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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day Special!

Leap Day Special!!!
For the FIRST THREE people to join Shaklee TODAY through Waterways Music with a $70 product order, you will get a FREE Cinch Sampler Pack ($100 value!) and FREE SHIPPING (up to 10 lbs)!!! 
You can see the online product guide HERE
If you are curious about Shaklee, you can read several posts about it on the right side "shaklee" tab. You can also read my Shaklee story and why I love the products so much HERE.

Also, you can get a FREE membership with the purchase of Vitalizer! I take this and love it. You get all of your vitamins in one daily strip. So great! 
Please call or email your orders to me by 9pm EST.
Thank you and have a great day!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Joyce Hoffmann visits Indiana!

It has been a very busy and exciting few days in my home recently. My friend and Lifetime Master Coordinator with Shaklee, Joyce Hoffmann, came for a visit from Minneapolis! Joyce and Chuck Hoffmann have been with Shaklee for over 40 years. Joyce was able to come to my home for a few days recently to talk with some of my group members and friends here and we were so thankful! It was a great couple of days. 
 I love how Andrew is so attentively listening to Joyce in this one:)

Joyce shared her amazing story of how she and Chuck got involved with Shaklee and became successful 42 years ago. Her dream was to be a stay-at-home mom, and after 6 months of being with Shaklee, she was able to achieve that by earning three times as much as she was making as a nursing supervisor! Seven years later at the age of 42, Chuck was able to retire from his teaching job as they reached the highest rank in Shaklee, Lifetime Master Coordinators in 1977. 

Joyce was really convinced on the quality of Shaklee's supplements when her 2.5 year old son, who had severe bronchitial asthma, never had an asthma symptom again after being on Shaklee's supplements for 7 months. Dr. Shaklee also advised Chuck and Joyce to take him off of all refined sugar, flours and also dairy. This saved him from having his tonsils removed. Something that his two older brothers had already experienced.

If you are not familiar, Shaklee is the #1 natural nutrition company in the US and something that I grew up with. You can read my Shaklee story and why I love Shaklee so much HERE.  I am so happy to have the products in my home again with my two small boys, and so thankful that Joyce was able to fly here last week to share her knowledge and expertise with many of my group members and friends. Thank you to Joyce and thank you to everyone who was able to share with us! It was a lot of fun! :)
Thanks for reading! Have a great week!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Organize Your Receipts & Taxes

Welcome to another week of Organizing! If you are just checking in, we have been organizing our lives for the past 7 weeks using Jennifer Ford Berry's book, Organize Now. It's been really great!

If you are catching up you can see the past posts here:

Week 1 about Organizing Your Mind and Life Vision HERE,
Week 2 about Organizing Your Priorities HERE,
Week 3 about Organizing Your Schedule HERE
Week 4 about Organizing Your Cleaning Schedule HERE.
Week 5 about Organizing Your Personal Information HERE. 
Week 6 about Organizing Your Finances HERE. 
Week 7 about Organizing Your Bill-paying System HERE.

This is a timely post as tax day is upon us! Are you done with your taxes yet? My husband and I just met with our certified public accountant on Saturday. It was a good and productive meeting. My husband likes to say that there are two things in life to not be cheap with - good tax advice and good legal advice. :) It was great for me because my dear husband has been helping me organize my business receipts and information this year so it was ready for tax time. Thanks honey! :) 
If you have a business, be sure to talk to or hire someone who is well versed in business. There are so many things that are eligible to write off on taxes as long as they are related to your business. Home office space, office supplies, professional dues, utilities, mileage (it's up to over .50 per mile!), postage, travel costs for business, etc. Just be sure to keep very good records throughout the year. I would suggest getting a separate business credit card and checking account. This helps to keep everything separate and makes it easier at tax time.

This Week's Goals:
1. Sort out and categorize all receipts.
We like to keep ours in a simple accordion folder along with our bills. We separate them by month and my husband logs them into our Quicken program, usually every Sunday evening.
2. Categorize your tax papers.
This may include pay stubs, W-2 forms, 1099 forms, dividend statements. Credit card statements, bank statements, medical statements (any out of pocket. if it adds up to $6000 or more, you can include it on your taxes). Donations, including non-cash donations to places like Goodwill. Student loan interest paid, etc.
3. Be sure to keep record in your check book ledger of any debits to your checking account.

Get in the habit of cleaning out and processing all receipts from your wallet or purse each week. (this one is a work in progress for me! :)

Get into good habits of sorting and filing receipts as you get them so you are not scrambling at tax time. That can be so stressful!
If you need help with your taxes, or esp. if you own a business, hire someone! It can pay huge dividends if you do and is well worth the money.
For more information about organizing your receipts and taxes, please read Organize Now.
Next week we will organize our files. Another great one for this time of the year.
Thanks again for joining along this week. I hope it was informative to you. As always, I love to hear from you. Please feel free to link your blog with mine so your readers can benefit and join along too. And please share your tips. They are always so great! :)
Have a great day!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Got Stress?

Does this picture look familiar? Do you have stress? If your answer is no, I may be worried. We all have stress. At times it is a lot and at times, less. But it's always there of some sort. How we deal with it is what is most important.

I had a lot of stress yesterday. I had a big dental appointment.

If you know me at all, you probably know how much I dislike going to the dentist. I have always been like this. I told my dentist that I would rather go through childbirth again without an epidural then spend time in the dentist chair! My childhood dentist told my parents not to bring me back there unless I became a better patient! lol. I was told I have soft teeth, and I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I had caveties as a kid and now those old fillings are turning to crowns. ugh. (as a side note, my dentist told me that it is important for kids to get enough calcium each day for both bone and teeth health. This will benefit teeth up to age 9 when they are all in. We give our 3 year old one of these chewable calcium supplements per day and he always asks for more:)

Yesterday, I had to get fit for a crown. It was my second. Of course it caused me stress and anxiety!

But the interesting thing was that I wasn't too stressed about it once I was in the chair. The appointment took almost 2 hours! Don't get me wrong, I did not enjoy the drilling what so ever. However, today, I am not stiff like I normally would be from tensing in the chair. My mouth doesn't hurt and the experience wasn't awful.

So you are probably wondering what the difference was, right? Here it is....

It is known as the stress vitamin or happy vitamin and most people don't get enough from diet alone. I certainly do not as I find my life to be a lot easier when I supplement with it. It can help with anxiety and irritability too! It also gives me a lot of energy for my day with my small boys. (so I don't recommend taking it close to bedtime) I read recently that if you want to be more like Mother Teresa you should take one b complex for each child that you have. lol!

 Knowing that it helps with stress levels, I took extra Vitamin B before my dental appointment. It really did help with my anxiety level. This is also the vitamin I took more of when my second son was born 6 weeks premature and spent 19 long days in the NICU. It was so stressful and vitamin B became my BFF. We still are today:) I wrote a blog about it last summer. You can read it HERE. 

Vitamin B is water soluable (like Vit. C) so when your body has what it needs, the rest will simply pass through.

Of course there are many other things to do to help with stress. Yoga, exercise, reading, and praying are others that I do. It's important to deal with stress in the best way that works for you. These are just some suggestions that I have found helpful for me. 

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a low-stress day:)

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