November 24th, 2014

BIG Giveaway! T-fal Pressure Cooker and Zabada Handy

Groovy Green Livin Pressure Cooker Giveaway

In honor of Thanksgiving and to thank you for being such a wonderful community I have something very special for you. I’m giving away a Clipso Pressure Cooker by T-fal and a Kitchen Handy by Zabada (value $130)! The Clipso Pressure Cooker by T-fal The T-fal Clipso is a 6.3 QT. stainless steel pressure cooker. Not only is the exterior a beautiful, shinny stainless steel, but so is the interior. None of that non-stick toxic stuff. This was my first time using a pressure cooker. I’ve always wanted to try, but never had the opportunity. Thanks to the kind folks at T-fal I...

November 21st, 2014

The Importance of the Family Dinner

Groovy Green Livin Family Dinner

This post represents a compensated editorial partnership with The Family Dinner Project. All storytelling and opinions are, of course, my own. When my kids were small having a family dinner was no big deal. It was easy. There wasn’t any arranging needed. Back then our dinner hour was on the early side- anywhere between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. Most nights we were all home so eating together happened routinely. Times have changed. My boys are now 14, 12 and 11 and that 5:30-6:30 time slot is filled on most days with multiple activities. Somehow we still manage to make our family dinner time work....

November 17th, 2014

5 Tips for Avoiding GMOs at the Supermarket

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As much as I would love to head to the supermarket once each week, no such luck. With three growing boys to feed the fridge looks pretty empty almost immediately after it’s been filled. When I head to the supermarket I tend to stand in the aisles reading labels. Yes, I’m THAT woman. And I know I’m not alone. There’s no denying that most of us want to know what’s in our food. According to a New York Times poll 93% of people surveyed support labeling foods that have been genetically modified or engineered. Genetically Modified Organisms (also called GM, GE...

November 11th, 2014

Salon Workers are Exposed to Nasty Toxic Chemicals

Groovy Green Livin Salon Workers

Salons can be a pretty hazardous place to work given that many harmful chemicals can be found in salon products. I’m always reminded of this every time I walk into a salon for a haircut. The overwhelming smell from the products literally stops me in my tracks. Imagine the predominantly female workforce in hair and nail salons who are exposed to these chemicals for many hours at a time on a daily basis. Women’s Voices of the Earth has once again done some amazing work. They’ve just released a new report showing how these nasty chemicals in salon products harm...

November 10th, 2014

Why You Should Never Put Plastic in the Dishwasher

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Have you ever accidentally opened your dishwasher in the middle of a cycle? It’s like an instant facial. The steam and heat emitted are enough to make you jump back and close the door quickly. The water is hot so your dishes are cleaned with minimal elbow grease. Did you know the water must be at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit and not more than 150 degrees Fahrenheit for the best cleaning and to prevent damage to the dishes? That’s hot water! What do you put in your dishwasher? We have a relatively new dishwasher and for some reason it seems smaller than our older version....

November 7th, 2014

Domicil Journey Handbag: Upcycling Discarded Leather into Something New

Domicil_ToteBag (w packaging)

Bring on the upcycling! As bloggers, we tend to get a lot of pitches for product reviews. Some of them are fantastic-personalized and truly a great match for our readers – and others not so much. I try to be selective and find brands that you would enjoy hearing about. Every once in a while an interesting brand reaches out and it’s just hard to say no. Domicil is one of those brands. After receiving an email from Domicil I spent some time perusing their site. Although their site is a bit challenging to navigate, it turns out they are a European...

November 5th, 2014

Softcup Menstrual Cup Review

Groovy Green Livin Softcup

  Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Softcup. I did receive compensation. All opinions are my own. Softcup has come in and out  of my life over the past few years and I have to admit that I’m glad it’s back again. Softcup is a menstrual cup. Never heard of a menstrual cup? Softcup is a flexible cup, worn internally around your cervix (do you know where your cervix is?), that collects rather than absorbs menstrual flow. It replaces the need for tampons and pads if used properly. I can feel all the cringing as you’re reading this. Stick with me-this...

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About Lori

I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I hope you'll join me as I embark on a journey to live a healthy life. Along the way I might make a few pit stops to fight for issues that affect the health and safety of our families. Come along with me as I work hard to make the world a little safer for each of us. Together we'll discover that simple, small changes can lead to a healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

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