Tuesday, August 16, 2011



ENVP Valerie Edwards shares her Arbonne story. This video is about 11 minutes long.

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Monday, August 15, 2011


My husband (Larry) took an entire Friday off!  Shocked... yes, I was:)

He close to never takes vacation.  We packed up and got out of town to 

celebrate our 2nd Anniversary!  We headed to Madison, WI.  Simply because

it is a city that hosts all of our loves.....great food, wine, shopping, and adventure.

The food was some of the very best we have ever experienced!  Some of 

our favorite restaurants are in Vegas and  guess what our Madison weekend

hosted a slew of spots that were right up there!  Larry and I have so much

in common and a loads of fun together that time goes too quickly and is 

NEVER enough!  Enjoy a little of our weekend!

 ( Lunch at Graze)

(Our view from the Honeymoon Suite at the Concorse Hotel.  Most comfortable bed I have ever slept in!)

( Dinner at L'Etoile. 1st course grilled cantaloupe and prosciutto...fabulous.  Larry had a beef tongue
1st course that was equally amazing...so much, it was gone by the time the camera was ready.)

(Seared Corvina Entree....delicious)

(Larry had the most amazing pheasant dish....not totally paleo but a delicious treat!)

(Because it was a special occasion, I treated myself to a sinful ending!  Flourless chocolate cake with elderberry sorbet.  The absolute best I have EVER had!~)

(Larry's sweet treat....blueberry cornbread with apricot and carmel sauce.  Vanilla bean gelato.  Nothing about this is even close to paleo.  He has a stomach that allows himself to do a random treat and jump back on paleo the next meal.  That is not the case for me...I pay dearly:(

(Caught in the rain at the greatest farmer's market....fine by us:)

I managed to stay completely paleo all weekend with the exception of the Chocolate Flourless Cake.
It was a treat!  For me it was most important that I kept gluten free.  I WILL NOT touch gluten at any point.  Everywhere we ate used local, super clean ingredients, and no one ever once questioned accommodating my dietary guidelines.  Love that!  Felt great and had fun!  

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pampered with POISON'S....No thank you!

Are You Ready For The FACTS’ ?

Women and beauty products – it’s a love affair that’s been going on for centuries.
And no wonder.
There’s nothing like a new lipstick or favourite perfume to make us look and feel good.
Or so we thought…
In fact, according to a new report, most of our favourite cosmetics are cocktails of industrially produced and potentially dangerous chemicals that could damage our health and, in some cases, rather than delivering on their potent ‘anti-ageing’ promise, are causing us to age faster.

Research that was carried out by Bionsen, a natural deodorant company, in this report it was stated that the average woman’s daily grooming and make-up routine means, and this is extreme to think, she ‘hosts’ a staggering 515 different synthetic chemicals on her body every single day.
Now when you consider that that millions of us, myself includedhave just recently opened our eyes to realising that we have slowly been poisoning ourselves daily, Concerns about all these chemicals in cosmetics and creams is not new – to the manufacturer.
This has been rumbling along for years.
Our skin, the largest eliminatory organ in the body and our first line of immunity, is permeable to all chemicals. Although many still and will argue the point ! Medical research shows that significant amounts of cosmetic ingredients, including carcinogenic substances, penetrate the skin and end up in the blood stream. Many chemicals in cosmetics don’t cause obvious signs of toxicity on the skin but slowly poison us thorough repeated use.
What seriously concerns me, is that over the past twenty years, we have now become used to reading ingredients labels when shopping for food, so we are more aware than ever before- and some supermarkets and manufacturers have made huge strides in cutting out unacceptable ingredients (such as hydrogenated fats and artificial sweeteners, etc.) HOWEVER the wine industry and i do like a glass or two i have to say ! does not list the chemicals that they add to wine – on the grounds that there is not enough room on the labels!!!!! tsk , tsk, tsk…!
This is scandalous. It seems to me that our first concerns should be for the products that WE INGEST! for many years, and that is one hell of a scary thought
Many of those chemicals, are also used in products such as household cleaners, and have been linked to a number of health problems from allergies and skin sensitivity to more serious hormonal disturbances, fertility problems and even cancer. 
Parabens, for example, which are designed to preserve the shelf-life of your cosmetics, are one of the most widely used preservatives in the world, and are found in shampoos, hair gels, shaving gels and body lotions. But their use is becoming increasingly controversial – a range of different studies has linked them to serious health problems including breast cancer, as well as fertility issues in men. 
Research from the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine suggests that some parabens we had previously presumed to be safe, such as Methylparaben, may mutate and become toxic when exposed to sunlight, causing premature skin ageing and an increased risk of skin cancer. 
Methylparabens are found in more than 16,000 products, including moisturisers and toothpastes. Cosmetic producers have always defended their use of parabens on the grounds that they can’t be absorbed into the body. 
But many leading researchers disagree, including Dr Barbara Olioso, an independent professional chemist, who says:
‘Research shows that between 20 and 60 per cent of parabens may be absorbed into the body.’
And a recent study By Rebecca Sutton, Ph.D., Called, Adolescent exposures to cosmetic chemicals of concernstated some rather alarming and interesting findings…!
Laboratory tests reveal adolescent girls across America are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products. Environmental Working Group (EWG) detected 16 chemicals from 4 chemical families – phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks – in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls aged 14-19. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption.
It was also said that teens used more products daily than the average adult woman ! Teen study participants used an average of nearly 17 personal care products each day, while the average adult woman uses just 12 products daily. Thus, teens may unknowingly expose themselves to higher levels of cosmetic ingredients linked to potential health effects at a time when their bodies are more susceptible to chemical damage. So come on mums out there we need to educate our children too !!
There are a number of laws designed to protect us from dangerous chemicals in cosmetics, but researchers worry that they don’t go far enough. For example, cosmetic manufacturers are required to list their ingredients, but they don’t have to tell us about any impurities found in the raw materials or used in the manufacturing process, so long as they don’t end up in the finished product. 
The industry insists that our cosmetics are safe. The Cosmetic Toiletries and Perfumery Association recently said: ‘Stringent laws require all cosmetics to be safe, and each product undergoes a rigorous safety assessment. The number of ingredients in a product, or whether it is natural or man-made, has no bearing on how safe it is.’
Well i for one don’t want to take that as gospel.
They also say that any chemicals are present in safe doses that can’t harm us. While that may be true, there is some disagreement over what constitutes a ‘safe’ level – for young people and children, or sensitive adults, these levels may not be so safe at all. 
And even if the relatively small amounts in individual products don’t hurt us, there is growing concern over the number of products women use daily, and if you are a product junkie like me then you will know what the cumulative effect could be, of so many chemicals being used all over our bodies every day, for many years. 
Women have never been more image-conscious and our beauty regimes have changed over the years, from a simple “wash & go” attitude, to daily fake-tan applications, regular manicures, false lashes and hair extensions. 
‘Lots of the high-tech, new generation cosmetics and beauty “wonder” treatments have been found to contain more chemicals to achieve even better results, which, of course, means women apply more chemicals than ever before.’ 
We have now become more conscious of our bodies, and wanting to stay younger for longer.  For many years the Pure, Safe, beneficial way was an expensive alternative, and not easy to find products that really work for us.
But guess what “NOT ANY MORE !”
If you want to protect yourself and your family, from chemical overload,  switch to Natural/Botanical or Organic Products, and read the labels on your beauty and grooming products with care.
Come on over to the SAFE side…!
Steph Duford 
EDM Arbonne International