Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Hello and welcome! This is my first blog, so please bear with me as this is a learning process too. Speaking of learning process, that is what this page is all about and I hope that you will join me on my journey!
Let me start off by telling you a little about myself. My name is Alicia and I just had my 26th birthday on the 14th. (Age is relative, right? :D) My husband and I are from Indiana, but have been living in Arkansas since early 2010. It is definitely a different world down here and takes some getting used to! As of last fall, we have also been getting used to living with 3 people in our house instead of 2. We welcomed our baby girl Myka into the world on October 11th, 2012. (Good thing she has an easy birthday to remember because I'm terrible at remembering dates!) We are pretty laid back, boring, normal people just trying to make it by in today's world.
I am currently a stay at home mom, which is a blessing and a curse for several reasons. While my husband still makes enough from his job to pay the bills, just barely. I was working at a coffee shop before and during my pregnancy, but the physical work and stress were too much for me, so I decided to quit when I was about 7 months pregnant. (You would be surprised how hectic working at a coffee shop can be that also sells full meals and bakes their own cakes and makes their own gelato and does catering and and and....You get the picture.) So, while I am super glad to be spending the extra time with and actually being the person who is raising our daughter, I also feel bad that I am not able to help out monetarily at this time...Though not for a lack of trying!
So to get on with the purpose of this blog, that is what perhaps started this whole escapade into living more "naturally" or "green" or whatever term you prefer: money. My husband and I knew fairly early on that we wanted to try cloth diapers with our baby. We both agreed that disposables seemed like a giant waste of money. That's thousands of dollars you're throwing away. Literally. And we are all about saving money, especially my husband. He is the Bargain King. lol
With that being said, I must admit to something. I am not getting into the whole "green" thing because it is good for the environment. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to CAUSE harm to the environment. But the truth is cloth diapering and keeping landfills that much less empty from disposable diapers is just an added bonus for me. My main goals are to save money and do what's best for my child. And let me tell you, I am a lot more worried about my child's well-being than mine. Not that that is a bad thing, but I am working on caring more about myself too, and we'll get to that eventually. ;)
Well, with all of that being said, I hope you can handle my being candid, and if not, then perhaps you are in the wrong place. Maybe I should have put that as a warning at the beginning of the post. :D Honestly, though, I hope you'll join me on my journey into living more naturally. I'm just starting out, of course, and feedback is always welcome. :)
Next time I will be posting about what kind of things I am getting into, like homemade baby food, wipes, laundry detergent and more!
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