With Mother’s Day only a week away, I thought I would post a list of gift ideas for moms who love nature and the outdoors. This post is in no way a hint for my husband and children (did that sound believable?). If you know an amateur naturalist or someone who loves hiking, gardening, nature art and photography, reading about the outdoors, or just being outside, then read on. I made sure to include ideas that are no-cost and low-cost. I also tried to include gifts that are eco-friendly and don’t involve purchasing more stuff.
For me, New Years Day is a time to think about how my life has changed and what my priorities and goals have become. Then I try to work toward changing how I do things so that I meet my goals. In other words, I try to live life as simply as possible and not waste time on things that really don’t matter to me. This list of ways to be a green parent looks somewhat different than it would have when I first started all of this ten years ago. I think it is more manageable, less product focused, and more affordable.
Entertaining a baby is deceptively hard! I had this delusion that I would continue to take my six-year-old to all of his normal activities and the baby would just come along for the ride. I had pictures in my mind of the baby calmly playing at my feet while I cooked or sitting contently in my arms while I taught my son math. I obviously had completely forgotten what it was like to have a baby! It turns out that I am desperately in need of help playing with my baby. Fortunately, a blog called Nothing if Not Intentional introduced me to a great idea called Heuristic Baby Play.
My baby girl will be 7 months old this Easter. Obviously, she won’t be partaking in Easter egg hunts or chocolate bunnies. I want to fill her Easter basket with safe, natural, homemade gifts that she will be able to enjoy now. I want to avoid using conventional Easter grass. Not only is it made of plastic and full of toxins, but it can be dangerous for small children if they get it in their mouths. So I decided to fill my baby’s Easter basket with a naturally-dyed playsilk.
While there are many great options for non-toxic, natural art supplies for kids (see my post on ten of the best options), the best way to make sure that your children’s art supplies are totally safe is to make them yourself. Most kids’ art supplies can be made out of common household ingredients! Here are five easy recipes:
My baby girl is six months old, and just the right age to start solid foods. With this milestone comes the question, pre-made or homemade? Most pre-made baby food comes in plastic containers or pouches, even the organic foods (which is a mystery to me). Conventional, non-organic baby food can include pesticides, GMOs and additives. Organic baby food in glass jars is definitely the best option as far as store-bought food goes. Homemade is the only choice for me.