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Saturday, July 26, 2014

A June Bride by Marybeth Whalen

About This Book:

It takes a reality TV show for Wynne to realize love isn't just a game.

Wynne Hardy never thought she'd get engaged on a reality TV show, but when she met Andy on The Rejection Connection, the two of them hit it off. Now he's asked her to marry him, much to the public's delight and fascination. They're all set to wed on live TV in a seaside ceremony at the height of the wedding season.

But just as Wynne thinks all her dreams are coming true, her ex-boyfriend walks back into her life at the worst possible time. Callum broke her heart years ago, and she's still sorting through her feelings for him. Her heart isn't as clear as her head that it's past time to move on-even though she's engaged to Andy.

At a local TV talk show appearance, Wynne meets Meredith, who won another reality TV show-Marathon Mom-proving herself nothing short of a superhero. As Wynne's beach wedding plans spin out of control, Meredith offers to help, unknowingly stepping on Wynne's secret feelings . . . and exposing some secrets Meredith has been keeping to herself. Can these two reality stars get real about their feelings? Will Wynne go through with her televised wedding and be the perfect June bride the network is looking for?

My Thoughts on This Book:

I've come to love each and every one of these A Year of Weddings Novellas. This one was no different. Wynne decides to go on a TV reality show after her former fiance' leaves her. When she finds Andy, a man that seems to have a heart and care for her deeply, she decides to say yes to his proposal. This yes takes her on a whirlwind adventure of planning a celebrity wedding. One that will be videotaped for an upcoming episode of the show.

Can Wynne let go of feelings of her former fiance' Callum when he decides to re-enter her life just before her June wedding? Great storyline, I didn't feel rushed with the story like I sometimes do with novellas.. Loved it!

I received an e-book copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

30 Day Squat Challenge Results

Back on June 23rd I posted about taking the 30 Day Extreme Squat Challenge. You can read more about that HERE.

Thursday was the last day for my challenge and I wanted to post some before/after photos to show my progress.

Starting at 250 squats on Day One. I ended Thursday with 500 squats. I was skeptical that I would see a difference with this challenge. It was only 30 days and feared that it wasn't enough to make a difference. I was surprised though that you can see a difference from my before/after photos below. 

The photos on the left were taken on Day 1 of this challenge and the photos on the right were taken today 7/19.

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These photos are a wonderful example that a little makes a difference. I can see the back of my legs are slimmer and the areas below the rear are smaller. On my profile shots I can see my rear smaller and my legs toner. This challenge works all of your legs, butt muscles, your core plus the front leg and inner thigh.

I highly recommend everyone to do this challenge. You can start with the 30 Day Challenge 

 30 Day Squat Challenge Fitness Workout Chart

and then the following month do the 30 Day Extreme Challenge.

30 Day Extreme Squat Challenge Fitness Workout Chart

I'll be embarking on two new challenges that I'll be starting on Monday June 21st. I'll put up a fresh post about this challenge here shortly. Come back and check it out. Would love for you to join me. A hint.. It's all about butt and abs..

Save the Ta-Ta's 5K Race

Last night I participated in my very first ever night race. Save the Ta-Ta's 5K in support of local families affected by breast cancer. The goal was to dress up in pink to enjoy the evening run. The trail was lit up with pink glow sticks and we were given glow sticks to wear.

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I went all out for this race. I'm not one to dress up or bring attention to myself but once I arrived, I realized I was not alone in my attire selections. My wonderful friend Amelia made my tutu for the occasion and I decked myself in more pink with my headband, shirt, shoes and socks. I was ready to have fun.

The route started at the river and went along the river trail up a nice hill to our local U.S Flag which here locally is called Flag Hill. Did a half mile loop up top and then it was all down hill from there back home. I ran it in 38:16 which is a 12:20 min mile. I find that excellent despite the running conditions. There is a large amount of fires burning in the adjacent states and also in Canada around MT and it was thick with smoke during the race. With my float on fire (no pun intended) while running up the elevated hill (smoke was thicker) I was having trouble with the desire to cough. Luckily there was water at the top to smooth the throat on the way down.

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Here above is me giving my youngest son a high five as I reach the finish line.

I enjoyed the night time idea of the race and being able to dress up made for a wonderful experience. I will definitely be running this again in the future!

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This photo was taken just after my race in my glistening condition. I was pumped and excited to finish.

Thanks to my friends that supported me and helped motivate me to do my best.. You guys are awesome!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A May Bride by Meg Moseley


A May Bride
by Meg Moseley

About the Book:
She thinks she has prepared for her wedding all her life . . . but it seems she may have forgotten the most important part.

Ellie Martin, a country girl in Atlanta, has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life-a wedding just like the one her younger sister is planning back home. Their single mom will pay for Alexa's wedding, but Ellie started her own wedding fund years ago. She only needs to find a groom.

At a wedding at her church, Ellie bumps into a man who's one of the guests. She's noticed him around the neighborhood, but today he introduces himself as Gray Whitby. They embark on a whirlwind romance, but her mother doesn't trust freewheeling men like Gray.

When Ellie risks her own future for her sister's sake, Gray feels betrayed. Will he always play second fiddle to Ellie's family?

Will Ellie and Gray reconcile their differences so her dream wedding can come true, or will the romance they've begun come crashing down?

My Thoughts on This Book:

WOW! I've loved each and every one of these wedding novellas and this one is no different. First time reading a book by this author. I loved her ease of writing. I couldn't put it down until I was done. A quick read, perfect for an afternoon relaxing on my deck and enjoying the warm breeze. I fell in love with Ellie and Gray. I easily related to Ellie and her character which made it even more enjoyable to read. Ellie has dreamed of her perfect white wedding. At 18, she started her own wedding fund so she could have her day just as she wanted it without needing to deal with her overprotective mother. When her prince charming finally comes into her life will she be able to convince her mother that he's the one, and not someone like her father? 

I received an e-book copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.