This week she talks about how frustrating it is that she can't convince the outside world to be as green and nature-friendly as she is attempting to be at home ...
"It's been a challenge to control the selection of products in my home. Sometimes I read through the ingredients list too quickly and then purchase a product that isn't as natural as I originally thought. Sometimes it's downright impossible to find a product natural enough for me to want (nail polish, for example). Even so, I have a lot of control over what we use in the house compared to outside the house.
"At work, I've stopped using the hand soap (detergent) they provide in the ladies room. I bought a travel soap dish and use that to carry a bar of real soap for my personal use. It's a little inconvenient to carry it everywhere. I am considering bringing in some liquid Dr. Bronner's, but I am afraid too many people will use it if I leave it in the ladies room.
"When my daughter is at school, she uses the detergent hand soap and antibacterial wipes provided. She buys her lunch once a week and I have no control over the ingredients in her menu selection that day. The only way I can keep some control is to limit that lunch purchase to once per week. We call it a compromise, something the whole family has been working on lately.
"An upcoming birthday party is going to put me to the test. Abby was invited to a spa and craft party. The girls will get facials, manicures and pedicures; they will also make their own jewelry to take home. I have no idea what products will be used for the facials, but I am sure I won't like it. The same goes for the manicures and pedicures. Should I buy some nail polish remover or let the polish grow out and/or wear off? Which is better?
"These things make me realize I can't control everything that goes on outside the home. I don't want my daughter to be excluded from activities because I decided to go natural. I figure I have reduced her chemical load greatly by making these changes, so I won't worry about the few exposures she is getting other places. Easier said than done!"