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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The other day I found our 2 year old had gotten into the cleaning products....the next part of the story is crazy!

The other day I found our 2 year old had gotten into the cleaning products under the sink.  The next part of the story is crazy!

Its crazy because NOTHING happened.  Its crazy because I was happy to find her wanting to clean like mom and the "big" kids.  Its crazy because we do things most people don't do.  We ensure the safety of our own health and the health and dangerous risks cleaning products can pose for our kids. We not only use green cleaning products but we use products that are proven to be safe for humans!

Then it gets crazier! The cleaning products we use save us on average $25 per month because they are concentrated.  We buy the cleaners and add the water and keeps thousands of plastic containers out of landfills!

I know....its crazy!  But sometimes crazy is better:-)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Effects of Stress and the Results of Nutrition on the Digestive System

A.Stress plays a major role in digestive health.
B.Digestive health plays a major role in weight gain and loss.
C. Therefore if I work on handling stress better,  pay attention to nutrition,  I'll have better digestive health and in turn in a better position to lose weight:-)

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tips to burn belly fat and get ready for bathing suit season

Tips to burn belly fat and get ready for bathing suit season.

Tip #1 - Get to bed early and early to rise.
Go to bed before 11 begin!  Your body will begin to repair as you sleep, your metabolism continues to burn throughout the night, and you release fat before that time.  But if you go to bed late, you begin to release cortisol which has negative side effects such as increased appetite, your body holds fat, and it keeps your body from burning fat.  Look to get a minimum of 7hrs.

Tip #2 - Sprint
Exert 90-100% at some level 2-3 days a week. High output like this is the fastest and most effective way to burn fat.  Your body will respond.  You can do this running, biking, swimming, walking, or on the elliptical. You can even do it walking if your fitness it at that level.  The important thing.....DO IT!!!  It works and will help you burn belly fat.

Tip #3 - Live with Margin
Don't be too crazy with all this diet and fitness stuff.  Allow yourself some cushion. Do you ever leave the house with exactly 15 minutes to get somewhere?  Then you hit a couple of red lights or traffic is moving slower than normal and it causes you to be 5 minutes late? Just as in your commute you should leave some leeway, you should leave some leeway in your diet and fitness.  A little extra space allows you to avoid stress and releasing the negative effects of cortisol (noted above).

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Adapted from Nathan Oates Burstclub blog.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How to make this exercise thing work!

How do you make this exercise thing work?

Remember when you were young and you said, "I don't want that food!"  and mom said, "How will you know if you like it or not unless you try it?"  Same applies here.

#1 Your body was made to move
The fact is our body does better when it moves.  All you have to do is google "the body was made to move" and you will find countless articles on the importance of this.  

#2 Let your body taste the fruit of working out
The number one reason we love to exercise is because we feel better when we do it!  It  improves our energy. It improves our mood.  It controls our weight. Combats disease. It helps us sleep better. Its fun! If its not at first, it will become us. Especially if you have a partner or group.

#3 Find ways to make it happen!
2 things probably get in your way. Time and motivation.  With time we have to get creative with fitting it in.  I love to exercise outside so I exercise a lot during my lunch or when its warmer before work.  I check weather so I have the right clothes.  I pack everything I need depending on what I'm going to do (run or ride). I make sure I have the right food, enough food, and water bottles.  With that said its not easy.  What if it rains for 3 days.  Do I skip my workout?  No, I ether go in the rain or like yesterday I find a creative way to get it in.  Yesterday I ran our 5 flights of stairs in our office building for 25 minutes.  Rose loves to wake up early and get her workout in.  With her injuries from the bike crash she has been spinning a lot on her bike trainer.  She wakes up an hour early and gets it out of they way.
Motivation is the other battle. Its easier not to do it.  Its work to get all my stuff ready. Its work to get changed into my workout clothes and go. Its work when I get back and take a bird bath in the sink before returning to my desk.  Rose finds that as a mom she feels guilty taking time during the day.  So she stays motivated to get it out of the way and reap the benefits. We never regret a workout. Never!

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