I’m Natalie, mom to five busy kids, ranging in age from 1 to 20, and wife to one busy husband. I am a speech-language pathologist and love working with preschoolers who have special needs, but for the time being, I am focusing my time on taking care of this family of mine. My hobbies are running, sewing, crochet, gardening (I’m working on that one), chicken-keeping, and recently, web design. However, I don’t have loads of time for those things. Instead, I spend much of my time cleaning, shuttling children, doing laundry, and grocery shopping. Sigh.
A little about Full Green Life…
When you have 7 people in your household, everything happens on a larger scale–shopping, cooking, laundry, budgeting, disciplining, cleaning, traveling…seriously, everything. I have always tried to recycle and limit toxins in my home. As my family has grown, it is easy to see that anything we do has an even bigger effect, positive or negative, simply due to the sheer number of us. I believe it is my responsibility to raise my kids with a sense of duty to the earth that is bigger than them and an awareness of the impact each of us has.
Because parenting is overwhelming enough without worrying about toxins and going zero waste, my goal is to share the things that work for our busy family without costing me a fortune. Here, you will find practical ways to green up your daily life as well as ideas that will be helpful to anyone raising a family.