Review: Six Nutrition Vitamins for Men

six nutrition vitamins for menAs a blogger, I get a fair amount of emails from brands and PR agencies to do product reviews on my blog. Recently, I was asked to do a review of Six Nutrition Vitamins for Men. I replied to the email saying, “I am not a man, but my husband is. And he is willing to do a review.” They were happy with that response, sent the vitamins, and Taylor has been taking them for the last month.

So, ladies and gents, here is Taylor’s first product review!

In my career as an airline pilot, health and fitness are vitally important. In addition to very long duty days in stressful conditions, I am required by the FAA to have a comprehensive medical exam annually. If I do not keep my health in top form, especially my weight and cardiovascular health, I can risk my license and career.

Staying healthy in an environment where I can’t get consistent sleep and be in a regular routine can be difficult. I try to eat healthfully, but I am often at the mercy of packaged meals and airport restaurants. I’ve tried to make up for that by taking a multivitamin on a daily basis. When asked to try Six Nutrition Vitamins, I was willing to see if this made a difference in how I felt.

20131129-151529.jpgI had never heard of Six Vitamins before, but their product philosophy makes sense. Six Nutrition believes in pinpointing 6 areas: heart, joint, sex, muscles, mind, and energy.

My first impression of the product was the slick packaging. After taking generic Centrum vitamins in a giant bottle from Costco, this was a nice change. I wasn’t thrilled about taking 6 pills a day, but the packaging made it easy to rip open and throw back the pills with a chug of water. The individual packets were much more convenient to pack in my suitcase than a large bottle.

One funny note: the foil packaging is similar to a condom One morning when I opened up a package in the cockpit to take my vitamins for the day, the pilot I was flying with heckled me a bit.

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It’s difficult for me to decide if Six Vitamins made an impact on my health in the last month. There were a lot of stressful factors that I dealt with: cross-country commuting, preparing to move, and recovering from a head cold. It’s possible that the vitamins made me healthier, but I can’t say that for sure. I feel like I had more energy after a few weeks of taking them, but it’s difficult to quantify energy levels with my varied sleep schedule. There is an element of placebo affect whenever you take a pill…I felt like a healthier man by taking the vitamins, but I don’t know if I truly improved my overall health.

All in all, I think these vitamins are a quality product. I haven’t spent a lot of time researching vitamins and supplements, but they seem more targeted to active men’s health than most of the vitamins on the shelf. I liked knowing I was taking a product developed to improve total body health. The price of the vitamins is a more than I’d personally like to pay, but the Six Nutrition website offers some deals for multi-month discounts. If you’re looking for a better pill than a generic multivitamin, give Six Nutrition a try.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Six Vitamins for Men for free from Six Nutrition as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

I’m Moving to Michigan

detroit map pinLast night I updated my Facebook status, and mentioned our family’s move to Michigan at the end of the post. The general reply?

“Whaaaat? No! You’re Moving? Did I miss your announcement?!?”

Although I’ve been talking about our upcoming move for several months, I guess it’s never been official because I didn’t make a big to-do on social media.

So here’s the official announcement. Through the months of November and December, our family is moving back to the Detroit area. Taylor and I are driving out one car full of stuff on November 3rd, and the moving truck will probably come the first week of December once we’ve found a place to live. In the mean time, I’m going to stay with a family from our old ward for the days I’m in town. I’ll be in Salt Lake at various times through the next 5 weeks, but it’s going to be pretty busy with packing and moving preparation.

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To address the fact that it’s DETROIT I’m moving to: Yes, I know the city is bankrupt. Yes, I know the winters are cold. Yes, I know that it’s far away from Utah. Yes, I know you don’t like X sports team. But I’m okay with it. Our family needs this. And we’ve lived in Michigan before, so we know what to expect.

Taylor was transferred to Detroit back in March. He’s been commuting to Memphis for the last 4 years, but it hasn’t been too terrible because he could jumpseat on FedEx flights. Since he’s been based at DTW, he’s been dealing with two big stressors: living in a crashpad and commuting back and forth on standby. Both Detroit and Salt Lake City are Delta hubs, which means that a lot of passenger traffic gets rerouted at the last minute. He thinks he has a way home, then gets bumped. Or has to route through another city. It’s enough to take his 2-4 days home down to 1-3, and sometimes he’s home less than 24 hours before he’s gone another week. He’s hating crashpad life: 15-25 pilots sharing a hotel room full of crappy bunkbeds and one bathroom. Seven months of that torture has been enough to consider a career change. I don’t want him to quit his dream without giving life in Detroit another try.

michigan leavesRight now I’m being considered for a few different jobs, and will be flying out to Detroit for interviews in a few days. I’ve been job hunting for months, but earlier in the year didn’t turn out to be the right time to move. Now it is, and we’re being proactive. It’s scary to put moving expenses on a credit card and not know when I’ll have work, but sometimes a leap of faith is necessary.

It’s going to be difficult to leave Utah. We have such a strong support network for friends, family, neighbors, and former coworkers. We’ve been back in Utah 4 years, and it’s feeling harder to leave than when we left in 2006. But don’t you fret…we’ll still be back to visit. We’re planning to come back from Christmas.

Want to see us before we leave? On Saturday, November 16th, I’m going to hold a going away party open house. The location will be determined soon, but you can keep tabs on the event on the Facebook event. Hope to see you there!

 

Nine Years

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9 years
8 cars we’ve roadtripped in
7 days a week of “Taylorsmiles”
6 months from 1st date to marriage
5 years to finish college algebra and get your degree
4 states (Utah, California, Michigan, Georgia)
3 domiciles (DTW, ATL, MEM)
2 surgeries (and another one this week)
1 borrowed Toad the Wet Sprocket CD

From 2004 to 2013, I’ve spent 9 years at your side. Even when we’ve had to live and work across the country from each other, you never feel too far away. It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s always been worth it to have you as my best friend and husband. Happy anniversary, Taylor.

My Funny Valentine

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Eight and a half years.
Four states.
Six moves.
Adventures galore.

And I still get excited every time you walk into the room.

So many people said that meeting a guy I met on the internet wouldn’t work out. So many people said it was a bad idea for a newly-divorced single mom to be dating, let alone falling in love and getting married again. I’m glad we took chances. I’m glad you’ve been able to follow your dreams. And I’m glad that I borrowed your Toad the Wet Sprocket CD.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Tay.

Flashback Friday: “All I Want” by Toad The Wet Sprocket

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Toad The Wet Sprocket

The first time I heard the name “Toad the Wet Sprocket” and the beginning drum beats of “All I Want” played, I was immediately a fan. Can you instantaneously fall in love with a band off of their name and 5 seconds of a song? In the case of me in 1992, and Toad The Wet Sprocket, yes.

The name “Toad the Wet Sprocket” came from a Monty Python comedy sketch called “Rock Notes,” in which a new journalist delivers a nonsensical report: “Rex Stardust, lead electric triangle with Toad the Wet Sprocket, has had to have an elbow removed following their recent successful worldwide tour of Finland. Flamboyant ambidextrous Rex apparently fell off the back of a motorcycle.”

A band name off a Monty Python sketch? Heck yes!

Toad the Wet Sprocket formed in 1986, and consists of vocalist and guitarist Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss. As the band’s first gig approached, they had not yet chosen a name. The members jokingly adopted “Toad the Wet Sprocket” because it was “hilarious”. Glen Philips later said the band name was “a joke that went on too long…and it was probably meant to be temporary at the time”. Their first album “Fear” was released in 1991, and their two singles “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean” reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song “Good Intentions” was produced for the TV show Friends, but not released as part of the track list on Fear.

“Nothing’s so loud as hearing when we lie
Truth is not kind, but you’ve said neither am I”

toad the wet sprocket greatest hitsThis song doesn’t exactly come across as a love song, but it’s part of the love story of Taylor and I. We met on an internet dating site in 2004. Our first date went well, but our second date was very awkward. He probably would have written me off (since most guys were scared of dating divorced moms), but on our second date he let me borrow his Toad the Wet Sprocket greatest hits CD.

Because our date didn’t go very well, and we were more interested in other people at the time, we didn’t communicate much for the next two months. I got a call from Taylor asking me on another date, and I was sure it was some kind of pity date so he could get his CD back. But he was brave – he agreed to go to my extended family’s Fourth of July BBQ (after not seeing me for almost 3 months). My family loved him, we felt some chemistry, and the rest was history. Would we have gotten together without Toad The Wet Sprocket? The world may never know.

Eric Idle, the sketch’s original performer, talked about the band’s name in a 1999 performance: “I once wrote a sketch about rock musicians and I was trying to think of a name that would be so silly nobody would ever use it, or dream it could ever be used. So I wrote the words “Toad the Wet Sprocket”. And a few years later, I was driving along the freeway in L.A., and a song came on the radio, and the DJ said, “that was by Toad the Wet Sprocket”, and I nearly drove off the freeway.”

Bullock Family Christmas Card 2012


One hundred Christmas cards are in the mail, but I couldn’t send them to everyone. So instead, I’m posting it online for all my readers to see. Don’t you feel lucky?

I failed to write a Christmas letter to go along with our cards, so I’ll give a little update on what our family has been up to this year.

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Our family moved from Midvale to Lehi, Utah, this year, which was a fairly easy move after the 4 cross-country moves we made between 2006-2009.

Taylor is in his 5th year as a first officer pilot for an east coast-based regional airline. He’s been based in Memphis this year, and commuting to and from Salt Lake City can be tough at times. There is a FedEx base in Memphis, and pilots are able to jumpseat on the FedEx planes, so he often “FedExes himself” to work. When he’s not in the air or waiting around an airport, he likes to keep tabs on all the recent movies, TV shows, and video games, and is trying to reteach himself how to play the guitar.

20121211-095814.jpgRosie has been growing up faster than we can keep up with. She is turning into an amazing and eclectic young lady in so many ways. Rosie is in 6th grade and turned 12 years old in September. She loves being a Beehive in Young Womens, and is enjoying the countdown to being an official teenager. This summer, she was in Murray Community Arts’ production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and has a strong interest in theater (just like her mom). She got to see stage productions of “Les Miserables” and “Wicked” this year, and has the soundtracks on heavy rotation on her iPod. Her number one obsession right now is Doctor Who, which her Pinterest account will attest to.

20121211-095745.jpgMy year has been focused on regaining my health. I opted to have weight loss surgery as a tool to get my weight under control. So far this year, I have lost over 120 pounds, and I intend to keep working hard to lose the rest of my excess weight. Professionally, I am working as the social media manager for DegreeSearch.org, and am on the board of Social Media Club of Salt Lake City. My leisure time often revolves around blogging and social media events, and my trips this year included Charlotte, NC for Type A Parent Conference, New York City for BlogHer, and Atlanta for the Obesity Help weight loss conference. I’ve had a lot of success with my blogs this year, including some appearances on TV and mentions in the newspaper.

20121211-095657.jpgThe highlight of our year as a family was our trip to England in October. The three of us met up with our friend Clint, and we had a fab adventure together. We spent 4 days in London, seeing the sights, sampling the culture, taking lots of pictures, and meeting up with old friends.

Next, we rented a car and drove north to spend some time out of the city. We spent a day in Liverpool, a day in the Lake District, and ended our time in England in Manchester. When standby flights were full out of Manchester, we found out that we could get back to the US in business class on standby the next day from Dublin, so we hopped an Aer Lingus flight to Ireland for a day. We only got to spend a few hours in the city of Dublin, but it was fun to experience a little of the land of my heritage.

We would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year in 2013. Cheers!

When He Leaves

Sometimes it’s really hard to be married to a man who spends more time away from you than with you.

Every month around the 22nd, he gets his schedule for the next month. It’s usually a celebration of a good amount of time off, or cursing the work rules that make commuting a near impossibility.

When he’s on his way home, I get so excited. I track his flight progress online. I try to straighten up the house. I shave my legs. I attack him with a gigantic hug and kiss when he walks in the door.

But his time at home is never long enough, usually 2-3 days before he gets ready to leave again. He has his pre-trip routine. He showers, packs, and does the mental checklist: shoes, pants, pilot shirt, underwear, badge, passport, wallet, keys, iPhone charger, Zune, and snacks. He checks flight loads, and details of his upcoming work trip. He gives me a goodbye kiss that never seems long enough. The door closes, and our home feels like just a house again.

It’s usually not too long before I send him a text saying “Miss you already.” I walk into the bathroom, and the counter is missing his toiletry bag. I can still smell the faint scent of his deodorant that drives me wild. I go around the house and find all the cups that he drank out of. I fold the rest of the laundry from the load he threw in a few hours before leaving.  I mentally plan out the things I need to accomplish before he returns home next. I hug my daughter tightly, and we give each other the usual bittersweet crooked smile.  She says, “I miss daddy.” We talk about how long it will be until he comes home again. Sometimes we let each other fall apart a little bit. And then we put ourselves back together and get back to ‘normal life.’

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a husband who worked regular business hours, and could plan on legal holidays off. The 4th of July was a special day while we were dating, and I’m feeling particularly melancholy about him being gone on a trip over the holiday weekend. But I take comfort in the fact that he has a nice stretch of days off next week, and we’re tentatively planning to do something fun alone together.

I love him so much. I miss him so much.

The Graduate: Aviation Professional Pilot

After years of effort, three schools, several majors, student loans, and the blasted algebra class that would never end….Taylor did it! He graduated from Utah Valley University’s Global Aviation Program. He achieved the much-desired Bachelor of Science degree, Aviation Professional Pilot.

It was a little strange to be on UVU’s campus, as Taylor’s program was entirely online (or in the air, if you will). It was a strange feeling. I’m grateful that Taylor was able to obtain this degree so flexibly…completing coursework in Utah, California, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, and Georgia. Despite hundreds of drivebys of the UVU campus, we didn’t know where anything besides the McKay Events Center.  The day before graduation we drove around to look for the Alumni Center where caps and gowns were being distributed…and had to ask a few people where to go.


I’m so proud of Taylor’s accomplishments and drive to complete his degree. He is one of the lucky ones of his fellow aviation graduates to be lucky enough to be working the “dream job” (if you can call being a regional FO a dream). He’s had aviation in his blood, wanted to be a jet pilot since he was 3 years old, and he made it happen.

The Hottest Couple, This Side of the Wasatch Fault

I love getting my picture taken. I’m blessed with face photogenic enough to make up for everything else I don’t like about my voluptuous body. My husband, on the other hand, isn’t thrilled about getting  captured on camera. When he smiles for a picture, he poses his face into something I’ve affectionately called his “Taylorsmile” (as pictured above). I’ve been bugging him for ages to get portraits taken of the two of us. The last time he humored me was the week before he proposed to me in 2004. For my birthday this year, he finally agreed to it. I got my portraits.

It took a lot of coaxing. He didn’t want to get overly dressed up. He didn’t want to be matchy-matchy. He wouldn’t wear the argyle sweater I’ve been pleading for him to wear for 2 years. He wanted to go with his usual black shirt and jeans. And I had to bargain with him to put decent styling product in his hair.  But ultimately, I did get what I wanted:

A real smile from my Tayv8tor!

Valentine to my Tayv8tor

In Your Eyes

Love I get so lost, sometimes
Days pass
And this emptiness
Fills my heart
When I want to run away
I drive off in my car
But whichever way I go
I come back to the place you are

All my instincts, they return
And the grand facade
So soon will burn
Without a noise
Without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes, the light the heat
In your eyes, I am complete
In your eyes, I see the doorway
To a thousand churches
In your eyes, The resolution
of all my fruitless searches
In your eyes
I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
The heat I see in your eyes

Love, I don’t like to see so much pain
So much wasted, and this moment keeps slipping away
I get so tired of working so hard for our survival
I look to the time with you to keep me awake and alive

And all my instincts, they return
And the grand facade
So soon will burn
Without a noise
Without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes
The light the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway
To a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution of all my fruitless searches
In your eyes
I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
The heat I see in your eyes
In your eyes

After 5+ years, I still feel the light and heat in your eyes. You were the resolution to “all my fruitless searches.” I love you more than I’ll ever be able to express. Wish you were here with me to celebrate “everyone’s favorite commercialized February holiday” with me.

Love,
Nicole

(For those who don’t know, Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” (Acoustic Version, mind you!) was our wedding song. As well as Level 42’s “Something About You.”)