I thought that since it is the end of the first month of the new decade I should take a look at our 2010 resolutions and see how we have fared thus far. In no particular order, we decided to:
Give up juice and papertowels
I have not purchased any juice this month and I don't miss it. Vivi asks for it occasionally but it is my husband who has been going through some serious juice withdrawl. He has boxes of Gatorade-type rehydration powder that he uses for refueling after particularly hard workouts except now he just drinks the stuff with dinner. Those boxes are his responsibility so when they're gone, they're gone. I'm not buying more. Maybe then he can take the first step toward recovery and acknowledge he has a problem with juice.
Like the Gatorade powder, we had some papertowels on hand from last year. I've barely touched them and have pretty much trained myself to use clean rags or dish towels instead. I don't anticipate that we'll be buying more.
Bake bread instead of buying it
My bread machine and I have become great friends. I have purchased no bread or bread-type products this month and I we don't miss them. Plus, there's the added bonus of how good baking bread makes our house smell.
Limit our baby wipe usage to major poop disasters
This is an area where I definitely need improvement. It is automatic to just grab a wipe when I am changing the Turtles' diapers and none of us are the better for it. I've been trying to leave out burp cloths to dry them after they pee but I need to be more aware overall of what I am doing.
Get out of the house every day for a walk
We've done pretty well on this. The girls love their fancy new stroller and I've enjoyed burning a few calories here and there. I've fudged this on the really cold days but I expect that I'll give myself an A once the weather is consistently good.
Make our own cards and presents, as much as possible
So, ummm, there was this super sale at Baby Gap and my old neighbor had a baby and well... I did make one little thing for her new daughter but I didn't exactly honor the spirit of this resolution. You should see the card I made though. It was freaking awesome.
Utilize more of our museum memberships, public libraries, and parks
We have been pretty good at finding free stuff to do or making our own entertainment. My husband took the girls to the children's museum. We've gotten movies and books out of the library and Vivi and I have been artists and crafters. My husband and I went out on Friday to see Up in the Air but since our dates are few and far between, the $20 we spent was a good investment. All in all, this hasn't felt like a huge change because we don't have that much of a swinging social life as it is.
Purge our home of PVC (cling wrap, ziplock bags, plastic straws, etc.)
The plastic straws are gone and I am no longer using cling wrap (although training my husband to do so is proving to be a challenge.) We still have plastic bags on hand but I'm doing my best to store all food in glass containers. I've thrown out all soft plastic toys and purged my closet of any vinyl purses. (So long beloved Kate Spade knock-off. You served my ignorance well.) We have a couple of pull-down shades that will be taking an express trip to the garbage bin as soon as we locate our interior wooden shutters. We got rid of our plastic shower liners and mattress pad covers a while ago but I still have concern over the Turtles' crib mattresses. We can't afford to replace them with the organic cotton kind so I'm just double covering them and hoping for the best. We have some larger projects like replacing the vinyl tiles on our bathroom floors but that will have to wait until we have some extra money. To learn more about the toxicity of PVC, check out http://www.greenamericatoday.org/.
Spend less time on the computer (ha! ha!)
Well, at least I knew about the futility of this when I initially wrote the resolution but hey, if I didn't use the computer so much how would I know about all the problems with PVC? Yeah, that's the reason...
Take shorter showers
I am not exactly taking shorter showers (it's just so darn quiet in there) but I am taking fewer showers. Better for the earth but worse for those who have to spend time with me. Hey, we all have to do our part. Mine just happens to smell of baby vomit and sour milk.
All in all, I've been fairly happy with our progress. Our grocery bill was nearly $300 less this month which is reason enough to keep going. What about you? Are you making any changes this year? How are they going?