Converting back to a green life, one week (and nap time) at a time

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The End is Not the End

April 2016

I know I said I wouldn’t do this, but here is one more blog post.

I was sitting here wasting time on Facebook (it’s amazing how much time I can lose just clicking on the garbage that comes up on my newsfeed) when I could be doing something more productive. Like writing. Or like not using electricity at all. Like reading.

While I’ve been on mat leave I’ve been reading a lot. I recently read the Mitch Albom book “The First Phone call from Heaven”. In the story, one of the characters mentions the phrase “The End is not the End” in reference to heaven, and is also apparently a House of Heros song.


I’ve also been trying to wean LM. I’ve decided I’m just done. He’s almost 9 months. It’s ok. I did my best. He’s going to be ok either way. Just when I think we’re done, we’re not. He asks for me (he does a little bobbing bird on my chest when he wants the boob. It’s kind of sweet. 🙂  When he’s really hungry he doesn’t care where the food comes from as long as it comes fast!). And I can’t believe I only have three months of mat leave left  😦

It’s time I put this blog to bed and move on. The amount of electricity I’ve used researching and writing this blog is not lost on me. My family needs me. I need me. And as much as I love blogging, it’s taking up more time than I can put into it to make it the way I want it. I’m too hard on myself for not posting or tweeting regularly, or making timely posts related to current events. I often feel rushed when doing a post and I make mistakes.

My plan was to go back to each post, add tags, edit grammar and spelling, add links for interesting things I’ve found out since I wrote the original post, update my progress, etc.  But lets be realistic – as they say “ain’t no one got time for that”!

And I’ve realized, just like I’m not perfect, just like we don’t parent perfectly or the way we might like too, this blog isn’t going to be perfect. So what if it’s not written like a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Just like parenthood, it’s raw and its real. So why change it now?

I started this blog for New Year’s 2014. Today, my 35th birthday, seems like a good day to finish it off.

So as a final post, here are some things I wanted to write about. I’ve been trying to clean out my e-mail accounts, where I e-mail my blog ideas to myself, and I just seem to have so many green ideas I want to write about while incorporating them into events in my life.  I didn’t want to be one of those websites that just lists a bunch of tips without actually trying them myself. But I want to share them for my readers anyway. Who knows, maybe some day I will try them. I guess I can always go back to this list. And some of them just made me laugh.

For each of you who reads this blog, try out a green challenge from the list below. In this way, the blog has no end.

Here they are, by category/topic/tag:

Waste Reduction

How did a sea turtle get a straw up its nose?

Worms could help reduce waste

101 uses for Mason Jars! (well actually just 18, but who’s counting;-) )

The Destiny of Restaurant Crayons

The Unintended Consequences of Banning Bottled Water

Waste Reduction on Campus


Repurposing an Old Toothbrush


Food Security/Waste

Tax Break for businesses that donate food

Just Eat it Restaurant Waste Video

Use it don’t lose it!

denHaan Greenhouses – local source for tomatoes and cucumbers

Fair Trade Recipes

French Law Bans Food Waste

Ugly Food!


I was going to participate in the National Geographic Hashtag challenge, but as with a great many things I ran out of time. So here’s the photo




Sustainable Seafood – Loblaws


Infant Feeding

Breastfeeding Dairy Free

Lactose Overload

Breastfeeding & Alcohol Consumption

Formula FYI

Pump & Dump


Sustainable Diapering

The Diaper Divide

7th Generation Training Pants


Environmentally Friendly Sanitary Pads

Now that Aunt Flo is back in my life I’ve been thinking about this a little more.

The Honest Company

Goodbye Diva Cup


Environmentally Friendly Funerals/Burials/Estate Planning (not that I plan on trying these any time soon – for all the right reasons!)


Burial Pods



Our kitty has recently had some health problems, which got me thinking about this even more

Ethically Sourced Pet Food

Crystal Cat Litter

Silica Cat Litter

Ecofriendly Cat Litter

Homemade Cat Litter

Homemade Cat food

More Homemade Cat Litter



Natural Pest/Weed Control



Water Conservation/Pollution

Drugs in Drinking Water

The Surfrider Foundation

Gold in Sewage

Water used to grow favourite foods

Microbeads Banned


Eco-friendly Shopping

The True Cost of Clothing

Germs in Cloth Bags

The Green Mom Review

Toxic Items at Dollar Stores

Chemicals in Dollar Store Products

Dollar Store Product Contaminants



Advice to Fathers

The Most Expensive 2-hour Nap

A Day at Home with a Newborn

10 things kids should see their parents doing

Journey from Anti-Vaxx to Science

Please don’t visit my Newborn

10 ways to really help someone with a new baby


As I’ve said before, through this blog, I’ve learned that as with every thing in life, we have to make decisions. Just like we can’t always be that perfect parent, we can’t be the perfect environmentalist. But we try. We try and we hope it’s enough.

And then there’s this guy. Am I him? I don’t think I want to be him. If you can’t follow my blog, follow the frog.




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Week # 6 – Don’t flush your brush

February 8, 2014

This week  marked the beginning of the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. A few days before the games began, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a warning that terrorists could be concealing explosives in toothpaste.

I’ve had dental health on the brain for a few weeks now, as I try to squeeze my daughter into a specialist to have a cavity filled. I was disappointed, frustrated and scared to learn that she had a cavity, especially since I thought I took such good care of her teeth. The Centres for Disease Control have been following a disturbing rise in cavities in children aged 2-5. Why? There are thought to be many contributing factors, including the use of bottled water rather than fluoridated water for children, and the increased availability of sugary snacks.

There is also wide debate on the effects of fluoride on human and environmental health. The CDC claims that there is no support for an association between fluoride and negative health impacts; however other groups disagree.

With my own  dental health and the health of the environment on mind, last week I researched a few environmentally friendly toothpaste options. I’ve made the switch Tom’s of Maine toothpaste (about twice the price of my regular toothpaste), for the same reasons I discuss in my Week #1 blog. Tom’s of Maine makes products through sustainable manufacturing, recycled and recyclable packaging; ingredients are naturally-derived, not tested on animals and at least partially biodegradeable; and the company contributes to social causes. I’ve already been using their deodorant for several years.  But reading the ingredient list I wonder how much of what’s in this toothpaste is really necessary. Tom’s website provides a great explanation of each ingredient and why it’s there.

Considering the fluoride content of the water we drink, combined with proper dental hygiene and and regular fluoride treatments at the dentist, making your own is likely a healthier option. There are tons of recipes on the internet, and I hope someday soon I have enough time and gumption to try one. Making my own would certainly reduce the extra packaging, and the carbon emissions of importing toothpaste from Maine. . .

Besides the environmental and health impacts of the toothpaste itself, there’s also the packaging to consider. The last tube I used I cut the top off to ensure I make use of every last pea-sized piece of paste. And I never flush floss down the toilet! Waste water treatment workers have a heck of a time de-clogging that mess. In fact, a recent report on CBC radio explained that the floss acts to bind and weave together other so-called “flushable” items into a giant carpet of gross.

So, for the sake of your own health, the environment, and those sewer workers, don’t rush or flush your brush.