About The Blog
Honestly Modern helps everyday families pursue sustainable living in moderation. In an honest, down-to-earth tone, you’ll find ideas to simplify life, be more conscious citizens without departing from a mainstream lifestyle, and get a little more from life by pursuing ‘less but better’.
About The Creator
On the evening of March 31, 2013, the culmination of a crazy three months at work, I started this blog. Like many great lifestyle blogs, it started out as a mediocre fashion blog of selfies on my balcony with a husband wondering why I was doing such a crazy thing. I was never all that fashionable, so why would I advertise that on the internet?! None-the-less, that tiny style blog stoked my insatiable curiosity about sustainable fashion and ultimately sustainable living while being a medium for my love of writing and photography.
I’m Jen. I’ve got 35 years of experience doing this thing called life. I’m a mom to two boys, married to a pretty great guy, and carrying on at my corporate job by day. You can find me at our local library at least once a week, where I’m a Board Member and Treasurer as well as “that patron checking out 8,000 books again!”
Honestly Modern is my passion project. I pair my creative pursuits and big ideas to translate emerging topics in sustainable living into actionable habits everyday families can employ. I thrive on exploring the world around me, understanding why things work (and don’t work), how we can make the world better, and discussing this all with you.
On the regular, you’ll find ideas and solutions to help you pursue sustainable family living in a mainstream manner. I explore living with less, buying better, zero waste practices, secondhand shopping, meal planning and food waste, and much more… all in pursuit of a little more simplicity and a lot less overwhelm. Stick around to rethink the status quo because our choices today can light a brighter tomorrow.
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We live in a world of growing excess. Material possessions, typically poorly made and unused, overflow our homes. Endless demands on our time clutter our calendars. We have so much of everything. Yet we never seem to have enough of anything (or at least not the things that matter most). It all creates undue stress as well as a drain on our happiness and our resources.
We’re short on time, short on space, and long on stuff and schedules. This seems to be the unsustainable mantra of parents the world around. But I think there’s a better way (without sweeping lifestyle changes that take us out of “mainstream” living).
I believe we’re part of an emerging community of modern parents who are making a conscious effort to slow the storm of stress in our lives and find more sustainable options. We don’t intend to “fall off the grid” or live in tiny houses or leave our comfortable neighborhoods and friends. We do, however, envision a life that’s not so crowded with crap.
Leading a more intentional and conscious yet “mainstream” lifestyle in many ways starts by saying ‘no.’ We say ‘no’ to fast fashion and wasteful consumption. We say ‘no’ to unnecessary obligations and protect our time vigilantly. We let into our lives only what we have thoughtfully and consciously determined is worth our limited time and space (physically and emotionally).
In exchange, we say ‘yes’ to fewer but more thoughtful purchases. We say ‘yes’ to more family dinners and unscheduled Saturday afternoons. We say ‘heck yeah’ to a few extra moments for ourselves. And we find a more sustainable cadence and a happier family.
I’d love for you to join me in sharing a space for parents to explore ideas about leading more thoughtful and intentional yet mainstream lifestyles. In a culture of competition and conspicuous consumption, a focus on sustainability and simplicity isn’t always easy, but I think we’ll find it’s well worth the pursuit.
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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
- 5 Zero Waste Changes You Can Make Today
- Easy Swaps For a Cleaner and Greener Bathroom
- Composting | You Can Totally Do It and So Are These Families
- Why You Don’t Have To Be Perfectly Zero Waste
- When Zero Waste Isn’t Worth It
Quality Time Together As A Family
- 30+ Fun Adventures For Families To Do Together
- Easy Zero Waste Alternatives for Happier Travel with Children + All My Family Travel Tips Posts
- 10 Ways to Find 10 Minutes to Read With Your Kids
- How To Make Homemade Bath Bombs With Kids
- 60+ Awesome Gifts To Help Kids Explore Their World
Want To Work Together?
Send me an email at [email protected] with details & request a media kit. Unfortunately, I can’t always respond to all requests. But if I think it’s a good fit, I’ll get back you soon. Also, I do not take guest posts. Thanks in advance!