Reposting: THIS IS BIG: BEAUTYCOUNTER JOINS THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT

https://blog.beautycounter.com/category/advocacy/ Reposted from the Beautycounter Blog, under Advocacy:

JANUARY 25, 2019BY BEAUTYCOUNTER
One of the things we’re proudest of is our mission, because it goes beyond our company, our local community—and even our industry. Making a positive impact on people and ecosystems across the globe is incredibly important to us, and we couldn’t do it without some help. So, what we are about to announce is a big deal.

Beautycounter is teaming up with one of the world’s most rigorous, credible organizations: we are now a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. This means we’re joining an alliance that encourages businesses to advance the broader goals of sustainability and social responsibility. As a Signatory, Beautycounter will work to align our strategies and operations with ten core principles surrounding human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption1:

Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
Businesses should support the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor.
Businesses should champion the effective abolition of child labor.
Businesses should support the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
This reaffirms our commitment to abolishing human rights issues and labor violations in the supply chain, and to being better stewards of the environment that we all share. Keep your eyes peeled for updates about our participation in the Global Compact and how it will help us on our journey to #betterbeauty. In the meantime, take a moment to read the letter from Gregg, our Founder and CEO, to the UN—you can find it here.

1 United Nations Global Compact. Link: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/what-is-gc/mission/principles.

If you enjoy this post, got curious, have questions, or wanted to learn more about Beautycounter engagement and mission, feel free to drop me a note. Thank you!

Great food for thought for all of us, women: “Woman, by Unknown Author”

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day…….

An angel came by and asked.” Why spend so much time on her?”

The lord answered. “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”

She must function on all kinds of situations,
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,
Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart,
She must do all this with only two hands,”
She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day”

THE ANGEL was impressed” Just two hands…..impossible!

And this is the standard model?”

The Angel came closer and touched the woman”
“But you have made her so soft, Lord”.
“She is soft”, said the Lord,
“But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome”

“Can she think?” The Angel asked…
The Lord answered. “Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate”

The Angel touched her cheeks….
“Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her”
“She is not leaking…it is a tear” The Lord corrected the Angel…

“What’s it for?” Asked the Angel….. .
The Lord said. “Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”…

This made a big impression on the Angel,
“Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything.
A woman is indeed marvellous”

Lord said.”Indeed she is.
She has strength that amazes a man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
She holds happiness, love and opinions.
She smiles when she feels like screaming.
She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.
She fights for what she believes in.

Her love is unconditional.
Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life”

The Angel asked: So she is a perfect being?
The lord replied: No. She has just one drawback
“She often forgets what she is worth”.

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Evening at the Nationals BallPark in Washington, DC

Family & Friends at the Nationals BallPark, Washington, DC.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

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Glad I got your attention! 🙂

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Did you know that May was Skin Cancer Awareness month?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma.

The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early — even melanoma. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.

This May, spread the word about strategies for preventing skin cancer and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

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  • How many of you leave the house everyday with sunscreen on? I am guilty….I need to be better of putting on sunscreen BEFORE we even step outside.

*Are you choosing a mineral based sunscreen vs. a chemical one? Stay clear from the ingredient OXYBENZONE….that is bad news..:(

*Do you kids fight you with sunscreen? Here is a solution I’ve found for my whole family, including the pre-teen soccer player [who hates putting on any lotion/skin protectant], the always-on-the-go tween girl, and the baby-of-the-house, our 7 year old daughter: [click on link below!]

Safe Sunblock for the Family

Again, they are a mineral sunblocker – safe with non-nano zinc oxide, moisturizing with Aloe & coconut oil, and are non-streaking.

Many people today are foregoing sunscreen all together because they are concerned about the hormone disrupting ingredients in conventional sunscreens 😱It isn’t all or nothing, there are safer sunscreens out there. Free of questionable or harmful ingredients, EFFECTIVE and it goes on clear – no white streaks here 🙅🏻‍♀️ I’m super excited to share that our sunscreens are currently 20% off, while supplies last!

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Here are just a few ideas to spread to ‘awareness word’:

Encourage families to adopt good habits together, like wearing sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and limiting their time in the sun. [Great promotion on safer mineral sunblockers going on, safe with non-nano zinc oxide and moisturizing power!]

Motivate teachers and administrators to teach kids about the harm of UV radiation and why it’s important to protect yourself.

Identify youth leaders in your community who can talk to their peers about taking steps to prevent skin cancer.

Partner with a local hospital, state fair, or similar organization to host a skin cancer screening event.

Curious? Have questions about it? Drop me a note [comments below]!

Thank you, and safe sunny times for you and your family!! 🙂

Additional informational link: https://www.skincancer.org/get-involved/skin-cancer-awareness-month

Happy International Woman’s Day!

 

Caring for oneself: Am I ‘eating’ this??

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Why does it matter there has been a lack of federal regulations on beauty products?? I’ll give you ONE example.

Lipstick. 90% of all lipstick. Let me repeat that. NINETY PERCENT of all lipstick contains lead and harmful carcinogens. Ingredients used in personal care products aren’t required to be tested for safety on human health.
Reference here.

What can you do about it?
1) Throw away all your lipstick and go here – where you can purchase 2 lipsticks and save $10.

2) Ask Congress to require testing for safety on all beauty products;

3) Educate yourselves on which ingredients to stay away from: https://www.beautycounter.com/the-never-list/

The idea of supporting an initiative that seeks cleaner, safer personal products, while empowering women, reassuring them “They do not need to give up their health for beauty”, is definitely a cause dearly close to my heart. Change is already happening. No woman should be harmed for making her own choices or living her own life. No woman should compromise her health and safety for beauty. Stay beautiful. Stay safe. 💚🤗

Switching to Safer (and Healthier!) Lifestyle

A big Thank You to all my readers and friends, for supporting not only my recently launched small business for safer and healthier lifestyle, but also, the personal statement behind it, which involves my solid belief in seeking out safer alternatives for myself and my family:

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2017 has been a particularly challenging year, with very high ‘highs’ and rock-bottom lows… But our family has managed. We’ve held residence in 3 different countries, experienced the never-ending cramped hotel room living, while attempting to enroll kids in a new school, new country, new routine. I packed, unpacked, evacuated from a hurricane. We’re caught in the midst of political/economic turmoil, lost a dear family member to unfair battle with lung cancer… My kids had to say “hellos” and “goodbyes” too many times to their friends.
Lost many nights of sleep trying to figure out how to offer my children/our family a stable and nurturing environment, regardless the hardships.
And we did. We’ve established ourselves back in the US, we’re again a whole family, with a decent routine, waiting to learn about what the work scenario will have in store for us in 2018.

I’m hopeful 2018 will be a healthier year. I’m hopeful Im able to work towards a healthy mindset, healthier eating habits, healthier relationships with my loved ones, our friends the ones around us.
As a scientist by trade, a mother, spouse, daughter, care taker, it’s my right and duty to be diligent when it comes to the products I bring into my house, to our family.

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The reason I’ve switched to a safer beauty approach/behavior (as you may tell, I’m starting with the body… next changes will be about transitioning to a healthier mindset… 🙂

Decades of studies show that serious health issues (including, but not limited to asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and infertility) have increased, and due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals. There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry. The initiative I was introduced to – by a dear friend from our joint time back in Africa – has banned over 1,500 ingredients setting a new health and safety standard.

Also, this initiative has enabled me to re-establish myself as a small business person, in a similar fashion it has empowered some many women for the past years!

The idea of supporting an initiative that seeks cleaner, safer personal products, while empowering women, reassuring them “They do not need to give up their health for beauty”, is definitely a cause dearly close to my heart. Change is already happening. No woman should be harmed for making her own choices or living her own life. No woman should compromise her health and safety for beauty. Stay beautiful. Stay safe. Happy 2018!

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Five minutes or less for Healthy Living Tips [from the CDC Website]

Hey there! Although these days I’m far away from the wonderful work performed by the CDC office, a bit of web surfing this week led me to stumble upon these great tips, from the CDC Official Website:

“Learn steps you can take in five minutes or less to be safe and healthy with these weekly health tips! Be sure to click on the links to more information, including steps that may take longer but are worth the time. A new tip will be added to this page each week.

Add the Five Minutes or Less for Health widget to your website or blog, and CDC will automatically update it with a new five-minute tip each week!”

Click here if curious about the “healthy living widgets”

 
And… since I’ve touched upon the subject of ‘healthy living’, I’ve recently switched to a ‘healthier perception’ of Beauty… and joined this initiative, as a #small business person… Why not, right?
Ending 2017 on a high (and beautifully cared for!) note (smiles!)
Switch to Safer Beauty!

Getting ready for Halloween!

Fourteen years ago…

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#October18 This year, during our Home Leave, we decided to renew our vows surrounded by the three kids, who got to see where their parents got married, in ABQ, NM. Fourteen years of married life: laughs, love, joy, challenges. The two have become five; I've gained a wonderful family in the US, and we’re grateful for what the past and present have brought us, although, intrigued with what the near future will unveil… A few tears here and there, 'cause it's the real deal – no princesses, no castles, no fantasyland –  instead, intermitent periods of single parenting, transitional homefront, endless adjustments. We chose to have these traditions included in our wedding because they are simply beautiful and full of meaning (displayed here thru the 35mm pics, back then, no one had a digital cam!). The 'arras' (13 coins poured inside our hands) symbolized our commitment to provide for the family and our trust in each other to do so. In the lasso (or 'lazo') ceremony, a rosary (in my case, um Terco Português, my mother's family tradition) was placed around our shoulders in a figure eight. As we were “lassoed” together, the rosary’s placement represents eternity and everlasting union, as well as marital protection. We're building a story for our ‘nomadic family’, and will continue to move forward, despite difficulties or unpleasant moments – and, quoting one of my favorite readings from our wedding ceremony: 💚 “love knows all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…” 💚 . . . . . #LassoCeremony #ArrasCeremony #Mariachis #ABQ #iheartNM #35mmfilm #nondigital #photography #Tradition #NewMexico #LoveNeverFails #semamoreunadaseria #relationship #marriage #WeddingAnniversary #Memories #MarriedLife #marriedwithchildren #Love 😁 #parenting #casamento #aniversariodecasamento #amor #amorincondicional #1suitcase4two

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Home Away from Home…

Kids and myself are  safely housed in Washington, DC, waiting for clearance  to go back to Havana. Team Havana is still working to restablish power, water and a safe post-hurricane routine, back home.

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💜 #WashingtonDC #ForeignService

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Havana Photography: Post-hurricane Irma

Waiting for Irma… Departing Cuba

Havana Photography: Lady in Red, Plaza de Armas

Photography: Cubanas em Havana Vieja

Havana Photography. Playas del Este: Tarara

Havana Photography: Iglesia de Jesus de Miramar

Photography: Third-culture Passport life…

Pink & Blue in Havana Vieja

Photography: Pedestrian 5ta Avenida Havana

Havana Vieja Photography: Cigars & Classic Cars

Photography: Classic Cars in Havana Vieja 



Havana Photography: week in review

Havana Photography: Corpus Christi Church

Mayweather x McGregor 

Watching tonight’s fight with the help of an awesome projector & big screen, at the Marine House 🤗 #communityevent

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#familyaffair #USMC #getoutside #mayweathervmcgregor

Photography: Peacock at lunch…

Havana Photography: Ford Model A, 1930

Sunday in Havana…

Heart-Shaped Malanga

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Heart-shaped Malanga leaf… 💐🌺 @ig_color

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Busy Bees…

Blast from the Past: Womens’ US Soccer Enthusiast!

The skies we see…

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The skies we see… 🌞🌴

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Roots

Establishing roots… new home…

Peaceful Kitesurfing…

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Watching some peaceful kitesurfing…

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Neighboring Plant Nursery

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Visiting the neighboring plant nursery…

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Boy meets Vintage Car

Snapshot: Where is Home?

Challenges of raising bi/multilingual kids…

Already mentioned here my [random] thoughts on the whole bi/multilingual culture {Comments and extra thoughts on being a multilingual parent…}, and its obvious benefits, not only to the growing child, but also for the society that child is part of…

My children are surely enjoying their school break – another 2 full weeks to go, and they’ll be back at a familiar environment – an international school, surrounded by Spanish speaking classmates, and other expats, mainly from neighboring South American countries, a few European reps, and the well-known US-American crowd.

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Dialects of Portuguese in Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Already mentioned here my [random] thoughts on the whole bi/multilingual culture {Comments and extra thoughts on being a multilingual parent…}, and its obvious benefits, not only to the growing child, but also for the society that child is part of…

My children are surely enjoying their school break – another 2 weeks to go, and they’ll be back at a familiar environment – an international school, surrounded by Spanish speaking classmates, and other expats, mainly from neighboring South/Central American countries, a few European reps, and the soon-to-become-acquaintedwith US-American crowd.

All fun and games, until it came to reinforce the endless/continuous need for them [my kids] to keep speaking Portuguese at home. I’m not always with them to ‘remind’ my lovies the importance of keeping up with ‘mommy’s language’…

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KeyboardLayout-Portuguese-Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m their only link to Portuguese, right now – and I feel it’s my duty to stress the rule of  ‘if mom is home, you should only talk to her in Portuguese, as well as, to each other”. Guess what’s happening? The rule is definitely off. We [parents] had it all planned out: our kick-off was the One Parent One Language (OPOL) method, where one parent speaks the minority language, which would be, in my case, Portuguese. My husband would have the kids started in Spanish [his father’s mother tongue], and gradually move on to English [husband’s mother’s tongue], as school moved on and our children required a deeper knowledge of English… We knew their/kids’ brains are hard-wired for language acquisition and children up to three years old easily process both languages.

Our 3 children had an early ‘linguistic’ start. They’re now almost 12, 9.5 and 6.5 years old – and were introduced to different languages as early as their birthdate.

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José Saramago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Right now, it seems not to be working. Maybe, it’s because we’re tired at the end of the day? Or because the kids see me talking to their dad in English; and for the past 3 years in Brazil, talking with their nanny in Spanish/Portunol    , they may believe it’s okay to leave Saramago‘s language aside, and completely pretend they don’t know Portuguese [??].

So here I am, asking for suggestions [??], trying to figure out an easy [and painless] way out… ,

I’m always on the lookout for interesting resources for supporting our toddlers’ learning, I stumbled upon this very interesting article from Multilingual Living, which I’ve shared here earlier.

From our “tentative trilingual home” to yours… Thank you for reading… and for any suggestions that come our way! 😮

Before the rain…

Playa Del Havana Club

Photography: Vintage Cars – Havana Streets

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What makes a home a home?

From a fellow expat mom and blogger. A beautiful piece touching on this troubling topic, so close to our hearts! ❤️

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What makes a home a home? Where is your home?

As I begin to type this, five Brazilian movers are currently carrying all of our boxed-up belongings into giant crates. As strange as this may sound, I feel a certain sense of relief that everything is now gone and all we have to worry about for the next several weeks are our three suitcases (though I am sure that living out of suitcases will get old very quickly!). But we have been living in an odd state of limbo, with our belongings separated into different rooms according to the shipment they will be packed into. I had begun “taking apart” our home about a month ago — I am definitely not a procrastinator by nature! The last task was to remove the decals from the nursery’s walls, which I did yesterday while the movers started packing us up. Perched on…

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Summer Fun: Getting a ride to the Tiki Hut (3-wheeler free bike service!)

Preview from our Southwest USA road trip

Oh, well… since time is a hot commodity during vacation, I will just share here the links with our Instagram images… once time becomes more available, a better writing/blogging job will happen. Thank you!

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Husband and I decided to have a joint June-Birthday-Celebration… back to the place we got married, some 14 years ago… lots to #celebrate! #travelwithkids Watching the #sunrise from way up high… Riding in a hot air balloon! Thanks to the awesome flying crew from Rainbow Ryders, we had the safest experience… followed by some well-deserved #champagne drink for the grand finale! #outdoors #hotairballoon #adventure #upintheair #wonderful_places #landofenchantment #travel #rainbowryders #traveler #bucketlist #NewMexico #birthday #loveneverfails #familytravel #traveltips #albuquerquesunrise #ABQ #viajenocel #ballooning #flying #fantrip #atalantaworld @umaviagem @ig_color #travelawesome #landscape @travel__blog @viagemeturismo #blogmochilando #MissaoVT

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Interesting coincidences traveling brings us! My father's first job, at the age of 15: apprentice telegrapher, while leaving at the Brazilian countryside, in Ceara. . . During our morning's visit to the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, our kids got to learn about the challenges and excitement faced by men like their grandad'. Also, the museum is located by the corner of Miranda and Las Cruces… life has crazy ways to surprise us all! #museum #railroad #LasCruces #travelwithkids #welltravelled #telegraph #trainstation #NewMexico #Mesilla #tripadvisor #traveltips #multicultural #travel #vacation #Southwest #oldtown . #memories #photography #history #roadtrip #typewriter #santaferailroad #oldwest #landofenchantment

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All-day sightseeing! Morning in Las Cruces, Afternoon drive to Mesilla and lunch at the La Posta Restaurant; heading out to the White Sands National Park, with an added bonus: stop for a well-deserved wine tasting, before catching the sunset view at the Park! . . #riograndewinery #NewMexico @wanderful.destinations #WhiteSands #NationalPark #Photography #Outdoors #nofilter #roadtrip #familia #travel #travelwithkids #landofenchantment #budgettravel #southwest #vacation #summer #traveler #photographer #sunset #toptotravel #wanderfuldestinations @travelwithusallover @umaviagem #umaviagem #expatfocus @travel__blog #vibenaviagem #passionpassport #ig_fotogramers @goneoutdoors #fantrip @styleyourselfie

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National Radio Astronomy Observatory. ✅ Car stop here suggested by the husband (who, as you will see here, apparently can't take a selfie to save his life! 😍) That suggestion pleased the #geek wife and mother, as well as our '3 aspiring explorers' and the #scientist in-the-making 😃 #NewMexico ✅The Very Large Array is the most versatile, widely-used radio telescope in the world. It can map large-scale structure of gas and molecular clouds and pinpoint ejections of plasma from supermassive #blackhole. ✅ It is the world’s first color camera for #radio #astronomy, thanks to its new suite of receivers and a #supercomputer than can process wide fields of spectral data simultaneously. The VLA is also a high-precision #spacecraft tracker that #NASA and ESA have used to keep tabs on robotic spacecrafts exploring the #SolarSystem. ✅ Each of the VLA’s 28 telescopes (including the one that is a spare) is an 82-foot dish with 8 receivers tucked inside. ✅ The dish moves on an altitude-azimuth mount, what you’ve probably seen as a classic tripod mount: it tilts up and down and spins around. #telescope #verylargearray #VLA #NRAO #desert #science #roadtrip #travel #travelwithkids #Southwest #Vacation #budgettravel #traveltips @theinvisibleuniverse #signs #vlba #radioastronomy #discovery #lpfanphoto @travel__blog #toptotravel #moodygram

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