Julie Smith, here! You’re probably wondering who I am . .First and foremost, I’m a wife and mom to two very active little girls, ages 5 and 7. The eldest of whom has been diagnosed with autism and ADHD. In addition to keeping up with their needs and the needs of this blog, I am managing two properties, in other states.

We recently moved to Huntsville, Alabama; however, we have lived all over the country through the years due to my husband’s career with the Department of Defense. Can you believe I have lived in Missouri, Iowa, Oregon, California, Kentucky, Illinois, Nebraska AND Virginia as well?

Definitely keeps life interesting . . .

So, a few years ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a year-long certificate course in Environmental Health. I gained a wealth of research-based information regarding limiting our toxin exposure, and wanted to share all that I’ve learned.

Beyond that, I have studied Early Childhood, Social Work, English, Linguistics and Counseling. And that is just what I have studied formally. I love culture and travel, wine and the arts, walking through quaint neighborhoods filled with shops and eateries . . .

And, like you, I want my children to live long and prosperous lives. I want their environment to remain beautiful and enjoyable; and the precious resources they require to live and breathe, to exist and be clean.

I Believe . .

In finding simple ways to live a green & clean life, whenever possible.

That our health, as well as our environment, are greatly affected by all the new chemicals that are constantly being introduced without adequate testing.

That just because new advances are being made in medicine & technology, doesn’t mean we should simply trust they are always the best options for the health of our families. Always do your own research!

That when we are doing our best most of the time, we can afford to let our guard down once in awhile.

That we all should try to do our part in saving our environment. Our children’s futures depend on it.

That we all need to slow down a little, examine our lives and take more breaks from social media. When all is said and done, we want to be able to celebrate true connections and not regret our virtual digressions.

Finally, I am NOT PERFECT. I sometimes struggle to stay completely in line with my beliefs just like you do. And will never pretend to be, because life will always be a work in progress.

Follow me to read content-filled, to the point blog posts about how to incorporate simple changes that will lead to a healthier family life!

Here are some of the many places my work has been featured:

Page 56 of the award-winning Green Child Magazine, “15 Tips for a Zero Waste Holiday.”

“A Guide to Sustainable Cruising Options,” on The Planking Traveler

I would love to collaborate with other bloggers, related products or services in any way that I can–please feel free to contact me through [email protected].