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).

Gosh.

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):

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

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

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These are the products that I actually prefer!

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This keeps my face clear!

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Cheap and smells good.

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

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HEB brand, so it’s cheap.

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

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

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

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Good cleaners!

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

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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.

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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.

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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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