About Us


Hi.  I’m Jenn.  I live in the western suburbs of Chicago with my brewer husband, Dennis; son, Weston; our dog, Knox; and our two cats, Toulouse and Zazoo. An archaeologist and environmentalist by trade, I spend my workdays trying to make this world a better place by balancing the growth of our energy needs with the need to protect open space and historic properties. I spend most of my evenings and days off with my little man and my husband doing anything but relaxing (much to my husband’s chagrin). I am an outdoor enthusiast, realistic environmentalist, animal lover, and lifelong learner. I try to maintain a minimalist lifestyle (except for my closet full of shoes and overflowing craft shelves) and am continually looking for ways to make my life simpler, healthier, and more environmentally friendly.

My son hasn’t changed the way I look at the world, but he has changed the way I feel about it.  He has given me a love deeper than I could have ever imagined and with that a need to help create a better future for him and his generation.  With this blog, I   hope to share some of what I discover with you along this  


Kathryn, here! I’m out here in the Chicago suburbs, with my husband, Sean and daughter, Caroline (and our mean cat). I am a writer by trade and my my full-time job consists of editing and producing publications for actuaries. Oh, you know what an actuary is? You are officially my favorite reader. On the weekends I enjoy spending time with my family and trying to soak up as much of my daughter as I can!

In my spare time I like to get crafty, I’m a professional online window shopper and I’m pretty sure that the employees at Target scream my name every time I walk through the door. My number one priority right now is moving to a house where I don’t have to pull everything I own out of our storage closet to get the one thing that I need which is ALWAYS in the back. I own a sewing machine that is somewhere in that closet and someday I’m going to use it, damnit!

I’m glad to have this space to be creative and thank you for stopping by!

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