Day 7 no poo

Day 7 here and i have to say im suprised at how my hair looks. It gets darker when its oily and obviously the hair dye is still growing out. But the ends are still pritty dry. The top is oily but not as bad as i thought. Might be time for my first bicarb treatment tonight. I have a bub down with a tummy bug but he will hopefully be right as rain tomorrow. Always makes things harder because i have to be on hand incase he needs me. We are having a paw patrol marathon until he feels better. Hopefully before christmas! 

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Busting out

Im having an awkward realisation today. That i have out grown most of my clothes. Im much larger than i have ever been and its becoming obvious. So now i have two choices, throw them out and get clothes that fit. Or try and lost weight. Both options are not easy but one has to be done. 

Waste not

I have jumped.on the nowaste bandwagon. Why? I noticed that in our home of just one adult and a 3yr old during the week and 2adults on a weekend im filling the kitchen bin nearly daily and the wheelie bins are full every week. How on earth are we using so much?!? Then i heard that plastic, never breaks down. The first plastic ever made is still on this earth somewhere. People may ask wgere it is and the answer is you are standing on it. When plastic crumbles it breaks down into small pieces that just sit in the earth. That dirt under your feet is part plastic. 

So i sat down and thought about what i was bringing into the house and in just one day i was horrified to realise just how much of it was single use plastic, grocery bags, produce bags, packaging, lunch drinks a bag of mushrooms. Even when i tried not buying bags everything i bought came in its own packaging. How on earth did we get this bad?! I believe that what happened was this. We devised to give ourselves more time, single use means no washing up, packaging means fresh for longer, less washing. But now that we live ina technological world we actaully have too much time and are struggling to understand why we dont feel forfilled. We go to work, come home and the house does all the work for us, cleans our dishes, cooks, freezes food, washes clothes and drys them. We dont need everything to be time saving now. We can use glass and metal dishes and put them in the dishwasher, no time lost, we can actually save time by using glass to bake then put straight in the fridge then into the microwave. Cleaning up is faster without waste because there is less to pick up, no packaging to throw out, no boxes to stomp into the bin. Our plastic lunchboxes used to be metal but the metal shortage after the war made plastic a better option. Not any more!

After watching several videos on youtube i realisd there are alternatives to most of it. They also opened my eyes to the fact that alot of things we buy can actually be made with no harsh chemicles. Did you know that the best makeup remover you can use, is coconut oil. Thats it. Just a piece of cloth and some oil. Store bought makeup remover contains a chemicle that can leave you blind if it gets in your eyes, a product made for use around your eyes can make you blind! Doesnt make much sense does it. 

So im going to be writing a series of posts explaining what i am switching too and why its better for you and our world. You might just save money too 😃 

Single parent

no, im technically not a single parent but as my partner is only home one day a week it often feels that way. So here are my top tips to being a single parent (most of the time):

  1. Batch cook. You never know when something will crop up or your kid will throw a fit so cook in bulk and eat easy during the week.
  2. Have many snacks on hand. This comes back to batch cooking, muffins and cookies can be healthy dinners if you make them yourself.
  3. Teach your child to be self sufficient. As i was running out the house this morning i looked down and realised i had forgotten to put rues shoes on, thabkfully he had put his boots on himself.
  4. Keep spares in the car. Shoes, for when you forget them, changes of clothes for when you get to daycare and realise how dirty your kids clothes are. 
  5. Odd socks are fine
  6. Have some activities on hand for crazy times. These are things you can pull out and guarantee you a few minutes to wash the dishes. (Water frozen in a bowl, add salt and watercolors) 
  7. When sanity disolves, get out of the house. Take the kids for a walk or just go for a drive to drivethrough. A change of scenery clears the crazies.  

Sick sick sick no!

im really sick of rue being sick! In three weeks we had pink eye, croup, fever, still croup cough cough cough. Im exhausted and im not even the sick one! 

So new rules in this house:

  1. House will be cleaned every night including kitchen
  2. Towels and bed sheets washed weekly
  3. Bathroom cleaned weekly
  4. Rue will have a bath every night with soap (previously was every second night and i cant use soap so i didnt use it on him either)
  5. Rue will take yukult daily
  6. Rue will take vit c daily.
  7. He will consume at least 2 fruit at home including kiwi and strawberrys
  8. He will eat 2 veg a day including carrot and zucchini and broccoli

Frankly if this doesnt work i have no idea what to do next. Tired worn out, out of ideas 😭 

Aldi vs woolworths

i normally order my groceries through woolworths home delivery. I buy homebrand or shop from the half price specials. My fortnightly budget is $150. 

This fortnight i decided to try aldi. I have to say i was dissapointed and horrified at the cost because i ended out spending $192 and i didnt even get everything i needed.

Heres how it went down. 

  
Not shown are 2 boxes of nappies and a box of wipes ($41) and a bathmat as we dont have any and our new place has 2 bathrooms ($15) and a drying mat as it also doesnt have a dishwasher ($7). 

If it looks all over the place thats because it was. I knew what i needed but there was also alot that i grabbed when i got there. The makeup wipes, pizza base, yoghurt, sausage rolls, scent diffuser, hotcross buns, english muffins, cerial, were all impulse buys! Thats nearly half my shop! I also then had to go up to woolies because they didnt have cream of chicken soup and the mince looked questionable so i didnt get it at aldi. 

  
I also will have to go back because as i said i didnt get everything i needed. We need alot more fruit and veg. 

Can you see why im horrified. All up i think im nearly $100 over my budget, thats almost double! My verdict is that yes alot of things are cheaper at aldi but if you shop smarter than woolworths is cheaper by far and ordering online means that you can add it up as you go, adding and removing things and clearly see what you have in your basket at the end and make sure you have all you need. 

Ill post again to show you a meal plan for all of this and how many meals i can get out of it. 

Back to school

you might be wondering why im talking about back to school when my son is 2? Because even littles like colored pencils, glue and textas and these items can be costly later in the year. For example. My haul today would have regularly cost me $43. The price on the shelf was even wrong i realised when i got to the register. In the end i spent just $17! Which is a $26 saving. 

  
I am actually considering going back for more because i am getting into family daycare next year and all of these things will be in high demand im sure. Those rulers were priced at $2 and at the register they came in at 50c. The glue was half price at $1.26 a stick. Scissors were my biggest bargain. Rrp $3.50, price on shelf was $1.50 and at the register they came in at 60c! The textas arw normally $9 and i got them for $4. 

Even if you dont have kids at these prices go and get some for your local charity who can always give them to a kid in need. 

Hyperactivity

rue seems to be often hyper. Like not normal 2yr old energy, but seriously jacked up on sugar hyper. Only i know its not sugar because he gets it even if he hasnt had any. So i looked up other foods that might be the culprit. Tomato sauce jumped right to the top of the list, totally didnt know that, also pasta sauce and white bread, all of which rue eats daily. Crud. So new plan, switch to wholegrain bread (sourdough this weekend hopefully). No sauce, and i will can my own pasta sauce as tomatoes are in season. I will report back on how it goes. 

This is him collecting eggs with nan over the weekend.