Catching up on some old news…

I don’t know if I’ve even gotten into why I started and how it evolves… but the short story of it is that it began with my daughter Ava. From the moment I found out I was pregnant with her I wanted to do everything in my power to make sure this pregnancy took and that I would see a baby in my arms at the end of the journey. Part of the things I did to ensure a successful pregnancy was making environmental changes right away, start living a greener, cleaner lifestyle… I happen to have plenty of time on my hand since I was on bedrest for most of my pregnancy and did everything like changing the cleaning products used in my home, to scrutinizing the prenatal vitamins I was taking, to reading every book I could lay my hands on be that parent who was an expert on everything. What evolved was a need to share with other parents the things I was learning and could not find in one place. I could certainly find it in 10-15 places but it was too much even for a mom who had plenty of time on her hands. Every product in our store was carefully selected, tested and approved by me, by Ava or by her little friends. I still searched the 10-15 places which grew to over 100+ different places, online and on the streets all the time, you should see my google reader with over 1000+ articles each day for me to read. I look at the products other mothers or kids are drawn to, the things they want or need. Is it green? If not, could I find a green alternative? Some products were just a product of what I learned on the job as a new mom. I started out using non-bpa-free bottles before I knew about BPA – gasp! – and I microwave steamed sterilized too! – double gasp!! But I learned on the job. That’s how we wound up with ThinkBaby, Adiri and Green to Grow which fit my Medela Breastpump perfectly. One product lead to the next, every day was a new lesson learned, a new obssession gained. That’s how I happened on Shaklee and became an independent distributor. I kept coming across references on their products but never actually got my hands on the products to experience them first hand… until I got to host my Healthy Child, Healthy Home party. In that box full of goodies were samples from Shaklee’s Get Clean line. I was hooked… I had to have it for the store! Amazing products that work and cost effective, low waste, environmentally friendly! I was obsessed but disappointed I could become a (traditional) retailer. I was actually both sad and disappointed… but I still wanted more of their products and that’s how I became an independent distributor and haven’t looked back. So this long (short) story brings me to this press release I found in the archives and speaks to my obsession with finding the best, safest products for my baby and yours…

Shaklee Get Clean® Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate and Dish Wash Concentrates have won the PTPA Media Inc. Seal of Approval

Toronto, July 16th, 2008: Shaklee Corporation announces that it has been awarded the influential PTPA Media Inc’s Seal of Approval for excellence in parenting products.

PTPA Media Inc. (Parent Tested Parent Approved) has announced the winners of the 2008 Summer Product Call for the best in parenting products. The products have been awarded the PTPA Media Inc.’s Seal of Approval in many categories ranging from baby monitors, baby slings, safety gear, bedding and the most recent addition of a Green category.

Being honored with an award from PTPA Media Inc. is a huge achievement for a product geared to babies, children and parents. ”We are thrilled to be recognized by PTPA for our environmentally friendly Get Clean household cleaning line,” said Roger Barnett, Chairman and CEO, Shaklee Corporation, “This latest award is a testament to Shaklee’s dedication to creating products that are always safe, always work and always green.”

Shaklee Get Clean Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate, Shaklee Get Clean Dish Wash Concentrate and Shaklee Get Clean Automatic Dish Wash Concentrate were among many entries competing to win the PTPA Media Seal of Approval for Summer 2008. PTPA Media’s mission is to discover and appraise new products designed for children and families. Companies throughout North America submitted samples of their parenting products and they were matched with PTPA Media’s large database of parents. The products were tested by savvy parenting reviewers, and professionals and the results were compiled for PTPA Media Inc.’s review committee for the final decision. The winners of the prestigious Seal of Approval from PTPA Media are selected based on value, functionality, quality and appeal of the product.

“We are excited to announce the winners of the PTPA Media Inc. product call for Summer 2008,” said Kathryne May, a Director at PTPA Media Inc. “It’s a win-win situation for the consumer as well as the manufacturer. Parents who are shopping for products for their families can look for our Seal of Approval and know that these products have been tried and tested by parents for parents.”

“I am so proud that Basic H2 and the Dish Wash Concentrates have received the PTPA Media Award, especially since Shaklee has created one of the original environmentally-friendly cleaners in 1960 called Basic H®. I really believe in Shaklee’s Get Clean household line, because Get Clean offers non-toxic and natural cleaning choices that are safe for you, your home and your planet®,” said Suzanne Chan, Shaklee Independent Distributor.

About Shaklee Corporation

For 50 years, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium quality, natural nutrition, and personal care products, environmentally-friendly household products, and state-of-the-art air and water treatment systems. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net zero impact on the environment. With a robust product portfolio, including more than 50 patents and patents pending worldwide, Shaklee has more than 750,000 Members and Distributors worldwide and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and soon, in China. For more information about Shaklee, visit

About PTPA Media Inc.

PTPA Media Inc. (Parent Tested, Parent Approved) provides an objective means to discover, appraise and promote new products designed to enrich family living. Products range from baby clothing, toys and accessories to parent-centric creations that enhance day to day life. Our mission is to marry innovative companies with discerning consumers. We provide reliable and relevant information to both parties with the intent of improving the consumer access to exciting quality products.

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About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.


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