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The top 9 things that I’ve learned from a hippie this year. 10 was too much.

March 19, 2012

I’ve learned a lot this year. Mostly stuff from Pinterest. But all of the other important stuff, I’ve learned from a hippie. And here’s what I’ve learned about learning stuff from a hippie: they have no alternate agenda other than doing things naturally and healthy. Now some things I’ve said thanks hippies, but no thanks (like drinking raw egg yolk from fancy chickens. Note: It HAS to be *fancy* chickens I’m told). My stomach is a delicate little flower and that’s just not happening. But other tips and pointers have really changed our lives.

So as a J.Crew, MAC wearing, Clarisonic, yespleasetoeverythingonShopBop, sort of hippie in training, I’d like to share with you the top 9 things I’ve learned from a hippie this year. It was going to be 10 but I guess I didn’t learn that much.

These are my real life hippie friends.

FOOD: Food rules all. To the hippies, food can kill you and food can cure you. Food can also be your friend and take you shopping and put on makeup with you. Food can watch Say Yes to the Dress with you and not make rude comments about your wedding being 5 years ago. Sorry, off track. I’ve learned that it all starts and ends with your diet. And not just the type of diet you’re on, but how much “whole foods” you are really getting. So stuff that doesn’t come in a box or bag but just came straight from the earth. Like, did you even know that your diet when pregnant can determine how straight your child’s teeth eventually become? I KNOW!

Eat ginger when you’re nauseous

Eat raw garlic when you have a cold (I usually make a pesto)

Eat oats to increase your milk supply

Eat yogurt for yeasty beasties

FAT: Fat is so good for you. Coconut oil is basically the Jesus in a Jar of the hippie world. It will cure your UTI and maybe even AIDS!? Ok probably not AIDS. But it says so here. If you don’t own a jar of this stuff, you need to go buy it this instant. Cook with it, bathe in it, put it in your hair, rub it on your floor and roll around in it. Put it in a dress and take it for a walk. Other fats that are good for you? Bacon fat, lard, straight up butter. Yes. I know. I swear. The solid fats are less likely to turn rancid when cooking at a high temperature. Even olive oil is a no no when cooked super hot. I almost fell over dead when I heard that one. But as a hippie Italian, I’m adjusting.

MAGIC: Ok it’s not magic, but that’s what I sometimes call homeopathics. Trust me when I tell you I was ready to throw in the hippie towel with the naturopath was pressing on my arm to see what G was allergic to. But when he told me to, I cut out the wheat, soy and dairy, G was like a new child. His eczema was gone, his rocket farts were gone and things got a lot happier. Since then, G goes to a homeopathic doctor instead of a pediatrician. This was the best move I could make. He will still call for an x-ray when he thinks G has pneumonia, but won’t prescribe antibiotics unless it’s truly very necessary. Tips: Use chamomile to calm down a crazy ass kid. Use Thuja before vaccines to make them tolerate it a little easier (google it).

PLAY: I’ve learned from my playgroup of hippies that young kids don’t know shit. Ok they know some stuff. But things they don’t know? Sharing. And you know what? They aren’t supposed to. And it’s absurd for us to go running around telling them SHARE YOUR TOYS. They have no concept of that word and just think that they will never ever see their ball again and that Sally Pigtails just STOLE your shit. What we do instead is let them work it out. And you know what? They usually do.

TO THE BALL! Which I will not be sharing.

TRUST YOUR BODY: I read once in a hippie book that when you’re in doubt about your body (like in times of birth), be a monkey. Think with your primal instincts. Your body can do shit that your brain has no idea about. For example, you know how you can’t poop if a hot guy is standing in the bathroom with you? Oh you never tried that? Me neither (…) Doors in public bathrooms have locks and stalls for privacy because our muscles need to feel comfortable and safe to open up. Also no one wants to see your pee hole. The same way your baby shooter does to have a baby. It won’t open up and dilate easily  if you are under a billion bright lights, with people reaching up there and machines clanging away. But go in a quiet, dim, private area and feel safe and comfortable and BAM all systems are a go. Just like your pooper. Like a monkey pooper.

YES: I read this blog Play at Home Mom. And she posts pictures of the things she says yes to when her kids ask. Things like a 15 month old climbing a rock wall over a stream or a 2 year old playing in a mud puddle in January. Or spraying shaving cream all over the garage so her kids can roll around in it like pigs. At first I was like, OH NO I’M NOT. But her philosophy is that your kids learn better by doing themselves  than being told. Like that kid will learn that it’s damn cold in water in January. But also, kids are kids for only so long and the more times you can say yes to them the better. You’ll forget about the mess.


CHEMICALS: Dude, they are everywhere. And doubledude, they are bad for you. OK I know that’s vague. Like air freshner is maybe the worst invention ever. Make your own cleaners. I just made a few of these and they work better than the 9 dollar bottle of “natural” cleaner I was buying at whole foods.

ORGANICS: Follow the dirty dozen. I’ve heard many hippies laugh at us who buy organic onions. I know, we’re so DUMB.

SWEET and BRIGHT: Do not, no matter what ever never use artificial sweetners and try your best to avoid artificial dyes. That goes for Splenda, Equal and any other alien chemical that tastes sweet. And I don’t just mean don’t sprinkle it. Diet Coke and the like is bad too. If you need it just use regular sugar. It comes from the earth. Don’t eat it by the spoonful like an idiot.  Splenda chemically has more in common with a pesticide than sugar. And trust, if someone told me this when I was depending on coffee to live my life, I would have slapped their face with my ass. So you can do that to me if you want. There is evidence that food dyes lead to behavioral disorders, especially in kids. You can research this one if you’re interested. I know you’ll be all pissy about this one..


So to wrap up my hippie education, I think I’ve learned that ultimately, just try and keep things as caveman as possible. Not sure about that twinkie? Cavemen didn’t have them. Don’t think your vagina can fit a baby head? Cavewomen’s did (and so does like every other woman, so chill). Not sure if you should buy that turquoise J.Crew Bubble Necklace? A caveman totally would have.

See? works every time.

Please share your own hippie tricks in the comments. I can always use more. And don’t shoot the  messenger. I didn’t invent it. I just learned it from a hippie.




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  • Theresa March 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    It’s ironic that that’s a photo of your healthy hippy friends – do they realize that those play mats have dangerous chemicals in them? :) http://www.safbaby.com/the-latest-on-eva-foam-puzzle-mats-and-why-theyre-still-not-safe-for-your-baby

    • MODG March 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      That was G’s birthday party. I put the mats out.

      Here’s the thing. I feel like when someone claims that they are a hippie, or a vegan, or whatever, people are quick to be like BUT YOU WEAR LEATHER SHOES. Or…well you ate a tomato and it wasn’t organic! You are a giant hypocrite.

      No one is perfect. We all do the best we can. I’m still learning and I don’t know everything. But we try to do the right thing as often as possible.

      Follow the 80/20 rule.

      • Lolo April 3, 2012 at 1:45 am

        The 80/20 rule is a good rule to follow. And I think you are definitely doing something right :)

    • Rama March 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Seriously, that’s the first thing you’re going to say after a great post like this? Hopefully, you were being sarcastic/ironical. Great post, will def be reposting (not launched yet) in the future!!


  • kelly @Dare to be Domestic March 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    three cheers for hippie logic. I’m slowly trying to intro this stuff in our house. I don’t have a child yet but my husband is worried he might end up with a granola wife…. what does he know granola is delicious! 😉

    In all seriously I think you are taking the perfectly logical steps for yourself and G with your diet and mentality. Chemicals are the worst and I love this new mentality of making something from what you have a home that is safer and better for your body and your families! :)

  • Renee March 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Great list of “learned things”!
    An awesome book for those having a hard time wrapping their minds around the whole “fat is good for you” idea, Nourishing Traditions. Totally changed my life and my entire approach towards whole foods vs. artificial things like margarine. Read how margarine is made and you’ll never touch the stuff again.


    • April March 24, 2012 at 12:17 am

      I love Nourishing Traditions!! I just got it from Amazon and haven’t been able to put it down.

  • lbterp March 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    On the subject of food, you should check out The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Such a wonderful book that promotes locally grown foods and a generally well rounded diet. All my hippie friends loved it. Didn’t really match up with my deep fried food diet, but I’ll live.

    • Hyperballad March 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Yes! There are certain foodstuffs that are not negotiable for me after reading that book.

      It is incredibly insightful and I now actually research what I eat and where it comes from. I am so grossed out and angry at supermarkets that myself and my partner are switching over to veg, fruit, meat and dairy from a service that pools together a bunch of farms produce.

  • Krista March 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Good stuff. I like the idea of being a partial hippie or hippie in training. I’m all about natural birth (especially the “monkey” thing and Ina May’s sphincter law), just switched to cloth diapers and cleaned my whole bathroom with nothing but baking soda. Things I’m not on board with – straight garlic for sickness. The only people I know who do this are actually sick more than me, so I’m not sure it’s working. That being said, I definitely think natural remedies are worth a shot and will turn deaf in the presence whose first idea for anything is antibiotics.

  • Monique March 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I love that picture of G running after the ball

  • Gini March 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    YES. Awesome in my FACE. Thank you! I’m an aspiring hippie J.Crew mom (well…maybe more like Anthropologie) incubating a little organic nugget with a skeptical hubs. I need all the helpful, condensed ammo I can get.

  • Desiree March 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    “There is evidence that food dyes lead to behavioral disorders, especially in kids. You can research this one if you’re interested. I know you’ll be all pissy about this one..” Beyond pissy about this one…especially when other countries BAN dyes in their foods. I never thought I would stay awake at night worrying about the food my child is consuming. I am beyond frustrated that the US is so behind on food education (I know…it’s getting better…but when the heck did it get so bad!?!?).

    p.s. did you know that M&M supposedly makes dye free M&M’s for countries who ban dyes in their foods?? 1 billion points, if you can send me to a place where I can buy that online …can’t find it anywhere. It makes me super pissy that you can’t buy that here in the US (or at least I haven’t found a place where you can).

    • Sara March 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Maybe you have read this article… It made me furious! I cannot believe companies produce different foods for different countries. It is terrible.


    • Sarah Hoxit March 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Not at all scoffing, as i do NOT doubt they are better for you without the dye, but I am cracking up picturing M&M that aren’t dyed. I can’t imagine anything less fun. Like, many shades of beige? LOL

      • Kmama March 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

        Actually, dye free M&Ms would be really pretty because natural food dyes exist. Check out Sunspire brand to see what they look like. We use them for our potty learners. :)

      • Amanda March 23, 2012 at 3:54 am

        I’m an American living in the UK. I haven’t checked out the M&Ms here but they have a British brand which is pretty close which uses vegetable dyes. I believe beet root dye is a particular favorite.

  • Karena March 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I’ve recently turned hippie myself and I still can’t believe that I used to eat fast food DAILY (ok, who am I kidding, 3 times a day) once upon a time. Now I use coconut oil instead of face moisturizer (haven’t had a pimple in a month), and well all over my body and in my frying pan too. My fridge and freezer look like a garden, and I have $30 menuka honey (if you aren’t buying this, research it and BUY IT, it’s amazing) on my kitchen counter. Bottom line, being a hippy is really easy and so much better.

    I do need some advice though. I share custody of my 6 year old with me ex, who feeds my son nothing but fast food crap when he’s there, doesn’t brush his teeth (ever), etc, etc. How do I get him to stop giving the kiddo processed crap??

    • Wendy March 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Don’t act like it is a big deal what your son eats. Your ex is probably getting a certain amount of sadistic fun everytime he takes your son to a fast food restaurant because he knows how much it pisses you off.

      • CeeC March 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        Also, let your husband pay for the dentist bill and go to Dr’s appts. (by 2 they should be checked out, some already have cavities).

    • Route66Kicks June 3, 2012 at 1:38 am

      Since chemical-laden fast food would be someone’s choice for your dear child, perhaps you’d like to get a Dr.’s dietary recommendation, pack a Care packaged meal or two fit for a human being to send along for your bundle of joy, and act like it’s no big deal around your ex – so that he would have to find other buttons to push….the epitomy of act, not react…

  • Kerri March 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Sounds like your family has taken a semi- paleo approach to food. My boyfriend and I switched about 2 months ago, and sometimes we slip up but diet plays a HUGE role! So glad to see moms are taking this approach,parents pump their kids full of crap. Don’t have kids yet, but when I do I will be a hippie mom. Natural foods and everything else FTW!

  • Lynet March 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    holy balls you’re hilarious. slap their face with my ass? yes please….

  • elle March 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Yep we pretty much follow all of the above. One thing I love is chiropractics…everyone thought we were nuts taking our baby to one so young (like a month old and since then) but it helped SO MUCH. doc wanted to put him on antacids for mild reflux, I said no way, went to a chiro who saw his c1 vertabra was out, pushed it back in SUPER gentle and bam…no more spit up and he slept thru the night ever since.

    • Ann March 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      It is amazing how much chiropratics can do for you – I go to mine once every other month or so just for maintenance, but he has saved my life on more than one occasion when I have had something out of whack – my friends take meds for pains like that, but I just get an adjustment or two and I am all set. I would have taken my baby there in a heartbeat if she had cholic or any issues at all. Almost took her for her ear infections but then they cleared up. It makes so much sense if you understand it! I will absolutely take my daughter to my chiro someday!

  • Jen March 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Amen on the not expecting itty bitty kids to understand the very abstract concept of sharing. Adults can barely do it. REDIRECT! And we will all be happier.

  • ElisaM March 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I LOVE Play At Home Mom! My hippie tip is to have a garden. Even if it is an itty bitty one with some herbs (the legal kind, thankyouverymuch). Your kid will love digging in the dirt, and you will love feeding them organic, home grown foods. I have a black thumb when it comes to houseplants but even I can grow tomatoes, potatoes, basil, and peas. Plus little kids love to eat peas fresh. Peace out.

  • Steph March 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Hey MODG, I’m an aspiring hippie too. I’ve got an appointment for myself with a naturopath this week and am going to take the boy in next week (he has eczema like your G did, and I’ve got a whole litany of complaints). Anyway, I have no idea what she’s going to do for me, but I was looking back at your hippie-related posts and found the one on the GAPS diet. I’ve been reading about that lately–what did you think of it? Are you still on it? Or did it make you want to murder people in the face? Thanks!

  • Lisa March 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Dude, either you forgot this one, or you are learning from FAIL HIPPIES, but sunshine is the best bleach ever. Tomatoe sauce stain your Tupperware? Put it in the sun. Child’s butt unleashes holy hell uncontainable by any diaper? Put that stained onesie in the sun, son.

    The sun is made of magic and gets rid of stains better than any cleaner. Fact.

  • Julie R. March 19, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Awesome list! Any advice on how to convince non-hippie friends how is this shit all is?

  • Alyssa March 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I have to say…I believe the theory on food dyes and behavior issues and my three year old eats completely organic/natural foods, is soy and gluten free…and it doesn’t help. He has a sensory disorder which makes him seems like a wild, uncontrollable ass but he really has a problem processing sounds, lights, textures, and even has trouble processing emotion. He cant process anger and sadness, he is affectionate and cuddly and never has been, but if I have one more person (hippie or not) that I could CHANGE my son if I fed him better, I might just punch a puppy.

    • MODG March 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      no, I don’t think that eliminating those foods will change any child. But I think never giving them in the first place may give a kid a better chance. And you know what? I could be totally wrong. But I don’t think it hurts to eliminate them any way.

      • Alyssa March 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        I completely agree with you! I realize what an asshat I sounded like. Sometimes people (doctors, people) assume I must be pumping my kid full of crap to make him that way. They just want I’m to be “normal” and behave. It sucks being on the losing end of the hippie train!

        • Erin March 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm

          Alyssa, have you tried NAET.com? It’s def for hippies and seems really weird but I swear it works. They treat everything but have been known to really work on kids with behavioral/sensory issues. I originally found out about it from a doctor who had 3 autistic sons. It worked for him and he’s not a hippie! It changed mine and my son’s life. Also helped me get pregnant when fertility couldn’t!

    • mamamcplaza March 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Alyssa- I have 2 nephews with Sensory Integration Disorder. Let me tell you I will never walk into a room with a small child and get in their face and try to touch them again! It is frustrating and overwhelming, but super awesome when you learn all the movement etc. therapy that works so well. The best thing I ever saw was the brushing therapy…worked awesome. Both kids were fully integrated into regular school (and clothes with tags) by kindergarten. Hang in there!!

  • Sarah K. March 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I never used to ride the hippie train, but I tell you the more I read and take the time to learn about, the more on board I am. When I take the time to read the ingredients of the stuff that I put in my body, I realize there is so much that I can’t even pronounce. (While I don’t think I’m super smart, I can definitely read large words LOL). I have heard all the arguments about thinks being too expensive and I’ve used them too. I imagine if keep allowing my family to eat crap and chemicals I’ll spend way more money on health bills later on in life. No thanks….

    I can’t go back and change what I’ve already done, but I can change what I do from here on forward. Even if I have to stop eating cereal marshmallows. :-I

    • Katie R-G March 20, 2012 at 7:46 am

      FYI, they have organic, vegan cereal marshmallows that taste just as nasty as the real thing. Enjoy!

  • Morgan March 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Nothing hippie, just an observation: looks like G is giving a massive middle finger to the ” you must share” world as he charges for the ball. Totally your kid.

  • Jen @ Caved In March 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    So I’m definitely NOT a hippie but I’m all about having a healthier, less wasteful life. These are great tips if you don’t take them to a psycho-obsessive level. We try to stick to the idea that if my great grandma read the ingredients and doesn’t recognize it, it’s not food. That works like 90% of the time.

  • Paula March 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Yes!! I’d say ~most~ chiropractors are hippies disguised as yuppies. Don’t be fooled by a tie and hair gel. I’m a chiropractor and me and the great majority of my colleagues agree with what you wrote AND we have more hippie juju love info to give with moms, dads and pregos.

  • Anon March 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Off topic I know, but I’ve searched everywhere. Is there still a place to list wana needs, and haves here?

    • Meg U. March 19, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      i think she took it down because it wasnt working or something but is going to put it back up :)

  • julie s. March 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    The only additional hippie trick I do could just be added to “ORGANICS”…grow as much of your own food as possible! Even if it’s just some tomatoes and peppers in patio containers. It doesn’t get more organic than that. Unless, of course, you choose to spray chemicals all over your plants…that’s just dumb.

  • Leigh March 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    My only concern with homeopathy, especially for babies, is that their is no consistent licensing requirements nationally for these practitioners, so their scientific knowledge and general competence could vary wildly state to state. Certainly pediatricians vary in quality and knowledge, but I just the practice you are using is transparent about the professionals’ training, etc. Milk/soy protein allergies seem increasingly common in infants, as do wheat intolerances, so I hope you would have received the same advice from an MD. It should have been their first suggestion in figuring out what was making G so unhappy.

    Also, there’s a horrible birth complication in the developing world called obstetric fistula, which is when the baby cannot pass through the birth canal naturally (because of positioning, size, etc.) and due to lack of adequate medical facilities, women are left permanently disabled and the babies can die during long, blocked labors. It has been eliminated in countries like the US where medical interventions and medical professionals are easily accessible, but I worked for an organization in Tanzania (East Africa) committed to eradicating it there. I say this only to (I hope, gently, but I am probably being too much of a smarty pants) counter the reality that all women since we were living it up in caves can have a successful, natural birth. I love this blog and your blend of parenting approaches and styles so though the hippie thing is working well the return to pre-modern times is not always a good thing! Especially since there’s no Say Yes to the Dress there! My favorite!

    • MODG March 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      I will say this: I went to children’s hospital of Philadelphia, 3 pediatric GI’s, 4 pediatricians and an allergist and every one of them told me to switch to formula. The homeopath was the only one that could tell me what the problem is. He also didn’t have a milk/soy allergy. He was intolerant to wheat, dairy and soy.

      despite many rare conditions out there, I truly do believe that most women can have a natural birth if they put themselves in the right scenario to do so. I understand that there are exceptions, however the unnecessary interventions that are way too often taken in our medical community can ruin this chance (as they did for me). I really don’t see anything positive from telling women “hey you can probably have a natural birth…but your baby may get stuck and you’ll die” Women need to feel more empowered about birth and more comfortable with what their own body can do. And any trained midwife can help them with the expertise they would need in case of an emergency.
      I believe in medicine and doctors. We need them. But we don’t ALWAYS need them.

      • Leigh March 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

        I agree with you about making women feel more empowered about childbirth. My personal experience is that I had a c-section due to a recurrent back injury, and part of the reason for the section was because the hospital I delivered in was highly interventionist, and I knew I wouldnnot have the flexibility to deliver in different positions that might have minimized the back problem. I just reacted to the framing that birth is going to be without complications if we just put our minds to it, based on my work overseas. It is actually not that rare a condition, and it is directly related to medical access.

        I am bummed for you that you went to all those docs and didn’t get the right help. That is really outrageous. You’re right, I should have said intolerance, not allergy. That is what I meant. All my nephews have had it. It is really hard on new babes and new parents.

  • Kathy Mikulis March 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I like this post but am surprised that group of moms is on a set of foam letters. Most of those (except for a few brands) have cancer-causing chemicals. (We returned our Imaginarium/Toys R Us ones which are the most commonly found ones.) Anyway, I had to point out the irony and make you hippie moms all worry. :) I agree with almost all your points. I believe in all organic produce for my babies, at least when possible.

    • MODG March 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      see my response to the first comment

  • Kelly March 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I love this, I am definitely going to send my husband who is afraid of hippies to your site. Can you do a post on your vaccine schedule and how did you find your homeopathic doctor?

    • MODG March 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      we are on Dr Bob’s alternate schedule. I really am hesitant to do an entire post on vaccines as I really don’t want a full out war

      • Katie R-G March 20, 2012 at 7:56 am

        PBS is airing a vaccine show on Frontline tonight at 10pm (in the Philly/South Jersey market). I feel like I’ve just vaccinated by daughters because that’s what the “norm” is in my circle, but my husband and I both question it and worry and will be looking further into our options before the next kid.

        • Krista March 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

          The Frontline piece on vaccines is very informative, objective and realistic. I have watched it twice and while I can’t promise 100% that you won’t have some questions after watching, I can almost guarantee that you won’t question your decision to vaccinate your daughters. It is also available for instant streaming on Netflix.

      • Ashley March 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        I would LOVE for you to do a post on delayed vax/non vax

      • Brittany March 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

        I’ve been told I will be a horrible mother because I will be spreading out vaccines for our future children. This is always BEFORE people find out I am allergic to the meningitis vaccine, as is my husband (who is also allergic to penicillin). If they give them three at once, how do I know what causes the reaction? I don’t. Hence, spreading out vaccines.

        • rae March 21, 2012 at 11:06 am

          how will this delayed schedule work when you take him to preschool? they require vaccinations …

          • Brittany March 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm

            Delayed vaccinations are just that. Delayed. Not the same a non-vaxing.

            Babies on a delayed schedule should be caught up with the ‘necessary’ vaccines by preschool age. There is also usually a waiver in most states that you can have notarized that you are against or opting out of certain/all vaccines. Mine is signed by my doc and on file at daycare.

            And yes, I would really like to see a post on your views on vaccination, but given that it’s such a touchy subject you might open a whole can of worms you didn’t intend to.

          • MODG March 22, 2012 at 10:10 am

            not all preschools do. In fact most I’ve looked into don’t even ask.

  • Analyn March 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog forever and love it more knowing you’re a fellow hippie!! My suggestion would be, find a local farm and get some raw milk! Legal in PA, if we can get all the hippies to vote Ron Paul, maybe we can keep it that way!!

    • ellabean March 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Appreciate all of the hippy tips, but just had to respond to the Ron Paul comment– sorry to derail the post!– but if you care about controlling your own body, do NOT vote for Ron Paul! He’s all about liberty– except when it comes to women making decisions about their bodies.

      • Analyn March 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm

        Personally I think that is a public safety issue as I do not think we should ever have the right to murder if that is what you are referencing. As for the other candidates, they would give me the right to choose to kill an innocent but deny me the right to drink straight from a cow or even choose what I feed my children. (Not to turn this into a raging political/religious battle, just had to return my thoughts as I feel passionately about this!)

  • Kelley March 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Yes yes & yes please! We do so many of the above, and since my daughter was born I have become way more conscious of what is in our food and where it comes from. I tried to cut out diet coke this year, did pretty well for a month or so, but have totally fallen off the wagon. I am better in that I don’t drink as much. My goal is by the time A is old enough to want to do the things I do, I won’t be doing too many things that I don’t want her to do (I said do do a lot in that sentence). Like drink diet coke and eat processed foods. We’re expanding the garden this year, use cloth diapers, and slowly phasing out chemical cleaners for baking soda and vinegar. One step at a time.

  • Meg@Green Motherhood March 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Oh MODG! Why has it taken so long for us to find each other? Well I guess for me to find you, as I am still just a teeny tiny mommy blog.
    I am a granola loving hippie, and still learning so much too! My daughter is gluten soy and dairy intolerant as well and honestly, it’s been the best thing for all of us. We eat very little processed foods because of it. I just found out about the olive oil at high temps thing. It seems there is always something to learn.
    We also prefer a holistic doc as I feel they can actually be proactive about our medical needs and not just reactive. But we do have a ped who is supportive of my wishes, especially concerning vaccine schedules.
    I will say, being a hippie mom takes a bit more time and effort to research medical options, allergy free recipes, and find medical professionals you trust, but I totally think that it pays off in the long run. My little lady is, thankfully, very healthy (which means less time and money at the doctor!)
    Thank you for sharing the news that hippie moms are helpful people! (ok, there are some weirdos out there, but most of us are really nice! I’m more of a Gap hippie myself, but that’s cause I’m cheap)

  • Allissa March 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Dont forget Doulas!! We’re the happy place in the hippie world of pregnancy, which you obviously know based on your amazing doula post a while back.

  • Marita March 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks for such an inspiring post! Do you have any favorite books or blogs for pregnancy/birthing and raising a child the Hippie way?

    • MODG March 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      childbirth: anything by Ina May

      • Jell Jell @ I'll Sleep When They're Grown March 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

        YES to Ina May! That book made me feel like I could have the happiest, most pleasurable labor. And is there anything better (read: crazier) than that pic of a face-first baby coming out of a cooter? I might’ve shown that to everyone when I was telling them about what I pictured for myself in the delivery room. Well, except for that. That was mostly funny.

  • Lacey March 19, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I agree with pretty much all you have here… I just have such a hard time living it! Especially all the food rules. I do better with the food I give J than the food I eat myself. Why is that? Why can’t I just snack on a pear and some peppers with hummus, too? For me the worst part is the grains, I love me some carbs. I know they processed like crazy, but I just don’t have the time to make my own bread or pasta. Hell, I don’t even have time to vacuum or shower (not that I would shower, if I did have the time. ha!).

    I don’t get your coffee reference… there is no artificial dyes or colors in coffee. Am I missing something?

    Anther thing I have a hard time making the switch to is using straight up butter. It is hard to block out all the bad horrible terrible things that used to be said about it. I’m trying to use it more, but there is part of me that is freaking out that it will make me fat (fatter, let’s be honest) and will wreck my cholesterol.

    Also, what is your stance on milk? I recently upped my nonfat to 2%, but part of my wonders if I shouldn’t go all the way to whole milk. Less processing and all that, after all.

    I love the whole ‘let the kids work it out’ thing, but kind of have a hard time with it, because other parents are always meddling. How do you (politely) get other parents on board with letting the kids figure it out themselves?

    Wow, longest comment ever. With waaay too many questions.

    Hippie foods and sparkle necklaces,

    • Brittany March 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I think the coffee reference was in regards to artificial sweeteners, such as the Splenda she mentioned.

  • Keely March 20, 2012 at 7:16 am

    I’ve been eating paleo for a little over 7 months now – best decision ever. I get sick every year around Christmas EXCEPT THIS ONE because I was a giant ball of wholesome-disease-fighting-goodness! There are infinity great blogs out there with paleo recipes so you can still have delicious treats (like last night when I stirred almond butter, organic cocoa, and vanilla almond milk together, dipped my banana in that shit and nearly lost a vocal chord I was ‘mmming’ so hard. Pinterest also has great idea (obviously) if you search ‘paleo’. Happy Hippieness,


  • Bryna March 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

    What are your suggestions for feeding your picky eater while maintaining your hippie standards? Unfortunately my 3 yr old has been a picky eater his entire life and will only eat certain things. We are JUST now at the phase where he will actually put a veggie to his tongue, but then quickly pull it away insisting he does not like it. So he eats the same things every day, all day. All organic when possible (we live in Japan, so it is hard to know what we get when we buy local). Tasty brand cereal bars are organic and have veggies in them. They are really good, too. I buy those in bulk off of Amazon. And organic sausage in any form… manna from heaven for my little guy.

    Any other suggestions? What are your go-to convenience foods for your picky eater that are still hippie certified?

    • Tamara March 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Bryna- my 6 year old went through that and now my 3 year old is there. We decided on a tactic with my 6 year old that worked wonders, and we’re about to start it with my 3 year old as well. The deal is, if they don’t eat it for dinner, they get it for breakfast. If they don’t eat it for breakfast… well, there’s always snack, or lunch or… You get the point. It is a bit of an extreme measure. but it only took 2 times for her to decide that some meals are WAY more palatable at dinner time rather than at breakfast when the rest of the fmaily is easting warm steamy oatmeal! We also tell them “you don’t actually have to LOVE it to eat it. Sometimes we just eat things cause it’s good for us. ” And “taste buds change!” as my 6 year old now states. :)

  • Jenny Vater March 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I love this post. A friend shared this on facebook. I am still learning a lot from my hippie friends. I still have a long way to go even though my sibs think I am a hippie, they have lots to learn yet too!Thanks for sharing your humor and your knowledge. I now need to go back through your article and click on all the links!

  • Jana C March 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for this! I don’t remember how I discovered your blog, but it made me laugh a couple months ago, so I kept reading it.And it kept making me laugh nd stuff so.. here I am, commenting finally!
    It’s really great to *meet* other hippies in training! Ever since I had my little girl (7 months now!) I have been slowly realizing how many weird chemicals are in EVERYTHING, and how not-so-great our eating habits are… it’s always great to learn more from your blog cause most of my training is coming from Sir Internet. And my brother’s girlfriend, but she’s too far away, so we just encourage each other over facebook to stop using shampoo, and grow a garden and things like that. (That’s right. I said it. No Shampoo. I thought it was a crazy thing too, but then I read the internet, and started using baking soda + water instead, and after a couple weeks of feeling gross and wanting to give up, it magically started working! magic, I tell you. Ok, sorry about the rambling, now I’ve gotta go check out some of your links there. Hope you have a good day! Nice to meet your blog.

  • melissa March 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

    off topic – you use the clarisonic? how is it? I’ve been about the pull the trigger for weeks.

  • NSC March 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Its amazing…my hubs has been telling me for years to stay away from margarine, and to cook with butter and lard. I find food tastes WAY better, after growing up on margarine.

    I find that “natural” food costs a ton where I live. I’m wheat and dairy free, and I pay through the nose for almond milk, noodles, and flour…and I find it difficult to come up with “normal” meals without using dairy or wheat. I’m trying to stay away from soy as well, and my baby won’t tolerate ANY tomato sauce. And all the hippie meals I find online are too adventurous for my 50’s food style husband.

    I’ll get there someday.

  • Sarah Hoxit March 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I am super intrigued by this whole coconut oil bidness. What one should I buy? Guide me, oh sagely MODG-Y pants! Are you telling me that I buy one tub of this jazz and both smear it on my skin AND cook with it? Imagine the weird looks my huzz would shoot in my directions as I am cooking up dinner and grabbing a glob of the grease from the pot and rubbing it into my elbows? That’s sounds like a good time to me. And what is the Hippie ruling on Car Bombs? Because I did about 50 of them over the weekend.

    • Karena March 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      I get my coconut oil (NOT the expeller pressed, but the 100% organic extra-virgin stuff) on Amazon.com, but I’m sure they also carry it at Mother’s and Whole Foods. It really is magic, although my boyfriend thinks I’m crazy for “rubbing butter on my face”. Ha!

      Also, small bit of info I recently researched, the “organic” food at Whole Foods isn’t actually entirely organic. Go local farmer grown!

  • Kara March 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

    As a fellow hippie mom in training, thanks for sharing what you’ve learned! Have you seen Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say? It is written by a crunchy mama and is pretty funny (and accurate). A year ago I couldn’t imagine some of that stuff coming out of my mouth… Oh how babies change us!


    • Tamara April 29, 2012 at 1:52 am

      Ok this blog post was the last straw for me. I keep hearing about coconut oil, so I finally bought some. But, I’m scared to use it on my food. It makes everything smell like coconut, which is great when i’m making french toast, but what about curry?

  • Jennifer (take the day off) March 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I have been drinking diet coke since I was in diapers—literally. I have a picture of my mom sharing hers with me and I have been hooked ever since. I have cut way back but I still have to have one with certain foods…like Mexican food…and anything salty. So what do the Hippies say about the dangers of Diet Coke??? I am definitely willing to listen. Convince me, Hippies!

    • Stormy March 21, 2012 at 10:03 am


      I have worked in a health food store/natural pharmacy for over a decade and it is unsettling the amount of people who have MS and who are also huge diet pop drinkers. Read the link it will BLOW your mind! =)

    • jules March 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm


      I was a diet coke, ADDICT for years! In college, I would drink a full 24 oz. diet coke BEFORE class, and then anotherDURING class (it was my way of rewarding myself for sitting through class, and I could tell how much class was left based on the level of diet coke in my cup… I know i’m insane)

      I quit diet coke and all soda really for that matter about 4 months ago. If i have a super upset stomach and can’t get to anything natural or sparkling, I will reach for a regular coke over a diet coke. P.S. sparkling water has been my savior in quitting soda! I am a huge fan of La Croix

      A few weeks ago, I was EXHAUSTED at work, and had to go to another work function till late at night. My only option at that point was the coke machine. I didn’t want to regular coke, since i wasn’t feeling queasy, so I went for a coke zero. BIG MISTAKE. I spent the next four hours praying that I wouldn’t throw up or explode. I felt so so SICK! The chemicals and artificial sweeteners did such a number on me,and the caffeine made me feel like I was having heart palpitations. I had to chug water for an hour to finally start feeling normal. I will NEVER touch Diet Coke again! If it made me feel that sick after being “clean” for so long (as well as me eating super clean and healthy) I didn’t even want to think about the negative effects it had over time. Hope this helps!

  • Lauren March 20, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I love this list! I’m a total wannabe hippie, too.

  • Christa March 20, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Hi Modg!
    New reader here. Loves this post – how did you find your homeopathic doctor for G? We live in Chicago (little man is 19 months) and there are elevendy-hundred of them out here, all with the same $80 ad on Google. I have no idea where to start. Very few of these jokers are featured on yelp, and they are all jokers until I feel they can be trusted with the health of my progeny. Any advice you can offer would be tits.
    Thanks Modg!

  • Ashley March 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Good start!! Apple cider vinegar daily. Breast milk and silver sol cure ear infections. No need for antibiotics for ear infections. Real hippie babies go to the chiropractor. Vinegar in the wash acts as fabric softener. Tea tree oil in the diaper pail and even on the pets for fleas and ticks. Or neem oil. Lots of natural remedies for your pets. Commercial stuff is POISON! You don’t want it on your pet or your kid touching your pet. Oil of oregano to help boost immunes system- use it on the bottom of baby’s feet when getting sick. Coconut oil and oregano oil are like God in my hippie community. Every day mineral make up. Grass fed meat. Wild fish. Winston A. Price- Your guide to the best eating and best teeth. Coconut oil can also help diaper rash, but cloth diaper moms don’t really deal with hat. Hmm..thats a start . My daughter is 1 next week and has never had medicine (Tylenol once). Agree on the avoid red dyes and commercial dairy. Drink raw. Dont use a microwave.

    • Elizabeth March 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      My cloth diapered baby gets rashes. My only complaint with hippies are how extreme they can be. Love the 80/20 rule. Totally set ourselves up for failure by trying to be perfect. Also live the fact that my now one yr old has chewed the mess out of our damn foam playmat. Apparently he’ll be dead by the age of 5 according to the super hippies with no life that have time to research every dang toy on the face of the planet. Seriously, way to ruin a great post!

  • Ashley March 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

    you can clena your toilet with baking powder and brush your teeth with it! One stop shop for your bathroom. Deoderant is bad.

  • Ashley March 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    have you seen this?
    One of my hippie friends hared it with me a while back. This will make you sick. We now try to avoid all nestle products, which includes ALL Gerber. Its horrible…just horrible what American formula companies do.

    • Amk March 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Horrible!!! I hate that mega companies take advantage of underprivileged people for their own gain. Sickening!

  • Annalisa March 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I love this post! I think so much of my parenting (and birthing experience) was incredibly intuitive and the more natural you get, the less complicated it gets. This goes for everything from eating, sleeping, play, etc. When I see a new mom who asks questions, I always suggest to 1) have a pediatrician that listens to you, gives you time, and that you like. If you don’t like this person, I think child rearing gets more difficult. and 2) having a baby is as easy or as complicated as you make it — for the most part, kids fall into their own schedules, choose to eat foods that are wholesome, etc. Don’t stress – they do most of it on their own.

    I also agree that sharing is BS. I think it’s BS in general. I don’t share with most people – especially strangers — why do we make our kids?

    Lastly, I recently got corrected on the term ‘hippy’ from a hippy. Apparently, hippies have gotten all PC and prefer ‘crunchy’. The term hippy comes from obviously the 60s and 70s when hippies were hypocrites and therefore modern hippies do not feel like they are hypocrites. Or something like that. The way I got lectured felt like I sort of used a negative racial term — and it was after the library’s story time. Sometimes being around other parents is so hard and awkward and feels like high school all over again.

  • Newlyweds ona Budget (@NewlywedsBudget) March 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    is there a book that I can read or any websites you recommend to get more information? I feel so overwhelmed when I start googling. I need like a beginner’s guide to going hippie. Thanks!

  • Sarah DeClerk March 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I married a chiropractor so now I totally consider myself a hippy!! Since we have been married (and getting regular adjustments) I swear I have been much healthier and never get sick.. Hopefully this is a correlation from his magic hands and not just placebo effect but either way- I’m a happy granola/quinoa eating girl!

  • Becca March 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Dude… I was right with you until the homeopathy. As Tim Minchin points out, alternative medicine that has actually been proven to work is simply called… Medicine.

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  • Lessons in Life and Light March 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    How am I JUST finding your blog? (My friend, Ashley sent me.) You’re awesome and I am LOVING this post!

  • Tara March 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Hilarious! :)
    To add to your list,
    Moon cup/diva cup and Mama cloth.
    Honoring our daughter’s first Menarche with a celebration.

  • Sayward March 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Oh yeah, I’m definitely a hippie. Born and raised, I grew up attending drum circles in OJAI (hippies recognize!) where old ass people danced around in river beds. Good times.

    Then I rebelled into chain-smoking McDonalds-eating alcoholism for a decade or so.

    Now I’m a mom and very much a hippie again. I love that you’re spreading the natural love, but I just wanted to say that it seems like your friends only represent one *sect* of the hippie world . . . not everybody drinks the Weston Price kool aid! *ahem*

    Though I do agree that fat is rad. So are you making your own sauerkraut yet??

  • Ashley March 20, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I shared this post with my hippie mom group and I cant believe i forgot to mention before- MAMA CLOTH! haha. your pee hole will thank you. And lunette cups.

  • Stacie March 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I am a card carrying hippie and proud of it. Though I still wear Tory Burch shoes and love anything Jcrew! I am rearing two children to call out McDonalds as “poison” and to respect their bodies. I always say the one thing you can never get back is health! If you trash it, then it is gone. So, I strive to set a wonderful foundation of good health for my kids.
    For me, good health is great probiotics, fermented cod liver oil, apple cider vinegar, a paleo-ish diet, coconut oil, and lots of outdoor time. I also minimally vax my kids. Don’t bother replying under this how terrible I am. I had a massive reaction to a vaccine as did my husband. So, we vax our children based off what is best for them in the long run not what is best for the CDC or some random person and their opinions!
    Out of two children, the oldest being nearly four, we’ve been on antibiotics once and been sick a total of four times. My children are bright, healthy, and very happy!
    We have LOST common sense in this country. My mother has taught school for 25 years and she/her fellow teachers are appalled at being in the trenches how children truly CANNOT sit still to learn. We mass consume food that doesn’t fulfill us because it is lacking nutrients so we eat and eat and eat trying to “fill” a need. We numb ourselves with TV that requires no thought or brainpower whereas our grandparents spent their evenings playing gin or solitaire and reading. We think a 99 cent hamburger is a “deal” when you can’t even buy a lb. of Walmart hamburger meat for a $1.00 so what makes you think that 99 cent hamburger is MEAT?
    I am happy you make hippies look cool. I hope more people catch on to the crunchy wave and come aboard! :)

  • Stephanie March 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Loving this site! I was referred here on facebook from an old high school friend. :) Funny how all that life in between age 18 and 30 brings people together again.
    I’ve been trying to live life a bit cleaner everyday and I love the way my house smells when truly clean and without artificial scents that make me sneeze.
    I’m battling a community problem right now…there’s a garbage pyrolysis gasification plant that’s been approved for a site 3 miles from my house. I feel like it won’t matter what we eat or use to clean our house if that plant goes in. I’m trying to stay positive, advocate for my family and neighbors, put signs in my yard, etc. but I’m really afraid. I don’t want to rush into selling our family home but it’s certainly on my mind.
    Sorry if this is not the place to talk about this. I hoped to find some advice here.
    Thanks again for such an awesome post and thoughful tips. I really enjoyed reading it!

  • Stormy March 21, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I recently attended a blessingway (if you don’t know what this is google it they are super cool and every pregnant lady should/deserves one!) and after I explained it to him he still had that dumb look on his face but also one of OMG I am married to this lady, I have children with this lady! I just said yes honey I know I’m weird it’s all good. God Bless him its only gonna get worse. Wait til I refuse to go to the hospital to have our next baby. I am a firm believer in following the dirty dozen which also drives my husband crazy when I refuse to buy apples until its time to order from the co-op because I just can’t spend 6.99 on organic apples when the co-op has them for $3. Coconut oil really is magical stuff and if someone tells you to try it in your coffee, do it ‘cuz it is delicious. A gagillion thumbs up to your article! I loved it!!!

  • brittany March 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

    i once felt like i was the only hippie italian in this world, so i am quite heartwarmed by this! and i’m pretty sure homeopathy is the coolest magic around. my mother in law works in natural healing and makes homeopathy even for my pup sometimes and it never ceases to amaze me. alternative medicine has done for me what “regular” medicine only worsens and that. is. the. truth! just ask my UTI-free body.

  • Katie March 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    All of the “in your body” stuff sounds great and good and I hope to have the time/money to invest in it one day.

    But that “yes only” stuff makes me cringe as a teacher. Those are the kids who insist that they can wear sunglasses in class because it is part of their individual expression. And their entitlement-factory parents back them up. Nightmare.

    • MODG March 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      And that’s why G is going to an alternate preschool.

      • rae March 22, 2012 at 7:39 am

        are you also going to home school him once he is out of preschool?

        • MODG March 22, 2012 at 10:11 am

          no, I’ll cry for weeks and then send him to public school. Not that anything is wrong with public school, I just hope he doesn’t end up with a teacher that says things like “entitlement factory parents”

          • Kiki March 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

            I think that as long as you treat teachers as the professionals that they are and with the respect that you would want, you won’t have a problem. Not that there are not some bad apples out there. Most teachers I know really do have the kids best interest in mind. I have been thrilled with the teachers my daughters have had . . . . but then again there have only been two. Still a long way to go. Disclaimer — I am not a teacher but my husband is.

          • Karen March 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm

            I think there is a difference between “entitlement factory parents” and this allowing children to experiment life. “Yes only” doesn’t mean parents shouldn’t teach manners. There is a time and place for everything and if that is taught to children then they can still grow as individuals. Wearing sun glasses in class, being disrespectful to a teacher, being on their cell phone while a teacher is teaching, all things I hope any parent teaches their child that while in school or at work or at any place, this is not appropriate and it should not happen. I find that it is RESPECT that is not being taught to many of our children any longer. As parents we have a responsibility to teach our children all while allowing them to experience life. I am also a teacher and I have a child. My child hears yes from often – to grow, to learn, to have fun with being a child. However, my child also knows respect to others and knows appropriate behavior in different settings. I don’t feel that by saying yes only means you are a “entitlement factory parent” so don’t fear all teachers will think that way.

  • Katie C March 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I love PlayAtHome Mom, and I’ve used lots of their suggestions. I like the whole notion, and it really works well for us. I actually kind of loved when, in a recent art class, my DD was painting her feet, face, hands etc. The moms around us (who incidentally were also dressed in Juicy tracksuits and loads of expensive jewelry) were mortified. They were encouraging/forcing their kids to be artistic in a certain way; which was also for their best photograph. I love photos, but get out from behind a camera, don’t force the kids to smile in the right way, and get on the floor and play with your kids.

  • Victoria March 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Brilliant post! I love your blog – and your humor! I am a fellow J.Crew wearing, aspiring hippie Mama, though I’m much further behind than you are. Thanks for the tips! Now, could you please share your wisdom with a newbie? What homeopathic solutions would you recommend for teething? My 5 month old is miserable, especially at night. Thanks! :)

  • Laotian Mama March 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    ” Use Thuja before vaccines to make them tolerate it a little easier (google it).”

    I thought hippies were anti – pharma?!

  • Alyze March 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Some parts of me are hippie-ish because I am a vegetarian and also from San Francisco, but then there is the part of me who drinks Diet Coke like it’s going out of style (you don’t have to share links with me about it’s dangers, other commenters, my Mom already sends them all to me on the hour) and also the part who scoffs at the organic food craze (save for the dirty dozen, that is real y’all). Either way, I appreciate what you wrote here because I’m always open to new ideas and I also REALLY appreciate that for the most part (foam block lady, I’m looking at you) the comments on this post were friendly and no one went on the crazy defense (to quote you, “side eye” to thebabycenter message boards). Finally, I am married to a medical doctor and he is amazing at what he does and is able to offer wonderful insight to the health of both my baby and I, but there are times I seek answers that are NOT from our pediatrician and I also see a chiropractor. My thought is find what works for you, your health, and your sanity, and forget what everyone else says you’re SUPPOSED to do.

  • Krystyn March 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Modg help. I need a hippie group. One that will help me find a homeopathic doctor for my drama baby. This is how it goes. Sleep. Eat. Scream. Repeat. I don’t know what I shouldn’t eat (and this is my third drama baby.)

    So help please!

  • Shannon March 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I was SO hoping you’d tell us about your Instead (isn’t that the name of the vag blood cup) experience…do you love it? Maybe it could be your #10.

    GREAT post!

  • RadicalEarthMama March 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    As a second generation hippie Mom (MY Mom was an organic gardener and LLL leader in 1968), I just loved your blog post! I posted it to my Facebook wall with this comment: “I hope this is what my friends write when the blog about me.” :-)

    I have another hippie Mom tip for you: Hygiene is overrated. Yes that’s right, too many baths, showers, too much soap (especially the disinfectant kind) is bad for your skin, bad for your hair, bad for your health, and not great for the environment. Also, lice prefer clean hair so don’t wash your kids’ hair, or if you do, just use water, no shampoo! Once again, your caveman litmus test works.

  • White Trash Mama March 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Oh, to have had this wisdom when mine were boys were babies! The homeopathic approach is so much safer and effective. When my son showed up with an ear infection at every doctor visit, I never questioned the fact that he showed no signs of discomfort. I just gave him the antibiotics like a good girl. I had no idea his body could really handle its own business just fine. When his little sister was born, years later, I learned a thing or two. When the doctor gave me the guilt-speech about her being deaf for the rest of her life, I accepted the prescription but insisted I wouldn’t give it to her unless she actually ACTED uncomfortable. She’s since been diagnosed with ear infections several times, but has never EVER had antibiotics for it.

    For those moments when they DO act uncomfortable, I’ve learned a trick that has worked for us every time. I crush one clove of garlic into 1/4 cup of EVOO and warm it gently on the stove. I let it cool until it is comfortably warm on my wrist and then I use a spoon to drip it into the patient’s ear. I generally wrap their neck in a towel to absorb what drips out. I leave them resting on the couch in front of a distracting dvd for about 15 minutes and the pain has disappeared before they got up every time.

  • dori March 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    um… i have to say here, those women in the photo look more like your average liberal, obama-bumper-sticker-on-the-subaru co-op member than any sort of actual hippie, but whatever… we hippies don’t mind that we’ve made really, REALLY positive influences on the mainstream. :)

  • Tamara March 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Ok, I have to say- my favorite part about this blog- is the comments! And i LOVE that most of them are happy and positive and encouraging. I think we’d all get along well! :)


  • Erica March 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    What do hippies recommend for vitamins for their toddlers? I personally have a 20 month year old and besides giving him vitamin D (in liquid form) I am wondering what others do to supplement their kid’s diet

    • Analyn March 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Fermented cod liver oil is def #1 hippie supplement. It’s the best for vitamin D. Make sure the vit D your baby is having is D3(the animal form) and not D2(the plant form). Check out this post from Mommypotamus on the topic: http://www.mommypotamus.com/essential-supplementation-for-children/

      • Erica March 28, 2012 at 12:31 am

        Rock on hippie! Thanks for sharing the love

    • RadicalEarthMama March 30, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Don’t recommend vitamin supplements at all. The best thing is if your toddler is still breastfeeding! Whether breastfeeding or not, make sure that your family is eating greens (leaves!) every day and different colored fruits and other vegetables. Cod liver oil is the bomb but we only take it in the dark winter months. The rest of the year, we make sure to get plenty of sunlight. There is also the distressing issue of cod over-fishing to contend with.

  • Kelly March 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Natural sweetener – have you ever tried stevia. It is a plant leaf extract and is chemical free! It’s amazing and is a staple in our household!

  • k March 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    The thing about the dirty dozen: I never feel like a fool for buying organic onions or bananas or whatever if I can afford it, because even if pesticide-grown non-dirty-dozen items are not particularly bad for us to eat, it is still harder on the earth, the animals, and especially the people who work on the farms where non-organic produce is grown. I can’t afford organic anywhere near as much as I would like, but I would never feel embarrassed for buying something that supposedly doesn’t need to be bought organic.

  • C March 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I agree that we need to look into what goes in our bodies. I agree that staying away from processed food and eating organically can do nothing but good things for our health. But I really disagree with you on several other issues.
    1. You need to look into the cloth vs. disposable diaper debate. There have been NUMEROUS studies that have concluded after taking the more frequent changes and washing of cloth diapers into account, it’s basically a toss-up. One is no more beneficial to the environment than the other. It just “sounds” better to some to jump on the cloth diaper bandwagon. But the energy used is as high as the waste disposable diapers produce.
    2. Not every woman can have a natural birth. The rate of infant mortality and mother mortality has DRASTICALLY been reduced each century. I agree that we need to curb the unnecessary c-sections, but to say that a woman just needs to go to dark room to have a baby is absurd. It’s also a slap in the face to women all over the world who have lost their precious babies or even there own life because of lack of medical intervention. Do you even have a clue what the death rate was for childbirth centuries ago? It was a life-threatening decision to become pregnant.
    3. No kid understands sharing. They also don’t understand why they can’t hit, bite, scream at others, run in front of cars, etc. They learn through the repeated (and often times exhausting) efforts of their parents teaching them. It is completely unnatural for a child to WANT to share. Children are born selfish. We teach them otherwise. And it will be a lot easier to teach them if we start early. I’m sure you have known adults who were NEVER taught to share and be selfless as kids. If not taught, they will NOT learn it on their own. There are far too many selfish, selfish people in the world to prove that.
    I really enjoy reading your blog. I think you are hilarious, and I agree with several aspects of your parenting. But let’s not talk like these things are set-in-stone, proven facts. They are your opinions.

    • MODG March 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Chill C. Sounds like you may be spouting some of those famous “opinions” too. I hear your arguments all the time from people who need to feel defensive about their easy lifestyle using disposable things, having c-sections (like I did) and raising their kids differently. I get that you want to defend your choices and that’s fine. But you don’t need to discredit others for the work that they are doing to try and make things better.
      Using an energy efficient washing machine that uses WAY less water and hanging diapers to dry is one million percent better than filling landfills with diapers.
      Correct, not every woman can have a natural birth. But every woman should be given the right to try. Do you have any idea the qualifications of midwives and those involved in natural births? Do you think we’re sent out to fields to die? It’s not 1790.
      I never said don’t teach your kids to share. I said young toddlers don’t get it and it’s worthless to yell at them about it. I’m not worried about my 15 month old become a selfish person because some kid took his ball.
      Again, CHILL.

      • C March 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm

        You’re right! I totally need to chill. I didn’t mean that to sound so snotty. And trust me, there are many decisions I make for my family that are not the “easy” way out. I did not have a c-section, by the way. I just get extremely tired of moms who use puree’ their own baby food, grow their own vegetables, and use cloth diapers telling other moms (i.e.-me) that what they do is hands down best, and if I cared about my baby’s health or the environment then I would so the same..blah, blah, blah. I’m just saying the debate over some things is still out there. And cloth diapers is one of them. Trust me, I’ve done my research. If you use cloth, good for you. If you don’t, then that’s ok too. Sounds like we both could CHILL on some of these issues. There are MANY more important things to fret over.

  • Shael March 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Garlic drops for ear infections!! That’s my best tip ever. You can often avoid the antibiotics that peditricians hand out like chicklets & even if you find you need antibiotics, the drops relieve the pain as they kick in. (also arnica for bruising & calendula for burns!)

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  • Tamara April 29, 2012 at 1:53 am

    This was an entertaining post! Thanks. I have to say, the comments were about as good as the post itself! :)

  • Crystal Cartwright April 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I think one of the best things about being a hippy chicky kinda mom, is having my opinions and allowing others to have theirs with out feeling judged or like I’m judging…everyone one does their best with what they know. To each their own, its all about love anyways :)

  • Sylvia May 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I’ve been slowly phasing all chemicals and packaging out of my family’s life and it’s taken years. I’m trying the no-poo method for my hair and I make my own soap and beauty products. We live in Egypt right now, so it’s a little difficult to know exactly what your getting at times with food, but we do our best. I clothed (most of the time) and tried to get 7th generation diapers when I didn’t. It really does take a while, but it’s worth it. You’ll find cheaper is not better most of the time as well. Good luck and just do what you can, where you are with what you have. Works for me!

  • Tahlor June 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I just found your blog and I think I love you already! Your a little hippy , a lot smart ass and all about moms flaunting what they got!! I’m definitely hooked!!

  • JAH June 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I LOVED THIS POST! I was googling about, because I’m wondering if I’m prego and googled something about a hippies guide to eating while pregnant. I’m so sick of all the crap we have shoved down our throats about what is okay and what isn’t… I can’t tell what is actually legitimate. So I loved your post and I’m wondering if you’ve learned anything more from your hippie friends about raw milk or honey while your pregnant. Those type of “extreme” things. I want to be safe, but I don’t want to be making decisions strictly out of fear.


  • Emi July 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I just found your blog today and have spent the last three hours (when I should have been packing up my house to move) reading through almost all of your posts. I, too, am a hippie in training. I like to make things, like air freshener, from scratch but I still want to look fabulously stylish a la J. Crew. So thank you, thank you…and I will be stalking you from now on.

    Oh, and I’m also pregnant and thinking I’m due maybe a month? two? after you…so I’ve enjoyed your pregnancy posts a lot!

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