Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Fittest Bride Challenge

Want to be one bad-ass bride? 

The famous Spartan Race has organized the Spartan Fittest Bride Challenge on October 17th and 18th in Pittsfield, Vermont. The challenge will encompass a timed race up and down a mountain on Riverside Farm. Fastest time wins. And what is the prize, you ask? Let me tell you...

(c) Spartan Race Media

The grand prize winner of the challenge will win a FREE wedding reception for 100 guests and lodging for six at Riverside Farm. Gourmet cuisine and event coordination all included. The prize is worth $45,000. Amazing! 

The Details....

The challenge is open to 100 contestants. Applicants must be formally engaged and/or plan to be married by summer 2016. The first 15 contestants to register and qualify will receive free lodging (for two!) at Amee Lodge during the challenge. 

To enter, provide a brief message describing yourself with a link to a photo and the lovely people at Spartan will let you know if you qualify for the challenge. 

The race will be filmed and televised, too! Deadline for entries is October 15th so get to it!!! Submit your application here. Good luck!

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(c) Riverside Farm 

Happy Planning (and Running!!!), 

Thursday, August 13, 2015!

I was perusing my local Adams Fairacre Farm (because who doesn't love Adams?) last Friday and stumbled across this little flower display....

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I quickly picked up a bouquet for my mom (since she's awesome and all moms deserve flowers). The flowers are from River Garden Farm in the Catskills and are so vibrant and unique. They have that "just picked wildflower look" that I love. 

These bouquets would be perfect in an upcycled mason jar and placed on tables as centerpieces. Maybe add a burlap table runner with some small soy votive candles and you've got the easiest tablescape ever. And for only $9.99 a bunch, the price can't be beat! 

Happy Planning, 

Monday, June 8, 2015

New Barn Wedding Venues

Over the last few months, several different wedding venues have contacted HVG requesting to be incorporated into our ever-growing barn wedding venue list on the blog. Two new barn venues to note are Stonehouse Gardens in Ulster County and the Wedding Barn at Lakota's Farm in Washington County. Hop on over to the barn venue webpage here and check out our full list! 

(c) Historic Barns of Nipmoose

In other news....

I've been interviewed by not one but two journalists from the Poughkeepsie Journal over the past two weeks. Topics included the issue of greenwashing (of which I know a bit about) and green weddings (of which I know a lot about!). So fun to be interviewed...makes me feel special. 

And one more thing, a great big thank you to everyone who has stuck around for new blog posts. Life has gotten busy since Mr. HVG and I welcomed identical twins Lila and Nora into the world in late February. After a 31-day stint in the NICU, we brought the girls home and couldn't be happier (or more sleep deprived!). 

Happy Planning, 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello Winter!

Just popping in to say hello! It's been far too long since the last blog post on HVG....just wanted to let everyone know that the blog is still active, albeit very slow! I have been busy with work, grad school, the holidays, and with preparations for the two new additions to our family. Mr. HVG and I are expecting identical twin girls come spring...let the craziness begin! 

In the midst of maternity leave, caring for two newborns, and trying to finish up my graduate thesis, I will continue to sporadically post here on the Hudson Valley Green blog. I will also continue to update the NYS Barn Wedding Venue webpage as new venues keep popping up! 

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Winter is supposedly sticking around for another six weeks...hoping everyone stays warm and safe through all the snow and ice!
Happy Planning, 

Saturday, November 29, 2014


It's been far too long since I've last posted. Life has been a bit crazy with work, grad school, enjoying autumn, and some big news that I'll share with you a bit later. But more on Goodebox...

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I had signed up for a Goodebox subscription and recently received my first Goodebox package. If you aren't familiar with Goodebox, the company curates monthly collections of environmentally friendly beauty and health products. The good people at Goodebox do all of the legwork in finding great products that are amazing alternatives to conventional cosmetics. They then package them up in some tissue paper and a cardboard box (both of which can be reused for your future care packages!) and send them to your home....viola!

In the September Goodebox, I received both trial size and full size products. I am lucky enough to live near an Origins store which gladly accepts my empty cosmetic containers and recycles them at a facility on Long I don't worry too much about generating waste from the small containers' plastic. 

Some of the products included in September's package....

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(c) Hudson Valley Green

I really loved the majority of the products in the Goodebox...any products that didn't appeal to me, I quickly passed along to friends. Each product has its own info card which details instructions, ingredients, and price for full-sized bottles. Speaking of full size, the majority of products in the Goodebox were trial sizes but sometimes full-sized products are included as well, like this SquareHue nail polish.

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Because the Goodebox subscription is $18/month, including shipping, I opted for the bimonthly subscription. For your bridesmaids who enjoy great beauty products but who are also eco-conscious, this might be a great gift...a package of fun surprises delivered right to their doorstep! 

For more information, please visit

Happy Planning, 

p.s. This post was not sponsored by Goodebox....I just thought I would pass along some information about a great service! 

p.s.s. Apologies for the poor lighting in these photos!