September 19th, 2016

Steel Cut Oats and Yogurt Make a Perfect Pair

Steel Cut Oats and Yogurt Make a Perfect Pair

While on vacation this summer I spent an afternoon shopping in a quaint Maine town. In one of the shops, I discovered an entire aisle filled with Bob’s Red Mill products. After checking out everything I walked away with a bag filled with Bob’s Red Mill organic, gluten free oats. I knew this would not go to waste since Oatmeal has always been a staple in my house. Steel cut oats are my favorite type of oatmeal. They are also sometimes called “Irish Oatmeal” and “Pinhead Oats”. Steel cut oats are oat groats cut into several pieces. This type of oatmeal is the least...

September 15th, 2016

Parenting Guide to Help Keep Your Kids Safe and Healthy

Parenting Guide to Help Keep Your Kids Safe and Healthy

As a parent of three teenage boys, I’m constantly on the lookout for a parenting guide. Wouldn’t that be nice? We could all turn to page 14 for advice on how to deal with a teen attitude. Page 45 could help us when there’s a question about the school dance. But unfortunately, there’s no such guide so most days we’re forced to just wing it….until now! Paige Wolf, mom, and healthy living advocate, just released a new book, Spit that Out!: The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt. Her humorous book provides much-needed...

September 14th, 2016

Let’s Stop HIV Together

Let's Stop HIV Together

I don’t remember when I first learned about HIV and AIDS, but I do remember being frightened, confused and having questions. It was the early 80’s and I was young, but knowing someone who was diagnosed with AIDS wasn’t uncommon. Fear of contracting the virus was everywhere and along with it came stigma (shame and disgrace that results from prejudice associated with something regarded as socially unacceptable). Stigma around HIV includes certain words, beliefs, and actions that have a negative meaning for those at high risk for getting HIV or those already living with HIV. HIV has been around for...

September 8th, 2016

3 Safer Laundry Detergents

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    Every summer all three of my boys go to sleepaway camp. When they come home their duffle bags are a disaster. Clothing is jammed inside mixed together with sand, dirt and other surprises. Laundry is one of my least favorite activities, but when my kids come from home from camp it’s a must. When it comes to laundry detergents, some really are safer than others. Making your own is always the best option but isn’t for everyone (like me!). Instead, I’ve opted for investing the time to find safer brands that actually work. Here are a few of my...

July 13th, 2016

5 Fabulous Ways to Donate Used Toys

5 Fabulous Ways to Donate Used Toys Groovy Green Livin

The toys were starting to take over. We have a closet in our basement that was bursting at the seams. It was filled with trucks, cars, trains and every imaginable game from the time my three boys were toddlers. All three of my kids are at sleepaway camp for a few weeks. I’m missing them like crazy, but I know they’re having a fantastic time. The time for sorting and cleaning out that overflowing closet was here. Over multiple days I pulled everything out and started sorting them into piles. Most were in decent shape so I really wanted to...

July 6th, 2016

Are “Formaldehyde-Free” Hair Straighteners Safe?

Are "Formaldehyde-Free" Hair Straighteners Safe? Groovy Green Livin

For years I struggled with my curly hair. I could never embrace the curl, and instead, I fought it.  I would blow dry my hair for at least an hour to tame the curls. The end result was a shoulder length, stick straight bob. Years later I finally embraced the curl and it was so liberating. My hair was big, bold and curly and I had much more time on my hands. Years ago I remember everyone getting a Brazilian Blowout or some form of a keratin straightening treatment. I have to admit that I loved the look. So silky...

June 20th, 2016

Top News and Other Groovy Green Updates

Top News and Other Groovy Green Updates Groovy Green Livin

As summer vacation rapidly approaches for my kids (yes, they still have one more day of school!) I wanted to take a moment to update you on a few top stories of interest and other happenings over here. TOP NEWS Helpful Tool: Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Food Scores app rates more than 80,000 foods EWG’s Food Scores helps us find healthier choices in nearly every aisle of the supermarket. EWG’s Food Scores is the first app to rate foods for their: nutritional value; health concerns about ingredients (including additives and preservatives) and contaminants (such as mercury, arsenic and BPA); and the...

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I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. Come along with me as I work hard to make the world a little safer for each of us.

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