Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Join Mission: Healthy, Happy Life!

Are you looking to make a difference in your life and the lives of other moms?

Since partnering with Shaklee back in 2012, I've found a renewed passion for helping others! I love to help other moms get their lives back...get their health back, their weight down, get back in shape, get their husbands healthier, get their kids healthier, and live in a toxin-free home!

And, I've found a passion for helping these moms find a way to stay at home with their kids and contribute financially to their families!

If you are a stay at home mom, or you are looking for a way to stay at home, or maybe just looking to supplement your current income, Shaklee offers wonderful opportunities. If you would like to learn more about how you can work with me, Mission: Healthy, Happy Life, and Shaklee contact me today and let's talk! I will be glad to answer any of your questions! 

This month, I'm so excited to offer our amazing Gold Pak business pack for only $299! This is a fantastic deal to start your very own Shaklee business!

In this kit you receive:
  • five of Shaklee's best selling products to begin Shaklee-izing your home (retail value of over $500)
  • 250 PV
  • Distributor Welcome Kit
  • A Shaklee Personal Web Site - free for 3 months!
  • 15% off SRP on all product purchases
  • Access to MyShaklee.com
And for a limited time... a FREE registration ticket to the 2014 Shaklee Global Conference in Long Beach, CA - a $249 value!

And finally, when you purchase your Gold Pak starter kit, I'm going to pay for your shipping, plus send you a free goodie!

Contact me today and we'll chat!

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Our Family's Favorite Toddler Books

Today I wanted to share with you our family's favorite toddler books. We love to read in our home; the boys get stories before bed every night, and any time they bring a book to us during the day, Matt and I are happy to read to them! We want to instill good reading habits in them and encourage their imaginations through reading!

Here's a list of some of our favorites! 

Anything by Sandra Boynton - her books are funny and have a super fun cadence to them. Our favorites are Hippos Go Berserk, Hey! Wake Up, and The Going to Bed Book.

Goodnight Gorilla - this one really lets us and the boys use their imaginations to tell the story because it's just a picture book. 

Where's Spot? - this one is perfect for young toddlers, because they love to open the flaps.

Little Blue Truck - a fun, rhyming book that also teaches a lesson about helping others, even when they're being stinkers.

Home for a Bunny - a classic. In fact, the copy that we have is the one I had growing up...so it's OLD! I don't know what I like best about it- the gorgeous illustrations or the story line!

The Goodnight Train - it's so soothing for bedtime; it makes me sleep just reading it!

Anything by Mercer Mayer - we love the Little Critter books! They're sweet and funny, but always have a great moral to the story such as sharing 

What are your favorite books to read to your kids?

(Note: none of these links are affiliate links. I do not get paid if you click and purchase)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Your Health and the Environment

I believe most of us are committed to good health and have daily activities and routines we follow to help support our health. We exercise, take natural supplements, drink a high-protein smoothie, drink water, wear sunscreen...the list goes on! 
All these small steps taken day in and day out lead to a stronger and healthier YOU!
While all of those things are an excellent way to be healthy, I want to be sure you aren’t missing an important part of the health puzzle by being exposed to chemicals in your environment.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tracks more than 84,000 chemicals used in commerce.  These chemicals, have worked their way into our everyday lives. Now, no matter how clean you try to live, it is impossible to escape exposure from these chemicals that may put an amazingly heavy burden on our liver and other detoxification pathways in our bodies. Chemicals are found in the food we eat, clothes we wear, personal care products we use, and even the very products that we use to keep our homes clean and safe.
Take a look at the chemicals found in common household cleaners:
NameFound inPotentially harmful effects
PhthalatesSolvents used to make fragrancesEndocrine disrupters: Men with high levels of phthalates in their blood have reduced sperm counts.
Perchloroethylene(PERC)Dry-cleaning solution, spot removers, carpet cleanersThe EPA classifies PERC as a possible carcinogen and has ordered a phase-out of the chemical by 2020.
TriclosanAn antibacterial found in dishwashing detergents and hand soapsLeads to drug-resistant bacteria and is a possible hormone disrupter.
2-ButoxyethanolMostly found in window cleaners, is responsible for the sweet smellGeneral irritant when inhaled, at high levels can damage lungs, liver, and kidneys
AmmoniaFound in many cleaning productsWhen inhaled, it can irritate the lungs and potentially worsen asthma.
ChlorineAnother ubiquitous chemical, found in toilet bowl cleaner, mildew removers, laundry products, and even tap waterChlorine is very reactive and irritates skin and lungs. It may disrupt the thyroid.
While it can be daunting to think that we are surrounded by so many chemicals, the good news is that there are fantastic natural choices that will do the job these chemicals do just as well without exposing you and your family to potentially harmful fumes, solvents, and toxins.
Be sure you only have safe, green cleaners under your sink and in your laundry. Choosing green cleaners means that you are doing the best for your health, the environment, and your family’s well-being! My family exclusively uses Shaklee green cleaners...they're safe, nontoxic, they work and are saving us a ton of money!
What is your favorite green cleaning tip?
Thank you to Dr. Jamie McManus for contributing much of this information!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday

First, I want to express my sadness over the shooting at Ft. Hood today. I, along with so many, am shocked that this happened again, just 5 years after the first shooting. Matt and I are praying for the victims and their families. 

Today I want to share with you what I'm reading!
The New Parenting Style That Might Be More Than a Fad. So when this started showing up in my Facebook feed yesterday with people all up in arms, I had to read the article. At first I was like, "What the what?? Are you CRAZY??" Then, I clicked a few links and found out the truth of said article...it was a brilliant April Fool's joke thanks to Honest Toddler! I love it! (And it goes to show that you've GOT to do research when you read stuff on the interwebs...just because it's there doesn't make it true!) Big props to you Honest Toddler for fooling so many people!
15 Ab Exercises by Maria Kang, made famous via social media for her 'controversial' post about "What's your excuse" regarding making time for exercise. Well, I happen to think she's on point...love her and I love how she tells everyone straight up that she's not perfect, she has stretch marks, she misses workouts, she doesn't eat clean 24/7. Anyhow... this is a great list of ab exercises and I've been doing them for a few weeks. So yes, I'm reading about ab workouts! :)
Monthly Subscription Box List from Two Chics and a Blog. I currently don't subscribe to any monthly boxes, but I've considered it. I had NO IDEA there were so many! It's kind of overwhelming, but really neat to see all the choices out there!
Hyperthyroid Diagnosis from Pomme Wellness, one of my colleagues. Ya'll, read her husband's story. Read it! It's scary, but has a WONDERFUL ending!
What are you reading this week?
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Favorite Laundry Detergent

How much do you think you spend on laundry detergent every month? $15? $20? Maybe more?  I was as well, up until about two years ago. I used to use all the name brand detergents...tide, gain, you name it. I was paying for expensive laundry detergent that didn't work very well and it seemed like our clothes were wearing out faster. 

So I finally got tired of it and switched to a natural laundry detergent. I love this one. Love it! For just about a million reasons, but I'll only list a few!

  • It's $40.25 (member price) for a 14lb box and has lasted me NINE MONTHS
  • We're averaging about $5 per month for laundry detergent
  • I do a LOT of laundry
  • This detergent average about $.14 per load
  • Our clothes are cleaner, with no soap residue, and they seem to be lasting longer
  • It's really good for the environment with no phosphates or chlorine. It's also biodegradable, concentrated, and hypoallergenic
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

What's Stopping You?

Friends, what's stopping you from joining the mission towards a healthier, happier home??

My husband and I thought living a more natural lifestyle was going to break the bank. It hasn't! Our family's health is the best it's ever been, which means less doctor visits, less prescriptions, and less time off work, thanks to safe, natural nutrition!

Our home is finally REALLY clean, thanks to nontoxic cleaners that actually work! My skin is looking and feeling better, and I lost those last few baby lbs thanks to excellent beauty care and a tasty weight management product.

Shaklee is NOT about selling miracles and I'm not either! Shaklee is all about SCIENCE, not fads! Trust me, I have not decided to make Shaklee my brand partner so that I can sell, sell, sell to people. No, that's not it. I chose to partner with Shaklee because I have a passion for helping other moms get their families healthier.  And in turn, I'm rewarded for it. But an even bigger bonus out of all that is that I not only help these moms get their families healthier, but I'm helping them either get their favorite Shaklee products FREE every month or create their own health and wellness business!

I love what I do and I want to help YOU, too! Whether you're interested in learning more about our products or you're ready to start earning an income, please message me at jallen44 at gmail dot com! 

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cleaning Windows | Getting Clean for Spring

Today I wanted to share with you the simple solution my family uses to clean all the windows and glass in our home.
Yep, you guessed it…it’s a product by Shaklee (my favorite health and wellness company ever!).
We use Shaklee’s Basic H solution as our window cleaner! Did you even know it can be used to clean windows??
It’s simple…just take 16 oz of water and add just two drops of Basic H and give it a shake. There you have it! A full bottle of safe, nontoxic window cleaner!
This is how I’m kicking off our spring cleaning for 2014, by getting all the windows and mirrors clean and dirt-free. We have a ton of windows so it’s going to take me a full day (on top of all my other domestic duties!)

Have you tried Basic H for window cleaning yet?

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