My name is Amanda. I am married with 3 gorgeous kids, living in Auckland, New Zealand.

Since becoming a mum I have reflected on the beautiful New Zealand that I was so blessed to grow up in. I look around and see how our country is changing over the years and realize that my children and my children’s children will not enjoy that same blessing if we collectively continue to treat the planet the way we do. That saddens me and I am committed to making environmentally-friendly changes in my life and to raise my kids to be mindful of the environment in their lifestyle choices. Hopefully I can be a good example.

The task of saving our earth seemed a little overwhelming to me. So instead of putting it in the ‘too hard’ basket and doing nothing, I decided to break the task down into more achievable ‘bits’. I’m committing to make small, achievable changes regularly (at least 4 per year), in a bid to ‘do my bit’.

This website is a diary of my journey. I hope it inspires you to consider how you can be more environmentally-friendly. There are others out there who are far more committed and inspiring than I, whom I greatly admire. I am just a regular consumer trying to make one small, positive change at a time - because I believe that if we all do a little, collectively it adds up to a lot.

I have called this site EcoMum because my children are my motivation to care for this earth our God has given us to be stewards over. The reality is that we probably won’t feel the effects of our mistreatment of this Earth, it is the future generations that will. Let’s ‘do our bit’ to ensure a bright future for them.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Life is BUSY!

It's been an eternity since I last had a chance to blog! Life with three pre-schoolers is busy at the best of times but adding in teething and the winter ills has made it all the more so. Last night I tryed to sleep sitting up, propped up by pillows, because bub would only stop crying and go to sleep if I cuddled her that way. Needless to say I am feeling a little jaded today!
With life being so hectic I have fallen off the eco-wagon and resorted back to some of my old ways. Old habits die hard! I am a HUGE fan of convenience, especially when I'm busy, and it's true to say that convenient things are usually not environmentally friendly things. But hey, sometimes you have to make your life easier for a season then pick back up where you left off when the challenge is over.
So here's a really easy way to help the environment regardless of whether you're busy or not. If you're writing a list, be it a grocery list or to do list, do it on an old piece of paper from your paper recycling pile rather than on a fresh, new piece of paper.
Helping to save the rainforests.

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