It's hard to believe that 60 days have passed since I started this challenge. So many changes, some big, some small. Most have made it to the 60 day mark. A few I had to give up soon after starting.
The biggest challenge I've had is trying to make changes that will fit with our lifestyle. We live in the suburbs, in a very "car-oriented" community. Nothing is really walking distance from our house, although there is supposed to be a grocery store, bank, coffee shop, beer store and a couple of restaurants going into an area in the our corner of the subdivision. I'm hopeful that I'll be able to start walking to pick up milk or a bottle of wine soon.
Here are the changes I've had to either a) give-up completely or b) re-work into something a little more sustainable for my family:
- environmentally friendly ant removal. This just didn't work for us, and we finally resorted to ant poison to get rid of the infestation
- organic face moisturizer. I couldn't stand using this particular product after about two weeks. I've been trying several other types, but can't find one I really like. I've switched back to my "old" one - it only registered a 4 on the Skin Deep Database, so it really wasn't that bad. This way, I don't have a tonne of pimples or clogged pores anymore
- baths for kids. This is a hit or miss proposition - it depends on what time it is, who is in charge of bath time, and how dirty the kids are. We're hitting about 50% showers and 50% baths, so this is a definite improvement on water and electricity consumption.
- not using Google. I've been pretty good about using GoodSearch for most of my Internet searching, but have used Google a few times when the GS results don't seem to be quite right.
-making my own liquid hand soap. This was a bust. I guess I'm just too used to the cream soap, and couldn't find a consistency when making my own that didn't send water flying everywhere, or cause us to waste half the soap when we pressed the dispenser. I bought some triclosan-free cream soap (again an improvement), but then decided just to use the dish soap I really like as hand soap. I'll use up the cream variety and then will switch over to the dish soap.
-buy only Canadian juice. This has not been going well, because I really don't like apple juice. The kids love it, so I buy it for them. For DH and I, though, I've been buying orange juice. The label states "100% Florida orange juice" and "Made in the USA", so I am hopeful that I am at least buying a juice that is grown and produced in North America.
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