Welcome to The Home, Made Happy!
Hi! I’m Julia, and this is the piece of the internet where I’ll be journaling my family’s progress as we move towards an Earth-friendly life. I’ll be sharing the projects we take on, the challenges we encounter, and the tips we pick up along the way!
Who am I?
I’m a 30-something-year-old with a passion for reducing the negative impact we have on the Earth! I am a maker and a talker. I am full of ideas and excitement, mixed with concern and passion. I have a husband who supports me without compromise, and three boys who keep me balanced, with a mix of love and crazy. I live in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada, where we share our home with our bunny Dexter and Gus the cat.
What is this?
My struggles with perfectionism have taught me that progress always trumps perfection. I am not a minimalist, I am not zero-waste, and I am not vegan. These are all great lifestyles but, for me (and my family), it’s not what this is about.
*This blog will focus on taking steps to move towards an earth-friendly life of intentional consumption.*
So, what does “earth-friendly” mean to me? It’s pretty simple, really, and it’s based on three clear principles:
- Good to, and for, humans,
- Good to, and for, animals,
- Good to, and for, the environment.
My family and I believe that, to be truly earth-friendly, we need to be considerate of everyone and everything. We are all in this together, after all!
How did this all start?
For me, these principles are something I was raised with. My parents, one a Registered Nurse and the other an RCMP officer, had compassion for animals and for other humans. There was an incredibly strict no-littering policy, and we’ve always reused, recycled, or composted whatever we could.
As adults, my two sisters and I all hold on to those values. We believe in social justice and in equality. We are aware of the true cost of our disposable society and we do our best to be conscious with our consumption. One of my sisters handmakes a big portion of her kids’ wardrobes to stand against the fast-fashion industry, which is notorious for its dangerous working conditions and slave/child labour. My youngest sister, from a very young age, has maintained a strict no-animal-testing rule when it comes to the products she uses. She wasn’t even a teenager when she learned about the horrifying experiences of animals in cosmetic labs, and she made sure we were all educated!
With the birth of my third son, I knew something needed to change in our home. The amount of garbage we were producing, even after recycling and composting everything we could, seemed insane! And really, what it came down to was, we were throwing away money. The biggest and most obvious issue was diapers. The thought of two boys in diapers made me cringe, so I contacted a friend (who is a cloth diapering advocate) and my husband and I agreed that we could make the swap. It has sort-of snowballed from there…
As I became more conscious of what we were discarding, I started making my own solutions and replacements for common disposable products. Things like wipes, paper towels, Kleenex, sandwich baggies, etc. These are all products that cost money and then would go (almost) directly into the bin! I am in the process now of setting up shop on Etsy so that I can share a few of these solutions. My goal is to continue to keep plastics out of the garbage and, hopefully, reduce the amount being made in the first place!
Throughout this transition, I have found so many great resources.I have come across some amazing bloggers and writers who have a ton of information on how to make the switch to a less-disposable life! Unfortunately, the one big problem that I’ve come up against in my search for information, is that nearly everything is written from the perspective of a single (often professional) individual. There is really nothing out there (that I could find) that resembles our hectic, home-educating, family of five.
So… I guess that makes this my stand! I have information (which grows every day) and I want to share it! I want families, like ours, to have a place to learn (and share!) how to make a difference!
Thank you so, so much for taking the time to stop in! Please follow along with our adventure, here and on Instagram! ❤