Fly New Year’s Eve Solo With a Spa Night!

If you find yourself alone this New Year’s Eve, don’t sweat it. Not every New Year’s Eve needs to be wild dancing, blowing horns and partying until you’re sick, with all of New Year’s Day spent recovering. Consider this New Year’s Eve as one mellow holiday from the holidays and reflect on 2017 with an at-home spa night. Think about it: one whole night devoted to you! You’ll feel fantastic, sleep great and wake up to 2018 with a fresh outlook.

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Set the Mood
Light some scented candles and be sure to place some in the bathroom! Play your favorite mood music on your Bluetooth speaker. Make some fruit-infused water to sip (it’s easy – mix sliced lemons and fresh mint leaves in a bowl and chill. Then strain and drink!) Go the extra mile and prepare a fruit and cheese plate to nibble on during your relaxing night. Best treat of all? Have fresh, clean sheets waiting for you on your bed when it’s time to hit the hay.

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Start with a Facial Masque
Clean your face first with your favorite cleanser. Then, to prep your skin before the face masque, pour boiling hot water in a bowl and bend over it to let the steam open your pores. For a masque, you can use a store-bought product…or make one of your own. Here’s a link to Pinterest for a few ideas. Rub the masque mixture on with gentle circling motions, let your skin soak it up for 15-30 minutes and then wash away with warm water and a final splash of cold water to close your pores.
Finish by applying a hydrating oil like REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive , a replenishing treatment with Abyssinian oil and a blend of 13 unique molecular ingredients. This nourishing oil offers anti-inflammatory properties and improves texture and tone, leaving your skin silky soft.

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Next: A Body Scrub
Prepare your body by first gently dry brushing your skin. It’s a great way to help loosen dead skin cells, stimulate the skin and increase circulation. To learn more, check out this article, 5 Reasons Why You Should Dry Brush Your Skin.
For a body scrub, you can use a store-bought product or make your own by mixing one cup of sea salt with ½ cup of lavender oil so the mixture feels like wet sand. Spread the scrub on your body using small, circular motions. This will exfoliate dry dead skin, leaving you with a natural and healthy glow! Rinse off in the shower or sink into a warm bath filled with bubbles!

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Give Your Hair a Treat
Admit it. You hair takes a lot of abuse. Not detangling properly when it’s wet, hot styling tools, sharp-edged hair clips, brushing it rapidly when you’re in a hurry…all this contributes to damaged hair and split ends. Give your hair the maxed out beauty treatment on your spa night. After washing with a great shampoo, like Renew Shampoo, which has no harsh chemicals or sulfates in it, put a super moisturizing masque on your hair. Try MONAT’s Only for You Super Moisture Mask to repair and hydrate your hair. Since you’re staying in, let it air dry naturally for some total hair R&R!
Indulge Your Fingers and Toes
If you feel up to it, you can also give yourself a manicure and a pedicure. Pick out fun colors to greet the New Year. Take it slow – there’s no rush. At the least, rub balm around your nailbeds and on the heels of your feet to soften them up.

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And Finally…
Throughout the night, don’t forget to sip your infused water or some tea and have some treats (even chocolate, if you prefer). After your spa, if you want to hit your pillow facedown early, do it! If you want to binge-watch a Netflix series, do that instead.
Remember, this night is all about you!
Happy New Year, beautiful.
How to Survive the Holidays and Still Look Your Best

How to Survive the Holidays and Still Look Your Best

For many of us, the holidays are a special time of year when we connect with friends and family, attend gatherings, share food and drinks, and exchange gifts.
But all of this excitement can easily create a lot of stress and anxiety. I ate too much! Am I wearing the right dress? Is this the right present? It can be challenging to remember the true meaning of the holiday season—being present in the moment with peace and love.
“I think the biggest obstacles people face during the holidays are the pace and the many different influences that create changes to a ‘normal’ schedule,” says Brent Agin, M.D., MONAT Scientific Board Member. “I personally survive the holidays by keeping my focus. Although my schedule undoubtedly changes, I do not let it interfere with my key health habits that keep me feeling good. If I want to eat some delicious foods that are not in my normal diet I make sure I exercise to earn and burn!
“The holidays are always stressful with both good and bad stress,” Dr. Agin continues, “so dropping your health habits will just worsen your body’s response to these stresses. Staying as close to your regimen as possible is the best way to get through this time looking and feeling your best.”
Tips for Making It Through!
  • This is important! Don’t skip meals on the big party day. Instead, eat early and eat often. Keep the fire of your metabolism burning all day rather than slowing it down during periods of “mini-starvation.” Your metabolism will work faster and more efficiently.
  • Eat a small, nutritious snack before the party. This cuts your appetite and will help you resist hors d’oeuvres and save your calories for the main meal. And let’s face it: a hungry girl is a hangry one.
  • Use a smaller plate to help you cut down on the total amount you eat. And don’t go back for seconds!
  • Watch your alcohol which makes you uninhibited around food. If you drink at parties, stay hydrated during the event. As we like to say, go one for one. Drinking plenty of agua at the bar will likely reduce the chance of waking up with a hangover. Trust us on this one.
  • Focus on family and friends, not food. Shift your attention to what really matters rather than making a dive for the buffet.
  • Keep up your regular physical activity schedule and make sure to get in a good workout on the day of a party or event. NO excuses! You’ll thank yourself later.
  • Don’t overlook sleep. As Dr. Agin says, “Sleep is tough during the holidays but try to keep on a good regimen when can.” Your body needs time to recuperate.

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When the Days Are Overwhelming
No matter what you do, sometimes the holidays are all just too much. If that happens, just do you.

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  • Treat yourself to some alone time to rejuvenate your spirit. Perhaps read a great book, get a mani/pedi, take a yoga class or get a massage.
  • Reach out to a friend or family member who lives too far away to travel to. You’ll both get a positive benefit from the connection!
  • Carve out at least five minutes a day to sit quietly, meditate, relieve stress and use your breath to calm your body and mind. Namaste!

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Remember that love and sharing are the best parts of the holidays. Focus your efforts toward maintaining a healthy mind and body so you can really appreciate the festivities.

Get Involved With Make A Difference Day!

This Saturday, October 28th, volunteers from across the country will unite for Make A Difference Day, one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Since 1992, tens of thousands of volunteers and communities across the country have come together on Make A Difference Day with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others through a wide range of community-driven service projects. People who observe this day perform some form of service for either their communities or those in need.

We all have opportunities every day to change the world, whether helping clean a highway of litter or volunteering at a local shelter to help the homeless. It’s amazing what just a small effort by an individual or group of individuals can do to change the world, or at least their local neighborhood. Make A Difference Day was established to help encourage us to take one day a year to try to make a difference in the world.

Make A Difference Day also is a great way for individuals to give something back to the communities they live and work in. People who want to participate on this day can do so by picking an area of need that exists in a community and fixing that need. It’s not only a great way to give back but also is an opportunity for all of us to improve our communities.

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Make A Difference Day resonates with MONAT because the company has a deep-seated belief in giving back to the communities where its customers, Market Partners and employees live. MONAT contributes to many charitable and needy causes. Recently, MONAT demonstrated its commitment to helping others with two great initiatives. In the first, MONAT partnered with Feeding South Florida on Oct. 29 to set up a food pantry for the Homestead community, an area that was hit hard by Hurricane Irma. About 300 local residents, representing their entire families, showed up, making the total number of people served more than 1,500. About 12 volunteers from MONAT’s Miami Home Office worked at the pantry, including CEO Rayner Urdaneta and his wife and son, and Chairman Luis Urdaneta.

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“People from different races, different countries and different backgrounds benefited from our event,” said Luisaylen Urdaneta, Senior Manager of Marketing & Gratitude Ambassador, MONAT. “Everyone was extremely grateful and thanked us profusely. I think this is a great representation of gratitude as a way of life…the belief that by helping others you feel real happiness in return. I loved our partnership with Feeding South Florida! We provided these families with healthy food and I know all of us felt honored to be part of such a giving effort.”

The second recent MONAT initiative was Canadian Thanksgiving Initiative for the Markham/Stouffville Salvation Army. This Salvation Army branch offers a weekly cooking class for community women and MONAT Canada took advantage of it to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for each participant. MONAT found out ahead of class how many people were in the families of each of the 15 women in the class and then donated a grocery bag full of all the right amount of ingredients necessary to make a hearty Thanksgiving dinner--turkey, vegetables, potatoes, stuffing and gravy—along with a MONAT Junior System for the children. MONAT’s Canadian office and warehouse staff delivered the groceries to women in the cooking class on Oct. 4th so they could take the food home to their families and cook an old-fashioned Thanksgiving meal!

“On behalf of MONAT Canada, I can say with assurance that we all feel thankful for what we have today and are grateful to be able to share with those who are in need in our community and provide something for them to be grateful for,” said Bethany Baldson, Events & Recognition Manager, MONAT Canada.

Giving back makes you feel better too. The gratitude, pride and fulfillment that come from helping those less fortunate or in need is immense. So this Saturday, why not go out and Make A Difference?

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The Extended MONAT Family Greets Its 3rd Anniversary With Joy!

MONAT Global has made an amazing journey since its inception only three years ago. During these past three years, MONAT has expanded the U.S. premium haircare category by 10 percent, paying out $100 million in cumulative commissions and impacting literally thousands of lives. MONAT now has more than 110,000 Market Partners and more than 250,000 VIP customers, and they are found in every state of America and every Canadian province. With annual revenues of $18 million in 2015, its first full year, the company is on track for more than $300 million in revenues in 2017.

The company’s vision is to be a global leader in naturally based, anti-aging innovation, with an unrivaled business model that enhances the self-confidence and financial well-being of one million families around the globe each year.

Some major milestones along the way…

  • In 2016, won the Gold Stevie® Award as Start-up of the Year in Consumer Products Industries, plus a Silver for Fastest Growing Company and Bronze Stevie for Motivational Video
  • Won the 2017 Journey to Success Award from the Direct Sellers Association of Canada
  • Won a Silver and Bronze Stevie Award for Women in Business
  • Won seven MarCom Awards
  • Won five Videographer Awards
  • Won three Hermes Creative Awards

MONAT attributes its amazing progress to three core values: family, gratitude and empowerment.

MONAT was co-founded by Luis Urdaneta, a successful entrepreneur from Venezuela, and his son Ray Urdaneta. President Stuart MacMillan rounds out the trifecta of leadership for the company. The Urdaneta family’s culture of caring and love permeates the entire organization. A genuine closeness exists among the staff and field partners.

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Gratitude is a core value of MONAT’s…being grateful for everything which each person has been blessed and a deep-seated belief in giving back to the communities where its customers, Market Partners and employees live. This “attitude of gratitude” is woven throughout MONAT’s entire operation so much so that everyone acts with a sincere humility and thankfulness.

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Finally, MONAT’s culture of empowerment has been a tremendous factor in the company’s revolutionary growth: “We help others discover beautiful lives.” Those beautiful lives come from feeling empowerment and freedom for the first time for so many due to the ability to live a financially rewarding life. Empowered to pursue one’s goals and one’s dreams, MONAT’s Market Partners are truly committed to the company and work hard to make everyone’s ambitions come true. MONAT rewards a strong work ethic with formalized recognition and programs like The MONAT Motor Club, for which one qualifies to earn a white Cadillac! Today there are 240 white Cadillacs on the road! Annual galas are the epicenter of recognition efforts, with trophies given out for those who work hard, give back and emulate all that MONAT stands for.

MONAT is a unique company with a unique culture.

We’ll sign off this blog with MONAT’s standard farewell…

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