Winter

Hiking, Brunching, Eating

Saturday we went for our first hike of 2017!

Saturday it was kind of a nice day. Cool but sunny and around 50 degrees. After Logan woke up from his morning nap, we packed everything and everybody up, grabbed sandwiches from Subway and drove to Powell Butte.

It’s a good little hike in the city that doesn’t take a lot of effort to get to. Bella was SO excited to get out of the house and into the woods! Especially after being trapped in the house with the snow and ice and rain for the last month!

We bundled Logan up in layers and he wore shoes and a hat (that was slightly too big) and mittens. Thankfully he kept the mittens on the whole time!

I forgot that Powell Butte can be a little cooler than the rest of the city because it’s up on a hill without trees and the wind can whip through there pretty fast. It was definitely cooler than we were expecting but once we got down into the forest part, it was good.

Logan babbled and squawked and talked to the trees and forest creatures. 🙂 Bella sniffed every fern in the forest.

Since it wasn’t as warm as we would have liked and it was getting time to feed Logan (and it was past nap time) we cut the hike short after the loop in the woods and went back to the car.

It was nice getting some fresh air! I think we all felt better after being outside for a bit. In the car Logan ate and then passed out:

Bella was tired too. (So was this mama.)

 

On Sunday we had a few belated birthday celebrations. First, we went to Michael’s mom’s house for brunch for my birthday. It was really nice! She made a lovely egg casserole and a potato casserole. There was fruit salad and miniature cinnamon rolls.

We hung out there for a few hours. It was nice not really being in a rush for once. Logan was having a great time showing off all his new abilities for the family. This weekend he stood up from sitting on the floor WITHOUT holding on to anything for the first time. Then once he was standing he realized what was happening and I think he freaked out a little bit because he reached out to hold on. But that was a big step!

They had some Baby Einstein toys at their house and he loved those. The ones that play music are a huge hit. He starts dancing. It’s adorable. 🙂

The family was very generous and I am totally looking forward to using my birthday gifts–one was a mini spa day (massage and facial) and the other was a gift card for three pedicures. Can’t wait!! 😀

It was getting to be time for Logan’s afternoon nap so we went home and all three of us took a nap! IT WAS GLORIOUS! 😉 After a month and a half of not being sick, Michael and I both caught a head cold. Thankfully it’s pretty mild and more annoying than anything else. But as a result we both took it easy this weekend and I skipped swimming on Sunday.

Sunday evening we met my friend Star and her boyfriend for dinner. I really wanted to give this place a good review:

The food was pretty good but the service was SO terrible! Star is vegetarian and ordered the vegetarian wontons with noodles. They came with pork in them!! When we talked to the waitress she didn’t seem to care and said that the noodles were vegetarian. Um…but what about the pork in the wontons?! I felt SO bad for Star because I picked this place (after reading great reviews) because it would be easy for her to get something vegetarian.

Michael got the brisket noodles:

I got the wonton noodle soup. The beef broth was delicious. I have leftovers for lunch (which I added srichacha to) which is perfect for my cold.

So I was really disappointed with the bad service and I feel badly for picking the restaurant. But it was still nice to see Star and Larry. Her birthday is a week after mine so we were able to celebrate that. I got her this book: The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out for her birthday. I hope she invites me over soon for dinner out of that cookbook! It looks amazing. 😉

 

For Your Health

Since Logan started daycare in September we’ve been sick with something since then. I’m not joking! I think there’s been 2 or 3 weeks (not necessarily consistently) that I have well since then. The last time I called the advice nurse for whatever illness one of us had, she said that first year of daycare is “crushing.” Her words. Crushing. She said she went through the same thing with her kid. Fun times!

Well most recently in November and December I had bronchitis (for the second time since September) that went on over a month. My doctor finally gave me antibiotics and thankfully it cleared up pretty quickly and my cough is 99% gone. Unfortunately, the sinus infection I also had at the same time did not go away. According to my doctor, azithromycin works on bronchitis but hasn’t been clearing up sinus infections in people this winter. So I was given amoxycillin a week later. Within one day of taking it, my sinus infection was already a million times better. After not being able to smell anything or taste any food, and after having horrible congestion and throbbing sinuses, all of those symptoms were improved!!

Did I mention it was fun times in our house??

While antibiotics are good and I clearly needed them because they worked immediately on my ailments, they come with a whole bunch of side effects. You know all the side effects, I don’t need to spell it out here!

Because of those nasty side effects I’ve been doubling up on my probiotics lately.

I’ve always been into taking probiotics, even when I’m not taking antibiotics. They are really beneficial for gut health and studies show that it can help with things like IBS and Crohn’s, preventing yeast infections, and UTI’s.  Since we seem to catch everything from daycare, I started looking into whether or not probiotics could also help our immune systems to fight off the constant colds we seem to be getting.

Lately I’ve been feeling like the Trader Joe’s probiotics I was taking (that I’ve used for years) hasn’t really been doing the trick. I don’t know why. I began to look around at other brands. There is a lot out there and it’s hard making a decision on which is the “best” one.

I was contacted by a company who makes probiotics: Super Bio Probiotics and I jumped at the chance to try them.

SuperBio combines its blend of probiotics with 900 mg of Spirulina to supercharge the probiotic growth by 600%. This surpasses all other probiotics on the market providing you with improved digestion and a strengthened immune system.

In addition our SuperBio and Spirulina blend gives:

20% of your overall recommended daily nutrition

75%-100% daily value of Vitamins B1, B2, and B3

75%-100% daily value of phytoproteins, micronutrients, and antioxidants

They sent me the product to try. Michael and I both took the probiotics for about a month.

Each capsule contains 5 billion CFU of the following probiotics:

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

L. acidophilus 

L. delbreuckii

L. reuteri 

Bifidobacter longum 

B. lactis 

B. bifidus

AND 900 mg of organic Spirulina

“How is SuperBio different to yogurt? Most yogurts contain just a fraction of SuperBio’s billions of good bacteria. Also yogurt does not contain the proprietary combination of Spirulina and probiotics that can supercharge probiotic growth in the gut and is a powerful source of anti-inflammatory and liver protective compounds. Unlike yogurt, SuperBio does not contain any added sugars or fillers.” SuperBio is Vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, and Gluten-free.

Michael said in the beginning that it seemed to help the stomach issues he has but when I checked in a month later to see what he thought, he didn’t think the probiotics made that much of a difference for him. He did not have any side effects from taking the probiotics, though.

For me, I am still on the probiotics train. Since taking the probiotics for over a month our household has had a MUCH NEEDED BREAK from sickness! Seriously, we were lucky to not get sick for over a month. I am a firm believer that taking probiotics helped our immune systems. I was glad we tried them.

If you’re interested in trying probiotics, please check out their website: Super Bio Probiotics.