My brother-and-sister-in-law think I’m a bit of a hippie: in a style sense anyway. They always have. I lean towards the bohemian, I don’t keep up with fashion trends, I’m more likely to sport a number 2 shave than a $300 hair cut and I prefer birkenstocks to ballet flats. I’ve never had a problem with the title; at least I know I’ve never had to impress.
By the contrary, however, I have a fairly solid history of non-hippie like behaviours. I used to dream of driving a sports car and living in a million dollar mansion (back when a million dollars actually got you a mansion, as opposed to these days where you’d be lucky to get a recently renovated, 3 bedroom home on a decent sized, flat block within 40 minutes of the city). I spent my money on expensive underwear, jewellery, clothes and shoes. So many pairs of shoes.
I’m pretty sure that said in-laws think I corrupted T and turned him a bit feral, because since we’ve been together he’s said goodbye to the over-groomed, $75 t-shirt-wearing metrosexual and welcomed his scruffier, less concerned with appearance – and other people’s opinions – cardigan wearing self. This is hilarious because he thinks spending money on jewellery is ridiculous, he hates earrings, make up and nail polish, he prefers me with either a shaved head or natural looking hair, to highlights/lowlights and layers, and his influence on me has washed away any previous love I had for high gloss and brightly coloured feature walls, in favour of rustic, natural materials and authentic wear and tear.
My dear friend Sara visited the other day and within a three hour window made 3 or 4 references to my being a hippie. It got me thinking about the ways that I have become more free-spirited as I get older. So, a little listicle for your Tuesday.
24 ways I’m becoming more crunchy
1. We’ve predominantly used cloth nappies for both munchkins.
2. When we don’t, we use eco-friendly disposables.
3. I do No Poo. Have only recently started this, but I love it! My hair felt incredible the first time I did the bicarb vinegar wash and apple cider vinegar rinse and each time I go a day longer between ‘washes’. I’m up to 9 days now.
4. I wear my babies. To date I’ve owned six different types of baby carriers, though I only use two these days.
This was the first and last time I tandem wore my babies! Clearly needed more practice…
5. We’re sorta kinda co-sleep. As in, the kids start in their beds, but more often than not, one of both of them end up in our bed by morning.
6. We believe in gentle parenting.
7. We grown our own herbs – and attempt to grow our own veg.
8. I eat paleo. Most of the time.
9. I’m not very good at body-hair removal.
10. I had a ‘pet’ spider. Sadly after about 6 months in her web on our deck, she vanished a few days ago. Suspect a bird. Circle of Life and all that, but I’m pretty sad about it, if I’m honest.
11. We’re going to send our kids to Steiner School even though it means moving house to do so.
12. We make our own cards and wrapping paper.
13. Nearly everything we own comes from op-shops, antique stores, hand-me-downs or from the side of the road.
14. We store our food in – and at times eat from – glass jars. Mostly Pics Peanut Butter jars actually. T really REALLY likes Pics.
15. Our kids are free range, bare footed, crazy haired, rosy-cheeked little cherubs.
16. I make and use bees wax coated fabric food covers.
17. I just bought my first oracle deck. It arrived yesterday… I’m can’t wait to get to know it – and myself – a little better!
18. I believe in the universe.
19. Our kids wear Amber necklaces
20. My idea of the perfect house is old, well built, character-filled, sunlit, warm, open, filled with love and memories, with chickens and dogs, veggie gardens and fruit trees and delicious smells. It’s on a big, flat block, in a safe and close-knit community where the kids can run free… and it’s probably on Dangar Island.
21. My ‘beauty routine’ = both cleanse and moisturise with a castor oil/olive oil blend and slap on some naturally tinted lip balm. If my skin is really dry, I add sukin night moisturiser. If I’m feeling adventurous, or heading out I’ll add eyebrow pencil, mascara and a little shlook of red lippie. Also, I find people’s social media posts highlighting their thirty-seven product ‘natural look’ to be simultaneously hilarious and utterly boring.
22. I’m embracing my greys. I last had my hair dyed back in April when I asked the colourist to match my dye to my natural colour, thus minimising regrowth. And now I try and own those pesky little silverfish that have been populating my head for over a decade.
23. I use mama cloth and a menstrual cup. And I just got excited because I realised my menstrual cycle has aligned itself with the lunar cycle. I’m not sure what full moon periods represent, but it sure seems cool to me.
24. I recently bought a ticket to Wanderlust … a 4-day celebration of mindful living that brings together yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists, and chefs for a transformational retreat.
And 4 ways I’m not crunchy at all…
1. I’d totally get laser hair removal if I could justify the cost.
2. We’ve owned eight prams in the three and a half years that we’ve had little people. To be fair we’ve barely spent a penny on them and we’ve finally found the one we wish we’d had all along (a Mountain Buggy Urban, incase you’re curious).
3. We drive a shitty commodore wagon on our 60km and 120km round trips to work – often both in one day, averaging around 500km per week for work alone…
4. I’m addicted to my iPhone. And I hate it. I need a brick, stat.
ps, I’m linking up with Jess for IBOT. Head over for some more great reads x