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October 18th, 2013

Groovy Green News and Updates

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There’s a lot of green news to share on the Groovy Green front. Here are a few highlights to keep you entertained over the weekend.

Lawyers Weekly

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Many of you know that I’m a recovering attorney. I practiced law for years and then jumped ship, but still manage to use my degree for many things in my own business dealings. A few months ago I was interviewed by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, a weekly subscription newspaper. The interview was part of a new column in the paper called “Uncommon Law” which profiles lawyers who follow a non-traditional path. I was very excited when the article was published-and made it onto the front page! My intention when being interviewed was to encourage those who are practicing law to follow their dreams and not get stuck in a place that doesn’t bring you happiness and good health.

Unfortunately, I’m unable to share the article with you. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly is a subscriber locked down site so I would have to purchase the reprint rights, which are cost prohibitive and I’m not willing to do so. So you’ll have to stare at the photo of the article and imagine what it says. Overall, the reporter did a nice job and I love that they’re open to sharing alternative career paths for lawyers.

Mom on a Mission Finalist

I’m incredibly honored that Healthy Child Healthy World named me a Mom on a Mission finalist for 2013, recognizing my work advocating on behalf of children and their families. I’m in good company. There are some pretty amazing women who have done some pretty incredible things on this list. Right now Healthy Child Healthy World is asking you to vote for the official Mom on a Mission. I have to admit that I don’t love voting contests-they remind me of high school popularity contests which just aren’t my thing. But if you’re so inclined to vote feel free to vote for me! Click HERE to cast your vote. Thanks!

10 Top Apps for Climate Activists over at Moms Clean Air Force

Head on over to Moms Clean Air Force to see which apps I recommend to stay in the know when it comes to your health, and the health of the environment.

Green News on Mind Your Own Business Radio with Debi Davis and Tom Sarno

I had so much fun during my interview with Debi for the Mind Your Own Business Radio Show which aired last Sunday on News Talk WLOB 1310am, and on wlobradio.com. We talked about all sorts of green news! If you want to listen click HERE.

Lean Into Green TeleSummit 

I was recently invited to participate in a Lean Into Green TeleSummit along with 20 other green living experts. The TeleSummit was create by the talented Genny LaMorgan from GreenWomenStore.com. Genny conducted interviews with 21 experts to provide their unique insights and expertise on green news and sustainable living. All 21 talks (including mine) are free and can be found HERE.

So that’s all the green news for now. What have you been up to?

photo credit: floeschie via photopin cc

June 29th, 2012

Go Green Get Fit and Nutmeg Chewy Granola {Recipe}

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As many of you know,  I’m participating in the Go Green Get Fit Challenge presented by PlanetShoes.com along with 30 other bloggers. We just kicked off the challenge a week or so ago and I’m amazed by the inspiration and motivation that everyone is sharing.  We are all entering this challenge from different places. Some of us have been exercising all along and have ramped up our goals and others are just beginning.  One of my favorite posts this week was by Mindfully Frugal Mom. She showed us how to practice yoga with 50lbs of dead weight on your back. Been there!

Hopefully you’ll be inspired to join in the fun and motivated to set your own fitness goals for the summer and beyond.

My week of fitness

This week I focused on mixing it up and did a lot of different fitness activities. I’m working towards a triathlon at the end of the summer so this week at the gym I did some weight training, kickboxing and a spinning class. The weather was gorgeous for part of the week so I was able to run and cycle outside. I also took a killer yoga class.

Healthy snacks

Part of  being green and fit is finding healthy snack foods . The supermarkets are filled with aisle after aisle of snack food choices. Snacking on the wrong foods can add unwanted calories and make you even hungrier when mealtime rolls around. Long term, unhealthy snacks can also lead to obesity in children and obesity-related chronic diseases as adults.

My podcast with Peace Love and Snacks

This week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Stan over at Peace Love and Snacks (don’t you just love that name??).  Our discussion was all about healthy snacks. Click HERE if you’re interested in hearing the podcast.

One of my favorite snacks is popcorn. I found out that Stan has his very own cookbook called Peace Love and Snacks: Take Revenge Against Junk Food – Look and Feel Great Deliciously. The snacks have no processed sugar or flour, are gluten-free and are made from fruits, nuts, oats – only the good stuff.  Stan’s cookbook has a few more simple snacking ideas.  There are so many great granola recipes out there. Stan’s cookbook has several pages dedicated to granola-and I love that they’re all simple to make.

Here’s a teaser from Stan’s cookbook:

Nutmeg Chewy Granola

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. While the oven is preheating, chop up the almonds and pecans; put the chopped nuts in a bowl.
  • Mix the honey, coconut oil, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.
  • Spread out the oats in a Pyrex pan. Take the honey mixture and stir it into the oats, until the oats are covered. Once the oven is done preheating, put the pan of oats in the oven.
  • While the oats are baking, put the raisins in the food processor and process into a paste.
  • After 10 minutes of baking, open the oven and add the chopped pecans and almonds, stirring the contents around until all of the nuts are covered with the honey mixture.
  • Bake for another 8 minutes, then stir. Bake for a final 8 minutes and remove the
  • pan from the oven.
  • Fold the oat and nut mix into the raisin paste; push on the mixture with the back of a spoon and slide across the pan, applying pressure on the mix. Once the raisin paste is completely incorporated into the oat and nut mix, push down and spread the mix across the bottom of the pan, then shape the mixture into a block about 1/2-inch thick.
  • Cut into bars.
  • Relax and enjoy your homemade awesome granola bars

Have a groovy green weekend! Have you set your fitness goals for the summer?

Photo © blasbike #3127923


April 27th, 2012

Groovy Green Friday: Tide Petition, Menstrual Cups and More

Groovy Green Livin Pelican

We met this cute pelican while vacationing last week. He reminded me of a character from a Pixar film-what a personality this bird had. He was determined to catch a fish and wouldn’t let anything get in his way, not even small children or fishing hooks.

Now an entire week has gone by and vacation feels like it was months ago. Don’t you hate when that happens? At least the weekend is just around the corner.

Before we jump into all the weekend has in store I thought I would share a few happenings over the past week or so.

Groovy Green Livin Named One of Top 25 Green Bloggers 2012

I’m honored to be named one of SkinnyScoop’s Top 25 Green Bloggers for 2012. Have you checked out the SkinnyScoop site?  If you’re a mom you know that at times life can feel a bit insane. SkinnyScoop is a great way to check in on your sanity. It’s a quick and easy online surveying tool that helps moms who want the skinny get the scoop.

Tide Petition signatures continue to climb, but no word from P & G

The momentum continues as we keep the pressure on Procter & Gamble to remove a cancer causing chemical from their Tide Free & Gentle laundry detergent. We are at 75,219 signatures and the numbers continue to rise!  A big thank you to Rachel Sarnoff, Executive Director and CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World for her kind words and recognition of our efforts in her recent blog post. This week the petition was also mentioned in a Huffington Post article. If you haven’t signed the petition yet please take a few seconds to do so HERE.

More on menstrual cups

I’ll bet you thought you were finished with my menstrual cup adventures. Remember I shared with you my SoftCup trials and tribulations?  Thanks to my friend Jennifer from It’s Not Easy to Be Green the menstrual cup discussion continues. She was kind enough to share my two cents on menstrual cups along with four other women. Check out what we had to say HERE.

Pinterest pick of the week

This week I’ve been talking a lot about baking soda and all of its incredible uses. Here’s yet one more use: removing splinters. The pin of the week goes to this pin which describes how to remove splinters using a baking soda paste. Micaela from Mindful Momma also found some Cool Eco Crafts on Pinterest.  Are you on Pinterest? You can find me HERE.

Have yourself a groovy green weekend. Any big plans?

[Photo courtesy of my groovy husband, Joel]

 

 

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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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