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Fess up: What makes you "crunchier" than anyone else? - Page 4
We also do cold baths during the winter outside. We're just starting to work the kids into taking colds baths as well to build a tolerance to cold. by the end of last winter I could easily sit in water just above freezing for 20mins. It also improved my heatlh, as my highly sensitive CRP dropped to .2 by late january. We've discovered that by embracing the cold in the winter, we have a higher heat tolerance in the summer and don't need to keep our ac blasting all summer.
Wow, that's pretty cool.
UC is pretty dern crunchy I think and I did that, well UP/UC.
Family cloth is the bomb, I don't really get why more people don't like the idea, I mean I get the laundry aspect but it's like you don't have to buy toilet paper anymore. And that stuff is expensive!
Um.....I don't really wash my crazy curly hair, just rinse it really well and condition it.
I make my own face toner with rose water and then slather on coconut oil which a lot of people are freaked by, but it doesn't make you break out, it's awesome!
Raw milk, is that crunchy?
I love this thread too!! Thought of posting one like it myself. My most crazy "AP" thing that I've done is what I would call crazy, extreme babywearing. I wore my youngest all over for ever and ever. The last time I wore her for a long time was at President Obama's inauguration - my "LO" was 7!!
I do a lot of that other stuff too but that's easy!
Seems that in my circles, having a natural birth and still nursing my 16 month old is about all the crunchy folks can handle! Add to that the co-sleeping, not freaking out when my toddler is eating dirt, not rushing to the doctor at every sniffle, etc... haha I'm always the "hippie" of the bunch and I'm not even that much of one! In fact, I'm going down this list making notes! (note to self: try EC next time around, learn more about unschooling, look up "circadian cycles"...)
Hmmm. Nope, can't think of anything that makes me crunchier than "anyone else". I do live in the Seattle area, though. CD/Breastfeeding/living easy on the earth/localvores/reusable menstrual stuff is all super common. Maybe I just know a lot of weird people? I did triple tandem nurse and nurse through my high risk twin pregnancy (with the full blessing of my perinatologist--which probably gives me negative crunchy points that I had one!), but honestly? I think a lot of people would have done that that I know, it's just at not everyone has twins 17 months after their firstborn. :P Cosleeping is mainstream amongst people I know. Most people like being outdoors here and are environmentally aware. (again, I might just know a lot of weird folks I guess) Spanking is culturally a frowny thing so if people do they'll not talk about it except in closed company.
I would say that I'm relaxed and allow my kids more freedom (to make mistakes, to climb, to build their own stuff, to go play on our property without me hovering over them, ect.) but I do not know that's a crunchy trait, as frankly the most uptight moms I've met have been equally divided between crunchy and mainstream.
My probably crunchiest trait is the jar's/bag's full of herb's i use to treat everything from headaches to colds/fever's and the fact that i make my own lip-balm(works really well for burn cream) and lotion. With my hair washing it more than once a week makes it less manageable not more and about 95 percent of every piece of clothing I own was pre-loved. Only thing's i buy new are unmentionables and tennis shoes... sandals and heels you can usually find almost brand new second hand.
I use Dr. Bronner's soap for everything, don't wear make-up, use cloth diapers, cloth baby wipes, and cloth breast pads, breastfeed. we also don't vaccinate or even go to the doctor's unless it's an absolute emergency, just had my first home birth and it was awesome:) I bought my newborn baby an all organic, non-flame retardant mattress, which I had to get a prescription for. never used to wear a bra, until I started breastfeeding because otherwise I would leak everywhere. eat mostly organic food. we don't have cable, we just watch old VHS tapes. I also don't have a cellphone or facebook, which most people find pretty odd. I drive an old dented up car that gets 40 mpg. oh yeah and I don't believe in government. I would live like the native americans if I could. we are working on getting completely off the grid. we have a pretty good start because we exclusively heat with a woodstove. I would like to homeschool my 6 year old too, but need to do more research on it and besides she really likes her friends in school so it's a tough decision.
I never really consider myself "crunchy" as I think I have a really long way to go, but I do some things that my circle of friends and family tend to think are crunchy
I belong to a local farm CSA to get fresh, local and organic produce. We used to have a sizable garden and I preserved a lot of food from that, but the garden has been sadly neglected since my husband passed away 5 years ago. I can't fit in tending the garden along with taking care of everything else on my own, so the CSA was my solution.
I preserve whatever food we get in our weekly share that we won't use up soon enough. I've made pickles, salsa, canned tomatoes. I also freeze greens, beans, corn. This year, I want to also buy more when they are selling bulk extras to try to preserve enough to last us through the winter.
I make almost all of our meals from scratch. We rarely eat out, but that is as much to do with saving money as with trying to be "crunchy".
I lo-poo, generally only shower once a week, sometimes twice if been doing really sweaty work. The kids also shower only weekly. And I rarely use makeup
I wash all of our clothes in cold water and line dry everything. Dryer died a little over a year ago and never bothered to replace it. Hasn't even been an inconvenience, even drying clothes on indoor racks in winter or on rainy days. I would like to try also making my own laundry detergent as well.
In the past, I would bake all of our bread. I've fallen off the wagon with that one, but am hoping to start that up again very soon.
In the winter, I keep the heat down to save money and energy. Probably not as low as some, but lower than most people I know here. I usually keep it at 65 during the day and turn it down to 60 overnight. On a couple occasions when I have a chill that just won't go away, I'll splurge and turn it up to 68. That cracks up my friends who typically keep at at something over 70.
I also co-sleep with my daughter, even though she is 9 now. We co-slept when both kids were younger and she had gone to her own bed when she was 3. But after her father passed away, she moved back to my bed and I haven't made her move. Some nights she will sleep in her own bed, and does so more often now. But there are still nights when I go to bed and find her there. I know at some point it will end completely and I think I'm lucky that she still feels so close to me now.
I wouldn't say that I'm as crunchy in some areas as I used to be, but I live on an acreage (on an island in the pacific northwest) where we have a huge vegetable garden, we raise our own chickens for meat and eggs, we are raising pigs for meat (but I'm not going to eat them... hee hee), once my youngest became potty trained we started to use the old baby wash cloths instead of toilet paper, I do the "no poo" thing and hardly have to wash my hair because of it.... we thrift shop as much as possible.
For the breastmilk soap, I used the re-batch method. I suppose you could substitute breast milk for cow or goat milk in a recipe where you mix it with lye, but this is a delicate process with the strong chance of scorching and ruining the benefits of your milk. I was heartbroken once when I scorched some of my hand-milked goat's milk. I was scared to do the same to my breastmilk, which wasn't so abundant in supply. I made the soap with water, lye and fat. After the soap hardened, I grated it into a crock pot and melted it down with the breastmilk. Then I poured it into a mold and let it harden. Pop it out of the mold and let it cure for a while or use it right away. You could even use high quality store-bought soap and grate it up with the breast milk, but that would be less crunchy.
I'm not sure how crunchy this is, but I'm posting anyway.
I only use the microwave for popcorn. For everything else I use glass pots, a stainless steel pot or skillet, the toaster, or the crock pot.
I don't shave my legs. (I wear skirts and dresses that cover most of my legs.)
I tried cloth diapering with my secondborn, first son, 6 years ago but couldn't really figure it out - was always checking on him, but he still managed to soak himself, his clothes, etc. and I was having postpartum depression so I switched back to disposable diapers for my sanity.
I use coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil instead of canola oil.
We don't own a TV, and make a point of not watching it most of the time no matter where we are.
I put peppermint oil on my children's knees when they cry at night from growing pains. (I still need to learn more about that, as I heard I need to mix it with another oil.)
I've put myself to sleep with a tiny bit of skunk cabbage before.
I breastfed my firstborn as long as I could (almost 2 years) until I was pregnant with her little brother and dried up - was hoping to tandem nurse.
Catholic mama - not that you need to do this, as I personally love the microwave & freezer meals, but this seemed like something you might be interested in. You can make popcorn in a big stockpot. Do you remember shake n pop? Just put kernels and oil in your pot, put it over medium heat, and agitate the pot with the lid shut while it heats, and voila, easy stovetop popcorn. The drawback, of course, is you can't send your four year old to do it. ;)
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