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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Simple Living : What i am already doing

I shall start my simple living plans with things I am already doing, to motivate myself to keep doing them. I'm sure many ppl are already practising these things..

  1. Breastfeeding – So simple, green and frugal! Of course being a working mom creates the need for pumps, but from the money I’ve saved by not buying a single tin of formula, my pumps have already paid for themselves. Lets do a simple calculation. Ok I don’t really know how much formula costs…hehe..i think Along mentioned it’s about rm55 per week, so..rm220 per month. Adam is almost 14 months old…so in total I’ve saved RM3080!!! My plan is to breastfeed him until he’s 2 years old, God willing, so by then I would have saved…RM5280!!! (btul ke aku kire ni..) So lets say I have more than 1 kid….how much can I save?? And that is just money-wise…Remember the China-formula incident?? God, that made me think how lucky I am that I don’t need to give my baby formula…just think of all the goodness of ‘liquid white-gold’ that Adam would’ve had by the time he’s 2…alhamdulillah…

  2. Sewing – I’ve said time and time again how much I enjoy sewing. It is such a therapeutic and rewarding hobby. Not only do you get the soothing joy of the sewing process, you also get a beautiful craft as a result. It is the essence of a simple life. You can mend and refashion old clothes – I need to remind myself to do this instead of buying more clothes I don’t really need. You can sew your own pillows and curtains and bags etc at a fraction of its cost. Now sewing has even started to generate extra income for our family…alhamdulillah..

  3. Co-sleep – I don’t know if this actually fits with simple living but I think it does. We don’t need a cot, or an expensive king-size bed, the whole family just snuggle together on the floor on natural cotton mattress. It just came naturally to us even though before Adam came we bought a cot thought we needed it. Co-sleeping compliments breastfeeding and means more sleep for me! (since I don’t have to get up to feed baby or check on him).

  4. Homemade babyfood – Thank God for this website! I always suggest this website to anyone who wants to try out homemade baby food. Commercial baby food are not only expensive, they contain additives that we can’t even pronounce! I’m not sure how much money I’ve saved by preparing my own baby food…if you visit the website, you’ll see that it is manageable even if you’re busy too..

  5. Babywearing – The way of life in the olden days. I’m glad that it’s now gaining popularity. And also happy that I am now contributing to helping others wear their babies too..

Ok these are what I’ve been practicing before I discovered, or rather was reminded of, simple living. I will share more things later on what I’ve tried out....

14 comments:

Wawa said...

heh great minds think alike.

i baru je dok fikir benda2 nih.

:)

i've been doing all the listed too.

best kan.

CD je belum start. eh dah start tapi dah stop jugak.

but reading that it takes 500 yrs to compose the disposable diapers make me feel wanting to try CD again.

tuty said...

ALL CHECKED!

baby cot dah jadi tmpt kumpul habuk. eventho i had started to buy FM, but I still pump at work which means less FM. homemade baby food.. i have to admit, baby food mmg sedap! hehehhe

thinking of buying CD sekeping dua nx month. hmmm zaman mak mak kita dulu selamba je pakai lampin biasa tu kan. i tried to sew CD, tp mcm complicated. mcm mana nak buat those 'snap button' instead of butang ketap biasa kita tu?

Mommy Lyna said...

bila i nak stat jahit?? bila??? bila??
arhggghhftyhrtyjhtht

auni said...

Aida,you dulu ada problem low milk supply jugak kan?Nak buat mcm mana nak bagi ok balik?Ada ambik supplement ke

Summer said...

Great list! I did the same with mine: breastfeeding, cosleeping, homemade baby food. It's very frugal, natural, and green. I think cosleeping is absolutely part of living simple. Less bulky furniture taking up space, less frilly blankets and crib stuff, and the simple joy of waking up to your baby's face. :)

MommyAdam said...

wawa,
i just found out that it took 500 years to decompose too! really shook me up bad yesterday..i'm seriously considering CD now..

tuty,
just started to look into CD myself. taktau lagila camne nak DIY nye..i'm only starting to understand the different types...

along,
go on...Just Do It! heheh

auni,
my supply goes up and down all the time. i took Fenugreek capsules which worked..in Ramadhan i took multivitamins and fish oil capsules..also of course drink lots and lots of water...goodluck!

Summer,
welcome to the blog. i read your entry on Buy Nothing Day..i think it's an awesome idea! i'll try it too...infact i want to try for a whole week or two..

lelosani said...

check.. check... breastfeed n co-sleep je baru wat... huhu...
br nk try ajar2 bb utk tido lam bb-cot.. hehe.. konon saja nk bg dia biasakan diri.. tp pk nk bf.. nk bangun tu.. cam tak jadik plak...

sewing.. homemade babyfood.. lom lagik...
i baru nk belajar2 menjahit ni... nk stat dengan buat baju kurung utk my daughter... harap2 bukan angan2 je laaa....
bbfood.. insyaallah.. nk try nti..

i sukeee bace u nye blog... byk buleh belajar.. yg paling penting..MENYEDARKAN!
hehe...

ummi sa'eed said...

Mari mari berCD. If you want some, I ada nak jual NEW and UNUSED.

deng kedeng deng

kemaryahya said...

Saje je nak nyibuk. cume nak cakap thank god k.muni dah berjaya beli buckle tai ko. hehehe. sb every weeks she's talking about how much she wants them!! ;)

chun said...

dot, i found a great web yg jual CD yg sgt menarik! will tell u later if u're interested..

yum2 said...

aida, selalu u beli barang jahit dekat mana eh? u tinggal area bangi-kajang rite?

MommyAdam said...

lelosani,
thank you..klaka lak part 'menyedarkan!' tu..hehe..goodluck in trying to sew and making babyfood..you won't regret it =)

ummi saeed,
brand ape tu...menarik..apsal unused?tak muat ke...

kemar,
hehe..glad she got it too...awal sgt2 dia book...

chun,
thanks! jom sama2 cd..

yum2,
i beli kat kedai my uncle kat bangi seksyen 4 tambahan...

ummi sa'eed said...

mcm mcm brand ada...happy heiney's, bumgenius, baby beehinds, dream eze...some of the brands i've used n loved.

mmg nak buat jual :)

aza said...

menarik blog neh.. bley jd reference bile nak start idup berfamily nanti.. thanks..
btw.. camne ek nak start belajar menjahit bg saya yg tatau langsung tapi berminat nak belajar?.. blh kongsi idea??

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