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August 17th, 2015

Top Book Picks For Teens and Tweens

Top Book Picks for Teens and Tweens Groovy Green Livin

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The final countdown has begun. I know some of your kids are already back in school, but my kids have until September 1st. During the last few weeks of summer we’re working hard to find balance between fun, down time and screen time.  If you have a tween or teen chances are you know exactly what I’m talking about. And it’s not easy.

It’s been shown that digital overload can impair a child’s social, emotional and intellectual growth. Yikes.

Knowing that others are struggling with this issue too (I’ve spoken to many friends over the last few weeks to confirm that balancing screen time is problematic) I enlisted my three boys to help me come up with a list of favorite books that are part of a series. These books might not appeal to every teen or tween, but they’re a good starting point for finding alternatives to screen time.

Here’s our list of top book series for tweens and teens.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Series by Rick Riordan

This series has been around for a while, but is still an all-time favorite. These books have it all- monsters, mythological heros and more. The stories follow the adventures of a demigod (Percy, who is half mortal and half Greek god) and his friends.

Pendragon 10 book series by D.J. MacHale

Everything changes for teenager Bobby Pendragon when he discovers that he, as well as his two best friends, Mark Dimond and Courtney Chetwynde, must prevent the destruction of their own world as well as others.

Cherub Book Series by Robert Muchamore

CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented–and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats—all without gadgets or weapons. It is an exceptionally dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: adults never suspect that teens are spying on them.

Quantum Prophecy book series by Michael Carroll

There are 7 books published in this series with an 8th on the way. Ten years ago, all the superhumans vanished. No one knows what happened to them? Until now. Thirteen year- old Danny and Colin are shocked to discover that they are in fact the beginning of a renewed superhuman race. On the run from everyone, and not knowing who is friend or foe, the one ability the new heroes are going to need most is the power to distinguish good from evil.

I Am Number Four by Lorien Legacies written by a number of ghost writers

There are currently 5 books in the series with the 6th due to be released in September, 2015. ‘I Am Number Four’ follows the story of John Smith, a 15-year-old from the planet Lorien, and Henri, his Cêpan (protector), as they run from the Mogadorians, another alien race that is hunting John and eight other teenage Lorics residing on the planet Earth.

The Complete Maximum Ride Book Series by James Patterson

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it’s like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the “flock”–Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel–are just like ordinary kids–only they have wings and can fly.

Ranger’s Apprentice 12 Book Series  by John Flanagan

15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people.

So You Want to Be a Wizard: The First Book in the Young Wizards Series by Diane Duane

Nita, chased by bullies, hides in a library and finds a strange book called So You Want to Be a Wizard. It contains information about the nature and structure of the universe, instruction in the use of magic, and a Wizard’s Oath. That’s where the story begins.

Any favorite books to add to the list?


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August 4th, 2015

How I Fixed My iPhone After Dropping It In Water

How I Fixed My iPhone After Dropping It In Water Groovy Green Livin

It was one of those perfect summer days. The skies were clear and we decided to rally the troops for a  hike up a spectacular mountain in Maine. We slathered on the sunscreen and piled in the car. This particular mountain was about 45 minutes away from our vacation spot, in a fairly remote area of Maine. The larger camera was too cumbersome to take on the hike so I decided to bring my iPhone for any potential photo ops. After a few photos the iPhone ended up deep within a  pocket of the backpack my husband was willingly lugging up the mountain filled with drinks, snacks and other supplies. We stopped quite a few times along the hike to pick the few remaining wild blueberries on the trail.

At some point while heading up the mountain a drink or ice leaked in the backpack and covered my iPhone with water. I wasn’t overly concerned at the time. We immediately removed the wet phone in my favorite Mophie case from the backpack, dried it off and relocated it to a safer spot. I turned the iPhone on and everything seemed fine. That was a relief since I knew we still had a few hours of hiking to go.

After the hike I decided to test out my iPhone again. There was no cell coverage at the mountain so I waited until service was restored. This time the phone wouldn’t reboot. The Apple symbol appeared and then the iPhone started spewing out illegible code on the screen. This wasn’t good. I tried a few times and nothing.

Once I was home I Googled how to salvage my phone. I also put out an SOS on Instagram, which ended up producing some great tips.  It was clear. The answer was RICE.

How I Fixed My iPhone After Dropping It In Water Groovy Green Livin

How I Fixed My iPhone After Dropping it in Water. The rice trick really works.

  • For starters remove the iPhone from the water.
  • Dry off the phone completely. Shake the phone gently to remove any excess water from the charging port and other holes.
  • Do not turn it on (I did try to turn it on a few times).
  • Place the iPhone in  a bowl or bag of rice. I started off with a bowl of rice and switched to a bag so I could seal it. Be gentle when immersing the phone into the rice so rice doesn’t get caught in the charging port.
  • Leave the phone and the rice to do their magic for 24 hours. Be patient.

It worked. Apparently the rice absorbs any and all water left in the phone. My iPhone is back to normal, minus the Mophie case and screen protector. The rice and water did a number on both of them.

Now I’m a believer. Rice it truly amazing when it comes to sucking up water.

Have you dropped your smartphone in water? Were you able to fix it?


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July 31st, 2015

Cool Off With This Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Cool Off With This Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe Groovy Green Livin

Thanks to Stonyfield and YayLabs for making this post possible!

My three boys are finally back from overnight camp. Four weeks flies by, but it’s also an eternity. They had a fabulous time, as they do every year.  While fun was had by all they do seem happy to be home and sleeping in their own beds. I know I’m happy to have them back.

We’re spending our days readjusting to being together after 4 weeks apart. It’s been hot with temps in the 90’s over the past few days. We’re working hard to come up with a list of fun activities to keep everyone entertained and cool during the last few weeks of summer vacation.

When the Yay Labs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball was sent our way to test out we were all thrilled.  I initially thought we would use it once and that would be it, but it has provided hours of entertainment.

Cool Off With This Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe Groovy Green Livin

We opened the box together and it was fun to discover the bright orange ball inside. We spent a few minutes trying to figure out how this ball would somehow help us make frozen yogurt and ice cream. We picked out a recipe for vanilla frozen yogurt and then decided to add some much needed chocolate chips. The recipes were so simple. We had all of the ingredients so a trip to the store wasn’t needed, except for the rock salt . Rock salt is added to the outer chamber along with ice. After reading a few other reviews of the Yay Labs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball I was under the impression that getting the rock salt wouldn’t be a big deal. I was wrong. I went to 4 supermarkets and none of them had rock salt. I finally ended up ordering it from Amazon. Another reason I love Amazon Prime.

The rest of the frozen yogurt creation was simple. Here are the basics:

Frozen Yogurt

  • 1 pint of flavored or fruit (Stonyfield of course!) yogurt
  • Optional: Plain yogurt may be used, just add 1/3 cup of sugar or 1/2 cup of honey. Fruit may be added instead of sweetener.

Fruit Sorbet

  • 1 pint of Fresh Juice
  • Add Sugar to taste.

The chocolate chip frozen yogurt was delicious. We needed to add a bit of honey to help with the taste.

CHOCOLATE CHIP FROZEN YOGURT RECIPE

The instructions said to add the ingredients to the stainless steel insert, add the ice and rock salt to the exterior compartment and then roll the ball for about 10 minutes (no dropping kicking or throwing allowed!). We checked at the 10 minute mark and it wasn’t ready. It ended up taking us about 20 minutes in total. Simple and delicious.

Cool Off With This Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe Groovy Green Livin

Want to try your own Yay Labs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball? Order one HERE for $35.00.  Sign up for Stonyfield printable coupons HERE.

 


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July 16th, 2015

10 Recipes to Spice Up Tempeh

 

10 Recipes to Spice Up Tempeh Groovy Green LivinFermented foods are becoming a staple in our house. With my kids away at camp for a few weeks it’s been much easier to add interesting food to our menu without any heavy sighs or groaning. I’ve been working hard to add fermented foods to my diet over the past few years. Some additions have been easier than others. There’s a large glass jar of organic sauerkraut in my pantry and I can’t bring myself to try it.

Tempeh is relatively new to those of us in the west, but it’s been a staple for hundreds of years for many living in Asia. It’s made from cooked and slightly fermented soybeans and formed into a rectangular patty. The consistency is similar to that of a  veggie burger and it has a textured and nutty flavor. Many use it as a meat substitute in dishes. I’ve used it in chili, stir-fry and on the grill. As with any soy product, it should be eaten in moderation.

If you’re interested in giving it a try, here are a few interesting ways to add some spice and flavor to tempeh

Balsamic Maple Glazed by Meghan Telpner

 Get the full amazing recipe at http://www.meghantelpnerblog.com


Get the full amazing recipe at http://www.meghantelpnerblog.com

 

Vegan Whole Wheat Roasted Tempeh and Veggie Pizza by Elephantastic Vegan

VEGAN WHOLE WHEAT ROASTED VEGGIE & TEMPEH PIZZA

Tempeh & Kale Steamed Gyoz by Produce on Parade

http://www.produceonparade.com/produce-on-parade/tempeh-kale-steamed-gyoza Produce on parade

Lentil Tempeh and Sweet Potato Chilli by Produce on Parade

LENTIL, TEMPEH, AND SWEET POTATO CHILI Produce on Parade

Ginger Sesamme Tempeh Lettuce Wraps by Connoisseurus Veg

Ginger Sesamme Tempeh Lettuce Wraps by Connoisseurus Veg

Chimichurri Temeh by 40 Aprons

Chimichurri Temeh by 40 Aprons

Black Bean Tempeh Tacos by The Garden Grazer

Black Bean Tempeh Tacos by The Garden Grazer

15 Minute Brussels Sprout & Tempeh Stir-Fry by In Pursuit of More

15 Minute Brussels Sprout & Tempeh Stir-Fry by In Pursuit of More

‘unbelievably vegan’ baked tempeh from change your food, change your life

‘unbelievably vegan’ baked tempeh from change your food, change your life

Sesame Kale Glow Bowl from The Glowing Fridge

Sesame Kale Glow Bowl from glow bowl

Have you tried tempeh? What are some of your favorite ways to eat it? 


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July 6th, 2015

It’s Time to Stop Refrigerating Your Onions

It's Time to Stop Refrigerating Your Onions Groovy Green Livin

We eat a lot of onions during the summer. There’s nothing like a barbecue with grilled Vidalia onions (so simple and so delicious) or caramelized onions.

I just learned something new that will free up space in my refrigerator: onions don’t need to be refrigerated. When they are kept in the refrigerator they lose their crispness and become soft.  I’ve also noticed that everything stored in the same refrigerated produce bin with onions starts to acquire their smell and taste.

How to Store Onions

  • Your onions should be kept in a cool, dry, dark place with plenty of air circulation. A pantry or other dark, cool cabinet generally works well.
  • They also like to stay in the mesh bag from the store. This bag allows for air circulation.
  • Keep them out of plastic bags. When they’re kept in a plastic bag the air can’t circulate and this will shorten their storage life.

Keeping most onions out of the fridge works, but here are a few caveats:

  • Cut onions DO need to be refrigerated
  • Peeled onions DO need to be refrigerated
  • Refrigerate sweet or mild onions that have a high water content. This will extend their shelf life. Make sure to use a low humidity setting to keep them dry.

Also, them away from potatoes. The moisture and air emitted from the potatoes can cause onions to rot.

Here are a few of my favorite onion recipes for you to enjoy over the summer:

What’s your favorite way to eat an onion? Do you like them raw or cooked? 

Cutting onions and crying seems to go hand-in-hand for most of us. HERE are a few tips for keeping those tears at bay when chopping an onion.


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June 18th, 2015

The Countdown to Summer Has Officially Begun! Bring On the Chips and Dip

The Countdown to Summer Has Begun Groovy Green Livin

The countdown to summer is here. Believe it or not, my kids still have a few days of school left thanks to the never ending snow days.

I’m ready to kick back and enjoy some quality family time.

I have my summer bucket list in place and a few good books to read. I’ll be doing plenty of work, but won’t be writing quite as often. Come and find me on Instagram. I’ll be sharing some of my summer adventures over there. I would also love to see what you’re up to.

Our BBQ gets a lot of action during the summer months. It’s so easy to grill and create a meal that everyone likes. While we’re waiting for the grill to fire up we generally put out a few healthy snacks to keep everyone happy. Cut veggies are a family favorite. We mix it up with different arrangements and unique vegetables.

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It’s summer! Bring on the chips and dip

We also love putting out different types of chips. I’ve been a Late July Organics fan for quite some time. I was first introduced to their fabulous chips when I was in New York for a BlogHer/Stonyfield party.  Here are a few things I love about the company:

  • Late July Organic Snacks is a family owned and operated company that cares deeply about family and the integrity of their products.
  • All their products certified USDA organic and proudly wear the organic seal.
  • Their research and development team includes their two sons- ten-year-old Stephen and six-year-old Benjamin.

My favorite Late July Organic chips are their Late July Organic Snacks Sea Salt by the Seashore Multigrain Tortilla Chips. Have you tried them? They have Organic Flax, Organic Millet, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Quinoa, Organic Amaranth in them with just the right amount of sea salt.

The Countdown to Summer Has Begun Groovy Green Livin

The cut up veggies and the chips wouldn’t be complete without something to dip them in. Thanks to Stonyfield for coming to rescue. This Creamy Hummus recipe made with Stonyfield Greek yogurt is just what we needed.

What’s your favorite healthy snack during the summer? Don’t forget to come and find me on Instagram.

 


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June 15th, 2015

My Ultimate Summer Bucket List

my ultimate summer bucket list Groovy Green Livin

In one short week summer officially begins for our family. I’m looking forward to the change of pace and lack of schedule during the summer months. The transition from spring to summer isn’t always an easy shift for me, but I’m determined this summer to try a few new things that will keep me motivated and focused on enjoying every moment.

My Ultimate Summer Bucket List

Try something new. I’m thinking a new hiking trail or running route could work for this one. Or maybe something more extreme like kneeboarding or wakeboarding.

Do paddle board yoga. And lots of it. I started practicing paddle board yoga a few years ago and generally do it a few times over the summer. This summer I’m shooting for more often. Paddle board yoga is a combination yoga on a paddle board and yes, you’re in the water. It’s a pretty intense core workout and great way to stay in shape if you’re away from the gym.

Cut way back on sugar. Did you know that 80% of the 600,00 items sold in grocery stores have added sugar? Also, sugar can be addictive. In a study, 43 cocaine addicted laboratory rats were given the choice of cocaine or sugar water over a 15 day period. 40 out of 43 chose sugar. This summer I’m going to cut back on the amount of sugar I’m eating. I’m not going to cut it all out because I’ve tried that and it doesn’t work for me. Being conscious and limiting my sugar intake is the goal.

Try Whole30®. As part of my sugar detox I’m also going to try The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. I just bought the book and it’s still sitting on my kitchen counter, but I’m committed to trying it over the summer. I did a 21 day detox and loved it so I think I’m up for this challenge. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system. Let me know if you’re up for trying this with me.

Find a bug repellent without DEET that actually works. For the past few years I’ve been on mission to find a bug repellent that’s safe and actually keeps the bugs away. It’s been no easy task. I’m a mosquito magnet. This year I’m sticking with Buzz Away and Babyganics Natural Insect Repellent. Fingers crossed that I don’t get eaten alive.

Stay off my lap top when my kids are around. I’ve been working on this throughout the year and done fairly well. Over the summer it’s not as easy since my kids are around during the days and I have work to do. Waking up on the early side or staying up late gives me those extra hours to get my work done without impacting my time with my kids. I’m very grateful to have a flexible job.

Put that phone down. I just read a great article in the Washington Post, 5 lessons my tween has taught me about social mediaMy favorite piece of advice was  “Put your phone down”. Sometimes I find myself taking photos of the most absurd things, just for the sake of posting something on Instagram. It’s so important that we remember to live in the moment and it’s just as important to remember that everyone doesn’t need to see what you’re doing every waking moment.

What’s on your bucket list this summer? 


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