When you are a parent trying to help your children lead a green and healthy lifestyle, the most important thing you can do is to change the way your family eats. That means choosing whole, natural, organic (and preferably local) foods. That also means you will need to do a lot of cooking at home.
My husband and I have been having a disagreement over spreadable butter. He doesn’t like the taste of butter (sometimes I wonder how I married him!) and he doesn’t like how hard it is to spread when it comes out of the refrigerator. I, on the other hand, love butter and have no problem waiting for the butter to soften or even popping it in the microwave for 10 seconds. And then it hit me. I can make my own butter spread!
If you are a new or expecting parent, you have more than likely already been confronted with the diapering dilemma. Conventional disposable diapers typically contain a ton of toxic chemicals – found in the form of dyes, plastics, fragrances, chlorine bleach and absorbent polymer gels. These ingredients have been linked to things like skin irritations, respiratory problems and even cancer. To be completely sure about what goes on your baby’s skin, you can make your own diapering products.
We are in a new house and have a beautiful 1,800 square foot piece of land available for the organic garden of our dreams. My last and only other garden consisted of two 4×8 raised beds, so I obviously have quite a bit of planning to do to prepare for such a large amount of space. And I don’t have much time to do it. The time to plant things like onions and lettuce is coming up in just a week or two. Here is my plan for this year’s garden.
When Monster was just a few weeks old, he suffered from a really bad case of diaper rash complete with pain and bleeding. Although my primary concern was making him better, I was also concerned about the ingredients found in conventional diaper rash cream. I wanted to heal and soothe his rash without exposing him to toxins. So I was delighted to find California Baby’s Calming Diaper Rash Cream.
Yesterday I locked myself out of my car. While waiting for a towing company to come break us into the car, I braced myself for a painful hour with a sometimes impatient 4-year-old. But once again Monster surprised me with his imagination and patience! He carefully carried rocks, two at a time, from a nearby garden and formed the most amazing rock pictures of his family (Mommy, Daddy and Monster, in that order).
Valentine’s Day is yet another one of those holidays that has the potential for excess and waste. Skip the cheap trinkets and artificial candies, and instead show your love with handmade gifts and all-natural sweets. Or better yet, celebrate the holiday by spending quality time with your loved ones.