Archive for the ‘Healthy Living’ Category

My Shaklee Dream Plan

Wowzwers! It’s been quite a crazy summer and because of that the time I was investing in building my Shaklee business was put on hold. Monday night I felt like I was ready to get my business going again so on tuesday I attended a meeting about all the new opportunity that came of out of the annual convention this year. Growing up in a Shaklee house, my parents had Shaklee cars – a program where if you made a certain amount of sales each month Shaklee would pay for the lease on a car. I think my parents had 10 or so Shaklee cars before the company did away with the program. So, I can’t even begin to express how excited I was to learn that Shaklee has brought the car program back! Not only did they bring the car program back, but they’ve structured it in a way that doesn’t lock you into having to get a car – sounds confusing but really it’s so cool. Basically, when I reach a specific amount of sales each month Shaklee sends me a check for $235-250. I can then use that money for whatever I want – a lease or purchase of a car, my house payment, paying off school loans, etc. It’s amazing because the more I do in sales the more money they send me. For our family, we’ve made the decision to have one car so I think I would be more likely to take the money and use it towards our mortgage rather then a car and it’s really empowering to know I’m going to have that option!

I’m really excited about this next stage of my Shaklee business šŸ™‚

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TIPS FOR A PLAYFUL SUMMER

Coming to you via the PlayWorks summer newsletter! Play safe all!

Ā 1. Game Night after dinner: Take advantage of the longer days and have a family game of Triangle tag, 4-Square or Switch after dinner.

2. Game of the Week: Have 1 family member (including parents) learn and teach a new game every week. To take a break from the heat, explore indoor games as well as outdoor ones. (Four Corners and Sandman are great indoor games from the Playworks curriculum!)

3. Playful Incentives: Create playful physical activity incentives for your kids. For example, if they can jump rope 100 times, they get a lunch of their choice.

4. Take a family walk or hike: To keep your kids engaged, create a scavenger hunt for your family to complete as you go. Make a list of things to collect, such as an acorn, a piece of litter, or a clover. Make another list of things to see, such as a duck, a squirrel, a stream, or an oak tree.

5. Keep it fresh: Check out our Playbook to download FREE games to play this summer.

The curious case of composting a SunChips bag

My husband and I went to a party this weekend to watch the USA in their (last) World Cup game. On the way over we stopped at the store to pick up a few things and as we were walking through the chip section, the SunChips bag caught my eye.

Full disclosure – I love SunChips, they are one of my guilty pleasures. I’m not big into potato chips but give me a bag of SunChips and they will be gone in a few minutes. šŸ™‚

Right away I was caught by the big letters on the front of the bag that claimed “world’s first 100% compostable chip package!” Really? I mean, I love you SunChips but do you honestly have what you claim? So of course I had to buy them (right, nothing to do with my love of SunChips here!)

The bag turned into a hot topic of conversation at the party for many reasons but one of the most discussed was how much louder the bag was then other chip bags. I went to the SunChips website this morning to see if I could learn why and here’s what they said:

We dream of a world with less waste. That’s why we’ve introduced a bag made from plants so it’s fully compostable. Every 10 Ā½ oz. SunChipsĀ® package is designed to fully break down in just 14 weeks when placed in a hot, active compost bin or pile. If it takes a little longer, don’t worry about it. Mother nature will get to it soon enough.

Truth be told, our new bag sounds a bit different than our previous bags. That’s because plant-based materials have different sound properties than the materials used to create our old bags. So although this version is a little bit louder, we hope you’ll appreciate the change and the positive environmental impact it will have.”

Very interesting šŸ™‚

So anyways, Tim and I brought the bag home with us as we compost and want to give this a try. If it works, I think SunChipsĀ will becomeĀ a proud pleasureĀ as I appreciate anyone / any company who tries to find new ways to do things. INNOVATION is what we need in our food industry and I’ll report back to let you know if it’s actually composting. It says it will break down in around 14 weeks. Here’s hoping!

How to protect yourself from toxins

I have the great privilegeĀ to still be friends with my girlfriends from high school. We’ve all grown up, learned new things, gotten married, survived heartbreak, moved around, had kids, tried different careersĀ and learned a lot! I was having dinner with my wonderful friends G and B on Friday night and we started to talk about how you should begin to educate yourself around what you should and shouldn’t eat, the toxinsĀ you should avoid, etc. B has two little boys and she way saying that it feels stressful to try and work though all that stuff when you are busy, tired and working. We live in a time of immense education which can feel amazing and overwhelming at the same time.

I came across this CNN Health series around the ‘5 Toxics That Are Everywhere” which I thought did a really good job of breaking down some of the toxins we can try to avoid. We can’t be perfect – I think you’d have to live in a bubble! But taking small steps every day can make a huge difference. The 5 toxics the article discusses are:

  • BPA
  • Phthalates
  • PFOA — Perfluorooctanoic acid (also called C8)
  • Formaldehyde
  • PBDEs – Polybrominated diethyl ethers

Happy educating šŸ™‚

Wheat-free, Dairy-free, Oh My!

June 1 marked my first experience with what a wheat free, dairy free day could look like. I’d been thinking about going wheat free, dairy free for a while as I’ve been experiencing lots of stress lately, traveling to much and generally eating bad so I thought my system could use a break from all the bread (I LOVE BREAD!) and ice cream/cheese (I LOVE ICE CREAM AND CHEESE!) I consume when I’m not on a normal schedule. Ā So, today is my third day eating no wheat and no dairy. It’s been interesting so far andĀ the one thing I’m really missing is the skim milk I use in my morning coffee. The first morning I drank it black – not working for me šŸ™‚ The second day I tried a soy latte, better but still not crazy about it. Today I tried coffee with soy milk…SIGH it’s just not cutting it.

Any suggestions for my morning coffee? I need some help!!

The Perils of Plastic

I read a crazy article on plastic in Time Magazine this morning. The CDC founded traces of 212 environmental chemicals in Americans –including toxic metals like arsenic and cadmium, pesticides, flame retardants and more. Chemicals like bisphenol (BPA) and phthalates –key ingredients in many plastics — may disrupt the delicate endocrine system, leading to developmental problems.

They also included a supplementĀ on the top 10 household toxins. Knowledge is power folks! Look for products that are phthalate-free with BPA free packaging –things that are safe for you, your home and the planet. It’s way harder than it should be šŸ˜¦

Jamie’s TED Wish

Following on the post I just did about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, I wanted to share with you the talk he gave at TED this year where he had the opportunity to share his wish…powerful stuff.