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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? 

 

photo credit: esther** via photopin cc

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

Vacation

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.

~Lori

What are your holiday/vacation plans? Whatever they are enjoy! See you back here in 2013.

photo credit: RobertFrancis via photopin cc

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 MamaDagmar’s MomsenseMy Organized Chaos, Farmer’s Daughter, The Progressive Parent.

Vacation Green Road Sign | Stock Photo © Feverpitch #2329580

April 13th, 2012

Vacation, Earth Day and Giveaways

Vacation

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!

~Lori
Vacation © Дмитрий Байрачный #2116265

December 23rd, 2011

Have a Happy and a Merry

Kick our shoes off

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:

Clean Air

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.

Latkes

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?

Vacation

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]

 

March 16th, 2011

Groovy Green Livin is Appreciating the Great Outdoors

Groovy Green Livin in Park City, Utah

I’m headed to Utah to get in my last days of Spring skiing for 2011.  Hope everyone is doing something eco-fabulous this weekend.  See you back here on Tuesday.

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About Lori

I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I hope you'll join me as I continue on my journey to live a healthy life. Along the way I just might stop to make some noise about issues that affect the health and safety of our families. Come along with me as I fight for a safer world for all of us. Together we'll discover that simple, small changes in your life can lead to a non-toxic, healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

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