We're on a mission to find joy in a more sustainable life.

This is our journey as we recommit to a simple life with more time to play, less stuff to clean, and less waste to manage.

We celebrate our biggest triumphs, learn from utter failures, and share everything in between. We welcome you to do the same!

  • Anyone else planning to take down the Christmas tree this weekend? 

Putting your Christmas tree in the landfill when you’re done is NOT a very sustainable option, so let’s brainstorm more sustainable alternatives! 

Some of my favorites include:
🌲 putting the tree in the yard and redecorating it for the animals with birdseed ornaments, popcorn strings and fruit

🌲 donating it to a local farm or zoo…. goats and other animals LOVE to eat them!

🌲 compost them… in your own yard or through your city/township program. Many cities and towns offer curbside pickup and have a municipal composting program

Find more info in my blog post on CarbonFreeFamily.com (link in bio and stories, which includes lots of photos of our decorations for the 🐿 and 🦜)

And share your ideas below! Any local farmers looking for trees?

#christmastree #compost #reducereuserecycle #crafts #craftingwithkids #homeschool #homeschoollife #zerowaste #zerowasteliving  #wastefree #wastefreeliving #zerowastelife #greenliving #simpleliving #slowliving #simplelife #slowlife #slowdown #sustainable #sustainability #sustainableliving #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyliving #eco #intentionalliving #progressnotperfection #bethechange
  • Wrapping presents in reusable gift bags each season puts a huge smile on my face! 

I’ve been slowly accumulating these over the years, sewing a few more each season as I find new fabric I love or need a different size for a particular gift.

If you’re up for a seasonal sewing project, I have a simple tutorial on my website for you! Link in my bio.

These bags are a perfect project for beginning sewers or a homeschool lesson. 

No time right now? Bookmark this for a lovely January crafting project and keep your eye out for those holiday prints to go on sale at your local fabric store. You’ll be filled with gratitude and delight this time next year!

#reusable #reusablebags #zerowaste #zerowasteliving  #wastefree #wastefreeliving #zerowastelife #lowwaste #lowwasteliving #plasticfree #lessplastic #greenliving #simpleliving #slowliving #simplelife #slowlife #slowdown #refusesingleuse #reducereuserecycle #sustainable #sustainability #sustainableliving #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyliving  #intentionalliving #bethechange #crafty #homeschool #sewing #christmasgifts
  • Hunting for our Christmas tree in the national forest is one of my FAVORITE holiday traditions! We’re headed to the forest to get our tree on Saturday. 

Hiking. Foraging. Family time in nature. All of my favorite things grouped into one adventurous day of fun!

I’ve updated my blog with tips and advice from the 10 years we’ve spent building this family tradition. There’s a link in my bio and stories.

Happy hunting!

And please come back to tell me about your Christmas tree hunting adventures!

#christmastree #nationalforest #foraging #optoutside #explore #microadventure #adventure #simpleliving #simplelife #lifeofadventure #neverstopexploring #sheexplores #getoutside #outside #findyourpark #nature #family #parenting #familytime #slowdown #slowliving #slowlife #slowlifestyle #simplelife #simpleliving #intentionalliving
  • This is the best Christmas present I’ve ever received. 

As we get thrown into the holiday shopping season, I’m here to remind myself (and you too) to take a moment and reflect on what we really wish for.

I’m willing to bet your deepest wishes, like mine, can’t be bought from a store.

Let’s hang onto these thoughts as marketers (who are damn good at their job) try to convince us to buy All. The. Things.

📷: a note from Santa that says:
“Dear Mr and Mrs Augustine, 

I wanted to drop you a note this year and let you know that you ARE on the nice list. You may have noticed that you did not receive many gifts this year… After a double and triple check of our wish list we noticed you already had everything you asked for right here. 

We are looking forward to another great year and lots of “nice” behavior. 

While I did not deliver them for you today , I hope you are able to enjoy the “beautiful family” and “quality time together” that you asked for this year.”

#blackfriday #santa #bestgiftever #thebestthingsinlifearefree #familytime #priorities #qualitytime #slowholidays #slowdown #slowliving #slowlife #slowlifestyle #simplelife #simpleliving #simplicity #simplify #simplifylife  #simplifyyourlife #bepresent #intentionalliving #bepresentnow #bepresentinthemoment #progressnotperfection #bravenotperfect
  • Ok, friends. I need a break! It might be a week. It might be forever. I’m not sure, but I know that social media isn’t helping me live my best life right now, so I’m honoring that and signing off for awhile.

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this amazing place we call earth.

#digitaldetox #52daysunplugged #unplugged #screenfree #selfcare #screenfreesaturday #phonefree #familytime #priorities #slowdown #slowliving #slowlife #slowlifestyle #simplelife #simpleliving #simplicity #simplify #simplifylife  #simplifyyourlife #bepresent #intentionalliving #bepresentnow #bepresentinthemoment #progressnotperfection #bravenotperfect
  • Another spring milestone: first bike ride to the grocery store of 2022!

We have a grocery store less than a mile from our house, so it’s the perfect bike adventure-exercise-errand combo. Especially on a Monday night when we need a quick dinner!

I almost wrote that we’re “lucky” to have a grocery store less than a mile from our house, but it’s not “luck”… we designed our life that way when we bought our house almost 4 years ago. 

Because we want our life to be walkable and bikeable, we plotted important things, like the @kentdistrictlibrary public library, grocery store, elementary and middle schools, restaurants, @sweetlandcandies coffee shop and the @therockfordcheeseshop , on a map and hunted for a house in the few blocks that were located within a mile of all these things.

If you could wave your magic wand, what would you move closer to your home so you could walk/bike more?
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#optoutside #spring #springsimpleliving #springfever #springishere #carbonfree #bicycle #rideyourbike #justbikeit #walk #walking #walkmore #driveless #walkmoredriveless #willbikeforgroceries #getoutdoors #bethechange #sustainableliving #sustainablelifestyle #intentionalliving #ecofriendly #simpleliving #simplelife #slowliving #slowlife #intentionallife #wastefree #reusable #reusablebags #progressnotperfection
  • Last call for the spring Simple Living Collection!

We planted tulip bulbs yesterday to celebrate the equinox! It was a gorgeous moment. I made dinner while Robbie and the girls soaked in the last rays of weekend sunshine.

We LOVE flower and vegetable gardening as a family!

If this seems overwhelming to you, there’s a great article about Family Flower Gardening from Ginny @1000hoursoutside in this spring collection.

It’s just one of the 40+ articles, tutorials, recipes, and more! All designed to take the guesswork out of slow, simple, seasonal living.

None of us do it perfectly. All of us are working towards our best life. And I learn something new each season, from each and every contributor!

The collection is yours to keep forever (as on emagazine or a downloadable PDF), but the sale ends TONIGHT (Monday, March 21st). There’s a link in my bio for more information and to buy your copy.

Consider it an equinox treat for yourself! Or a Mothers Day gift. Or a pick-me-up for the friend you know could use it!

Happy equinox, my friends!

#equinox #springequinox #springsimpleliving #springfever #springishere #springiscoming #springlivingcollection #simplelivingcollective #simpleliving #simplelivingcollective #simplelife #simplehappylife #slowliving #slowlife #sustainable #sustainability #optoutside #1000hoursoutside #flowergarden #plantmoreflowers #familytime
  • Sneak peek of the spring Simple Living Collection… can you find my piece on local food in the middle of the video?

I contributed an article to help you more easily navigate the world of local food, including tips on 1) finding the best farmers markets, CSAs, and upick farms, 2) talking to the farmers to better understand if their farming practices match your values, and 3) coming home with as little garbage as possible… just that delicious and nutritious local food for you and your family!

You’re going to love the new magazine format! New format, same amazing collection of resources to help you incorporate a bit of slowness and seasonal living into your busy life.

Once purchased, the collection is yours to keep and reference forever, but it’s only on sale until Monday. Learn more and get your copy at the link in my bio. 
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#slowliving #simpleliving #simplify #slowlife #simplelife #seasonalliving #springfever #spring #intentionalliving #springiscoming #springishere #sustainability #sustainble #sustainableliving #sustainablelifestyle #sustainablehome #localfood #knowyourfarmer #farmersmarket #upick #csa #communitysupportedagriculture #buildcommunity
Anyone else planning to take down the Christmas tree this weekend? 

Putting your Christmas tree in the landfill when you’re done is NOT a very sustainable option, so let’s brainstorm more sustainable alternatives! 

Some of my favorites include:
🌲 putting the tree in the yard and redecorating it for the animals with birdseed ornaments, popcorn strings and fruit

🌲 donating it to a local farm or zoo…. goats and other animals LOVE to eat them!

🌲 compost them… in your own yard or through your city/township program. Many cities and towns offer curbside pickup and have a municipal composting program

Find more info in my blog post on CarbonFreeFamily.com (link in bio and stories, which includes lots of photos of our decorations for the 🐿 and 🦜)

And share your ideas below! Any local farmers looking for trees?

#christmastree #compost #reducereuserecycle #crafts #craftingwithkids #homeschool #homeschoollife #zerowaste #zerowasteliving  #wastefree #wastefreeliving #zerowastelife #greenliving #simpleliving #slowliving #simplelife #slowlife #slowdown #sustainable #sustainability #sustainableliving #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyliving #eco #intentionalliving #progressnotperfection #bethechange
Anyone else planning to take down the Christmas tree this weekend? Putting your Christmas tree in the landfill when you’re done is NOT a very sustainable option, so let’s brainstorm more sustainable alternatives! Some of my favorites include: 🌲 putting the tree in the yard and redecorating it for the animals with birdseed ornaments, popcorn strings and fruit 🌲 donating it to a local farm or zoo…. goats and other animals LOVE to eat them! 🌲 compost them… in your own yard or through your city/township program. Many cities and towns offer curbside pickup and have a municipal composting program Find more info in my blog post on CarbonFreeFamily.com (link in bio and stories, which includes lots of photos of our decorations for the 🐿 and 🦜) And share your ideas below! Any local farmers looking for trees? #christmastree #compost #reducereuserecycle #crafts #craftingwithkids #homeschool #homeschoollife #zerowaste #zerowasteliving #wastefree #wastefreeliving #zerowastelife #greenliving #simpleliving #slowliving #simplelife #slowlife #slowdown #sustainable #sustainability #sustainableliving #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyliving #eco #intentionalliving #progressnotperfection #bethechange
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Wrapping presents in reusable gift bags each season puts a huge smile on my face! 

I’ve been slowly accumulating these over the years, sewing a few more each season as I find new fabric I love or need a different size for a particular gift.

If you’re up for a seasonal sewing project, I have a simple tutorial on my website for you! Link in my bio.

These bags are a perfect project for beginning sewers or a homeschool lesson. 

No time right now? Bookmark this for a lovely January crafting project and keep your eye out for those holiday prints to go on sale at your local fabric store. You’ll be filled with gratitude and delight this time next year!

#reusable #reusablebags #zerowaste #zerowasteliving  #wastefree #wastefreeliving #zerowastelife #lowwaste #lowwasteliving #plasticfree #lessplastic #greenliving #simpleliving #slowliving #simplelife #slowlife #slowdown #refusesingleuse #reducereuserecycle #sustainable #sustainability #sustainableliving #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyliving  #intentionalliving #bethechange #crafty #homeschool #sewing #christmasgifts
Wrapping presents in reusable gift bags each season puts a huge smile on my face! 

I’ve been slowly accumulating these over the years, sewing a few more each season as I find new fabric I love or need a different size for a particular gift.

If you’re up for a seasonal sewing project, I have a simple tutorial on my website for you! Link in my bio.

These bags are a perfect project for beginning sewers or a homeschool lesson. 

No time right now? Bookmark this for a lovely January crafting project and keep your eye out for those holiday prints to go on sale at your local fabric store. You’ll be filled with gratitude and delight this time next year!

#reusable #reusablebags #zerowaste #zerowasteliving  #wastefree #wastefreeliving #zerowastelife #lowwaste #lowwasteliving #plasticfree #lessplastic #greenliving #simpleliving #slowliving #simplelife #slowlife #slowdown #refusesingleuse #reducereuserecycle #sustainable #sustainability #sustainableliving #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyliving  #intentionalliving #bethechange #crafty #homeschool #sewing #christmasgifts
Wrapping presents in reusable gift bags each season puts a huge smile on my face! 

I’ve been slowly accumulating these over the years, sewing a few more each season as I find new fabric I love or need a different size for a particular gift.

If you’re up for a seasonal sewing project, I have a simple tutorial on my website for you! Link in my bio.

These bags are a perfect project for beginning sewers or a homeschool lesson. 

No time right now? Bookmark this for a lovely January crafting project and keep your eye out for those holiday prints to go on sale at your local fabric store. You’ll be filled with gratitude and delight this time next year!

#reusable #reusablebags #zerowaste #zerowasteliving  #wastefree #wastefreeliving #zerowastelife #lowwaste #lowwasteliving #plasticfree #lessplastic #greenliving #simpleliving #slowliving #simplelife #slowlife #slowdown #refusesingleuse #reducereuserecycle #sustainable #sustainability #sustainableliving #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyliving  #intentionalliving #bethechange #crafty #homeschool #sewing #christmasgifts
Wrapping presents in reusable gift bags each season puts a huge smile on my face! I’ve been slowly accumulating these over the years, sewing a few more each season as I find new fabric I love or need a different size for a particular gift. If you’re up for a seasonal sewing project, I have a simple tutorial on my website for you! Link in my bio. These bags are a perfect project for beginning sewers or a homeschool lesson. No time right now? Bookmark this for a lovely January crafting project and keep your eye out for those holiday prints to go on sale at your local fabric store. You’ll be filled with gratitude and delight this time next year! #reusable #reusablebags #zerowaste #zerowasteliving #wastefree #wastefreeliving #zerowastelife #lowwaste #lowwasteliving #plasticfree #lessplastic #greenliving #simpleliving #slowliving #simplelife #slowlife #slowdown #refusesingleuse #reducereuserecycle #sustainable #sustainability #sustainableliving #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyliving #intentionalliving #bethechange #crafty #homeschool #sewing #christmasgifts
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Hunting for our Christmas tree in the national forest is one of my FAVORITE holiday traditions! We’re headed to the forest to get our tree on Saturday. 

Hiking. Foraging. Family time in nature. All of my favorite things grouped into one adventurous day of fun!

I’ve updated my blog with tips and advice from the 10 years we’ve spent building this family tradition. There’s a link in my bio and stories.

Happy hunting!

And please come back to tell me about your Christmas tree hunting adventures!

#christmastree #nationalforest #foraging #optoutside #explore #microadventure #adventure #simpleliving #simplelife #lifeofadventure #neverstopexploring #sheexplores #getoutside #outside #findyourpark #nature #family #parenting #familytime #slowdown #slowliving #slowlife #slowlifestyle #simplelife #simpleliving #intentionalliving
Hunting for our Christmas tree in the national forest is one of my FAVORITE holiday traditions! We’re headed to the forest to get our tree on Saturday. Hiking. Foraging. Family time in nature. All of my favorite things grouped into one adventurous day of fun! I’ve updated my blog with tips and advice from the 10 years we’ve spent building this family tradition. There’s a link in my bio and stories. Happy hunting! And please come back to tell me about your Christmas tree hunting adventures! #christmastree #nationalforest #foraging #optoutside #explore #microadventure #adventure #simpleliving #simplelife #lifeofadventure #neverstopexploring #sheexplores #getoutside #outside #findyourpark #nature #family #parenting #familytime #slowdown #slowliving #slowlife #slowlifestyle #simplelife #simpleliving #intentionalliving
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This is the best Christmas present I’ve ever received. 

As we get thrown into the holiday shopping season, I’m here to remind myself (and you too) to take a moment and reflect on what we really wish for.

I’m willing to bet your deepest wishes, like mine, can’t be bought from a store.

Let’s hang onto these thoughts as marketers (who are damn good at their job) try to convince us to buy All. The. Things.

📷: a note from Santa that says:
“Dear Mr and Mrs Augustine, 

I wanted to drop you a note this year and let you know that you ARE on the nice list. You may have noticed that you did not receive many gifts this year… After a double and triple check of our wish list we noticed you already had everything you asked for right here. 

We are looking forward to another great year and lots of “nice” behavior. 

While I did not deliver them for you today , I hope you are able to enjoy the “beautiful family” and “quality time together” that you asked for this year.”

#blackfriday #santa #bestgiftever #thebestthingsinlifearefree #familytime #priorities #qualitytime #slowholidays #slowdown #slowliving #slowlife #slowlifestyle #simplelife #simpleliving #simplicity #simplify #simplifylife  #simplifyyourlife #bepresent #intentionalliving #bepresentnow #bepresentinthemoment #progressnotperfection #bravenotperfect
This is the best Christmas present I’ve ever received. As we get thrown into the holiday shopping season, I’m here to remind myself (and you too) to take a moment and reflect on what we really wish for. I’m willing to bet your deepest wishes, like mine, can’t be bought from a store. Let’s hang onto these thoughts as marketers (who are damn good at their job) try to convince us to buy All. The. Things. 📷: a note from Santa that says: “Dear Mr and Mrs Augustine, I wanted to drop you a note this year and let you know that you ARE on the nice list. You may have noticed that you did not receive many gifts this year… After a double and triple check of our wish list we noticed you already had everything you asked for right here. We are looking forward to another great year and lots of “nice” behavior. While I did not deliver them for you today , I hope you are able to enjoy the “beautiful family” and “quality time together” that you asked for this year.” #blackfriday #santa #bestgiftever #thebestthingsinlifearefree #familytime #priorities #qualitytime #slowholidays #slowdown #slowliving #slowlife #slowlifestyle #simplelife #simpleliving #simplicity #simplify #simplifylife #simplifyyourlife #bepresent #intentionalliving #bepresentnow #bepresentinthemoment #progressnotperfection #bravenotperfect
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Ok, friends. I need a break! It might be a week. It might be forever. I’m not sure, but I know that social media isn’t helping me live my best life right now, so I’m honoring that and signing off for awhile.

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this amazing place we call earth.

#digitaldetox #52daysunplugged #unplugged #screenfree #selfcare #screenfreesaturday #phonefree #familytime #priorities #slowdown #slowliving #slowlife #slowlifestyle #simplelife #simpleliving #simplicity #simplify #simplifylife  #simplifyyourlife #bepresent #intentionalliving #bepresentnow #bepresentinthemoment #progressnotperfection #bravenotperfect
Ok, friends. I need a break! It might be a week. It might be forever. I’m not sure, but I know that social media isn’t helping me live my best life right now, so I’m honoring that and signing off for awhile. Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this amazing place we call earth. #digitaldetox #52daysunplugged #unplugged #screenfree #selfcare #screenfreesaturday #phonefree #familytime #priorities #slowdown #slowliving #slowlife #slowlifestyle #simplelife #simpleliving #simplicity #simplify #simplifylife #simplifyyourlife #bepresent #intentionalliving #bepresentnow #bepresentinthemoment #progressnotperfection #bravenotperfect
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Another spring milestone: first bike ride to the grocery store of 2022!

We have a grocery store less than a mile from our house, so it’s the perfect bike adventure-exercise-errand combo. Especially on a Monday night when we need a quick dinner!

I almost wrote that we’re “lucky” to have a grocery store less than a mile from our house, but it’s not “luck”… we designed our life that way when we bought our house almost 4 years ago. 

Because we want our life to be walkable and bikeable, we plotted important things, like the @kentdistrictlibrary public library, grocery store, elementary and middle schools, restaurants, @sweetlandcandies coffee shop and the @therockfordcheeseshop , on a map and hunted for a house in the few blocks that were located within a mile of all these things.

If you could wave your magic wand, what would you move closer to your home so you could walk/bike more?
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#optoutside #spring #springsimpleliving #springfever #springishere #carbonfree #bicycle #rideyourbike #justbikeit #walk #walking #walkmore #driveless #walkmoredriveless #willbikeforgroceries #getoutdoors #bethechange #sustainableliving #sustainablelifestyle #intentionalliving #ecofriendly #simpleliving #simplelife #slowliving #slowlife #intentionallife #wastefree #reusable #reusablebags #progressnotperfection
Another spring milestone: first bike ride to the grocery store of 2022! We have a grocery store less than a mile from our house, so it’s the perfect bike adventure-exercise-errand combo. Especially on a Monday night when we need a quick dinner! I almost wrote that we’re “lucky” to have a grocery store less than a mile from our house, but it’s not “luck”… we designed our life that way when we bought our house almost 4 years ago. Because we want our life to be walkable and bikeable, we plotted important things, like the @kentdistrictlibrary public library, grocery store, elementary and middle schools, restaurants, @sweetlandcandies coffee shop and the @therockfordcheeseshop , on a map and hunted for a house in the few blocks that were located within a mile of all these things. If you could wave your magic wand, what would you move closer to your home so you could walk/bike more? . . . . . #optoutside #spring #springsimpleliving #springfever #springishere #carbonfree #bicycle #rideyourbike #justbikeit #walk #walking #walkmore #driveless #walkmoredriveless #willbikeforgroceries #getoutdoors #bethechange #sustainableliving #sustainablelifestyle #intentionalliving #ecofriendly #simpleliving #simplelife #slowliving #slowlife #intentionallife #wastefree #reusable #reusablebags #progressnotperfection
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Last call for the spring Simple Living Collection!

We planted tulip bulbs yesterday to celebrate the equinox! It was a gorgeous moment. I made dinner while Robbie and the girls soaked in the last rays of weekend sunshine.

We LOVE flower and vegetable gardening as a family!

If this seems overwhelming to you, there’s a great article about Family Flower Gardening from Ginny @1000hoursoutside in this spring collection.

It’s just one of the 40+ articles, tutorials, recipes, and more! All designed to take the guesswork out of slow, simple, seasonal living.

None of us do it perfectly. All of us are working towards our best life. And I learn something new each season, from each and every contributor!

The collection is yours to keep forever (as on emagazine or a downloadable PDF), but the sale ends TONIGHT (Monday, March 21st). There’s a link in my bio for more information and to buy your copy.

Consider it an equinox treat for yourself! Or a Mothers Day gift. Or a pick-me-up for the friend you know could use it!

Happy equinox, my friends!

#equinox #springequinox #springsimpleliving #springfever #springishere #springiscoming #springlivingcollection #simplelivingcollective #simpleliving #simplelivingcollective #simplelife #simplehappylife #slowliving #slowlife #sustainable #sustainability #optoutside #1000hoursoutside #flowergarden #plantmoreflowers #familytime
Last call for the spring Simple Living Collection! We planted tulip bulbs yesterday to celebrate the equinox! It was a gorgeous moment. I made dinner while Robbie and the girls soaked in the last rays of weekend sunshine. We LOVE flower and vegetable gardening as a family! If this seems overwhelming to you, there’s a great article about Family Flower Gardening from Ginny @1000hoursoutside in this spring collection. It’s just one of the 40+ articles, tutorials, recipes, and more! All designed to take the guesswork out of slow, simple, seasonal living. None of us do it perfectly. All of us are working towards our best life. And I learn something new each season, from each and every contributor! The collection is yours to keep forever (as on emagazine or a downloadable PDF), but the sale ends TONIGHT (Monday, March 21st). There’s a link in my bio for more information and to buy your copy. Consider it an equinox treat for yourself! Or a Mothers Day gift. Or a pick-me-up for the friend you know could use it! Happy equinox, my friends! #equinox #springequinox #springsimpleliving #springfever #springishere #springiscoming #springlivingcollection #simplelivingcollective #simpleliving #simplelivingcollective #simplelife #simplehappylife #slowliving #slowlife #sustainable #sustainability #optoutside #1000hoursoutside #flowergarden #plantmoreflowers #familytime
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Sneak peek of the spring Simple Living Collection… can you find my piece on local food in the middle of the video? I contributed an article to help you more easily navigate the world of local food, including tips on 1) finding the best farmers markets, CSAs, and upick farms, 2) talking to the farmers to better understand if their farming practices match your values, and 3) coming home with as little garbage as possible… just that delicious and nutritious local food for you and your family! You’re going to love the new magazine format! New format, same amazing collection of resources to help you incorporate a bit of slowness and seasonal living into your busy life. Once purchased, the collection is yours to keep and reference forever, but it’s only on sale until Monday. Learn more and get your copy at the link in my bio. . . . . . #slowliving #simpleliving #simplify #slowlife #simplelife #seasonalliving #springfever #spring #intentionalliving #springiscoming #springishere #sustainability #sustainble #sustainableliving #sustainablelifestyle #sustainablehome #localfood #knowyourfarmer #farmersmarket #upick #csa #communitysupportedagriculture #buildcommunity
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Reusable Gift Bags Tutorial

A few years ago, I sewed a bunch of reusable cloth gift bags in cheerful Christmas patterns and they continue to bring me such joy! I love wrapping presents in these gorgeous bags. I love giving them to people (and am so honored when friends and family want to keep the bag in addition to the gift… in fact, you’ll regularly find me sneaking around and gathering my bags up after gift opening is over at our family gatherings). I love reusing them year after year! AND they’re super easy to make! I swear, they’re a great project for beginner sewers because it doesn’t matter the size, shape, or even if they’re particularly square. The process is three simple steps: cut, sew, enjoy!

The Great Christmas Tree Debate

Are you on Team Natural or Team Artificial when it comes to Christmas trees? Have you ever wondered which is more sustainable? Most of us firmly believe that one is “better” than the other, but there’s a really interesting debate about the sustainability aspects of this tradition. Here are a few pros and cons to consider when choosing the type of tree you use to celebrate the holidays.

Hunting for our Christmas tree in the National Forest!

Did you know you can harvest a Christmas tree from the National Forest? You can! And in Michigan, the permit is only $5, making this a more affordable alternative to many traditional Christmas tree farms in addition to an amazing family adventure. This is one of my FAVORITE family holiday traditions! We love the adventure of hunting for our Christmas tree in the natural woods! We pack hot chocolate and marshmallows, and make an afternoon out of it!

13 Tips for Green Apartment Living Directly From Experts

HAPPY BELATED EARTH DAY!!! To honor the holiday, I was thrilled to contribute to a blog on Redfin.com. The blog went live last week, but since every day is Earth Day around here, I’m sharing it with you now. Read on for some great tips from sustainability bloggers around the web, including yours truly. P.S. most of these tips are relevant for everyone, even if you don’t live in an apartment, so don’t let the title fool you into skipping this great read. 

GETTING STARTED

Photo taken by James Harnois. Find him at http://www.jamesharnois.com/ and @jamesharnoisphoto on Instagram.

Introduction to Carbon Free Family

Hi! I’m Erin Augustine and welcome to Carbon Free Family — a blog where I’ll share tips and stories about my sustainability progress, failures, and philosophy.

I hope to help you define what sustainability means for you and your family, achieve progress on your journey from exactly where you are, and debunk the “sustainability is hard” myth.

How Do You Measure and Define Sustainability?

Let’s start with further defining sustainability.

The traditional business definition is the triple bottom line – people, planet, profit –  and any good business needs to deliver on all three. I believe these same three values apply to personal life and I apply them in the following ways.

Getting Started on Your Journey

At least once a year (usually in January, but it can be anytime) I like to take a few moments to reflect on life and my progress on my sustainability journey. I think there’s huge value in reviewing my actions to make sure they’re a good reflection of my core beliefs and that I’m living the life of my dreams (or at least actively striving for it).

UPCOMING EVENTS

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  • Carbon Free Family’s Kickstart Your Sustainability Journey workshop was transformative. Erin’s breadth of knowledge on sustainable practices is vast, but her true talent lies in her unique ability to flip your mindset and show you what is actually possible, what can indeed work in your life. 

  • Erin is the voice of The Carbon Free Family - a family that "walks the walk" along the path we all must take, if we want to continue to enjoy life on Planet Earth. Her presentation is non-judgemental, thought-provoking and, most importantly, FUN! So, no matter where you might be on that path, you're sure to learn something from Erin. Her enthusiasm is infectious and you will come away realizing that the walk is not about sacrifice, it's about joy! 

  • Our Unitarian Universalist church engaged Erin as our guest speaker for our Earth Day service. Erin was really easy to work with and graciously practiced with us prior to the service as we were still learning how to conduct a virtual service during a global pandemic. This was one our best attended virtual services to date. Erin stayed after the service to join our coffee hour and answer questions. The service was so inspiring that our congregation has started a small sustainability group that is meeting monthly. What a great success!

  • Erin's presentation was very approachable for those new to sustainability. She focuses on the joy you can find in this lifestyle and explains that being sustainable doesn't have to be expensive, which can keep many people from exploring this lifestyle. She also talked about how lessening your carbon footprint is a journey and that no matter where you are in that journey, it is important to be transparent and learn from others. Fostering such encouragement in a sustainable community is really inspiring!
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