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Is that…Could it be?! The SUN!?
Yes, it looks like spring is finally springing. ‘sabout time, don’t you think?
I, for one, am totally over winter. I’m ready to rip my house apart, cleaning and decluttering. And, since I have a newborn in the house, I’m especially concerned about the quality of our air.
The EPA says that in the average home, levels of organic pollutants are two to five times higher than outdoors¹ and those pollutants can lead to things like allergies, throat irritation, headaches, asthma and even cancer. Since so many of us spend a great deal of our time indoors, that’s pretty scary. The great news is that there are lots of things you can do to improve the quality of the air in your home!
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Got a wicked sweet tooth? Mine was raging during this last pregnancy, and it really got me thinking about how I don’t want to pass my love/hate relationship with sugar on to my kids. Cutting back on candy is tough, though…especially when every single holiday seems to revolve around it. But all that means is that, as parents, we have to get a little more creative, right?
So aside from a few Annie’s gummy bunnies, we’ve decided that this year’s basket will be devoted to the thing we love most about spring: the garden! Since our family’s celebration is focused less on religious beliefs and more on the fertility and rebirth associate with spring (like Ostara), a basket full of garden-themed items seems perfect to me!
I was accused of nesting during the last weeks of my pregnancy. I’ve never really believed in the notion that women go into crazy cleaning mode as a precursor to childbirth, but who knows – maybe my body did know I was going to go early. Or maybe it was the impending spring weather that had me feeling the need to deep clean and organize. Either way, now that baby is here and the weather is warming up, the urge to tidy up and “nest” is even stronger than ever!
The problem I always have with getting rid of things is that it makes me feel wasteful. That’s why I like to find ways to turn the things I don’t need into a few bucks that can help me offset the cost of the things I do need.
Take the closet, for example. I won’t be having any more babies, so it’s time for the maternity collection to go. What I do need, on the other hand, is a new office wardrobe. So, instead of donating everything I have to the local Goodwill, I’ll be selling my nicer pieces on eBay and taking the rest to a local consignment shop. Same goes for the kids’ clothes (my friend owns a local kids’ consignment shop, so I’ll be helping out a local business, too!) Continue reading