This is a guest post from Sara Shay of Your Thriving Family. Also, please welcome her to the KS team! We planned this guest post before she joined the crew, so it was ironic that she ended up having to input it into the blog. But I’m grateful for her presence!
I opened the bag and my heart sank. Once again corn syrup, dye filled, artificially flavored, chemical laden junk sat before my eyes. I sighed and started removing the tub of cotton candy, packages of peeps, cheap chocolate made with soy and canola oils and then looked at the almost empty basket. Well something would need to be done.
That was earlier this year, at Easter time. It has repeated many times. Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas and any other “holiday” or even non-special day you can think of!
We are blessed quite often with food stuffs and random toiletries. For the most part I love it. Well I should say, I love the heart behind it. When it is paper products, plastic bags or whole foods (no matter the quality) I am truly grateful. But when it is junk, I have to swallow my words.
I know it is a gift. I know the person is desiring to show care, love and affection for my family or me. They are truly trying to bless us.
Because of this I have struggled with how to respond to all these blessings that we do not use. Because part of me feels bad, just trashing it – or immediately adding it to the food bank donations.
“I thought of you and got this for you.”
“We bought this and didn’t like it so much and thought you could use it.”
“I love your kids and thought they’d enjoy this candy, chips, sugary cereal.”
The problem is that over the last couple years not only are we trying to put healthier stuff in us, I have also been trying to use natural, real products on our outside as well. Yes, I am a nutter! Because of this I don’t buy all that many commercial cleaning or personal care items anymore – I make most of them.
Not only does my daughter have VERY sensitive skin, but over the last year I have found homemade, high quality products less expensive and better for us.
Anytime I have since used a commercial product it almost burns my skin – literally. I used my old face wash after using exclusively oil for cleaning and moisturizing and I had to wash it off with plain olive oil cause it hurt so bad.
This brings me to the crux of my dilemma
Do I go on accepting those items we don’t use (probably 75% of what we receive) with a smile and “thank you”? Or do I somehow graciously inform these lovely people that we don’t use/eat that? [Read more →]