That one word brings everyone to pause. If you are reading this blog today, I would almost bet that you marked off in your head people that you directly know, friends, family members, co-workers that have, or are walking down this path. If not personally, then I’m sure you know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. As I type this, I can personally click off friends, family members, family members of friends, co-workers, truly, the list of people whose lives are touched is far too long.

As many of you know, I am a consultant with Beautycounter, a skin care company whose social mission is to see the laws change in the U.S. when it comes to the toxins that are allowed in your shampoo, shaving cream, bubble bath, cosmetics, you name it. Eleven is the number of toxins banned from your products. At Beautycounter, we ban 1500.  neverpictureWe lovingly refer to a small portion of those 1500 as our ‘never list’.  Our ingredient screening process is like no other, and I would encourage you to read more about it using this link:
Ingredient process

With all of that being said, for the month of July, as a company, and as an individual, I’m asking you to stand with us to fight back.  We have partnered with Stand Up to Cancer.  Beautycounter is matching donations up to $50,000 to work towards breakthrough in innovative research and new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

For the month of July, I will be giving back a portion of my income to this
monstand3umental effort.  Will you stand with us?  There are two ways you can help.
By shopping at my link,  ( not only will you get safer products with safer ingredients, you’ll be helping the mission.

You can also use my direct fund raising link – SU2C ~ Laura Beck

There is no purchase too small that you can make, nor any donation amount ‘not enough’.  Every dollar helps, and again, matching funds up to $50,000.

I appreciate you so much!
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have about our mission to get toxins OUT of personal care products.
Growing in Grace,
Laura B.



Oh! Oh! Summer Glow!

There aren’t enough words to say how much I absolutely LOVE Beautycounter’s Glow Sugar Scrub! Words almost escape me.  Almost.  Here in the wildly winter Midwest, it is time to get our feet, legs and elbows ready for that summer sun! It’s been a wild one!  My lovely town boasted #1 worst city for winter this year.  Wow – what an honor! Making it CERTAINLY time to get my summer glow going!

Made with only the finest ingredients, (really, check out our ingredient policy standards), organic brown sugar; Sweet Almond Oil; Sunflower Seed Oil; Lemon Peel Oil and the list goes on.  All synergistically formulated to not only scrub away and sluff off all that old, dead, nasty, dry skin from your feet and other rough areas, it’s formula also puts an incredible amount of moisture back into your skin!

After you are done scrubbing your feet, legs, arms, shower it all away.  glow Oh, I know that sounds crazy, right?!?? All those nice, emollient-rich oils soothing and hydrating your skin, you want me to wash it away?  No, it doesn’t wash away.  It leaves your skin positively GLOWING!

You may be wondering, what is so special about Sweet Almond Oil? It is a fantastic moisturizer and lubricant that prevents the skin from drying and keeps it free from cracking.  It’s also a rich source of Vitamin E, and with regular use will reduce wrinkles and keep your skin younger looking. Truly, don’t we want our legs looking healthy and glowing?
The Citrus Fruit oils have a very calming effect on the skin, making them a fantastic addition to our Glow Sugar Scrub.  The sugar crystals in our scrub are simply the perfect size for working off that old skin.  My typical routine (in the warmer months) is to sit outside and scrub my feet, paying very close attention to my heels, my toes, ankles and up to my knees.  Yes, your knees get dry and cracked too!  I really made a ritual out of it!  Spend the time on yourself! You deserve it!  After a good scrub, I will rinse off with the hose, simply to not have the lose, dead skin following me inside.  Then, I just take my shower, and enjoy the rich feel of pampered, healthy, glowing skin! With Mother’s Day right around the corner, what could be better?  Buy it for your mom, or buy it for you!  You deserve it!  Not only do you deserve it, you can rest knowing that your skin is getting beautiful the healthy way!  At Beautycounter, we don’t hide behind labels – we tell you the TRUTH about your skin care!

Growing in Grace,
Laura B.
Join the movement!  Changing skin care; one face at a time!



What’s Inside?

What IS inside? Inside of what?  This blog is about “What’s Inside” your personal care products.  Are there chemicals lurking inside your personal care products?

Thankfully, people are waking up to the simple fact that personal care products contain many things that are toxic.  26secondsWe now know that twenty-six seconds is all it takes for the chemicals in your personal care products to enter your bloodstream.  We know that parabens are cancer-causing agents.  We know that sulfites aren’t safe either (but we sure like the bubbles they make in our shampoo). Americans are becoming wiser and wiser about their personal care products, and that is great news!

Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the chemicals in not only their personal care products, but also in their cleaning products.
However, I wonder does the average person really ‘know’ or still trusting mass media (advertising campaigns) to educate us?

For instance, this bad boy di-hydrogen monoxide (DHMO for short), can kill you if inhaled; can cause severe burns; is used as a solvent in industrial cleaning; causes erosion of our natural resources, yet, it is used widely in our personal care products.

Say-whatAcetic Acid mixed with DHMO has not only been a cleaning agent for years, but, popularly used in food preservation! Some even put it on their skin! SAY WHAT??!??  Scary, isn’t it?  Mixing acid with DHMO to clean and preserve food sources?  What’s next?

How about this one? Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides.  Good gravy.  I wonder, what’s next? Folks are using this one to clean their faces.

(I promise, just a couple more, and then I’ll get to my point).  Here’s another: para-hydroxybenzoic acid.  Yup, yet another in our skin care.  Last one, I promise! Diisostearyl Malate.  Oh. Sweet. Lands! Yes, this is in skin care also.

This is a  very, very short list of chemicals used in our PSC products .  My question is, can you spot the one that is toxic and should NEVER be used in any PSC product? Perhaps you can, but, if not, here you go:

Di-Hydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) = Water. bags
Acetic Acid mixed with (DHMO) = Vinegar.
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides = Coconut oil.
para-hydroxybenzoic acid = Parabens (YUCKKY!)
Diisostearyl Malate = skin conditioning emollient.

I love doing what I do; educating families on SAFE skin care. Teaching them to know What’s Inside every bottle of PSC products.  I am love being partnered with a Beautycounter, whose mission is to bring safe skin care to every household.

Before you purchase your next bottle of lotion, shampoo, shaving cream, etc., I would challenge you to print out a copy of our NEVER LIST and take it to the store with you.  Better yet, contact me on how you can become part of the change.  Beautycounter has partnered with three trusted not-for-profit organizations that are committed to changing the laws to make sure that every bottle contains the truth about the ingredients.

The topic is, “What’s Inside”? At Beautycounter the TRUTH is inside!

It’s time for you to KNOW EVERYTHING! (Take the time to watch this short, two-minute video.)

Let’s chat ~

Growing in Grace,
Laura Beck ~ Join me on this amazing journey! Visit me here: Beautycounter by Laura-Grayce

On death, dieing and the living

My, it has been a while since I’ve blogged, has it not?  Yes, yes – it has.  The days, weeks and months slip past, and before you notice, you are in a brand new year. Autumn time Often one doesn’t even recognize it happens, however, time marches on.

I have learned quite a bit over the past several months, and that is truly the point of this blog.

Death and dieing are a couple of topics that seem hard to discuss.  Though, we all know that death is truly a part of living; we seem to ignore it, don’t want to think about it, hope we die before we get old, and all of that.  The problem with that line of reasoning is that simply isn’t the reality of death.  The reality is, that, yes, it is very hard to reason with, because we don’t want to watch a loved one slip away, or all of a sudden be taken from this life, and we don’t want to look at our own mortality. But, come it will.

I’ve learned a few things over the past few months.  I hope that the things I’ve learned can prepare you if you find yourself in similar circumstances.

1) Take off your cape. superwoman-entrepreneur-flyingYou are NOT superwoman.  You cannot do it all.  You might think you can, but, I’m hear to tell you, you can’t.  In other words, if you are dealing with a life altering situation, shove your pride aside and let people know you need help.  Laundry, grocery shopping, paperwork, anything – you CANNOT do it all.  A small disclaimer:  it is often very difficult to realize you are in this place.  When you are running back and forth to doctors appointments, hospitals, rehab, wherever, you are there.

2) Have a list ready.  When someone asks you, ‘what can I do to help’, have an answer.  Though, often times when in a situation, especially the death of a spouse or child, you have absolutely no idea what you need/want.

3) Don’t feel guilty for things you didn’t do.  Really, again ~ you aren’t superwoman.

Going forward the things I will do if/when I hear of a friend or loved one that has lost a spouse/child/close friend I will:
(in addition to prayer) send a card, write a note, offer to do laundry, bring a meal, vacuum the living room, mop the floor, clean up dog poop, sit on the floor and organize bills, sit and chat, take them to lunch, make them laugh, I will come sit with you, pray with you, visit the sick, in other words, tangible things.  Depending on the type of relationship I have with the person, I will also – check in on them randomly, force them out of their comfort zone, call them, and most of all, remember that in 2 months, 3 months, whatever, 2 weeks, they still need to know that I care.

Of course, there is the what I won’t do list ~ I won’t:
send a text in abbreviated text form that means nothing, I won’t assume that the person knows what they might need, I won’t ignore them like they have the plague, I will not show up at the hospital, your home, where-ever if I haven’t had any contact with you for years, I won’t assume that they do or do not want to talk about it, be afraid to talk about the person who died. Laughter and memories heal.

I must confess, I wish I didn’t have these lists, but I do.  The reason I haven’t blogged since August 4th, is because within two weeks, I entered what I call my crazy months. 005The reality is, I was already there, but, didn’t recognize it.  I spent the next seven weeks either at the hospital, at rehab, or somewhere in-between as I watched my husband, love of my life, best friend, father of my six children, slip farther and farther away, until on October 20th, 2013 he passed from this life into Eternity.

During those months, and after he passed away, I experienced all of the above.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand that we (collectively) don’t like the ugly side of life, but, it’s there, like it or not.

I pray my experiences and the small glimpse into my world helps you going forward.  Life does go on, even for those that have lost a spouse, child, best friend, some days it can be paralyzing. I pray I am sensitive enough to recognize that the grieving person needs a hug.

And, with that – I have some cards to write!

Growing in Grace,
Laura Beck
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As always, if you have any comments please take time to write!

ANNOUNCING! My very first EVER Give-a-way!

Welcome to my first EVER bliggity-blog give away! I am very VERY excited about this! Having never done one before, I will hold my breath while waiting for the results!

Most of my blogs center around skin care, or better put, safe skin care!  And why wouldn’t I, skin care is truly my passion. 

I am one that believes that the body works together in all ways. In other words, I’m not just a knee or a finger, or hand, or stomach ~ I’m sure you get the picture!

Skin care is my big time, #1 thing – having done the ‘oh, I will make soap’ for a hobby, to ohhhhhhhhh! I just cooked up 500 oz. of soap, 5 pounds of shampoo, 10 pounds of lotion, throw in some whipped body butter and sugar scrubs. To point, I ‘could’ boast that my potions have traveled the seven seas (or airways). To say I did ‘okay’ would be a fair statement.  Of course, that journey brought me to Beautycounter, such a FANTASTIC skin care company – I love it, I don’t have to sterilize bottles anymore, much less clean up after bottling things! Yet, I can still provide my customers fantastic skin care where we make sure our customers KNOW EVERYTHING!

After skin care, I am very concerned about nutrition. Having always been careful about what I fed our family of eight, neighbors thought it was ‘odd’ that we only put out one garbage can a week. In other words, I cooked ‘real’ food, therefore we had very little ‘garbage’.

All systems of our body work together, and while proper nutrition is important, and using safe skin care is very important,  it is also quite important that we ‘work’ our bodies.  Let’s face it, times have changed and we simply don’t move like we used to.  As a result, if there is one ‘right’ way to exercise, there are 100.  In today’s’ economy there are books/tapes/videos on every way to ‘move’ the body, and it seems that everyone written and produced are the ‘right’ way.  By george! it gets overwhelming doesn’t it?

Along with the simple fact we don’t ‘move’ as much, we have also ‘over busyed’ ourselves.  Sometimes that makes exercise ‘hard’ to ‘fit’ into our schedule. (now, we are getting down to the give-a-way!).  A few years ago, I had the privilege of ‘finding’ Lani Muelrath on the internet.   Perhaps she can remember how? I can’t! laniHowever, the honor has been all mine! She truly is an inspiration to many around the world!  She is a ‘real’ person with a ‘real’ story on how she made it to where she is.  I love real people, ya know?  Lani is a very basic gal, her recipes are simple, easy and concise.  I love that.  We are in common in so many ways.  Simple is good!

I was very excited when she revealed to me that she was actually writing a book about her fit quickie exercises! I kept bugging asking her when it would be coming out. fit_quickies_cover_lani_muelrath  I have her video series which has 1-10 fit quickie exercises on them.  You can read more about a few here. 

So, the giveaway?  Her BOOK! Fit Quickes ~ 5-Minute Targeted Body-Shaping Workouts!
These exercises fit into any other type of exercise program you are using.  I love them.  I can quite literally do Stand up Seats while my coffee brews.  Gets the blood flowing in ‘that’ much time.

Fit Quickie 1-10 are explained in great detail, provides many helpful hints, and explains the ‘why and wherefore’ of certain moves and the muscles that are being engaged and worked in short, burst like moves.  What I appreciate about Fit Quickies is that you ‘can’ do them in small bursts.  They in no way replace other cardio exercises, but, I will say this, they do get the blood pumping!  You will want to add them to your daily/weekly routine in no time, and you will find that you ‘can’ do them when time is tight.  Lani has outlined a schedule, suggesting how to group them together to get a longer workout; or you can create your own, which is what I tend to do!

I was pleasantly surprised to find ‘secrets’ in her book!  Which, since they are secrets you will have to get your copy and find out for yourself!  I am really excited about this giveaway, and can’t wait to find out who wins it!

Please click on the link below to enter! Comment below the contact form. Contest runs until 8/10 ~ now is the time!
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As always, I look forward to hearing from you

Growing in Grace,
Laura Beck
Join me, in this fantastic journey! The Counter Revolution w/Beautycounter!

Scratch the title ~

Yup! That is what I just did!  I had an big ol’ long blog post written out, and just deleted the entire thing!!  Why? Because it was getting simply too wordy to announce a huge shift/change in my life and business! So, without any further adieu ~ I am simply copying/pasting an email I sent out!  A short back story, early in February I was hit with the realization that I needed to return to my passion, which is, and has been for several years skin care.  I LOVE the philosophy on which Arbonne’s principles were founded, yet, I was finding myself stretched far too thin with ‘all’ that they have to offer.  While I firmly believed I was on the right track, I also just began to feel some sort of ‘unsettling’ in my spirit.

I knew that returning to the basement to ‘make my own’ goods wasn’t the answer, yet, I didn’t know what it was.

Early in March I had a conversation with a friend who shared with me a switch she had made.  She had been introduced to a company whose ONLY mission is skin care.afraid  I listened, watched, gleaned, read their ingredients, and policies, learned about the founder, and her mission (which totally mirrored mine), and knew I had found a company that takes the mission that Arbonne had grown in my heart another step further.

As I prayed and pondered I felt this was the right choice for me.  Their ingredients more closely match my basement days, along with their commitment to using essential oils and blends.  Along with that, their price point is in a range that is much more affordable for the average American household.

With that, I want you to know that I have resigned my ID with Arbonne, and have joined Beautycounter.  Please know that this wasn’t a snap decision, but, was one that I know is right.  Please take time to browse my site,My beautycounter site.  On the front page you will find videos on the beginnings of Beautycounter ~ take a minute and watch!

I realize this may come as a shock to some of you, and for that, I apologize.

For anyone that would like more information on Beautycounter, please don’t hesitate to email and ask, I look forward to sharing this amazing product with any of you!

Growing in Grace ~Laura Beck

Do you follow your passion?

I wonder sometimes if many of us even know what our passion is? What defines a passion?  What drives you?  What, outside of your family, makes you feel complete?  What, when it is done, makes you say YES! The pump your fists, shout for joy type of YES! This kind of jump for joy, I did it?

The first person that comes to my mind when I think of someone following their passion is Peter.  Peter, the follower of Christ.  Peter was so amazingly passionate about his love of Christ that he would follow him anywhere ~ even to the point of walking on water.  Yes, Peter had his faults, but, one cannot doubt his passion.  He was a man full of emotion and passion.  I often times feel that Peter is maligned.  When the Bible speaks of Peter walking on water, so often times the focus turns to the fact that when he saw the waves, he became afraid, and began to fall.  While all of that is true, the focus truly should be on the fact that Peter got out of the boat!  He was so passionate about his love for Christ and his trust in Him that he got out of the boat.  How many of us will get out of that boat?

There are a few ladies in my life who I would like to just mention that I know absolutely follow their passion. Please note, I don’t mention them in any particular order ~ they just ‘are’.
Alicia Kuehl Wagner is one of those special ladies.  She is absolutely following her passion.  HEELS coaching is all about Helping Women Stand Tall.  I love her zeal, her zest for life, and her overwhelming desire to give women a ‘HEEL’ up.  Take a few minutes and browse her website.  This is what gives Alicia that BAM! feeling, I did it!  That said, it isn’t about her, it is about those who she helps.

Chautona is another wonderful lady I know who follows her passion.  She loves to write.  Her writing covers many different genres; from books entitled “Shadows and Secrets” which lends itself to a mystic type of place all the way to “Justified Means” which carries an air of mystery, suspense and intrigue.  Of course she has the airier type books also, like the series that starts with the book entitled “Ready or Not”.  Above and beyond her passion for writing is her passion and her love of Christ.  A constant never left out of her writings.

If you follow any of my facebook postings, I often post when Chautona is offering a Kindle give away.

I do realize I said I wasn’t posting about these three wonderful ladies in any particular order, but, I suppose I am.  My friend, as in, well, this picture describes our relationship the best.  Oh, and yes, we have matching coffee cups and pj’s. Though, as with Chautona, D.H. Barbara follows her passion through writing.  Her stories are real, edgy and to the point.  The characters are real, and you get to know them.  Always her writings deliver a message that digs deep, and hits you at the root of your soul. seasons-1 Her first book, “Seasons of  Life” introduces you to people you want to know for the rest of your life.  Her passion for writing comes through, and she knows that the message has been communicated, and she has done her job with comments and reviews that she receives.  Especially comments along the line of ‘this hits too close to home’.

I often blog  about my dear friend, Lani Muelrath.  Her passion is a healthy body in short easy steps.  To me, Lani embodies ‘all things healthy’.  She keeps her exercise program(s) super easy and doable.  You can take them everywhere with you, and can even do them in the airport.  Talk about easy!  Often Lani will post recipes on her blog, and what I love about them is the simplicity!  We are alike in that way.  She likes her recipes simple, easy, yet very yummy!

I know for me, my passion is skin care.  Beyond that, it is educating men and women on SAFE skin care.  I am amazed at the garbage allowed in skin care.  Every time I have a chance, I take the time to educate on safe skin care.  When I can walk away, and people have had that “Ah-Ha” moment, I know that I can say:

I go back to my original question, what makes you say BAM!?! I did it!  I set out to accomplish a goal, following my passion, and I did it!

Perhaps you have never identified your passion ~ I would challenge you to find it.  You may be surprised!

If you would like more information about safe skin care, please email me.  I LOVE what I do!

~Growing in Grace~
Laura Beck