I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


My dear daughter has become a very picky eater. Every day, starting with breakfast, we have the same conversation: Me: "What would you like to eat?" DD: "I don't know. What do we have?" Me: "You know what we have." DD: "No I don't." Me: "We have A" DD: "No" Me: "We have B, C and D." DD: "I don't want B, C or D." Me: "You need to choose something." DD: (standing in front of the open fridge as my blood pressure rises) "Hmmm. Cake?" And on and on. Then, when she chooses something and I make it, she eats a tiny amount. DD: "Can I have something else?" And then both kids have gotten into this very frustrating habit of claiming to be hungry right after we've finished eating dinner. ARGH! Add to this that she is currently not eating while at school and needs food when she gets home, and I have become a day-long short-order cook. Have I told you how I feel about cooking and meal-prep? And dishes? Grumble grumble...............


My Daily Checklist: (to be updated throughout the day)

Drink water - Yes. Didn't start til afternoon.
Name a "happy" moment - Nursing DS while lying in the sun beams in the playroom. Neighbors came over to hang out and chat.
Exercise - 
Enjoy peace - DS napped at home, have time to myself before picking up DD. Loving the sunny day. Played outside with DS for 25 minutes, really soaked in the sun. Listened to the birds.
Time alone - 
Good sleep/rest - 8 hours of good sleep
Eat well - Smart Start cereal with milk for breakfast, coffee. Canned stew for lunch....blah.
Do something for purge plan - 
Leisure activity - 2 packages from Amazon today - whoo-hoo!

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