September Mommy of the Month
Meet this gypsy momma of four, Sue McElwee!
Sue & her little's are sporting our Climate Strike t-shirts which are apart of this month's event. Click here to read more about it!
So you're moving your family to OCNJ full time. Can you tell us what was the biggest factor for moving?
It was our kids, our kids made the decision for us. They fell in love with this little beach town and lifestyle along with us. Our family vacations turned into finding a yearly rental and spending our entire summer here and now driving back on weekends during the PA school year every chance we get. This little town allows for them to have so much more freedom then our life back home in the suburbs. We trust that they are safe to come and go to the places they love like the skatepark, boardwalk, local shops, the beach, and parks. Everyone knows everyone, and it’s an amazing feeling to know that everyone looks out for everyone here and the community is full of the nicest people.
What are some tricks for living a more sustainable lifestyle?
Living in a smaller beach town like OC turns you into a more sustainable conscious person. We shop local when we can, there's an awesome Farmers Market on Wednesdays during the summer for all the fresh produce and tons of local vendors with booths there too. I don’t use my car that much anymore, I am able to walk or ride my bike everywhere, it’s mindless exercise to me. My kids love having a surfboard rack on their bikes, makes carrying a million things to the beach easier for me when they can help.
How does the environment affect your life here in OCNJ?
What's one of your favorite environmentally conscious spots in town?
My favorite food spot in town for a mom pick me up is Heartbeet Kitchen. I usually grab takeout from there on my way back from the beach to enjoy during after beach down time. They are plant based, gluten-free, dairy free, organic, and delicious. They have new daily specials every day to choose from, my go to is the coconut bacon BLT. And if the kiddos are with, I grab them a Cookie Monster smoothie or a little treat.