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Jun. 19th, 2008 | 08:58 pm
posted by: amethystrse in green_mamas

Hello everyone. I'm new here. I'm a 30 yr old mamma to two living in New York.

I've been slowly transitioning to being more green over the years but lately it's sort of taken a huge leap. I breastfed (though had problems with my son and only was able to nurse him for a week. With my daughter it was for 5 months before I HAD to go on medication). I used cloth diapers with my daughter. I try to buy organic whenever possible. A few months ago I started using natural cleansers in our home (though I may just use baking soda and vinegar when those are done). I've also recently started using henna to dye my hair and have natural soap and shampoo bar which I LOVE. I just ordered deodorant from http://www.terressentials.com/ which I learned about today and have decided is one of the best companies I have found to date.

I used to be a raw vegan and am transitioning back to that. My children eat mostly fruits and veggies. My husband and my son eat meat but it seems my daughter doesn't like it very much (YAY). I buy organic whenever I can afford it.

I would like to one day be totally chemical free, or as close to it as you can get. I just learned that you can get a filter to hook up to your water line that goes to your house so you don't get all those aweful chemicals in your tap water. I don't know much about it but I want to get it!

Ofcourse I recycle. I don't compost yet but plan to when we finally buy our own house. I also use a mooncup (UK) instead of pads and LOVE it.

There is so much more I plan to do but because of finances I can only do a little at a time. Though lately I've been doing more than I ever have and I'm very happy about it. At first the thought of going so green/natural/chemical free would be difficult and that I would have to sacrifice a lot. But I'm learning that natural is better in more ways than one. Better for the environment, better for our bodies, and I'm finding that many natural products are just better quality.

I'm happy to be here and hope to learn a lot from those of you with more experience!

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from: lady_ashe
date: Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)

Welcome to the community/group/list whatever you wanna call it. :D I'm Di, the owner/mod here.

I discovered cloth pads (there are some groups here at LJ for them, one of them at least is for ladies to advertise so to speak their wares to sell! GREAT ladies!), matter of fact, I'm using one now! LOL I HAVE a DivaCup, but misplaced it before I got it out of the package, so once I find it, I'll be using it, too. I'll get those links up on the profile page for the group here asap.

I'm with you on the composting once you own your own house. I want to, because I just think it would be good for the environment, AND it would help out our pathetic little garden (which will be a pathetic BIGGER garden once we have the room, lol). Recycling is a given. We're lucky that our trash company offers it as a service.

I'm working on going as chemical free as I can, because of my health and my children's health. It's important to me. I want us to be healthy as possible.

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from: amethystrse
date: Jun. 22nd, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the welcome! I've been thinking about getting some cloth pads. I've found that on my heavy days I leak with the cup, enough so that I have to wear a pad. I only need one pad a day and only on the first 3 days, so it's not too bad. But I would like not to need to even use those 3 pads a period. lol

I would LOVE to have a garden. Right now we live in a house but we don't own it and don't know how long we're going to be here. At one point I had tried to make a garden I could take with me whenever we moved but it died after the first move (basically a lot of potted plants. lol) *shrugs*

For me being chemical free is for many reasons. The health thing is a big one. I can't believe how much stuff can cause cancer and other diseases! It's also for the environment and for spiritual reasons.

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