it has been a long time since i posted. time to get back into the swing of blogging. my going green adventures have not only continues but have become much easier. with ease comes fun. the earth friendly tree hugging type of fun.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Posted by Darlin at 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Every mom does it. We don't want to and we hardly ever admit it..but we all are in competition with each other. Each and every one of us wants to be a better mother than the neighbor. It might be who discipline better, dresses their kids better, or plays with their child better. Moms love to one up each other. Well, I had my moment the other day. I was so envious because I realized another mother had if figured out better than I.
Normally, I work very hard to provide healthy lunches. I don't like to feed my kids a lot of processed junk. But when faced with the on the go moments I do tend to grab the easiest thing..and that is usually crap. So for Jr's field trip I packed some chips and peanut butter bagels. The kids were delighted..a rare treat of junk always has them on cloud nine. I looked around the lunch table and realized that the other mothers had packed similar lunches. So I breathed a sigh of relief...I'm not the only mom that can't figure the on the go meals. Then uber hippie mom sits down. She unfolds her lunch bag and provides for her child nuts, lettuce and tomato sandwich, and an orange. Why didn't I think to do that????? She had no salty dollar store chips! She didn't use yucky plastic bags! She had reusable wear! There was no water bottle she had a reusable cup filled with juice. I was so jealous that I didn't do that! An ugly green monster reared it's ugly ugly head. Why does it gotta be so damn hard to be green?
Posted by Darlin at 1:44 PM
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The men in my life love to wash the truck. It's their favorite weekend chore and I love to sit back and watch them scrub tires with pride. Today, while loading up pictures from this weekend, it came to me...How Eco friendly can washing your car be?
To be honest the thought hadn't occurred to me that my car cleaners weren't green. So I started googling and realized the damage of our weekend ritual. From what I read it seems on avg we are wasting 140 gallons of water. ForShame! How had it not occurred to me if running water while brushing teeth is wasteful; then of course rinsing a car must be ludicrous?
I can't keep my lil boys from the chore they love so much and I was feeling at a lost but always the optimist I started googling for better solutions. I found some great alternatives for cleaning your vehicle with out wasting water or putting icky chemicals onto the ground. Check out http://www.freedomwaterlesscarwash.com/ to learn more.
Posted by Darlin at 12:16 PM
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I know the North's weather isn't as sizzly hot as the South but this is insain. 60 degree nights in JULY? It's maddness. Where's my hot sultry tanning weather? Some say we are working our way into a new ice age. That's why the weather is so unusual.
I imagine my self permanatly frozen in my Dodge Durango with an oreo in my mouth. Historians 100s of years from now will point and blame. They will go through my home and see my cell phone plugged into the wall, three computers running, lights left on, my husband frozen over the sink brushing his teeth with the water running, and my sons frozen to the TV. We honestly are trying to "green up" our lives but historians will taste bile in their mouth as they peruse our electronic burdened home. They will point fingers and say "You, you are the reason our Earth looks like poo!" They will be partially right. I am a part of the collective that is finding it hard to change at such a crucial point in history. Will we be too late?
Posted by Darlin at 10:55 AM
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Since my last post I found out I am going to be blessed with my thrid child. This is great news. The throwing up 24/7, well not so much. It's been a rough time. And the doc apts are insain. I don't remember visiting the doc so much. I ve gone to two apts this week and still have one left. So besides feeling Green Im not acting very Green.
First the smell of food is the number one enemy so Ive fixed the children frozen meals for the last two weeks b/c I can't handle cooking. (NOT GREEN) Plus, all the driving over creation...Bad carbon footprint! Sending Nick for takeout...Bad carbon footprint! And like flushing the toliet a thousand times per throwup...not good water use. Who knew having a baby, something so natural, could be so UNGREEN! What's a prego to do?
Well, it's a struggle. I've got a lot of balls in the air but I won't let myself feel overwhelmed. I am challenging my self to have a very Green pregnancy. Any ideas? Advice? Come on people, it's gotta be possiable!
Posted by Darlin at 4:59 PM
Monday, June 22, 2009
Walk over to your fridge....You just bought some apples, potatoes, celery. Yum. Did you buy this yummy food from a grocery story? Yea, I thought so. Well, did you know that your food on average traveled 1,200 miles before it reached your fridge? Eww. That doesn't sound so yummy does it? An Eco-minded person, like yourself, understands food traveling from one region to another leaves behind a big carbon foot print. We don't want that, do we?
To lower your carbon foot print why not find a farmer's market where food is locally made and in season. Double YumO! Better yet, look for the Organic seal! Organic fruits and veggies do not get sprayed with pesticides making them much healthier for yourself and your world. (Yes, our government has no problem with poisioning the people!) Hey you don't have to change your whole lifestyle because I said so, look it up. Do your own research and you will come to the same conclusions I and many Americans are comming too. It's an overwhelming problem and these are just simple tips to save our Earth and your dinner!
Posted by Darlin at 2:19 PM
Monday, June 15, 2009
I just read Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. Not only was this read eye opening but possiably life changeing. I say possiably because I have not quiet decided if "Vegan" way is the lifestyle for me. I hate not trusting what I put in my mouth. Looking at my poo filled hamburgers and hormone infested chicken; does kind of ruin my appetite.
So is it fear that is making me change or fact? My B/F/F seems woried it's more fear than fact. Although, she is supportive, I know she thinks her dear friend has gone overboard. Or have I? How many studies have I read that lead to my fear of meat? Too many, but our these studies correct? I don't know. No, you can't always believe what you read or hear. People get paid to make the ugly look good, to make the unhealthy seem tastier, ect. Authors, like Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, are bringing light to issues most were not privy too. But a meat lover could claim they are being payed too. Each individual has to read this information and form an educated opinion. I believe that the meat companies are not as sanitary as we would like them to be. I also believe that we can live healthy lives without meat. It may take me awhile to figure out if a Vegan or Vegetarian eating style is right for my family, but until then I will keep learning all I can in order to protect my family. Cuz, ultimately at the end of the day the only reason I am "going green" is for the sake of my children.
Posted by Darlin at 4:58 PM