Boost your Children’s Health….Naturally

This is a guest post by Bonnie Donahue from Creating a House of Grace.

Welcome, Bonnie.  So glad to have you here!  You are a wealth of health information.

Thank you for having me.  Today I am going to share my #1 childrens’ health booster:  Lactoferrin.

Lactoferrin is an iron-containing protein found in mother’s milk that is very important in developing and strengthening the infant’s immune system. 

Here is WHY:

1) Iron is an absolutely essential nutrient for your child’s immune system. In fact, a weakened immune system is one of the first signs of an iron deficiency.

2) It turns out that lactoferrin is an easily absorbed form of iron. In fact there is a special transport system in the intestine for lactoferrin. Because the iron in lactoferrin is much more bioavailable than other forms of iron.

3)  Lactoferrin also increases the number of nutrient-absorbing cells in the intestine, so it enhances the absorption of the other nutrients your child needs for a healthy immune system.

4)  Lactoferrin suppresses the growth of bad bacteria in your child’s intestine.  That’s important because 80% of your immune system originates in the intestine.  Simply put, when those immune cells in the intestine have to spend their time fighting off bad bacteria in the intestine, they are unavailable to fight off bacteria and viruses elsewhere in the body.

So lactoferrin helps strengthen your kid’s immune system in several different ways and

Shaklee’s Incredivites is the first children’s multivitamin to contain this important immune-enhancing ingredient.



I give these to my 3 children daily.  They are rarely sick and they have NEVER been on a prescription drug.

Thanks so much for sharing your expertise today, Bonnie! 

Looking forward to your next visit,



Fitness Friday

Welcome to Claire’s Healthy Home!  I am so glad to have you visit.

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If you are new here, Fitness Friday happens about twice a month with an encouraging post from Rachelle at Livin’ The Fit Life.  So thrilled to have her here today….


Being fit and healthy is a passion for me, especially now that I am in my 30’s and have to work harder and smarter.  I have always been a cardio girl. I love to run and this is my true passion.  However, as I got older I knew that weights needed to enter my life and I wasn’t too happy about it.

You see, after you turn 30, your body starts to lose muscle. What does that mean? That in order for your body to burn the same number of calories as it did in your twenties, you need to start building your muscles back up.  The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.
Most women look at me funny when I tell them to lift weights.  They have the wrong idea that if you lift weights you will look like a bodybuilder with massive muscles.  Of course this won’t happen.  Lifting weights will tone your body and increase your calorie burn to make your workouts more effective.
3 great starter exercises with weights are squats, bicep curls and tricep extensions.  I don’t know about you, but triceps are an issue for many women as we don’t typically use those muscles in everyday life.
Start out with smaller weights (3-5 lbs.) and do 3 sets of 10 reps each, alternating exercises as you go.  As you move forward you can change your routine by increasing your weight and your reps.  You can then start to add more exercises to your routine to change your overall body.
I am also a huge proponent for using your own body weight for resistance.  I like this method because you can work out at home with just yourself and nothing else.  Examples of these type of exercises would be push-ups, crunches, tricep dips, etc.  This way you can build your muscles without having to spend money on weights or the gym.  Also, for moms with young children at home, you can stay at home and still get your sweat on:)

I hope you will all add some weight training to your workout regimen.  Your body will thank you!

Now everyone get your sweat on and start Livin The Fit Life!



Fitness Friday

Contributor Post by Rachelle….

Often when people start an exercise routine, they wonder just exactly how many calories are being burned during their activities. It can be quite confusing. To know this information can help, especially when you are trying to lose weight. I found a great website where you can type in your weight and your activity and it will tell you approximately how many calories you are burning.

Here are a couple of examples for you:

150 lb. woman

60 minutes Bodypump class=500 depending on effort

60 minutes Spin class=675 depending on effort

60 minutes Running 6mph=684

60 minutes Walking 4mph=381

60 minutes Pilates intermediate=351

60 minutes sex =288

220 lb. man

60 minutes Bodypump class=607 depending on effort

60 minutes Spin class=1003 depending on effort

60 minutes Running=1135

60 minutes Walking=515

4 hours of golf carrying own clubs=2429

4 hours of golf using cart=1373

Of course these can go up or down depending on how hard a person is pushing themselves, muscle mass, and weights/tension used.

Here are the calories of a few of our favorite foods/drinks that can be easily eliminated from someone’s diet and make a big difference in weight loss.

1-6 oz. glass of wine=120

1 chocolate chip cookie (homemade)=78

1 12 oz. soda=140

1 coffee shop latte=150 (depending on what is added/type of milk etc.)

A pound of body fat equals 3500 calories. With a bit of extra activity and by eliminating a few indulgences, you are well on your way to a healthy and active lifestyle!

Let today be the day you decide to make a change. Let today be the day you decide to be healthy.

Now I know there are many reasons or excuses to not take this leap. No support at home, busy schedule, don’t know where/ how to start. I read a great running quote today.

“The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen” -Nike

Don’t you love that! YOU make the choice. YOU make the change. YOU feel the satisfaction. YOU reap the benefits.

Make the choice to be healthy today. You won’t regret it, I promise!



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My San Diego Girls’ Weekend

When my sister-in-law, Rachelle  asked if I was free to go to her cousins’ wedding in San Diego, I nearly screamed YES at the computer.   A girls’ weekend away?  Hello?  You don’t have to ask me twice.  We were both long overdue for a ‘mommy break’ and ready for some girl time.

This is our hotel.


It was located right by the naval base and had a beautiful walking path along the water.


Rachelle is a dedicated and encouraging fitness enthusiast.  It was good to have her drag me with her outside and exercise.  You can see a picture of us on a hike at Sunset Cliff HERE.

The weather was 60 – 65 and cloudy while we were there, but this day it was mostly sunny.  We were outside enjoying it!  So much better than the weather back home!

Love the palm trees.


Great Mexican restaurant.  Had lunch there one day.


This gentleman serenaded us.  He was a charmer!


Both Rachelle and I enjoy the local artist community and small businesses.  You can find such talented, interesting and creative people.  We met and talked with one artist for several minutes and learned some history behind his work.


We also spent 2 days shopping!  Mostly ‘window’ shopping, but it was fun to wander, try on clothes and eat out.

This is the day of the wedding.  We got all dressed up, put on our heels, drank some wine and danced.  So much fun!



So what about you?  Do you allow yourself a mommy break?  Or does guilt stop you?  I struggle with this issue a lot.  It’s like I have two is telling me that I shouldn’t need to do that.  The other says, heck yaTake a break and you will be a better mom and wife.  I just love to be with my family, but they sure don’t love to be with me when I am grumpy.

As moms, it seems we tend to take care of ourselves last.  The problem with this practice, however, is that you can deplete yourself without a way to fill up.  Do you ever feel as if you are running on empty?

Now, if I could, my dream mommy breaks would include monthly weekend trips and weekly trips to the spa.  A girl can dream right?  So since this plan hasn’t worked out so well for me (yet), I do have a few other ideas. 

1.  Early morning coffee, by myself.  This is almost daily for me.

2.  Rent and watch a ‘girl’ movie.  So fun!

3.  Meet with a friend for chitchat and encouragement.

4.  Take a nap.

5.  Date night with hubby.

6.  Get a pedicure.  I have a place close by that is only $20.  I go about every other month.  I be sure to get a BIG coffee, grab several of their magazines, and just sit in the big massage chair.  I usually sit there long after they are done just to enjoy the chair.  So refreshing!

7.  When my kids were little, I used to check them into the grocery play place and then NOT grocery shop.  Instead, I got something to drink, grabbed a bunch of magazines and sat down.  I know, genius right?  lol

These are just a few on my list that work for me.  We moms are all different and therefore our idea of a mommy break may be different.  The point is, the break for US is important.  I know I must sometimes even schedule these in or I won’t do it.  Sometimes it’s hard for me to turn away from my to-do list.  A mom’s job is never done….but it can lighten the load if regular breaks are taken.

So what about you?  What is your idea of a mommy break?

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Have a great day,


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Light The Night Walk 2011


Each year, in communities all across the United States and Canada teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations come together to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS’s) Light The Night Walk events and bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers.

Our family participated in the Light the Night 2011 i n September with friends and family.




(youngest doesn’t always like his picture taken…lol)

This particular walk is close to my heart because 8 years ago I was diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer, Hodgekins Disease.  It was right after I had my youngest son and quite the shock as well!  He was 4 months old and due to my illness and treatments, I was unable to care for him fully for almost the first year of my life.  We were so blessed with a fabulous church family and friends who cared for our whole family during that time.  I’m talking house cleaning, meals, child care, gifts, encouragement, prayer and the list goes on and on!  It was quite humbling to need others in this way and to accept the help, but I am so grateful. 

My angel was my mom.  She lives out of town and came for every treatment to stay for a week and care for me and my baby.  I do not know what I would have done without her!  Especially for caring for my son and nurturing him in his first year.  My sister-in-law and mother-in-law were also HUGE in my care.  Seriously…such a reminder why we need others.  We felt so loved and cared for during that hard and scary time.

And now….I have been cancer-free for 7 years!  Many times I feel like it was ages ago…other times it feels like just the other day.  Certain smells, for example, can take me right back to that time.  It has taken me this long to be able to participate in something like this because of the memories.  I only got a little teary when people spoke of loved ones gone.  It humbles me to know that I was given the gift of life while others had a different plan for their life.  Who am I?  Why me?  Such questions may never be answered but it reminds me to be faithful to the God who gave me life and to trust Him.


This is me with my hubby, Clark.  He is my ROCK!  He was Mr. Mom while I was ill and did it fabulously.  He never complained.  It was a very tough time for him too, but he tried to stay strong for me. 


So, we celebrated with a 3 mile walk and lighted balloons!  Red for supporters and white for survivors.  What an awesome sight to see so many there to take part in something greater than ourselves.

What about you?  Have you experienced a ‘bump in the road’ like me? 

Hope each of you have a blessed day!


vitamin test

How natural are your supplements? Follow this simple test to find out.

Do you know how natural your vitamin is?  Did you know that can do a super simple test at home with your multi-vitamin to see how effective it is?

simple vitamin test

Doctor Oz did this test on his segment of Vitamins & Supplements to test if a vitamin or supplement is effective by heating the pill in a vinegar bath.  Dr Oz said since most vitamins or supplements are not supposed to be slow release, you can do this test at home to check to see if your body can actually absorb the vitamins or supplements that you take.  I like this test best because the vinegar mimics the acid in our stomachs, so if the supplement does not dissolve in the vinegar, then they will not dissolve in our stomach either. 

Vinegar Test for Vitamins & Supplements

1.  Warm a small pot of vinegar until it is 98 degrees.

2.  Add your Vitamin to the warm vinegar.

3.  Let the Vitamin sit for 30 minutes – if it dissolves, then your body has a chance to absorb it, otherwise time to buy some new supplements!

I picked 5 different brands to test.  My son did it with me and used it for his science research project.


We used vinegar and heat in the microwave to get as close to 98 degrees as possible.



This picture below is just a few minutes are the multivitamins were dropped in.



Notice the ‘stuff’ floating on top of some?  They never dissolved fully.  Yuck!  Centrum was actually bubbling and fizzing.  Notice also the coloring of the water.  This is coloring additives.

There are two basic kinds of vitamins;  synthetic and natural.  Synthetic means developed and natural is as it sounds…from phytonutrients. 

BUT be careful of the ‘natural’ label.  Many are not using 100% phytonutrients and also may be heat processed and will greatly diminish the nutrients.

I use the Shaklee brand due to the purity of the vitamin.  Chemicals and fillers are not something I would pay to put directly in my body. 

Give this a try at home.  Test your multivitamin and let us know the results here in the comments or on facebook.


Vitalea by Shaklee

How to Refuel after Exercise

Simply put, our bodies need fuel in order to live. 

For after exercise recovery, our bodies also need fuel.  It is essential for weight loss and fitness gains.


It is recommended that we drink water daily, of course, but you lose quite a bit when you sweat.  It is important to consume before, during and after exercise.

Sports Drink

A sports drink is not necessary for most daily activities.  However, if you are exercising 60 min or more, it will help to replace the lost electrolytes.  A guideline to follow is to drink 8oz for every hour of exercise.  A lot of sports drinks are filled with sugar, artificial flavors and colors.  Be sure to check the labels.  The last thing you want is to put junk in your body after a healthy workout. 


Aim for 20 – 25 grams of protein post workout.  The best form is in a drink.  Again, though, check your labels.

Here are the products I use and recommend.


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Before Exercise


Shaklee Energy™ Chews provide a clean burst of healthy energy to
help you get that extra edge when you need it most. Each chew
contains a scientific blend of caffeine from natural green tea extract,
plus L-tyrosine, L-theanine, B vitamins, and vitamin D, to help:
+ Sustain energy*
+ Improve performance*
+ Stay alert*
+ Sharpen focus*
+ Improve mood*

During Exercise


Shaklee Performance is clinically proven to hydrate better than
water. Plus, Performance has more electrolytes and provides more
energy than the leading hydration drink. Our proprietary OPTI-LYTE™
electrolyte blend plus our unique mix of carbohydrates delivers
instant and sustained energy and supports optimal hydration.
Clinically Proven
We call it Performance for good reason. Clinical tests with
high-level athletes show that Shaklee Performance:
+ Minimizes fluid loss for enhanced hydration
+ Maintains blood-glucose levels to sustain intense energy
output and to increase stamina
+ Increases endurance for better athletic performance

After Exercise


Shaklee Physique is a pure, natural, high-octane fuel for rapid
muscle recovery, endurance, and strength. The intelligent-release
protein blend and unique protein-to-carb ratio:
+ Allow your body to absorb a full spectrum
of amino acids over time
+ Help build firm, lean muscles
+ Help restore muscle energy
+ Support muscle repair
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Hiker mom is sharing her 15% off member price with Livin’ the Hike Life readers!  Simply click on the ‘Try Shaklee’ link on the right side and follow the order process.  You will receive her member discount on any product ordered.

Give it a try!  ALL products are guaranteed 100%.  If at any time for any reason you are not satisfied, you may return it for a full refund.

Thanks for reading!

Have a blessed day,