December 23rd, 2014

Vacation: If You Need Me I’ll Be Here

If you need me I'll be here Groovy Green Livin

If you need me I’ll be here (see photo above), or somewhere close by.

As 2014 comes to a close I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support this year. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you and all you bring to this amazing community of groovy greeness that we’ve created together.

As the momentum we create continues to grow I can see clearly that together we can and will continue to make a BIG difference in 2015. Your voices do matter.

I’ll be closing up shop for a few days to spend some quality time with my family. Although there’s not much snow at the moment I have high hopes that mother nature will dump some of her white stuff on the ski slopes. If you need me, chances are I’ll be skiing, reading, cooking or playing a board game by the fire. If you want to follow along on my daily adventures I’ll be posting photos on Instagram- so head on over and check them out. I would love to see what you’re up to.

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 2015 with more groovy green info to share. I’m looking forward to connecting with you here and on Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ or maybe even in real life.

Much of my gratitude and love this year goes out to you. Thank you.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Wishing you much love and groovy greenness in the new year.


If I need you where will you be? How are you spending the holidays? Hopefully doing something spectacular!

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December 2nd, 2014

Top 10 Favorite Family Board Games

Groovy Green Livin Favorite Family Board Games

There’s nothing like spending time playing a great board game over vacation. Puzzles are not really my thing, but the rest of my family gets into them. Set me up with a good board game and I’ll sit for hours. With the holidays rapidly approaching and a long vacation in the not to distant future, I’m predicting hours of entertainment will be needed.

Here are a few of our favorite board games

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There’s no doubt a good board game makes a great holiday gift for the entire family. And an added bonus: they’re guaranteed to keep your kids away from their screens for a while.


For many years we played Monopoly Junior and now we’ve finally graduated to the real deal: Monopoly. This board game provides hours of entertainment. And I mean hours. There are many versions out there, but I’m a classic monopoly fan.


HedBanz is a pretty hilarious game for all ages, although the 8-12 age group seem to really love it. Everyone wears a headband with a card on it facing out. Ask “yes” or “no” questions to figure out if the cartoon on your head is an animal, food or man-made object. Be the first player to guess what you are and win.

COMOTION: The Competitive Game of Simultaneous Charades

CoMotion is a great game for the entire family. Think charades with some added twists. Players throw the dice, pick a card and act out a word or phrase. It’s a race against the clock and you could end up acting out words at the same time as the other team.


We’ve been playing this one for a few years and it never gets old. As each player adds a piece to the board each new piece must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners. Play with up to 4 players.


The Settlers of Catan board game is a popular choice with my three boys. I have to admit that I’ve never played. Players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. It’s a trading and building game with a fairytale theme. Players have to gather resources to build settlements and cities.


Colorku Solid Wood Game is a Sudoku-like wooden board game with color marbles instead of numbers.

QUORIDOR Classic Game of StrategyGroovy Green Livin Gifts for Tween Boys

Quoridor was a big hit on the beach last summer. Quoridor is a fast-moving strategy game that is similar to chess insofar as players move pawn-shaped pieces across the board. The difference is that there are wooden fences one erects to block the progress of and force a different route upon an opponent.


If you like the game “telephone” you’ll love Telestrations. Telestrations has players draw what they see then guess what they saw. You can only imagine where this ends up. Hilarious fun!


Sort It Out  is on my list to try this year. Players are asked to arrange lists of measurements, events, weights, and stages into the correct sequence. Everyone plays on every turn so there’s no sitting around and waiting. It just won the “Game of the Year” award at the TOTY Awards.


Wits & Wagers takes Trivial Pursuit to the next level. It’s a trivia game that lets you bet on anyone’s answer. It allows you to guess the answer you think is the closest to the choices you are given. This board game can accomodate anywhere from 4 to 20 people.

What are some of your favorite board games?

Looking for a few fabulous gifts for a boy ages 8-14? Here’s my list of 20 Holiday Gifts for Tween Boys. Also check out my 15 Tech-Free Gifts for Tween Boys. 


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April 12th, 2013

Vacation and Other Odds & Ends

Groovy Green Livin vacation

Here in New England the school vacations keep coming. I’m not complaining, just sayin’. We kicked off the first vacation in December and practically every month since there’s another week of vacation tucked in. Life is good in New England. And here comes another vacation!

Next week is our April vacation and I don’t mind telling you that I’m in need of a few days off. I won’t be writing much (probably not at all), and I will be focusing on some fun with my family.

Before I sign off for a few days I wanted to share some noteworthy happenings.

I was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune

I was interviewed by reporter Julie Deardorff  and quoted her interesting Chicago Tribune article, Re-balancing your workout to lessen likelihood of injury. For those of you who have been hanging around Groovy Green Livin for a bit you know that exercise plays a large role in my life. I’ve bounced all around from triathlons to yoga and think I’ve found a pretty good balance at the moment. My interview with Julie was a lot of fun. We had a great time talking about how our workouts have changed over the years as we’ve ‘matured’.

Wondering which fruits and vegetables to buy organic?

It can be cost prohibitive to buy all organic fruits and vegetables each time you’re at the market. So how do you decide which fruits and vegetables to buy organic? Head on over to Manilla to read my new post filled with tips on how to decide which fruits and vegetables to buy organic.

The Safe Chemicals Act was reintroduced

This week Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the Safe Chemicals Act in the Senate, which will overhaul the archaic Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.

This bill gives the EPA the necessary tools to oversee safety testing of toxic chemicals, and would put the burden on industry to prove that chemicals are safe before being put in products we use in our homes and schools.

I’ve been working hard, along with many others to get this bill passed. You can help by urging your senator to cosponsor Sen. Lautenberg’s Safe Chemicals Act and steer clear of Sen. Vitter’s “Pro-Chemical Industry Act.”

Join us in asking the top ten retailers to Mind the Store

As you may have read, I’m working with several other bloggers and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families on their new campaign called  Mind the Store. Together we’re asking the nation’s top 10 retailers to avoid carrying what are being calling the Hazardous 100+ toxic chemicals.

Join us in telling the top 10 retailers in the US that it’s time to get tough on toxic chemicals and move away from the Hazardous 100+.    Click HERE to add your personal message to all ten stores.

If you’re looking for a green book to read over your vacation check out my recommendations HERE.

Enjoy your week and I’ll see you back here soon!

Are you headed anywhere fantastic for vacation? 


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February 25th, 2013

Skiing on the Moo-ve with Stonyfield Smoothies

Groovy Green Livin Smoothie

Skiing and snacking seem to go hand-in-hand in our family. We ski a few runs and then the inevitable question pops out of someones mouth, “Can we head in for a snack?”. In their defense, my boys work hard when they’re skiing and their appetites are justifiably always on overdrive. The snacking is constant and grabbing something healthy on-the-go can sometimes be challenging.

We spent this last week skiing our hearts out. It was school vacation week, the conditions were fantastic and we were able to get in 9 days on the slopes. Translation: a lot of snacks were needed on the mountain.

Thanks to Stonyfield we had a large stash of YoKids Smoothies to test out. They were a big hit-not only with our family, but with friends all around the mountain.

Groovy Green Livin skiing and smoothies

Here are a few smoothie facts:

  • They’re made with real organic fruits and veggie puree
  • They come in Strawbana and Very Berry flavors
  • Kid-friendly size
  • Healthier alternative to more processed on-the-go snacks
  • Each bottle contains 1/3 of kids’ recommended daily serving of calcium

Groovy green livin skiing smoothie

My youngest son, who’s a yogurt addict, didn’t think that one smoothie was enough. The containers are pretty small. For those kids (and adults) who can’t seem to finish the larger size Stonyfield Super Smoothie, the new YoKids Smoothies are the perfect size.

The smoothies traveled far with us and were bounced around on the ride to the ski mountain. I was a bit concerned that the foil wrapper that serves as the top to the bottle would rip or leak. It didn’t. I think traveling to school in my son’s lunch box will be the true test.

We had a few YoKids Smoothies to spare so we shared the love with friends on the mountain.

Groovy Green Livin skiing and smoothies

Even the race team coaches, Jonathan and Josh, tested them out and the consensus was a ‘thumbs up’.

Groovy Green Livin Skiing with Stonyfield

What are your favorite snacks to take with you when you’re on the move?

Disclosure: I received Stonyfield YoKids Smoothies to test out, a deck of 52 Fun Things to do in the Car and received  financial compensation to do something on the moo-ve with my family. All opinions are my very own.

December 21st, 2012

Vacation and Thanks for an Amazing Year

Groovy Green Livin Vacation

As 2012 comes to a close and many of us are heading on vacation for a few days, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support this year. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you and all you bring to this amazing community of groovy greeness that we’ve created together.

After so much tragedy and loss over the past week I’m planning to spend some quality time with my family and relax for a few days. Before I sign off there are a few things to share: 

Sandy Hook Help

If you’re looking for a way to help the PTSA of Sandy Hook Elementary has asked that people send snowflakes so they can hang them in the cafeteria of the new school the kids will be attending. Snowflakes need to be sent in by January 12, 2013. My friend Shane at Environmental Booty has all the details HERE.

#26Acts of Kindness

If you haven’t heard about this, Ann Curry from NBC News wrote about a movement  started to honor the 26 lives that were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary. This is something we can all participate in and it will hopefully become so ingrained that it becomes second nature and will last a lifetime.

Take the vow to do 26 random acts of kindness, each representing a life lost that day. The movement has gone viral. It’s already begun. We all want to and can do something


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 2013 with more groovy green info to share. I’m looking forward to connecting with you here and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ or maybe even in real life!

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! See you back here in 2013.

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July 18th, 2012

Recycled Robots and Vacation


Groovy Green Livin Vacation Green Road Sign

It’s Wednesday and all over the internet you will find photos with no words of explanation. Why? Because pictures say a thousand words and today is Wordless Wednesday.

This coming week I am going to be cutting back on my writing and focusing on some fun with my family. My oldest son is (finally!) home from 4 weeks at sleepaway camp. I can’t stop staring at him and looking for ways that he’s changed.  Of course I’ve been pummeling him with non-stop questions about every detail. I’m getting as much info as expected out of an 11 year old boy. He had a fantabulous time!

Before I sign off for a few days I wanted to share with you what my other two boys were working on while their older brother was at camp.

Recycled Robots

Thank you to the great people of the Flatbread Company for making interesting pizza boxes which are perfect for robot making.

Groovy Green Livin recycled robot

Here’s a closeup of the robots head. Yes, those are broken pencil lips. And it’s a bit hard to see, but he’s wearing an itty bitty hat.

Groovy Green Livin recycled robot head

Have a wonderful few days and I’ll see you back here soon!

Linked up with Crazy About My Baybah, I Thought I Knew Mama, Dagmar’s MomsenseMy Organized Chaos, Farmer’s Daughter, The Progressive Parent.

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April 13th, 2012

Vacation, Earth Day and Giveaways


Yesterday was a doozie. There was a jackhammer outside my office for most of the afternoon.  My desk was shaking and my laptop was vibrating. The jackhammer ultimately ended up blowing a fuse which also blew out the internet. The afternoon was spent on the phone trying to unsuccessfully fix the problem. The story ends well- my superman husband to the rescue.  After my hours of effort he was able to fix the problem in no time. Now I’m ready for a vacation!

Next week is our spring vacation. I’ll be cutting back on my writing and focusing on some fun with my family. I have a few guest appearances scheduled to keep you entertained until I return.

Before I sign off for a few days I wanted to share some of this weeks happenings with you.

Earth Day Giveaway

In celebration of Earth Day (April 22) Cascadian Farm sent me an Earth Day Celebration Kit. It arrived in an awesome picnic basket and included Cascadian Farm products, VIP coupons for free products and recipe ideas, along with an extra kit for a giveaway to one lucky reader of Groovy Green Livin ($60 value!). Click HERE to enter.

Mrs. Green’s World Radio Show

On the same day ABC World News showed up for an interview I was also being interviewed by the lovely and talented Mrs. Green-Gina Murphy Darling-of Mrs. Green’s World radio show. Even though our interview was cut short, we had so much to talk about.  I’m secretly hoping she invites me back so we can pick up where we left off. HERE’s a link to the show.

What’s Your Social Style

I was honored to be featured on Monique Neeley’s  ‘What’s Your Social Style’. In this interview I shared my social media style and also shared  who inspires me to do what I do.

Celebrate Earth Day (April 22)

On April 22, 2012 people from around the globe will celebrate Earth Day. If you are one of the billions of people planning to celebrate Earth Day there are a few ways you can lend a hand. Check out my ideas HERE.

Book Giveaway! Moms Clean Air Force

I recently had an opportunity to catch up with Diane MacEachern, author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, to find out how she jumped on board her eco-conscious path and was grateful when she offered up a few simple ways we can all make a difference. Click HERE to find out what Diane had to say and to enter the giveaway for a copy of her book!

Pin of the Week

There are so many great pins on Pinterest. Every week I’m amazed at the gorgeous pins and incredible information I find on this site. This weeks pin award goes to 8 Health Benefits of Quinoa. If you haven’t already, come on over and find me on Pinterest.

Now time to get ready for vacation. Have a groovy green week and I’ll be back again soon!

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