Five Ways With Skincare

It's been a busy week with family, friends, work, errands, business plans, and a house that needs cleaning thrice (with as many unfolded washing baskets thrown in for good measure).

So when we are so busy, how do we fit a good self-care routine in?

I get asked this a bit, and so wanted to share some tips and tricks, because when we manage to master our self-care, skincare, exercise and sleep routine, the week runs better, no matter what is in it.

With regards to skincare, it's easy to do it when you see the results the next day!

1. In the morning. 

In the morning, it's about fitting in a skincare routine on the fly. The cleanser is in the shower, and then collagen boosting products like the Arbonne RE9 toner, serum, day and eye creme plus the new Genius Facial Oil are all applied in between checking the kids are ready for school (read: shouting down the hallway "get your shoes and socks on!"). It takes all of 90 seconds and then we are set for the day ahead. Good skincare, good skin. 

2. Treatment time.

When there's a spare moment, I'll chuck on a ten minute mask and do the vacuuming, answer emails, pack lunches, make calls, put clothes away while it dries. Arbonne's Exfoliating New Cell Scrub with jojoba beads doubles as a mask because it has bentonite clay in it to draw our any impurities, and then you get the scrub benefits as you wash it off. Sweet deal.

3. In the evening.

When putting the kids into PJ's and brushing teeth, that's when I get my makeup off and do my nighttime routine. Anything after 8pm and I'm too tired, so teeth brushing time (which can take an interminably long number of minutes) means one can wash the day away and apply all those nutrient-rich goodies to work while you're snoozing and dreaming.

4. Bedside manner.

A powerful lip treatment from the Intelligence range by Arbonne is the perfect sleeping buddy, I keep mine by the bed. That way, there's no forgetting to take it! Or at the very least, they watch me while I'm sleeping, and there's got to be some benefit in that, don't you reckon?

5. While you were sleeping.

I've taken to pimping my skincare routine so that the evenings are the time when we can truly rejuvenate overnight. Our Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask is not for the faint-hearted, but start a minute or two at a time, and work up to using it overnight, so you can Cleanse, use the Genius Pads, and apply a thin layer of Cellular Renewal Mask before finishing with a touch of your favourite night cream! I like the fact that it works while I sleep. Another option is our Soothing Overnight Mask. Heaven.

Oh and drink water, get enough sleep and eat well (says she with the current ice cream addiction).

Eating: ice cream and milo

Wearing: Tahitian Coconut Lip Balm (limited edition)

Watching: The Mod Squad

Wearing: Cotton On leopard print pajama pants

Working with: Passion Planner

Blogging on: Squarespace

Think bigger

A trip away is the ultimate freshen upper.

When you hit foreign shores you get out of your comfort zone.

The streets smell different, the sun hits your back at a new angle and there are fresh accents in the air.

From having a range of restaurants to choose from (as opposed to cooking at home) or working by the resort pool (instead of the kitchen table), this all repesents a break from routine, and when it's a working break like my annual Vegas vacay, theres a whole lot of new stuff to learn and absorb.

There's always many takeaways from a beautifully orchestrated event like a global training conference, and here are mine for this year.

Think bigger

This has to be an ongoing theme in 2016. It's coming at me from different angles and the challenge is to start implementing these ideas on how to up my game in a number of different areas.

One thing I know, if you stay comfortable, your rate of learning goes into decline. So time to get uncomfortable by setting up a few more projects - at least when I have that "out of my safe zone" feeling, I know I'm in the right place.

Pay it forward

Playing bigger means thinking beyond the individual self. Helping your community, whether doing a reading group or a clean up or uniting people for a good cause. Caring for someone going through a tough time. And of course doing somethingfor people outside of your community too.

In that light we will continue to fundraise for the Arbonne Charitable Foundation - we have already helped over 90,000 teens rebuild their self esteem and realize their self worth. And if you have a teen project you'd like support and funding with, we'd like to assist you with that. Find out details here.

For Chris and I, we also have some important projects with the mob from Veterans off the Streets Australia - Chris is an inaugural ambassador - starting with donating 10% of all profits from his new novella RANGER, which covers the real and growing issue of homelessness from returned vets.

There are more than 3,000 guys and gals coming back from war in Iraq and Afghanistan, suffering from PTSD and mental health issues, becoming estranged from their families and disappearing off the grid. These people need our support and our love.

Don't hold back

There's a quote that I have loved for years, since we started Chris's self-publishing journey back in 2010 - "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?"

There's no point in letting the music in you be muffled by the fear of what others might think of your tune.

Here's to a few months ahead working on embracing our true selves, doing our best, getting to that next elusive level. 


And just as a trip begins with the anticipation of the new and exciting experiences, so as we fly over Bondi Beach and Centennial Park bathed in Sydney's soft morning light, there's a quiet feeling of contentment in knowing that a big portion of my heart will be waiting at the arrivals gate for crazy kisses andcuddles.

There's never any place quite like home.


Drinking: tea

Eating: Virgin inflight muffin (clean and lean restarts tomorrow)

Reading: Dare to Dream

Watching: Batkid Begins

Wearing: Kit and Ace singlet, Fabletics pants, JustFab sneaker wedges (ship to Australia soon please)

Spritzing: Arbonne RE9 Toner in-flight to maintain hydration and PH balance 

Longing for: cuddles, and my washing machine (SRSLY)

Excited about: Arbonne's new Genius Ultra skincare device! A complete game-changer for your skin. 

Pyramid my arse.

One year ago, I decided to stop swapping time for money, and start a network marketing business.

I decided to make some time for it in amongst the other office work and businesses I run, and supported by my gorgeous thriller-writing husband, who knows what reoccurring income is all about (and how hard you have to work for it), and got started.

A year is going to pass whether I start something new or not, so it was fantastic that the natural energy I had for the business combined with consistent learning, being coachable and being open, oh and that special ingredient determination and elbow grease, is now paying off.

From a year ago, there's now a network of thirty of us doing this business, some fast, some slow, as well as a network of clients numbering in the hundreds who choose our pure, safe and beneficial 500-strong range over the toxins that appear in store bought products.

Still though, there's something we continue to come up against, time and again, which is the preconceived idea that a network marketing business is akin to running a pyramid scheme.

To that, I have to say - quite politely, but firmly:

Pyramid my arse.

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Born in 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, this quiet American, known as Mal Grigg, has sailed oceans, managed large-scale refrigeration companies in three countries, brought up half a dozen kids, enjoyed the company of the same number of grandkids, and is as sharp and active as ever.

Maybe his everlasting youth is in part due to his 'childbride' (my Mum), who keeps him on his toes by arranging adventures away, gets him off to the local gym, makes a mean Manhattan and creates unforgettable home-cooked meals.

These days, it's less common for our family to sit together at the dinner table, receiving  Dad's nightly lectures on politics, finance, philosophy and everything in between. Still, I get articles and letters from Dad, furthering my life's instruction via the postman. 

I received a great dissertation from Dad last September, the no nonsense 'Ten Rules for Business and Life.' 

With permission, I have copied down his classic 'Mal-isms': this smart man knows, both literally and figuratively, how to hit the nail on the head.

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I love those stories, so I read them. But I rarely read about failure from someone's who's in the middle of it - although I reckon there would be plenty of wisdom to impart from the bottom as well as at the top.

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