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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Carpet Cleaning Tip


I cleaned my living room carpet today. Cleaning carpets is not my favorite thing to do, but I do love the way they look and smell clean afterwards. With kids and pets, that feeling can be short lived.

I used to pay the popular companies to come and do it, because it always seemed to be such a big job. The problem with paying them to do it is they never did a good job, they rushed over cleaning them, they used way too much water, soaking my carpets and they always used these toxic, very strong smelling cleaning solutions.

I finally decided to buy my own carpet cleaner and do it myself. Once I learned by trial and error how the best way to do them, I never again will waste my money on a carpet cleaning company again. And you don’t have to either.

I clean my carpets twice a year and spot clean as needed. In the spring, I will remove all the furniture and clean the entire carpet, but in the fall I will just do the “living areas” around the furniture where everyone walks. The carpet cleaner I have is a Hoover Turbo Scrub Spin Scrub 50 and I really like it. I’m not sure you can buy that one anymore, but Hoover makes some other nice ones. Ask around and read reviews to find the one best for you.

Be sure to find a model that has the two tank system – one for the clean water and one for the dirty water. Stay away from the ones that have it all in one tank, where you have a rubber “bladder” that holds the clean water which is in the tank that holds the dirty water. Trust me, the two tank system is much easier to clean and you don’t have to worry about having any “bladder” that will rupture.

Also make sure all the pieces of the machine are easy to take apart and clean. After working on your carpets all day, you want a machine that is easy to clean. You will be tired and having something that is easy to take apart and clean will be a blessing. Be sure to clean your machine a soon as you are done. If you wait, the dirt, hair and debris will dry and get crusty, making it hard to clean out later.

The important thing to remember with cleaning carpets is to NOT saturate the carpet with too much water. This is a big mistake many do-it-yourselfers (and even professionals) make and here is why - when you put too much water in the carpet, it soaks through to the pad and no amount of suction is going to pull it back out. This can cause mold and mildew to develop, which in turn can cause terrible respiratory problems like allergies and asthma.

You also do not want to use too much cleaning solution. If you use too much cleaning solution, it stays on the carpet and will actually attract dirt to your carpets.

So how do you find the right ratio of water and cleaning solution to use?

First thing is, do not follow the manufacturer’s directions. Of course you follow their directions on operating, cleaning and maintaining the machine, just not when it comes to the amount of water and cleaning solution they recommend. They recommend way too much of water and cleaning solution!

For most carpets, only doing one “wet” stroke is best. A “wet” stroke is where you are pushing the carpet cleaner while holding down the water spray button. If you do more than one “wet” stroke, you risk over-saturating the carpet with water. I push on the “wet” stroke.

I always only do one “wet” stroke, then do 3-4 “dry” strokes very slowly. A “dry” stroke is where you are pulling the cleaner backwards toward you to suck up as much water as you can. I pull on the “dry” strokes.

Now, if I have a particularly dirty area, I will go back over that area again, making sure to do plenty of dry strokes to pick up as much water as I can.

After I do my “dry” strokes, my carpet is just ever so slightly damp. That is what you want. With the air conditioning or furnace on and the ceiling fan on, my carpets are usually completely dry within 30-60 minutes.

Another trick to get really clean carpets, especially if it’s been awhile since they have been cleaned, is to do cross strokes. In the room, you will make your strokes all one direction, like vertical strokes, then when the entire room is done, you go back to the area where you first started, but this time you will do horizontal strokes. Using cross strokes this way assures the carpet fibers are being cleaned on all sides.

What do I use for cleaning solution?

I do not like the “perfumy” smell of many carpet cleaning detergents. They are full of toxic chemicals that can cause serious respiratory problems like allergies and asthma and they are toxic to the environment.

If you have a baby crawling around on the carpet, what you use to clean that carpet with will come in contact with your baby’s skin and your baby will be breathing up those chemicals. Are you sure you want your little one to be breathing up all those toxic chemicals? Babies’ lungs are still developing and when you expose them to toxic chemicals, you risk permanently damaging their lungs. It’s the same with pets.

What I use is a mixture of Shaklee’s Basic-H and Basic-G. The Basic-Hwill clean the carpets and the Basic-G, which is also a cleaner, will help deodorize them.

Be very careful how much Basic-H you use! A little goes a long way. In my cleaner, the clean storage tank holds approximately a gallon of water. I only pour in about a tablespoon of Basic-H and about two tablespoons ofBasic-G. You will have to adjust accordingly to your cleaner. Remember, it is better to use too little than too much. The Basic-H is so concentrated, if you use too much it will add too many suds to your carpet.

These two products together do an amazing job of cleaning and brightening your carpets and they are safe for your family and the environment! They are also extremely concentrated and cost much less than the toxic store brands!

Always add the water to the tank first, then add the cleaning solution. Also, if you need to fill up your tank again because you have a large area you are cleaning, be sure to rinse out any remaining cleaning solution before adding more. This will keep you from having too much cleaning solution in your tank and risk getting too much of it on your carpets.

Cleaning carpets effectively may take a few times till you get the hang of it, but once you do, you will love having clean carpets that cost just a fraction of the cost of paying a carpet cleaning company to do it!

Do you have any carpet cleaning tips you want to share? Be sure to share your tips with us!

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Julie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

For All Parents Who Have Children Going to School for the First Time




Letters to Your Children



Do you write letters to your children?

I do and I’ll tell you why. My child is only six, but I have been writing to him since he was two. I wished I had started earlier, but I never thought about it.

Now, he of course, doesn’t read them, they are for later when he is older or if something happens to me. I want him to know what I was thinking and feeling at the time. So often when we are older our memories aren’t what they used to be so I think writing them letters at the time is a great way to preserve the memories.

I don’t write him one every day, more like just once or twice a year, like on the first day of school, birthdays, etc. You know, special occasions. If he did something particularly funny or special I may write one then.

I keep them in a folder in a filing cabinet and it is fun to pull them out and read them now and then. It also helps me experience my feelings in a more positive way. Like how hard it is to let them go when they first start school and you have to watch them ride away on that big yellow school bus. Writing those thoughts and feelings down right then is good for your spirit and your child will get a glimpse into how you were when they were little and how much you truly loved them.

Writing them letters now is a precious gift you can give to them later. My mother died when I was young and I would give almost anything to have a letter from her or a diary or something. Now that I am a mom, I would love to see how she felt about things while her children were young – to see the real her.

So give your children a gift they will appreciate when they are older and are parents themselves. I know they will thank you for it.

Julie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 2014 Newsletter


Welcome to our Celebrating Earth Day April 2014 Newsletter!

Shaklee has always celebrated Earth Day everyday and we are always excited to share how much the Environment means to us.

Home should be the safest, healthiest place in the whole world. But, today’s insulated air-tight homes are filled with chemicals that have never been tested for human toxicity - in the air, the walls, carpets, and in the household cleaners, which can carry some pretty scary warning labels.

Below is some information on how cleaning products affect you, your children and your environment. See how these products affect you, what the EPA and what pediatricians have to say.

  • 81,000 chemicals have been registered with the EPA in the past 30 years and fewer than 20% have been tested for toxicity.
  • 90% of all poison exposures occur in the home.
  • 90% of our time is spent indoors. EPA reports that air pollution is up to 5 times higher inside than outside.
  • EPA studies have shown that elevated concentration of household chemicals persist in the air. Long term exposure to chemicals inside our homes may be harmful to us and our families.
  • One out of every 13 children have asthma.
  • Common household cleaners give off fumes that can increase the risk of children developing asthma.
  • The average U.S. household generates more than 20 pounds of hazardous waste each year.

What’s in your cleaners?

Sodium Hydroxide – Inhalation is immediately irritating to the respiratory tract. Contact can cause severe damage to the eyes, skin, mouth and throat. Can cause liver and kidney damage.
May be found in:

  • Dishwashing liquids
  • Laundry products
  • Oven cleaners
  • Scouring cleansers
  • Tub & tile cleaners


Hydrochloric Acid – Can cause severe damage to the skin. Can be harmful to health if inhaled. Can be fatal if swallowed.
May be found in:

  • Odor eliminators
  • Toilet bowl cleaners


Butyl Cellosolve – Can cause irritation and tissue damage from inhalation. A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning scale off shower walls could inhale three times the acute exposure limit.
May be found in:

  • All purpose cleaners
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Degreasers
  • Floor polish
  • Rug shampoos
  • Toilet bowl cleaners
  • Tub & tile cleaners
  • Window cleaners



“We are conducting a vast toxicologic experiment in our society, in which our children and our children’s children are the experimental subject.”

~Dr. Herbert Needleman
Pediatrician and professor at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center

GetClean® gives you cleaning choices that are nontoxic and natural and do not contain any of these harmful ingredients:

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Kerosene
  • Phenol
  • Cresol
  • Lye
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Sulfamic acid
  • Petroleum distillates
  • Ammonia
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Butyl cellosolve
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Formaldehyde
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Morpholine


We believe cleaning house shouldn’t involve dirtying the earth.
Earth-Friendly Product Choices

  • Sustainable ingredients from natural sources
  • Biodegradable surfactants
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Recyclable wipes
  • Recyclable dryer sheets
  • No chlorine bleach
  • No phosphates
  • No nitrates
  • No borates
  • No volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Shaklee does not test on animals


For more than 50 years Shaklee has created products that improve the health of people and the planet.

GetClean® products offer solutions that are not only safe, but powerful. We worked with an outside independent testing lab to conduct performance tests with major brands and found that Get Clean performs as well or better than over 20 competing brands.

Watch this short video and see why concentrated Get Clean products are a real value, for your home, your health, the planet, and your wallet.






 Get Clean Starter Kit saves you money and saves the environment!
You would need to spend over $3,400 to get the same cleaning power from major name brands!*
Get Clean Starter Kit is equal to:
  •  60 Bottles of Fantastik®, 32 oz.
  •  32 Bottles of Mop ‘n Glo®, 32 oz.
  •  728 Bottles of Windex®, 26 oz.
  •  1 Bottle of Woolite®, 50 oz.
  •  1 Container of Clorox® Wipes
  •  1 Bottle of Soft Scrub®
  •  2.5 Boxes of Cascade®, 45 oz.
  •  2 Boxes of Tide®, 50 oz.
  •  3 Bottles of Downy®, 20 oz.
  •  1 Box of Bounce®


And the cost of a Get Clean Starter Kit is a fraction of what these toxic products cost!

Get Clean


Smart for your wallet


Smart for your family


Smart for the planet


****Order a Get Clean Kit by April 30th, 2014 and you will receive a free product  - my favorite thing to use to clean the oven, the grill and anything else that needs some scouring – our Get Clean Scour Off!****


When it comes to pollution, we are all either part of the problem or part of the solution.
What part do you want to play?

Contact us today for more information or to get your safe products today.

Don’t forget we offer many member rewards, including referral rewards, free shipping and more! Contact us today for your list!

To Your Good Health,

Julie

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 *Based on number of uses per label directions

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wise Woman Linkup!

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Visit  Wise Woman Wednesday Linkup! Share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Join Us In A Talk About Heart Health



Love – hearts – pink & red….Yep, it’s February! I’d like to offer you a rare opportunity to pair the sentiment with what could be some life-changing information.

Monday, Feb. 10, 9 PM EST
You are invited to join in a Wellness Webinar on the "Secrets to a Healthy Heart”, offering info on:

• Symptoms of heart disease (do you know the signs?)

• What a heart needs in the way of nutrients to get and stay healthy

• Natural alternatives to statins (that really work!) for controlling or lowering cholesterol

• How to reduce the risk of heart disease – it IS possible!

We’ll also hear the stories of people who have had heart issues and what happened to them on the way to recovery and better heart health.

And we’ll review some new information from Grain Brain .... a new book by a neurologist with some surprising new thoughts about cholesterol and its role in the body.

Register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/168936498 (“Required Fields” are just necessary to get the live Webinar link to you -- a listing of all Webinar dates will be e-mailed, but just watch for a second e-mail with your unique URL for this specific Webinar).

Please let me know if you will be attending this Wellness Webinar, so I can support you in accessing it and getting the most from it! Feel free to pass this invitation to anyone who may be interested – they’ll thank you for it. If you can’t make the live Webinar, let me know and I’ll get you access to the archive when it is available!

These webinars are presented by leading scientist and nutritionists. 

Preregister at the link below and then you will receive a confirmation email and a reminder email prior to the event. Once you are registered, you will get an email reminder each week.

Monday Wellness Webinar- 9pm Eastern- 8pm Central 

After the webinar, get with us and we will help you take the next step toward wellness.

Let's Create Healthier Communities One Family at a Time!


Monday Night Wellness Webinars & Creating Healthier Lives Series Winter 2014
9 pm eastern / 8 pm central – 35 to 45 min in length

February 10 – Heart Health
February 17 – Pregnancy and Fertility
February 24 – Inside World of Shaklee

March 3 – Gary Burke
March 10 – Crohns Disease, IBS and other Digestive Disorders
March 17 – Protecting Your Joints, Muscles and Stamina While Being Active
March 24 – to be determined

March 31 – Inside World of Shaklee


Won't you join us?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Staying Cheery During The Dark Days of Winter



Watch this video where we have a discussion about nutritional connections to mood swings, depression and low energy especially during the dark days of winter. 

Margie Mischler shared her inspiring story of spiraling depression and anxiety that did not respond to medication and how vitamins, diet and natural approaches lifted her back to her happy normal functioning self and we will review key nutrients and the role they play in brain health and mood.

Just click here to watch the video: Staying Cheery During The Dark Days of Winter

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Join Us for a Special Moms Call Saturday February 1, 2014


Tune in this Saturday for special Project MAHMA Opportunity Call featuring Shaklee moms who earned and attended the Dream 2013 Incentive cruise to the Southern Caribbean.

Call Information
Saturday, February 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. Pacific
9:00 a.m. Mountain
10:00 a.m. Central
11:00 a.m. Eastern
DIAL: 212-990-8000
(PIN: 6262#
)

If you can't make this time slot, contact us and we will give you the link to the recording once it is archived.

Our host is Project MAHMA co-founder Jude Peskuski (Senior Key Coordinator, TX). Jude is the proud mom of two wonderful boys, John and Jay. She began what she refers to as her "Sesame Street hobby" back in 1981, earning $500 a month. As Jude says, "Shaklee has been the vehicle for me to have more dreams come true than I ever imagined. I've traveled to Hawaii eight times and visited Australia, Hong Kong, Europe and the Southern Caribbean on the Dream 2013 incentive cruise!" Today Jude, along with her Project MAHMA co-founder husband, Jack, earns a six-figure income* and loves contributing to people's health and well-being and making their dreams come true.

Joining Jude are Elena Giacomin Dennis (Executive Coordinator, NM), Heather Hirsh (Senior Coordinator, NJ) and Kristina Yeouze (Coordinator, TN).

Elena is a former teacher who began her Shaklee business 35 years ago as a single mother of two daughters, then three and five years old. She made the choice to build a Shaklee business once she understood the unlimited earning potential with a Shaklee business as well as the opportunity to earn a car and free travel.  Once she started her business, she promoted to Supervisor (Director) in four months, earned her first Shaklee Bonus Car and the New Supervisor Trip to San Francisco that same year. “I have never looked back,” says Elena. “I am so grateful for the income, freedom and travel over these many years.”

Like many stay at home moms, Heather loved being at home but found that she was tired and overwhelmed a vast majority of the time. Then one day she met a new neighbor who was always so full of life and energy. “I quickly had to find out what her secret was,” says Heather.  “She was prompt to share that her secret was Shaklee! Immediately I agreed to try whatever it was that she was doing so I could feel more alive.” Since partnering with Shaklee, Heather has not only lost 30 pounds and gone down four pants sizes** but also transformed her family’s health. “To date I’ve earned an income more than I would have working out of the home while still being where I need to be for my kids. Furthermore, we’ve qualified for a car payment, went on an all expense paid trip to the corporate office in San Francisco, qualified for an all expensed paid trip to the Mayan Riviera, won an iPad® and earned thousands of dollars in cash bonuses! We’re so grateful that our friends shared the opportunity with us which has allowed us to completely impact the course of our life and future.” This is just a small portion of Heather’s story. Tune in to hear more!

Kristina is an introverted and adventurous spirit who has traveled extensively, loves the arts, and will one day own a therapeutic horse farm nestled in the Rocky Mountains. She trained as an actress and eventually earned a Master's level Marriage and Family Therapist degree. She met and married the love of her life, David, and now has one daughter, Sofia (a pretty awesome, spirited red-head who is three and a half years old), two pound puppies, and a very noisy, but lovable cat. After the birth of her daughter, Kristina couldn't bear the thought of going back to work as a therapist, but longed to help people on a preventative level. A Shaklee business seemed a logical and natural solution. She began her business in August of 2011 and since then has built a dynamic team of moms with young children, earned a trip to San Francisco, an all-expense paid luxury cruise in the Southern Caribbean, and a car bonus while working very part time from the comfort of her home.

After the call, if you would like to learn more about Project M.A.H.MA. or any of the info presented, please contact us by filling out our Contact Form or by the online locations listed below.

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Call Information
Saturday, February 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. Pacific
9:00 a.m. Mountain
10:00 a.m. Central
11:00 a.m. Eastern
DIAL: 212-990-8000
(PIN: 6262#)


ALTERNATE CALL IN NUMBERS:
In the unlikely event that you experience a busy signal when trying to access the call this weekend, please try one of these alternate call-in numbers: 1-212-990-4000, or 1-212-990-2300. The PIN for both of these lines is the same as the main number: 6262#

Friday, November 22, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Spice Energy Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

1 stick of Shaklee180™Energizing Tea Green Matcha Flavor
6 oz. hot water
2 Tbsp. unsweetened apple juice
1 tsp. orange juice
Dash of cinnamon
Directions:
Heat water and mix with one stick of EnergyTea Mix Green Matcha. Add apple juice, orange juice, and cinnamon. Stir and sip.
Enjoy with a friend or a good book. 
Approximately 22 Calories, 0g Protein, 4g Carbohydrate, 0g Fat, 0g Fiberz
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