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Be Gone Baby Fat | Six week six pack

Even though I used to be a ballerina, my body had always been thick. I'm tall and have broad shoulders. Not the typical dancer body, at all. I've struggled with my weight and self esteem issues for most my adult life.

Recently, I finished the Jillian Michaels 60 day shred. I'm stronger, my arms are more muscular and my legs are a little thinner. The only thing I didn't get out of the program is anything to do with my abs. My abs are my biggest problem.

I picked up this DVD from the library, to see if I liked it. First day down, five weeks and four days to go.

So far, its not hard. I'm wondering what I'm really going to get out of this workout, but its only been one day and results don't come overnight. We shall see in six weeks when I share with you again my results.

Wish me luck!

The Killer to be Found | The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Title: The Lovely Bones By: Alice Sebold Genre: Crime Pages: 352 Release Date: August 7th, 2010 Publisher: Brown and Company
Summary from Goodreads: The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family's need for peace and closure.
The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that's calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have …

Book Bingo | Summer Reading 2018

Summer is in full swing and my boys are bouncing off the walls. Literally. Have you ever seen a kid with server ADHD run out of meds? Let e tell you, nothing is safe. My middle child actually bounces off the walls. You can hear him in the afternoon. Tap, tap, tap, tap, thud. Tap, tap, tap, tap, thud. For hours...

This Gorilla portrays a small amount of what I have been through today. Ugh....

The other two are strange children as well. The older one likes to stand still, then out of the blue, tumble across the living room floor. The younger one just hates everything... But what four year old doesn't.

Well, now that that's out of my system, lets get to the summer reading challenge I have for you.
It's book bingo. Can you get five in a row? Or will you black it out and finish the whole board. That's my goal.

BINGO! Who's playing with me?...

Their Lives in Ashes | The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

Title: The Fiery Cross By: Diana Gabaldon Genre: Historical Fiction Pages: 1443 Release Date: August 30th, 2005 Publisher: Dell
Summary from Goodreads: The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge. Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.
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Review: Ok, come on. Sometimes your favorite book series can let you down. I really didn't enjoy this book. It felt like a bunch of small Outlander stories jumbled up into a super long book. 1400 pages of garble. There seemed to be little story line and there wasn't much to hold onto as far as romance. It took me a long time to get through it, but I knew I had …

What I'm reading this week and the #WeeklyMenu Week #254

Welcome back to Monday. We had a wonderful first full week of summer break. The boys and I ran into a cool event at our local library. It was a park and play... or something like that. The local fire department and police force were out with all their cool vehicles. The boys got to sit in them and talk to the police and fire fighters. Their favorite part was trying to find who had the cool stickers. 

Saturday, my husband and I took a mini vacation and went to a friends wedding in Scappoose, OR. There isn't much there, but cow poop and air planes. We did find a llama and it made some weird noises. The weather was strange. Rain, sun, rain, sun. Come on, Oregon. Pick one.
My husband and I like to play a game. If we were to open a shop in this little town, what would it be called. I came up with the "Scap and Poose." A hole in the wall bar. "You want to go down to the Scap and Poose and get a beer?"

What I'm reading this week...
This week I'm reading The Rag…

Fight His Way To Freedom | Warning Light by David Ricciardi

Title: Warning Light By: David Ricciardi Genre: Thriller Pages: 335 Release Date: June 26th, 2014 Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Summary from Goodreads: A massive earthquake strikes southern Iran, potentially exposing the rogue nation’s most secret military facility. When a foreign airliner is forced to make an emergency landing at a nearby airport, the Iranians quickly become suspicious. American businessman Jake Keller is separated from the other passengers and secretly arrested on charges of espionage. Alone and against overwhelming odds, he soon finds himself battling for his life as he attempts to fight his way to freedom and return home.
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Review: This would not be a book I would normally pick up, but the premise sounded intriguing. The author has a way of describing mundane events and turning them into something worth reading. I was really interested in the story, but at times felt a little lost. The characters were great. They helped me stick with the story ju…

What I've been reading Lately

It's been a while since I've sat down and shared what I've been reading. I've been reading and even though I share some of my reviews, I don't share all of the books that I've read. I guess it just comes down to time, and what I'm able to fit on the blog. The problems of reading too much I guess.

My reading life consists of 205 books this year already. I know that's a lot, but I listen to audio books while I work. The longer I listen, the faster it gets, until I'm listening to a book at almost 300 works per minute. So 205 books isn't really that unusual.

Lets dive into what I'm working on right now.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Seebold
This book has been on my TBR shelf since 2013. It is the oldest book. I've never seen the movie, but I might after I read the book. A lot of controversy surrounds this story with a terrible murder of a child and how her family has to cope. There are mixed reviews on Goodreads, but it carries a 3.78 rating. I&…

Catch the Wave or Die | Tsunami Riders by Rita Stradling

Title: Tsunami Riders  By: Rita Stradling Genre: Urban Fantasy Pages:  Release Date: June 12th, 2018 Publisher:
Summary from Goodreads: 2036 was the year that the ocean goddess Tiamat woke up and unleashed her wrath. Daily tsunamis.
Sharks the size of merchant vessels.
Humans survive by cluttering into mountaintop settlements. Cut off from natural resources, they only have one hope for survival.
The tsunami riders.
Risks high and survival rates low, we ride at the peak of a mountain of water at five hundred miles an hour and love it. The rag-tag crew of the Ištar and I never miss a wave or lose a shipment container.
But the ocean isn’t the only bitch we have to contend with.
Admiral Parker wants to monopolize the trade routes with her state-of-the-art schooners, and she’s not opposed to taking out riders who won’t yield the wave. If she wins, all of the settlements in North America will live or starve at her say so.
We’re not going to let that happen.
Surf’s up, and as all tsunami riders know: yo…

What I'm reading this week and the #WeeklyMenu Week #253

Hello Monday! Welcome back to the new web page. Its looking fancy, isn't it. It was a long weekend, lots of father's day festivities and weird weather.

The day started off with wonderful with sun and a day at the water park. Good thing I lathered up the kids in sunscreen... Would have been a good idea to put some on myself. Crisped up my shoulders a little.

Snapped some pictures of our pup Shore waiting for her boys to get home from Church. I wasn't able to go with them this week since I had a photo shoot with some fantastic kids, but they had fun anyway.

This weeks book that I'm going to try and tackle is The Lovely Bones. It was turned into a movie that I haven't seen yet. I like to read the book before I watch the movie. This read has been on my TBR list the longest. Its a long list. Over 500 books. So, I thought I would start with my oldest and work my way forward. We shall see how well that goes.
Read on for this weeks menu!

Monday - Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

I Have a New Web Page!!!

Hello! and welcome to my new layout.

Please, look around. Get a feel for it. 
There are a few new features on the menu above that I'm excited to start exploring. There isn't much there now, but just wait. The Ballet tab and Lifestyle tab are going to explode with content. Come back for more and just to make sure you don't miss anything, make sure you follow me on one of my many social media sites.
Happy Saturday!

A Word Not Spoken | On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

Title: On Chesil Beach By: Ian McEwan Genre: Contemporary/Historical  Pages: 166 Release Date: March 23rd, 2007 Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Summary from Goodreads: A novel of remarkable depth and poignancy from one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.
It is July 1962. Florence is a talented musician who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, an earnest young history student at University College of London, who unexpectedly wooed and won her heart. Newly married that morning, both virgins, Edward and Florence arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their worries about the wedding night to come. Edward, eager for rapture, frets over Florence’s response to his advances and nurses a private fear of failure, while Florence’s anxieties run deeper: she is overcome by sheer disgust at the idea of physical contact, but dreads disappointing her husband when they finally lie down together in the h…

One Final Battle | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows By: J.K. Rowling Genre: Urban Fantasy Pages: 759 Release Date: July, 2007 Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Summary from Goodreads: Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind.
The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he can’t keep hiding.

To stop Voldemort, Harry knows he must find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them.

He will have to face his enemy in one final battle.
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Review: It has taken me way too long to finish this series, but I'm finally done. A lot of people are probably saying "Well, its about time," but trust me, If I had more time to read this series I would have. To tell you the truth though, the writing style of Rowling isn't r…

A Past You Can't Outrun | Splash by M.E. Rhines #Giveaway

M.E. Rhines
(Mermaid Royalty #3)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: June 12th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Fawna is happy with the new life she has made for herself on land. She has her child and her youngest sister Pauline by her side—plus an amazing new human boyfriend named Randy. So when an old friend from Atargatis shows up, she immediately feels the weight of everything she stands to lose. But the news can’t be ignored – there’s been an attack on their kingdom; her aunt Myrtle is dead and her mother is missing. Angelique, their middle sister, is now ruling a kingdom to the north, leaving Fawna as the only royal left to help save Atargatis. Torn between responsibilities in two different worlds, the decision is made for her when the powerful sea witch who attacked the kingdom also takes Fawna’s son. Now she has no choice—to save her life on dry land, she’ll have to dive back into the ocean…
The final installment in the beloved Mermaid Royalty series, Spl…