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Nov 292016

Although this article is a few years old, I felt it was worth sharing.  mlr



Personal care products, especially those used by baby, should be chosen with caution. You would think we could trust the safety of products labeled for baby-use, but alas, that is not the case. The New York Times recently covered the announcement by Johnson & Johnson to remove potentially harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, from their baby products by the end of next year.


Another group of scary chemicals that have been found in baby products are phthalates. Scientists are making connections between exposure to phthalates and hormone related diseases, such as diabetes and thyroid disease. Medical News Today published an article about a study by US researchers that found phthalates in the urine of babies that used baby shampoo, baby powder, and baby lotion.


Phthalates are hormone disrupters and seem to especially affect male development. Products that contain phthalates are not easy to identify. They are often added as a component of fragrance, or added to plastics to make them more flexible. Therefore, they are not required to be listed on ingredient labels.


A PubMed study found emerging evidence that phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA), another man-made chemical, may also have thyroid disrupting properties.


Even though phthalates may not be listed on labels, products with phthalates are commonly found in a variety of personal care products.Prevention Magazine describes how easy it is to be exposed to phthalates.

This article was published with permission.

If you would like help in finding non-toxic products for your baby, contact me, Martha L. Robards, at, or call me at 505-750-7847, or private message me on my Facebook business page,

Nov 162016



Our bodies need calcium for nerve health, bone health, brain function, heart function and proper muscle contraction. Many of us though, do not get enough calcium from the foods we eat.
It is important to make sure you’re getting enough calcium daily, and to supplement your calcium intake each day.
Calcium has challenges because it’s difficult for the body to absorb without the hormone calcitriol created by Vitamin D3, and it remains in the bloodstream unless enough Vitamin K2 is present which activates proteins to direct calcium to bones and teeth. Therefore, it is also important to supplement with D3 and K2 to help our bodies absorb calcium in the right way.
Take an inventory of what you eat daily and record your calcium intake. Supplement with a good, high quality, easily absorbed calcium product and Vitamin D3 and K2. Always check with your doctor too, to make sure what you are doing is in accord with your personal health care program. Make sure your medical providers know what you are taking.

Copyright © 2008-2016 Robards Healthy Lifestyles, Martha L. Robards


 Posted by on November 16, 2016 at 7:55 am
Oct 242016

I got permission from my friend, Michelle, to re-post this Facebook post she did Sunday because I think the message is so important.


Last night my 7 yr old son asks if we could watch a movie the whole family together. I said yes. When we got settled I was messaging a friend of mine planning an activity for the kids today. He says “mom, no phones”. Lol. I asked why. He says it’s because we’re at the movies. I love it.

Business owners or not, when we have children, let’s make sure that we make sure we’re present with them. Now the 1000th time they watch a kids show, I might just go do dishes. Lol. But we always need to set aside moments for them, no distractions.

Technology being available to us literally any second has become a blessing and a curse. I can work anywhere as long as there’s signal. Also it can be a block from the children getting attention. I am guilty of the infinite multitasking that we all do.

I will always strive to do, be, show, educate and love my children even more than I was. I think that’s every good parents goal. I just can’t ever let my reason for living and trying become my excuse for not being there.

I hope you enjoy today, your present, with those who matter to you. Happy Sunday

 Posted by on October 24, 2016 at 3:56 pm
Oct 242016

“Lavender has the ability to enhance the action of other oils when it is used in blends. Lavender is a sedative, Peppermint a stimulant and many commercial headache remedies combine a stimulant with one or more analgesics. This is because many of the painkilling drugs have a slightly sedative and sometimes even a depressant effect, and the stimulant is included to counteract this. By using Lavender and Peppermint, a similar effect is produced without the dangers inherent in synthetic drugs.” – From Aromatherapy An A-A, by Patricia Davis

 Posted by on October 24, 2016 at 3:42 pm
Sep 212016

Health and wellness covers so many areas. Many of the areas have to do with how we react to other people, which involves our mental and emotional health.

If you teach and coach people (which really we’re all doing all the time if we have children and grandchildren, or mentees at work), remember what you believe in is what they believe is possible.  Work on balance and deliberate practice.  Think of perspective.  Sometimes we have to change ours.

For those of us who run businesses from the luxury of our own homes, a balanced perspective is very important.

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 Posted by on September 21, 2016 at 6:40 am
Jul 312016


Every new day brings new possibilities and opportunities for something new. Don’t let today go by without taking advantage of one of them. Stretch your limits a little today. It’s a great way to cope with stress.'s photo.


“Often people ‘nag’ about what they don’t like or don’t want, and yet they fail to tell their mate what they do want.” — 20 Communication Tips for Couples

What does this have to do with business? We find that people complain (team mates, work mates) about what they aren’t doing themselves, and fail to communicate their wants and needs. Before we complain, lets check ourselves first. Secondly, lets communicate clearly what we want and what we need from each other, and talk to the right people to get what we need.

One way to handle stress is to not know all the answers.


Learn to love the monotony. It’s the monotony of some of the everyday activities that help us grow. There are everyday activities that all of us would rather not do, but need to be done. Just do them. Whistle while you work


Attitude is contagious – positive and negative.


We all need to develop our emotional intelligence when it comes to our home business, but this applies in personal life as well. We need to take responsibility for the personal activities that will make our business grow, improve our health, help our finances, help us be more disciplined. Assigning blame to others doesn’t help us.

*** ——-> her fault <——– his fault ———–> their fault <——— not me ***

Always remember that our present situation is not our future. The best is yet to come.


If you are having a particularly hard time right now with something or going through something very difficult, always do what’s right, no matter what. You will get through it and you will come out stronger. This applies to home business and personal life. It can be a situation with money, work, health, family. Don’t quit trying. You can make it through even seemingly impossible circumstances.'s photo.
Many people get used to handling the emergency rather than the plan. Don’t do that.
 Posted by on July 31, 2016 at 3:57 pm
Jul 312016



From my weekly business meeting.

Don’t be upset for the result you didn’t get because you didn’t do the work for it. Pretty simple.


“Fight with your strength, not with an other’s weakness because true success lies in your effort, not in an other’s defeat.” – unknown's photo.
Marrying the Right Person Makes You More Successful

We will never always be motivated. We have to learn to be disciplined. I heard in a spiritual talk many years ago that action breeds motivation and motivation moves us to action. They work with each other. That has proven true over the years in almost every aspect of my life, including my home business.


We have two ears and one mouth. When we use them in that proportion, our interactions with people are much better quality. Did you know that CEO’s now are hiring specialists to teach what is becoming a lost art — the art of listening.


Action Changes Things. ACT!


Warm up to open up.


Jul 202016

From Lonnie Lee.  “Mummys.. Here are some great tasy recipes for a present..”

Don’t throw away that avocado seed! This energizing green smoothie recipe is absolutely jam-packed with antioxidants. Using ground avocado seed as well as matcha powder, this smoothie may literally give you superpowers — or just a lot…|By One Green Planet

Did you know: The word “listen” contains the same letters as the word “silent”.


To become ‘interesting’ you must become ‘interested’. Talk less, listen more. Don’t ‘fake’ interest, ‘take’ interest. — Don Carmont

From my weekly business call.


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Most of us have gotten caught up in the emotional roller-coaster that is wanting to work with or help someone who has the talent, the potential or the need, even if that person is unwilling or incapable.

Move on from those who don’t want to do or be where you want them to do or be. And don’t carry their burden.
Let them go through their journey and spend your time and energy looking for like-minded people who you can partner with.

From The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela

Even Nelson Mandela had similar problems that we all face in our business lives. It can even apply to our personal lives. We must keep moving forward.


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One of the happiest moments is when you feel the courage to let go of what you can’t change. We tend to hang on long after someone has stopped engaging, rather than meet them where they stand. We all need to be willing to “bless and release”. Trying to do things for others that they need to do for themselves is just trying to give them a crutch that doesn’t work. We think we’re helping, but we’re not, because they’re not learning to do it themselves.

This is from my Monday business call. It’s amazing how much these things apply to so many different aspects of our lives, not just our businesses where we are mentoring and coaching people, and helping them to find ways to a better lifestyle.


Success is when opportunity meets preparedness.


Keep the momentum. Prepare for activity. Time slips away so fast. Can you believe it’s already the first week of May!


“The trouble is, you think you have time.” — Buddha


Let’s start where we stand. Let’s accept where we are right now and be grateful. Simply take a step; accept. Repeat. That’s what progress is.

From my weekly business meeting.


“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Posted by on July 20, 2016 at 9:55 am