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MY SHAKLEE S T O R Y:I am a recent college grad ‘living the graduate dream’ and when I say that, I have an OK job and my college loans haven’t started yet. I live with my best friend from high school in an apartment we should be paying much more for. I work part-time for my dream company doing entry level work.On the flip side, I have never been more stressed about money. This huge damper has completely shifted my thought process from the ‘does whatever she wants’ student, princess--I might add,- to the coupon clipping, Groupon searching, gourmet PBand J for dinner real adult-life woman I am today.This lavish lifestyle forced me to search for ways to make more money. And my search led me here, to blogging. I always wanted to blog about event planning--my ever-so-desired career plan, thinking it might land me the perfect job. I soon found I wasn’t qualified enough as I have no hands-on experience in that field. I was brain dead as to what to blog about; I simply didn’t think I knew that much information on a specific topic. What do I wrap my life around? Is blogging about sleeping and napping a thing? That could get boring. Then it dawned on me as I was running on the treadmill, sipping on my Performance Hydration drink: SHAKLEE! Shaklee has always been in my life, almost like second nature. My life is surrounded by Shaklee. I am absolutely living the Shaklee lifestyle.Growing up I never thought of Shaklee as a different brand. Yes, I knew it wasn’t your average Dawn or Tide product that you see on TV, but I never knew how special and unique the line really was. One of my first realizations was in college when my roommates brought out their cleaning products. The pungent smells were nauseating--chemicals I was definitely not used to smelling!I have been using Shaklee products from a very early age. As a baby, my mother used the Shaklee baby wash and lotion. I grew up taking bubble baths with ‘just a drop of H’. When the teenage acne years came into play, I was given the Purifying Cleansing Gel, the Hydrating Toner, and the Acne Clarifying Complex—products I still use to this day. Around 6th grade, I began taking the Probiotic pill--this was the only pill I would take because my mom said it looked like a soccer ball. Around this time all the other girls in school were wearing make-up and, of course, I wanted to fit in. My mom introduced me to the Shaklee Minerelles line- my first concealer and eye shadow! During vacations we would always apply the SPF. I grew up helping my mom clean the house with H and G. I never knew of anything else! We always had Shaklee purified water to drink and mix with our sports drinks. And of course, the green grease – formally known as the Herbal Blend multi-purpose cream ---was always in our cabinet for those rough elbows and bug bites.In high school I began taking Vita-Lea, B Complex, and of course Vitamin C. I used the Hand Wash Concentrate as a body wash. My mom would wash my clothes with the Fresh Laundry Concentrate.When I would get sick the fast recovery was with 3 Garlic pills a day. My mom would also dissolve the ‘purple pill’ (Defend and Resist) into apple sauce so I wouldn’t have to swallow it whole. For sore throats she would dissolve Zinc in lemon juice and honey—not well on the taste buds, but worked like a charm.All throughout my high school athletic career, my go-to hydrating drink was Performance. I would take 2 bottles to practice every day. Before practice it became routine to chew an Energy Chew and take a gulp of Liquid-Lea. I became dependent on these products for fast energy. After a tough practice you could smell me from miles away as I would rub the Joint and Muscle Cream into my muscles—it has a strong minty scent.In college the Shaklee lifestyle followed me. I began taking the Vitalizer Strip. I continued to drink Performance before, during and after any practices or workouts. I soon found that Performance can cure any hangover! (Trust me on this one!) I also started making protein shakes every morning using the Cinch Meal powder. After workouts I relied on a Physique shake. I cleaned my apartment with G and H and the bath tub with Scour Off. I washed my clothes with Fresh Laundry Concentrate and did my dishes with Dish Washer Automatic Powder Concentrate. In addition I had my own Get Clean Water Purifier, which my roommates loved as well.As a new “adult” (and I use this term loosely), I still carry the Shaklee lifestyle with me. I rely heavily on some of the same products I have used since I was young. I have also added new nutritional Shaklee products to my life and have already noticed a great difference in my health. Now that I am older, I am so thankful that I can truly appreciate a healthy lifestyle. The Shaklee lifestyle isn’t just about the purity of Shaklee products. It carries over to your everyday routines--your healthy meals, your daily workouts, household cleaning, etc.