June 12, 2011

"Big Girl (or boy)" Sippy Cups

I've been on a kick over the last year to try to eliminate as many toxins from our home as I can and create a healthier environment.  I started off simply by getting rid of over processed foods and learned how to make most things on my own.  I now have several "mixes" stored in my fridge for cakes, muffins, pancakes, etc.  I also use a ton of spice rubs and even make my own McDonalds Knock off nuggets.  I got the recipe here but I modified it a bit with different seasonings.    I also started making my own cleaners.  You can check out the post here.  

Next I want to try freezer cooking and canning fresh veggies and jams. We planted a garden for the first time this year and we're trying out best to keep the deer out.  If this goes well I'd like to expand and include more of a variety next year.  Currently we have green beans, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, and peppers.  

In addition to these steps I've started getting rid of all my questionable plastic containers and replacing them with glass or stainless steel.  We bought new pots and pans, cookie sheets, and utensils.  I also recently splurged on stainless steel popsicle molds.  I can't wait until they get here.  These "questionable" plastics include my kids dishes and sippy cups.  I found this awesome post about using mason jars for kids cups here.  Since these were going to be used only for my kids drinks I went ahead and had my husband drill holes in the lids.  I can always buy replacement seals if I want to use them for canning.  We also eliminated all our plastic straws and purchased some stainless steel ones from Amazon.  I love them!  Here' is what the cups look like all finished. . . . . 
I made two for each kid.  I placed a blue rubber band around my sons and a pink and green rubber band around my daughters.  I'm thinking about making the lids a little prettier by covering a piece of scrapbook paper with contact paper so it will be water proof.  These will only be allowed in the kitchen.  I'm trying to keep them from wandering all over the house with sippy cups.  All in all I'm happy with the result.

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