Thursday, June 28, 2012

Negative Effects of Mineral Oil

Please check your labels! You'd be surprised at how many products out there contain mineral oil. Click the link below to learn about the negative effects of mineral oil.
Negative Effects of Mineral Oil in Skin Care
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CLICK HERE to see why Arbonne is different from other companies. Be good to yourself. Switch to great, healthy products. Don't you think you're worth it??
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Top 10 "Recession Proof" Careers

Stumbled upon this interesting article on the Business Insider and couldn't help but share. A skin care specialist is listed as one of the top 10 recession proof careers. It's extremely difficult to find a job in this economy right now, and so many people are becoming more and more interested in owning their own business. I am so grateful I was given this amazing opportunity to choose my life and my career, and I want to share it with everyone I meet!
Curious? I'm always looking for people to be part of my team! Please shoot me an email with your contact info so I can reach out to you ;-)
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Saturday, June 23, 2012


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Friday, June 22, 2012


The virtual party starts tomorrow morning at 8:00am!

You don't have to shower. You don't have to get dressed. You don't have to put on makeup. You don't even have to do your hair! All you need to do is roll outta bed, visit my website and click on "Shop Online." That's the beauty of a virtual party folks ~ No one can see you! ;-)

Arbonne's product line includes inner and outer beauty products that are unparalleled in quality, safety, value, benefits and results. See for yourself. We have some great new products to choose from. (There's a link on my home page to see what's new.) I am available to answer any questions you may have or assist with orders. Click HERE to shoot me an email with your contact information and I will try my best to get back to you ASAP. We have a couple of ways to get the products at a discount too:
  1. Become a preferred client: Enjoy 20% off for an entire year with your $29 membership fee. Signing up is easy! And...with your initial purchase of $150 or more, you will get a product (up to $100) for FREE! 
  2. Host your own get together or virtual party and receive a FREE product with three orders placed, along with an 80% discount on your favorite Arbonne products.
  3. Become a consultant. Enjoy a 35% discount on all your purchases. Share these pure, safe and beneficial products with friends, families and neighbors. And help us get the word out about this amazing company! ;-)
AND...I will be doing a drawing for a FREE GIFT too (Who doesn't love free stuff!??) for the first 10 orders placed! I will draw a name when the party closes next Friday.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Who is Arbonne?

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Women & Chemicals

Women put an average of 515 products onto our bodies in a day. That's over 3600 in one week; 187,460 in a year. And we wonder why there are so many diseases and cancers out there...

This includes shampoo, conditioner, lotions, perfumes, make-up, etc, etc, etc. These harmful chemicals eventually make their way INto our bodies and can do tons of damage over time. Check out the photo below and see how many you put on your body in a day. This number will SHOCK you!

Contact me if you'd like to know how you can get our products (that are pure, safe and will actually benefit you!). We have several great ways to get them at a huge discount. We have over 200 products including skin care, anti-aging skin care, baby care, aromatherapy, cosmetics and a great nutritional line.  Or, you can click HERE to check out the products online.

(You must go through a consultant to purchase our products. Let me know if you have any questions.)

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

20 Habits That Will Get You Fit for Summer

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Taboule Wheat Salad

{ Prep Time: 10 mins / Difficulty: Easy / Chill Time: 30 mins / Yields: about 4 servings }

1 box of Near East Taboule Wheat Salad
1 cup boiling water
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large roma tomato, diced
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3/4 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

1. In a large bowl, combine wheat and contents of spice sack. Stir in 1 cup boiling water. Cover; let stand for 30 mins in the refrigerator.
2. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix well.
3. You can dive in at this point . . . but it'd be best to cover and chill for at least 1 more hour or possibly overnight.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Better Choice

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Garlic & Herb Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

{ Prep Time: 15 mins / Cook Time: 10-12 mins / Yields: 4-6 servings }

1 head cauliflower, washed and chopped into florets
1-2 Tbsp unsalted pasture butter (optional)
1 Vidalia onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Place cauliflower florets in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for 7-9 mins, or until soft. (Test with a fork.)
2. Heat 1 Tbsp butter in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
3. Saute onions, garlic and herbs until onion is translucent. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
4. Place steamed cauliflower in a large food processor. Add the sauteed mix, along with the remaining 1 Tbsp of butter. Process until smooth.
5. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary or sprinkle with fresh ground pepper

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Friday, June 15, 2012

What Exactly Are Animal By-Products?

We hear this catch phrase all the time: "animal by-products," but who really knows what they are and where they come from?  

It is a nasty little secret the cosmetic companies DON'T want you to know. You can find the following information in the book called "Mad Cowboy" by Howard F. Lyman. In his book he writes: "I am a fourth generation dairy farmer and cattle rancher. I grew up on a dairy farm in Montana, and I ran a feedlot operation there for twenty years. I know firsthand how cattle are raised and how meat is produced in this country. When a cow is slaughtered, about half of it by weight is not eaten by humans; this includes the intestines and their contents, the head the hooves, the horns, as well as bones and blood. These are dumped into giant grinders at rendering plants, as well as the entire bodies of cows and other farm animals known to be diseased. There is simply no such thing in America as an animal too ravaged by disease, too cancerous, or too putrid to be welcomed by the all-embracing arms of the renderer. Another staple of the renderer's diet, in addition to farm animals, is euthanized pets -- the six or seven million dogs and cats that are killed in animal shelters every year. Added to the blend are the euthanized catch of animal control agencies, and road kill. (Road kill is not collected daily, so in the summer, the better road kill crews can generally smell it before they can see it...) When this gruesome mix is ground and steam-cooked, the lighter, fatty material floating to the top gets refined for use in such products as cosmetics, lubricants, soaps, candles and waxes." 

...and that my friends, is the cold, hard truth about where the "animal byproducts" come from that the cosmetic industry tries to pawn off onto the American public.


CLICK HERE to read another interesting article on this topic

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Let's Hear it for the Boys!

Some tips for the guys out there. Father's Day is this Sunday!
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Interesting Tidbits . . .

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

For All You Caffeine Lovers Out There . . .

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Watermelon & Tea Granita Recipe

Watermelon and Tea Granita - Serves 8

1/4 vanilla bean
1 bag Arbonne Detox Tea
2/3 cup boiling water
1 Tbsp agave nectar
3 cups puréed watermelon (from about 4 cups diced, seeded watermelon)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt

1. Split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds. Put the vanilla seeds and tea in a small bowl (save the pod for another use). Add the boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. Add the nectar and stir gently to dissolve.
 2. In a large bowl, combine the watermelon purée, lemon juice, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Strain the tea mixture into the watermelon mixture and stir to combine. Pour into a 9x9" metal baking pan, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze. 
3. After 1 hour, stir and scrape the mixture with a fork, repeating every 30 to 40 minutes, until the mixture has an icy shard-like consistency (about 3-1/2 hours total). 
4. To serve, scrape the granita into chilled bowls. 

Adapted for Simply Fit Kitchen by Samantha Seneviratne
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Friday, June 8, 2012

5 Reasons to Wash Your Face Before Bed . . . EVERY Night

  1. Touching your face all day long, without intentionally doing so, is making your face one of the dirtiest parts on your body. It’s important to clean the skin to avoid the spread of bacteria that can cause increased blemishes. 
  2. Cleansing your skin at night will reduce oil and the ability for acne-causing bacteria to thrive inside the pores. This means less break outs!
  3. Your skin repairs itself at night, so removing makeup gives your skin a clean palette for applying your night time performance products for maximum absorption. For the best anti-aging results, clean your skin with a gentle sulfate-free cleanser like Arbonne's anti-aging RE9 smoothing cleanser, along with the RE9 serum and RE9 night cream
  4. While you sleep, your skin is at rest allowing regeneration to occur. 
  5. Moisturizers evaporate when on the skin all day, so washing your skin and applying moisturizer at night ensures it will stay moist and hydrated while you sleep. 
** Skin tip: if you wait until you're exhausted, it's too easy to skip your nightly routine. Try washing your face around 7:00 or 8:00 instead! **
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Why is Mineral Oil Bad for Your Skin?

The skin is the largest organ in the body and must have proper nutrition to carry out its many important functions. We should be just as concerned about what goes on our skin as what we eat and drink. Since you are reading this perhaps you too are seeking a better way of caring for your skin as I did years ago. One thing is certain, it's never too late to make a change and there is definitely something you can do about it.
The fact is that most of the ingredients in the products we use are absorbed by the skin into the body. Large cosmetic companies are continuing to use synthetic and petrochemical ingredients in personal care products. Pick up any bottle of lotion, cream, shampoo, conditioner, or toothpaste in your house right now and see how many natural ingredients they contain. Based on the FDA's personal care products packaging standards, the further the name of an ingredient is down the list on a products' label, the lesser of that ingredient the product contains. If this is true how much synthetic material have you fed your skin today? The skin acts as a filter for the body for even the smallest molecule not seen by the naked eye is being absorbed and in some cases is accumulating in our bodies.
First we will explore mineral oil, a common ingredient in commercial lotions, creams and baby care products. Mineral oil is clear, liquid oil with no scent and will not spoil. It is produced as a byproduct of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil. Mineral oil is leftover liquid, and because it is abundant, it is very inexpensive. In fact, it is more expensive to dispose of mineral oil, than to purchase it.
Mineral oil is the main ingredient in may baby care items as well. Baby oil, Vaseline (petroleum jelly), baby wash liquid soap, and baby lotions all contain mineral oil as a key ingredient. As mentioned above, manufacturers can buy it very inexpensively and it will not spoil.The problem is that mineral oil is foreign to the human body and has many harmful effects, especially in infants. Some of the effects of mineral oil may be a little surprising.
Mineral oil acts as a thin layer on the skin. It is difficult to absorb and clogs the pores, which slows the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Remember, the skin is the body’s largest organ and plays an important role in maintaining overall health! Once the oil is absorbed, it is broken down by the liver and passes through the intestinal tract, it will absorb all of the fat-soluble vitamins found there. It is essentially stealing important vitamins from the body, which the body will not be able to replace. This can eventually lead to nutritional deficiencies. Studies have also shown forms of pneumonia caused by mineral oil decreasing lung function, known as lipoid pneumonia. Because of these dangers, the medical community has condemned the use of mineral oil taken orally or as an ingredient in medications.
There are those who say that mineral oil applied to the skin is perfectly safe as the grade used in cosmetics and skin care products is distilled and refined. Well, I say gasoline is distilled and refined too but I would not want to apply it to my skin and for sure would not want it on my baby's skin. Ask them to provide you with a list of the nutrients and vitamins contained in mineral oil also ask what plant, herb, tree or flower is mineral derived from (specify mineral oil content, not the product or other ingredients it may contain). If you love the stuff that's fine we not trying to discourage you from drinking or rubbing with it if you so desire as we are a free society. Did all the warnings about skin cancer 20 - 30 years ago stop people from sun bathing, I think not? 
Original article can be found HERE
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Surprising Ways to Reduce Wrinkles

Sleep On Your Back
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) cautions that sleeping in certain positions night after night leads to "sleep lines" -- wrinkles that become etched into the surface of the skin and don't disappear once you're up. Sleeping on your side increases wrinkles on cheeks and chin, while sleeping facedown gives you a furrowed brow. To reduce wrinkle formation, the AAD says, sleep on your back.

Eat More Fish -- Particularly Salmon
Not only is salmon (along with other cold-water fish) a great source of protein -- one of the building blocks of great skin -- it's also an awesome source of an essential fatty acid known as omega-3. Yale dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, tells WebMD that essential fatty acids nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful, helping to reduce wrinkles.

Don't Squint -- Get Reading Glasses!
The AAD says repetitive facial movement -- like squinting -- overworks facial muscles, forming a groove beneath the skin's surface. This groove eventually becomes a wrinkle. Keep those eyes wide: Wear reading glasses if you need them. And get savvy about sunglasses, which can protect skin around the eyes from sun damage and keep you from squinting.

Slather On Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
These natural fruit acids lift away the top layer of dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes. New evidence shows that in higher concentrations, AHAs may help stimulate collagen production.

Trade Coffee for Cocoa
In a study published in a 2006 issue of the Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that cocoa containing high levels of two dietary flavonols (epicatchin and catechin) protected skin from sun damage, improved circulation to skin cells, affected hydration, and made the skin look and feel smoother. Delicious!

Don't Over-Wash Your Face
According to dermatologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center, tap water strips skin of its natural barrier oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles. Wash them off too often, and you wash away protection. And unless your soap contains skin-protecting moisturizers, use a facial cleanser instead of soap.

Try Topical Vitamin C
Studies at Tulane University, among others, have found that vitamin C can increase collagen production, protect against damage from UVA and UVB rays, correct pigmentation problems, and improve inflammatory skin conditions. The key, however, may be the type of vitamin C used. To date, most research points to L-ascorbic acid as the most potent for wrinkle relief.

Practice Good Skin Care Basics
If you really want to keep your skin looking young, start with the essentials. You've heard these recommendations before, but they bear repeating: Avoid the sun; wear sunscreen; don't smoke, use moisturizer!

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Non-Cow's Milk Cheeses

For those of you who have eliminated dairy from your diets, here is a list of cheeses I found that aren't made from cow's milk. (I'm sure there's even more out there - this is just a few to get you started!) Just make sure to read the label when you're shopping - you'd be surprised how many cheeses you can still enjoy!!

  1. Pecorino romano - similar to parmesan (sheep's milk)
  2. Some cheddar cheeses (check label)
  3. Manchego (sheep's milk)
  4. Feta (check label – some from sheep or goats milk)
  5. Roquefort (sheep's milk)           
  6. Gouda (check the label – some are made from goat's milk)
  7. Chevre Goat Cheese
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Delicious Ways to Eat Leafy Greens

I'm really loving this woman's blog posts - thought I'd share another one with you that I thought had some good tips on how to incorporate more greens into our diets. Check it out HERE:
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Friday, June 1, 2012

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Prosciutto & Walnuts Recipe

I have yet to try brussel sprouts because, to be quite honest, they don't have the best reputation and I just haven't built up the courage to try them ;-) I am going to give this recipe a shot however - and you should too! Let me know what you think. Leave your comments below.

2 lbs brussel sprouts, trimmed of any discolored leaves and halved
6 oz prosciutto, coarsely chopped
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
2-3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and toss with olive oil. Place on a cookie sheet or roasting pan. Roast for 30 mins or until brussel sprouts are light brown.
2. Serve warm.

Yields: 8 servings

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