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With Earth Day being just around the corner I wanted to (felt compelled to really) tell you about the best cleaners in the entire world!* I really do believe that. I have never been a person who cared too much about their cleaning products, nor did I really consider the effect they have on the planet and my home environment. That is, until I found out about Shaklee. I have always tried to live as ‘green’ as possible, and I was super obsessed with my family’s health, but I never closed the loop with regards to the air that we breathe in our home 90% of our time. DUH! Does it make sense to ‘clean’ our homes with products that you are not supposed to get on your skin, or breathe in? I think our common sense tells us no.
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Shaklee is an amazing company that truly puts the planet and people’s safety above anything else. In fact they were the first company to be certified Climate Neutral! That means, if you factor in every single part of Shaklee’s operations, they leave no carbon footprint! Back in the 1960’s, Shaklee came out with Basic H, one of the first all natural, organic, and bio-degradable cleaners ever. Fastforward to 2015 and there are even more amazing products to join Basic H.

Basic H2 is a super concentrated cleaner that has no fumes and is safe for everyone in the family (kids, pets). It has over 1,000 uses and hasn’t let me down yet!
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When I switched to Shaklee, I got rid of ALL of my other chemical cleaners and now this is what under my sink looks like. I WISH I would have taken a before picture, because it was completely filled with every cleaner you could think of!
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And, because it is super concentrated, it will last you FOREVER. Okay, not forever, but I am going on 1 year and I am not even half way thru my bottle of Basic H2.
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Shaklee also has something called a “Get Clean Kit” and it is really your 1-stop-shop for cleaners. It comes with everything you need: Basic H2, spray bottles, Laundry supplies, Dish Soap and Dishwasher detergent, all the accessories you need, cleaning cloths and scrubbers, etc. Everything in the kit is safe, non-toxic, no fumes, bio-degradable, etc. It is an amazing deal and most of the products will last you for months or longer. We have a family of four and I order most of these things only a couple times a year (except the basic h2 which lasts much, much longer). When you compare these products to the conventional store bought cleaners, there is really no contest.
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And, because it is Earth Month (it really should have it’s own month!), I am offering a special. Anyone who orders a Get Clean Kit by the end of the month, is going to get a FREE Scour Off and receive a FREE membership! Memberships get you a discount on all Shaklee products and never need to be renewed and there are no minimum order rules.

The Scour Off is a scrubbing paste (made from Raspberries!) that is also non-toxic but works better than any chemical-filled cleaner I have ever used. Think tough stains, ovens, showers, etc. Here are the Before and After pictures of my shower floor. Brief history- we had this stain on our shower floor forever. I bleached it, I used scrubbing bubbles, I used some ammonia stuff, and nothing! It wouldn’t come off and so I had given up. I figured we would just need to replace our shower and ignore it until then. Well, I am happy to report, 2 mins. with gentle scrubbing with Scour Off and it was GONE! This stuff is like magic.
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So, like I said, I am throwing in a Scour Off and Free Membership for anyone that joins with a Get Clean Kit in April. And, as always, Shaklee has a 100% Money Back guarantee! If you don’t like your kit, they would be happy to refund your money.
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Comment below with any questions you may have.

If you would like to work with me, email me at creimholz@gmail.com . We have fun!

***I am an independent distributor for Shaklee. I make money on sales from these products and links. I am speaking of my personal experience with these products and how -I- think they are the best. This is my opinion of course.

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This post was inspired by a friend on Facebook was venting about being fed up with trying to figure out what is best for her family. For many people it feels impossible to sift thru all of the information out there and even if you did, you’d probably do something wrong any way. Well, if you are one of those frustrated people, this post is for you. I have been trying to read everything I can for the last three years on food, diet, clean living, immune building, and stress/sleep. Here are my OPINIONS*. Now, since I already established that these are my opinions, you are not allowed to get mad at me. 🙂 This is simply the conclusions I have come up with for me and my family. Take what you like, leave what you don’t. Hopefully something in this post will resonate with you.

First things first: Relax, this doesn’t happen over night and it doesn’t need to for most people. If you tried to over haul your household in one swoop you would spend way too much money and be overwhelmed. Take baby steps. Every time you run out of something ‘unhealthy’ just replace it with the better option. It took me 3 years to transform our lives and household and we still aren’t perfect.

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Real Food: Don’t over think food too much. It is not really as confusing as we all make it seem. I know that it seems like every time you turn around, they are changing their recommendations on what you should or should not be eating. This is true, but it is also mostly non-sense. If you are eating real food, food that grows out of the ground, food that comes from healthy animals, and eating to nourish your body, you are safe. If you eat these foods, you don’t need to worry about salt, sugar, and fat. If you eat these foods, you will never need to count calories again. These foods are vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, healthy fats, and nuts. You can’t go wrong.

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Fat: Don’t obsess over fat! If you follow the ‘real food’ guideline above, fat should not be a concern to you. Healthy fats are olive oil, coconut oil, avocado (fruit and oil), Omega 3 fatty acid, and butter from grass fed cows (Kerry Gold is a great brand). Avoid vegetable oils, transfat, and fake products like margarine. I actually started feeling better and losing weight when I added fat to my diet- true story.

Dairy: Okay, this is where it gets really tricky. People have a lot of opinions on dairy and we have a serious addiction to it here in the states. IF you can find raw milk to drink, that would be my first recommendation. Pasteurizing milk cooks out all of the good stuff. Raw milk is quite a bit healthier and totally safe from a reputable farmer. It is expensive and hard to source however. If you cannot drink raw milk, my next recommendation would be to avoid milk. We really don’t need it. Regular milk really doesn’t do anything for you. And, the whole ‘we need milk for calcium’ thing is not accurate. IF you are unwilling to give up milk, get organic and full fat milk. Skim milk is silly. It doesn’t help you lose weight, it is highly processed, and doesn’t fill you up. It is added calories for nothing in return. Unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk are alternatives, but they have their issues too. Best bet is find the version that works for you, but limit it. If you like a little milk in your coffee, fine. If a few times a week you make a smoothie, great. If your kids love milk, limit them to 1 glass a day. When you limit the amount of milk your family drinks, it makes it easier to afford the higher quality options.

Processed foods: This term is thrown around so much lately that no one actually knows what it means anymore. In my mind, this is anything that doesn’t grow that way. There is not a Ketchup plant, there is a not a bread tree, there is not a cereal bush. Anything that comes out of a box on the shelf at the store is a processed food. Limit these to 1-2 times per week. I am not saying you can never have a potato chip, but it should not be something you have often. One time a week I let myself have what ever I want. Sometimes it is pizza, sometimes it is a giant sandwich, but I plan for it. I go out for it instead of having it in my house.

Kids food vs. grown-up food: We are the only place in the world that has this concept of ‘kid’s food’. There should be very little difference in the food that you eat and the food you feed your children. Don’t feed down to them. If you are having fish, give them fish. If you are having vegetables, feed them vegetables. Is this hard? YES. Do they hate it? YES. But, with all do respect, who cares? It is better for them in every possible way to eat real food. And, in the long run, easier for the parents. Repeat after me: “I’m done making 2 dinners”.

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Organic: Do the best you can. I absolutely cannot afford to buy everything organic. It is just not in our budget. You can google the clean 15 or the dirty dozen (something like that). It gives you the best and worst produce with regards to pesticides. The way I see it, even a non-organic apple is still better than a bag of pretzels. Don’t beat yourself up, but do what you can.

Sugar: Sugar is one area where I would say- worry a little. It is a big problem for our kids. There is sugar in everything and it is every where we go. We can’t control everything, and that is okay. But, you can control what is in your house and what your kids eat majority of the time. I’m sorry, but sugary cereal for breakfast is about the worst choice. Kids (and the grownups) should start their day with protein, fiber, and fat. Finish the cereal you have and then stop buying it. Cold turkey. Actually, ‘cold turkey’ would be a much healthier breakfast then cereal. No more juice, flavored oatmeal, and flavored yogurt. They are loaded with sugar! If your kids are dunkers, try to limit the ketchup and BBQ sauce- loaded with sugar. I know it’s a little scary and a little depressing, but sugar does crazy things to our brains- especially kids’ brains.

Chemicals: Chemicals are everywhere, they are in your homes, your food, calling from inside the house! Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife… Okay, I got carried away but you get what I am talking about. Between red #50 and pesticides and toxic cleaners, etc. it is a little over whelming. I switched out all of my household cleaners (sprays, floors, dish washer, laundry, etc.) to a green and clean brand last year and I’m so glad I did. They are so safe, my kids can use them without my concern. You spend a huge amount of time in your home, it is the air you breathe most of the time, and the only environment that you can control.
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Supplements: Even with a perfect diet, you will have holes in your nutrition. For kids I recommend Incredivites. For grown ups I recommend Vitalizer or at least Vitalea. For everybody in the whole entire world- I recommend a high quality probiotic like Optiflora. Probiotics are magical and can literally transform your health (immune system, digestion, even mental health).

Keep it simple stupid: Don’t stress too much and don’t over complicate. You don’t need to start searching for special recipes or start making home made granola bars (although you can and they are delicious). In the beginning, just stick to the basics. When you are shopping, ask your self these questions:
1. Did this grow out of the ground or does it have a mother?
2. Does this make me healthier or less healthy?
3. Is this going to temp me (mom or dad) if I buy it? (think ice cream, bread, snacks, etc.)
4. If Candy saw this is my pantry would she yell at me? Hahaha, don’t make me come over and start throwing stuff away. 🙂
5. Trust your gut. YOU are the mom or dad. YOU are the only one that truly can make these decisions for your family. Do the best you can, and remember that nobody has all the answers.

If you have any questions on this, please don’t hesitate to ask. This is what I love to do and talk about. Either comment below or email me at creimholz@gmail.com.

*I am an independent distributor for Shaklee. I make money off sales from these links. I am not a doctor, nor am I trying to treat any medical conditions. This is from my personal experience.

***Work with me. Do you have a passion for clean living too? Email me at creimholz@gmail.com to see if this would be a good fit for you.

Ever since starting with Shaklee vitamins, I feel like I need to shout it from the rooftops! I have talked to anyone that will listen to me simply because I feel like the world NEEDS to know what healthy can feel like. But, today I am coming down from the roof top, stepping off my soap box, and putting down the mega phone. I am only going to talk about the everyday products that you are all already purchasing, and showing you the Shaklee alternative.

Why would you want to switch? Well, there are lots of reasons but the big ones are:

1. Shaklee is always safe: We are proud to be non-toxic! The products don’t give off harmful fumes, they are safe to be used around children and pets. I WISH I knew about this stuff when I was wiping down high chairs and had babies crawling on the floor and putting everything in their mouths!

2. Shaklee is always green: Shaklee was the first in the world (!) to become climate neutral. That means, if you factor in everything- corporate headquarters, shipping, packaging, etc.- they leave no carbon footprint. The cleaners are biodegrable, recyclable, concentrated to save on packaging, etc. They are no joke!

3. Shaklee will save you money: This one might surprise people. Some of you have looked at the prices and there might have been a little sticker shock. But, what you need to factor in is how long this stuff will last. A bottle of basic H2 costs $12 for non-members and will last the average person a year. It completely replaces all purpose cleaner, floor cleaner, and window cleaner (and more) for a whole year! For $12 bucks!

4. Shaklee always works: Some of you might be thinking- I don’t care how good it is for the planet if it doesn’t work as well as my…. tide or windex or whatever you are using. The crazy thing is that it does work as well. I actually prefer these cleaners and other beauty products to everything I have ever used.

All Purpose Cleaner and Window Cleaner:
I already mentioned the basic H2 cleaner. It is magical and it does everything. It saves you a ton of money. It’s a no brainer. It is so concentrated that 2 drops is all it takes to make a 16oz bottle of window cleaner.
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Laundry Products:
This was the one that I was most skeptical of. I loved my old stuff. I loved getting lavender scented dryer sheets and the fabric softener with the cute bear. But, the more I read about how bad those are for your home environment, the more willing I was to give the Shaklee stuff a shot. They have a liquid or powder detergent, a fabric softener, a stain booster, and dryer sheets (that can be recycled after you use them (!). I now use these products exclusively. They last forever and my clothes are truly clean and fresh smelling.
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Dish and Hand:
The dishwasher detergent was the first time I thought- they have got to be kidding me! It not only cleaned my dishes, it cleaned my dishwasher! I wish I would have gotten a before/after pic but I never thought in a million years it would clean my old skuzzy dishwasher. This stuff lasts forever too! I opened this bag on 11/13/14 and it is still going strong today 2/13/15. We have a family of 4 and run our dishwasher every.single.day. They also make an amazing dish soap for the sink and a great regular hand wash soap.

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I use the Prosante Shampoo and Conditioner for my hair and the Enfuselle body wash and face wash for my skin. Again, it’s just another way to get the excess chemicals and harmful ingredients out of our lives. And the teeniest bit goes a long way, you only need a dab.
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Skin care:
I also use the Enfuselle moisturizers and Shaklee antiperspirant cream. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and probably the organ we abuse the most (besides our livers). The C and E repair cream in the picture makes your skin feel like silk. It’s insane.
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I spent months slowly replacing all of my old products. Whenever I would run out of something, I would just replace it with the Shaklee version. So this didn’t happen over night. And now, to save money, I just do a quick inventory at the end of the month. I see what I am going to need and order it all at once to save money on shipping.

FREEBIE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! Because it is Friday, my favorite day of the week because I am free to do whatever I want with my day, I decided to do a sample give-a-way. Here is how you can get a free sample:
1. Comment on this blog post (either below or on Facebook) with 1 product you want to try. It could be from any one of our lines- cleaning, nutrition, weight loss, or beauty.
2. Share this blog post on your wall and tag me or Candysbrain blog

I will pick up to 5 winners to get free samples. Good luck!
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***I am an independent distributor for Shaklee products. I receive payment for sales from the links provided.***