Archive for February, 2012

Helping Denver Kids Cope With Seasonal Allergies

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Helping Denver Kids Cope With Seasonal Allergies

Hello Denver! Welcome to today’s children’s health and nutrition blog. Today, we are discussing seasonal allergies. Many Denver parents wonder if their child’s sneezing and runny nose are temporary symptoms of a cold or seasonal allergies. Generally, colds also come with aches and a low fever and last only a week, while allergies can persist for an entire season. Denver doctors are seeing new cases of seasonal allergies among people of all ages, especially adults. Is this an unintended result of more aggressive germ-fighting in childhood?

‘Researchers speculate that thanks to antibacterial soaps, hand sanitizers and other powerful germ-killing products, kids today are less likely to be exposed to the bacteria and viruses that help the immune system shift into gear and prevent them from developing allergies and asthma as they grow up.’1

Regardless of the possibility that allergies may persist into adulthood, there are several steps Denver parents can take to help their child get through the allergy prone months with minimal discomfort:

Replace your filters (AC and furnace) at least every two or three months, and look for MERV ratings of 11 or 12 for maximum efficiency filters. Though it may be difficult during the hot Denver months, remember to keep your windows closed at home and in the car. Check pollen levels online and try to have your child wait until evening to go outdoors when pollen counts are lower.

Have your child shower before going to bed to wash allergen out of his or her hair and skin so it won’t transfer to bedding and increase irritation during the night. You can also use plastic or allergen-proof covers for your child’s mattress, box springs, and pillows for extra protection.

Your Denver doctor can test your child to determine the specific allergens and prescribe safe and effective medications.

For more information on children’s health and Xocai Nuggets nutritional products contact:

Elsa Shields
http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/
719.439.0142
esshields88@msn.com

1Beth Howard, “Breathe Easy: How to Prevent and Treat Fall Allergies,” Family Circle, October 17, 2011, http://www.familycircle.com/health/concerns/allergies-asthma/fall-allergies/?page=4, accessed on November 9, 2011

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I am Elsa Shields, and I am a Colorado Springs-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2008. I sell the industry-leading XoBiotic Squares and Xocai Nuggets online and in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , and Manitou Springs. Our valued Denver customers recommend Xocai Nuggets because Xocai Nuggets improves my health and allowes me the freedom of running my own business.

TeamX88 is also a fantastic XoBiotic Squares home-based business in the Denver area. Colorado entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Colorado healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about TeamX88, visit http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/.

Call me at 719.439.0142 to own your own XoBiotic Squares business in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , or Manitou Springs.

The Right Bedtime Snack Can Help Colorado Springs Kids Fall Asleep

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The Right Bedtime Snack Can Help Colorado Springs Kids Fall Asleep

Monument parents know that sleep is important for their child’s health. If your Colorado Springs child has a hard time falling asleep, you may want to try a bedtime snack. Well-chosen evening snacks can help ease the transition to sleep.

Eating too much before bedtime is never a good idea for anyone, but a small snack may be just the ticket to dreamland for little ones in Monument. Foods containing the amino acid tryptophan are a natural sleep aid, especially if they are coupled with carbohydrates, which help make tryptophan more available to the brain.

Bedtime foods you can purchase at your local Colorado Springs grocer include soy milk, dairy products, nuts, seeds, and legumes, such as lentils or chick peas. These foods coupled with a healthy carbohydrate make the perfect bedtime snack. Your Colorado Springs kiddos will be visiting the sandman before you know it.

Try a glass of soy milk with a few whole grain crackers or string cheese and apple slices. Low-fat cottage cheese with pineapple helps my munchkins fall asleep.

I am a local XoBiotic Squares representative and a children’s health advocate. If you live in Denver, Monument, or Woodland Park and would like to learn more about children’s health contact me today!

Elsa Shields
719.439.0142
esshields88@msn.com
XoBiotic Squares
Xocai Nuggets

Join TeamX88 today!

I am Elsa Shields, and I am a Colorado Springs-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2008. I sell the industry-leading XoBiotic Squares and Xocai Nuggets online and in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , and Manitou Springs. Our valued Denver customers recommend Xocai Nuggets because Xocai Nuggets improves my health and allowes me the freedom of running my own business.

TeamX88 is also a fantastic XoBiotic Squares home-based business in the Denver area. Colorado entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Colorado healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about TeamX88, visit http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/.

Call me at 719.439.0142 to own your own XoBiotic Squares business in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , or Manitou Springs.

~Green Veggies Boost Immunity For Colorado Springs’ children

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Green Veggies Boost Immunity For Colorado Springs Kids

Do your children catch every cold that goes around Colorado Springs? Do they regularly have earaches, coughs, or runny noses? Including more green vegetables in their diets could boost kids’ immune systems and help them stay healthy, according to a study in the journal Cell.1

The study found that green vegetables help produce a chemical that is important for a strong immune system. The chemical provides signals to the immune cells in the gut and skin, helping them to function properly.

If your Colorado Springs children are like most of the children, convincing them to eat more green vegetables isn’t easy at all. However, Denver parents can find sneaky ways to add more green vegetables to their children’s diets.

 Most children love pasta and sauce so you can puree spinach into the pasta sauce, disguising the leafy green immune booster. Adding kale to protein smoothies is another way to sneak green vegetables into their tummies.

My name is Elsa Shields and I want to improve children’s health in Colorado Springs and around Colorado. I also promote Xocai Nuggets. If you would like more information about Xocai Nuggets or children’s health issues contact me today!

health consultant Elsa Shields
Colorado Springs, Colorado zip code 80923
719.439.0142
esshields88@msn.com
Xocai Nuggets

1Ying Li, Silvia Innocentin, David Rl Withers, Natalie A. Roberts, Alec R. Gallagher, Elena F. Grigorieva, Christoph Wilhelm, Marc Veldhoen, ‘Exogenous Stimuli Maintain Intraepithelial Lymphocytes via Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Activation,’ Cell, October 28, 2011, http://www.cell.com/searchresults?searchText=green+vegetables+immune+system&submit_search=Search&searchBy=fulltext, accessed on December 2, 2011

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I am Elsa Shields, and I am a Colorado Springs-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2008. I sell the industry-leading XoBiotic Squares and Xocai Nuggets online and in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , and Manitou Springs. Our valued Denver customers recommend Xocai Nuggets because Xocai Nuggets improves my health and allowes me the freedom of running my own business.

TeamX88 is also a fantastic XoBiotic Squares home-based business in the Denver area. Colorado entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Colorado healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about TeamX88, visit http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/.

Call me at 719.439.0142 to own your own XoBiotic Squares business in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , or Manitou Springs.

‘Go Ahead, Trust Me . . .’

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Go Ahead Trust Me

Hi, thanks for stopping by my Woodland Park Xocai Nuggets blog. Today I want to outline some ways to establish credibility with your online blog.

For the past couple of years, I have been following several blogs relevant to the Woodland Park Xocai Nuggets industry and have formed some definite opinions about the Colorado businesses they represent. Some have successfully established credibility in my eyes. When they recommend something, I go check it out. If they make a claim, I believe it.

Even though I have never met these Denver business bloggers in person, I trust them. If I was going to do business with another Xocai Nuggets entrepreneur, I know exactly who it would be.

It is essential for any new Woodland Park home based business to establish credibility. In the online world, anything goes and often does. Online customers have become suspicious of marketing claims.

Woodland Park home business bloggers can use excerpts, quotes, and statistics to establish credibility. Here are some tips from ListPipe, the business blogging experts:

‘Some large Woodland Park companies have well established track records and can support their own claims. For the rest of us Woodland Park home business bloggers; we need to look to third-party testimony to assure our audience that we know what we’re talking about.’

Including an excerpt or quote is a great way to add credibility to your claim, but make sure the source is credible and watch for quackery. Excerpting an encyclopedia entry or research article is an excellent addition to your blog, as long as you maintain the original context and include enough to assure your readers that you are not cherry-picking.

Statistics can communicate efficacy or some other measurable metric to your XoBiotic Squares blog readers. As with the others, the source of the material will ultimately come under scrutiny. Use studies conducted by respected Colorado universities and established research firms who have a reputation to protect.

With each of these methods, watch for the pitfall of adding someone else’s words to support your own; when we include excerpts, quotes, or statistics we open the door to logical fallacies, and these can work against you if they are not understood.’ http://blog.listpipe.com

For more Colorado home business marketing strategies, contact me today!

Colorado Springs Xocai Nuggets Representative Elsa Shields

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80923
719.439.0142 esshields88@msn.com

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I am Elsa Shields, and I am a Colorado Springs-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2008. I sell the industry-leading XoBiotic Squares and Xocai Nuggets online and in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , and Manitou Springs. Our valued Denver customers recommend Xocai Nuggets because Xocai Nuggets improves my health and allowes me the freedom of running my own business.

TeamX88 is also a fantastic XoBiotic Squares home-based business in the Denver area. Colorado entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Colorado healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about TeamX88, visit http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/.

Call me at 719.439.0142 to own your own XoBiotic Squares business in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , or Manitou Springs.

Denver Parents: Think Twice Before Buying A Used Car Seat

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Denver Parents: Think Twice Before Buying A Used Car Seat

In these days of rising prices and shrinking paychecks, Denver parents are trying to save money wherever they can. They shop sales for food, clothes, school supplies, and other necessities.

Many Denver thrift stores have seen their business increase in the past few years as parents have discovered how much money they can save by buying used items. Perfectly good toys, clothes, books, sports gear, and children’s furniture can be purchased for a fraction of retail price at Denver thrift stores.

One place Denver parents should not scrimp, however, is on their child’s car seat. If you are considering buying a used child safety seat, make sure it comes with the user’s manual, the model number, and date of manufacture. You want to be certain that you know the complete history of the car seat. Check to see if it is on the list of recalled products. (Information at http://www.carseat.org/Recalls/recall.shtml.) If it has ever been involved in anything more severe than a low-speed fender bender, don’t buy it.

For more information about children’s safety in Denver, or my favorite nutritional product, contact me today at 719.439.0142.

Elsa Shields
http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/
719.439.0142
esshields88@msn.com

Join TeamX88 today!

I am Elsa Shields, and I am a Colorado Springs-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2008. I sell the industry-leading XoBiotic Squares and Xocai Nuggets online and in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , and Manitou Springs. Our valued Denver customers recommend Xocai Nuggets because Xocai Nuggets improves my health and allowes me the freedom of running my own business.

TeamX88 is also a fantastic XoBiotic Squares home-based business in the Denver area. Colorado entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Colorado healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about TeamX88, visit http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/.

Call me at 719.439.0142 to own your own XoBiotic Squares business in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , or Manitou Springs.

How Healthy Is Your Denver Community?

Friday, February 10th, 2012

How Healthy Is Your Denver Community? Hello Denver residents! Welcome to my children’s health blog, Denver edition. I came across an interesting article in Children’s Health Magazine that got me thinking about children’s health factors in Denver.

Have you considered how your Colorado community influences your child’s health? In a recent study, independent experts compiled statistics on more than 30 factors that are important to a child’s development including: crime and safety, education, economics, housing, education, cultural attractions, and health.1

Burlington, Vermont came out on top, receiving high marks in all areas of study. Burlington has the fewest fast food restaurants per capita and experts believe this is linked to the low rate of obesity. Clearly, the rate of obesity in Monument and Woodland Park is partially due to the ready availability of Big Macs and Whoppers.

While moving to Burlington isn’t necessary for your Denver child to thrive, ask yourself how your own Colorado neighborhood ranks. If you think it could improve, attend Denver city meetings or make changes within your own home.

You could encourage more participation in sports, start a crime-preventing Denver neighborhood watch group, cook as a family, or seek out Monument museums and Colorado Springs cultural events. Whatever you choose, your children will reap the health benefits of your efforts.

If you want to improve your Denver child’s nutrition, contact me today to learn about a nutritional supplement packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Elsa Shields
Colorado Springs, Colorado zip code 80923
719.439.0142 esshields88@msn.com
XoBiotic Squares

1Jaclyn Colletti, Joel Weber, ‘The 100 Best Places To Raise Kids,’ Children’s Health, Oct. 20, 2009, http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/33385798/ns/today-parenting/t/best-places-raise-kids/#.Tnjjb7_H5, accessed on July 6, 2011.

Join TeamX88 today!

I am Elsa Shields, and I am a Colorado Springs-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2008. I sell the industry-leading XoBiotic Squares and Xocai Nuggets online and in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , and Manitou Springs. Our valued Denver customers recommend Xocai Nuggets because Xocai Nuggets improves my health and allowes me the freedom of running my own business.

TeamX88 is also a fantastic XoBiotic Squares home-based business in the Denver area. Colorado entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Colorado healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about TeamX88, visit http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/.

Call me at 719.439.0142 to own your own XoBiotic Squares business in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , or Manitou Springs.

Healthy Colorado Springs Kids Are Well Rested

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Healthy Colorado Springs Kids Are Well Rested

Getting an adequate amount of sleep is essential to the health of Colorado Springs kids. During sleep, muscles, skin, and bones actually grow and repair themselves. The immune system is recharged during sleep, so this is especially important during the Denver cold and flu season. Because the brain processes the stimulus and information it received during the previous day, sleep is crucial for healthy brain development.

Parents in the Manitou Springs, Woodland Park , and Monument areas should do everything they can to make bedtime work for their family. One of the most important things is for Denver parents to model healthy sleep behavior for their children.

If you want your child to follow a consistent bedtime schedule, you’ll need to follow one yourself.

It’s also important to check out your child’s sleep environment in your Denver home. What is the temperature and noise level of the room? White noise might help your child sleep better. Fans or humidifiers that can be purchased at any Monument Wal-Mart, Woodland Park drug store, or Manitou Springs Target store are inexpensive and do the job well.

Give your child a screen-free room in which to fall asleep. This means no TVs, computers, iPods, or cell phones. In fact, turning off all screens an hour or two before bedtime will help the whole family fall asleep on time.

Make sure you include the children in planning a bedtime routine and then stick to it. If they have trouble saying goodbye after you’ve tucked them in, try giving them a special security object like a blanket or stuffed animal to fall asleep with.

I’m Elsa Shields and children’s health is very important to me. I enjoy operating my own Colorado Springs home business that sells a nutritional chocolate product. If you are interested in learning more, visit my web site at http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/ or call me today at 719.439.0142.

Join TeamX88 today!

I am Elsa Shields, and I am a Colorado Springs-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2008. I sell the industry-leading XoBiotic Squares and Xocai Nuggets online and in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , and Manitou Springs. Our valued Denver customers recommend Xocai Nuggets because Xocai Nuggets improves my health and allowes me the freedom of running my own business.

TeamX88 is also a fantastic XoBiotic Squares home-based business in the Denver area. Colorado entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Colorado healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about TeamX88, visit http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/.

Call me at 719.439.0142 to own your own XoBiotic Squares business in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , or Manitou Springs.

Should Colorado Springs Online Sellers Respond To Negative Reviews?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Should Colorado Springs Online Sellers Respond To Negative Reviews? As a mentor for new Colorado Springs online business owners, I am mindful of how search engine dynamics affect home based business owners with online stores.

There are two schools of thought about negative reviews: To respond or not to respond.

In an article in the Direct Selling News, author Don Sorenson very effectively explains why responding to negative reviews may increase the harm to your online reputation. I believe the points that Mr. Sorenson makes regarding negative reviews are important for every Colorado Springs online seller.

I quote from Mr. Sorenson’s article:

‘When you see a negative review about your company the instinctive reaction is to post a response to set the record straight. I understand the human need to respond, but you have to consider Google’s point of view. Here’s why: Search engines rank various websites high for a few reasons, one of which is relevant content, especially when that content is updated on a regular basis.’

‘When you post a comment on a website, you are in effect giving it new content. And if you get into a back-and-forth discussion with someone on a review website about your company, Google thinks ‘Ah, there’s a lot about this company here, so we’ll rank this website high for searches on their company name.’

‘Now when someone does a search on your company, they are even more likely to see the negative review. You want to avoid that. In fact, you want the websites with negative comments to slip further down the Google rankings so they don’t appear on the first page or two of a search.’ Don Sorenson, “Protecting Your Company’s Online Reputation,” Direct Selling News, March 2011, http://www.directsellingnews.com/index.php/site/entries_archive_display/protecting_your_companys_online_reputation April 2, 2011

Of course, Colorado Springs home business owners should respond to complaints by actual customers with legitimate problems. However, consider carefully whether your customer service efforts should take place in an online public forum.

Other social media experts believe it helps a company in the long run to respond to negative reviews. Here is a link to an article that supports this view: http://mackcollier.com/study-responding-to-negative/

I hope this helps Colorado Springs online business owners understand the ramifications of responding to negative online reviews. For more information about owning your own home based business in Colorado Springs, contact me today. I have helped hundreds of Colorado Springs entrepreneurs live their dream of business ownership.

health consultant Elsa Shields
http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/
719.439.0142 esshields88@msn.com
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80923

Join TeamX88 today!

I am Elsa Shields, and I am a Colorado Springs-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2008. I sell the industry-leading XoBiotic Squares and Xocai Nuggets online and in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , and Manitou Springs. Our valued Denver customers recommend Xocai Nuggets because Xocai Nuggets improves my health and allowes me the freedom of running my own business.

TeamX88 is also a fantastic XoBiotic Squares home-based business in the Denver area. Colorado entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Colorado healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about TeamX88, visit http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/.

Call me at 719.439.0142 to own your own XoBiotic Squares business in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , or Manitou Springs.

Woodland Park Home Offices: Small Is Beautiful

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Woodland Park                  Home Offices: Small Is Beautiful Years ago, I remember hearing about an entrepreneur who ran a multi-million dollar construction company from her studio apartment, using a small closet as an office. Of course this was only the administrative headquarters, the heavy equipment was kept elsewhere.

I was impressed by this thrifty home business owner who said she had no plans to rent space and increase her operating costs as her company grew: she loved her little closet office and made it work.

My fellow Xocai Nuggets home based business owners enjoy the benefits of operating their own business from their Denver home: unlimited income potential, flexibility, and being their own boss. Some new team members recruited from the corporate world are initially skeptical about being able to run their business from a small home or apartment. Today’s article is about working in a small home office.

Think of yourself as an astronaut in a cockpit with all the controls at your fingertips. How is a cockpit organized? There are buttons and switches on every level, but all accessible.

  • Get a desk that fits your space. Corner desks can free up space not ordinarily used.
  • Office chairs with rollers let you easily access items within arm’s reach without having to stand up.
  • Shelves, shelves, shelves! Use all that prime vertical real estate on your walls.
  • Get a paper shredder and use it.

A paper shredder takes up some room but frees up space previously populated by papers you don’t need anymore. For example, invoices or sales orders that have been entered electronically. Some super-organized Xocai Nuggets team members regular schedule paper-shredding into their weekly agenda.

One drawback of home offices is the difficulty of holding meetings. It is hard to remain professional when inviting a client to your home office that doubles as a laundry room. You can solve this by holding large business meetings in rented Denver conference rooms. Small meetings can be held over lunch or breakfast in business-friendly Woodland Park restaurants. (Check for internet access before scheduling.)

Before you head out to your nearest Woodland Park Office Max to buy a rolling chair, desk, or shelf unit, take measurements of your space. This may save you a trip to return an item that doesn’t fit.

I am health consultant Elsa Shields. Working at home running my XoBiotic Squares online business lets me work and play everyday. If you are stuck in the 9-5 lifestyle, let’s talk. My XoBiotic Squares team is currently seeking serious Woodland Park entrepreneurs. -always the best for you

health consultant Elsa Shields
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80923
719.439.0142 esshields88@msn.com
XoBiotic Squares Xocai Nuggets

Join TeamX88 today!

I am Elsa Shields, and I am a Colorado Springs-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in February 2008. I sell the industry-leading XoBiotic Squares and Xocai Nuggets online and in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , and Manitou Springs. Our valued Denver customers recommend Xocai Nuggets because Xocai Nuggets improves my health and allowes me the freedom of running my own business.

TeamX88 is also a fantastic XoBiotic Squares home-based business in the Denver area. Colorado entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Colorado healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about TeamX88, visit http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/.

Call me at 719.439.0142 to own your own XoBiotic Squares business in Colorado Springs, Monument, Woodland Park , or Manitou Springs.