My Story

My Story

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Hello! Welcome to Late Summer Mama, I’m Tina! At Late Summer Mama, I’m dedicated to supporting a zero waste and healthy lifestyle with a focus on families. A zero waste way of living can be done by anyone and is much easier to do than most people realize.

Why Late Summer Mama? Why Zero Waste?

The original purpose of this website was to give focused support to women like me who waited until their 30s and 40s to have children. Hence, I was not a spring chicken, more like a late summer chicken. Through that, I wanted to also encourage sustainable and ecologically sound practices but that was a secondary goal.

However, at the turn of the new year, I read an article on the current state of climate change and it woke me up. I have always tried to lessen my impact on the planet but I had forgotten over the years that time was coming up. And it was coming up fast.

If there is anything that will make a person really start to think about the future, it’s having a child. Nothing solidifies the possibility of global devastation more than thinking your child might be the last generation to see any coral reefs (among other things) or see a summer that doesn’t reach over 120F.

I realized that this was the mission I should be working towards not only to a larger degree in my personal life but also helping other families to do the same. Just think about all the waste that one infant brings in their first year of life. For example, how many diapers end up in landfills, or even better all those disposable wipes that end up in our water? These products of convenience do not decompose in the landfills and usually contain plastic fibers as well. And that is just two examples.

The best part of all is that my mission doesn’t actually have to change that much. It’s a very happy coincidence that living a zero waste lifestyle also encourages a healthy one too! So I can still support families by giving them quick and simple food recipes as well as easy DIY bath, beauty, and cleaning products too.

And it’s also another happy side benefit that going zero waste will ultimately save our households money which is something almost any family could use.

A Little Bit About Me

I’m originally from Texas and spent the last decade in Austin. Very recently, my family and I moved to Portland, Oregon and have been enjoying the change. I’m a new mother to a very spirited little girl that brings much laughter and challenge to my life every day. She is my inspiration for much of what I do. Between taking care of her at home and writing on Late Summer Mama, I keep very busy.

I have been an environmentalist most of my life and a very avid supporter of conservation action. As a child, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Dian Fossey (Gorillas in the Mist) and become a zoologist. I deeply cared for our natural world and wanted to dedicate my life to conserving as much of it as I could from the excessive destruction of humanity.

As a young adult, I worked for over 10 years with an environmental engineering company. It was through that work that I saw firsthand the overwhelming degree of trash that ends up in our waterways. If you really want to understand the staggering amount, just follow your local creek beds, ditches, rivers, or any other place with water runoff for a few miles. You’re bound to find something. And probably some things you didn’t expect.

Outside of all that, I’ve researched for years on alternative medicines including aromatherapy, essential oils, Qigong, meditation, Tai Chi, and herbal supplements. The subject of alternative medicine has interested me for a long time, however, I’m not a nutritionist or doctor.

Other things that interest me would be fitness activities. The human body and what it’s capable of has become a newer passion of mine. I have a black belt in Kung Fu and studied a few other martial arts. Parkour is another discipline I would like to learn. I enjoy jogging, camping, and hiking. My experience with martial arts and fitness has taught me that the mind doesn’t trump the body. In fact, it seems to be the opposite.

Thank you for taking the time to visit Late Summer Mama!

Please take a look around! If you ever need help or have any questions, feel free to leave comments below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

Also, if you’d like to contact me directly, please send an email to

To Your Health and Our Future,


Founder of Late Summer Mama