We've finally landed in spring—in our rainboots, of course.
Even though the skies have been grey and the air chilly, it's the perfect season to honour the Earth as it wakes from a (long) winter slumber.
The buds are beginning to show themselves and the grass is finally taking on some colour.
Mommy, LOOK, the flowers are popping up!
Mommy, I like the smell of the sky.
I'm very lucky to have four kids who love to get dirt under their nails and mud on their knees.
They happily spend time outside and show a lot of curiosity about the well-being of the environment. From their earliest days in school, topics like recycling and energy conservation have been part of the curriculum—and they are keen to hold us to it at home.
Having a bigger (and busy) family can make it all too easy to seek out conveniences and short cuts. But now that the kids are asking questions, I'm more conscious of it. And we are taking steps to do better.
One of the areas of family life that I've really started to focus on this year is the way we eat.
I am very fortunate to have friendships with two amazing women who also have four kids each. And a lot of our idea swapping centres around how/what to feed our families.
I've been looking to them more and more for inspiration. One is raising a vegetarian family, the other a vegan one.
Since I started to hold myself accountable when it comes to school lunches, I've come to understand that I can do the same for all of our meals. While I don't imagine we will ever become pure vegetarians or vegans, we have been successfully introducing more of this style of eating to our family meal planning and shopping.
We've already been practising Meatless Mondays for several months, and I've been introducting more vegetarian meals. When Netflix sent me an alert about their green eating documentaries, I knew I had to set the time aside to watch. I know myself well, and the visual facts would be hard for me to ignore.
Both documentaries were thought-provoking and being able to follow real-life individuals and families, as they learned about the impact of their food choices, really resonated with us.
We've been grilling our pumpkin pancakes in coconut oil and putting spinach in our smoothies. We're adding hemp seeds to our baked goods and cutting back animal products as much as we can.
It feels really good. And one of the added benefits is being able to teach the kids about how these choices are decreasing our family's impact on the environment.
One of the messages we've been working hard to reinforce is that although we are one family, we can make a difference and inspire others to do the same. Each person and their choices matter.
What about you? Did your family take on any new challenges to honour Earth Day?
Disclosure: Netflix has invited me to join their #StreamTeam blogging program (yes!), and therefore provides me with product and an extension on my existing subscription. The opinions regarding the shows I watch are mine.