Honor the Earth: Parenting Choices that Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

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.

Cloth Diapering

How can you tell if a mom cloth diapers? Don't worry, she'll tell you.

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.

Elimination Communication

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).

Baby-Led Weaning

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!

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Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed:

Choosing the Budget System that Worked for Us {Free Dave Ramsey Printable}

Let’s talk money, honey.

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.Why We Started to Budget by Trisha of Making It Home

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.

Sound familiar?

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.

That’s a big cut. Continue reading Choosing the Budget System that Worked for Us {Free Dave Ramsey Printable}

Natural Childbirth At Home {Guest Post}

I’m guest posting over at The Pistachio Project today! 

I spilled about choosing to have a home birth and how to prepare for a home birth. Go check out the post here: Natural Childbirth at Home.

Birth is beautiful because it is unpredictable in the most wonderful of ways

If you’re interested, you can read my birth story here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

{Weekend Wrap Up} Blog Bests for April 12, 2014

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!

Weekend Wrap Up for April 12, 2014 at Making It Home

  1. 8 DIY Cleaning Recipes with Essential Oils and Free Printable Labels
  2. Banana Peanut Butter Bites
  3. Chalkboard Easter Eggs Tutorial
  4. How to Dye Yarn at Home Using Kool-Aid
  5. Footprint Stool

Is A Sharp Knife Really Safer? {Kitchen Myths}

Are sharp knives really safer knives? This kitchen myth gets cleaned up at Making It Home!

Image credit to Pahz

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?

Under Pressure

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

Continue reading Is A Sharp Knife Really Safer? {Kitchen Myths}

{Weekend Wrap Up} Blog Bests for April 5, 2014

We got our travel booked this week! Only a few short weeks until the Husbeast graduates BCT. We’re so very proud of him! 

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Wrap Up for April 5, 2014 from Making It Home

  1. Fridge Organization
  2. 3 Simple Steps to Organize All the Toys in Your House
  3. Chicken Pasta with Spinach and Artichoke
  4. 5 All Natural Spring Cleaning Tips
  5. Handprint Flowerpot Kid Craft

{Get Healthy} 30 Day Shred Results for Week 2

I’ve reached the end of Phase 1 of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred!

It really does get a lot easier towards the end, though I still found myself doing modified exercises (darned push ups, I tell ya!)

So I’ve just got a quick check-in for this week!

Week 2 Check In (End of Phase 1)

First, the comparison shot:

30 Day Shred Week 2 Results - Trisha from Making It Home

And now the measurements:



Week 2





2 lbs

















L Thigh




L Arm




Not bad! Not as drastic of a change this week, but that’s okay. I’m excited to start up with Phase 2 next week and see what that does for me!

I’m still looking at a loss of 4.75 inches and 2 pounds after just two weeks! 2 pounds isn’t much, but since I’m still nursing, 1 pound per week is perfect for me.

Anyone else want to do the 30 Day Shred with me?

See my results from week to week: Week 1 | Week 2


{Cloth Diaper Link Party} Month 3: Flash Your Stash!

Welcome to the monthly Cloth Diaper Link Party at Making It Home!

I’ve got just a few rules for this link up:

  • Make sure to link back to Making It Home either with the party button or a text link from the post you linked up
  • Please follow the host (via BlogLovin’, RSS, email, or other)
  • Only link directly to your post, do not link to your blog’s home page or other pages
  • Don’t add a link to promote your link party, shop, or giveaway (review posts are fine)
  • Please take some time to visit other bloggers that have linked up and give them some comment-y goodness (not required, but highly suggested!)
  • Don’t link to posts you’ve linked before
  • By linking up, you’re giving me permission to feature an image on my blog and other websites I write for. I will make sure to give appropriate credit and link to you!

Every post that links up gets a twitter mention on the official Making It Home twitter during the month of April, and you get featured on the Cloth Diaper Link Party Pinterest board! The top posts each month also get featured on the next month’s link party!

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! 

April 2014 Monthly Cloth Diaper Link Party - Flash Your Stash! @ Making It Home

So link on up and show us what you’ve got!

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{Weekend Wrap Up} Blog Bests for March 29, 2014

Another week is gone! WeeSheBeast will be one in just 9 days, and this mama is SO. NOT. READY. But it seems like she’s not going to wait for me! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Wrap Up for March 29, 2014 at Making It Home

  1. Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites from Nessa Makes
  2. Birdseed Wreath
  3. The Best Cherry Chocolate Cake You’ve Ever Laid Tastebuds On
  4. Is Stevia Safe?
  5. Spicy Spinach Artichoke Mushrooms

30 Day Shred: Week 1 Results {Get Healthy}

It’s amazing the different things people draw motivation from. For whatever reason, having the Husbeast be off and gone at BCT has seriously motivated me. I’m caught up on laundry, got pretty budget sheets all made up (check back for those next month), I’ve cleaned up my eating (mostly), and I’m trying to get workouts back in. He needs to have a sexy awesome trophy wife to show off at graduation, after all.

That, and let’s face it, the WeeSheBeast is almost one and I’m still 20 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight. It stops being “baby weight” pretty darn soon.

So, I’ve decided to embark on Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. It’s an excellent, intense workout done in three phases, 10 days each. If you don’t have it, pick it up on Amazon for chump change.

Also, like the forgetful mommy blogger that I am, I didn’t take before photos or before measurements, so use your imagination people. I do, however, have a record of my weight from every day since the husbeast left, and measurements from the first week he was gone. These will be my baseline.

And I’m doing the shred my way. I just can’t bring myself to do it everyday. Teething babies, serious exhaustion, and the need for muscle recovery dictate otherwise. So, instead, I’m doing it 5 days/week, turning this into more of a 6-week shred (which is convenient, as that will just about get me to graduation).

Week 1 Check-in

Phew. This is intense. And yours truly is seriously out of shape, as usual.

I did, however, make it through the first phase each of my 5 days (save for one, thanks to the teething gods, but I only missed the last 3 minutes).

I did not, however, do full-on push-ups. I’ve never had the strength for those. Not even for the modified knee push-ups. I, instead, do wall push-ups, and am working on building up my strength for those twice a day by doing a plank and modified push-ups against the kitchen counter. (Check out this post for more info.)

Picture time! (No comparison shot, just the one because I derped and don’t have a before shot.)

30 Day Shred 1 Results - Making It Home Blog

And for the measurements:



Week 1





1.1 lbs

















L Thigh




L Arm




This brings me to a grand total of 1.1 pounds lost and 3.5 inches lost after only 5 days of shredding.


I love Jillian Michaels. I love this workout. The fast results are incredibly motivating. It’s not easy, but even with modified moves (like wall push-ups), you can really see a difference.

Join me, won’t you? And check back in next week for another update!


Trisha of Making It HomeWelcome 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!


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