6 Things Every Green Mom Needs In Her Bag

6 Things Every Green Mom NeedsEvery Mom has several necessities in her bag but when you are green mom some of the things in your bag may be a little different. Here is a list of 6 things you must have no matter what age your children are:

Snacks in a stainless container or fabric bag. I never leave the house with my kids with out least one container with pretzels or popcorn in it. In the summer I often have three or four so we do not have to go home from the park just because we are hungry. Using a stainless steel containers is better because it does not leak or get crushed. [Read more…]

How To Teach Preschoolers Environmentalism

Welcome to the April 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Natural Kids.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our carnival participants have written posts about how they communicate with their children about natural living and how they implement those changes with their kids.

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As a parent of a 1 and almost 4-year-old I am constantly working on teaching them environmentalism in our everyday life. I think it is actually quite easy. Here are some tips on how to work environmental lessons into your preschoolers life.

The two of us cooking together... she is wearing my apron!

The two of us cooking together… she is wearing my apron!

Cooking: On of the best things we can do for our kids is to teach them how to eat healthy. My daughter helps me make the lunches for her, her brother and I every morning. She is stuck in a typical preschooler rut of wanting to eat the same thing. As she watches me give her younger brother a variety of food each day and she sees what I eat she has branched out and tried some new food that are equally if not more healthy than before.

Food shopping: My kids love the grocery store, they are devastated if I go without them particularly my daughter. I am able to ask them what they want to eat and let them pick out new things to try. I tell them what the different fruits and vegetables are when we are in the produce section and sometimes I quiz her on what things are. It is a great adventure and it has taught them both so much about food. I love the fact that they have learned so much about food and where it comes from already. [Read more…]

Introduction to Baby Food Making

Baby Food MakingWhile my son has outgrown baby food I think it is one of the most important things a parent can do to create healthy eating habits for their children. We have to feed children for about the next 18+ years there is no reason why we should take the easy way out to feed them when they are forming their tastes for food.

Is it time-consuming? My answer is NO, it does take time to make batches of food but most baby food I made was in batches and made several servings. Setting aside some time on the weekend on a little bit every day of the week will get you more than a weeks worth of servings.

Is it expensive? Absolutely not, you can buy fresh, organic ingredients and make several servings of fresh food for less than the $1.25 to $2.49 the organic baby food costs per serving. [Read more…]

5 Lessons to Learn from the Baby Bag About Being Green

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Whether you have kids or not you have seen kids and you have seen their parents carrying around baby bags filled with “essentials.” As a mother of two kids, I have thought about just how green this really is. I have tried to figure out when exactly do we abandon these green ways. With a 3-year-old and 1-year-old we are still in the throes of carrying around a baby bag of essentials but have realized already that I really should never stop.

Here are 5 green lessons from the baby bag:

Reusable water bottle. No Mom leaves the house without a sippy cup for their kids. Kids cannot drink out of many cups offered out there and when kids are thirsty they will not stop till they get something to drink, they have not learned to resist the urges. I have definitely gone back into the house to get their cups when I have forgotten. I have learned that I should also make sure that I have my “sippy cup” we all should easily be able to remember our reusable cups when we go out. It will reduce the waste we produce and help us drink healthy liquids (like water not soda). [Read more…]

Green Confession: Cloth Diaper Fail

Welcome to the January 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Confessions.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about areas of their life where they aren’t as “green” as they may want to be.

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I work really hard to live a green lifestyle and make decisions that will protect the planet and the health of my children. But I fell very short on diapering. I used regular diapers for both my kids. The kids I babysat for over 5 years were cloth diapered I knew how to do it, I knew what it was all about. Cloth diapering my own kids was a dream for me, I wanted to do it, but the stars would not align for me… let me explain. [Read more…]