August 27th, 2014

5 Healthy Back-to-School Tips For Families

Groovy Green Livin Healthy Back-to-School

The countdown has begun. Only a few days left until it’s back-to-school. How did that happen? At dinner tonight my ten year old announced that this was his best summer ever. Overcome with emotion, I nodded in agreement. It really was the best summer ever. Next summer has tough shoes to fill. Once the snow returns I’ll be planning and dreaming. In the meantime we’re bracing for the back-to-school frenzy that’s about to enter our care-free lives. To help with the back-to-school transition here are a few tips to keep your family healthy and sane Get enough sleep A few years ago we...

August 21st, 2014

Mom Detective Asks: Is BPA Lurking in Your Fleece?

Groovy Green Livin BPA Fleece

This piece was originally published over at Moms Clean Air Force. When my oldest son was born he was showered with all sorts of wonderful gifts from friends and family. One of our favorite presents was a bright red fleece blanket with his name monogrammed in big white letters on one of the corners. This adorable and durable blanket stayed with my son for many years. He slept with it, rolled around on it and chewed it while teething. After many washes and years gone by, it’s now tucked away in a “save” box somewhere deep within my attic. Today,...

August 11th, 2014

5 Ways to Stop Mosquito Bites From Itching

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Mosquito bites are running rampant in our family. Legs, arms, and any other exposed body part- mosquitoes don’t discriminate. My ankles are under attack. Did you know that only female mosquitoes bite? They need our human blood in order to lay their eggs. Thankfully there are a few techniques out there that really work to take the itch out of those pesky mosquito bites. 5 Ways to Stop Mosquito Bites From Itching Baking Soda Mix baking soda and warm water.  Mix together until a paste forms. Once you have a good consistency apply the paste directly to the bug bite. Leave the...

August 8th, 2014

Heading Back-to-School With a Little Lunchbox Love

Groovy Green Livin Back-to-school with Lunchbox Love

Picking out a back-to-school lunch box is underway for many families. Once the lunch box has been selected the next natural step is figuring out what goes inside. There are countless options for reusable containers, reusable napkins and water bottles. There’s one more item to add to that lunch box to make it complete: Lunchbox Love note cards. As a member of the Lunchbox Love Mom Panel I get first dibs on checking out their new products. Lucky me! This summer, just in time for back-to-school, Lunchbox Love launched several new lines of note cards while keeping their popular cards and sayings of the past. Every...

August 6th, 2014

My Picks: Safe Lunch Boxes for Every Age

Groovy Green Livin Lunch Boxes

Over the past few years I’ve been fighting hard to get toxic chemicals out of lunch boxes. Unfortunately there’s more work to do. Lunch boxes and toxic chemicals don’t belong together. Seems like common sense, doesn’t it? Yet a  study from the Center for Health, Environment & Justice found that all the children’s lunch boxes tested contained up to 30 times the amount of toxic chemicals (chemicals known as phthalates) deemed safe by the federal government. Those toxic lunch boxes are releasing toxic dust into our children’s food and then the food is being eaten. Not OK. Back- to- School With Safe Lunch Boxes Thankfully...

July 31st, 2014

Top 3 Reasons to Eat More Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are a favorite in our home. This year we planted a few tomato plants in our garden. They were growing and thriving until the deer discovered them and decided to eat a few of the plants. There are plenty left, but I would love any suggestions on how to prevent this next year. The remaining tomatoes aren’t quite ready to pick. We’re waiting impatiently. There’s nothing like fresh plum tomatoes straight off the vine. Did you know that tomatoes aren’t vegetables? They are a citrus fruit. Whether large or small, they pack a powerful punch by way of nutrients and health benefits. They are...

July 28th, 2014

Calling All College Students! Head Back to School with Zipcar

Groovy Green Livin College Zipcar

 This post was created in partnership with Zipcar. I did receive compensation. All opinions are my own. Whether you have kids in college or not, the back-to-school college buzz is hard to miss. It’s happening right now. Walk into any big box store over the next few months and I can promise you that you’ll be bombarded with all the “necessities” for dorm living coming at you in every color imaginable. Thankfully my kids are a few years away from college. I don’t think I could handle an empty nest anytime soon. Right now I’m having enough trouble dealing with a...

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About Lori

I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I like to make noise and stir the pot especially when an issue hits home and effects the health of our families. Join me as I make some noise and share along the way tips for living a green and healthy life. Read more.

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