Inspiration and information to learn how small steps can make all of us a little more like our self-sufficient Great Grandmothers!
Welcome! My name is Jax Baxter and I am the founder and author of Hello Baxter. You might have read my headline and be wondering by now what a “modern-day bohemian lifestyle” is.
I am a 30 (ish) year old millennial living in the city doing my best to preserve the basic ideas of self-sufficiency that our grandmothers and great grandmothers had. In our modern culture making my own soap, composting, going out of my way to be eco-friendly, and finding pleasure in developing thrifty ways to live makes me a bit of a bohemian free spirit. Some people might be put off by that title but I am totally okay with it and I am happy to call myself a modern-day bohemian!
I strongly believe that certain habits of modern day humans such as a woman putting on mascara before work or a child eating a white bread peanut butter sandwich shouldn’t be harmful to us and shouldn’t be so dang expensive. Many everyday products we find necessary are most often disguised in ways to seem faster, easier, and safe, but are almost always laden with chemicals and preservatives, cost an arm and a leg each month, and are diminishing our health, environment, and economy. You could watch any documentary about food and health products these days to know that there is something terribly wrong with the way things are made. The growing sale of GMO produce, preservatives and chemicals slathered in every pre-made food package, added sugar through the roof, and a growing rate of cancer and diabetes on all scales. For heaven sakes our dogs have diabetes now!
I found after watching these documentaries and hearing horror stories of people dealing with climbing health problems, I wanted to put a stop to this in my own home. I started searching for products that were healthier and chemical free but it just seemed that my grocery bill was growing and growing. I couldn’t make any sense of it. How could a company charge $15.79 for a 12oz bottle of chemical free all purpose cleaner? How is this realistic for any real family trying to save money and get by? I remember thinking to myself the things my Grandmother taught me growing up and how easy she made it seem to make her own food and keep house with a minuscule budget. And with that thought, I started my on-going search.
I began researching and working with different recipes and tactics to make my own food, cleaning products, health and beauty products, etc. I filtered out what recipes didn’t really work or make sense and kept a growing log of things that worked best. After 10 years of collecting all this information people started asking questions whenever I posted on Instagram or Facebook about how I made a years worth of fluoride free toothpaste for under 5 dollars or how I meal prepped for the entire week in less than a few hours. I realized this information wasn’t available to just anyone and that many people were just like me looking for ways to create their own products and organic meals on a budget. It hit me like the smell of a fresh loaf of sourdough bread emerging from the oven.
I’ll start a blog and share it with the world!!
I’m really proud of my blog because it showcases how easy it is to adopt a similar modern-day bohemian lifestyle that will work for you or your family. You’ll find how to make thrifty recipes, meal-prep for your work week to save time and money, back to basics cooking showing you easy ways to make your own bread and cheese from home, DIY projects around the house and garden, thrifty travel and adventure ideas to ease the pain of our 40+ hour work weeks, and more. So if it sounds like you would enjoy saving time and money on cooking, become a little more eco-friendly around your home, and have more fun in your off-time, then this is the place for you!
More about what you’ll find on Hello Baxter:
Thrifty and simple ways to travel and have more fun! You’ll find thrifty travel inspiration for the USA and beyond such as free walking tours, best cheap eats, free sight seeing ideas, itineraries to make the most of your trip, and packing suggestions.
Here you’ll find my take on classic and new recipes in thrifty and organic ways. There are back to basics that showcase how simple it is to make your own food from scratch that you will be proud to eat and serve. I’ll also post about restaurants around my hometown of San Diego that I rave or rant about, as well as foodie events in different cities.
Thrift thrift and more thrift! In this section you’re going to dive into my world of DIY where I’ll post about health and beauty products to make at home, DIY projects for the house or garden, urban homesteading, and how I find the best deals when shopping for things I can’t make at home.
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