Tonight I had a house party for Healthy Child, Healthy World. I frankly can’t remember how I signed up, but it involved products from Yo Baby and Seventh Generation, two companies I already support and buy from so it seemed like a good fit. We watched a powerful video about keeping our children safe from toxins in the environment and in their food and I was struck by how far I have come in a year. Let me break it down for you.
- I bake all our bread from scratch
- I belong to a CSA
- I buy all organic, local, grass fed beef, chickens, and dairy
- I hired a cleaning company that uses all natural products to clean my house
- I am about ready to start a major purge in my house of plastic toys
- We have thrown out all plastic storage containers and bottles and replaced with BPA free
- I use only reusable shopping bags
- I cook almost all our food from scratch and try and use local, organic food when possible
- I replace my beloved cleaning wipes with non-toxic alternatives
- I bought local, in season produce and canned, froze and made jam from it
- I stopped shaving my legs and armpits
Ok, that last one was just to see if you were paying attention. I still shave. Please don’t check my legs in the winter.
You guys, I just started these changes gradually in January. It wasn’t really a “resolution”, but I had seen and read too much to ignore things anymore. So we just started doing a few things at a time and look where we are now. Nothing was overnight, nothing was drastic. Everything was a baby step here and there that adds up to a lot of changes over 8 months.
As my friends and I sat around tonight everyone talked about changes they have made in their families. I was relieved to see everyone had areas they still needed to probably make changes to, but everyone WAS making changes. It was so encouraging and empowering.
One of the big reasons I started to make changes was because of several blogs I began reading that had different lifestyles than me. Lifestyles that I frankly at one time would have written off as “out there” and “crazy. But little by little they won me over to their crazy, crunchy ways. And I love them for it.
One of those bloggers is a local West Michigan girl, Kelly, over at Kelly the Kitchen Kop. And if you want to dip your toes in the world of “Real Food”, she has the perfect way for you to do it. Real Food For Rookies is an online e-course starting on September 16th with 12 weeks of online classes including videos, downloadable audios, and written materials. But unlike real school, you can watch those classes at your leisure and you have access to them for life. You don’t really have to be a “rookie” to sign up for the class, as I learned very clearly tonight, we all have more we can learn. Here is Kelly to tell you all about the class.
Enrollment ends on Sept 5th and only costs $10 a class. You can sign up from Real Food For Rookies here. And yes, it an affiliate link, but I have been asked to promote other things many times and haven’t because it wasn’t a good fit for me or my readers. I really believe in Kelly and what she is teaching and I know you will learn a ton. I know I have so much more to learn.
If you want to learn, Kelly has generously offered one of my readers a FREE e-course. HOLLA!! That is a $120 value. To enter, leave me a comment telling me why you want to take the course. For extra entries (leave a SEPARATE comment for each one):
- Subscribe to The Diaper Diaries by email or RSS feed
- Follow Kelly the Kitchen Kop on Twitter
- Follow The Diaper Diaries on Twitter
- “Like” The Diaper Diaries on Facebook
Winner will be chosen on Monday August 30th at random. Good luck!!