- Grow your own food. Gardening is suprisingly easy, especially if you start from plants instead of seeds but of course buying seeds is much more cost-effective. For example, one organic zucchini plant cost me $4 but one package of about 50 heritage, organic, Zucchini seeds from a small supplier cost me only $2. Gardening is a fun activity to do with kids too. When my daughter was an infant I wore her in a front sling when I was in the garden, & when she started wanting to help more I gave her a little plastic shovel & she mixed the soil up beside me.
- Not only can you make your own food but for those with little ones… make delicious fresh organic baby food for pennies. Pureeing baby food & packaging it in freezer trays for later is also a fun activity to do with bigger children.
- If you can’t or prefer not to harvest your own do your gest to buy local & in season. You will save money, support your local farms & economy, & neighbors. You will also save on the emissionsthat the trucks give off bringing their lot from california or mexico to your super market.
- When you need fresh produce & local is not available, buy organic! Organic is not only better for your health but better for the environment, saving the soil, the water supply, & the wildlife, just to name a few 😉
- Make large batches of food with fresh ingredients or fully cooked dinners & freeze excess in BPA free freezer trays.
- Note, if you freeze baby food & you find your baby doesn’t like that particular vegetable, don’t worry, adding those pureed veggies to tomatoe sauce, melted cheesees, & mashed potatoes works great for adding whole foods & vitamins to meals in a sneaky way.
Great blog post. In my opinion, there’s always a scientist, always a person, who will have a different opinion. So while most are talking about the benefits of organic foods, one has totalk about the negatives, I suppose that’s just human nature to 1- be different 2- be righteous 3- make a profit i.e. who funded these scientists? Was it kraft foods? Was it a fast food corportation?
Do you eat real, organic food? If you do, you must be a jerk, according to a new ridiculous ‘scientific study’ that most likely has financial ties to factory farm corporations and junkfood makers across the planet. Instead of discussing the wide variety of health benefits of eating real food — the kind made without harmful pesticides that actually make you stupid, the researchers use participants to show how ‘eating organic can make you a jerk’. Now spanning the mainstream media headlines, the ‘scientists’ use the fact that those who eat organic are ‘stingier with their volunteering’ time as one of the reasons as to why it could ‘make you a jerk’.
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Did you know that the law allows manufacturers to ask the FDA to grant “trade secret” status for any ingredient. If the FDA grants the request the substance does not have to be listed on the label.
So not only now are companies packing their cosmetics with synthetic ingredients, adding one organic substance and labeling it ‘natural’ (because they say so), now they aren’t even liable to tell us exact what is in it.
I believe there is a responsibility of businesses and craftsmen to consumers, to respect their health and integrity by disclosing ALL ingredients. Not just the ones they WANT you to know about.
For instance, the shady practice of labeling items as “Active Ingredients” and then in small print on the bottom are the “Inactive Ingredients,” where most of the chemicals are listed as stabilizers and aids to ascetic appeal like consistency and coloring. This is done with the pretense to trick the eye of the consumer. That is a sad game that some big businesses play, because by misleading their customers into thinking they are getting a natural product and hiding the caustic ingredients, they’re damaging the customer’s trust, loyalty, and overall health & wellness.
For me, I don’t think I miss my mother any more on holidays than I do when I can’t sleep & I reach to call her because I think she’s working the night shift and fiddling with her phone, or when I’m hurting & I just want to lay in bed next to her and watch a funny movie, or when I drive my truck (which was hers) and I remember her singing off key while she drove wildly.
I can tell you I am certainly not over my mother’s death, even now years later. But really, how long does it take to forget your mother? I hope never.
But I am content with the loss of her, I am grateful to have had the 19 amazing years with her I had & grateful still to have today even without her because I am with myself, my daughter, my partner, & everyone who makes up my family & community.
While my mother was alive she taught me how to survive, as a mother should. With her death my mother taught me to live well and live now.
For those of you who’ve lost your mother or any loved one: I know it hurts, believe me I do, but the pain lessens over memories and the joy increases. I wish you the best in your process, and wish you all a happy and joyful Mother’s Day.
So we have decided to continue blogging on wordpress, mainly because I didn’t want to leave the database here. I think it’s so great to be able to scroll through topics and talk with other writers, moms, and business owners. I just wanted to say hello to all my followers & fellow bloggers out there. I’ve been busy on a new line of products & so haven’t written in awhile, but I’m back at the keyboard.
For those interested, check out the new website: www.daughterotmoon.com
It’s still a bit naked, I’ll be adding articles & a fully functioning pay pal store soon enough.
All the best,