I have to be totally upfront.
I’m not very “green”.
The DIY projects like wool dryer balls, and the homemade cleaners and cloth diaper wipe solutions that I have posted here on my blog were not motivated by a sincere love of the earth and a desire to reduce the size of landfills…I really just needed to save money.
We’ve gone through seasons (or years, rather) where we live pay check to pay check and so our concern has always been on taking care of our family…and being eco-conscious was an after thought.
As we started making changes to save money; making my own laundry soap, line drying our clothes…you know the game – I realized that by doing so, I was getting back to the barest essentials. I had cut out additives, chemicals, surfactants, preservatives and all of those things that I really didn’t want in my home anyway. It became more than JUST saving money.
Now please, don’t send hate mail.
As a Christian, I ABSOLUTELY believe in stewarding God’s creation and making choices that reflect that honor…but “being green” isn’t my identity…being faithful with what God has given me – my family, my home, and my finances – is what matters to me.
BONUS: As it turns out, choosing what is better for my family is ALSO choosing what is better for God’s creation.
Which is why I’m so excited to introduce you to Emily’s book :
Over a year ago, a facebook post about the weather brought us together! Emily blogs at Live Renewed and I followed her page on facebook. One day, she mentioned something about the weather – being unseasonably warm, maybe? And it sounded a lot like my city, so I asked her where she lived. About a whopping 10 minutes from me! So a few weeks later we sat down for coffee and had a great chat about blogging, cloth diapers, staying sane with little ones, church and everything in between! I loved hearing about her journey to a simpler, more natural life as we sat sipping java that evening, and I’m so proud and amazed at the awesome work that she has poured into this book about her journey to “natural living” and how easy it really is.
She breaks the book into segments:
I suggest you take it little by little – she has included a TON of information about how to get started, what worked for her, what she prefers and why. It’s like sitting down with a really knowledgeable friend over coffee while you pick her brain about how to pare down, clean out, start over and simplify your life. And the great part is, it’s not an all or nothin’ deal! Emily explains, easily and conversationally, how to “green” various aspects of your life and it’s easy to incorporate one or 100 of her ideas!
If you set a resolution to clean things up this year, to simplify, or if you just need to tighten your belt and save some money, then I HIGHLY recommend investing in Green Your Life – at only $8.99, it’s a VERY worthwhile investment!
But oh honey, there’s more…
If you buy the book now, you’ll get a FREE membership to Emily’s 4-week Green Your Life Challenge that she will be running in February. (That’s a $14.99 value!!!)
In just 4 weeks you will:
The FREE membership includes:
This post is part of a Blog Hop to celebrate the release of Green Your Life: A Guide to Natural, Eco-Friendly Living. Check out what other bloggers are saying about the great new book:
Jan. 8 – Ninth Street Notions
Jan. 9 – Red and Honey
Jan. 10 – Running Family
Jan. 12 – Five Little Homesteaders
Jan. 13 – My Blessings Homeschool
Jan. 14 – Vintage Kids | Modern World
Jan. 15 – The Humbled Homemaker
Jan. 17 – Accidentally Green
Jan. 20 – Home With Purpose
Jan. 21 – Intentionally Simple
Jan. 22 – Feed Me Mama
Jan. 23 – Saving by Making
Jan. 24 – More Than Mundane
Jan. 27 – My Humble Kitchen
Jan. 28 – Sorta Crunchy
Jan. 29 – Simply Rebekah
Jan. 30 – A Delightful Home
Jan. 31 – Gidget Goes Home
*note: this post is riddled with affiliate links and I’d love it if you purchased this ebook by clicking on my links above. Of course, you don’t have to, but I do get a small commission every time you do and that, my friends, is golden. In addition, I was provided with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
photo adapted by me, and courtesy of this great photographer