Keep it Local

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 stopping interactions with anyone you don’t live with. 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 of food and products that you and your family have used for years. However, your local butcher or corner store—as well as the employees—may be in greater need of your custom these days. Consider picking up your essential items or takeaway 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 streets away! Whether you’re a manager at a large company or an ambitious start-up, social distancing makes travelling long distances impractical. So, whilst a global candidate search may have been your organisation’s plan a month or two ago, it probably isn’t viable at the 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 whilst social distancing.
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Pamper Your Pet

Show Your Pooch a Little Extra Love with an At Home Spa Day
Doggy day spas? Yep, that’s a thing!
Rather than spend lots of money 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 dog is a happy dog!
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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 their 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 of their pent up indoor energy! Plus the vitamin D and fresh air can benefit them, just as it does you. At this difficult time, you don’t have to go far 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 hour or two. 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! Vacuum their dog bed regularly, and if possible, wash it in the washing machine to keep germs and odours at bay. If it won’t’ fit in the washing machine, spot clean any trouble areas and set it 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!
The 8th March 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 charities like Miami’s Lotus House Women’s Shelter to empower women in need. These visits provide women with complimentary products and MONAT makeovers. Days like these are always empowering for all involved!
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. Why not share a little of your beauty secrets and what you love about MONAT with those around you? You can pick up hints and tips from them too.
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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 celebrations 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, 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 ambition can sometimes work against you if you don’t keep focused on being positive and healthy.
Healthy ambition is key when working towards your goals! Unhealthy ambition on the other hand, can lead you straight down the road to burnout. Not only mentally, but physically too. 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 differences 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 time screen-free: 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 Self-Care Tips for the Festive Season

Four Ways to Treat Yourself During the Festive Season
The festive season is here! This means a few of our favourite things are in season: cooler weather, cosy jumpers, 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 queues and other stressors. We don’t want anything getting in the way of you soaking up the full festive experience—that’s why we’re listing four ways for you to mix a little self-care into your festive season hustle and bustle!

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Spa Days
While the festive period is 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 festive 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 festive season is an ideal time to be conscious of what you’re putting into your body. This time of year tends to be filled with big meals, 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 festive 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 autumn 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 hair dresser, 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 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
Autumn and winter are among the most beautiful times of year. From decorations to music and the smell of freshly baked goods, the festive 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 this season so special.
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Give the Gift of Self-Care

Self-Care is a gift that keeps on giving
The festive 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 Christmas Grinch. We think this is something to keep in mind when you’re drafting your Christmas 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 festive 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 MONAT PET™ 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 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 mum some love today! Tag us on social #MONATstyle.
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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 sulphate-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.
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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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Start The New Year Less Stressed-You Can Do It!

Admittedly 2018 was a stressful year—the political climate, natural disasters and terrorism. While we can’t escape what’s going on in our outside environment, we can take care of our own inside world—our soul. You can turn 2019 around to give you a sunny outlook. Here’s 7 things you can do to make the New Year great!
Make Some Short-term goals!
Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions…and then breaks them pretty quickly. We don’t want you to do that. Instead, set two or three goals that you can accomplish. Write them down by hand (that’s been proven to make more of an impact than typing) and then write what you need to do to achieve each goal, even it’s as simple as reconnecting with a few people. Text them, email them, call them? Be specific about what you need to do. You’ll feel soooo good when you can check off one of your goals!

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Do a Spring Cleaning in January!
And do we mean cleaning! Turn everything upside down and get your residence sparkling and shiny clean. Purge, purge, purge! Donate what you haven’t worn in a year and other outdated items, even homegoods. This will, in turn, simplify your life. Then take some sage and get rid of any airborne bacteria. Amazing, a truly clean abode will make you feel really good about yourself.
While You’re At It, Do a Digital Cleanse Too!
Tackle that laptop with a vengenance! Too many emails coming in can truly be overwhelming so put a stop to it. Delete all those emails you’re not going to read anyway. Unsubscribe from newsletters and store announcements that you never read or go to. Then, declutter your email inbox. Organise your email inbox with folders and then move emails into the right ones. An organised computer will give you more peace of mind than you ever thought possible. And yes, a bottle of wine during this process will definitely make it go easier! That’s a tip from those who know!

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Focus on Yourself
What do you need to make yourself feel good? A long bath? A day at a spa? A hair makeover? Do what it takes to refresh yourself. And make sure your health is in tip-top shape. Schedule those doctor visits you’ve been putting off. Do you need to get that tooth crown? Would you feel better if you talked to a therapist? The Festive time is a great time to really throw yourself into yourself so you start the new work year on top of the world.
Stop Projecting the What If’s
We all do it. What if I don’t get a raise? What if I don’t get that job? What if someone steals the delivery box with my new iPhone XS Max that I already paid for? The list of “what if’s” can go on and on. Halt! We’ve all heard about the self-fulfilling prophecy. Well, it’s true. Mentally rearrange your brain. If you think differently and more positively, you will create new mental pathways1 where positive thoughts will accumulate.
It’s Time—Get Rid of Toxic Relationships
If you involved in a relationship that today we call toxic, you’re going to be in a dysfunctional situation. And that will cause stress, like you don’t already know it. Take a hard look at your “close” friends and ask yourself if you give more than you receive? Are you always available to them but they aren’t for you? Do they subtly constantly call upon your good will without returning a favor? Mentally unhealthy relationships wear on you. Disengage yourself from them. That doesn’t mean you have to unfriend them on Facebook, which can send a troubling signal. Just stop getting notifications from them. They’ll fade away.

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Contemplate About Your Highlights from 2018
You’re great, you know that, right? You achieved a lot of super accomplishments in the past year but you were in such a rush, you didn’t take time to really reflect on what they said about yourself. Do that now. Think back over each past month and really ponder what you did and how much you grew and how you became more self-aware and authentic. These traits really count in life and you deserve to know in your heart how much you count!

1 Creating new neural pathways. True Vitality. http://www.truevitality.com.au/articles/creating-new-neural-pathways-2/. Accessed 12/5/2018.

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