Welcome to my art shack.  My new creative space! What once was a “scary”, spider haven is now my little retreat, and will be a great space to share with the family once our new addition arrives.  Between two adults, a 13 year old and a newborn, we will need, and appreciate this extra ‘room’!Continue reading

Brooke Ziegler Gilbert Arizona Superstition Mountains Native Gypsies

Discover life in the desert, Native Gypsies style. A photo posted by Native Gypsies (@nativgypsies) on Mar 16, 2016 at 12:20pm PDT My husband and I traveled to the Phoenix/Mesa area to meet up with my parents as soon as we returned home from our winter in Slovakia. Join along for a Southwest photo tour of healthyContinue reading

The True Cost Native Gypsies

Have you seen the True Cost documentary on Netflix? Spoiler alert: it’s an inconvenient truth about the fashion industry that’s too big to ignore. See four ways to make a positive impact and ask the questions that spark change. I watched it while my husband and I were living in Slovakia this past winter, mostly because we had oneContinue reading

DIY Lime Pie Deodorant

The ‘Secret’ is out; deodorant labels are the pits! Cyclops-a-who? Dipropy-what? Much of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your skin, so it can be just as important to wear healthy ingredients as it is to eat them! Still, our sweaty, stinky underarms keep us coming back for more aluminum and friends.Continue reading

Have you ever seen the movie, “The Red Balloon”? Or “The Red Shoes”? These movies made a big impression on me as a youngster, and it makes me think how powerful color is in our lives.  Color is used in story telling; it evokes feelings of power, passion, strength, and danger, to feelings of serenity,Continue reading

DIY Aveda comfort tea recipe-native-gypsies

As a native Minnesotan, Aveda is a staple natural beauty brand in its home state. The scent of Aveda comforting tea brings memories of sipping on a hot drink while being pampered in the Aveda salons and spas. After a particular hair appointment, I ran into a friend, who immediately announced “mmm! You smell like Aveda.” I was after theContinue reading

Prior to our wedding in Minnesota, I joked with my soon-to-be step son that I was going to wear these with my dress… They definitely cover the “something blue” category, and he thought they were absolutely the coolest thing ever, but I told him I was more likely to wear cowboy boots. Which is whatContinue reading


Remember fruit roll-ups from your childhood? The tasty snack is simply blended fruit baked at a low temperature, and you can make them at home! I’d forgotten all about roll-ups, until my niece found a DIY recipe online. My sister offered me a strip of her strawberry and honey concoction, which taste just like the storeContinue reading