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7/03/2020

Wally Runnels' July 4th Beach Giveaway Ends July 18! STARTS July 4




Welcome to author Wally Runnels' July 4th Beach Giveaway!
This giveaway is being co-hosted by Reading Author's Network/Away We Go Media.

There will be two prizes:

FIRST PRIZE: 
A signed copy of his book, " Twisted Love", 
$10 Amazon card,
 and this Beach Blanket 


                                                              

SECOND PRIZE:
A Kindle copy of any of his books 
and $5 Amazon Gift Card


About Wally Runnels:

Wally was born in San Diego, traveled through Mexico, and Latin America. He was
raised on the border at his family's ranch, whose original deed was recorded in 1870.
Hanging out between two countries, he met a lot of unusual people: Hollywood types,
by name. He'll remind you no matter how weird a story can get, it'll contain some
Border Patrol Officers, professional trackers, smugglers, and people he won't mention
grain of truth.

Disclosure: This giveaway is being sponsored by author Wally Runnels who is responsible for prize distribution. No other blog associated with this giveaway is responsible for the prizes. This giveaway begins July 4, 2020 @ 12 AM MST and ends July 18, 2020. This giveaway is a U.S. Giveaway only. TWO separate winners for the prizes stated above. You cannot win both prizes. All entries will be verified and winners notified via email. NOTE: You must enter at least both of the mandatory entries to be qualified. The first entry is to notify winner(s) and does not constitute an entry solely on its own.

6/18/2020

My New Kn95 Mask

Not all masks are the same. How many do you own? I have quite a few different ones, some homemade and others that I bought online or at the store. 
With the Coronavirus pandemic going on, we definitely want to make sure that we have something that is going to work well. Homemade masks might look nice, but do they actually have the ability to shield our germs from exiting the material and spreading to others? 

This disposable mask that I'm about to show you is a new one that I recently was sent to review.  It actually prevents at least 95% filtration efficiency. Yes, I did say disposable, so no, you cannot reuse. Buying a few of these is a good idea, especially if you have to leave the house often.

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It is a Kn95 mask made from a blend of cotton and polypropylene. This material is commonly used for some reusable grocery bags and some blue auto wipes. 

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The material is breathable and soft on the face. It's comfortable, lightweight, and has a metal adjustable nose piece. The nose piece helps secure it better along the top of your face. The mask has a curved design instead of just flat for more breathing room and it hugs underneath your chin.

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There are ear loops that are stitched into the mask as well. They are elastic, and aren't tight on the face. I like that. 

I love the size of the mask and how compact it is. It can be folded up and put in a purse or easily stored in the car. 
They are FDA registered and CE certified. 

Of course, this mask isn't only great for helping reduce our  chance of spreading germs, but it is also good for jobs such as construction, food handling, mining, oil, gas. This particular one is not made for medical use, but is okay for the general public.


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Here is a video that I made, talking more about this mask.

You can purchase a box of these masks here



6/15/2020

Always Eat After 7 PM Final Thoughts


This post is sponsored by Always Eat After 7 PM. All opinions expressed are my own. 



For about one month now, I have been following the diet that I learned about in the book, Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion. You can read my last post here. Has it already been a month? Most times when I try a new diet, the month seems to go by super slowly and I go through periods of grumpiness and brain fog, which that each day would pass faster. That never happened this time around. That is a huge deal for me. 


Joel Marion’s Always Eat After 7PM program makes dieting easy and eliminates 90% of reasons for resistance. It really does! I didn't ever feel as though I was struggling to stick with the diet at any point. Usually I've felt miserable with other diets, making it harder to stick to them and getting upset because I wouldn't end up with the results that I was hoping for. 


I can honestly tell you all that it has totally been a fun and interesting journey. It has actually been something that I am enjoying doing, which is great, because since I like it, it'll be easier to continue doing this in the future. 


As Always Eat After 7 PM states, "You feel encouraged because you can see improvements in your appearance, in how your clothes fit, or in how light you feel." 
Yes! A million times yes! 
Why would I even want to stop? I feel so good mentally and physically these days. Sleep is not as much of a struggle at night. I'm much more positive and happy each day. I'm dancing and running around more with my kiddos. Even my workouts don't feel as hard to get through. I'm excited to see how it will be when I'm able to be working out a lot harder, back in the gym, and continuing this excellent diet. I feel that with my kickboxing, jiu jitsu, and HIIT classes my results are going to be dramatic and incredible. 




I don't feel as though I've ever been so pleased with any other diet that I've tried. They were all seriously lacking in many ways. I hope that you all have enjoyed hearing about my experience with this book, and maybe it will encourage you to give this book a read so that you can see it all for yourself. 


Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. 
Learn more about the book and how to purchase here




This post is sponsored by Always Eat After 7 PM. All opinions expressed are my own. 


6/08/2020

Always Eat After 7 PM- Goal Setting and Update

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This post is sponsored by Always Eat After 7 PM. All opinions expressed are my own. 



I wanted to talk more about my goals that I mentioned in my previous post, that you can read here, about the book, Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion.



I have most definitely seen a boost in my energy levels. I don't find myself feeling as worn out as easily throughout the day. I haven't shed too many pounds according to my scale, BUT I have noticed that most of my clothes fit me looser than before! No joke. I do work out and have noticed a bit more muscle definition. (Always, always a plus.) I also have had a few nights where I have slept better than before, which is a start, and hopefully as I continue, the amount of sleep I get will increase significantly. 
I also have found that I don't feel the need to eat as much as I used to. I don't feel as though I'm ever super deprived, which made me sometimes binge eat in the past. 
I hadn't really thought about this being a result from what I'm doing, but I have also found that my skin on my face looks slightly clearer and bright. Interesting...
I am very pleased with the results that I'm seeing and feeling so far.

Some things that I love about the book besides my results are how easy the meal plans are to follow. You are told how to balance your own meals to make sure you're getting an adequate amount of certain things, such as protein, carbs, and so on. I like all of the things he says about how you should eat. Most diets I've read about and tried in the past made it seem like carbs were the enemy.

This is what I read in Always Eat After 7 PM“Fact is, most diets are extremely narrow with regard to food choices and variety, and many even limit entire macronutrients altogether over the course of the entire program (think low-carb and low-fat diets). Three months with no carbs? No thanks. Such practices not only are entirely unnecessary, but make for a miserable, unsustainable experience.”

Haha! No thanks is right! I need my carbs. We’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. But the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal

There are also a few recipes included in the book. I have never been much for sweets, unless they are healthy, and so my favorite from his book is this homemade Cherry Garcia Ice Cream. It's healthy and simple to recreate. It's not traditional ice cream like you expect it to be. I LOVE it. 

Check out how amazing it looks. 



Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion 
Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

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This post is sponsored by Always Eat After 7 PM. All opinions expressed are my own. 

6/06/2020

Get That Hourglass Figure With FeelinGirl's Amazing Shapewear


Hey guys, a couple months ago I mentioned how much I love using a waist trainer when I work out.
I actually wear mine practically every day when I do my early morning Zumba workouts and plan on wearing it as well when I start going to the gym again. 
Have you visited their site yet?

What is a waist trainer?
They're extremely popular these days, but in case you haven't heard of one before, let me explain.
It is a type of garment that you can wear under or over some clothing. It's most commonly worn underneath, on bare skin though. It usually consists of a neoprene, latex, or other compression type of material. There can sometimes be metal or plastic boning along the inside to help shape your body and hold everything in place. Some have hooks, zippers, velcro, or lace. Some have a combination of any of those.
The point of wearing one is to give the appearance of a smaller waist and midsection. Waist trainers are meant to be worn regularly to help give your body a more of an hourglass shape. People usually wear them while working out, or even throughout the day. 
They will not replace a healthy diet and exercise. In fact, when worn in addition to a healthy diet and exercise, they can have a more visible result.
Personally, I can say that I honestly have seen a noticeable effect since starting to wear one months ago. Not only has it made my stomach and sides look flatter, but it also has helped give me more back support and also helps soothe my tummy when I have cramps. I believe that is because of the way it compresses.
I'm not saying it will work the same for every single person, but I do like how they work on me.

Here is a waist trainer from FeelinGirl that really caught my eye

This particular red and black one can be purchased here

This one has 7 steel bones, adjustable sticker straps, and is made of a blend of latex, cotton, and spandex. 

I LOVE the color, design, and style of this one. It is so different from the ones that I'm used to seeing. I like that it not only has a zipper closure, but also an additional velcro belt that wraps around. This one helps compress and stimulate extra heat around the midsection. This increases sweat, helping more toxins come out. There are several sizes available, and an alternative color/pattern.


There is also this Neoprene Waist Trimmer Belt with Zipper


You can purchase this one here

Now, this one is a bit different. It's made from another kind of material, and it is a completely different style. It has adjustable hooks and a zipper. It is seamless so that it provides a smoother look under clothing. You can wear while working out, under work clothing, when going out, under dresses, blouses, gym attire, etc. 
I like how the zipper hides the hooks and adds an extra layer of smoothing compression. 

Not only do they offer waist trainers/trimmers for your tummy, but you can take it a step further and get a thigh and waist trimmer. 
This is what I mean 

 
You can find this Booty Sculptor Fitness Belt here

I want to own this one so badly. It kind of reminds me of some sort of futuristic android type of outfit. I love that they have several colors and sizes available. These are made to help sculpt the thighs, glutes, and lower waist. Each leg has adjustable velcro straps. I like that because not everyone has the exact same size thighs. This product can also be worn by either men or women. It is latex free, and made from neoprene. It also has a special grid lining to keep it from slipping and moving while you are wearing it. This is perfect if you are running, dancing, or doing a HIIT workout. There is nothing more annoying that something that is bunching up and uncomfortable while you're trying to get a good workout. This should not have that problem at all. 
As an added feature, it also includes arm trimmers!


This next one has full tummy control, along with the thigh trimmers


You can purchase this High Waisted Shapewear here

This one covers the whole tummy and thighs and has adjustable velco straps. It is also made from latex-free neoprene material. It helps reduce water weight and give your butt a more lifted appearance. It increases circulation, increases thermogenic heat, and will not slip or bunch up when worn. Yes, unisex, and available in a variety of sizes and colors. 

You can find so many amazing products on FeelingGirl. Not only will you be able to find waist trainers, waist trimmer belts, thigh and arm trimmers, but you can also find sports bras, leggings, panties, shorts, bodysuits, and other shapewear.
They have really sales and deals, and offer free shipping over $70 if you are in the US. They have some really great reviews from their customers right on their website as well, and do accept a variety of payment types. 
Don't forget to give them a visit!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. 

6/01/2020

Always Eat After 7 PM Update and Author Interview

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This post is sponsored by Always Eat After 7 PM. All opinions expressed are my own.


So, in one of my last posts, which you can read here, I recently introduced you guys to the book I read, Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion . I really did enjoy the book for sure.

As for benefits that I learned, there are just so many! A boost in my metabolism, the ability to keep up with my children thanks to increased energy, weight loss, better moods, and the possibility that I'll be able to sleep so much better...and then some. 
I feel that after just reading about those benefits, I'm so much more motivated and will be able to hit those goals of mine when it comes to how fit I want to be. 
By the way, I know that I talked about metabolism in both this and the first post, and this is mostly why. Here's something interesting that I learned from reading this book. 

“Specific higher-carbohydrate foods (including berries and cherries) support your fat-burning metabolism while you sleep, providing your body with a steady stream of fuel throughout the night. The trick is knowing how to combine them with other evening and pre-bedtime fat-burning foods to fuel your metabolism as you sleep.”


Higher-carb foods, huh?  And they can fuel your metabolism while you're not even awake? Who would've thought, right?

I also wanted to tell you guys a bit more about the author, Joel Marion.



Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program.

Here are a few questions that he was asked during an interview:

#1. What was your inspiration for writing this book?
After authoring 6 best selling books it was glaringly obvious there were 2 huge misconceptions about dieting that needed to be exposed. The first is that you can't eat late at night or before bed, which science now shows is NOT true. And second, you can't eat large portions that satisfy your natural instinct. This book solves both these problems by providing an evidence-based, enjoyable approach to dieting that can be used by any person to quickly achieve their weight loss goals.
#2. You’re a six-time best selling author, what makes this book any different from your others?
Although many of the concepts are similar, the biggest difference is that you don't have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. You don't have to deal with the burden of eating every few hours. And you don't have to skip the carbs at dinnertime or avoid eating before bed.
#3. Is the Always Eat After 7 PM difficult to follow?

It's not. And that's exactly why I wrote the book. While any diet is never truly easy, it can be more enjoyable and much easier to adhere to when you understand how Always Eat After 7 pm works because it caters to our bodies natural instincts.



Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.  
Learn more about the book and how to purchase here

This post is sponsored by Always Eat After 7 PM. All opinions expressed are my own.

5/26/2020

Always Eat After 7 PM- Why I Chose This Book

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This is a sponsored post from Always Eat After 7 PM. All opinions expressed are my own. 

As most of you already know, I am all about living a healthy lifestyle. I strongly believe that it's important for me to not only work out several times a week, but I also eat very healthy foods. However, I am still not exactly where I want to be physically and mentally. I have been looking for something to give me a little extra push in the right direction.
I started reading Joel Marion's book called Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion, and I feel as though I've actually learned so many new things and I think this may be just what I've been looking for. 




Now, you've probably heard someone say things like "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day", and "Don't eat anything late at night because it will only make you gain weight/it's bad for you." 
Yeah, I'll admit it. I truly believed both of those things for years. 
I heard it over and over. 
BUT THEN, 
I read this part in the book that says, “Those who ate breakfast ended up eating about 260 calories more a day, the review found. Those who skipped breakfast were about one pound lighter than those who ate breakfast. These findings led the researchers to conclude that eating breakfast isn’t necessarily a good strategy for losing weight. The science isn’t really there. Breakfast could very well be the least important meal of the day.”

Wow, right? Is your mind blown too? Well, I was pretty shocked by all of that. Got me thinking for sure... Maybe although I may be eating healthy meals, and working out, I'm eating my food at the wrong time of the day. 



Based on surprising science, Always Eat After 7 PM debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings.  The results from his own research were literally amazing. He, himself struggled with some weight issues and more, and by the end of his studying this kind of eating, he shed the pounds and had way more energy.


Check out this video he made talking about the science behind it all. 

The Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals, The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good.



So, I decided to try this three-phase plan and after you read more about my journey with it, perhaps you'd like to join along and do it too.
Not only am I hoping that this will help me look more physically fit and toned, but I'm also hoping that it will boost my metabolism and help me sleep a lot better too.
I'll be keeping you guys updated often with weekly posts.



Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.  
Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.


This is a sponsored post from Always Eat After 7 PM. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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