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One of my favorite thing is hearing the stories of other people. It is especially refreshing to hear how others came to know Christ. We live in such a diverse world. If you really take the time to ask questions and get to know others, you will discover that everyone has an amazing story to tell.

“I Am Second” quickly made it’s way onto my favorite book list. I loved the stories shared within it’s pages. Everyone from a single mom to a reality TV star. My favorite story was the story of my tattoo artist. His name is Whispering Danny. I was searching one day to find a Christian Tattoo Artist near Kansas City when I came across a video he had recorded for I Am Second. About 6 months later, the “I Am Second” book came out. As soon as I saw that his story was one of those featured, I had to get the book. The stories in the book are simply amazing. Each had different struggles and triumphs, but all came to the same conclusion. God was always right there with them.

*This book was sent to me by the Thomas Nelson Publishing company through their BookSneeze program in exchange for honest review.

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Smarterer Score

I am so excited that I achieved a Master Score for BzzAgents Smarterer Test!

 

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“God’s Promises Devotional Journal” is a devotional that spans 365 days. Each page has a devotion with a question for you to answer in the journal section on the page. The devotions are taken from books by authors such as Sarah Young, Max Lucado, Sheila Walsh, David Jeremiah, John MacArthur, Billy Graham and many others. The cover art on the book is gorgeous and inviting.I love the layout of each page. There is a bible verse to start the page, a short devotional, and then the thought provoking question with space to journal. Each page is dated, which makes it easy to stay on track and remember where you are and to get caught up if you miss a day or two. The book is hardcover and durable which is great for preserving the book to look back on later in life.

*This book was sent to me by the Thomas Nelson Publishing company through their BookSneeze program in exchange for honest review.

 

June 20th Giveaway

To enter, simply comment below with your answer to this question:

Have you ever thought of starting a business with Arbonne? What interests you most about owning your own business?

The winner of this giveaway will get a goodie bag filled with Arbonne samples and products to pamper themselves. Expect to see beauty and skin care products as well as health and nutrition products. I’ll pick out one winner from the comments using Random.org. Make sure to leave your email address in your comment so that I can contact you if you win.

And the winner is….Crystal Waldroff!!!

Congratulations Jackie M! You are the winner!

I am doing a special giveaway starting May 20th and running through May 22nd. The winner of this giveaway will get a goodie bag filled with Arbonne samples and products to pamper themselves. Expect to see beauty and skin care products as well as health and nutrition products. 😉 So, how do you enter this giveaway? It’s simple, share the link below with your family and friends. You can share this anyway you’d like: email, social media sites, texts, inviting them to the event, whatever works best for you. (If they place an order they’ll be entered into a drawing for $100 in free product!) After you’ve shared the link, come back here and post a comment letting me know that you shared the link. On Monday morning, I’ll pick out one winner from the comments using Random.org. Make sure to leave your email address in your comment so that I can contact you if you win.

Share this link: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=213955728629480

Example of a comment entry:
I shared the link with my friends using Facebook.
xyz@yahoo.com

Want a bonus entry? There are 2 ways to get bonus entries:

1. Place an order towards my Arbonne Atlantis Trip at www.megancurtis.myarbonne.com and then post and let me know that you placed an order.

2. Place an order on the Thirty One Party that I’m hosting for a friend at http://www.mythirtyone.com/shop/eventhome.aspx?eventId=E656419&from=MYEVENTS&verify=true and comment here that you placed an order.

1200 Fan Giveaway

Facebook has a policy on giveaways that makes doing them on fan pages nearly impossible. I’ve done them on my page in the past, but Facebook is cracking down on the policy and is deleting pages who they catch hosting giveaways. To prevent this from happening, my giveaways will be here from now on.

This giveaway is for a Water Relief Treatment Serum from Arbonne. This product is fantastic to get rid of swelling from injuries, water retention, etc. It retails for $40, but one lucky winner will receive it for free.

To enter the giveaway, post a comment on this blog post with what interests you most about Arbonne or with a question that you’d like answered. Your comments may not show up immediately as they have to be manually approved to keep spam comments off the blog. I will leave the giveaway open until Sunday at midnight.

The winner is Janet Jackson. Janet, please email me your address at megancurtis@myarbonne.com

Wende Shull Sampson What sets Arbonne apart from all the other skin care professionals out there, for example, Mary Kay?
Our ingredients and our heritage. Arbonne is a product that first was developed in Switzerland and our Research and Development Lab is still there. We adhere to the European Standards for the beauty industry, which are much higher than those set forth by the FDA in the US. We also don’t used petroleum based ingredients (from crude oil), parabens, pthalates, PABA, formaldehyde-donating preservatives, or any animal products or by-products. (Certified Vegan). The problem with many other companies are the ingredients that they use. Their products are less effective and many of the ingredients are known carcinogens or cause other health issues. They are able to use these because the FDA hasn’t banned them. The European Union has banned 1000′s of chemicals, while the US has banned about 8 for beauty products. They continue to use these ingredients because they are cheaper, and it makes their products cheaper, but they are also of lesser quality. Here is a chart that ranks beauty companies.

Sarah Houston this looks so perfect,there has to be a catch.my question is: is there a catch? please be honest 🙂
The only catch is that you get what you put into it. It is work and those who work hard are going to see the rewards. Those who sign up and then don’t do anything, obviously aren’t working at it. But for those who jump in and are coachable and ready to make things happen, it is such a blessing. The time freedom is amazing, and the financial rewards are as well. The only things that get in the way are fear and laziness. If people are willing to work through those, they can be successful.

Hallonia Smith From the very beginning of this video I saw that a MAN actually came up with Arbonne…Is there any reason why he did it? Maybe a person who inspired him? I just thought it was weird that a man would make beauty products for women. =)
I’m not sure who his inspiration was, but he wanted to create safe products for women, and he loved the US. He and his family were from Norway, but he so strongly believed in the freedoms in the US that he started his business there. Since then, Arbonne has spread to Canada, Australia, and the UK. His wife attended our 2010 conference in celebration of our 30 Year Anniversary and it was amazing to hear from her.

Jenn Walker It seems to good to be true, does it really work?
I’m going to copy the answer I gave Sarah, because her question was similar. I’m also going to add that Arbonne has 31 years experience and has so many programs to reward their consultants and make them successful. We’re a different culture than a lot of the companies that are out there today. The only catch is that you get what you put into it. It is work and those who work hard are going to see the rewards. Those who sign up and then don’t do anything, obviously aren’t working at it. But for those who jump in and are coachable and ready to make things happen, it is such a blessing. The time freedom is amazing, and the financial rewards are as well. The only things that get in the way are fear and laziness. If people are willing to work through those, they can be successful.

Morgan Rayl I know Arbonne has baby products, Do they carry a man’s line?
Yes, we have a men’s skin care line, plus many products that are great for men or women. Arbonne also has a nutrition line, spa line, aromatherapy line, and so much more. You can view products at http://www.megancurtis.myarbonne.com by clicking on Shop Online.

Crystal Merkle Looks like people is living it up selling this product. It looks like a huge company, but I have to say I’ve never heard of it.. Approx. how many people are involved with this company??
I’m not sure the number of consultants that are with Arbonne. We have a lot of Consultants and a lot of Preferred Clients (Discount Buying Program). In the US, we have around 420 consultants at the National Vice President level, 730 at the Regional Vice President Level, 2300 at the Area Manager level, and 7700 at the District Manager level. This doesn’t include consultants who haven’t promoted to a manager level yet. We have been around since 1980, but still only have a 1% recognition rate in the US. We sell an average of $500 million each year even with that low recognition rate.We are getting ready to go to $2 billion a year by 2015. 🙂

Paige Kelley Is it possible to support yourself selling Arbonne or do you need another income? And do you use their products personally? I feel you can better recommend what you use yourself daily 🙂 Thanks!
Yes, Arbonne is my full time income. My husband works as well, but in the next couple years we are looking for him to retire. When someone signs up as a consultant, our goal is to help them promote to District Manager in their first 3 months. At District, the average is from $250/month up to $1500/month. Then we work on going to Area, which is $1500 – $4500 a month average. Yes, these are the only products that we use in our home. We use the nutrition line daily as well as the vitamins and supplements. In our shower, everything is Arbonne…shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, sea salt scrubs, shave gel, and more. We don’t use any other company. If Arbonne provides it, we use it. When Arbonne doesn’t have a product, such as deodorant, we shop in a store, but are very picky about what we use. We avoid all of the things that Arbonne does not use, such as parabens, mineral oil, formaldehyde-donating preservatives, etc.

Amanda Paige Noack What is your favorite product? And more info on the baby line would be great! Thanks
This is by far the toughest question. lol. For me, I would say my RE9 Advanced Skin Care Set, but if I have to pick just one product in the set it would be the Smoothing Facial Cleanser. Without it my face breaks out like crazy. For my husband, his pick is the Joint Supplement because he works with his hands daily and they ache if he doesn’t take his joint supplement. My pick for him would be the Omega-3 supplement because his family has a history of high cholesterol.
We have 5 baby products. Diaper Rash Creme, Baby Oil, Baby Sunscreen, Baby Shampoo/Wash, and Baby Lotion. Arbonne’s Baby Care line is extremely gentle and adheres to all of our ingredient policies. It doesn’t contain any mineral oil or any preservatives that release formaldehyde. It is also very effective. The majority of main stream products for babies really aren’t safe. I posted this article the other day. It talks about some of the chemicals that were found in baby care off the shelves of stores. The chemicals found in these products can cause skin conditions, cancer, and many other health problems. Here is the article: http://consumerist.com/2009/03/baby-products-now-with-formaldehyde.html

Nicole Dilley Do they carry mens products?
Yes, we have a men’s skin care line, plus many products that are great for men or women. Arbonne also has a nutrition line, spa line, aromatherapy line, and so much more. You can view products at http://www.megancurtis.myarbonne.com by clicking on Shop Online.

Mary Mcmenamy do you carry bath products talcs
We don’t have talcs, but we do carry soaps, lotions, bath salts, and scrubs, as well as hair products. You can view products at http://www.megancurtis.myarbonne.com by clicking on Shop Online.


Belinda Banks-Gresham why is it so expensive?
Because of the ingredients we use. They are more expensive than the ingredients that are harmful for you, such as mineral oil, parabens, etc. We don’t use any fillers, which makes the products extremely concentrated. What that means is they last longer. On average, the RE9 Advanced line lasts 5-7 months. Generally the eye creme and toner run out first in month 5, and then the others start to run out in months 6/7. So, although it is more upfront, it lasts longer than most of what you’d buy in a store or from other companies.

Michelle Kennon Do you carry items for sensitive skin
Yes, all of our products are formulated for sensitive skin. I have extremely sensitive skin and the only products that I notice a slight reaction with are the RE9 Serum and the SeaSource Mud Mask. The serum just makes my face red for about 30 mins, but that is because it is designed to break down the “bonds” that are holding the dead skin to your fresh skin underneath. The mud mask is a thermal mask, so it warms up. Sometimes this irritates my skin a bit and other times I don’t notice it at all. We have over 500 products though, and these are the only 2 that I’ve noticed any reaction to.

Michael Sweeny What makes your baby products more safe/effective then others? My little girl is my life so why shou dI trust your product inplace of another?
Arbonne asks that consultants not say anything that is demeaning towards other companies, so I am going to be respectful of that and word this as kindly as I can. Arbonne’s Baby Care line is extremely gentle and adheres to all of our ingredient policies. It doesn’t contain any mineral oil or any preservatives that release formaldehyde. It is also very effective. As far as comparing it to other products, take a minute to read this article and draw your own conclusions. :) http://consumerist.com/2009/03/baby-products-now-with-formaldehyde.html