Thursday, May 13, 2010

Taking a minute to inform...

Let me take a minute to explain a few things. I am not trying to sound sarcastic or bitchy but I feel like a lot of people do a double take when they hear things and possibly do some whispering behind my back. Neither bother me and people can say what they want but I just feel like I should address it. So if you read my blog then you are in the know!!!

1. Cloth Diapers - We are using them for many reasons. The main reason is that we can get a lifetime supply for $300.00-$400.00. Do you know how expensive regular diapers are? Do you know how fast you go through them? Do you know how long they stay in landfills? They take 500 years to decompose. That is crazy to me. I cant imagine the amount of diapers sitting in landfills for the next 500 years. I used disposable diapers with Owen and we only have 495 years to go until his are decomposed. That is just gross. Landfills are running out of room. I know my using cloth diapers wont make all the difference in the world but it will help. Then there are those little gel crystals that spill out of the diaper when it gets too wet. They sit on the babies soft, sensitive skin for how ever long. That cant be good. Especially if you have a girl. That can cause major infection. So those are just some of the reasons I am using cloth diapers. I am excited to try them and open minded enough to know if they don't work out for us we will try something else even if it is using disposables. But for now we want to give it a fair shot. Don't worry, we will show everyone who wants to know how to change the diaper.

2. Glass Bottles - Those of you that know me well know that I dont use plastic. We stopped using plastic almost two years ago. There have been conflicting reports about BPA and what it does to your body. I chose to not listen to any reports and make my own decision. ALL PLASTICS ARE BAD!!!! They all have chemicals and every 5-10 years a new report will come out linking some kind of cancer to plastic. So we have gotten rid of most plastics in our house. We don't use plastic with anything hot. We do have a plastic Britta Water Filter but that doesn't leach harmful chemicals into our water as it never gets hot. We don't use plastic water bottles. Now if we are somewhere and that is the only option I will drink from a plastic bottle. I cringe at the thought and feel like I taste the plastic but I do it. In two years I can honestly say I have drank from a plastic bottle 10 times give or take. I have dramatically cut the use of plastics in my life. So we are using glass bottles. That's just it. You can laugh, talk, say all you want but I don't want to use any plastic. At one point in time glass was used for everything (babies and toddlers included). Plastic came about when manufacturers realized how cheap it would be to use it. Well I will pay a little more for glass products knowing I am restricting the amount of chemicals that go into my body. Gosh, I could go on and on!!!! I will not because then I will be preaching.

3. We do not use paper towels in our house. While it only takes them a few weeks to decompose they are just a waste of money. I often times miss having them in my house for sanitary reasons and convenience. But we use wash cloths and its just as effective.

All in all we try to live healthy. When my grandmothers passed away two a few years ago and one this past September, it hit me hard that I need to change the way I live to live a long life. I quit smoking, changed my eating habits and the way I live. Slowly but surely stripping useless chemicals from my life and the life of the ones I love. I don't force my ways on anyone ever, I don't judge others for not seeing things the way I do and I hope that others don't judge me. I just want to live a long, healthy life. I am not crazy when it comes to this. I am open minded and realize that I cant protect myself and my family from everything. Owen eats canned goods from time to time and Brian does all the time. Owen drinks bottled water when ever he gets the chance because he likes to have his own bottle. He feel like a big boy. I don't fight him. I just limit it. I have gotten him canteens and he is not a fan. So like I said, I am not nuts about it I just try to limit his exposure and mine as much as I can.

No one asked me to explain this. I just felt like sharing.

1 comment:

Bill said...

I am so proud of you doing what you believe. So many people talk the talk...but you walk the walk and you are setting a great example for Owen. You are also setting a great example for the rest of us! I love you and you do not have to explain yourself to anyone. I'm glad I raised you to be your own person! Love, Mom

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