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Paleosophy Review: A new Primal Lifer!

I received another testimonial from Amy, creator of a new paleo blog called Paleosophy.  Don’t forget to add her to your favorites.  Here is her testimonial:

I wanted to write and tell you how amazing your products are and how happy I am that I’ve found you!!

For most of my adult life, I’ve had issues with my skin.  It started as a teenager, with breakouts here and there and at 14 I went on my first round of antibiotics to keep my skin clear.  It did improve but the minute I stopped the medication, the problems came back.  I continued like this on and off through high school and college.   It was never terrible, all over, acne everywhere- but there were definite breakouts and when I did get pimples, they were large and very painful.

As I grew up and started playing with different forms of skincare, I noticed it was always either oily or dry but never could find its equilibrium.  After switching to products for sensitive skin, it seemed to improve greatly and my breakouts were relegated to “that time of the month” which I could deal with.

Fast forward a few years, and all of the sudden I was getting a strange rash around my mouth at what seemed like random times.  The rash was somewhat mild (no real pain or itch) and it didn’t look exactly like acne, but it was definitely red bumps all around my chin.  After trying everything I knew how to treat it, I finally broke down and went back to the dermatologist for a quick fix (more antibiotics)!

I was diagnosed with perioral dermatitis, which basically means I get a rash around my mouth, but the dermatology community doesn’t know what causes it.  So they prescribed medication and a steroid topical cream and sent me home.  Again, some improvement, but I really wanted to find a natural way to treat the problem, not just a band-aid for the symptoms.

When I went paleo three months ago, my skin started getting better and I knew it must have been gluten in my diet since I ate fairly well before I completely converted.  I looked into natural products and removing the gluten from my soap and face wash, but it was so hard to find something that was truly natural.  Even most products that are “gluten free” have dozens of other chemicals in them.

After struggling to find natural products without chemicals,  I stumbled upon Primal Life Organics and am a customer for life!! (Trina, please don’t ever stop making this stuff, it’s amazing!!!).

I was so excited to find a truly natural alternative for my skincare and immediately ordered the entire Infiniti Anti- Aging package and the body butter.  I figured if we put lotion everywhere, imagine how many chemicals enter our bodies through our arms and legs, not just our face.  So I loaded up my cart and anxiously checked the mailbox for the package.

I have been using the products now for about a month and the results are phenomenal!  My skin is glowing, my rashes/ acne is cleared up, and I am off all the medications.  The face wash, serum and moisturizer all make your face feel clean, balanced and so fresh!  The body butter is equally amazing and gives your body such a pretty glow (especially when the sun reflects off it).

I will be a Primal Life Organics customer for life and can’t wait for more of Trina’s great products!! I am already sharing these products with my friends and family and have had amazing feedback from them too!

Great job Trina, I can’t wait to order more again soon! I am launching my own paleo blog, Paleosophy, and will be posting about your products often, I can’t wait to share them 🙂

You saved my skin!!!

Best,

Amy  

Thanks Amy!  I LOVE your blog!!!

Another GREAT review from another Primal Lifer!

Arsy, from Paleo Blog Rubies and Radishes, recently did a review of a selection of my products:

I have mentioned here before that my transition to a paleo lifestyle first started with food, but eventually led to making major changes in my skincare/beauty regimen, as well as our household cleaning products. If I am not eating toxins, why would I put them all over my body and spray them all over my house? These changes were the logical next step for me. For the most part this has included using very basic ingredients – coconut oil as moisturizer, olive oil as eye makeup remover, apple cider vinegar as toner, etc. Every once in a while I might mix up something a little fancier, but honestly not often.  My routine had become very basic. I am a girl dammit and I enjoy pampering myself! So, I was very excited when I first heard about Primal Life Organics and I was even more excited when I had an opportunity to try out their products. For the last 2 weeks, I have exclusively been using Primal Life Organics products and here is what I thought about it.

I was first drawn to the company because I love the idea of a skincare company that I could trust to take their ingredients as seriously as most of us take our diet in the paleo world. Trina Felber, the founder of Primal Life Organics, uses all paleo ingredients in her products. Everything is 100% natural and not like how Burt’s Bees & Avalon Organics, etc. are “natural”. I mean, she uses real ingredients that you can pronounce and are familiar with. All her products are made fresh with raw ingredients. They do not use any chemicals, emulsifiers, alcohol or water.

Primal Pit Stick, Deodrant :: I had to start here because … OMG! I have finally found a deodrant that works for me. I have pretty much tried every deodrant that EWG has labeled as safe that I could find and none of them have worked for me, no joke! This is really someplace that I have struggled in my transition to natural products. I have been putting this on once a day in the morning and it has been very effective all day, even the days that I took long walks. The ingredients are very simple (organic coconut oil, baking soda, organic pure filtered beeswax) and the scent is very light.

Earth Primal Face Wash :: This was another product that I instantly fell in love with. I love the scent, it is very earthy and natural. It feels really nice on your skin – it’s smooth and silky when you are using it & it leaves your skin feeling very clean and refreshed.

Infiniti Pregnancy Formula Primal Face Moisturizer :: My skin has become fairly dry lately, as a result of being preggers. I felt a difference within days of using this moisturizer. My skin tone became much more even and soft. I also love the scent. I am not sure how to describe it, it is very unique and refreshing. It deeply moisturizes my skin, yet absorbs quickly, allowing my makeup to go on very smoothly.

Infiniti Pregnancy Formula Primal Face Toner :: I’ve been spraying this on after I wash my face and before I put on my Infiniti Primal Moisturizer. It’s another great product. It makes my skin feel very hydrated and nourished. I think it is also helping even out my skin tone. This product probably has my favorite scent, as you can imagine I have been very sensitive to smells for the past 9 months. This really smells wonderful. It has a light smell of rose water, without being overwhelming.

Primal Hand Repair :: love! love! love! This has seriously been a life-saver and an amazing replacement for my usual coconut oil. I have been doing ALOT of dishes lately, since I’ve been neck deep in recipe testing. My hands are constantly dry and although my usual coconut oil moisturizes them, it takes forever to absorb, so leaving my hands super greasy. The hand repair cream is the exact opposite – very moisturizing, but not at all greasy. The scent is very mild, which I really like.

Infiniti Primal Face Serum :: I found this product very hydrating. It didn’t make my skin as moisturized as the “Infiniti Pregnacy Formula Primal Face Moisturizer”, but this is likely because my skin is so dry right now. I used this product on days where I didn’t feel that I needed as deep of a moisturizer. I think this will be a great product for after my pregnancy, when my skin feels a little more normal.

Pomegranate Primal Face Serum :: I used this as an under eye-cream nightly and I also rubbed it on my belly before bed. This product is made purely of pomegranate seed oil – I thought that was impressive! As you can imagine, I have been sleeping terribly lately, so I wake up looking very tired. This product has helped me look a bit fresher in the mornings.

Overall, I would highly recommend this line of products to all of my girlfriends. Every product went on really nicely and left my skin feeling soft, rejuvenated and nourished. I have a very strong sense of smell at the moment, I was pleasantly surprised to find that none of the scents bothered me and I actually found them all to be very enjoyable and soothing, probably because there are no added fragrances and the scents come purely from the essential oils. Another thing to note about Primal Life Organics, is that a little goes a long way! You really only need a few drops of each product. I love that I can purchase products that are not filled with chemicals, that will actually help my skin become healthier! I am sold, and will definitely be using these products as part of my daily skincare regimen!

Thanks Arsy for a wonderful review!!

Grooming the Next 2-Percenters- Kudos to Us!

First, I want to give a disclaimer before diving into the topic of child-rearing: I am NOT an expert nor do I claim to be an expert at child-rearing. I speak only from experience and the teachings of a great mentor. I also do NOT mean to offend anyone. I merely want to increase awareness about a method that is proving successful for our family.  Raising successful children is a full-time job and I always appreciate good advise. Remember, it’s about the big picture. Start small and build upon it. Your kids will appreciate it.

I learned the two-percent theory from Dani Johnson (http://www.danijohnson.com/). If you have no idea what this is, I urge you to check her out!  Kudos to Dani!  Thank you so much for ALL of your wisdom!  We are LIVING the results!

If you want to learn about the 2 percent theory, check this out: http://www.danijohnson.com/2008/98-and-2-percent-how-to-cross-the-line-for-good/

A brief description of the 2 percent theory is this: in everything you do or think, look at what 98% of the population is doing and DO THE EXACT OPPOSITE!  98% of the population will be dead or dead-broke by the age of 65. Don’t be a 98%er.  Think and act like a 2 percenter and change the direction your life is headed. This life theory applies financially, personally and professionally and is relative to the way we groom our children. Raising 2-Percenters is not easy, but the rewards are amazing for both you and them!  Imagine being raised to know EXACTLY what is expected of you!  Imagine being raised to KNOW that you CAN accomplish ANYTHING! Imagine being GROOMED for success!!  My husband and I have attended numerous Dani Johnson seminars that groom you for success both financially and in business. When I was pregnant with our daughter, Dani, a mother of five, created the seminar “Grooming The Next Generation for Success”.  We attended that seminar and purchased the home study packet, and changed the way we raise our children.  If we had not attended that seminar, we would be raising our kids like the 98%ers.  Sadly, we, as a society, are NOT prepared nor educated to be parents… The most important job we will ever do! Somehow, traditional education has failed to teach us how to raise our children to be successful. I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT HOW TO RAISE MY KIDS before hearing and learning from Dani. For instance, I did not know that kids WANT TO BE DISCIPLINED!  They NEED to be disciplined!  They WANT TO KNOW their boundaries.  Kids innately WANT TO SUCCEED!  Dani teaches you strategies to use on your kids to instill discipline and self-control and raise successful children.

Our kids are VERY well behaved. They listen and OBEY.  They know their limit and know they will be disciplined for deliberate disobedience. They are 3 1/2 (Mia) and 22 months (Cash and Roman) and we are not “lucky” and this did not happen by chance. I am tired of people telling us how “lucky we are for having such calm and well behaved children”.  Aggggh!  This did not happen by chance!  This is the result of well thought out parenting!  We GROOMED THEM TO BE THIS WAY!

For instance, we ALWAYS prepare our children for what is coming. We always tell them what is on the agenda and HOW THEY WILL BEHAVE. Did you hear me?  I will repeat that!  We TELL THEM HOW THEY WILL BEHAVE in every circumstance so they will be successful. See, if left on their own, children have no idea what is expected, and therefore, behavior can be disruptive, emotional and confusing with attention-seeking behaviors.  This is not tolerated in our house.  Patience and self-control are LEARNED behaviors!  Did you get that?  Patience and self-control HAVE TO BE TAUGHT!  My children know how to be patient and can go from hysterical to self-calmed in a three second countdown. REALLY!

I have millions of examples, but for the sake of time and interest, I will give you two.

First, in the car, we ALWAYS prepare them for where we are going and what behavior is expected of them.   We have done this with our daughter since she was 1 day old.  I know she did not understand what we said when she was a day old, that was to get US in the HABIT of preparing her.  You see, neither myself, nor my husband were raised this way, so it was not our habit to do this.  It’s NOT because our parents did not love us or did not want to see us succeed.  It’s because they were not raised this way and they did not know better.

For instance, on the way to the grocery store, I tell them “kids, we are going to the grocery store.  We will be there for about 20 minutes.  The faster we get everything on our list, the faster we can get home to have more fun!  Who wants to get home for more fun?”  (I always get “me”)!  “Great, then mommy needs your help.  You need to use your inside voice at all times and you need to listen when mommy talks to you.  You will not take things off the shelves and you will say please and thank you. Do you understand?”  I always make sure that they acknowledge that they understand what is expected of them. They all nod their head or say “yes”.  That is very important.  If they misbehave while in the store, I quickly remind them of the expected behavior that they agreed to.  It rarely happens that I need to remind them.

The reward came a few weekends ago.  It had been a busy holiday weekend and we had spent a lot of time in the sun and had done a lot of activities. Everyone was tired. We were headed to a local restaurant for some fresh, local burger.  We had not yet prepped the kids on the expected behavior.  My husband had just announced we would arrive in 6 minutes and without missing a beat, Mia spoke up: “boys, we are going to a restaurant. You need to stay by mommy and daddy and you need to use you inside voice. You also need to be very patient. Do you understand?”

WOW. ENOUGH SAID!  We had all been groomed by a 3 year old!!! THANK YOU Dani!!!  She was AMAZING!!!!  Yes, we took 3 children under the age of 4 to a restaurant and they were very well behaved!

Yesterday, I was sitting on the front porch with my 22 month old twin boys.  It was pouring rain and my daughter was dancing and singing in the rain.  While I was totally enjoying the show, Cash was NOT HAPPY and was throwing a two-year-old temper tantrum on the porch.  After it was evident this behavior was going to escalate, I told him this behavior is not acceptable and he has 3 seconds to get self-control or he would go inside.  Then I counted 3-2-1.  At “three” he got control of his body, by “two” he was quiet.  By “one” only his lip was quivering. It was an amazing transformation in literally 3 seconds. I did not count slowly.  Once calm, I asked him “do you have self control?”  He nodded yes.  I told him “thank you for honoring me Cash. Great job!  Now let’s have some fun!”   The moment was forgotten. Did I mention that he is 22 months old?  REALLY !  Kudos again Dani!!  Kids understand and have the ability to do so much more that we give them credit for!  GIVE THEM THE CHANCE TO SUCCEED!  They will amaze you!

I want to mention one other thing here.  Recently, a friend I had not seen in almost two years was telling the familiar story of how her “two year old cant sit still.  He cannot concentrate and he does not listen”. She said she would not have another child because this one is so “difficult”.   I urged her to look at his diet. His lack of concentration (yes a two year old should be able to concentrate for a short time) may not be his fault.  Sugar and preservatives could be sabotaging his very young, still maturing nervous system.  I briefly described the paleo diet and encouraged her to considerate it.  A big part of the reason my 22 month old may be ABLE to gain self-control in 3-seconds is because we eat paleo, exercise daily and avoid all sugar and processed foods.

Again, I am not an expert at child rearing and I do not mean to offend anyone.  I only want to let you know there is information out there that works!  I am not saying this is easy.  Consistency is the key with everything you do.  Please check out Dani Johnson for more information and ideas.

One more awesome technique: I groomed my daughter to respond with the “right answer” when asked to do something. T he right answer is “I’d be glad to”. People are shocked when they hear this response. Like it just fell out of her mouth!  No- I TOLD her what the right answer is so she could succeed. We are in the process of grooming the boys right now. When I tell Mia to brush her teeth… She says, “I’d be glad to mommy”.  If she says I’m not ready yet (her occasional answer) my response is “wrong answer, would you like to try that again?  I want to see you succeed”.   She then answers correctly or she is disciplined.

By the way, these techniques can be started at any age and will be successful. It is just much easier to start on their birth-day!

What do you think about this?  Do you have a successful method of disciple?  I would love to hear what others think.

Tee Shirt Contest! Attention All CrossFit Boxes, Primal and Paleo Blogs!

Please pass this on to your CrossFit Box or favorite paleo/primal blog!

Summer is here and it is time to show off all of those really cool tees and tanks! I LOVE anything that promotes the paleo, primal and CrossFit lifestyle… Especially tees and tanks! Let me help you promote your paleo or primal business or CrossFit box! I am holding my “First Annual Primal Tee Shirt Contest”. Share this with your favorite paleo blogger or CrossFit box!

ATTENTION: Paleo or Primal businesses and CrossFit boxes: send me your favorite tee shirt creation and I will display a picture of each t-shirt I receive on my Facebook page. I also plan to wear these tee shirts for blog and Facebook photos and around town or when traveling! Yes… Free publicity for you to share your endeavor! I love all things paleo, primal and CrossFit and want to spread the word and increase awareness! Please help me advertise your passion!

I wear a woman’s size small in most tees.

The tee shirts will be judged by a panel of six unique and different individuals. Try to pick their favorite and you may be the winner!

The winning tee shirt will receive a Primal Life Organics Prize Package (retail value $246.00) that will include:

Bare Primal Face Package x2

Primal Pit Stick x3 (one for you and two of your stinkiest friends)

Primal Toothpaste x2 (again, share with a cave buddy!)

Primal Hand Repair Stick x2 (who shreds their hands on kippings.. who doesn’t????)

Primal Herbal-Clay Face Mask x1

A surprise bonus item not yet released!

Second place will receive: (retail value $57)

Primal Pit Stick

Primal Hand Repair Stick

Primal Toothpaste

A surprise bonus item not yet released!

Meet the judges:

Joshua 

Box owner (CrossFit Akron). Loves anything CrossFit or paleo. Favorite color: green. Temptation: really dark chocolate with cocoa nibs. Skill: squats and cleans.

Trina

Owner Primal Life Organics. Loves anything primal, paleo or CrossFit! Favorite colors: black, yellow and pink (bright colors!). Indulgence: cafe latte. Skill: deadlift.

Mia (age: soon to be 4) 

Favorite color: green. Passion: frogs. Best WOD skill: bear crawl. Favorite CrossFitters (besides mommy and daddy): Josh Bridges and Graham Holmberg.

Cash (age 2) 

Favorite diaper color: green. Indulgence: bare bars. Favorite animal: duck. Favorite new toy: WOD Toys barbell.

Roman (age 2) 

Favorite diaper color: blue. Indulgence: nuts. Passionate about: birds. Favorite new toy: WOD Toys kettle bell.

Carrie

Nanny and Primal Life Organics Assistant. Favorite color: purple. Indulgence: peanut butter chocolate cupcakes. Skills: track and gymnastics

 

Please mail tee shirts to:

CrossFit Akron

Attention: Josh Felber

65 Westgate Circle

Akron, Oh 44313

Include your business card and address with your tee shirt!

Contest ends July 31st.

 

*Sorry CrossFit Akron, you are EXCLUDED from this contest… all judges are biased!

Father’s Day Tribute: What’s It Like To Live With Your CrossFit Coach?

AWESOME!  My husband, Josh, is part owner of Crossfit Akron. He puts his heart and soul I to everything he does. He loves coaching CrossFit… Seriously, never seen him happier!  He loves what he is doing and takes pride in all of the lives he has helped change. Not only are we on the same page as a couple in raising our kids (more on that subject in the near future), but we are also on the same page in regards to health and fitness. We have both always been independently “health conscious” in regards to diet and exercise… But since we found CrossFit and adopted the paleo lifestyle, our relationship and support for each other has blossomed even more. Sometimes the transition into a new lifestyle can be challenging… But when you don’t have the support of your spouse or partner, the challenge can be ten-fold!  I am so lucky to have found someone that is as pro-active about health as I am. We both embrace a three dimensional approach to health… Diet, exercise and family involvement.

Josh inspired me to start Primal Life Organics. He has a very successful background in business and believed in my paleo skincare products. He encouraged me to inspire others to look more closely at what they are becoming because of what they are putting on their skin. We both believe “what goes in… And on… Becomes you”.  We both believe in living a toxin- free life inside and out!

Josh has been the first tester if all of my products since I decided to go public. Trust me, first batches are not always very good!  His input has helped shape every product I make and he uses my products daily. His favorite product is the Infiniti Primal Face Serum. He uses it daily on his face and shaved head… In fact, he uses it so much, I make a quadruple bottle just for him!  In honor of my husband and awesome “daddio”, I am placing the Infiniti Primal Face Serum and the Infiniti Primal Face Package on sale now through Fathers Day. Get some for your caveboy… And maybe he will let you try it too!  Happy Fathers Day Honey and to all Cave-Daddios!  Enjoy!

Infiniti Primal Face Package: Regular Price: $179.   Special Price: $149

Infiniti Primal Face Package

Infinit Primal Face Serum: Regular Price: $46.   Special Price: $38

Infinit Primal Face Serum

Primal Life Organics Sponsors Betsy Finley at Reebok CrossFit Games!

I am proud to announce that Primal Life Organics is sponsoring Betsy Finley, 62, as she prepares to defend her title as “Fittest On Earth, Masters Devision” at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in July. Betsy (AKA “Soxy”) trains at CrossFit Akron with my husband, Josh Felber and his partner, Brian Parana. I have had the pleasure of watching Betsy workout and she is truly AMAZING!

I want to make sure Betsy’s skincare does not sabotage her CrossFit training and her strict paleo diet, so Primal Life Organics is supplying Betsy with the Infiniti Primal Face Package, Primal Pit Stick, Primal Muscle Repair Serum (not yet released), and the Primal Hand Repair.

Click to read more about the AMAZING “Soxy”:

http://games.crossfit.com/article/redefining-golden-years-betsy-finley

Best of Luck Betsy!!

Paleo Treats Even the Kids Love: Bare Bars

I have been making these paleo “Bare Bars” for the past three months and I cannot keep them stocked.  I make a fresh batch every 3-4 days. Everyone eats them: hubby, kiddos and self. I think the cat would eat them if I let him!  Not only are they tastey, but they are simple and fast to make. The recipe is easy and the ingredients can be adapted for your liking!

We named them “Bare Bars” because my daughter used to get a snack bar that had a “bear” on the box and she called them “Bear Bars”.. We don’t buy those anymore… Now we have the new and improved version renamed “Bare Bars” made fresh (almost) daily! “Bare” for the barely-there ingredients.

Bare Bars (I triple this recipe)

1 C. Medjool dates pitted (bring to room temperature  and pit them)

1 C. Raw nuts or almond meal.  I love using just cashews.. Tastes similar to a sugar cookie.  Mixing cashews, walnuts, almonds and pecans has a GREAT flavor too.

Dash of salt to taste.

Option 1:  decrease nuts to 1/2 cup and add protein powder (unflavored is what I use but you could probably use flavored as well).

Option 2:  add dried fruit (cherries, cranberries, strawberries, blueberries) but decrease dates by equal amount.

Option 3:  add unsweetened shredded coconut while rolling dough.

Mix ingredients in either A food processor or mixer until it forms a thick paste. Dump in a large bowl and work dough with hands. I add unsweetened coconut at this point and it tastes awesome!  If dough is too soft, I add a small amount of almond meal until it is “rollable”.

Roll dough into logs and cut, or make balls. My boys go crazy for “Bare Balls”.

I use the vitamixer and I make multiple small batches on speed 5. This works well. The proportions don’t have to be exact and you can play with the texture.

Simple, easy and no preservatives. If made with protein powder, these make wonderful and convenient energy bars for long runs as well as great recovery bars after any workout. They are also an excellent choice for a pre-workout snack. Instant energy, not filling. I make them fairly small and will eat between 1-3 bars depending on activity.

I eat mine chilled (tastes like cold cookie dough) but my husband likes his room temperature.  You decide!

Easy. Convenient. Healthy. What’s not to love? Love the Primal Bare!

Enjoy!

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