Family Business

Blogging about our beginning led me to reflect on how our business has impacted our family.

Before we were officially launched, we decided to involve our children as much as possible.  They listened in on phone calls with city hall while we were learning about business licenses and sales taxes. They watched us count the cost of inventory and office supplies and shipping materials and website subscriptions. They helped us with proofreading and organizing and planning.

The whole family has been involved in every aspect of the business including purchasing inventory, advertising, selling, preparing orders for shipment, remitting sales taxes, and renewing business licenses. Two of our children earned school credit for Business Math and General Business. One is presently working on credits for Entrepreneurship and Career Preparedness. Some have been more involved than others, but it has been educational for all.

And I don’t see how there can be any better place than Helena to operate a family business. The other business owners in this town have welcomed and supported us and have been an important part of our children’s education and work experience. My son started attending Helena Business Association meetings with me when he was an elementary student, and all of our children have helped at First Fridays. Helena is an awesome place to live and raise a family- and to own a family business.

So has owning a business been good for our family? Absolutely! It’s obviously a blessing to have access to great health supplements, and the income from providing supplements for others is a good thing, too. But it’s been really great to be able to introduce our children to the real world of small business with a real business.

Thank you, friends, for making all of this possible for our family!

First Friday July
Melissa and Matthew at Helena First Friday, July 2014

 

Beginning

Day two of the November Post Challenge, and here goes my first post!

I’d like to share the story of the beginning of our family business.

A long time ago, when we had five children 9 and younger and I was definitely NOT feeling like SuperMom, I saw a Beeyoutiful ad for SuperMom multivitamins in a homeschool magazine. I had taken other vitamins over the years and had never noticed any change in my energy level or overall health. I decided to give Beeyoutiful a try.

By the time I got to the bottom of the bottle (about 8 weeks), I noticed a big difference in the way I felt. I had more energy, less sleepiness in the late afternoon, and my iron level began to improve. After that, we tried other products from Beeyoutiful: Tummy Tuneup (probiotic), SuperDad and SuperKids. Then we discovered Miracle Skin Salve. We loved every product we tried.

We told our friends, and pretty soon, we were ordering products for friends every time we ordered for ourselves. After several years of gathering group orders, we decided to take the plunge and start our own business. We’re not much bigger than we were at our small beginning, but it’s still kind of a dream come true. I get to manage a business while staying at home with my family and providing a useful service for other people as well.

small business dream

I’m a day behind on the post challenge. I don’t know if I’ll double up or run behind or combine some themes in the next few days, but I love having some themes for inspiration. Let me know if you’re taking the challenge, too!

Back to Bone Ami

I never realized how difficult it is to get the necessary Vitamin D, calcium and magnesium in food! After a month of keeping a food diary and tracking my nutrients on Cronometer, it has beome apparent that even my healthier diet with 6-9 cups of fruits and vegetables every day is not supplying what I need for bone health.

So, I’m turning to an old supplement friend, Bone Ami. This time, I’m choosing the liquid version which supplies 400 IU of vitamin D, 500 mg of calcium, and 250 mg of magnesium in every dose. The liquid form is more readily absorbed, and, in case you’re wondering, it tastes really good! I still have to make good food choices to reach my target goals for these nutrients, but the goal is now possible, thanks to Bone Ami.

My next bone density scan should happen in October 2018. I lost ground from 2012 to 2014 and barely maintained from 2014 to 2016. I’ve been told that women in my demographic can’t gain bone density, that we just have to work hard to keep from losing. Maybe that’s true- but what if it’s not? I’m giving my bones my best shot. I’m eating well, nourishing them from within, and I’m exercising, strengthening them from without. And now I’m giving them a little extra help from Bone Ami.

So, friends, is it possible? Have any of you actually gained bone density? Have any of your Bone Densitometry reports ever shown improvement? I would love to hear some success stories!

Bone Ami Liquid 2

Click here to learn more about Bone Ami.

Progress Report

At my first health coaching session, Rebecca gave me some homework: increase my intake of fruits and vegetables to 9 cups a day and start tracking my nutrients.

Background information: I haven’t been eating anywhere close to 9 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. In my last post, I blogged that I had taken the baby step of eating a fruit or vegetable at every meal. Even so, I was eating no more than 1 or 2 cups a day. Nine cups is a BIG baby step!

Rebecca suggested Cronometer, an online tool for tracking nutrition, fitness, and health data. It will track a lot of things, but my focus is on vitamins and nutrients. (There’s a free online version, but I opted for the $3.99 app.)

Cronometer app

Since I started keeping up with my fruit and vegetable intake, I’ve hit the goal once and come very close several days. Even though I’m not consistently meeting my goal yet, I feel better already- more energy, better sleep, and less pain.

I’ve been trying to learn more about nutrition for several years now, but the design of the Cronometer app has helped me to see more clearly what I’m actually getting from my food. I can tell at a glance whether or not I’ve gotten the nutrients needed for the day. That information helps me eat things that will actually nourish me and not just fill me up.

One evening recently, I was going to skip dinner and just eat a bowl of cereal. I searched my intended cereal in the app and discovered that there was almost no nutritional value whatsoever. Even though it’s a gluten-free, organic, supposedly healthy cereal, it would basically be empty calories!

I’ve also been confirmed in my belief in the amazing contribution of SuperMom to my overall health. Here are two screenshots of my breakfast this morning:IMG_9882[1]

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The first is my breakfast before SuperMom. Notice in the bar at the bottom that my nutrient target goal is at 28%. The second screenshot is after taking the SuperMom. Now my nutrient target goal is at 69%. Wow!

Unfortunately, I’ve been relying on SuperMom to make up for the deficits in my diet, and, as super as it is, it just can’t do it all. I can see in my nutrient reports that I’m still not consistently getting enough Vitamin D, Magnesium, or Potassium every day. Those are important nutrients for healthy bones which probably explains why I’ve had issues with arthritis and osteopenia.

So, enough about me! I’m excited about my progress, but my reason for sharing is to encourage you in yours! Please share your own progress in the comments or by email. I’ll be glad to hear from you!

About those Baby Steps…

Seven years of baby steps… A lot of progress can be made in seven years, but my steps have been small, and I find myself very near where I started. I’ll have my first session with health coach Rebecca Mills-Anderson tomorrow, and I’m ready to learn take some bigger steps with diet and nutrition. I’m eager to move closer to the goal of better health.

So, about those baby steps… In preparation for the health coaching to come, I’m reflecting on the progress- however small- that I’ve made thus far.

  1. I eliminated caffeine. I took this step as a young adult when I realized that my daily Diet Coke and ever-present glass of sweet tea were creating problems for me. That first step could have been a bigger step if I had known to replace the offenders with water, but I simply replaced them with decaffeinated sweet tea. Still, it was a baby step in the right direction!
  2. I began taking a daily multivitamin. SuperMom was the first vitamin I’d ever taken that actually made a noticeable difference in the way I felt.
  3. I eliminated fried foods. Gall bladder pain prompted this step, and it was not hard at all. Pain is a powerful motivator!
  4. I increased my water intake. If you follow this blog, you’re probably tired of hearing about drinking water! But, this has been huge for me. I went from drinking almost no water at all to half of my body weight in ounces. This big step is probably the main reason I’ve remained reasonably healthy in spite of the deficiencies of my diet.
  5. I began exercising regularly. I started for my bones but am gradually realizing the benefits of exercise for the whole body.
  6. I eliminated high fructose corn syrup from my diet, and I cut way back on processed foods.
  7. I realized that I was relying on supplementation and elimination to get me to better health. I’ve added some things- vitamins, water, exercise- and I’ve taken out some things- caffeine, fried food, high fructose corn syrup. But I’m just now facing the fact that my diet doesn’t include all the nutrients and vitamins I need to be truly healthy.

Okay, #7 may not be a true step. But that realization is already making a difference. In the last few weeks, I’ve made a conscious effort to eat three healthy meals every day, no matter how busy I am, and I’ve eaten a fruit or vegetable at almost every meal.

And that’s where I am today. On to bigger steps tomorrow!

Baby Steps

So, I’ve been taking baby steps now for about 7 years. I’m definitely moving in the right direction, but I really have not made much progress toward better health.

I know some of you are stepping along with me: drinking more water, taking multivitamins, and trying some nutritious recipes. Those are great steps, and I celebrate the progress- yours and mine! But I still have a long way to go.

This post isn’t leading to a happy ending or to a product recommendation. I’m just letting you know that I’m still baby-stepping my way to better health and I thought a little transparency on my part might help you on your way as well.

It was almost three years ago that the technician who did my bone scan uttered those dreadful words, “Whatever you’ve been doing, it hasn’t been enough.” I blogged then that I realized I hadn’t added much calcium to my diet and I hadn’t learned much at all about the importance of other vitamins and minerals. Well, I’m sorry to say, three years later, I’m only a few steps out from that place of not-enough.

With the help of a few perfectly-worded questions from a holistic health coach recently, I  saw for the first time that I’ve been relying on my supplements to make up for the deficits of my diet.

Nutrition overwhelms me. Food overwhelms me. Even grocery lists overwhelm me! Can anybody else relate or is this my own strange struggle?!

I’ll be meeting with a health coach regularly for the next six months and I’m really excited about learning more about the unique needs of my body and about how to feed it nutritiously. I’ll share my progress in hopes that it might help someone else. And I would love to hear from you, too. I would like to encourage you if you’re just taking your first baby steps. And I would love to learn from you if you’re ahead of me by leaps and bounds!

Speaking of baby steps, here’s my son in his first walkers.

baby steps MK

He’s holding on for support, but he’s taking steps. He’s happy! He’s out of the stroller. He’s walking on his own feet. He isn’t discouraged at all that he can’t run across the room yet. And I’m drawing analogies… Here’s to baby steps!

 

Medicine Cabinet Challenge

Medicine Cabinet

Choose one product in your medicine cabinet,
preferably something that you take often.

Now for the challenge…

Visit our store and find a comparable product. How do we stack up?
Compare ingredients, quality and cost. Let us know what you find out.

If you don’t see a comparable product,
or if you see one but it doesn’t have a full ingredient list with nutrition facts, email us.

We want to help you stock your medicine cabinet
with reasonably priced quality products
made of safe and effective ingredients.
Challenge us!

Countdown to Christmas Market!

Come see us at Classical Conversations’ Christmas Market next Saturday!
The fun begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 3:00 p.m.
at First Baptist Church, Helena
(815 Highway 52 E, Helena, AL  35080).

We’re counting down on Facebook

and placing one new stocking stuffer under our tree every day.

So far, we’ve added Pure Olive Oil Soap,

and BeeyoutifulSkin Mineral Makeup catalogs.

Stop by Saturday and browse our stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts

and pick up a free BeeyoutifulSkin Mineral Makeup catalog!

Christmas Market will feature more than 60 vendors-

a great opportunity to shop for Christmas,
support local business owners, and

support the Helena campus of Classical Conversations!

Follow us on Facebook for the rest of the countdown!

Introducing SuperGent!

supergentMeet SuperGent!

Beeyoutiful’s newest multivitamin was specifically formulated to meet the unique needs of the gentleman in your life.  Here are a few of the main ingredients of SuperGent.  (Scroll down for complete nutrition facts.)

Saw Palmetto – Studies have shown that Saw Palmetto is beneficial for supporting prostate health, healthy hair, and helping support male hormones.

Alpha Lipoic Acid – Supports healthy blood sugar, liver function and overall health with its antioxidant properties.

Lycopene – Sourced from red fruits and vegetables, lycopene supports heart and prostate health.

CoQ10 – Famously known for its support of the heart, it also supports healthy energy levels and overall health.

Trans-Resveratrol – Supports brain health and cardiovascular function.

Grape Seed Extract – Supports immunity, cardiovascular health, prostate health and male hormone production.

SuperGent is a great option for supporting overall health and avoiding nutritional deficits that can potentially lead to health problems.

Nutrition Facts
SuperGent Facts
Serving Size: 1 Tablet
Servings Per Container: 60
Amount per Serving % Daily Value
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
Vitamin A
(100% as Beta-Carotene)
5,000 IU 100%
Vitamin C (from Calcium Ascorbate) 125 mg 208%
Vitamin D (as Ergocalciferol) 500 IU 125%
Vitamin E (as d-alpha Tocopheryl Succinate) 75 IU 250%
Vitamin K (as Menaquinone K2 and
Phytonadione K1)
40 mcg 50%
Thiamin (Vitamin B-1) (from Thiamin HCl) 12.5 mg 833%
Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) 12.5 mg 735%
Niacin (Vitamin B-3) (as Niacinamide
and from Inositol Hexanicotinate)
17.5 mg 88%
Vitamin B-6 (from Pyridoxine HCl and
Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P-5-P))
12.5 mg 625%
Folate (as Folic Acid) 200 mcg 50%
Vitamin B-12 (as Methylcobalamin) 125 mcg 2083%
Biotin 150 mcg 50%
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5)
(from Calcium Pantothenate)
25 mg 250%
Calcium (from Calcium Ascorbate and
Calcium Citrate)
25 mg 3%
Iodine (from Potassium Iodide) 75 mcg 50%
Magnesium (from Magnesium Citrate) 12.5 mg 3%
Zinc (from Zinc Bisglycinate) (TRAACS®) 15 mg 100%
Selenium (from L-Selenomethionine) 100 mcg 143%
Copper (from Copper Bisglycinate)
(TRAACS®)
0.25 mg 13%
Manganese (from Manganese Bisglycinate)
(TRAACS®)
1 mg 50%
Chromium (from Chromium Picolinate) 100 mcg 83%
Molybdenum (from Sodium Molybdate) 37.5 mcg 50%
Potassium (from Potassium Chloride) 12.5 mg < 1%
Saw Palmetto (Berry) (Serenoa repens) 80 mg
Alpha Lipoic Acid 25 mg
Organic Aloe Vera (Leaf) (Concentrate) 25 mg
Grape Seed Extract (Vitis vinifera)
(Standardized for Polyphenols)
12.5 mg
Choline (from Choline Bitartrate) 12.5 mg
Inositol 12.5 mg
CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) 7.5 mg
Natural Trans-Resveratrol
[from Japanese Knotweed Extract (Polygonum
   cuspidatum) (Root)]
5 mg
Lycopene (from Natural Tomato Extract) 1.5 mg
Lutein (from Marigold Flowers) 250 mcg
Suggested Use Take 1 tablet daily with food.
Other Ingredients Cellulose, Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Croscarmellose Sodium, Silica and Vegetarian Coating. Vitamin E from non-GMO soy.
Allergen Info Not manufactured with wheat, gluten, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
Notice For adults only. Consult physician if pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Keep out of reach of children. Natural color variation may occur in this product. Do Not Eat Freshness Packet. Keep in Bottle. Store in a cool, dry place after opening. Please Recycle. U.S. Patent 7,838,042 and patents pending, and the trademark TRAACS® are used under license from Albion Laboratories, Inc.

Click here to purchase SuperGent.

FREE Vitamins!

Beeyoutiful Family Pack

Would you like to earn FREE nutrient-packed multivitamins?

Tell your friends, relatives and co-workers about Beeyoutiful’s multivitamins.  There’s a perfect fit for everyone you know:  SuperDad, SuperMom, SuperLady, SuperKids, and- there’s even a super prenatal multivitamin- SuperMom 2 Bee!  Use the links below to share information.  When your friends are ready to order, tell them to mention your name so that you can earn referral points.

If your friends are ordering online, tell them to click the box by “Referral?” and enter your name.  If they’re ordering by email or phone, they should mention your name at the time the order is placed.

You’ll automatically receive one point for each individual vitamin order and four points for a Beeyoutiful Family Pack order!  Maximum referral points per friend=4

(The Beeyoutiful Family Pack pictured above includes a 3-month supply of SuperDad and SuperMom, a 2-month supply of SuperKids, plus a probiotic and skin salve for a significantly reduced price than if purchased separately.)

Ten referral points may be redeemed for one bottle of the Super vitamin of your choice- absolutely free with no shipping charge!  (Referral points have no cash value and may not be redeemed for any other products.)  When you’ve earned ten points, we’ll contact you by email and send your free vitamins on their way to you.

As soon as your friends find out how beneficial these Supers are, they’ll start telling their friends and earning their own referral points!

So get started!  Use these links to introduce your friends to these Super multivitamins…

Beeyoutiful Family Pack

SuperDad

SuperMom

SuperLady

SuperKids

SuperMom 2 Bee

Beeyoutiful Family Pack