(Updated 10.17.16)

Hi, I’m Allie, aka: The Practically Green Mom – a busy, coffee addicted mom of two boys.

I’ve been a blogger for many, many years – but my transition to “The Practically Green Mom” didn’t begin until November 2011.

Let’s back up a bit…

In 2009, I jumped on the green bandwagon. (I guess because it was the “cool” thing to do??) It started with my {first} attempt at becoming a vegetarian, and before I knew what was happening, I was cleaning out my chemically-laden beauty products, and buying cloth diapers for my non-existent baby.

Now, years later, I still say that I’m “practically green”, because I not everything works out as planned (more on that later).

(Is anyone really 100% green anyway??)

Several years prior to my “green obsession”, I met my husband. When we first met, he asked me if I was a vegetarian. (He likes his steak and potatoes.) Luckily, I was not at the time. We married in 2007.

Our first son was born in August 2011, and we welcomed our second son in December 2015.

So, back to that part about “things not working out as planned”…

I’ve kind of backslid on the vegetarian thing. But I did do a 30 day VEGAN challenge in June 2012! My focus now is on eating less processed foods and sugar, and more REAL food. I completed my first Whole 30 in April 2016, and am entertaining the idea of doing it again, and blogging about it!

I had big goals for myself in the beginning of motherhood: breastfeeding exclusively, babywearing (car seats are for cars, right?), be selective about vaccinations, and only let cloth diapers touch their bums.

But, my first son was formula fed due to supply issues early on. And, I worked full-time, so he was fully vaccinated, and wore disposable diapers at daycare. There was a lot of mommy guilt, but I came to realize that every ounce of breastmilk he got was one less ounce of formula, and every cloth diaper he wore meant one less diaper in a landfill.

And with the second baby, I’m just doing what works for us, even though I’m a stay-at-home mom now. You do you! If this way of thinking is right up your alley, learn more about my feelings on ALL THE THINGS!

Hope you enjoy the blog, and thanks for reading!