9 Things to Watch for in the 2016 Olympic Games

With the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic games coming this Friday, let’s take a look at all the important topics to watch this summer!

1. Opening Ceremony.  The opening ceremony is a spectacle watched around the world and can set the tone for the rest of the games.  Will there be a blunder like the little girl lip-syncing the national anthem in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, or a heart-touching moment like the late, great Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic Torch?

2016 Women's Gymnastics Olympic Team
2016 Women’s Gymnastics Olympic Team

2. US Women’s Gymnastics Team.  The US women’s gymnastics team is the favorite to get the overall gold this year.  However, what might be more interesting to watch is whether another American can grab the All-Around Gold for the fourth straight Olympics. Three-time world champion, Simone Biles, is the favorite to win the gold. But, she is competing against reigning Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas, 2012 Olympics fourth runner-up Aly Raisman, and hot newcomer Laurie Hernandez.

3. Conditions in Rio.  Zika, water pollution, gang violence and security issues are plaguing Rio.  For nearly a year, Brazil has been in a state of emergency as they battle the Zika virus known to cause birth defects in babies.  Several athletes have declined to travel to Rio this year and Zika is expected to be behind those decisions.  Water pollution also threatens the sailing events this year and athletes have been told to spend as little time as possible in the water due to untreated human waste in the water.  The World Health Organization has suggested athletes to “cover cuts with waterproof plasters prior to exposure.”  In addition to health issues, there are threats of gang violence and the Olympic security firm was fired less than a week before the games.  There have also been issues with the athlete’s Olympic village where “uninhabitable” conditions have kept athletes in nearby hotels instead, and the Australian team was robbed during a fire evacuation after returning to the village.

4. Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.  Do these two all-time great athletes still have what it takes to bring home the gold for their countries?  With some out-of-the-pool issues and a suspension from Team USA, Phelps is said to be more focused than ever and ready to prove himself again.  Meanwhile, Usain Bolt, who is turning 30 on the day of the closing ceremonies, has seen his times get slower in the past years.  He is looking to win the 100m, 200m, and 4x400m relay for the third consecutive time.  No other person has ever done this twice.

5. Team Russia and Doping.  The Russian Olympic team has taken a huge due to doping.  The International Olympic Committee originally banned nearly 400 Russian athletes after the entire track and field, rowing, and weightlifting teams were all banned for doping.  The IOC announced it would not ban the entire team, but has still banned more than 110 Russian Olympians for this year’s Olympics, by far the largest of any Olympic games.  Will the remaining athletes be able to make a splash at the games?

6. US Basketball Teams.  While the Men’s team has a couple decent challengers in their pool, the US Women’s team has been absolutely dominate in the Olympics – winning 7 gold medals with an overall record of 58-3 in Olympic play.  They also enter the Rio games on a 41 game winning streak.  Despite several top athletes abstaining from this year’s games for the Men’s Team, they still figure to be the favorites led by Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins.

7. New Sports.  Rugby Sevens will make its first appearance in the 2016 games.  Rugby Sevens is made up of seven active players for each team, compared to the 15-player teams in traditional rugby.  Golf is also making a return after a 112-year hiatus.  Baseball and softball, karate, squash, and roller sports all vied for the open two spots.

8. Can Brazil Take Gold in Men’s Soccer?  Brazil has five World Cup championships, but has never won gold in the Olympics.  Can the home team finally overcome their Olympic challenges and bring their country gold?

9. Allyson Felix’s Fourth Olympic Games.  At the age of 30, Allyson Felix is looking to become the third woman in Olympic history to win the 200m and 400m races in the same Olympics.  She boasts six Olympic medals and four individual world championships.

While we wait for the opening ceremony on Friday, check out how things are going with Donald Trump or just watch some cute dogs rolling around.

Eating Clean Cooking Dirty

Increase Your Family Time and Decrease Your Kitchen Time without Sacrificing Healthy,  Clean,  Food

Everyone cares about health. Parents want to eat well and parents want their kids to eat well. And yet, a huge challenge lies in finding time to make healthy, scrumptious meals, that your family and kids will all love.

Eating clean can be fun, quick, easy, and as delicious as you want. Throw away your assumption that you can’t do this, you can – here’s how.

1 .Family Meal Planning & Prep for Clean Eating
As with many thing, you will begin with your prep work. No successful changes happen without a plan and prep work. Here’s a super simple guide to meal planning and cooking prep.

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This took me about 2 hours to prep, and gave us lunch and 4 dinners!
2. Start Simple
Now that your prep work and planning are complete, start your program with a simple, fun, and meaningful clean-eating change- upgrade your kiddos’ lunch box with this simple list of great clean and quick lunch ideas.

3. Start Cooking!

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Here a few starter recipes: 
Finger lickin’ good chicken.

I prepped this on Sunday (took about 5 minutes) and let it sit in my fridge until Wednesday. Wednesday evening, I dumped it out on a sheet pan and stuck it in the oven; cooked while Stella and I played games. Voila, dinner was ready and I literally spend less than 10 minutes in the kitchen.
Comfort food all the way
When you’ve had a week full of hard decisions, disappointments and major major changes, it is natural to turn to comfort foods to nurture your soul back to health.

4. Sign Up! 

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More Posts From  David, Sophia, Melissa, and Lauren!

Our Team Video ! 

David on his Real Estate Investments.

Lauren on her running journey.

Melissa on stretching, stretches for more flexibility, and making it through an MBA program.

Sophia posts about marketing during a crisis and the Portland TrailBlazers brand strategy.

10 Reasons Why Corgi Beach Day Is Awesome

Saturday July 30, over 1,000 people descended upon Cannon Beach, OR with their beloved Corgis to enjoy a day a the beach.  The Portland Oregon Corgi Meet Up Group has organized a Beach Day for the past 4 years and is growing every year.  This event benefits the Oregon Humane Society and has fun activities like a costume contest, a silent auction, photo stations, Corgi Corn Hole games and a group photo.

Check out why we loved Oregon Corgi Beach Day here:

Look how this small gathering of Cori  lovers has grown over the years!

The 1st Oregon Corgi Beach Day 2013
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2nd Annual Oregon Corgi Beach Day 2014
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3rd Annual Oregon Corgi Beach Day 2015
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2016 Oregon Corgi Beach Day

For more more information on this event and to learn how to participate next year, click here: http://www.portlandcorgi.com/Corgi-Beach-Day.php

Digital Drinkers: What We Learned

We can taste the summer break, but first, watch our short film on what we learned during our Digital Marketing Competition. Hear from Lauren, David (groaning as he tries to hit a split), Melissa, and Sophia, as we recap this project and stretch our digital marketing knowledge to never-before-seen heights.

You can find us on Twitter: @lneiheis @investorhardass @melissa_barker @sophiabiabia

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Is Trump Done?

After countless gaffes, Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Here are 10  reasons why he’s alienating his voters:

  1. Is Trump Done?Prominent members of the Republican Party are saying that they don’t support Trump for President in the upcoming election. Instead they say they will support the Republican Party. If that’s true then who will they vote for?
  2. He contradicts himself at every corner. For example, in 2008 he stated that he was supporting Hillary Clinton and thought she would make an excellent President. Now he uses socially inappropriate language to say the exact opposite about Clinton.
  3. He has made derogatory comments about every protected class. If you affiliate with even one of these federal protected classes: race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, non-US citizenship–then Trump has made fun of you.
  4. As a woman, if you want the right to choose what you do with your body–a vote for Trump will ruin that. If you want to be judged by your mind and/or personality, and do not want to be objectified by your body–do not vote for Trump.
  5. He has zero restraint. Hillary Clinton threw shade at Trump during her acceptance speech with “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.” Hours after this statement Trump still couldn’t help himself by going on a twitter rant about fallen soldier’s father, Khizr Khan.
  6. He lacks accurate information. How exactly is Trump going to fix all of our problems? Your guess is as good the next person because he hasn’t given any details on his plans except to just trust him that he has all the answers.
  7. His love for dictators. He has praised a variety of infamous world leaders such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.
  8. His business credibility is questionable. Trump has had four bankruptcies and the turmoil behind Trump University isn’t going away. Whether he passes the buck to someone else to blame for these or he’s not that good of a businessman as he says he is, the point is whether we-as US citizens-want to take that risk with our economy.
  9. Is the press REALLY at fault? He blames the press for blowing his comments out of proportion but his direct quotes are rarely taken out of context. He’s really saying all of these ludicrous quotes! It’s making news because everyone is in awe of how ridiculous his comments are.
  10. Google: ‘Angry fear mongering language,’ Trump is listed in some of the top links. Are you a citizen that is motivated by unity or by fear? Enough said.

Ultimate video on Trump contradictions:

For More Political Debate: RNC vs. DNC


How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

Taking your dog to the vet to have his or her teeth cleaned can be a real nightmare. Anesthesia can have negative complications and the whole process can be really expensive. But here’s how you can solve that problem — just brush your dog’s teeth yourself. Piece of cake, right?!

Some tips for getting your dog to come running for the toothbrush:

  • It takes time. Try small steps. First, just show your dog the toothbrush. Next time, just open your dog’s mouth. Then, brush a front tooth. And so on…until your dog is comfortable with the tooth brushing experience.
  • Positive reinforcement. It helps to reward your dog with treats or praise during each step. She sniffs the toothbrush, “good girl!” She lets you open her mouth – 2 treats!

Brushing your dog’s teeth may not keep plaque and tartar from building up entirely, but can significantly reduce the buildup between professional cleanings. And that can save you time, money, and risks to your pups health. Happy brushing!

Try that with a cat!  😉

5 Reasons Dog Videos are BETTER than Cat Videos!

Dog’s Having a Ton of Fun!


5 Reasons Dog Videos Are Better Than Cat Videos

We all know cat videos. Funny, fuzzy, kind of cute.  Sure they rule the internet.  But dog videos are so much better!  For proof just look at this video of Dogs Having a Grand Old Time!  But to clearly prove our case, let’s take a look at the exact reasons:

  1. Cats are jerks. Let’s face it, cats have their own agenda. And if you happen to get in the way of it, they do things like pee on your bed, or scratch up your furniture (sometimes they do that anyway.) Do you really want to watch cats being jerks, does that make you feel better?
  2. Dogs are loving and loyal. When you come home they are SOOOO happy to see you, and not just because you are feeding them. And do you see stories about how cats try to rescue their owners? No.
  3. Cats don’t care about you. People who think their cats love them are fooling themselves. Cats love getting fed, and petted, and left alone when they want to be left alone. What cats are really thinking?
  4. Dogs wear their hearts on their sleeves. You don’t have to guess what makes dogs happy; playing, attention, food.
  5. Dogs are cuter than cats. I know, it’s a controversial statement. But check out this video and you will see I am right!

    Now if you want to see something truly amazing, check out this video of a dog getting it’s teeth brushed!

Nothing But Dogs Having A Grand Old Time

IMG_9533You work with the same awesome team long enough and you start to realize it’s no coincidence that you all like a lot of the same things. Including this bizarre quirk that our dogs all share when they get really excited.

Presenting…nothing but dogs rolling around having a grand old time!
(See links below the video for more awesome dog videos)


More dog videos? More dog videos!

How to brush your dog’s teeth

5 reasons why Dogs are better than Cats

How to Survive (and Thrive) in a Professional MBA Program

I’m writing this with being 2 short weeks away from completing my MBA at Willamette.

Throughout the two years in the program, at times, I’ve worked more than 100 hours in a single week between my various jobs and a full credit load.

It’s amazing how formal education can be either the catalyst for growth (in all parts of your life) or make you feel helpless. What will make or break you is how you set yourself up for success. Currently, I’m enrolled in three courses (more than the average load), working multiple jobs and still having a great time. Don’t get me wrong – at times it feels like a death march.

Treepose8 Tips for Surviving (and Thriving) in an MBA Program

1) Get a Hobby

One of the first interview questions I was asked in the interview for Willamette’s MBA Program was, “What are your hobbies?” Seems odd, right? What could this have to do with my ability to be successful in an MBA program.

The answer: A LOT.

I have a hobby that forces me to be social, and present. Because most of the time, I’m putting other people’s lives in my hands.


Whether your hobby is a sport or not, having other people on your team or to practice with will keep you motivated and on track. After an 16 hour day comprised of 8-10 hours at work and a 4 hour night class, you need something to look forward to during the week.

2) Take on more, set goals. 

How sad would it to be to complete your MBA degree and feel like you’ve otherwise stagnated as a person? Wouldn’t you rather look back on this time as a period of immense growth? You might call me crazy here, but the saying could not be more true:

If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.”

Keeping busy will only increase your capacity. More importantly, having other goals will help you keep school in perspective. How much does it matter you got a “C” on that one marketing midterm? Not much in the grand scheme. But it can feel like your world is coming to an end if you don’t have other things you’re working towards.

My goals during this MBA program: strength and flexibility. Some of these achievements (like getting my splits) occurred even while studying.

splits and studying

3) Make sleep a priority.

There will be nights (and weeks) when that’s not possible. Take time each week to catch up on sleep at least one or two nights. During this program I averaged 4-6 hours on bad nights. For the most part though, I got 7-8 hours of sleep a night. 

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 10.26.46 AMAnd this was with working full-time, my hobby, friends, teaching, and taking a full credit load. It is possible, I promise.

4) Put pride aside. 

Know your network, and ask for help. An MBA is going to force you to learn about every field of business, so get to know your classmates (or cohort). Know their strengths and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t worry – when it comes to your subject of expertise, you’ll be able to return the favor. 

Also understand your personal network. Never be shy about asking for help because the worst case scenario is that they say no. Not so bad, right?

5) Be selective about who you give your time to.

The people who stick by you through these 2 years will be your best friends and life partners. My cohort alone had 3 marriage proposals during the program. Something in the water? Perhaps.

Getting through any program and working will test your willpower. People who are takers (emotionally and mentally) will stick out like sore thumbs, know when to cut your losses.

6) Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency.

Put your perfectionist ways to sleep because they’ll kill you in graduate school. I’m saying this as a long-term Type A “it must be perfect” personality. Trust me. You may think that is sustainable at first but it will catch up with you and eat away hours you could be sleeping.

Though, this may be taking efficiency too far. Bath studying…it’s a thing.


7) Prepare for the week.

Set yourself up for success every night. Do your meal prep and plan days in advance. Schedule your week: block off 1-2 hour time slots for homework. Stick to it. This is an easy way to get more efficient. Studies show that after 2 hours of working or studying the same topic, productivity drops dramatically.

8) Enjoy it.

This is probably the last time in your adult life you’ll have the luxury of learning in a controlled environment, where your job doesn’t depend on it.

Happy bending  studying!

Melissa Barker

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