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    Preparing For A Successful 2017 With ShiftCon

    With the end of the year only a couple months away, I'm getting prepared for a successful 2017 with the help of ShiftCon. See why you should too!

    Can you believe that 2017 is less than 3 months away? I know, insane. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was celebrating my 1 year anniversary as a full time entrepreneur and now I’m preparing to wrap up my second year. My first year and a half has been an amazing whirlwind but it’s time to take things to the next level and I’m doing that with the help of ShiftCon.

    What Is ShiftCon?

    ShiftCon is the only conference that focuses on food, wellness, health, and the environment. This year’s conference will be held in one of my favorite places in the world–New Orleans, LA. I don’t know if I’m more excited about the food or the information. This conference is specifically for writers that focus staying true to their voice and niche while learning how to maximize their audience. There will be a mix of workshops, keynotes and parties that will make sure that attendees get the information needed.

    The Agenda

    The conference takes place from Thursday, November 30, 2016 – Saturday, December 3, 2016. Here’s the line-up:

    Thursday, December 1st

    3:00-6:00 Registration & Expo with sponsors

    6:00-8:00pm Welcome ceremony–Sponsored by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

    9:00-midnight Night on the town in New Orleans

    Friday, December 2nd

    6:30am Fitness Event–Yoga Class sponsored by Boiron

    8:00am Keynote breakfast with Ron Finley.

    9:30-9:45 Break with Vital Proteins & The Republic of Tea

    9:45-10:45 Sessions 1, 2, 3

    • Session 1–Dropping Science: Pete Myers of Environmental Sciences takes on endocrine disruption.
    • Session 2–You Built It, Now Make a Living From It: Email Monetization 101.
    • Session 3–The Race Forward: How Challenging Racial Stereotypes Benefit Eco-Friendly Industry Growth.

    10:45-11:00 Break with Vital Proteins & The Republic of Tea

    11:00-12:00pm Session 4, 5, 6

    • Session 4–Hashtags, Haters & the Human Heart: How to Get Your Story Out with Robyn O’Brien. Sponsored by Applegate.
    • Session 5–From Pitch to Publish: How to Navigate the Realm of Traditional Publishing.
    • Session 6–How to Successfully Pitch Traditional Media Outlets

    12:00-12:30 Break with Vital Proteins & The Republic of Tea

    12:30-2pm Keynote Lunch with Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. Sponsored by MegaFood

    2:00-4:00pm The Expo. Visit with over 50 brands in our expo room.

    4:00-5:00pm Session 7, 8, 9

    • Session 7–Search Engine Optimization
    • Session 8–Using Video to Build Your Brand.
    • Session 9–Hot Science: How Organic Agriculture is Improving Our Environment. Sponsored by The Organic Center.

    5pm-midnight Explore the City of New Orleans.

    Saturday, December 3rd

    6:30am Fitness Event.

    8:00-9:30am Keynote Panel: One Big Step for Better Food.

    9:30-9:45 Break with Vital Proteins and Republic of Tea

    9:45-10:45am Workshop 10, 11, 12

    • Session 10–What the F*ck Are We Eating? An Overview of Labels. Sponsored by American Grassfed Association.
    • Session 11–Stories, Not Selfies: Instagram Awesomeness for Influencers.
    • Session 12–Hot Science: How Organic Supports A Healthy You. Sponsored by The Organic Center.

    10:45-11:00am Break with Vital Proteins and Republic of Tea

    11:00-12:00 Session 13, 14, 15

    • Session 13–From Garbage Islands to Poisonous Plastics: Solutions to Safeguard Our Children’s, Health, Families, and the Ocean.
    • Session 14–How to Monetize Workshops Online & Off.
    • Session 15–Overcoming Obstacles: Savvy Tips with Budgeting Food, Travel & Parenting

    12:00-12:30pm Break with Vital Proteins and Republic of Tea

    12:30-2pm Keynote Lunch: Kickass Women in Business. This keynote lunch is sponsored byBeautycounter.

    2:00-4:00pm Sponsored Expo.

    4:00-5:30 Farewell Reception with thoughts from JP Sears and Leah Segedie.

    6:00pm Get out to explore New Orleans.

    With the end of the year only a couple months away, I'm getting prepared for a successful 2017 with the help of ShiftCon. See why you should too!

    My Expectations

    I started this site because I wanted to be able to share practical tips for living a green lifestyle. Some days I lose sight of this since my site has grown but this is still a very big part of my passion that I want shared here. I’m looking forward to so many of the sessions but my top 3 are:

    1. You Built It, Now Make a Living From It: Email Monetization 101
    2. The Race Forward: How Challenging Racial Stereotypes Benefit Eco-Friendly Industry Growth
    3. From Pitch to Publish: How to Navigate the Realm of Traditional Publishing

    Because I want to see you there, I’ve got a $50 off code for you when you register. Use the code “ICRUNCHYMOMMY” and meet me there!

    **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary registration in exchange for this post. My excitement is all my own though.**

    Worry-Free Skincare With Crunchie Life

    I remember when I had my first baby and I was doing all the research about the harsh chemicals and ingredients that were being put in these products that were supposedly designed for them. Now 6 years later, every other commercial is advertising for a class action suit against a popular maker of baby products and people are more conscious about what they put on their skin.

    It’s no secret that my brand originally came out because I started making body products for my own children who suffered from hyperpigmentation, eczema and severe cradle cap. I didn’t want to put harsh chemicals or steroids on their delicate skin. So I didn’t. I literally whipped up my solution. While I enjoy that, I don’t always have the time to make all of the things that I need to keep our skin protected and nourished but I’m still very conscious about the ingredients which is why I love Crunchie Life skin care products.

    With all the harsh chemicals in skincare products it's hard to really make sure you and your family's skin is being cared for best. Not anymore. Crunchie Life has taken the work out of making green products for you.

    The Crunchie Life Line

    Based in San Diego, CA, Crunchie Life came about in a similar way to the way TCM did: they wanted to limit the exposure to chemicals that our bodies are absorbing on a daily basis. Makes sense for me to partner up with them for a post right? But their product line and quality is what has me hooked. I was gifted the Crunchie Family & Baby Bundle (which is now 15% off and you can get another 15% off with my coupon code at the bottom of this post) and have seriously fallen in love with their stuff.

    Crunchie Organic Lavender Laundry Soap

    I love lavender. It’s seriously in every product that I make for myself and my girls. And this laundry soap is way better than any other green laundry detergent that I’ve tried. We’re potty training and I used this in a load with some of abc’s “fail” clothes. There were no stains or residual stench left in there.

    Crunchie Organic Soap Set of 4 Soaps or Hair and Body Wash

    I received one of each of the soaps and I was really excited about the exfoliating coffee scrub one. It left my skin feeling incredibly soft and energized.

    With all the harsh chemicals in skincare products it's hard to really make sure you and your family's skin is being cared for best. Not anymore. Crunchie Life has taken the work out of making green products for you.

    Crunchie Organic Zinc Cream

    So this is the non-term for sunblock essentially. It’s summer. I have kids who are in the sun. Naturally I was stoked about trying this out. They loved this better than any of the fancy sprays and thick creams.

    With all the harsh chemicals in skincare products it's hard to really make sure you and your family's skin is being cared for best. Not anymore. Crunchie Life has taken the work out of making green products for you.

    Crunchie Organic Body Butter

    I keep this body butter at my desk and really have liked it. If you’ve used mine, it’s thicker than that and does a nice job with the moisture!

    Crunchie Organic Calming Baby Powder

    Confession: I use this more on myself than abc. I sweat like crazy in the summer time and have been using this along with my pit cream under my arms for that dry feeling. And because mama has thick thighs, I also put some there to prevent chaffing. I love this!

    With all the harsh chemicals in skincare products it's hard to really make sure you and your family's skin is being cared for best. Not anymore. Crunchie Life has taken the work out of making green products for you.

    These are just the things that I’ve tried and loved but you need to get to their site and check out their other products (they even have stuff for your pets!!). These things are on my next order:

    – Organic Face Cream
    – Organic Zinc Cream (yes, we’re out!)
    – Crunchie Organic Felted Wool Dryer Balls

    They’re already having some markdowns but because I’m about saving money, I want you to take an additional 15% off!

    With all the harsh chemicals in skincare products it's hard to really make sure you and your family's skin is being cared for best. Not anymore. Crunchie Life has taken the work out of making green products for you.

    What will be the first item in your cart from Crunchie Life?

    Ladybugs: The Eco-Friendly Pesticides

    Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for.

    When most people think of ladybugs, they think of luck. These might be one of the only bugs that when I see it, I don’t immediately begin to feverishly swat at it and secretly pray for it’s imminent death. Nope, none of that happens when I see these little guys.

    Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for.

    Having little girls, ladybugs are popular with clothes and accessories and I always thought they were these cute, little bugs meant to spread good luck and cheer all over the world. But they aren’t. These little guys have a purpose and a rather awesome one that I learned about during the recent release of ladybugs held at Pike Nurseries.

    Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for.

    Ladybugs Are More Than Just Good Luck & Fortune

    These babies are killing machines!!! Yes, killing machines as in they will eat those nasty little bugs that are determined to kill your gardens. Its a dog eat dog world, right? Or a ladybug eat nasty bugs world to be more accurate.

    Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for.

    Fun Facts About Ladybugs:

    • There are over 4500 different species of ladybugs with 450 in the US–including a pink one that looks more like a beetle.
    • These pink ladybugs look like the beetles because they are beetles! Yep, they are part of the beetle family–not to be confused with Ringo though.
    • These babies are natural enemies (yes, even ladybugs have enemies) of aphids and pesr insects making them a chemical free pesticide.
    • They’re small but have a huge appetite. A ladybug will eat over 5000 aphids in it’s lifetime.
    • They’re the opposite of people when it comes to aging–their spots fade the older they get.
    • Legend has it that they became known as lucky because European farmers in the middle ages would pray to the Virgin Mary when their crops would go bad and swarms of ladybugs would come in and save the day. Amazing, right?

    Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for. Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for. Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for. Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for. Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for. Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for.

    Pike Nurseries: A Wealth of Knowledge

    At the event that Pike Nurseries had (which was then followed up by flyers sent home in mini’s backpack) I learned so much. While I don’t have a garden just yet, I do know that they’re the ones that will be able to help me when I’m ready. Did you know that you can take a dying plant to see them and they’ll nurse it back to life? I’ve got a tomato plant sitting here that needs some emergency care, sheesh.

    Now if only ladybugs ate weeds. We’d be in business!

    Check out more ladybug information here including how to build your own ladybug garden!

    Have you been blessed with a green thumb? What are you growing?