Eco Warrior Wanna Be

One of the things that I am feeling strongly and thinking about a lot at the moment is our health and our environment. I have started looking at small changes that I can make here as a family.

I know that we have to rehaul our diet completely, and start eating healthier full stop, without even taking in the environmental impact of what we’re eating. But we just need to start with the health factor! The baby is almost 6 months, and definitely once the kids go back to school in September, we’ll start to have more of a structure on our days and be able to plan our meals properly. Summer holidays are a bit hit and miss with meals and sticking to menu planning!

But as an immediate thing I decided to change was our deodorants, to more natural deodorants. There are three of us using deodorants in the house, and two were using spray cans and I was using a roll on antiperspirant. So I bought two different brands of natural deodorants, and we’re moving over to these. And I’m impressed to be honest, I’ll post about them a different day, but I really feel that these are a change to help our health.

Another easy change we can make is in our drinks bottles, and in the daily sandwich wrappers (cling film and tin foil) so I’m changing these too. I have other ideas that I want to implement slowly. I’m trying a new more natural foundation, I have ordered some natural skincare products. Then there are cleaning products, laundry options, tooth brushes and pastes and hair and body wash options to name a few! I am obviously not going to just throw out all the products we already have, but I feel that as we use up things, I will replace them with a more environmentally friendly natural version – if feasible.

I am also giving cloth nappies a go. I’m kind of cheating a bit on this one. I’m mainly using disposable inserts – which say that they are biodegradable, but there’s conflicting information online about them (as in how they need to be disposed of to be biodegradable). But a normal nappy takes something like 500-600 years to breakdown in landfill, and this baby goes through so many nappies in a day because she doesn’t like having a damp bum at all. So regardless, a disposable insert that is made of bamboo and wood pulp and potato starch glue has to be better than a fully plastic and gel nappy.

There are all little changes that we can make, and every little change has to make a help, whether personally for our own health or for the health of the planet.

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July Spring Cleaning Week!

This week the plan is to sort our house. The kids have been told they won’t be allowed out to play with their friends this week, unless they do the jobs they had been told they were to get done at the start of the summer… and they haven’t even looked at!

There seems to be an added incentive. Their friends mother has downloaded an app where you can add financial rewards for jobs done, and my kids have been telling me about it all week. So this morning I downloaded it to see what it was like. And since, every time I’ve asked them to do a job they’ve asked will they be getting app money for this?! So they want to be doing jobs so that they get money in their app. Its looking like it might be an expensive app lol.

But I am hoping that having a chance to gut the house and reorganise it will make for an easier day to day life, which in turn will help with my head and mental health. I’m definitely struggling with getting everything done, and I’ve very little time to actually do anything, seeing as the baby is particularly hard work (they all are hard work! this one just wants to be on the go even though she’s not even 6 months yet)

So that’s the plan for this week!

Get happy, or make a change

One of my motto’s in life is that if you’re not happy with things as they are, either make a change or find a way to be happy with it as is.

Don’t live your life complaining about how things are, and make no changes to your life. That’s pointless, and annoying to others around you.

I realised it years ago when myself and one of my friends were complaining about our situations, and I realised we were still complaining about the same things as the year before. I decided what was the point. I thought about it, and decided that I wasn’t going to make any changes (ie move town or change relationship etc), so therefore to make myself happy with things the way they were. So I did.

I’ve started reading a book this week (Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes) and at the start of it, the woman speaking says that she’s married to a professor of happiness (a job I’d love!!) and that basically our levels of happiness are down to our Expections divided by our Reality. And to change our level of happiness, either change your expectations or your reality. Which is basically the realisation I had a decade ago.

It is not neccessarily that you need to lower your expectations, but just change them. If something is realistically not going to happen in your current situation, and there is no way you can change it, change when you want it to happen or how it will happen. On a really superficial level, if you want to go on a ski holiday, but you’re a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom!), not enough spare finances and a 5.5month old baby, then the reality is that you’re not going to be going on a ski holiday this year or next year. So instead of wishing constantly you could go, then plan to go in five years, and look at how you can financially plan for it (ie if holiday is going to cost 5,000 in five years, then it’ll be only 20e a week for the next five years). Now your expectations have been managed, and you actually have a plan of how you can turn the plan into a reality.

On the more difficult side of it, if you hate the town you live in or your family members, they’re not as easy to make a plan to change even down the line. But you can think of different ways to change your expectations and reality, so instead look at the positives of the town you live in and only focus on them. Make a plan as to how to either distance yourself from your family members or find more positive ways to interact with them. Do something about it though is the point, don’t just continue on as you are. If you continue doing the same thing, you will end up with the same result. If you want to be happier with your life, you need to manage your expectations vs. your realities.

Life is busy!

I’d love to get organised for getting on here and actually writing – but my god life is busy!

I’m a mum of 4 kids now. And a lot of days I feel I’m struggling. It is tough going. I’ve an almost 12 year old, an 8 year old, a 4 year old and a 5.5month old. They’re all at different stages, they all want to be doing different things at different times. But they all need to be fed and have their clothes washed – and they all make a mess lol! So my life kind of consists of running around bringing them to their activities, feeding them, cleaning up and doing laundry! Hard to fit anything else in. Particularly as the baby is hard work – she wants to be up and involved in everything all the time. She’s very active already, and you put her down and she pulls herself off her mats and across the floor – usually after dirty shoes!

On top of the day to day running of things here, I’m trying to sort out our finances, plan for Christmas (yes I know its only July, but we’ve a huge list!), do things with the kids, get some my dads accounts done and sort out our house – its so full of stuff, and it is very small (compact!), so I’d love to minimalise. And I’ve recently decided we really need to do more for our health and for the environment, and have taken to looking into eco-friendly alternatives. I currently have hundreds of tabs open on my computer and my phone – and my brain feels like that too!!

Oh and on top of that, I need to start looking after myself too, do something with my weight, eat healthy and exercise, work on my physio exercises for my pelvis and back and drink water. And thats only for my physical health, I need to take care of my mental health too, even having a bath or reading a book, or catching up with friends.

It’s all go here, but hopefully I’ll make it on here more!