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When Lemongrass Spa Products opened it’s doors no one would have predicted it would become the successful community of thousands of health minded people it is today. There was no ribbon cutting, no confetti falling from the sky or even any helium balloons when I founded the company on that July day in 2002. On a shoestring budget I made bath crystals, room spray, body polish and a handful of other products in my home and through word of mouth, sold them to neighbors at little gatherings. The Lemongrass Spa Lady became my nickname and with two babies in tow my hectic work-at-home life quickly became even busier! My goal was to book at least two events a week in order to make the car payment, cover the insurance and buy groceries while my husband, Bryan, commuted down to the city of Denver. Little did we know that this little cottage business in Bailey, Colorado would become our livelihood and our family’s venturesome future. As we reflect upon fifteen incredible years, here are some of the company’s milestones.

2002 Lemongrass Spa Products began with 24 items. Pink Grapefruit is the first scent we sold; it came in Bath Crystals, Body Polish and Hand & Body Lotion. Our slogan, “made by hand for your body” was on the front cover of the 8 page catalog, prinKaren2003Clara1.jpgted with an ink-jet printer. 

2003 Heidi’s mother, Karen, relocated to Bailey and began working at Lemongrass Spa and also helped the Leist’s take care of their daughters, Emily and Clara. 

2004 Bryan resigned his IT position to work full time with Heidi at Lemongrass Spa Products, becoming the company President and accounting officer.

2005 Product labels changed from being printed by hand using an ink jet printer to a professional label company.

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Can A Business Mentor Really Help You Become Successful?

Back in the day, direct marketing was really what we would call a “door-to-door” salesman or saleswoman. Some of the early direct selling companies were Avon, Tupperware, Shaklee, Amway and MaryKay. Over the years this industry has become increasingly popular because of the low cost to get involved and the flexibility it offers.

According to the Direct Selling Association (DSA), in 2016 20.5 million people in the United States were involved in direct sales, and 5.3 million were building an independent business through managing customers, sales and recruits Direct selling is not a new industry, but it’s seen a resurgence over the past few years as people are looking for opportunities to earn extra income or build a business outside a typical 9-5 job. Staring a direct sales business requires minimal start up costs but commitment, time and effort to become successful, just as it would building a company from the ground up.

As a direct seller you’re an entrepreneur and your own boss. Benefits include working when, where and how to you so you can be present for your family and pursue other interests. The majority of people in direct sales work from a home office, which presents its own unique set of challenges: scheduling work versus home time and keeping your business organized without having someone help you manage your time. There is a plethora of information available in written form, online and in books, but having a dialog with someone who has had similar experiences, made mistakes and continued to be successful is invaluable. A mentor can help you develop your own business voice and direction, and everyone, from the person just starting out to the leader of a large organization, benefits from mentoring. Here are four reasons you can benefit from a mentor or a business coach.

1. Identifying How to be Successful

"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself." Oprah Winfrey

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Pack These 6 Summer Travel Essentials

School’s out, sun is shining and adventure awaits! Packing can be stressful, and suitcase space is a precious commodity. We’ve made packing easy with a collection of travel sized TSA-friendly containers. Headed out on the open road or catching a ride on a plane, toss these items in your bag before being whisked away for that warm-weather holiday.

Carry-On Tip: place all liquids (in 3.4 oz. containers or smaller) in a clear plastic quart-sized bag, packed at the top of your bag, for easy access.

Lotion & Spritz Pair

Skin will stay refreshed and hydrated! Purchase a Pick-A-Purse with four scents you can’t leave-home-without and add a complementing Hydrating Body Spritz from the Body Spritz 5 Pack.

Sunscreen Sport Stick & Bug-A-Boo Insect Repellent

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Detox Your Home with Essential Oil Cleaning Recipes

One of the easiest ways to eliminate toxins and synthetic chemicals from your home plus save money is by making your own cleaning solutions. Recipes are simple and use ingredients that are easy to find and affordable. You can find these base ingredients at most grocery stores or large online retailers:

  • Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) for grease, odors and dirt
  • Distilled vinegar for disinfecting (never mix vinegar with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide; avoid using on natural stone and wood surfaced)
  • Borax (sodium borate) solvent for grease, stains and grime
  • Washing soda (sodium carbonate) solvent for grease, mineral stains and dirt

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  • Hydrogen peroxide for disinfecting

A variety of essential oils can be used for cleaning, but these six are often used for because of their purported antibacterial and germicidal properties:

  • Tea Tree
  • Lemon
  • Sweet Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender

Keep soft, washable cloths on hand for wiping surfaces; many people recommend microfiber clothes, which you can usually purchase in bulk online.

Laundry

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4 Reasons Meditation is the Missing Piece to Overall Wellness

Meditation has been part of our spiritual journey for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 1960s meditation gained mainstream notoriety in the west as a means of self-improvement. In modern times, meditation has become a part of a well-rounded wellness routine along with healthy diet and regular exercise. Meditation is a simple concept: sit still, breathe deeply and focus on a single point or intention for a short amount of time. As easy as it sounds, it can be difficult to schedule time alone to practice or keep your mind from wandering to your mental to-do list. After reading how meditation can positively effect your mind and body, I promise you’ll want to clear your calendar for a mere ten minutes each day to receive all the mental and physical benefits meditation has to offer.

Anti-aging

Stress causes hormone imbalance, which in turn can manifest itself in skin problems like acne, dry skin and rash. Depending on severity, skin issues can negatively affect our self-esteem and perception of ourselves. Relaxation and meditation are well-documented remedies for reducing the body’s stress response.  Mediation can also reduce inflammatory promoting genes, which can decrease the skin’s signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots. Studies have also shown meditation to reduce blood pressure and increase blood flow; increased blood flow boosts the amount of oxygen and nutrients carried to cells, overtime.

Pain Relief

Incorporating mindful meditation into your daily routine could have long-term positive effects for pain management. Chronic pain sufferers often rely on opioid treatments for pain management just to be able to complete basic daily tasks. There is a large list of long-term side effects of opiate use including addiction and liver or brain damage. A promising study published in the Journal of Neuroscience showed participants in the meditation group’s pain ratings decreased by up to 24% compared to the non-meditating participants. 

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