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When It’s Time to Replace Your Beauty Products – Beautycounter

Although most of us throw out milk when it’s past its prime and swap an out-of-season bag for a new style, when it comes to skin care and cosmetics, many of us hold onto products for far too long. To help you figure out when products have expired—potentially losing their efficacy or becoming contaminated—check out […]

Source: When It’s Time to Replace Your Beauty Products – Beautycounter

This was a great article for newbies and one of the most important things I learned was what that little open pot symbol with the number on it means…

DO check for expiration dates. Every one of our products notes the number of months that you can expect it to be safe for use. Look for a tiny period-after-opening (PAO) symbol of an open lid pot with a note like “12M,” which means the product’s lifespan is about 12 months from the time you open it if it’s been stored and used properly.

Don’t have time to sit and read the article yourself? I shared it this morning on Periscope so you can listen in here…

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 16

Take A Cold Shower

If you’ve never experienced a truly cold shower you’re missing out! I have been ending my showers with cold water off and on for awhile now. it started when I was trying to find out what was happening to my skin. Initially the shock of the cold water takes my breath away but the benefits are worth it! Here is the article we went over earlier today on Periscope. If you’re feeling brave you can keep working on this for the next 30 days or 2+ months since research says it actually takes us around 66 days to form a new habit.

One man’s experience with the 30 day cold shower challenge

30 ideas for 30 day challenges to rock the New Year

If you missed the challenge you can go back through the posts starting here or for a good laugh watch them on katch.me.

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 15

Read a book on an educational topic

One of the best ways to acquire new knowledge is through reading! I haven’t started to read a book a day like Tai Lopez but I do find reading to be very important. Some people love to read for entertainment, I have always preferred knowledge. If you don’t feel like you have time to sit down and read a book Audible is a great way to access the same knowledge! Stop by your local library or bookstore and grab a book for educational purposes! If you prefer download something to a Kindle, Nook, your phone, tablet, another reading device or through Audible.

Some of the benefits of reading include expanding your vocabulary which can help with aggression, a reduction in stress and mental stimulation which can help slow the progress of Alzheimers and Dementia.

Here are my top must reads…

Atlas Shrugged
The China Study
Mindset
Think and Grow Rich
The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage
Bold
Zero to One
Grain Brain

Have you read any of these? What did you think of the content?

On my list to read next

Blue Ocean Strategy
Transcend
Make It Stick
Who Moved My Cheese
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
On Immunity: An Inoculation
Should We Eat Meat? Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory
How to Lie With Statistics
The End of Faith
The 5 Love Languages
An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Where do you find new books to read? Here are some great articles to start with…
6 Books Shark Tanks Daymond John Wants You to Read
7 Books Bill Gates Wants You to Read
10 Mind-Blowing Books That People Who Love Thinking Can’t Miss
10 Books That Bill Gates Wants You to Read to Become as Successful as Him
10 Great Psychology Books To Change Your Life

I’m sure there are a ton of other great lists and recommendations out there but this is where I plan to start!

What will you be reading? Scope, Instagram, Tweet etc and let us know! Use #BAAMS16 so I can find you and support you as well as included you in our contest!

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 14

Take  A New Route, Get A New Perspective, Switch Up Your Routine

This entire challenge has been about changing up your routine! Today I want you to find something of your own that will take you out of your comfort zone. Even something as simple as taking a new route home, walking down a different street, ordering something new for lunch or as drastic as dying your hair blue! Whatever it is please make sure you share it with #BAAMS16 on your favorite social media format! We’d love to support your healthy changes. Try to do something new everyday if you can. If you need some tips or would like more details on how stepping out of your comfort zone is good for your health check out this article I went over on Periscope this afternoon.

More Articles

Huffington Post article – 6 Reasons to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Lifehacker article – The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should)

 

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 13

Sleeping naked has a lot of potential health benefits from better health to happiness!

Check out this article from the Huffington Post on 5 reasons you should sleep naked.

To be creative and show that you participated today perhaps you can simply share this blog post with #BAAMS16 so your friends and family will also know the benefits of sleeping in the nude!

Periscope

Scope, Instagram, tweet, snapchat etc! How you felt sleeping naked if it was your first time or just share this article with #BAAMS16 so I can find you and support you as well as included you in our contest!

 

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 12

The challenge for today was to lower your sugar count to around 30 grams or less. If you would like to start the new year and road to a new you with less sugar in your diet check out this Instagram post for some steps you can take to slowly work towards that goal!

#nosugar

Scope, Instagram, tweet, snapchat etc about the changes you had to make to lower your sugar!  Hashtag it #BAAMS16 so I can find you and support you, as well as enter you in our contest (US only)!

Periscope

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 11

I wanted the challenge for today to be visiting a veteran but instead you’re going to get a choice. I know some Veterans personally so I can do it but I couldn’t find an easy way for everyone else to find a veteran to visit. Of course if you live in a major city with a VA hospital you can start there.

Let me tell you why I think you should visit a veteran. First reason is they are people and we all need compassion and companionship. The second reason is regardless of how you feel about war or anything else if you are an American you have veteran’s to thank for your way of life. Finally, you can learn a lot from a veteran they have very interesting stories to share. It can be quite a pleasurable experience for you and the veteran you decide to visit.

If you can’t physically visit a veteran I suggest you help a veteran in another way. I found this list on CNN Five Ways to Help A Veteran Today. You can use it as a guideline to do something else nice for a veteran. Hopefully, this will be an experience and concept that you carry with you into the New Year. Don’t wait for Christmas or Veteran’s Day etc. We should be nice compassionate individuals all year round! Why not visit monthly? Find time in your life and space in your heart to reach out to these often forgotten but very important pieces of society. Just like the rest of us they do a job for a living. Their job happens to be very risky and controversial but they do it anyway. The least we can do is give back a little of our time for all that they have given and sacrificed for us.

Scope, Instagram, tweet, snapchat etc! Your visit with a Veteran! Share their story if it’s ok with them and don’t forget to hashtag it #BAAMS16 so I can find you and support you as well!

Other options and ideas

Volunteer or Donate

Volunteering with Seniors

Ideas for kids to help with Seniors

What You Don’t Know About Unpronounceable Beauty Ingredients – Beautycounter

You might assume that any ingredient with a long or difficult-to-pronounce name must be bad for you, but that’s a myth. Take a look at our product ingredient lists and you’ll likely find a few scary-sounding words—but, unlike what you may have been led to believe, that’s nothing to worry about. Why? Beautycounter uses the […]

Source: What You Don’t Know About Unpronounceable Beauty Ingredients – Beautycounter

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 3

Community – a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.

We all have a community that we live in there’s no getting around that. When was the last time you did something to help promote support, grow or enrich your community? If you can’t think of anything specific that is your task for today! Go out and find away to support your local community! 

If you are like me (I support my community every day through Shop Small, Shop Local) your challenge is to find another community to support! It doesn’t have to be a physical community outside of your own it can be a group that you just don’t usually attend to. You can pick a social community, a religious community or physical community if you prefer that you can help in someway shape or form.

I came up with this challenge today while watching Black Biz Scopes – Pass The Cast this morning for the first time. Now when it comes to racial divides I am not one that is big on picking sides I feel like when you pick one you’re automatically vilifying and denying the other ones and it doesn’t make sense to me. We are all people and I wish we could live that way. To just be humans not a color, a country, gender or sexual preference. All of these are assumptions based on our faulty sense of sight and assumptions for the most part (when is the last time you asked someone about their gender or ethnicity). None of these outward things tell us about their character, beliefs or values which are way more important. A lot of us in America can’t even trace our history back to one single country. Skin color has to be one of the dumbest and most primitive ways to make a choice (but I’m going to use it as a factor in this instance). You should like people and support them because you like them and want to support them not because they are or aren’t the same color as you, not because they did or didn’t come from the same country as you.  I don’t think that’s really a good way to choose your friends. However, we can agree to disagree. What I do believe in is supporting, helping and promoting those that deserve it and are willing to work for it so I have no problem supporting black owned businesses. I support businesses of various nationalities and skin colors daily so today I’m going to go out of my way and purposefully support a black business. You can do the same. Yep, primitive choice but it is a community that does get overlooked and has a lot of good hard working people in it. For me it’s going to take a little bit of research. Luckily, I have the BlackBizScope from this morning to start with!

I live in a really tiny community right now and  can probably count the number of “black” people (judging with my eyes not from conversations of everyone’s lineage) on my hand literally one hand (ok if I exclude my family LOL).

Light bulb!!! I just realized I already did my own challenge yesterday! I ordered a T-shirt from Kilahlipstick go check it out. I’m still going to do some research on the businesses I featured in today’s scope and shop with a few of them as well because hey it’s Friday it’s payday do some shopping!!! Bless a family with some coins. As the picture I reposted on my Instagram yesterday from @dryerbuzz you have to know who wants you to eat and who wants you to starve. I want all my friends to eat!

Together 

Everyone 

Achieves

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 2

Yay! We’re doing things and making changes! Day 1 was to simply act! I hope you tweeted out the message

Cleaning my routine for a Sweet ’16 #BAAMS16

If you haven’t already go ahead and commit now!!! What are you waiting for? The first challenge I gave myself was to decrease the amount of potential BPA contamination my family was exposed to. This is not an easy feat! I had already started by getting mason jars a few months ago for my husbands lunches. The more I read about the effects of BPA and how getting BPA free plastics didn’t really help since the substitutes aren’t much better the less comfortable I felt feeding my kids from plastic plates and forks etc.

The challenge for today is to learn about a harmful ingredient that your family is probably encountering that you can ban from your home. I chose BPA, you can use the same one or choose something entirely different. Let me know what you decide! Scope about it, post some Instagram pictures, a Snapchat, Tweet whatever you are comfortable with. Don’t forget to hashtag it #BAAMS16. I will be looking for and interacting with your posts so try and keep them informative.

 

Want to learn more about BPA? http://www.ewg.org/research/tips-avoid-bpa-exposure

 

BISPHENOL A (BPA) A hormone disruptor that may also alter DNA. It’s used in plastics and resins. Found in: plastic bottles, lining of aluminum food cans, possibly in eyeshadow, and styling gel.