About Us

 Welcome to Hippie & Sparky!

Hippie & Sparky is the lifestyle blog from Tasha & Jonathan Leggo. We’re a creative married duo that met the old-fashioned way… on eHarmony! {True story!}

We met online & now we’re writing online via our blog, sharing our sparks of creativity! 

If you’re all about DIY’ing to save money & living a green lifestyle… without breaking the bank, you’re going to want to stick around. Hell, you might even want to join the H&S tribe.

WHO THE HELL ARE WE? …

We’re Tasha & Jonathan Leggo – the creative married duo behind H&S with a refreshing sense of humor. 

Here at H&S, we’re all about sharing high-quality content with the main focus of saving money & living the best {hippie} life possible!

 

At Home chair shopping

Tasha{NOT short for Natasha}

Hippie – n: a badass who rejects the established culture; advocates.

  • Creative genius behind 99.5% of H&S designs
  • Self-described health nut 
  • Bargain lover
  • Rockstar {gluten-free} recipe creator

spray painting a vintage frame

Jonathan – {NOT “long” for John}

Sparky – n: a badass who plays with electricity to obtain creative sparks of genius.

  • Handy muscle for installing above-said designs
  • Co-creative H&S designer genius
  • Rockstar sous-chef to my wife 
  • Bargain-hunter-in-training 

HOW H&S IS DIFFERENT… & BETTER…

1.  We value our readers’ experience! We don’t want you to be hassled, stressed & frustrated with tacky & obnoxious ads or pop-ups! Our content is AWESOME; therefore, H&S doesn’t need ads to distract readers from “sub-par content.”

Yes, while other bloggers make money from ads… H&S values prevents us from jumping on that tacky bandwagon…

2. H&S is ethically transparent! Tricking readers into clicking links is totally NOT cool! You will always find our visible disclosure ABOVE every post & not expertly hidden within the post. 😉 

3. We’re critical & skeptical… you can trust that we will never share nor recommend anything that doesn’t deserve the “H&S Seal of Approval.”

4. We’re NOT religious or cult members, so you don’t have to worry about being offended from us discussing make-believe. 😉

In the wonderfully-written words of Steve Pavlina, we don’t practice “toilet-bowl time management.”

HOW THE HELL DID WE COME UP WITH HIPPIE & SPARKY?…

Before we were even married, we had long discussions of “someday” having our own lifestyle blog. We instantly came up with a blog name that seemed like a “no-brainer”…

It was a “no-brainer” because Leggo is legitimately our surname & we had grand visions of having a lifestyle blog. 

But… shit went sour quick & our hearts were broken…

Thanks to my nerdy legal background, I knew “Leggo Lifestyle” was throwing us into some dicey “legal waters.”

BUT WHY?… WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?…

… Because NOT everyone has the absolute right to use their own name as a business, let alone as a trademark.

I’ll give you a clue… take away one “g” from our surname & you’ll get a famous toy company. Yes, both are pronounced the exact same.

Nevertheless, she persisted…

My persistence led me down a rabbit-hole of research that led to devastating disappointment…

The “similar-sounding toy company” has an actual fucking toy line called “{toy company} Lifestyle”

WHAT IN THE LITERAL FUCK?!…

This is what the hubster & I affectionately call Leggo Luck. {sarcastic negative connotation intended.}

But… I didn’t want to back down…

We hired an Intellectual Property/Trademark attorney. Our attorney strongly advised us against using our surname & most definitely NEVER to use Instead of spending an additional $2K for a formal legal opinion letter, we tossed in the white flag. This was *almost* enough for me to say “Fuck it! I don’t even want a god-damned blog anymore.”

Side Note: If we ever decide to have Leggo babies, they will NEVER have “dream crushing toys!” & if someone buys said-toys for our hippie munchkins, they are fucking dead to us. Not to mention, who buys children toxic plastic toys anyway?!

MONTHS OF BRAINSTORMING FOR “PLAN B”…

Not. Even. Kidding. We brainstormed “Plan B” names for our potential blog for months, but I hated every. single. one. until Jonathan blurted out “hippie & sparky” … & the rest is history. 🙂

YOU’RE ALWAYS WELCOME AT H&S

Thank you for stopping by to check out our creative little spot on the internet. 🙂 If you’d like to get in touch with us via email or snail mail, please click here. We look forward to getting to know our readers, so drop us a comment or send us an email. 🙂 

HOW TO SUPPORT H&S…

If you like us & what we do here, we’d love to have your support! Anytime you click one of our affiliate links & purchase something, we may receive a small commission. While this doesn’t cost you anything extra, it does immensely help support our site & keep it AD-FREE!

DIVE IN HEAD FIRST…

heart shaped latte & fruit smoothie

Grab a coffee or delicious smoothie & enjoy reading about our triumphs {like this million-dollar upholstery makeover}, failures {how a craigslist bench makeover defeated us} & the marble floor DIY that was super quick, easy & inexpensive… that we are still in love with!  

Cheers!

Tasha & Jonathan