Ahhh, the holidays . . a time to deck the halls, trim the tree, and hide your dirty dishes in the oven when your in-laws stop by for dinner. Oh, and gorge yourself on butter pecan cookies after the kids go to bed.You know I like to DIY everything from deodorant to detergent to shampoo, but there are only so many hours in the day, and this is [...] Continue Reading
Before it was the subject of classified Soviet research, eleuthero was regarded as one of the most precious herbs in the known world by Li Shih-Chen, a 16th century herbalist who compiled the Compendium of Materia Medica. The book, which is still in print, described over 2,000 herbs and 10,000 natural remedies.Of eleuthero, which is also known [...] Continue Reading
"Life is about using the whole box of crayons." ~ Unknown
If you hadn't guessed after seeing the colors pictured in this t-shirt tote bag tutorial, the overall vibe of my house is probably best described as "oh hey, a box of non-toxic crayons exploded on a gray canvas!"I'm also a minimalist by necessity. When Daddypotamus and I bought our [...] Continue Reading
Some things are just meant to go together - snow and mittens, babies and snuggles, and of course Thanksgiving and cranberry sauce.Since the store-bought stuff I loved as a child is pretty much just high fructose corn syrup with a couple of cranberries mixed in, I've been experimenting with different homemade options for years now.This [...] Continue Reading
Note from Mommypotamus: What do scented jelly jars and a tutorial on how to make apple cider vinegar have in common? They're both the subjects of half-written posts sitting in my drafts folder, of course! The jelly jars, which sprouted alien mold and sent colonies to mars, will never see the light of day.Lucky for you, though, Carly of Modern [...] Continue Reading
Brain reboot in 3 . . . 2 . . .That's the caption I posted with this Instagram photo last week, which showed me using an audio-visual entrainment (AVE) device. I was expecting a few jokes about my awkward fashion choices, but instead there were a lot of requests for more information. Can I just say that I love that you all are as nerdy as I [...] Continue Reading
The air is crisp and golden leaves are swirling
. . . outside my living room window, which in my house means it's time for homemade honey-scented beeswax candles, snuggling under our wool comforter to read, chunky sweaters, and of course, a pot of spices simmering on the stove.While I've been tempted to throw on the holiday music and get this [...] 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.