Buy Nothing: January

So January shouldn’t have been too much of a challenge at only 16 days (we started on the 15th, due to inspiration striking late.) It was and it wasn’t.

On January 15th, Kai threw my phone, and it hit the bathtub spigot screen first and then fell into the filling tub. It was toast. Toastier than toast. So on the first day of my buy nothing challenge I bought a new iPhone. FAIL.

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The Hygge Lux Baby Registry

Unlike Ada who is all about zero-waste, my friend Beatrice is all about comfort and convenience. Her vision of a happy motherhood involves lots of cuddling while surrounded by fluffy blankets, watching the snow fall through her windows. I told Bea I was calling my post on her baby registry the Lux Baby Registry, and she pointed out that what it really was was a Hygge Baby Registry. Everything as comfy and cozy as possible for nesting down with a new baby.

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Project: Sew a Summer Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

Don’t you hate it when you know your kid has plenty of clothing but you can’t find the one shirt that they want? I do, a lot.

As you all have probably seen, we’re doing the Buy Nothing challenge. One of the things I’m not buying is clothing for Kai. I could just thrift the stuff she needs for summer, but where’s the fun in that? (Also our thrift stores never have kid clothes. I think people sell to Once Upon A Child and trash the rest). So I am sewing Kai a summer capsule wardrobe.

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Zero Waste Baby Registry

Two of my best friends are having their first babies. One friend is as mainstream as can be, the other is my inspiration for reducing our waste and consumption. I’ve been having lots of conversations with both of them about babies and what they actually need, and I was inspired to share the fruits of these conversations with you all. I’ll post the Luxury Baby Registry that my mainstream, convenience friend and I put together later on this week.

This list is for the zero-wasters, the plastic-free, and the nature mamas. I tried to note vegan options as well.

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Buy Nothing 5

It’s been a hard winter over here. My husband hurt himself and the recovery was slow, and then Kai caught pneumonia and was scary sick for a longer time than we would’ve wished. Everyone is finally back up and moving, and so I’m working on my New Year’s Resolution: blog more!

From January 15th to June 15th, we’ll be doing the Buy Nothing (New) Challenge.¬†Between a huge pile of medical bills coming our way and generally wanting to increase our savings and pay off our student loans, we’ve been taking a good hard look at our lifestyle and are ready to make a change. So we are going five months without buying any new consumer goods. We’ll be using up, fixing up, and making do.

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