Originally from the UK, Sam moved to a 10 acre homestead after 10 years of traveling the world and working internationally. She is a wife and mother to 4 little people, ages 7,6,4 and 2 Sam is the author of a lifestyle blog which follows the journey of their family of 6 as they commit themselves to a greener way of life, a more minimalist existence, quality in their day-to-day, and embracing their natural world with bare feet and dirty hands. To connect with Sam visit her on her blog, Facebook and Instagram @littlegreenlives
Zero Waste Containers

Going Zero Waste: A Beginner’s Guide for Busy Portland Moms

You're busy. You're not sure you have the time, energy, or finances to live zero waste. I get it. But we can all start somewhere. Introducing even small lifestyle changes in the daily whirlwind...
Earth-Friendly Gifts

Five Simple Ways to Help Save the Planet This Christmas

I don't want this to be just another sustainable Christmas post you think about for two seconds then head off to do your Christmas shopping. I want this post to stay in your mind, capture your imagination, and...
green back to school

A Green Back-to-School Guide

It is that time again where the new school year looms. You can almost see the dollars evaporating from your purse. It's time to write that list, hit the shops and pay what's necessary...

Reflecting on Our First Year of Homeschooling

Sitting at our homeschooling table, my desk is strewn with books and blocks and colours, and on the floor sits a pile of books and cushions. We have completed our first year of homeschooling....

Sustainable Kitchen: Save Time, Energy & Money While Reducing Your Environmental Impact

The kitchen for most families is the hub of activity, the place where families and friends are brought together to enjoy good food and wine. It's where refrigerators and pantries store raw ingredients and...

The Magic of Spring for Kids: 8 Ways to Connect Your Kids to Nature

The gently warming sun, the chorus of newly returned birds, buds of new life adorning fruit trees and poised to explode with vivid greens. Spring is here; the perfect antidote to long grey days...

10 Ways to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Having Kids

Did you know that the carbon impact of a child born in the US is more than 160 times the impact of a child born in Bangladesh? When you consider for a second the...
within your means

The Joy of Living Within Your Means

Have you ever performed that agonizing, but totally necessary task of auditing your personal finances? I don't mean just the big ticket items and expenditures, but right down to the nitty-gritty, the dollars spent...
fall crafts

Five Kid-Friendly Crafts to Make This Fall and Winter

We have the fall feels going on in our home right now. I sit here sipping my big mug of hot tea, with cozy slippers on, the leaves on the trees outside are turning...
happy family

The Secret of a Good Day

I've learned many things about parenting and relationships since becoming a mother six years ago. I've also learned a good deal about myself; my strengths and capacities. The most important lesson, however, was also...