When You’ve Lived Your Life the Way Others Say You Should for So Long, Part 2

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January 21, 2017 by Courtney

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I wrote this post in January of 2015: When you’ve lived your life the way other say you should for so long.  I don’t want to re-write it here, so read it if you’re interested.

Unfortunately, I ended up falling back into my old ways of doing things recently.  I think I was trying to make up for the fact that I could no longer homeschool.  This was a hard thing for me to come to terms with.  I didn’t think I was a good mom if I didn’t homeschool any more (the homeschooling groups that I was in definitely didn’t help this any).

I recently (late fall-December) thought that I needed to go back to using natural products, cleaners, detergents, hand soaps, toothpaste, makeup, and so on… I also went back to trying the essential oils that I had at one time decided didn’t work.  I spent a lot of money on top-of-the-line vitamins and cod liver oil (I recently went with what is a little cheaper… and I will use the cheaper cod liver oil that I have instead of buying more fermented cod liver oil).  I wanted to eat mostly organic/natural foods.  I desperately wanted to start buying raw milk/local foods through a co-op and food through Azure Standard (mostly organic/natural foods) even though these would have made me go out of my way (driving to Kerrville/Boerne on a day that I wouldn’t normally go to town, let alone spending a fortune on these foods).


It’s so funny how easy it is to think that it’s something that’s required of me as a mama.

In November and December I bought all of this (and spent at least $200 even though I already had what I needed):





I bought this to make elderberry syrup (that has never worked for us… this was about $40 alone!).


I thought I needed to start using these again (and I just sold them all!).


These are the products that I actually prefer!


This keeps my face clear!


Cheap and smells good.


Cheap and smells good (also is great with my hair).


HEB brand, so it’s cheap.


I’m using this right now, and when we don’t have Bath and Body Works, we just use Soft Soap :-).


We love the All Mighty Pacs for several reasons.  Easy for the kids to use, good price, and they smell good!


This is my favorite makeup (I’m slowly moving over to Mary Kay, though… I LOVE the mascara to the right).


Good cleaners!


These work the best out of all the dishwashing detergent that we have found!


I’ve also found a balance with food and fitness.  Buying healthy and unhealthy food all in moderation and balance.

Here are some of the foods that I buy.  I buy few natural or organic foods now (I am a stickler for Hormel natural lunch meat and Farmhouse cage free eggs, but most everything else isn’t organic).  I buy what is the cheapest of that type of food (mostly).  If I buy organic, it’s because it’s about the same price.






I now buy a mix of processed food (for ease of use) and whole foods (for nourishment).

I exercise to feel good now and not to lose weight.  I hiked with a friend on Friday and it was fantastic!  I plan to do this 3-4 times a week now for mental/emotional health.  I’m also hoping that just exercising will help my cholesterol (I’ve read in a lot of places that it does!).  Though, my cholesterol is high because of genetics (almost everyone in my family has high cholesterol) and a medication that I’m on (Latuda can cause this).  So we’ll see.



I love the freedom that I’m finding and the money that I’m saving.  Shedding the idea that natural is better, eating for nourishment and joy (not weight loss or organic/natural foods), and exercising for mental/emotional health!

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