Updates Galore!!!

Hello beautiful people!!!

I’ve miss this blog SO much! It has been far too long since I’ve blogged last. I figured its time to update and get back into the swing of blogging.

At the time I stopped blogging I was going through so much in my life. Life got the best of me and my time was taken up with many other things. Only now have I finally gotten back into a rythym and schedule.

First and foremost, I was getting a divorce. My ex-husband and I had a terrible relationship I had found out was based mostly on cheating and lies. I left to seek happiness and a better life for my daughter and myself (which worked wonderfully!!) I had to spend a lot of time figuring out work, how to support us on my own, I tried going back to school and looked at all my options, trying to find somewhere to live and adjust to single parenting.

I am now legally divorced and have an amazing, equally hippie-tastic boyfriend I have been seeing for the past 8 months after a year of being single and finding myself 🙂

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I lost 40 pounds!! Of course by eating organic, real food and exercising 🙂

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I have a wonderful new job at an art supplies store and I love every minute of it! I spend all of my spare time making art, crocheting, sewing, cooking, camping, going to shows and festivals and being happy!

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Peach Festival this year with my love! (I made my skirt, top, belt and his head band 🙂

I also have dreadlocks now! 7 month old dread babies. 

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My daughter, Delilah, is 2.5 and acts her age! She’s a handful, but such a beautiful soul.

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Still being worn!!

I also opened up an Etsy shop! Its new, and still being stocked, but its there!

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Etsy link 

Well, that super briefly sums it up!! Let me know what you all are up too!! Leave me a comment! I miss so many of you 🙂

Can’t wait to keep updating and posting about new things 🙂 I’ve learned so much and grown so much, I have so much more to share!

Love you all!!

-Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

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Real Food Friday’s #2!

WELCOME!!!

We’re your co-hosts

Joyce @ It’s Your Life

Lydia @ Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary’s Kitchen

And me… Courtney @ The Delinquent Crunchy

Unfortunately, I am having technical difficulties and can’t seem to get my javascript, HTML whatnot to work (if anyone is very clever with computers and WordPress and wants to help teach me a bit about HTML and such things, I’d love it!!) but because of my issues I can’t seem to get the linky to work in my posts. But please head over to the other awesome bloggers co-hosting and link up through there!! It’s a great list and great fun!

In case you missed “What is Real Food” here’s a recap…

Here’s a great reference from Food Myths:

Do you ever think about how far the food you eat travels? Who grew it? Who picked it?
How much in processing it’s been through before you took a bite?

Mary’s Kitchen

Real Food is:

-Supports fair farm worker wages

-GMO Free

-Little to no processing/processed ingredients

-Supports local markets/vendors and isn’t transported long distances to get to my plate

-Honors fair trade principles when I buy from other regions

-Meat
and dairy should be humanely raised and on real food themselves-Not
genetically engineered feed, drugs, hormones and antibiotics.


Henna for Hair (Part 1)

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Mmmm, mmm, mmm. Wouldn’t you just love a big, warm, gloppy bowl of that smeared right on your head??

I know I sure would!

And within five business days from this morning, I will!! I just ordered my pure henna to dye my hair from Mehandi.

Henna

Scientific name- Lawsonia inermis

Henna, for those of you that don’t know, is a plant.

This plant, to be exact-

When dried, ground up into powder form and mixed with an acidic liquid (like lemon juice) it becomes an amazing tool to color, beautify, grow and fix/heal you hair.

Henna has been used on hair for centuries. Back in the early 1800’s, having your hair ‘hennaed’ was considered exotic and desirable. People, men and women alike, would henna their hair for the health benefits. Once their hair was hennaed, it was beautiful, silk soft and shiny. It would also become red, but that just created the exotic look.

Now a days, henna is not main stream (why? Most likely because it’s time consuming, and we live in a fast paced, no time for time world) so its not. Most people either know it makes temporary tattoos/body art (because its also traditionally used to create beautiful body art) or nothing about it.

Let’s look a little bit about what it does for hair-

  • Strengthens hair
  • Eliminates ringworm
  • Eliminates lice
  • Reduces dandruff
  • Its totally natural
  • Works as an awesome conditioner
  • Helps your hair grow longer by creating a healthy scalp
  • A powerful natural cleanser

So you can dye your hair and instead of killing it the way mainstream dyes do, you can actually make it healthier by dying it! It creates one of the most beautiful shades of red of any hair color. Also, unlike other dyes, it won’t fade out. Ever. My sister hennaed her hair months ago, and guess what, its still red. Her roots have grown out, and obviously they wouldn’t be red, but the rest of her hair is. Henna actually binds with the hairs natural keratin. Making it part of your hair, not a layer on the outside of hair or just sitting under the outer layer.

Its really amazing.

However, there are tons of ‘henna hair dyes’ that are filled with chemicals as well. Its very hard to find, pure, additive free henna. They often mix henna with other things to create a different color then red. On the website I used, they have pure henna for hair. They also have kits for other colors with other natural dyes such as indigo and walnut. But I personally think henna itself is super pretty, and henna has all the natural healing powers anyways.

So in a few days when mine comes and I use it, I will show you how I did mine and what the result is!!

Have a wonderful summer solstice!!

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~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

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Why I’m Choosing to Cloth Diaper

I’m super amped about my switch from ‘sposies’ to cloth diapers. I’ve been blabbering like an idiot every chance I get to anyone who will listen about how exciting it is and how cute Delilah looks in her fluffy butt diapers.

But, why is it so important to me??

I have a few different reasons and angles.

I have the vanity angle.

Which is the least logical of all of them. Basically, cloth diapers are a million times cuter then disposable. They come in all different colors, styles and patterns. And the little, tiny, baby butts, become big, huge, puffy butts. Which, the disproportion of it all is too cute for my cuteness receptors to handle.

I have the environmentally friendly angle.

Which is, obviously, much more logical then the vanity angle.

A baby will use about 6,000 diapers in the first 2 years of life. Most babies now a days are in diapers til 3 or 4.

And where do those diapers go? Into landfills.

It is estimated that over 92% of disposables end up there. Its also estimated that it takes 250-500 years for them to decompose (1). So, by time the 6,000+ diapers you used on your baby are out of landfills you, your children, your grandchildren, your great grandchildren, your great great grandchildren and your great great great grandchildren will be dead. And there diapers will be the one clogging the landfills.

Every year approximately 20 BILLION  disposable diapers are dumped into landfills, which equals to 3.5 MILLION pounds of waste (2).

Cloth diapers can be used hundreds of times each. And once they aren’t good enough to use for diapers, they can be recycled into rags/burp cloths etc. And even if you do throw them out, they decompose in 1 year. My diapers are organic, so they help out even more by not adding to the chemicals already out there for growing the cotton.

So by cloth diapering I am keeping a bare minimum of 8,000 diapers per child out of landfills.

I have the health angle.

Whats in a disposable diaper?

Chlorine (eye, skin, airway irritation, very dangerous at higher volumes/prolonged exposure), dyes- yellow 3, orange 3, blue 124 and 106 (cause rashes and repeated exposure can cause allergies), low levels of dioxins (carcinogen and affects reproductive and immune systems). (3)

That’s only 3 of a diapers many, many ingredients and chemicals. And it varies diaper brand to diaper brand.

So you have an unimaginable concoction of different chemicals and toxins smashed up against the most sensitive area of your baby’s body 24/7.

I felt horrible every time I bought a pack of disposable diapers. I do so much to give her a chemical free, healthy lifestyle, yet I was still buying those diapers. They are so bad for anyone’s body, especially such a tiny, susceptible body.

I have the money angle.

Last, but not least, money. Money affects everything we do. From eating, to having a roof over our heads, to driving.

I did the math to figure out how much disposables cost us and how much cloth would cost us.

Sposies-

We spent $26.99 for 180 diapers. 180 diapers is how many we used monthly. So $26.99 a month, $323.88 a year, $1295.52 per child until they are potty trained.

Cloth-

$143.00 for start up costs. $7.00 per year in laundry soap. Up to $16.00 a month on washer/dryer costs. If I use the washing machine and dryer at my apartment building, which I don’t always have too.

Which means we will save $129.00 per year (excluding start-up costs) per child. Which ends up being over $2,000 once we factor in all our children.

In conclusion, I am choosing to cloth diaper because its cheaper, better for the environment, healthier for the baby, and adorable!!

Now ya know why I switched!

Happy cloth diapered baby!

Happy cloth diapered baby!

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~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

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How to clean your tub with baking soda and vinegar!!

Or, it could also say, ‘How I cleaned my insanely filthy, dirty, 10 months of grime, tub with just baking soda and vinegar.  Be amazed!!’

But that would be too long.

However, that’s what I did.

Let me start by saying I hate absolutely, positively despise more then anything else on earth cleaning.

I’d much rather do anything else. Hence the reason my tub got so dirty…..

But, we’re moving this weekend/week (Yay!!) and it needed cleaned.

Imagine the music from a slasher film when the murder is behind the main character for some dramatic effect....

Imagine the music from a slasher film when the murder is behind the main character for some dramatic effect….

Yes. I’m ashamed to admit my tub was really that bad…. But, you need to see how well this works.

So you wanna see how to clean it??

Gather up some supplies (I thought about getting some grenades, it seemed easier, but I’m renting and decided against it).

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Sponge
I add orange peels to my vinegar so it smells better when I clean.

I add orange peels to my vinegar so it smells better when I clean.

Spray the tub with the vinegar and cover it with baking soda. Make sure the worst spots have plenty of baking soda. Then leave and let it sit for 30 minutes.

Just.... Ew.

Just…. Ew. The clumps are orange peel from the vinegar by the way. I realize they look like something dead.

Once its set for a while, scrub away the grime with a damp sponge. The grime will come off super easy. If something is harder to get off, add extra baking soda to the sponge. Then rinse the dirty water/vinegar/baking soda down the drain and…

Bam.

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The little black mark on the left is where the tubs cracked, not dirty.

Yep. Its that clean. No grime. No dirt. No gunk. Just shiny. Very, very shiny.

I feel so accomplished.

And I solemnly swear to myself to clean my tub ever single week for the rest of my life, so it never gets that bad again.

(I promise my toilet and sink are clean! I clean them once a week. The tub just gets to me. Its so big. Too much surface to clean.)

This method of cleaning works for TONS of stuff. I use it on the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, toilet bowl, floors, window sills, pretty much anything you want shiny.

*I did edit my photos, but I just brightened them because my bathroom is so dark you could hardly see the pictures even with the flash on.*

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I especially love that its cheap, chemical free and I can clean with my baby in the bathroom =) If I were using harsh chemicals, she would have to be outside so she didn’t breathe it in.

So go clean something!!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

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