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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 degree and type of processing.

I did a test run by looking up Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies. With 1 being the best score and 10 being the worst, they overall received a 6. The biggest issue for Annie’s, according to the EWG app, was with processing. Annies scored a 5, which means the product likely has more artificial ingredients, more ingredients that have been significantly modified from whole foods, and more ingredients overall.

This app provides a great starting point when you’re at the market. Remember to always read the labels!

Philly Enacts Soda Tax

Philly takes the lead and imposes a sugar tax on all sugar-sweetened and diet beverages. According to Philly.com: “The tax will hit thousands of products – essentially anything bottled, canned, or from a fountain with either sugar or artificial sweetener added, with a few exceptions.” The money raised will be used to expand prekindergarten programs in the city; creating community schools; improving parks, recreation centers, and libraries; and offering a tax credit for businesses that sell healthy beverages. Fingers crossed that other cities and towns follow their lead.

GROOVY GREEN UPDATES

Thanks to Cilantro Cooks for including me in their Expert Interview Series. What a fun experience. You can read it HERE.

I’m honored to be included in Tiny Box’s list of 27 of Our Favourite Eco-Friendly Blogs.

Thank you to Laura Wellington and ThreadMB for the wonderful article highlighting my site in her article: ‘Groovy Green Livin’ Is Groovy, Green and Growing! So many friends and colleagues reached out to let me know that they had seen the feature.

Top News and Other Groovy Green Updates Groovy Green LivinFirstSiteGuide.com was kind enough to list Groovy Green Livin as one of The Best Eco & Green Blogs To FollowThey went a step further and made me my own avatar. What do you think? Does it look like me?

Happy summer everyone! Do you have any top news to report? How about big plans for summer vacation?


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May 18th, 2016

11 Green Websites You Should Know About

11 Green Websites You Should Know About

My work day begins most days with a quick read through my news feed and a giant cup of tea. When it comes to hot off the press green or eco news I have a few go-to websites that I generally turn to for all the important information.  I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t missing anything so I recently reached out to many of my trusted blogger friends in the green blogosphere to see what websites they turn to for everything green. No surprise, they had some fabulous suggestions!

Here are a few suggestions for websites covering everything green 

Food Tank

Food Tank is a website that runs on the premise that our food system is broken. The site focuses on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. They spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

Robyn O’Brien

Robyn shares a wealth of information concerning our broken food system and the need for GMO labeling. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Robyn’s work she’s a former financial and food industry analyst, who has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by the New York Times and Bloomberg. She triggered an allergic reaction in the food industry when she asked: “Are we allergic to food or what’s been done to it?”

Climate Nexus

Climate Nexus is a site dedicated to highlighting the wide-ranging impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States. They believe that the human cost of climate change is too great to ignore. They work closely with NGOs, institutions, and other key influencers on climate change and energy issues to raise awareness, dispel misinformation, and showcase solutions in the U.S.

Environmental Health News

Environmental Health News is an independent, foundation-funded news organization that reports and publishes news stories on environmental topics. They cover stories about health, water, children, food and more.

TreeHugger 

TreeHugger is a sustainability site which strives to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. Their topics vary from week to week and include stories about cutting-edge green information. I’ve been following them for many years and am impressed by their ability to churn out multiple stories on a daily basis.

Civil Eats

Civil Eats provides daily news and commentary about the American food system. The site brings together over 100 contributors who discuss sustainable agriculture.

Grist

Grist is a site that makes me laugh out loud several times a day. With their catchy (and sometimes shocking) post titles, they end up making me chuckle and want to read more. They’re an online news organization that uses humor to interpret green issues & inspire environmental action. They cover climate, energy, food, cities, politics, business, green living, and the occasional adorable baby animal.

Ecowatch

Ecowatch is relatively new to the green scene and has quickly become a  leading website reporting on environmental news, green living, sustainable business, science and politics. The site works hard to unite all shades of green to ensure the health and longevity of our planet. I’ve been following Ecowatch and often share their information. I admire how they use their platform to share environmental news and encourage individuals to take action.

FairWarning 

FairWarning is a nonprofit investigative news organization that focuses on public health, safety and environmental news, and related topics of government and business accountability.

Greenbiz.com

Since 1991, GreenBiz has chronicled, and been a catalyst for thought leadership in aligning environmental responsibility with profitable business practices. They cover topics such as sustainability, energy, buildings, supply chain, water, transportation, and cities.

The Guardian (UK)

The Guardian (UK) edition is more of a general news source, but many times will focus on green or eco news. I scan through it daily to see if there’s anything relevant. Many times there is something green or eco that’s of interest.

Twitter, Facebook and Other Social Media Sites

Twitter, Facebook  and other social media channels are a great first step when looking for breaking green and eco news. My first stop is my news feed on Twitter and then a quick scroll through my business page feed on Facebook for all that’s happening in the green and eco worlds. It’s a nice way to get a sampling from many different sources.

Thank you to Diane from Big Green Purse, Jen from Jen and Joey Go Green, Ronnie from Econesting, Erin from ElyOrganics, Betsy from Eco Novice , Kristi from Savvy Women’s Alliance, Leigh Ann from Green4U, Anna from Green Talk and Amity from Green Child Magazine for sharing their trusted green and eco resources.

What are some of your top websites for green and eco news?


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February 25th, 2016

Latest News and Updates in My Groovy Green World

Latest News and Updates in My Groovy Green World Groovy Green Livin

It’s been a while since I’ve given Groovy Green updates so I thought I would take some time to share a few of the highlights from my Groovy Green world.

Before I jump in, has the weather been crazy where you live? The weather’s been odd in New England. To think I was skiing last week and today I went for a run in 60 degrees. Now back to the updates!

Named One of The Top 25 Sustainable Living Blogs

Thank you to Solar Power for naming Groovy Green Livin one of The 25 Best Sustainable Living Blogs. I’m honored to be in such good company. Take a look at the list HERE. I’m sure you’ll recognize many names and maybe you’ll find a few more sites to follow.

Quoted in This Moms Clean Air Force Piece

Most of you know that I write consistently for Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF) as their “Mom Detective. Judith Ross wrote this important piece for MCAF, The Link Between Environmental Toxins and Breast Cancer, and was kind enough to quote me. Take a look HERE at the articles I’ve been writing for Moms Clean Air Force.

Writing for Healthy Way

My writing continues over at HealthyWay. Head over HERE if you’d like to see what issues I’ve been focusing on.

Featured in Launch of an Amazing Non-Profit

A few years ago I had the good fortune to connect with Kristi Marsh. For those of you who don’t know Kristi she’s a powerhouse, and she lives in Massachusetts!

Kristi just launched Savvy Women’s Alliance, a nonprofit association dedicated to nurturing mainstream women who are interested in nontoxic living.

Thanks to Kristi and her team for featuring me on their new site! You can take a look at the article HERE and make sure to check out the rest of the Savvy Women’s Alliance site.

Study Finds Clear Differences Between Organic and Non-Organic Products

If you need more reason to make the switch to organic, a new study has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products.

Finally…. The Federal Government is Taking Action on Crumb Rubber Turf

I’ve been writing about the dangers of artificial turf for quite some time. Finally three federal agencies are teaming up to investigate the safety of crumb rubber artificial turf used in playing fields and playground all across the country.  The goal of their investigation will be to answer questions raised about synthetic turf made from recycled tires and possible risks for young athletes. It’s about time!

Any updates to report in your world? I’d love to hear about them!


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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

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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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