Wednesday, November 17, 2010


* The third in a week-long series “Emotions”
(what I’m laughing at, crying about, pondering, rejoicing over, questioning…)

Here’s what I’ve been pondering lately…

+++Whether I should consider going Shampoo Free.  I first thought to myself, “No way!”, but now I’m seriously thinking about it.  Especially when I took into account these points by Tsh Oxenreider of Simple Mom:

Most shampoos also contain mineral oil, which is a byproduct when gasoline is distilled from crude oil. It’s added to shampoo (along with hundreds of other products) to thickly coat the strands, giving hair an artificial shine. And since it can’t absorb into skin, like the other ingredients, it acts as a barrier on our scalp, preventing oil from being released — thus requiring more shampoo to strip away the grease. This is why the more shampoo you use, the more you need.

I don’t need anything else for my hair. I stopped using pomade, which I previously used religiously to cut the frizzies. My hair is amazingly pliable, and can hold styles without my needing to do much of anything. I’m thrilled with the results!

+++Whether it would be possible for me to completely avoid The Mall in the next six weeks.  I would really like this to be the case.  I’m planning to buy books for the boys from Amazon, this fair trade T-shirt from Trade As One for Mark (I told him not to read my blog until Christmas!!), and I’m planning to make a couple gifts.  I really think I can do it.  And now it’s a personal challenge!

+++I had an idea last year to write a letter to the parents of all Jack’s classmates proposing that we join our resources and buy ONE gift for Madame Michelle (the kids’ teacher) instead of us each offering a goofy present that she probably will re-gift (well, I didn’t say that last part).  I was a little last-minute with my idea and only got 4 or 5 parents who wanted to participate.  We bought a nice little basket from Ten Thousand Villages filled with chocolate, coffee, and herbal tea.  I thought it was a great gift. 

Now this year, I’m looking to expand my idea.  I’d like to get the word out to the whole school and possibly to other schools.  A word about buying Fair Trade for things that we are planning to purchase anyway, a word about combining our efforts so that we can offer teachers a more substantial and meaningful gift, a word about our very charming boutique, Dix Mille Villages.  So, I’m working on how best to do that.  I haven’t gotten much farther than the thinking part.  I’m up for ideas, so I’d appreciate any you have!

+++And I’ve been contemplating the words of Francis Chan (of Crazy Love fame) in this little clip. 

All this is keeping my brain pretty busy.  HMMMMMMMMMMMM