What Hope Remembers (Misty Willow) by Johnnie Alexander *book review*

What Hope Remembers (Misty Willow) by Johnnie Alexander

“What Hope Remembers” is book 3 in the Misty Willow series. Although I haven’t read the other books, this one sounded intriguing so I decided to read it anyway.

Unfortunately I tried for several days to read this book off and on, but I just couldn’t get into the characters or the storyline so I decided halfway thru not to finish it. I found it slow and confusing and not relatable.

This author has other books, including two other books in the series, so if you enjoy her writing and previous books you would most likely enjoy this series.

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

About the Book:
When Amy Somers loses her job as a lobbyist, she moves to Misty Willow, well aware that she’s crossing bridges she’d burned years before. With all the mistakes she’s made and the uncaring things she’s done–even to her own family–she can hardly believe that happiness will find her, especially when Gabe Kendall, her first crush and her first kiss, rides back into her life atop a buckskin mare.

A former Marine, Gabe is at loose ends after serving a prison sentence for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He sees beyond Amy’s hard exterior to the girl he once knew and loved, and he longs to see her open her heart. Yet with his vision clouded by shame for his past and fears about the future, he finds it difficult to see the path ahead.

But the memory of that long-ago kiss just may have the power to reignite a romance that brings out the best in both of them.

Learn more about the book and purchase a copy here:

About the Author:
Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides and Where She Belongs, as well as an accomplished essayist and poet. Her Misty Willow Series was inspired by a 19th century house she lived in as a teen. Join her at www.johnnie-alexander.com to experience the love of random travel and the joy of treasured moments.

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Celebrating 50 days of #TheGreatWalkChallenge with #LeslieSansone *Save 50% off Miracle Miles dvd set*

FOR YOU ONLY… The GREAT Walk Challenge WALKERS! Celebrating 50 days of TGWC! SAVE 50% OFF Miracles Miles!!

Have you been doing The Great Walk Challenge with Leslie Sansone and myself? Today is day 50! Can you believe it?? You can see my daily pictures and workouts for the challenge here:


This deal is TOO GOOD for me not to share!! I’ve had this Miracle Miles dvd set when it first released over a year or so ago and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! I have TONS of Leslie Sansone dvds and this set is one of my top picks! It has cardio and strength training. Some dvds she has group workouts, other ones she’s by herself. Its perfect for everyone!

Use Discount Code “50DAYS” to SAVE 50% off a copy of Miracle Miles dvd set at the WAH Online Store TODAY ONLY!

Miracle Miles Kit Includes:

– 5 DVDs (1 mile disc, 2 mile disc, 3 mile disc, 4 mile disc, 5 mile disc)
– 1 year-long calendar of walking workouts
– 7 Day Quick Start Walk and Meal Plan
– Miracle Miles Resistance Band

You can purchase it here:

Use Discount Code “50DAYS” to save 50% off the Miracle Miles dvd set!
The price is listed at $44 which makes it $22.00. It added $11.95 for shipping, making the total price $33.95 for 5 dvds-15 total miles of workouts!!


you can purchase it for $39.99 on Amazon here:

Don’t delay because I think this awesome deal is only good FOR TODAY ONLY!!

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“Wrong For You” by Jenny Proctor *christian book review and giveaway*

“Wrong for you” is a christian lds romance story.

25 year old Lane bishop moves from California all the way to North Carolina for a new job opportunity and hopefully a fresh start with dating. As she settles into her new job and new church, a group of girls invite her to a soccer game. Assuming she’s playing, Lane joins them only to find out they just want to guy watch instead of play. Lane jumps into the game and in the process meets “the untouchable” Hamilton brothers- Simon, Jamie, Dave and Cooper.

This story was really fun to read as it progresses with Lane at her new job at her childhood inn and her relationship with one (or two?) of the Hamilton brothers and making big life decisions. I loved the storyline and characters. It was funny and romantic and a quick read.

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

About the book:
Lane Bishop is a hardworking, intelligent, beautiful young woman. And with her recent move to Chapel Hill, she is determined to leave behind the drama and effort of keeping up with the dating scene. Even so, Lane somehow manages to get dragged out by a gaggle of girls to watch a bunch of guys play soccer. But just watching is not Lane’s forte, so she joins in the fun and leads her team to victory. Rather than feeling intimidated by the vivacious beauty on the opposing team, Jamie Hamilton is intrigued. Risking his “untouchable” dating status, he decides to pursue Lane—with a little help from his older brother Simon. With Simon’s behind-the-scenes assistance, Jamie proves irresistible, even to a disillusioned dater like Lane. But as she gets to know both brothers, Lane can’t help but wonder—beneath the grand gestures and romantic words, is she falling for the wrong guy?

Purchase your copy here:

Jenny Proctor was born in the mountains of Western North Carolina, a place she still resides and considers the loveliest on earth. She and her husband stay busy keeping up with six children and a growing assortment of pets. She loves to hike with her family and spend time outdoors, but she also adores lounging around her home, reading great books or watching great movies and when she’s lucky, eating delicious food she doesn’t have to prepare herself. To learn more about Jenny, visit her webpage at www.jennyproctor.com.

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WALK ON and WALK STRONG Master Rotation Calendars by Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith WALK ON and WALK STRONG Master Rotation Calendars are now available! I love that she provided additional calendars to use with all her new dvds!

Here’s what her email had to say:

So many of you have joined us for several of our programs (thank you!) and we know that after you’ve completed them a few times it’s easy to overwhelmed with what to do next. For those of you who enjoy having a plan in place, we’ve created two master rotation calendars of our current ‘Walk ON’ and ‘Walk STRONG’ series library to help you put them all together into one program!

Page 1 of your calendar includes our suggested 4 week schedule, and page 2 includes a key of all the videos included in the rotation for reference. Feel free to follow the rotation(s) as listed, mix and match between the Walk STRONG and Walk ON calendars or use them as a guide to create your own personal plan.

Don’t have the program for the recommended daily workout? No prob! Just skip ahead to the next one on the list that you have. Once your four weeks are up, feel free to take a week off and add in other routines or simply start over again at week one. We’re all about you making it work for YOU!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the printer friendly* Walk STRONG Master Rotation Calendar PDF

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the printer friendly* Walk ON Master Rotation Calendar PDF

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Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon, Roanoke VA race recap #BRM26pt2 #RunBlueRidge


If you have been following me on social media then you know I participated in the Foot Levels Blue Ridge Half Marathon a couple weeks ago-America’s Toughest Road race.

Why is it so tough? Because the elevation and hills are a killer!

I typically exercise 5-6 days per week doing a variety of walking, jogging and strength training; so I felt pretty prepared for this race. I also had the advantage of being local so I could do most of the race route ahead of time for practice. I’ll do another specific blog post on what I did to prepare for this specific race in case you are wanting to do it next year.

Like I said, because I stay active on a regular basis I knew I had the stamina to do the 10K. However after training with my friend Sarah the month before the race, I decided to upgrade and do the half marathon. *I do NOT ever recommend doing that unless you feel you are properly prepared for your race and have been race training.

A couple days before the race I kept checking the weather and started to get pretty nervous because it was calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms the entire weekend. I hate running in the rain so I have to get myself mentally prepared and ready to do the race no matter what.

On Friday afternoon my family and I went to downtown Roanoke for race packet pick up. It was very well organized and the lines went quickly. I was able to get my race number and race shirt immediately,and then walked around looking at the vendors and bought a couple things at Fleet feet.

I was also very excited to see some people representing skratch hydration and rock tape. They’re my favorite! I had rock tape tape up both my knees in preparation for my half marathon the next morning. I have been using rock tape for years and have found it very effective and it lasts longer than KT tape.

The next morning I got up super early to go pick up my friend Sarah so we could get parked and at the race site well before our 730 am start time. We skipped the pre-race yoga event because of the rain, but we were able to warm up by walking around and using the bathroom about an hour before the race started. Unfortunately for me I started having female issues that morning which put a MAJOR damper on my energy level and race pace.

As the runners started gathering at the start line, it started to rain and continued to rain off and on until around noon. When it wasn’t raining, it was so sticky and muggy-ugh. (Going in and out of the porta pottys wet from rain and sweat is absolutely disgusting FYI!) Thankfully it wasn’t until after 12 that the heavy storms and rain started. I found out later they had to end the race earlier than 2 PM due to the storms to protect the safety of the runners and volunteers.

Overall the race went really well for me despite the weather and female issues. I was able to keep the same pace throughout the entire 13 miles even though I had to stop multiple times at the porta pottys. All of the volunteers were extremely supportive and encouraging. I appreciated all of the water, hydration and snack stations throughout the entire race.

My husband and youngest son came to cheer me on around mile 11 or 12 and then got in the truck to meet me at the finish line. What a pleasant surprise! I wasn’t expecting them because my son had a soccer game that morning across town.

I liked going out Mill Mountain which was the first Mountain, better than I did Peakwood which was the second. I felt the scenery was alot prettier but honestly, the entire race had great views and was very peaceful!! I will most likely do the 10k race next year which is only going up Mill Mountain-not both mountains.

Because I was so tired, completely soaked and physically drained, I didn’t stay much for the post race activities. All I wanted to do was get home to change my clothes and stretch. I was disappointed in the post race food table, seeing as the snack stations throughout the race were exceptional. Hoping they have more of a selection besides pizza and fruit for next year.

I am so grateful that I had the experience to do this race and that I was able to be a race ambassador for Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon races. I was able to get a free race entry in exchange for posting my honest review of the race, my experiences and information leading up to the race. All pictures above and options are my own.

Stay tuned for one more blog post about my race training and what I did to be prepared for this race!

For more info about the race, you can visit their website here:


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