In our house we have a thin green line we tightrope on. We are constantly finding our comfort level of being ‘crunchy.’ It’s one of those things we have NO problems with our friends either way, its all about personal comfort. I would say for the most pert we are the most zealous of our friends in how far we are willing to go. However we are quickly finding more and more things that we know are bad or unhealthy but need to choose weather or not we are going to take the step to eliminate it from our lives.
For example eating out, we know that 90% of restaurants don’t care about the quality, sustainability, additives or chemicals used in/around their food, BUT we still go out to eat and not only at the 10% of the restaurants we know care about these things. HOWEVER have you ever noticed that the more you do something the easier it is to do next time? Its a slippery slope…. last week we went out 3 times! Since we aren’t traveling, that is 2 times to many.
We have already decided that recycling, eating healthy at home, cloth diapers, essential oils and green cleaning products are the way to go for us. However we are being presented with new questions everyday, organic vs non, exposure to chemicals (in a pool for example) vs staying home, heck something as simple as using the Clorox wipes at work to clean my work station when I leave (we share stations) vs not cleaning or going out of my way for a vinegar/water solution.
The current dilemma was the pool, Apple LOVES the water and I wanted to get her into swim lessons as soon as possible, however public pools mean chlorine, something we have 100% eliminated from our home. We decided to go ahead with lessons but to take a few extra steps:
- Rinse before hand to help keep chlorine from leaching into the hair
- Showering immediately afterward
- Uusing some essential oils to help draw the chemicals out of the body as fast and safely as possible. (Remember babies can’t handle the strong levels of detoxing adults and older children can so don’t over do it.)
I’m still doing some research but for now I think we will just be doing a few drops of Purification in a pure lotion and rub it on after the lesson.
There are going to be many more decisions like this in the future, the decisions between health and fun will be the hardest but I think both Mac and I are on the same page, a little fun never hurt anyone. I’m actually a little jealous of my friends who say their kids haven’t had fast food or VERY RARELY eat added sugar but I just don’t think that is going to work for us. It’s a thin green line.
I will admit I’m quite proud of the green choices we make around our house. We recycle more than we trash, we cloth diaper, use re-usable water bottles when we are out and about, carry around our own bamboo silverware and use glass straws.
However there are other areas where we could be more green but for sanity’s sake we have decided against it. Mac uses plastic water bottles around the house…why I don’t quite understand to be honest, however his water consumption increased drastically since this change so its a good thing. As long as he recycles the bottles I have no problem with it. I still use disposable female products (except the diva cup love that thing) why? Because for some reason I can handle washing diapers but not that…. I also still use a paper planner for my daily to do lists….I just like it better this way, I’m very tactile.
Sometimes for the sanity of the house the non-green option is the right option. Sometimes we need to take the ‘easy’ way (because isn’t that what these new fangled disposable ways are right?) Back in the day “A woman’s place was in the home” because it had to be, there was no time for a 40 hour work week plus cooking from scratch (umm butchering the hen?) washing laundry by hand (let alone sewing the clothes) cleaning the house and taking care of the kids, just to name a few things. Then there was the invention of the sewing machine, factories, dish washers, clothes dryers, pre-packaged food and cars. Wonderful amazing things that help our house survive.
As I’ve said before its all choices and we each have to decide what level of hippy-dom is right for us. I think our house is a pretty good middle of the road mix, and I’m happy that way.
Since 2011 I’ve been setting up Aspirations instead of resolutions. In my brain there is a pretty big difference between the two. I think having aspirations for a year gives me something to strive for while at the same time allowing for the fact that I’m human and sometimes things just don’t go according to plan. THese aspirations have included everything from reducing the amount of garbage we throw away to reducing debt. 2012 brought out my first word or phrase of the year with “Less is More” in 2013 my word was “Better” This year my theme is going to be:
This year I want to keep life simple, we added a baby into our world and that will complicate things enough without me adding to it. So here it goes in 2014 I want to:
- Use cleaners with simple/basic ingrediants.
- Use natural remadies as much as possiable (essential oils for example.)
- Not add to our already cluttered house by adding a lot of unessacary things. This includes too many toys/clothes for the baby as well. I don’t want her to grow up thinking she needs lots of stuff to be happy.
All of these things are green and simple! Here is to a Simple new year!
My aspirations this year were pretty straight forward
- When shopping if its in budget make the better (greener) choice.
- I want to do better and buying less.
I think I’ve done pretty good with each of these actually. We have almost always made the greener purchase regardless of budget. In fact I would say we have re-done our budget to accomodate for it. I’m pretty proud of that, we have switched over all of our cleaning supplies and most other household items (shampoo, soap, vitamins) to a better brand and a company we feel good about supporting.
Also over all I think we did good with our purchases, there wasn’t much we bought that wasn’t needed some for sure but not much compared to last year. Also we were great about furnishing our new room with items from craigslist. I know that this can create a controversey especally about cribs but no fear we checked recalls, its not a drop side crib and its in perfect condition. We also got a rocking chair, pack and play, swing, arms reach side sleeper, her jumper and play saucer! All in great condition and 1/2 the price or less!
Some of the consignment clothes I bought.
I also started using essential oils instead of OTC meds this year and I’m LOVING them. You can see my starting post here
and my oils to the rescue post here.
So over all I’m pretty proud of this year!
I’m sooo excited you guys, a store I already loved just got even better. All Things Diapers in Blaine MN (A suburb of Minneapolis) just expanded, added new classes AND brought in some local Mom products!
1st off let me be clear this is not just a cloth diaper store, they have baby carriers, consignment clothing for infants and maternity, toys, nursing accessories, teething items, and soo much more. Plus they have an online store!
The New Addition
Here are just a few of the new things that I’m excited for:
- Classes This winter they are offering infant and toddler music classes as well as baby and me yoga….can I tell you how excited I am to do a music class with Apple? I hope the next one is offered on a Friday (hint hint). They also offer free diapering and baby wearing classes!
- Locally Made Products, they have teamed up with Let Joy to bring in some SUPER cute new cloth diapers and covers. They also teamed up with a mom for these great coat extenders for baby wearing! I’m picking up one of these this weekend. Also they can be used upside down to extend your coat when your expecting.
Let Joy Covers
- Consignment clothing, I won’t say I don’t buy anything new for Apple to wear but I will say that 95% of her clothing is used. I just don’t see a point of it honestly. The high cost (both money and manufacturing) for something she will wear for such a short amount of time seems silly. Plus they have maternity…so excited for this.
- Cloth Diapers! They have old favorites like Gro Via and Bum Genius as well as some new companies like Tot-Bots! Pretty much any major diaper brand you can think of they carry.
- Swaps, not only do they sell and consign in store they host swaps every few months as well!
On top of all of that, these guys are just incredibly helpful. They will always take time to help and answer any questions. I wasn’t able to make it to a cloth diapering 101 class but I went into the store during the week and they took the time to explain all the different styles of diapers to me. Another day I brought my Mom in and they showed us both the Moby basics, with a weighed baby doll to practice with!
Ok I’m cutting myself off there…but there will probably be another post about this soon…on to the giveaway!
All Things Diapers has graciously offered a Blueberry wet/dry bag up for grabs and you get to choose the design! Wet/dry bags are good for much more than cloth diapers
a Rafflecopter giveaway
- Gym Clothes
- Pool Days
- Wet clothes
- Dirty Laundry (Readers Suggestion)