Monday, July 18, 2011

Living Green For My Children

I am 34 weeks and 3 days into my 3rd pregnancy, and I have never been more in tune with my "green side."  I have always tried to be eco-conscious, but it wasn't until I was pregnant with my daughter in 2006 that I realized just how much I needed to do my part in my life and hers in order to help keep our planet green.  Two children (and one on the way) later, my husband and I have fully pledged to do the best we can in contributing to the betterment of the Earth.  We recycle, compost, use electricity only when we really need to, use cloth wipes for cleaning instead of paper towels, reuse glass, fabric, and anything else that can be 'upcycled' to other useful and/or decorative things, run errands only once or twice a week at most, make our own household products such as liquid hand soap and cleaning solutions, grow our own little garden in our little backyard, buy our food from organic/all-natural stores, CSA farms, and farmers markets, and that is just to name a few.  But the one thing we have started to do, rather will do when the baby is born, is use cloth diapers and wipes.  Sadly, I did not do this with my other children, and I don't know if I was just overwhelmed or intimidated by all the information that was out there about them, but this time around, I forced myself to research, ask questions, read up on blogs to absorb the information, and even create an Excel sheet to make it easier to see the pros, cons, costs, etc. to the different types of diapers that are available.  I made myself not give in just because I read negative comments from other Moms.  And although the initial cost of having a well-prepared diaper stash was not in our budget, which many times made me rethink about going in this direction, we kept on with the game plan, had a successful baby shower that brought in a great start to our stash, and I have even won a couple of cloth diaper giveaways.  And I still have 5 weeks to go.  I'd say we've got enough to go by at least two days without laundering them.  Woohoo!

I know I still have a lot to learn about cloth diapering, and there may come times when I may get frustrated that the diapers didn't come out clean or that they may start going through a "leaking" phase, but you live and learn, right?  I've already started this process.  There is no turning back now.  As for the rest of our "greener living," a lot of that involves raising healthier and happier children, living debt-free and frugally, enjoying a minimalistic lifestyle, and realizing that people may not agree with us, may think we're crazy, and may even socialize with us less, but you know what, we'll be better off in the long run, and we'll be happier, too.  

I hope you'll find my blog to be helpful and useful in assisting you to simplifying and upcycling your own life.  I hope you'll enjoy my posts that from time to time will include no-fuss recipes, financial tidbits, easy DIY projects, reviews of green and/or user-friendly products, and maybe some giveaways that will help you get started in the right direction, if you're not headed there already.  Good luck, good day, and good life!

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