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I'm a mother of two and a wife of 1 lol. Originally from England,  Right now I am a stay at home mama although I've worked in numerous childcare positions in the past. My passion is books I can read for hours given the chance. In my free time I product test and write reviews for fun, I also write a blog. 
We are big soccer fans at my house, We love outdoor advantages such as hiking, biking and attending sporting events. My daughter is a mini me we share a love for all things country!

My husband and I recently joined the gym so fitness is a big part of our day..

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Scale Obsession

As you all know I joined the dreaded gym a little while ago, I've been going maybe 5 days a week whenever I could fit it in. Then I noticed myself becoming obsessed with the scale, the numbers on the scale where not moving...I would step on that thing numerous times a day! Until I had to mentally shake myself and tell myself I was being utterly ridiculous.


I have certainly notice positive changes in myself - 


  • My IBS isn't out of control any more because I monitor what I eat more closely.
  • I'm most definitely eating a lot better then I was.
  • I find myself with more energy to do things.
  • My activity level is so much better I find I can go 5 miles on the Elliptical in 30 minutes for me this is huge, I have mild Cerebral Palsy so my legs are my weakness.

I feel different! These things are not to be sniffed at its truly amazing! So finally I come to realize that health is more then just a number, its a life style its a health choice.
I know we can get caught up in the scale numbers but what we all must remember is lower numbers doesn't always mean healthy, everything comes in time.

Wonderful aids I've found to help me are:

The Fitness pal App - Diet is key! 
 Skinny Mom:    http://www.skinnymom.com/ this site is amazing from Meal ideas to fitness tips its a win!



Friday, January 23, 2015

M.A. Stacie *NetGalley* Beyond the Seduction

Beyond the Seduction (Reluctance, #3)Beyond the Seduction by M.A. Stacie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trace Jacks we met in book 1 of the Reluctance series, he was the brother of Dale and worked at the Metro. In book 3 we find out more about this lovable character other then him being Big brother to Dale, we get to delve deeper into his life and I for one was truly excited!

Trace is having a rough time of it, this is the understatement of the century! He just found out his girlfriend had cheated on him - multiple times!! Not only that but his daughter isn't really his. Needless to say he is one messed up dude and needs to stay as far away from the female population as possible.

Until he meets Shae his niece's dance teacher who for the first time in weeks has made him crack a smile. Shae is drawn to the intriguing blue eyes of Trace Jacks but their is something about him that rubs her completely the wrong way. She knows their is a story behind him however she has enough to deal with right now - Her mother - Daddy issues and the dance studio. The last thing she needs to take on is Trace Jacks and his haunted past.

But sometimes your head and your body want two very separate things!

Loved this book! I wanted to know more about Trace from the very start and I am glad I got to know him better he truly was a stand up guy. I thought he and Shae complimented each other very well, and I enjoyed the banter between this couple.
I was so happy to see the author bring all our favorite characters back together in this book. It's always awesome to see character development with our favorites.

M.A. Stacie did an awesome job with an incredible series - Any Fan of Melody Anne would also enjoy the Reluctance Series

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

I joined the gym

So I joined the gym! Who would of thought that would ever happen, not me that's for sure. I just felt it was time to do something, get back on track. My health last year wasn't great and from surgery I had in September until now I gained a good 15lbs. It was depressing and while I've always been relatively slender I could really feel the difference in my body it was making me unhappy.


To be completely honest though the thought of joining a gym scared me. My friend convinced me to join her gym Retro Fitness. So I thought.. Why not?! Pulling up to the gym parking lot I felt huge amounts of pressure, I was nervous and my hands where sweating.
The idea of somebody else seeing me work out freaked me out, I didn't want to be looked at or judged.

To my surprised none of my fears where reality I love Retro! The staff where super friendly and the fees where reasonable. They even offered babysitting services so I can't use my kids as an excuse for missing a work out. I finally have my motivation back! Plus my kids have so much fun in the babysitting room - My children assure me the staff are always super nice to them. (Mommy win!)

While I've seen this gym get mixed reviews I can honestly say I'm in love. A lot of people want the earth, bells, whistles and all with there $20 gym membership. You need to remember Retro is a back to basics gym.


I got the $20 a month membership - unlimited gym
My husband got the $30 a month membership - gym- child care - classes

So for $50 a month we can both stay in shape while our kids play!

While Retro may not be as "Fancy" as other places I find it neat... There is a smoothie bar, tanning and my most favorite feature - The movie theater - You can work out and watch movies! Plus most machines have an ipod dock and tv, plus the Retro App lets you keep account of your work outs.

I'm super excited to start shedding the lbs and getting my health back on track.
Thank you Retro for offering me exactly what I needed at a price I could afford!


My opinions are my own - I am not in contact with anybody who works with this gym



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hero by Night

Hero By Night

Book Three: Independence Falls

January 20, 2015

Synopsis

He was nobody's hero until he landed in the wrong bed … Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls seems like the first step to reclaiming her life until the town playboy stumbles into her bed … Chad Summers is living his dream—helicopter logging by day and slipping between the sheets with Mrs. Right Now by night. Until his wild nights threaten his day job, leaving Chad with a choice: prove he can settle down or kiss his dream goodbye. But when he ends up in the wrong bed, the one woman in Independence Falls he can't touch offers a tempting proposition. Chad is ready and willing to give in to the primal desire to make Lena his at night—on one condition. By day, they pretend their relationship is real. But their connection extends beyond the bedroom, threatening to turn their sham into reality if Chad can prove he's the hero Lena needs night and day … forever. Hero 2

Excerpt

“I didn’t realize fake relationships came with flowers and presents.” She took the colorful arrangement, waiting for him to hand over the bag. “This is just a little something to get us started,” he said, holding it out of her reach. “For your side of the bargain.” She held out her hand. “Hand it over, Chad Summers.” Hoping he wasn’t making a huge mistake, running their deal into the ground before they left his family’s property, he gave her the pink gift bag. She set the flowers on the two-person table and pulled out the tissue paper. Then she reached inside, her blue eyes widening as she removed her present. “You bought me a vibrator?” Lena turned the pink silicone sex toy over in her hands. “Thank you. But—” “Lena.” He reached out, careful not to touch her as he took the vibrator from her. “Let me show you why.” Pre-order Hero by Night for only $2.99!! Amazon: http://amzn.to/1wcgG3V Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/14rYv4q iBooks: http://bit.ly/1yw1GVl Google: http://bit.ly/1zQOrtE Kobo: http://bit.ly/1xAAX8g SJS12-2



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Test sample free from Smiley360! Arm and Hammer Truly Radiant

Thank you to @smiley360 for sending me a free sample of Arm and Hammer #TrulyRadiant for review purposes - my opinion is 100% my own


NEW ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste does much more than just whiten, it goes beyond the surface to strengthen, clean and repair tooth enamel for a radiant smile in just 5 days and the Spinbrush™ Truly Radiant™ Deep Clean Manual Toothbrush is the only manual toothbrush that features a rotating head, plus elongated, all-access bristles that get deep in-between teeth to help blast away plaque. Truly Radiant™ Whitening & Strengthening Fluoride Rinse is the first and only rinse that whitens teeth, strengthens enamel and prevents stains without alcohol or peroxide.

My Opinion:

I am a fan of Arm and Hammer whether it be laundry soap or baking soda its a brand I've come to love and trust so I was excited to try there new toothpaste line! Truly Radiant.
There are lots of different brands out there that claim to do the same and cost a fortune. I have been using Truly Radiant for a week and I have to honestly say I notice the difference.
Using the tooth paste together with the mouth wash not only whitens teeth but keeps your enamel strong.
I also love the manual spin brush! I was never a fan of the battery operated brushed because I wanted to be the one to set the pace of my brushing and feel like I'm doing the job well. With a manual brush you can do that, while the rotating head gets into all the spaces.

I was very Impressed with this product range.. To find out more about Truly Radiant visit this link http://h5.sml360.com/-/mxly



Thursday, January 8, 2015

*Sponsored* Review for Reese's Peanut chocolate spead




I am so excited that #Influenster #voxbox sent me a free sample of  #ReesesSpread for an honest review! 

This is a delicious pairing of chocolate and peanut butter, whats not to love.. right? The kids where beside themselves, Reese's got the balance just right with the chocolate vs peanut ratio.. And their are so many ways to eat this yummy treat.


Jacob loved his #ReesesSpread with warm pretzel while my daughter preferred hers for fruit dipping.
Whether you are a sweet or savory kind of person I found many different pairing this is great with


  • Crackers
  • Fruit
  • Prezels
  • On toast
My husband even treat his spread with BACON! He swears this was the best way to eat it. Over all at my house this spread was a hit and everybody enjoyed the versatility of it.

Try it and share your opinions with me!

Check out the Reese's Website for Recipe ideas  http://www.hersheys.com/reeses/spreads/recipes