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Featured Member: Becky Elmuccio

Meet Becky Elmuccio of Crafty Garden Mama.

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We asked Becky some questions, and here is what she has to say!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a born and raised South Jersey girl. I was a competitive swimmer through college and now I love to practice yoga and run/walk. I have a wonderful husband and young daughter. I love to knit and garden and we love to cook as a family as well. Before becoming a mom, I was an elementary school teacher for close to ten years, so I love having a blog as a new form of teaching and sharing.

What is your blog about?

Crafty Garden Mama is a guide to organic gardening, green parenting and living an eco-friendly lifestyle. I write about how we are growing our own food. I do green friendly product reviews and giveaways and I share our simple living tips.

Is there a story behind your blog name?

I decided on Crafty Garden Mama to highlight my loves of knitting, gardening and being a mom.

Who or what inspires you?

Martha Stewart’s tenacity and breadth of knowledge always amaze me. I would love to visit her Bedford, NY and Maine estates just to wander the gardens and pick her brain. Also, watching my daughter pick blackberries in the backyard in her pajamas to bring in for breakfast makes me feel like all of the work that we put into being green pays off by being transferred to the next generation.

What is your favorite social network and why?

I really enjoy Twitter because of the chats that it offers, like #gardenchat, and I am finding myself using Instagram more to share what local and organic foods we grow and eat.

What is your biggest claim to fame?

I had the fastest 5000 yard time in the nation in the 15-16 year old age group when I swam in high school.

When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an architect, a landscape designer and a teacher when I was little. I seem to be moving backwards in that profession trajectory, so we’ll see when I start designing my own cabin in the woods when we win the lotto!

What subject would you like to blog about but won’t?

I would like to talk more about politics, but I guess I approach it somewhat when I write about GMO labeling efforts.

What would be your dream brand to work with?

I would love to work with Stonyfield, Terrain, and any of the organic seed companies.

What is your favorite blog or blogger that is not your own, and why?

I love glimpsing into Ginny Sheller’s life over on Small Things. I link up with her Yarn Along and love seeing how she is living simply and homeschooling all of her kids.

What is your favorite indulgence?

A day out at the spa is definitely a favorite! I finally took a day at the Four Seasons Philadelphia last year and it was divine. In a regular week, it’s a container of Talenti gelato. :)

Be sure to follow Becky on Facebook and Twitter, and visit her at Crafty Garden Mama.

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Jo-Lynne Shane is co-founder of Philly Social Media Moms as well as the voice of Musings of a Housewife, a personal lifestyle blog covering food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She is also the author of the children's story The Uninvited Houseguest and The Everything Gluten-Free Breakfast And Brunch Cookbook, which will be available in August 2014. She lives in the western suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband, three lively children and one terribly spoiled shih tzu.
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