Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Living Naturally - 2009 Cone Consumer Environmental Survey

2009 Cone Consumer Environmental Survey

Even amid the recession, American interest in the environment has not waned, and as a result, many consumers are inclined to hold companies accountable for their environmental commitments today and in the future:

  • 35 percent of Americans have higher interest in the environment today than they did one year ago.
  • 35 percent of Americans have higher expectations for companies to make and sell environmentally responsible products and services during the economic downturn.
  • 70 percent of Americans indicate that they are paying attention to what companies are doing with regard to the environment today, even if they cannot buy until the future.

"The fact that consumers continue to be interested in the environment and mindful of corporate efforts, even in the midst of a grueling recession, is evidence that this is more than just a passing trend," says Jonathan Yohannan, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Cone. "Environmental responsibility is not just an expectation in times of prosperity."

Again, even amid recession, American interest in the environment fuels sales. Consumers want to be green, consumers want to buy green. Watkins Incorporated is making every effort to supply these consumers with the products they want. Consumers are just looking for someone to show it to them. With Watkins DFE Certified Home Care and NPA Certified Personal Care sales can soar.

Shop for all-natural plant-based personal care products and home care products at http://www.watkinsonline.com/eleisiawhitney

Friday, May 22, 2009

Watkins Core Values

Dear Friends,

Each day, more of us strive to improve our world and our overall quality of life with natural-based products. At Watkins, we have proudly been committed to using the finest natural ingredients since 1868. Whether it’s our line of 100% pure organic spices or our natural personal care line, Watkins is never doctored up like some big city factory products. Although we still offer many of the same natural products (such as Liniment) that have been trusted since our beginning, we continually remain on the forefront of product development and innovation. We hope that as you continue to enjoy our tried and true products that have connected generations for so many years, you will also consider the many new natural products that our talented research and development team has formulated for you. We are extremely excited to introduce our new J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary line of natural personal care. We promise each product to be 95% natural or higher, and free of parabens, sulfates, dyes and other chemicals.

While we are quite proud of our rich past, we are even more proud of our commitment to the future. In addition to bringing you the finest products, always backed by our original money-back satisfaction guarantee, we are devoted to making a difference in the communities we touch. As more and more customers enjoy our products, we consistently increase our contributions that support the terrific work being done by so many non-profits. Our gifts to support the disabled, the arts, education, hospitals and numerous other worthy causes are very important to us. We believe that being a good corporate citizen dedicated to giving back and improving our communities is vital to the health and sustainability of our planet and is one of the key reasons we have been going strong for 140 years. We are honored that through our many loyal customers who span multiple generations, we have been able to make a difference in so many lives.

On behalf of all of us at Watkins, thank you for being our customer. We look forward to continuing to serve you with our diverse line of natural products.


Mark Jacobs

Monday, May 18, 2009

Lemon Burst Vanilla Cake

Lemon Burst Vanilla Cake

Watkins Cooking Spray
2 cups/500 mL all-purpose flour (additional flour may be needed to dust baking pans)
1 tsp/5 mL Watkins Baking Powder
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL baking soda
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL salt
1 1/2 cups/375 mL granulated sugar
1/2 cup/125 mL unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 cup/250 mL nonfat buttermilk
2 tbsp/30 mL Watkins Lemon Peel
1 tbsp/15 mL Watkins Original Double-Strength Vanilla
2 tbsp/30 mL fresh lemon juice

3 cups/750 mL powdered sugar
1/4 cup/60 mL unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp/15 mL Watkins Lemon Peel
1 tbsp/15 mL Watkins Original Double-Strength Vanilla
1/4 cup/60 mL fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Coat two, 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray, dust lightly with flour and set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Mix granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Add flour mixture and non-fat buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture. Beat in lemon peel, vanilla and lemon juice.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Place one cake layer on a plate; spread half of the icing on top of cake. Add the second cake layer and top with remaining frosting.

Shop for Watkins Gourmet Ingredients at http://www.watkinsonline.com/eleisiawhitney

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Watkins Insect Repellent and Preventing Lyme Disease

If you enjoy hiking, camping or simply spending time outdoors in wooded areas, you should be aware of Lyme disease, an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorfer, a bacterium that is often found in deer ticks.

Since deer ticks tend to be prevalent in woodlands, you should wear protective clothing such as light colored, long-sleeved shirts, and tuck your pants into your socks when hiking in these areas. Always perform a "tick check" and immediately wash your body after spending time in the woods or tall grass.

In addition, keep an eye out for anything unusual on your skin, especially a rash in concentric rings, like a bull's-eye. If you have any symptoms such as rashes, fever or joint pain, consult a doctor who is knowledgeable about diagnosing and treating Lyme disease - the typical treatment is with antibiotics. Left untreated, about two-thirds of people with Lyme disease develop recurring bouts of arthritis, sometimes years after the infection.

Always apply Watkins Insect Repellent before spending time in wooded areas and areas of tall grasses, when you go camping, hiking, picnicing.

Watkins product line incudes a spray and a lotion.

Insect Repellent Spray
Article No. 06830, (113 g/4 oz)
Watkins Insect Repellent Spray, with doctor-recommended DEET, provides proven safe protection against Lyme Disease-carrying ticks, encephalitis-carrying mosquitoes, chiggers, deer flies, stable flies, black flies, gnats and fleas. Compact can fits in fishing vest, fanny pack or golf bag.
$7.99 US

Insect Repellent Lotion (US ONLY)
Article No. 06835, (240 ml/8 oz)
Watkins Insect Repellent Lotion, with doctor-recommended DEET, provides proven safe protection against Lyme Disease-carrying ticks, encephalitis-carrying mosquitoes, biting flies, chggers, gnats and fleas.
US $9.99

Note: Watkins Insect Repellents are not available in Hawaii, Delaware or New Hampshire.

Purchase Watkins Insect Repellents Listed under Home Care on the side menu at my Watkins Online web site.

Complete line of Watkins Products http://www.watkinsonline.com/eleisiawhitney

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Free Watkins Natural Body Care Kit

During the merry month of May I'm giving away a Watkins Natural Body Care Kit to one lucky newsletter subscriber or customer. Products are all 1 ounce or less and are the perfect size for travel. They are packed in a clear zippered bag. This body care kit also makes a fantastic gift!

The kit includes travel sizes of
Lemon Cream Shea Butter
Mango Shea Butter
Lavender Hand and Cuticle Salve
Lemon Hand and Cuticle Salve
Aloe and Green Tea Hand and Body Lotion
Vanilla Hand and Body Lotion
Peppermint Foot Cream
Pure Lemon Body Oil
In a Watkins logo zippered pouch

These products moisturize and feel silky smooth on your skin. The fragrances lightly indulge the senses.

To win this kit place any size order at my online web site http://www.watkinsonline.com/eleisiawhitney or call Watkins at 1-800-WATKINS (1-800-928-5467) and give my name and ID# as your Watkins Associate, Eleisia Whitney ID# 335001. I will acknowledge your order and choose one winner at random at the end of the month. I'll post the winner's name here on June 1st. Winner will be notified by email or in writing.

Natural Body Care Kit, Article No. 10530

Start a Watkins Home-Based Business for $39.95

Did you know that you can start a Watkins home-based business for $39.95?

I became an Independent Watkins Associate to supplement our family's income and to save for retirement. I like working from home. I decide how and when to work my business and schedule my time. I save money and time because I don't have to drive long distances to and from work.

My Watkins business has shown steady growth each year, although like any business there have been ups and downs. Not only has my income increased but I have earned bonuses, awards, and rewards for business building.

I chose Watkins to represent as an Independent Associate because the product line appealed to me. I felt a connection. They are products that our family uses everyday to make our lives better. Watkins continues to meet the needs of people across North America with tried-and-true health remedies, all natural and organic extracts, herbs, and spices, nutritional supplements, all-natural plant based personal care products, and all-natural plant based home care and cleaning products.

Watkins is a company that I represent with pride. For 141 years they have been committed to using only the finest natural ingredients. Products are family approved, Watkins guaranteed, and trusted for generations.

Why Watkins is a Good Choice For You

1. Extraordinary Products - People use our products everyday and buy them over and over again.
2. Trusted Brand - People all over North America know and respect the Watkins brand.
3. Simple Business - The Watkins business is easy to duplicate.
4. Exceptional Compensation - Watkins rewards Associates in relation to their efforts and offers leadership bonuses.
5. Low Start-Up Cost - Watkins has one of the lowest start-up costs for a home-based business and requires no inventory. Just $39.95.
6. Support - Receive business support and training from me as your sponsor, your upline team leaders, Watkins, and the Summit Group.
7. Variety of Business Methods - One-to-one sharing of catalogs, products, and business opportunity; Living Naturally group sampling events or parties; public events such as tables and booths at fairs, bazaars, craft shows, trade shows; online sales.
8. Incentives and Recognition - Watkins rewards Associates with recognition and rewards.
9. No Quotas, No Inventory, No Minimum Orders
10. Product Savings
- Associates receive a 25% discount on product orders.

If you believe in yourself and are willing to learn, I would like to sponsor you and help you meet your business goals. Find out how you can start a Watkins Home-Based Business today and plan for a better future. Visit my business information web site for more information and how to enroll.


Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Steak Tacos with Cucumber Avocado Salsa

Steak Tacos with Cucumber Avocado Salsa
A juicy, spice-rubbed steak with cool, refreshing salsa is sure to be a family favorite.

1 tablespoon Watkins Chili Powder
1/4 teaspoon Watkins Cinnamon
Pinch Watkins Cayenne Pepper
Salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or 1/2 teaspoon Watkins Garlic Flakes
1 1/4 pounds top sirloin steak, (1-inch thick), trimmed of excess fat
4-6 small flour tortillas

Cucumber Avocado Salsa
2 cups finely chopped, peeled seeded cucumber
1/2 cup diced avocado
1/2 cup diced tomato
1/3 cup chopped red onion
3 tablespoons chopped jalapenos (jar at supermarket)
2 tablespoons lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In small bowl, combine chili powder, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, garlic. Rub mixture on both sides of steak.
2. Grill or pan-fry steak in nonstick skillet 5-6 minutes on each side, or until done, according to preference. Cut into thin slices.
3. Heat tortillas in microwave between damp paper towels 30 seconds.
4. Fill tortillas with steak, serve topped with condiments.
5. To make salsa, in bowl, combine all ingredients.

Makes 4-6 servings