Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser is from Confessions of an Unlikely Runner
"Pro tip: Running makes you feel fierce. Be prepared to strut when you return from a run. Or, depending on how sore you are, at least be prepared to waddle with attitude."

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Cup of... #19

Sunday Cup of... is a mash up of 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
Mailbox Monday Located at Mailbox Monday
Weekly Workout Recap Hosted by Run Megan Run
And Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin
Basically it's a weekly post where I talk about books, weekly workouts, bloggy things, and possibly not so bloggy things. It'll be a weekly wrap up / news bulletin type deal. Sound good? If you want to link to your own week feel free to post in the comments.

I had a pretty boring week, which was actually kind of nice. It wasn't great, but then it wasn't absolutely horrible either. The only thing of note was it was our 14th wedding anniversary wednesday. Dk picked up Little Caesars Pizza and a cake, he got me this weird little squishy batman thingy for my collection, as an afterthought. We had already got our presents from each other and I had to work so while not romantic in the least, it worked for us.

The Fit Reader section is going to combine my weekly exercise workout and the Fit Reader post.

5/15/16: 20 mins of weight training. 
5/16/16:  Rest
5/1716: Yoga 12 mins
5/18/16: Wasn't able to workout
5/19/16: Wasn't able to workout
5/20/16: Ran 1.47 miles in 20:41 min on Tramp
5/21/16: Ran 3.11 miles in 30:34 mins of Tramp for FitReader 5k

5/16/16: {Book Review} Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport by Jen A. Miller
May The 4th Be With You 5K Recap
5/17/16: {Recipe} Kitchen Sink Detox Smoothie
5/18/16: Was my wedding anniversary so no post.
5/19/16: {Book Review} The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor
5/20/16: {Review} Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna Bars

All links go to Goodreads pages

In my mailbox...

Terminal (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #4) by J.L. Bryan
House of Whispers (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #5) by J.L. Bryan

What I'm Reading...
Karma's A Bitch (A Pet Psychic Mystery #1) by Shannon Esposito
Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum #15) by Janet Evanovich

The Canterville Ghost (TreeTops Classics) by Oscar Wilde
House of Whispers (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #5) by J.L. Bryan
Terminal (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #4) by J.L. Bryan
The Crawling Darkness (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #3) by J.L. Bryan
The String of Pearls by Anonymous
Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated by Dana L. Ayers
Clean Soups: Simple, Nourishing Recipes for Health and Vitality by Rebecca Katz, Mat Edelson

So that's it for this week, hope you'll stop by next Sunday. If you like this idea, go ahead and make your own Sunday Cup of... post, no link back needed. I know some folks commented on the button, you're welcome to use it if you want. Have a great week!

Friday, May 20, 2016

{Review} Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna Bars

I'd seen the boxes of Luna Bars on endcaps before and thought about snagging a box, because they looked
pretty good, but never did because I have a problem with paying 5 bucks for a box of nutrition bars. No matter how yummy they look on the box. So the other day I was standing in the nutrition aisle of Walmart looking at protein powder when the display of single Luna Bars caught my eye. They were on sale for .89 cents, heck that's less than a candy bar, so I grabbed a couple to try. Of course I grabbed Chocolate Dipped Coconut, because that is my favorite. I hadn't realized at the time, but Luna Bars are a member of the Clif Bar family. Now I have tried and enjoyed many different flavors of Clif Bars so to me this was a plus.

Here's the ingredients info from the Chocolate Dipped Coconut bars...
Protein Grain Blend (Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Rice Flour, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Milled Flaxseed), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Inulin (Chicory Extract), Organic Soy Protein Concentrate, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Palm Kernel Solids, Organic Coconut, Almond Butter, Organic Almonds, Organic Cocoa, Palm Kernel Oil‡, Sea Salt, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Natural Flavors, Natural Flavors, Organic Vanilla Extract, Soy Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols (Antioxidant).

I love that most of these say organic, I know what they are and I can pronounce all of them. Now when I got these given the name I expected that the bar was coconut dipped in chocolate. Not exactly what I got, you can see in the picture it looks more like a cookie with a chocolate base and swirls on top. But that's ok it tasted great. It was just the right mix of chocolate and coconut so that neither were overpowering.
Given their yummy taste, portable size, and energy boosting nature I think these maybe my new go to when packing for a hike or trip with the kids. Of course now I have to try the other flavors too.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

{Book Review} The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor

The Spirit Chaser
by Kat Mayor
Publisher: self
Released: November 13th 2015
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Paranormal Romance
How I got it: NetGalley

Some places are too evil. Some places should be left alone.

Austin Cole has it made. Star of the hit television show Spirit Chaser Investigations, he has become the world’s most famous paranormal investigator. Although hard work, a talented investigation team, and favorable genetics have something to do with it, it’s his lack of fear and willingness to take risks no one else will that make Spirit Chaser Investigations cable’s number-one show. When a ghost-hunt-gone-wrong seriously injures his best friend and lead psychic, Austin is forced to find a replacement for a team member he considers irreplaceable.

Casey Lawson can’t catch a break. She’s been on her own since she turned eighteen and is scraping by as a part-time psychic and cashier at a New Age store. When a desperate Austin Cole calls her up and offers her a position on his team, has her fortune finally changed?

He’s a control freak; she’s stubborn and opinionated. It takes time, but when they finally realize they’re working on the same side, everything clicks, both on and off screen.

Just when things are looking up, a new threat emerges. Over the years, Austin has angered plenty of demons, and one of them has set her sights on him. Now he’s the one in danger, and it’s up to the team to rescue him from the riskiest investigation of their lives.

Review: This was just what I was looking for.
Casey hasn't had the greatest luck, she's currently making a living as a part-time psychic and cashier at a friends store. Barely eking by and drowning in debt she is taken by surprise when a long time friend recommends her to Austin as a talented psychic. Austin is in need of a psychic for his TV show Spirit Chaser  Investigation after his friend and current psychic is possessed and refuses to come back. With reservations he calls Casey, and hires her. Casey is unprepared for what she has signed up for, not only on the job but off.
This was a great mix of horror, romance, and a little mystery. The plot was engaging, I was pulled in from the first chapter and was a little sad when it ended. Casey and Austin have there issues at first but once they start working together the sparks really start to fly. The book is a roll-a-coster ride of emotions as Austin and Casey figure out where they stand and as things heat up. I will say I felt Casey was a bit of a tease in the beginning of the book, we do learn why later so I forgive her.
My biggest complaint about the book was the head hopping, a couple times I got a disoriented and wasn't sure who the POV was in. Other than that I loved the book and will be looking for more books from this author.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

{Recipe} Kitchen Sink Detox Smoothie

I called this the Kitchen Sink Detox Smoothie because I just tossed in what I had on hand to make a detox smoothie after looking at countless recipes. Giving how I've been feeling as of late, I figured my body could use a good Spring Cleaning.

Baby Kale and Spinach mix- 1 handful
Pears, Cubed - 1 Cup
Ground Ginger - 1/8 Teaspoon
Fruit, Mixed (Frozen Pineapple, strawberries, mango and peaches)-1 Cup
Celery -1 Piece
water as needed to blend

Place fruit, ginger, and water in blender, puree. Add Spinach/ Kale mix, puree. Break celery into manageable pieces and puree. Once blended to your satisfaction pour into a cup and enjoy!

Makes 1 serving @ 202 calories

Monday, May 16, 2016

{Book Review} Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport by Jen A. Miller

Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport
by Jen A. Miller
Publisher: Seal Press
Released: March 22nd 2016 by
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Memoirs, Running, Love
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher

Jen Miller has fallen in and out of love, but no man has been there for her the way running has.

In Running: A Love Story, Jen tells the story of her lifelong relationship with running with wit, thoughtfulness, and brutal honesty. Jen first laces up her sneakers in high school, when, like many people, she sees running as a painful part of conditioning for other sports. But when she discovers early in her career as a journalist that it helps her clear her mind, focus her efforts, and achieve new goals, she becomes hooked for good.

Jen, a middle-of-the-pack but tenacious runner, hones her skill while navigating relationships with men that, like a tricky marathon route, have their ups and downs, relying on running to keep her steady in the hard times. As Jen pushes herself toward ever-greater challenges, she finds that running helps her walk away from the wrong men and learn to love herself while revealing focus, discipline, and confidence she didn’t realize she had.

Relatable, inspiring, and brutally honest, Running: A Love Story, explores the many ways that distance running carves a path to inner peace and empowerment by charting one woman’s evolution in the sport.

Review: I devoured this book. It was one of those where if I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about reading it. I don't usually read this type of book, memoirs just aren't my thing, but the blurb caught my attention.
Ms Miller's story is inspiring and I could identify with many of the things she talked about. As she talked about growing up in a New Jersey suburb it took me back to growing up in small town NY, riding bikes, balling ball, etc. Following her trials and tribulations as she navigated growing up, going to college, etc I was able to relate and feel for her. I became invested in her story, wanting to know how she dealt with relationships and hardships. As a runner myself I got how she felt trying to drive away the mental pain with physical because I've been there. Her story struck a chord with me as I think it will with many women who have had turbulent lives.
I was inspired by her tenacity and dedication to running even when she felt it let her down she chose to keep at it. I enjoyed reading about how Ms Miller took something she hated at first and turned it into not only a passion but a career. I have to say that even if you don't run, hate sports and would rather curl up on the couch reading you should still get this book. It's a wonderful inspiring, heart wrenching, and powerful read.

May The 4th Be With You 5K Recap

Disclaimer: As a Level Up Runs Ambassador, I received a reduced priced virtual race entry.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I did the May the 4th be with You 5k Saturday. Of course I used my Zombies Run app to track like always.

Again I went a little over and my time was slightly over what my last one was. I did it on my treadmill, which was super convenient. I got new insoles for my old Nikes and thankfully didn't get the pain in my shins and arches I did last week. Although they need to be broken in a little bit more. Downside, I have to wait for my medal as they send them out the beginning of June. C saw the pic of the medal and was all excited that I was getting a BB8 medal. It matches his sneakers, lol. 

If you're interested in the May the 4th be with You 5k, 10k, or Half Marathon there is still time for you to register and run... The race goes from May 4th - May 31st. You can do it anywhere! Map your own course, you choose where you want to run, walk, hike, or even use a treadmill (like I did) and it only cost: $25.00. Plus part of the proceeds goes to schools that can't afford sports programs due to budget cuts. Seriously how awesome is that? 
I can't wait to see what next month brings, hint I've been told there are turtles involved but shh.


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