Everything is better if it’s homemade!  I honestly believe that I can make anything better at home.  Try out my projects and let me know if you agree 🙂


I’m Shani. I’m from Brooklyn, New York, currently living in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  I wasn’t always a hippie but having 2 children has made me very aware of how we live. I cook, burn candles, make soaps and lotions.  I’m always on Pinterest and I try to make as many things as I can from scratch.  I am also a full time teacher.  I’m a bit of a jill of all trades, or at least I try to be.

We (my husband, two young daughters and I) used to live in New York City but we took a huge leap and moved to the United Arab Emirates. My family and I needed a change, wanted to improve our quality of life, and to see the world. Now that we are located right in the middle of the world, it will be much easier for us to travel. We’ve decided to stop accumulating stuff and start accumulating experiences (and passport stamps)!

This is a place for crunchy moms to come to talk beauty, life, and travel. There are probably rotten apple slices in the bottom of my purse right now but I still have standards about the way I look.  I know you know what I’m saying.  Come hang out.

Check me out on Pinterest where I spend 98% of my free time.

Also join me, my hair, and my family and our kitchen table on Instagram

Or see if you can actually catch a tweet from me on Twitter

Best way to find me: hippiebrowngirl@gmail.com

Thanks for reading!


7 thoughts on “About

  1. Just found your site and I love it! Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I’m trying to make most of the items used in my home. As natural as possible. Thanks so much!

  2. Hello Shani
    I just want to say how I love your page and its very informative. I have not worked since April of 2014 due to a back injury at my job, so I was in search of something I could do from home. I ran across a picture of a bar of all natural soap and fell in Love. So started doig resarch and my excitement just grew, so starting this month I will be making my first bar of soap ( Castile ).
    I also want to make a facial cream/moisturizer because I have scared skin and acne breakouts now and then still at 38 😦
    I have a list of everything i would like to go into my cream but i have no idea how to put it together or how much i should use of each ingredient. My question is can you please help me ? I know i will have to test and do trial and error and I will do so to make sure its perfect.
    I do not exspect anything for free so I will be willing to pay you something ( not much being that I’m out of work ) your services.
    Thank You for your time and I pray to hear back from you soon

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