Getting ready to P.A.R.T.Y

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j party 011January and February are always busy for our family because there are so many birthday’s.In January we celebrated Malcolm’s brother Tony’s birthday and his Mum’s birthday as well as my Gran’s and now it’s Malcolm’s birthday on Thursday and Petals birthday on Saturday. Can’t believe she’s turning 2 already, I know it’s a clich√© but the time really has flown by.

After work I went into the card shop to buy some cards and on the till was a little dog holding a heart in its mouth that I brought for the other kids to give to her. Not sure what we are going to give her? all the kids are given so much ( I guess that what happens when your kids are the only grandchildren, nieces and nephews on each side of the family). My Mum rang at the weekend asking what she would like and I think I quite undiplomatically begged her not to buy anything too big. She suggested buying her some clothes which sounded like a good idea to me ūüôā

Soapnuts.

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Sapindus mukorossi- Soap Nuts

 

Laundry…the chore that never ends! At least in our household, no matter how much I try and do there always seems like another 1 or 2 or 3 more loads of laundry needing to be done. And, I have a confession – I have a thing about buying washing powder as a treat. Is that a weird this to admit? I don’t mean I only wash our clothes as a¬† treat haha but that I usually buy only the cheaper washing powder day to day and buy a more expensive one only sometimes.

Anyhow, the quest for soapnuts  doubled up into a bit of a homeschooling lesson for Flower last night as she sat next to me whilst I looked them up on the internet after finding a reference to them in the book I mentioned in my last post.

For anyone unfamiliar with soapnuts they aren’t actually nuts but a fruit found on a tree. I believe that they contain saponin a soap that lathers when it comes into contact with water. Soapnuts have apparently been used in Asia and Native America for thousands of years.

You can get them cheap on the internet, It seems to have lots of positive reviews and the only criticism I found so far from one reviewer is that the recent batch of soapnuts were not create quite as much lather as another batch that they had but still did the job- so sounds promising.

Instruction wise¬† I’ve read that you place between 3 and 6 in a muslin bag into the main drum and they last for about 5 washes, although many people tend yo use them until they start to disintegrate and then throw them on the compost.

I’m hoping to buy some off the net in the next couple of weeks and then I will write a review up on them then.

Some inspiration and a start.

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Imperfectly-Natural-Baby-Toddl-29119This afternoon whilst the girls were playing with their home-made playdough, I was thinking about how to put my green challenge that I posted about this morning into action and it got me thinking that I had a book somewhere on tips and products on how to live a greener lifestyle.

I had brought the book when Petal was probably 3 or 4 months old because I passed it in the local pound shop when I was looking for something else and thought it looked like an interesting read and I think when I got home I skimmed through a couple of the pages and then left it to sit on the bookshelf.

So, with the girls preoccupied in their activity this afternoon I made myself a cup of tea and started reading it. To be honest some of things that I read about disposable nappies and the contents of the  products that you put on your family skin and use around the home really made me wish that I had read the book 2 years ago.

Near the end of the book is a section for healthy snacks  for toddlers and one of the recipes is for apple crisps. Very simple just cut the apple into thin slices of apple rings place under  a hot grill, crisp and sprinkle cinnamon (in our case nutmeg as we are out of cinnamon) which I made for a evening snack. It was eaten before I could take any picture but according to the young critics of the house it was yummy and tasted of apple pie! Sounds like it could be a keeper.

Our little green family challenge.

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It’s only 11.03 am here on the 8th February 2014 and so far I’ve managed to change the toddlers disposable nappy and wiped her bottom with standard wet wipes.I’ve cleaned the house with the usual chemical products that I normally do. We’ve also cleaned our teeth from a well known normal toothpaste brand and given the girls non-organic fruit for breakfast-sprayed with well I’m not sure what?

It’s Saturday morning and for a Saturday this morning is all pretty normal for us. But, I have to be honest and say I don’t like all the chemicals I’m exposing our little family to every single day in our home.

So, It leaves me thinking is there an alternative?

Well, I know that there is, I only  have to look in the health shops in our town, one a locally owned business and the other a national chain store to find an alternative to all that I have listed above but  with that luxury carries a rather expensive price tag and we are a young family with a low income trying to save every penny that we can.

I’m doubting the viability of being a green family due to our home?

You see I look at green living as an ideal and to me where I am at now that ideal really can only be met by either those who able to afford dearer products and food or those who have the space to live off their land. We live in a 3-bed mid-terrace property with a court yard that is only capable of holding a wheelie-bin and Malcolm and the kids bikes. I would loved to be proved wrong o however, I must admit I’m skeptical.

So to the challenge…

It’s simple to teach myself how to get our family as green and as healthy¬† as possible spending no more money than we spend now.

Wish me luck.