This month we wanted to show a little love to our new and expecting mamas with a feature on first time, soon-to-be mom @mariah.barents.
Mariah shares how she is working towards a "minimalist" lifestyle, her favorite eco-friendly brands, and how she and her husband are prepping for the arrival of their baby girl this winter.
Get to know Mariah:
Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself?
How do you plan on incorporating sustainability into motherhood?
I really am passionate about supporting local businesses and farms so I plan to buy as much as I can locally. Living in VA, there are so many local businesses that I know and love!
We also have always been a recycling family, and will continue to do so after the baby arrives. And as my family grows, teaching my children to value wiser choices is going to be really important!
What aspects of becoming a new mom are you most looking forward to?
I think children are such blessings and nothing can compare to the love you have for your child. Knowing that our baby is half of me and half of my husband is so special! I am excited to see how our children grow and mature with the characteristics I see in both myself and my husband.
I am also really looking forward to celebrating the many 'firsts' in our baby's life, and have a little bestie to do life with.
Do you have any tips for other moms wanting to pursue the "minimalist" lifestyle?
To prepare for our baby's arrival, my husband and I are starting to declutter and get rid of the things we really don't need. Quality over quantity is such a good mindset to have in general, but especially with a baby on the way.
I'm also a big list girl and have been creating lists of things we definitely need for baby girl, and crossing out anything we don't.
Social media can also be a real pain when trying to live a minimalist lifestyle, so muting or just not limiting the time I spend on it has helped me not overbuy things as well.
What other sustainable, eco-friendly accounts or brands have you been loving lately?
As we head into fall, what are your seasonal must-haves?
Fall is my favorite season by far so I love this question!! I'm an UGG girl, so of course, gotta have my UGGs. Pumpkin Spice anything, especially the PS Cold Brew from Starbucks. Cozy pajamas and thick chunky socks are a must-have for chilly evenings. I also really love a good coat and sweater to keep me warm.