22 ways I’m becoming more crunchy, the older I get (and four ways I’m not)

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.

22 ways I’m becoming more crunchy

1. We’ve predominantly used cloth nappies for both munchkins.

cloth bum

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...

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.

garden loving

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!

Connected & Free Inner Hue Oracle Cards

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.

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.

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.

Jenn xx

ps, I’m linking up with Jess for IBOT. Head over for some more great reads x

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. HandbagMafia
    Jun 16, 2015 @ 02:00:18

    Oh I like your ellevil 🙂
    Nothing wrong with a bit of crunch. I’m a baby wearer who co sleeps, still breastfeeds a 2.5 yr old who wore cloth! I’ve not bought anything new for myself all year- it’s all op shops here 🙂

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    • Jenn
      Jun 16, 2015 @ 04:52:41

      You sound like my kind of mumma! Though I’m growing a bit tired of BFing my 19 month old. We only do a bedtime feed these days. I had plans of feeding til 2 (fed #1 til 15 months) but TBH I’m growing a bit weary of it! Plus I’m about to start working evenings again soon, so he’s going to have to manage without then! 🙂
      PS, I like my Ellevil too 😉

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  2. Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers
    Jun 16, 2015 @ 04:06:45

    Hello there, so nice to get to know you a little bit and how gorgeous are your little cherubs. I’m not a hippie but I am beginning to get a little crunchy!

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  3. aparentinglife
    Jun 16, 2015 @ 05:35:45

    I am a bit on the crunch side as well, a lot of your list applied to me, but that probably doesn’t surprise you much. 8 prams though? Holy moly. That is double my my pram ownership and I have an extra child! Makes me so happy to see you blogging again though lovely xx

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  4. EssentiallyJess
    Jun 19, 2015 @ 04:38:36

    I am not very crunchy. I was all for cloth nappies, and if I thought I could get away with no shampoo I would try it, but the list pretty much ends there.
    Lovely to have you back 🙂

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  5. chantel888
    Jun 21, 2015 @ 11:47:30

    I’m getting a bit crunchy in my old age too! I found myself nodding to lots of those – but some I still haven’t gotten my head around. I’ve cleaned up our eating and we are primarily primal – next thing is to work on the chemicals we use around the house and on ourselves!

    Hello from #teamIBOT

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  6. chantel888
    Jun 21, 2015 @ 12:01:03

    I’m getting crunchier in my old age- I found myself nodding to most of those things 🙂 I have cleaned up our eating to primarily primal, so now working on the chemicals we use in the house and on ourselves.

    Hello from #teamIBOY

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  7. Stephanie
    Jun 28, 2015 @ 11:16:28

    Nice to meet you Jenn, I tried to grow our own veggies but the bugs got to it! In the end we just gave up, as we spent more money trying to get the garden to grown than buying them from the green grocer.

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