My thoughts

So much plastic!!

I live in what I consider a food desert. We have grocery stores and convenient stores on nearly every corner. Fast food everywhere you look. Some may think that having these near are an advantage, but it’s not. I try to buy non plastic packaged fruits and veggies, but everywhere I go they are packaged in plastic, wrapped in elastics, or twist ties. Everything is super over priced because it’s brought in on trucks.

I live on an island, a man made island that has all four seasons. I don’t think this is a valid reason to severely jack up the prices of food. Cape Cod is a great vacation spot but it’s losing its young people because its failure to have jobs, and be affordable. Not only is the price of food way too high, housing and taxes are ridiculous. However right now I’m speaking about the food desert.

I just wish we had more options for healthy food being served sustainably, and fruits and veggies being packaged more eco friendly. Unfortunately Cape cod just isn’t there. It’s the reason I’m starting to really get into growing my own food. I highly doubt this place is going to change that dramatically in the next few years. As I’ve said to my Significant other, we need to learn and teach the girls how to grow and maintain a garden. They need to be able to care for themselves when this place goes far south, and becomes a full on food desert. Especially since both my girls are vegan and cannot have what a typical child can have.

When I go into the grocery store for the weeks shop I get stares as I’m leaving. I do not use bags, and I don’t bring mine into the store. It is much easier and I’m not rushed when I bag it up at the truck. I do not accept a bag unless I ABSOLUTELY have too and it has to be paper.

This was a rant more than a blog post, but it’s something I’m very passionate about. I do not like living in a food desert, and I try to do my best to not buy a ton of plastic.

Things I do to be as sustainable as I can.

1. I reuse glass jars to drink from.

2. Anything reusable is either glass, stainless steel, metal, or silicone.

3. I try not to throw anything away, but instead give it away or bring it to a donation area.

4. We cook with stainless steel, and own one eco friendly nonstick pan.

5. I make my own laundry soap, it works well if not better that store bought.

6. I make my own house cleaner, and yes it works.

7. We use a sink water filter instead of buying bottled water.

8. We use a regular coffee pot instead of a Keurig.

9. I wash the girls and my laundry together.

10. The girls have very minimal plastic toys and I don’t buy them plastic toys. They have what they wanted to keep when we did the clean out.

My thoughts

Goodbye 2018

That’s right today is the final day of 2018, I know I cannot believe it either. Where did the year go? I’ve had many ups and down, and felt defeated many times. I’ve also had moments of clarity and brilliance. From starting my homestead Instagram page, to creating this blog, and finally ordering my DNA kit from ancestry. I started my vegan journey in 2018, it has been a hard journey from meat eater for 32 year to vegan. Not even going to lie, it’s been really hard, I’ve had times when I’ve caved, but I’ve had times when I was stronger than I thought.

So lets talk goals for 2019, do you have any? Here are my top three goals.

  • Go fully vegan from year beginning to year end, and so on and so forth.
  • Eat more plant based and less meat substitute based.
  • Bring my home into full Eco friendly status – within reason

So what do my goals mean exactly?

Simply I will not eat meat or dairy from 2019 on. I want to plant gardens and maintain them properly. I may take a class on gardening to help reach this goal. I’m going to get a compost bin instead of just using a hole in my yard, yes I currently use a hole in my yard to throw scraps into. Sometimes I just throw veggie/fruit/ bread and other non meat or dairy scraps into my yard for the animals to eat. I also want to get rid of the rest of my plastic in my home. I want to figure out another way to throw trash away that doesn’t consist of using a plastic bag. Most importantly for my health I’m going to try my hardest to stop eating processed meat substitutes. This doesn’t include tofu (because I’m not crazy), seitan, or tempeh. I also want to branch out and try other fruits and vegetables I haven’t before.

Now to the things I’ve accomplished in 2018

  • I’ve removed disposable plates and cups.
  • I no longer buy pasta sauce in plastic containers
  • I no longer buy spices in plastic
  • I no longer buy sandwich bags or paper towels
  • I stops using store bought laundry soap
  • I stopped buying water jugs
  • I started buying in bulk
  • I no longer use bags if I forget mine in the truck
  • I removed 99.9999 percent of harsh chemicals from my home
  • I bought a water filter for my kitchen sink
  • We stopped using the Kerig and just use a regular coffee pot

I’m sure there is more but that’s all my foggy brain can think of at this moment.

So I will be sending 2018 out with doing less damage to the environment, not having part in the killing of animals, not taking baby animals away from their mamas, and not drinking/using the milk of cows. I look forward to a fantastic 2019, hoping it brings opportunity with it. I’m excited to find out what my true DNA is, and possibly finding my real father or relatives. Hopefully losing the last 40 pound or so I need to lose. Possibly exercising more, can’t promise anything there. Vegan is the future and I fully support it with every being of my human body. Love thy self and love thy body.


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” 
― Hippocrates

I’m ready for you 2019!!

Homesteading

Homemade laundry soap

I have wanted to make my own laundry soap for some time now. I just never did it. Well today I noticed I was at the bottom of my Tide container. I didn’t want to buy more of it with all the new information I had gotten weeks prior. So I went out and bought everything I would need to make my own. I’m going to keep this short and sweet so you can just get to making your own as well. So below is what I used, keep in mind you can use what ever scent you want for your recipe. Tweak this as you see fit. Enjoy.

Simple laundry soap – just 4 ingredients.

3 cups washing soda

2 cups borax

1 bar Dr. Bronners pure Castile bar soap – I used unscented. You’ll need more for other batches.

20 drops tea tree essential oil

1. In a tightly sealed container add the washing soda and borax.

2. Cut up the bar soap and process in food processor. If you don’t have a food processor a grater will work just as well. Please cut it up into small chunks if you’re using a processor. You do not want to ruin it.

3. Add soap to the container.

Mix well – or seal the container and shake vigorously. That’s what I did.

4. Add essential oil of choice. Seal and shake vigorously again.

For top loaders use 1/8 of a cup

For front loaders use 1 tablespoon

Best for warm or hot water.

By making your own soap you cut out so many unnecessary additives and toxic ingredients. This will last some time since you do not need to use as much.

Borax $4.47 4lbs – Walmart

Washing soda $5.99 55oz – hardware store

Dr. Bronners pure Castile bar soap $4.69 – whole foods

Tea tree oil $5.99 or less depending on where you get it.- Walmart (I had mine already on hand)

Total $21+ tax – pricing will vary depending on location.

Any “decent” soap is over $10 if you buy a larger size, but most is highly toxic. You can look up how toxic it is.

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