My name is Amy Gates. I live in Colorado with my husband Jody and our two children Ava (11) and Julian (8). I am passionate about a wide variety of things including: childbirth choices, breastfeeding, recycling, green living, organic and local foods, sustainable living, backyard hens, informed healthcare decisions, essential oils, homeschooling/unschooling and other things considered crunchy/granola/earthy. I’ve practiced Attachment Parenting (or parenting by instinct) since my kids were born because it’s felt right for me and my family.
After Ava was born, I felt a need to raise awareness on various issues – from women and children’s health to the environment – something I have tried to do since my blog’s inception in 2005. I truly do want to make the world a better place for her and Julian and I hope that I can do that even if it’s in a very small way.
As Gandhi said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”
So what exactly does “crunchy” mean?
I like to think of the word crunchy as meaning living a “greener” lifestyle AKA I have made choices to alter my lifestyle for environmental reasons. I feel like there are different degrees of living green — from light green on one side of the spectrum to dark green on the other and I fall somewhere in the middle. I think we all do the best that we can on any given day and I won’t fault you if you are a lighter shade of green than I am (although I may grab your empty water bottle out of the trash and throw it into the recycle bin). As Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Now that my children are a bit older, my focus on this blog is less on the early parenting aspects (although you can still find all of that content from the early years in the archives) and leans more toward our current life “stuff.”
I enjoy gardening, running, photography, teaching people about essential oils, reading, writing, crocheting, painting, hiking, traveling and spending time in nature. I’m the shopkeeper of two online stores – Attached At The Hip, featuring AP advocacy wear and more, and Cute As A Bug, featuring cute and original designs for babies, kids and adults.
Have questions for me? Leave me a comment below or ask via my contact me page.
….Knowledge is power…