August 30th, 2011

Staycation and Other Odds & Ends

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Vacation

Staycation

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.

haircut

 

We will be trading in our highwaters (they came in handy this week during flooding from Hurricane Irene) for pants that actually fit.

pants that 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).

hair

Before signing off  I wanted to share two interesting and important articles that were recently published. Take a look when you have a chance.

  1. Mail Online reported : Scented laundry products (dryer sheets etc…) could be releasing cancer-causing chemicals when clothes are tumble-dried.
  2. 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 :

  • Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for a Kids Konserve reusable lunch sack with great coupons inside for free products. Entries will be accepted until midnight, August 30, 2011 and 5 winners will be selected.  I will announce the winners on September 1, 2011.
  • JOIN ME FOR A TWITTER PARTY: Want to learn some tips and tricks for non-toxic living on a nickel? Join me on Thursday, September 1 at 6pm PST/9pm EST  for a Twitter Party with Healthy Child Healthy World.  I will be a panelist along with Paige Wolfe “Author of Spit That Out”, blogging at spitthatoutthebook.com , Rene of Budget Saving Mom, Emi The Cloth Diaper Report and Easy Peasy Japanesey. We will be discussing how creating a cleaner, greener, safer home does NOT need to cost an arm and a leg (really!).

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]

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10 Responses to “Staycation and Other Odds & Ends”

  1. Oooh! Def want to join the twitter party!
    Glad you get to take a staycation! Haven’t had a staycation or vacation in years!! ENJOY IT! And take care of that hair girl! :)

  2. Come to the Twitter party Tiffany! They are usually packed with good info and interesting people. You are so overdue for a vacation-come to Boston for a visit!

  3. Enjoy your staycation. I think 4 out of 5 of us in our house have the hair on the right. School starts tomorrow I better get on that!

  4. Marsha-Let me know how long it takes! It’s not pretty over here-but at least we have the weekend to work through it. Good luck tomorrow!

  5. Have a happy staycation! Good luck getting those knots out. :)

  6. Still working on them….:)

  7. Well I’m glad that I avoid triclosan and petrochemicals in my laundry detergent! I think most people’s dryer exhaust smells gross so I wasn’t too surprised.

    Have fun on your staycation :)

  8. Hi Jennifer-I think if you haven’t been using scented products for a bit the smell of laundry exhaust is pretty strong. I can smell bounce from a mile away! My staycation has been great :)

  9. We have been keeping triclosan out of our house for years … and depending on the store, it can be difficult to buy liquid hand soap that doesn’t have it (or at least in a large enough refill container)!

  10. Hi Becky! You are way ahead of the studies-nice job! I agree, it’s sometimes hard to find soap that doesn’t contain this nasty ingredient. It can be done. Some of my favorite brands are Dr. Bronners and Cleanwell.

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