Unfortunately, the WeeSheBeast has been rather beastly lately. She’s teething, making a developmental leap, and just generally being crabby. She’s become a very light sleeper, which has made it rather impossible to work out.
Welcome to the April 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Honor the Earth.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they honor the Earth year round. Stop by all of the posts to get ideas on how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
We’re slightly crunchy here. Not super crunchy (though a little homestead with hens sounds like fun), but slightly crunchy, and mostly because we’re on a tight budget, but partly because we only get one Earth, people.
As head household decision-maker, I’ve made a lot of “greener” decisions for the way we do things. I keep towels in the kitchen to clean up messes, use microfiber to clean our mirrors and windows, and I am trying to convert the family to cloth napkins (I’m meeting a little resistance, but I will persevere!).
When we found out we were pregnant with the WeeSheBeast, I started looking into ways we could make parenting choices that would be frugal and green. We haven’t completely eschewed all things plastic and disposable, but we’ve made a few choices that make our wallets and our Earth a little greener.
Hey guys, did you know we cloth diaper? No? I sure do talk about it a lot.…
Cloth diapers were one of our first parenting choices. It’s saved us a lot of money, but I also really love that they’re reusable. Once the WeeSheBeast is potty trained, they’ll wait for the next baby to come along, and then the next, and so on. Eventually, I’ll even pass them on, where they’ll continue to be loved and used and re-used over and over.
Even though I would have done things a little differently, knowing what I know now, I’m still happy with what we’ve got, and I’ve even inspired some of my own girlfriends to consider cloth diapers for when they have their babies, something that wasn’t even on their radar before.
Our cloth diapering keeps thousands of disposable diapers, and their associated chemicals and plastics, out of landfills, and helps prevent them from having to be produced.
This one is weird, but hear me out.
We started “potty training” WSB at 3 weeks old. I would just hold her over an appropriate receptacle, and encourage her to eliminate. She caught on very quickly and is about 70% potty learned now, at just over one year old.
So, if we were using disposable diapers, this would decrease our diaper consumption by about half. Since we are cloth diapering, it means that I don’t have to do as much laundry, and we save a little (really rather miniscule, but it all adds up) on energy and water by watching her for potty cues and taking her to the potty to “go.”
So, besides all of the wonderful health benefits babies receive from being breastfed, breastfeeding also has a lighter ecological footprint.
Breastfeeding means we don’t use plastic bottles (less plastic), we don’t use tins of formula (less waste), and we don’t need gallons of filtered water to mix formula into (lower water footprint).
The laziness factor of baby-led weaning was a big selling point for me, but it’s also a great and green option for mamas looking to reduce their baby’s carbon footprint.
Baby-led weaning basically means giving your baby soft solid foods to feed themselves with – no purees. We didn’t go totally without purees, but when we do use purees, they go into a resealable squeeze pouch (because Captain Independence won’t let me spoon feed her).
Baby-led weaning, for us, meant we didn’t have 800 empty baby food jars to throw out, or a ton of those awesome little pouches, and we didn’t need to make special baby food and store it in plastic bags or containers.
So, that’s how we’ve made parenting a little greener, a little cheaper (and a little lazier). How do you green up your life? Check out some of these other posts that are part of the Honor the Earth Carnival as well!
Money is a sort of touchy subject in our culture. I get it – we all want to look like we have our crap together, but let’s be real for a moment: most of us don’t. Not even me.
Money is hard. So often we’re left with more month than money, more bills than income, and a lot of debt without much to show for it. Why is the credit card bill over $3000 again? Oh, yeah, I bought tires once for a car I don’t even own anymore.
Yeah. It’s not pleasant. If you’ve been there, maybe you’ve considered the “B” word: BUDGET. Definitely not a fun word, especially if your bills are greater than your income. What do you do then?! (Cry. That’s what I did. It wasn’t very productive, but there you have it.)
Our Budget Story
When I was pregnant with the WeeSheBeast, Husbeast and I decided that it would be best if I could stay home with her. This meant that we’d lose our big income, my income, and be left with a little less than half of what we were making combined.
WeeSheBeast has been difficult lately. Fussy, sleeping poorly, and finding extra delight in hitting me. I’m quite sure she’s on the cusp of a huge developmental milestone (methinks walking), but I’m quite over her difficult side!
We’ve all heard it, but how true is it? Could it possibly be true? This is one of those crazy kitchen tips that almost seems to defy logic.
MYTH: A sharp kitchen knife is a safe kitchen knife.
Verdict: TRUE. I know, right? A sharper knife seems like it would be much more likely to slice you right open and send you straight to the ER.
But, how is a sharp knife a safer knife?
First and foremost, if you’re chopping anything with a dull knife, you’ll need to apply more pressure. You’re having to do more work to accomplish the same movement, which leaves more room for error.
A sharp knife can slice right through onions, apples, even soft tomatoes. It’ll glide nicely through melons, and is easier to control. With more control, you are less likely to hurt yourself. Also, you are more likely to be paying closer attention with a sharper knife, lending you better control
The theme this month is flash your stash! What sorts of goodies do you have in your stash? Do you love printed covers, easy pockets, or one-of-a-kind WAHM creations?
This month’s sponsor is one of my favorite WAHMs, Angela of Sweet Southern Bums! I’ve purchased ready-to-ship and custom-made diapers from her and I just adore them. They look fabulous on the WeeSheBeast as well! Angela’s got some great talent and a good, reliable pattern for her diapers. I’d highly recommend them to anyone! I’m featuring her mustache diapers this month, naturally!
Welcome to Making it Home! I'm Trisha, and this is my mommy blog where I share our favorite recipes, my latest crafts and tutorials, cleaning tips, homemaking and housekeeping updates, and more. I'm a mom of 1 little girl born in April 2013, the WeeShebeast, and happily married to the Husbeast. I hope you enjoy your stay and learn something new while you're here!