Written by contributor Tiffany Larson.
I haven’t been much of a resolution maker, I’m guessing it has a little to do with too much perfection and not enough grace. But after following the inspirational accomplishments of some of my favorite friends and bloggers, I’ve decided to live with more intention in 2012.
Starting with these goal-setting questions, my husband and I spent several hours in a local coffee shop talking about our dreams and desires for 2012 and beyond. Among those, I identified 6 goals that meet our desire for a family practicing simple, green living.
I love me some sugar. I’m not a candy kind of girl but if you give me a baked good, I have zero discipline in front of a brownie. Like Stephanie suggested, I went cold turkey on January 1 and while there have been some hard moments, it has been far easier than I thought. And my skin is glowing! It must be all the water I’m drinking.
I haven’t used shampoo in two years and my hair has never looked better so I’ve decided to try the oil cleansing method, too. My curly hair used to be dry as using shampoo was stripping my hair of its natural oils. Similarly, using facial soap can strip out the skin’s natural oil causing dry skin. I plan to find out if oil cleansing gives my skin back the moisture it craves – saving me money and unnecessary commercial products.
Natural Remedies for Illness
Every time I read about a great natural remedy for a cold or the flu, I add the recipe to my ‘to-do’ list but by the time someone in our family has a cold, it’s too late to order up some eucalyptus oil and whip up a batch of homemade chest rub. I’ve decided to order a few essential oils now, while everyone is healthy, and stock them along with the recipes in my kitchen.
In 2011, we preserved 65 pounds of berries and 10 pounds of pumpkin puree. It might sound like a lot but it will all be eaten before we can get them fresh again. In 2012, I’d like to pick 100 pounds of berries, can diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to avoid canned food, make apple and pear sauce, and freeze my first batch of vegetables. We also received a food dehydrator for Christmas so I’m looking forward to making dried fruit, fruit leather and numerous other foods to keep processed snacks out of our home.
Homemade Household and Personal Care Products
The more I embrace a greener lifestyle, the more I realize that I need far less than I think I do. This year, I’d like to ditch more of my store purchased products and make my own at home. On my list to try: hair detangler, deodorant, hand lotion, laundry detergent, and stain remover.
Household Toxin Testing
This past year, an acquaintance passed away from lung cancer. She didn’t smoke. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer so just to be on the safe side, I will be testing our home. While I’m at it, I’ll be testing our water for lead and doing a blood lead test on our kids. We live in an area where these tests are readily available (and some are free) so I’ll be sharing our results and more information about household toxins on Simple Organic in the near future.
What are your goals for 2012? Have you accomplished any of the goals on my list? Any tips to share? I’d love to hear your favorite food preservation recipes, home remedies or DIY product tips.