How did you find time to research and write this book (and blog!) with work, babies and small children???
The writing and planning was the fun part. We both needed and enjoyed having a creative endeavor in addition to our childcare and work responsibilities. Of course, not every step of our writing and publishing journey could qualify as “fun,” but we were both dedicated to make it work.
We’re both the most productive when we are on break (we’re both teachers) and aren’t giving birth to a baby or caring for a newborn!
What is your favorite part of the The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-to-Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet?
We love the diaper chapters! Four years ago, there were no other “green baby” books to speak of. Now there are probably a dozen—but few of them devote more than a few pages to diapers. For us, this was a huge oversight! And we’ve found that our readers at the Green Baby Guide respond to our diaper posts more than any other eco-baby topic.
What was the hardest part of the book to research and/or write?
The chapter on finding new, eco-friendly baby gear was the toughest to write because we had the least personal experience with it. We admit this right in the book: neither of us spent much (any?) money on stuff like organic onesies and free-trade rattles.
What is your most awesome tip/info that did NOT make it into the book?
Maybe it’s yet to come! We both love lots of green pursuits that didn’t fit in with a baby guide including gardening, our obsession with dish soap, and secondhand fashion. We did literally hundreds of revisions to the book and had the stamina to keep coming back and working through it. It’s been great to hear that so many people have loved it because we invested so much time, energy and heart into it. Maybe our next book will contain some of those other interesting tips on green living!
Stay tuned for the part 2 of the Q&A to learn
- how Joy and Rebecca became interested in frugal and green living
- the authors' best tips for new bloggers
- the fate of the Green Baby Guide blog
This post is part of Things I Love Thursday.