Hi there, I’m Erica!

Wife.  Toddler mom.  Registered Dietitian.  Travel enthusiast. Lovah of nature. Chickie on a mission. 🙂

You might know already know me from my days on Pumps & Push-Ups, the blog I co-ran with my sister-in-law over the last several years. Just this past year I started on a personal journey to reduce the amount of garbage that my house contributes towards the landfill.

It all started last year when the environmentally conscious person I thought I was faced off with the garbage producing junkie I had become. My recycling habits were reduced to practically nothing, my shopping habits were getting out of hand, and way too much food was ending up in the garbage.

I knew it was time for a change, so I set out to do the following in the new year:

1. Buy less.
2. Throw away less.
3. Give new life to used up materials through recycling, repurposing or up-cycling
4. Choose used when new is not necessary
5. No clothing, shoes or accessory purchases for myself throughout all of 2017

What originally started out as “Project Less Waste” with weekly updates shared on Pumps & Push-Ups, was eventually given its own space. Setting out to make waste reduction a lifestyle, rather than simply a yearlong journey, the idea for “A Waste Not Kind of Life” was born. Inspired by the old adage, “waste not, want not,” if you’ve never heard of this statement before, basically means that when one does not waste their resources, they will always have what they need and will not find themselves wanting in the future.

My hope is create a ripple effect by doing my part to help clean up the world around me, teaching my daughter to be a good environmental steward (while also knowing her way around a vegetable) and helping others who are also interested in reducing their waste but don’t know where to start.  In addition to improving my family’s ecological footprint, the purpose of this blog is to look at reducing waste from all angles. By making use of resources we already have and learning to simplify, we not only live in a way that is more sustainable but often end up with more time, money and energy to spend on doing the things that really matter.

Thank you for stopping by and welcome to A Waste Not Kind Of Life!

xo, Erica