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January 5th, 2016

Groovy Green Livin Biggest Green News and Best of 2015

Groovy Green Livin Biggest Green News and Best of 2015

Happy 2016 everyone!

It’s hard to believe that it’s a new year. I have to admit that I’m having a hard time focusing on work this week. After a lovely week off with my family I’m still savoring every moment of the time away.

There are so many exciting things lined up for Groovy Green Livin readers in 2016. As a small preview, I’ll be working closely again with Stonyfield as a Blogger Captain, bringing you the newest Stonyfield products first. You’ll see more of me over at Moms Clean Air Force, Healthy Way and The Huffington Post! I’ll be working closely with quite a few new brands and continuing my relationship with many of the fantastic brands I’ve been working with for years. Stay tuned for more details!

There were quite a few Groovy Green Livin stories that really stood out last year.

Here’s a rundown of the Groovy Green Livin top posts you loved in 2015.

The Scary Truth About Red Dye No. 40

Many of you were shocked to learn that Red Dye No. 40 is an ingredient most candy and in much of the foods and drugs that we consume on a daily basis. It’s been approved by the FDA for use in food products and must be listed as an ingredient on labels. And it’s not only found in candy. Red Dye No. 40 can be found in soda, salad dressings, toothpaste, mouthwash, and even medicine (think about the lovely pink hue of your antibiotics). And here’s the kicker-Many candy companies in the U.S. use artificial food coloring for the candy they sell and distribute in the United States, but that same candy sold in Europe gets its coloring from natural sources.

Everything You Need to Know About Cast Iron

Good news! It looks as though many of us are making the switch to safer pots and pans. Cast iron is an old favorite for many of us. I’ve been gradually making the switch to safer pots and pans. Nonstick finishes have come under fire in recent years due to the toxic fumes emitted when the cookware is exposed to high heat. Bye, bye Teflon, hello cast iron and stainless steel.

How to Do a Tick Check on Your Kids

Since the weather has been shifting we’re seeing many more ticks crawling around throughout the year. There are many types of ticks out there, but the deer tick is of concern since Lyme disease is caused by bacteria transmitted by the deer tick. After your kids come in from playing outside it’s always a good idea to check for ticks.

15 Food Facts That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Did you know that a typical 20 ounce bottle of soda contains about 16 teaspoons of sugar from High Fructose Corn Syrup? That’s a lot of sugar! You seemed to really enjoy this list of groovy food facts!

7 Safer Containers for Food Storage

Not only are you swapping out your toxic pots and pans, but you’re also making the switch from plastic to safer containers for storing food!

As another year comes to a close there’s more and more proof that together we are making a difference!

To all of you- I can’t say thank you enough. You make writing, advocating  and continuing with this journey on Groovy Green Livin worthwhile. Thank you.

Now let’s make 2016 even better!


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December 23rd, 2015

Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

Wishing You Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! Groovy Green Livin

As 2015 comes to a close and the holiday season takes off I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support this year. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you and all you bring to this amazing community that we’ve created together.

As the momentum we create continues to grow I can see clearly that together we can and will continue to make a BIG difference in 2016. Change is happening!

I’ll be closing up shop for a few days to spend some quality time with my family. Although there’s not much snow at the moment I have high hopes that mother nature will dump some of her white stuff on the ski slopes. If you need me, chances are I’ll be skiing, reading, cooking or playing a board game by the fire. If you want to follow along on my daily adventures I’ll be posting photos on Instagram– so head on over and check them out. I would love to see what you’re up to.

May whatever you do to celebrate during the holiday season bring you much joy and happiness. I am going to take a few days off from writing and I will be back in 2016 with more groovy green info to share. I’m looking forward to connecting with you here and on FacebookTwitterPinterest, Instagram, Google+ or maybe even in real life.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Wishing you much love and groovy greenness in the new year.

See you back here in 2016!


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September 18th, 2015

What’s Happening in My Groovy Green World

What's Happening in My Groovy Green World Groovy Green Livin

It’s been a while since I’ve given you an update on all the Groovy Green Livin happenings.

Here’s some of what’s been going on in my world.

Headed to ShiftCon in Los Angeles

On Thursday I’m headed back to LA for what promises to be another fabulous weekendWhat's Happening in My Groovy Green World Groovy Green Livin at ShiftCon. ShiftCon is the first social media conference for bloggers interested in wellness, sustainability & activism. This conference blends workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of changemakers in one place. This year I’ve been asked lead a tribe called “Detoxifying the Home” along with Alicia Voorhies of The Soft Landing and Andrea Kessel Fabry of It Takes Time. I’m also going to be speaking again alongside two women I respect as leaders in the green movement and who I’m honored to call my friends: Lindsay Dahl of Beautycounter and Lindsay Dahl’s Blog and Micaela Preston of Mindful Momma. Our panel is called “Beauty and the Beast, Navigating the World of Green Beauty”.

Writing for HealthyWay

In addition to writing for Huffington Post and Moms Clean Air Force, I’ve been hired by HealthyWay to write about  health, fitness, well-being and sustainability. HealthyWay is powered by Anwers.com . Click HERE to read my first few posts. Stay tuned for more!

Brand Ambassador for Cree LED bulbs

I’m working closely with Cree LED bulbs, bringing you all sorts of information on why making the switch to LED bulbs is so important. In case you missed it, I just tested out a pretty cool DIY project using a Cree LED bulb.

Lunch with Tom’s of Maine

What's Happening in My Groovy Green World Groovy Green Livin

Last week I was invited to Ogunquit, Maine for a blogger outing with Tom’s of Maine. I’ve been working with Tom’s as a brand ambassador in their Circle of Goodness. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to join them for the entire trip, but I was able to head up to Ogunquit for a wonderful lunch at MC Perkins Cove. Connecting with some of the other bloggers in the Circle of Goodness and with the wonderful Tom’s of Maine team was a highlight. I feel very fortunate since Boston is just a few hours from the Tom’s of Maine headquarters.

Stonyfield YoGetter

I’m continuing my work with Stonyfield as a YoGetter Blogger Captain. I manage a team of 23 bloggers and I seem to sample my way through all of the delicious Stonyfield products. Stay tuned for more reviews and great info!

Instagram

I generally write a few times a week on this site. If you’re craving more be sure to follow my Instagram feed. On Instagram my posts tend to be much more personal with a glimpse into my private world-my workouts, the food I’m eating and everything in between.

What’s going on in your world? I would love to hear.


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April 27th, 2015

Join Me? ShiftCon 2015 Eco Blogging Conference

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ShiftCon 2015

The wheels are in motion. It’s official. I’m headed back to LA in September for what promises to be another fabulous weekend.

I hope you’ll join me for the second annual ShiftConShiftCon is the first social media conference for bloggers interested in wellness, sustainability & activism. This conference blends workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of changemakers in one place.Join me at ShiftCon 2015 Groovy Green Livin

Last year I had a fantastic time with one big takeaway: Our profession thrives on people working together towards a few common goals. There’s no denying that we’re a powerful group commanding change.

I’ll be joining together with a strong and thriving eco-wellness community from September 24 – 26 at the Marriott Manhattan Beach Hotel in Los Angeles. All the details are still in the works, but here are few things to help convince you to join in the fun:

  • All food served by at ShiftCon is either Organic OR GMO free.
  • Each day a wellness activity is organized in the morning.
  • Sponsors of the conference have passed strict guidelines to ensure they are free from toxins.

Join my tribe at Shiftcon

This year ShiftCon 2015 is trying out something new and exciting. There will be several tribes covering different aspects of the conference. I’ve been asked lead a tribe called “Detoxifying the Home” along with Alicia Voorhies of The Soft Landing and Andrea Kessel Fabry of It Takes Time. Tribal Leaders are bloggers who are respected in their field and are in a leadership position at ShiftCon. Because “green” has so many different facets  and it’s very easy to get lost, tribes have been created that mirror all the different interests of the bloggers attending the conference. Through our tribe we’ll create community around the important and practical ways we can create safe homes. As tribe leaders, we’ll be available throughout the conference to mentor and guide attendees. Hopefully that will include some of you.

And there’s more! I’m speaking again at ShiftCon 2015

Last year I had the good fortune to speak on a panel called Social Media For Change alongside two of my friends and colleagues, Lindsay Dahl (left) and Trina O’Boyle (middle).

Join me ShiftCon 2015 Groovy Green Livin

At ShiftCon 2015 I’m going to be speaking again alongside two women I respect as leaders in the green movement and who I’m honored to call my friends: Lindsay Dahl of Beautycounter and Lindsay Dahl’s Blog and Micaela Preston of Mindful Momma. Together we’ll be talking about safe cosmetics and personal care products-such an important topic for everyone. More to come on this soon so stay tuned!

Ready to join the fun at ShiftCon 2015? Click HERE to register.


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April 9th, 2015

Moms Clean Air Force Honors EPA Adminstrater Gina McCarthy

In celebration of Women's History Month, Moms Clean Air Force in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation organized a reception in Washington, DC honoring one woman who stands out as a continual source of inspiration when it comes to protecting public health and the environment: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Groovy Green Livin

Moms Clean Air Force Team

A few weeks ago I traveled with Moms Clean Air Force to Washington DC to celebrate (and meet!) an incredible woman, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. This article was originally published over at Moms Clean Air Force

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. ~Mother Theresa

Last month was Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate and pay tribute to the generations of women who have provided contributions to events throughout history. These women have helped shape our society and have paved the way for others to follow, while continuing to be a source of inspiration for all.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Moms Clean Air Force in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation organized a reception in Washington, DC honoring one woman who stands out as a continual source of inspiration when it comes to protecting public health and the environment: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In celebration of Women's History Month, Moms Clean Air Force in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation organized a reception in Washington, DC honoring one woman who stands out as a continual source of inspiration when it comes to protecting public health and the environment: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Groovy Green Livin

Dominique, Browning, Co-Founder of Moms Clean Air Force and Administrator McCarthy

Administrator McCarthy was appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. Throughout her years as EPA’s Assistant Administrator and now as Administrator she has continued to be a strong advocate for addressing climate change. Administrator McCarthy is committed to carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan which would reduce carbon pollution and address the impacts of a changing climate.

According to Politico:

As the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, she’s become the face of Obama’s plan that will, for the first time in U.S. history, regulate the amount of carbon dioxide released by the nation’s fleet of power plants as part of the strategy to shrink the pollution that scientists blame for global warming.”

In celebration of Women's History Month, Moms Clean Air Force in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation organized a reception in Washington, DC honoring one woman who stands out as a continual source of inspiration when it comes to protecting public health and the environment: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Groovy Green Livin

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

The reception was well attended, honoring the efforts by Administrator McCarthy to protect our planet. When she spoke she elicited laughter and many heads nodding in agreement. Her words were powerful.

Administrator McCarthy kicked off her remarks with: “Isn’t every woman a Super Woman?

In celebration of Women's History Month, Moms Clean Air Force in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation organized a reception in Washington, DC honoring one woman who stands out as a continual source of inspiration when it comes to protecting public health and the environment: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Groovy Green Livin

Lori Popkewitz Alper, Groovy Green Livin, EPA Administrator McCarthy, Diane MacEachern, Big Green Purse

Congressional leaders and faith leaders came together as a united front on this issue of climate change along with many activists and non-profit partners. Administrator McCarthy reminded us that nothing happens in Washington unless people make their voices loud enough.

Representative Brenda Lawrence, Dominique Browning and Administrator McCarthy

Representative Brenda Lawrence, Dominique Browning and Administrator McCarthy

The desire and commitment to making the world a better place filled the room. As I mingled with all the fabulous men and women I realized that so many women are worthy of being honored for working tirelessly to keep our children and families safe.

In celebration of Women's History Month, Moms Clean Air Force in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation organized a reception in Washington, DC honoring one woman who stands out as a continual source of inspiration when it comes to protecting public health and the environment: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Groovy Green Livin

Harriet Sugarman, Climate Mama, Ronnie Citron-Fink, Managing Editor Moms Clean Air Force, Lori Popkewitz Alper, Groovy Green Livin

My parting thoughts when heading out the door after an incredible evening were: We are a powerful bunch. Every woman truly is a Super Woman and together we can change the world! One easy way is by signing petitions that make a difference, like this one…

TELL YOUR SENATORS HELP STOP CLIMATE CHANGE

 


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December 23rd, 2014

Vacation: If You Need Me I’ll Be Here

If you need me I'll be here Groovy Green Livin

If you need me I’ll be here (see photo above), or somewhere close by.

As 2014 comes to a close I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support this year. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you and all you bring to this amazing community of groovy greeness that we’ve created together.

As the momentum we create continues to grow I can see clearly that together we can and will continue to make a BIG difference in 2015. Your voices do matter.

I’ll be closing up shop for a few days to spend some quality time with my family. Although there’s not much snow at the moment I have high hopes that mother nature will dump some of her white stuff on the ski slopes. If you need me, chances are I’ll be skiing, reading, cooking or playing a board game by the fire. If you want to follow along on my daily adventures I’ll be posting photos on Instagram– so head on over and check them out. I would love to see what you’re up to.

May whatever you do to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year bring you much joy and happiness. I am going to take a few days off from writing and I will be back in 2015 with more groovy green info to share. I’m looking forward to connecting with you here and on Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ or maybe even in real life.

Much of my gratitude and love this year goes out to you. Thank you.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Wishing you much love and groovy greenness in the new year.

~Lori

If I need you where will you be? How are you spending the holidays? Hopefully doing something spectacular!


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October 21st, 2014

5 Websites to Visit This Week

Groovy Green Livin Websites to Visit

There are a lot of websites out there. Sometimes, because of lack of time, I find it challenging to visit all the sites I want to check out. I’ve been trying to expand my horizons and explore websites that might not fit squarely under a green umbrella. There are so many talented writers providing an incredible service to their readers. I think I could spend days or maybe even weeks hunting them all down.

I thought you might like to check out a few that I stumbled upon this week.  These are new sites for me and I’m looking forward to spending some time browsing around over the next few weeks.

5 Websites You Won’t Want to Miss

Minimalist Baker

This website is run by John and Dana, a husband and wife team currently based in Kansas City. Here’s their about section: “We share simple, delicious recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, one bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare.” I’m hooked.

TimeLapse

If you have time to kill head on over to Timelapse . Watch how climate change has impacted the earth from 1987-2012 or see how a place has changed over a period of three decades through a series of satellite images from Google Maps. Warning: it’s addictive.

A Good Movie to Watch

How many countless hours have you spent searching for a movie? A Good Movie to Watch can help. It’s a movie suggestion website which directs you to a selection of little-known,good movies! I haven’t spent enough time on it yet to know if their suggestions are a good fit. Let me know what you find.

Healthy Slow Cooking

The author of Healthy Slow-Cooking, Kathy, has been eating meatless since 1983. She has a passion for teaching people how to eat better with less effort. Her recipes are simple and doable. Check out her recipe for Harry Potter’s Curried Pumpkin Burger -it looks mighty tasty.

The Lean Green Bean

The author of The Lean Green Bean, Lindsay, is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio.  Her website shares her  passion for nutrition and healthy living, including healthy recipes, nutrition tips and workouts.

What are your favorite websites this week?

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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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