About the Blog

Honestly Modern is an online space all about eco-friendly living for modern families. We help everyday families explore climate action, zero waste living principles, regenerative gardening, and intersectional environmentalism, all through the lens of modern family life.

Climate Action

As a result of global warming, increasing toxins and pollutants in our soil and water, and other matters, our planet is struggling. There are many things we can do as humans, and as families, to help heal our planet and change the way we live to be in sync with nature and the ecosystems in which we live. Through climate action, we can collectively take steps to be better stewards of the planet.

Zero Waste Living

Zero waste living is a mindset (not a pursuit of squeezing your trash into a mason jar). Zero waste is a set of guiding principles or guardrails to help us be thoughtful about what we purchase and consume, how we use things, and what we do with them when they no longer provide value to us.

Regenerative Gardening

In addition to the zero-waste principles that focus on reducing our impact on the planet, regenerative living focuses on our habits and choices that have a positive impact on the planet. With respect to gardening, we can make choices that focus on soil health, carbon sequestration, permaculture, and practices that help heal our planet through growing food, caring for plants, and protecting the land on which we live.

Intersectional Environmentalism

Intersectional environmentalism is the practice of advocating for environmental causes and climate action that protect the planet and all people on the planet, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or any other defining factor. Intersectional environmentalism requires an intentional critique of how climate change movements impact marginalized communities. It requires us to examine how environmentalism and social justice are connected.

About The Creator

I’m Jen. I’m a mom to two boys, married to a pretty great guy, and insatiably curious about how families can be better stewards to the Earth and all the people and livings that call our planet home.

I am a parent, an environmental advocate, and a gardener. I practice zero waste habits and am learning about intersectional environmentalism. I am not an expert in any of these things. I will make mistakes. I will continue to study, experiment, and do my best to live by the guiding principles of my values. 

All that is to say, I would love to have you join me on my journey. As I study and learn about each of these topics and continue to build my fluency and expand my skills with respect to them, I hope I can share that knowledge with you. Let’s take this journey together toward being better stewards to the planet and all people and creatures who call it home. 

What Next?

I’d love for you to join me in sharing a space for parents and families to explore ideas about climate action, zero waste living, regenerative gardening, and intersectional environmentalism in our modern world.

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You can also check out all of the family book lists I create that introduce children to myriad sustainable living topics as well as a few of my most popular posts for newcomers: 

Getting Started With Zero Waste & Eco-Conscious Living

Quality Time Together As A Family

Secondhand Shopping