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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.


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,


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wise Woman Linkup!


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

Find us Online at:

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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.

Find us Online at:

Product Info & Ordering Website: To Be Healthy

Health & Wellness Info Site: Better Health in 31 Days

Our Health & Wellness Blog: YouToBeHealthy.com

Like us on Facebook: To Be Healthy

Pinterest: YouToBeHealthy

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#)

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


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
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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Friday, November 15, 2013

The Fear of Losing a Child

Yesterday while helping out at my son’s school, the teacher pulled me aside and told me a fellow student, a nine year old girl, died in her sleep last night.

I was stunned. I did the usual, “Oh no, that’s terrible" response. It didn’t start to sink in, till a few moments later as my son was eagerly greeting his fellow classmates. All of them unaware of the tragedy and the depth of sorrow slowly taking over the school, like a black wave. I felt so relieved to see my child standing in front of me, safe and healthy. At the same time my heart broke as I thought what this little girl’s mother is doing at that very moment.

Is she thinking about how her little girl would be entering her class right now, if it wasn’t for being gone? Was she thinking she should have hugged her tighter before leaving for work to teach her own class? Was she thinking she should have gone easier on her while she got after her daughter about putting off doing her homework? All the guilt a mother would feel.

This child’s mother is a teacher in the same school district and her father is a church youth pastor. They are well known and loved in their community and the police to not expect foul play. As expected an autopsy will be performed, but can you imagine the horror of not only finding your child dead in her bed, but then having to answer insinuating questions from the police? Yes, they need to investigate, I do understand that as we all want answers, but I can’t imagine the pain of that experience.

Later, while I worked with individual students at a desk out in the hall, I saw her class walking slowly back from assembly where they were told the devastating news. Seeing her classmates and teachers in tears, with some of the girls so upset that teachers had their arms around them, holding them up was a sorrowful, but touching sight. Seeing other teachers and staff hugging each other in the hallways behind the children, hoping none of the students would see their moments of breakdowns was actually harder to witness.

As I looked back at the little child in front of me who was looking up and needing help with a word, I swallowed hard and smiled through misty eyes. I fought back the tears, saving them for my own moment alone when I could let them flow unhindered.

In fact it wasn’t until the next day did that moment alone where I could finally allow the feelings of sorrow and fear to overtake me.

Emotions have the oddest timing sometimes. Sure I was saddened and a bit melancholy yesterday, but it wasn’t until I was driving home from the grocery store this morning, did my emotions finally decide to bubble up from somewhere deep inside, find their way up to my eyes and begin to flow over like water over a rock cliff.

Like a free flowing stream, once the tears started, there was no stopping them.

I felt the guilt of a parent whose child is still here; I felt the pain of one mother to another of knowing her heart is breaking and how I wish I could gather up all the pieces of her heart and hand them back to her with love. I also felt the fear as a parent feels and hear myself ask the question, “What if that was my child? And I only have one. What if I lose my one and only child?”

See, my biggest fear is losing my child. I have lost many loved ones, including my parents when I was young and it is simply the thing I am most afraid of.

I am a Christian and I pray a lot, but I struggle with trusting God on this one. How do I know He won’t take my child away from me? I pray, I often beg Him not to do that, but I know it’s not up to me to decide when and that scares me.

The greatest gift ever given to me was my son and I know that the gift could be pulled from me in the blink of an eye and I struggle with that knowledge.

Yes, it makes me appreciate each day more and of course, tragedies like this one makes me hug him more and even let  him get away with a bit more because who wants to harshly discipline their child now? Especially when a family is now mourning the loss of their child who would give anything, anything for the chance to get mad at her for something.

We will move on and the memory will fade at this sorrow like they always seem to do, but that nagging fear, that scary emotion that is always right there under the surface like a predator ready to overtake me and devour me, is always there taunting me.

It never goes away.

I fear no hell except for the one no parent should ever endure – burying a child. That IS pure hell on earth.

God, please forgive me for my failing faith in you in this one area. I am filled with faith for you in other areas, just please send Jesus to me to hold me up in my weakness, for you have taught us that when we are weak, He is strong. And I could really use His strength right now.

But I can wait, till you get that little girl’s mother steady under your arm – she needs you so much more I know.


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