This week was all about indoor air quality, and man did I learn a lot!! I am the first to say that I am clueless when it comes to indoor air quality, and I was very excited to learn more about it.
One of the biggest things that struck me was how many things can cause carbon dioxide poisoning. I thought that it was just caused from faulty furnaces and things like kerosene heaters, but it is actually caused from anything that is burned incompletely. One of our favorite features of our home is our large living room fireplace. We actually burned wood very often last year because it helped us supplement our propane heat and saved us a little bit of cash.
But now I’m wondering if it is such a good idea. Honestly, we never burn the wood until its all gone. It usually burns out at some point, and we have half burned logs sitting in the fireplace for a few days until we decide to burn another fire. Plus, wood smoke is one of the three main irritants for lungs inside the home. So I kind of feel like our desire to save ourselves a bit of cash had a negative affect on our family last winter.
Yes, we try to keep the living room well ventilated while the fire is burning, but lets face it — in the middle of winter I’m not leaving any windows open to make sure no smoke is circulating through the house. So I guess it is a topic that Jay and I will have to sit down and talk about before winter hits again this year.
Another step that I want to take to try to improve our overall indoor air quality is to get some house plants. Hopefully my green thumb will have improved from the last time I tried to keep house plants alive … it didn’t end well for those poor potted babies
In addition to indoor air quality, this week has been all about running and upper body workouts. Surprisingly enough, I have really been liking running last week and this week. I always wanted to have a “runners body” but I was always a bit afraid to run. I guess it was because I was so awful at running in high school — I hated it, and I didn’t want to total suck at it as an adult.
But I am super proud of my Tuesday run — I did 1.07 miles in 13:24!! That is probably my best mile time EVERY
I also wanted to give a quick update on how my kids and family are doing with our new changes.
Jay is still loving the natural cleaning products, and actually told me that I need to order some more laundry detergent before we run out. He has also made some food comments to me that took by surprise — he actually told me that a few new dishes I made were some of “the best (I’ve) made in a while”. Now this shocked me because each of the dishes was primarily vegetable based and had minimal meat! (Jay is very much a meat and potatoes kind of guy … that passes on the veggies). I was very happy that he is liking some of the healthier food … finally!
The kids have also been very receptive of our new way of eating. They are really liking the extra fruits in the house, and my kids have always like veggies – so they are happy to have the cut up and easy to reach whenever they want a snack. The biggest thing with them has been getting them to try some new foods, and some new versions of their favorite commercial foods.
Another big thing with the kids has been their beds — we absolutely LOVE the NaturePedic beds. (You can see us setting up the bed on this video) They are amazingly comfortable, and I cannot believe how good my kids sleep on them. They fall asleep quicker, sleep deeper and don’t wake up as often in the middle of the night. My daughter (6) has always been a very loud night breather, and needed a few pillows to stay propped up at all times so that she could breath clearly and not be stuffed up. This past week, she has been sleeping so quietly, that I actually had to go in numerous times to make sure she was in fact breathing. And she was — just quietly, comfortably and peacefully. The new mattress has made all the difference for her!
Now for my numbers… I ended up gaining .2lbs this week, BUT I lost 2.5″ so I guess I am okay with that!
Until next week!!