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    Don’t Be “That Girl”: 5 Tips for Marketing Your Direct Sales Business on Social Media

    Well, one of the more interesting lessons I’ve learned so far in 2019 is: People have REALLY strong feelings about direct sales. (or MLMs. Pyramid schemes. Network marketing. Call it what you want.) My blog post about some of the really terrible cold pitches I’ve received sparked dozens of texts, comments, and just general conversation about how those in direct sales use social media. Truthfully, I’m somewhere in the middle. I do sell Young Living Essential Oils, but have never approached anyone about selling the product; truthfully, I became a distributor to get a discount on Thieves cleaning products because they are the least harsh on my dyshydrotic eczema. While…

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    Quick and Easy Low Carb Veggie Pizza

    When I’m working on home on an icy day like yesterday, I tend to get a little ~creative~ with my lunches. Long gone are those quick 5 minute meals I can heat up at work the next day.  I had a craving for pizza but not craving those carbs or fat grams. Then I noticed the Mission Low Carb tortillas hanging out on the top shelf of my refrigerator. Here’s the product of my mad scientist moment: Quick and Easy Low Carb Veggie Pizza – Serves 1: 1 Mission Low Carb Tortilla 8″ 1 cup arugula 1/3 cup low fat shredded cheese 1-2 tbsp Ragu alfredo sauce 1 tsp italian…

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    Why Your Direct Sales Pitch Falls Flat

    I posted a snapshot of my favorite feline friend on my Instagram story, mostly to let my real life friends and followers alike know about Oscar’s illness. Several friends and a handful of followers reached out to me. But.. then came the DMs. No, not the DMs from followers who sent their well wishes to Mr. Osc. Not the text messages from friends and family who knew how worried I’d be about my cat’s condition. I’m referring to the fellow bloggers who responded to my story with a MLM pitch. “Hi Teresa, sorry to hear that!!! Have you heard of doTerra? I’d love to send you some samples and hear…

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    How I Changed My Skincare After a Melanoma Scare

    My Skin Biopsy: For starters, the mole in question whom I named Donald after someone else I’d love to see unceremoniously removed, was that it looked nothing like the ABCDE example moles on WebMD. It was a flat dot on my right thigh that looked I’d accidentally poked myself with an uncapped crayola marker. I’d had it since birth, proven by my baby photos, but had faded in adulthood. It looked different since I once dropped a boom mic on it while wearing shorts and scraped it. Lengthy backstory notwithstanding, my dermatologist looked at the birthmark under a microscope and thought it looked “pretty suspicious”. Less than 10 minutes later,…

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    Keto Mulled Wine

    It was a Saturday night, an overnight snowstorm left about 6” of heavy snow all over Kansas City. I wasn’t willing to go out to the bars, since I was nestled in sweatpants and the Chiefs game was on. Priorities, people.   I wanted a nice warm drink. Something I would imagine Hagrid having at Hogsmeade. Or something I would drink on a cold Alaskan night in a cabin. However, I was wary of how many carbs I wanted to add into my day. But if I came up with something that was dependent on red wine and no-sugar added beverages I could skirt by it. Thus, I invented this…

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    Keto Vegan Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding: Peanut Butter Cacao

    If I could go face first into a Halloween bucket of candy, I would. Do I know that’s not healthy? Yes. Do I care? Also, kind of, yes. With that, I created this chia seed breakfast pudding that changed the game. It’s sweet without being too sweet, like a grown-up version of Cocoa Puffs. I try not to be the person who writes a literal novel before the recipe, so here you go! Chelsea Peretti, this brevity is for you. Keto Peanut Butter Cacao Chia Seed Pudding: 1/4 cup chia seeds 1 1/4 cup almond milk 1 1/2 TBSP cacao powder 1/2 TBSP PB2 or peanut butter powder replacement 1…

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    Paleo and Keto Overnight Meat Marinade: Savory Herb

    I meal prep 3-4 times a week with my Instant Pot so I’ve perfected my marinade recipe Most people following a keto and/or paleo diet, myself included, rely heavily on meat to anchor their diets. When you’re cutting down carbs and processed food, but still around people eating standard American diets, you have to make the best of every potluck or buffet situation. A good marinade is a science, a math equation and a little magic. We’ll get to the Savory Herb recipe I posted on Instagram, but let’s talk about the ratios of a good paleo / keto marinade: The Basics 1 cup chopped veggies 1-2 lbs meat of…

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    Keto Quick Start: Keto Chicken Tenders Sneak Peek

    Hello friends! Hopefully by now you’re back in the swing of things at work, you’re ready to tackle your 2019 goals and you’re bright-eyed & ready for whatever this month throws at you. I know I am! I was happy to get back to the office today, see my boss and coworkers whom I haven’t seen since before the holidays and enjoy a good lunch together. But getting back into the work routine means I am SUPER tired this evening. I looked for a quick, healthy dinner and Diane Sanfilippo’s Keto Chicken Tenders recipe hit the spot. The book is available as of yesterday! Buy it here on Amazon, since…

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    Keto Quick Start: Book Review

    Keto Quick Start Launch Team When I found out I was a part of the Keto Quick Start Launch Team I did a tiny dance in my cubicle. I’m super honored to be one of the first people to read this book, especially since I’ve been a long time listener of the Balanced Bites Podcast. At the same time, I was nervous because after my first foray into a ketogenic diet, I was critical of it. It was too easy to fall into a trap of eating nothing but meat and cheese, which seems less like a healthy modern diet but more what a disgruntled trucker named George would eat.…

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    10 Things to Get to Kick Off Your Wellness Journey

    The main reason I used to buy these health focused magazines during my weight loss was because I was seeking the plans, the recipes, and the research about how to feel good, look good, and be happy. I believed that just reading about nutrition and exercise would make me as bright and vibrant as the pages themselves. – Andie Mitchell What to Get to Get Started At its core, weight loss that’s rooted in wellness consists of eating better and moving more. I know you know that. If nothing else, as Andie Mitchell wrote, there’s a barrage of information every day on how to do that in some way, shape…