December 2013 Norwex® Host Specials

December 2013 Norwex Host SpecialsThanksgiving  has come and gone and the holidays are right around the corner. Soon the shopping malls will be filled and the parking lots packed as people rush to complete their shopping lists. This year, why not take a break from the hustle and bustle and give yourself a gift? What kind of gift you ask? How about a gift that helps keep your house clean and your family healthy? Give yourself the gift of Norwex®.

This December, host a Norwex® party and you will have access to some great products and amazing demonstrations. Learn to clean your home the natural, chemical-free way using only water! The best part about hosting a party is that you can qualify to receive all sorts of products for FREE! Where else can you get your own gifts this holiday season and not pay a thing? To qualify for your free products, simply close your party during the month of December and have at least $325 in party sales along with just 1 person agreeing to host a party in the future.

When you have party sales of at least $325 along with one booking, you will receive 1 Dusting Mitt, a 1.1lb package of Ultra Power Plus laundry detergent, 1 Enviro Cloth, 1 container of Cleaning Paste, a 2-pack of SpiriSponges and 1 Hand Towel. That is over $95 in free product PLUS you also receive a percentage of your party sales to apply to your order.

That is a great way to get started with some of the best-selling Norwex® products at no cost to you, but you can receive even more free products. If you have party sales of at least $500 you will also receive a Bath Towel for free, a $22.99 value. If you have party sales of at least $750 you will receive the Bath Towel and a container of the Mediterranean Meditation Olive Oil Salt Scrub for free, an additional $39.99 value. Finally, if your sales reach $1,000 you get everything mentioned above plus a container of Leather Shine AND an Optic Scarf which is an additional value of $53.98.

Everyone loves Norwex® products so be sure to host a party in December so your guests can buy some great holiday gifts for their friends and family and you can earn some free products. Contact me today and I’ll help you to have a party that is both rewarding and fun.

Norwex® Black Friday Sale Coming Soon!

My gift to you gift tagTomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time to be thankful for everything we have and everyone who is a part if our lives. Of course, right after we spend a day reflecting on everything we have to be thankful for we indulge ourselves during Black Friday. It is the ultimate display of consumerism where we run around looking to buy everything that we don’t yet have. This weekend definitely has a lot to offer no matter which side you relate to.

This Thanksgiving, I want to thank each and every one of you for making my job so enjoyable. Whether you have hosted a party, purchased a product or read my blog, I wouldn’t be doing any of this if it wasn’t for you. As my way of saying thanks I am holding a Black Friday sale on all Norwex® products. I truly love their products and believe everybody should have them in their homes to provide a safe and natural cleaning alternative to traditional cleaning chemicals.

Thank you to everyone who already registered to receive my Black Friday deals, I have sent out an email with all of the details on the fantastic savings. If you haven’t yet registered, there is still time. Just fill out the registration form below and I will send you my Black Friday deals.

Thank you again for your support and please share this offer with your friends and family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Protein Bars – Not Just for Scientists

Scientifically modified tomatoFirst things first, I am not a scientist. I consider myself to have, as Mater says in the movie Cars 2, average intelligence. Nutrition was something I didn’t know a lot about, I had always seen the giant tubs of whey protein and energy drinks in the stores and thought they were just for the gym rats who wanted to bulk up. It wasn’t until I did P90X when I began reading through their nutrition guide and researching online that I started to understand the differences between simple and complex carbohydrates and how protein is important for everyone.

One of the requirements for the nutrition side of P90X is to increase your protein intake in phase 1 and decrease your carbohydrates. I was getting ready to start the program and didn’t know much so I did some research and learned a bit about using protein bars to help fit in the amount of protein required in a day. I headed out to Costco to buy some protein bars at a good price and thought I was doing well when I found something that had 15g of protein and was packaged as “lower sugar.” I glanced at the nutrition label, while I saw it only had 3g of sugars I was confused by the 13g of sugar alcohol. That term was something completely new to me but I went ahead and purchased them.

Along my fitness journey, I was introduced to many new things and another was clean eating. Clean eating can mean different things to different people, but it primarily revolves around removing unnecessary chemicals and processed foods from their diets and replacing them with natural meats, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. In addition, you are encouraged to read the nutrition labels, including the list of ingredients, and take ownership of what you are putting in your body. If a product has more than a half dozen ingredients or has things that you can’t even pronounce, do you really believe you should be putting it in your body?

Protein Bars Ingredient ListI started reading the nutrition labels of the items that were in my pantry and it was time that I took a good look at the protein bars that I was using. While the general nutrition facts looked good, I was shocked when I looked at the listing of ingredients. How could a nutritional product have so many ingredients with most of them sounding more like chemical compounds than actual food? I still wanted a convenient source for protein but I didn’t want to consume a bar with 51 ingredients on the wrapper. Fortunately, I found my solution in Quest Protein Bars. They claim to have the best nutritional profile of any protein bar on the market and only contain around 10-15 ingredients depending on the flavor. Not only do they contain fewer ingredients, but I even know what most of them are. As an added bonus, they taste great!

Now honestly, all other things considered equal, which of these two bars would you rather put in your body?

Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar – 15 ingredients

Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate, Isomalto-Oligosaccharides (100% natural prebiotic fiber), Almonds, Water, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Erythritol, Salt, Sucralose, Stevia, Peanuts, Cashews, Milk, Natural Flavorings

OR

Chocolate Chip Caramel Protein Bar – 51 ingredients

Whey Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate, Hydrolyzed Whey Protein, Calcium Caseinate), Milk Chocolate Coating (Maltitol, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Non-fat Dry Milk, Cocoa Powder processed with Alkali, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Vanilla), Glycerlean (Glycerine, Taurine, L-Leucine, CLA), Sugar Free Caramel (Maltitol Syrup, Water, Cream, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Milk Protein Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Salt, Butter, Lecithin, Maltodextrin, Disodium Phosphate, Lactic Acid), Soy Protein Isolate, Gelatin, Water, Milk, Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate Liquor, Milk, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor), Whey Protein Crisps (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Rice Flour), High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Inulin, Natural Flavors, Cocoa Powder processed with Alkali, Soy Nuts, Potassium Sorbate, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Natural Cocoa Extract, Sucralose, Neotame

Norwex® Black Friday Sale

Mystery DealBlack Friday shopping is starting earlier than ever this year. For those who are brave enough to battle the crowds, some retailers are opening around dinner time on Thanksgiving Day. Don’t worry though, people who choose to spend Thanksgiving with their families won’t be left out in the cold when it comes to savings. Plenty of online retailers will be offering exceptional savings on thousands of products and I’ll be no different.

Black Friday offers a great opportunity for people to buy great products at great prices. I know that there are people who are interested in Norwex® products but are hesitant to buy them because of the cost. Maybe you have heard that they are great cleaning products but you want to try them out before you commit to buying them. Whether you have been waiting for the right time to buy the products or simply want to add to your collection, you won’t want to miss this sale.

Make sure you don’t miss out on these incredible savings on Norwex® cleaning products. Simply register with me by filling out the contact form below. After your registration is received, I will contact you with exclusive deals that are only available on Black Friday.

Please contact me if you have any questions and be sure to follow my blog so that you are notified as soon as I release details on all future specials.

The Dangers of Cleaning with Chemicals

There are several reasons that I made the decision to start leading a clean life that is focused on clean eating and chemical free cleaning. My reasons are my three children and my husband. I want to do my part and create a strong foundation to make sure my family enjoys a long, happy and healthy life.

It’s easy to fall into the mindset that having lots of cleaning products with chemicals around the house is ok. Maybe you’ve been cleaning with chemicals for many years and neither you or your kids have ever had a problem. Maybe deep down you feel that the chemicals in your cleaning products aren’t the best thing for you, but you don’t use them very often and don’t believe you’ll ever notice the impact that they are having on you. Besides, if something were really that bad for us wouldn’t the government step in and stop the sales of those products?

Mr. Yuk Stickers

Mr. Yuk!

Well, there is a reason that they still hand out Mr. Yuk stickers to young children. Not all cleaning products are safe and many can be quite dangerous. Incidents may not always get our attention when they don’t hit close to home, but they do occur. Unfortunately we recently had another stark reminder of just how dangerous cleaning chemicals can be.

Tide Pods Look Like Candy

Candy or Chemicals?

In August, a 7-month old boy in Florida died after eating a laundry detergent “pod”. Regardless of how the boy came across the detergent, it is concerning that it was poisonous enough to be fatal. Laundry detergent pods are especially dangerous because they include highly concentrated detergent that is packaged in a way that is appealing to children. Through the first seven months of 2013 there were already 5,753 children under the age of 5 to have an incident. That is up significantly from 2012 when there were 6,231 cases all year! I would guess that most people who have switched to using laundry pods still keep them in the same place that they used to keep their old detergent; that means there is a good chance that the increase in incidents comes from the way the pods appeal to children with their ‘candy-like’ looks.

My prayers go out to the family of the little boy; children are so curious and there are so many ways that they can come across something dangerous. While I applaud Procter & Gamble for trying to improve safety with new packaging that is less appealing to children and more secure, it is a good reminder of why I seek to reduce the chemicals in my home. The best way to keep your children safe from the dangers of chemicals is by not having chemicals around in the first place.

For more information on the case, see an article from the New York Daily News, Florida baby dies after eating detergent packet — death comes after surge of related poisonings.

Norwex® Dryer Balls – Right to the Point

A few weeks ago I posted an entry, ‘Green’ Dryer Balls or Fluff & Tumble Dryer Balls, and I discussed the differences between the two sets of dryer balls as well as the advantages that they both have over dryer sheets. Recently, I came across a chart that had a nice comparison of the features between both sets of dryer balls and dryer sheets. I love using my Norwex® dryer balls (my personal favorite are the Fluff and Tumble Dryer Balls) and when I write about something that excites me, I can get a little wordy. I think it is important that everyone understands the benefits of using dryer balls instead of dryer sheets, so for those who like comparisons that get right to the point, here you go.

Norwex Dryer Balls Comparison ChartCertainly some of the comparisons are a little silly. What kind of comparison is “Better than Sheets”? Putting aside the fluff in the comparison chart, it does a good job at showing two things.

1. Norwex® dryer balls perform just as well as dryer sheets at the essential tasks. All three options reduce lint and wrinkles, reduce ironing and soften the fabric. There is one important note to remember here, the softness that you feel in your clothes after using dryer sheets is because the fibers become coated in fatty oils and waxes. That is why you can’t use dryer sheets or fabric softeners with athletic performance apparel.

2. While all three options perform the essential tasks, only the Norwex® dryer balls do it in a natural way that is safe for both your family and the environment. Dryer sheets are NOT chemical-free, non-toxic, all-natural, sustainable or environmentally friendly. That is something only the Norwex® Fluff and Tumble Dryer Balls can claim.

As an added bonus dryer balls help to reduce the drying time for your loads of laundry by creating ‘air pockets’ throughout the load to allow the heat to circulate better. That is something dryer sheets simply can’t do.

If you have any questions on anything with either set of dryer balls, please let me know as I have both kinds and I would be happy to help.

Kids Artwork vs. A Clean Refrigerator

Like many others, the kitchen is the hub of our house. Whether it is for parties, family dinners or running out the door, more people pass through and spend time in the kitchen than any other room in our house. Even though I love using our kitchen as gathering place in our home, it does become a bit of a double-edged sword. It’s natural to want to spend time in places that are clean and clutter-free, (especially when we have company) but frequently gathering in the kitchen creates the clutter that we try to avoid.

Clean Refrigerator

My Clean Refrigerator

One area of clutter for me is the kitchen refrigerator. I love to have a clean fridge because it is so prominent in the kitchen, but I also have small children who create A LOT of artwork that is just calling to be displayed. My kids win out and I hesitantly, but proudly, display their creations on my fridge until the magnets can’t possibly hold another piece of paper. I needed to do something different and keep everybody happy where the kids could see their artwork on display and I could have a spotless fridge.

I liked the idea of a curtain rod with rings that could easily slide back and forth. It would give me flexibility where I could use one ring for something narrow or multiple rings for something wider. I could even slide the rings back and forth to adjust how much space is between the different pictures. However, I needed some type of clip on the rings to attach the projects. A little searching and I found my solution in the DIGNITET Curtain Wire and Curtain Hooks with Clips from IKEA®.

Kids Artwork Display

Finished Kids Artwork Display

The DIGNITET Curtain Wire gives a clean, modern look and comes with 196″ of stainless steel curtain wire and two wall mounted fixtures. I bought two sets to give myself additional hanging space and mounted them one over the other. They didn’t come with great instructions, but installation was easy. The most challenging part was finding three flat head screws to mount each fixture with because the package didn’t come with any. Then, since the wire is under constant tension, I mounted the fixtures to wall studs for added strength instead of using drywall anchors. Finally I snapped the fixture covers in place, tightened the wire and was ready to hang some artwork.

Kids Artwork Clips

Artwork Clips Up Close

Hanging the artwork was just as easy and flexible as I had hoped. The clips simply hung on the curtain wire and you could easily slide them back and forth to position them anywhere along the wire. I cleaned the artwork off of my refrigerator and quickly hung them up on my new artwork display. It’s funny that my biggest complaint now is that I wish I was able to display more artwork at one time. Even with 16 feet of hanging space, I could only show 18 projects at one time. The artwork display has become quite the conversation piece; not only do I love it, but so does everybody who visits my home.

That is how I cleaned up my fridge while still displaying the kids’ artwork. How do you display your children’s artwork?

Be Thankful For Free Products This November

Norwex Fall SpecialsDo you love Norwex® products?

Are there additional products that are still on your wish list?

This November, Norwex® is giving you a great opportunity to earn over $280 in FREE product. Anybody who signs up to be an independent sales consultant this November is eligible to receive free products including:

– The Mop Starter Collection including a dry mop pad and wet mop pad
– 2 Enviro Cloths
– Window Cloth
– Dusting Mitt
– Bathroom Scrub Mitt
– Ergonomic Toilet Brush and Holder
– Kitchen Cloth
– Kitchen Towel
– Mediterranean Meditation Olive Oil Salt Scrub

So what does an independent sales consultant do?

Chances are that you’ve been invited to an at home party for one thing or another. The homeowner where the party is held is the hostess and the person who does the demonstration is the sales consultant! Your hostess will send out the invites and encourage people to attend and you will demonstrate the products and answer any questions.

Not only are you eligible for the free products for signing up, but there are additional incentives too. You will receive a great commission of 35% on the sales at your parties AND you can earn additional free products if you reach certain sales levels within your first 60 days. Are you worried you won’t be able to reach those sales levels? Don’t be. Most sales consultants reach the first level at their first party!

If you’re at all interested in joining a rapidly growing company as an independent sales consultant, please contact me. I’d love to answer any questions you might have and help ease any of your concerns.

For more information, complete with specials, visit my website and check out Join My Team.

P90X vs. the Norwex® Sport Towel

Norwex Sport Towel2013 has been a very big year for me in many ways. It started out with high expectations as I was expecting my third child in late January and I was blessed to have a healthy little girl exactly on my birthday. Naturally, my feelings of joy were quickly joined by exhaustion from overwhelmed days and sleepless nights. I had so many things to do and so little time. Not only was I struggling to keep my home clean and organized but I also wanted to lose my baby weight as soon as possible. I needed to do some things differently.

Each of my three children had taken their toll on my body and I wanted to get back to normal while eating the same things and doing the same things I had done before kids. Fortunately, I had a great OBGYN who I talked with about this and he told me that his wife had gotten in shape after having 4 kids by following P90X. It wasn’t what I wanted to hear but it was what I needed to hear. There are many reviews out there on P90X and some unbelievable before and after pictures – some are so amazing that you may be skeptical. This isn’t intended to be a review on P90X, but I will say that I did see great results. Anybody can see the same changes I did, but it takes a lot of hard work and a lot of sweat. Besides a pull up bar and some weights, you will need a good workout towel and I sure put the Norwex® Sport Towel to the test.

Cotton & Microfiber Side by Side

Cotton & Microfiber Side by Side Close Up

Fitness towels are probably the last thing anybody thinks about when it comes to exercise. You want to look good in your workout clothes and use the right equipment, but workout towels normally just get rolled up and shoved in a bag. After 45 days of using a standard cotton hand towel, I thought I would give the Norwex® Sport Towel a try to see how it compared. I found that the cotton towel was nice and soft to wipe off my face and neck, but the thickness of the towel which gave it the softness also took longer to dry out and I found that it felt damp and had a musty, sweaty smell after a few days. The Norwex® Sport Towel is made of a suede microfiber and being on the relatively thin side meant it didn’t have the same fluffy feel against my body. However, the characteristics of the highly absorbent microfiber along with its weight also meant that it dried very quickly, no matter how sweaty I was. As an added benefit, the Norwex® Sport Towel is made with antibacterial microfibers designed to inhibit odor and mildew so that your towel doesn’t start smelling like a gym.

The Norwex® Sport Towel performed so well for me that I used it every day for the second half of P90X without washing it even once just to see how well it would really perform. I wasn’t disappointed; it was never damp for my next workout and was odor free the entire time. Even though the Sport Towel is constructed with antibacterial microfibers, make sure you hang it up to dry between uses and you too will have a great fitness towel that lasts you a long time.

Follow the link to learn more about the Norwex® Sport Towel.

Clean Eating Taco Seasoning

tacosMy path towards a healthier lifestyle and eating clean continues to be a journey; I didn’t just arrive at the destination with all the right answers. In a world full of misleading nutritional information and marketing gimmicks, I have taken small steps on my journey and even taken the wrong path a few times. Despite the setbacks, I continue to move forward and bring with me the things I’ve learned along the way. Last night was taco night at our house and I thought I would take a good look at the various taco seasonings that I have used over the years. I was shocked by what I found by just looking in my pantry!

Name Brand Seasoning Packets

Any good taco starts with seasoned meat and, as evidenced by my pantry, I’ve tried a few. For convenience, it can’t get much easier than the name brand seasoning packets from the grocery store. Unfortunately, that convenience comes with a price. Looking at the label reveals 12 ingredients:

Yellow corn flour, salt, maltodextrin, paprika, spices, modified corn starch, sugar, garlic powder, citric acid, autolyzed yeast extract, natural flavor and caramel color.

6507-000073I don’t know what maltodextrin, citric acid and autolyzed yeast extract are exactly, but I don’t see why I need them to season my food. Keep looking at the nutrition label and you will see a single serving of the mix has 430mg of sodium, or 18% of the recommended daily value. That sounded high to me, but the real shocker was that a single serving is only 1/6th of a packet! That means a single pound of seasoned meat would include 2,580mg of sodium, slightly more than what is recommended for a full day!

Reduced Sodium Name Brand Seasoning Packets

Thank goodness they came up with reduced sodium seasoning packets to ease my concerns. They cut the sodium in a single packet by 40% and it now includes only 1,560mg of sodium or 65% of the recommended daily value. I fell for their marketing at the time, but I know better now. Looking at the list of ingredients shows that they have increased the number of ingredients from 12 to 13:

Yellow corn flour, maltodextrin, salt, paprika, spices, modified corn starch, ancho pepper, garlic powder, citric acid, autolyzed yeast extract, onion powder, caramel color and silicon dioxide.

I’m all for reduced sodium in the foods that I eat, but silicon dioxide? No thanks. A quick search on the Internet will tell me more about the molecular structure of this chemical compound than its nutritional profile. It can be an eye and skin irritant as well as being found in nature as sand. I don’t know why I would want to digest that.

Wildtree® Taco Seasoning Blend

Wildtree® seasonings are a great option for people who are looking to avoid unnecessary processing and additives in their foods but want to avoid the hassle of creating their own seasoning mix. A look at the list of ingredients shows that many of the 8 ingredients are also found in the name brand seasoning packets, just without the additives:

Masa corn flour, chili powder, cumin, sea salt, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder and black pepper.

With nothing out of the ordinary on the list of ingredients, it was time to check the sodium. The recipe calls for 5 teaspoons of the Taco Seasoning Blend which adds 300mg of sodium or 13% of the recommended daily value. That’s less than 1/5th of the amount of sodium found in the reduced sodium name brand packet!

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

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My family likes our taco seasoning with a little more kick to it, but we still want to avoid the unnecessary sodium and additives. Chances are, you already have the spices you need in your pantry so why not make your own? Don’t know where to start? Try this recipe:

1 Tbsp chili powder
1.5 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

I bet those ingredients look familiar. With the exception of the cayenne pepper added for a little kick, you have seen each of the spices in the store-bought seasoning mixes. Simply mix all the ingredients together and it is ready to go! Feel free to double the recipe to keep some on hand, just add 2 to 3 tablespoons to a pound of cooked meat and simmer with 3/4 cup of water.

The steps I’ve taken towards a healthier lifestyle just in taco seasoning alone may sound familiar to you. Maybe you are just at the beginning of your own journey. Either way, I hope you see the difference that little changes can make and keep moving forward.