I’m so thankful

I look around. at our comfortable tiny home. I have everything I need to take care of him here. I have privacy & comfort. Something many families, many children, don’t have.

But right now, at this moment as I’m reminded of that I’m thankful. I’m thankful for the beautiful family and home that God has given me right now. I’m thankful for the painful things that gave me the ability to appreciate even the ability to walk outside in safety.

One child. One bedroom. One car. Very little money. We are impoverished by North American standards, but by my own count we’re on top.

I have so much.

Organic Challenge

I recently started paying more attention to what I’m feeding my son and I and after learning about how food is grown, processed and sold in the U.S. I decided to challenge myself to eating a 100% organic real food diet as a way to avoid genetically modified foods (GMOs) and pesticides.

There are other, less expensive, ways to avoid pesticides on your produce (check out a list of the ‘dirty dozen’) and genetically modified foods, brands like Amy’s and Trader Joe’s have pledged not to use GMOs in their products. But, as GMO labeling is still not required in the U.S. the simplest way to avoid GMOs completely is by buying organic foods which, by definition cannot contain GMOs.

Although veganism wasn’t for us we are still adhering to a vegetarian diet and have expanded that to mean as many organic whole foods as possible.

One of my goals is to avoid any product with more than three ingredients on the label.

We are getting there slowly but surely. Hopefully this year I will be able to can my own tomatoes and sauces, but for now we are buying organic pre-made ones.

For the most part I’ve found that buying organic food staples cost me about 30% more, while buying organic convenience foods, like frozen pizza, can cost me up to 50% more.

I’m working on a post comparing the actual prices of the things things that I buy, including produce to give you a better idea of how we’re managing on our organic challenge.

Difference with him and I

My son likes to do things a particular way. He goes to bed at the same time each night. He wakes up at the same time each morning. In between he eats, plays & naps in a pretty routine manner.

Not me.

I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type girl. Always have been. Probably always will be.