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Sayf Khaleel – 8 Months Progress Report & Raya Updates

Assalamu’alaikum. Hellloouuu !
Selamat Hari Rayaaaaa !
I know am 2 weeks overdue but hey better late than never, huh ? Hee.

I hope your Ramadhan & Syawal has been splendid. :)
I was really nervous about fasting this year as I was still exclusively breastfeeding Khaleel. I was worried about my milk supply dipping and I did not know whether I could be able to go without eating during the day. But, Alhamdulillah, with Allah’s permission I managed to fast & breastfeed Khaleel throughout Ramadhan.
Before I knew it, we were already nearing Syawal !

First things first, Raya updates. :)

This year Khaleel celebrated his first Syawal, our first as a family of four, Alhamdulillah.
We were in Batu Pahat on the first day of Raya, and Mr. Sunshine’s family chose peach as our theme colour this year. :)

Raya Updates

With my in-laws. :)

Mak (my MIL) decided to scratch rendang out of the Raya menu this year, so we had ayam ungkep (a Javanese dish), beef satay etc. As usual, after Raya prayers, we asked for forgiveness from everyone, and started to go beraya to a few of Mr. Sunshine’s uncles & aunts houses.

On the second day of Raya, we drove back to Gombak. My mission was to look for rendang ! Hehe.
Found my rendang at Aunty Maziey’s ! We managed to beraya at Akey’s house and a couple of my relatives houses as well. :)

Raya Updates 2

One with cousins at Aunty Maziey’s. :)

Raya updates

Another one with my uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews & nieces at Abang Jai’s. :)

Well, enough on Raya updates, I shall move on to share about Khaleel’s update for the past 5 months.
Whoa, I haven’t blogged for 5  months ! Hahaha.
I feel so bad because I used to blog on Khayla’s updates pretty frequently when she was a baby. :(

Anyway, here goes..

4 months progress

Khaleel started to roll over both directions. The first thing he would do when he woke up was roll over, so we would always put pillows around him as barriers. He could grasp toys or things pretty well.
Had his first episode of diarrhea for about 5 days, and then started developing rashes all over his body. Brought him to a paediatrician which confirmed it was viral exanthem.

Sayf Khaleel 8 months update

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5 months progress

He recognizes when we call his name. He slowly started to crawl at 5.5 months. Had his first swim in a pool at Port Dickson. Hehe. He adores his sister, and gets easily amused by almost anything Khayla does. Hehe.

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Khayla & Khaleel having a swim ! Hehe.

6 months progress

Started on solids at 6.5 months, has been eating quite well everyday. He started to be able to sit down without support.

7 months progress

He successfully learned how to get into a sitting position by pushing up from his stomach. He jabbers a lot. Hehe. His favourite thing to do is stand while holding on to something, and he started being able to pull himself up from sitting to standing.

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Khaleel trying to give me a heart attack by showing off that he can stand with only one hand supported. -_____-

8 months progress

Expresses his feelings by screaming, no actual words yet, still jabbers a lot. Starting to get very attached to me, sometimes to the extent of not wanting to go to his Ayah.
Alhamdulillah, so far he is still fully breastfed while on solids. I reallllyyy pray and hope I can breastfeed him until at least 1 year. Ameen !

I have been sending him to a babysitter for 5 months now and Alhamdulillah, so far so good. May Allah protect him at all times. May Allah make it easy for the babysitter to take care of him. Ameen ameen.

I hope I have covered all his milestones, until my next post, bye ! :)

xoxo

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Sayf Khaleel – 3 months Progress Report

Alhamdulillah all praises to Allah, little Sayf is now almost 3 and a half months. :)

He still takes short naps during the day and goes to bed at about 9 to 10-ish at night. His first sleep period would be around 3-4 hours, wakes up for his feed (he usually just fusses around with his eyes closed, waiting for his milk to be serve, hehe) and after that he goes back to sleep and wakes up on roughly an hourly basis.

He gets very excited when his Ayah holds him and play with him, and when he is with me, he ‘talks’ a lot. I guess he knows his parents very well already. Hehe. He is not stingy with his smiles and laughs and loves it when we play peek-a-boo with him :)

His latest achievement once he hit 3 months was rolling over ! He perfected his roll within a week by rolling from lying on his back to his tummy. So far, he prefers rolling to his left side, and I am trying to coax him to foll the over on the other side as well.

While this new skill of his is awesome, it is also a sign that Mr. Sunshine and I (or whoever is around him) should be extra careful. He nearly rolled off his mattress yesterday !

Sayf khaleel 3 months

Sikit lagi nak tergolek atas lantai tau !

He poops a lot, haha, but is spitting up much lesser these days. He would occasionally suck on his index finger or thumb to soothe himself.

This week, we are currently desperately looking for a babysitter for Khaleel. Please pray we everything goes smoothly for us. Thanks ! :)

xoxo

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Shaklee Nutriferon

Helloouuu February !
This month Shaklee brings to you a few promotions and Shaklee Nutriferon is one of the items on offer !

I have blogged about Nutriferon before, but I thought it would best to ‘repost’ and share the information once again.

WHAT IS NUTRIFERON ?
The only supplement created by the Immunologist – Dr. Yasuhiko Kojima. Nutriferon was developed after more than 40 years of research after screening, testing and evaluating thousands of compounds and more than 200 different herbs.

Nutriferon contains:

  1. Pumpkin Seeds – Stimulate the production of natural interferon in our body – Fight free radicals and cancer causing factors
  2. Plantago Asiatica Seeds – Contains polysaccharide which activates the overall immune cells
  3. Japanese Honeysuckle – Fights the intrusion of viruses and germs
  4. Safflower Flower – Produce and strengthen ability of macrophage in destroying viruses and germs.
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Sooo, NutriFeron naturally activates the production of your body’s own interferon. With its patented combination of four plant extracts, it invigorates your natural immune system and increases your resistance safely and naturally.

WHAT IS INTERFERON ?

Interferon is a natural substance produced by every cell of the body. It is activated when a cell is attacked by microbes, viruses, cancer cells, etc., and has two important functions:

  1. It signals neighbouring cells to prepare for action and triggers other resistance mechanisms.
  2. It activates other “soldier” immune cells that kill foreign invaders.

Interferon helps protect us from the daily exposure to millions of foreign invaders that can lead to serious sickness and disease.

KEY BENEFITS OF NUTRIFERON

  • Strengthen Immune System in 3 Days – It is the only natural interferon in the world. Studies have shown that interferon is able to stimulate and enhance body’s overall immune system by calling the natural killer in the body to action: T-cells, B-cells and macrophage
  • Helps in Cancer & Tumor – Natural interferon contains active polysaccharides that stimulates and activates the immunoglobulin to fight against tumor and cancer cells. Also, it can minimize discomfort during chemotherapy treatment.
  • Protects against influenza – It balances immune responses to allergies of environment and air pollutions, effectively protects against harms by various viruses, microbes, which include cold, flu, allergies, inflammation, and influenza.
  • Ease Stress & Lethargy – Eases harms caused by anxiety, stress, lethargy and hectic lifestyle.
  • Delays Aging – The unique formula of Nutriferon stimulates the production of macrophage in order to reduce free radicals, viruses and germs rapidly. Hence, cells become healthier.
  • Reduces Infections By Hepatitis B & C Patients – the efficiency of Nutriferon in combating viruses can reduce the infection and minimize any discomforts, for instance, bloating, nausea, vomit, etc of Hepatits B & C patients.
  • Improves Menopause – Hypertension, high cholesterol, blood circulation and other various problems arise from menopause can be improved.
  • Improves PMS – Clinically proven to improve symptoms caused by imbalance endocrine system i.e. Menstrual Cramps, Backache, Tender breasts, Acne, Anxiety, Insomnia, and Mood swings.

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I can say that it is a must for every household to have at least 1 box of Nutriferon !  As you can see in the photo above, it comes in little sachets which makes it easy for us to carry them anywhere we go. :)
The whole family can benefit from strengthening our immune system.

If you have any extra questions on Nutriferon or any other Shaklee supplements, don’t hesitate to contact me. :)

xoxo

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Sayf Khaleel – 2 Months Progress Report

Hi all !
Assalamu’alaikum.

I guess this blog’s getting a bit dusty these days huh ?
Hehe. Apologies !
I am still trying to adapt to having another baby in the house. Hee.

Khaleel is now a little over 2 months, Alhamdulillah.
He weighed 4.9kgs at his 2 months check up. Alhamdulillah.
Although he is not as semangat (heavy/big – old folks say it’s better to say semangat rather than heavy, no idea why haha) as Khayla was before, but as long as he is thriving, I am grateful !

He started lifting his head when he was about a week plus, and now he can lift his head up better for short periods. He even likes to lift his head up while he’s lying on his back.

We’re getting a lot of gurgling, cooing, ooohs and aaahhhs from him these day. He smiles and laughs at us too. *heart melts*
He loves his bath time, and is pretty calm during changing time as well. He spits up a lot, sometimes to the extent of vomiting. Iskk.
During the day he takes short naps (about 15 to 30 minutes) and sleeps longer (about 3-4 hours) at night.
Alhamdulillah, so far I can say that he is a pretty calm baby.
Thank you Allah, it is YOU who takes care of him, thank you !

khaleel 2 months

Khayla loves her brother so much that she loves to squeeze his cheeks, head, tummy etc. Most of the time Khaleel would cry from the ‘aggressive affection’ his sister showers him with. Haha.

As for Mummy, I am still on leave, yay !
It’s
But time sure flies so fast when you’re having a good time.

I’ve got so many things to blog about, lemme just organize my thoughts first then jot them down, ok ?

Until my next post, thanks for reading and bye !

xoxo

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Confinement with Shaklee

Day 33 of confinement.
This means Khaleel is already 1 month old, Alhamdulillah, and I have 11 days to go before I taste freedom. Haha.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to go through my confinement period with Shaklee supplements. Here are what I have observed:

  1. My perineum stitches healed faster. I remember very clearly about still having trouble sitting down properly and complaining about being sore down there 3 weeks after I gave birth to Khayla, but this time, it took about a little over a week for me to be able to sit and move normally. Alhamdulillah.
  2. I feel energized and fresh every single day despite the fact that I am waking up several times to nurse Khaleel during the night. In fact, I actually felt like getting back on my Zumba regimen last week but let’s not overdo it lah. Hehe.
  3. Alhamdulillah, so far I have no issues with breast milk supply although I do not get to express my milk as often as I should. Khaleel sometimes have to let go of my breasts, while panting and gagging a little because too much milk is going into his mouth. Hehe.
  4. I have lost 11 kgs so far. After I delivered Khayla, it took me about 2 months to lose the same amount of weight ! Just in case y’all did not know, I gained 18 kgs throughout this pregnancy. Haha. So I have about 7 kgs more to lose to achieve my pre-pregnancy weight. Wish me luck ! Hehe.

These are the supplements I take everyday:

ESP, VitaLea, Vita C, B Complex, Zinc Complex, Alfalfa Complex, Ostematrix, Omega Guard & Lecithin

ESP, VitaLea, Vita C, B Complex, Zinc Complex, Alfalfa Complex, Ostematrix, Omega Guard & Lecithin

And here is how I take them daily:

I take 1 tablet of Zinc Complex as soon as I wake up in the morning.
After lunch, I will take 2 tablets of VitaLea, 1 tablet of B Complex, 1 tablet of Sustained Release Vita C & 3 capsules of Lecithin.
I take another tablet of Sustained Release Vita C and another 3 capsules of Lecithin after dinner.
And before I go to bed, I take 4 tablets of Ostematrix along with 3 capsules of Omega Guard.

I drink ESP & Meal Shakes when I am hungry in between meals which is usually in the evening of before I go to bed.

I occasionally take Alfalfa Complex too, but I noticed it made my breasts engorge with milk too much (which is a good thing !) so I take it as and when I feel like it. Hee.

I believe that the Zinc Complex and Vita C helped speed up my healing process and the others contribute to my energy, weight loss (thank you Lecithin & Omega Guard !) and milk supply !
Lecithin has also helped me when I had (painful) blocked milk ducts.
Alhamdulillah.

All this while I have been reading and receiving positive feedbacks from others about going through confinement with Shaklee supplements, so I am extremely grateful and ecstatic I got to experience the awesome-ness firsthand. Yay ! :)

So happy I got to share this with all of you. And yes, I would definitely recommend Shaklee supplements for anyone who are pregnant or going through the confinement phase. Heck, I would recommend them to everyone ! Hehe.

Ok bye !

xoxo

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Of Trials

The first 14 days of confinement were not a bed of roses for me.
And it has nothing to do with the confinement ‘rules’.
Allow me to share on what happened…

Scenario 1:

The day after Khaleel’s birth, I received a call from Umra, telling me that their paediatrician has something to discuss with me. Mr. Sunshine and I brought Khaleel along to Umra that evening.
The paediatrician told us that they just got the results for the vaginal swab for group B streptococcus (GBS) they did on me the first time I came to Umra the previous Wednesday. It was positive.

You see, being a GBS carrier is perfectly normal and natural as it is found as part of the normal gut flora in 20-30% of men and women, and the vagina in roughly 1 in 4 women.
So, it does not carry any health risk to the carrier, which in this case is myself.

However, a baby delivered via a vaginal delivery has a risk to develop a GBS infection.

The paediatrician wanted to admit Khaleel and start him on intravenous gentamicin & benzylpenicillin.
You can imagine how shocked both Mr Sunshine and I were.

We were not keen about starting our 2 day-old baby on antibiotics unnecessarily, so we asked for some time to think about it. He gave us 10 minutes. We could not make a decision that quick, so we signed the at-own-risk (AOR) discharge slip and brought Khaleel home.

We called a couple of friends who were doctors and asked for their opinions and decided to get a second opinion that night itself, from PPUM.

With tears streaming down my cheeks, I packed my bags just in case Khaleel had to be admitted.

We arrived at PPUM close to midnight that day.
The medical officer at PPUM told us that he thinks Khaleel is fine as it has already been 40 hours since his birth, however he did a blood test just to be sure.
We waited until after 0200 hours for the results, and Alhamdulillah they were normal. We reached home almost 0400 hours that morning.

Yes, I went through all the above with my sore perineum, 40 hours after delivering my baby. *nangis*

Scenario 2:

On Monday, November 23rd, Khayla woke up with a fever and she was coughing really bad. I told Mr Sunshine to bring her to her paediatrician in DEMC to get her checked.

That afternoon, Mr Sunshine called me from the hospital to tell me that Khayla needed to be admitted. She was down with acute bronchitis.

I immediately broke down.
My confinement lady, Kak Anda tried to console me and told me that it was not good to cry that much during confinement.
I could not control my emotions.
My heart broke thinking about Khayla and Mr. Sunshine who had to skip classes to stay with Khayla in the hospital.

Khayla was admitted that day, and I was at home with Khaleel and Kak Anda.
I was so exhausted from not being able to take a nap during the day and from all the crying I did.
Khaleel slept with Kak Anda that night. *nangis*
I was fortunate that I had expressed breastmilk stored in the refrigerator.

That night, I cried myself to sleep.

Alhamdulillah, Khayla was discharged last Friday.
Mr Sunshine skipped 3 days of classes last week. Poor him.
I spent 4 nights (crying every now and then because I missed Mr. Sunshine and Khayla) at home with Khaleel and Kak Anda.

Now, how’s that for drama ?
Hehe.

But Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear, kan ?

Goodnight ! :)

xoxo

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The Birth of Sayf Khaleel

This will be a continuation of this post and a LONG ONE !

I was on medical leave the following day (Thursday) and was told to rest, but instead, Mr Sunshine and I went on a date. Haha. I specifically requested we do three things:

  1. Eat at Carl’s Jr
  2. Watch Spectre
  3. Eat coconut ice cream from Sangkaya

And those were exactly what we did.
I told baby that he can come out already, Mummy has drooled over Daniel Craig enough. Haha.

I went for a follow up scan at Hospital Umra on Friday, 13th November 2015.
Dr Ummul Wahiy performed the scan and told us (Mr. Sunshine and I) that my amniotic fluids were still low. She performed a vaginal examination as well and found that my cervix was only a fingertip dilated.

She scheduled me for an induction on Sunday (15th November) night.

So we had lunch and Mr Sunshine dropped me off at Annisa’s new pad to hang out while he went for Friday prayers.

After the vaginal exam, I was feeling very crampy and at Annisa’s house, I found out that I was spotting. I tried to stay calm because Dr Ummul had already told me to expect slight bleeding after the exam. However, the cramps were quite bothersome.

The spotting and cramping continued until I was home. I had a funny feeling that Dr Ummul did a membrane sweep on me !

Membrane Sweep – During an internal examination, a doctor or midwife will try to insert a finger into the opening of your cervix (neck of your womb) and then gently but firmly move her finger around. This action should separate the membranes of the amniotic sac surrounding your baby from your cervix. This separation releases hormones (prostaglandins) which may kick-start your labour. – Babycentre UK

That night, I bounced on my gym ball, with hopes that it will help induce labour naturally.
It actually made me bleed even more. *gasps*

Mr Sunshine’s exact words while I was bouncing on the ball were, “Ayang jangan semangat sangat, nanti bersalin malam ni kang.” Hehe.

I thought that if I do go into labour, it would be on the following day, after Khayla’s school concert. Yes, Khayla’s school concert was on Saturday !

Boy, was I wrong.
I went to sleep at about 2300 hours that night, with the cramps getting worse. I told Mr. Sunshine, “Boleh tahan juga sakit lepas vaginal exam ni.” and told him to go to bed early just in case I go into labour.

I could not sleep.

I was experiencing on and off cramps.

At 0130 hours on Saturday (14th November), I got up from bed and realized that the cramps I was experiencing were actually contractions.

The pain was still bearable so I did not wake Mr. Sunshine up. I tried to clean up the house a bit, put on baby’s bed sheet, packed Khayla’s bag for her concert (I was still thinking that I could go to her concert, haha) etc and sat in the living room monitoring my contractions.

I was still bleeding at the time.

At 0430 hours, I woke Mr. Sunshine up, told him that I am already in labour. Mr Sunshine called his sister, Syahieda to get her to come over to be with Khayla. I started to get emotional thinking about not being able to watch Khayla perform that day.

While waiting for Syahieda to arrive, I felt a gush of fluid down there.
When I checked, I was not too sure whether my waterbag had broke because all I could see was blood.

At around 0500 hours, I felt another gush of fluid flow down there and when I checked, it was yellowish in colour.
It was then when I panicked and told Mr. Sunshine that we needed to go to the hospital stat. Mr. Sunshine told Syahieda to meet us at Umra instead.

We reached Hospital Umra at about 0530 hours, I was brought straight to the labour room. Contractions were getting more intense but still bearable. I was attended to by Dr Karamjit Kaur at about 0600 hours. She told me I was 1 cm dilated and she was going to give it about 2 hours. I was given an enema to help clear my digestive tract before delivery.

Contractions were getting more and more intense. Even Dr Karamjit told us that my contractions were extremely strong for my stage in labour. Yeah, tell me something I didn’t know. Pfft.

Mr. Sunshine held the entonox gas for me every time I had a contraction.
At around 0715 hours, Dr Karamjit came to check on me, and told me that I was still 1-2 cm dilated.
The pain at the time was unbearable, I even asked (more like begged) for an epidural but Mr Sunshine consoled me and told me that I was almost there and could do it without the epidural.
That kinda irked me to the extent I told him, “Jahatlah ayang ni ! Saya yang sakit tau !” Hahaha talk about drama. Sorry ayang !

From then on, things progressed faster than I expected. I went from being 1-2 cm dilated to feeling like I want to poop so badly (read: poop out baby) in less than 45 minutes.
Dr Karamjit was called in, and with a couple of pushes, out came little Sayf Khaleel at 0809 hours !

Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah were the words that came out of my mouth after that. After Dr Karamjit stitched me up (yes, I tore, ouch), Mr Sunshine came in to recite the azan to our son. :)

So there you go, the story of how Sayf Khaleel came into this world. I hope I did not bore you. Hehe.
Mr. Sunshine and I both missed Khayla’s concert but am grateful his sister was there with Khayla.

And oh, Dr Ummul confirmed that she did indeed do a membrane sweep on me !

I have more stories to share, but I’ll save them for my next post.

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Ok bye !

xoxo

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The New Addition

Soooo, I finally gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Saturday, 14th November 2015.
Syukur Alhamdulillah.

Sayf KhaleelSay hello to Sayf Khaleel bin Mohd Syafiq !
Sayf – “Sword, Pedang
Khaleel – “Close companion/intimate friend, Sahabat tersayang

Thank you for all the kind wishes and prayers. :)

I have loads to share, these 11 days have been bittersweet.

Until my next post, bye !

xoxo

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Week 39

I am, well, hashtagstillpregnant.
Haha.

Baby is officially in Mummy’s uterus longer than Kakak Khayla. Hee.
Now I kinda regret not taking 1 or 2 weeks leave prior to my due date.
Almost everyone I meet at the office will have the same question to ask, “Eh tak beranak lagi?!” or “Eh ada lagi?!“.

Haha.
I am still not overdue okayyy people !

Anyway, I went for my antenatal appointment at my workplace today and the gynae told me that my amniotic fluid is slightly on the low side, and since I am already in week 39, he suggested that I get an induction, stat.
He told me to head straight to the Hospital Sungai Buloh (where I had plan to deliver my baby) and get the baby out. *gasps*

Okayyy, this was not something I saw coming.

Headed home but instead of going to Hospital Sungai Buloh, Mr Sunshine took me to Hospital Umra which is like a 10-minute drive from home.

They monitored baby’s heart rate and whether or not I was having contractions using a CTG machine. Alhamdulillah everything looked good.
Had a ultrasound scan done which confirmed that my amniotic fluid level was borderline.

The doctor gave me 2 options:
1. To go home and think about having an induction tonight
2. To go home and gets loads of rest and come back for another scan on Friday.

I decided to go for option 2 considering the fact that the CTG and scan results were fine (well apart from the amniotic fluid levels).

We’ll see how things go in a couple of days.

Pray for me k !

xoxo

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Top 10 Reasons To Join Shaklee

I have been consuming Shaklee products since 2012.
Little did I know I would be making extra income through Shaklee while improving my health as well. :)

I know 3 years does not seem like such a long time, but I personally know of mentors who have been in the business for over 20 years (Shaklee has been in Malaysia for 25 years) and are still going strong !

Sooo, as the title suggests, here are TOP 10 REASONS TO JOIN SHAKLEE:

top 10 reasons to join shaklee

  1. Shaklee has given a total payout of RM26 billion for simply sharing Shaklee products
  2. Shaklee in Malaysia has grown 1000% in the past six years
  3. Shaklee is the no. 1 Natural Nutrition Company in the US
  4. The Shaklee Difference: Always Safe, Always Works, Always Green
  5. The Landmark Study published in 2007 showed people who took Shaklee supplements had markedly better health than people who took either a single multivitamin or no supplements at all
  6. Shaklee is in 9 countries, reaching out to HALF of the world’s population !
  7. Shaklee was recognized by BrandLaureate in 2014/2015 as Best MLM brand in nutrition
  8. Shaklee reaches out to underprivileged children by giving nutritional support through Shaklee Cares.
  9. Shaklee provides incentive trips included Japan, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom and United States
  10. Shaklee is the FIRST company in world to obtain Climate Neutral™ certification and totally offset its carbon dioxide emissions, resulting in a net zero impact on the environment.

Blessed to be with Shaklee ! :)

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