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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, February 25, 2015

Healthy Life - cheaper

It's come to my attention that since beginning my healthier journey that it is a wide misconception you need to spend a lot of money in order to lose weight and become healthy. 
From food to shakes and working out you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to work out.


Food:

Fruits and Veg can be pricey, but is it really anymore then the processed junk we buy? My big vice in life is coffee I love my coffee and don't think to spend $5 on a coffee at my local coffee house! So with that in mind is it really so different? I don't think so..
Supermarkets do tend to be more expensive.. so shop in season... Apples are super cheap right now because its winter.
I found the love of the FARMERS MARKET it is so much cheaper I can go in with $25 and come out with lots of different fruits and veg! FIND YOUR LOCAL STORE.


Shakes:

Everybody assumes a magic shake will make us thin.. not the case. We can get proteins from other foods such as chicken. However if you do like a shake, which I do because it makes an easy breakfast MAKE YOUR OWN! You really don't need to buy $30-$40 protein shakes! I pop whatever I feel like in the blender... fruit, veg, ice, oats and if you want that protein boost try GREEK YOGURT.
You don't need $100 blenders, I got the Bella Pro for $50, half the price of the bigger brand name.


Workouts: 

We have the great benefit of the Internet in this day and age! YOU TUBE! You can find full workouts on You tube and work out in the comfort of your home without spending a penny!








**Always consult a doctor before starting a work out routine**

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Avowed (Manipulation Trilogy)

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Three years ago I vowed revenge. Now I'm married with secrets, desperate to get past them.

I set out to destroy the man I thought ruined my life. I never saw it coming when he turned out to be the love I couldn't live without.

Damon was my target, now I'm determined to keep him.

Will he be able to get past my confessions, and forgive my actions? Will I be able to forgive his? We've come too far to lose it all now. It's time to fight for us, fight for our happiness.

Not every story is as it seems but it's time to avow our sins.

Both of us.

Avowed






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Natalie Townson is 33, a mother of one beautiful little boy and lives in Gloucester in the UK with her husband.

Corrupted is her debut novel that is a book one of the manipulation trilogy, that she co-writes with Alicia Taylor. She is currently working on book two of the series which is nearly completed.

You can contact Natalie:


@AuthorNTownson


Alicia Taylor was born and raised in the East Midlands town of Derby, England, where she lives with her family and mass of animals - she's a huge family and animal lover.

Writing powerful love stories and creating Alpha males with a dash of darkness has become a passion of mine, and I have many stories and characters swirling in my head that I can't wait to share with you all. Is it weird to have so many voices in my head? I'm not crazy, I promise... maybe a little bit.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Graze Box


Have you guys heard of Graze? I heard about this company through my Gym Rat brother who was raving about how great his Graze boxes where, and inexpensive at that!
So needless to say I had a little snack envy and wanted to try this Mailing snack box myself.


I got my first box today and I am super excited! Here are a few things I love about GRAZE



The boxes are $6.99 a box (that's shipping included!) 
You can receive a box a week or just one box a month
You can tell GRAZE your likes, dislikes and the snacks you want to try.
You Can Cancel at any time (this was a huge plus for me)
Your box contains a card with info about each nutritional snack.

I also love the simple nature of Graze, I no longer have to think about my snacks or wonder if its healthy.. I no longer have to measure out snacks to the right portion. AND Graze has a lot of options to try, it really is YUMMY.

I really want to try there family box too! Great for sharing.. I will let you know my thoughts



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I am in no way connected to this company my experience and opinion is my own, yours may differ

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentines Day Craft


I'm a big fan of the holidays - ANY HOLIDAY lol. I feel when your a parent its fun to celebrate the little things. In the Portillo house we are excited for Valentines day, to me it isn't just a holiday for couples but it's an opportunity to share love and let the people we care for know how much we appreciate them!

My kids always do a classroom card swap and every year I get more and more impressed with the creativity shown. 
Today little Miss Sophia came home with many Valentine's - This one was my favorite:



What you need to make a Valentines just like this one:

 using a silicone mold, fill it with broken crayons. - You can buy heart Shaped molds!
Bake a 250 degrees F for 15-20 minutes until crayons are fully melted. Allow to cool and harden completely before removing from the mold. Sophia's Valentine was attached to a home made card with a dab of glue! 





Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lori King Surrender Blog tour!

                                   

                                                           Weekend Surrender By: Lori King 



“What’s next?” Rogan asked impatiently. “I know we said we were going to give her some time, but damn it, I don’t want her to go fucking some random guy.”
That sobered his brothers, and soothed his frustration.  They were all in agreement.  She was the perfect woman to handle the four Brooks brothers.  Since they were teenagers they had been sharing women amongst them for sex.  Sometimes one woman for every two brothers, and occasionally one for all four of them, but never one to keep.  Now they had a chance, and it looked like it was about to be washed away with a bottle of Tequila.
“Let’s go.  If she wants to drink, dance, and play pool, she’s going to have more company than she ever imagined.  And if she wants to go home with someone, it will be us,” Parker said, and all three other brothers nodded in agreement.  
They headed into the bar, and Rogan’s eyes scanned the room looking for a waterfall of brown curls on top of a delicious curvy body.  Sawyer spotted her first, leaning against the bar chatting with a local ranch hand.  She had her arms crossed under her small breasts pushing them up and out, much to Rogan’s dismay and delight.  She was in full throttle flirt mode, and he wanted to shut it down immediately.
Walking across the bar as a unit they surrounded her, with Hudson slipping in between her and the drooling cowboy she had been chatting with, and Parker and Sawyer on her right.
“Hey!” she yelped in surprise as Rogan’s arms went around her waist, and he pulled her back up against his chest.  The bare skin of her belly was soft and warm, and he knew he would never forget that moment.  She felt so perfect in his arms, and her fresh scent flooded his brain.  
“Hey there, sexy.  I hear you said hi to my brothers but didn’t stick around to say hello to me.  I’m hurt,” he said with a playful pout, and she rolled her eyes giggling.
“Is that the story they told?  I don’t quite remember it that way.  I seem to recall Parker threatening me, then Hudson delaying me from my plans, Sawyer bossing me around, and finally Parker playing Daddy, and manhandling me,” she said with a sigh, but he nearly groaned out loud when she settled more firmly into him instead of pulling away.
“I haven’t even started manhandling you yet, sunshine.  Although I would be happy to play with you anytime, but I prefer to be called Parker over Daddy,” Parker said, and her eyes grew wide.  She stared into the mirror over the bar at the four men surrounding her.  
Rogan wondered what was going through her pretty little head when her eyes glazed over slightly, and her heart rate increased.  She shook her head as though to clear her thoughts and frowned.
“Guys, you’re seriously cramping my style.  No man is going to want to get close to me with all four of you hanging around,” she said in a pleading tone.  
“Good,” Sawyer muttered under his breath, and Rogan grinned.
“That’s the idea,” Hudson said, and Rachel’s eyes nearly bugged out of her head.
“Huh?” 
“Rachel, we get it.  You just broke up with Mitch, and you’re trying to prove something.  To yourself, or to him, it doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that we don’t want you playing the field.  We want you to come home with us,” Rogan said, bending to kiss the top of her head lightly.  She stared into his mirror image in shock, but her body was pulsing in his arms.  Whether she admitted it or not, she wanted them.
“Come on, stop playing around, guys,” she said with a toss of her hair.
Silence reigned for a few heartbeats, and then Parker slid his hand up her arm until he was gripping her chin between his thumb and forefinger forcing her to look him in the eyes.  “Rachel, think about it.  Four men, who want to please you, and give you more orgasms than you can imagine.”
She snorted in disbelief still staring into Parker’s eyes.  “Would you stop teasing me?  It’s really rather rude.”
Rogan could see Parker’s jaw clench in frustration.  Parker hated being denied.  Rachel was going to learn the hard way about his Alpha male nature if she kept it up.  He knew that he had to interfere before the two of them began spitting fire at each other.
“So what exactly is your plan for the evening, Rach?” Rogan said softly, regaining her attention.
She blinked, and her tongue darted out to lick her full lips.  Rogan wanted to capture those lips with his own, and worship them with his tongue.  He wondered if she had any idea how many fantasies she had created in his brain with that quick little unconscious gesture.  Her almost bare back was still pressed against his abdomen, and he knew she could feel his erection through his jeans.  Just to tease her, he lightly grazed his thumb over the delicate jewel hanging from her navel.  Her sharp intake of breath told him he was successful.
“I’m going to finish my drink, and then I suppose I’m going to ask some lonely cowboy to dance with me,” she said, gripping her glass tighter in her hands.  She didn’t push him away from her, so Rogan continued to trace his finger over the petal soft skin of her belly.
“You have four lonely cowboys right here, ask away,” Sawyer said with a grin.



Flawless Surrender
By: Lori King


Why don’t you go get off your feet until dinner.  I need to go shower real quick.  Dalton did you call Ulysses about getting Devonshire’s shoe replaced?”
Just like that the moment was broken as Tanner and Dalton discussed a horse that had thrown a shoe that day.  Clint gave her a wink, but he went back to working on the food prep, leaving her to do as she was told and head into the living room.  
She sunk into the butter soft leather of the sofa, sighing with pleasure as she put the flower on the end table next to her, and took a sip of wine.  Flavors exploded on her tongue, and the mellow scent of berry filled her nose.  There was nothing of interest on T.V.  so she stopped it on a music station, tapping her foot as Jason Derulo sang about “The Other Side.” 
Her eyes drifted shut, and she let herself be swallowed up in the lyrics of the song and the uplifting dance beat.  She wondered if she could handle a fling with one of the three Keegan brothers.  It wasn’t like she would be here forever, in a couple of weeks Rachel’s mom would go back to Oklahoma, and Zoey would be able to move in there if she hadn’t found her own place yet.  Living on the Triple T she didn’t have any rent to pay so she should be able to save up the money for a deposit pretty quickly.  What if until then, she let herself be seduced by Clint, or even Dalton?  There was no way she would offer herself up to any of them after being turned down so flatly by Tanner and then Dalton, but if she just flirted back a bit, maybe…
A sudden sinking of the sofa cushion next to her, made her jump and her eyes flew open to find Clint settling in beside her.  
“Whoa, sorry angel.  I didn’t mean to scare you.  I seem to have a particular talent for that.” His arm went around the back of the couch just like Dalton’s always seemed to do when he sat with her.  
“It’s alright, I guess I was lost in thought and didn’t hear you come in.” She reached for the remote and turned the volume down on the T.V.  as Christina Aquilera started singing “Your Body.”
“That’s a good song.” Clint said, stealing the remote from her hand to turn it up just as she sang about finishing off on her own.  What a fitting song for the thoughts she had been having a moment ago.  “You know, I got to meet her once.”
“Who?”
“Christina.  I guess meet isn’t quite the right word.  I got to park her car once when I was working as a valet.”
Zoey laughed out loud, and Clint’s eyes widened.  “You have got to do that more often.  You’re beautiful when you laugh.”
A snort slipped out and she shook her head.  “And you are a Grade A flirt.”
“Grade A, huh? You really think so? I’d rather be a Grade A prime piece of meat in your eyes, I think.” He wiggled his eyebrows sending Zoey into another round of giggles.  She whacked his shoulder with the back of her hand, and he grabbed it in both of his, holding it over his heart.  “You’re breaking my heart, angel.  And here I thought we were going to get married and have a dozen kids together.”
“A dozen?  You have to be joking?  I can’t have a dozen kids, I would swell up to the size of a house!” She teased, and he tugged on her hand pulling her against his chest.  
“Perfect, as long as you’re mine I don’t care how big you are.” 
Clint swooped in for a kiss before she could respond, and she melted against him.  Tomato sauce and man was all she tasted as his tongue swept past the barrier of her lips and stroked over her own.  One of his hands slipped from between them to cup the back of her head, holding her in place for his mastery, and she lost herself in him.  
Someone moaned, and then whimpered, and she was startled to realize it was her.  Her hands flexed against his chest, fisting into the fabric of his t-shirt, and kneading the muscles of his pecks as she kissed him back.  
A sharp slap on her raised ass broke them apart, and she turned to glare at Dalton, still breathing hard.  “What the hell?”
“Save a little sugar for me, pretty lady.  Clint here has to go check his masterpiece.  The timer just went off.” Dalton looked way too pleased to have come upon her making out with his little brother, and she couldn’t decide if she was irritated or if she wanted to kiss him so that she could compare the two again.  
Her lips tingled, and her pussy clenched when Clint brushed a sweet kiss over her mouth and then swaggered into the kitchen leaving her alone with Dalton.  She turned a hard look on his grinning face.  
“You enjoyed that.”
He gave her an innocent look, “What? The interrupting part, or the part where I got to watch from the doorway as you tried to swallow Clint’s tongue down your throat?”
Face flaming, Zoey glared at him with all of the intensity she could muster.  It might have helped if he was wrong.  “You know a gentleman wouldn’t point those things out.”
Dalton’s laugh boomed through the room, and she fought to keep a straight face, “Whatever gave you the idea that I was a gentleman, pretty lady?”





Primal Surrender
By: Lori King

She paused before opening the car door and turned to face Mack.  In the dark shadows of night he seemed more raw and dangerous, and her heart fluttered a little in her chest.  
“I wish—”
“I’m sorry—”
They both started to speak at the same time, and broke off with a laugh.  Mack shook his head, “If you’re going to try to apologize again, you may as well keep quiet.  This wasn’t your fault in any way.  It’s been coming for a long time.”
She nodded and stared at the button in the center of his wide chest in silence.  His hands came up to wrap around each of her elbows and he rubbed up and down as though trying to warm her.  If he only knew how hot she already was for him.  
“I was going to say I wish this night had gone differently, Claudia.  I will make it up to you on our second date.”  His warm breathe caressed her cheek as he dipped his head down, and instinctively she lifted her face.  
“There you go again, assuming there will be a second date.”  She drew back, but her voice was so breathless he just grinned.  Even in the dim moonlight she could see the deep groove of his dimples and the white flash of his teeth.  The man had a killer smile to go with his sex God body.  
“There will be.”
Three words, and her knees nearly collapsed.  The confidence and command in those three words sent goosebumps skittering across her skin and she struggled to maintain her dignity.  What would he think if she begged him to touch her right now?
“Sweetheart, I’m going to give you give you five seconds to get in your car and shut the door, because if you don’t I’m going to kiss you, and once I kiss you I have a feeling there will be no going back for us.” 
She let out a gasp of indignation and then her breath caught.  He was serious.  Torn between the desperate desire to taste finally taste him and her own instinct for self-preservation, she swayed on her feet.  Only his hands on her biceps kept her from toppling.  
“Five…four…”
She jerked backwards and both of her hands landed on the center of his chest.  Just the physical connection made her pussy throb and her skin burn.  
“Three…two…”
Her mind was spinning as she pressed on hand to his chest, “Wait a second.  Don’t I get a say in this?  Who says I even want you to kiss me?”
“You’re still standing here.”
Lightning struck the moment their lips touched.  Fire sizzled through her veins, and pooled directly between her thighs.  She gasped on impact and he took it as an invitation to invade her mouth.  That’s exactly what it was, and invasion.  Her senses were completely overwhelmed and she melted into him, her arms sliding up around his neck as he braced himself on the car behind her with one hand and tugged her body tightly to him with the other.  
Somewhere in the recesses of her brain she heard a tiny voice warning her about getting involved when there were so many hurdles between them, but in that moment she couldn’t hold on to it.  There was no gap too wide or mountain too high when his mouth and hands were on her body.  Instead, she felt as though she had finally found a home.  A safe place where she could revel in this one man’s desire and need for her.  


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Alessandra Torre - Tight

TIGHT
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Title: TIGHT

Author: Alessandra Torre

Genre: Erotic Romance

Cover Design: Judi Perkins

Photography Credit: Maksim Gorbunov

Release Date: Feb. 7th 2015

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COVER JACKETTIGHT_FULLCOVER SYNOPSIS

I was happy in my small town. In my life as a single thirty-two year old woman. I had a good job, wonderful friends, my independence.

I also hadn't got laid in three years. Hadn't been on a date in two. Had stopped counting calories and putting on makeup... a while ago.

Then Brett Jacobs waltzed in. Caressed my thigh, dug rough fingers into my hair, lowered his soft mouth to my skin, took sexual control of my mind and stirred it all around with what he packed in his pants. He dumped my quiet life upside down and crawled into a place in my heart I thought was dead.

The issue is his secret. The issue is her. The issue is that I don't even know she exists, and he thinks she's dead. The issue is that everything is about to hit the fan and I can't hold on to him tight enough.

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MEET ALESSANDRA

AT headshot - red dress A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written seven novels, four of which became #1 Erotic Bestsellers.

Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, became a breakout hit, rising to the top of the charts on Kindle and Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for her erotic thriller The Girl in 6E.

From her home near the warm waters of the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.

Torre has four books slated for release in 2015. To stay informed, consider subscribing to her popular monthly newsletter

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Healthy Eating

One of the most daunting tasks about changing your lifestyle is FOOD. Healthy eating seems like such a big task, one that we assume could take so much time in prepping. A huge misconception is that healthy means bland, boring and repetitive which doesn't have to be the case.

I'm far from Martha or Betty Crocker lol, but what I've found is that sometimes we over look the huge advantage of the INTERNET! This is a great resource for research and meal ideas.

I went on www.pinterest.com and found EGG MUFFINS!




These where super easy to make all you need is:

  • A muffin tray
  • Vegetables you like best
  • Eggs
You whisk your eggs as you would scrambled eggs, I added a little skim milk to mine and pour the mix into the tray over your veggies. Pop them into the oven for 15-20 minutes and that's it! 4 eggs made 6 muffins. My muffins where between 90-100 cals in my eyes that is a win! Don't be afraid to add and try new things in your muffins. 


Quick and Easy dinner meal: Shrimp with Brown rice and Veggies

We love the idea of a healthy home cooked meal but time isn't always on our side. That doesn't mean we have to fall back on tv dinners or compromise on taste. @BirdsEye make bags of steam fresh veggies, peppers, even brown rice that lock in that awesome taste and flavor.

What I used: 

  • Cooked Shrimp 
  • Birds Eye Brown Rice
  • Birds Eye Steam Fresh Veggies (add your favorites)
  • Goya Seasoning 
  • Chili powder to give it a little spice. 
I threw everything together in a skillet and it took me maybe 15 minutes to cook everything!

What have you been eating this week?