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October 7th, 2016

6 Stylish Reusable Water Bottles You’ll Want to Own

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More and more people are making the switch to reusable water bottles. Just this morning I was walking out of a spin class at the gym and I noticed a woman carrying an interesting looking reusable water bottle with a wood finish. Looking down at my old, dented water bottle I came to the realization that reusable water bottles do sometimes need to be replaced. We’ve also been known to misplace a water bottle or two (or more) over the years.

When reusable water bottles first became popular there weren’t many options. There were a few different brands and an assortment of basic colors. Now the market has exploded and so have choices. There are options for various sizes, colors, shapes and special features .

I have my eye on a few stylish reusable bottles to add to my collection and here they are.

S’well Teakwood Water Bottles ($39)

reusable water bottlesThe S’well Teakwood Water Bottle is at the top of my list. This is the water bottle that I spotted at the gym this morning and I love the look. The bottle keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. It’s made from stainless steel and is non-toxic, non-leaching and BPA free. For every bottle sold, S’well will plant one tree through the American Forests foundation.

They are a bit pricey, coming in at close to $40 for a 17 oz water bottle.

Corkcicle Canteen- Water Bottle and Thermos ($36)reusable water bottles

The Corkcicle Canteen has a stainless steel interior and comes in a variety of cool, new colors, shapes, and sizes. I have my eye on the matte blue. This bottle keeps Beverages cold for over 25 hours and hot for over 12 hours.

Estilo Glass Water Bottles – Set of 4 (Green, Black, Blue, Pink for $17)

reusable water bottlesThe Estilo Glass Water Bottles  are glass water bottles covered with a silicone protective sleeve. They come in a set of 4 and are reasonably priced at $17 for all 4. I’m always concerned about plastic caps on reusable water bottles but these have a high-quality stainless steel cap with the seal made from food grade silicone.Reusable water bottles

Seattle Sports H2Duo Two-Part Bottle ($45)

I’m in love with the Seattle Sports H2Duo Two-Part Bottle. This reusable water bottle is stainless steel on the interior and has a wide opening, making it easy to add ice cubes and simple to clean. The bottle twists apart at the middle for easy cleaning and compact storage. Lanyard is used to attach the cap to the bottle so it won’t get lost.

Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottles ($28)

reusable water bottlesThe Hydro Flask insulated stainless steel water bottle isn’t new to the market, but it continues to stand out as one of the best. It comes in a wide variety of matte colors and the exterior never sweats. The insulated stainless steel water bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 6 hours. As added bonuses, Hydro Flask comes with a lifetime warranty and donates 5% back to a charity of your choice.

MIU COLOR® Glass Water Bottle ($14)

reusable water bottlesI really like the look of these MIU Glass Water Bottles. Each can be paired with a colorful nylon sleeve. There is a loop on the sleeve, which makes the bottle convenient to carry. The bottle is made of ultra clear borosilicate glass. The cap is made high-quality stainless steel, with a seal made of food grade silicone.

Do you have a favorite reusable water bottle?


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September 30th, 2016

Kia Soul EV Rocks the Electric Vehicle World

Kia Soul EV Rocks the Electric Vehicle World

I have been given compensation for this post by Kia Motors. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

A few years ago Kia handed me the keys to a bright green Kia Soul to test it out around Boston. It was spring at the time and my afternoons were generally spent in the car getting three boys from one field to another. Things haven’t changed much. I remember being concerned since at first glance the Kia Soul appeared too small to work for our family. The outcome after a week of driving it was “the car was surprisingly large inside and comfortable.” It was perfect for running errands or transporting one or two children to a sporting event.

At the time my “real” car was a minivan and I was ready to move on. I began to search high and low for green car options and came up with very few.

As many of us know, our automotive choices have a massive impact on the environment. Both SUVs and minivans guzzle petroleum, get relatively poor gas mileage and rely solely on gasoline for power. Gasoline fumes are toxic and carcinogenic, causing smog and pollution.

I began to plead with car companies to show us a green hip, cool car.

Clearly, I’m not the only one looking for greener auto options. The demand it there and auto retailers are listening. It’s hard to miss the increase in the number of electric vehicles out and about on our roads.

Introducing the Kia Soul EV

Electric vehicles, like the Kia Soul EV, are a great lifestyle choice for those of us looking to be a bit greener.The Kia Soul EV is 100% electric and 100% gas free. Can you imagine not having to stop at the gas station?

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Just plug the Kia Soul EV into a standard household outlet to charge. It’s so simple.

Kia Soul EV Rocks the Electric Vehicle World

When electric vehicles first came out their range wasn’t very far. That’s changing. On average, the Kia Soul EV will take you about 90 miles on one charge. Not bad for commuting to and from work! Also, don’t forget the federal tax credit. You can earn up to $7,500, depending on the state you live in.

In a few years, I won’t need a car filled with sports equipment and carrying carpools of children to various activities (tissues will be needed).  As I stand by and watch, the auto market is rapidly changing as consumers demand greener choices. I’m looking forward to making the jump to an all-electric vehicle someday soon.

Are you driving an electric vehicle? I’d love to hear about it.


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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 processed and as a result, it takes longer than regular oatmeal to cook. Well worth the wait.

I’ve started making steel cut oats in my slow cooker so I don’t lose any time on those rushed mornings (every morning!).

Bob’s Red Mill Organic Steel Cut Oats and Stonyfield

Steel Cut Oats and Yogurt Make a Perfect Pair

Now back to Bob’s Red Mill. This company has an endless supply of grains, some organic and some not and all of their products are GMO-free and there are plenty of gluten-free options. Bob’s Red Mill Organic Steel Cut Oats are top notch. When paired with a little Stonyfield yogurt you have an instant breakfast of champions.

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Some people like to add a bit of sugar to their oatmeal. Rather than reaching for processed sugar, why not try adding Bobs Red Mill Organic Coconut Sugar? Coconut sugar has a similar flavor to brown sugar and isn’t quite as processed. But sugar is sugar and it’s important to use moderation. I like my oatmeal straight up without any sweetener. Adding fruit, nuts, cinnamon or raisins works for me and is a great way to change up the texture and flavor.

Here’s my favorite slow cooker oatmeal recipe. It’s incredibly simple!

Recipe for slow cooked steel cut oatmeal

Combine 4 cups water, 1 cup organic steel cut oats and 1/2 tsp. salt in a slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook on low for 7-8 hours or overnight. Add your favorite dried fruit, cinnamon, nuts, raisins or yogurt. Makes 4 servings.

What do you add to your oatmeal?  


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 Disclosure:  I’m a Stonyfield YoGetter Captain and I do receive compensation.  Stonyfield partnered with Bob’s Red Mill for this post and I was sent a bag of steel cut oats and coconut sugar for review. All opinions are, of course, my own. Some links are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase. Thanks!
June 8th, 2016

What Are You Craving This Summer? Yogurt and BIG prAna Giveaway!

What Are You Craving This Summer? Yogurt and BIG prAna Giveaway! #summercravings Groovy Green Livin

Right now I’m craving summer. Real summer. The temperature feels like summer, but my kids are still in school for another two weeks and I’m working my regular hours. I’m craving a vacation. I’m craving not running out to catch the bus every morning. I’m craving a day without a set routine. I’m craving time to eat meals together again. Where homework and projects aren’t a worry. Don’t get me wrong, I know summer comes with a whole host of other challenges, but I’m ready.

Thanks to prAna I have a new Quinn dress to wear on those relaxed summer days. Maybe I’ll wear it while I’m eating my favorite Stonyfield Greek on a beach somewhere far, far away.

What Are You Craving This Summer? Yogurt and BIG prAna Giveaway!

This dress is incredibly comfy and the fit is perfect-lose in all the right places and snug where it should be. It comes in 10 great colors and has an internal shelf bra for added support. I’m about 5’4″ and the hemline hit me right at the knee.

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prAna and Stonyfield, a Perfect Match

I’ve been wearing prAna for many years. When I took my very first yoga class years ago I was wearing prAna. I remember their tops were trendy and comfortable, with patterns that truly stood out. I still have a few originals in my closet to prove it. Their clothing line is stylish, extremely comfortable and the company emphasizes sustainability. Fast forward and I’m still wearing prAna today.

prAna’s long list of sustainable initiatives is impressive. This is a brand that I was initially drawn to because of style, but knowing that they truly care about our health, the environment, and our planet makes wearing the clothing that much more appealing. I’ve been a prAna influencer for many years.

Stonyfield is another company that focuses on sustainability. I’ve been working with this fantastic company for many years as well and I know firsthand that they take sustainability very seriously. Stonyfield puts thought into the impact of everything they do–from what’s in the cup and how it’s made, to how it makes its way into your home.

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So as I sit here craving the carefree days of summer I thought I would offer you a summer discount and giveaway!

prAna Discount Code for Everyone! What Are You Craving This Summer? Yogurt and BIG prAna Giveaway! #summercravings Groovy Green Livin

As a special thank you, all Groovy Green Livin readers are eligible for 15% off at prAna.com by entering this code at checkout: SCS16LOAL

Please note that the discount is valid through July 7, 2016 and is not valid for Influencers, on gift certificates or with any other offer.

prAna Quinn Dress Giveaway!

Now for the good stuff!  The kind folks at prAna and Stonyfield have joined forces to offer one Groovy Green Livin reader the same Quinn dress that I’m wearing in the photos (value $79). How cool is that?! You can choose your size and color (there are 10 colors to choose from!) if selected as the winner. By entering your name and other information you acknowledge that you have read and are agreeing to our Official Rules. This is only open to my US readers through midnight on June 26, 2016. Good luck!

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Take a look at some of the other Stonyfield YoGetter and Clean Plate Club sites for prAna giveaways! Or search for #summercravings.

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Disclosure: I’m a prAna influencer, which means I receive special pricing on prAna products as well as sneak peeks at new collections and product releases. I’m also a Stonyfield YoGetter Captain and I do receive compensation.  I was sent a prAna Quinn Dress for review. All opinions are, of course, my own.

May 31st, 2016

Groovy Green Livin Favorites: Top Picks for Safe Sunscreens for Kids (Adults Too!)

Top Picks for Safe Sunscreens for Kids (Adults Too!) Groovy Green Livin

Safe Sunscreens are big business these days. New brands continually make their way into the sunscreen market with the hope that they too will be added to our ever growing arsenal of safe sun protection. Once the warm weather hits I find myself sounding like a broken record every time one of my kids heads outside: “Did you remember to put on sunscreen?” I know I’m annoying, but I don’t really care. With startling statistics like these I have to do my best to protect my children:

  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • An estimated 76,380 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016.
  • Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 percent and the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.

So without further ado, here are my favorite safe sunscreens for kids this year.

Goddess Garden Sunscreen ($11 for 6 fl oz)

Goddess Garden Everyday SPF 30 Sunscreen is my absolute favorite sunscreen this season. It smells great and is easy to lather on any squirming child. If you have a child that really doesn’t like sunscreen application try the Goddess Garden Spray Sport Sunscreen or the Goddess Garden Kids SPF 30 Trigger Spray Sunscreen. Goddess Garden is certified organic, reasonably priced and was rated a top choice for sun protection by EWG.

All Good Sunscreen ($16 for 3 fl oz)

All Good SPF 33 Kids Sunscreen Lotion doesn’t leave any  white residue. I’ve been pretty obsessed with not looking like Caspar on the beach and last year put together a list of sunscreens that don’t leave  a white residue. The active ingredient is Zinc Oxide 22.5% (Non-nanoparticle). It’s also not greasy and easy to apply. The Environmental Working Group found gave All Good a low hazard score and rated it a top choice for sun protection.

ThinkBaby and ThinkSport Sunscreen ($10 for 3 fl oz)

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ is free from harmful chemicals including avobenzone, oxybenzone, parabens, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane or UV chemical absorbers. It has an SPF 50+ and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. I love how easy it is to apply. If your kids won’t use anything with the word “baby” on it, try
Thinksport Kid’s Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+. Both are rated a top choice by EWG for sun protection.

Of course, each of these sunscreens is for adults as well as children!

What’s your favorite safe sunscreen?

Here’s more information on sunscreen if you’re interested:


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March 18th, 2016

Grassfed Yogurt: What Are The Health Benefits?

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Have you noticed that there seem to be more and more products with a “grassfed” label?  And it’s not just beef boasting the label, dairy products from milk to yogurt are also prominently displaying a “100% grassfed” label.

Eager to learn more about this new addition to our labeling system, I had a chance to hear from Tim Joseph, the founder of Maple Hill Creamry and the supplier of the milk for all of Stonyfield’s “100% Grassfed” products.  Stonyfield just launched their 100% Grassfed yogurt in four delicious flavors (vanilla, plain, blueberry and strawberry). I know because I had a chance to sample each.

Part of my job as a Stonyfield YoGetter  is sharing with you new and exciting products as they make their way onto the shelves in the supermarket.  Early this morning I made a quick trip to our local Whole Foods Market and was excited to find Stonyfield Organic 100% Grassfed yogurt already on the shelves.

What is 100% Grassfed?

Healthy cows are happy cows! Cows have been eating grass forever. When we’re talking about true 100% grassfed products, they come from cows who have grazed in pasture year-round rather than being fed a processed diet for much of their life. Without going into too much detail, grass-based dairy farms are efficient, sustainable farming systems free of many of the resource consuming practices of large-scale conventional and organic dairy farms. Organic, grass fed dairy cows are healthier and live about twice as long as conventionally fed cows.

An interesting and confusing piece of the grass fed label is that “grassfed” is NOT a regulated term by the government on dairy products. However, it is regulated when found on beef products. If a product is labeled organic the USDA organic standards require only 30% of a cow’s diet to come from eating in a pasture and the remaining 70% of their diet can be from corn, soy or other fillers.

Benefits of 100% Organic Grassfed

There are so many benefits to eating products made from milk from a grass fed organic cow.

  • Milk that comes from 100% grass fed cows has a more flavorful fatty acid profile than from milk from conventionally fed cows. It is higher in omega-3 fatty acids and lower in omega-6 fatty acids (a healthier combination).
  • There are no GMOs, synthetic pesticides and herbicides used in organic cow feed or pastures.
  • No use of artificial growth (rBGH)hormones.

Stonyfield 100% Grassfed Organic Yogurt

Grassfed Yogurt: What Are the Health Benefits? Groovy Green Livin

The Stonyfield Maple Hill Creamery team sets joined forces to set a new standard with the creation of Stonyfield 100% Grassfed Organic Yogurt. If you look closely at the yogurt container you’ll see a PCO seal, which means that a third-party verified that the milk used to make the yogurt comes from 100% grass fed cows. The purpose behind this new label is to create traceability and integrity around the grass fed claim.

Stonyfield’s 100% Grassfed yogurt comes in four delicious flavors (vanilla, plain, blueberry and strawberry). I loved the vanilla, as I do with most types of yogurt. It was exceptionally creamy and had a light vanilla flavor. The strawberry and blueberry required a quick stir to mix in the fruit from the bottom. This yogurt is not a low-fat option since it’s made with whole milk. Overall my family gave the yogurt a big thumbs up as a special treat.

Have you tried Stonyfield’s 100% Grassfed yogurt? I would love to know what you think and if you’re able to find it at your local market.


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Disclosure: I’m a brand ambassador for Stonyfield Organics. I am compensated and receive product samples. All opinions are always my own. 

photo credit: Blueberries & Greek Yogurt via photopin (license)

March 14th, 2016

5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier

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5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier

In honor of Earth Day, which is rapidly approaching on April 22nd, I gathered together a list of a few green products that are innovative and interesting. Many of these will make life easier, help the planet and also save you a few pennies in the long run.

Green Products That Will Make Life Easier 

Water Powered Digital Clock with Temperature ($19)
Are you tired of running out of batteries? The lxo Water Clock keeps perfect time without batteries or electricity. Just open the fill cap and add water. This cutting-edge technology enables the clock to generate it own clean energy.

Stainless Steel Compost Bin 5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier Groovy Green Livin ($26)

Composting hasn’t come easily for me. It continues to be a work in progress. I now have all the right equipment- an outdoor compost bin and an indoor compost pail, which is always under the sink. It’s amazing how I’ve reduced the amount of garbage we throw away by composting our kitchen food waste.

Nest Learning Thermostat5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier Groovy Green Livin ($238)

We’ve been using a Nest Thermostat for a few years and it doesn’t disappoint. Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week. It automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy. With the Nest app, you can change the temperature, check energy history and get an alert if your home is too hot or cold.

Reusable Organic Produce Bags 5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier Groovy Green Livin ($10)

Concerned about plastic touching your food? These breathable drawstring reusable organic produce bags are made with 100% certified organic cotton so you can not only keep plastic from coming in contact with food, but also keep plastic out of our earth.

5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier Groovy Green Livin
Tumbler That Keeps Drinks Hot Or Cold For Hours and Hours ($43)

Almost every day I make myself a cup of tea and then forget to drink it. By the time I remember the tea is cold and I’m no longer interested. Problem solved! This reusable mug is made from stainless steel and keeps ice cold twice as long as a plastic tumbler and also works well for hot beverages. One of the reviewers said she put coffee in the mug at 10:30 am and it was still hot at 3:30 pm. I’m sold!

Do you have any favorite green products that you can’t live without?


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