Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Have Fun, Earn Money! {what a great combination}

Have you ever thought about owning your own business?

Maybe your are looking for healthier life?

Maybe your looking for more time to do what matters most to you?

Maybe you are searching for a FUN and fulfilling way to earn extra income?

Maybe you are interested in an income that you can pass onto your children?

How about keeping more of what you earn instead of paying as much in taxes? 

We Get it!

Prior to starting Freedom Partners, I was a "WORKING" at home mom, raising my own children along with several other children (that were not my own!). You are probably asking, "what does she mean?" At the time I decided to start Freedom Partners, I operated a licensed, Nationally Accredited Childcare program from my home. I have been doing this for 18+ years, and I must say with much success!
So, you see the entrepreneur spirit has been in me all along.

The main reason I sought out to start another business was out of necessity. My health was failing. I was heading for organ failure and just plain miserable about my weight issues. 
This meant I had to do something and do it fast. I knew very little about nutrition and started researching possibilities of why I was so unhealthy. I began using vitamins and almost immediately felt better. I took it a step further and changed the way my family ate. Before long I was no longer on the path to organ failure, I lost weight, shaped up and people noticed.
Because they noticed, I would recommend them to the person who I was ordering my products from. 

One day it dawned on me, DUH! why not start earning an extra income and free products by doing what I was already doing? Thus began the birth of my 2nd business, Freedom Partners International.

What is Freedom Partners International?

We are a global community of motivated leaders that want to do good in this world by helping others become healthier and wealthier. We believe that the only way to achieve true freedom is by helping others achieve theirs!
Freedom to live debt free, enjoy harmonious personal & professional relationships, and raise successful children.

What we believe?
The only way to achieve true freedom is by helping others do the same.

How does it work?

It works like this. You’re rewarded for sharing the idea of health and wealth with other people.
You’re rewarded even more by helping others do the same.
The more successful those other people become, the more you benefit. Of course we all benefit too!
Because sharing makes everyone’s share more valuable.
But there’s more to it than sharing financial reward. We’re sharing health and a way of life that truly makes people and the planet healthier.
For over 58 years, generations of families have counted on our brand partner to do what no other company can do quite like us—make products that are naturally safe AND proven effective.
Every product that goes into every Shaklee bottle is designed to improve health, work without compromise, and be gentle on the planet.

Build a Meaningful Career
When you partner with Freedom Partners, you partner with a community & a company that has remained true to its values for more than 58 years.
You represent a team that is committed to product quality, living in harmony with nature, and always doing what is right, no matter the cost.
With this foundation, and your best efforts, you can build a meaningful career!

Freedom Partners International is a perfect fit for you if:
  • You want to create a healthy life for you and your family
  • You want to own a health and wellness business
  • You want to market Shaklee as your Product Partner (We have training.)
  • You are looking for an amazing financial future
  • You are self-motivated, dependable, and a team player
  • You are teachable
  • You are a hard worker
  • You are passionate about doing good
  • You live by the Golden Rule
  • You want to make a difference
  • You want to break free from an unfulfilling job
  • You want to pursue your passion
  • You want to have the flexibility you need
  • You want to have a “Plan B”
  • You want to add to your household income
  • You want to live life on your terms
  • You have a positive mind
I have paid off over $9,000 of debt, learned how to save money, eat healthier, lose weight, improved the health of all my family members and have learned how to have harmonious relationships! I have been building this wealth along side of some of my best friends, traveling more than I have in my life. 
We are having fun and making money while we get healthier!
I would have never thought that taking a few vitamins would have such an impact on my life, but they did!
I don't know what you have going on in your life, but if this sounds like anything that may help you improve your life, get started, Partner with Us!

For more information click on the "Become A Partner", I will personally contact you to start the interview process to see if you are qualified.

I look forward to helping you on your 
journey to creating a healthy life!

BEST Gluten Free Pizza!

Going gluten free, honestly has not been a huge issue for me, I uses because I was already mostly glut free. I must say that I miss pizza! I'm sure it has some childhood connection with family pizza night or those many times that my "Vavo" (my Portuguese Grandpa) would order pizza delivery. Now my own family enjoys pizza night along with a movie. Knowing this has become a tradition in our family, I just could not give it up completely. I have been on the hunt for great pizza recipe. I like the cauliflower pizza recipe, but craved something more like "PIZZA".
This crust is the best that I have encounter so far. 
You can actually hold it in your hand instead of using a fork! 
We have made double batches, baked them using the mini pizza pans and froze them for later use. This works great for those quick lunches of pizza night when the rest of the family orders pizza, I can still enjoy "pizza" with them.
I was intimidated at first, but honestly this is a super easy recipe after you use it a couple times.

1/2 C brown rice flour
1/2 C sorghum flour
1/2 C tapioca starch
1/2 C quinoa flakes
1 TBSP coconut palm sugar
1 TSP baking powder
1 TSP xanthan gum
3/4 TSP sea salt
1/2 C warm water (80-90 degrees)
1/2C warm milk (80-90 degrees)
2 TSP instant yeast
2 TBSP olive oil (and extra for spreading on baking sheet too)
tomato sauce (we have used left over marinara sauce from a previous dinner!)
goat cheese or mozzarella cheese (we used both!)
sliced salami or prosciutto (thin is better)
crushed red pepper flakes
garlic powder 
italian seasoning (recipe here)
fresh romano cheese
1.Using the paddle attachment with a stand mixer, mix together the dry ingredients (except yeast). Add 1/2 cup of the dry mixture to another bowl, mix in yeast and set aside.

2. Beat together the wet ingredients and add the yeast mixture, stir to combine well. Allow to rest for 30 minutes to puff up and get bubbly.

3. Add the bubbly yeast mixture to the stand up mixer and beat on high for about 3 minutes. Be sure to scrape down the sides and mix well. Cover with damp towel (or use a wet paper towel), allow to rest for 30 minutes.

4. While dough is resting, preheat over to 425 degrees F.

5. if you are making one large pizza, be sure to line a cookie or pizza sheet with parchment paper.
(we have been using these adorable mini pizza pans from Calphalon, we make these and them refrigerate or freeze a bunch to reheat/toast later)

6. After the dough has rested, pour more olive oil onto the parchment paper and press dough to form a 1/4" think crust.
*tip: use way fingers, it is much easier than using dry or a rolling pin!

7. Bake for 18020 minutes until crust starts to brown slightly.

8. Add toppings of choice, return to oven and continue to bake for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.

How about adding a Italian salad too using our homemade dressing?


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Friday, February 14, 2014

Kale Chips

If you are searching for a healthy, salty, crunchy & savory snack, these kale "chips" are just perfect! Only 60 calories!!
They also contain 3grams of protein and natural immune boosting power.

In 1 cup of kale you get:
-vitamins A, C & K (phytonutrients essential for immune support!)
-flavonoids & carotenoids (antioxidants associated with fighting cancer causing cells)
-Fiber (naturally helps to lower cholesterol levels, helping to prevent heart disease)

Instead of reaching for those potato chips, make this simple salty, savory snack instead!


Bunch of Kale (as much as you want!)
Olive Oil (we used Bragg's) *enough to lightly coat the kale
Soy Amino (we used Bragg's)
Seasoned salt to taste (we used the Trader Joe's sea salt/roasted garlic/onion/parsley) 
-optional: Nutritional Yeast (enough to light coat to give a mild cheddar flavor)

*tip: when buying kale look for dark bunches of kale & avoid brown or yellow leaves! 


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. (no need to grease)
  2. Pull kale leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner or lay on towel and pat dry with another towel. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.                          *tip: use a large bowl to toss!
  3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

What is your favorite "healthy" snack?


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

I remember enjoying stuffed peppers loaded with ground beef, white rice and sometimes even with added chourico (portugese sausage). Needless to say, it tasted delicious, but is loaded with fat and calories. With my "new & improved" lifestyle,I just had to revisit this childhood food I enjoyed. Although rice is considered gluten free, I stay away from it as it seems to be an appetite trigger. I swapped out rice for quinoa and omitted the meat all together.
It is amazing just how flavorful most meals tastes without animal fats.
Give this version of stuffed peppers a try and let us know what you think!
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
2 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh Basil 
1 zucchini, diced
1 small eggplant, diced
1 cup butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tomato, diced
1 cup tomato sauce
salt and ground black pepper to taste
6 bell peppers, tops cut off and seeded (any color)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, or more to taste
(tip: feta cheese instead adds a twist to this recipe!)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a deep baking dish with aluminum foil.
  2. Mix quinoa and water together in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. 
*tip: add homemade chicken broth instead of water for added flavor & nutrients, freeze chicken broth in ice cube trays after making chicken soup!
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until fragrant and slightly translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add zucchini, eggplant & butternut squash and tomato; cook until slightly tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir tomato sauce into vegetable mixture; cover and simmer until vegetables have softened, about 10 more minutes.
  2. Stir quinoa into vegetable mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Fill bell peppers with quinoa-vegetable mixture. Place peppers in prepared baking dish. Cover dish with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until bell peppers are slightly tender, about 18 minutes. Remove aluminum foil cover; sprinkle peppers with mozzarella or feta cheese. Bake until cheese is bubbling and melted, about 5 more minutes.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Easy GLUTEN FREE Mac & Cheese

8 oz Macaroni (gluten free of course!)
We love Quinoa Pasta by Andrea Dream (gluten & corn free)
This pasta comes in many shapes but we prefer the straight macaroni version best, the other shapes (shells, twists...) don't seem to cook as easily. either too hard or too mushy.

1-2 TBSP Butter

4 oz Heavy Cream (I never said this was low fat, did I? lol)

6-8oz (about 1 cup) Shredded or cubed Cheddar Cheese (we buy it by the block and shred, slice or cube it ourself-money saver!)

1-2tsp Garlic powder (we love garlic here, sometimes we use fresh minced garlic instead!)

Salt & Pepper to taste

*tip: add taco seasoning or italian seasoning for a different spin on this dish!

1. Cook macaroni as directed (if pasta is cooked before cheese sauce is ready, add a bit of oil or butter to keep it from drying out, place lid on top.
2. Melt butter on medium heat otherwise you will burn it.
3. Add heavy cream and cheese.
mix as it melts.
4. Add spices.
5. Once melted pour over macaroni

*If you really want that extra cheesy, gourmet touch top it with more cheese & bake in the boiler until cheese is bubbly and slightly brown.

This recipe goes great as a side dish with any lean protein. 
Add a steamed fresh veggie & you got an awesome, healthier meal!


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Quinoa "Peanut Butter Cup" Bars

2½ cups quinoa crispies (I found mine at MoM's)
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup raw honey (I use local honey!)
4 oz dark chocolate

(Quinoa Crispies)

Mix the quinoa crispies and salt together in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Line a square baking dish (8x8 for thick bars or 9x13 for thin bars) with parchment paper or spread coconut oil in the pan.

In a small sauce pan, heat the peanut butter and honey together. Stir until its liquidy and easy to pour. Pour it over the quinoa mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is combined. 
Transfer the mixture to your prepared baking dish, and flatten with the spoon. 
Place in the refrigerator while you melt the chocolate.

Melt the chocolate over a double boiler (or be lazy and melt 40 seconds at a time in the microwave!), pour melted chocolate one the bars. 
Return the dish to the fridge and until cool and the chocolate has completely hardened.

They are ready to eat once chocolate is hardened! 
(or as soon as you spread the chocolate one them because you are impatient and craving something sweet!! LoL)


Whether you are trying to lose weight, go gluten free or just add more purpose to the calories you consume, these sweet treats are sure to please!

Have a great Day!
~ Stacey

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Living with Multiple Sclerosis (How Susane healed naturally)

Susane Cohon

“I would not be the person before you today, if it had not been for Shaklee.”

In September of 1999, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  I have used Shaklee on and off for twenty years.  I have two children, and at the time, I was not as diligent with my health as I should have been.  Suddenly, I was hit with an “incurable disease” diagnosis and was under the care of a terrific neurologist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.  However, this individual saw no value in a nutritional component for my MS, just that I was probably born with a “predisposition to the disease” and something had triggered it.  What had triggered it was unknown, but I knew that I had been under a lot of stress for a long time.  I had an older brother Frank who had been diagnosed with MS in 1984 while he was in his early thirties and I was 48 at the time of my first episode.  For many, many months I was in big time denial.  I slept all the time, lost touch with my Shaklee friends, and sunk into a morass of “poor me”.  The disease was in remission but I felt terrible most of the time.

Basically, I could not tell if it was the disease MS, the pharmaceuticals prescribed to deal with the disease or the menopause that I was in at this stage of my life.  My regimen consisted of:
1.     Since I had zero energy in the morning, they prescribed Provigil and then Adderall to help counteract the fatigue.  I got out of bed but I had no appetite and began to lose a lot of weight. 
2.     The interferon B called Avonex was an intramuscular shot that I had to have once a week.  For 2-3 days after taking the interferon I felt like I was beaten up with a baseball bat.  So they prescribed the anti-inflammatory Cellebrex and then Mobic for me to take when Cellebrex fell into disfavor with doctors.
3.     At night, I took Lorazapam to go to sleep because I had big time insomnia.

None of my MS doctors wanted to know about my food supplement regimen, but just told me to do whatever it was I was doing and take the Avonex for the rest of my life.

I got back in touch with my Shaklee sales leader, Susan Lehman, who helped me a lot to again start taking Shaklee.  She felt, and I later found to be true, that the Avonex was negating all the good I was doing with the supplements.  Then I went to a nutritionist who helped me with a “holistic, nutritional” approach for my MS, but she took me off my Shaklee.  Her regimen was very expensive.  However, she immediately weaned me from the Adderall because one side effect is that it took away my appetite. I was starving myself and you cannot starve MS.  You need to eat well and sleep well.

My nutritionist recommended a neurologist for me to see and he had a Masters in Nutrition.  When I met with him in April 2005, he looked at my two MRIs from 1999 and 2003.  The second one was better than the first one.  He informed me that Avonex could only prove it effectiveness in clinical studies for up to a year.  I had been on Avonex for 6 years!  So he saw no real harm in telling me to go off the Avonex for a while, and see what would happen.  When I told my MS Center in New Jersey that I was going off the Avonex, they were outraged and pleaded with me not to do it.  I had reached a fork in the road.  

Then Shaklee came out with Nutriferon.  I was thrilled!  A “natural” interferon took the place of the synthetic Avonex.  Believing that MS is an overactive immune system turned inward on my nerve pathways, perhaps I could put it back more in balance with Nutriferon and Shaklee supplements. I decided to commit completely to Shaklee because of their clinical research and their new products.

Suddenly, I had no terrible side effects.  I did not need the antidepressants, and anti-inflammatories. No more pills to wake me up and help me go to sleep at night.  I substituted:
Nutiferon for the Avonex
Moodlift and Shaklee Stress Relief Complex to replace the Anti-depressants
Joint & Muscle Pain Cream, Pain Relief Formula and Joint Relief Complex for the anti-inflammatory drugs Cellebrex and Mobic
Menopause Formula for my menopausal symptoms
Gentle Sleep Complex for my insomnia instead of the Lorazapam

For the first time in almost 7 years, I was not taking any pharmaceuticals for my MS and I was feeling great.  I had the energy to join a small health club and exercise again.  I gained weight, and people kept telling me how good I looked.

One quick note: the pharmaceuticals cost $1200 per month.  The Avonex alone was $1000 a month and the Nutriferon is only $38.25 for a one-month supply although I do use two bottles a month .. $76.50 versus $1000.   Shaklee is win-win.

Finally, I feel great and I intend to stay with Shaklee for the rest of my life.

Thank you so much Susane Cohon for sharing your brave and amazing testimony on how you healed your body using a natural approach.

Who do you know that may need to hear this story about healing naturally?
Take a moment and share this information with them.

Have a great day,

Benefits of Local Honey

Health Benefits

1. Prevent cancer and heart disease:
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit…

3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal:
“All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

4. Increase athletic performance.
Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

5. Reduce cough and throat irritation:
Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.

6. Balance the 5 elements: 
Honey has been used in ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful useful in improving eyesight, weight loss,  urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.

Honey is referred as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

7. Blood sugar regulation:
Even though honey contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar. 

8. Heal wounds and burns:
External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazene. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s anti-bacterial nature combine to create this effect.

9. Probiotic:
Some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the “mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.”

10. Allergy Protection:Honey made by bees in the vicinity of the allergenic plant will contain tiny amounts of pollen from that plant. This honey will act as a sort of vaccine if taken in small amounts--a few teaspoons per day--for several months, and can provide relief from seasonal pollen-related allergies. 
11. Digestive Aid
In its natural, raw state, honey contains many enzymes that can help some people digest food more easily so it may also help treat ulcers and diarrhea.
12. Vitamins and Minerals
The nutrient content of raw honey varies, but a 1-ounce serving contains very small amounts of folate as well as vitamins B2, C, B6, B5 and B3. Minerals including calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc can also be found in raw honey in small amounts

Types of Honey (most popular)
Different honeys have different flavonoid profiles, depending on the floral source of the nectar.
  • Alfalfa
  • Blueberry
  • Buckwheat
  • Clover
  • Manuka
  • Orange Blossom
  • Wildflower (this is our favorite!)

There are at least 40 types – each one has distinctive taste and unique properties.Darker honey tends to have higher antioxidant levels.
Monofloral honey (honey from a single plant species) usually has the lowest glycemic index (GI). For example, locust honey from the Black Locust tree has a GI of 32. Clover honey, which is used commercially, has the highest glycemic index at 69.
The benefits of honey are great, however I must disclose that most researchers believe that the listed benefits are greater when we consume local, unpasteurized (raw, unprocessed) honey.

Why Local?
Local raw honey contains pollen that is specific to your area and therefore can really help those local seasonal allergies. 

Why Raw?
Raw honey is different from the average honey bought at the grocery store.  In fact, using the pasteurized honey from the average store is as unhealthy as consuming refined sugar.   Raw honey is different because it has not been pasteurized, heated or processed in any way, and therefore contains many valuable benefits.

My Local Honey? (the food, not Lyle! lol)
At a local farmers market, I met Lyle our Local Honey man. He offers different varieties through out the year. He has several hives strategically situated on his land where the honey bees will use certain types of plants/flowers when making honey.
(I'm sure there are very technical terms for this process, but I am keeping it simple because I have no ideas what those technical terms are...lol!)

Here is Lyle Bradford over at Keep em Buzzin'
Lyle can be found at the local farmers market in Waldorf near the the new library.
He happily serves the Southern Maryland region. To learn more about Lyle or to place your order contact:
Keep 'em Buzzin Apiaries & Honey Bee Farm
Lyle Bradford (owner)

For my local Southern Maryland Friends, 
be sure to contact Lyle to get your liquid gold (honey!)

(he takes his honey seriously!)

Have a sweet day!

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