Going organic?

After some long thought, research and planning I’m happy to say our family is “going organic”!!!! This has been something I’ve been wanting to do but honestly I was a little scared and totally at a loss of where to start.
For me it all started with Facebook posts about food being recalled. It seems like every day some juice pouch or ground beef is being recalled for horrifying reasons. It really made me think about the trash I was allowing to enter our family. So I started my research. I won’t go into detail, but it made me realize we needed a change. For those of you that are wanting to take the plunge into the organic world here are some helpful tips.

* Talk to your spouse/significant other. Together decide if it’s right for your family. A lot of people aren’t concerned about going organic. I view it the same way I view religion, what I believe may not be the same thing you believe and that’s ok.

* If you are worried about the financial issue, don’t be. Well…if you have 10 kids and go through a gallon of milk a day it may take some budgeting. Shop around. You would be surprised at what your local grocery store has in stock. Check out your local farmers markets and try out that organic store you’ve never been to.

* Start small. Not everything in your pantry needs to be organic. We’ve decided anything that comes from an animal will be organic. A few other things like juice are too. When you try to make EVERYTHING organic it can be overwhelming. I decided to start there because I’m very passionate about animal rights and I know how horrible the meat and dairy industry are. Trust me I would be vegan but I love bacon way to much! What really made me stick to my decision was when I was at sam’s club and saw chicken breast bigger than my head!! I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen a chicken that damn big! Think about how much of that is actual chicken and how much is hormones.

* If you are still unsure start with personal hygiene products. I have been using a body wash by Nubian Heritage and it’s like heaven in a bottle! I’ve also swapped my face wash, toothpaste, conditioner, and deodorant. Read up about the chemicals that are put in your regular products.

* Research, research, research!! Learn how to read labels. Learn that USDA certified organic and all natural are two completely different things.

* Start a small garden. This is something I still need to do. I can’t wait to grow my own potatoes and squash! It’s easy and you know exactly what is on your food.

I hope this helps anyone wondering where to start their organic transition. Don’t stress.

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15 things I want my daughters to know

Last night I had a pretty deep conversation with my 7 year old. It started out with her asking if she could stay home from school because she doesn’t like school ( that’s the first time I’ve heard that). I told her she needs to go to school and do good so she can get a good job when she’s older. She told me ” I don’t want to work, I want to stay home like you”. Woah, I had to explain to her all the things that moms do and that made her change her mind lol. It got me thinking of all the things I want my girls to know. In this day and age it’s so hard to make sure our daughters are getting the right influences, it’s actually terrifying! Here’s a short list of 15 things I want our daughters to know.

1.) You are beautiful no matter what. No matter what you wear, what anyone tells you, or what society thinks you should look like.

2.) Always help people. Even if you have nothing to give, offer anything to help.

3.) We (your father and I) will always be there for you. Even when you are acting like a turd 🙂

4.) Listen to your elders. Not just listen as in “do what they say” but actually listen. Pull up a chair and listen to them talk about the good ole’ days.

5.) Just be you. Never change who you are for anyone!

6.) Friends and boyfriends will come and go, and that’s ok. Sometimes it’s a blessing in disguise.

7.) Do good in school. So when you grow up you can get a good job and you will never need to rely on another person.

8.) Never base your happiness on another person/relationship. You will get let down, be happy on your own and you will make others happy.

9.) Never let a day go by without thanking God. Even if it’s a rough day, thank him for letting you wake up each morning.

10.) You can be anything you want to be. If you choose to have a career or be a stay at home mom, it’s ok.

11.) Always voice your opinion, it matters. But be prepared for not everyone to agree with it.

12.) Be a gracious winner and loser.

13.) Always act like a lady.

14.) Learn how to cook, not for anyone else. But learn for yourself, microwave meals can only get you so far.

15.) You are loved by so many.

Of course I could go on forever about things I want them to know! What would you add to the list?

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New year, same me….maybe

Christmas has come and gone, how sad! We got to spend the holiday with my husband and his family in Alabama. It was great even though it was short. We are back in North Carolina and just finished Christmas with my family tonight! Now it’s time to clean my messy house and settle back in. This past year has brought us so many changes, the biggest of course being my husband living in a different state. I’m hoping this year isn’t as crazy but you never know with our family!
I’m not big on the whole new year resolution thing, but there are things I want to work on this year…
* staying positive
* redecorate my house
* being a better mom and wife
* trying to be healthier lol
* blog more
* doing more arts and crafts
* going to see my horse more (which is tough with my 2 year old)
* going to church, we do this but I would like to be more involved
* expand my dog grooming business
I’m sure there are plenty more but these are the top things I know I can do. I’ve gotten in a rut and now I’ve decided to get myself out! I’m a little late with it but better late than never 🙂

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When do we tell our kids the truth about Santa?

Hello everyone!!! After yet another break I’m back! We had a wonderful thanksgiving. My husband was able to visit us for the weekend and I had to cherish every second we had together. Then the day he left I got sick! I’m finally getting over this cold, thank god.

Right now I want to talk about the lovely month that is December. There’s something magical about it. All of a sudden on December 1st a wave of magic comes over all of the little children that were brats all year and turns them into little saints. It’s magic right?? No.
Why is it that just because it’s Christmas we have taught our children that you really only need to be good for a month? Why do we go into debt, take out loans, stress ourselves out because of Christmas? Because we have taught our children there is a jolly old man with unlimited resources that will bring them everything they ask for. We have set ourselves up for failure. Of course it’s fun to see the little ones light up when they see Santa at the mall, I’m not denying that. But what do we do when we can’t afford a big extravagant Christmas? I’m debating on letting our kids know the truth about Santa this year.
With my husband stationed in Florida we are pretty much stretched to our max. I don’t want to let my kids down but when a 7 year old starts asking for an iPad or cell phone like all her little friends at school I think it’s time. I think children need to know that for one, Christmas isn’t about how many presents you get, and some times mommy and daddy can’t afford to give you everything you WANT. My kids in no way go without. They have more than they need. I think that’s what got me thinking about this. Last year we went all out for our kids, and they haven’t touched a thing since then! This year we are doing the 3 gift approach. Like the 3 wise men brought to baby Jesus. I told them if 3 gifts is good enough for Jesus then it’s good enough for you! I think it’s the right time for my oldest daughter to know about Santa. Of course the two year old won’t understand. I’m not going to shout out ” Santa isn’t real!” Lol but I will sit her down and let her know that mommy and daddy are Santa. I always knew my parents were my “santa” and I didn’t have to go to therapy because of it. It actually made appreciate everything I got more. I knew my parents took their hard earned money to buy me things and that made it really important to me.
Now for the part I think people will have a problem with. If your child has been a brat all year long why do you feel obligated to buy them Christmas presents? If they don’t deserve it any other time of the year what difference does Christmas morning make? I think that’s a good way to raise an entitled adult. It shows them they can act however they want and still be rewarded for it! I think this ties in with them knowing the truth about Santa. Of course no one wants their child to wake up on Christmas morning and run to an empty tree. So instead of being the Grinch tell them they will be giving for Christmas. Bake cookies take them to a nursing home, make goody bags for the homeless. Have them volunteer at a soup kitchen, that is really what this season is about. I’ll be doing it with my kids and I hope they truly understand how important it is. At church the girls got to put together shoeboxes with presents for children who weren’t as fortunate as them and I’m so happy they did. My 7 year old told me all about it and she wanted to give some of her toys to these kids, that made me extremely proud.

So to sum up this extremely long post…show your kids the TRUE meaning of Christmas. We already live in a world full of entitled people don’t create another one.

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