Archive for February, 2010

Who Doesn’t like cookies?! Seriously!?

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

With Valentines Day (or Single’s awareness day as some of us like to call it) right around the corner, guys and gals all over Mid Michigan are probably scrambling to think of a creative gift that their significant others will enjoy.

If you want to talk Jewelry, then see my old blog post about H&H, but if you want a gift that looks as good as it tastes then read on.

Cookies by Design in Okemos has some really tasty treats you can give to that special someone that will not only look alot cooler, more unique, and probably more thoughtful than flowers, but you can enjoy eating them too!  Who doesn’t love a fancy cookie?!

If you want to find out more about Cookies by Design you can visit their website at

*A word of warning: if you order online instead of calling or visiting the Okemos store directly you may have your order shipped from Texas instead of being hand delivered. (Use the store)

Enjoy your cookies everyone!


Does Your Back Hurt From all That Shoveling This Morning?

February 10, 2010 Leave a comment

If so, I say, go see a chiropractor!  Even if it’s just this once.  You will feel so much better!

And since I already gave a shout out to Health Zone a few months ago I will turn my attention a little farther south down Okemos Rd.

Another great Chiropractor in town is Dr. Sarah Tietsort at Okemos Chiropractic Health Clinic. She is a huge advocate for taking care of her patients, and has a unique passion for helping keep peoples spinal and overall health optimized starting from infancy.  She loves working with young children and babies.  What better way to keep your kid healthy than starting them off as good as they can be!

You can find Dr. Sarah & her staff online at:

Happy Shoveling!

Full Gyms, Intimidating Instructors? No More I say.

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Have you ever gone into your local gym or intermural sports center, and decided today was the day you were going to start working out, or start getting in shape?  Or you ordered some new-fangled gadget strait off the late night TV ads that told you it would do everything for you?

What happens when you go into the gym?  Usually it’s crowded, or there is some nut case there who looks like he’s been lifting weights since he was 4.  Perhaps there are people on all the machines, or the weight bench feels gross and sticky from the last fat slob who tried to bench his own weight.

If you are like me, you enjoy being active, but don’t have a ton of time to devote specifically to your fitness.  So you want to make sure you put very focused, effective time into your working out, so that you will achieve your fitness goals in the least possible amount of time.

So the question then is: what do you do?

I would suggest Fitness Together in Okemos.  Having a personal trainer walk you through your workout, and help make sure you are doing everything as effective as possible.  Their training studio is set up great for someone who wants to have a great workout, but doesn’t like it when people around could be watching them.  Each person has their own space they use, and there is a private shower/bath room to use when you are done.

It’s a great facility and you should definitely talk to Brian, the owner, if you have any questions about it.  You can find them online at the link below.

Why do YOU Choose to Stay?

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment

If you were asked ” Why do you chose to live in Michigan?”, what would you say?

Well I was sent an email that contained a link to the Pure Michigan campaign’s website where you could answer that exact question.

Here’s what I said.

When asked “Why did you stay?” from a friend, or co-worker asking me why I graduated from Michigan State University, and ended up living & working in Lansing Michigan my answer is simple.  “I love it here.”

To an outsider Michigan may seem like it is stacked wall to wall with abandoned factories, run down people, and a few farm fields.  I see incredible opportunity.  I see a laundry list of experiences we can have.  All someone needs to do is watch one of the Pure Michigan ads to see beautiful places to travel to.

Not to mention the people in this state.  When I interact with people every day around the greater Lansing community I hear values of business people just wanting to help, professors eager to teach and develop students, young professionals eager to launch into new ideas and fields, and many other great types of people eager to serve.  This state has a backbone to it.  A Resolve that will not break.

I look forward to a time when I can raise my family here in Michigan.  A time when I can take them to see the great lakes.  When we can camp ‘up north’.  When I can walk through a safe community that I am glad to call home.

It’s those values, those natural resources and the experiences that are available all around us that drew me to stay.  In my humble opinion, it would have been foolish for me to go anywhere else.

What would you say?   Click here to answer for yourself:

(and leave a comment below because I am curious)