Ok. I say that as more of a goal we have made for our family.
For years I have wanted to be more "green," but like a lot of people the extent of my green-ness is using reusable shopping bags and recycling. I am determined to change that and all the more with baby number two on the way.
For starters, my husband and I have been seeking out local produce vendors, which luckily aren't too hard to find here in Texas (especially fresh fruit stands). I planted a bunch of basil in a huge planter outside. My husband even wants to build more [planters] and grow more varied selections of herbs and such. And because of the climate where we live, we don't have to worry about too much cold weather. So we are going to get a few large pots for different varieties of tomatoes and chiles (a must in a Mexican household).
We have always been healthy eaters but we have put our foot down to no more eating out. Although we were still cooking most of our meals at home, things would pop up in our schedules and we would make excuses about not have the time (or energy) to cook. We don't like fast food so we tended to by food from the same places each and every time. Now, we have allowed a possible one day a week for pizza night with friends or family, but that is the extent of it.
I haven't gone all organic or anything when it comes to food, but that's because our wallet won't allow it. One day maybe.
We have also decided to use cloth diapers with baby number two. We probably would have used them with our first, but we didn't have a washing machine in our apartment. (Which is a necessity in my mind. I am not really up to washing diapers in the sink or bathtub.) But we are going to do it this time. I sat and explained to my husband (after working on budgeting and such) how many diapers we used with number one and what that would mean financially to do it all over again (not to mention the addition to the ever-growing landfills). When Marcos realized how much we would have to spend and then save with cloth diapers, he might have been almost as into it as I am.
There are plenty of little things that add to the this going granola project of mine and there are even more things we hope to implement. Some things will have to wait until we move into a permanent home, but God-willing that is not too far off.
Going granola is not easy. It takes work and sometimes more money than I can spend, but little by little we are living better. I am determined to treat this planet how God would want, and I believe that means a more granola-like lifestyle.