Thursday, July 1, 2010

Miss Mustard Seed Interviewed Me

A couple of weeks ago, Miss Mustard Seed at Mustard Seed Creations did a review and giveaway for my Get Clean products (which she loved)!  She also wanted to interview me on her blog so her readers can get to know me.  I wanted to share our interview in case that you missed it.  You can check out her product review here.

What made you decide to “start your own business” with Shaklee?
 
I actually started my own Shaklee business about 7 years ago.  I was working at a huge 24 hour gym as a Personal Trainer.  I also taught  boot camp and weight training classes and worked one on one with clients to help them loose weight.   Even though, this gym sold their own products, my clients were not getting the nutritional results that they were looking for.  They wanted quality nutrition, weight loss and sports supplements, so  I started looking around to see what I could find for them.   I researched different companies to find the best products.  After researching, I found that Shaklee (the products that my mom was using and made us use) was the best on the market.  No other company has done the studies and research as Shaklee.  They are the number 1 natural nutrition company in the US.  Their products are so safe and natural that many Olympians use Shaklee products, powering 54 Gold Medals.  Every product that goes into every Shaklee bottle is designed to improve health, work without compromise, and be gentle on the planet.  So, I became a distributor and started recommending these products to my clients.  Their results were amazing!  It wasn’t until after having kids, that I started to really share the cleaning products and children’s nutrition.   I  was using the Get Clean products because that’s what my mom did and they were cheaper.  I didn’t realize all of the hazards at the time.  Now, I am so glad that I have never used any chemicals around my kids.  I am so thankful to Shaklee for offering these fantastic products and their opportunity to me to share it with others. I am on a personal mission to educate and help mothers switch from chemical cleaning products to safe and natural cleaning products that work and don’t break the budget and give their families the best nutritional products on the market!!!  I also love working at home so I can be home with my 3 children and homeschool them at the same time.

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What is your favorite household chore?  Least favorite?

Ha, you would think that this question would be easy for me.  The truth is that I always switching up my favorite “chore”.  Lately it has been vacuuming.  I think that it is my favorite because I need to do it the most.  With three young children, including a one year old that tries to eat anything he sees,  I NEED to vacuum everyday.  I also love wiping down my counters.  I spray and wipe them down at least 3 times a day.  My least favorite chore is probably no surprise….toilets!  I think that is because I have a 3 year old son who is still learning how to aim, lol.


What is your favorite product and how to use it?

This question is EASY!!!  By far, my favorite product is Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate.  I have been using this product for over ten years and no plans of ever stopping.   It is natural and cheap!!!!  This little 16 oz bottle creates an unbelievable 48 gallons of super-safe, really powerful, all purpose cleaner.  1 bottle of Basic H2equals the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz. of Windex.  It is a versatile and powerful cleaner!! It  removes dirt, grease, and grime from any washable surface, inside and out.   It’s a no rinse, no residue and streak-free formula.  I personally can’t live without it.  I use it for  windows, granite countertops, hardwood floors, stainless steal appliances, marble,  dusting, degreasing,  carpet cleaning, pressure washing my house, getting pen off my couch to removing gum.  (Go HERE for more ways that I use it.)

It is so easy to use:  

For all-purpose cleaning:


Add 1/4 tsp. to 16 oz. of water.


For windows and mirrors:


Add 1-2 drops to 16 oz. of water.

For degreasing:

Add 1 1/2 tsp. to 16 oz. of water. For bigger jobs, add 2 oz. to 1 gallon of water.

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What is your decorating style?

Hmmm, What is my style?  I guess it is traditional, simple and a little modern at the same time, if that makes any sense.   I have dark cabinets and floors, a lighter countertop, and neutral colored walls.  I love bronze accents and  I get EVERYTHING from garage sales or the Goodwill (or my Mother-in-Law).  I like classic decor that is very simplistic because I usually have so many toys out that I don’t want to seem to cluttered.  For me simple is less stressful.  I had reds and greens in my family room and I  just switched to the blues and browns.  I love decorating with plants and topiaries.   I just got my first dining table so I am really excited about doing real tablescapes.

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What is your favorite spot in your house?

My favorite part of my house is my kitchen.  I spend most of my day there.  Because our house has an open floor plan, I can watch the kids play in the family room when I am working in kitchen.  When I am not doing dishes, cooking, baking or cleaning, I do school work and arts and crafts with the kids at the counter or kitchen table.  I love my kitchen because it is our family’s gathering place.  I love our family dinners!!!!  I also love to entertain and eat food!

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What is your best decorating decision to date?

Good question, you are really making my think!  Ummm, I guess it is to not buy anything NEW.  My husband and I had to make a decision: buy a less expensive house and nice furniture or buy a more expensive house and buy used furniture.  We went with the house we really wanted and decided to get ALL used furniture.  I am so glad that we made that decision because I love my house and finding used stuff is sooo fun.  I have found some many neat finds at the fraction of the “new” price.  I seriously didn’t buy one piece of “new” anything in our whole house.  I am now addicted to garage sales, lol!!!!  Plus, with the kids banging stuff up, I am not as uptight about my stuff.  I feel like I can really enjoy my home rather that always saying, “Don’t touch that!”  I am also realizing that I love to change my mind.  I am always switching things up. I know if I paid full price, I would never want to get rid of it.  Check out  my family room, my dining room, my guest bedroom and guest bathroom to see what I got for cheap.

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What is your favorite find/bargain?

My favorite find was this awesome Pottery Barn table.  It has 2 leaves and 8 chairs and I got it from a garage sale, of course,…….it was only $200!!!!!  That’s right, only $200!!   It was a light wood and we painted it black.    I love that it has so many chairs for entertaining!  This was defiantly my favorite find.

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Why did you decide to start a blog?

This is funny because a year ago I had NO CLUE what a blog really was.  I have heard of them before but I never read one before.  Last fall, my sister-in-law told me that she was going to start a blog and since we do everything together, I said, “me too” not realizing what I was getting myself into, lol.  Once I started reading a couple of blogs, I was ADDICTED!!!!  “Blogs, where have you been my whole life?”  I can’t believe that I didn’t know about you sooner!!!  I love reading about decorating, cooking, organizing, crafts and motherhood.  I wish that I read blogs when I was a stay-at-home mother with one baby.  I had so much more time then.  I had no idea that blogging could help my business when I started. I love how bloggers are so supportive to “mommy businesses”.  I also love being able to help so many people with my products that I would not of met if I wasn’t blogging.  I have met 
some of the most amazing people through blogging.  I am so glad that I started!


I hope that you enjoyed this little interview.  If there are other questions that you might want to know about me,  just ask in the comment box or email me.

Bonnie :)


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