Welcome to my piece of the internet.

I’m Andrea – a mom, an entrepreneur, an avid writer and researcher, a book geek, a genealogist, photographer, an animal lover and a perpetual explorer. I am an Ontario girl through and through, born and raised but I moved to Alberta in August 2010 making my permanent home in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Managing 4 autoimmune diseases is a challenge but finding homeopathy and biofeedback literally saved my life. Creating a holistic lifestyle that works for my body so I can lead a healthy and normal life was utmost important to me. Life is about ever changing, growing, learning and evolving so I take with me what I have learned to this point and utilize it on a daily bases. In moving forward with the knowledge, good habits, and routines I have in place, I feel confident in sharing with others suffering with incurable autoimmune diseases.  In hopes of changing the way disease is viewed in the western medical world by proving that healing naturally will saves lives, and doing away with prescription drugs and surgery is possible for the majority, if not all, of the fellow IBD suffers.

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia having all 18 trigger points at age 17 in 1989, diagnosed with Graves Disease (HYPERthyroid) at age 29 in 2001, diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia in 2012 and diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis at the age 43 in 2015. Although, I had been living with CD and UC for decades unknowingly. I look back and understand why I struggled so much for so long. I finally found help with a homeopathic doctor who uses biofeedback, sho tai and holistic remedies with her patients. Join me as I tell my story of how I avoided prescription drugs and surgery by healing naturally with holistic modalities and diet change.

Want more information how I live with Crohns in a holistic way send me an email here or comment below.



Doing the work

I’m on my way! We have to do the work! We have to push through those obstacles no matter how long they are in our lives. The quote: the universe will keep giving you the same lesson until you learn it. Is so damn true. I wasn’t listening. I kept walking into the same situation. Abuse. Emotional abuse.

There is no blame. There are no mistakes. Those people are brought into your life to teach you something. Stop and let the lesson be heard. Ease into what we’ve been suppressing to let it rise up to the surface to become the lesson. Heal. Heal yourself and carry on. Strength is in you. Strength is the work. The work we have to do, its creating the person we are becoming.

The work takes time. It’s every minute of every day. Sometimes it feels like it will never get better. Most often it’s like a curse, like the perpetual motion you once had is gone and highly doubt it will ever return. Will this transformation be complete? Is this a thing? Is this what’s suppose to be happening? Is it ever going to end? Why is this happening?

Working at my life to get to this point has been incredible. I can say that now that I’m here. A year ago or even a couple of months ago it wasn’t incredible. It was painful, hard, complicated, confusing and defeating.

I still have uncertainty, but then again who doesn’t, at this point it’s not as damning. There’s no panic or doom to it. There seems to be a good possibility there is an end. That end is good. That end means the crisis has passed and I am out of the woods. That this crisis is almost behind me.

Stay Free.



Safer for Babies


Here’s what makes these baby products special and safer:

• The ingredients are simple and purposeful: For example, the brand NEW Diaper Cream contains zinc oxide to create a neutral barrier between a wet diaper and delicate baby skin to help prevent diaper rashes which can turn into infections if not properly cared for. The tapioca starch in the diaper cream is really inventive: it absorbs moisture so baby bums stay nice and dry and decreases the likelihood a rash could occur!

• The products are free of common allergens like soy, gluten and nuts! If we don’t feed these things to our babies, we should also make sure they aren’t being absorbed through our body’s largest organ: the skin!

• They’re transparent: Beautycounter formulates their products to be safer and effective and they don’t hide ingredients from you. They stand by their promise to exclude over 1,500 harmful ingredients from their products…. Ingredients that you’ll find all over your house if you’re not reading labels or calling companies… because these ingredients aren’t illegal in America (even though Europe has banned 1,400 of them based on evidence of toxicity). Many of the ingredients are organic, non-gmo, and plant-derived.

Our Ingredient Selection Process ensures safer and cleaner products that work beautifully. This rigorous process handpicks the best ingredients. What’s not included? Approximately 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals on our “Never List” that we never use to formulate our products.

Shop Safer Baby, Kids, Skincare and Makeup here 

Comment below or connect with me on IG or FB or email me here; I would LOVE to help you switch to safer products AND see positive changes in your skin!



Let’s make a positive difference together!

One Gutsy Lady ~ 100 posts! Lets make a difference together!

With the unprecedented rise in consumers seeking safe, toxin-free products, I’m excited to announce that I’m expanding my team of rising stars to help keep up with Beautycounter’s exceptional growth here in Canada and the US.

Suffice to say, people are fired up about toxins and unsafe ingredients that are going into the products they use on themselves and their families! They’re demanding better! Beautycounter is setting new industry standards by providing innovative solutions as people demand products that are not only safe, but exceptionally high-performing as well.

We know there is strength in numbers when pushing for legislative change that would provide more health protective laws against the toxic ingredients that are still allowed in our beauty and personal care products. That’s why we need your voice and the voices of others to help us to be heard loud and clear. Because no one should have to sacrifice their health for beauty. We ALL deserve better.

Why now is the time to take the job…
Beautycounter is about innovation. Now that people have had a taste of what we have to offer, they’re wanting more. That’s why we’re always creating and innovating new offerings for our clients that meet our rigorous 5-step ingredient selection process. And we are just now in the midst of releasing a number of new products to market! Our biggest collective new product launch to date!

Closing Presentation: Gregg Renfrew, Founder & CEO Leadership Summit Keynote 2017

What role am I recruiting for?
I am looking for motivated business leaders to take on the role of Beautycounter Consultant to educate and empower our stakeholders (consumers) about safety risks and opportunities in the beauty and personal care industry, providing strategic solutions and exceptional client care.

This is a remote opportunity (as in you can basically work from anywhere you like). A minimum of 5 hours/week is required (up to full-time hours, depending on your goals and what the rest of your life looks like). You set your own schedule.

This position comes with NO “glass-ceiling,” so the opportunity for growth is limitless. We are not a Direct Sales company – we are a MOVEMENT that enlists multiple channels to raise brand awareness, including strategic business partnerships, e-commerce, and building relationships with clients face to face. We educate and empower. We are a certified B-Corp, meaning we are equally about people and planet as we are about profit. If you are excited by that, please READ ON.

What does the position entail?
By joining my team, you are becoming a business partner with me as your mentor and business coach. You are essentially purchasing (for $85) your own ready-made business including two custom e-commerce websites already set up for you, a full marketing suite, access to brand partnerships, a committed customer care team, unlimited professional development and leadership opportunities. (That’s right. ALL that for $85.) It is also recommended (but not required) that you take advantage of the up to 50% off product kits that are available at sign-up so you can familiarize yourself with our products and how they perform. More info on those later…

This is YOUR business with an entire support community to help you get started and provide you with the tools you need to grow your business.

You do not need to be an expert in all of the areas listed below. We can teach you what you need to know to be successful. But having an understanding of some of these skills is helpful. Most of all, if you believe in yourself and are willing to put in the work it takes to succeed, then you will do well.

This opportunity can be curated, which means it can fit into any lifestyle and schedule. It’s as flexible as you are. But there ARE a few basic things needed to help you be successful:

* You love people, put service at the centre of your work, and strive to find ways to make a positive impact on the world.
* You love a challenge and aren’t afraid to step outside of your comfort zone from time to time.
* You’re able to work independently, positively handle challenges while also being a great team player.
* Proficiency in social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram are a plus, but not a requirement as those skills can be taught.
* You are open to new ideas and love thinking outside the box.

What will the right person love about this opportunity?
1. You’ll be paid to talk to people, empower them through education and connect them with safer options for themselves and their family. You are getting paid to make a positive difference, one person at a time. (Note: Compensation is commission-based.)
2. Recognition and respect. How often are you celebrated and promoted for a job well done in your current situation?
3. You’ll get to do your work from anywhere; your livingroom, a coffee shop, the beach…
4. You’ll get to work with a fast-growing company that is still virtually unheard of (especially in Canada) where there is MASSIVE opportunity for growth now and in the future.
5. You’ll learn the ins and outs of online marketing, event planning, relationship-building, and building brand recognition.
6. You will be part of a company that has one primary goal: making a positive difference in the world by helping people to choose safer products and by creating a movement for safer regulatory standards.

Does this sound like what you’ve been looking for?
I just love this video from fellow consultant and business leader, Jenn Indra, talking about what joining Beautycounter has meant for her and her family. I especially love what she says about how she goes to bed every night knowing that what she does for a living is helping to create a safer future for her son. I feel the same way.
What inspires YOU?

Meet Beautycounter Consultant Jenn Indra

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Don’t wait! get in touch.
To express your interest in this opportunity, request a copy of our industry leading compensation plan, and to set up a one-on-one interview, send me an email here.

Please note that, as stated above, if this opportunity is the right fit for you, you will be an independent consultant, not an employee.