Monday, June 10, 2013

a wanna-be stay at home mom

Curt and I have had a pretty good gig for the past three years.  He's been a student.  I've been a teacher. We've had lots of time in the summers to relax together and two weeks off at Christmas.  Of course there have been the late nights studying, trying to make a dorm apartment into a home, the time that I was working two jobs while pregnant, and oh yeah, that time when I was working two jobs with a new baby...eek!  But for the most part, we've really enjoyed this first season of life together.

Curt graduated last weekend and we are entering a new phase of life.  The one where Curt gets a job and our sweet baby is growing like a weed every day.  As we assess our new situation we realize that we want to have more choices:  to be able to spend more time investing in our daughter, to have me stay at home instead of work, and to be able to afford to give more to our church and people we know doing great things for God all over the world.  This desire was met with our reality and we realized that we really didn't have choices.  I have to work so we can pay our rent.  We have to put Caroline into daycare because we both have to work.  We have less time together as a family because Curt and I are both working.

About a month ago, I began exploring my options.  I decided to become an independent consultant with Arbonne and it has been a great experience so far.   Arbonne is a Swiss-formulated cosmetic, skincare, and heath & wellness company with the highest standards and botanically-based ingredients.  All of the products are vegan-certified and most are gluten-free as well.  I've used the products for a while and to say I love them would be an understatement.  Did you know that the average woman puts about 515 chemicals on her skin each day (think soaps, lotions, perfume, serums, hair products, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, make-up, etc)?  Also, anything we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream in 26 seconds (think about how a nicotine patch works...).  How about if you were to go look at the labels on your lotions, foundation, etc?  Do they list mineral oil as an ingredient?  Mineral oil is a petroleum derivative (as in, it comes from the stuff we fill our cars with).  It is considered toxic and is banned from ingredient lists on skincare and cosmetic products in most countries, except the US.  US companies use it because it is a cheap filler, even though they know it's toxic and contains carcinogenic properties.  Even the baby wash I was using on my daughter had this as a main ingredient.  Yikes.  All of Arbonne's products are formulated without mineral oil, animal products or by-products, they are dermatologist tested, hypo-allergenic, ph correct, and vegan friendly.  

So not only does this company give me the opportunity to work from home, it also provides us with healthier options for the products we put on and in our bodies every day.  Arbonne makes products we are all already using, they just provide a healthier alternative.  The company provides an amazing compensation plan and my hope is that, with some hard work, I can replace my teaching income in the next year and stay at home with Caroline.  

Stay tuned if you are looking for healthier products to use on your skin...or even a business that will give you more choices, let you stay at home with your kids, or just make some extra shopping money each month.   I'll be posting an "Arbonne edition" of the things I'm currently digging, complete with an awesome giveaway!

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