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January 4th, 2013
What a green year it’s been! I kicked off last year with 3 words that helped define my goals and experiences for the coming year: honesty, present and learn. Looking back at the year progress was made, but my three words will continue to play a role in the new year. I have plenty more to do and learn.
Highlights from my Groovy Green Livin Year
It turned out that Tide Free & Gentle® isn’t so gentle. A report released by Women’s Voices for Earth, Dirty Secrets: What’s Hiding in Your Cleaning Products? found high levels of the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane in the detergent. 1,4-dioxane doesn’t appear on the product label or on the product website, so consumers have no way of knowing it’s even there.
I put together a petition asking Procter & Gamble (makers of Tide) to strip this harmful cancer-causing chemical out of Tide Free & Gentle®! Thanks to many of you the petition has over 78,000 signatures.
Appearance on ABC World News talking about BPA
A seemingly normal day turned into a crazy day. I was quoted in a wonderful article by Jack Kaskey in Bloomberg News about bisphenol A (BPA) and how mothers are impacting change even when regulators fail to act. I was then asked to appear on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer to talk about BPA. A camera crew showed up at my door smack in the middle of a radio interview with Mrs. Greens World. The ABC News clip was incredibly fun and hopefully sent a strong message.
National Stroller Brigade in DC
I traveled to Washington DC on a trip organized by Safe Chemicals Healthy Families. We gathered on Capitol Hill for a National Stroller Brigade to let Congress know that we demand the passage of Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Safe Chemicals Act. I also had a chance to catch up with some of my favorite green advocates, Shane from Environmental Booty, Diane from Big Green Purse, me, Micaela from Mindful Momma and Anne from Flour Sack Mama.
Go Green Get Fit Challenge
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you probably know that exercise is a big part of my life. I mix it up with a little yoga, running, cycling and going to the gym. I ramped it up a few years ago and trained for my first sprint triathlon in honor of a little boy in our town who lost his life to cancer. It’s been four years and the triathlon has become an annual event. This year I joined forces with a group of 25+ remarkable green bloggers in the Eco Mom Alliance’s Go Green Get Fit Challenge presented by Healthy Home Magazine. We completed a 12 week health and wellness series where we all shared our ups and downs throughout the challenge. I even ventured into the world of video with my 3 Tips to Keep Fit.
How young is too young for Facebook?
I was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, sharing my opinion about Facebook allowing children under the age of 13 years old to use the social-networking site with parental supervision.
BlogHer in New York City with Stonyfield
This year I headed into one of my favorite places, New York City, to attend BlogHer. BlogHer is the largest blogging conference and this year was a big crowd with over 5,000 bloggers, speakers, brands and others. After a few days filled with laughter, sweat (incredibly hot and humid), reconnecting with old friends and making new BlogHer 2012 came to a close. The friendships formed at events like this are truly some of the greatest rewards of blogging.
Disney Petition and CBS Boston
As many of you know, television cameras came to my house yet again! This time they were from CBS Boston. I was very happy to see how the piece turned out. This time I was talking about another petition I started asking Disney to remove the toxic chemicals that were found in children’s vinyl back-to-school supplies including Disney lunch boxes. Thanks to many of you this petition has almost 60,000 signatures!
Phew! There you have my 2012 in a nutshell.
Now to you my loyal readers I can’t say thank you enough. You make writing, advocating and continuing on worthwhile. Thank you.
Now let’s make 2013 even better!
photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography via photopin cc
January 2nd, 2013
Over a foot of snow fell last week while I was on vacation. That might make some of you want to run as fast as you can to a warmer climate and to others it’s a windfall. I’m in the latter camp. I can’t get enough snow. I love to ski, hike, skate, sled and anything else that involves spending time outside. Yes, I get cold but hand warmers have completely revolutionized my love of the cold outdoors.
But the party’s over. I’m not going to lie to you, it was rough waking up this morning and getting back into the groove. After spending 11 solid days with my family in ski country you would think that I would have been just plain giddy when the yellow school bus pulled up to take my children back to school, but that didn’t happen. No giddiness, no relief, only a hint of sadness that another vacation has come to a close. But this vacation felt different than others. The toll of the Sandy Hook tragedy was next to impossible to ignore. The hugs were that much bigger and the ability to remain present in the moment was that much simpler. This vacation represented a much needed break from reality and it’s sometimes harsh consequences.
I spent my days skiing, hiking, sleeping and watching movies, snuggled on the couch with my three children because I could. Remembering that there are so many who couldn’t.
Hiking up the mountain in snow shoes
This time of year is a bit iffy if you’re a skier. There’s no guaranty that there’ll be any natural snow. We really lucked out this vacation with over a foot of snow. We actually skied in powder! Take that west coasters.
Now back to our regularly scheduled program. I’m feeling renewed, refreshed and ready to see what 2013 has in store for all of us. There are some pretty cool things in the works here at Groovy Green Livin and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Wishing all of you a New Year where all your dreams come true.
How did you spend the holidays?
photo credit: Palojono via photopin cc
In honor of not-so Wordless Wednesday I’ve linked up with Better in Bulk, Dagmar’s Momsense, Live and Love Out Loud, Project Alicia, Mama Dweeb and I Thought I Knew Mama.
January 3rd, 2012
As I’ve mentioned in the past, New Year’s resolutions don’t work for me. They are a set-up for big time failure and I don’t handle failure very well. For all of us, January resolutions roll in just as the holiday season rolls out. I’m just returning from a wonderful week of family vacation. All we are struggling to do at the moment is return to our regular routine. When the alarm clock goes off tomorrow morning the routine will fall back into place, whether we are ready or not. Adding any significant change to the mix would throw me over the edge and would most certainly be a recipe for grumpy mommy syndrome-and trust me no one wants that.
In place of a resolution I’m going to try something new that seems inspirational rather than daunting. Chris Brogan came up with the brilliant suggestion to forgo the idea of a resolution, and instead, come up with 3 words that will help define your goals and experiences for the coming year.
My 3 Words for 2012
My three words for 2012 are:
The honesty that I am referring to relates to me (I’m already honest with all of you!). I’m going to focus on being completely honest with myself about what works in the growth of my business and my personal growth. There are so many incredible opportunities out there reading for the taking, but it’s impossible to do them all. This will be a year of evaluation and serious thought before jumping in. Then, once a decision is made, I can jump in with two feet and do my very best.
No, I’m not talking about more gifts. This is about being present. Really living in the moment and focusing on what’s happening NOW. My youngest son is known for waking up every morning with a big smile and asking “What’s the plan for the day?” If there is something special happening he then proceeds to ask (over and over) “When is it time for ____?” It’s hard for all of us to live in the moment. We are constantly thinking about something in the future that we’re excited or anxious about. My rational self knows that whatever is coming in the future will always be there. I’m going to work on making sure my true self realizes this too so that I am able to be present and enjoy every moment.
What I have learned from blogging thus far is that I have so much more to learn (and this is one of the things I love most about blogging). I have also learned that there are countless passionate, brilliant and knowledgeable men and women out there very willing to help (you know I’m talking about YOU). I am planning to tap into all of that powerful knowledge in 2012 because I know I can’t do it alone. I have a few projects stored inside my head just waiting for the OK, but I’m in need of a lot more information before they are ready for sharing. So be on the lookout-I just might be reaching out to learn a little from you.
What are your 3 words for 2012?
Much of my inspiration for this post came from 30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself.
Photo used under Creative Commons by Hokpakh/Flickr]
December 23rd, 2011
As the year-end approaches and the holidays are officially upon us, I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for stopping by Groovy Green Livin. I am so grateful for all of you who have reached out through comments, email, Facebook, Twitter and in-person. To all my old friends and new, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now it’s time to kick off our shoes off and relax for a few days. Before I sign off there are a few things to share:
If you haven’t heard the great news- we are one step closer to Clean Air.
Just yesterday the EPA and the Obama Administration issued the first ever nation-wide Mercury and Air Toxics Standard which will protect babies, seniors, and all of us from harmful air pollutants like mercury, arsenic, dioxin and acid gases coming from coal-fired power plants. These plants are the largest source of mercury pollution in the United States.
Holiday gifts that keep on giving
Over at Momtastic this week I shared Three Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving. Gifts that include giving a goat, sheep, chicks and a tree are all on the list.
Last minute holiday tips and eco-friendly wrapping ideas
On the J.R. Watkins Naturals Clear Conscience Blog Micaela from Mindful Momma put together a few simple tips to make the holidays a more mindful and meaningful occasion. The list includes some great reminders such as: “Every single bus driver, teacher and nice neighbor does not need a gift. A thank you card and a kind word are often more than enough.”
On the J.R. Watkins Naturals Clear Conscience Blog I added a few eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas. We have a lot of old calendars lying around and the pages make great wrapping paper for smaller gifts. For the larger gifts we use newspaper or brown paper bags that my kids decorate with markers, stickers and stamps.
I ended up trying both latke recipes this week and I must say they were delicious. Do you have any latke recipes that you can’t live without?
As of this afternoon the long awaited school vacation week will officially begin. I will be spending the next week recharging and bonding with my family on our local ski slope.
May whatever you do to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year bring you much joy and happiness. I am going to take a few days off from writing and I will be back in 2012 with more groovy green info to share.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Wishing you much love and groovy greenness in the new year.
What are your holiday/vacation plans? Whatever they are enjoy! I look forward to connecting with you in 2012.
[Photo used under Creative Commons from D. Sharon Pruitt/Flickr]