Voyage Dallas Magazine | Dallas City Guide http://voyagedallas.com Inspiring Stories from Dallas, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas Mon, 08 Mar 2021 15:16:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Most Inspiring Stories in Dallas http://voyagedallas.com/2021/03/08/most-inspiring-stories-in-dallas/ http://voyagedallas.com/2021/03/08/most-inspiring-stories-in-dallas/#respond Mon, 08 Mar 2021 04:00:18 +0000 http://voyagedallas.com/?p=2231 Every neighborhood in Dallas has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  From Deep Ellum to Arlington (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call Dallas home.  […]

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Every neighborhood in Dallas has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  From Deep Ellum to Arlington (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call Dallas home.  Check out some of the inspiring stories we’ve discovered throughout the city.

Arlington

Central Dallas

East Dallas

Far North

Far West

Fort Worth

Garland, Addison & Carrollton

Irving

North Dallas

North West Dallas

Plano

South Dallas

South East

West Dallas

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Heart to Heart with Whitley: Episode 1 http://voyagedallas.com/2021/02/01/heart-heart-whitley-episode-1/ http://voyagedallas.com/2021/02/01/heart-heart-whitley-episode-1/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2021 22:34:47 +0000 http://voyagedallas.com/?p=270586 We are so thrilled to present Heart to Heart with Whitley, a high-energy talk show hosted by the brilliant and empowering Whitley Porter. On this episode Whitley interviews actress and dancer Natali Micciche.   Connect with the team: Host: Whitley Porter  Guest: Natali Michiche Creative Director: Sam Papers Digital Producer- Jorel Balabala

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Holiday Gift Guide http://voyagedallas.com/2020/12/08/holiday-gift-guide/ http://voyagedallas.com/2020/12/08/holiday-gift-guide/#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2020 08:02:29 +0000 http://voyagedallas.com/?p=265245 Discover truly unique gift ideas that will leave your friends and family smiling all season through our Holiday Gift Guide below. This year it’s more important than ever to think about where you’ll be spending your holiday gift budget. Small businesses have faced an unprecedented year of challenges, but by rallying around our local artists, […]

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Discover truly unique gift ideas that will leave your friends and family smiling all season through our Holiday Gift Guide below.

This year it’s more important than ever to think about where you’ll be spending your holiday gift budget. Small businesses have faced an unprecedented year of challenges, but by rallying around our local artists, creators and small businesses owners we can help them thrive despite the circumstances.

We asked members of our community, folks we’ve featured before and our content partners and subscribers to tell us about the products and services they are offering that are ideal for gifting this holiday season. We hope you enjoy the options highlighted below and we hope you’ll reach out with suggestions for additions.

Kelly Collier | 1:1 Online Nutrition Coach

Image Credits: Image: @zahirak_photography

Never Diet Again 12 Week Group Coaching Program-A deep dive into ALL things fatloss. How your body works, Nutrition & macro counting 101, Fitness programs to fast track your results, all while uncovering your mental and emotional blocks keeping your from long term sustainable success, helping you unlearn and reprogram your poor relationships to food and exercise. I teach you everything I know when it comes to getting the results you want, and keeping them for good. Each group member receives custom goals and guidance from me, weekly adjustments and troubleshooting, consistent accountability, and weekly face-to-face coaching and learning with an intimate community of like minded ladies. Guest speakers join us throughout the journey, solidifying even more priceless knowledge. By the end of this 12 week program, you will have every single tool you need to never struggle with your goals again, have created the BEST relationship to food and your body that you have ever had, and finally understand how to become a lifelong fat burning machine. Never Diet Again Course-The DIY version of my 12 week group program. Every bit of the same content, and includes access to the recorded group calls, and guest speakers. This course allows you to complete the program on your own time at your own pace. Getting Started Bundle- Nutrition and fitness DIY program to help you kick off your health and wellness journey. Everything you need to successfully understand the most important things when it comes to fatloss, and nothing else! None of the useless fluff, I get straight to business. This is a great introduction to nutrition and macro tracking, helping you take the first steps in your journey, and see those results that you want.

Details: https://kellycollier.podia.com/ Bundle :$297 Course: $497 Group Coaching: $1297 Coupon Code: HOLIDAYS2022 gets you 10% off all programs, plus a FREE 1:1 consultation call with me (a $500 value gift)

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Crystal Ohikhuare | Blogger, Speaker and Entrepreneur

Image Credits: Jessie Agastra Photography

Are you looking for a career change or need assistance negotiating a salary? Crystal Oh is a seasoned HR and recruiting professional who would love to coach you through these changes! She offers 60-minute coaching sessions tailored to your goals and 20-minute phone connect to tackle a short punch list of career centered fires. Her most popular session topics include compensation negotiations, interview preparation, career paths and changing course, work-life balance & management and returning to the workforce.

Visit www.thecrystaloh.com to book a complimentary session and to learn more about the process!

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Dana Lewis | Travel Planner

Image Credits: Alex Wolf Photo

Dana Lewis is an expert travel designer and founder of Discovereighng With Dana Travel & Destination Weddings. She specializes in designing destination weddings, honeymoons, romantic getaways and more for couples and families all without the stress and overwhelm that can come with planning a trip. It’s DWD’s vision to become the go-to destination wedding and couples’ trip expert by helping you plan an experience of your dreams.

DWD Travel designs destination weddings, honeymoons, getaways and more for couples and families at varying price points. Budgets are front and center of any vacation planning. Typical couple’s trips begin at a price point of $3500, with pricing varying by the number of people, nights, and resort. Gift Certificates to DWD Travel to use towards your vacation with DWD can be purchased at https://www.danallewis.com/travel-gift-cards.html

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Heather Wells | Board Certified Cognitive Specialist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Speaker, & Author

You have an amazing child with unlimited potential. But something seems to be getting in the way, such as behavioral problems, social-emotional difficulties, or academic frustrations. The Brain Balance Program is designed to strengthen brain connectivity through a unique, customized combination of physical, sensory, and cognitive activities. With stronger brain communication, your child can build a stronger foundation for success. Give the gift of a lifetime!

Through 12/31/20, we are offering assessments for only $149, along with a $500 enrollment scholarship! Programs are individualized based on the assessment results, so pricing depends on the needs of the student (ages 4 – college) and your choice of in-center, virtual, or hybrid program options. Consultations are complimentary! For more information, please reach out to us at BrainBalanceSouthlake.com, BrainBalanceMansfield.com, or BrainBalanceKaty.com.

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Sergio Santos | Mixed Media Artist

Check out www.elsantosbaseball.com for one of kind baseball art!

Some pieces start as low as 22.00–all one of a kind. Check out the store: www.elsantosbaseball.com ig: elsantosbaseball.com

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Chef Jolie Low Country Quisine | Largest Black, woman-owned catering company in Dallas

For your upcoming holiday gift guides – stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, home cook / foodie gifts – I’d like to introduce you to A Dab A Do Ya! all purpose seasoning, created by Jolie Oree-Bailey, Chef Jolie, of Low Country Quisine, who is a black, female entrepreneur and Chef (based in Dallas).

A little bit about A Dab A Do Ya! Seasoning: A Dab a Do Ya! Seasoning Is Low Country Quisine’s custom “House Seasoning,” created by Chef Jolie – and is anything but ordinary. It includes familiar flavors like salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, turmeric, garlic, onion powder, paprika cornstarch and sugar, combined to bring a small taste of ‘low country’ to your favorite foods. A Dab A Do Ya! is an unforgettable everyday cooking and finishing seasoning A Dab A Do Ya! can be used on just about everything, including meat, poultry and seafood, fruit, vegetables, salads, French fries, popcorn, and other snacks. A Dab A Do Ya! is vegan, MSG free, and gluten free. Described by customers as “your favorite new seasoning that elevates the flavor of everything you eat.” A Dab A Do Ya! can be used with other seasonings, but bold enough to stand alone. A Dab A Do Ya! provides a delicious, continuous flavor. A Dab A Do Ya! makes for the perfect holiday gift for any hostess, stocking stuffer or home cook and foodies looking to take their meals and snacks to the next level.

$13 https://www.lowcountryquisine.com/product/a-dab-a-do-ya/

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Carolyn Ellis | Abstract Artist

Try something entirely new this Christmas! Save ons of money and surprise everybody! Use EZ ART Projects – https://m.facebook.com/carolynellisart/?ref=bookmarks – to turn the most ordinary materials – soda cans, paper plates, cardboard… – into works of art you never dreamed possible!

Price: From free to next to nothing! You can make the presents in a matter of minutes. All you need are materials from your home, acrylic markers, or better still, DecoColor markers (Amazon), and inspiration, which you can find at https://m.facebook.com/carolynellisart/?ref=bookmarks

Connect & Learn More:

  • Website: carolynellisart.com
  • Instagram: CarolynEllisArt, papered2020
  • Facebook: Carolyn Ellis Art
  • Linkedin: Carolyn Ellis Art
  • Twitter: Carolyn Ellis Art
  • Youtube: Carolyn Ellis Art

T’Edra Jackson | Visionary, Author, Blogger, Speaker

Amazon Best Seller. Intentional Living: Choosing to Win Despite Life’s Challenges book , a collection of individuals who truly know what it is to live intentionally. These amazing individuals were able to transform their lives from living in a reactionary manner to living purposefully. As you read their stories, be inspired by their triumphs to likewise become your created and intentional self.

$20 + shipping

Connect & Learn More:

  • Website: kingsskid.com
  • Instagram: kingsskid
  • Facebook: Kingsskid
  • Linkedin: T’Edra Jackson
  • Twitter: thekingsskid
  • Youtube: T’Edra Jackson

Stephanie Cortes | Patisserie chef & baker

Wondering how to transmit to your loved ones that warmth and sweetness during the holidays? The New Cake on the Block has what you’re looking for. From little treats/snacks to cakes/pies. We even customize desserts according to your needs.

Price range $15-$45. Orders can be placed through direct message in our social media accounts.

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Amy Berthelet | Designer/Maker & Small Business Owner

Image Credits: Amy Berthelet

My product lines include handcrafted greeting cards, holiday ornaments, and assorted gifts. Special Order categories include items that have sold out but can be specially made for the customer.

Items in Ornaments/Special Order Ornaments/Cards and Gifts/Special Order Cards and Gifts range from around $3 to $75. Go to www.AmysHandmadeJewelry.com and go to to purple menu bar at the top and select Shop Cards and Gifts or Shop Ornaments. The option for Special Order items will then be shown in the menu bar.

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Erin Prather Stafford | Writer | Founder Girls That Create

Our friends at Bonfire have designed these amazing shirts for Girls That Create. Proceeds from Shirt One (multi colored hand) benefit the website and proceeds from Shirt Two (yellow background) benefit the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Both shirts come in multiple colors and sizes for both adults and kids. They’re a great gift for the holiday season.

$18 to $22 https://www.bonfire.com/i-am-a-creative-force-2/ https://www.bonfire.com/i-am-a-creative-force/

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Stacey Magovern | Entrepreneur – Author – Community Leader

Image Credits: Love Media Group Roosevelt Publishing

I have 2 books on Amazon. One is my motivational story of how I turned my passion into a million dollar business with a guide to help others accomplish the same success. The second in a cookbook for busy business owners with real recipes and recipes of how to bring success to your business.

My Book in Paperback $19.99 https://smile.amazon.com/Turn-Passion-Million-Dollar-Business/dp/1913969509/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1605308275&sr=8-2

My Cookbook $22.95 https://smile.amazon.com/Recipes-Badass-Quick-Fucking-Delicious/dp/B07ZBJK8NB/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2OVQS0STBHOG4&dchild=1&keywords=stacey+magovern&qid=1605308331&sprefix=stacey+magovern%2Caps%2C199&sr=8-3

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Nicole Hawthorne

We have holiday-themed shower steamers! Shower steamers are essentially bath bombs for the shower, which effervescence as the water hits it.

$8.95

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  • Website: www.nhcobotanical.com
  • Instagram: @nhcobotanical
  • Facebook: @nhcobotanical
  • Other: Pinterest: @nhcobotanical

iSOCiETY COSMETICS | The Visionary Cosmetics Brand

Image Credits: ISOCIETY COSMETICS

Be VISIONARY this holiday season, with our EYE SHIMMER CREAM| *Shimmer Effect finish

*highly pigmented shimmering cream eyeshadow, that glides on for a smooth finish. Wear independently, or apply with a coordinating eyeshadow.

*Tip – Put in corner of eye for pop of shimmer Can be worn on top of lipstick for shimmer effect

$20 https://isocietycosmetics.com/shop/ols/products/eye-shimmer

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Froswa’ Booker-Drew | Author, Speaker, Trainer

Book 1: Fly Away: https://drfroswa.com/ Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew knows first-hand what it’s like to learn life’s lessons the hard way. She has spent a good portion of her time and energy navigating the ebb and flow of life on her own. Yet her experiences were cradled and nurtured by a woman who she has adored all of her life, her mother. Discover how Dr. Booker-Drew finds herself at a new crossroad, an unchartered life transition bridging the gap of wisdom, guidance, and resources between the generations before and the one after her. Here, Dr. Booker-Drew intertwines three generations of women into her daughter’s journey from a revelatory multi-dimensional reflection. This is a book for women especially for those in college but any woman in transition.

Book 2: Ready for a Revolution: 30 Days to Jolt Your Life https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Revolution-Days-Jolt-Your/dp/0996428569/ “Ready for a Revolution” is not a typical devotional book. As the title suggests, it is a 30-day adventure that will jolt your life to a new level of engagement. Unlike many devotional books that offer a nice story and a moving thought for the day, “Ready for a Revolution” is more like an interactive devotional. Each day you will be challenged with concrete activities and thought-provoking exercises.

Book 3: Rules of Engagement: Making Connections Last https://www.amazon.com/Rules-Engagement-Making-Connections-Last/dp/098910270X “Rules of Engagement: Making Connections Last” is a workbook for women who understand the value of relating to others, both professionally and personally. The book provides 29 Rules of Engagement to help the reader understand how to do more than just share your name and address. Helping women develop the kind of relationships that pay valuable dividends to everyone involved is the goal of Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew in this book, Rules of Engagement: Making Connections Last. This powerful workbook will not only equip you with the information you need, but the workbook format will walk you through the exercises to make it a reality.

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Check out the Holiday Market at Shannon Brewing (December 6th) http://voyagedallas.com/2020/12/05/check-out-the-holiday-market-at-shannon-brewing-december-6th/ http://voyagedallas.com/2020/12/05/check-out-the-holiday-market-at-shannon-brewing-december-6th/#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2020 01:21:52 +0000 http://voyagedallas.com/?p=264608 Happily Ever Sip & Shop Holiday Market will be held December 6th from 1-5pm at Shannon Brewing. Come enjoy a nice brew while browsing gifts for the holidays from 20 local small businesses. Invite your friends and family to this fun free event! The event is outside and we will be taking safety measures to […]

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Happily Ever Sip & Shop Holiday Market will be held December 6th from 1-5pm at Shannon Brewing. Come enjoy a nice brew while browsing gifts for the holidays from 20 local small businesses. Invite your friends and family to this fun free event!

The event is outside and we will be taking safety measures to ensure all of your guests and vendors stay safe. If you have questions, we encourage you to get in touch with the talented and dedicated Taylor Pendleton of Happily Ever Crafty for this great event. #shopsmall #supportlocal

Check out the amazing vendors below:

Happily Ever Crafty offers resin coasters, cheeseboards, serving trays, artwork, ornaments, and craft kits.

https://instagram.com/happilyevercrafty_dfw?igshid=k4x19bvywoxz

Ascribing Glory offers watercolor on cards, calendars, stationary, and ornaments.

http://instagram.com/ascribingglory

Light Shade Offers plants, handmade cement planters and vases, terrariums, and gemstones.

www.Instagram.com/lightshadeplants

Elly Jade Boutique offers women’s clothes, jackets, jeans, athletics, and holiday tees.

www.ellyjadeboutique.com

TailGate Pups offers Artwork of Dogs on stickers, wall art, sweat shirts, and mugs.

https://instagram.com/madmillart?igshid=1x4ocnxrnvym1

Graze with Jenna offers charcuterie grazing boxes and custom orders.

https://grazewithjenna.square.site/

Urban Fiber studios offers Fiber art, Macarames, wall hangings, weavings, and more.

https://instagram.com/urbanfibers?igshid=fsnoh00ua1x4

Sweet Things Bakery offers cookies, cupcakes, hot cocoa bombs, and other desserts.

https://instagram.com/sweetthingsdfw?igshid=6fgy80qbg9tp

Dillon Joy offers bamboo pjs, lounge wear for adults and children, journals, and games 

https://instagram.com/dillonjoy.co?igshid=jw1r7ztgwe1e

Providencia Cigars, LLC offers premium hand rolled cigars.

Providenciacigars.com 

Tinsley Allison Designs offers women’s clothing, purses, and jewelry.

www.TinsleyAllisonDesigns.com

Berrycovered_tx offers Chocolate covered Strawberries.

https://instagram.com/berrycovered_tx?igshid=75b4hstvtoh4

July Hat Co 

https://instagram.com/julyhatco?igshid=1nq9lz0c9lxn7

Ashlaroos offers gift items, car freshies, beanies, Dresses, skirts, and holiday sweaters.

https://instagram.com/ashlaroos?igshid=1f4lk82ucuopv

CBD American Shaman of Argyle offers CBD products, gummies, dog products, cbd tea, and bath bombs.

Website www.cbdargyle.com 

Veteran Custom Wood offers custom wood work 

https://instagram.com/veterancustomwoodworx?igshid=1pdf6bmn83141

Perlom Beauty Shop offers soaps, body scrubs, lip balms, and candles.

https://instagram.com/perlombeautyshop?igshid=zk5rdpuod72t

Denton Knife Works offers custom made knifes. 

https://instagram.com/dentonknifeworks?igshid=n9wjoutkx3cr

Kings Gifts & Collectibles offers wreaths and  home decor.

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VoyageDallas Podcast Episode 25: Meet Trinity Ibrena http://voyagedallas.com/2020/11/09/voyagedallas-podcast-episode-25-meet-trinity-ibrena/ http://voyagedallas.com/2020/11/09/voyagedallas-podcast-episode-25-meet-trinity-ibrena/#respond Mon, 09 Nov 2020 02:31:24 +0000 http://voyagedallas.com/?p=261592 We are so honored to introduce you to Trinity Ibrena. Trinity is a Life Coach, Blogger, Greeting Card Designer and is also a Voyage Content Partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about our work, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. We hope you’ll enjoy […]

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We are so honored to introduce you to Trinity Ibrena. Trinity is a Life Coach, Blogger, Greeting Card Designer and is also a Voyage Content Partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about our work, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. We hope you’ll enjoy our interview with her below.

 

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VoyageDallas Podcast Episode 24: Meet Jen Broyles http://voyagedallas.com/2020/11/02/voyagedallas-podcast-episode-24-meet-jen-broyles/ http://voyagedallas.com/2020/11/02/voyagedallas-podcast-episode-24-meet-jen-broyles/#respond Mon, 02 Nov 2020 19:02:31 +0000 http://voyagedallas.com/?p=261476 We are so excited to introduce you to Jen Broyles. Jen is a brilliant and empowering breathwork instructor and has so much knowledge around essential oils and holistic health practices and is also a Voyage Content Partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about our work, sponsoring our mission and collaborating […]

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We are so excited to introduce you to Jen Broyles. Jen is a brilliant and empowering breathwork instructor and has so much knowledge around essential oils and holistic health practices and is also a Voyage Content Partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about our work, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. We hope you’ll enjoy our interview with her below.

 

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VoyageDallas Podcast Episode 23: Meet Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew http://voyagedallas.com/2020/10/22/voyagedallas-podcast-episode-23-meet-dr-froswa-booker-drew/ http://voyagedallas.com/2020/10/22/voyagedallas-podcast-episode-23-meet-dr-froswa-booker-drew/#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:36:02 +0000 http://voyagedallas.com/?p=259962 We are so pumped to introduce you to Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew. Dr.. Froswa’ is a brilliant and talented author, speaker and trainer and is also a Voyage Content Partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about our work, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. We […]

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We are so pumped to introduce you to Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew. Dr.. Froswa’ is a brilliant and talented author, speaker and trainer and is also a Voyage Content Partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about our work, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. We hope you’ll enjoy our interview with her below.

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VoyageDallas Podcast Episode 22: Meet Mamta Rana http://voyagedallas.com/2020/10/21/voyagedallas-podcast-episode-2-meet-mamta-rana/ http://voyagedallas.com/2020/10/21/voyagedallas-podcast-episode-2-meet-mamta-rana/#comments Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:46:36 +0000 http://voyagedallas.com/?p=259957 We are so excited to introduce you to the bright, brilliant and incredibly talented Mamta Rana. Mamta is the founder of Matrika Henna and is also a Voyage Content Partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about our work, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. We […]

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We are so excited to introduce you to the bright, brilliant and incredibly talented Mamta Rana. Mamta is the founder of Matrika Henna and is also a Voyage Content Partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about our work, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. We hope you’ll enjoy Mamta’s interview with us below.

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VoyageDallas Podcast Episode 21: Meet Jamaal Schultz http://voyagedallas.com/2020/10/20/voyagedallas-podcast-episode-21-meet-jamaal-schultz/ http://voyagedallas.com/2020/10/20/voyagedallas-podcast-episode-21-meet-jamaal-schultz/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:33:32 +0000 http://voyagedallas.com/?p=259954 We are so pumped to introduce you to the multi-talented Jamaal Schultz.  He’s an actor, singer, songwriter and more and he is also a Voyage Content Partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about our work, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. We hope you’ll […]

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We are so pumped to introduce you to the multi-talented Jamaal Schultz.  He’s an actor, singer, songwriter and more and he is also a Voyage Content Partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about our work, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. We hope you’ll enjoy Jamaal’s interview with us below.

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Toxin-Free Living with Jennifer Helms & Lisa Solomon http://voyagedallas.com/2020/10/13/community-member-spotlight-jennifer-helms-lisa-solomon-co-founders-toxin-free-living-educators/ http://voyagedallas.com/2020/10/13/community-member-spotlight-jennifer-helms-lisa-solomon-co-founders-toxin-free-living-educators/#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2020 10:36:03 +0000 http://voyagedallas.com/?p=257264 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Jennifer Helms & Lisa Solomon. Jennifer and Lisa are cofounders or Cleerlife and toxic-free living experts and educators and are also content partners. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Jennifer Helms & Lisa Solomon. Jennifer and Lisa are cofounders or Cleerlife and toxic-free living experts and educators and are also content partners. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Jennifer and Lisa below.

Jennifer and Lisa, we are so exciting to be chatting again and think there is so much we and our audience can learn for you about living in a safe, healthier way. For folks who might have missed our earlier conversations, can you please start by just briefly introducing yourselves?
We are Jennifer and Lisa and we created Cleerlife in 2016 to help people detox their homes from toxic chemicals. We left our careers of 20+ years to start this company because we were passionate about helping others create safer, healthier homes and businesses. Most people WANT to make better choices but it’s so overwhelming, that most give up. We love working with our amazing clients to help them learn how to remove the toxic chemicals that are lurking in their homes and workplaces, with zero judgement from us. With our services, we give personalized recommendations for safe swaps that actually work! We also have a studio in Preston Hollow and an e-commerce site where you can shop our curated selection of clean products. And we are thrilled to have recently launched our own line of hand-crafted safe products for home + body!

Alright so let’s dive into some questions our audience might have. For example, what kinds of things in my home or business are toxic?

The #1 source of toxins in our homes come from our cleaning products. Mainstream cleaning products such as cleaning sprays, mop liquids, and laundry detergents are filled with chemicals that are known to contribute to disease. The mists and particles from these products are regularly inhaled into our lungs and bloodstream and can cause problems from eye irritation to cancer. In fact, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine published a study in 2018 finding that regularly using mainstream housecleaning products can be as bad for us as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. That is just one of hundreds of shocking statistics!

Another category of products filled with toxic chemicals is personal care products like shampoo, soaps and makeup. The chemicals in these products soak into our skin and bloodstream and build up over time. The U.S. government has very little oversight when it comes to the ingredients in these products. In fact, whereas the European Union bans 1300 chemicals in cosmetics alone, the U.S. bans only 11. To top it all off, manufacturers are not required to be transparent about the ingredients they use! Part of our mission is to support companies that are working to get new laws in place to change this.

How do I figure out if the products I am using are safe?

This is a tricky question and the burden of figuring this out is on you as the consumer. This question is exactly what inspired us to create Cleerlife. Don’t assume just because something is labeled “green” or has natural imagery that it is safe – companies are “greenwashing” their labels and ads to make their products look safe when they are anything but. You must first read the ingredient list and follow all directions carefully. Choose products with reduced amounts of VOCs, fragrances, irritants and flammable ingredients. Unfortunately, comprehending ingredient lists can be really challenging. So, we recommend using the Environmental Working Group’s “Guide to Healthy Cleaning” which gives safety ratings to more than 2500 cleaning products. The EWG also has an app called EWG’s Healthy Living, which rates personal care products.

We take the guesswork out of this dilemma. In our store and on our website, we partner with the leading companies in green cleaning and personal care products so you do not have to figure this out for yourself. We are committed to selling brands who not only develop safer products using the highest quality ingredients, but who serve the greater good by giving back to the world. We love working with clients all over the country through virtual and in-home appointments where we discuss your product needs to determine the best safe swaps for your home or business.
Are green products really safer or just a gimmick?

Real green products really are safer. Plant-based and non-toxic ingredients do exist and do work. There are some really innovative companies out there today that are combining the power of plants with the latest technologies to create high-end, high-performing products for cleaning and personal care. There is no question that these products expose us to fewer carcinogens and make our homes, workspaces and lives healthier. Our clients see the results quickly too.


I know Cleerlife sells products that are toxin-free. What is your best selling product for the home? For the body?

Our best selling home product is our microfiber cleaning cloth from a Norwegian company called Norwex. High quality microfiber like Norwex’s microfiber is extremely fine and has been proven to remove bacteria using just water – no chemicals. A study by the EPA found that this type of microfiber removes up to 98% of bacteria and 93% of viruses from a surface using only water. Cotton, on the other hand, removes only 30% of bacteria and 23% of viruses. Our clients LOVE these Norwex cloths – called EnviroCloths – and we sell tons of them! And, by using these cloths you save a fortune on paper towels and it’s better for the planet!

Our best selling products for the body are our skin care products. American women put 168 chemicals on their bodies each day – many of which come from skin care products that are often applied twice a day. Right now, our top seller happens to be the leader in clean beauty and innovation – Beautycounter. We are thrilled to be able to partner with them and offer their product lines to our clients. Beautycounter has hired some of the best beauty industry chemists and professionals to develop clean skin care lines that are as luxurious and effective as the high-end beauty brands. Just last year they released a fabulous anti-aging line called Countertime with their own non-toxic version of retinol. Our clients absolutely love it! And, so do we! This is the line we both use every day!
What is your most popular service and what does it include?

Our most popular service is our CleerHome service which includes a full detox of a client’s everyday household cleaning products. We do these appointments virtually and in-person. It is super-easy and takes all the guesswork out of figuring out which cleaning products are safe and actually work. We meet with each client to assess his/her needs and preferences and his/her current cleaning tools. Then we create a customized recommendation list of safe, effective products that meet each family’s needs. Once a client decides to make the swap, we take care of everything – from ordering the products to delivery, to teaching the client or cleaning staff how to use them most effectively. We also handle all reorders of items such as detergents, soaps, etc.

Your website says, “everything is customizable.” What does that mean?

We meet every client where he/she is on his/her journey and this is a no judgment zone! Quite often, this is one of the biggest concerns of our clients. They are terrified of being judged. And, they are usually most afraid that we are going to make them give up their favorite lipstick or lotion. We passionately believe that small changes make huge impacts, so we start with the products you are willing to swap out. We are here to customize and walk your detox journey with you at the pace you are most comfortable. To do this, we work with each client individually and take into consideration his/her lifestyle, budget, family makeup, size of home, etc. We want to be sure that you will use and enjoy the recommendations and products we offer. We also offer individual and group opportunities for training and coaching as you move through your detox journey!

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

To learn more about our services and products, check out our website at www.cleerlife.com.

We are also on Facebook and Instagram at @cleerlife

You can reach us personally anytime at 1-833-CLR-LIFE (257-5433) or at info@cleerlife.com

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