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Phia now available in The Be Good Boutique

Why do we love Phia? Why do we sell Phia to our clients and customers?

For the past six years, Phia’s founder has researched the energy of essential oils. Based on this work, it was discovered that this energy is visible, vibrant and long-lasting. In contrast, synthetic ingredients commonly used in commercial products were found to be faint or lifeless. Natural energies impact the way we feel, the way we think and how we live.

At Phia, they harness energies created by sun, soil and water, found in fields, forests and oceans from the far corners of the world. Products are created with your well-being in mind, deliberately void of synthetic substances that deflate or destroy the vibrant energy of natural essences.

At Phia, they believe that these vibrant ingredients deserve perfect proportions. In art and science, Phi is the divine proportion. This mysterious form of numeric perfection shapes our world and fulfills our senses. From Egypt’s inspiring pyramids to Da Vinci’s majestic masterpieces to the soothing sound of the violin, Phi empowers creation.

Phi (Φ), the world’s most perfect number (1.618), is evident in beauty, nature, art, music, architecture, and even the human anatomy. Phia products apply the time tested pattern of Phi to achieve the divine.

At Phia Lab they want you to be a force. They believe their products can make that happen but they recognize that one force does not fit all. To meet your needs and interests, they developed a proprietary Energy Spectrum to classify essential oils of plants, flowers and herbs according to their energy content.

Adventure

Balance

Confidence

Grounding

Focus

Imagination

Based on the study of hundreds of oils, the Spectrum contains six energy categories: Adventure, Focus, Balance, Imagination and Confidence. We carefully blend within an energy category using the mathematical formulations of Phi to create unique bouquets with strength and purpose.

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    Denver Style Magazine!

    Our favorite local publication indeed! Denver Style Magazine kicks major butt in the Mile High City! If you haven’t had a chance, pick up an issue of Denver Style Magazine today!

    Denver Style Magazine:
    “We are more than a magazine. We are a community of brilliant artists, stylists, bloggers, business owners and designers. We are a place for emerging brands to gain the tools they need to be discovered and thrive. We are a connection between local brands and those who buy from them – both customers and business owners, local and beyond. We are here to grow a retail and design industry in our home town.
    Started in September 2014 by a fashion stylist and a photographer, we are passionate about helping brands succeed and providing them the tools, education and platform to make that happen. Everything we do comes back to helping a driven creative realize their dream and empower our community as a whole.”

    The Magazine:
    “We are a community of brilliant artists, stylists, bloggers, business owners and designers. We are a place for emerging brands to gain the tools they need to be discovered and thrive. We are a connection between local brands and those who buy from them – both customers and business owners, local and beyond. We are here to grow a retail and design industry in our home town.
    Started in September 2014 by a fashion stylist and a photographer, we are passionate about helping brands succeed and providing them the tools, education and platform to make that happen. Everything we do comes back to helping a driven creative realize their dream and empower our community as a whole.”

    The Services:
    “Our team is happy to provide a one on one consultation to determine the needs of your unique brand. From event promotion and advertising to photography and branding consultations, we can help you assess where you are and how to get where you want to be.”

    Check out Denver Style Magazine

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      How To Eat Organic On A Budget (Over 75 Tips!)

      The one tried and true worry I get about living an organic lifestyle is the cost. It’s likely the only immediate downside because everything else about living organically is pretty magical. Remember, non-organic food often contains cancer-causing hormones, immunity destroying anti-biotics and dangerous pesticides. Pesticides by nature are designed to kill, they are poison. So when given the choice, I don’t know why anyone could logically buy food with poison sprayed on it? Pesticides can cause neurological problems, cancer, infertility, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, allergies and asthma, wheezing, rashes and other skin problems, ADHD, birth defects and more. That’s why buying quality organic food and eating the most nutritious foods on the planet will save you BIG BUCKS down the road in medical costs, prescription drugs and doctor visits…like my friend Birke always says “We can either pay the farmer or we can pay the hospital” – It’s totally up to us.

      Over 75 Tips On How to Eat Organic On A Budget…

      In hopes to mitigate the initial money pains of buying organic, I want to share the top organic money saving ideas that I’ve gathered from my friends and family members. And, let me tell you, I learned a lot myself while putting together this list and combining everyone’s tips into one cohesive guide. I can’t wait to put some of these new ideas into practice. Let the savings begin!

      FIND AND USE ORGANIC COUPONS

      Check the websites of your favorite companies for coupons and special promotions, almost all of them have some.
      Join your favorite company’s social media pages for special coupons and deals. For example, if you join Nutiva’s facebook page, they will give you access to a $10 dollar off coupon. This is perfect for stocking up on chia seeds, coconut sugar, coconut oil, etc. (They also run huge discount specials every Tuesday.)
      Check out various organic coupon sites. Some of my favorite examples include Mambo Sprouts, Saving Naturally, Organic Deals, Organicfoodcoupons, Healthesavers, Organic Deals and Steals for organic food/natural living coupons, and money savings ideas.
      Simply Organic who makes spices, seasoning mixes and baking mixes always have coupons on their website here – sometimes more than a dollar off.
      Whole Foods has coupons here every week for various products throughout the store.
      Earth Fare has coupons here every week for various products throughout the store.
      Most stores take each others coupons, so don’t be afraid to use them all in one shopping trip at your most convenient or favorite store.
      AT HOME AND IN THE KITCHEN

      Stay organized. Plan out your meals for the week according to organic foods that are on sale and/or that you have coupons for.
      Budget. Write out a weekly and monthly budget to help you keep track of both erratic spending and responsible spending. This will allow you to see your spending habits and help you prioritize purchasing organic food within your budget.
      Do it yourself, rather than buy it. Make your own organic granola bars, kale chips, smoothies, juices to replaced store-bought with more overhead.
      Learn how to portion and prioritize – it is a necessity to always buy organic meats and dairy products, and, therefore, learn to portion your consumption of these products each week. For example, keep meat to 4 ounces or less per serving.
      Invest in a 4 stage water filter installed directly under your sink to avoid having to buy bottled water. Also, check the Environmental Working Group guide on choosing the right water filter for you.
      Check out the book “Wildly Affordable Organic” for organic menu planning on $5 a day or less.
      USE YOUR FREEZER

      9 times out of 10 the organic frozen produce at the store is cheaper than fresh, especially if the fruit or vegetable is out of season.
      Freeze all left overs using inexpensive mason glass jars or silicone ice molds for smaller portions.
      Freeze homemade cookie dough and other treats like almond freezer fudge, so you can have a treat ready to go in the appropriate portion size.
      Buy local produce when in season and freeze to save for out of season, for example in the spring and summer spread berries on a sheet pan and freeze overnight and then store in jars for the fall and winter.
      Double recipes and freeze leftovers, this works great with soups and stews.
      Freeze core kitchen staples like butter, cheese and bread scraps for bread crumbs or homemade croutons.
      MAKE CHOICES

      Meat & dairy (animals products like chicken, eggs, cheese, butter, yogurt, milk, etc.) are the most important to buy organic because of the combined risk of pesticide, anti-biotic and cancer causing growth hormone exposure. Whatever you do, do not skimp here.
      Reduce meat and dairy consumption if you cannot afford organic – One way to do this is to be vegan before 6pm, as Mark Bittman explains in his latest book. For example, have a green smoothie for breakfast with ezekiel toast, and then a large salad with lentils at lunch or a wrap made with hummus and then at night choose high quality meat in small portions.
      Reduce amount of organic meat used by substituting half the portion with organic beans.
      Buy a whole organic chicken for less per pound, vs. just the breast, legs or wings which are more expensive per pound. You can use the carcass to make your own chicken broth.
      Use the “Clean 15” and “Dirty Dozen” lists available on ewg.org to help you navigate which products to buy organic (or take with you when you travel). For example, if you have a choice between more expensive organic red peppers and less expensive conventional asparagus – choose the asparagus. Asparagus naturally repel pests allowing it to be grown with minimal pesticides. Include red pepper in your diet when it is in season or you can find it cheaper at another grocery store.
      Do not buy pre-washed and ready to eat fruits and veggies, as they can cost twice as much.
      Skip conventional Starbucks (and other coffee shops). Buy organic coffee and tea such as: Larry’s Beans Organic Coffee and Numi and make it yourself. This will actually save you time in the morning too.
      Eat out only twice a week – eating organic at home is significantly less expensive than eating at organic restaurants.
      BUY IN BULK

      Take advantage of the ‘buy one get one free’ sales or buy one get the other for a discounted price. You never know when it will go on sale again, so make sure to take advantage of it and store for later use. (This trick only works if you really love the product and it is a staple at your home – otherwise this could lead to wasted food)
      Always buy packaged staples on sale
      Buy unpackaged foods from bulk dispensers – I personally save a ton of cash by doing this, I buy everything from oat groats, to nuts, to dried fruit and lentils.
      Bring measuring cups with you to the grocery store if you are buying from bulk containers. That way you can get exactly the amount you need for a specific recipe and you won’t be paying for extra.
      Buy smaller organic spice packets or jars, old spices lose their medicinal qualities so it is smarter to buy in smaller quantities. For example, Earth Fare has little pre-portioned tiny ziplocs with herbs and spices available at the fraction of costs compared to a whole jar.
      Buy the whole animal and freeze the portions you don’t use. I personally know someone who is on a budget and does this all the time. You can also do this by contacting your local farmer and then splitting the cost with a group.
      To satisfy a sweet tooth, skip the full size packages of candy and chocolate. Buy a few pieces in the bulk section, for example go for a few pieces of organic dried fruit or 10 chocolate covered almonds.
      Find out what foods are in season and buy those in bulk, as they are significantly cheaper.
      Join a buying club with your neighbors, friends or family and buy large quantities at a discount. For example, United Buying Clubs (unitedbuyingclubs.com) serves more than 3,000 clubs in 34 states through its website.

      BUY ONLINE

      Green PolkaDot Box – This service delivers organic and non-GMO food directly to your door step. It is membership club like Costco and Sam’s Club with some of the lowest prices available for organic staples, meat, dairy and other goods. (FYI – become a club member by Friday, May 25, 2012 to get 10% off the first order with the code “FOODBABE”).
      Amazon – One of my favorite shopping sites, because they basically have every brand available and ship free over $25.00.
      VitaCost – Another low cost website that has a wide variety of organic and healthy foods, vitamins, etc.
      Herbs Pro – Another low cost website that has a wide variety of organic and healthy foods, vitamins, etc.
      Before you check out online, visit Retail Me Not for online promotional codes and discounts for all your favorite online stores and sources.
      CHOOSE ORGANIC BRANDS THAT SAVE YOU MONEY

      Choose more inexpensive grocery store brand products like Trader Joe’s, Earth Fare, 365 brand, ShopRite, Wegman’s, Kroger, Publix, Harris Teeter. Regardless of the brand, they are all required to follow the same guidelines set forth by the USDA organic certification program if they contain the USDA organic seal and chances are that you won’t be able to tell the difference between a brand name and store brand.
      Join grocery store loyalty programs for discounts. For example, if you join Earth Fare’s tomato bank program, you get a dollar back for every 100 points you earn.
      Use your rewards cards always. Most convenient stores, grocery stores, and drug stores allow you to sign-up for a rewards or savings card that will help you save money on a few of your items at the checkout counter. Even if this time of purchase does not contain organic food, the extra money that you are saving on your items can be put towards buying it when need be.
      Always remember that if you are not satisfied with your organic product, most grocery stores and organic food companies offer you money back guarantee. This also works for companies you bought in the past that you are now boycotting like Kraft’s Back to Nature :)
      Check Ebay‘s section for food and beverages, prices are really cheap!
      BUY LOCAL

      Local food can be significantly cheaper than food shipped from miles away.
      Find a farmers market near you through LocalHarvest.org or the USDA – get to know your local farmers, create a personal relationship and negotiate prices.
      Ask your farmer about his farming practices. Some farmers do not spray pesticides on their crops but do not seek USDA certification to keep prices lower.
      Be the last person to leave the farmer’s market. Farmers will likely cut their prices at the end of the day, so they do not have to take their produce back to the farm.
      Buy a share in a community-supported agriculture CSA program. It’s nice to contribute to a local farm’s operating expenses while getting a weekly box of fresh fruits and vegetables.
      GROW YOUR OWN FOOD

      Plant an herb pot in your kitchen or somewhere convenient so you can always have fresh herbs on hand. Organic herbs are one of the most overpriced items at the grocery store.
      Follow these tips from The Organic Consumers Association to grow organic food inside your home year round.
      Check this amazing guide that details out all the options and information you need to start urban farming at your home regardless of how much space you have.
      Once you start growing produce, give herbs, fruits and vegetables as gifts to family and friends (saving money on other material objects they might otherwise not use or collect).
      Remember to buy non-GMO seeds, check out Sow True Seed for lots of options.
      Check out growing lessons learned from 100 Days of Real Food.
      Learn how to can the produce you grow, here’s a how-to-guide for strawberry jam.
      Get a couple of chickens and hatch your own eggs. One friend of mine has so many eggs she doesn’t know what to do with them. You could also sell them to your neighbors or give them as hostess gifts.
      TRAVEL WITH ORGANIC FOOD

      On a road trip use EatWellGuide.org to find out where to buy local, organic and sustainable foods from point to the other.
      Remember, a pricey restaurant doesn’t equal organic or quality food – going to a grocery store and picking up some organic food will save you money and your health.
      Bring your food with you in a cooler – even if you are flying. Did you know you can check a cooler?
      Bring organic tea with you and ask for hot water. A cup of tea can cost up to $5 dollars, vs. $1 dollar you would tip the barista or server.
      Bring filtered water with you wherever you go in a reusable safe water bottle so you never have to buy expensive bottled water.
      Always carry snacks like homemade trail mix in your purse or bag for emergencies.
      At the movies, bring your own organic popcorn and snacks if they do not offer them. There is no reason to pay a premium for conventional food.
      STOP WASTING FOOD

      Quick fact: Americans waste an estimated 1,400 calories of food per person EVERY SINGLE DAY.

      Raw nuts and flours should be kept in the refrigerator to last longer without going rancid.
      Line your refrigerator’s crisper drawer with paper towels to absorb excess moisture. They’ll absorb excess moisture which will help keep produce longer.
      To repel bugs, place a bay leaf in containers of rice, flour and pastas.
      Buy and keep bananas separated from one another, they spoil slower.
      Turn almond butter, yogurt, sour cream, tahini and cottage cheese containers upside down when stored in the fridge – this creates a vacuum seal, keeping them fresh longer
      Do not throw away nut meal from homemade nut milk – use it for smoothies, baked goods like biscotti or to make nut flours by placing the pulp on a baking sheet and drying it out in a 250 degree oven or dehydrator.
      Repurpose vegetable pulp from juicing to add fiber to soups, smoothies or make crackers or bread.
      Placed limp celery, baby carrots and radishes in water with a slice of potato to make them crunchy again.
      Keep all organic citrus fruits in the fridge – they will last up to 1-2 weeks longer.
      Do not wash organic dark leafy greens or berries until they are ready to consume.
      Store herbs, spring onions, asparagus upright in a large glass filled with an inch of water
      Learn tips and recipes on how to use over the edge food. For examples, panzanella with stale bread, and banana bread with overripe bananas.
      If you know you will not have a chance to eat it, freeze food before it goes bad.
      Choose to eat less, use a smaller plate to help you control the amount of food you might eat or end up wasting.
      Compost all food waste to put nutrients back in your garden (you will spend less on fertilizer).
      If you know someone who’s struggling to buy organic because of cost, or that needs a little extra cash (like most of us!), please share this post with them.

      Thanks for spreading the word – let’s make buying organic easier for everyone!

      Article found at http://foodbabe.com/2013/05/20/how-to-eat-organic-on-a-budget/

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        Proof That Eating Organic Can Reduce Cancer

        Proof That Eating Organic Can Reduce Cancer and how to reduce pesticides in your system by 90% in one week.

        Despite the massive amount of evidence, some people refuse to believe that buying organic is a healthier option. I can’t be the only one whose ever been told that buying organic is a waste of money.

        For some reason, a lot of people have this idea that conventionally grown produce is not only safe but just as good as organic food. I even had one guy tell me that eating organic is a complete scam and means nothing.

        Well, let’s take a look at just a few things pesticides have been linked to:

        CANCER
        From the Department of Cancer Epidemiology at the Karolinska University Hospital,
        In animal studies, many pesticides are carcinogenic, (e.g., organochlorines, creosote, and sulfallate) while others (notably, the organochlorines DDT, chlordane, and lindane) are tumor promoters. Some contaminants in commercial pesticide formulations also may pose a carcinogenic risk. In humans, arsenic compounds and insecticides used occupationally have been classified as carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
        and from the College of Family Physicians of Canada
        There is increasing controversy over the use of pesticides in the community. Studies looking at pesticide use and cancer have shown a positive relationship between exposure to pesticides and the development of some cancers, particularly in children.

        FERTILITY
        Results indicate that semen changes are multifactorial in the workers exposed to pesticides as there are numerous factors affecting sperm quality in occupational exposures. Majority of pesticides including organophosphoruses affect the male reproductive system by mechanisms such as reduction of sperm density and motility, inhibition of spermatogenesis, reduction of testis weights, reduction of sperm counts, motility, viability and density, and inducing sperm DNA damage, and increasing abnormal sperm morphology. Reduced weight of testes, epididymis, seminal vesicle, and ventral prostate, seminiferous tubule degeneration, change in plasma levels of testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH), decreased level and activity of the antioxidant enzymes in testes, and inhibited testicular steroidogenesis are other possible mechanisms. Moreover, DDT and its metabolites have estrogenic effects on males.

        PARKINSON’S
        From the Department of Nutrition at Harvard,
        Exposure to pesticides was reported by 7,864 participants (5.7%), including 1,956 farmers, ranchers, or fishermen. Individuals exposed to pesticides had a 70% higher incidence of PD than those not exposed (adjusted relative risk, 1.7; 95% confidence interval, 1.2-2.3; p = 0.002).

        CHILDHOOD CANCER
        A growing body of epidemiological evidence demonstrates associations between parental use of pesticides, particularly insecticides, with acute lymphocytic leukemia and brain tumors. Prenatal, household, and occupational exposures (maternal and paternal) appear to be the largest risks. Prospective cohort studies link early-life exposure to organophosphates and organochlorine pesticides (primarily DDT) with adverse effects on neurodevelopment and behavior.
        These are just four instances out of thousands that prove pesticides are harmful. It’s literally impossible to disagree with the research that’s out there. The good news is that you can reduce the pesticides in your system in just one week.

        HOW TO REDUCE THE PESTICIDES IN YOUR SYSTEM IN ONE WEEK
        Eat organic food. Seems too simple, right?

        Wrong.

        Dr. Liza Oates from the School of Health Sciences in Australia performed a study that demonstrated how an organic diet, followed for one week, reduced pesticides by 90%. Here are the highlights of the study:

        Organophosphate pesticide exposure in Australian adults is mainly through the diet.
        One week of eating mostly organic food reduced urine pesticide levels by nearly 90%.
        The clinical relevance of reducing pesticide exposure requires further study.
        Eating organic food is a precautionary approach to reduce pesticide exposure.
        So the next time someone tells you buying organic isn’t worth it, that organic food isn’t any healthier or that conventionally grown food is safe, just shove this article in their face. People love that.
        It’s also important to note that this study was performed in Australia, where they are much stricter about what they will and will not allow in their food supply. America has much looser regulations, and as you likely know refuses to even label GMOs. So depending on your diet, it may take longer to rid your body of pesticides. The important part is that you recognize and make a concerted effort to eat organically, and locally if possible. Supporting organic food means more will be grown, and your money won’t go toward support farms that use pesticides.

        Sources:

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9498903

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2231435/#__ffn_sectitle

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24487096

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16802290

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23184105

        http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001393511400067X

        article found at http://www.ancestral-nutrition.com/proof-eating-organic-can-reduce-cancer-reduce-pesticides-system-90-one-week/

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