With so many skin care products available these days, it’s hard to feel confident in your choice. Here are my top 5 tips to consider when choosing new skin care products.

  1. first ingredient
  2. presence of chemicals
  3. value
  4. availability
  5. customer service

First Ingredient

Did you know that the first ingredient listed on the label actually makes up the majority of the product? That’s if you can find the list of ingredients. Most products out there are made up mostly of water (aqua). However, water doesn’t actually absorb into the skin so it’s possible that you’re overpaying for a product that is mostly water and not absorbing into the skin. Check out the ingredient list and decide if you like what you see. A good skin care product should be clearly labelled and not mostly water.

Presence of Chemicals

Generally speaking, try to stay away from chemicals. Products with natural ingredients will go bad without some kind of preservative but the skin care line should be very low on chemicals. Check the ingredients again, and make sure it’s only the last few things you see (the smallest ingredient).

Value

How it costs is relative to how long it will last. A product that only lasts 1 month and is really expensive has less value than a high quality product that will last say 3-6 months. I believe in quality but I don’t think just because something is expensive or costs more, that it is of lower quality. I suggest judging the quality for yourself and then deciding how much value it has to you on a per month basis. Then you can work out the value and decide if it’s worth it. It’s possible to get good skin care that doesn’t break the bank so don’t be fooled by a high price.

Consider whether you’re paying in CAD or USD. Depending on which side of the border you are shopping, it could make a BIG difference.

Availability

Have you ever owned a great product but when it was gone, you had to go out of your way to get it or it couldn’t be had anymore? Ugh!  Try to choose a product that you can pick up easily or that can be shipped to you for just a small fee. Direct sales are perfect for that because they will usually give you a discount when you place a product on autoship & you don’t have to worry about running out.

Customer Service

Look for a product that has an expert attached to it. Someone who can explain to you how it works, let you try it and give you a chance to ask questions. There is absolutely no need for women to go into a drugstore and just pick something off the shelf. Many direct selling distributors will happily come to your home and give you a demo. They will follow up with you too & make sure you’re happy.

Overall, when its time for you to find a new skin care regime, take your time and use these top tips to feel confident in your choice.

Looking for a new skin care product that fits all of the above 5 criteria? Check out Empower International’s Confidence skin care line here.

What the heck is empowering women? Is it a tribe of female weightlifters set out to lure you into crossfit? Have you seen crossfit thighs? The word empower has been tossed around a lot lately and in 2016, it seemed to be the theme. But what does it really mean?

Here’s my take on empowering women…

The theme of empowering women is hot right now because so many of us have been on the road of self development but get stuck. With access to the internet and the ability to learn anything we want, we have become a nation of smarter women who don’t know what to do with it.

We could advance in our career but we know that careers have a cap. We’ve grown as women yet, we’ve got nowhere new to go. Tony Robbins, Harv T. Ecker, Eric Worre & Jim Rohn and been whispering in our ear for years “there’s more” “go for it” “be true to yourself”  and so on. HOW???

Empowering women is helping each other achieve more by teaching the skills to create something beautiful and fulfilling. It’s actual direction for all that energy & how to harness it.

But we are conditioned to work for a pension. What if I don’t want to retire? What if I’m not ready to retire? I’m educated, social, good at my job but limited in my next move.

we can empower others only after we’ve empowered ourselves

Have you ever met a woman who changed everything in her life in her 40’s? How about one that retired only to come back to work part time? Imagine working your whole life just to retire and then not knowing what to do. These women and the women who want something better for themselves need that next step – empowerment.

That’s why the direct selling industry has exploded. Not just because we like to buy from each other, but because it gives us a way to empower ourselves and each other by offering us the ability to create something beautiful. That’s what I think empowering women is all about. Just saying..

What does it mean to you? Do you feel empowered?

Seven Steps to Successful Selling

1. Choose to sell a tangible product or intangible item/service. (Ex: jewelry vs. insurance). Most people do best with one or the other. I like to sell tangible items (skin care products that you can smell, feel & try) & my friend sells insurance well.

2. Understand the product, at least a little in the beginning (your understanding will grow as you grow).

3. Use it yourself if applicable.

4. Gather testimonials from others that use the product/service.

5. Don’t be afraid to tell people what you’re doing.

6. Make new friends everyday either in person or on social media.

7. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Devote time every day to personal development and self esteem. The more you like yourself, the easier it is to be genuine to others.

BONUS: I listen to audiobooks in my car by Brian Tracey, Jim Rohn, Eric Worre, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, etc… PM me for how I get them into my car for free.

For more information on learning to sell as part of a team, visit www.momswithmoretime.com

work from home today

Is it time to work from home?

Maybe you’re tired of your boss or maybe you’ve been laid off. Maybe you’ve been presented with an opportunity and are thinking, is it really worth it? It’s hard to tell until you do it so here is what I’ve learned so far, to help you make the decision for yourself.

I began to work from home part time in 2009 when I started my first home-based business. I was still working as a Respiratory Therapist but in 2016, I left my employment to work from home full time (and I love it). Here’s what I’ve noted so far.

Work from home Advantages

  • Complete control over your schedule; you can work in the middle of the night or early in the morning. Whatever works for your lifestyle. I like to spend time with my little boy and after he goes to bed, I get a little more work done. I schedule my activities outside the home around his schedule.
  • Work in your pjs, yoga pants, underwear or whatever you desire.
  • NO COMMUTE!
  • Tax deductions; speak with your accountant to learn more.
  • Free from office politics, gossip, drama and griping. Working from home could be a fresh start for someone who is tired of all that garbage, I know I was.
  • More time around family & pets. I love how my dog wraps himself around my feet when I’m working on a blog or chatting with prospects and team members. He’s so soft and cuddly!
  • Less temptation to eat junk food. You drink more water and you’ll most likely save on eating out.
  • You can create the environment you want to work in with music on or off and your home cozy or chilled. I do my best work next to an open window with the breeze gently moving the curtains. I love sunshine in my kitchen and warming my back.
  • You tend to do a lot more personal development & may even develop your personal library. Your kids see your accomplishments and it could inspire them to read & learn.  Achievement becomes tangible to them as they see you prioritize education and development.

Really, you can work from anywhere, not just home. You could go on vacation to the beach and take your business with you. I like to go home & visit my parents (5000 km away) so I take my work with me.

Work from home disadvantages

As with everything, there are some disadvantages when you work from home.

  • It’s easy to get distracted by ‘house’ tasks therefore self discipline is required to work from home. Only a handful of people can work without having someone tell them what to do. I create a system or habit for specific tasks. I reward myself for focused completion. Creating lists and ‘eating that frog‘ gives you an outline for what’s to be accomplished in a day. I also note when I am most creative and strive to work then. I don’t push myself at the times of day when I’m least productive (between 9 at 11 am). Sometimes I’ll go to a coffee shop, the library or my mother-in-law’s empty condo and work for a bit there.
  • There’s the social aspect and some may find it lonely to work from home.
  • Especially in network marketing, your income will be more variable and it takes time to build up to the income you want.
  • It’s possible that you could need to invest in office equipment such as an good laptop, printer and office material & software.
  • In network marketing, you will have to leave the house to meet with prospects or perform parties/markets. Skype is great but you’ll still need to hit the pavement at times.  I love this part because I’m very social and I dictate with whom I spend my time.

Why YOU would work from home

Your reasons for choosing to work from home are probably very simple and it could be only one of the advantages I listed above. It’s the courage to design a life that YOU want & not what someone else prescribes for you, that eludes most. Reflection and goals will help you decide. My reasons were simple;

1. I wanted to be home with my son more while he’s still young.

2. I wanted to protect my mindset from negative & destructive attitudes.

2. And I wanted to break Parkinson’s Law and create true wealth.

It takes goals, time, patience & dedication however, it’s worth it.

How to work from home

For decisions like this, I like to make a pro/con list because it is an objective look at what you face. With your pen, divide paper into two halves and put the PROS on one side and the CONS on the other. Really take the time to brainstorm all the points applicable to your decision but first, just write down everything that comes to mind – no matter how obscure or irrelevant it might seem.  Then, go back over it and look more closely. Odds are, you’ll see a theme appear and this is usually the most important factor for you. It’s a great way to assess your gut instinct and gut instincts are usually right, in my opinion.

How does one work from home? Well you have a few choices.

1. Ask your boss if you could work remotely from home. More and more companies are accommodating these requests. Make sure to present to you boss what he/she will gain by your working from home.

2. Start your own business that fits the lifestyle you want to design. I like network marketing because there is a low cost to begin compared to starting a traditional business. For more information about network marketing, visit my website moms with more time.

I want to hear from you! What are your experiences working from home? What are your tips for someone new to it? Post your comments below.

probiotics and acne treatment

Did you know that acne is the most common skin disease and its estimated that 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point, according to NIH? Do you or someone dear to you suffer from irritating acne? Now you can help them and yourself, for a lot less than you probably think….

Probiotics and acne treatment

It’s now possible to harness the power of probiotic technology for your face to help acne, scarring and other skin conditions. But you can only get this from one company and look out world, it’s Canadian – from Calgary, Alberta! Thanks to science we can now use probiotic technology to help clear up your acne and heal your skin, beautifully.

Probiotic Technology

Empower International now has the same technology behind ingesting probiotics.  These probiotics help rid our systems of bad bacteria and enhance good bacteria. When we ingest probiotics, it’s usually live Lactobacillus and/or Bifidobacterium. For probiotics and acne treatment topically however, it’s not live bacteria but rather, the technology behind how probiotics work.  The trick is to get this technology into the skin, not just on it. And that’s where science & Empower International steps in. Yeah! I love science….

Why Aloe Vera

probiotics and acne treatment with aloe

Aloe delivers powerful probiotic technology to fight acne.

Insert the magic of aloe vera, a magical plant used for centuries, and it just got a whole lot better

Not only is Aloe Vera anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and healing, it is transdermal – it absorbs into the skin, carrying Empower’s other indigenous natural ingredients with it AND probiotic technology.  Water does not.  Almost all skin & hair products out there are made mostly of water. Consider this: if your skin absorbed water, every time you took a bath you’d become a bloated human body. Ugh. Check out what you’re using now, is the first ingredient water? For more info on this, check out this neat article.

Empower International’s products contain an extremely high content of organic aloe.  So now exists an inexpensive, effective delivery system for this technology.  When Empower combined its aloe-first skin care line with probiotic technology, it became the first (and only) Canadian company to offer this simple, inexpensive solution to acne and other skin irritations. Learn more about Empower International here.

The science part

Emopwer’s ProRenew Complex, CLRTM (the probiotic involved), acts on essential features in the aging process of the skin, its ability to renew itself and to act as a bio-sensor. Therefore, the CLRTM helps the skin cell adapt to external stresses quickly and effectively, accelerating skin renewal. The aloe helps to heal and reduce inflammation. Yay science… again.

This product only came to the market in December 2016 so you probably haven’t heard of it. You’re the first of your friends most likey. It takes a while for news to spread and that’s why Empower, a social selling company, is the perfect company to sell this product. You can use it, share it, and build a small business with it. As a distributor for Empower, you’ll get a wholesale discount. Just saying! To learn more about that opportunity, CLICK HERE NOW.

probiotics and acne treatment

Organic Aloe Night Treatment uses probiotic technology to fight acne

How to use it

Every night, apply a dime size amount to clean skin at bedtime.  It will quickly absorb & the aloe works to deliver the probiotic technology to where it’s needed, into the skin. It will not leave residue on your bedding, will not make your skin oily & is invisible to others (sneaky, eh?). Using it at night will compliment natural skin regeneration -which happens while we sleep.

The soft gel contains lavender essential oil that is simply luxurious. You get a peaceful relaxing feeling immediately, helping you fall into a comfy sleep. If you touch your skin at night or in the morning, your skin feels as soft as a new born baby’s.

In the morning, rinse and complete your morning skin care regime as normal. Don’t clean the skin again – it’s still clean. Just rinse and use Empower’s Youth Infusion/Eye Serum and am/pm moisturizer (Nurture) to amplify your radiant, youthful skin. Professional TIP: Use the Empower Foaming Cleanser and Renew Natural Enzyme Exfoliant beforehand (1-2 times/week) to rid the surface skin of dead skin. The EB3 is a perfect adjunct to Empower’s Organic Aloe Night Treatment.

In conclusion, if you suffer from acne or other skin conditions, I recommend you give this night treatment a try right away. You’ll want to order it from the website and take before/after pictures. Remember, a little goes a long way so don’t over use it. A small amount is enough and the jar should last you 3 to 6 months. Have questions about using Empower’s skin care line? Call 1-587-400-0786 and leave a message with your name and #.

Get yours NOW for a special introductory price of $56.  Qualify for FREE SHIPPING with coupon code C-2017 through Jan 31, 2017.

organic aloe night treatment from Empower

Five Reasons to Do Direct Selling Business

by KJ Henderson, studioD

 

asA direct selling business is a retail organization which distributes goods and services to consumers in non-traditional environments. Instead of maintaining a permanent retail location, these companies engage independent consultants to develop one-on-one relationships with customers, selling to them directly. Examples of successful direct selling businesses include Avon, The Pampered Chef and Mary Kay. There are many reasons an entrepreneur may choose to become an independent consultant to a direct selling business.

Entrepreneurship

The primary benefit of going into the direct selling business is that it allows an individual to be his own boss. As an independent consultant, he must create a business plan and set goals based solely on his own personal desires. Unlike starting a business from scratch, however, many direct selling organizations come with name recognition. This pre-established goodwill can go a long way in opening doors for him. Instead of spending time building a brand, he simply must sell already well-known products.

 

No Prerequisites

There are no educational or professional prerequisites required to enter the direct selling industry, making this a wonderful industry for students, recent college graduate, longtime stay-at-home parents and those with little or no work history. In addition, a person without a college degree or even a high school diploma will not be turned away from this type of business opportunity. The only requirement for success in this field is drive to reach whatever goals a person sets for herself.

The Social Aspect

Working in the direct selling business requires a person to interact with a lot of people. This aspect of the occupation makes this a wonderful way to meet and socialize with new individuals of all demographics, affording an independent consultant the opportunity to make money while making new friends.

 

 

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A direct selling business is perhaps the most flexible job of all. The nature of the occupation affords a person pursuing it the ability to work whenever he wants to. Whether he wants to put in traditional full-time hours or only sell products on weekends, either is appropriate, based simply on his personal goals.

Money

There is a lot of money to be made within the direct selling industry. The amount earned, however, is up to each individual. Because an independent consultant can work as many or as little hours as she chooses, the amount of money she may potentially earn is unlimited.

Connect with Gwen right away to get started in your direct selling business.

www.empowercosmetics.com/gjstacey

g.dunn@myempower.com

As soon as my son turned 1, I had to go back to work. I wasn’t ready. We had so much fun while I was off and I knewa-447x295 then that I had to alter my direction so that I wasn’t such a slave to employment. I was working days and evenings at the hospital as a respiratory therapist so at least I didn’t have to work all night long anymore. It was hard though working until 11 pm, 2 out of 6 nights. I missed him and I started to resent my job.

My choice was to start learning. Every free moment I had, I spent on the internet reading and learning about money, business, leadership and teamwork. I picked these because they interested me. I started to take any free course I could find including ones my employer and my union offered.

My boy grew and by the time he was 4, I had started my own home business. I started with those body wraps, you know- put this wrap on your belly and in just 45 minutes your fat cells shrink. They worked well enough but I spent a lot of money learning how to do a home based business. I made some money but my team really didn’t grow. I knew that in order to be a stay at home mom, I’d have to up the ante. Unfortunately, I grew tired of the business because at the time, I didn’t know that these businesses need consistent and ongoing effort to be successful.

Then I met an amazing woman, Sherry, who introduced me to the jewelry business. She was a riot and had a large team. I felt included by her and really enjoyed my time there. I began to make some cash and it looked like my goal of being a stay at home mom was getting close so I signed on for a 2-year business training course with Make Your Mark. However, just after I started the jewelry business deteriorated and I felt lost again.

I kept on with my training and pursuits as my boy grew. I found a new company in my home town and as soon as I signed on with them, things began to really move for me.

The biggest thing I’ve learned is that it takes time to get a home business started and even a few years to get past obstacles (and your business may change!) and into the steady pace part. Not giving up on your vision and having smart goals to work towards is the most important thing and that is why it’s critical to pick a company you really believe in – to work with. There will absolutely be challenges along the way but if you believe in your company and are willing to never give up, in just a few years from now, you could be a stay at home mom too.

b-506x272I wish I had a mentor to walk me through this from the beginning; I feel I would have got to that point a lot quicker. If I could change anything, I would have got serious about a home based business way sooner.

Who mentors you? What are your goals? Are you a stay at home mom?  Comment below.