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There is nothing about our family’s outward appearance that would lead you to believe our lives are any different from most urban families.  We live in a suburb of a large city, we enjoy going to Disneyland, and we drive 2-cars. However, if you were to examine more closely you would find that we don’t have a television, we not only know the names of most of our neighbors but we actually hang-out with them, we cook 95% of our food and make our own gift wrap and greeting cards. I like to joke that we are “mainstream on the outside, small-town on the inside.”

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Our family’s goal is to learn about and live creative, connected and conservationist lives and to “be a spark in the world” by encouraging others to do the same. 

This poster that hangs at a local co-op sums up our values nicely:

You can read more about our family’s goals by reading about the mission statement we created for ourselves.



Sustainable-living expert and award-winning public speaker Alegre Ramos, MBA, LEED AP, ALLIED ASID, MOM, has been practicing sustainable interior and landscape design for over a decade and has lived the green movement personally her whole life giving up soda at 11, nail polish at 18 and hair chemicals at 20.  However, her life has not been a perfect upward trajectory in terms of personal improvement.  At 21 her health hit rock-bottom when she became seriously ill after exhausting herself with school/work and surviving on sugary breakfast cereals and frozen pizzas.  Thus began her foray into nutrition and yoga.  At 27 she suffered from adult onset cystic acne.  Thus began her foray into cleansing.  At 32 she began to prepare her body for pregnancy.  Thus began her education into natural childbirth, beast-feeding and attachment parenting.

She started Green and Greener, an eco-living store that was located in Valley Village, in 2006 as a one-stop-shop and community resource where people could learn everything about how to live, work and build greener.  She closed the store in 2014 and launched EmberLiving.com in 2013 to refocus on making sustainable-living accessible through information rather than products. Howcast, a top 10-YouTube channel, tapped her to be their Green Living Expert in 2013, and produced 50-videos in their “Basics of Green Living Series” which received over 250,000 views its first month.

She has written or been featured in numerous articles published in-print and on-line including the LA Times, Apartment Therapy and GenLux and has appeared on CBS, the Discovery Channel, E!, KTLA, KCAL9 and Univision. She is an award-winning speaker and has been asked to present at events for the City of Los Angeles, UCLA, and the LA Green Festival to name a few. She was also recognized as a Rising Star by the SFV Business Journal and was hand-picked to be one of the designers for Global Green’s Annual Oscar Party where she created an enchanted forest with LED lightbulbs. Check out her short, actionable eco-living videos on YouTube.com/EmberLiving.

Before embarking on her own entrepreneurial ventures, she launched many new products in the home/shelter industry and managed the marketing of numerous national public radio programs with a special emphasis on environmental programming Alegre home-schools her daughter and is an advocate for better information and education regarding pregnancy, delivery and infant care in the U.S. You can find her musing about all things creative, delicious and sustainable at her YouTube channel YouTube.com/EmberLiving and her blog EmberLiving.Wordpress.com.

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Over the years I have written a number of articles related to sustainable living.  These have now been repackaged to be available for purchase as e-articles.  They range from 3 – 10 pages in length, and are all written to be accessible to those completely new to these concepts.  E-articles are $5 each or $20 for all of them.

To purchase these articles send an email to IAmASpark@emberliving.com with which article(s) you would like. We will then send you a PayPal invoice and then email you the articles when payment has been received. Topics include:

Cloth Diapering 101: an introduction to cloth diapering and including information about why, how and where to buy

Guide to Sustainable Party Planning: Tips for planning any party, from a child’s birthday to a wedding, in a more sustainable fashion

-Intro to Composting: we talk about the different types of composting, how to start and trouble-shooting tips along the way

6 R’s of Conscious Consumption:an explanation to the 6-R’s of conscious consumerism and how to employ them in order to have your lightest footprint possible on the planet.

13 Ingredients to Avoid in Bath and Body products: An in-depth explanation of the 13-ingredients we avoid and why.  This includes a wallet size card you can print out and carry with you when you shop.

How to make your own cleaning products: this article is a great primer on all of the “parts” of cleaning products (what you need when, where and why) and the non-toxic ingredients you can use to keep your house clean and sanitary.

Intro to Eco-Friendly Pregnancy:An introduction into some considerations that you may want to take into account before and during your pregnancy and after your baby is born. Tips include how to avoid environmental toxins, dietary ways to prepare your body for pregnancy and tips for caring for a newborn without conventional chemicals.

Incorporating Sustainability into your Everyday Life: An introduction into how you can incorporate the mindset of sustainable living into your everyday life.  Sustainability is about living in a way that ensures that our planet and species can continue for generations to come, and includes efficient management of resources and avoidance of toxic products.  This short article will explain to you how you can adopt this mindset in order to live a healthier, more economical and more resourceful life.

Starting an Edible Garden: Growing your own food is fun and leads to healthier eating habits.  This article discusses considerations including where to plant your garden, how to prepare your soil, a discussion of different types of gardening (container, in-ground, raised-bed) and easy ways to get started.

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