Meet Annie of Sensible Living

Meet Annie of Sensible Living

Alejandra Valera
Sep 30, 2009

Name: Annie
Location: Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Web site: Sensible Living

You may remember Annie's empathy poster we featured a few weeks ago. Since we discovered her blog back then, we've been hooked. Annie's Sensible Living is an inspirational blog that celebrates attachment sustainable parenting, while sharing so much of herself: recipes, projects, little gems of wisdom. It is a definite feel good for us.

Interview and more photos, below the jump...

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as a way to express my point of view that sometimes feels at odds with common practice. It turned into a really wonderful way to connect with others, as well a being a way to chronicle our cherished memories!

You always seem to have so many great projects going on. What family projects are you currently working on?

At the moment, we're working on finishing our backyard tree house! It's built in the trees on the edge of the forest behind out house. It's higher than our house so has a gorgeous view from the front porch of the pacific ocean! Because Prince Rupert can be cloudy and grey, we've built tall windows into three walls of the tree house to keep it as bright as possible. Lily is especially looking forward to it's completion so she can colourfully paint the walls and sleep overnight in the small loft with her dad!

You inspire many bloggers out there. Where, in the blogosphere, do you go for inspiration?

Some of the most inspiring blogs I really enjoy visiting are:
5 Orange Potatoes - I always learn so much from Lisa's fun crafts and projects and herbal.
Flow of Love I love her posts on herbs, nature and unschooling.
A Hippie With A Minivan Paxye is my best friend who also introduced me to blogging.
Sweet Thing(s) Sarah is so creative! If only I knew her in real life...
Small Wonders Taimarie inspires a slower more peaceful life in me!
This Inspired Life Krista's posts on NVC and peacefully living are so well written. I wish I was so eloquent!

Finally, what is one great piece of parenting advice someone has shared with you?

One of the best pieces of parenting advice I was given was from Ingrid Bauer, when she wrote to a online group and said that 'it takes two to have a power struggle'. As parents we can choose to step out of power struggles with our children and work with them to find better solutions. Often easier said than done? Definitely at first but if you can come up with some strategies for dealing with your own reactions and immediate feelings in tough situations, it can be a lot easier to then work with your child. Parenting this way is worth it in the short and long term!

Thank you for sharing, Annie. For more visit Annie's Web site, Sensible Living.

Since our inception, we have loved hearing from all of our readers as well as reaching out to several in the blog community. You are mothers, fathers, wives, husbands all writing about your families, style and what makes you tick. To continue fostering this great blogging community, we'll now begin featuring close-ups of our favorite family and design blogs as part of our "Big Blog Family".

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