Germany’s Christmas Markets-Cologne Highlight

23
Dec 2016

Nestled amongst medieval castles and villages along the Rhine River are charming cities featuring Germany’s Christmas Markets. An excellent way to tour the area is aboard a Viking River Cruise. Although we’ve never really considered ourselves a cruising couple, believe us when we say one trip into the category and we’re hooked. The concept of unpacking once and having the hotel smoothly glide along the river while you have the opportunity to visit four different countries can not be emphasized enough. Along with the luxury service and onboard restaurants, Viking has perfected the art of travel experiences in the world’s great destinations.

Germany's Christmas Markets-Cologne Weihnachtsmarket

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Pay it Forward with Stonyfield

21
Dec 2016

One of the best parts of my work is meeting with companies and having the opportunity to work with those that align with my lifestyle or travel goals. As you might know, I have been a Stonyfield Ambassador for over three years now and in addition to being in sync with many of their corporate values, they are constantly introducing new ideas for everyone in the program to collaborate. For the holiday season, they have generously created a Pay it Forward campaign with a feel good message.

Pay it Forward with Stonyfield

The holidays are all about giving back; Stonyfield has given us a $50.00 gift card and just requested we pay it forward. Such fun right? It didn’t take me long to figure out how I was going to accomplish my Pay it Forward with Stonyfield.

As our kids were growing up, my husband and I have always tried to lead by example. For many years we’ve worked as a family serving meals, delivering gifts and donating time to various organizations around the city of Boston. It was a small piece of our busy lives, but an important message and bonding experience for our family unit.

Pay it forward with Stonyfield

My daughter has been involved  for close to 10 years with Athletes Unlimited, an organization that provides recreational programs for people of all ages with disabilities. Now in the “adult” world, she’s working towards a Master’s Degree in Special Education. It’s incredibly hard work and takes a unique individual. I believe she is truly gifted in her field.

Pay it forward with Stonyfield

Since she works and lives close by, we often have the opportunity to talk about her day over coffee. Stressful and taxing, she somehow manages to always have a smile on her face when she relates stories about the children she works with in a class specially designed for students with autism.

Pay it forward with Stonyfield

One of the methods she employs in the classroom is providing sensory stimulation breaks using a variety of tools. This could represent oversized cardboard bricks, a ball pit or a mini trampoline which all assist in relieving frustrations or refocusing the mind and body.

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When she recently shared that the mini trampoline had blown some springs and seen better days, I thought what better way to spend my Pay it Forward money then to purchase a new unit for her classroom. Thank you Stonyfield for being a model company and giving me a chance to share the joy of children’s smiles.

Stonyfield Grass fed Whole milk yogurt

I’ve actually been writing Pay it Forward posts since the beginning of Green With Renvy. If your curious about my motivation and how that process started, you might enjoy reading this post about the IOU Project. 

Boston Romantic Winter Getaway

19
Dec 2016

A cold weather Boston romantic winter getaway? Why not. Boston is one of the most charming winter wonderlands, especially around the holiday season. Pack your long johns and get ready to spend some quality time getting your holiday spirit on!

Boston Winter Getaway

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Thanksgiving Tradition Around the World

21
Nov 2016
Many countries celebrate the concept of giving thanks for the harvest. While I always tend to think of the November holiday as a North American event, I wondered about the Thanksgiving tradition around the world.  Not surprisingly, many countries rejoice and give thanks for the food on their table.

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The Alaskan Salmon Culture

16
Nov 2016

Salmon is the real gold rush in The Last Frontier. Alaskan salmon culture is a story of hope. Often represented in carved totem poles, it is a symbol of abundance, renewal, fertility and dependability. Northwest Native Americans have relied on the fish as a food source and spiritual representation for thousands of years. Despite a turbulent history, including near extinction, today, salmon are treated with the utmost respect. Traditionally, one ceremonial fish is caught early in the spring, blessed, eaten and every piece of the remaining carcass returned to the sea in the belief that the spirit will rise again completing the cycle of life. Only then can the official fishing season begin.

Alaskan salmon culture