Thursday, December 18, 2014

This blog is now closed!

After much stressing and a couple of weeks, I think my new EmpowerMoms blog is finally up!! 

Can you check it out and see if it comes up for you??

Don't forget to go to 

for all my blog posts from now on and 
my other social media sites: 

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Turmeric Curcumin Capsules Review - Boosts Anti Inflamatory Response

I've been taking Tumeric for 2 full weeks now, along with my husband, and I can feel a difference with my body and joints. I have less discomfort and aching specifically in my knees.

Tumeric was recommended to me to try for me knees because regardless of whatever exercising I do, my knees typically ache afterwards for awhile. In the last couple of weeks since taking Tumeric, I have found that they ache less and sometimes not at all!

I will continue to take this supplement until its gone and will definitely be ordering more!!

Fast shipping by this amazon seller and item as described.

Amazon Product Description

So what Is Curcumin?

Curcumin is the yellow pigment of Turmeric, more popularly known as one of the most the most common spices used in Indian cooking.

Curcumin has been employed for hundreds of years in The Indian subcontinent being a key element in Ayurvedic medicine process.

With additional tests, case studies and experiments being performed over the last 50 years or so it has been uncovered that Curcumin is the substance within Turmeric that delivered all the wonderful health benefits associated with Turmeric.

It has been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory as well as many other beneficial properties.

What does this mean for you?

It can help your skin tone and health

It can help increase healthy joint function especially if you suffer from arthritis

It can improve you digestive functions and bowel health

It boosts your immune system.

It also contains powerful antioxidant properties that have been shown to help slow down the aging process.

Many doctors recommend the use of turmeric curcumin for pain relief and joint health and is commonly used for arthritis symptoms relief.

Our Turmeric Curcumin is produced in the USA in a FDA approved facility.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Lemon Zester Cheese Grater #1 Chef Rated 2-in-1 Premium ProfessionalKitchen Tool

I tried my new Zester Grater this past weekend and I love it!! I've never had a grater before and have always wanted one. I used the grater to grate a chocolate bar over some yogurt for a simple treat.

I was amazed how sharp it is-so be careful! It's really sturdy and easy to hold. It washed clean very easily and has a plastic sleeve to keep it protected.

I can't wait to try my zester on more things! Fast shipping from amazon shipping-very pleased with purchase!!

Have you used a grater before? What have you used it with?


Amazon Product Description
Rated The #1 Most Useful Kitchen Tool for Grating & Zesting Effortlessly

The limited edition Chef Proven Professional Zester Grater (2-in-1 Deluxe) is the most popular kitchen tool on the market.

Why? No other tool combines effective zesting and grating in one easy to use tool as well as Chef Proven. Professional chefs and foodies around the world agree, choosing Chef Proven again and again when it comes to the best tool at the best value.

And once you use it you'll see why.

Our Professional Zester Grater is the easiest way to add instant flavor and uniqueness to all of your dishes.

Take your dishes from good to great!

- Grate a rich Parmesan or Reggiano over your favorite pasta or salad
- Zest fruit including lemons, limes, oranges and coconuts
- Grate chocolate to sprinkle over delectable desserts or ice cream - Grate ginger or garlic for stir fries, stews and more
- Zest lime or orange over the top of your favor beer or cocktail
-Toss your old spices and grate fresh cinnamon and nutmeg for today's meals

Here are just some of the reasons why Chef Proven's Professional Zester Grater is the best on the market:
- High grade stainless steel durable blade never needs sharpening
- Soft comfortable non-slip grip
- Unique ergonomic design for maximum control and easy use
- Bonus cover sleeve for worry-free storage
100% Satisfaction Lifetime Money Back Guarantee

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Soothie Suckers for nasal and immune support >> safe for kids!! and GIVEAWAY!!

I received a box of Soothie Suckers complimentary for blog and social media review. I put the box in the freezer and the next day tried the orange flavor. They are in little plastic BPA free sleeves, like a freezer pop. They have a slight taste of echinacea so I wasn't sure if I would like it, but after sucking on it for a few minutes I got use to it and it felt good on my throat. The orange ones are for immune support. They also offer purple which are for nasal support.

I LOVE that this product doesn't have dyes or high fructose corn syrup so I feel good giving it to my kids!

What are Soothie Suckers?? 

Proprietary herbal blends
Certified organic or wild-crafted herbal extracts
No artificial flavors, No high fructose corn syrup, No alcohol
Formulated in conjunction with the President of the American Herbalists' Guild

Product Description
One hundred percent plant-based, our Nasal Support blend makes use of herbs that for generations have provided parents with safe and gentle ways to help kids stay happy & healthy. It was that desire to support her childrens' health that led Marietta Harrison to create Soothie Suckers. Tapping into ancient traditions that parents turned to for thousands of years, Marietta developed Soothie Suckers as a safe, fun way to keep kids' immune systems strong and as a way to empower parents to make natural and healthy choices for their children.


 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Week 3 recap of Chris Freytag 10 pound slimdown xtreme program plus an Instagram picture challenge!

I haven't been posting much this week because I thought my blog transition was going to take place but it hasn't been finished yet, so I apoligize it's been a little quiet! Hopefully will be ready soon!!

Week 3 of following Chris Freytag's Xtreme program fell on Thanksgiving week and although I didn't go out of town, I had a very sick 4 year old and spent alot of nights up with him. So I did the best I could with staying on schedule, or at least working out.

November 23-29, 2014 workouts:

(38) mins xtreme kickboxing, (12) mins bonus abs and stretch

(40) xtreme core, (5) xtreme total body, (30) Leslie Sansone

rest day

(20) mins Leslie Sansone (in my pjs!), (10) mins yoga and stretching. 

(30) mins Leslie Sansone stepper dvd

rest day

The week didn't go as well as I had hoped-I did so well the first two weeks of the challenge! It's hard when I'm working longer hours at work and getting up multiple times a night for several nights in a row with sick kids. Tuesday was one of those days where every workout felt blah and I couldn't get into my groove. I was excited to try a new (but way old) Leslie dvd this week that uses a stepper so that way fun to do this week. Hoping week 4 will go better! 

Don't forget to join me on Instagram for my daily picture challenge!! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Scented, Natural Soy Wax Candles from Old Factory Candles. Hand-poured in the USA. plus GIVEAWAY!!

I received a set of 3 candles gift wrapped from Old Factory Candles last month. I got the "Happy Holidays" set which included Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread. I love that they are made in the USA! The gift wrapping was beautiful and the candle jars are nice and will match any room decor. Gingerbread was my favorite scent of the three! I have been burning it off and on for days now in my living room. Fast shipping and great customer service! Love these candles!

Scented, Natural Soy Wax Candles. Burns Clean, Even, and True-To-Scent for Hours. Perfect as a gift, or for your own home. Hand-poured in the USA. 50 SHADES themed gift set of 3 different 2 ounce candles. Includes Leather, Jasmine Bubbles, Vanilla Sex

Made in the USA with natural soy wax and self-trimming cotton candle wicks.

Each gift pack comes with 3 fragrance-themed candles. Each of which burns clean for over 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house - kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, basement. We recommend burning one candle in a smaller room, or combining 2 candles in a larger room for the best effect.

Every purchase is 100% Guranteed. If you are not comlpetely thrilled with the fragrance or appearance of these candles. We insist you send them back (at our expense) and we'll give you a full refund. No hassles. No headaches. That's our promise to you.


One of my readers will receive a FREE set of THREE Candles by Old Factory! 

**Your choice of any scent.
**You must have a USA shipping address and must have an account with to win.

1. Click on the Amazon link above and pick out what candle scent you want to win.
2. COMMENT below here on my blog with your favorite scent and email address so I can contact you if you win.

I will pick a winner on Saturday December 6th.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


My husband and I have been taking 5-HTP for at least 2 weeks now and I have seen an imporovement in my mood levels like when I take St. John's Wort. I took 1 or 2 capsules with water right before bed. It didn't make me feel drowsy and there was no weird taste. Serotonin plays such an important role for our bodies so I'm excited to see how this product continues to work for us long term. 

5-HTP is a substance extracted from the Griffonia Simplicfolia plant, and is a natural substance that increases the production of Serotonin. Serotonin plays a great role in our bodies when it comes to our sleep pattern, pain sensitivity, and appetite. When Serotonin is released, we have the sensation of well being, serenity, and fulfillment. In addition, Serotonin controls our anxiety and suppresses our appetite by making us feel serene and satisfied. 

Product Description from Amazon: 

* IMPROVE YOUR MOOD AND EMOTIONAL WELL BEING OR YOUR MONEY BACK! At Chronos Pharma we feel so confident our product works that we do not limit ourselves to the Amazon 30 day guarantee. If, at any point, you decide you are not 100% satisfied we will give your money back, NO QUESTIONS ASKED! We do not want to sell you a product. We want to build a long lasting relationship with our customers. We want to make a difference in your life!

* FROM NATURE! Extracted from the Griffonia Simplicfolia plant, 5HTP is a NATURAL substance that will greatly improve your MOOD, ease DEPRESSION & ANXIETY symptoms, help you SLEEP better and more RESTFULLY, help you take CONTROL of your emotional EATING, among many other benefits!

* 5-HTP WORKS! 5-HTP increases the production of SEROTONIN. Serotonin plays a great role in our bodies when it comes to our SLEEP pattern, PAIN sensitivity and APPETITE. When Serotonin is released, we have the sensation of WELLBEING, SERENITY and FULLFILMENT. In addition, serotonin controls our ANXIETY and suppresses our APPETITE but making us feel serene and SATISFIED.

* THE BEST VALUE! Taking 5-HTP is the BEST LIFE INVESTMENT you can make! If you feel your everyday life is taking an UNDESIRABLE TOLL on you the time to act is NOW! Making smarter life choices, as well as taking 5-HTP can improve your wellbeing dramatically and prevent you from FURTHER SUFFERING and harsher medication in the future.

* Do you want to be PROACTIVE about your EMOTIONAL WELLBEING? EMOTIONAL EATING? ANXIETY? Lack of MOTIVATION? Unrestful SLEEPING? If you can say YES to any of these questions and you want to use a SAFE, NATURAL and PROVEN way to do so then you MUST try Chronos Pharma`s 5-HTP. It is EASY! Just two capsules a day and you will be on your way to a HEALTHIER and HAPPIER life. Our products are made from the BEST ingredients, by the MOST qualified professionals and at a state of the art FDA approved facility! Years of research went into perfecting our product so you can have the best possible results. DO IT NOW! THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE IS WAITING FOR YOU!

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

#FitForTheHolidays >>Free Instagram Challenge with #EmpowerMoms!


Free Instagram Challenge

with #EmpowerMoms!

RULES for challenge:  
Post the daily picture on Instagram and use the hashtags: #FitForTheHolidays #EmpowerMoms and tag me @empowermoms so I can see your pictures!

Weekly winners will be drawn for prizes! The 3 winners must have a USA mailing address and must post a picture every day and use the hashtags.

Make sure to pass this challenge on to a friend and get ready to start #EmpowerMoms #fitfortheholidays challenge tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NEW BLOG ADDRESS-coming soon!

I will be starting the transition of moving this blog over to my new address this week. I am moving over to wordpress and my new website will be:

I am so excited about this new change and I hope you will continue to follow me over at my new blog! 

Lots of exciting things will be happening in 2015!! Stay Tuned!! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Week 2 recap of Chris Freytag 10 pound slimdown xtreme program

Just ended week 2 of the 10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme schedule by Chris Freytag!

Monday 17th
(38) mins Xtreme upper body, (25) mins recovery upper body

Tuesday 18th

Wednesday 19th
(38) mins xtreme kickboxing, (25) mins recovery upper body

Thursday 20th
(23) mins recovery upper body with my 13 year old, (12) mins elliptical

Friday 21st
(37) mins xtreme total body, (20) mins recovery core

Saturday 22nd
(38) mins xtreme kickboxing, (23) mins recovery upper body with my 13 year old

This week went great!!

I only missed one day-Yoga-this week! and my oldest joined me for two of my workouts this week which was fun. I LOVE her kickboxing dvd!! I added hand weights on Saturday to kick it up a notch and it was an awesome workout!! Ready for week 3!!

What are you doing to stay Fit for the Holidays?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pound Foolish | Book Four in the Windy City Neighbors series by Dave and Neta Jackson

This is the second book I have read from the Windy City Neighbors series. "Pound Foolish" is about the Singer Family-Greg and his wife and two children. 

I had mixed feelings about this book. I really liked it, but it wasn't a "happily ever after" or "escape from your own troubles and read a happy book" kind of book. It was very well written and kept my interest, but it was sad (and a little close to home) to read about the struggles and misunderstandings with jobs, money, kids etc. Real life struggles-which is why I continued to read the book to the end because I wanted to see how things would work out. 

The story line and character struggles felt real but good advice from friends and earnest prayer to God was sought out, so in the end, the book finished well. I enjoyed "Pound Foolish" and would recommend it! Can't wait to read more from this series! 

About the book: Pound Foolish | Book Four in the Windy City Neighbors series (Castle Rock Creative, October 2014)

Greg Singer coordinates consumer sports shows for powerboats, four wheelers, snowmobiles, and jet skis---macho toys for outdoor men like himself. But the job puts tremendous stress on his marriage with Nicole, who for the first time notices the handsome lawyer at the end of the block. "Greener pastures?" When the recession hits Greg's industry, he thinks the crisis is merely an opportunity for God to bless him with unmatched prosperity, a promise he hears preached each Sunday, and he steps out in bold faith . . . But is he being "pound foolish"?

The fourth in the Windy City Neighbors series, Pound Foolish explores the economic upheaval and uncertainties challenging every family. Intersecting with Penny Wise (book three), the Jacksons employ the innovating storytelling technique of "parallel novels." Though each book follows its own drama and story arc, the characters' lives become intertwined and affect one another. Pound Foolish returns us to Beecham Street---a typical American neighborhood . . . where a growing friendship brings new meaning to prosperity.
Purchase a copy:

About the authors: Dave and Neta Jackson are award-winning authors living in the Chicago area where their parallel novels from the Yada Yada House of Hope and Harry Bentley series are set. As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books.
Find the Jacksons online: websiteFacebookTwitter

I was given this book complimentary from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review on my blog and social media-all opinions are my own.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills 600mg - Supreme Premium Pharmaceutical Grade Essential Fatty Acids - by NutriRevolution REVIEW

I have been taking these Omega 3 Fish Oil supplements for over a week now and so far I've been very pleased! I've heard alot of positive things about Fish Oil but I've always been scared to try it because I don't want to take a supplement that tastes "fishy" or leaves a weird taste in my mouth.

These supplements by NutriRevolution are easy to swallow; they smell a little fishy in the bottle but not in my mouth. I have noticed I've been alot more clear minded and less anxious at work than I have been lately, so that's a big plus! I would recommend these and I will continue to take them long term.

Product Description
Why is our Omega 3 Fish Oil the hottest diet supplement on the market these days?

Omega 3 Fish Oil has seen an amazing increase in popularity as the most important vitamin a person can take for the best health possible.

How Omega 3 Can Improve Your Health

Decreases your chance of heart disease by 32%

Decreases your chances of a heart attack by an astounding 70%

Reduces the pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Reduces the risk of pneumonia by 35%

Reduces the odds of developing Alzheimer's

Reduces the suffering of post-partum depression by up to 51%

Studies now show that DHA is a critical part of a fish oil supplement routine.

NutriRevolution is able to provide the 100mg DHA and 160mg EPA in a softgel that has been molecularly distilled just as medical guidelines recommend any omega 3 fish oil supplement do.

Molecular Distillation vs. Enteric Coated Capsules

The process of molecular distillation is what makes our superior softgels burpless, extremely purified and able to break down in the stomach, so it can be more readily absorbed into your body's system. Enteric coated fish oil supplements, meanwhile, have a layer that protects them from stomach acids, so they don't normally break down before they have reached the gastrointestinal tract, where it's too late for your body to release the fats and oils needed in order for it properly absorb the fish oil.

Safety Information
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

NutriRevolution Omega 3 Fish oil is full of EPA and DHA and Omega 3 6 9 Fatty Acids. These are essential fatty acids (efa). EPA and DHA are famous for their advantages in reducing horrible cholestrerol levels and triglyceride levels, and improving good cholesterol (HDL). They also help cardiovascular system health and normal blood pressure levels, boost blood circulation and also improve the body's defense mechanisms.

Fish Oil, Gelatin, Glycerol, Water

Adults Take 1 Softgel, 1 - 2 Times Daily Preferably With Meals Or Before Bed

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Nature Health D-Gas Natural Anti-Gas, Digestive Aid and Gas Relief, by Nature Health REVIEW

My husband and I have been taking these for a couple of weeks now and I can truly tell a difference when I have them after a meal, versus not having them at all. There is no weird after taste and they are easy to swallow. I like that D-Gas uses natural ingredients and not anything weird. I typically take 2 capsules after a meal and feel relief within an hour or so.

Product Description
Size: 60 Count

D-gas is an all natural gas relief and digestive aid. Each D-gas vegetable capsule contains a proprietary blend of all natural ingredients to help relieve symptoms of gas, bloating and discomfort. D-gas may be taken daily as a natural digestive aid, anti-gas aid and antioxidant. It is a fast acting and drug free product.

Safety Warning
Do not exceed 12 capsules in 24 hours. Consult with a physician before use if you are pregnant.

Keep out of reach of children

D-GAS natural ingredients include Ginger, Dill Seed, Fennel Seed, Cardamom, CuminSeed, Coriander Seed, Papain, Peppermint Leaf, Hypromellose, cellulose, vegetable derived magnesium stearate & silica

Take 2-3 capsules with water as needed or after meals, at bedtime, or anytime you feel discomfort

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Origami Owl Jewelry FREE gratitude gift!

Don't miss this exciting offer!!!! 
Receive a FREE #GiftOfGratitude with each purchase of $59.50 ❤️❤️ Gift includes large silver Living Locket , limited edition snow globe charm and 16 inch silver faceted ball chain. (Retail value $39)

This offfer is only good from today Nov 20 at 9am MST through Saturday Nov 22 at 8:59am MST.

This is the first time that OrigamiOwl has offered a gift with purchase so don't delay if you're thinking of ordering Christmas gifts this year!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Week 1 Chris Freytag 10 pound slimdown xtreme

Last week I started the 4 week Slimdown Xtreme challenge with Chris Freytag.
I lost most of my pictures on my phone last week so I only have a couple to share from last week's workouts.

Sunday Nov. 9:
(10) Leslie Sansone, (15) Baladea Flow

Monday Nov 10:
DAY 1 of challenge!
(39) xtreme total body, (10) bonus buns

Tuesday Nov 11:
(40) xtreme kickboxing

Wednesday Nov 12:
(40) xtreme lower body, (10) bonus abs

Thursday Nov 13:
rest day

Friday Nov 14:
(10) xtreme yoga, (40) xtreme kickboxing

Saturday Nov 15:
(40) xtreme kickboxing, (22) recovery lower body

I was really pleased with how week 1 went for me! I was pretty sore the first couple of days because of the lower body exercises, but a good kind of sore. Chris Freytag is an amazing woman and great trainer! On to week 2!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AVIVA advanced hair nutrition review

I was given a two month supply of AVIVA to try as a Bulu Box ambassador, complimentary for blog review. All opinions are my own.



  • + Boosts Length
  • + Increases Shine
  • + Builds Strength
  • + Balances Hair Health
  • + Improves Texture
  • + Reduces Shedding

Aviva works with your natural hair growth cycle to help your hair to grow longer and stronger.

Happy hair is healthy hair. Aviva keeps your scalp rich with the vitamins it needs to keep hair healthy and encourage new growth.

Our studies show that hair loss will dramatically slow when Aviva supplements are part of your daily routine.

The nutrients provided by Aviva fortify hair against product buildup, sweat, and damaging environmental elements such as sun exposure.

Aviva will help to strengthen the new hair growth so that it breaks or sheds at a decreased rate.


Our exclusive, GMO-free certified scientifically formulated Pentaplex and TetraPlex dual complexes work with the natural phases of hair growth. Aviva is the precise combination of daily nutrients every follicle needs. A blend of 18 botanical and nutraceutical ingredients nourishes strands from root to tip while supporting strength, length and luster.

Provides nutrients critical to hair follicle health and function.

A combination of fatty acids and plant-derived lipids preserve a healthy  environment for new growth.

These complexes and active ingredients provide the complete nutrition your hair  needs to be beautiful.

Without key nutrients, hair growth is inhibited. Aviva’s exclusive 18 key  ingredients and PentaPlex and TetraPlex dual complexes work with the natural  phases of hair growth to provide optimal  levels of these key nutrients. PentaPlex  provides the stuff critical to hair follicle  health and function while TetraPlex, a combination of fatty acids and plant derived  lipids, a healthy environment for  hair growth. Together, these complexes provide the complete nutrition hair needs to be beautiful.

+ Boosts Length
+ Builds Strength
+ Improves Texture
+ Increases Shine
+ Balances Hair Health
+ Reduces Shedding


I don't do very well remembering to take vitamins, but I tried to take at least one of these pills a day. They look big but they were easy to swallow. No taste and no weird after taste. I have actually noticed that my hair has gotten longer faster so it's obviously working. I have about another month to go before my box is empty, so I'm curious how my hair will look by the end of the year. The price is a big deterrent for me, so I don't see myself actually buying these in the future.  

You can buy a 2 month supply or get more information here:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Where Treetops Glisten" by Goyer, Sundin and Putman.

This book was set in the time period of WWII and although it contains 3 separate stories, they all involve the same family members so it links the book together.

I loved all three stories. They were light reading with romance and Christmas cheer. I loved that they had such strong family ties/memories and believed strongly in God. I would highly recommend this book!

About the book: 

The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas
Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America's involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.
In Cara Putman's White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements---until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.
Abigail's brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin's I'll Be Home for Christmas,trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete's friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he's no longer the bully she once knew?
In Tricia Goyer's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, "Merry" to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that's precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.
The Turner family believes in God's providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ's birth and His plan for a future?

Purchase a copy:

About the authors: 

TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including Chasing Mona Lisa, and a speaker and blogger. 

CARA PUTMAN is the author of twenty books includingShadowed by Grace. She is the winner of the 2008 Carol Award for historical fiction. 

SARAH SUNDIN is the critically-acclaimed author of the Wings of the Nightingale series, the Wings of Glory series, and the forthcoming Waves of Freedom novels.

I'm a blog book reviewer for LitFuse Publicity so I was given this book complimentary in exchange for an honest review on my blog and social media-all opinions are my own.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Last week's exercise workouts -Jillian Michaels and TurboJam!

I haven't been diligent lately with posting my weekly exercise workouts here on my blog and because I updated my ipad, I accidentally took off all my pictures from my device. :-(  

Here are my workouts from last week, November 2-8 without pictures. Boring I know-sorry!

Sunday Nov 2
(40) mins Leslie Sansone
(28) mins Jillian Michaels Kettlebell

Monday Nov 3
(20) mins Leslie Sansone
(28) mins TurboJam lower body

Tuesday Nov 4
(29) mins Fit Test for Peak10
(20) mins AM yoga
(15) mins Leslie Sansone

Wednesday Nov 5
(52) mins Pure Cardio Peak 10 day 2

Thurs, Fri, Sat
Rest days/sick/female issues

How are your workouts going? Are you doing any particular program?

I decided Peak10 wasn't something I could do right now-its too high impact-so I started a 4 week Chris Freytag challenge this week.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Awesome changes are coming!

As some of you know based on my Instagram post last week, I am in the process of changing my social media names and branding myself to better explain my purpose of blogging and what I want to accomplish. I will be switching over this blog to a different format and html, but I will keep you updated as to when that will be so you can easily find me! I don't want to lose any of my followers! :-)

For the past couple of weeks I have been meeting with Amanda Tress with as part of her mentor program and have learned so much! I HIGHLY recommend her!!

2015 will be an incredible year full of growth and new things for my blog, my fitness clients and my Origami Owl partners.

I will keep you posted with my exciting new brand, blog and everything else that's coming! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Messy Beautiful Love BOOK CLUB starts now! #EmpowerMoms

Last month I posted about the pre-order of Messy Beautiful Love and I'm excited to announce today that this month's book club study is that exact book!! 

Part of my passion for Empowering Women is to not only encourage fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyles; but also developing yourself and your relationships. 

They have already started week 2 but you can jump in at any time. I admit I'm behind because of all the other books I read for blog review, but reading a couple of chapters a week shouldn't be too hard.

So are you going to join me?

If you don't have the book you can order it here from my amazon affiliate link:
Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Stay fit during the Holidays! Starting a new 4 week challenge tomorrow with Chris Freytag.

I posted last week that I've been discouraged and have not been able to find a workout program that I've stuck with in the last month due to injury and/or program being too advanced.

So I decided to go thru my exercise dvd stash to find a program that I've done before, and that it be a shorter 4-6 week program to stay in shape during the holidays.

Introducing the program I'm starting tomorrow:
10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme
by Chris Freytag

Have you heard of it? It's been around for at least a year or so.
Here's the description:

Lose up to 10 pounds in 28 days. Are you ready? With Chris Freytag's Slimdown Xtreme DVD Program, you can make it happen! It packs body cardio, yoga, and core workouts--as well as recovery routines and a healthy eating guide--into four intensive weeks to help you achieve your workout goals. From Chris Fretyag.

As always, please consult your personal physician before beginning any diet or exercise program.

Take a realistic approach: If you work consistently and follow the program, you maximize your results.

Includes DVD set of six extreme 40-minute workouts, five 20-minute recovery workouts, and two bonus 10-minute workouts; better eating guide; workout plan; and measuring tape
Made in USA

I will be following the 4 week Xtreme calendar which is here:

You can get more info and purchase the program here for $39.99:

Chris Freytag is a phenomenal fitness trainer!! I have many of her dvds including this program and her original 10 pound slimdown (which is included in the xtreme workouts). I would highly recommend her workouts to anyone!

Check out amazon for a listing of several of her workout dvds here:

As always, I will post weekly recaps about this challenge here on my blog and daily posts on my Instagram page. I hope you will join me in this 4 week Xtreme Challenge so we can stay fit during the holidays!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

"Quilted by Christmas" -Quilts of Love- by Jodie Bailey and Kindle Giveaway!

I have read a couple books from the "Quilts of Love" series, and this one was just as good!! All the books have a quilt theme, but are written by different authors with completely different stand alone story lines. 

"Quilted by Christmas" is a story about Taryn who lives in North Carolina with her grandmother. She struggles in the book because of her past relationships with an ex boyfriend, her father, and her faith in God. My heart hurt for Taryn and some of the decisions she had to make at a young age and wondering whether she made the right choice or if it was a selfish choice. I loved that she found answers to her questions and found love, trust, and forgiveness by the end of the book. 

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It was light christian fiction reading with some romance centered around Christmas time. 

About the book: 

A grandmother's last wish is to communicate God's love through an Irish chain quilt.
Taryn McKenna believes she's easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree---something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle-schoolers she teaches.
When Taryn's grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project---an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?
Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author: 

Jodie Bailey is Tarheel born and bred. After 15 years as a military spouse, she settled with her family back in North Carolina. She is the author of the military suspense novel Freefall and is a contributor to a devotional for military families, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home. While not working on her next novel, she teaches middle-schoolers to love writing as much as she does.

Connect with Jodie: websiteFacebookTwitter

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey. October’s QOL release is a warm Christmas tale of God's steadfast love.

Enter to win a Kindle HDX, and RSVP for the “Merry Quilted” Quilts of Love Facebook party on December 9th.
One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Two copies of Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey (One for you and one to give away as a gift!)
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
  • Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven
Enter today by clicking the button below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 16th. Winner will be announced November 17th at the Quilts of Love blog.

Wait! There's more! RSVP for the "Merry Quilted" Quilts of Love Christmas Book Chat Party on December 9th and connect with some of the Quilts of Love authors. Jodie Bailey, Laura V. Hilton, Cindy Loven, Cathy Elliott, and Gina Welborn will be hosting a "merry" evening of book chat, Christmas traditions, prizes, and more!


RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on December 9th!

I'm a blog book reviewer for LitFuse Publicity so I was given this book complimentary in exchange for an honest review on my blog and social media-all opinions are my own.