I have 3 boys, and even though one is still a baby, I can already tell we’re going to have some massive food budget increases in the next ten years – and also some big time food competitions!
My 10-year-old takes great pride in ordering an adult meal at a restaurant and finishing the whole thing and likes to go piece for piece with Dad when we have homemade pizza.
The 11-month-old makes each piece disappear from his high chair tray faster than I can toss the next piece on.
And my 4-year-old likes to announce, "I ate faster than you!" to which we always say, "Eating is not a race."
It’s not a competition to see who can eat faster.
And it’s also not a competition to see who can eat healthier, a more restrictive diet, more perfectly organic options.
(I’m looking at you now, adults.)
Sometimes, kale is just kale, not a trophy.
And when it comes to serving my family healthy foods, I do my best – but I’m ok with missing the blue ribbon and getting green, whatever that would mean. It’s not a competition, because maybe everyone can win, if they strike the balance their family needs.
I’m not going to sacrifice my health by adding so much stress to my life that I implode just to seek health. Sometimes, you just have to compromise and let perfection slide.
And I’m not going to save the earth at all costs and make living here a terrible experience for my kids.
I’m all about being "green."
I love taking steps to take care of the earth, to avoid adding toxins to the environment, to reduce our waste, to promote sustainability.
But sometimes, mint green is good enough.
I don’t have to compete to be the greenest mom in town or the greenest blogger in the crunchy living world. I can shoot for a lighter shade of green and still feel like I’m using the gifts God has given me properly, including the gift of time with my children.
I won’t get that "greenest of green" award, because I just don’t do it all:
- I flush my toilet paper.
- I have paper towel in the house, and zippered bags (although we try not to use them often).
- I feel rebellious when I use a disposable wipe to clean someone’s hands or face…and I like it. It’s like a feeling of freedom, not being tied to only "the proper green option." As I mentioned back in July, we use them on the go, because honestly? Homemade wipes would never cut it in the diaper bag. They get too moldy, and that’s just gross and unsafe for baby’s bum or big brother’s face and hands!
- I don’t use Mama cloth (yet, although I simply haven’t had many cycles in the last 10 years because of four pregnancies and very long periods of breastfeeding infertility! So maybe that will happen someday…)
- I can’t convince people to turn off lights and unplug very well around here!
- I drink unfiltered water sometimes, and I don’t even cringe that much anymore. It just has to be done.
- I haven’t used cloth diapers since July…we were traveling, then traveling, then filming the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse and I didn’t have an extra minute to spare for a few weeks, and then our washing machine broke. I was super grateful to have Seventh Generation Free and Clear Diapers on hand to support me being "mint green" even though they’re still disposables! Seventh Generation diapers are chlorine-free and are manufactured more responsibly than other brands, and I’m pleased that they sponsored this post to give us something to talk about…
- We bought 200 pounds of conventionally grown apples last week. For $13/bushel (which is about 48 pounds), I can’t pass it up. I did buy 1.5 bushels from the organic farmer first, but it was all he had…so on we went to the other farm!
- I don’t even feel badly about using disposable plates sometimes, as long as they’re not Styrofoam, and preferably paper. When it’s incredibly inconvenient and a hindrance to family togetherness or personal sanity to wash dishes, such as when there are more people than would fit one dishwasher load or if your kitchen is being remodeled and you could only do dishes in your bathtub, sometimes you gotta save your marriage by buying paper plates!
- Confession: I’ve never once paid the big bucks for compostable plates. (But I will avoid using a Styrofoam cup for drinking at almost all costs and try to get my kids to share when that’s the only choice available.)
I’m sure there are more "green and crunchy" corners I cut that I can’t think of now – but now I’d love to hear from you!
So…what do you get into that maybe you shouldn’t if you want to "greener than green" award?