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Love The Green Life

Love The Green Life

By Jess Taylor & Natalie Ringeis
Join us as we discuss practical ways to live a more sustainable, healthy and green life for you, your family and even your furbabies. We are both teachers, mamas, nature lovers and passionate about changing the world we live in and helping to save the planet by inspiring others.

Love the Green Life is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that promotes cruelty free, chemical free and compassionate living. You can learn more about us and what we do at lovethegreenlife.org and on Facebook and Instagram at lovethegreenlifeorg.

Music composed by Derek Hughes
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The Plant Power Client Experience: Tips on Navigating the Summer Struggle
Today we are sharing a really special episode with you all! We are sharing one of our Plant Power client office hours with you! This question that a client had was really good and relevant, so we thought we would share it here for everyone! Plant Power is our 13 week lifestyle program that teaches goals, habits, meal planning like a pro, how to read labels, learn about ingredients, and what to cook for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. We created this course in a way that makes sense for busy families and to fit into their daily lives. Our clients get 2- 1:1 coaching calls from us, bi-weekly office hours to receive help and feedback on their personal journey and what they are working on, as well as a membership to a community group to ask questions and share with others on the same journey. In today's office hours, we are discussing how to stay on track in the summer. We discuss eating out at restaurants, BBQ's and picnics, vacationing and just how to stay motivated to eat healthy and continue to achieve your goals, while not missing out on the fun of summer! Hope this episode speaks to you in your current season. We would love to work with you! Head to lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower to learn all about the program and to fill out your interest form. This doesn't hold you to anything! We will reach out and answer any questions you have! We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to break habits and achieve your wellness goals! 
43:11
July 01, 2022
The Conscious Consumer
Today's episode is a little change up! You are going to hear a conversation Natalie had with ecommerce consultant, Jason Shepherd. Natalie had the ability to be a guest on his podcast The Real Heroes of Ecommerce and discusses what it means to be a conscious consumer. All of us here at Love the Green Life have different levels of conscious consumerism. We are pretty careful about the things we purchase and buy and as a 100% women owned nonprofit organization, almost all of us as women are the main buyers of stuff for our homes. We hope to debunk some myths as to what a conscious consumer looks like and is portrayed and hope to push your ideal consumer view. Conscious consumers are the consumers of the future. We are the people who are going to be making the decisions that drive the commerce in our country. We need to vote with what we put in our grocery carts. Hopefully you will gain some insight from this episode. Head over to Jason's podcast, The Real Heroes of Ecommerce on instagram @therealheroesofecommerce and take a listen!  If you need help with meal planning and grocery shopping, we would love to assist you and give you the tools you need to be a conscious consumer! Head to lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower
38:14
June 17, 2022
Vintage furniture restoration for function and sustainability with Lori Julien of Marigold Sol
Today we are talking with Lori Julien from Marigold Sol. She is our queen of vintage furniture restoration. She talks about her journey from nursing into entrepreneurship. We also discuss the sustainability power of furniture restoration. What’s the heart of all the vintage? It always seems to be the stories these found objects can tell. Join us as we talk about curbside picking, kitchen cabinet woes and why we can’t get enough of all that Lori does in her shop in Kenmore, Ohio. You can learn more about Lori and Marigold Sol at www.marigold-sol.com, on Facebook @marigoldsol, Instagram @mymarigoldsol and you can call for custom work at 330-803-0419.  We want to work with you!! Are you ready to reach those wellness goals you have and could use some accountability? We are here for you. Head to lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower and click I'm Interested. We can't wait to chat with you! 
31:12
June 10, 2022
Taylor Blanc and The Power of Community Seed Exchanges
Natalie came across Taylor Blanc from a local Facebook community page. Taylor is a local garden enthusiast who uses her home to grow, cut, and sell flowers. She started a cut flower garden and a community seed exchange right in her own front yard. Next to the garden is a seed box for trading seeds with others who participate from the community. This week we talk with Taylor about what a community seed exchange is, how to maintain it, and how it can have a positive impact in your neck of the woods. Taylor embodies what we love about going green - it's one small change at time! You can follow Taylor at The Posy Patch on Instagram @theposypatch_ and on Facebook @theposypatch We also mentioned the Cleveland Seed Bank, Kent Free Library, Akron Public Library Seed Exchange and the soil and water conservation districts for each local county.  We are here to help you reach your goals to a healthier, greener lifestyle! Want to learn how? Head to lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower now for more information! 
27:01
June 03, 2022
Fashionable and Sustainable Ways To Dress ENCORE
We are bringing you a favorite episode that we did over a year ago. This is perfect to listen to if you are new to the podcast or to review since there was so much information. This time of year you are changing over your closet from Winter to Summer and you can do it in a more eco-friendly way. With over 7 billion people in the world, we all have one thing in common. Every day we all get dressed.  The struggle to find fashionable items to wear while supporting something that follows your personal ethics and morals can seem like a challenge. In this episode we share what to look for when selecting clothes and accessories and how to support the companies that are doing the right thing for the environment and our future generations. We discuss Fair Trade, B Corp, Cruelty Free, Vegan, Sustainable Practices and GOTS.  Read more at lovethegreenlife.org/blog and get 20% off your order at Pact with this link https://mbsy.co/333SFc
44:28
May 27, 2022
Ocean and wildlife conservation with Marissa Cleary
Marissa just graduated from Kent State University with her degree in zoology and environmental studies. She will be moving to the Caribbean next year for veterinary school and tells us all about the school and the experience she will get there. She is currently an intern at the Ohio Ocean Foundation, where we raise awareness about the connection between Ohio and the ocean. Marissa has a passion for conservation of wildlife and the environment, specifically the ocean. Natalie and Marissa share a love sea turtles! She enjoys eating plant-based and finding ways to have a sustainable lifestyle while being a busy college student. This was such a special episode to talk with Marissa and hopeful for what the future holds for generations to come and the welfare of our planet. You can learn more about Ohio Ocean Foundation at ohiooceanfoundation.org. We also mention in the show about Sea Shepherd (seashepherd.org) and artist Geo Rutherford (georutherford.com) If you are looking for help on your journey and need to set goals, break habits and do it with accountability, we are ready to help you! Head to lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower to learn more and fill out the interest form to connect with us. We would love to work with you! 
40:47
May 20, 2022
Urban Gardening in Ohio? Consultant Kelly Crotty tells us it’s POSSIBLE
Today we are talking with Kelly Crotty who is a garden consultant in Cleveland, Ohio. Even in an urban environment, she loves the deep sense of accomplishment she feels knowing she’s making a positive impact for our Earth. In the past 6 years, Kelly has been able to create and install Kitchen Gardens and Landscape Bed Gardens for clients throughout the Greater Cleveland Area. She provides what is necessary to have a beautiful, successful and bountiful Kitchen Garden or Landscape Beds of your own! We could have talked to Kelly all day long! We discuss urban gardening and helping those living in a food desert, the science and skill behind setting up a fruitful garden and we discuss the importance of a garden consultant and what one can do for you at your home. You can learn more about Kelly and her services at kellyscreationsinthecle.com and on social media @kellyscreationsinthecle.  If you are in need of some help reaching your goals with lifestyle change, we are here!! Head to lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower
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May 13, 2022
Snack Attack with Healthy Plant-Based Snacks
Today we are sharing some of our best snack tips and 4 of our favorite grab and go, busy life snacks for you to get the nutrition you need. These snacks are plant based, tasty and kid approved. They will give you and your family the energy you need to get through your day and your week. We are excited and hopeful that you will try them out!  Remember that if you are wanting more help on this, check out Plant Power, our 13 week lifestyle program. One entire week is dedicated to snacks! So head to lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower now to learn more and fill out your interest form! 
27:59
May 06, 2022
What’s the deal with organic coffee and tea? With Ben LeVine
Ben has always felt a profound connection with nature, a passion that lead him to earn his MSc in Clinical Herbalism and accept a position as Senior Buyer of Botanicals for tea juggernaut Celestial Seasonings. But as he watched as the world’s most precious botanical resources were ravaged by uncontrolled harvesting, he had a terrible realization — he was part of the problem.  So, he set out to disrupt the system. Today, Ben serves as the Co-Founder, Chief Herbalist, and formulator of all their blends at Rasa. They are stewarding the development of an ethically sourced coffee alternative that's helped over 100,000 people reconnect with mother nature, live their values, and discover plant-powered energy. https://wearerasa.com/ use coupon code GREENLIFE15 for 15% off  Follow on social media @wearerasa If you are in need of some help reaching your goals with lifestyle change, we are here!! Head to lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower
35:58
April 29, 2022
Gluten and Dairy-Free Families with Tina Heiberg
We are excited to be bringing you a very sweet mother whose family journey has been full of ups and downs, trials and errors, emergencies and health…just to feed her family. Tina Heiberg is a mother of three boys under the age of 8. Her family values teamwork, service to others and time together - values that I KNOW our listeners can connect with. Her journey into feeding her family will absolutely inspire you.  We hope to give you a strong healthy example of how to make a home without gluten and dairy work...even when your husband works full time, is a sports coach 75% of the year, you are working, volunteering, caring for family members while you’re toting a baby around to all of the practices, games and school events. Sounds exhausting? Welcome to being a mother in 2022. Tina shares about the journey it took to discover food allergies in her and her family, how to live life with food allergies and game changing lunch box that you are going to want to get!  Show Mentions- PackIt Freezable Classic Lunch Box Are you looking for help on your green journey?? Check out our 13 week lifestyle program! We are here to help and support you! www.lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower
31:30
April 22, 2022
Go Green Disney
Today we are discussing the magical world of Disney and how to do Disney World while staying green! Natalie had the opportunity to visit Disney World in Orlando, FL a few weeks ago during their Garden Festival. She is really excited to share all about her trip including tips for traveling with kids, amazing plant-based foods and cool sustainability facts about Disney. You will be surprised to hear all about Natalie's favorite ride (it's probably not the one you are thinking). Natalie shares how she planned this trip in only 2 weeks! She goes into detail about the food experiences in Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs. It is amazing to hear about the fresh, plant-based food options, including the Garden Graze which is a full vegan food passport! You will be wanting to plan your next trip now.  Mentioned in the Show-  disneyfoodblog.com vegandisneyfood.com Erin McKenna's Bakery Living with the Land (EPCOT) Are you looking for support and accountability while making a positive change in your life? We would love to work with you! Head over the lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower to learn more and fill out the interest form! 
38:27
April 15, 2022
Our Story
Welcome to our podcast. Meet our hosts; Jess Taylor and Natalie Ringeis. We are both teachers, mamas, nature lovers and passionate about changing the world we live in and helping to save the planet by inspiring others. In this episode we are introducing the podcast! In today's episode you will learn how we plan to discuss practical ways to live a more sustainable, healthy and green life for you, your family and even your furbabies. We answer questions to get to know us better. We also discuss the mission behind our new 501c3 nonprofit, Love the Green Life.  Listen to find out what is coming up this year for our organization and our podcast. 
26:36
April 15, 2022
Good Morning! What’s your coffee ceremony? - with Ron and Nardos Street of Bereka Coffee
Today we are talking about Ethiopian coffee, cuisine and culture with Ron and Nardos Street, owner and director of operations for Bereka Coffee & Kitchen in Akron, Ohio. We discovered this incredible business through Bounce Innovation Hub in Akron, Ohio. This episode provides such a unique way for you to connect with you food and drinks. Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee. We talk with Ron and Nardos today about the Ethiopian culture and ceremony and how important ceremony is for society. We also discuss the value of supporting cultural small business and the amazing value it will have on you, your kids and your family.  Bereka Coffee was established in 2016 in Akron OH with a mission to share the original Ethiopian coffee bean freshly pan roasted with its natural taste & optimal benefits while introducing customers to Ethiopian ancient history and coffee culture. They have created a beautiful café experience for Northeast Ohio and we are all so lucky to have the ability to experience it! Bereka Coffee is going to be the best experience for your next cup of Joe!  You can find Bereka Coffee at berekacoffee.com and on Facebook @berekacoffee and Instagram @berekacoffeekitchen Don't forget if you are interested in Plant Power and working with us so we can help support you with your healthy goals, head to Plant Power and fill out the interest form! lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower
40:16
April 08, 2022
Interview with Danielle Sawat: Cuyahoga Falls used books store owner & community literacy advocate
Today we chat with Danielle Sawat, owner of Shelf Life Book Store in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She opened her small, used bookstore in June 2021 where most of the books are $1 each. The mission of the store is to provide accessible, affordable reading to everyone in a community-based, inclusive environment Danielle is a book shelf of knowledge of all the yes people of our Northeast Ohio community. We go deep into the value of small businesses as well as the benefit of purchasing exclusively secondhand items. She gives us insight on how small businesses in particular can support non-profit organizations. Danielle has so much to offer our listeners who are drawn to community literacy efforts, book collecting, finding special topic texts and she leaves us with a great book recommendation.  Find out more about Shelf Life at https://shelf-life-book-store.business.site/ and on social media @shelflifebookstore Don't forget to head to lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower to join our program and get the support you need to make big changes in your life! 
56:10
April 01, 2022
Entrepreneur and Community Advocate Shanisha Collins of The Maid Experience
Today we talk to beautiful and talented Shanisha Collins, owner and operator of The Maid Experience in Northeast Ohio. She shares with us today about her passion to serve the community and those in need. We also talk guilt, mental health and self care. Shanisha and her business provides so much more than just a service. It has been a blessing to have her on the podcast today as well as getting to know her.  Shanisha Collins is a serial entrepreneur who has quickly established herself as the standard of excellence for creating dynamic experiences while leading her brands through rapid growth. Shanisha fueled her multi-passionate desires by launching her UX consultancy firm, Reaux Designs and Solutions and her home services company, The Maid Experience. She’s passionate about community and business resource utilization, digital accessibility and user experience research. You can learn more about her services at www.themaidexperience.com and on social media @maidexperience. 
22:17
March 25, 2022
Heather DiFranco: label expert, educator and board treasurer
We talk to our newest team member, Heather today! Heather is our new treasurer for Love the Green Life, the non profit we run! Heather has so much knowledge, joy and excitement to share with us. If you are someone who needs help reading a label, Heather is an expert at this. She is our unofficial label-ologist. She is going to drop some of the top ingredients for you to watch out for as you are looking for better products for yourself or family and friends. She is an educator and holds a teaching license and she is an avid researcher of the chemical compounds and ingredient names that you see on the products you buy and use. She is going to help us decipher that language and tell us about some ingredients to look out for and why. You are going to love hearing from Heather and we are so blessed to have her as part of our team now!  Heather is a wife and mother to a couple of energetic boys who constantly keep her on her toes. She became interested in living a “greener” life her senior year of high school when she was educated on human trafficking and its role in the production of products. She began casually looking for more sustainable products and ethically sourced ingredients until 2017 when she was pregnant with her first son. She then began looking for alternatives to conventional medicine and began swapping all their personal care and cleaning products out for toxin free options. She now has her own Facebook group and Instagram  where she is having a blast using her creativity and research skills to educate others on risks of conventional ingredients and what better options are out there. You can find her on instagram @heritage.homemakers and on facebook @facebook.com/groups/heritagehomemakers
43:17
March 18, 2022
Healthy Catering, Meal Planning, Anti-Inflammatory Diets and More from A2Z Living Well Solutions Ltd.
Here at Love the Green Life we are all about simple ways to green up your life. Today is a really unique idea and we are so excited to introduce to you a catering option that you may never have known existed. If you have listened to our Meal Planning or Party Planning episodes, then this might be an episode for you. If you do not have any time to make your own meals for a party or do meal prep, or working and too busy, we have the solution for you. This will be an amazing healthy and clean option for you. Today we are talking with Chef Cat and Nurse Brigette, owners of A2Z Living Well Solutions Ltd. out of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. We met these incredible ladies through Bounce Innovation Hub in Akron, Ohio. We love their entire business concept. They provide healthy catering to your school, business, home or event. These ladies know how to do it right. Their catering comes with a healthy living hand up. It is such a great way to spread a healthy message.  You are going to love hearing about their business and what their options are for catering. Contact them at https://www.a2zlivingwell.com/ Give them a call at (234) 205-2098 or email at a2zlivingwell@gmail.com
35:41
March 11, 2022
Changing the pet feeding industry with Black Soldier Fly Larvae, Spencer Doepel from EcoFlys
Hi Green Team! Welcome back. Today’s episode is for the composters and pet owners! Reptiles, chickens, ducks - we’re talking to you! Nutritional problems are commonly seen in these animals due to poor food sources and feeding habits. Ecoflys mission is to recycle food waste with the power of black soldier fly larvae. BSFL is a great food for reptiles, chickens, fish and even makes a by-product of organic fertilizer that grows disease resistant plants. You are going to meet an Akron, Ohio entrepreneur who is working to make the pet feeding industry a better place. Today we are talking with Spencer Doepel of Ecoflys. We will be discussing the fascinating world of feeding your reptiles and pets with organic and sustainable products. Spencer is a leader in the feeding industry and is changing the way we produce protein through bugs. Links: www.ecoflys.com, Instagram-@eco_flys, Facebook-@ecoflys Reptile Nutrition https://www.lllreptile.com/articles/134-feeding-insectivorous-reptiles/ Herps Alive Foundation https://herpsalive.weebly.com/ United States Association Reptile Owners https://usark.org/2022lacey/ Check out SHOW NOTES from today's show for more information: 
32:07
March 04, 2022
Sustainable & Clean Party Meal Planning
Party planning can feel really stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Today we discuss ways to make it less stressful, less expensive and less waste! We are going to think about how to party plan with the Earth, environment and animals in mind. We both come from families that enjoyed getting together to celebrate events and such. This involves planning details and creating menus. We are discussing choices you can make for the gatherings you plan to have. We are focusing on the planning piece for once you feel safe to have those gatherings. We give some tips for having small gatherings and even weddings. We hope to give you a start and a balance to have more intentional get togethers. Check out our SHOW NOTES for details from today's show
41:20
February 25, 2022
Go Green at the Office - Zero Waste, Sustainable Office (and classroom!) Tips
Today we are going to delve into your workspaces. Whether that is in your home office or the office you share with your co-workers, we are going to give you some tips to make it more eco-friendly and reduce your carbon footprint! We are going to share how to green up your space with plants, how technology can help you be more environmentally friendly and ways to reduce and recycle at home or at the office. Northeast Ohio listeners, we will be sharing a ton of resources especially for you. Check out our SHOW NOTES for all the information from today's episode.  Paper Karma Recyclingcenternear.me River Valley Paper Summit ReWorks Blooming Tables
34:44
February 14, 2022
Showing Your Community Love This Valentine's Day - zero waste Valentine’s Day! Cruelty free treats
Today we share about ways to make Valentine's Day a little sweeter with less trash! We discuss Jess's love for the holiday and how to share that love with your family, friends and the community. We discuss zero waste Valentine's Day and the things that Natalie says to never buy for the holidays. We share some gift ideas, ways to support local businesses and artisans, ways to be more thrifty at the holidays and ideas to help out your local shelters this Valentine's Day.   Check out our SHOW NOTES for more information from today's episode.
45:11
February 07, 2022
Diana Nicholson: Owner of Kind Cakes Bakery, LTGL Vice President
Today we chat with Diana Nicholson, our board vice president. Diana is the owner of a local vegan bakery, home gardener and supporter of encouraging others on their green journey. I (Jess) have known Diana a good portion of our lives and it is so cool to see the journey we have both taken to get here together today. I personally am honored to have her as part of the organization, a friend and colleague. She really has so much to teach and to offer and I am looking forward to all of that here with Love the Green Life.    Diana's family transitioned to a vegan lifestyle almost 6 years ago. They started for health reasons but then learned more about the ethical aspect. They are raising 3 kids (16, 8 and 2) and are excited to help produce the next generation of "green" individuals. Because of the kids Diana founded “Kind-cakes”, a vegan bakery out of Cuyahoga Falls. Her drive for doing so was that she didn't want them left out at birthday parties or school functions. She also wanted to show that these celebrations can still be enjoyed with vegan ingredients. Check her out at www.kind-cakes.com, Facebook @KindcakesbyDiana and Instagram @ kind_cakes
23:59
January 31, 2022
Krista Taylor: pescatarian, compost guru, cat mama and our board president
Today we sit down with our board president for Love the Green Life, Krista Taylor. She is a full time customer service representative, a part-time dance teacher, a wife, a fur-mama, but most of all she runs on plant power. Food and cooking has always played a huge part of her life whether it was spending hours in the kitchen with either of her grandmothers or mother learning how to cook their amazing recipes from scratch or sitting around a table with her big family enjoying holiday meals together. Most of her favorite memories involved making or eating food. In 2017, Krista made the lifestyle decision to give up eating meat for health reasons, and has never felt better. Since then, she has looked at cooking and the meals she used to love in another light, as well as eating new and exciting foods. She loves sharing her cooking with others as her family always has and excited to share some exciting dishes with everyone. Krista has shared some of her favorite recipes in the past on our Virtual Summits. Get ready to learn more about her and what she hopes for the future of Love the Green Life Show Notes- Plant Power Lifestyle Program- lovethegreenlife.org/plantpower  
29:07
January 24, 2022
Natalie Ringeis: nature education, environmentalism and exotic pets
Today we are sitting down with our very own, Natalie Ringeis! We thought this would be a great time to start to get to know our board members! We learn more about her and some things she hasn't shared with us yet. Natalie shares her love of animals and how that shaped her as she entered the education world. She shares about how her love of nature has always been a part of her and how it has led her to be a part of this organization. We talk about how Natalie joined Love the Green Life and what led her to deciding to make this a part of her full time life. The organization and community is really blessed by her mission and her love to help change the world. 
38:30
January 17, 2022
New Year. New Endeavors.
After a much needed break, we are back together! It was so great to sit down and chat with each other again. We have some really cool things happening in this new year. Today we share with you some fun statistics about our first podcast year, as well as what is to come and some of our favorites from the year. We have a really unique opportunity this year that connects us to the community. This is a BIG announcement. We also share about our Plant Power program re-launch, Etsy shop and our virtual summit. This is going to be a big year of growth and we are ready for it. Thanks for being on this ride with us. lovethegreenlife.org/work-with-me  www.etsy.com/shop/LoveTheGreenLifeShop
23:58
January 04, 2022
Healthy Holiday Eating
Today, we will be discussing ways to have a happy holiday while still eating healthy. Whether you choose to eat a specific diet, have a food allergy and need to eat a certain way or you just don't want to go crazy and stay on track over the holidays. This episode provides some great tips for traveling, eating out at restaurants and going to family gatherings. These are really great tips for anytime during the year, not just the holidays. Make sure to tag us in your healthy swaps! We love to see how creative you can get with everything you make.  We hope you have a great Christmas and we will see you in the New Year! We have some amazing things coming in the new year and can't wait to share it all with you! Thank you for being a part of this journey all year! We are so appreciate of each and everyone of you. Thank you!
23:02
December 19, 2021
Eco-Friendly Gift Giving
Today we are so excited to share tips to help you save money and keep the Earth in mind this holiday season. We share what we both do to save money at the holidays so you don't have to go crazy, while giving sustainable and heartfelt gifts. We chat about sustainable gift wrapping ideas and non traditional gifts that support the plant, animals and local makers. Ideas for gifts could include; gift certificates for services or classes, homemade gifts, experience gifts, vintage/antique/collectables, charitable gifts, battery free giving, and gifts from local shops/friends/artisans. Today, we break down all of these and share a ton of ideas and some of our favorites from those categories! Jess shares about her vintage collectables business that supports Love the Green Life. You are not already a part of the Facebook group, head over to https://www.facebook.com/groups/jessvintagetreasures and join in on the vintage finds, while supporting our mission! 
33:37
November 30, 2021
Amy Williams with "Parenting Through Prana: Heart-Centered Solutions for Families"
We are excited to bring Amy Williams, author of Parenting Through Prana: Heart Centered Solutions for Families to the podcast today. As a mom of three, Pranic Healer and Arhatic Yoga Practitioner, Amy has worked with parents all over the world to help shift daily challenges into heart-centered opportunities for connection. She shares simple, effective, practical ways to activate the Heart-Crown Connection and step into your optimal parenting space. She has been living a green/eco-friendly lifestyle for 14 years. Amy’s a supporter of Waldorf style homeschooling and she teaches online for Earthschooling. She shares in today's episode more about Waldorf style of schooling. You can check her out on her website https://parentingthroughprana.thinkific.com and on Instagram @parentingthroughprana and FB at https://www.facebook.com/Parenting-Through-Prana-1934432806671048 and you can join her FB group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2007624339481654
54:52
November 23, 2021
A Conversation on Adoption
November is National Adoption month, a month set aside to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care. Today we are chatting with Jess, the founder and executive director of Love the Green Life, about her personal journey with adoption. She shares the financial stresses, the full process and the beautiful story of getting their son. Jess wanted to honor this special part of her life and what really drives her to want to make a difference in this world. If you are interested in more information about National Adoption Month or resources on adoption visit https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/nam/
44:43
November 09, 2021
Growing a Vegan and Sustainable Business with Laura Pipitone from the Oakley Soap Company
We are excited to be bringing you a very inspiring business owner and soapmaker; Laura Pipitone with The Oakley Soap Company. Laura is the owner, maker and do-er of all at The Oakley Soap Co. She makes vegan soaps and shower products to make your next shower special. At The Oakley Soap Co. they believe in cereal for dinner, play-dates with wine and wearing pajamas in the carpool line. They believe in the restorative power of a long hot shower, and that it’s okay to use that shower as an excuse to hide from your family. At The Oakley Soap Co., they believe you deserve to take time for self-care, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about it. But they know you will. That’s why they make products to elevate your shower experience, even if someone is banging on the bathroom door. We were so honored to talk with Laura Pipitone. Laura is the founder of The Oakley Soap Company out of Cincinnati, Ohio. She lives there with her husband Brett (owner of mimic Educational Robots) and their two children. Originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Laura lived in St. Paul, MN and Savannah, GA before settling in Cincinnati in 2013. Learn more about Laura and The Oakley Soap Co at https://theoakleysoapco.com/ and on Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok @theoakleysoapco
27:16
November 01, 2021
Green School Lunches
School Lunches - What is in your lunchbox? If you have school age children, you understand the monumental task that is packing your kids lunch. Food is an extremely important part of a child's growth and development. It is important that as the adult's in their lives, we model the best behavior we can for them and set them up for success. Today we discuss, why it is important to pack your child a healthy, sustainable lunch. We talk, not just about what we put into our kid's lunches, but how we navigate the social aspect of it. We share some tips on how to make packing lunches easier, what to pack your kid's lunch in and our top 5 lunch swaps for common food items. We hope that we can help you out in making your kid's lunches a stronger example of health and wellness.
38:26
October 26, 2021
Getting Through Cold and Flu Season With Ease
Today we are discussing natural ways to stay healthy during cold and flu season. The changing of the weather and returning back to school is always the start of sickness. Today we are going to chat about ways to boost your immune system by using supplements and eating healthy, homeopathic medications and natural ways to ease symptoms. We are hoping to help you make this year’s sick season a little easier for you. As a reminder, we are not medical professionals and we are not affiliated with any specific product or anything we share today. As always, please talk with your doctor or medical professional before taking a specific medication or supplement or anything else we share. We are simply sharing tips and products that we use and work for us and our families, but there is no one size fits all with anything we share and it may not work for you or be appropriate for you. Please take proper precautions for you and your family. That being said, we are excited to share some great tips with you today!
41:28
October 18, 2021
A Second Listen with Brandy Heyde Montague of For Animals. For Earth.
Today we are going to reintroduce you to one of our favorite people to chat with, Brandy Heyde Montague. This episode was created prior to her presenting at our 2021 Annual Plant Power Virtual Summit. We are going to be chatting with her later on in the month and wanted to take a minute here to reintroduce you to her, why we support her mission and why we love her so much! We are really excited to partner with her on her podcast this month, so keep an eye out on our social media pages and our Love the Green Life Community Group on Facebook, where we will share the links for Brandy's podcast so you can support her mission as well as ours.  Brandy is the founder of For Animals. For Earth. and has been passionate about helping animals since she declared herself a vegetarian at three years old. Growing up, she was a part of various animal welfare projects as an industrial engineer, a graphic designer, a community advocate, and an animal reiki teacher. She started an eco conscious clothing line in 2016 to help animal interest groups, and through that discovered a second passion: saving the Earth. Brandy now runs For Animals. For Earth., a resource hub of simple ideas that anyone can try in their daily life to make a difference. She hand paints the clothing sold in their Etsy shop and hosts a podcast called For Animals. For Earth., where she interviews creators and activists all over the world who are making a difference. You can find the podcast streaming on all major platforms. ForAnimalsForEarth.com and on Facebook and Instagram @ForAnimalsForEarth
25:40
October 12, 2021
Have a Boootiful and Green Halloween
Today we are getting spooooky and talking about having a green Halloween!! This episode is full of treats, no tricks for you to have a successful holiday! We are sharing with you all about non-candy items to hand out as well as healthy and vegan treats to share with the little goblins coming to your door. We talk zero waste Halloween, ways to switch out unhealthy treats and how to keep your pets safe during the holiday season! Get ready to have a bootiful Halloween this year.
52:48
October 04, 2021
Animal Sanctuaries - Should you support them? We talk to Lissy from Happy Trails
We have another really exciting interview for you today! We have Lissy Kuhn from Happy Trails here talking with us today about the amazing work they do to help animals. Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes criminally abused, neglected and abandoned farm animals. In addition to these criminal cases, they offer an Amish Horse Retirement Initiative and an Owner Relinquishment Initiative. Their organization is celebrating their 20th anniversary as a nonprofit, and welcome the public to visit for a tour during their tour season which runs through the end of October. Tours are held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. Visit their website at happytrailsfarm.org to register! Lissy shares with us more about Happy Trails and what drove her to get involved with them, some beautiful stories of some really special animals, and how to get involved if you are interested in helping (and there are a lot of ways!) Lissy shares about her beautiful rescue horses and how she lives her life in a more compassionate way. Make sure you check them out at happytrailsfarm.org and on Facebook @HappyTrailsFAS and on Instagram @happytrailsfarmanimalsanctuary
43:30
September 27, 2021
Artiste Inspirant: award-winning jewelry artist Michelle Pajak-Reynolds
In Today’s episode we are excited to have award-winning jewelry artist Michelle Pajak-Reynolds here with us. Michelle’s creations are elegant and ethereal art to wear that stirs the soul. Based in Stow, Ohio, she handcrafts small collections of one-of-a-kind designs featuring unique gemstones, pearls and ethically sourced precious metals. In addition to designing her signature jewelry collections, Michelle works one-on-one with collectors to create breathtaking custom designs. Her collections have been featured on the red carpet at the Primetime Emmy Awards, the runways of New York Fashion Week, aboard the United Nations Peace Boat, and in numerous publications and gallery exhibitions. We are so lucky to have Michelle here with us to share some amazing stories of inspiration for her art, how she makes more sustainable choices in her materials and methods to create jewelry and some tips for keeping your jewelry looking great for years to come. Michelle is a beautiful person and truly an inspiration. We are looking forward to having her back sometime to talk more about her current endeavors. We are truly honored to have her on and excited to share her with you today! You can check her out at michellepajakreynolds.com, on Instagram @michellepajakreynolds and on Facebook @michellepajakreynoldsjewelry
51:10
September 20, 2021
Go Green Home Series- Home Technology
This is our final episode of our Go Green Home Series! In this series of episodes we focused on each part of your home. We gave you tips that can be easily attained to help you green up your space. We hope that you are now able to make simple swaps and small changes that can make a positive impact on the animals, plants and environment. We had a great time working on this series and hoped you enjoyed it too. In Today’s episode we are going to discuss technology with you. Technology is always changing and evolving and when it is focused with the Earth in mind, it can have a winning impact. We want to share with you some neat tech trends as well as what to do with your old tech when you are done with it. We share everything from energy star appliances to smart homes and electric cars to compostable cell phone cases! We also have some new green tech specific apps for you to check out.
37:03
September 14, 2021
Go Green Home Series- Pet Care
In Today’s episode we discuss something that is near and dear to our hearts, pets!! It is no surprise that we love our pets and want the best for them. We discuss food, supplements, products to care for their coats and nails, toys, cat litter, essential oils and provide you with some great resources. We get to introduce you to our sweet fur babies and share many stories of our furry friends. As a reminder, that we are not trained veterinarians or any kind of expert in that way. What we are sharing today are simply things we have found to be great resources for healthier and more natural choices to help you, your pets and the environment. Remember it is always best to check with your veterinarian before using something or changing something in your pets diet, supplements or on their bodies. Get ready for a really great episode, green team, as we love sharing our favorite little creatures with you today!
01:07:08
September 07, 2021
Go Green Home Series- Home Care with home expert Cyndi Foster
If you’re new here you’ve jumped in on our Go Green Home Series. In this series of episodes we’ve focused on each part of your home. We give you tips that can be easily attained to help you green up your space. By the end of our Go Green Home Series you will be able to make simple swaps and small changes that can make a positive impact on the animals, plants and environment. Today we feature an incredible home expert (and dear friend of Natalie's) to help you to take care of your home. This is one that you will want to save and go back to. Share this one with your friends and family! We talk about energy efficiency, the environmental movement and how it affects real estate, some green home benefits, radon, solar panels and some general home big ticket items you may be looking into as you are improving your home, looking to sell your home or looking to buy a home that has some more green benefits. Luxury home expert, Cyndi Foster joins the podcast today to share her expertise with us. She is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realty in Canton, Ohio. She has won the President's Sales Club Award of Distinction, Rookie of the Year 2019, International Sterling Society Pat Adolph Scholarship Award. We are honored to have her here with us to share about greening up your home! 
34:40
August 30, 2021
Go Green Home Series- Home Care with home expert David Ringeis
Hello and welcome! If you’re new here you’ve jumped in on our Go Green Home Series. In this series of episodes we’ve focused on each part of your home. We give you tips that can be easily attained to help you green up your space. By the end of our Go Green Home Series you will be able to make simple swaps and small changes that can make a positive impact on the animals, plants and environment. In Today’s episode we feature some incredible home experts to help you take care of your home. This episode is going to be one to save and go back to. Share this one with your friends and family! Energy efficiency, home water conservation, eco-friendly heating, cooling, plumbing, structural safeguards, air quality and more! A huge welcome to production manager, David Ringeis of Blind & Sons to provide us some expert advice on eco-friendly home care. You can learn more about Blind & Sons at https://www.blindandsons.com/
29:17
August 23, 2021
5 Steps To Less Toxins In Your Everyday Life
We have been sharing our Go Green Home Series throughout this summer. Today we are taking a quick intermission and giving you a chance to catch up in the series. We only have 3 episodes left, but you won’t want to miss them. We are hoping you are feeling inspired about turning your sanctuary into a green haven. This stuff is so exciting to us and we hope you feel that spark too. Today we will be recapping what we have been sharing throughout this Go Green Home Series, talking a little bit about Love The Green Life and sharing 5 steps to having less toxins in your everyday life. Thank you for joining us over the past 30 weeks!! Episode 30!! We appreciate your support and thank you for being on this journey with us. We look forward to closing this home series with you and have some fun topics coming up in the fall and holidays.
28:05
August 17, 2021
Go Green Home Series- Kids Playroom
Today we chat about kids playrooms! Toys are an important aspect of your children’s life and we are here today to share some eco friendly and non toxic ideas for selecting toys. Toy safety and reducing chemical exposure is something to really think about with your littles. We share some information on what to look out for and some alternatives. We talk about some great brands that really keep the environment in mind and meet great safety regulations. We also share tips on setting up an inviting play space using materials you already have. This episode is a fun one! Each‌ ‌week‌ ‌we‌ ‌focus‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌different‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌home‌ ‌and‌ ‌give‌ ‌you‌ ‌some‌ ‌tips‌ ‌that‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌easily‌ ‌attained‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌you‌ ‌green‌ ‌up‌ ‌your‌ ‌space.‌ ‌By‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌our‌ ‌Go‌ ‌GREEN‌ ‌Home‌ ‌Series‌ ‌we‌ ‌hope‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌learn‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌mindful‌ ‌in‌ ‌your‌ ‌home.‌
34:01
August 09, 2021
Go Green Home Series- Laundry Room
In today's episode we talk about the laundry room and ways to make a dreaded task a little easier and more enjoyable for you! You can feel better about washing your clothes in a safe way for your family and the environment. We are going to discuss greener ways to wash, dry, remove stains and how to make your own products! Are you ready to get clean and green in the laundry room? This episode is a part of our summer Go Green Home Series! Each‌ ‌week‌ ‌we‌ ‌focus‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌different‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌home‌ ‌and‌ ‌give‌ ‌you‌ ‌some‌ ‌tips‌ ‌that‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌easily‌ ‌attained‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌you‌ ‌green‌ ‌up‌ ‌your‌ ‌space.‌ ‌By‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌our‌ ‌Go‌ ‌GREEN‌ ‌Home‌ ‌Series‌ ‌we‌ ‌hope‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌learn‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌mindful‌ ‌in‌ ‌your‌ ‌home.‌ If you are just tuning in, go back a few episodes and learn about home decor, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and lawn care!
39:31
August 02, 2021
Go Green Home Series- Lawn Care
Today's episode is another one in our Go Green Home Series. We share with you ways to have toxin free, pollinator havens with some easy tips for your lawn. We discuss tactics to still have a visually appealing lawn while keeping the environment and your family safe. Organic lawn care methods, rain barrels and eating your weeds are just a few of the topics we share with you today. Summer is always a special time of the year. Take a few moments to get outside, enjoy nature and really pay attention to all the wonderful things around you. The smell of the flowers, the sounds of the birds chirping and the beautiful bees and butterflies buzzing around you. Help protect all these important benefits of nature. Each‌ ‌week‌ ‌we‌ ‌focus‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌different‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌home‌ ‌and‌ ‌give‌ ‌you‌ ‌some‌ ‌tips‌ ‌that‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌easily‌ ‌attained‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌you‌ ‌green‌ ‌up‌ ‌your‌ ‌space.‌ ‌By‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌our‌ ‌Go‌ ‌GREEN‌ ‌Home‌ ‌Series‌ ‌we‌ ‌hope‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌learn‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌mindful‌ ‌in‌ ‌your‌ ‌home.‌ ‌
33:44
July 26, 2021
Go Green Home Series- Bedroom
Today’s episode is another part of our exciting GO GREEN Home Series. Last week we explored the private oasis that is our bathrooms. We want our spaces to be safe for our families and the planet. We discussed water saving practices, safe bathroom cleaners and organic linens! Each week we focus on a different part of your home and give you some tips that can be easily attained to help you green up your space. By the end of our Go GREEN Home Series we hope you will learn to be mindful in your home. In Today’s episode we discussed the serenity of our bedrooms! Our homes are powerful vessels for our creativity, growth and rejuvenation and our bedrooms serve this purpose. This includes what we are sleeping on, what we put on the walls and how we furnish our spaces.
29:36
July 19, 2021
Go Green Home Series- Bathroom
This episode is part of our exciting GO GREEN Home Series. Each week we focus on a different part of your home and give you some tips that can be easily attained to help you green up your space. By the end of our Go GREEN Home Series we hope you will learn to be mindful in your home. In Today’s episode we tackle the private oasis that is our bathrooms. Our homes are powerful vessels for our creativity, growth and rejuvenation. Our bathrooms have the power to serve us as cleansing spaces for not only our bodies but our minds and hearts. We want our spaces to be safe for our families and the planet. Head over to our show notes at lovethegreenlife.org/podcast for any info we talk about in this episode. Also, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @lovethegreenlifeorg Ok Green Team - This space is now OCCUPIED, let's flush this topic and break down how we can make our bathrooms more eco friendly.
36:54
July 12, 2021
Go Green Home Series- Kitchen
Last week we kicked off our summer Go Green Home Series. We talked about sustainable home decorating and tips for moving with the Earth in mind. Each week we will be tackling a different part of your home and giving you some tips that can be easily attained to help you green up your space. Today we explore the kitchen. We have some great ways to make your kitchen a little more green, organized and healthier for you and your family! We share a lot of our favorite kitchen tools that make our lives a little easier. Make sure you are a part of our love the green life community on Facebook and join in on Natalie’s home decor challenge. We will be doing some other challenges throughout the summer and have prizes to give away! https://www.facebook.com/groups/lovethegreenlifeorg
35:53
July 05, 2021
Go Green Home Series- Home Decor
We all want that relaxing, cozy and clean feeling when we go home. Our homes are powerful vessels for our creativity, growth and rejuvenation. We want our spaces to be safe for not only our families, but our planet as well. We are excited to introduce you to our new topic series for summer! We are starting today with a Go Green home series. Each week we will be tackling a different part of your home and giving you some tips that can be easily attained to help you green up your space. We will be talking about the kitchen, laundry room, pet care, bathroom, lawn care and even technology!! We are so excited for this home series. We hope that it will encourage you to be mindful of your space. To kick things off we will be talking about sustainable home decorating and tips for moving with the Earth in mind in today's episode. We share some of our favorite ways to find sustainable decorations and home furnishings while not breaking the bank. When decorating this way, it really gives a new purpose to the items and creates a beautiful sanctuary for you to live in! Natalie also gives us some tips on moving with the Earth in mind and what she did to make their recent move more sustainable!   Make sure to head over to our Facebook group and join if you haven't already. Natalie is hosting a fun contest over there!  www.facebook.com/groups/lovethegreenlifeorg/
28:48
June 28, 2021
A Green Life Transformation with Jess's Husband Jared
Today we have a real special guest...Jess's husband Jared!! He is here today to share about his journey into veganism, clean living and his hopes for our son and the future. He discusses his mind shift change and how he thinks now and approaches things differently. He discusses how his health has changed since he changed his diet and how he is now conscious of all the products he uses. It was so fun to have him on here and to be a part of this. 
33:58
June 21, 2021
Instilling and Fostering a Love of Nature in Children with Angela Rahim
As we close out our virtual summit week, we wanted to share one of the presentations right here! If you are listening to this in real time, you can still head to lovethegreenlife.com/summit to view all the content for 1 MORE WEEK!!!! And if you are just finding us after the summit is over, then you can catch this great presentation about herbalism for children from Angela Rahim and get excited about our next event!!  Angela Rahim is a certified Master Herbalist and Aromatherapist. She teaches the one year accredited (By the UK Complementary Medical Association) program the Foundations Of Herbalism for Ibn Sina Institute. She makes remedies and does consultations at Team Rahim Family Herbals. Angela also teaches about essential oils safety. An avid gardener, horticulturist, blogger, and plant enthusiast, Angela teaches a series of courses ranging from Herbalism For Mental Health, Herbalism For Men, Herbalism For Fertility and more. She spends her time giving herbal talks at many places and various platforms such as Morehouse College, The Healthy Muslimah Summit, The Natural Birth Natural Body Conference and more.  She is the author of several books, her most recent a children’s herbal adventure book called: Sam: The Junior Herbalist. Follow her on Instagram @rahimherbals.   And as always thanks for the support Green Team! 
34:05
June 13, 2021
Navigating Vegan Family Life With Director of Vegucated, Marisa Miller Wolfson
We are so honored to bring you our conversation with Marisa Miller Wolfson. She is the writer and director of the award-winning documentary, Vegucated and co-author of The Vegucated Family Table. We have shared Marisa a lot already on this podcast! We talk about Vegucated on our Documentary episode and we share all the highlights of her book in our Adult Literature episode. So, if you haven't checked those out head back a few and listen to those.  In this episode we chat with Marisa about Vegucated and what it would be like if it was filmed today versus 2005! The veg community, vegan foods, exposure of factory farming and all around knowledge of veganism has come a long way since she filmed the documentary. We talk about her book and what it is like to be a vegan parent to two elementary school children. She shares with us a little bit of what she will be bringing to the summit which includes ways to navigate being a parent of vegan kids, but really any kids that have an alternative way of eating. She discusses school, playdates, holidays, traveling and social situations. She is truly an inspiration. Be sure to check out Marisa, Vegucated and her book at vegucated.com and on socials @vegucated. 
32:03
June 06, 2021
The Sustainability and Fitness Gurus of Plant Power
Welcome to our last bonus episode before the Plant Power Virtual Summit!! We are excited to share with you today some more of our presenters. And today we have the gurus of sustainability and fitness. They are going to share how to zero in on your health and fitness and ways to have fun doing it. These presenters will also be sharing easy ways to incorporate small changes that make a BIG impact. We are honored and excited to introduce you to our sustainability experts Brandy Heyde Montague- founder of For Animals. For Earth., Kendall Crookston- sustainability advocate, and Angela Rahim- master herbalist, aromatherapist and author. Our fitness and health experts include Stacy Rhea- multisport athlete, trainer and coach, Carly Ameling- 305 Fitness and dance instructor, and Emily Crofford- dance educator, yoga instructor and personal trainer.  A big Green Team welcome to all! Please head over to lovethegreenlife.org/summit to register for this FREE event and to get more information! Thank you once again for supporting our organization and these incredible individuals who have chosen to be apart of this!! 
16:41
June 04, 2021
We raided a gluten, dairy, soy and corn-free kitchen...and it was delicious
Today we bring you the powerhouse couple- Anthony and Staci Lo Cascio. They are both professional tap dancers whose lives and careers were in jeopardy due to changes in their health. They eventually discovered food was their prescription and healed themselves from the inside out, which led to them publishing their book. We had the best time chatting with them. It was so fun to see everything they have in their pantry and how to use foods to nourish your body. They had so many great and simple tips for living day to day with any kind of food intolerance or alternative diet. It was inspiring and insightful! Check out their chocolate chip cookie demo at our summit- June 7-11th on lovethegreenlife.org/summit! Be sure to check them out at foodasaprescription.com. Follow them on Instagram & Twitter @locafoodsinc and on Facebook at Food As A Prescription & LOCA Foods Inc. Get their book Food As A Prescription from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or their website!!
43:57
May 30, 2021
Our Green Team Avengers! Dr. Greger, Marisa Wolfson, Azizi Birkeland and Anthony & Staci Lo Cascio
Welcome to another bonus episode!! We are excited to share with you today some more of our presenters for the summit! And today we have some really amazing experts in the field of nutrition and how to feed yourself and your families in ways that nourish your body instead of harming it. You will be impressed by their resumes and excited about what they will be bringing to our event. We are absolutely HONORED to have them on the podcast and as part of our summit. Let us introduce you today to Dr. Michael Greger- physician and author, Marisa Miller Wolfson-author and director of Vegucated, Azizi Birkeland- Tiny Green Chef, and Anthony & Staci Lo Cascio- authors of Food As A Prescription. A huge Green Team welcome to all!!! We also have interviews with Anthony & Staci and Marisa on the podcast coming up really soon!!! Please head over to www.lovethegreenlife.org/summit to register for this FREE event and to get more information. Thank you once again for supporting our non-profit organization! 
17:19
May 27, 2021
Animal Reiki and Connection with Brandy Heyde Montague of the “For Animals. For Earth.” podcast
Join us as we continue to share with you the incredible people who are a part of our virtual summit. This week we are honored to have Brandy Heyde Montague joining us. Brandy is the founder of For Animals. For Earth. which is a resource hub of simple ideas that anyone can try in their daily life to make a difference. She hand paints clothing that is sold in their Etsy shop to benefit animal interest groups and hosts a podcast called For Animals. For Earth., where she interviews creators and activists all over the world who are making a difference.  Brandy is a such a beautiful person and a breath of fresh air. This was such a fun time chatting with her and we are so happy to share it with you. Brandy talks about what drives her mission and what made her start doing this work. She also shares all about animal reiki and how you can invite your fur babies to meditate with you. We talk about the importance of community and what she will be sharing for the virtual summit. She is truly inspiring and will excite you to start to make small simple changes in your daily life.  You can find her at foranimalsforearth.com, all social media sites @foranimalsforearth and be sure to check out her podcast For Animals. For Earth.  Don't forget about our virtual summit- June 7-11th! Head over to www.lovethegreenlife.org/summit to register for this FREE event! You won't want to miss out!  
25:54
May 23, 2021
Who Runs the Green World? Girls! Meet us at LTGL!
Welcome to this bonus episode!!! As the virtual summit approaches, we will be bringing you several bonus episodes where we introduce you to the presenters, what incredible individuals they are and what they will be bringing to the summit this year. Don't forget to register for this free event at www.lovethegreenlife.org/summit.  This week, we share with you this amazing team that is behind Love The Green Life! You have come to know Jess and Natalie. Learn more about the rest of the team and the incredible talents they will be bringing you in just a few weeks! 
16:33
May 20, 2021
Wellness, Dance, and Core Work with Emily Crofford
We will be sharing with you about our presenters for our virtual summit over the next few episodes. We have some great interviews and inspiring people to share with you. It truly is a blessing to be able to talk with these amazing forerunners in this realm. Today we talk with Emily Crofford. Emily is a professional dancer, college professor, yoga instructor and certified in personal training and nutrition. She shares some insight into the importance of staying grounded and resetting with nature. She also shares about her research with connecting to your core and how she will be sharing that at the virtual summit! We all discuss putting the time into working out with your littles running around and how setting realistic goals will help you achieve what you are working for. Lastly, Emily and Jess share some of their stories from when they danced together! You can learn more about Emily at www.emilycrofforddance.com and on Instagram @emilycrofforddance We will be running our Plant Power Virtual Summit on lovethegreenlife.org/summit June 7th-11th. We are excited to be bringing you our second annual summit. We have a great line up this year and we’re excited to bring the latest insights into green living for FREE right in the comfort of your home. We have 5 days of nature loving, wellness and earth conscious experts and celebrities ready to share with YOU our GREEN TEAM. Discover what these experts want you to KNOW about how you can optimize your health, homesteading, fitness, meal planning, cooking and MORE  — with simple, wholesome, and REAL strategies, the content you’ve come to expect from the LTGL organization!
46:50
May 16, 2021
Make Your Yard Wildlife Friendly
Today we are sharing some super simple ways to make your backyard more wildlife friendly. You will be surprised to learn that you probably already have several of them and don’t even know it. We are even going to share with you how to certify your yard as an official wildlife habitat and how to register in the million pollinator garden challenge. Bonus for teachers: we’ll tell you how you can plant, grow and register your own Monarch Waystation for your school. Check out the show notes for more info at www.lovethegreenlife.org/podcast
38:32
May 10, 2021
Mental Health Wellness for the Environmentalist
In honor of Mother’s Day coming up, we have a discussion for you today about self care, self love and how to reduce stress and anxiety. This isn’t just for mamas; anyone can benefit from it. We discuss mom (and dad) guilt and ways to tackle it so you can have a more joyous parenthood. Setting up routines, identifying triggers and changing your thought patterns are all ways to help you ease the stresses of everyday life. We also share with you our 30 day self care challenge! Don’t forget to download the challenge from the show notes at lovethegreenlife.org/podcast.
55:59
May 02, 2021
Go Green! Family Friendly Films
Today we finish up our Go Green! resources for adults and kids mini series with some sweet family friendly movies. These movies are a great way to have some quality family time with your loves and share a powerful message with your littles. Like books, movies are a such a great way to allow for discussion and critical thinking about the environment in a not so heavy manner. This was a really fun one to prepare for and we were so excited to share with you our favorite films! The best part is that many of them are available to stream or you may even already have them at home! Don’t forget to head to the show notes at lovethegreenlife.org/podcast to get our full list. We each only shared some of our favorites, but have many more recommendations!
23:49
April 25, 2021
Go Green! Documentaries
In today's episode we continue with our theme on green resources. We talk about great documentaries to check out. We are both avid documentary viewers. If you ever wanted to know a little more about environmentally focused docs before you tune in, this episode is for you. We will be telling you about our top 3 green documentaries! The best part is that many of them are free to stream right after you finish our podcast today! These are our personal picks and opinions. They vary in topic and theme from veganism, the need for sustainable growing practices, sugar vs fat, and the food industry. Head over to the show notes at lovethegreenlife.org/podcast to see our full list of documentaries. 
21:07
April 18, 2021
Go Green! Inspirational Adult Literature
Last week we shared our best green focused children’s literature. Today, we share our most inspiring books for you! These are books that are near and dear to our hearts and we hope you will love them too. Not only do we share books that have helped us on our green journey, but we share the people who inspire us. Stay until the end for an exciting surprise!! Check out our full book list at www.lovethegreenlife.org/podcast and click on show notes. 
38:33
April 11, 2021
Go Green! Kids Literature
Today we share our best green focused children’s literature. As teachers, mothers and readers, we know a thing or two about the importance of quality environmental education. We also know that going green starts at home. As our green team grows to include the youngin’s in our household, we thought it would be helpful for you to have a few books on hand. We hope these texts can be a springboard for family discussions, small changes that grow your green hearts and treasured additions to your home library. Check out the show notes www.lovethegreenlife.com/podcast for our full list of books. Don't forget to grab our limited edition 2021 Earth Day Tee & Tote! They are only on sale until April 15th! www.lovethegreenlife.org/shop and don't forget to write PODCAST in the notes for an extra surprise!! 
44:32
April 05, 2021
Fashionable and Sustainable Ways To Dress
Today we discuss sustainable ways to dress! With over 7 billion people in the world, we all have one thing in common. Every day we all get dressed.   The struggle to find fashionable items to wear while supporting something that follows your personal ethics and morals can seem like a challenge. In this episode we share what to look for when selecting clothes and accessories and how to support the companies that are doing the right thing for the environment and our future generations. We discuss Fair Trade, B Corp, Cruelty Free, Vegan, Sustainable Practices and GOTS. Stay till the end for a really fun announcement we have about our 2021 official shirt design!! And don't forget to type in PODCAST in the NOTES when you check out!! Head over to www.lovethegreenlife.org/shop for our exclusive shirt starting April 1st!!  For links to everything we talk about today head over to www.lovethegreenlife.org/podcast and click on the show notes!  Thanks again for all the love and amazing reviews! We are so happy to share our passion and love with you all! 
48:03
March 28, 2021
Go Green! Rewarding Kids
Our mission as an organization is to give you practical ways to live sustainably, cruelty free and with our Earth’s resources in mind. As educators and parents, we experience the challenge of living a green life from two distinct perspectives. Today’s episode is a deep dive into how we can motivate, encourage, and instill compassionate living in children. Is there a zero-waste method of motivating your kids to behave appropriately? What do parents do when frustration is high and we’ve already threatened to “Pull this car over and we will turn around!”. We discuss strategies to motivate your kids WITHOUT bribery, threats, over-consumption or food. Be sure to head over to www.lovethegreenlife.org/podcast and click on show notes for links to everything we discuss today. 
40:50
March 21, 2021
Green Spring Break with Kids
Today we chat with you about spring break. Spring break can be such a special time to reconnect, slow down and explore new things as a family. Without the rigor of the Covid educational experience, you can tap into the joy and wonder of exploring the green life together. Today we give you some light homesteading ideas, activities to get your family celebrating the season and self-care lessons you can do together. Today’s episode is sorted into 5 categories: Environmental Action, Cooking & Cuisine, Skin & Body Care, Fitness, Homesteading/Learning at home. These are the SAME categories we will be delving deep into during our virtual summit this summer. Don't forget to save the date- June 7-11! To learn more about it, check out last week's episode. Also, don't forget to head over to the www.lovethegreenlife.org/podcast and click on show notes for links that we talk about today and a downloadable for you to use with your littles!!  Mentioned on the Show- Cosmic Kids Yoga, Kira Willey, Jade Yoga Mat
40:21
March 14, 2021
LTGL Virtual Summit Announcement
In this episode we are so excited to announce this year's virtual summit details. We discuss what our virtual summit is like, what happened last year in our inaugural one and some things to expect this year! We also release the dates, so make sure to mark your calendars! We are excited to also highlight our new membership benefits and fun welcome kits. These are perfect for you if you want to help our organization and join our mission! You can head over to www.lovethegreenlife.org/membership.
14:59
March 07, 2021
Making Mealtimes Enjoyable
In today's episode we build off last week's meal planning topic and talk about making mealtimes more enjoyable. Get ready to learn how to enjoy sitting down to eat with your family instead of dreading it! Mealtimes can be chaotic, stressful and unenjoyable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it didn’t have to be that way? Making small changes will help you to have better meal experiences as well as teaching and instilling healthy eating and family values in your children. Today we teach you some strategies to make it happen! As always, check out www.lovethegreenlife.org/podcast and head to the show notes tab for more info. Once again thank you for all your support! 
34:49
February 28, 2021
Meal Plan Like A Pro
In today's episode we teach you how to meal plan like a pro and give you a sneak peek into the Plant Power online coaching program. We cover some misconceptions about meal planning and share many tips to get you started on the right track. To learn more about Plant Power head over to www.lovethegreenlife.org/work-with-me. Also, while you are there, check out the Podcast page and head to Show Notes for a Meal Planner download!
33:19
February 21, 2021
Green Living FAQ
In this episode we answer some questions that we get asked a lot. It’s our own green living FAQ! We’re going to chat about what inspired us to go green, thoughts on shopping, and some real talk on going organic.  Mentioned on the show- The Organic Center, The Need To Grow Documentary, GMO,OMG
35:17
February 14, 2021
The Best Green Apps
In this episode we delve into some helpful resources that will make your green transition a little easier or help you dig deeper in your current green living!  We share our favorite apps for recycling in your area, selecting green products and finding organic food. All the apps and products we discuss are solely our opinions and we are not sponsored by any of these companies. Mentions in the Show- EWG- Environmental Working Group, Fooducate, Happy Cow, Paper Karma, iRecylce, Oroeco, Thrive Market, Azure Standard, Perfectly Imperfect Produce
36:10
February 07, 2021
Going Green...Sucks
In today’s episode we explore the challenges of going green. We go deeper into the Love the Green Life nonprofit mission. We know that going green is tough! We offer hope. We share strategies on how to research the aisles and ultimately make small changes that have a big impact. We launch our first #LTGLChallenge in this episode. Listeners are encouraged to share their green swaps and habits on social media using the hashtag #LTGLChallenge. Also, head over to https://www.lovethegreenlife.org/get-started to get your Going Green Guide and resources to the apps and websites we reference in this episode. Hope you enjoy and are ready to Be The Change! 
40:52
January 31, 2021