Me in a nutshell: I live in a house of all boys- My hubby, two sons (6 & 3 years old), and 3 year old Golden Retriever. I teach third grade with my BFF, and blogging partner in crime, Sally. My absolute favorite thing to do in life is to laugh, and make others laugh. I love natural and organic products (must be my Pacific Northwest upbringing). I have at least 3 beverages with me at all times: water, caffeine, and carbonation. I like to think I am a total health nut when it comes to food and nutrition, though I am pretty sure I am single handedly responsible for keeping all cookie stores in my city in business. I love fancy and luxurious items, and yet I drive a 17 year old SUV…um, yeah…apparently my expensive taste doesn’t align with my budget. I think the idea of minimalism is fascinating, and wonder what it would be like to live in one of those Tiny Houses for a short time. I love traveling and staying in nice hotels, being outdoors (minus bears and creepy bugs), trying new restaurants, bubble baths, tropical beaches, flowers, reading, tennis, yoga, and all things spa related. Most of all, I like to have fun; and try to enjoy the small and simple things in life with those I love most.
For a few years now, I have been asking myself how I am contributing to making the world a better place. Call it an early mid-life crisis, or a serious self-reflection time, or both! Either way, I have been feeling something pulling on my heart to do something of my own. Something that will leave people with a smile, a laugh, fill them with hope, or with inspiration to do what they can to make the world a better place- even if it is just within the walls of their own homes. That’s where our blog comes into play. When we ask ourselves questions of who makes our clothes, accessories, home decor, etc., and where they come from, we are changing the world little by little. When we make purchases from fair trade, ethical, and sustainable companies who use organic materials, we are supporting women, children, and families all over the world to have a decent quality of life (not to mention the saving effects it will have on our environment). And (bonus!), these items last longer because they are made with higher quality materials and resources. It may not sound like much, but at least it is a start.
This journey is one that Sally and I are very excited about. If you are one that likes to learn new things, laugh a lot, doesn’t take life too seriously, and wants to make the world a better place, then you will fit in nicely around here. Welcome!
Who Am I? It’s hard to give a clear and honest snapshot of who I am in one paragraph, but I’ll give it a go. If you ask the people who love me best, they might tell you I’m hilarious, helpful, athletic, low maintenance, and punctual. Unless I’m hungry or tired. Then I’m rude, emotional, anti-social, and snappy. I teach third graders in a fairly affluent neighborhood. I’ve never been any kind of activist or environmentalist. Never done Doctors Without Borders or Habitat for Humanity. Never even done a Sub for Santa, to be painfully honest. I kind of live in my own middle-class comfort zone with my husband of nearly 15 years, my two sons who are 6 and 3 years old, and our chocolate lab. Overall, I am a very happy and content woman on the brink of turning 40. And pretty focused on my own stuff.
But awhile back, in the midst of all my stuff, Ashleigh sent me a text. It went something like this, “The True Cost. Watch it.” So being the agreeable and people-pleasing person I am (when my stomach is full), I started watching the documentary that same day. When I finished it the following week, I was pissed off at all these clothing companies and ashamed of my own ignorance. I wanted to do something. Anything. Even if all it meant was changing the way I shop.
Ashleigh and I started throwing around ideas about starting this journey and bringing a bunch of other clueless people along for the ride and here we are! On a mission to change the world… or at least our closets. And hopefully some of yours, too.