It's also incredibly healthy for your baby! (And you!) Check out this article on Womenshealth.gov!
2. Eat Whole Foods & Baby Led WeaningWhen my daughter was ready to start solids, I wanted her to eat healthy foods and enjoy them! With so many GMO's, preservatives, and artificial colors and flavors, in today's food, and so many of those thought to be linked to diseases, of course I didn't want to feed those to my daughter! Or myself for that matter! I think before I had her, I had an ignorance is bliss attitude about healthy eating. But I can tell you, I feel so much better when I eat real whole foods and not pre-packaged, artificial junk. At first I thought, hey, I will make my own baby food using organic fruits and veggies! I did that a couple times and then I read the book Baby Led Weaning. Instead of puree's you let your baby feed themselves, real whole foods. I could go on about this for hours so just check out the website and definitely look into buying the book! Basically I didn't need to buy or make any baby food! I will say on occasion Melody would have a squeeze pouch of food as a snack if we were out, but for the most part, I saved a ton of money not buying baby food!
3. Cloth Diapering
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4. Clothes Line
I have been wanting one of these since I started cloth diapering and my husband finally put one up for me a few months ago! Call me crazy, but something about hanging my clothes on the line just makes me feel so good! Maybe it's the vitamin D from being outside, or maybe knowing that I'm bleaching and killing germs naturally. I'm not sure, but I do know this lover of rainy days is now not so happy when I want to hang my clothes out on the line and it's raining. I haven't converted to a wash bucket yet and nor do I plan on it any time soon, but knowing I don't need to use my dryer for every load of laundry is nice!
5. Bread Baking
Because my son was allergic to dairy, soy and egg, I started making my own bread. It really is incredibly easy! I made both wheat and white bread. The smell of fresh baked bread is so wonderful! I was making 2-4 loafs a week but I haven't been making as much lately. I also have been making homemade tortillas, which are even easier than the loafs of bread! Here's the recipe I used for the bread. I recommend making your own bread at least once in your life! It's so yummy!
This is my new favorite thing to do! I love being able to preserve my own food to use at a later time. Plus, I know there aren't any preservatives in my canned items! So far, I have only done water bath canning, but I hope to get a pressure canner soon, so I can can vegetables and meat. Speaking of meat...
Okay, so my husband is the one who does the hunting. Eventually he would like me to come along with him. Last year we were lucky and he was able to get a mule deer. He hunted and killed it, then brought it home where we butchered it in our garage. It was my first time helping out. I know there are mixed emotions about this for a lot of people, but the way I see it, we know our meat isn't chock full of GMO's or hormones. We know it wasn't slaughtered inhumanely. We kill the animal for food, not just for fun. We have had venison once a week since last October and we just ran out a week or so ago. If SHTF, would you have the skills needed to feed your family?
I'm hoping by next spring to have my own organic garden to grow most of our vegetables and fruits as well. The next step after that would be to raise our own chickens. Unfortunately my husband said I have to wait on that for now. (Boo!) Overall I am pretty proud of the changes I have made to better the lives of my family.