I want to preface this whole post by saying that zero waste living is hard, can be expensive and I realize that not everyone chooses to live this way. Honestly, my own husband doesn't opt for zero waste choices like I wish he would and my dad had never heard the phrase "zero waste" until I was talking to him about a video I watched on YouTube yesterday. I would also like to say that I truly believe everyone can make their lives more eco-friendly, if they try. We only have one planet and I wholeheartedly believe that we need to do everything we can to keep her (Earth) alive and well.
I'm starting to see myself less as a "minimalist" and more as an "intentionalist." Yeah, I might have just made that word up, but I think you get the idea. I don't like having or getting things just for the sake of owning them. I want things that serve a useful purpose in own home.
With Halloween right around the corner, I've seen a lot of #TealPumpkinProject but a lot of the treat suggestions were crappy, cheap, plastic toys and things I don't want to buy and put in someone else's home. I don't want my kids coming home with a bunch of little spider rings and vampire teeth, so why would I inflict those things on other parents? So I've been looking for alternatives.
Solo parenting: the act of raising kids, alone, for an extended amount of time. Not to be confused with single parenting. Solo parenting is typically the stay-at-home parent with a spouse who works weird/long hours. Second or third shift families. Military families. Oil rig families. Medical field families. Any situation where there are two active parents, but one of them is away for work for an extended amount of time and the parenting burden falls more heavily to the other parent.
The boys went for their 3 and 5 year old check ups last week. I always schedule them on the same day, to save time and get it all done at once, plus they appreciate watching each other go through all the same examinations at the same time. We got some slightly disconcerting information about Connor this time.
To me, these things are very different, but I've recently learned that that is not always the case. My older sister and I used to get into very heated discussions simply because we would both be using the same word, but we would have slightly different meanings and definitions of said word. I remember one conversation where we ended up having to pause and get each other's definition of "friend." It turned out that her definition of "friend" was akin to my definition of "acquaintance."
Today I had my first real experience dealing with a bully child who's parent was about as effective as a spotlight at high noon on a cloudless day.
When baby makes three but you’re living on an income built for two, you’ll have to do some financial finagling to ensure everyone’s needs are covered today and in the future. Keep reading for a few tips on how to plan ahead while staying comfortable.
I've decided to start a little mini series within the blog. My "mom-fessions" will mostly be my way of venting any frustrations or pent up emotions with parenting. Today's episode is all about my baby growing up and not being a baby anymore. *insert weeping emoji*
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