- You can work out in the comfort of your own home – not a stinky, sweaty gym with creepy guys staring at you.
- All you need is a set of hand weights, and a mat if you’re on a hard surface.
- It’s only 20 minutes with a 2 minute warm up and a 2 minute cool down.
- There are THREE levels so you can work your way up as you get stronger and more fit.
- She has two friends working with her. One for beginners and one for more advanced. You can make it as hard or as easy as you want.
Personally, I use a set of 5 lbs weights. I have a smaller frame, so to tone and be lean, I use a lighter set of weights, but that doesn’t mean I’m not still working my ass off. I also use a set of 2 lb ankle weights to add a little extra to the work out.
- Running on flat surfaces with slim you down, while running hills will bulk you up.
- Women who regularly JOG live about 5.6 years longer than women who don’t jog.
- Higher mileage isn’t always better – You don’t have to run 8 miles every time you run!
- Running in the rain or cold does NOT mean you will get sick.
- There’s no set speed you have to keep while running. Set YOUR own pace.
Isn’t she awesome!? And holy cow, I want her body! I know that during the holidays, I need a bit of motivation to stay away from the sweets and get off my tush to work out. I hope this gave y’all the extra push it gave me! Thank you, Tarole!
Be sure to go check out her blog for more tips!
that I have called Bath & Body Works “Bed Bath and Body” all week. Oops.
that I cried when I heard Kate was pregnant.
that I want to move here:
that I’ve had zero time to read this week.
that it’s 78° in December.
that I bought 4 candles…for myself.
that I decorated for Christmas BEFORE Thanksgiving (gasp).
that I bought my dog a Christmas stocking.
that I don’t have my Christmas cards yet.
What’s okay with you?
Today I’m linking up with Michelle from The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting!
I’m linking up with Tarole, Ashley, and Kim for the Harry Potter Party! Whoop!
1. What is your favorite quote from the Harry Potter series?
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
2. How old were you when you became a fan of the series?
I fell in love when I began watching the movies when they first came out in 2001 (I was 15), but I didn’t read the books until I as 22.
3. Have you ever tried any HP recipes at home?
No, but I’d love to! I wouldn’t mind getting the HP cook book!
4. Which sort of obscure character would you want to know more about?
This one is tough. Bellatrix, maybe because I am a psych nerd and her craziness fascinates me. I’d love to know what made her so crazy. I’d like to know more about that entire family (Sirius, his mother, Bellatrix, Narcissa, etc.).
5. Have you ever used Harry Potter to prove a point in your everyday life?
Not to prove a point, but I’ve been known to quote the books.
6. Be honest…would you dabble in the dark arts?
Absolutely! But I’d use it for good, not evil.
7. Shop you would most like to visit in Diagon Alley?
Flourish and Blotts! Hello, book heaven in the wizarding world!
book review for Logan. She is one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve gotten to know,
and I absolutely love her blog! When I
first started blogging about a month ago, she was the first person I asked to
swap buttons. She realized my button was not quite right (even after I had
worked on it for hours) and she fixed it for me! Pretty cool. Now, onto my book review!
Isabel was kneeling at the cliff’s edge, tending the small, newly made
four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia
and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s
journey from the coast. To this isolated island where the supply boat comes
once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later,
after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s
cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a
horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel
insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim
her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to
the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their
choice has devastated one of them.
attention from the very first page. The first chapter describes the day Isabel
and Tom discover a boat with a baby and dead man. The reader is left wondering
how the couple got to this point, and so begins the journey of Tom and Isabel’s
pasts, their love story, loss, and difficult choices. This beautifully written,
unforgettable book takes many twists and turns and leaves the reader wanting
more. It is a story of morality and deep, unconditional love for one’s spouse. I applaud M.L. Stedman for her first work of
literature and look forward to reading more of her books. I give the book five stars.
searching for the backcover description, I found out that Dreamworks is
planning to make the book into a feature film. Click here for the trailer! http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=97428
This past weekend, we went to Atlanta for the So You Think You Can Dance Tour. Ryan bought me tickets back in October for our anniversary (I know, he is pretty awesome).
It was incredible. Seriously, if you ever get the chance, GO. It was a fantastic show. I only cried…3 times. Yes I’m a baby when it comes to dancing. There are just those few dances that make you ball. So here is a look at the show in (poor quality) pictures, shot on my IPhone. Because of the stage lighting, they turned out extremely blurry.
|“Bang Bang” Eliana’s lift.|
|Girls group dance.|
|A little too excited for the show to start!|
What I plan to read next: The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (maybe)
What are you reading this week?
Linking up with Neely and Ashley for another Sunday Social!
This Weeks Questions:
4.Favorite Holiday Song?
–“Baby It’s Cold Outside”
5. Favorite Holiday dessert?
Have a blessed Sunday!
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
The Ballantine Publishing Group
Format: Paperback, 269 pages
First Line: This will be a good weekend for reading.
From the back cover: Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town’s self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five-year-old pharmacist with a “mountain girl’s body and a flat behind.” She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she’s not who she always thought she was. Before she can blink, Ave’s fielding marriage proposals, fighting off greedy family members, organizing a celebration for visiting celebrities, and planning the trip of a lifetime- a trip that could change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Brimming with humor and wise notions of small-town life, Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book with a giant heart.
My Thoughts: Big Stone Gap is the first book in the Big Stone Gap Series. I have come to love Trigiani’s books because they are so warm and inviting. This book was no exception. It was a bit slow at first, but towards the middle I found that I couldn’t put it down. I loved Ave Maria (the main character) with her stubborn, ‘independent woman’ mentality, and all of the quirky townsfolk. The characters really make this book.
Ave Maria takes us on her journey through the passing of her mother, finding love, and finding her long lost family. On this journey she learns more about herself and her Italian heritage while defining who she is as a person. She discovers that she is no longer alone and is worthy of love and a happy ending.
Overall, this book is a light and enjoyable read. I definitely look forward to reading the other books in the series. I gave this book 4 stars.