I envy the Moms who walk out the grocery store with three kids in tow and have all their groceries bagged with the bags they brought with them - and they saved $31.23 on a $96.12 bill. Why can't I remember my bags that I placed by the door or left in the car? I remember the coupons but I get so distracted shopping that I only use 1/3 of what I intended to use. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to have lunch all by myself at Wholefoods. Woohoo! It was amusing to watch all the different shoppers and notice who brought reusable bags with them. I was amazed at all the people who brought their own bags. - there were even ladies toting designer reusable bags! I had to laugh - I am all about pretty and saving Mother Earth but designer bags? Maybe when I am older I'll care if my hair is combed and what my bag looks like - so I'll hold back a little on making any judgments. For now I just want to get the grocery store with two happy girls, list and coupons in hand and my reusable bags. This change is a long time coming and is my one small change for the month of February.
Just a quick update on January's One Small Change. They say it takes 28 days to make anything a habit - we are not at 28 days yet - we started late but I can say - we are all using cloth napkins and it will soon be our habit - part of our family's routine. I explained to Ella that we need to cut down on the amount of waste we throw out - paper napkins being one of them. Mother Earth is getting too full of trash and needs us to help. I explained that when our cloth napkins get dirty we will wash them and reuse them- but when the paper napkins get dirty we throw them out and they never get used again- giving Mother Earth a tummy ache. She looked at me like why were we ever using paper napkins in the first place...duh Mom. Ella is four and was undermining me. She immediately wanted to be a part of this one small change and help Mother Earth feel better.
I feel a bit confessional being a part of this project started by Hip Mountain Mama. I enjoy reading the collections of confessions on her blog - a few hundred or so but I also enjoy fessing up and making my wrongs right.