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Support Small Businesses While Social Distancing
Social distancing has required adjustments from us all as we work to stay safe and healthy. Those adjustments include working from home, postponing trips, and generally limiting interactions with others. In many ways, social distancing can feel like distancing yourself from the things and people you love.
But that doesn’t have to be the case! You can use social distancing to your advantage by supporting the people and businesses that were always within arm’s reach—even if you can’t be within arm’s reach currently. Some of the greatest employees, entrepreneurs, and budding business leaders probably reside in your community. Now is the time to use social distancing to bridge the gap between you and them, and here are three ways you can do that!
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Buy from Local Shops
Large retailers have proven themselves to be trusted sources supplying food and products you and your family have used for years. However, your local deli or corner store—as well as the employees—may be in greater need of your patronage these days. Consider picking up your essential items or takeout order from the business right around the corner. We’re confident they’ll appreciate it!
Hire Local
Hire Local
Where’s your next Employee of the Month? He or she could be a few blocks over. Whether you’re a manager at a large company or an ambitious start-up, social distancing makes traveling long distances impractical. So, while a global candidate search may have been your organization’s plan a month or two ago, it probably isn’t viable in this moment. However, a local candidate search doesn’t mean you’d be settling. An incredibly talented candidate who may have slipped through your screening process may be just the person you need to invest in your company’s mission!
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Support Multi-Level Marketers
The most hard-working and ambitious entrepreneur and business leader in your life may live right next door! MONAT VIPs and Market Partners are either supporting or building a small, local business every day. If you’re a VIP, each purchase supports the dreams of the local business leader who enrolled you. Plus, you’re also supporting them when you introduce new VIPs to MONAT with Refer-A-Friend!
Also, Market Partners are not only earning income and expanding their own businesses. They are also helping new prospects establish and find success as local business owners. It’s a beautiful thing, and we can continue supporting these entrepreneurs and leaders while social distancing.
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Pamper Your Pet

Show Your Pooch a Little Extra Love with a Spa Day
Doggy day spas? Yep, that’s a thing!
Rather than dish out tons of cash to have a stranger pamper your pet, why not create your own at-home spa for your furry friend? All you need are a few good products and some go-to activities to turn a regular day into your pup’s best day ever!
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A Clean Pup is a Happy Pup
Humans aren’t the only ones who love a good bubble bath! Lather up your dog and rid them of all the dirt and grime that can build up within their fur. We love pH-Balanced MONAT PET™ Gentle Cleansing Dog Wash—because a clean pup is a happy pup!
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Pawdicures
And of course, don’t forget the pawdicure! How can you tell if it’s time to trim your dog’s nails? When it sounds like they’re walking around the house in your favourite pair of heels! Avoid the click-clack by trimming nails regularly. This will also get your pup used to having their paws handled, making visits to the groomer less stressful. At home, invest in a good pair of dog-specific nail trimmers to keep their nails healthy and on-point. You may also want to have a pair of small scissors handy to trim any extra fur and an emery board for smoothing jagged edges.
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Unwind Outside
A little time in the sunshine is a great way to let your furry friend release all their pent-up indoor energy! Plus, the vitamin D and fresh air can benefit them, just as it does you. Hit the beach for some playtime, explore some local nature trails, or simply lay back on the lawn with your fur baby for some well-deserved R&R. A little outside unwind time together is always a great way to spend an afternoon. Once you head back indoors, freshen up Fido with a touch of MONAT PET™ Freshen Up Deodorizing Spray.
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Exhale & Chill
Despite their go-go-go attitudes, most dogs love a good nap! Be sure your dog’s bed stays in tip-top shape so that they benefit from some solid rest. Vacuum the bed regularly, and if possible, wash it in the washing machine to keep germs and odors at bay. If it won’t’ fit in the washer, spot clean any trouble areas and set out in the sun to dry. A clean, comfy bed will give your dog the best ending to one of their best days yet!
How do you pamper your pooch? Share some pics of your fur baby with #MONATPet
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Come Together for International Women’s Day!

Connect & Celebrate With Your Girls!
March 8 is International Women’s Day, and we’re buzzing from all the good vibes we’re feeling right now! Let’s face it, the closest women in our lives are more like sisters than just friends—and the best thing about family is that they come together to help each other do amazing things. Ultimately, MONAT is all about that, too!
Whether you’re a Market Partner spreading the word about an incredible opportunity or a VIP sharing haircare and skincare advice with your besties, MONAT is all about bringing out the best in each other! Let’s take a look at a few ways to connect and collaborate for International Women’s Day.
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Support a Women’s Charity
We love charities committed to empowering women and the families they lead! Their efforts truly make a positive impact on women and the communities in which they live. Our MONAT Gratitude team frequently partners with local charities like Yellow Brick House to empower women in need.
Share Your Beauty Secrets
Share Your Beauty Secrets
Sharing haircare and skincare secrets can form lasting bonds. In a way, passing on your beauty secrets is like sharing a part of yourself and what makes you stand out. We took this concept on the road with our Healthy Skin Revolution tour and hopped aboard an eye-catching pink truck to introduce people throughout the United States and Canada to MONAT Skincare last fall. The tour was about more than an introduction to a brand-new product line, though. It allowed everyone in attendance to spread a little bit of their beauty to someone else!
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Celebrate Each Other’s Success
It’s easy to celebrate your success, but celebrating the success of others is truly special. Nothing says “I care” more than showing genuine happiness when your friend does something special. Whether they’re purchasing their first home or mastering a new hobby, be sure to show them how much this means to you. Recognition and celebration are essential to MONAT, and we make sure to spread that positive energy at every event!
How will you celebrate International Women’s Day? Share some pics of you and your girls with the #MONAT and #InternationalWomensDay!
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Healthy Ambition & Why You Need It

We all know someone—and it may even be YOU—who is just filled to the brim with ambition! You know the type…a passionate, goal-oriented go-getter with a strong desire and drive to reach their dreams no matter what it takes.
But all that hustle can sometimes work against you if you don’t keep your ambition focused on the positive and on the healthy side.
Healthy ambition is key when working toward goals! Unhealthy ambition on the other hand, can lead you straight down the road into Burnout Town. Not only mentally, but physically. It’s always best to avoid unhealthy behaviours in business—because chances are, this will only lead to failure and even burnout.
Check out the difference between the good, the bad, and the burnout—and see where you stand!

Healthy-Ambition

Healthy Ambition
  • Practices humility
  • Has something to offer
  • Practices gratitude
  • Has nothing to prove
  • Is open to new ideas from others
Unhealthy Ambition
  • Feels entitled
  • Selfish and threatened by the success of others
  • Takes on responsibilities without knowing why
  • Lacks gratitude
  • Does not celebrate the success of others

Avoiding-Burnout

Avoiding Burnout
  • Actively manage your time
  • Learn how to manage stress
  • Get more exercise and fresh air
  • Give yourself time to breathe
  • Spend some screen-free time: no phone, no laptops, no tv, etc.
  • Self-care is key
Are you on the right track of Healthy Ambition? Take some time to evaluate where you stand in your business and career and see where you can improve and continue to grow!
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Essential Holiday Self-Care Tips

Four Ways to Treat Yourself During the Holidays
The holidays are here! Which means a few of our favourite things are in season: cooler weather, cozy sweaters, shimmering lights, freshly baked treats, and neatly wrapped gifts. Unfortunately, the blissful spirit of the season can be dampened by things like travel obligations, long lines and other stressors. We don’t want anything getting in the way of you soaking up the full holiday experience—that’s why we’re listing four ways for you to mix a little self-care into your holiday season hustle and bustle!

Spa-Days

Spa Days
While the holidays are an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones, a little “me” time is still much-deserved. Spa days are relaxing, full-body experiences that are refreshing for your mind, body and soul. Good massages not only ease physical pain, they’re also a time to reflect on life and detach from the daily holiday frenzy.

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Eat Well
You are what you eat! That old saying stands the test of time for a reason, and the holidays are an ideal time to be conscious of what you’re putting into your body. The holidays are filled with big feasts, drinks and late nights, so we all expect to splurge a little (or a lot) more than usual this time of year. Try to work more fruits and veggies into your meals, and also don’t feel obligated to stuff yourself during those extravagant holiday dinners.

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Winter Hair Treatments
Most of us enjoy the changing seasons. We love watching the leaves turn red and brown in the fall and winter’s first snow flurries. However, the cooling weather can dry out your hair, so you’ll probably need to adjust your routine. If you have a stylist, be sure to let them know your concerns about the effects the cooler weather has on your hair. If you prefer to do it yourself, we recommend the Advanced Hydrating Hair Care Collection to keep treat parched strands. For you curly girls, MONAT Super Nourish™ is just the thing for dry to ultra-dry hair.

Take-a-Walk

Take a Walk
Fall and winter are among the most beautiful times of year. From decorations to music and the smell of fresh baked goods, the holiday season is a beautiful experience for all your senses. Make the most of it! We spend so much time preparing that sometimes we don’t soak in the beauty around us. Take a few walks a week around your neighbourhood with family and friends and truly soak in the beauty that makes the holidays so special.
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Give the Gift of Self-Care

Self-Care is a gift that keeps on giving
The holiday season is filled with as much hustle and bustle as tinsel and twine. It can be enough to make even the nicest on our gift lists occasionally feel like a holiday Grinch. We think this is something to keep in mind when you’re drafting your holiday list—and checking them twice! Thoughtful gifts to loved ones are always appreciated—and adding some self-care to your options will surely be appreciated! Here are three easy ways for you to spread good cheer to your loved ones amid all the hustle and bustle.

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Sampler Tea Kits & Tea Clubs
Tea is useful for more than just boosts of caffeine and fighting off colds. Tea is also a great remedy for anxiety and stress—which holiday shopping and commitments often bring. You can’t go wrong with gifting a loved one Green Tea, Peppermint Tea, Lemon Balm Tea as a hot, soothing relaxant. Give your loved one a large supply, or better yet, a tea club membership so they can sample and enjoy a variety of flavours!

Pet-Goodies

Pet Goodies
Dogs are loyal and proven to enrich our lives whether they’re the family’s fur baby or emotional support animal. That means keeping them happy is also essential to our own self-care. If there are pet lovers in your life (and we hope there are), then a special gift for their best friend is a great idea. Anything from doggy treats, clothes and toys are great options. The MONAT Happy Pawlidays set is another great idea for dog lovers on-the-go with its bonus Doggie Weekender Bag!

Skincare-Sets

Skincare Sets
Whether its wrinkles, fine lines or age spots, your face usually shows the first signs of stress. So, how about giving your friends and family the gift of youthful skin with premium skincare products? A complete skincare routine is a great self-care gift that will help your friends look great and feel good!
Do you think you’ll be adding a self-care element to your gift-giving this year? We’d love to hear how you’re spreading helping spread positivity and happiness with your gifts. Follow us on Instagram or like us on Facebook to share your pics and ideas with us!

She Got it From Her Mama

Celebrating Stylish Mothers & Daughters
There’s nothing like the relationship between a mother and daughter.
In many cases, a mother is a daughter’s first best friend and confidant. That close relationship often carries on into adulthood where mothers and daughters alike share secrets, interests and even style tips! We decided to take a look at some of our favourite stylish mother-daughter power couples.
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Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson
Do blondes have more fun? This mother-daughter duo sure makes us feel like there’s truth to that saying. Goldie Hawn has been one of America’s sweethearts since the late 60s, and her star shined brightly as a comedic actress and fashionista for more than three decades. Fittingly, she passed the torch to her own equally talented and stunning daughter, Kate Hudson. Whether it’s in comedies or red-carpet appearances, this pair oozes an incomparable combination of charm, class and style. Together, they’re really America’s stylish sweethearts.
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Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz
Lisa Bonet first graced television screens on in the mid-80s and quickly became one of America’s brightest young stars. In addition to her talent, Lisa had a rare combination of girl-next-door charm and free-spirited Bohemian style. This cocktail of attributes even caught the eye of a rockstar by the name of Lenny Kravitz who would go on to have a daughter with her. Girl-next-door charm coupled with free-spirited style runs strongly in their bloodline because Zoe inherited every bit of what makes Lisa one of our faves.
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Blythe Danner & Gwyneth Paltrow
Whether she’s graced Broadway stages or the silver screen, Blythe Danner has always embodied a spirit of elegance. Blythe has been a fixture in acting, class and culture since the late-60s when her career got its start in Broadway. She transitioned to television and the big screen in the 70s and has been a mainstay ever since. Her daughter Gwyneth Paltrow not only inherited her lovely blonde locks and acting talent. She’s also as effortlessly elegance and brings that gravitas to every film she’s in as well.
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Jada Pinkett-Smith and Willow Smith
Jada Pinkett-Smith’s career took off in the early 90s, and it seems like each of her roles is a reminder that women can be strong and beautiful. Jada embodies beauty without being overly delicate. Beauty can be rough around the edges and it’s just fine if you like your edges rough. Willow Smith is not only a spitting image of Jada, she brings her own edge to her looks and style. Whether she’s whipping her dreadlocks back and forth or shaving her head, Willow owns the beauty of her rough edges.
Show your mama some love today! Tag us on social #MONATstyle.
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There’s No Love Like Puppy Love

Fun Ways to Pamper Your Pooch for National Pet Day!
Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend forgot to consider dogs. Everyday is special with your pup by your side whether you’re taking walks in the park or sharing snuggles on the couch. But April 11 is especially significant because it’s National Pet Day! So let’s celebrate our four-legged besties and shower them with the love they deserve.

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Bake Some Homemade Treats!
What do you get for the puppy who has everything? Treats, treats and more treats! Swinging by the pet store for bacon strips and biscuits may be the easier way to treat your good boy or girl, but National Pet Day is perfect for a little DIY. Consider baking these Peanut Butter and Bacon Glazed Bones. We’re paw-sitive they’ll get your doggy’s tail wagging.

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Have an Outdoor Adventure
Every dog has its day when the day includes long walks and trips to the park. National Pet Day is a good time for a special outing, though. If your dog is energetic, BringFido.com is a worldwide guide to dog-friendly hiking trails. Let your pup run, play, fetch and more at a trail near you!

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Have a Doggy Photo Shoot
Showcase your dog’s adventures like the superstars they are with a doggy photoshoot! You’ll be out and about for National Pet Day, so it’s only natural you’ll want to capture all the fun and adventure for social media. Oh, and if you didn’t know, doggy selfie sticks are definitely a thing, so it might be a good idea to grab one to help you grab the perfect glamour shots. Be sure to hashtag #MONATPet when you share your posts! 😊

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Have a Puppy Spa Day
You treat yourself, so you have to treat your dog on National Pet Day! After a long day of treats, walks and photo shoots, take some time to re-fluff your fur baby with a warm bath. They’ll be happy, clean and naptime ready after their adventures.
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Why Your Life is Healthier with a Pet

While owning a pet can be a big responsibility, there are some significant health benefits to opening your home to a furry, feathered or fishy friend. This is likely old news to you if you’re already a pet owner, but if you’re on the fence on whether you should adopt a pet, here’s how your life could be healthier with one.

Pets Help You Stay Active

This is a big one for dog owners, as dogs require daily exercise to stay fit and healthy. Dogs not only need to get out to use the bathroom, but walks around the neighbourhood or in parks keeps their bodies in shape and their minds sharp. When you join them on a walk, the same is true for you – you’re also burning calories and raising your heart rate.

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Sometimes after a walk your dog can get a little, how do you say it, stinky. When it’s time for a bath, consider a sulfate-free gentle Dog Shampoo.

Owning a Pet Has Proven Health Benefits

There are positive benefits to owning a pet beyond an excuse to take a walk. Research has shown that owning a pet helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Watching your pet at play or just spending time with them helps you feel calmer and less stressed. The sensation of petting your dog or cat can reduce levels of cortisol – a stress hormone – while raising levels of serotonin – the chemical in our brain that helps us feel good. Isn’t that awesome?

Pets Offer Companionship and Can Make You More Social

It’s often said that pets offer unconditional love; as long as you don’t mistreat them, they’ll forge an unbreakable connection with you. In fact, both cats and dogs are legally defined as “companion animals” – which speaks to how much they can enrich our lives. They really are our best friends.
Owning a pet also offers opportunities to get out and be social. They give you additional points of contact for conversations, and create opportunity to build connections with other pet owners. You have a lot of things in common, anyway! Whether you’re exchanging training advice or sharing happy moments, your experiences with your pets offer new ways to connect with others – which is big boost to your emotional health.

Pets Teach Us to Be Better People

Pets Teach Us to Be Better People

It must be said that pets are a big responsibility becausetheir well-being depends on the level of care and attention you can give to them. That kind of responsibility can give your life meaning and purpose. The daily routine of caring for a pet may feel like a chore at times, but it allows you to create structure and stability.
This is even more important with children. Having pets in the house with children can seem like a hassle, but it’s far outweighed by how much your children will learn about caring for others, picking up after themselves, living up to expectations, and having empathy for other living things.
While cats and dogs are the most popular types of pets, any domesticated animal from birds and lizards to horses and rabbits, can increase our emotional, mental, and physical health. Share your life and your love, and you’ll reap the rewards.
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Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Kids!

Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Kids!

Spending New Year’s Eve with your children…or any kids for that matter…can be a lot more fun than going to your typical dress-up party. Kids have such natural enthusiasm for anything fun and it’s contagious! Plus, staying up late for kids is a really big deal—you’ll get to share in their excitement at being a key part of the New Year’s celebration. After all, there’s nothing better than being around happy children! Here are some ways to get the party started!
  • Make a piñata ball the looks like the glittery ball that drops at midnight. Make this on New Year’s Eve day to increase their excitement. Be sure to decorate it with sparkles, beads, anything to make it stand out. At midnight, let the kids bang it open. Sure will be a lot less noisy than banging pots and pans in the street, which was the old-fashioned way to ring in the New Year.
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  • Forget the bar. Set up a fun ice cream station with different flavors ice cream and all sorts of toppings. Decorate the table with a paper tablecloth and New Year’s Eve napkins and plastic utensils. Put a New Year’s Eve centerpiece in the middle. Keep the ice cream in the fridge until 11 pm, then “open” the ice cream station with a flourish of tooting horns. This will be your pre-midnight countdown “appetizers.”
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  • Play dress up! Pull out your high heels and old party dresses. Bring out some ties and suit jackets for the boys. Pull out your lipstick if you dare! You can even go to a party store and buy top hats, feather boas and child-size sparkling clothes. Make sure you take lots of pictures! If you’re up for it, rent a Polaroid, take snapshots and tape the photos up on a New Year’s Eve wall.
  • If you’re up for it, let your children have a slumber party too! Fabricate a tent out of old sheets. For once, let them run around the house and scream. But be sure to keep it an at manageable level. Remember, this is all about celebrating and having fun.
  • Play New Year’s Eve bingo. There actually is such a game. Get the free printables from Capturing Joy. Don’t forget prizes!
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  • Balloon pop may be loud but it sure is fun. If you have older kids, tie a balloon around each one’s ankle and then let them loose around the house as they try to pop each other’s balloons. The last one with an unpopped balloon wins. If you have younger kids, blow up balloons and let everyone run around trying to pop as many as they can in a specific time period. So no one feels left out, reward everyone at the end with a piece of cake or some sort of dessert.
  • If your children are older, have a board game marathon, with prizes for those who win milestones in the game. Think glow sticks, noisemakers for prizes. Have everyone wear a New Year’s Eve hat while they play.
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  • Be sure to watch the ball drop at midnight. Give each child a small plastic cup of sparkling cider to celebrate. Do the countdown starting at 30 seconds. When the ball drops, make sure everyone kisses everyone. Jump up and down. Act like a kid yourself! You’ll never have more fun!
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