Green vs. Sustainability


Many of us like to think that we are "being green" and living in a sustainable manner. However, just because something is considered "green," doesn't mean that it is sustainable. There is a bit of a difference between green and sustainability. Understanding that difference can help you recognize that some of your choices may not be completely sustainable, and help you work toward living in a way that is a little more sustainable. What is Green? A "green" product is often one that is labeled that for marketing purposes. These are products that may help you reduce your impact on…

Using a Midwife – One Year Later – The Experience


The following is discussion about our experience using a midwife.  I have had a year to reflect on having a home birth with the aid of a midwife.  The financial reasons to use a midwife at home were great but pale in comparison to the experiences I had, and did not have to have, by having a home birth. With the home birth I think I had a better overall experience using a midwife than if I had given birth in a hospital. Granted I have never had a hospital birth but I have seen many, many birth videos and have…

Do You Know When to Accept Help?


One of the hardest things for many of us is accepting help. It is difficult to get help from others, especially since many of us like to think that we are independent, capable human beings. However, at some point in time, we all need help. The question is whether or not we will recognize that we the help -- and accept it when it comes our way. Do You Take Good Advice? Many of us are painfully aware that when we give good advice, on a subject that we clearly know something about, our friends and family tend to ignore…

Save Cash and the Planet with the Three R’s


The first environmental message we heard was reduce, reuse, recycle. We were encouraged to sort and separate recyclables. At first this seemed to be an imposition to me and very time consuming; now I sort my trash automatically without giving it a second thought. In case you’re wondering whether recycling does help the environment, here are some statistics – when you recycle aluminum cans, you help reduce the energy needed to make new cans by around 95%. When your household recycles plastic, glass, steel, aluminum and paper, you are saving almost 10% of your total greenhouse gas emissions. Recycle is…

Using A Midwife – One Year Later – Financials


As many of you know our son, lil' SPF was born nearly a year ago here at home. We had a beautiful birthing experience and we consider ourselves very lucky that all went well and I am healthy and happy and so is lil' SPF. Now that I have had several months to reflect on the whole experience (and now have some time to write this follow up) I want to share with you why SPF and I still believe that choosing a midwife was a financially sound decision and a better overall experience for myself as a first time…

Front Load vs Top Load Washing Machines


Washing clothes is a fact of life in every household; a necessary evil for some! We are fortunate that one of the many labor-saving devices we have is the clothes washer, making the job faster and easier. Choosing the best washer in the 21st century is not the simple option it was ten years ago. Then, it was a matter of deciding what features you needed and what brand you preferred. Now, we have the added choice of top and front loaders, while considering which is the greener option and which could save us money. In the green department, I…