“Run Like a Diva” 5k and half marathon race in DC *promo code*


I am thrilled to announce that I’m a new RUN LIKE A DIVA race ambassador!!!

I will participating in the 5k race in DC wine country on Friday night September 23. I am so excited!!

Over the next month I will be sharing workouts and things I am doing to get race ready.

If you would like to save 10% off the 5k OR half marathon price, you may use my code: ➡️ RDDIVADC16

For more info, go here:


The Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series is the most fun and glam women’s running series in the nation. Here’s why:

All participants will receive pink tutus with their registrations! You can wear it on race day, or any day for that matter!

All our half marathon finishers will receive a big, sparkly medal – definitely fit for a DIVA! A unique and memorable medal to commemorate an unforgettable experience! Our 5K finishers will get a smaller version of this awesome medal.

What woman doesn’t enjoy some bubbly? Especially, after all the hard work you put into not only training for the race, but completing it too! Cheers to you! Because every woman deserves some pampering…and NOT just on special occasions! NOTE: Some locations only offer non-alcoholic bubbly.

Remember when you were younger and would stand in front of the mirror playing dress up? Well, just because you’re a grown-up doesn’t mean you can’t be a princess! All runners will pass by our famous Boa & Tiara Station before the finish line!

Men’s and women’s bodies are different so we have women’s fit technical tees to celebrate and embrace our curves. Choose to wear it on the day of the race and trust us, you’ll get more than a couple stares. Be careful when crossing the street… you’ll look so good you’ll cause an accident!


You’re more than just a pretty face! You’re intelligent, motivated, compassionate, and gorgeous! While you won’t be able to fit all of that on your bib, you can personalize it to your liking. All of our bibs include the word “Diva” so you can be Diva Kathy or Diva Licious. One thing you can’t be is late to the party. You must register at least a month before the event, at the latest, in order to have your personalization included.


3.5 hour time limit for the half marathon; 1 hour time limit for the 5K
Chronotrack timing system
Breathtaking scenic course
USATF certified half marathon course
Awards for top 3 overall and in each age group

2015 DIVAS SF-475


​Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

  • Health & Fitness Boutique/ Packet Pick up from 11:00am to 7:00pm*
    *5K packet pick-up will end PROMPTLY at 5:45pm to ensure an on-time start.

    The Health & Fitness Boutique is the Official Packet Pick-Up Headquarters. All race bibs, participant T-shirts, and Diva Backpacks must be picked up at the Boutique prior to race day. THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP.*
    ​*With the exception of VIP Packet Pick-Up.

    Boutique Location:
    Lansdowne Resort
    44050 Woodridge Parkway
    Leesburg, VA 20176

  • Divas 5K starts at 6:15pm

    Saturday, Sept. 23, 2016

  • Divas Half Marathon starts at 7:30am

    Hope to see you in September at the DIVA race! and don’t forget to use my promo code above to save 10% off your race registration!

    **DIVA pictures by Katty Peraza**

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    “The Loyal Heart” by Shelley Shepard Gray *historical clean fiction* book review


    The Loyal Heart (A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story) by Shelley Shepard Gray

    This is not one of the author’s typical Amish fiction books. “The Loyal Heart” is a romantic historical fiction set in the Civil War time period.

    Someone starts a rumor in Miranda’s town that her late husband died in prison giving secrets to the enemy. Miranda suffers from depression and even has suicidal thoughts after the death of her husband. Her Inn staff tries to help, but it isn’t until Office Robert Truax comes to visit when things start to turn around for her.

    While in prison, a group of Confederate officers make a vow to look after one another and their families in the event of a death. Robert Truax follows through with his vow to Phillip by going to visit late Phillip’s wife in Texas (Miranda).

    I loved how honorable Officer Robert was to Miranda and her household; and that honor, respect and a mans word went a long way back in that time period.

    Good steady plot-clean fiction. I hope she will have more historical “Lone Star Heros” in upcoming books!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review on my blog and social media-all opinions are my own.

    About the book:

    Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn’t expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places.

    Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything.

    After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda’s home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip’s name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone.

    Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He’s mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can.
    He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn’t prove to be an easy task—Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well.

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    About the author:
    Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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    September 2016 *new* Fitness Walking Schedule for #LeslieSansone or #JessicaSmith workouts


    I love the start of the new month which means it’s time to make new fitness goals and figure out a new schedule and plan. I like following a calendar so I know what to expect every day, but I get bored if I do the same workouts or follow the same instructor every day. I love variety! Do you?

    For those of you who follow my social media and read this blog, know I’m a big fan of Leslie Sansone and Jessica Smith workouts! I remember Leslie Sansone use to have an online walk club back in 2011 ish when she posted monthly workout calendars and schedules. I miss that!

    So I decided that I’m going to come up with my own fitness walking schedule/calendar EVERY MONTH to share with all of you.

    If you like that idea, will you please share this blog link post with your friends? I will be able to know by the number of views on this post, as to whether a monthly calendar is a popular idea. It takes work each month to come up with a rotation and ideas, so I want to make sure it’s helpful to others.


    First, these workouts can be done using indoor Leslie Sansone AND/OR Jessica Smith workouts. This calendar can also be used for indoor treadmill workouts and outside walking!


    Second, you will notice that I will always have a “fun day” and a “rest day”. Fun days are incorporated so you can do whatever you want that day-take a gym class, walk with the family-whatever you want! Rest days are very important to your body. Rest or do some stretching or yoga on those days.

    Third, I will always have strength training days every week because I feel it’s very important! For the strength training days, you will select a dvd that COMBINES the cardio and strength training together.


    For example: Leslie Sansone Miracle Miles set, Leslie Sansone Tone Every Zone, 5 Mega Miles, etc. and Jessica Smith 6 Mile Mix, Boost Metabolism and Muscle, etc. all use cardio and strength training (bands or weights) in these dvds and should only be used on strength training days.

    Did you see the extra surprise on Fridays? In addition to your miles, add in your squats for the day. It doesn’t matter what kind of squats you do-narrow, regular, or wide. Mix it up if you want.

    All other dvds not using weights or bands should be used on the cardio days.

    If you are using the treadmill or running outside, you will need to do your strength training before or after your cardio.

    1 mile = 15 minutes of cardio and/or strength.

    If you have any questions, let me know! I would not suggest doing strength training 2 days in a row because it doesn’t allow the muscles to rest properly.


    Click on the link below to download your September pdf calendar:

    Fitness Walking Workouts for Sept 2016

    If you don’t have any Leslie Sansone or Jessica Smith workout dvds; check your local library or visit their youtube channels below for some FREE workouts:

    Leslie Sansone workouts:


    Jessica Smith TV workouts:



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    “unNatural Mom: Why You Are the Perfect Mom for Your Kids” by Hettie Brittz *book review*


    The introduction and chapter 1 is about the author, Hetti, and her personal experiences with being an imperfect mom-an (un)natural mom.

    She goes on to describe 7 myths in chapter 2.
    1. Every woman must be naturally maternal
    2. Every mom must get pregnant naturally
    3. Every mom must give birth naturally
    4. Every mom must be a natural at breastfeeding and continue as long as possible
    5. Every mom must be a natural homemaker
    6. Every mom must find parenting natural
    7. Every mom should keep all things unnatural away from her family table

    Since I love to read and learn about health and fitness, there were a couple things I didn’t agree with her in number 7 section.

    At the end of each chapter, she has some reflection journaling questions.

    The author goes on to describe temperaments and that she believes there are 4 “Tall Trees Parenting Profiles” which can reveal the 4 mothering styles most common. Those were interesting to read. She gave examples on how these specific mothers act and their characteristics.

    This was a very different “parenting” book than I’ve ever read. Not in a bad way-just different.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review on my blog and social media-all opinions are my own.

    About the book:
    Do you feel like you’re the only mom who serves store-bought birthday treats, dreads school plays, and misses the days of going to the bathroom by herself?

    Unnatural Mom gives you permission to say that mothering doesn’t always come naturally to you. Parenting expert and self-proclaimed unnatural mom Hettie Brittz helps you . . .

    -Recognize how unrealistic our culture’s standards of mothering are
    -Move beyond the myths of “supermom”
    -Complete a profile to determine your own parenting style
    -Understand and forgive the mothers who hurt you
    -Embrace your capabilities as well as your challenges

    Come find new hope in discovering that every mother has unique gifts. In Christ, the “unnatural” mom becomes the supernatural mom who is just right for her family!

    About the author:
    Hettie Brittz is an author, international speaker, and one of South Africa’s foremost voices on parenting advice. She is the developer of the Evergreen Parenting Course and Tall Trees Profiles. Hettie and her husband, Gospel singer Louis Brittz, live in South Africa with their three children.

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    When Death Draws Near (A Gwen Marcey Novel) by Carrie Stuart Parks *book review and giveaway*


    “When Death Draws Near” is book 3 of the Gwen Marcey novel series. I haven’t read any of the other books or any books by this author but I feel it can be read as a stand alone book.

    This story immediately starts off with an unfortunate death and answered questions that forensic artist Gwen is trying to solve. Good, steady pace but I didn’t care for the serpent-handling church and what all was going on. It was really creepy and unchristian. I didn’t read the back description very well, otherwise I wouldn’t have requested to read this story.

    This author has written other thrilling mystery books, so maybe I’ll try reading another story of hers instead of finishing this one.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review on my blog and social media-all opinions are my own.

    About the book:
    Death has always been part of Gwen Marcey’s job. But when faced with her own mortality, everything takes on a different hue.

    Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs and homes when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky. The Eastern Kentucky town, located deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, has been plagued by a serial rapist and a series of unexplained deaths. Before Gwen can develop a composite drawing, the latest witness vanishes, just like all the previous victims.

    Turning her attention to sketching the face of an unidentified body, she discovers a link between his death and a Pentecostal serpent-handling church. Serpent-handling is illegal in Kentucky, and the churches have gone underground to avoid the authorities and continue to worship as they believe. Gwen is offered a handsome reward to infiltrate the renegade members, a reward she desperately needs as it seems her breast cancer has returned.

    Joined by her digitally-obsessed, Generation Z daughter, Gwen goes undercover to a nineteenth century revival, planning to draw the faces of the snake handlers so they can be identified and arrested. Instead she uncovers a murderous plot and a festering

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    About the Author:

    Carrie Stuart Parks is a Christy finalist as well as a Carol award-winning author. She has won numerous awards for her fine art as well. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.

    Plunge into forensic artist Gwen Marcey’s world, full of cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects. Add Carrie Stuart Parks’ new Gwen Marcey novel, When Death Draws Near, to the top of your must-read list. Gwen accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before she can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?

    Join Carrie in celebrating the release of When Death Draws Near by entering to win an Undercover Artist Starter Set.

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    One grand prize winner will receive:

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    Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 22. The winner will be announced August 23 on the Litfuse blog.

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