Welcome to my blog!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I am Lisa Bronner, granddaughter of Dr. Bronner, but not a soapmaker like my brothers David and Mike.  I am a wife of 11 ½ years.  I am a mom with 3 young kids.  I spend my days doing what it takes to keep a family and household running.  In addition to the basics, I garden, quilt, crochet, pray, make paper airplanes and play-dough, untangle parachute men, build forts, and teach basic tree climbing.  I’m active in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), a church small group, and facilitate a grass-fed beef CSA.  And now I blog.
Bronner Family 1985 title

This was about 1985 at Warner Hot Springs in San Diego County and contains all the California Bronners (my bunch) and the Wisconsin Bronners (my Uncle Ralph's set). From left to right: Ralph Bronner with his arm around his son Eric, David Bronner (my brother) with his head down, Gladys Bronner (Dr. Bronner’s wife), me in the pink shorts, Dr. Bronner, Scott Bronner (Ralph’s oldest), Mike Bronner (my brother, in front with the lavender shirt), Mark Bronner (Ralph’s second son), Gisela Bronner (Ralph’s wife), Trudy and Jim Bronner (my parents).

I am also a student of efficiency and multi-tasking, by necessity.  For example, today I was standing on one leg while rocking my baby in her stroller with my other foot and filing papers with my hands and explaining the benefits of grass-fed beef to a friend.  Does this sound familiar? I once wore a pedometer just to see how many steps I was taking in my day, without doing any intentional exercising.  I walked 7 miles.

Sometimes I pause to take a fly-on-the-wall view of my scene, and I have to laugh. (Do flies laugh?)  I have to laugh instead of cry when one son clogs the toilet while the other one drops his milk and the baby is shrieking because she keeps rolling on to her tummy and can’t get back and the timer for dinner is beeping and somehow we’re barreling irrevocably toward bedtime and the end of another day.  And then a sweet, well-meaning older person comes along and says, “Be sure to stop and savor it because it goes by so quickly.” Maybe I could if they’d just hold still!  But I love it all!

I have to confess that even though I grew up Bronner, I underestimated the usefulness and versatility of the soap.  My grandfather really wasn’t exaggerating when he said you need two cosmetics: enough sleep and Dr. Bronner’s soap.  But the soap goes so much farther than that.  His famous list of 18 uses (see FAQ page) doesn’t venture beyond the body, and that’s where the real fun begins!

So that’s what this blog will be about.  I’m pretty much focusing on moms out there who want to be greener, but don’t have the time to figure out how.  However, the info is just as relevant to any household.  Other than my Bronner roots, I’m pretty normal, doing what most moms do in their days.  I’ll be blogging about incorporating Dr. Bronner products into these routines to enhance the well-being of our children, to make our households safer, and to save time and money. Pretty ambitious, but here goes!