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Green Beer: Not Just for St. Patrick’s Day

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | March 10th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bars, beer, beer bottles, beer cans, brewery, brewing, carbon-footprint, celebration, delivery, drinking, eco-friendly, emissions, environmental footprint, green, green beer, holiday, Irish, local, New Belgium, organic, Oscar Blues, Otter Creek, recyclable, recycling, Samuel Smith, St. Patrick's Day, USDA, Wolaver's

When I told my husband I picked up some green beer, he assumed I meant a brew reserved for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (which is strange since I usually don’t even wear green that day).

No, I bought the other kind of green beer: eco-beer — extra refreshing whether it’s March 17 or any other day. I don’t remember ever seeing ecological beer in the States, so I was intrigued when I saw the label while living in Sweden last year.

Green Flowers: Buy Organic this Valentine’s Day

Jessie Lucier by Jessie Lucier | February 9th, 2014 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: Columbia, cut flowers, Ecuador, fair trade flowers, fair-trade, gifts, holiday, human rights, organic flowers, romance, roses, toxic pesticides, toxins, Valentines Day

Organic FlowersAh, love. Each Valentine’s Day, lovers take pause to recognize that special someone in their lives. Pink and red hearts ornament retail locations, and flowers, chocolates, jewelry and other gifts are purchased and exchanged. Hands are held, sweet nothings are shared and love is in the air.

But what if these tokens of romantic affection mean something more sinister than the celebration of love and friendship? What if the production of these goods comes at a grave cost for the people directly connected to them?

YOGASCAPES: Yoga in Paradise

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | December 7th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel, Fitness, Green Living, Yoga | tags: adventure, beach, Chania, Eco Travel, Greece, holiday, Kournas lake, Maderas Surf Village, Morocco, Nicaragua, ocean, Preveli river, Rethymno, Soul Kitchen, surf lessons, surfing, Triopetra beach, Triopetra Yoga Retreats, trip, tropical island, vacation, Venetian Fortress of Fortezza, yoga retreat, yoga shala, yoganonymous, YOGASCAPES

Yogascapes

Guest post by YOGASCAPES

Join YOGASCAPES on one of their unique, handcrafted excursions built from the mat up and fueled by the practices of yoga and a commitment to living a healthy and inspired lifestyle. These escapes are sure to blow your mind, and not your budget.

Yoga for Road Trips

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | December 7th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Fitness, Yoga | tags: back-pain, breathing, breathing techniques, car, dry eyes, eye stretches, Forward Folds, Gwen Lawrence, high gas prices, holiday, holiday travel, inflation, lions pose, low back, road rage, road trip, road trips, shoulder shrugs, shoulders, stress, stretching, summer, tension, tight forearms, travel, vacation, wrist rolls, wrists, Yoga

With air travel rates literally reaching the skies, many people are choosing to drive instead of fly to their holiday destinations. But along with the excitement of your trip, you can expect to feel some anxiety and stress. Not to mention, succumbing to the inevitable frustration of traffic and road rage after spending hours in the car. In order to balance the added stressors that accompany affordable travel, get into the habit of stretching while on the road.

Here are five yoga poses, stretches and breathing techniques to undo the tension of long hours in the car and help you arrive to your destination refreshed and happy.

Gratitude for Food: Why I Fasted on Thanksgiving

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | November 28th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Giving Back, Personal Growth | tags: dinner, eating, empathize, empathy, family, fast, fasting, feast, food, food bank, friends, grateful, gratitide, holiday, homeless, hungry, mindful, mindfulness, poor, thankful, thanks, thanksgiving, Thich Nhat Hanh

Fasting

I love good food and celebrations with family and friends. Which makes Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays — it serves up both in spades!

But this Thanksgiving, I did something a little different. Rather than filling my belly with the usual feast, I decided to observe a day of fasting, which I followed up with a donation to our local food bank.

That’s right: a no-food Thanksgiving!

Gaiam TV Goes Zen

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | November 13th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Girlfriend@Gaiam, Green Living, Health & Wellness | tags: box of the month club, documentaries, eco-friendly products, Fitness, free trial, gaiam tv, Green Living, holiday, interviews, monthly subscription service, movies, November, online videos, organic snacks, personal care, Yoga, yuzen

Gaiam TV and Yuzen

Gaiam staffers have been smitten with Yuzen ever since the company started shipping its “boxes of Zen” earlier this year. (Not familiar with Yuzen? Read my review of it here.)

4 Ways to Green Your Valentine’s Day

Jodi Helmer by Jodi Helmer | February 7th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Relationships | tags: cards, chocolates, DIY spa, eco gifts, eco-friendly restaurant, fair-trade, flowers, gifts, holiday, holidays, i love you, jewelry, locally-grown food, love, organic, organic cotton robe, out to eat, recycled paper, reflexology, Relationships, spa, Valentines Day, Valentine’s Day

istock_000005074709smallI’m a sucker for love letters and chocolate, so it should come as no surprise that I look forward to Valentine’s Day. Show a little love for your partner and the planet by having an eco-friendly holiday this February 14!

Here are four ways to do it:

Travel the Slow Road

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | July 28th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: Eco Travel, eco-travelers, family memories, family-travel, family-vacations, holiday, journey, nature travels, nature trips, road trip, Slow Travel, tourist, travel, traveler, travelers, travels, trip, trips, vacation

Sometimes the detour makes the trip.

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”
~G.K. Chesterton

Slow has become a four-letter word in our accelerated culture. And yet … when it comes to travel, how can we possibly expect to truly experience a place at a breakneck pace? How can we savor a blur?

My husband and I are currently planning a mini-break. With three kids, three dogs, three cats (see a pattern developing here?), we’re lucky to escape at all, but we’re working toward a three-day getaway.

But as we plan, we’re recalling our most memorable trips, hoping to recapture whatever made them great.

And we discovered the common denominator: In every instance that we remember as truly outstanding, we were doing something other than what we had planned … and we were taking our time.

Top 12 Eco-Beach Escapes

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | March 2nd, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: Adriatic, American Samoa, Antalya, Atlantic, Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park, Australia, Bai Kem Beach, Baiona, beaches, Beaches of Palawan, Best Beaches in America list, Blue Flag, Blue Wave, Brazil, Brela Beach, Caja de Muertos, car-free, Clean Beaches Council, Coffin Island, conservation, coral, Costa Rica, cove, Croatia, Dalmatian coast, Dr. Beach, East Africa, eco-friendly travel, endangered-species, escape, family, Fernando de Noronha, Fiji, Foundation for Environmental Education, Galicia, getaway, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, holiday, island, Koh Libong, Las Islas Cies, lighthouse, Makarska, marine habitat, Mediterranean, National Healthy Beaches Campaign, national park, National Resources Defense Council, nature, nature reserve, Nungwi Beach, ocean, Ofu Beach, Osa Peninsula, Pacific, Patara Beach, Pelícano Beach, Philippines, Phu Quoc, Phuket, Playa Matapalo, protection, Puerto Rico, rainforest, SAD, Sancho Bay, sand, scuba diving, sea, seaside, snorkeling, Spain, Spice Island, sun, surfing, sustainable resorts, swim, Tanzania, thailand, The Blue Lagoon, tourism, tourists, tropical fish, turkey, Turtle Island, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vietnam, Viti Levu, volcano, water, Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, wilderness, wildlife, winter vacation, Yasawa Group, Zanzibar

Eco-friendly family beach vacation

While I welcome winter along with all the other skiers and outdoor aficionados here in Colorado, by the end of February I’m ready for a surf and sand break. But cramming onto a crowded beach towel-by-cooler with hundreds of other sunseekers is not my vision of restoring my winter-weary spirit.

When you’re a beach lover and a nature lover, the quest becomes to find those pristine stretches of sand that make you feel you’ve discovered a place where time stops; where the rhythm of sea on shore is the primary sound; where the sun’s slow slide behind the horizon is the only marker of day melding into night. A place like, say, Bai Kem Beach on Phu Quoc, one of 105 islands that comprise this idyllic Vietnamese archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand. Picture a soft, white sugar-sand beach, fringed with slender palms. Phuket, half a century ago. No people. Just total, unspoiled beauty.

New Year’s Wishes for You

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | December 30th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: 2011, affirmation, affirmations, beauty, blessings, change, christmas, faith, freedom, future, gratitude, growth, Hanukkah, holiday, HOPE, intention, journal, joy, life, love, meditation, new year, peace, prayer, Relationships, season, spirituality, thankful, thanks, universe, wishes

 Smiling woman in winter clothing holding a coffee mug

Happy Holidays,

As we moved toward the end of this year, I really began to contemplate how I, personally, wanted to end 2010.