July 14th, 2014

Every Neighborhood Needs a Little Free Library

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A few days ago I went on a walk with my sister and stumbled upon this Little Free Library. Have you seen one in your neighborhood? What an amazing concept. What is a Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, return a book” philosophy where neighbors share their favorite books.  In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone can stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.  Have you seen them in your neighborhood? I recently found one in my neighborhood, just outside our...

July 9th, 2014

Giving Empty Yogurt Containers a New Use

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Empty Stonyfield yogurt containers usually end up in the recycle bin over here. And there are plenty of them! Many of you know that I’ve been working closely with Stonyfield as a Stonyfield Yo-Getter and have had the privilege of trying out Stonyfield products and reporting back to you. Thus, there are empty yogurt containers everywhere. We’re pretty diligent about recycling and after much trial and error we have a good recycling system in place. Have you heard of the three R’s? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to recycling and reusing. Before I throw things in...

July 7th, 2014

Don’t Drink From a Garden Hose and Other Things to Avoid This Summer

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How many times have you reached for a drink from the garden hose on a hot summer day? Guilty! My kids love it too. If you haven’t already, it’s time to stop. That garden hose is harboring all sorts of toxic chemicals. In 2013 HealthyStuff.org tested 21 new garden hoses from Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, Target and Kmart. They found: One-third of the garden hoses tested contained enough chemicals of concern to be ranked “high concern” including lead. Phthalates ,which are currently banned in children’s products were found in water hoses at high levels. Water samples from several hoses contained numerous chemical...

July 3rd, 2014

Kale is the New Carrot and Other Summer Scenes

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Kale is on my mind. Keep reading and you’ll see why. I hope everyone’s having a wonderful summer. Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to write much this week so I thought I’d share with you a few of my latest photos from my summer adventures. If you’d like to check out more photos please come and find me on Instagram. I’d love to see what you’re sharing too. This photo was one of my favorites from this week:  Kale is the new carrot. It was hidden under a pile of art work by artist Dug Nap. Voted Vermont’s best cartoonist in 2012,...

June 25th, 2014

How to Get a Chipmunk Out of Your House

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Strange title for a post, isn’t it? Right now there’s a  chipmunk in my life. I feel like I’m in my own little Caddyshack -remember Bill Murray chasing a gopher? That’s me right now. There’s one big problem - I have no idea where the chipmunk is. This is not quite how I envisioned my first few days of summer. My vision was in fact very different. Me working quietly from my office, going on a mid-day run, hanging with my husband while my kids kick off 4 weeks at overnight camp. Everything came to a screeching halt when I saw a small tail...

June 23rd, 2014

Best Green Cleaning Products: What’s in My Kitchen

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One question that I’m constantly asked is: “What green cleaning products do you use?” That’s a tough question to answer since I’m always testing out new and improved green cleaning products, but I’m going to give it shot. My overall advice when making the switch to green cleaning products is to replace products you’re currently using as they run out with a safer version. Take the time to research safer, non-toxic products and then make the switch. So here you go….. Take a  rare peek into my somewhat disorganized cabinet under the kitchen sink to see what green cleaning products I’m using right now....

June 16th, 2014

If You Have to Pick One Fruit to Eat Organic Make it This

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The One Fruit to Eat Organic: Apples Organic apples are a must. Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a list of 12 fruits and vegetables called the “Dirty Dozen”. For over 10 years EWG has published this annual guide to help people eat healthy and reduce their exposure to pesticides in produce. The Dirty Dozen™ list of produce lists the top 12 conventional fruits and veggies with the most pesticides. It’s a helpful guide when deciding where to spend your hard earned dollars on organic food. EWG’s Dirty Dozen™ list of produce includes apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported...

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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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