Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mexican Cuisine – Burrito Tuesday

Today is Tuesday. And Jennifer Taylor, the Mama of the Smart Girls Who Surf, shared her favorite and so much family-friendly recipe of one her frequently used recipes.





California Burritos


We live in California where Mexican food is a weekly must. We have our own “Taco Tuesday” and we make fresh chicken burritos and tacos. It is fun for the kids, because we prepare everything together and then they get to build their own burrito.

Ingredients:
Several chicken breasts
Tomatoes (chopped)
Cilantro (chopped)
Avocado (chopped)
Cheese (shredded)
Black Olives (sliced)
Black Beans (canned)
Salsa (get a couple of different ones)
Corn and Flower Tortillas

Preparation: It is very easy.
• We usually bake some chicken breasts, or if you are pressed for time you can usually get a fresh roasted chicken at your local store.
• We chop tomatoes, cilantro, lettuce, avocado and put into separate small bowls.
• Then I get some shredded cheese and sliced black olives, again in separate bowls.
• All of that is put on the table with a variety of salsas.
• I heat up both corn and flour tortillas as well as some black beans and we are ready to eat.
• I always try to pair our spicy Mexican food with some cool fruit, like cantaloupe or a fresh fruit salad.
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Celebrate Mexican Cuisine Tuesday!

PS: If you have any questions to Jennifer Taylor, please leave them in the comments below. She will definitely read and answer them.
PPS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and use personally. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
VP Education, GoZonkers Inc.
©2010 Laura Gontchar. All Rights Reserved.


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Monday, August 30, 2010

What Kind Of Sunblock Surfs Your Skin?

I lived one-third of my life in Hawaii. What a great place to be, to grow, to learn and be inspired about the way the Hawaiian culture instills peace, kindness, resolve to life.

Once you lived in Hawaii, you’ll always remain a Hawaiian – at heart and deep within your soul. My Hawaiian Ohana is my connection to life where it needs to be. Like in the movie Avatar, healing energy flows through the entire community of its participants. If you stay connected – you’ll find your own way to a prosperous and fulfilling living.

Being young and adventurous, I barely used sunscreen products on my skin. After about 6 months of my stay in Hawaii, I started noticing pigmentation, first, covering my shoulders. Then, slowly migrating to the skin of my hands, face, back.

That was a huge moment of “AHA.” I made my own huge mis-judgement abut the potency of the sun. The sun can be healing and fun. The sun can become your enemy if you don’t treat it with respect.

That is why from that far-away day, I started using sun lotions and creams to prevent further “degradation” of my thin and sensitive skin.

With the years passing by, I educated myself on the all-natural products that perform the skin protection job with excellency of the master magician. My education and experimentation never ends. It propels me towards new ideas in new products that could be the most beneficial to my skin.

That is why when I see a product with great ingredients, I will sure experiment with it. Test it. Evaluate it on me. Then decide if I like it for my daily or seasonal usage.

And I celebrate my new “findings.” Today is a special celebration of the Smart Girls Who Surf sun protection lotions, lip balms, sunblocks, conditioners, soaps. To be precise, I would like to celebrate the founder, the creator, the master minder behind these fabulous, healthy and awfully needed products for our generations of beach goers and, of course, surfers – Jennifer Taylor.
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CelebrateWoman (CW) What got you started on the path of developing Smart Girls Who Surf?

Jennifer Taylor (Jennifer) My healthy obsession with skincare and protecting my children while they are out in the sun. We live in a beach community, and we have sunshine eleven months out of the year. Even in the winter time, a person is exposed to harsh UVA and UVB rays. So I found myself slathering on sunscreen everyday. 

As a woman and a mom, I tend to scrutinize products I use every single day.  Shampoos, soaps, laundry detergent, sunscreen, etc… When I developed my formulas, I spent a lot of time researching chemicals and synthetic ingredients that make up most of the products we use in a daily basis, and I was appalled to find out how toxic they are. That is how the product line came to be. 

(CW) What was your life before you started this company ... and after ...?

(Jennifer) My professional background is in sales and marketing, but I had quit my job before my husband and I relocated to Laguna Beach from San Francisco and before I had my second child. 

So, I was a full-time mother managing two kids’ schedules and a household just like a lot of women out there.

Now my life is the same, except crazier. I go to my office in the morning and  leave by 2:30 pm to pick up my kids form school, then homework, sports, and dinner. I’ve learned that it’s okay not to have a perfectly clean house 24/7!


(CW) Who are those remarkable people that influenced your creative, professional, and personal life that lead you to starting and sustaining this company?


(Jennifer) There are many.  My Mom and Dad, my Husband, my kids, and a few close friends.

I don’t think people quite realize how much work is involved in starting a business and then actually having to maintain and grow it. There are so many different skills that are needed. Some you acquire from college, some learning from your mistakes, and many from your parents’ wisdom. 

I think to be successful in anything, you tend to pull from what you have learned throughout your life time, and a lot of those experiences come from your past and present relationships.

(CW)  Has your involvement with Smart Girls Who Surf products and company changed your self-image, and your relationships with family, friends, romantic involvement?

(Jennifer) No, not really. I am lucky to say that I have always been a pretty independent and self-assured person. Transitioning from a career person to a mom and back to a career person was incredibly easy for me. 

The unfortunate thing about having a full plate is that you find at the end of the day you don’t have as much time for yourself or for your friends. That is something I know I need to work on more. Women rely heavily on their friendships. It’s the one sure thing you know you can count on when you are feeling overwhelmed.
 


(CW)  If you had to do it all over again, would you? And why?

(Jennifer)  Absolutely!  Having your own business and watching it grow and succeed is one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done besides create two wonderful children.  


(CW) Is there anything that was a surprise to you that you did not expect on your way creating Smart Girls Who Surf?

(Jennifer)  Yes. There are many things that are surprising. The biggest surprise was how hard it is to be a small business owner. I thought going into it, “Well if I can accomplish A,B, and C, then the rest will just happen naturally.” So wrong!! It is like running a race, but you don’t know where the finish line is.  
 


(CW)  How do you see Smart Girls Who Surf will effect your life in the future?

(Jennifer)  I am hoping that the company and the brand will continue to grow. I am hoping to show my children that their mom went out and started a small business on her own and grew it into a successful company. I want them to see firsthand, that they can achieve anything that they put their mind to. I want them to know that life is full of opportunities.
 


(CW)  What is the #1 Thing you would like your customers to know about your Smart Girls Who Surf products?

(Jennifer)  That our products are actually healthy and good for you skin. So many skincare products are mass produced overseas, made with cheap synthetic chemicals and are so harmful to your health.

At Smart Girls Who Surf we are extremely aware of quality control (our products are made and packaged in the USA), and customer feedback. 

Also, when I developed the brand that I had an image of a Smart Girl, I wanted to promote with my brand. My Smart Girl is responsible in her decision making, respectful to herself and others, and is helpful and compassionate to those in need.  Qualities, I think are lacking a bit in todays society. 

My goal is that with developing a positive lifestyle message with this brand, it will resonate with our children. To help achieve this, I support a group of amateur, female athletes (SGWS Team Riders) who have to meet some high standards to be accepted into our program. Like maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher, volunteer for some non-profits or charities, like Surfrider and American Cancer Society, and be a responsible individual.

I’d like to think that these girls can be the role models that parents are looking up for their children.
 


(CW) If we talked to All of your family and friends – imagine them in one room at the same time – what would you tell them about what you do? – What would they tell Me about your involvement with your company?

(Jennifer) My family and friends pretty much know what I do.  They know that I am extremely passionate about, what I am doing. I don’t think there is a lot of guessing going on.  

They would probably tell you that I am very decisive, that I see things in black and white, and that I am a freak about wearing sunscreen. I am always asking everyone if they have their sunscreen on.
 


(CW)  What keeps you going day after day?

(Jennifer)  The thrill of creation and the support I receive from my family and friends.  Everyday I get to create or contribute to something or someone. 
 


(CW)  How do you celebrate: your achievements; mistakes and miscalculations; and even failures?

(Jennifer)  Well, I celebrate my achievements by smiling and giving myself a small pat on the back and then continuing with my day. 

Mistakes and miscalculations are not celebrated, but are just a deep breath and a powerful mental note of what not to repeat. I think both your wins and your losses are what shape you into the type of person you are.  You learn from both experiences and you move on.
 


(CW)  After a long day, when you close your eyes and reflect on the day, just before you go to sleep, what goes through your heart and mind?

(Jennifer)  I am always thankful for what I have and what I have been given.
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What are you celebrating today? Any special celebrations this summer? No matter what season, hot or cold, sad or happy, celebrate your inner dreams that move you along the path of life. Your life is in the making.

Thank you, Jennifer, for thinking through and putting a plan together of creating a very skin-friendly product – actually, several products –for me and all the people who care about their health and the health of our Earth and Oceans.
PS: If you have any questions to Jennifer Taylor, please leave them in the comments below. She will definitely read and answer them.
PPS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and use personally. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
VP Education, GoZonkers Inc.
©2010 Laura Gontchar. All Rights Reserved.


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Friday, August 13, 2010

Weight Loss Motivation by Jama Russano, Peter Rabbit Organics Founder

RECAP: Jama Russano who has been sensitive to chemicals in skin care, has created a high quality, high organic content skin care line for sensitive skin and all ages. Jama shares her tips and motivation for a healthy weight loss strategy.
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CelebrateWoman (CW) Jama, have you had any weight loss challenges in your life, especially when you started your own business?

Jama Russano (Jama)  Yes, I have been having some weight issues due to my medication. However, I do not want to have it as an excuse for gaining more weight.

Though I do work long hours, I remind myself to stop and eat. I love cooking and do my best to eat fresh out of the organic source.

I also noticed that if I do not eat fresh live veggies and fruit, I get sick from the processed foods.

CW What is your #1 tip for weight loss motivation for yourself?

Jama  My ultimate goal every day is to eat lean foods and get some exercise.

I would love to do a triathlon one day. That requires some dedication to the exercise routine to get ready for it.

At this time, I do remind myself take short lunch breaks every day no matter how busy I am.

CW  Any personal word for all my women readers who go through their weight loss and weight management issues?

Jama  There are several things I’d like to mention in this respect.

Your successful weight and health management come from understanding ingredients and what they do to your body. Be aware of this fact, educate yourself, read labels with ingredients list on them. Understanding what you are putting into your body is tremendous.

For example, if you eat margarine, it acts like super glue inside your body. It starts adhering to arteries, intestines. Basically, it clogs your body and prevents it from absorbing good nutrients.

A good guide is if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.

Also, be aware of estrogenic exposure in various foods and ingredients. A lot of studies point out a direct link between the estrogen content and cancers.

If you are going to lose weight, use fresh foods. Not an easy task, but well worth it.

Another important issue to take into consideration is breathing. How you do it will affect your health overall, including your weight management.

Last but not least, lessen your exposure to plastisizers! These are the chemicals that are used during production of many household items: like chlorinated paper towels, plastic food container, plastic utensils. Use glass and porcelain instead. That will ensure your food’s clean content before you consume it.
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Jama has been an incredibly interesting person to interview. She is so knowledgeable about environmental issues that effect our bodies, our short- and long-term health, that I was blown away by the amount information I was able to discover for myself.

We applaud and celebrate women who learn and share their learning through their inventions, discoveries, products.

Celebrate Jama Russano Today!

PS: If you have any questions to Jama Russano, please leave them in the comments below. She will definitely read and answer them.
PPS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and use personally. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
VP Education, GoZonkers Inc.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

With Peter Rabbit in One Tub – That’s Exciting!

Why You Cannot Hide and Dig A Deeper Hole Unless You’re With Peter Rabbit
This is a two-part question. Let me give you my answers to it.

Why You Cannot Hide... Well, it is a common knowledge that the skin is the biggest organ of the body. It covers and protects everything inside, regulates our body temperature, and allows us to feel what we touch.

That is why I am always on the look out for natural skin care that could not only clean my skin, but also to feed it with nutrients for it to prosper.

That is why you cannot hide if your skin shows the signs of not-so-good care. That includes using skin care products loaded with chemicals. Such products may be lush to the skin, but once you read what’s in them – your skin is doomed in the long-run.

The answer to the second part of the question, as well as to provide you with some hints of what kind of products should go on the skin, lies with Peter Rabbit. To be precise, Peter Rabbit Organics.

This is some undeniably one of the top products you can treat yourself to, and your little ones, every single day of your lives and look gorgeous without thinking about long-term effects of ingredients these products are made of.

I had a privilege to interview the Founder, the Think Tank behind these products Jama Russano.

Today, Jama will share with us the details of the products she created. Later on, I’ll open up her personal history of how these products came out to be.
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CelebrateWoman (CW) Who is the primary target for Peter Rabbit Organics?

Jama Russano (Jama)  Peter Rabbit skin care products could be used by anyone, no matter what your age.  Don’t take Peter Rabbit as kid’s symbol only. He is a powerful representative of everything that is green, organic, good to your skin and health.

CW  What is the #1 reason someone should buy Peter Rabbit Organics?
Jama  The Top reason to buy and use Peter Rabbit Organics is its purity. It is gluten, wheat, and estrogen activity FREE.

We list all the ingredients on the products, so that moms could make informed decision what they are buying. They can trust this product has been done in the right way, without any short cuts.

CW  How is Peter Rabbit Organics product different than your #1 competitor?

Jama
  Nobody is exactly like we are. Even if we take such great brands like Nature’s Baby and California Baby, these products are not all organic and estrogenic free.

We have created a new product category which is described as having the highest organic content.

CW  What benefits will a person receive when using Peter Rabbit Organics products regularly?

Jama  It’s not enough to repeat that when using Peter Rabbit Organics products as a regimen, a person could be confident that this is the best for her/him. Our products when used on skin or touching skin do not give an estrogenic exposure.

The long-term usage of Peter Rabbit Organics will result in your vibrant health.

CW  How does the price of Peter Rabbit Organics compare to others in your category?
Jama Peter Rabbit Organics products are sold at lower price points than California Baby, for example. Or our products have same prices with other brands in our product category.

CW  Everyone is talking these days about being green. To me, that includes being Fair Trade, being sustainable, and organic. It might even include using alternative energy, or buying energy offsets. How does your company, your product, measure-up on these important issues?

Jama Our ingredients are organic. Plus we use some ingredients that grow in the wild without any chemical intervention.

With our business model, we help to support families and communities harvesting such ingredients.

Our facility is Certified Organic. Still on my wish list is a factory that is totally green.

CW  When someone reads the ingredients from the label on your product, what would you like them to notice?
Jama  High Organic content of our ingredients. We give full disclosure of All of our ingredients used in the product, even if there’s a trace of it.

CW  Where can my readers find Peter Rabbit Organics Products to buy?

Jama  Whole Foods carry our products: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/whole-baby.php
Plus you can order them from some online stores like this: http://store.peterrabbit.us
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What a delight to know that Peter Rabbit Organics skincare does clean and nourishes our skin. And there won’t be any harmful long-term effects on health either. Peace of mind. Delight of consumption. That is rare.

PS: If you have any questions to Jama Russano, please leave them in the comments below. She will definitely read and answer them.
PPS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in and use personally. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Weight Loss Motivation Tips by Business Woman Kathy Taylor, Vibranz

RECAP: Kathy Taylor is a co-founder of the fermented tea – Kombucha – company called Vibranz [‘vai brans]

As any business woman, Kathy is determined to stay in shape and in good health to move her life, and the company, forward big time.
Here’s what Kathy shared with me on the subject of her personal weight loss motivation every day of her life.
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CelebrateWoman (CW) Have you had your own weight loss challenges along the way, especially when you started being intensely involved with Vibranz?

Kathy Taylor (Kathy) I’ve been an activist of healthy and active life style all my life. I’ve been enjoying biking and yoga for the past 25 years. And yes, I love good foods, but I always make low fat, living food (salads, fruit, veggies) choices all the time.

When I focus on big projects like Vibranz, I tend to skip meals and even exercise. But what gets me back on track is my clothes size. Once it’s a tight fit, I need to pay more attention to what I eat and what I do.

CW What is your #1 tip for weight loss motivation for yourself?

Kathy My #1 tip is my clothes size. Once I cannot freely fit Size 8 of my pants – time to take steps to quickly remedy this situation. And I start without waiting an extra day. I do it Now.

I always know I cannot deceive myself by camouflaging the situation by a bigger clothes size or not being physically active.

My #2 tip is Fall in love with fruit and vegetables. These are whole foods rich in fiber, phytonutrients, minerals. They sustain me and provide a great snack and side dish.

CW Any personal word for all my women readers who go through their weight loss and weight management issues?

Kathy I used to beat myself up by being inconsistent in my weight loss situations. You can reverse your situation of unhealthy weight! And you can start Now! That’s what I learned controlling my weight.

Even at my age, I am at the same weight when I was in my mid 20’s. This is something I truly appreciate and take care of: my health and healthy weight. I wouldn’t be able to run my business successfully and vibrantly if my weight were out of proportion with my needs and demands.
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More on Kathy Taylor's Creation: Vibranz Kombucha
9 Times Bottoms Up – For Your Own Health 

PS: If you have any questions to Kathy Taylor, please leave them in the comments below. She will definitely read and answer them.
PPS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in personally. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
VP Education, GoZonkers Inc.
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Friday, August 6, 2010

How Do I Control What I Eat? Weight Loss Motivation Tips by Yvonne Busbee, XtremEarth


Any woman wants to look and feel great. When you are running your own business in addition to your home and family obligations, keeping in touch with who you are and managing your healthy weight are important challenges of your every day.

Every business woman has her own approach to these questions. We are so grateful for their sincere sharing of their personal life matters.
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CelebrateWoman (CW) Have you had weight challenges along the way, especially when you started being involved with your business?

Yvonne Busbee (Yvonne) The weigh challenge came upon me when I had hysterectomy. The first time in my life I realized how difficult it was to maintain my healthy weight. I’m struggling with it all the time.

However, I do find it very rewarding when I made a decision to watch what I eat and exercise more. That combination is a powerful duo for me.

CW What is the #1 way you motivate yourself to control your weight?

Yvonne My Number 1 motivation to lose weight is my confidence and self-esteem. When I am at my right weight, it gives me more motivation to do more in life. Frankly, when weight is creaping up, it’s depressing. But with discipline and conviction I get to my goal.

CW What would you tell my women readers who go through their own weight management issues in their busy lives?

Yvonne Each person is unique. What works for one, may not be completely applicable for another.

Each woman needs to know herself and what works for or against her in controlling her healthy weight.

Definitely, love your body! Treat it right at any point of life! Being overweight is not pleasant. Take action to change that state of mind and body. Just know that you are who you are, and that you do have power to motivate yourself towards a healthy, beautiful you. Again. One time more.
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More facts about Yvonne Busbee and her business XtremEarth:
Woman With Passion for Green...
Functional Fibers for Healthy, Fun Life

PS: If you have any questions to Yvonne Busbee, please leave them in the comments below. She will definitely read and answer them.
PPS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in personally. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
VP Education, GoZonkers Inc.
©2010 Laura Gontchar. All Rights Reserved.


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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City is Grandious!

That’s an exciting time to be at the annual Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City! I love going there to see what’s new in gear, in food, in fun and sporty clothing lines, shoes, and skin care for those who love outdoors in its variations: jogging, biking, kayaking, camping.

This year the show was completely sold out for the exhibitors. Gazillion people at the show! I managed to cover the show in a few hours, being very selective where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see.

A lot of competition in all areas: shoes, sports wear, gadgets for camping and climbing – you name it, they have it.

Here are a few products I really liked and purchased for myself (not all, but I consider doing so, as you cannot buy everything at the show without carrying a lot of weight on the shoulders.)

Here’s a partial list of those products that are great not only for those who spend their lives outdoors, but for any person who cares about their Health, Our Environment, and Active Lifestyle.

Sandals by Source

Why CelebrateWoman loved them:
• Anti-microbial compound incorporated into the upper sole of the sandal to keep it dry, cool, and odor free.
• Triple-Layer Sole allows to absorb shock and weight from walking, running, climbing. Plus three layers allow for a great grip and durability.
• 4-Year Guarantee
• Each sandal has a green dot incorporated into the sole. Your warranty will last for four years if this dot stays intact.
• Price Range: $25 to $100
• Very competitive with Chaco, Crocs, Teva brands
• Yes, I bought a pair for myself
• www.source-vagabond.com

Repelling Lotion & Products by BugBand

Why CelebrateWoman loved it:
• All natural ingredients, with geranium, mint, and rosemary extracts
• Repels mosquitoes, ticks, flies, gnats, fleas
• Safe for all ages
• Versatility usage: autos, trucks, airplanes, hiking, gardens & yards, pet bedding, etc.
• Available in band, lotion, towelettes, and even bead bags
• Competitive pricing even though this technology and delivery is eco-sensitive
• Yes, I got towelettes to try to use
• www.BugBand.net

High Performance Socks by SockGuy
Why CelebrateWoman loved it:
• Wicking technology, i.e., sweat is not absorbed into the sock fabric directly, rather it is taken away from the skin surface. That allows your feet feel and stay cool, dry, do the running, hiking, skating, etc. elegantly and effortlessly
• Wide range of colors and performance specs
• Very reasonable custom order (yeah, Christmas is coming!): The minimum custom order is 5 dozen, and it will cost you approximately $4/pair. Call and talk to them, they’ll accommodate you.
• Very competitive pricing when it comes to this high-end, high-performance piece of clothing (you can wear one pair for years! And enjoy the comfort and design it provides you every time you wear it!)
• I did not buy any, but I am going to custom order for my family and friends.
• www.sockguy.com

Pet Products by ABO Gear
 Why CelebrateWoman loved it:
• Eco-friendly materials for your pets to chew on, sleep in, eat out, and wear on
• Amazing variety of toys, gear, pet clothes
• I did not buy any at this time
• www.abogear.com

Accessories & Apparel by Sprigs
 Why CelebrateWoman loved it:
• Amazingly comfy
• Variety of designs and colors
• Eco-Friendly and Organic
• I got one hair band for my workouts, it’s purple with designs on it
• www.sprigsville.com

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in personally. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Functional Fibers for Healthy, Fun Life

RECAP: Yvonne Busbee celebrates her life by creating products out of functional fibers that have anti microbial, electrical conductivity properties, and are eco friendly for our environment.
Yvonne never stops creating a list of potential products made out of functional fibers with silver, and very soon with zinc ions. In this part of the interview, this idea and mission-driven entrepreneur shares her passion for creating a product of a million usage.
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CelebrateWoman (CW) Who is the primary target for XtremEarth products?

Yvonne Busbee (Yvonne) Any household, any family that is environment and health conscious. XtremEarth products that contain silver ions protect the whole family from bacteria that reside or brought in inside the house.

More to that, our products are chemicals and dye FREE.

Another plus to use the products with functional fibers is saving money and leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the environment.

CW What is the #1 reason someone should buy XtremEarth products?

Yvonne Functionality. The products with the qualities that can change any person’s life for a better, healthier, with more energy life style.

CW What benefits will a person receive when using XtremEarth products regularly?

Yvonne I would summarize it into the following:
• Empowering Health: Using our products you’ll protect yourself from the harmful bacteria
• Sustainable Products: Products with functional fibers do not require frequent wash, unless they’re really soiled. Harmful to your health agents are eliminated by the action of silver ions in the fabric structure. That means the less frequently you wash, the more  energy saving you’ll do for the environment.
• Unique Functionality: Silver ions are not washed out with each wash cycle. They stay put in the fibers for a long, long time. Our tests indicated that silver ions stay in the cloth even when the cloth fibers are worn out to the extreme.

CW How does the price of XtremEarth compare to others in your category?

Yvonne The functionality of each product will add anywhere from $1 to $3 to each product piece. The prices are competitive in the categories where the products will be created (like towels, socks, robes, etc.)

CW Everyone is talking these days about being green. To me, that includes being Fair Trade, being sustainable, and organic. It might even include using alternative energy, or buying energy offsets. How does your company, your product, measure-up on these important issues?

Yvonne Our products are sustainable as they are produced out of fast growing replenishable  poplar tree farm pulp.

We use water and amine oxides to separate wood cellulose which makes it safe for environment. No chemicals are used in the process at all.

We use silver nitrate and food grade zinc supplement to incorporate into the fibers.

All cotton we use for fabric production is grown locally in North Carolina, which makes it great for supporting local economy. We also plan to involve Native American tribes into production of XtremEarth products in the future.

CW Where can my readers find your products to buy and to start using them?

Yvonne We have some products with functional fibers sold at our website www.XtremEarth.com  In addition, we are working with multiple retailers that would like to carry our products. The links to them are not available yet, but they’ll be coming soon to the website.
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I definitely will be buying more of Yvonne Busbee’s products as they become available to us, the ultimate consumers of such amazing products. For now, I just have one cloth I use in the kitchen area to clean up all the cupboards and table surfaces. Using XtremEarth product with the knowledge that it cleans and kills harmful pathogenic agents is comforting. And actually, it makes me happy and brings a smile on my face every time I clean up a messy spot or pick up after my two-year-old.

Celebrate The Passion XtremEarth Was Created With Today!

To Your Health!

PS: If you have any questions to Yvonne Busbee, please leave them in the comments below. She will definitely read and answer them.
PPS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in personally. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
VP Education, GoZonkers Inc.
©2010 Laura Gontchar. All Rights Reserved.


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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Woman With Passion for Green...

... as in “Definitely for green Earth.” There are more and more people getting very common and uncommon diseases and infections these days. The medical profession goes fast about it: Treat them with antibiotics. At times, this works. Sometimes, it fails.
One of the most important measures to make any treatment successful is having clean environment and surfaces that touch the person’s skin. Clean is a synonym to Healthy Life in addition to all of those meanings that exist.

How do you make surfaces clean? You wash. You disinfect. You wash again. With what? All kinds of chemical solutions that kiss microbes good-bye.

What would you say if you knew that your clothes, towels, bed sheets had anti-microbial properties, meaning “stopped harmful organisms from intruding upon your space?”

Yvonne Busbee is a woman-entrepreneur who has created products and product ideas that do exactly that. And more. To be exact, Yvonne uses Functional Fibers that have abilities to control bacterial regeneration, have electrical conductivity (for you, it’s to keep you warm or cool), and require minimal resources to produce. That’s quite a beautiful handful of characteristics to have!

Having a privilege to meet and interview this amazing woman makes my readers a notch more empowered with what Yvonne has created and how she managed to find herself in a germ-free spot.
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Functional Fibers for Germ FREE Life

CelebrateWoman (CW) Yvonne, how did it happen that you started your own company with the products that do not have any equivalent in the current market?

Yvonne Busbee (Yvonne) It all happen through a friendly introduction to a gentleman from Germany who created fiber with silver ions in them. It is no miracle that silver ions have antibacterial properties.

My husband and I saw a huge potential for a healthy living through usage of products made of such material. Besides, to produce such fibers is exceptionally – extremely – friendly on the eco system. That’s how our company XtremEarth came to life.

CW How did your new company changed your life: What was it life before and after?

Yvonne Before it was Nursing School, Accounting School, two kids to take care of. Life was extremely busy. Little did I know what to expect from me being an owner of the company!

The company got started in 2006. There was a lot of testing and product development that had to be done. But the goal of getting this functional fiber out into this world was really strong.

What makes this fiber different is that during its  patented manufacturing process silver ions are infused into its structure. These ions have antibacterial and temperature controlling (conductivity) properties. Plus, they do not escape by washing out the fabrics in which they are woven. The fibers itself

Being a nurse and knowing a huge need for products that could help patients to get a quicker recovery avoiding additional infection from various surgical procedures drove me forward even more. One little change like robes with antimicrobial properties for medical personnel and patients could be a huge step in improving recovery rates in our hospitals.

CW Who are those remarkable people that influenced your creative, professional, and personal life that lead you to starting and sustaining this company?

Yvonne My husband is a very creative person. I met him before we started XtremEarth. His visionary leadership helped us to navigate through the many obstacles.

My nursing background and knowledge of the medical field helped to propel our company into many uses of these incredible functional fibers.

My family has been always my driving force for everything I have achieved so far. My daughter and grandson are amazing inspiration to me for so many ideas I put into my business.

CW Has your involvement with XtremEarth products and company changed your self-image, and your relationships with family and friends?

Yvonne Building this company from scratch made me feel of a great potential of touching so many lives. As a nurse, I’m always meeting patients and see their health problems. I’m always in that compassion mode of resolving their situation successfully.

The functional fibers could be a direct answer of helping and improving quality of life of many people with medical conditions and of those who are healthy. Using fabrics with functional fibers that have silver ions could be used in bed soars, E. coli, candida prevention. That all could be prevented without using any chemicals!

CW Is there anything that was a surprise to you that you did not expect on your way creating your company and products?

Yvonne A lot of beaurocracy of passing past ETA and FDA. For example, we need to specify in our testing that silver ions protect the product surface (like towels, socks, etc.), not a person from microbial intrusion. It’s a huge surprise what we can and what we cannot claim on our products. That is why education plays a huge role in getting useful information out to masses.
CW Yvonne, how do you see XtremEarth will effect your life in the future?

Yvonne I would say I see potential of changing how people live their daily lives. I already see a lot of benefits of using my own products at home.

I use no detergent on the towels and clothes made with functional fibers. If they are really, really soiled, then I use a small cap of natural detergent during a washing cycle.

All the towels in my bathrooms and in the kitchen are my company’s products. Less germs on the body and kitchen counters and floors! I love it! I already see my life changing having living it in a healthier, cleaner, germs-less way.

CW What is the #1 Thing you would like your customers to know about XtremEarth products?

Yvonne The Number 1 thing is a combination of two things: Sustainability and functionality of our products. There’s no product in the current market that has such a variety of uses with antimicrobial properties for a lot of industries like medical, agricultural, confection and many more.

Silver ions keep the surfaces they touch clean and fresh.

I also call our functional fibers “climate changing fibers” as the clothes made out of it regulate body temperature: keeping it warm or cool depending on the weather.

CW If we talked to all of your friends and family, what would they tell us about you and your involvement with your company?

Yvonne That I follow my heart. All my decisions touch lives of people to help them and improve the quality of their lives. With XtremEarth products they can do it affordably and sustainably.

My biggest thing in life is to help.

CW What keeps you going day after day?

Yvonne I am a workaholic.The sheer excitement of getting closer to my goals gets me going and thriving each day.

Educating people in what this product with functional fibers can do for them in their everyday life is my goal. Once they know what it does, they make changes in their lives.

There’s so much do, I feel it’s just the beginning of my journey of helping people and improving the quality of their lives.

CW How do you celebrate your achievements, mistakes, and even failures?

Yvonne I celebrate by taking a vacation. It doesn’t have to be a long one. It may be just one day. But this time off allows me to step back and look at how close we’ve come and how great it feels in changing lives.

Looking at my grandson and teaching him about clean and fresh life feels fulfilling and refreshing. This company has made huge changes in the lives of my family.

Mistakes are celebrated by being acknowledged and moving forward without fear.

CW After a long day, when you close your eyes and reflect on the day, just before you go to sleep, what goes through your heart and mind?

Yvonne I feel thankful for blessings I was given. This opportunity, health of my family, and knowledge to be able to make right decisions, not just a ton of money make me feel happy and humble at the same time.
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The concept that my own clothes can stop harmful bacteria and microbes is facsinating to me. And it can be done. It is already reality of life, not just a concept. Thanks to women like Yvonne Busbee. Want to know what those products and product ideas are?

What’s Next: Yvonne Busbee celebrates her XtremEarth products for cleaner, healthier life

PS: If you have any questions to Yvonne Busbee, please leave them in the comments below. She will definitely read and answer them.
PPS: If you know a woman-entrepreneur who has created healthy product(s), please let me know, so we could spread the word about her and her contribution to this planet.

Disclosure: I only write about products I believe in personally. I am not compensated for my opinions.
Founder, CelebrateLifeNutrition.com
Curb Your Appetite – Stop Your Cravings

VP Programs Development, ScaleDown for Life
VP Education, GoZonkers Inc.
©2010 Laura Gontchar. All Rights Reserved.


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