Lured by shameless click-bait, I stumbled on an article the other day teaching me obvious ways to Go Green. As I was reading, it struck me how many of these things I already do. Despite my best efforts, I accidentally turned green. It got me thinking that mommies with littles are probably the most environmentally conscious group out there. Move over tiny-house people, we show you how it's DONE.
Green tip: Use less water in the shower
Green mom: What is this shower you speak of? You mean throwing water on myself while praying my kids can't reach the box of markers? A military shower has nothing on a mommy shower.
Green tip: Drive less
Green mom: No carbon footprint here. Because I never leave the house.
Green tip: Don't preheat the oven.
Green mom: Oh yeah -- I do have an oven.
Green tip: Do less laundry
Green Mom: Pull shirt from hamper. Smell. Faint scent of spit up? Good for another wear!
Green tip: Brush teeth without running water
Green Mom: Or wonder around lunchtime, "did I brush my teeth at all today?" Forget again until bedtime.
Green tip: Use fewer paper napkins
Green mom: Use one spit-up rag for every. single. thing. The things accumulated on this rag by the end of the day would make for some very interesting biology experiments.
Green tip: Recycle cell phones
Green Mom: Done. My cell phone is also a chew toy, a fussy-time distraction, a flashlight, a video player, and something fun to hide from mommy so she gets that crazy look in her eye.
Green tip: Use fewer cosmetic and skin-care items.
Green mom: Check. "Putting on makeup" now means a slather of base and a puff of powder. I've also slowly and shamelessly incorporated baby products into my cosmetic routine. Baby lotion, baby soap, baby oil, whatever is easily accessible in my 10-minute sprint to get ready. (Was that Sephora or Desitin? Oh well!)
Green tip: Turn off the lights
Green Mom: If you turn ON the light and my baby is sleeping, I will turn out YOUR lights permanently. It's amazing what moms (who room with baby) learn to do in the dark-- get dressed, put on make up, find matching-ish shoes.
Green Tip: recycle trash:
Green Mom: My egg cartons are painting pallets, my toilet paper rolls are Christmas angels, my snack-food containers are piggy banks. There may not be one single piece of packaging that hasn't found it's way into my kid's toy box because....
Mommies are the greenest (and it's actually kind of fun).