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As a stay at home mother, I am many things. I am a Household CEO, Toddler Tantrum and Meltdown Negotiator, Executive Chef on a tight budget, Head Cheerleader, Housekeeper, Teacher, Event Planner, Guru in special education, and so on. But somewhere along the line I had lost myself within a world of diapers, baby talk, and tears. Although I am highly educated, I found myself being defined by my children and the role of being a Mother. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a stay at home Mom and I have wonderful children. But I am so much more than a Mother. I am a runner, a lover and critique of books, and someday hopefully an author.

With the New Year, comes goals and opportunities for change. My goal this year is to take better care of myself and this blog is dedicated to capturing the beginning of this exciting journey. This is my opportunity to redefine and connect with who I once was and who I’m going to become. I’m going to dive into the challenges, (hopefully) progress, and reward of training for a half marathon- yikes! I’m going to get lost from one imaginary world to the next, critiquing and describing the various books I’ve encountered. And there’s a good chance I will talk about the things that take up space in my mind, including but not limited to being a stay at home Mom.

I hope you enjoy and feel free to shoot me a message:)

Running Week 13&14 (Marathon Training Week 4&5)

Life has gotten away with me and I completely missed my post for last week. Hence me doubling up:) My house, including myself have been sick so unfortunately  there isn’t much to update..

RunningMonday: 5 Mile Trail Run

I underestimated the humidity and heat this morning. Luckily I brought Gatorade with me but I still ended up stopping.. a lot. I should have just ran slower than trying to stick to my running schedule. Lesson learned.

 


 

RunningTuesday: 3 Mile Social Run

I had a pretty good run. It was still hot and humid but not nearly as bad as yesterday. I ate dinner before my run which I think helped with the fuel. I think I might be one of those people who needs to eat a lot before and during a run. Oh well, I’m going to call this run a success!


 

RunningThursday: 11 Mile Trail Run

11 miles this morning and one of the best runs I have had in a while!! I finally have the fuel figured out and again I ran with two great people. Our conversation kept me motivated and the run ended up being a really nice one!!

 

 

Oh, we saw deer on the trails too!! Beautiful view this morning:)


 

RunningMonday: 6 Mile Trail Run

Easy 6 miles this morning. The run felt good and the weather was nice. Half way through the run I noticed my water bottles were leaking and my entire back side was wet… not cool at all. It was actually a little embarrassing but luckily there weren’t many people out. I hope this doesn’t mean I need to get a new running belt.

I love how the sunrise is reflected in the pond. Absolutely Beautiful!


RunningSaturday: 12 Mile Group Run

Wow, that was a lot harder than I would have liked. But considering it was my first run since getting sick this week, I’m just glad I was able to get the miles in.

I ended up running the last three miles by myself and honestly that was the best decision I made. I was trying to keep up with my running group and my body just wasn’t ready. On my own, I slowed my pace a great deal which helped but the last two miles I still ended up doing some walking. It was just too humid out for this run to be anything close to enjoyable. We started the run around 6:15 and it was already 83 out. Take into account the humidity and my phone said it was closer to 87.

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I’m really sore after the run and pushed myself too hard. Which was so stupid of me. Now I am going to need to take it easy this next week if I want to stay on track.

Overall Milage for the TWO weeks: 38

It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy

It Aint Easy Being JazzyAuthor: Quanie Miller
Published: October 15, 2013
Pages: 280

Stars: 2 out of 5

Where to buy:
Amazon
Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Jazzy secretly wants to get back together with her ex-boyfriend, Curtis, so when he calls and reveals that he’s got something important to tell her, she’s got no idea that he’s about to propose—to her first cousin and bitter rival, Mercedes.

The annual family dinner is coming up, and fearing that she will spend the evening seething while Mercedes flaunts her four carat engagement ring in her face, Jazzy asks Reggie, an Adonis she met at the mall, to accompany her. As fate would have it, not only did Reggie and Mercedes used to date; that backstabbing, leopard print wearing cow is still carrying a torch for him! Revenge. It’s never been so sweet.

But falling for Reggie? Holy crap! That wasn’t part of the plan! She’s got enough on her plate as it is; restaurant shootouts, a neurotic boss, a mother who spies on the neighbors, and a sister and best friend with man problems that could land them on Jerry Springer. Who has time to fall in love? So when Curtis comes sniffing around again—this time, with an accusation that sends her blood pressure shooting through the roof—the one good nerve that Jazzy’s got left has just about run its course.

Review:

I’ll be honest, it was difficult to get into this book. The writing style wasn’t easy for me to fully enjoy. I felt like there was a lot of filler information that didn’t really add anything to the main plot. A lot of it I couldn’t relate to, some of it was funny, but overall this was the main reason I struggled getting into the book.

As you dig into the book, you realize the story is packed full of family dysfunction (who can’t relate to that) and a bit of good old fashion drama. There were times I honestly thought the characters were crazy and some of the situations are over the top.

Jazzy has some spunk to her personality and is a strong character. She knows what she wants and isn’t easily swayed. I think I would have loved this book if there wasn’t so much filler information.

Once Upon a One Night Stand (Lover, #1)

Once Upon

Author: D.N. Hola
Published: May 29, 2016
Pages: 204

Stars: 3 out of 5

Where to Buy:
$2.99 Kindle

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:
Five friends. Five stories.

Welcome to the LOVER show. Let’s begin with L:

Have you ever tried not liking a guy when your best friends decide you should like him? How about if that guy had the sexiest ass on the planet, and was your birthday-cake one-night-stand with icing on top?

London Reeves agrees that three years is a long time to live without sex, but one steamy hot night could never last longer than the morning after. Yet, her four lunatic best friends disagree on that last one. The voices in her head disagree, too, and even her mother seems to think she’s crazy. And sexyass will not take a goddamn no for an answer. Now what exactly is a girl to do against that?

Review:
London is a little odd. She visualizes voices in her head as replicas of herself that have one feeling. For example there is one for happy, angry.. You get the idea. But once you get used to this, there are times it is funny but mostly it easily fades into the background. Almost like it is the most normal thing in the world.. I know, strange right?

London, is on a dry spell and is stuck in the ‘friends’ zone with the guy she loves- Carter. So when she meets sexy Liam at a bar, she lets lose. And WHOA, what a one night stand!! This part of the book was sexy, fun and if I had to classify it as anything it would be entitled- Marathon Sex! But London is an emotional roller coaster and at times it was difficult to identify with her juvenile antics. To be honest, I did’t really like her character in the beginning. But surprisingly, she grew on me and near the second half of the book, I didn’t want to put it down.

Liam is hot. There is just no other words for it. He is sweat, flirtatious, and fun. But he has some major flaws that pushed me away from his character. Without giving away anything all I can say is I didn’t like how he was willing to jump to ‘the next best thing’ at the first sign of distress. But I liked how he stood up for himself when he discovered what was behind London’s antics and how she wasn’t all in.

I know that last paragraph is a little confusing but I can’t say more without giving away some of the plot twists. Overall, the book was a fun read. The characters grow on you and by the end of the book you don’t want to put it down.

Clean Break

Clean BreakAuthor: Abby Vegas
Published: May 16, 2016
Pages: 300

Stars: 5 out of 5

Where to Buy:
Barnes&Noble ($2.99)
Amazon ($2.99)

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Lane Haviland can’t seem to catch a break. She’s dead broke, barely functioning as an adult, and completely alone in New York City. Her so-called “apartment” is a six-by-nine cell in a Brooklyn basement. And her new boss hasn’t ever met a personal or professional boundary she can’t bulldoze through.

Still, Lane’s determined to at least attempt to claw her way back to respectability. But she can’t seem to get her mysterious handyman, Viktor, out of her apartment – or her headspace. Maybe that’s a good thing: Viktor’s easy on the eyes, and that deep-voiced Russian accent is beyond sexy. But as he and Lane grow closer, he can no longer hide his connections with a dangerous criminal underworld – where secrets can be deadly.

Review:

Clean Break is a modern twist to ‘Beauty and the Beast’. If you only look at the book on its surface level, you miss the meaning and the point. Without giving away too much, this book plays on outside appearances, trust, and falling in love.

Lane is down on her luck with realistic qualities. Often she is a mess with suicidal tendencies. But I can’t help to love her character. There is something about her that pulls at my heart and I just want to help her. Although knowing her character and who she is, she more than likely wouldn’t take my help. Lane is unbelievably strong but makes young adolescent mistakes and is slightly paranoid. She is discovering who she is while trying to survive.
Viktor is slightly gush worthy. He isn’t over the top sexy and doesn’t talk much. But his confident yet shy personality is attractive in this book. He has a Russian accent and you can just hear his voice in your head as you are reading this book. But Viktor holds his cards close and doesn’t give much away.
Detective Jarrett is a very big and strong man. He’s a detective so a part of you wants to believe his intentions are good. But some of his actions trigger my paranoia and I can’t help but get this sinking feeling in my stomach.
The question raised, based off of Lane’s paranoia, is who is the good guy. Is Viktor a good guy who is just in a crummy situation? Is detective Jarrett a good guy who really wants to help Lane out… Well, if you are looking for the answer I’m not going to tell you. You need to read the book for yourself because honestly this book is amazing and addicting.
The author does a wonderful job capturing the readers attention. Throughout the entire book, the plot is developing at a steady pace. Although, I usually tend to read more paranormal books, I found myself in love with the plot, writing style, and characters. I didn’t find one aspect of this book boring and I didn’t want to stop reading. This is one of those books after you pick it up from putting it down, you wonder why you ever put it down. One of those books, especially near the end of the book, you get extremely annoyed and even upset when someone interrupts your reading. From the very beginning this book slowly builds and near the end of the book when it’s ready to cress, the plot is so intense, I couldn’t tern the pages fast enough.
This is an author to keep your eye on. In case you couldn’t figure it out, I absolutely loved this book. But the best part is on the authors website, she is giving away the first 10 chapters FOR  FREE!!! Yes, ten entire chapters! You have nothing to lose. If you think this book is the slightest bit interesting, go pick it up because I bet you will end up loving it just as much as I did!

Author Abby Vegas Discusses Fairy Tales in connection to her book- Clean Break

Hi everyone, I was fortunate enough to read Abby Vegas new novel- Clean Break. She is an amazing author and talented writer. My Review is coming tomorrow but here is an insight into the author and her book. Hope you enjoy!!


I Am NOT Too Old for Fairy Tales!

Confession time: I’m a grown-ass 43-year-old woman who loves fairy tales. I own copies of all the Disney classics. I can sing the entire soundtrack of The Little Mermaid – in character! – while driving carpool. I even wrote a novel that’s essentially a modern-day Beauty and the Beast with a little Bridget Jones thrown in.

And I’m not alone in my fairytale fascination. These stories are tremendously popular – from Disney’s epic movies and theme parks to Shrek to TV’s Once Upon a Time. A couple of years ago, I couldn’t go two hours without hearing a song from Frozen (usually from the back seat of my car, sung to the beat of my pounding headache.)

So why do these stories still resonate so strongly? For me, there are three main reasons.

  1. Clarity.Fairy tales are pretty straightforward about who the good guys and the bad guys are – something we don’t see very often nowadays in fiction or in real life. It’s kind of refreshing.

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  1. Justice.The villain in a fairy tale (almost) always gets what’s coming to them. It’s viscerally satisfying, okay?

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  1. A happy ending!It’s the ultimate wish fulfillment when the hero or heroine prevails against the odds and gets their happily-ever-after. Totally swoon-worthy, in my opinion, and I can always use a good swoon.

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So that’s my theory, as a strong, opinionated, (relatively) well-adjusted woman who refuses to act her age. (Anyone up for an Aladdin sing-along?)

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Abby Vegas is already excited about Disney’s 2017 live-action Beauty and the Beast. Her new release, Clean Break, is a women’s fiction / romantic suspense novel with a feisty, flawed heroine, a hero worth fighting for, and a happily-ever-after ending that might even qualify as swoon-worthy. Buy it here or read the first ten chapters FREE on your Kindle or iPad here.

Clean Break

Tuesday Talk- Lets talk music

Tuesday Talks

Every Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I don’t know about you but it is beyond hot and humid here in Minnesota!! I hope you are staying cool:)

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Image Credit: HowToBeAMusicSuccess

Today I want to talk music- So is so much out there and everyone seems to have a their own choice in what they enjoy. But I am curious if mood affects the type of music you listen to or if you have a go to selection already downloaded?

Todays question(s):

  1. Pick a mood- happy, sad, depressed, lonely, having a bad day..- and name a song that is your ‘go to’ song.
  2. This one is more for me- I need a new playlist for running, any suggestions??

I think this might be a really fun topic. I am going to wait before I post my answer because I want to see what you guys come up with. If no one posts a comment, then I try to stimulate the conversation.

Running- Week 12

Monday– 5 miles

Running sprints slightly hung over was not ideal.. I’ll be honest, I had to stop once or twice but I finished. Happy 4th of July everyone!!


 

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Tuesday: 3 miles

Ran three miles on the treadmill. With 60mph wind, we lost electricity shortly at the house. Luckily it came back on right away and I could finish my run. Wish I could have ran outside but glad I didn’t have to battle the wind. And really the run wasn’t horrible. I watched an episode on Netflix and that helped.

Johnny Pops

 

I get done with my run and come upstairs to find both my boys running around, bouncing off the walls. Come to find out my husband gave each of them Jonny Pops… the coffee flavored ones. Guess what the first ingredient is, that’s right cold pressed coffee. His response was he thought they were chocolate…

 

 

 

 

 


Running

Wednesday: 3 miles

Not a great run today. My hamstring is killing me and I had to slow my pace down a great deal just to make it through three miles. My goal was four miles with short sprints worked in but I’ll settle for three painful miles as long as my hamstring starts to feel better.


Thursday-Friday

Not looking good, my legs are tight and my hamstring isn’t wonderful. It does feel better but I’m not sure if I will be able to do my long run tomorrow..


 

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Saturday: 10 Miles

I had a great run, but I’m definitely tight and will need to spend some time with the foam roller. I’m starting to understand fuel and think next week’s long run I will be better prepared. Loved running with lifetime Run! Such a great group of people and a wonderful community.

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Total Milage: 21