Cafe Well-I’ll Take That Challenge

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When I was stuck at my boring desk job, I used to try to come up with ways to get active throughout the day. My job required me to sit for long periods of time, and it contributed to a lot of weight gain. I think if we had a program like Cafe Well my coworkers and I would have really benefited from it. 

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Cafe Well is a Social Network that offers corporate wellness programs that aim to get their employees fit. They have a specific program called Race to the Moon (available only to select Health American members) that motivates members to get fit by walking or rewards them for their progress. If I had a program like that at my previous job you can bet I would have taken the stairs a LOT more! 

If I were still working for that company, or any company for that matter, I would want to help create a fitness challenge. For me it would be a workout challenge that I could do with my coworkers or friends. We could challenge each other to see how many steps we could take each day. This could be something as simple as parking further away from stores and walking; taking the stairs, or walking on our lunch break. Think of the possibilities! 

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Save With Walgreens

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you heard about the Express Scripts Program? Tricare, which is the insurance benefits program for military families is trying to remove Walgreens from its network. Read more about  Walgreens and Express Scripts here. I’m not part of a military family, but I completely sympathize with them. I’ve heard a lot of things about Tricare not being the greatest program to begin with, and how dissatisfied military families are with the coverage. Walgreens is doing their part to stay within the Tricare network and take care of their loyal customers. 

Right now they are offering Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens. For as little as $10 a year, your entire family is covered. When you join you receive discount prices on your prescriptions. In today’s shaky economy, who doesn’t want a little extra savings? They offer savings on over 8,000 medications. They even offer discounts on pet prescriptions, which would be great for my pup. You also get bonuses when you purchase Walgreen brand products. If you have a lot of medications, this savings club would easily pay for itself.

If you want to learn more about the Express Scripts issue and Walgreens in general, you can check out Walgreens on Facebook and also Walgreens on Twitter

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Friday Daydreamin’-Squaw Valley

[Hyde, Eric, and Kelso are jealous of Bob dating Pam]
Hyde: I never thought I’d say this, but I wish I was Bob.
Eric: I wonder if she’d like to watch The Graduate with me sometime?
Kelso: One time, back when I was dating Jackie, I saw Pam washing her car. She leaned over and squeezed out the sponge…that’s all I remember as I rode my bike straight into a tree. –That 70’s Show

Today I’m

because all I want to do is go back to Squaw Valley. We went for a quick overnight trip on Tuesday with Walking Couple. I need a new nickname for them. Any suggestions? I’m thinking they are soon to become our Travel Friends, or Double Date Couple. If anyone has a good suggestion I would love it. I’m drawing a blank when it comes to nicknames lately.

The drive up was pretty entertaining. Since we’re new friends, we had all kinds of things to talk about, and the 2 hour drive flew by. When we arrived at the hotel we couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. We booked our trip through Travel Zoo and were able to stay at a 4 star resort for half price! Get ready for picture overload guys. I took almost 2GB of pictures in two days!

yes, the hotel had its very own ice rink!

the lobby was amazing!

Match approved of the bed.

I was in awe of the view.

The hotel had so many different photo op spots.

The reservation also included a bottle of wine, a smores kit, and two vouchers for an activity. There wasn’t enough snow to snowshoes, so the hotel let us use our vouchers for bike rentals instead.

Walking Buddy looked like she was about to ride into a tree. She got the hang of it though!

We ended up riding our bikes for three hours. We stopped along the way and took some amazing pictures. I can’t wait to turn some of these into canvas prints.

Match had to take a really serious picture of course.

After the bike ride, we went to dinner in Incline Village. We timed it perfectly and caught the sunset over Lake Tahoe. It looked like a painting.

After dinner we went back to the hotel to roast smores around the firepit.

We met a few sweet teenage girls that were there along with their Australian dad. He was a riot. He made sure to tease Match endlessly about his hat.

The next day we finished the trip with a hike around Emerald Bay.

Match and I took this same picture in July of 2010 when the falls were splashing on us. I think I prefer the frozen look!

It was an incredible trip and we had so much fun. I can’t wait to travel with our friends again!

Talk to Us Tuesday-Tahoe Bound!

Are those snowshoes hard to walk in? They’re tennis rackets, aren’t they? – Kelso, That 70 s Show

I’m chatting it up with these lovely ladies: IA and Seriously Shawn

Today we’re hitting the road bright and early with Walking Couple. I’m sorry I just can’t come up with more clever nicknames. Maybe after this trip I’ll have some!

Walking Couple invited us to this overnight stay shortly after we met them. I’m so excited to find couple friends that make the effort, and where we don’t feel like we’re constantly the ones asking them to do stuff. That’s how Sassy Couple are too, and I love it! Anyhoo, they found a deal online and we got a great hotel for half the price it normally is!

The deal includes one night stay, a choice of either snowshoeing, cross country skiing or ice skating, and an evening of roasting smores around the hotel’s outdoor fireplace. We’re hoping to snowshoe but Tahoe is severely lacking in snow this season. So we may just end up hiking. Either way I can’t wait!

Mr. & Mrs. Match-The Electricians

Dr. House[To Dr. Kutner] You’ve electrocuted yourself and set a patient on fire. I like the dedication.
Dr. Kutner: Thank you. –House

On Match’s days off this week we decided to tackle our lighting problem. You see, our house was built in the early 80s, and florescent lights were all the rage. I guess they didn’t realize that florescent lighting makes you look TERRIBLE which is exactly what a person wants when putting on their makeup in the bathroom mirror.  The other problem is the bulbs tend to flicker and give the illusion of a murder room. Again, not something a person wants in their bathroom, let alone the rest of their house.

I forgot to get a good close up of the one in the guest bathroom, but here’s what it looks like in the downstairs bath. We have the same setup in our master bedroom. Eventually we’ll have to replace those too, but we’re doing things room by room. I’m trying to convince Match that we don’t need wireless security cameras and instead to focus on the rest of the lighting in the house. Though a security system woulnd’t be so bad eventually.

While we were at it, we tackled these two hideous lights in our upstairs hallway.

Those two tiny dome fixtures turned out to be the biggest pain in the ass! The outlet box crumbled and Match had to put in a new one, only the way they’d installed the previous one made it almost impossible to put a new one in. We both had insulation falling all over us and it was not pretty. But after they were installed I’d say it was completely worth the effort!

And, we got rid of the terrible ceiling fan in the family room. It was a bit too Grandma for us. It even had a hummingbird on the fan pull. Really?

I have to admit that for this project Match did most of the work. I did help hold things and there were many times where it was a two person project. But I have to give all of the credit to Match. I know nothing about electrical work and Match was able to get the wires to work and the lights to turn on. He even installed new outlet boxes! I’m so proud of my handy hubby. He also sacrified most of his weekend to working on these home improvements. He didn’t even play video games!

Now if I can just convince him to repeat this procedure next week so we can finish the rest of the lighting in the house. I’d better stock up on steaks and beer as a bribe. 😉