Eco Yogini listed her top five eco-loves in a post on Sunday, and I thought it would be fun to play along.
My Top Five Eco-Loves
To me, any time spent outdoors is meditative and relaxing, but unlike other outdoor activities that I enjoy, gardening literally reaps rewards. If only I could outwit the squirrel that's terrorizing my garden!
We live less than two miles away from my boys' school, so several times a week, I walk to pick them up. At first, I walked grudgingly, feeling obligated to avoid the car but resentful of the time it took out of my day. At some point, my attitude shifted, and now I absolutely adore that walk. I love the exercise, the long talks with my boys without distractions, and the time spent outside. During the winter, we got out of the habit of walking, and after awhile even my boys started asking, "When are we going to walk again?"
Cleaning with baking soda and vinegar
As a mother of young children, I love being able to clean without worrying about what my boys are touching or inhaling. Before I learned about baking soda and vinegar, I cleaned during nap time. Now I clean with my kids right beside me, often handing them a spray bottle and rag.
Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard, and Collards
My family didn't eat a lot of vegetables when I was growing up, and we definitely didn't eat greens. The first year that we joined a CSA, I suddenly found myself drowning in bags of greens. I had no idea there were so many kinds! Over the years, I've not only learned to cook them, but my whole family loves them. (But please hold the mustard greens.) Our current favorite way to eat our greens is by blending them with fruit in a smoothie. If I leave the spinach out of our morning smoothie, my three-year-old complains, "Aaah, I want to get strong!"
After two years of using a Keeper, I wonder now how I ever used pads and tampons. Ew!
What are your top five eco-loves?