Welcome! I’m Eryn, a work-at-home mom of a three-year-old boy and an infant girl. Our family is a little different from most. My son’s toys are mostly wooden, he’s never slept in a crib and his diapers are cloth (well, were cloth — we’re working on potty training now). If you open our fridge, you’ll find lots of fresh fruits and veggies, organic meat and, if we’re lucky, farm-fresh eggs from a friend. Our pantry is stocked with whole foods, too, like olives, nuts, diced tomatoes and canned tuna. We live in a neighborhood where we can walk to the grocery store, post office, library, playgrounds, swimming pool, etc. We don’t own a television.

All of this is very intentional, but it didn’t happen overnight. I’ve been interested in eco-friendly and organic living since I was in high school, but I took that interest to a higher level when our son was born. I wanted him to have the healthiest start in life he could, which led me to choose mostly natural and organic products. I am very fortunate in that my day job (of sorts) is writing for About.com’s Green Family site. This allows me to write about topics that I’m passionate about while staying home with my kids.

One thing that absolutely defines our family is food. My husband has celiac disease, so we have been a gluten-free household essentially since our marriage began five years ago. I still “cheat” when we’re out of the house by enjoying all things gluten, but our house is a strictly gluten-free zone. We eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs and meats — what I like to call whole foods (not to be confused with the natural grocer of the same name). I hope to pass along some of our favorite recipes as well.

And finally, no description of our family would be complete without a mention of Maria Montessori. I couldn’t tell you why exactly we have so fully embraced the Montessori method in our household (although I have an inkling that it may be at least somewhat related to what wonderful young women our Montessori-schooled nieces are turning out to be), but I do know that implementing Montessori principles in our home has made a world of difference in our son. And so, I hope to share some of our favorite Montessori activities and organizing principles.

Well, I guess that’s it. Organic. Gluten-Free. Montessori. I hope you’ll stick around and see what I’m all about.

4 Responses to About

  1. Hey, I know those nieces! (You’re so kind!) I am so happy that all those things we love about Montessori blossom in them. Looking forward to reading more blog entries (and not just those that are Montessori related)!

  2. Denielle Backstrom

    Eryn, you’ve inspired me over the years, from buying organic foods and products to buying safer baby products to reducing my carbon foot print. You were also an influence in our using cloth diapers. So thanks for all of your time, tips and resources over the years making our lives richer and the world a better place!

    • Thanks so much! You’ve inspired me, too, especially because of your devotion to motherhood and your ability to live frugally!

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