Published by Accidentally Green LLC on Mar. 25, 2013
Genres: Healthy Living, Nonfiction
Source: Giveaway won
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Why did one normal family decide to go green? And how did they do it? Author Hilary Kimes Bernstein shares the nitty gritty details in her eBook, “Accidentally Green: How and why one family began making healthy changes that honor God and happen to help the environment.”
“Accidentally Green” is divided into six different chapters, as they chronicle six distinct phases of Bernstein s life. After each chapter, a Pull Up A Chair section share specific details that work for her family. In a Things To Think About section, readers will be prompted to examine their own lives. By the end of “Accidentally Green,” readers will learn about a lot of small changes and feel encouraged to start making healthier decisions that honor God and happen to help the environment.”
Thanks to Anjannette from Raising the Barrs, I won a copy of Accidentally Green during her Earth Day Giveaway. I know I should be more “green”, make better choices for my family and our environment. Our children will inherit the Earth humans decide to pollute. I’m saddened every time I hear about a friend my age battling cancer or worse, a friend’s child. Every time I turn around, there’s another story on a cancer-causing additive and preservative, or news story about the impact of artificial colors on ADHD. It’s scary to think our food is hurting us.
I know it’s a conscious decision to make better, healthful choices, it should be a no-brainer. So why is it so hard to give up those convenient but harmful household cleaners and convenient but harmful processed food? Honestly, I get a little overwhelmed with what I know I should be doing. I would love to have a well-producing organic vegetable garden, make my own household cleaners and personal care items, read every food label and only buy non-preservative and organic foods RIGHT NOW. That’s not my reality though, not all at once anyway.
What I love about Accidentally Green is that Hilary isn’t telling us we gotta do all these things right now or else. She describes in all honesty how she became “accidentally” green, through small and large events through the course of her life that made her re-evaluate her decisions. It’s more important to do it right, than to rush through making an uninformed choice. She takes us step-by-step and shows how each small change made her and her family feel better and more motivated to do more.
She shares with us how she did her research, what websites to consult, and what she found. She shares simple and effective cleaning techniques and even a natural mosquite repellant using ingredients from your fridge and pantry (we seriously needed that in the summer time)! Her blog of the same name has even more info on green ways to feed your family and clean your body and home. I wish I would’ve known about her home remedy for teething relief when my guys were little!
Hilary’s writing is conversational yet professional and informative. My favorite sections are at the end of each chapter, “Pull Up a Chair” and “Things to Think About.” She gives her honest opinion and then asks questions about what small steps we can do to live greener and healthier lives.
Throughout the book, Hilary shares her faith and appreciation for God’s blessings which is refreshing and not too preachy or overdone. While she’s made significant changes in her life, she also tells us what’s on her to-do list and where she wants to improve to get even greener and healthier. Accidentally Green is a short, easy, inspiring and informative read. Just what I need to make small changes so my family and I can be “accidentally” green too!
So, what has this book inspired me to do? Here are some of the small changes I’ve made:
* My container vegetable garden was a bust this year, except for the Thai Basil that overtook all the pots. But they are cleaned out and ready to go for next year.
* Got rid of plastic storage containers that were not BPA-free and purchased glass storage containers
* Used hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to clean my kitchen (it worked really well on the burned on grease on the toaster oven door and pan)!
* Haven’t bought any new hair care products which is tough cause with naturally frizzy/curly/dry hair I used to put a lot of product in it to tame it. I’m hoping avocado and olive oil will help nourish my hair but I’ve yet to try it.
* Started reading the labels on my shampoo, so I bought the sulfate-free thinking that’s better but it still has some sodium laurel dioacetate and a laundry list of other things I can’t pronounce. I have a feeling that “natural” kids body wash I was buying is also not so natural after all.
* I’ve been a food label checker so I continue to avoid foods with preservatives, corn syrup and artificial colors. I’m not perfect but basically if my 1st grader couldn’t read the ingredients, I try to avoid it (ok, except for Halloween, we do have a slew of candy and I’m not that mean of a mom that I will throw it out!)
* I buy some organic food, those with the soft skin like grapes. This last time, a light colored spider was crawling through the grapes as I washed them. Do you know I have bad arachnaphobia? Eek!
While this is just a start and by no means, the end, Accidentally Green gave me a jump start and some ideas for baby steps to take to achieve a healthier lifestyle for me and my family. Thanks Anjanette for the giveaway and to Hilary for sharing her journey with us.
Visit Accidentally Green if you are interested in buying the book!
Disclosure: I received this book for free and was not compensated for writing a positive review. Opinions expressed are honest and my own.
What have you done to make greener and healthier choices? If you’ve got effective green home or personal cleaning remedies, please share what works for you!