About Brooke

BrookeZiegler.com ↞ Farm girl with a gypsy heart. Life-long obsession for junking and all things vintage. Working on upcycled fashions, DIY beauty, colorful salads and a healthy earth. ↠ Read About BrookeRead more posts by Brooke

Molly's Suds Wool Dryer Balls and Young Living Lavender Essential Oil

Mom seeking chemical-free, budget-friendly, effective laundry products for the whole stinkin’ family. Sound like you? *Get 25% off natural laundry detergent, and enter our giveaway (details later in post). I’ve tried over a dozen natural detergents from wellness stores and online, and most recently I’d DIY’d a Borax-free powdered laundry detergent with castile soap. Once I wasContinue reading

curry cilantro deviled eggs Native Gypsies

This Easter, I missed out on our holiday dinner with my relatives for the first time while my husband and I were still in France as his hockey season wrapped up. Family holidays have at least one long-standing tradition- seeing how fast everyone eats my aunt’s famous deviled eggs. Since I missed out, I came upContinue reading

French Brocante Shopping - Native Gypsies

Shopping at the mall and boutiques is fine and dandy, but there’s something special about hunting for old treasure (a treasure with a story behind it). Looking for a deal on vintage decor and apparel is half the fun, and the other half is giving something old a new life. When my husband and I first landedContinue reading

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While celebrating the holiday season in France, I couldn’t find eggnog at the grocery co-op or outdoor markets. What’s a Christmas without eggnog — not a Christmas I want to know. I concocted the below eggnog recipe, which is a more traditional eggnog. Full of fat and full of goodness!  *See the links at the endContinue reading

Christmas in the Cotswolds - Lower Slaughter - Native Gypsies

Have you seen the movie The Holiday? Cameron Diaz does a house swap with Kate Winslet and spends her holiday in an English countryside stone cottage. When I told my brother- and sister-in-law we were looking for somewhere to visit during the Christmas season, they set the scene for a perfect holiday in the Cotswolds (just like the movie).Continue reading

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I’ve been asking myself what the health is going on with America’s insurance the last few years, as health insurance premiums spike 50% per year for many (cough…cough…me). I needed to shop for a new health insurance carrier for 2017 since the company I’ve been insured by since I graduated is dumping me. I shouldn’t take itContinue reading

No one is perfect. Not our religious leaders. Not our presidential candidates. Not you. And not me. And now that I’ve offended you, pause and take three deep breaths before continuing. More on that later. Between then and now, contemplate this. Replace stupid with mean, angry, hateful, or any other negative attribute, and that sums upContinue reading

DIY painted kid's cowboy boots

Crafting. Garage sale deals. And cowboy boots. Three things to make any Native Gypsies girl smile. With a little craft paint, my sister and niece quickly personalized these garage sale boots to make them worthy of a fashionable, young cowgirl. You can buy these $89.50 Ariat Fatbaby Cowboy Boots… …or if you’re the DIY type, quicklyContinue reading