Go Green With Your Family This Summer

Brenden helping in the garden

Spring is in full swing, and summer is just around the corner with the official kick-off of Memorial Day this weekend.  If you’ve been thinking about making some eco-friendly changes to your lifestyle, or around your home, I think that spring and summer is a great time to start.

I don’t know about you, but I feel much more motivated to try new things, and work on projects around the house, when the weather is beautiful, the sun is shining, and the days are longer.

Although our family has made lots of changes over the past five years of our journey toward more green and natural living, I still have a running “Changes To Make” list I am constantly adding things to that I want to try, or make into a habit, in our lifestyle.

If you’re looking for some ideas to start with for moving your family toward a more eco-friendly lifestyle, here are nine great changes to make, or things to try, over the next few months.

  • Try Cloth Diapers 1 of 9
    Try Cloth Diapers
    When the weather is nice, I love letting my little ones run around in just a t-shirt and diaper. And of course, cloth diapers are so much cuter on a toddler's bum than a disposable. I also love hanging my diapers out on line during the summer.
    If you're interested in cloth diapers, but not sure where to start, check out these 10 Cloth Diapers for Modern Parents, and Their Toddlers.
  • Green Your Laundry Routine 2 of 9
    Green Your Laundry Routine
    And save money at the same time! I love that so many things that save energy and make your laundry safer and non-toxic can also help to save you a bunch of money.
    Go green and save green with these great laundry tips.
  • Plant a Garden 3 of 9
    Plant a Garden
    I truly believe that if I can plant a garden and have it do well, then anyone can! Growing your own food is fun, doesn't have to require a lot of space, and helps to teach your little ones about where food actually comes from.
    Read more about my experience with gardening with a toddler in tow.
  • Choose Natural and Organic Food 4 of 9
    Choose Natural and Organic Food
    With Farmer's Markets and CSA's in abundance this time of year, it's a great way to start making healthy changes to the food your family eats.
    If you're worried it's too expensive, here are 10 Ways to Eat Natural and Organic Food on a Budget.
    Photo Credit: Tim Psych/flickr
  • Use Safe and Non-Toxic Bath Products 5 of 9
    Use Safe and Non-Toxic Bath Products
    If your kids are anything like mine, they need to be bathed like three times a day during the summer. Make sure the products your using on their sensitive skin are safe and non-toxic.
    Check out these great green and natural bath products for kids.
    Photo Credit: bdogggut34/flickr
  • Green Your Cleaning Routine 6 of 9
    Green Your Cleaning Routine
    Get rid of the conventional cleaning products that are polluting your indoor air and replace them with safe and green cleaning products.
    Here are my favorite Green Cleaning Brands and Products
    Photo Credit: newlivinghouston/flickr
  • Make Homemade and Non-Toxic Cleaners 7 of 9
    Make Homemade and Non-Toxic Cleaners
    No one wants to be stuck inside cleaning when the weather is beautiful! Get the job done faster by having your toddler help you clean when you use safe and natural homemade cleaners.
    Here are all the ingredients you'll need to Make Homemade and Green Cleaners.
  • Get Your Tot Some Great Green Gear 8 of 9
    Get Your Tot Some Great Green Gear
    I believe that going green is about so much more than just buying green products. And yet, there are some times when it's important to choose safe and green products over there conventional counterparts.
    Check out these Top Green Products for Toddlers
  • Choose Eco-Friendly Activities 9 of 9
    Choose Eco-Friendly Activities
    This is a great time of year to find inspiration for new and fun activities for your kids. As you're reading blogs, or searching Pinterest, make sure you choose activities that are eco-friendly too!
    Here are nine Fun and Eco-Friendly Activites for Kids.

What green changes would you like to make over the summer months?

Emily writes about green and natural living at Live Renewed.
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