If you’re new to using homemade shampoo, there a few things you need to know before getting started. First, store bought shampoos usually have a pH level of around 5-6, which closely matches your hair’s natural pH. While this is a good thing, it is most often achieved using toxic surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate.Most [...] Continue Reading
With Mother's Day around the corner, I've been on the lookout for a homemade gift idea that doesn't require sewing skills, decoupage, or, um, talent.Fortunately, I came across this gorgeous photo of a this butterfly footprint flower pot and thought "Hey, my five year old could do that . . . maybe I can too!"
Thanks to washable canvases . . [...] Continue Reading
Have you heard that lavender and tea tree oil can cause little boys to grow breasts? Though I've definitely pulled out the lavender for my kids on many occasions and I use tea tree oil in my diaper wipe solution, there have been times when I've held back over concerns about possible estrogenic effects, both for them and myself.Turns out, there [...] Continue Reading
Sweet and tangy with a little kick, this quick BBQ sauce has become a favorite on briskets, ribs, grilled chicken and pulled pork. We also love in these BBQ chicken stuffed sweet potatoes.Sure, you'll find fancier recipes out there: a dash of Worcestershire with a smidge of smoked French salt, subtly flavored by oak barrels once used to age [...] Continue Reading
Amazing Lather? Check!
Simple ingredients? Yep, only three.When it comes to soap, this is probably the easiest recipe you'll ever make. And if you're willing to break a few rules it can one of the most versatile, too. Here's what I mean:Traditionally, soaps are made from 5-7 oils blended to balance cleansing/moisturizing/and lathering [...] Continue Reading
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I'm Heather, aka The Mommypotamus. I’m a wife, mom, real food lover, research geek, and amateur homesteader. And potamus... obviously.