Another benefit for me from doing this challenge was that it kicked me back into great with making my own foods. I returned to making my breads and learned how to make pitas, roast red peppers and replaced canned cream-of-whatever soups in my monthly cooking with a homemade version that worked just as well. Now that I’ve gotten in the routine of making things food with a purpose, it’s comfortable again. In the end, I’d say that the October Unprocessed challenge has left me grateful. I’m grateful because in addition to the wonderful benefits for me and my family, it’s opened the door for me to talk to other moms in the area and find women who have like goals for their families. And really, it’s that the way it’s supposed to be? The connections I’ve made in the last few weeks have soothed my soul in place of snack foods and mindless nibbling. I’ve come out of this energized and inspired. Oh. And November is just going to have to be unprocessed, too. Once you start, it’s hard to stop.
Cloth diapering for me has been just a continuation of a frugal lifestyle. I’m always on the look-out for new, green options for our home and I’m hoping that by keeping them in the forefront of our minds it will always be a part of our lives. I’m proud to raise my children in a home with cloth. Be it wiping up spills, covering a heiny or washing windows, cloth makes my life green and frugal. Just like I like it.
Beyond the Diaper – Inspiration and Resources for Reusables
- Cloth wipes are a perfect addition to your diapering routine. I had a few extra receiving blankets that were worn to the perfect softness and in a mere 10 minutes trimmed those blankets into a pile of wipes. I kept mine super simple and just cut squares out of the fabric, but you can bind the edges with contrasting thread. Simple Organic has a wonderful tutorial on how to make and store your new wipes! Not a lot of time or spare flannel? Head on over to Etsy for a wide range of styles and fabrics.
- If you’re interested in making the leap to cloth wipes for the whole family, Crunchy Chicken is responsible for everything I know about reusable wipes in the bathroom.
- Once I was fully invested in bringing my own bags to the grocery, I thought it was time to cut out the produce bags as well. I found good inspiration and ideas in this post from Mindful Momma, but in the end, wound up making something more like what I found on Etsy. I was able to find cotton mesh fabric and used scraps from a misguided attempt at curtains to make them stand out in my cart.
- There are a lot of tutorials out there for UNpaper towels, but I’m here to tell you it’s as easy as finding some absorbent fabric and cutting to the desired size. You can serge the edges if you’d like or leave them free. In my case, I had a jersey knit sheet set with a giant hole in it thanks to my dog. Instead of throwing the set away, I cut both the sheets and the pillowcases into large squares and have them stashed all over the house in baskets just waiting for a spill.
- If you’re looking for a way to ditch the plastic baggies as you head out on your picnics this summer, here’s a great tutorial for sewing reusable wrappers that will add some fun to your lunches!