FREE 15 day fitness challenges with #IdealFit and #IdealRaw

I’ve been using the IdealRaw products since last year and have been doing the free 15 day challenges off and on with both IdealRaw and IdealFit for the past year or two and love them!

IdealFit just launched a new 15 day “Build it” booty challenge which I wanted to share, but decided to share all the links for the challenges in case you weren’t aware of them. You will need an email address to sign up for the challenges to get private youtube video links and emails with the ebook program links.

Most of the programs encourage healthy eating and using their specific protein powders and supplements, but of course they are suggestions and not mandatory. Alot of times I will just use the fitness routines or recipes and incorporate them into my regular meal planning and fitness.

If you like boxing type workouts, I highly recommend the “Knock out Fitness” challenge.

If you like running, you would probably like “Ready Set Run” challenge.

If you need help with nutrition, check out the 7 day Eat Real challenge.

and my 2 personal favorites are the Mommy Trainer challenge and the Trainer Lindseys Fit Body challenge.

I LOVE that they offer these 15 day programs FREE to help you get into the routine of fitness and to see if you like the trainer’s technique and style. They are perfect for ALL LEVELS of fitness. Depending on the program, you will need a couple pieces of equipment like a stability ball, hand weights, yoga mat, etc.


They are offering (5) Free 15 day challenges and (3) 6 week paid fitness challenges here:


7 Day Eat Real Challenge

15 Day Fit Mommy Challenge

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#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson *book review and giveaway*

This book was fun to read! I was worried it would be some high school level drama story with tweeting and hashtags, but it wasn’t! It was a modern romance with some fan clubs, tweeting and social media but not over the top. I love that Zoe challenges Chase and keeps him on his toes and doesn’t just swoon like other girls. I also like that Zoe’s friendships were also important and didn’t just ignore people over some “Famous guy”.

This story had a great steady plot with clean, fun romance. It was realistic with modern day dating, social media and the craziness of the Press when dealing with a famous person. I found it easy and fun to read so I finished it in one night. I loved it!

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

Book description:
“You’ve done better.”

With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultrahot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person.

Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her…

When the press gets wind of Zoe and Chase’s secret relationship, their romance turns into tabloid headlines. Will they be able to hold on to their Hollywood love story?

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Bestselling author Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters–which is why she writes romance. She has published many happily ever after stories. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).
Her website is

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“My God Hath Been My Support” by David T. Morgan *LDS Christian book review and giveaway*

My God Hath Been My Support: Seven Keys to Understanding and Enduring Personal Trials by David T. Morgan

The author begins his preface and then introduction sharing a personal story, a little bit about this family, and his dealings with self esteem with being a psychologist. He states that the principal chapters in this book each contain key concepts related to how we can develop greater spiritual strength. At the end of each chapter the key concept is reiterated and questions for self reflection are also included.

“If you truly seek for direction in how to improve your life, the Holy Ghost will provide individualized and ideal feedback regarding the potential paths of change. Following the promptings of the Holy Ghost will improve your quality of life and lead to greater happiness and peace. It will also help you be more confident as you deal with challenges and will give you an increased depth of understanding of Heavenly Father’s plan for you.”

The author shares 7 key concepts to understanding and enduring personal trials, including answering questions like, “What does it mean to truly love someone?”, “What are the purposes of prayer?” “Why are we required to forgive all people?”.

I found this book very easy to read, had clear examples and scriptural support, personal stories and examples. With it only having 10 chapters, this would be an easy book to read with a family member or to use as a daily or weekly scripture study and journal. I really liked it!

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

About the Book:
Nephi, that great hero of the Book of Mormon, is often viewed as a pinnacle of devotion: steadfastly faithful, profoundly spiritual, and unwaveringly obedient. But the beautiful passage of scripture often referred to as Nephi’s Psalm reveals that, like all of us, Nephi faced his own inner struggles in this mortal existence. His heartfelt introspection demonstrates that amid the trials of life, discouragement can burden us all but it can also be overcome.
In My God Hath Been My Support: Seven Keys to Understanding and Enduring Personal Trials,author David T. Morgan looks to the words of Nephi’s Psalm to offer an inspiring message of hope and a loving call to action. Featuring tools and ideas on how to overcome adversity, increase feelings of selfworth, and endure the ups and downs of mortality, this scripture-based roadmap to a more fulfilling life is a joyous invitation to learn from Nephi how to transform sorrow into joy.

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“Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children” by Sara J. Weis #GoGoYoga

“Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children” by Sara J. Weis

I was able to get an advanced copy of this kindle book and I have LOVED going thru it. First, I loved reading Sara’s personal story which lead her to teaching kids yoga and why she creates lesson plans and how she creates them. I personally have found childrens yoga to be very helpful as well in my home with my 2 kids.

Sara explains how she has spent hours to plan kids yoga lessons to incorporate every aspect she wants to include like a theme, breathing exercises, yoga poses, picture book, music, yoga games, team building skills, etc. As a mom and a teacher she understands the importance of the lessons being relevant, engaging, fun and flexible.

By creating this Yoga Lessons book for Children she has taken out the guesswork and hours of planning so that parents, teachers, instructors, counselors, or anyone else wanting to do yoga with children can have an easier time and be inspired to have fun doing Yoga with children.

Did you know there are several benefits for Children doing yoga?

• Increases Flexibility and Balance
• Improves Concentration and Focus
• Be More Present and Mindful
• Boosts Confidence
• Promotes Health and Wellness

I love how Sara breaks down specifically what a kids yoga class should include and then follows up with examples in the other chapters. For example, BREATHING exercises should be one of the segments every kids yoga class should have; so in chapter 4 Sara goes over different kinds of breath work. Which was so fascinating to read because I didn’t even know you could do that many breathing exercises!

Also included in this book are 20 ready-to-use yoga lessons along with a blank template to create your own lessons, several kids yoga games, yoga props to use and yoga mantras. I can’t wait to do the “Share the Love Yoga” and “Ninja Yoga” lesson plans with my son and his friends.

Towards the end of the book, Sarah also includes some quick 10-20 min yoga lesson ideas if you don’t have the time to plan a full 60 minute lesson, which I found very helpful as well.

I found this book VERY organized, easy to read, and very helpful! I can’t wait to get the paperback print for my personal fitness library and to further my own yoga with my children at home.

This truly is one of the best resources you will find to incorporate Kids Yoga into your home. As a fitness professional, fitness teacher, and mom-I highly recommend getting a copy of this book! Kids Yoga has been very beneficial in our home and I can’t wait to use this book more this year!

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

About the Book:
If you are looking for ways to effectively teach yoga to children and increase their mindfulness, self-confidence, stress management, and self-control, Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children provides all the tools and resources you will need. Parents, teachers, children’s yoga instructors, counselors, and health care professionals will find this guide introduces yoga to children at a whole new level.

Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children includes:

• Benefits of yoga for children
• Secrets to teaching yoga to children
• Breathing exercises that can help kids become calm and relaxed
• Over 150 fun and creative yoga games, activities, and challenges for all ages
• Kids yoga lesson planning guides and templates
• 35 ready-to-use unique yoga lesson plans that engage kids from the start
• The best yoga props and how to easily use them with children
• Ways to build mindfulness through meditation and mantras
• Yoga pose illustrations
• Suggestions of read-aloud books and ways to incorporate yoga and movement
• Quick and Easy No-Time-To-Plan Kids Yoga Lesson Plans
• Downloadable yoga bingo cards

This book details everything in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format that will help you successfully teach yoga to kids of all ages. Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children is the resource you will need to inspire children in life-long healthy ways.

Purchase your kindle copy here for only 0.99 for a limited time!


Sara is a kids yoga expert and Bestselling author of Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Yoga with Kids, creator of The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards, The Kids Yoga Challenge App and the author of Creative Writing Works. Kids, teaching, writing and yoga are definitely her passions and she enjoys sharing her expertise and ideas with others.

Sara has over twenty years of teaching experience in the public schools. She holds Bachelor Degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education as well as a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist in Education. She currently teaches creative writing classes for elementary and junior high aged students.

Sara is also a certified kid and adult yoga instructor who makes yoga with kids or adults part of her daily routine. She leads kids yoga classes for a nationally known health and fitness club. Sara has invested countless hours creating and leading yoga games, lessons, and movement ideas with hundreds of kids.

She enjoys speaking at schools and events about being a writer and inspiring students to try their best in all that they do.

When she is not teaching, writing or practicing yoga, Sara enjoys spending time outdoors with her three yogi kids and her husband Dave. She resides in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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2018 Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon race series info, promo code & giveaway! #brm26pt2 #runblueridge


RACE DAY: APRIL 21, 2018

The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon Series has earned its title as “America’s Toughest Road Marathon” by challenging runners with over 7,430 ft. in elevation change, more than any other road marathon in the U.S. This race runs along the famously scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, and proceeds from this non-profit event benefit the parkway and local charities. The full, half and 10k all prove equally challenging yet rewarding on this mountainous course, and all runners are rewarded with a unique finishers’ medals, a tech-tee, live music and local craft beer at the festival-like finish in downtown Roanoke. This race would not be possible without the support of our title sponsor, Foot Levelers.

This event is owned and operated by the Roanoke Outside Foundation whose mission to make outdoor activity and environmental stewardship a core component of our community’s lifestyle by promoting a “conservation through recreation” philosophy.

You have SIX race options for Saturday April 21st! Isn’t that awesome? I love the variety!

+Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon
+Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon
+Anthem Star 10K
+Farm to Feet Blue Ridge Double Marathon (Now Official)
+Four Person Marathon Relay
+Carilion Children’s Family 1 Miler

I have been chosen to be a race ambassador for Roanoke Outside Foundation again this year! Which means I can offer my readers an exclusive promo code and do a Race entry blog GIVEAWAY! (see below!)

In case you don’t win my race entry giveaway, make sure to use my promo code to sign up! The sooner the better so the race distance you want doesn’t sell out.

Save 15% off your 10k, half, full or double race registration by using code: RACEBLUERIDGE

If you have any additional face questions, you can visit their website here:

Last year was my first year and I LOVED it! It was very challenging due to the fact I upgraded from 10k to half marathon the week before the race (not smart), had female issues, and it rained THE ENTIRE DAY. I am not a big fan of running in the rain… but I did it! And I’m SO PROUD of myself..and I’m doing it again!

My 2017 race recap is here:

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*Giveaway only includes race ticket so please make sure you can pay for your own travel expenses.
*Please only enter if you are serious about attending and completing this race in Roanoke VA.
*Race ticket includes choice of: 10k, half, full, OR double race entry.

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