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Aloha and Easy Green Living

By Fredrica Syren

Last week we spent one week of vacation  in Paia, Maui and, boy, did we have a relaxing time. We’re rented a house on the beach, so our days were all about playing in the sand and swimming. I was very pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to live green here because most grocery stores offer lots of local foods: vegetables, fruits, sea asparagus, coffee, bread and fish all come from the island. Here you can go to a local farm and buy milk for about $3/gallon, or you can go to Costco and buy the same milk for about $4/gallon. Even in restaurants, local products are favored.  What a difference that is from San Diego where, when I have asked if they buy from local producers, they always tell me it’s too expensive.

The owners of the house we rented live next door with their three kids. One thing I’ve noticed since arriving is how simple a life they seem to live here. Not surprisingly, the beach and ocean are the main focus, so kids spend a lot of time fishing, swimming, collecting sea shells for art projects, and looking at all the little critters living on the beach or in the ocean. They seem to know so much. I don’t see them with tons of toys; rather, they use their imaginations to make up their own games.

It makes me so happy to see that green living is such big deal here and something the locals seem to be proud of and to cherish. And why shouldn’t they?

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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