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

 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.


Yoga, Flow Yoga

During the spring and summer I walk to and from work, it’s around 5 miles a day, about 20 miles a week. I feel completely amazing during this time – the walking gives me time to clear my head, relax and just be. It also has the added benefit of keeping me in shape 😉

Once the weather turns cold, I stop walking as the sidewalks get icy and it’s just to hard to carry all the gear needed in Boston in the winter. But then I start feeling fat and unsure what to do about it (its to cold to walk, I hate the gym, I’m feeling stressed, etc).  To help with this my husband introduced me to Gentlel Yoga a few months back and the most amazing yoga teacher I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from. While I enjoy her class immensely, it wasn’t a strong enough workout to replace the 20+ miles I would walk in a week. So Monday night I agreed to try Slow Flow Yoga with my cousin Rachel. She goes three times a week (total rock star) and was telling me how much better she feels, etc. I was really nervous to try as I have this thing about hot rooms (actually anything that feels remotely sauna-like sends me into a mild panic) but I went anyway. I think the room was around 85 (and I did panic about 4 times and had to just sit on my mat for a minute) and when they say ‘flow’ they really mean it! The class moved the entire 75 minutes and it was a killer workout! I am still sore today but am going back tonight for another class! I have a feeling I’m still going to have a hard time with the heat but as Rachel said “maybe it will be good for me” 🙂

What are your thoughts on Flow Yoga? Any tips on how to navigate the heat?

The Up’s and Down’s of Starting a Shaklee Business

Like any new business you need to get out there and talk to as many people as possible in order to spread the word and generate new customers. I’ve been very fortunate in that sharing Shaklee is a joy as people find such amazing benefits from the products they basically sell themselves.

That said, the last month as been really busy for me (more to come on that later!) and I haven’t been able to focus on Shaklee the way I would like. I was feeling really down about it over the weekend and very sad that I don’t have more time to spend building my business.

It’s amazing how the universe knows when you need a lift. I received three emails yesterday that completely lifted my spirits!!! 

  • The first was from a new customer who was writing to tell me how much she loved her new Shaklee laundry products. She went on to share that she now judges ‘clean’ by how well the products have worked for her. She put the first huge smile on my face yesterday 🙂
  • The second was from a woman I’d been chatting with for a few weeks who had decided that she was ready to try the Shaklee Enfuselle products as she’s working to clear up her skin. I’m so excited to have her join my group and I can’t wait to hear about her experience with the products! Huge smile #2 🙂 🙂
  • The last email was from a customer who was purchasing product for the third time. It’s been amazing to witness her Shaklee journey as she was very skeptical of the products when we first talked.  Since she started with the Enfuselle line, she’s expanded her use into the nutrition products, the laundry products and just purchased her first household cleaners and baby products! It’s times like this when I feel really proud to have helped another person cultivate a toxin free home. Huge smile #3 🙂 🙂 🙂

So thanks to all of you who helped me yesterday and I’m excited to continue on this Shaklee journey!

Version 2.0 of the American Dream

I attended the annual Northeast Shaklee 2010 Kick-off meeting yesterday in Andover, MA and had the privilege of hearing Rich Higbee, VP Field Development at Shaklee, speak about what Shaklee has to offer this year. I passed my 3 1/2 month of business building at the beginning of January (I’m already at the stage where I have enough business that I get my products for free! This is huge considering that we have a complete Shaklee house!), so was excited to hear about the new things I would be able to share with people as part of the Shaklee opportunity. First and foremost, attending the meeting reaffirmed my resolve that I believe 100% in Shaklee’s commitment to providing the best Health and Wellness products on the market. I’m consistently impressed with the lengths the company goes to, to make sure it’s products have test after test to ensure the raw materials in the product is actually what’s supposed to be there. Rich noted the Landmark study as an example here which is an industry first for the health and wellness business. It’s a study that was conducted over 20 years which looks at the usage patterns, health and nutritional status of long-term multiple dietary supplement users. The URL is in case the link above doesn’t work.

Okay, on to the good stuff!

1) Shaklee Energy Chews! They introduced the Energy Chews at the meeting and I’m going to try to do it justice.

  • It looks like a wrapped Starburst and you take 1-2 Chews per serving (they gave out samples and I had one and let me tell you that thing has some kick! I could have easily cleaned my house at 2am :-))
  • The power in the Chew comes from Green Tea Extract and Vitamin D. Now’s here’s what I think is really interesting. Compared** to drinks like Red Bull or Monster, Chews have 10mg of sodium (Red Bull has 100mg and Monster 180mg) and only 6 grams of sugar. So you get an energy product that has no artificial flavors, sweetness or preservatives and all of the power! Chews have 120m of caffeine. I’m going to share some samples at the next couple Shaklee get togethers! LOVE IT.

2) Cinch is back and better then ever! They told us at the meeting that now through March  28th, if you sign-up on AutoShip to receive three months of the Cinch weight loss program that you get the fourth month for free! Really, that’s amazing and for those folks ready to take off pounds and loose inches, this is a wonderful holiday present.

I titled this post 2.0 of the American Dream as I walked out of the Shaklee meeting feeling really proud that I’ve taken initiative about my life and am active about my future and how I earn income. I have a wonderful corporate job, a fantastic Shaklee business which enables me to share my passion for health and wellness, and am launching a new venture this year called The Mosaic Art institute of Natick ( The time of complacency about our careers is over – today we have the power to make our lives what we want!

How about you all? Are you in the middle of any work/life changing opportunities?

**this is my personal comparison and is not a scientific statement. These numbers should not be taken as 100% correct