Hi, I’m Emma. I’m a busy working mum to two young children (now 12 and 8 years old) and I decided to put this blog together a few years ago in order to explore the myriad ways of making life a little “greener”.
I intially thought to start this blog as I realised over the years how in my role as a mum I have control over what my children eat and drink (given that I do the food shopping, make their packed lunches and cook their meals!) and how active they are, which thus influences their ability to make healthy choices now and will impact their future choices. I am also responsible for choosing the household products and toiletries that we use as a family (and thus the chemicals we are putting into our bodies and out into the environment) and in essence the way that we live and how we subsequently help or hinder ourselves and the world around us.
Once I realised how important my role was in this respect it felt like a great responsibility had been placed on my shoulders. My children’s health, well-being, their attitude towards the environment and our family “carbon footprint” was basically down to me and the choices I made which is why I started looking into “greener” and healthier ways of living.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no saint and it’s not always easy to make the greenest choices – organic foods are not always the cheapest option and some eco-products can be comparatively expensive, but through this blog I want to explore the small changes we can ALL make to look after ourselves, our family and the environment that little bit better.
Since starting this blog several years ago my entire family has pretty much transitioned to a vegetarian/vegan diet which came about for ethical reasons – as opposed to purely health – so I also use my blog here to include vegetarian/vegan recipes which can easily be enjoyed by all the family. Even meat-eaters can enjoy a vegetarian/vegan meal from time to time so these are for everyone, not just the non-meat-eaters among you.
I would also like to add that on a personal level I qualified as a Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher back in November 2013 and teach locally in Dartford, Kent (UK) deepening still further my love affair with this beautiful practice. The decision to train as a yoga teacher was a life-changing journey and complements all my “green” beliefs . Initially I included some of my yoga-related experiences on this blog but once it started to take over such a large part of my life I decided to start a yoga-specific blog which you can find at Samadhi Yoga if you are interested which will allow me to keep “greenermums” more about green issues and its original intention.
Many thanks for reading!!
[Updated: December 2015]