Am I going granola?

Think everyone is familiar with the term “nesting” in regards to pregnant women, and if not, it’s basically when your hormones kick in and turn you into a neat freak. It’s even apparently an early sign on labour in some cases. Well, here I am, 9 days from my due date and my day consisted of netflix and pudding ( made it and ate it!). In fact, with each passing day, I check off less and less items from my to-do list. Here’s the funny thing though, with each passing day where my lardishness grows, my interest in eco-friendly granola-mom-ness seems to grow.

I guess you could say it all started early on when we decided to go the cloth diaper route. At the time, it was more of a financial thing than anything, you can save so much by going to cloth diaper route! Then, maternity leave started. Suddenly I found myself folding up my reusable grocery bags and tucking them into my purse so I’d be sure to have them at the store, found myself highly irritated with those stupid little plastic bags that you are supposed to put your fruit in at the store. Why do I need to bag a lemon? Plus, they are so flimsy that they always end up torn before I get home and I can’t reuse them. That led me to think about bulk barn and all the bags I accumulate there and started to wonder how One wouild go about using their own bags or jars there. Quick answer, you can’t. This then somehow led me back to my cloth diapers and I realized that it makes little sense to rely fully mon disposable wipes when I could just use washable one and toss them in with the diapers. Laundry needs to be done anyway! Speaking of laundry, dryer balls would save us a ton of money on dryer sheets and power, not to mention that I could use them with the diapers too. I even came across cloth breastpad, sanitary pads and toilet..cloth? Now although I’m not ready to take that leap at this current time, I couldn’t help think to myself that, well, lets face it, flannel and cotton probably feels a lot better on your privates, but also, think of all the cash you save in the long run! And of course, how much less goes into the landfills!

So really, I’m not sure if I’m going more eco friendly or just plain old frugal, but either way, I’m kind of liking this! Besides, if I’m not going to be cleaning my own house right now, the least I can be doing is planning to avoid putting some 3500 some diapers in the landfills this year.




5 thoughts on “Am I going granola?

  1. Darlene D. says:

    Hi! I just found your blog but you might be living my dream. All I want are chickens. And maybe an alpaca or three. But alas, I live in a townhouse. I think you will like cloth diapers. They are really easy. Beware of the loony cloth diaper mamas that cannot imagine the horror of using a disposable even once on their sweet baby’s butt. Or the collectors who need every print in perfect condition so they don’t even use their diapers. Or the hobbyists that buy and sell (used) diapers like they are pork belly futures. Unless of course you fall into one of these categories, in which case, cool stuff! Good luck!

    • Shannon says:

      Haha! Why thank you! I’m still working on the Alpacas dream myself:P But for now, my little bug-eating egg-laying sweeties do the trick! 🙂 I had to laugh at the diaper mama categories…Baby isn’t even here yet and already I’ve noticed those! I think I fall more under the…”Oh hell no, I’m not paying that much for a poop catcher!” Which brings me back to thinking I might actually just be really frugal lol.

  2. chrissebie says:

    When i come to Canada, i always look with big arguseyes to al the plastic bags they use in the shops. Sometimes filled with only three elements. Here in Belgium they are not giving plastic bags anymore, i always have bags in my car, and a small one in my handbag. You are right about the diapers. But must be difficult if you go somewhere. Good luck with it,all little things can help.

    • Shannon says:

      It’s not like this everywhere in Canada. When I lived in Quebec, you had to pay for the plastic bags. Only 5 or 10 cents per bag, but it was enough to make people bring their reusable ones. Here, people complain if the cashier puts too many things in the plastic bags because the handles can break and they are free 😛 I’m sure in a few years they will start to charge something for them and then people will change their attitudes!

    • Shannon says:

      I don’t think it will be too much trouble when going somewhere, there are special waterproof bags for the dirty diapers and just have a few fresh diapers with me. When we go to Belgium I think we will just use disposables though..less luggage and less laundry!

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