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August 7th, 2012
The Stonyfield Gang (L to R) Chandra, Carrie, Kristina, me, Micaela from Mindful Momma
Whew. I just returned from a crazy fun weekend in New York City. BlogHer 2012 has come to a close after much laughter, sweat (incredibly hot and humid), reconnecting with old friends and making new. BlogHer is the largest blogging conference and this year was a big crowd with over 5,000 bloggers, speakers, brands and others.
Getting to NY was a breeze. I took the Acela (high speed train) from Boston for the first time and loved it. After a 3 1/2 hour ride with WiFi and a few of my Stonyfield friends I found myself in Penn Station. After quick cab ride to the hotel I was ready to enjoy my weekend.
My first night in New York was spent at a small, intimate party hosted by Stonyfield Organics and Healthy Child Healthy World. Micaela Preston from Mindful Momma and I were blogger ambassadors for the party. I had a chance to address the group and spoke a bit about how both organizations hold a place near and dear to my heart. As some of you may know, I’m a Yo-Getter ambassador for Stonyfield and I’m a Parent Ambassador for Healthy Child Healthy World.
The party made a huge conference feel much more manageable by bringing together a small group of active, green, like-minded and passionate people.
Photo: Lindsay Dahl (Safer Chemicals Healthy Families), Micaela Preston (Mindful Momma), Anna Hackman (Green Talk), Karen Lee (Eco Karen) and me
After the party a small group of us were treated to dinner at Chelsea’s Table – a new restaurant opened by Stonyfield founder Gary Hirshberg.
The chef brought out course after course of delicious food.
And that was only the first night……more details of my fabulous weekend in New York coming soon.
Big thank you to Stonyfield Organics for sponsoring my trip to BlogHer12. I also received a complementary pair of Neuaura Mulberry shoes from Compassion Couture Shop which kept my feet happy at BlogHer. All opinions and comments are my very own.
July 31st, 2012
It’s hard to believe an entire year has flown by since I went to my very first BlogHer. It was just one year ago that I was celebrating my one year blogaversary in the fantastic city of San Diego. The conference was everything I had expected and then some. After 4 days away I stumbled home needing a nap and a good foot massage, but filled with inspiration, new friendships and confirmation that Groovy Green Livin is the right place for me.
What is BlogHer?
Imagine thousands of bloggers all in one space. Add to that speakers, brands and many others that make BlogHer the blogging conference that it is. BlogHer is the largest blogging conference for women (and a handful of brave men). This week I’m headed to New York City forBlogHer 2012. New York City has always held a special place in my heart-I was born there and my family has longstanding roots in the City. I’m very grateful that I’ll be celebrating my second blogaversary with new and old friends in the city that never sleeps (not sure I will either!).
President Obama, Katie Couric and Martha Stewart
This just in-President Obama will be will be addressing the BlogHer Attendees on Thursday. Wow. We will also be hearing keynotes from Martha Stewart and Katie Couric. There’s so much more happening. I promise to share the highlights.
Big News: I’m sponsored by Stonyfield Organic
Not only am I going to this uber-cool conference, but I’m also honored and beyond excited to have my trip to New York sponsored by one of my all-time favorite brands: Stonyfield Organic. I’ve been working with Stonyfield Organic over the past year as a Yo-Getter, which is their brand ambassador program. I’m also very excited to join forces with fellow Yo-Getter and my friend Micaela from Mindful Momma, who will also be working with Stonyfield at BlogHer!
If you’re not familiar with Stonyfield products you can find their delicious organic yogurts, smoothies, soy yogurts, ice cream and milk in most supermarkets, natural food stores and colleges across the country.
Not only do I love Stonyfield products, but their mission is right up my alley: “to work towards all sorts of healthy”. This company supports hundreds of family farms and keeps over 200,000 agricultural acres free of pesticides and other toxic chemicals commonly used on nonorganic farms.
I’ll be filling you in on all my Stonyfield adventures and happenings during the conference. If you want to follow my BlogHer12 adventures while I’m in New York be sure to follow me on Twitter (hashtag #BlogHer12) and Facebook. I’ll hopefully post some pictures too. You can also follow Stonyfield on Twitter and Facebook for great promotions, information on organics and exciting new products.
Last year I was told comfy shoes are a must for BlogHer. Did I listen to the advice? Not so much. I ended up with very sore, blistered feet. This year I am excited to try out my Neuaura Mulberry shoes from Compassion Couture Shop, a shop where all the products are 100% animal friendly and are produced by labels that incorporate sustainability into their practices. The shoes are adorable and comfy and will hopefully keep my feet happy throughout the evening parties during the conference.
Time to go to BlogHer!
I can’t wait to connect with so many of you this year. There’s nothing like meeting in real life. I want to extend a huge thank you to Stonyfield Organic for the opportunity to work together and making this year’s trip to BlogHer extra special.
If you are headed to BlogHer this year let me know. I’d love to connect!
Disclosure: Stonyfield Organics is graciously compensating me for my trip to BlogHer this year. I also received a complementary pair of Neuaura Mulberry shoes from Compassion Couture Shop to keep my feet happy at BlogHer. All opinions and comments are my very own.
Photo © Peter Gabriel #3196156
April 24th, 2012
In my everyday life I work hard to care for my little corner of the earth. I’m not perfect, but I try to make a difference. Whether it’s recycling, eating organic foods or supporting companies that share my views, I continue to plug along-taking baby steps towards making the world a better place.
Being green on vacation takes effort
I just landed from an incredible family vacation. Incredible in the sense that we just spent 10 days hanging out, eating well, watching the sun set and doing a whole lotta nothing-together. What I noticed on this vacation is how easy it was to place most of my efforts to make the world a better place on hold.
Being green on vacation seems to be counter-intuitive. Vacation is for relaxing and letting go of all effort. So why does it take so much more of an effort to be green and make eco-friendly choices?
I think it comes down to being outside of our normal routine. Also, I’m relaxed and just plain lazy on vacation. Isn’t that a sign that the vacation is doing its job?
Now that I’m home I thought I would take a moment to reflect on my eco-errors and make a list of all the things I could have done to make this vacation, and all vacations, greener. I’m bringing this list with me next vacation!
How to have a green vacation
Bring reusable bags
There’s always enough room in the suitcase for a few reusable bags. We did a lot of grocery shopping this trip and it would have been nice to have my arsenal of reusable bags on hand.
Pack reusable water bottles
We all know that you can’t bring liquids through security. The solution is to pack a few empty reusable water bottles for the family. When you arrive at your destination fill them up and use them for the duration of the trip. Say goodbye to those plastic water bottles that are calling your name in every airport.
Conserve those towels and sheets
Many hotels have sheet and towel cards asking guests to consider not having sheets and towels changed every day. I don’t change my towels and sheets every day at home so why would I need that service on vacation? What a simple way to conserve water and energy.
Our room didn’t have any recycling options. It would have been simple to designate one of the garbage cans as a recycling bin to use throughout our stay. There were recycling bins on the grounds which could have been used to dump the recyclables from our room.
Bottom line: Vacation is a lot of fun, but we all have to work a little harder to keep it green.
Are you as green on vacation?
Photo courtesy of my groovy husband, Joel.
September 5th, 2011
I’m at the tail end of my wonderful staycation and already looking forward to the next. Maybe next time I’ll take a vacation to a far off exotic (or maybe not so exotic) place. As a self-proclaimed “greenie” it has been at times challenging to find ways to make my travel eco friendly. Over the years I have gathered travel tips that have helped reduce my carbon footprint while on the road.
Here are my 10 Green Family Travel Tips which I shared with my friends over at Practically Green.
When you’re finished reading the post be sure to take a look around Practically Green’s site. Take the Practically Green quiz to see how green you really are and discover what your next green steps could be. Let me know what you find.
What are your tips for greener travel?
[Photo used under Creative Commons from Abdallah/Flickr]
August 30th, 2011
As of today I will be taking a short staycation: a vacation where I won’t be blogging and I’ll be sticking pretty close to home (low carbon emissions during this vacation!) for a few days. During my staycation I’ll be spending time with my three lovely boys before the back-to-school frenzy hits hard next week. We have a few things to accomplish while we’re staycationing:
We will be getting much needed haircuts.
We will be trading in our highwaters (they came in handy this week during flooding from Hurricane Irene) for pants that actually fit.
We will be brushing our hair for possibly the first time all summer. I’m anticipating this task will take a minimum of one to two days to complete. Our hair looks something like the one on the right (our lips look nothing like either pair of lips).
Before signing off I wanted to share two interesting and important articles that were recently published. Take a look when you have a chance.
- Mail Online reported : Scented laundry products (dryer sheets etc…) could be releasing cancer-causing chemicals when clothes are tumble-dried.
- The New York Times reported: The anti-bacterial chemical, triclosan, raises safety issues. Triclosan is commonly found in anti-bacterial soaps, kitchen cutting boards and even a best-selling toothpaste, Colgate Total.
Although I won’t be posting much for a few days, there will still be a few not-to-be- missed things happening at Groovy Green Livin :
We will return to our regular scheduled programming after Labor Day. Have a wonderful few days!
[Photos used under Creative Commons from Jeff Turner, D.Sharon Pruitt and Saffy/Flickr]
August 9th, 2011
Imagine 3,400 bloggers all in one space. Add to that speakers, brands and many others that helped wow me this past weekend in San Diego for BlogHer. My days were packed with fabulous sessions, meetings with amazing women and time spent checking out the unimaginable amounts of swag available for the taking.
After four incredible days it was time to head home. The trip was long but thankfully I was sitting next to two bloggers, one who blogs anonymously so I don’t want to give any of her info away and Megan, who entertained me for the entire 5 + hours on the flight. After giving my boys too many hugs and kisses to count, I spent a good portion of the day yesterday digesting the whirlwind surrounding my adventures at BlogHer. It’s impossible to document each and every amazing encounter over the weekend, but I will try to highlight a few. I will say that the group of women I met couldn’t have been more interesting, intelligent and diverse. And there was one thing that brought us all together: blogging.
Highlights from BlogHer 2011
View of San Diego from my hotel room. San Diego weather rocks. Thanks to Cathy and Megan for sharing the view.
A highlight of the weekend was connecting with a few of the amazing women from the Green Moms Carnival: Micaela(Mindful Momma), Mary (In Women We Trust), Amber (Strocel.com), Katy (Non-Toxic Kids), Beth (My Plastic Free Life) and Harriet (Climate Mama). Most of us were armed with our reusable water bottles and disheartened by the amount of single-use plastic disposables used throughout the conference.
Vegan table of food -there was also a gluten free table.
A 5K around the San Diego marina. Thanks to Jess and Kath for pacing me and pushing me to take it up a notch.
Early morning yoga overlooking the water.
Elizabeth and I had fun doing an interview with Mom Central.
Advanced screening of The Help (not the best photo). Two pieces of advice: 1. Go and 2. Bring tissues. It opens August 10, 2011.
So there you have the highlights, but it’s impossible to leave out mention of the decadent parties at night (including a fab greenie party by Calley over at The Echo Chic), the blisters on my feet and the awesome flash mob by 5 Minutes for Mom.
NYC 2012! Anyone in?
August 3rd, 2011
Happy one year blogaversary to Groovy Green Livin.
It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since I first launched this site. Time flies when you’re having fun! There’s no way I could let this date pass without a big thank you to all of YOU. Without you I would be doing a whole lotta talking to myself and that wouldn’t be any fun at all. So thank you for stopping by and providing me with oodles of support, suggestions, thought provoking comments, questions and ideas. You, my loyal and amazing groovy greenies, help to make this work.
In honor of my blogaversary I’ve decided to throw myself a little party and it’s happening in San Diego starting tomorrow. Some of you will be there and some of you won’t-but you’re all invited. I’m going to celebrate in style at BlogHer. BlogHer is a conference that brings together thousands (no joke-over 3,000) of women bloggers (and a sprinkling of men) from around the world to discuss, inspire and connect with each other. There will also be brands, brands and more brands there.
I’m ready. My schedule is somewhat daunting, with parties into the wee hours of the night. But I can’t think of any other way I’d want to celebrate. It’s my hope to connect with a handful of some of the incredible bloggers and brands that I’ve gotten to know virtually this past year. Beyond that……I’m willing to wait and see.
My problem of the moment: Getting my red carpet wardrobe together. I’m an over packer and I’m seriously out of control. Hopefully that will be the biggest issue of the weekend.
If you want to follow my BlogHer adventures be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates galore. I’ll hopefully post some pictures too.
More posts about my blogaversary to come. Stay tuned.
So off I go to celebrate…..thanks for everything!
[Photo used under Creative Commons from D. Sharon Pruit/Flickr]