Friday, April 17, 2015

Shaklee Liquid Laundry Test

I'll make this quick. You guys have heard enough about cleaning for this week. 

Typically I clean any fabric stained item in a mixture of Shaklee's Nature Bright and Shaklee's Liquid Laundry Detergent. It's like a big one two punch. I use the powder detergent to wash my clothes, but I use the liquid to pretreat spots and stains.  I don't always want or need to mix up the Nature Bright and let it soak. You can also toss some in with your laundry soap to whiten and brighten. 

I have a spray bottle by my laundry to spray knee's, collar's and spills and throw it in the laundry basket. Then I wash the next day. Always comes out. In the spray bottle is 1-2 teaspoons of the liquid laundry with water. That's it.

Here I have typical white grass stained Ashlyn pants. At the time I didn't want to take the 60 seconds it takes to mix up the Nature Bright and let them soak. Instead, I was curious if my Liquid Laundry pre-spotter alone would get it out. I sprayed, let it sit overnight, and laundered the next day. And sure enough, it came out. I was impressed and pleased. 

Grass stain white pants 2

Grass stain white pants

Shaklee Fresh Laundry Liquid (HE) Regular

HE Compatible Formula!
Also ideal for standard washers.
Available in Regular Scent or Fragrance Free.
Use this powerful two-for-one concentrate to prespot and wash your laundry. It doesn't just outperform leading detergents- it also out-removes big-name spot removers. And it does it while protecting natural resources. How's that for a breath of fresh laundry?

When used as a stain remover, 46% more effective than OxiClean® Versatile Stain Remover and 21% better than Resolve®Laundry Pre-Treater 2X Concentrated and when used as a liquid laundry concentrate comparable to Method® 8X Laundry Detergent, All® Small & Mighty® free clear laundry detergent and Whole Foods® 2X concentrate Laundry Detergent.
Source:  Sterling Laboratories.  These performance comparisons were conducted on Oct. 8 and Oct. 14, 2013, and October 30, 2014 and are valid only for the named products marketed at that time.  All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Yoga: Wannabe to Beginner

Yoga is one of those things I've always wanted to try but never have. Not with much effort anyway. But in my head, I've tried it. I think I'm really great at it. Actually, one day I see myself as this incredibly fit and lean yoga instructor leading my class on the beaches in Florida. Told you this was all in my head. 

Living in a small town has it's enormous advantages. One disadvantage is, to take classes such as this, you almost always have to go out of town. I think that's why Yoga, Zumba and many others have fell by the wayside. I typically walk, bike, jog, treadmill and use stationary bikes and many outside activities with my daughter. So we are definitely active. But there's something about the other specific classes that attracts me to them if they were more convenient. I've bought a couple DVD's over the years, but I get bored with the exact same routine over and over. I've enjoyed a Pilates one the most. Still, getting outside is the most enjoyable. 

Wouldn't it be great to have early morning Yoga and Pilates in our small town? Outside?  Or am I the only lunatic that thinks that?

Before last night, this was the extent of my Yoga.


I wonder if after only one you tube session, I'm certified to be a Yoga instructor. Without the wine of course. Well, maybe with. Relaxation is key, correct?

Wanting to give Yoga a try because I hear the benefits are quite amazing. Without even giving it a try, I had it in my head that it was too slow, too blah, not my thing.  Though it's not a high calorie burner, it does improve flexibility, builds muscle strength, improves posture, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, increases blood flow, promotes healthy heart rate, better balance and sleep, drops blood pressure, helps reduce stress, and to have better focus and relaxation, and probably many many others. 

Instead of pretending I'm an exotic yoga goddess in my head. I was determine to try it. Last night I brought up you tube and did a 30 minute beginners yoga session by Kristen McGee. Although she looks like a yoga goddess, I surely did NOT.  It was HARD.  I mean, difficult. And it was a beginners. But I found out that I really did like it. And that I really have no balance at all. But I liked it a lot in fact. And was a little sore and surprised to find out I hadn't used the muscles in my neck, shoulders and back like that in the last 10 years.

I may check out more on you tube, that way each class would be different and offer a variety. It's just that my computer up on the desk is not the ideal place for it. I may give another DVD a chance. 

Anyone know of a really good Yoga DVD?  I've heard good things about the Jillian Michaels one. I really liked that Kristen McGee.  Any others? One that maybe covers beginners through more advanced all on one DVD. Because you know I'll be that imaginary Yoga goddess by next week. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shaklee Outperforms Two Professional Carpet Cleaning Companies

I am so excited to post this. You all know how happy I get about a good cleaner anyway. This is nothing short of amazing. A-MAZE-ZING !  

In between each tenant in the rental houses we manage, the carpets are always cleaned, sanitized and deodorized. This one particular house had a tenant move out. So we called in our professional carpet cleaning company. We use 2 different ones. They got overall clean, but a couple of stubborn stains lingered. Another tenant moved in, and moved out only a couple months later. We called the other company that we use, hoping they could get the stains out. The 2 stubborn stains did not come out after 2 professional carpet cleaners. 

I figured if they couldn't get it out, no way in hell could Shaklee's cleaners get it out. Not possible. I mean, the pro's have all the chowabunga machine's in their van, super cleaners, super suction and all. 

Who knew you yourself could clean your carpets better than the pro's, naturally and safely? Shaklee knew, that's who. Another reason why I believe in them so strongly.

I mixed up my Shaklee cleaners (explained below photo's), let them sit on the stains all day, rinsed, blotted and let dry. To my delight and overjoyed excitement, the stains actually came out. After doing a happy dance by myself in this empty renal house, I was absolutely thrilled because it looks so much better. But also because I just couldn't believe they came out. It was so easy. And SO cheap. I only used about a teaspoon of each product. BAM !!! Clean.

Have a little looksy for yourself. 

Not sure what this stain was. I almost forgot to take a before picture. This one is already soaked with cleaner. So it's lighter already than it initially was.
Carpet Brown Spot

Close up of same stain.
Carpet Brown Spot close

This one was not very dark, but it was right in the center of the floor. Which is never a good spot for a stain.
Carpet Middle

Products used are from Shaklee's Get Clean line:

How I did it.
I dumped a little of each in about 2 cups of water. By dumped, I probably used about 1 teaspoon of each product. Mixed until dissolved. Soaked each spot well. Let sit for several hours. Rinsed until no more suds. Blotted. Let dry. Vacuumed. 

Please note: it says "not for use on carpet and rugs" right on the Nature Bright package. But I've always done a test spot before proceeding with any stain. And since I kind of like to live on the edge a little, I just do it anyway. Because I'm a rebel like that. So I do recommend you try a test spot first as well. And if you choose not to because your a rebel too, hey you didn't hear it from this site !!!

Do you have trouble getting stains out of carpet or laundry?  Would you like to be able to breathe while you clean with natural cleaners that truly work and will save you money? 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

How Clean is Your Water?

Everyone knows that water is essential to life. But what's coming out of your tap or bottle may not really be your healthiest choice.

Something I use every single day, seems to get so overlooked. I just want to mention Shaklee's Water Filtration System today. I guess since I use this pitcher as if on autopilot, that I'm assured healthy water everyday, so I forget to talk about the importance of clean healthy water. 

Living in the country for awhile, I was never very fond of our tap water. So we would drink bottled water, or water from any of those large jugs. I was a large contributor to our landfills. After giving the Shaklee Water Pitcher a try, I've never looked back. We fill our own reusable water bottles now, it tastes so clean and no more plastic bottles. Many of you know Ashlyn can be pretty dramatic at times, but she's said before "This water is soooo good, it must be Shaklee water".  And anytime she's said that, it has been from the Shaklee Water Pitcher.  So without further ado, here are the facts man. 

Shaklee's Water Filtration System

shaklee water
Each Get Clean® Water filter handles 80 gallons of water, twice as much as Brita® and Pur®2, and each filter is made from sustainable coconut shell carbon using a zero-emission process. Plus, it's the first pitcher with a refillable carbon-block filter system, so there's less waste going to the landfills.

Get Clean® Water is a revolutionary new water pitcher filtration system certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to reduce up to 99% of lead 1 —as well as dozens of other nasty contaminants that can turn up in your water and may be harmful to your health.
While traces of these drugs and other toxins are certainly a concern, it’s comforting to know you can eliminate at least one of the most harmful.....lead.
Lead is the “single most significant environmental health threat to American children,” according to the National Resource Defense Council.

Beats Leading Brands
• Certified to reduce up to 99% of lead (Brita® and PUR® water pitchers are not3)
• Certified to filter 80 gallons—twice as much as Brita® and PUR®2
• First-ever pitcher with a refillable carbon-block pitcher filter system, so there’s less waste going to the landfills

The Smart Choice
• The first pitcher with an automatic meter that shows gallons filtered, so you know exactly when to replace your filter—no more guessing!
• Healthier, cleaner-tasting water for only pennies a gallon

Cleaner, healthier water and a cleaner, healthier planet? We can all drink to that!

shaklee water 2

This Starter Pack contains all you need to get started on healthier, great-tasting water:

  • Get Clean® Water Pitcher - Food Safe: BPA-Free; 10 cup capacity
  • Get Clean® Water Refillable Filter Housing Kit (with 1 filter - 80 gallon capacity)

Cost, Feature and Certification Comparison Chart

Get Clean Water Brochure

Cost per Gallon
I buy the 3 pack of filters.  Each filter, filters 80 gallons of water. The Members price is $51.30. Divide that by 3 filters, it comes to $17.10 per filter. Divided by 80 gallons, and you get $ .21. It cost me .21 cents per gallon for healthy clean water. 

How much do you pay for your jug of water? 
Or for that 16 oz bottle of water from the gas station? 
Can you really trust what is in that water?
Just another reason I love Shaklee, they are always saving me money. Always. 

1Substances reduced may not be in all users’ water.
2Compared to Brita® and PUR® pitcher filters at 40 gallons. “Leading brands” is defined as Brita and PUR. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
3This comparison of current WQA and NSF certified reduction claims was conducted on June 16, 2010, on the Brita® OB-36 and the PUR® CR-6000C pitchers and is valid only for the named products marketed at that time. Models compared also are certified to reduce chlorine (taste and odor), nominal particulates, plus the following: Brita OB-36: zinc; PUR CR-6000C: cysts, MTBE, toxaphene, and zinc. Product claims obtained from the respective manufacturers’ Web sites.

“Year of Clean Water” equals 365 days of Get Clean Water

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Updates

Here is a quick Easter update for you. 

We started off our Spring Break with an Easter Egg Hunt. 
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Getting 10 bucks in one of them of the eggs.
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A week later, we went to another Easter Egg Hunt because we are greedy like that. And they are fun. And they have really good after hunt treats. We could have done without the 8,000 mph winds that day though.
easter egg hunt (2)

easter egg hunt (3)

We made a visit to the Easter Bunny. She doesn't look anymore thrilled than she has the last 5 years. But I'll keep bringing her because I'm nice like that.
easter bunny (1)

We thought we could attempt some springy photo's after the bunny visit. We cut it way short since it was much colder than we thought it was out, there really are no flowers, green grass or anything 'springy' up yet, and she's about 4 months overdue for a haircut. Not sure why I even thought photo's were a good idea this day.
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And we made Easter cookies. In cow jammies. Holidays are about the only time I feel the work of cut out cookies are worth it. To try something new, we separated the dough and colored it.
easter cookies (1)

They turned out fairly well after a few trial and error attempts getting the rolling of them out just right and the right amount of flour but not too much so the colors still stick together but yet it doesn't all stick to the table.
easter cookies (2)

Before being baked.
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After being baked.
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The final cookie with a very light layer of frosting and sprinkles.
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Of course we colored eggs this year too, because I hate the mess so seemed like a fun thing to do. We used paint this year.
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color easter eggs (2)

The Easter Bunny gave Ashlyn some Melty Beads. If you are not familiar, you place these little beads on a peg board in any design or shape you wish. You place this sheet of paper over it, iron both sides, and they melt together. If you don't fully melt it, leaving the little holes in tact, you can hang them on a string, use as ornament, make it small for a necklace charm, etc. Check out that Spongebob and Patrick !!  Nice job huh.
melty beads (1)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Power of Protein

Protein is an essential building block of health, and it boosts energy and wards off hunger. 

About a year ago I started to incorporate protein powder into shakes and smoothies. After researching all the positive health benefits, I thought I'd give it a try. At first, I just loved the taste. They were so good and provided a very easy and quick breakfast, lunch or snack. It wasn't until I ran out a few times, and let some time lapse before getting more that I really 'felt' the benefits. I didn't notice it while taking it, but I noticed it when I wasn't taking it. I felt sluggish, puffy, clothes not fitting right, just an overall kind of blah. All 3-4 times of getting more and starting back up again, even with just 1 shake a day, I noticed a big improvement within the first week. More alert, a quick slim down to where my clothes felt better, and just better. Not perky in a cheerleader way, but just overall way better when taking my daily protein powder.

The only protein powder mix I've ever tried is Shaklee's Protein and their 180 Meal Replacement Shakes.  It's the only brand I trust the ingredients and science behind them. The flavors are so good plain, such as the Chocolate and Mocha, but I love mixing the Strawberry or Vanilla with fresh or frozen fruit. I mix them all with Coconut Milk.


The Science Behind Vitalizing Protein


Being overweight or obese is the number one health issue of our day. Excess weight is associated with many diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis. Excess weight increases suffering, decreases quality of living, reduces life expectancy, and places a large burden on already burdened health care resources.1


Reversing the obesity epidemic will no doubt require advances on many fronts, including public health policy, consumer and physician education, and community engagement in supporting initiatives to help people become more active. There are literally hundreds of weight-loss programs, most of which do indeed lead to weight loss—but no attention is paid to what constitutes healthy and sustainable weight loss. Loss of water weight or muscle mass (as occurs in all programs) initially looks good on the scale, but fails in the long term to achieve the goal of permanent weight loss.
Since lean muscle mass constitutes the majority of metabolism2, loss of muscle mass is unsustainable in the long-term as metabolism will plummet along with weight loss, which leads to regaining of weight unless permanent changes in diet and lifestyle have occurred. Maintenance of lean muscle mass, therefore, is a key element of a successful weight-loss program.3

Protein maintains muscle mass

Since the time of the Roman Empire, protein has been known to help build muscles. When amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) were discovered, it was clear that only certain types of amino acids led to muscle building. The branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) were found to have the most effect on maintaining muscle mass, and eventually leucine emerged as the amino acid that has unique effects on protein synthesis.4
Leucine has been shown to have the following effects helpful for weight loss:
  • Leucine inhibits the breakdown of other proteins.5
  • Leucine increases metabolism (thermogenic effect).6
  • During a low-calorie diet, consumption of leucine helps maintain lean muscle mass so that weight loss can preferentially come from fat stores.7
  • Leucine stimulates a rise in plasma leptin and helps people feel full.8
Several long-term studies in obese participants who consumed a high-soy protein/low-fat diet suggested improved body composition by losing fat and preserving muscle mass.9 Leucine supplementation combined with exercise appears to be one of the most effective way for maintaining lean muscle mass for weight loss.10


Excess weight continues to be a challenging public health problem. It is clear that increased protein content of meals during a weight-loss program not only increases satiety and modulates cravings, but also is the main metabolic messenger for the synthesis and maintenance of lean muscle mass.
The majority of leucine-related literature confirms the significance of leucine as a dietary modulator of muscle maintenance that is useful for weight loss and maintenance. The leucine content of a meal may be the critical factor for determining the quantity and quality of proteins necessary at a meal for stimulation of muscle protein synthesis and/or decreased muscle breakdown, and the maintenance of lean body mass and metabolism.

Do you incorporate a protein powder into your daily diet? Would you like to learn more, lose weight and feel better?

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  2. Zurlo F, Larson K, Bogardus C, Ravussin E. Skeletal muscle metabolism is a major determinant of resting energy expenditure. J Clin Invest. 1990 Nov;86(5):1423-7. PMID: 2243122.
  3. Deibert P, König D, Schmidt-Trucksaess A, et al. Weight loss without losing muscle mass in pre-obese and obese subjects induced by a high-soy-protein diet. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2004 Oct;28(10):1349-52. PMID: 15303108.
  4. Layman DK, Walker DA. Potential importance of leucine in treatment of obesity and the metabolic syndrome. J Nutr. 2006 Jan;136(1 Suppl):319S-23S. PMID: 16365106. PDF
  5. Zanchi NE, Nicastro H, Lancha AH Jr. Potential antiproteolytic effects of L-leucine: observations of in vitro and in vivo studies. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2008 Jul 17;5:20. doi: 10.1186/1743-7075-5-20. PMID: 18637185. PDF
  6. Tappy L, Jéquier E, Acheson K. Thermic effect of infused amino acids in healthy humans and in subjects with insulin resistance. Am J Clin Nutr. 1993 Jun;57(6):912-6. PMID: 8503362.
  7. Churchward-Venne TA, Breen L, et al. Leucine supplementation of a low-protein mixed macronutrient beverage enhances myofibrillar protein synthesis in young men: a double-blind, randomized trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Feb;99(2):276-86. PMID: 24284442.
  8. Lynch CJ, Gern B, Lloyd C, Hutson SM, Eicher R, Vary TC. Leucine in food mediates some of the postprandial rise in plasma leptin concentrations. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Sep;291(3):E621-30. Epub 2006 Apr 25. PMID: 16638821. PDF
  9. Deibert P, König D, Schmidt-Trucksaess A, et al. Weight loss without losing muscle mass in pre-obese and obese subjects induced by a high-soy-protein diet. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2004 Oct;28(10):1349-52. PMID: 15303108.
  10. Westcott W, Varghese J, DiNubile N, et al. Exercise and Nutrition More Effective than Exercise Alone for Increasing Lean Weight and Reducing Resting Blood Pressure. Journal of Exercise Physiology Online. 2011, 14(4). PDF
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