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My Green Resolution

I’ve got a guest post up on Apartment Therapy‘s Re-Nest. Come find me over there as I discuss “My Green Resolution” for 2011.


*Image from the always fabulous Lynne Harty.

7 Responses to My Green Resolution

  • Anonymous says:

    Dear Ashley,
    Come to think of it, this might be part of my resolution: Instead of anonymously taking advantage of your creativity, your ideas and your way of life as you share it on your blog – which is what I do for quite some time now – I'd like to take the opportunity and thank you for providing this great source of inspiration. Your blog is a place I go to regularly: somehow it always makes me happy and helps me keep my faith in humanity (this sounds a bit pathetic, but I don't know how else to put it :-) Thank you!
    Eva
    PS: Sorry – I'm from Munich, Germany, and my English is so very far from perfect. But I just had to thank you today :-)

  • EcoGrrl says:

    I love how you put this. If you have time, would love to hear more in your future blogs about more of the specific things you're doing as a mom to be green and how much the waste is increasing and what you're doing – seems like there's always a new mom who could use your wisdom :) congratulations again on your new beautiful life and happy 2011!!

  • Darla says:

    Isn't it amazing how parenting changes your thoughts about EVERYTHING!? I was already pretty eco conscious but once I had my daughter I learned about cloth diapers, made my own wipes, started participating in baby clothes swaps (looking for all natural materials) and really took a very hard look at how I was eating and what I was putting on my body….Its amazing how deep the rabbit hole goes but in the end you are leading by example and I think that will go a long long way…People always think I'm nuts for spending the “extra” money on organic, actually all natural materials this that and the other thing. But I look at it as an investment on many levels. Our health, our future….its these “little” things that make a big difference…The hardest thing I find though, is how to let other people know this is the way you choose to live and its not that you don't appreciate the 100% polyester hat and glove set, the Dora the explorer t-shirts or the toxin laden plastic baby doll, but that you are trying to avoid these things… I still have no answer and maybe never will, but thats one of the hardest parts of choosing to live this way…But it is most certainly worth it!

  • What a lucky boy to have such a conscious Mama!
    Can't wait to read about all of your discoveries.

  • jen says:

    I've been lurking for a while, but wanted to say I love your Green Resolution! We're moving to the Asheville area next year, I'm so looking forward to being around like-minded people!

  • Eva-Thank you, so very much. Your comments warmed my heart in the deepest way.

    Aimee-Yes, I plan to detail those sorts of things as much as possible. I'd LOVE to do a book in my “Homemade Living” series on the topic, actually…

    Darla-EXACTLY!

    Floret-Thank you for your kind words.

    Jen-Welcome! Give me a shout out when you get here. I'd love to meet up!

  • Anna says:

    I'm not a mom yet, but I hope it be in the next few years… I am definitely interested in learning more about being green with babies. When the time comes, I will certainly head down the greenest path possible, but I'm always interested in learning more. Thanks for all of you information and inspiration