Monday, October 6, 2014

The verdict on what I used to beat my cold

A few days ago I felt a cold coming on and I gave Shaklee's new Vitalized Immunity a shot at beating it.
First the video..... then the verdict

Okay, the first two days went awesome! I could tell Vitalized Immunity was fighting it off. I barely noticed the cold. Then the worst happened.  I went on a work related trip for two days and forgot it! Thankfully it wasn't like the cold came on full speed but I could tell I wasn't done fighting it and wasn't doing as well without the Vitalized Immunity.  Upon returning home I resumed use of it and witnessed getting back on top of beating it.

Long story short, the cold never came to be.  What do I think about Vitalized Immunity?  Its good but I think I'd choose Shaklee's Defend and Resist over it.  What's the difference?  See chart below.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I'm going to use this to beat my cold

'Tis the season for colds......or maybe not

Among a few new products that Shaklee announced this summer was the Vitalized Immunity.  We always give the new products a test run ourselves but it didn't make sense to try this product until we needed it.  Long story short, life has been super busy and I haven't gotten the sleep I should be getting over the last few nights and I feel a cold coming on.  So,  here we go! I'm going to give the Vitalized Immunity a shot and report back to you how it went.

Here is the video on the product.  Check it out for yourself.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My battle with Plantar Fasciitis

After 4 months of battling plantar fasciitis I'm back out running!

I really thought that darn plantar fasciitis would be the end of my running.  It was such a pain that I thought it would also impact how much I would want to hike as well.  Thankfully, it did not impact my cycling (my first love) so I was able to ride a lot without any trouble.

What is plantar fasciitis?

How did I fix the problem?  Well, for a about 3 months I just stopped running and hiking steep trails.  But that didn't do much.  It wasn't until I came across this funny sock called the Strassburg Sock.  It looks so gimmicky it made me laugh.  And even though you wear it a night while you sleep, it was so corny looking, I was embarrassed to wear it.  BUT it did the trick!  After 3-4 weeks of consistently wearing at night in bed and on long car trips my plantar fasciitis is so much better!  I have been out on 2 runs within the last 4 days and I am not suffering at all!

So, if you or someone you know is suffering from this I suggest you check out the Strassburg Sock.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Our Top 3 Date Night Spots in Boise

#1 - Bogus Basin Road
Grab a blanket, bottle of wine, cheese and crackers. Then find a spot within short walking distance from the car. Make sure you are up high enough in the foothills to watch the sunset over the valley. 

#3 - Hyde Park
Either the 13th Pub, Sun Ray or Hyde Park Pub will do for dinner, drink, or appetizer (or all 3!). Then grab a cup of joe from Java and grab an outdoor seat for some prime people watching. 

#2 - Barbacoa
Call ahead and make a reservation for the lower back patio. Quesadilla BBQ duck is our favorite appetizer! Enjoy the views of the sunset casting shadows on Table Rock and surrounding foothills. 

Bonus Spot - Goldy's Coffee Shop
Happy hour 6-9pm.  $2 beers. Another great spot to sit outside and watch downtown in action. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Camping with Kids? Yes!

One of the greatest treasures in Idaho is opportunity to head out into the nature and hike, camp, and explore.  I was driving up to Stanley, ID the other day and was stopped on the road for some construction.  While waiting, most of us got out of our cars to look at the river gorge.  While standing there I met a guy who moved to Boise from Brazil 7 years ago but had only ventured out of the valley 2 times.  He was in awe with what he encountered in the Idaho wilderness.  He ended up buying a pop up camper for his family and intends to leave town as much as possible.

It can be challenging to camp with little ones and many she away from it. They shy away from it probably because they are afraid of how the kids will do and how much work it will be.  Rose and I have never let little ones keep us from heading out.  Here are some tips for you if you desire to get out but are wondering if its going to work with the little ones.

1. Begin as soon as you can. We'd go as early as our baby being 6 months old. (that means extra stuff like portacribs, baby backpack, baby seats that clip onto picnic tables, and potty chairs for sure)
2. Make it fun! Pack treats, games, books, little flashlights for little ones, camp by safe water for them to play in.
3. Take day trip adventures. Hikes, drives to other points of interest, include a stop by the town's ice cream shop after as a reward for the hike or trip.
4. Give them jobs.  Kids love collecting kindling and when old enough lighting the fire (with supervision of course)
5. Story time at the campfire will go down as an all time family memory!

Have fun!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Could a great marriage be this easy?

A couple of weeks ago Rose and I had the honor of MC'ing a marriage retreat in Coeur D'Alene.  We left very encouraged and reminded that having a great marriage isn't overly complicated.  A great marriage can begin with simple things like...

Getting up and making the coffee and bringing your spouse a cup
Making the bed if you are the last one out of the bed
Getting the car door for your wife
Planning a regular date night
Taking a walk together
Giving your spouse a piggy back ride (I'm thinking this is for the guys to give to the ladies but you never know)
Putting a note in your spouse's lunch
And the best one........Fr. Bill Langlois (my former pastor) said kiss each other for a minimum of 5 seconds each day:-)

It seems almost to easy but its simple things like this (and many more) that help to show each other in little ways that we love each other.

Rose shared an awesome quote from St. John of the Cross that sums up this kind of thinking and action.  "Where there is no love, put love, and there will be love" - St. John of the Cross