Shopping at a Farmer’s Market

shopping at a farmers market~The Homesteading Hippy

Getting fresh produce out of your own backyard is just about as local as you can get. However, there are some people who can’t garden for various reasons, but still want to reduce the amount of trash caused by buying produce in the plastic bags from the grocery store.  May I suggest you find a… [read more]

How to DIY~ Spill-Proof Mason Jar Lid with Straw Holder

spill proof lid with straw holder~The Homesteading Hippy

How to DIY~ Spill-Proof Mason Jar Lid with Straw Holder We like to use glass mason jars for our beverages. One, because I don’t use plastic, and two, we have a lot of them, and three, if the kids accidentally broke one of them, it wouldn’t be as “tragic” as they are easily replaceable. The… [read more]

Taking Inventory in Your Kitchen


  Today, we are going to talk about taking inventory in your kitchen. Sometimes, I get burned out on cooking.  To the point of “y’all are on your own tonight, Mama is done!”  I open the fridge door, and stare at the contents, willing something to jump out at me and when nothing does, I think… [read more]

How To Make Vanilla Sugar

how to make vanilla sugar

Baking treats, muffins, and breads just got taken a notch higher! I found out how to make vanilla sugar! Here’s all you need: 1 vanilla bean for every cup sugar 1 cup sugar for every vanilla bean jar with tight lid Just slice the vanilla bean down the center, all the way. Gently run the… [read more]

Make Your Own Bar Soap


As part of a zero trash lifestyle,  I am seeking new and fun ways to come up with items that we currently use that have lots of unnecessary packaging.  Like cosmetics, for example.  A bar of soap in the store will come in a carboard box, wrapped in plastic.  Guess they don’t want it to… [read more]

Make Your Own Toothpaste

make your own toothpaste

Make Your Own Toothpaste There are many ingredients in commercial toothpaste that I do not like giving to my family. Among them are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Flouride. SLS and SLES are esters of Sulphuric acid – SLS is also known as “Sulfuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt”, however there are over 150 different names… [read more]

DIY Natural Deodorant

diy all natural deodorant

We were wonderfully created, and we have sweat glands for a reason.  Our bodies get rid of toxins through our sweat as well as regulate core temperature.  So, why do we add products that block this from happening? Add to this the fact that we absorb whatever is put on our skin, and the idea… [read more]

Making Your Own Hygiene Products


Making Your Own Hygiene Products A big step for us in reducing our trash was tackling the bathroom. Reducing the trash in the bathroom was a hurdle I wasn’t sure I wanted to take on, to be honest, as it required a new thought process of how we handled our daily hygiene.  Again, my teenagers… [read more]

DIY Snack Bags


If you are wanting to use less plastic, and make less trash, sooner or later you will have to give up the ziploc baggies. I know how convenient they are, and how easy they are to grab off the store shelves…but they are trash you really *don’t* need on a daily basis anymore. What would… [read more]

Trash Less Lifestyle- Wants Vs. Needs


Perhaps the most difficult part of this journey is learning to do differentiate between wants and needs. I mean, don’t we need the newest cell phone to stay connected? Don’t we need a new vehicle every few years to stay safe and save on gas and maintenance? Aren’t new clothes every season a must, especially… [read more]