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Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Hippies Have Gotten to Me!

I don't know what it is, but this year, I'll get all jazzed up for a holiday, and by the time it's over I'm all, "Thank god! Let's all move on!"

So I am not posting about Thanksgiving (both awesome turkey dinners we enjoyed) or our successful trip to beautiful Flint. For the love of god, my poor hometown. Or my 5 a.m. venture on Friday with my Venti Latte (40% off at Pottery Barn Outlet! Party!). O.k I am done.

Instead, I am sharing thoughts/changes/efforts happening at our house these days.

1. We are moving over to some organic items. The biggest change over: organic milk. I have been thinking and wanting to do this for a long time but felt cost was kind of a barrier for us (and my cheap, stay at home mom status self). I've been doing organic yogurt for quite a while now. Well, I have found a good price on milk so onward and upward we move! Organic milk in our fridge from here on out!
2. I am phasing in all organic bread and produce. If you checked my kitchen today, you'd see I'm at about 50%. These are the items I am most focused on changing over (that we eat a ton of regularly): Bananas, Apples, Strawberries, green beans, grapes and spinach.
3. I am "going green" on cleaning supplies. I was watching one of my favorite (and inspiring!) shows, Jon and Kate Plus 8, and Kate had this Sara Snow chic on the show. Sara was giving Kate ideas on ways to "green up" her home (Kate is already an organic whack-job woman, cooking 90% organic for her family of 8 children!). Well, her homemade cleaning products are so simple that I couldn't get it out of my head. I have printed out the ingredients to make simple replacements to Fantastik, Windex and Pledge and away I go!

So, I write all this stuff to help me mentally commit to my new goals. As Sara Snow says, it's about baby steps and I think these are some small but mighty changes I can make happen. It seems to be a good time to embrace what I have been wanting to do for a while.

This has sort of evolved for me over the past year. I have started really enjoying cooking and getting into new ideas/recipes/etc. But to be honest, our one-income household situation always seemed to be this barrier for me. I was in a rut for a while, thinking I could only feed the kids sloppy joes and spaghetti.

Now, I review/check out recipes, create a weekly list for groceries and then do one big grocery trip a week. This equals more efficiency and money saved! My type-A self loves efficiency and saving money! The world is a happier place...

O.k. I will now get off my feeble, partly-broken soap-box and go back to blogging about poop on a playset tomorrow...

9 Comments:

At 8:59 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I am with you, semi-hippie SAHM whose husband is obsessed with saving grocery money! =) Made my virgin grocery-getting voyage to Meijer today. It was packed, I was disoriented . . . but it really IS cheaper. Let's bounce some Everyday Food recipe ideas off each other sometime this week. And I would love the recipes for the cleaning stuff.

 
At 8:53 AM, Blogger Shawn said...

Just for the record - Because I know it will come up.

THE MARGARITA BALL IS 100% ORGANIC AND WHEN FILLED IS 100% GREEN.

 
At 12:12 PM, Blogger loveball said...

i'm single with no kids yet i've caught the show jon and kate plus 8 on occasion and that kate kicks ass and really is impressive. but i have to admit - i LOVE any cleaning product in a wipe form. Windex wipes, Pledge wipes, Clorox wipes, scrubbing bubbles wipes....and are Oreos organic? whatevs.

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger amanda said...

I am totally with you on going green! I've been putting off 100% organic (or as close as possible) because I'm so darn cheap myself... but honestly, after seeing an episode of J&K+8 (and her saying that it is a gift to her children) it really put it into perspective for me. Glad to see someone else is as into that show as much as I am! haha! Makes me want to have a whole brood of kids!

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Kellie said...

I'd love to go all organic. I have no reason as to why I haven't.

I don't cook. Maybe that's why? No, I didn't think so, either.

Baby steps, I guess.

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger Meg Sister said...

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At 4:54 PM, Blogger Meg Sister said...

Marias friend went green on her cleaning products and had an incident recently where one of her toddler sons got into the cleaning supplies and actually consumed some of it. She was freaked but luckily, none of her cleaning supplies were toxic because of her switch and he was totally in the clear. Scary to think what would have happened had she not switched her stuff over. In conclusion - as guardian - I support your green efforts!!

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger Meg Sister said...

ps. the creepy deleted comment above was me...I had a typo in the orginal!

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger Megz said...

"The answer my friends, is blowin in the wind...the answer is blowin in the wind..."
Ok, just felt this post needed a little Bob Dylan to really drive it home...
Also, it's windy as hell today.

 

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