Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

STRAWBERRY & BANANA SMOOTHIE

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Makes 1 serving
2 scoops Shaklee 180 Strawberry Smoothee Mix
8oz almond milk
3 frozen strawberries
¼ Banana
Ice (as needed)
297 calories, 25 g protein, 41 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 7 g fiber

Combine all ingredients in blender.
Blend until creamy.
Peace…have a healthy day!

To Order the Shaklee 180 Protein Smoothie, head to emilysutten.myshaklee.com

Cleaning Green can save you Green!

CLEANING GREEN CAN SAVE YOU GREEN
Everyone knows that the economy is tough these days. It is becoming harder to cut monthly costs. I came up with some easy, economically friendly cleaning tips to help you save money!

Buy in concentrate

When you purchase cleaning solutions, detergents or juices in concentrate, you’ll save cash with each purchase. Manufacturers spend less money on packaging and shipping waterless concentrate formulas and pass the savings onto you! I personally love and use Shaklee’s Get Clean Products. You’d have to spend more than $3,400 to get the same amount of clean found in the Get Clean Starter Kit!

Use more “All-Purpose” cleaners

Instead of using a variety of cleaners for specific job, use an all-purpose cleaner for most of your cleaning jobs, and keep only a few specialty cleaners on hand for specific problems like mineral deposits or heavy soap scum. I personally use an organic, concentrated, all purposed cleaner called Basic H2. (click HERE to read more about it and see it’s uses)

Make your own cleaners

You can use vinegar and water for glass and mirrors, sprinkle baking soda on carpets to freshen them, use rubbing alcohol as a gunk remover.

Use cloths instead of paper towels

Reusable is both budget and environmentally friendly. Save paper towels for quick pick ups and use cleaning cloths for your heavy duty cleaning. I love microfiber cleaning cloths. Cleaning cloths start out more expensive than paper towels, but are money savers in the long haul.

Save on Energy Costs

Sweep instead of vacuuming. You may not be able to sweep everytime, but if you rate sweeping with vacuuming, you’ll save money on electricity. If you do use a vacuum, try using a bag less vacuum to save money on bags. (This tips is hard for me because I love my dyson.)

Use Pump Sprays instead of Aerosols

Not only are many aerosol sprays terrible for the environment, they are also bad for your budget. Aerosols work by suspending liquid in air, creating a fine mist as you spray. This means that half the can is air. Plus, if the sprayer breaks, you can’t use the rest of the bottle.

Get the most out of your Dishwasher

Fill it to the brim! If you rinse your dishes before loading them, you’ll need less detergent per load. Or, don’t rinse at ALL, like me. I use THIS detergent and I never pre-rinse!!!

Clean your Refrigerator Coils and Dryer Vents

Once or twice a year is all it takes to help make these appliances run more efficiently on less electricity.

I hope this tips help save you money!

Children’s Health and Back to School

CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND BACK TO SCHOOL

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Back to School

Now that it is time for most children to go school, I thought that I would share some great information about children’s health and supplements.

Natural food supplements are as vital for your child’s health as sunshine, a good night’s sleep, and nutritious food. When kids go back to school after a summer of healthy play under your watchful eye, they are exposed to lots of unhealthy things, mostly germs and viruses from other students and teachers. You can be a bit more confident in sending them off to school everyday if you know that they are getting all the vitamins and minerals they need to fight infectious attacks.

Give your child a good source of immune support by providing them with clinically tested prebiotics such as lactoferrin. This helps the body fight infections by supporting digestive health with twenty-three essential nutrients. These nutrients also ensure proper growth and development.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends vitamins D, C, K, calcium, DHA, and eight different B vitamins for total health. These are also shown to support concentration, memory, and vision. Shaklee’s Children’s dietary supplements provide the recommended percentages of these nutrients, along with packaging that contains no bisphenol-A, toxic inks, or phthalates. Offering your children all they need, without any damaging extras, at every stage of their development takes some of the worry out of parenting, and allows you to enjoy the other aspects of family life!

I give my kids Shaklee’s vitamins for children everyday and I can’t say enough about them. They help keep their immune systems’s strong. I can honestly say that not one of my three children have EVER had to go on a prescription drug, they have NEVER had strep throat, an ear infection or anything else other than a little cold or virus. My kids don’t get sick and I owe it our healthy lifestyle and Shaklee!

Shaklee’s supplements are the BEST in the WORLD!

incredivites

Shakleekids Incredivites is the first children’s chewable multivitamin in the U.S. with lactoferrin, which helps kids’ immune systems stay supercharged. Packed with 23 essential nutrients, it’s the world’s best kids’ supplement-with 600 IU of vitamin D to support strong bones and teeth, and 100% of the Daily Value of all eight B vitamins and vitamin C. Just two a day and off they play. Now that’s incredible!

might smarts

Supertasty and supersafe, Shakleekids Mighty Smart is scientifically formulated with a power-packed blast of 100% natural, ultra-pure DHA. Each great-tasting chew provides 100 mg of this essential brain nutrient. DHA has been shown to support a mighty memory, mad concentration, and fierce mind skills. In addition, it promotes healthy eyes and rad vision for your multitalented, multitasking superhero.

If you want to order or learn more about Shaklee’s children supplements, go to my online Shaklee site today!

Do you give your kids supplements?

Do you your kids get sick often?

Are you looking for a natural source of vitamins/minerals and a way to build your child’s immunity?

I’d love to hear and help.

Have a great weekend!

Bonnie 🙂

How Clean Are Your Dishes

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Phosphates pose a threat to aquatic life and can end up in drinking-water reservoirs. In response to new laws, more and more makers of dishwasher detergents are reducing the amounts of phosphates in their products. But, according to a recent article published by The New York Times, “Cleaner for the Environment, Not for the Dishes,” consumers claim their low-phosphate detergents aren’t getting the job done.

Launched in 1991, Shaklee Basic-D was the first patented phosphate-free dishwashing cleanser. Today, our Shaklee Get Clean Dish Washer Automatic Powder Concentrate is a patented, high-performing, phosphate-free dishwasher cleanser. Its enzyme-activated formula removes tough stains without the need for prerinsing, leaving dishes sparkling clean. Shaklee Get Clean products do not contain phosphates—and never will.

Shouldn’t everyone you know be using a phosphate-free dishwasher concentrate that leaves dishes sparkling clean?

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Learn more about Get Clean products that are both safe for the environment and effective.

Help us get the word out by sharing this with your friends and family—they’ll thank you for it!
Get Clean

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This was a message from our Shaklee Corp.

“I have been using these products for over 11 years and LOVE them!!!

I especially LOVE the dish detergent and liquid.
If I am washing a pot or pan, I seriously only use a couple of DROPS of liquid and it gets all the grease off!

And for my dishwasher, I use Shaklee’s detergent and I NEVER PRE-WASH/RINSE my dishes.

NEVER!

They come out CLEAN every time. I am so grateful for this because it saves me SOOOO much time!”

According to this cost comparison sheet, it only costs 18.9 cents of Dish Wash Automatic Concentrate per load of dishes. CHEEP! Did you know that Cascade Complete costs 28.4 cents per load and Seventh Generation costs 40.4 cents per load?

To order or learn more about these safe dish products, please visit my online Shaklee shop today!

emilysutten.myshaklee.com

Have a great day!

5 Toxins that are everywhere

5 TOXICS THAT ARE EVERYWHERE: PROTECT YOURSELF

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If the recycling number on a container is a 7, assume the
container contains BPA unless it says otherwise.

If the recycling number on a container is a 7, assume the container contains BPA unless it says otherwise.

I found this article on http://www.cnn.com and I really wanted to share it with you. I know that it is not a really fun post but it is very informative.

Is enough being done to protect us from chemicals that could harm us? Watch “Toxic America,” a special two-night investigative report with Sanjay Gupta M.D., June 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.

(CNN) — A growing body of research is linking five chemicals — among the most common in the world — to a host of ailments, including cancer, sexual problems and behavioral issues.

We encounter them every day — in plastic bottles, storage containers, food wrap, cans, cookware, appliances, carpets, shower curtains, clothes, personal care products, furniture, television sets, electronics, bedding, cushions and mattresses. In short, every room in almost every house in the United States is likely to contain at least one of these chemicals, many of which did not exist a century ago.

They are bisphenol A, or BPA; phthalates; PFOA; formaldehyde; and polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PDBEs. Tests reveal most of us now carry them in our bodies, but are they putting our health — and the health of our children — in jeopardy?

Here’s what you should know about:

BPA – Bisphenol A

What it does: BPA is a building block of a lightweight, clear, heat-resistant and almost unbreakable plastic called polycarbonate. It’s also used in epoxy resins.

Where it’s found: Water bottles, baby bottles, reusable food containers, plastic tableware, infant feeding cups, linings of infant formula cans and other cans, jar lids, CDs, electrical and electronic equipment, dental sealants.

How we’re exposed: Eating food or drinking liquids stored in containers containing BPA. Infants and small children may also be exposed from hand to mouth contact with materials containing BPA. BPA also migrates from dental sealants into patients’ mouths. Fetuses are exposed in the womb by their mothers. Almost everyone has been exposed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found BPA in the urine of 93 percent of the people it tested.

Special Report: Toxic America

Health effects: The American Chemistry Council, an industry trade group, says exposure is so low there are no ill health effects. A new five-year Kaiser Permanente study of Chinese factory workers found higher BPA exposure linked to reduced male sexual function. This research joins a growing body of research on animals that suggests BPA poses a potential cancer risk and may mimic the female hormone estrogen and disrupt the extremely sensitive chemical signals in the body called the endocrine system. According to the Food and Drug Administration, these studies suggest BPA could affect “the brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and young children.”

Regulation: BPA is an Environmental Protection Agency “chemical of concern,” one of five substances the agency has targeted for increased scrutiny and potential new regulation. (The others are phthalates, short-chain chlorinated paraffins, PBDEs, and perfluorinated chemicals including PFOA.)

The Food and Drug Administration allows BPA in flexible food packaging.

What you can do to reduce exposure: Buy stainless steel bottles and glass food storage containers. If you buy plastic, check for the recycle number on the bottom. If there is a number 7, assume the container contains BPA unless it explicitly says otherwise. Switch to fresh or frozen vegetables instead of canned. Other precautions include not microwaving or putting hot liquids in BPA plastic containers and throwing away baby bottles and feeding cups that are scratched.

Phthalates

What they do: This family of chemicals softens plastics. They also are used to bind chemicals together.

Where they’re found: Shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, hair sprays, perfumes, colognes, soap, nail polish, shower curtains, medical tubing, IV bags, vinyl flooring and wall coverings, food packaging and coatings on time-release pharmaceuticals.

How we’re exposed: Absorbed into the body through personal care products, ingested in drugs, on food, in water and dust. Infants can be exposed through infant care products like baby shampoos, lotions and powders. Fetuses are exposed in the womb. Virtually everyone is exposed to phthalates.

Health effects: A new study by the Mount Sinai Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research found a statistical association between prenatal exposure to phthalates and incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder years later. Phthalates are considered endocrine disrupters, and studies have shown a statistical association between phthalate exposure and male sexual development. Research has also shown phthalates disrupt reproductive development of male laboratory animals.

Tell us: Is your town toxic?

Regulation: Phthalates are an EPA “chemical of concern.” The FDA allows for plastic containing phthalate in flexible food packaging. The U.S. government last year banned or restricted six phthalates for use in children’s toys and children’s products.

What you can do to reduce exposure: Avoid shampoos, conditioners and other personal care products that list “fragrance” as an ingredient. These may contain phthalates. (Companies are not required to disclose the ingredients in their scents, and the industry says this phthalate is safe.) The federal government recently ended one source of exposure, banning the sale of toys containing any of six phthalates.

PFOA – Perfluorooctanoic

acid (also called C8)

What it does: PFOA is used to make Teflon and thousands of other nonstick and stain- and water-repellent products.

Where they’re found: PFOA is present in Teflon and other nonstick or stain- and water-repellent coatings as a trace impurity. These coatings are used on cookware, waterproof breathable clothing, furniture and carpets and in a myriad of industrial applications. PFOA can also be produced by the breakdown of these products.

How we’re exposed: Inhaling contaminated air, eating contaminated food and drinking contaminated water. Some researchers say nonstick pans give off PFOA vapors, which contaminate food.

Health effects: Almost everyone has PFOA in his or her blood. PFOA causes cancer and developmental problems in laboratory animals. The EPA concludes research on PFOA is “suggestive of carcinogenicity but not sufficient to assess human carcinogenic potential.”

Regulation: PFOA is an EPA “chemical of concern.”

What you can do to reduce exposure: The EPA does not recommend any steps to reduce exposure to PFOA. You can reduce potential exposure by using stainless steel or cast iron cookware. If you use nonstick cookware, do not overheat, which releases toxic gas.

How toxic is your air?

Formaldehyde

What it does: Formaldehyde is an ingredient in resins that act as a glue in the manufacture of pressed wood products.

Where it’s found: Pressed wood products such as particle board, plywood, paneling and fiberboard; also, glues and adhesives and durable press fabrics like drapes.

How we’re exposed: Breathing “off-gassing” from products containing formaldehyde. Car exhaust and cigarette smoke also contain formaldehyde.

Health effects: Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen, causing cancers of the respiratory or gastrointestinal tract. Formaldehyde fumes can also cause nausea, skin irritation, watery eyes, or burning eyes, nose and throat.

What you can do to reduce exposure: Buying furniture free from formaldehyde eliminates much of the exposure we face from the chemical. One option to reduce “off-gassing”: purchase “exterior grade” pressed-wood products, which emit formaldehyde at significantly lower rates. If you have wood products containing formaldehyde, increase ventilation, reduce humidity with air conditioning or dehumidifiers and keep your home cool.

PBDEs – Polybrominated

diethyl ethers

What they do: PBDEs are a group of chemicals used as flame retardants, meaning they reduce the chance of something catching fire and slow how fast it burns when it does catch fire.

Where they’re found: PBDEs are found in televisions, computers and wire insulation, and furniture foam. Over time, televisions and other products shed PBDEs, which accumulate in dust. More than 124 million pounds of PBDEs are produced annually worldwide and they do not break down easily.

How we’re exposed: Swallowing PBDE-contaminated dust and contact with this dust are the primary routes into our bodies, where they collect in fat tissue. We can also be exposed through food and water. Breast-feeding infants are exposed to PBDEs through their mother’s milk and have the highest exposure compared to their body weight, followed by infants and toddlers, according to the data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Levels in humans have been rising rapidly since PBDEs were introduced in the 1960s and ’70s.

Health effects: PBDEs accumulate in the body. Toxicology tests show PDBEs may damage the liver and kidneys and affect the brain and behavior, according to the EPA.

Regulation: In December, the EPA named PBDEs “chemicals of concern.”

What you can do to reduce exposure: Try to find products without PBDE flame retardants and be sure to sweep up dust.

By David S. Martin, Senior Medical Producer

WOW! Isn’t that crazy??

So after reading that, what is a girl to do?

I would suggest switching to safe and natural products made by a trusted company that has been in business for over 50 years.

The easiest way to switch products is by purchasing a Shaklee Get Clean Starter Kit.

You’d have to spend more than $3,400 to get the same amount of clean found in the Get Clean Starter Kit!

When you purchase a Shaklee Get Clean Starter Kit this month get 15% OFF and a FREE MEMBERSHIP!!!!!

Did you find this interesting?

What did you learn?

Are you ready to go green?

Emily 🙂

A Couple of Easy Cleaning Tips

A COUPLE OF EASY CLEANING TIPS
I feel like I am always finding cleaning tips and tricks so I just thought I would show you a couple from this week. If you like them, I will show you more.

GRASS STAINS

The first one was is how to get out grass stain without really trying to hard.

(I like cleaning, but I also don’t like to work too hard. Shhh!)

The other day My Neice came in full of grass stains.

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I took off her pants and put on some straight organic Basic H.

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I just rubbed it in with my finger and threw the pants into the dirty laundry pile until I finally washed them with my regular laundry detergent.

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This is how they looked when they came out.

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That was really easy and now STAIN FREE!!!!

A CLEAN TEA KETTLE

Ok, I drink tea all the time and I like to leave the tea kettle out on my stove and sometimes food splatters onto it. I didn’t realize how bad it was until yesterday.

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Ewww! Gross, sorry to show this to you but it gets better.

I just wiped it down with my scour off.

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And….

now it looks brand new again. And within less than a minute!

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I hope that you found these tips/tricks helpful!!!

Have a great weekend!!!!!!

Emily

Mocha Latte Protein Smoothie

Mocha Latte Smoothie

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1scoop Shaklee 180 Café Latte Smoothee Mix
1scoop Shaklee 180 Chocolate Smoothee Mix
8oz almond milk
¼tsp instant coffee
Ice (as needed)
260 calories, 24 g protein, 31 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 6 g fiber

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until creamy.
Peace…have a healthy day!

To Order the Shaklee 180 Smoothie Mix, head to emilysutten.myshaklee.com

How to Raise a Toxin Free Puppy!!

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A week ago something exciting happened in our house. Something that every little boy dreams of at one point in his life!! We got a puppy.
Everyone, meet Ben (Benjamin when he is in trouble, and Bennie if Mr. Precious is calling him). He is a pure bred black lab and the sweetest, most kind, patient, and calm little boy that I have ever met. He is in love with our kids and it makes me even more in love with him. He loves being by their side, sliding down the slide (yes he climbed the play structure and slides down the slide!!), and his favorite place to nap is under the bouncy between the babies legs.

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The first week has been a struggle, I won’t lie or sugar coat that. The day after we got him, Mr. Blue Eyes (our 9 month old) woke up with a fever that stayed for 3 days. To say he was fussy and clingy would be putting it lightly. Mr. Precious (our oldest) was not too precious either. He is at a point in his life where he is learning opinions and how to challenge everything.
The first 3 days consisted of a constant screaming baby that would get woke up every time he fell asleep, a 3 year old that was constantly being put in his room for behaviors that I won’t go into, and a puppy who continually peed on the floor, immediately after I would stand outside for 20 minutes waiting for him to pee!! Oh did I mention that I was recovering from mastitis so I was exhausted and in pain as well!!
But like when you bring any baby home, by day 4 I had things figured out. We are in (somewhat) of a routine now and I even kind of have him on a nap schedule with the baby!!
My father in law said that raising a puppy is just like raising a baby. For some reason I didn’t really listen to that but boy is he right!!
I finally accepted that and now it’s making things much easier!! When I get frustrated and discouraged that I’m not doing things right, I always stop myself and ask “what would you do if it was the kids?” And it totally takes the pressure off me because o feel like I somewhat know how to handle kids (note that I said somewhat!!).
As for Ben’s daily needs, of course I had that mapped out and planned the day he was born because I’m crazy like that!!

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Here is how we plan on raising our puppy naturally (I will come back and add more as we learn what works for us!!).

Food-Blue Buffalo Puppy

Daily Vitamin – Vita Lea

Healthy Fat Supplement – Omega Guard

Bathing – Basic H

Dental Care – Coconut Oil

Treats – carrots, pumpkin, peanut butter, sweet potato

Vanilla Honey Protein Smoothie

VANILLA HONEY

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Makes 1 serving
2 scoops of Vanilla Shaklee 180® Energizing Smoothee Protein Mix

8 oz. unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp. nonfat Greek yogurt

Dash of vanilla extract

1 tsp. honey (or to taste)

Ice (as needed)

Peace…have a healthy day!

To Order the Shaklee 180 Smoothie Mix, head to emilysutten.myshaklee.com

Basic H2 vs. Vinegar

GET CLEAN BASIC H2 VS. VINEGAR

I often hear people say that they want to use “green” cleaners but they think it’s too expensive or they don’t think they cleaners do a good job. So they try vinegar. They like it but they hate the smell. They also think it saves them money. Even if you thought you were saving money and helping the environment using the old stand-by of vinegar, you might be interested in learning that even these formulas from the past end up costing more and are actually creating more packaging waste. Not fitting in with today’s picture of being environmental.

Lets take a closer look…….

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Get Clean Basic H2 vs. Vinegar

Usage Per Gallon for a General Cleaner: Vinegar – 1/2 cup / Basic H2 – 2 teaspoons

Distilled Vinegar

(1/2 cup per gallon of water for general cleaning)

Cost per bottle = 16 oz / .89 cents (Acme brand 10/09)

Usage Cost: to make 1 gallon general cleaner = .22 cents

Usage Cost: to make 48 gallons general cleaner = $10.68

Packaging Waste: 12 Bottles to make 48 gallons of general cleaner

note: if you need to add baking soda, dish soap, or oil to the formula for persistent stains or cleaning that’s an additional expense and additional packaging waste.

Shaklee Basic H2

(2 teaspoons per gallon of water for ALL-PURPOSE Cleaner)
Over 1000 different uses with this one bottle!

Cost per bottle = 16 oz / $10.35 (10/09)

Usage Cost: to make 1 gallon All-Purpose Cleaner = .22 cents

Usage Cost: to make 48 gallons All-Purpose Cleaner = $10.68

ONE Bottle makes 48 Gallons of All-Purpose Cleaner!

(One bottle of Basic H2 equals the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz.
Windex)

For every ONE Bottle of Basic H2 used for All-Purpose Cleaning you would use 12 bottles of vinegar plus, if needed, baking soda to do the same amount of clean. Plus, Basic H2 has the smell of “clean” and is pH balanced with our skin. No need to wear gloves or a mask.

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Now you can see why people love Basic H2!! To Order, head over to emilysutten.myshaklee.com