One of the new incentives for 2021 that’s not that difficult to earn.

I hope your new year is off to a good start. I hope you are staying healthy as well. I want to help people be healthy for the rest of their lives. That is why I started a Shaklee business several years ago.

Shaklee has introduced a number of new incentives for the year 2021. Everyone can take advantage of them. There are a number of ways to earn extra money but the one that seems easiest to me is earning a $50 Pacesetter bonus. So right now, if you are at the bottom level with Shaklee then you probably don’t know what PV is. PV is point value that is assigned to each Shaklee product. To earn the bonus, you would need to have 500PV this month or your first full month in Shaklee. If you are new to Shaklee, you should start by taking the Meology assessment on my website If you were to order the Meology Challenge that includes a free 7-day cleanse kit, this would be approximately 100PV. January is certainly a good month to do a 7-day healthy cleanse. I started mine 4 days ago and am down 5 pounds so far. This is the first step in beginning a journey to health and wellness. If you were to find 4 others who want to lose weight and purchased the kit as well, you’d earn $50 plus bonuses for finding people to order the Meology Challenge.

These are just two of the many ways to earn extra money while you’re helping others achieve their optimal health. If you just wanted to be a member, you can also earn $10 credit every time you refer a new member who makes a minimum purchase. This way, everyone has the opportunity to earn extra income.

If you have any questions, contact me by making a comment.

Stay healthy in 2021!

Back in 2005, when I lived in Guatemala, I wrote this about Christmas. I am reminded of that time again as many of the things we do at Christmas, we can’t do this year. But we can still focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

Have you been baking more since this pandemic began? Are you eating more since you’re quarantined at home? Are you worried that you may catch COVID 19? Do you need supplemental income?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this information will be helpful to you. I have taken the challenge and lost a few pounds with the Prove It Challenge and am keeping it off during the quarantine. It starts with a 7-day cleanse. This is the hard part. I won’t lie. The cleanse consists of eating fruits and vegetables only for 7 days and drinking lots of water. There are also supplements that help detoxify to take everyday. The cleanse isn’t fun but it’s necessary to get rid of all the toxins in your body. Especially with all this extra sanitizing going on. (Most sanitizing agents are also toxic.) I am sanitizing with Shaklee products that aren’t toxic but it’s still a good idea to do the cleanse at least once a year. Once the cleanse is complete, then begin with the protein shake and vitamin strip everyday. The kit contains a 30-day supply of the protein shakes and vitamin strip. This plan is excellent to keep weight off.

This plan will also strengthen your immune system since there are probiotics in the protein shake mix. These probiotics promote a healthy gut, which is where the immune system is. If you have a healthy digestive system, then you’ll be improving your immune health, as well. The vitamin strip also contains extra vita C and all the antioxidants, as well as extra zinc. These nutrients all support immune health and help you stay healthy.

Now for those who need an income or who need to supplement your income. For every Prove It Challenge you recommend to your friends and those people purchase one, you will get $25 check deposits the next day in your bank account (if you have direct deposit set up with Shaklee). Once you have a few friends who use the Shaklee products regularly, you can earn an income. Many people earn more than they did at their full time job working fewer hours. It does take discipline to do the income producing activities daily though when you don’t have to punch a clock or go anywhere but your home office. If you are interested in making an extra stream if income, I’m really interested in helping people do just that. You can check out some information on my google classroom by going to and joining my class by entering the code: alpivsq. You can also go to my Shaklee website to find our more or send me a message from there too. I pray you have continued health and are able to stay well during this crisis.

While we are at home quarantined during this COVID 19 epidemic, it’s a good time to think about your health and do activities to keep healthy. I recently came into contact with someone who can’t go to his doctor even though he’s having problems walking.

There are supplements that he can take that would help him recover. He may even be better by the time he is able to go in and see his doctor. I’m sure there are some of you out there who are having some kinds of health problems and aren’t able to see your doctor because it’s not considered essential. Why not try Shaklee supplements in the meantime? If you don’t feel better in a month, you can call and get your money back. All of our products come with a money back guarantee.

Many health problems could be improved by proper supplementations. Shaklee has a good health assessment that you can take that will tell you what you need to target whatever health issues you consider important. So why not take the health quiz and see if you don’t improve after you try the products? Maybe you will have good news to tell your doctor the next time you see him.

This is the link for the personalized health assessment. Just click on “Shaklee Healthprint Quiz”.

As I am teaching my classes online and conversing with my family online, games remotely is becoming common. Some games lend themselves to this venue better than others. I will discuss some math games that I have used with my class and with my family.

The first is Fizz Buzz. This is played without a score sheet and there is nothing to write down unless you want to keep track of something for yourself, but it’s not required. I’ve played this in the car with kids also. For fizz buzz, the players count off but with a caveat. The players must say fizz in place of multiples of 3 and buzz in place of multiples of 5 and fizz buzz in the case of both (or multiples of 15). So the first player would say, “1”, the second, “2”, the third, “fizz”, the fourth, “4”, the fifth, “buzz”, next, “fizz”, then, “7”, then, “8”, then, “fizz”, then, “buzz”, then, “11”, then, “fizz”, then, “13”, then. “14”, then, “fizz buzz”, then, “16”. . . . So each player takes a turn saying or typing a # in order. When a player makes a mistake, he/she is out. The game continues until there is one player left. I will include common core standards at the end of this blog for teachers who may want them. To keep track, teachers can write each players name down in order and then cross names out when he/she is out. So I guess there is some writing if this is played remotely with more than just a couple players. You can also review the easy way to identify multiples of 5: a # ending in 5 or 0. The easy way to identify multiples of 3: the sum of the digits of the # must be a multiple of 3. For example, 124 is not a multiple of 3 since 1 + 2 + 4 = 7 and 7 isn’t divisible by 3.

The next game is Contig. I will include the link to the scoresheet at the end of this paragraph. You will need 3 dice or virtual dice. Roll the dice and add the numbers that appear on the dice. Cross out that # on the scoresheet. Then players take turns in some order you agree upon and roll the dice or you roll for them. Then add, subtract, multiply or divide each of the numbers using each # exactly once and cross out that # on the scoresheet. If it touches the # that is already crossed out, that player gets a point. The way to score points is to touch # numbers that are already crossed out. The most points a player can score in one turn is 8. Note: players can’t put the numbers 1 and 2 together an get 12, the #s must be added, subtracted, multiplied or divided. Every possibility is on the scoresheet. If you try to take a number not on the scoresheet, you made an error. Also the teacher can keep track of everyone’s score or each player can keep their own score. Players will have to pass if there is nothing to cross out because every # he can choose is already crossed out. If playing remotely, players can type their answers in a chat box using correct order of operations if this is a concept you’ve covered. This will require players to type parenthesis. You can do this if you require players to tell how they obtained their answer. Each player will take the same number of turns. The scoresheet says 8 but you can play as many as you like or until the board is filled.

The next game is Shotsee. While this game requires few arithmetic skills, the strategy can be complicated because to gain points one must ruin possible points to gain other points. It’s impossible to have everything you want to work out, to actually work out.

You will need 4 dice and each player will need to have a sheet of paper with 4 squares made into a 3 x 3 checkerboard with room to write numbers in each little square. You can use a premade sheet that you’ve sent to the students beforehand or just have them draw it on a sheet of paper. Each person will take a turn by rolling either 1, 2,3 or 4 of the dice and then add all the pips on the dice. Then each player must decide individually where to put this number in their boxes on their paper. So everyone will have a unique paper. Usually at the beginning of the game, more dice are rolled and after at least ½ of the boxes are filled, 1 or 2 dice are rolled. Everyone should always have the same number of empty spaces. Don’t roll the dice for the next turn until all players have placed the # in a box.

Addition is vertical with the sum at the bottom. Totals that > 18 are worth 20 points. Addition totals that are less than 18 are worth 10 points each.  Subtraction – is horizontal with the difference at the right hand side. If the difference is > 8, the player scores 20 points, Differences worth 7 or less are worth 10 points. Multiplication is diagonal in either direction but the product must be in the bottom left-hand or bottom right-hand corner. Products of 16 or more are worth 30 points. Products of less than 16 are worth 20 points.

Scoring is as follows:

Addition: sum is >= 18 worth 20 points and less than 18 worth 10 points.

Multiplication: product is >= 16 worth 30 points and less than 16wprth 20 points.

Subtraction: difference is >=8 worth 20 points and less than 8 worth 10 points.

I hope you enjoy trying these games. Let me know of any comments you have if you do try them.

Common core standards:

Fizz buzz: 4.OA.B.4, 4.OA.C.5, 3.OA.C.7, 2.NBT.A.2

Contig: 5.OA.A.1, 4.NBT.B.4

Shotsee: 4.NBT.B.4, 1.OA.B.3, 1.OA.B.3

In this crazy time that seems like the middle of a Twilight Zone episode, I would like to help others be healthy. I can do that more effectively if I have others, like you, join me. I know some of you may have just lost your job or been told you can’t go to work for 2 weeks. That’s what’s happening in Illinois, where I live, anyway. My heart goes out to those who no longer know where their next paycheck will come from. My heart also goes out to those who test positive for CODIV 19. For that group, I’ll share what I read. You are 9 times more likely to recover from the virus than to die from it. Shaklee has many products to help you do just that.

Since Shaklee was incorporated in 1956, we have thrived in every economic downturn. One reason is because we offer products, like Basic H, that is a concentrate and therefore very economical. This one product makes many different cleaners by adding water in different concentrations. The window cleaner is less than 2 cents per gallon. That’s unbelievable! It also repels dusk, so you don’t have to clean as often. There are others reasons Shaklee has thrived during hard times.

When people lose their jobs, they have turned to Shaklee and started their own home-based business because this was their only option. They may have already been using the products but not making an income from sharing them with others. I believe most Shaklee users are like me, they start telling others right away about the products because they are so amazing but aren’t interested in being a distributor until an extra stream of income is necessary. Many of these people have become the leaders in Shaklee and are making the more money than at their previous job but working less hours. They are also earning trips and cars and bonuses.

From now until April 30, 2020, Shaklee is offering a special. You can become a Shaklee distributor by purchasing any product and the distributor kit. The distributor kit is just $25. It’s like having your own franchise for just $25. How amazing is that!

Shaklee does over 100,000 tests on their products to ensure they are safe and effective. Shaklee verifies that what is on the label is exactly what’s in the product and that it will be in the product at the date of expiration. These are some of things that make Shaklee unique. Refer to my post “The Shaklee Difference” for more about the quality of the Shaklee products.

This offer will expire at the end of April. If you are interested in joining my team to create healthier lives and to help others earn an income from home, please send me a message. You can also go to my website and join there at I hope to be working with you soon.

My husband with our dog, Stella.

My dog is always ready to forgive any offense. I should be as easy to forgive as she is.

Of course, I do feed her and take care of her needs. I don’t abuse her. Even if I’m gone all day and neglect her or forget to feed her one morning, she never holds it against me. She is always excited when I come home. I think it’s because she thinks she may get fed. Since she can’t talk, I assume she’d be happy to see me anyway.

She teaches me that I should be as willing to forgive an offense as she is, especially if the person loves me and cares for me in any way. I will try to remember this the next time someone purposely or accidentally wrongs me. It’s much better for me to forgive the offense right away, just as Stella forgives me.

I read that dog is God spelled backwards. In this case, I think the dog does reflect God’s forgiveness as well as anything here on earth.

Team on mountain top. Active life concept

A few weeks ago, I received an group email at work from a lady who volunteers in a homeless shelter in the area. She told us there was one family staying at the homeless shelter (it’s a small community) and listed what the kids needed (coats, boots, clothes etc. and what sizes). I did bring in a few items and also crocheted scarves for each of the children.

I didn’t bring in any coats that were the right sizes but found out the Kiwanis club donated coats and hats. There was also a cash donation to provide gloves and boots. So the kids were able to go shopping and pick out something new in the right size. They have never had new clothes before. They were so excited!

Many of us at work brought in bags over the next few weeks. Every time the volunteer brought the bag to the kids, they were so excited! They called us their angels.

Last week, we received an email stating that all the needs for the family were provided for, and also the center was able to store other items to use for other families and individuals who come as the winter progresses. Their storage area was full.

So as a group, we accomplished what we couldn’t as individuals. It was a powerful feeling to know that we provided for this family as a group. None of us had to give everything they needed but each donation was an important part of the whole.

I am also reminded of Matthew 25:35-40:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

So this Christmas, I will continue to remember to give when I have the opportunity and that there are others doing the same. We are doing for them what Jesus would have us do if He were still here.

My niece, Alison, and myself 6 years ago.

One of the things I like about Shaklee is the opportunity to work with my family. My niece shown above just turned 18. She is able to have her own Shaklee business. She just signed up this weekend. I look forward to teaching her how to grow her business.

She is a high school senior and also has a speech class. She will have to give speeches. This is a perfect opportunity to practice giving a Shaklee presentation. Her art teacher also asked her what she was doing over the weekend. Alison told her she was starting her Shaklee business. Her teacher wanted to know all about it on Monday. So she has an opportunity to tell her about why she wants to start her own Shaklee business.

She wants to be a DCE (Director of Christian Education). All of the people she knows who do this also have another job to support their income since working in the ministry doesn’t usually pay well. She wants to have a Shaklee business now to earn money for college, but she realizes that the business will grow and give her income after she is done with college. She sees the value of building her business now and is excited about it. She doesn’t know everything about the business or the products but is excited and willing to tell others. That’s very important.

There is a webinar coming up tomorrow (Nov. 13, 2019 at 830pm ET) about the generational wealth created by Shaklee. If this is of interest to you. You can register at this link:

If you have any questions, you can contact me at

We had a voter’s meeting at church on Sunday. It’s budget time, so we were discussing how to spend our money next year. One of the items we discussed was how much to give to the Christian school some of our members teach at and send their children to.

We learned the school’s enrollment was down and they have a deficit. We decided to give them extra money this year and talked about giving them double next year. I made a motion to do that. I could hear the person behind me say, “Where’s the money coming from?” I do agree with that in a sense but noticed we weren’t in any financial trouble at the moment. I also don’t see anything any more important than making sure our kids have a Christian education. But this did make me think I could give more to make sure we always have money in the budget for this item.

I thought I could put $1 more in the collection plate each week I’m there. If everyone did this, we’d have enough money to do whatever we wanted. Just $1! So I now have to have others see the need for this and do it.

I could just give $1 extra and never know the difference. $50 more or less per year isn’t going to be anything I would even notice. But maybe others can’t always say that. I think everyone in my congregation could give up something worth $1 they don’t need to give $1 more. I decided to do this. I believe it’s better for me to give up something I like to give to someone else or in this case an institution. I decided to give up chocolate one day a week. I normally eat a small dark chocolate bar that lasts me the whole day. Yesterday was the first day I gave up my chocolate. I wanted it but refrained from having any. I thought the chocolate is worth about $2. So I’ll give $1 to church and the other to the Christian school.

While this isn’t going to be noticed by anyone as a significant contribution, I believe big changes come from small steps made in succession. I am taking my first step. My next step is to try to get others to do the same. I have a few ideas for that.