Martha

Martha is from Las Vegas, Nevada. She and her husband, Kris, along with one cat, two dogs, live in Phoenix, Arizona. They share their time between Phoenix and Sandia Park, New Mexico, where they have another home in the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Between their five grown children, two live in Las Vegas, one lives in Iowa, and two live in Arizona. Since Martha's late teens, she has pursued an interest in health and wellness, leading her eventually to share what she learned with friends and family. Always writing and scribbling notes on napkins, little pieces of paper and receipts, even her hand, she began to compile her ideas into one area where she could organize them. She shares everything from different therapies and ideas to products; from strange symptoms to exercises; from the benefits and power of direct marketing to green living. Having worked in the legal and real estate fields for many years, Martha also shares what she has learned from those professions. Martha's goal is pass along information to you, help you find a product – for you, and to help you "find Your direction©". This year, Martha restructured her at-home online business, and celebrated her eighth year anniversary for her website, www.RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com. She also started her new website, www.ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com two years ago.

Sep 232017
 

If you have young children in school, you need to know about head lice.

 

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Don’t panic. It has nothing to do with cleanliness and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
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They are spread by close contact. Your children will bring them home and they will spread very quickly through the family.
We are very tactile with our children. We’re always hugging them.

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When it happens, before you run to the store and pick up a head lice formula to put on your child’s head, consider:

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What can you do?

The main thing is to kill the ones that are there, get rid of the nits, and prevent them from coming back.

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And, don’t put poisons on your child’s head. Use natural, non-toxic products. There are alternatives to risking your child’s health.

Natural products that will help:

Tea tree oil added to your child’s shampoo;
A small amount of soap containing tea trea oil and tincture of green soap added to your child’s bath;
Shampoo containing grapefruit seed extract.

Remember that the main this is to:

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Aug 282017
 

 

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Walking has so many benefits.  It’s good for physical health, but it also is good for emotional and mental health.  It can be done with very little cost and in so many different ways.  Walking with a partner is a good way to help each other keep to the routine.  Families walking together regularly will making habits that will last, and can even become a family tradition.

The CDC says,

Walking is a great way to get the physical activity needed to obtain health benefits. Walking does not require any special skills. It also does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment.

The physical benefits can include weight loss, and an increase in stamina and muscle endurance.  You can help your weight loss efforts by taking an exercise bar about 30 – 45 minutes before you walk.  I use one that jump starts my body’s fat burning process and helps me get through my 45 minute walks.

  

Build up your walking routine slowly.   If you overdo it, it can result in sore muscles or even shin splints.   Always do warm up exercises and cool down exercises, stretching your muscles slowly and  carefully.

If you do over-work your muscles, use a good muscle cream to help sooth sore muscles and for deep, soothing pain relief.  I use a good one that contains camphor, menthol, methol salicylate and melaleuca oil.

If the weather doesn’t allow you to walk outside, go to a mall.

Click here to learn more about the products I use.

 

Aug 252017
 

In spring and summer, we are used to anticipating allergies but this Healthline article points out that allergies can visit us in every season. It points out which exterior causes trigger which allergies.

And did you know that not all allergens are generated from the outdoors? Many allergens are sourced to the inside our homes. Many come from the household cleaners we use and even our laundry products.

The article continues to identify which allergies occur in which seasons, how to cope or avoid them and diagnosing them. Naturally, your doctor can prescribe medications that in most cases provide relief.

 

I represent a wellness company that produces many natural alternatives as well as a full line of eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products, which can make a huge difference in your in-home environment.

I shared this article from:  http://makegreengogreen.com/article/seasonal-allergies?MarthaRobards

Aug 242017
 

If you are in business, whether it is one you own or one you manage, you are going to make mistakes. Those mistakes are inevitable. They are part of your business’s and your own personal growth and ultimate success.

It is how you personally respond to those mistakes that can make a huge difference in your effectiveness as a manager or an owner. As this article from the Harvard Business Review states, playing the “blame game” never works.

Those who work with you and for you observe your behavior when a mistake is made either by you or someone for whom you are responsible. If you assume responsibility, you are not taking the blame. After all, you are the boss or manager, so you are responsible. Sometimes the blame does belong to someone else, so it has to be addressed. The way you handle it can be a learning moment for those you work with, so be constructive, not destructive.

 

A good manager or owner always creates a psychological environment of security so that others are not afraid to take risks because that creates the success of the mission statement. The article suggests that focusing on learning from those mistakes, even rewarding them creates a culture where no one is resistant to innovation. Blaming produces the opposite effect where everyone lives in fear and innovation is at best diluted and at worst invisible.

 

I shared this article from:  http://www.workingwhileliving.com/article/blame-and-responsibility?MarthaRobards

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Aug 212017
 

Mosquito repellent / insect repellent

For decades, DEET has been the most popular active ingredient in insect repellents. This article from Scientific American offers some interesting insights into reasons why you may want to look for some alternatives.

Fully 25% of the subjects tested experienced negative health effects that have been linked to the use of DEET (diethyltoluamide). It goes on to suggest that DEET can cause diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in adults.

It can also cause rashes and skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, dizziness and difficulties with concentration. So the ingredient that scares off mosquitoes should scare off humans, as well. There are some new alternatives that are virtually risk-free.

The risks to children, as you might imagine, are even greater.

Quantum Health tells us here to be wary of using DEET on children and NEVER use it on infants. Children are more susceptible to subtle brain changes because their skin is more absorbent and their developing nervous systems have a higher potential for harm.

 

Did you hear the story of a group of young teenage friends driving around looking for Volkswagen “bugs” and spraying them with repellent? Just good fun, huh? Not so fast. As a result of inhaling the repellent, one of the backseat passengers was vomiting for nearly a week and eventually had to be taken to the emergency room for treatment. So avoiding use AND any access is the best precautions you can take.

There are, as I said, new alternatives to DEET that have been proven highly effective. My Company has developed and manufactures a completely natural insect repellent using essential oils. The dangers of DEET exist whether absorbed through the skin or through inhalation. When there are effective alternatives available, does it really make sense to expose yourself and your family to the dangers that DEET threatens?

Aug 022017
 

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  • Yummy Orange Sweet Potatoes

400% of your daily vitamin A requirements are provided by one medium sweet potato. The article below from MedicalNewsToday tells us the health benefits don’t stop there. Along with that generous dose of Vitamin A, sweet potatoes contain loads of fiber and potassium.

  • More Benefits

The additional benefits of this magical “spud” include decreasing the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality. Read on and you will be informed of how each of these risks as well as blood pressure, cancer, digestion, fertility, immunity, inflammation and even vision are affected by the nutritionally packed sweet potato.

  • Do It Daily

Find ways in your daily diet to include this recognized “super food” and your health can and will be, improved. As you read on you will find additional ways that make it easy to adapt your daily food intake to include more sweet potatoes, more often.



Several of the supplemental products I use include sweet potato extracts, which helped me make these dietary transitions. They’re easy to use and very tasty and affordable. So the next time you reach for that white ”baker”, think a little bit sweeter and pop in a sweet and get some big advantages.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/281438.php

This article was written by and adapted from http://makegreengogreen.com/article/sweet-potatoes?MarthaRobards

Aug 012017
 

 

The US National Library of Medicine says:

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl. … Phthalates are used in hundreds of consumer products.

Phthalates are used in cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers. They are used in consumer products such as flexible plastic and vinyl toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, vinyl miniblinds, food packaging, and plastic wrap.

Phthalates are also used in wood finishes, detergents, adhesives, plastic plumbing pipes, lubricants, medical tubing and fluid bags, solvents, insecticides, medical devices, building materials, and vinyl flooring.”

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They’re everywhere. So?



  • Why Be Concerned?

Chemicals are all around us. We can’t escape them. We can, however, limit our exposure to them. That should be of concern to us because harmful chemicals can disrupt the way our bodies work and cause us to have health problems. For instance, phthalates, according to the NIH, “are suspected to be endocrine disruptors.”

What that means in a nutshell, is that they “… may interfere with the production or activity of hormones in the human endocrine system.” The human endocrine system controls many body functions, which include hormone production, pancreas, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, and male and female reproductive glands.

  • What can you do?

You can try to reduce the amount of phthalates you are exposed to. The way I see it, putting something directly on my skin or in my hair, (cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers) that contain phthalates just doesn’t makes sense.

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Washing my clothes and dishes in detergents that contain phthalates doesn’t make sense. Cleaning my house with products that contain phthalates doesn’t make sense.

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I ask myself why I would do that when I know I can purchase high quality, economical products, WITHOUT phthalates. We can’t completely eliminate phthalates from our environment, but we can greatly reduce the amount of phthalates we are in direct contact with. Therefore I use products that are free from chemicals, including phthalates.  If you would like to learn about the products I use, contact me (Martha) at 505-750-7857 or marthapmintl@gmail.com. 



RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com is a health and wellness website that promotes healthy lifestyles and products.

 

Jul 312017
 

All of us experience anxiety to some degree and from time to time. If you are in the business of marketing, you are marketing yourself and your company’s products or services. If your anxiety occurs often and is significant enough, it can become an overwhelming obstacle. The longer it continues at that level the worse it can and will get.

Anxiety will not go away by itself. Like everything in life and your career, you must take positive personal steps to overcome it. Your personal and professional life will suffer immensely if you don’t do something to address it. The below article contains some exercises that can and will help you. You need to retrain your brain.

 Anxiety

There are some interesting perspectives here that can really help. They fall into several categories that begin with: Don’t even talk to anyone, and then talk to people while eliminating any chance of rejection. Be curious and ask genuine questions. The answers will follow, easily. Quiet your mental chatter in that moment. Your self-talk is more powerful than you think. Have fun play games and even bet your friends. Avoid over thinking. Fear is a gift of life. It means you’re still alive; you’re still breathing (even if it is heavy).

Like many lines of work, rejection exists within my business and therefore I am exposed to anxiety-related situations regularly. There is no question that approaching someone that I find attractive as a potential customer can trigger those feelings of anxiety. I HAVE TO overcome them. It is my livelihood. Remember, yes is a good answer, but no can be good because it is one step closer to the next yes. Do some positive things today that will help you overcome and enjoy a better life and career. Don’t let anxiety win. It is the most important battle you will fight.

https://www.nicknotas.com/blog/18-exercises-to-overcome-your-fear-of-meeting-people/

This article was written by MakeGreenGoGreen.com.

Jul 302017
 

A worth repeating post from July 29, 2014 ·

“Suppose you were to come upon someone in the woods working feverishly to saw down a tree.

‘What are you doing?’ you ask.
‘Can’t you see?’ comes the impatient reply. ‘I’m sawing down this tree.’
‘You look exhausted!’ you exclaim. ‘How long have you been at it?’
‘Over five hours,’ he returns, ‘and I’m beat! This is hard work.’
‘Well, why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw?’ you inquire. ‘I’m sure it would go a lot faster.’
‘I don’t have time to sharpen the saw,’ the man says emphatically. ‘I’m too busy sawing!’”

Taken from ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen R. Covey

Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Work smart.

 

 

Jul 292017
 

Over the last decade or so, the terms teamwork, team, and coach have proliferated in business discussions. This article explains more about the anatomy of teams and teamwork. I think you will find it insightful and quite detailed.

It explains the team and its dynamics (many members change over time) and how individual and team goals change over time. Team diversity is an important factor in interpreting team goals and context.  If your team is geographically diverse, as well, differences in the availability of certain resources can be challenging.



The need for a system, goal articulation (why), a shared mindset and strong leadership (coaching) are all important elements in the success of your business team. I am associated with a company that has understood the concept of team work for over 30 years. It has made my activities more effective and much more profitable.

For Moms (or Grandmas and Memes) who want to work from the luxury of their own homes so they can be there more for their children, grandchildren and families, this might be something worth a peek.

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