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I was thinking about this today... what does NFL mean to you and how do you do it?<br><br>
To me NFL means being as natural as your means let you...<br><br>
I try to use as much Organic items as possiable....<br><br>
I BF.. and wear my baby....<br><br>
I tried to use CD with Bella..(we have only pocket dipes..She soaks right threw them... AIO work the best, but we can't afford more dipes...LOL)<br><br>
I Freecylce, and recycle... we try to use as lil power( lights) as much and we can...<br><br>
i try not to use a lot of harsh cleaners<br><br>
ohh and every years.. i grow my on tomatoes... and this year growing my own strawberries. i would love to grow more.. but i have no garden box......<br><br>
so what do you do??? and how??
 

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How, what, and why. Hmmm...<br><br>
Eating organic and whole foods as much as possible.<br><br>
Spending time doing things together.<br><br>
Recycling, buying used, trading, giving stuff away, recieving free stuff, etc.<br><br>
I don't know, anymore. What is NFL when you're past diapers, babywearing, breastfeeding, etc? I guess it has more to do with the Earth (which we revere...we got a garden plot at the University so we can grow our own food, even tho we live in an apartment) and family, than it does the attachment parenting aspects. We practice a nature-based spirituality and this summer, we'll be walking and using the public bus system more often.<br><br>
The "why" is easier for me to answer. We practice NFL b/c I really can't imagine doing anything else. I can't imagine pretending what I do to and on the Earth has no consequences. I dream of composting toilets. LOL
 

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To me, NFL is giving back to Mother Earth what you take from her. Its a symbiosis (okay, not sure if I spelled that correctly). I grow food so my family can eat, in doing so, I promise the Earth that I will not use harsh chemicals and toxins to poison her. Okay, Im not sure if that made sense but Im extremely tired and heading to bed, so if I can explain myself better in the morning, I will do so lol
 

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oh and because Im sooo sleepy, and grew up in a football fanatic home, I seriously thought you were talking about football before I opened the post LMAO I kept thinking, what on earth does she mean by living the NFL life? I was thinking some crazy rich football players wife or something LMAO.. I need sleep.. goodnight
 

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im such a dork.. i didn't list the why..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: ..we do it cuz it feels good.... i fel better when i eat better.. i feel better when i use a Ap-Nfl way of life....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">oh and because Im sooo sleepy, and grew up in a football fanatic home, I seriously thought you were talking about football before I opened the post LMAO I kept thinking, what on earth does she mean by living the NFL life? I was thinking some crazy rich football players wife or something LMAO.. I need sleep.. goodnight</div>
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i did the same thing when i first came here....
 

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Ahh oops.. forgot the how..<br><br>
Cloth diaper<br>
Breastfeed<br>
Baby Wear<br>
Eat organically<br>
Eat locally grown<br>
Grow it myself<br>
*try* to buy organic clothes and bedding but its sooo dern expensive<br>
Conserve electricity<br>
I want to put solar panels on a house whenever we buy<br>
Reduce my waste.. compost, recycle<br>
Garage sales, give to goodwill<br>
Buy used stuff<br>
*trying* to simplify my life.. Im such a packrat so this is hard<br>
Im about to start using family cloth<br>
We use cloth rags for cleaning, cloth napkins while eating, etc..<br>
We use vinegar, salt, and baking soda for cleaning with the occasional blast of alcohol<br>
Only printing papers that NEED to be printed, conserve papers to conserve trees<br>
Get all the bills I can get via email instead of snail mail<br>
Turning off appliances and unplugging appliances not in use<br>
Line drying diapers and clothes when I can<br>
We are going to put in e4 windows when we get a house<br>
umm... there are a lot of ways we are trying to or already are natural.. but Im always trying to do better...<br><br>
WHY... I feel better, I dont want pesticides in my kids, I dont want chemicals around myself or my children, I want my great great great grandchildren to have trees and fresh air.. I am terrified of global warming.. and I see that it already is our reality.. not some abstract imaginative thing like others say... our icecaps are already melting!! Anyways, Im seriously off to bed now
 

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I believe that I was led to lead a natural life cause I was brought up that way. I didn't know that certain<br>
things like breast feeding, or growing fresh food was a way of life until I was older. I definitely didn't know<br>
that breast feeding was something that people chose. I always thought that's just what you do. I got more<br>
interested when dd was born so to keep a healthy home for her to grow in.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I believe that I was led to lead a natural life cause I was brought up that way. I didn't know that certain<br>
things like breast feeding, or growing fresh food was a way of life until I was older. I definitely didn't know<br>
that breast feeding was something that people chose. I always thought that's just what you do. I got more<br>
interested when dd was born so to keep a healthy home for her to grow in.</div>
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same here
 

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I was not brought up NFL, nor is my area very NFL. Despite that, we:<br><br>
~CDs and cloth wipes<br>
~BF<br>
~buy used<br>
~rent or borrow books and DVDs<br>
~boycott Wal-Mart<br>
~farmers market<br>
~grow food<br>
~try not to eat processed food<br>
~NO chemical cleaners in this house<br>
~BS and vinegar for everything<br>
~unpaper towels<br>
~no kitchen plastic<br>
~no kitchen disposables<br>
~recycle everything, reduce waste<br>
~freecycle, avoid landfill<br>
~natural body care<br>
~no chemicals on the baby (shampoo, lotion)<br><br>
Why? To be safer and to consume less.
 

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I was brought up in a pretty NFL family so it's almost second nature to me.<br>
What do I do?<br><br>
-Use CDs (though not exclusively)<br>
-Breastfeed, and plan on doing so until ds is at least 2.<br>
-Shop at a natural foods co-op, and buy as much locally-grown/organic as possible.<br>
-Recycle whenever possible.<br>
-Buy secondhand goods whenever possible.<br>
-Live in a small home with 1 BA so energy needs are lower.<br>
-Upgrade to energy-effiecient appliances (washing machine and fridge, anyway).<br>
-Babywearing (when my back allows me and ds is not too squirmy<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">)<br><br><br>
There's a lot more that I'd like to do--such as organic gardening, sewing my own clothes, and walking/biking to run errands.
 

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Organic foods as much as possible<br>
Cloth diapering<br>
Breastfeeding<br>
Living in a small place and keeping down the electric bill as much as possible<br>
Use reusable products<br>
Recycle what I can and give away to others what I can't<br>
Energy efficient appliances<br>
Natural cleaners, body products, detergents, shampoos, etc.<br>
Borrow what I can<br><br>
Living here makes it all harder to do. Had to hunt everywhere to figure out recycling, where to buy reusable things, etc.. No second hand stores either.
 

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We (Dh and I) believe in living a simple life, not necessarily an NFL life, but the two overlap in many ways. I buy organic foods and use natural cleaning products and toiletries for health reasons, but also because I like to only use things with a few ingredients I recognize (when we buy a house, we're going to have a garden). We are buying a small house and only have one car because we don't want to waste our lives working for a lot of money to spend on consumer goods. We also don't have many standard "luxury" items like a big tv, a stereo, dvd player, etc. The things we do have (computer, small tv) we got used. That's also why we cloth diaper and try to buy very few, well-made items of clothing (I need to start buying more used stuff, but I can't find a good secondhand store, although we do do a lot of hand-me-downs in my extended family). We take pleasure in simple, "doing" things like reading, playing music, and knitting and we're trying to instill those values in our kids. We want to live in a simple, low-impact, low-stress way and all the NFL stuff we do is with that end in mind.
 
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