HOT=How you FEEL about yourself, OR how you would LIKE to feel about yourself!
This goes against everything my mom has embedded in me; "it's better to look good than feel good." Pick up your jaw mom-love you! While I agree with her to a point, most of us look better, present ourselves better, and accomplish more if we indeed FEEL better! I personally feel better and feel accomplished when I am physically active on a regular basis. It keeps me focused and provides positive energy throughout the day. I may look like crap until I get home and take a shower, but I FEEL... well, hot! I am a big advocate of exercise and highly encourage everyone to find something they will enjoy and stick with Put it in your calendar if you have to! Over time you will not only feel great, but you may find the physical benefits are just as rewarding!
GREEN=being conscious of your choices when it comes to your environment. You may have seen articles that explain the 'different shades of green.' It isn't as exciting as the 'shades of grey,' but definitely worth a google search! Being 'green' can be pretty simple.
Reuse, reduce recycle-period! Don't stop with just your cans and bottles. Go to consignment shops, donate to shelters, shop your own closet, change upholstery rather than buying a whole new piece! I know it's easy to toss things out but try to think about your options!
Shop smart! Try to use household products that aren't loaded with toxic ingredients, although a good ole bleach wipe down in the shower/tub is sometimes needed! Look for personal items that are also made with more natural elements. I'm not suggesting you throw out everything that you have, but when it's time to replace something, try and make a smarter choice. There are a few big reasons why I try my best to use natural products. One, we don't know the long term effects that certain chemicals can cause. Two, I am very sensitive to fragrance so I try and steer clear. Three, both of my boys had allergies when they were younger and once I switched all of our household products, they have not had ANY issues!
Shop local!! There are local farmer's markets popping up everywhere and they are a great place to find unique fruits and veggies that your normal grocer may not have access to! Even better, plant your own garden. I finally did after years of being scared and my goodness, it was so much easier than expected. It was like Christmas every time I actually ate something I grew!
Carpool! There is no reason why two cars should be in the same place at the same time if not necessary!
There are so many things you can do to be "green." You are all smart mama's and I'd say if you're reading this, you're on the right track!
MAMA=the role in which you were given once you made the choice to have a child..or pet!
Does this really need much of an explanation?! Whether it's the love you give your children or the love you receive, you are a MOM and there is nothing else that's more important!! It's our job to teach our children the healthy habits they need for a long and fulfilling life! Make sure they see the good choices you are making and help them understand why! Let them make their own choices, when applicable, so they can reap the benefits..good or bad!
ALL OF THE ABOVE= HOT GREEN MAMA!
LOGO=It's a mom, with heart shape arm (mama), wrapped around a kettle bell (hot) with my favorite flower, daisy, (green) in the middle. This expresses and embraces all of my passions in one.
Four years ago when I came up with Hot Green Mama, literally in my sleep, I really didn't know where I was going with it.. I thought it would be cute printed on a t-shirt or a tote bag, similar to "life is good." The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I can make this into something. Something that would allow me to share my passions, my beliefs and my experiences with others. Sometimes I think I don't know much or that everything I do know, everyone else must too. However; what I have learned, is that no one knows everything and that some of our biggest lessons learned are through sharing. So, that is what I'm doing. I am sharing my life, my feelings, my accomplishments, my failures, my passions and sometimes I'm just sharing something because I feel like writing and writing makes me feel better!
So I thank you for following me and I hope that at some point, I will have taught or inspired you in some way, shape or form. I hope that I will bring a smile to your face or maybe even a tear. I want to relate to the everyday issues that we all have as moms, wives, friends, sisters, daughters, etc. I welcome comments, suggestions, thoughts, questions, criticisms- or not:) Remember, while it is great to "look good," it's way more beneficial to FEEL good, awesome, healthy and HOT!