6 Ways New Moms Can Be Eco-Friendly


There are few experiences so exciting and nerve-wracking as being a new mom. Whether this is your first time being a parent or you are simply adding to your family, you are likely overwhelmed and wondering how to manage life with your new bundle of joy. Your baby is your first priority, but you also care about the environment and want to minimize the impact you are having. With the market of baby products claiming to be eco-friendly, this might seem easy, but you likely know it isn’t that simple. Being an eco-friendly new mom is a deliberate lifestyle choice.

With the right attitude and approach, you can be supermom and save the environment all at the same time. Simply being conscientious is half the battle, and for the rest of the struggle, the following tips should give some guidance. Get ready to save the world, one diaper at a time.

Consider Your Diaper Choice

Diapers, in fact, are one of the most important considerations for new moms. It is not shocking that disposable diapers may not be the best choice for the environment. They create massive amounts of waste and are generally not recyclable. Some suggest that cloth diapers are the better alternative, but according to the Washington Post, these are not necessarily any better. As a mom, it’s up to you to decide what works best for your baby and your family. While the environment is important, your child’s wellbeing is more important. Find the diaper that meets your eco-friendly standards.

Read the Baby Food Label

How often do you read the label of the food you are eating? Every day…or rarely? If you are like most people, you probably pay little attention to exactly what you are consuming, but you are likely far more careful when it comes to the food your baby eats. Not all baby food is created equal—some are filled with harmful and synthetic ingredients, while others are organically produced. Needless to say, one of these is better for both your baby and the environment. Choose the food your child eats wisely for the sake of their health and the environment’s.

 

Be Smart With Resources

Natural resources are limited. As a new mom, though, you may be relying on such resources heavily. Water is just one example. A new baby necessitates baths, additional laundry and plenty of other activities that take up more water than you might usually use. This might be fine were it not for the many areas experiencing droughts. Southern California is notoriously dry, and using excessive water can be irresponsible. Initiatives such as the Cadiz Water Project aim to remedy that, though, by providing sustainable access to water even throughout droughts. Still, you should use natural resources sparingly.

Invest in Sustainable Products

While buying the right products certainly won’t fix all of the environment’s problems, it is a good place to start. Shopping responsibly is an important undertaking, and this is especially true when you are a new mom selecting the products you will use for your baby. Investing in sustainable products means more than just buying items that are labelled “green,” though. It means researching companies, looking up reviews and educating yourself on the different products you are considering. This process can be overwhelming, but it is certainly worth it for both the environment and your new baby.

 

Be Aware of Community’s Needs

As a mom, you are automatically attuned to the needs of your child. Perhaps it is more difficult—and seemingly less important—to determine what the needs of your community might be. Immersing yourself in your community is a great way to build a support system as a new parent. You might consider, environmentally, what your community needs. Do you have access to sustainable produce, for example, through a farmer’s market? Is there consistent access to water, or are there issues complicating this? The Cadiz Water Project is a great example of community response to issues with resources.

 

Favor Hand-Made Over Store-Bought

One of the best ways to minimize your environmental impact is to ditch store-bought baby goods and go for hand-made. This is beneficial for so many reasons—of course, you are eliminating the wasteful packaging that so often accompanies items bought in a store. More importantly, however, you are creating completely unique artifacts of your child’s infancy. Rather than buying diapers, for example, sewing simple cloth nappies can be a simple alternative. There are a myriad of other ways for new moms to make the switch from store-bought to hand-made and support sustainability in the process.

Caring for a new baby is overwhelming, but it is also an incredible journey. Any parent who cares about the environment can be eco-friendly while also ensuring their child is nurtured and loved. Invest in your child and the environment by following these tips and becoming the environmentally-minded supermom you were meant to be.

 

Anne

I’m a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I’m on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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The Parental Panic – 6 Ways to Reduce Stress as a Single Parent

 

 

This may sound like fake news – tips to reduce stress as a single parent might appear to be contradictory or an anomaly but there are ways in which you can help ease the stress levels and smooth the waters while you sail through parenthood on your small raft for one. Sometimes, or perhaps more than you would like, it can all seem too much; here are a few things you can try to ease the stress and focus on the joys of parenting.

 

Give Yourself Room To Be Your Own Person

 

Raising a child is hard, and finding the time and money to do it right can be difficult and stressful for a single parent. It’s important that you remember that you are still your own person. You’re not just a mum or dad, but you have your own identity and needs. As such, you should be making time, at least once a week for yourself to go out and be you.

 

Whether that’s to go out on a date or catch friends for a drink, or to just take yourself out to an art gallery or movie. Give yourself that time, contact a nanny agency in Melbourne, or find a relative that can help out at least one day or night a week to give you some space to be you.

 

Establish a Routine

 

Having a set routine that determines what is happening when each day is a good way to ease the stress of figuring everything out on the run. Having set meals for each night is also a good way to shop in a cost-effective manner and give you one less decision to worry about each night.

 

This doesn’t have to be boring and the same every week, but setting out a meal plan before you do your groceries is a great way to ease the stress of the night time sprint from getting home to getting your child to bed.

 

Enforce Rules

 

Similarly to establishing a routine, remaining consistent with rules and discipline is beneficial to you and your child. Sometimes you might not have the energy to argue, but remaining consistent with rules on snacks, bedtimes, screen time and everything else all go a long way to giving your child stability – which will make them happier and easier to deal with.

 

If you are divorced or separated, then work with your partner to establish consistent rules. Your child shouldn’t have two sets of rules and regulations to live by, it’s confusing for them and creates more stress for everyone. We all like knowing where we stand.

 

Remember They Are Your Child

 

Sometimes when single parents are alone and doing it tough, they can fall into the trap of becoming emotionally reliant on their child for support, companionship or sympathy. Generally speaking, children don’t have the capacity to act as a substitute adult, and besides, you have to allow your child to be a kid.

 

Don’t burden them with this at their young age, allow them to have fun and play and see the world as the beautiful, magical place that it can be.

 

Make Time To Be Present With Your Child

 

There may be a million chores to do, food to prepare, bills to pay and everything else that goes with being a single parent, but it’s essential that you still take the time out to just be present with your child and enjoy each other’s company.

 

Leave that load of washing for later, and go out for a walk, or talk to each other while listening to music, draw and paint; whatever it is that you enjoy doing together, take the time to do that and to be completely present and in the moment with them.

 

Welcome Each Day

 

Find a way to make a positive start to each day.

Whether that’s by going for an early jog followed by a cold shower, or waking up and putting some music on while you prepare a nice breakfast; start each day with a smile on your face and bounce in your step.

 

Try not to get in the habit of rolling out of bed at the last minute to throw on clothes and rush out the door. That is a horrible start to the day and that mood will carry you through until you finally get some time to yourself at night. Set the alarm earlier, get up and welcome the day.

 

Take the time to look after yourself. There’s no point working yourself into a frenzy and becoming a walking ball of stress. Of course it’s difficult, but rather than focusing on what you’re lacking or what problems you have, try counting your blessings each day – starting with your child.

 

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Anne

I’m a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I’m on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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The Correct Way to Measure for Blinds and Shades

 

As far as screening is concerned, the traditional curtain has served us well, yet the trend has shifted towards blinds in the past decade, mainly because of the many advantages this type of screening offers. Bespoke solutions are no longer the exclusive right of the wealthy, and today’s blinds are easy to fit, providing they are fabricated to the right dimensions, and with that in mind, here is a guide to measuring interior blinds.

  • Mount Type – A blind can be mounted on the inside or the outside of the window aperture, and while both are attractive, it is down to personal choice. The inside mount is attached to the top of the window reveal with brackets and screws, and therefore the blind is very close to the glass. If, for example, you wanted to get made to measure vertical blinds, prior to looking at designs, you would first need to decide on the mounting type. Inner mounts are more popular, as they block out all the light, and unless the window reveal is too narrow or there are obstacles, mounting the blinds in the reveal is a preferred option.
  • Multi-Point Width Measurement – Assuming you are going with an inside mounted blind, you must measure the width of the window reveal in 3 places, namely the bottom, middle and top. Write these 3 measurements on a piece of paper and circle the lowest, which is going to be the size you give the online supplier. Don’t worry that the blinds will scrape the sides of the window reveal, as the manufacturer will make some minor deductions to allow for this. There is a step by step guide online to measuring for an inside mount, which goes into great detail and lists the necessary tools.
  • Multi-Point Height Measurement – As with the width, measure the height in 3 places and take the smallest measurement. From the top of the window reveal to the top of the window sill will give you a precise measurement for the manufacturer, and they will make the necessary adjustments.
  • Outside Mounted Measurement – When measuring the width, it is generally the rule to allow two or three inches on either side, which gives a balanced look, and allow 3 or 4 inches at the top for the attachment. The brackets can either be fixed directly to the wall or on a trim that is mounted to keep the blind away from the wall, and for the height, you should measure from the very top of the overhead trim to 3 or 4 inches below the sill.

Made to measure units allow for a perfect fit, and with online suppliers, all you need to do is follow the above instructions and your new blinds will fit like a glove. The range of designs is virtually unlimited, so you can add some colour and depth by choosing something suitable, and with precise manufacturing, you won’t have to make any adjustments. The above measurement system is used by all blind manufacturers, and they will make the necessary adjustments to allow for a small clearance between blind and window reveal.

Anne

I’m a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I’m on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Deck the Halls: 4 Ways to Upcycle Old Christmas Decorations

 

 

Decorating for Christmas is one of the many joys of the holiday season. Each winter, with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads, we pull out the boxes from the garage or attic, robotically open them up and throw up all of the red and green garlands and twinkle lights. Stockings go here. Lights up there. Garland along the staircase. We’ve got it down to a routine. But where’s the holiday magic? If Christmas morning is more like Groundhog’s Day, it might be time to channel your inner elf. There’s no need for a Christmas miracle. You can make it happen with a little creativity and these three DIY projects that put your old holiday trappings to work like new. 

Ornament Upgrade 

When the kids were young, unbreakable ornaments were a must. Now that they are older, a few chic glass or ceramic bulbs would provide your Christmas tree with a more sophisticated look. Upgrade from your plastic ornaments and put them to use in other holiday-themed DIYs. Easy for busy moms, a quick DIY can give your home a festive look. Large, clear hurricane candle holders make for the perfect receptacle to hold your old ornaments. Once filled, you can display the repurposed candle holders in clusters or individually.

Turn Christmas On Its Head 

Guaranteed to be an instant conversation starter, an upside-down Christmas tree makes for a whimsical way to decorate for the holidays. With this new, trendy tree you can put your old tree ornaments to work. Garland and tinsel will take on new life when hung from the modern tree, creating a fresh holiday look your friends and family will talk about well after the holiday season is over. 

Garland Makeover

Put all of that old garland to good use and create something festive to wear. No, we’re not talking about ugly sweaters here. Great for holiday parties, for Christmas, or New Year’s Eve, this festive DIY uses old holiday garland in a fun and wearable way. Studio DIY takes a little Mod Podge, glitter and holiday garland and turns it into a sparkly party hat! Put out a set of these at your next Christmas party and you’ll be the the talk of the playground — “How’d she do it all?!” For instructions and to view the entire DIY visit the Studio DIY website. 

Greeting Card Garnishes 

Collectors and clutter bugs, this one is for you. Have trouble throwing away all of the holiday greeting cards you get each year? Instead of boxing them up put them on display. But before you do so, whip out the scissors and round up some clothespins. The Martha Stewart website has a fabulous DIY on how to gussy up the clothespins with recycled wrapping paper, too, if you’re feeling extra creative when you tackle this project. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne

I’m a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I’m on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Creating the perfect logo for your business start up

 

If you’ve just started your own business, then finding the perfect logo is a must. Logo design is a crucial part of any business strategy and is one of the first things you should consider when laying out your plan for web domination! A good logo can help a company to truly thrive and when you’re busy at home after a busy day at the office, it’s reassuring to know that your business logo is doing a great job in promoting itself why you’re away!

But what goes into creating that perfect business logo? A company like smartsign can assist you, but here, we’ll look at a few tips about how you can build one, that works for you.

Ideas for your logo

A good place to start with your business logo design is with a brainstorming session. Begin with a collage of images that you collect as inspiration for a project. In the case of a logo, this might consist of logos that you like from other brands, images of your own products and images of things that relate to the name of your brand.

While you’re doing this you should try to avoid ‘clichéd’ ideas when choosing your design. That means avoiding things that are used too frequently in other logos and thus won’t be unique or appear creative and thoughtful. Globes, ticks and speech bubbles are all over done and should thus be avoided.

Creating your logo

Once you have an idea for a logo design, the next thing to do is to actually start creating it. Of course this requires a more measured approach than other aspects of design. Remember: this is going to be used on your websites, packaging, advertising and more and will become an ambassador for your business. In other words, the quality needs to reflect the quality of your business and thus should be flawless.

You can purchase software that you can use at home to create your desired look, or you can even work with a graphic designer who speicialsies in company logos. If you choose to outsource this work then it’s crucial that the designer knows about the inner workings of your business, they are familiar with how you work, what you do, what you sell and your companies mission statement. This way, they’ll be able to create you something that will become the voice of your business.

Remember!

Remember, before you even start working up a logo design concept, ensure you research your target market thoroughly!

Be enticing and make sure it appeals to your target audience. Be unique, and avoid obvious clichés – make your logo memorable! Be timeless and make your logo eternally relevant – so avoid trendy fonts.

Use colour to reinforce your message and make good use of any white space.

Don’t follow trends – create them with a bold design but always keep things simple. Don’t make your logo too “busy” and if you have a message – express it.

 

 

Anne

I’m a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I’m on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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