloth wipie solution.

Added the soap, gave it a vigorous shake, and ended up with a wonderfully foamy, lathery, silky cream that feels incredible on the skin.

Pictured:  Citrus All-in-one Shower Cream & Patchouli/Sweet Orange All-in-one Shower Cream with the bubbly/lathering effect shown; Fresh herbs/herbal tea; Lavender Salt Bath Soak.
Ingredients in shower creams: water, baking soda, corn starch, liquid hemp castille soap, vitamin E oil, olive oil.

Lather as usual into scalp. onto loofa/rag for body & onto legs for shaving. Use within one month. 

What is great about this cream is that it can literally be used from head to toe in the shower, which has me now calling it my All-in-one Shower Cream

It is perfect for a Shampoo, leaves you feeling clean and silky smooth when you use it as a body wash, and your legs will be soft and shiny after you used it as a shaving cream. 

The Citrus Shower Cream is a subtle pick-me-up as the aroma fills the shower all around you, while that Patchouli-Sweet Orange Shower Cream has a warm and earthy aroma, making it a perfect go-to for the Autumn season.

Next, I will make a minty cream and a Juniper Berry cream, which has the essence of pine or tree sap (not berries!), for a medicinal-smelling {and winter appropriate!} shower cream.

What is your favorite cosmetic you have ever made? Would love to hear about it!


You can make these cosmetics at home too! You should give it a try! It's super easy and so very gratifying. 

But if you would love to benefit from homemade products that are better for you, your wallet and the environment but you cannot or do not wish to make your own, you can buy them from muah, the Modern Hippie Momma

I make sugar scrubs, facial scrubs, hair & body oils, coffee scrubs, bath salt soaks, lotions & creams, shower creams... You name it!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hot Superfood Cereal Recipe that will bring you back to Life

After going Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Rice-free, Yeast-free & completely Grain-free this year... 

Well, let's just say that

One must get creative when it comes to eating!

There's a lot more thought that goes into every meal now, and it's been a fun experience substituting, eliminating, adding things we've never tried and learning all kinds of new things about health & nutrition along the way.

All was going well until one chilly morning when I ached for a warm bowl of oatmeal to accompany my one cup of coffee I allow myself each day.

The eggs were getting old and if I had to eat one more banana by itself, I may just have turned into one.

Something had to be done to replace this comfort food because going without was not an option.

And so..... The idea of making my own Hot Cereal was born. 


An INCREDIBLY nutritious (much more than oatmeal) hot cereal that will jump start your entire system each day, from your brain down to your toes!! 

Okay, your toes don't actually tingle or anything, but still.

You'll feel fatabulishous! {says me!}

For a sweet touch, drizzle some honey over the cereal after heating. Also add fruit if you'd like!

I always heat the almond milk first and then stir in the flaxseed meal, let it sit for a minute to thicken, and then add the rest of the ingredients. But you can essentially make it any way you want!  Adjust the quantities to desired texture too if you wish. There's no messing this recipe up.

After just a few days of starting your day with this recipe, you will feel a difference.

 In fact, your body will be all but thanking you.... out loud, using its very own voice... saying, "Thank you, human that inhabits me..."

Okay, that was a scary scenario, but you get where I'm headed with it, right? No? LOL

No matter, because you'll be feeling light, rejuvenated, energetic and ready to face the day from now on. 

Based on my experience....

You'll be less fatigued.
Waking in the morning will get a bit easier.
You will notice your brain functionality will improve.
And talk about keeping you regular!! 
Oh yes, it does that too.

This cereal is packed full of Omega-3's, Fiber, Antioxidants, Protein and Minerals!

Check out this great info I found on

Flaxseeds: Two tablespoons of flaxseed meal contains 4 grams of fiber, 2.4 grams of the short-chain omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and 300 milligrams of a particular type of antioxidant called lignans. Both ALA and lignans are anti-inflammatory, and lignans may also help lower cholesterol levels. Flaxseeds should be eating ground, otherwise they won’t be fully digested—and you won’t extract the nutrients.
Hemp SeedsOf these three seeds, hemp contains the most well-rounded and balanced nutritional profile. Two tablespoons contains 6 grams of fat (including 882 milligrams of ALA), 2 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. One unique characteristic of hemp seeds is that they contain all essential amino acids—something uncommon with plant protein sources—making them a great addition for people on a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Chia Seeds: While most associate them with the infomercials trying to convince you to buy green furry pets, chia seeds were originally eaten by the Mayan and Aztecs. One of the goals of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was to have people choose foods that provide more dietary fiber. The typical American only eats 40 percent of their daily fiber goals (women should aim to consume 25 grams a day). Chia seeds can help you close this gap. With 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon, just adding two tablespoons of the seeds to your oatmeal or smoothie in the morning will double the fiber intake of the average American. Like flax and hemp seeds, chia seeds also contain the omega-3 fat ALA.

If you're feeling a bit sluggish, need something to keep you feeling full for longer periods of time, or simply want all of the full benefits of eating a great Superfood breakfast, you should give this delicious and simple recipe a try.

Your body will thank you!!!
{but, hopefully not out loud in its own voice}

Do you have a favorite Grain-Free recipe? 
I'm always looking for new ideas! 
Please share in the comments so we can mingle on the topic!