Walk 1 mile a day from April 5-July 13 and win a trip to Las Vegas! #walkathome #LeslieSansone

Walk A Mile A Day and Win A Trip to Las Vegas!*

The Challenge is Simple!

Sign up below with the link, enter your email address and then download your calendar so you can fill in your miles walked.

Starting April 5 until July 13, walk at least 1 mile per day (or 15 minutes). We will have lots of motivation for you along the way!

On July 13th send us a picture of your completed calendar and we will enter you into the draw to win a trip to Las Vegas!

Join the great walk challenge and get your calendar here:
http://walkathome.com/great-walk-challenge/

Visit the Walk at Home youtube channel for free videos here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/walkathomemedia/videos

*Winner from USA receives Airfare for 2 to Las Vegas, 2 Night Hotel stay at IDEA Convention Headquarters – Friday, July 21 and Saturday July 22. $500 Travel Expenses

2 Passes to enter Exhibit area at IDEA Convention on Saturday, July 22. Walk with Leslie and the Walk Team on Saturday July 22 at IDEA World Fitness Convention.

This Convention will be held at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino and Las Vegas Convention Center.

Headquarter Hotel

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
3000 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Winner must be available to travel on the dates of the Convention – July 21 & 22

Winner must be resident of the United States.

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“Condemn Me Not” by Heather B. Moore *christian book review*

I knew going into this book that it was not going to have a good ending, however I chose to read it because I love all of the author’s books and I knew that she had been working on this story for quite some time.

“Condemn Me Not” is an historical novel is based on the life of the author’s tenth great grandmother Susannah North Martin who was accused of witchcraft and hung in Salem Massachusetts in 1692.

The chapters alternate between Susannah’s time in the Salem jail in 1692 when she was in her 70s and her life in Salisberry Massachusetts in 1646. Readers start with reading about Susannahs life in her mid-20s before she meets her husband George. It was so funny to read about George’s forwardness towards Susannah and her ignoring his advances. The jail chapters were hard to read because of the impending trial and hanging, but I was able to catch a glimpse into how hard jail life was and how traumatic this was for everyone involved. Susannah was able to take comfort in jail from frequent visits of her late husband and by keeping her faith in God.

The story was very well written and the characters and plot completely drew me in. I could not put this book down until I finished it. It was very emotional and I was crying at the end of the book. Very well written for such a very hard time in history. I applaud the author Heather Moore for taking the time to write her grandmother’s story!

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book
In CONDEMN ME NOT: ACCUSED OF WITCHCRAFT, USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings the life of her 10th great-grandmother to center stage. Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem.

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About the Author
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women’s fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.

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30 day Countdown to Foot Levelers 2017 Blue Ridge Marathon #BRM26pt2 #RunBlueRidge #10k

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Join me for the 8th annual America’s Toughest Road Marathon on April 22, 2017! Did you know that Roanoke, VA, is one of the few running races allowed on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the country (America’s most visited National Park)?

The Blue Ridge Marathon has THE MOST elevation change of any road race in the United States. This is how it gets it’s “toughest” road marathon status.

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You don’t have to run a marathon though to participate! They are offering FOUR distances for this race: 10k, half, full, & double. I will be running the 10k. New to this year is also the RELAY!!

For this post I want to highlight the FOOT LEVELERS BLUE RIDGE HALF MARATHON specifics.

Registration for the Blue Ridge Half Marathon is handled by Active.com. Online registration closes at midnight April 18, 2017. There is $10 processing and handling fee for registration at packet pick-up (April 21, 3-8pm). There is no day-of registration.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: April 22nd, 2017
LOCATION: Course Start at Elmwood Park in downtown Roanoke, VA
START TIME: 7:35AM
PACKET PICK-UP: Friday, April 21st from 3:00pm-8:00pm & Saturday, April 22nd from 5:30am-7:00am

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Total Elevation Gain = 1897 ft.
Total Elevation Gain/Loss = 3790 ft.
6 hour cut-off time for the half marathon
Runners must maintain a 27:30 min/mile pace; Course marshals reserve the right to pull you from the course after 1:35pm for your safety.
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USATF Half Marathon Course Map
Interactive Course Map
Course Hydration provided by SKRATCH LABS
Walkers are permitted and encouraged
The Blue Ridge Half Marathon course is not quite as difficult nor as long as the full marathon, but it is still a challenging run. The new course adding Peakwood Mountain, has officially give it the title, “America’s Toughest Road HALF Marathon.”

The course begins easily with one mile of rolling hills, before taking its first turn upward as runners begin the two-mile climb up Mill Mountain. While full marathoners will continue on to the brutal but beautiful climb up Roanoke Mountain, half marathoners will ascend Mill Mountain to the famous Mill Mountain Star, overlooking the beautiful Roanoke Valley and — much of the course still to be run!

From the Star, runners will encounter a major 2-mile decent down Prospect Avenue – also known as the “old road” to the base of Mill Mountain. Back on the valley floor runners will have a two-mile reprieve before climbing Peakwood.

Peakwood is a tough climb through a scenic neighborhood full of energetic spectators. Be sure to enjoy the party at the top.

After a two mile descent the course flattens out as you make your way to the finish line in Elmwood Park. The full marathon runners will branch off to the left just before mile 13 letting you finish in solitude.

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Make sure to Use my code: BRMFRIENDS to save 15% any of the four race distances (10k, half, full, & double) and there is no expiration date!

You can REGISTER HERE:
http://www.blueridgemarathon.com/

Stay tuned for the 20 day countdown and specifics about the Anthem 10k! and be sure to check out my Instagram page for all my training pictures!

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Deborah Raney’s “Home at Last” book review & Facebook Party

Home At Last: A Chicory Inn Novel ― Book 5 by Deborah Raney

This is book 5 and the final book to the Chicory Inn series by author Raney. I have read all 5 books and overall I thought the series was good. Some of the books and characters I liked more than others, but I loved the concept of each book focusing on a family member and on the Chicory Inn the parents ran.

The author mostly addresses inter-racial relationships and racial hate in this book which is a pretty heavy topic. Link wants to date Shayla but her father doesn’t approve due to past inter-racial relationship struggles. Shayla is struggling to hold her life together as she becomes the mother figure to her niece and running the bakery full time with her father. She constantly experiences racism all around her and doesn’t think Link has any idea what her world is like. As Link spends more time with Shayla and Portia, he knows he will do anything to protect them and make them a part of his family.

I liked the ending of the book which wrapped up the mom’s struggles with the Inn with constantly feeling overwhelmed trying to balance her family responsibilities and running the Inn with her husband. Good ending to a good series! I would recommend reading all 5 in order to get the best character development and flow.

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book
Why did their differences matter so much?

Link Whitman has settled into the role of bachelor without ever intending to. Now he’s stuck in a dead-end job and, as the next Whitman wedding fast approaches, he is the last one standing. The pressure from his sisters’ efforts to play matchmaker is getting hard to bear as Link pulls extra shifts at work, and helps his parents at the Chicory Inn.

All her life, Shayla Michaels has felt as if she straddled two worlds. Her mother’s white family labeled her African American father with names Shayla didn’t repeat in polite–well, in any company. Her father’s family disapproved as well, though they eventually embraced Shayla as their own. After the death of her mother, and her brother Jerry’s incarceration, life has left Shayla’s father bitter, her niece, Portia, an orphan, and Shayla responsible for them all. She knows God loves them all, but why couldn’t people accept each other for what was on the inside? For their hearts?

Everything changes one icy morning when a child runs into the street and Link nearly hits her with his pickup. Soon he is falling in love with the little girl’s aunt, Shayla, the beautiful woman who runs Coffee’s On, the bakery in Langhorne. Can Shayla and Link overcome society’s view of their differences and find true love? Is there hope of changing the sometimes-ugly world around them into something better for them all?

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About the author
Deborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deb’s novels—for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita. Visit Deb on the web at DeborahRaney.com.

Conclude Deborah Raney’s Chicory Inn novels with the final book, Home at Last, a story of acceptance, trying to overcome differences, and love. Everything changes for bachelor Link Whitman one icy morning when a child runs into the street and he nearly hits her with his pickup-and then the girl’s aunt Shayla enters Link’s life. Can Shayla and Link overcome society’s view of their differences and find true love? Is there hope of changing the sometimes-ugly world around them into something better for them all?

Join Deborah on Thursday, March 23, for a live author chat party in her Facebook group with fun prizes to be won! Click the graphic below for more details and to RSVP. Hope to see you there-bring a friend or two who loves to read!

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2017 Divas® “Run Like a Diva” Race Package and promo code

If you register for any of the Run Like a Diva locations this year, these are all the fabulous things you get in your race package!! I am SO excited about this awesome medal!! WOW!! and don’t forget to use my promo code below to save 10% off your Wine Country DC entry!

NEW MEDAL FOR 2017- After conquering the course, you will receive this amazing medal for your collection and a piece of jewelry to take your experience with you wherever you go. The removable Divas® charm is compatible with Pandora® & Chamilia® bracelets*!

JEWELRY POUCH- Your fabulous 2017 finisher medal will be packed in these cute, reusable pouches for you after the finish line. Perfect for storing your newly earned medal or collection of Divas® beads!

PARTICIPANT T-SHIRT- Showcase your Diva style in this women’s fit tech tee that is made only for true Divas®!

PINK TUTU- All race packets include pink tutus! You can wear it on race day, or any day for that matter!

DRAWSTRING BAG- All Divas® need a fashionable bag to hold their race goodies. This sleek black design is new for 2017!

BOA & TIARA- Stop by the famous Boa & Tiara station right before your complete the course! So you can finish your race in true Divas® style!

*Divas® Running Series is not affiliated with Pandora® or Chamilia®.

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