This past weekend while Alexander and I enjoyed six busy days at the stuga I finished the next book on my list, Green Babies, Sage Moms. In the past year we have been taking steps to be a more "environmentally friendly" family. We walk to places whenever possible, bring our reusable bags to the store, use CFL light bulbs, etc. While these have all been important (and rather easy) changes to make I did not feel that I was doing enough. Then I saw the book at the library and it caught my attention. It touched on a lot of different issues, some that I was already aware of and others that I knew little about. At times I was ready to get rid of all our furniture and mattresses and buy everything in toxin-free sustainable materials. What I came to realize is that all the life-style changes that we had previously made were good for the Earth and thereby good for us. This book made me aware of changes that I can make that are good for us and thereby good for the Earth. At the end of each chapter the author gave suggestions in various "shades" of green. She talked about little changes that you could make, such as washing your clothes in fragrance-free detergent, to "evergreen" changes you could make, such as washing your clothes in baking soda and cold water only. After completing the book and reflecting on our daily lives I have decided to set three green goals.
1) Use paraben - free lotions and skin products from now on.
2) Avoid bringing any synthetic fragrances into our home, through cleaners, candles, perfumes, etc.
3) Reduce our dependence on plastics for toys and food storage and avoid plastic numbers 3, 6 and 7 altogether (which sadly includes my Nalgene bottles).
It is my hope that by making these small changes I am providing a cleaner, safer and ultimately healthier home for all of us. How about you? Do any of you have any advice or green goals of your own?
Monday, July 21, 2008
A few weeks ago Eric went to Chicago for a work related conference. As I had just finished school, Alexander and I were able to tag along. I know there are many people that we were not able to see but with Eric being tied up for most of the day and Alexander and I downtown and relying on public transportation (which was a challenge considering the closest el stop was closed for repairs!) our time was a little limited. We were able to spend some time with the Karlsons, Andrew and Amy and have trip to the zoo with Andrew F. Alexander was a trooper on the plane and enjoyed staying in the hotel which had lots of doors for him to open and close as much as he wanted to!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
As summer is now in full swing I have begun my summer reading. I always try to read 10 books over the summer break. With our trip to Chicago I was off to a good start, finishing two by the end of the week! I can not guarantee that I will continue at that pace. Most of what I read is light fictional reading that goes by quick which makes my goal of 10 a little more attainable. I decided to keep a list of the books and thought that I would put it as a feature on the blog in case anyone else is looking for a suggestion. The book at the top of the list in the one that I am currently working on. Let me know if you have finished anything recently that you would recommend.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
For the past few years the state of CT has held an Open House Day to encourage tourism. Many of the museums and locations throughout the state open their doors to the public for free. As we live in the historic district, there were a few places right down the street from us that we have never gone to so we took this opportunity to go inside. We brought Alexander to the Cove Warehouse, the Hurlbert-Dunham House, the Keeney Memorial Center and then to the Creamery for his first taste of ice cream. It was a warm but enjoyable day!