About Me, Michelle Marine

Welcome to Simplify, Live, Love – a  green lifestyle blog about sustainable living in Eastern Iowa written by Michelle Marine.

Michelle Marine - simplifylivelove blog

I’m Michelle Marine – 

a bilingual (German, English), semi-crunchy mom of four living on 5 acres in Eastern Iowa. I have a snarky sense of humor and an MA in English Linguistics from Arizona State University, where I studied the power of sexist language and its effects on English as Second Language Learners (super interesting stuff)! I also have a BA in German Language and Literature (a highly practical and useful degree) from the University of Missouri.

The twelve years I lived and studied abroad in Germany and Asia fueled my passion for greener living and international travel and shape my daily life here in the United States. In addition to my family, I also love Great Pyrenees dogs, backyard chickens, solar power, passive houses, and I aspire to be Barbara Kingsolver some day and eat only locally produced food.

marine family foto 2013

SimplifyLiveLove.com, encourages everyone to make small changes to live a greener life by sharing green living tips and tricks, farm-to-table recipes, gardening tutorials, and our family travel exploits. I also shared our daughter’s struggle with developmental dysplasia of the hip to help other families who find themselves in a similar situation. And finally, you can read our barn renovation story, as well as information about building the first passive house in Iowa, the Passive-Aggressive House.

In addition to publishing SimplifyLiveLove, I am also the Creative Content Director for our home-building and remodeling company, Oak Tree Homes. I also have been known to teach online community college classes for State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri, where I help hone students’ grammar and writing skills.

Find our barn renovation story here:

free barn

OTH show room

And the story of our Passive-Aggressive Home Build here

passive-aggressive house

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