This month I'm excited to introduce you to Sara Smeaton, Associate Managing Editor at Active For Life. I think of her as a physical literacy advocate! Active For Life is the place for parents to go to find suggestions and resources about activities for their children in order to support them in developing healthy life-long habits. It's easier to be physically active during the warmer months, but as the weather turns colder, it takes more dedication to regularly play outdoors.
At Green Moms Collective, we'll spend November focusing on all aspects of being physically active as a family. Stay tuned, for Sara's post where she reveals her tips for active transportation in the winter (they're good ones)!
Coffee, Water, or Green Smoothie? How do you start your day?
Always water. I’ll drink a pint of water before I’m even out of bed in the morning.
When did you become interested in green living?
Definitely after I had my first baby. I stopped using traditional cleaning products, switched to eco-friendly personal care products, and tried hard to make green choices for our family. I remember being so disgusted with the loot bag situation when my daughter was in preschool that I considered starting up my own green loot bag business.
Share your best green living hack.
With only one driver in our family, our biggest green living hack is active transportation (which is the topic I’ll be writing about for GMC this month!). The kids and I get most places by foot which helps the planet and keeps us active and healthy at the same time.
Do you have a favourite eco-product?
Right now I’m loving Intelligent Nutrients Curly Hair Serum. I’ve never found anything that could tame my curls while keeping them soft and shiny, as well as this stuff can; even standing up to humidity in the summer. It also smells awesome.
What’s one area in your life that you’d like to make more eco-friendly?
I’d love to grow my own veggies. We planted a bunch of seeds last spring, but mostly they got eaten up by our neighbourhood rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, groundhogs, and their wily friends. Composting is something else I’d love to try, but I’m hesitant to give those critters anything more to eat in my backyard!
Tell us what makes you weird/awesome.
Not having a driver’s license makes me both weird and awesome. I think it’s one of the only things that people don’t get about me, but there’s no huge back story; it just worked out this way. Not driving makes me awesome because our lifestyle is more active, yet a lot slower. That means we’ve got less stress, it means we eat more dinners together at a table and not in a car, and because we walk and bike most places we go, that means lots of time to talk and bond.
Why are you excited to be a guest contributor to Green Moms Collective?
Being green is important for all of us if we want to pass down a healthy planet to our kids and grandkids. In our family, we try to be as green as possible and it’s always great to get tips to make that a little easier. Sara has created a beautiful, helpful site for parents, and I’m honoured to be part of it.
Tell us about yourself, and your work.
Working for the not-for-profit initiative Active for Life means that I’ve learned a great deal about physical literacy. It’s something I wish I had known about when my kids were babies and toddlers because helping children develop the right skills at the right time is so important. Getting out there and throwing a ball back and forth with your child, helping them develop balance, helping them learn to skip, hop, and jump creates the foundation for physical literacy which makes kids more likely to be active for life.