What I have in common with Beyonce?

I was given free samples of this product for review purposes, story but all opinions are my own.

What do Beyoncé, Miranda Kerr, Elton John, The Pope, President Obama, Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Kelly Ripa, Janet Jackson and Ray Kurzweil all have in common? They’ve all gone on the record to say that they drink alkaline water! Many athletes and celebrities are attracted to the benefits of an alkaline diet as balanced body pH supposedly results in greater energy, more restful sleep, improved digestion and fewer colds according to some medical authorities.


Alkaline88, www.alkaline88.com, favored by Brande Roderick and Tim Tebow, achieves its 8.8 pH level through a state-of-the-art, completely chemical-free scientific process. They sent me several bottles of their water to try out for myself. Alkaline88 is really clean tasting, even though it contains Himalayan pinksalt which has 88 minerals and trace elements including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron.


But is alkaline water better for us? The jury on that one is still out. However, if it’s something you want to try out, you can buy Alkaline88 on Amazon. It gets great reviews on there (4 out of 5 stars). Athletes really seem to like it. It’s too early to tell whether I see any improvements or not, but it does taste really good.

Alkaline88 comes in several sizes: 3 liter, 1 gallon, 700ml and 1 liter bottles. It can be found nationally at stores like Albertson’s, Safeway, 7-Eleven, Fry’s and Whole Foods Markets.

Bottles Around the World {wordless wednesday}

© Jacob Slaton Photography

© Jacob Slaton Photography

© Jacob Slaton Photography

Photos by Jacob Slaton Photography.

002-IMG_2741On June 13, sickness
Anthony and I left Little Rock for the UK. Anthony’s brother Elijah lives in Mildenhall, about 80 miles north of London. We stayed with Elijah and his wife Gloria for two days. During that time, Elijah led us on a whirlwind tour of Cambridge and London. If you want/need to see all the major sites of London in just four hours, call Elijah. (My legs ached so bad that first night.) Here are the highlights.

010-IMG_2772Anthony and me in Cambridge, UK


022-IMG_2797 Ring, Ring — The Queen is on the line.

031-IMG_2806Our super-charged tour guide, Elijah Valley


043-IMG_2833Big Ben (not so big according to Anthony)

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I LOVE BRUGES! It’s beautiful. It’s walkable. And it’s full of chocolate shops. What more could one want?

Anthony and I stayed in a lovely B&B called Guesthouse Abiente. Our room was simply decorated and very relaxing. One peaceful moment was lying in bed with the windows open listening to church bells ring. Our hostess make us feel so welcome and prepared a breakfast feast for us in the morning.
091-IMG_2892I had a bucket list of things to do and (mostly) eat in Bruges:

* Eat chocolate. Now I got into this assignment. And it was easy to do with chocolate shops every few feet. And the chocolate did not disappoint.129-IMG_2973105-IMG_2935
073-IMG_2860* Eat a waffle. I had several — some where light and delicious; others were heavy and gross. But check. 063-IMG_2862

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085-IMG_2881* Take Anthony to the concert hall for their interactive museum. He really enjoyed himself. And the view from the top of the concert hall was spectacular. 089-IMG_2951
110-IMG_2934* Eat mussels. I had to do this one alone since Anthony doesn’t eat seafood. They were very good, buy
but not something I want to eat often. I’m good for a year or so.
* Drink Belgium beer. I’m not a beer drinker, but I heard that the beer there was really good, so I had to try one. (I’m still not a beer fan.)
* Eat street fries. Frites, as they call them, are served hot with a big dollop of mayonnaise. OMG. They are so amazing. I could eat them every meal. But then I’d weigh 300 lbs before year’s end. 119-IMG_2955120-IMG_2978
135-IMG_2997One thing that I didn’t expect was a World Cup game between Belgium and Algeria taking place while we were there. The city of Bruges set up a giant movie screen in one of the town squares to broadcast the game. People came out in droves dressed in Belgium colors to watch the game. And Belgium won! So then a dance party broke out with a DJ spinning tunes (including a lot of 80’s American pop). Anthony and I joined in the festivities.

Another delightful surprise was a moonlit walk after a light rain. The city sparkled like diamonds and the sky was an intense blue.

074-IMG_2890So yes, we loved Bruges and will definitely try to return one day.

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