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Archive for October, 2010

Poison Proof Your Home

Did you know that poisoning is the 5th leading cause of accidental death among young children? And the leading cause of poisoning in children is HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS!

Why do we keep some many toxic and poisonous items in our home when it is not necessary? There are non-toxic options to the cleaning products we keep in our home.

Window Cleaner Options:

Make your own: Water and Vineagar

Buy Natural Products: Shaklee Basic H

Bleach Substitute:

Make your own: White Vinegar and Baking Soda

Buy Natural Products: Nature Bright

All Purpose Cleaner:

Make your own:White Vinegar and Water

Buy Natural Products: Basic H

Degreaser:

Make Your Own: Baking Soda and Water

Buy Natural Products: Basic H or Get Clean Scour Off

Make your home safe for you and your family. Go through you cupboards, closets, and pantries. Throw out all of the items that are toxic and poisonous. Now either stock White Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Lemons or buy safe natural/organic products. Believe me you will feel better after you do this. White Vinegar is awesome for removing hard water stains….I have horribly hard water that stains everything! I keep a large jug of white vinegar around at all times.

Now that you have the cleaning products taken care of you can move on to personal care products. Did you know that your cosmetics probably contain the following…Formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, toluene, xylene. Then there are the parabens that are found in many personal care products. Parabens are preservatives found in about 90% of all cosmetics. There have been many studies linking parabens to cancer in lab animals. So not only are these products poisonous if ingested they are not good for you either. There are many options for paraben free products…Dr. Hauschka, Burt’s Bees, Weleda, and Shaklee Beauty Products.

Below is an excerpt from: Poison in the Home By Dr. George Grant, Toxicologist/Analytical Chemist/Microbiologist, Founder of the International Academy of Wellness www.academyofwellness.com

“More children under four die of accidental poisonings at home than are accidentally killed with guns at home. The average home today contains more chemicals than were found in a typical chemistry lab. Go into your kitchen and your bathroom and look under your sinks where you keep your cleaning and personal care supplies. What have you found? Window cleaner? Bleach? Dishwashing detergent? Shampoo? Toothpaste? If you read the label on toothpaste, it says not to swallow the paste!” For more of the article click here.

The Power of Breastfeeding

I am a new mom, my little guy is now 4 months old. And being a new mom I research everything, I want to give my little guy the best and healthiest life possible! So I am breastfeeding him exclusively until he is at least 6 months old. I know there are moms out there that absolutely love breastfeeding, I would not say I am one of those people but I do it because I know that it is best for my baby boy. And another great thing is there are benefits for you as well as your little one.

Here is a list of some of the many many benefits to you and your baby!

  • The “Early Milk” Colostrum is a thick yellow milk that is full of the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs and is the perfect amount for their tiny tummies.
  • Breast milk changes from Colostrum to mature milk about 3 to 5 days after the baby is born. The mature milk is full of the right amount fats, nutrients, protein, and antibodies your baby needs to continue their growth.
  • Breast milk is much easier on the your little ones tummy and easier for them to digest. Your babies digestive system is not full developed when they are born, so breast milk is much easier on your baby and you. If your baby has an upset tummy you are going to hear about it!
  • Breast fed babies have a lower risk many diseases. Formula cannot match the unique chemical make up of breast milk. Babies that are formula fed have a higher risk of asthma, obesity, childhood leukemia, type 1 and 2 diabetes, SIDS, and many others.
  • Newborns need physical contact to feel safe and secure. Breastfeeding is the perfect time to provide that to your baby. It is a time where you have to relax and sit with your baby. It is a great time to bond with your new bundle of joy! This bonding time is also great for the new mom, you have sit and relax which is something you need to do.
  • Breastfeeding can save you a lot of money! According to womenshealth.gov the formula and feeding supplies can cost well over $1,500 each year.
  • Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and postpartum depression is the mother.
  • Breastfeeding is “Green”, there is a lot of waste reduced by breastfeeding. Less formula packaging and bottles in our landfills.

These are just a few of many many benefits for you, and your baby! Here are few links that have more information.

http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/why-breastfeeding-is-important/

http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/index.htm

http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1028/mainpageS1028P0.html

Why I Chose Shaklee

I am not a great sales person that is for sure. I am pretty quiet for the most part, especially around new people, so why did I choose to sell Shaklee products.

I chose Shaklee for many reasons. The number 1 reason is because I completely believe in there products. I am not interested in pyramid schemes, or just selling to sell. I only want to supply people with a product that I use, believeĀ  in, and that can really help them. I want people to live a happy, healthy, and green life!

Everyday I turn on the news and hear about more and more health problems, many that could be prevented if people would begin to take care of themselves. I mean how difficult is it to grab a glass of water and swallow a couple of vitamins each morning? But how many people out there don’t do it? I know there are millions of vitamin companies out there and people don’t know which one to choose. Here is a testimony that may help you choose:

My husbands grandparents are 91 and 95 and still live in there home, go to church every Sunday, go to bible study every Thursday evening. Papa who is 95 actually still teaches to bible classes at the church. He also chops wood for the winter to heat there home. Papa is also no medication at all! If you ask them both of them will tell you the reason they are still doing so wonderful is that they take there Shaklee Vitamins everyday! And they have been for over 40 years.

Papa with his new John Deer tractor this summer!

Nana with one of her Great Grandson’s!

Another thing I love about Shaklee is that they were “Green” before the “Green” trend began. They have been creating “green” products for over 50 years! A quote from the Shaklee website “Every product that goes into every Shaklee bottle is designed to improve health, work without compromise, and be gentle on the planet.” I don’t know what else I could ask for.

There is also the Shaklee A Million Trees. A Million Dreams. project. Click here for more details. In 2009 the millionth tree was planted at the Shaklee Headquarters. And when you sign up “And to offset the carbon emissions of shipping the PAK, Shaklee will plant five trees!”

Shaklee has many products to chose from…vitmains, weight loss products, home and cleaning products, baby products, and beauty products. Click here to learn more about these products. And if you are interested in joining and sharing these wonderful product with your family and friends click here.