Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Where in the World did I get to?

Hello, dear friends! I can't believe it's been 8 months since I've made a post for this dear blog. I had to clear out many cobwebs to even type this! 

If you're wondering where the heck I've been, I'm afraid I don't have a good excuse. My long hiatus wasn't intentional. It started with not having anything to write for a week, then a month, the six..and here we are today! You see, I realized that my lovely little corner of the web had turned into something I didn't like. It was becoming less of a way for me to create and share new ideas, and more of a public diary. I decided that I didn't want to post just to post anymore, and I ended up stopping completely...

At least over  here. You see, I have a really amazing sister-in-law Jackie, who is my other half when it comes to all things hippie nonsense. We've been running a vintage Etsy store together for almost a year now, and we've decided to take our passion for living a beautiful, sustainable life a step further. We're teaming up and moving forward as blogging partners at the Penncroft Homestead. We've already migrated over there, so there is already plenty of amazing content for you to peruse, but be sure to add us on Bloglovin so you can get all our new stuff as well!

I'm very excited about starting this new chapter, and I hope you'll join us!


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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Photos from my Weekend: A Trip to Upstate NY

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For years I've been hearing about the wonder that is my sister-in-law Jackie's grandparent's home in upstate NY. The restaurant turned family home is situated in the mountains between Lake George and Lake Champlain and sits on hundreds of acres covered by woods and meadows alike. This past weekend I was fortunate enough to snag an invite to the family reunion hosted on their picturesque property. Needless to say, photos abound!

 
I could get used to this morning walk
 
Fun remnants from the restaurant days, and an early Jackie original!
 
Gorgeous memories fill the house
 
A quick trip to Middlebury, VT to tour the Woodchuck Cidery
 
The kind of woods to get lost in, and a brother navigating us very intently
 
Whenever you find yourself on a mountain top, you must make yourself a fairy crown
 
A photogenic family

I'm so happy I got the chance to have a weekend away in such a gorgeous place! Here's hoping I'm invited back :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Giveaway with the Nectar Collective

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Homemade Hippy: Natural Tea Tree and Lavender Deodorant


For today's Homemade Hippy post, I'm taking it on the road! Kristyn from Milk & Crown has invited me to do a guest post for her, so you can head over there to get the full recipe and instructions!

Happy Weekend!


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Friday, July 26, 2013

Homemade Hippy: Natural Alternatives for Everyday Products



Almost two years ago I had a bit of a revelation in the way I viewed nearly every thing in my daily life. It came as the result of a lot of different influences, but it began (as most good things do) with reading a book. Specifically, reading Michael Pollen's slew of books related to the drastic change in the quality of food we eat. Of course, having been a biology major and taken a few nutrition classes, I was aware of the basic principles of what you should be eating. But what his books really did was put this important idea in my head; keep it simple and question anything that's not. 

The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the products we use, all these things don't have to come from some nameless science lab. Sure, there are amazing discoveries made in these labs, but when you think about it, humans have survived and flourished for thousands of years before parabens and red-dye #9 lined the shelves. Do we really think there's no correlation between an increase in chemical laden products and an increase in allergies, disease, and cancers? Modern medicine aside, it seems like the best way to move forward, might actually be to move backwards, back towards simple, natural products. Do you not agree that the most delicious food, is made from natural, fresh, whole ingredients, not chemicals? Well, the same can be said for skin products, make-ups, cleaning supplies and more!


In the past year, I've noticed more and more people getting into this new (old?) lifestlye, so I thought this series would be a great way to share what I've learned with others who are interested in ditching the chemicals for natural alternatives. Whether you wanna go full hippy (homemade deodorant, anyone?), or just dabble, I hope there will be something for everyone here!

With my guiding mantra - keep it simple, question anything that's not - in mind, I'll do the research, test the recipes, and report back with only the best, most efficient products. Tune in to find out everything from how to make yogurt to how to mix your own perfumes. And if you ever have a specific product you want me to give a natural make-over, just let me know! I'm always looking for new ways to swap out a product for one made in my kitchen :)