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I am a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, cosleeping, baby led weaning, extended rear facing, eco conscious, married mommy to two beautiful children. They have changed my view on the world we live in. It is now my number 1 goal to make it the best I can for them to grow up in. I find myself always rethinking how I want to live my life and often feel like sharing my findings and thoughts with others. So I guess here's my chance :o) I will talk about topics that interest me. If you dont like them or dont agree, well... there's nothing much I can do!

Friday, November 29, 2013

When David Suzuki came to Halifax

David Suzuki came to Halifax last Friday. When I first heard the news that he was coming, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to see him. I'm glad I did since tickets for the event sold out very quickly. We even made a whole "date night" out of it by visiting a restaurant that serves local and organic foods. Yum!

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my green journey. I have done lots so far to help reduce my carbon footprint because it was the right thing to do. I never really knew all the specifics about what was going on in our world. The presentation last week was all about climate change (or global warming). There are still skeptics out there but the prevention showed us concrete examples of how climate change is negatively affecting the Maritimes. Alternative renewable energy sources were discussed. Our use of fossil fuels was explained as well.

If the earth warms up a couple degrees, it can have disastrous consequences. It is said that if we burn all the oil that we presently have available, the earth would warm several times the acceptable limit. That doesn't even begin to take in consideration all the oil and natural gas they want to find with exploration.

The clear message was that we need to drastically slow our use of fossil fuels and seek out renewable forms of energy. Today, I am setting up an account with Efficiency NS and will receive a Home Energy Report. I will fill out a survey, it will analyse my monthly power bills, and it will give me loads of suggestions on how to lower our energy use. It will also help me establish goals. Be sure to look out for that post soon!

Do you have any goals related to energy use?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

20 chore Tuesday - Storm preperation

So they are calling for a huge wind and rain storm tomorrow. I would really like to be able to just play with the kids and make tree ornaments. For us to spend the day having fun, that means I have lots of chores for today.

  1. Dishes
  2. Counter
  3. Table
  4. Main floor
  5. Toys
  6. Bench
  7. Footwear
  8. Laundry (and put away)
  9. Vacuum seal maternity clothes
  10. Program thermostats  

Abigail's room
  1. Put books away
  2. Put toys away
Zachary's room
  1. Empty closet
  2. Fold clothes
  3. Store future clothes in closet
  4. Move wall stickers
Meal planning
  1. Plan the week
  2. Grocery list
  3. Cut up and freeze various squashes
  4. Make list of holiday baking
  1. "2014 save energy challenge" blog post
Hopefully I can get all this done today all while listening to Christmas music. Hope the kids cooperate!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Hectic morning comes to an end

What a morning! 530 wake up followed by tantrums and Abigail puking all over the kitchen floor came to an end with this. What I thought was a quick feed turned into a 2+ hour nap for him. Forced me to sit back and relax.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Our quest to be green

My quest started several years ago. I started doing simple things like putting all our organic waste in our green bin for city pickup. Our apartment clothes dryer wasn't the best so I started hanging our clothes to dry. It was nothing really out of the ordinary but soon enough, that would change.

I started doing things that people thought were quite different from most. We became quite good at separating our garbage between compost, recyclables and waste. If we had a bunch of people over, I always tried to make it as easy as possible for our guests to dispose of their garbage correctly. Even with that, I would still go through our garbage after they left because there was always something there that shouldn't be. When I went to work, I would often bring my organic waste home since I was fairly certain our school didn't dispose of it properly.

There are some simple things I do now that make a huge difference. I can't remember the last time I purchased wrapping paper. Several years back, I bought gift bags for the holidays. Since then, after each event (Christmas, birthdays, our wedding), I take the time to neatly fold all the tissue paper and gift bags. Now, whatever the event, we have a huge stash to choose from. Our family have been receiving the same bags for years now.

Last week, Efficiency Nova Scotia came to our home and installed a bunch of products that will lower our energy consumption. There was ZERO cost to me! I encourage everyone to find out if there is a local program that offers anything similar.

My next goal is to keep track of the amount of power and water that is used in our home and to hopefully start seeing a drop. What about you?

Monday, November 4, 2013

The busy life - Trying a routine.

I have always wanted to blog more often.  Sometimes, it seems to be done pretty easily. Sometimes not.  Lately, I walk around with all these topics but finding the time to sit down and put it all in words is difficult. So I have a challenge for the month of November. Some sort of routine.

I have always been horrible with routines. Whether at home, at school or at work, I have never been able to stick to one on my own accord. Unfortunately, if I ever want to get around to successfully homeschooling my children, I need to have some sort of organization to my time or else nothing will get done in the chaos.

So I am starting out small. I asked many ladies on facebook and twitter what was the one thing that they absolutely need to do in their home on a daily basis. Everyone answered dishes! So that is what we are trying then. We will try to have our dishes done before we go to bed. Sounds simple. We'll see!

Wish us luck!