Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A special limited time guarantee for blog readers...

Ok, this is only for my blog readers! You have seen the pictures... now time for your own success story. Here is my limited time guarantee.... IF you go to my personal website, order and sign up to be a Loyal Customer by midnight on NOVEMBER 10** conditions below, I will guarantee that you will love the product or it will cost ME $50. Here's the "skinny"...

  • Go to the website, and put these items in your "bag" to order... 1 4pack of the Ultimate Applicator, 1 container (or 30 pack) of Greens, and 1 It's Vital.
  • When you check out, select to be a Loyal Customer. This will price your order at $116 to $121 plus shipping... (a savings of $61-70 over retail by the way!!!)
  • If you don't LOVE it and think it is totally worth it by the time your next autoship is due, we'll cancel your autoship and I will personally pay your $50 LC cancellation fee. 
  • IF YOU LOVE IT, and I am sure you will, after your 3 months of autoship, I will give you a FREE box of Organo Gold coffee!!!

I am so sure that you are gonna love It Works! that I am putting my money where my mouth is. :) Now, go shop!!!! I'll be here when you are ready to sign up as a distributor... lol....

Michelle :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thank goodness it's over... lol...

So, it is 8:30 PST and they are already calling the election for Obama. Which I would be happy to hear EXCEPT that I think that is a little silly. Our voting closed precisely thirty-two minutes ago on the west coast... damn media just needing to have something for people to watch today. It ain't over until the concession speech, in my opinion. I am far more interested in what is said tomorrow! I hope that Ref 74 in Washington State is approved, and that Prop 37 in California is approved, and all candidates voted into all offices are cool with a woman's right to choose. Yeah, that about sums it up. I am about to pour me a Hot Apple Pie (aka cider, Tuaca, and whipped cream) and continue to flip between Fox News and MSNBC with LTB... and enjoy the ruckus. I coined a good phrase tonight on a friend's facebook...

The "ates"... debATE and educATE, don't hATE.

I am hoping that now we can be done with all this and get back to the business of fixing America for Americans... :) I hope that when this is all done, we can find a way to stop being so divided and realize that we are all looking for the same things, just with a different name. The amount of blue and red doing battle lately is making me feel like I am in the middle of a gang war in South Central!! LMAO! Let's get to healing and fixing, regardless of who wins.

On a different note, today I registered for my last official quarter at Tacoma Community College! At the end of winter quarter, I will have my direct transfer associates in Business and will be ready to start at U.W. in the Fall 2013 quarter. I do have to say that I am pretty gosh darn excited to have 2 quarters off between then though!! Time to build my businesses :)

And........ I got my Greens and It's Vital today.... my very own containers, not the ones "given" to me by my upline! I am excited to see what adding the It's Vital to my daily routine vs the OTC Costco multivitamins does. And I have been sending out Organo Gold samples like crazy... email me at with your name and address if you want me to send you a free sample. The email is in to get my Wildtree items on their way... can't wait to share that with you. Check out my blog tomorrow... I have a big announcement for a challenge to you!!!!!!!!

Well, that Hot Apple Pie is calling my name.... Congrats, Mr. President.... I think..... lol....

Catch ya later, alligator! -M.

Friday, November 2, 2012

For the record...

For the record, the pics I have posted and the health and weight loss I have talked about are, I'm sure, related to my diet but not the result of it. During the course of the last few years, I have tried being gluten free, South Beach, Adkins, blah blah blah. For the last couple of months, I have been eating a plant based whole food diet. But don't get me wrong.... I am by no means great at it, so I know that it is not the source of my current health and weight loss. I'm willing to bet that it has not hurt matters any to be mostly vegetarian, but I am by no means perfect. I don't consume any dairy, except the occasional bit of cheese because that is just too yummy to always resist. I don't freak out if what I am eating has dairy IN IT, so I am not totally vegan. I eat things with gluten now. I try to avoid processed things... and I avoid high fructose corn syrup at all costs... Agave too... only stevia for me. BUT I AM NOT PERFECT. Hell, I ate sausage pizza 2 days ago... and Carne Asada a week ago... and sushi a month ago or so. And I think I have eaten my weight in Almond Joys in the last 48 hours!!!

The point to all this is THIS... I am a normal person. You absolutely can have the results I am having with what I am doing. I will get back to the gym, but I will never be a "work out every day for 2 hours" girl. If you exercise, good for you- you are one step ahead of me already!!! I try to make good food decisions most of the time... both for my health and for my little socio-economic reasons. I work too much, sleep too little, am a little too stressed most days about miscellaneous crap... NORMAL.

I am sick of hearing that it's simple- you burn off more calories than you take in and you will lose weight. Bullshit. Our bodies are complex machines, and they are not wired to deal with the curve balls we throw at them in the present day. We were built to be hunters and gatherers, not sit on our asses all day with all of life's conveniences at our fingertips, breathing polluted air and surviving on a toxic planet. I know that I am sounding a bit "tree hugger", but it's true. Garbage in, garbage out.

So, make some good food choices when you can, vote for the right things with your dollar every time you spend money, and get ready to do something you have never done to get results you have never had. The wraps are working great for me and those I know who have tried it, and the Organo Gold coffee is doing my body right. What did you do good today for your body, your life, your planet? I know this was quite a rant, but I didn't want anyone to look at my pics or hear my story and think it was great for me, but they could never do it. YOU CAN. :)

Cordes out. :)

So many amazing things! PICTURES!

I thought I would start out today's post with a fun pic of me doing what I love, circa 2002 or so. This was taken hiking the Elk Lake trail in the Hoh rainforest area of Olympic National Park. I was in decent shape then for a bigger girl, and I would love to get even more fit before the big 4-0. :) When I get to hiking the AT, this is about what I will look like!!

Now, to a little nail tech funny. I had something happen to me this week that is a first for me... and after 15 years of doing nails, that doesn't come along too often. I was doing a mani/pedi in the pedi chair, and I had just gotten the base and first coat of polish on the sleeping and thrashing client I had, when she-while I was polishing her right hand-took her left hand and stretched it over her head and behind her head... AND LEFT IT THERE!!! I was like "Are you #$%^& * kidding me?!?". Thank goodness is was a tame medium pink... if she would have been wearing RED I would have cried! So, I patiently went around and coaxed her hand down, and fixed the 2 nails she had destroyed....... and SHE STILL HADN'T WOKEN UP! Geebus... how tired are people these days anyway?!? She was a fun one... I had to put rolled up towels in her hands as I was polishing because she would jerk and then squeeze my hand every time I touched her hand. I wanted to wake her up and say "You are aware you came in here for a MANICURE, right?". Lol... Oh well, I guess nobody can say that I don't make a client relax when they are in my chair!!! I left work early after that. I was exhausted!! :P

So, here is my important news. You all can say you read it here first, because I am gonna blow this up... you better get on board fast, because you wanna be near the top! As I have mentioned before, I have been doing some health things to try to get me fixed without surgery. I have had pitting edema for the last 6 months or so, it has even been weeping at times, and months of diuretics has not helped significantly. A client of mine gave me some samples of Organo Gold coffee to try, which is an "instant" type coffee product with Organic Ganoderma in it. (More on that in a minute...) She gave me hot chocolate, green tea, iced tea, regular coffee, and mocha. 5 samples. I drank one a day for the 5 days.... and by day 4 I was peeing like a racehorse... and by day 5 when I put my boots on to go to work, I had to tighten the belts because all my swelling was gone. That's right. GONE. This stuff fixed in FIVE DAYS what THREE MONTHS of prescription hadn't touched. Organo Gold is a Washington company, started in 2010, so I decided to do some research. Taken from good 'ol Wiki-
Ganoderma is a genus of polypore mushrooms which grow on wood, usually of Quercus variabilis Blume logs, and include about 80 species, many from tropical regions.[1] Because of their extensive use in traditional Asian medicines, and their potential in bioremediation, they are a very important genus economically.

Ok, so, the type of Ganoderma in Organo Gold is this one... Ganoderma lucidium... (wiki again...)

The lingzhi mushroom or reishi mushroom (traditional Chinese靈芝pinyinlíngzhīJapanesereishiVietnameselinh chi; literally: "supernatural mushroom") encompasses several fungal species of the genus Ganoderma, and most commonly refers to the closely related species, Ganoderma lucidum and Ganoderma tsugaeG. lucidum enjoys special veneration in East Asia, where it has been used as amedicinal mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years,[1] making it one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used medicinally. Because of lingzhi's presumed health value and apparent absence of side-effects, it has attained a reputation in the East as the ultimate herbal substance. Lingzhi is listed in the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium.

Got it! So, as a fan of alternative medicine, this made me feel a little less "hokey" about using my "magic coffee"! Bottom line is this... we as a society are living in screwed up bodies that can't fix themselves in our polluted world. Cancer is EV. RY. WHERE. We are all fat... or struggling to not get fat. Lots of us have crappy health care or none at all. You can drink a cup of this stuff a day for about $1 a day... I feel great. I keep feeling better. That is all the proof I need. I want to send you a sample... email me to try it for yourself. You can order off my personal website at I also am looking for distributors... the farther spread out the better. We all make more money that way by not flooding a market. Once you try this stuff you will be on board!!! 

Now for the really, really cool news. About 2 weeks ago, I did my first It Works! wrap. I have been loathe to post pics because they are sort of embarrassing, but the results are too good to put off anymore. I have done 4 wraps on my stomach, and 2 facial wraps. I have recently added Greens and It's Vital to my daily routine, and between all of this and the coffee, I am sold! You have GOT to try this. Ready for the pics? 
Here we go... (ugggggg)....

  <--- Before :(                  :)After--->

I can't talk about inches, it's against the "rules"... but a picture says 1000 words!

Look how much less puffy my face looks!!!

Hard to totally tell from these pics, but just 2 wraps got rid of the lines on my forehead and totally smoothed out my skin.

Remember, this is only 2 weeks! I have 2 more wraps to do on my tummy (some people don't take as many, but let's face it, I haven't been a skinny minnie for a looooooong time...) and one more on my face! I am going to do 2 on that "upper butt/lower back area" and 3 on my thighs after this. I am super excited!

Are you ready to try yours?!? Go to and sign up as a "loyal customer". It is $99 for 4 wraps if you buy them at the regular price, but if you sign up as a loyal customer, you get discounted prices for committing to 3 months of auto ship which brings the price down to $59 for 4 wraps. Well worth the money, my friends! The supplement line is great too! Gotta get some Greens and It's Vital. Again, let me know if you want to be a distributor and I will get you set up. The distributor kit is $99 and includes 4 wraps so you can do your own success story! You can message me through the above link to my personal replicated webpage...

See, I am going to give myself 90 days of all this stuff and then go back to the Dr. and see where my health numbers are at.... This could be waaaaay lots cheaper than surgery, and probably healthier too. :)

Gotta go sign up for part 3 of the healthy challenge... Wildtree Herbs! More details on that next time... Now get to shopping! I'll post new pics as they become available... :)

-Ciao! M.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

So much to say... time to start blogging!!

Hello all! My name is Michelle Cordes, and this is my life.

"If my life wasn't funny, it would just be true, and that is unacceptable." -Carrie Fisher

You see, no matter how much I try to live a "normal" life, it just never seems to work out, and I have made a living by doing two things........... doing great nails and entertaining the hell out of my clients. In 15 years of being a nail tech, I never seem to run out of stories  or things to talk about! I always feel like my life is pretty boring, but everyone I meet seems to find it really interesting, and I make people laugh about it all the time. I guess I could be pissed about some stuff, but why? Who wins with all that negativity?!? So, I tell my stories with a spin... the spin that I can laugh at myself. Welcome to my blog, where I will try to capture a little bit of that in the written word. Don't worry friends, I will change names to protect both the innocent and guilty in their privacy!! :)

Where to start... hmmm. Well, as I mentioned above, I am a 15 year nail artist who has owned my own little salon, been a station renter, and am currently an employee at a large salon company... we'll call my work by it's name... My Job. I have been at My Job for about a year and a half. I am also a full time student at Tacoma Community College doing my Direct Transfer Associates, and after Winter 2013 will be done there. University of Washington in Fall of 2013? YES PLEASE! I am a business major and a chemistry minor ( I am a self professed nerd...) and I am looking forward to a career after college of doing something in the beauty industry. I would like to be a freelance consultant and educator, an executive at a nail product company, or maybe even start my own business. Who knows where the path will end up!

I have a daughter, who I am sure will let me know what she wants to be called after reading this. She is 17 going on 30, and is a freshman at a university in Washington this year. Kinda weird to have her gone off and being a grown up! She went to go stay with her dad (The Ex) for her senior year of high school, so she hasn't lived with me for awhile, but something about her being "gone" is making me miss her something terrible. She is my favorite person on the whole planet!

I have been in a relationship with LTB aka Long Term Boyfriend for 6 years... well, 6 years for the most part. He is a pretty private person, so he will only be mentioned in passing here as needed to show his place in one of my stories. This is a damn shame, because he is funny as hell! He is smart, complicated, and opinionated... and can usually use those things to both crack me up like no other AND piss me off like no other... truly the hallmark of a great relationship!

So.... here is the source of most of my angst... I am overweight, clumsy, and according to a close friend, not capable of finishing anything I start. Ouch, but thank goodness it was said with love! Truth is a bitch, right?! I am usually going mach 10 with my hair on fire, and while it doesn't seem to freak me out much, most people think my life is a zoo while I think it is pretty average. It drives LTB absolutely friggin' nuts. I am always doing some new shit and he always wonders why I have to pack my life with more and more shit! Guess there is just no grass gonna grow around these feet!

Currently, I am embarking on selling a few home products that I love, and I am hoping they have a health effect too. Ahhhh... the real question is how can I be such a busy body and be such a fat ass?!?! :) I have a few minor health complaints because of my weight, but mostly I am just sick of carrying 245 pounds around on my short ass body. I can still run; well, maybe I am a little out of practice on that (lol), but I love to hike and to be outside. I have hiked around Mt. Rainier and have aspirations of thru hiking the Appalachian Trail one day. I am continually searching for ways to better my body... eating well and exercising just doesn't cut it for this girl, and I don't give a damn about what the medical establishment says "works". Not for me, and not for a lot of other people I know. I have contemplated writing a book called "The Fat Girl's Guide to Life, Fitness, and So On", however I think this blog will suffice!

 So, I will end this first "introductory" blog post with some highlights about me...

  • I am agnostic, bordering on atheist. Don't accuse me of not knowing any better... I am technically a baptized and confirmed Roman Catholic. I just can't wrap my brain around the whole organized religion thing for reasons I am sure will come up here along the way. I have researched a lot of stuff about religion, and at the end of the day, I am just not sure there being a God makes sense... I sort of look at religious people like they would look at someone who believed the polytheistic view of the Greek gods. Ridiculous, archaeic and doesn't make a lot of reasonable sense.
  • I am neither wildly liberal or wildly conservative. I believe I fall in the middle 90% where most average Americans fall. I believe in a free market economy (duh, business major!) but I tend to look at government a little more as socialist than as capitalist. I hate big companies and their big lies and secrets, and I expect the government to take care of our weak, old, sick, and disabled. I can't wait for this god damn election to be over, because for me it isn't about the economy, it is about social policy. And everyone is so damn wrapped up in the economic part (which will never be fixed with the way The Fed is set up) that I am sick of hearing about it. I support same sex marriage, legal pot, a woman's right to choose, and the 2nd amendment (minus assault rifles which I think are way. too. much.) 
  • I am currently just starting on It Works! wraps and supplements and getting great results. I will post pics when I have good ones to show. I am also going to start selling Organo Gold coffee, because it is friggin amazing and good for you too. Keep an eye out here for any other healthy products and my testimonial of them.
  • You may not always agree with what I say, but as certain as I am to voice my opinion, I will also fiercely defend your right to be able to voice yours. THAT is truly the gift that we get from "the land of the free". :)
You still here? Suhweeeeeeet! This just barely scratches the surface of what goes on in this head of mine, but I figured we had to start somewhere! Now, as much as I am sure my English teacher will be proud of my writing skills if she reads this, I am also equally sure that my SPANISH teacher will not be impressed if I don't get on my Spanish homework...

Stay tuned folks.... it is gonna be one hell of a ride! Welcome to "Life of Cordes"! Now, click to "follow"... share with your friends.... C'mon, you know you wanna!!!!

Catch ya on the flip side.... :) M.