Urban Hippie

  • Toys that change the world and why I LOVE Tegu Blocks

      So, I just met my nephew Jack for the first time last night after arriving home from Honduras. Therefore, this will be a toy/global impact themed entry.  This falls into the category of products I love for so many reason.  Tegu is a company that not only makes amazing toys that your children can play with care-free, it's a company that cares.   They care about their impact on the environment: They care about their employees:  They care about their community: They offer premium products for your kids to play with without fear. There aren't a million tiny pieces they can...

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  • Trekking through the rainforest

    Hello from Central America! I am currently in Honduras with my friend Cindy and her husband Chris (they are the founders of Tegu toys).  I have been exploring Honduras, its amazing people and magnificent landscape. This weekend we drove to Panacam National Park to rest and go hiking through the rainforest. It was my first time in the rainforest and it was spectacular. What a beautiful and fantastic world full of wonder! It was a good reminder that I want to be a wise steward of this planet and limit my negative impact on it. I want places like Panacam to...

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  • Update from my urban garden

    I wanted to write a little update on my garden. My tomato plant has been providing me with amazing gifts of joy. Tonight I am heading to Honduras to visit my friend at Tegu toy company. (They make beautiful socially-conscious magnetic blocks for children.) I had two very ripe tomatoes that I wanted to eat before I left, so here is the amazing result.  Added a little olive and sea salt. Dinner!

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  • My "hippie" remedies to help fight a cold

    Ah, the dreaded summer cold. Unfortunately this past week I have been suffering from the painful ramifications of one of these colds. I understand getting sick in the winter (due to the fact it's flu season and we stay indoors more) but in the summer?! I am not a doctor, nor do I claim this as actual medical advice. (**Please read legal disclaimer at the end of this post before trying any of these remedies.) I have read a lot and been to my share of natural doctors and these are a few things I have discovered along the way....

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  • Organic hair salon in Los Angeles

    I realize if you are not local to Los Angeles this might not apply to you, but it’s important to discuss anyway. I stress the importance of organic, natural skin care, but Verina at Verina Organic Hair Salon emphasizes the importance when it comes to your hair! She believes in the importance reducing the number of chemicals we expose ourselves to and being a stylist, she could be exposed to a lot of chemicals. She researches the best natural non-toxic products for her clients, so there is no compromise in the results-- just in the chemical exposure.       Things I love about...

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  • Can being in nature make you a better person?

    I have been reading about the affects nature has on us. There have been some interesting studies about its positive effects on us as humans and why it's important to take a walk in the trees from time to time.   I came across this study by the University of Rochester. Not only can nature make us less stressed, it can actually make us better people. In the study, they found that people exposed to nature were more pro-social, they had better attitudes, were more generous, and were more in touch with their own values.  Benefits of being exposed to nature:...

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  • Let the games gegin! (Olympics 2012 in London)

      I am not a huge sports fan, however, I LOVE when the Olympics roll around every two years! I love the tears that stream down the faces of the most hardened athletes when the gold metal is placed around their necks. I love hearing the incredible stories of so many men and women who have dedicated years of their lives to this one moment when they will either win it all or walk away with an incredible experience. I love the anticipation you feel when an athlete stands at the end of the diving board, when he takes his...

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  • 5 simple non-toxic ideas for cleaning your house

    Baking soda & white vinegar can be used in so many ways when it comes to cleaning your house. Here are few ways that I personally use them: Clean Skins and Tub. Sprinkle it in your skin or tub and scrub the scum and dirt away. I like to add a little tea tree oil or lemon oil as an added disinfectant. (Store in a Mason jar or peanut butter jar.) Remove baked-on food off of pots and pans. It’s great for getting baked-on grime off of pans and dishes. Just sprinkle baking soda in the pan, add a little water or...

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  • Dry cleaning conviction and cancer

    The name of the blog is Urban Hippie and sometimes I am more Urban than Hippie.  I like modern conveniences. I like "services" that the city provides. I like dropping of my husband's shirts and my dresses to my very friendly dry cleaner and having them come back pressed and beautiful with no effort from me whatsoever. However, this weekend as I removed my organic silk dress from its plastic wrapping and was bombarded with the smell of chemical solvent, I was convicted. My ORGANIC SILK dress reeked of chemicals. Do you not find that as ironic as I do?...

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  • Oatmeal isn't just for eating. Take a bath in it!

    One of the reasons I started Root Beauty was because I have VERY SENSITIVE skin! And what that really means is that I react very quickly and sometimes quite violently to chemicals. Being a redhead with fair skin, I also tend to have dryer skin. I grew up just outside of Detroit and the winters could be brutal. My skin would crack and bleed, which is why I live in Souther California now -- I wasn't meant for the cold.    Now back to the oatmeal bath! You can buy oatmeal bath products in the store, but for what you...

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