Simple steps towards natural parenting

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I am always trying to find more ways my family can help the environment while not breaking the bank. We already use cloth grocery bags, bike practically everywhere around town, and try to buy the dirty dozen organic produce—basically taking small steps to live a healthier and greener life. Well, my friends, here are three more environmentally-conscious goals I have been working towards on my journey of natural parenting.

Plant an herb garden on the window sill (I am tired of buying herbs in plastic containers)

BYO…mug on my next Starbucks run (You also save 10 cents off your coffee when you do this!)

Use more natural skin and hair care products. My favorite so far is Yes To, which is sold at Target and even has a baby line.

There was a time when our family tried ditching shampoo completely and just used baking soda and apple cider vinegar, but it was short lived. It was a tad too hippie for me, I suppose. Yet I wanted something that was free of phthalates and parabens, ingredients suspected to cause reproductive issues in both men and women. It’s just not worth the gamble to me. And Yes To came to the rescue.

The Yes To Cucumbers is my shampoo in shining armor. It is 99% natural and free of all the harsh chemicals that scare me. It also smells great and creates the perfect suds. Our whole family uses it, including my 3 and 4 year olds. I also use the Yes To lipgloss and face moisturizer with built in SPF if I am out in the sun for a longtime. And when my 3 year-old gets in my purse to wear my lipgloss, I don’t have to worry about chemicals she could ingest as she licks her tiny glossy lips.

Yes, using all natural beauty products may seem like a small step towards a healthier life. So small, you might wonder if its worth it. I hear you, because I have gone back and forth (usually depending on how tight our budget is each month.)

After months of using these products (and loving the results), I absolutely think it is worth it. I have hope in a world where carrots are washed because of the dirt on them, not the 26 pesticides they have been sprayed with. It’s just not right how things are. So, small steps they may seem, but it’s in the right direction and that is perfectly okay with me.

How about you— what steps have you recently taken towards natural parenting? Have any favorite products? I love hearing other people’s stories— they usually inspire me to do it as well. So please share!

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5 Responses to Simple steps towards natural parenting

  1. Debi Hansard October 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    I really liked this article. I am really starting to think more about recycling. In my business I am going to purchase an inexpensive cloth bag for customers to bring in each time they shop and not use paper ones. So many of my customers now just don’t need a bag at all. We reuse bubble wrap that our merchandise comes in. Save some of the boxes and give to folks who need them for moving. Reuse the packing peanuts and styrofoam for shipping merchandise out. It is something that I am aware of and trying to make choices that better serve the environment and saves money at the same time. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on the all- natural products .

  2. Melissa Allen October 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I love this and your great green ideas! Since moving to Portland, OR (THE green city!) I have learned so many new ways of being nice to our earth. I love that our nail salons here give us nail kits to bring back each time instead of using disposable supplies. So easy! Things like this make you see how much is wasted in this world and how small changes can do big things. Keep it coming! I love all the new ideas and love being introduced to new earth friendly companies like this. Thank you for doing the hard part for us! 🙂

  3. Joy Beyond Fifty October 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    I absolutely love the way families are moving back to natural products, natural whole foods, and saving our lovely planet. Way to go Family Sponge…you guys rock!

  4. Brian Sellner October 26, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    I’m gonna try these products!!

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