Its Done | The Road To 2 Chesticles

Holy smokes, I can’t believe 56 days have passed and that the 8 Week Challenge is done.

At the beginning I was apprehensive.  It seem liked a long time, plus doing it over the summer, many thought I was crazy.

Yes, there were times, in the first few months that I too thought that I was insane, but then I started to see changes and I no longer craved eating those Candyland pieces.

I feel great all over all.  I ended the challenge losing 15lbs and 5 inches off my waist!

And the best part….I got 2 chesticles. IMG_4282

This challenge really motivated me to make changes to my lifestyle which I would have otherwise procrastinated against making.

So thank you Bonnie & Briar, the ladies of the 8 Week Challenge for helping me along the way!!!

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Day Somewhere in the middle of week 7 | The Road to 2 Chesticles

I haven’t posted in awhile about my 8 Week Challenge journey so I can’t actually remember what day I am at.

So lets see….I have sitting pretty steady at an 11 lbs lost at this point.  Also I have lost 4 inches off my waistline.  I have maintained the Challenge Friendly, cleaning eating food plan for pretty much the entire challenge.

I did however have a few cheats along the way.  The most recent was this past weekend when we went out for some Gelato.  I mean I couldn’t pass up a small bowl of that goodness.   And it was hotter than Hell outside so the cold treat was well deserved.

I am exercising more that ever and have started doing some strength training.  I honestly never thought that I would enjoy it, but I really do.  I always shied away from it, 1) because lets face it, I hate to exercise and 2) I was always worried about getting big Hulkamania muscles.  Gross!

But this challenge has changed the outlook on so many things for me.  The fact that I can do without sugar in my life.  I really don’t miss it at all.  I feel like I have more energy and my sleep has improved.  Also, overall I just feel better.  I feel like I carry myself better.  Even my palate has changed.

Right now I am addicted to spinach. Couldn’t not stand it before the challenge.  I thought the taste of it was horrible.

Now??? Now I eat it all the time.  Currently I am loving it in shakes, you know the ones that look like green sludge, yup those shakes.  Just had one for lunch….so delicious!

I am certainly looking forward to what the final stretch holds over the next week and a half.

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Review | The Last Valkyrie | Karina Espinosa

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About the Book

Raven Romero is a washed up Valkyrie who is unable to return to Valhalla, spending her days in a haze of sex, drugs, and alcohol.The last Valkyrie_1

When she is wrongfully accused of murder, Raven has two options: run or clear her name. With a laundry list of enemies, she has no idea who could be framing her. One thing is for sure: they know what she is and they’ll stop at nothing until she’s behind bars or dead.

With no choice but to delve into the supernatural underground she tried so hard to avoid, Raven seeks aid and learns what it means to be human.

The world believes her kind no longer exists, but Raven Romero is The Last Valkyrie

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My Thoughts

I was provided an ARC of The Last Valkyrie from Lady Amber’s PR for my honest thoughts.

This is was my very first read from Karina Espinosa and it has left me wondering, “Where the hell have you been all my life!” She’s a reader’s dream UF writer.

The Last Valkyrie is a fast paced, well plotted read. The female lead, Raven, is fierce, strong and independent. The book is full of twists and turns that made it very hard for me to put it down. Add in some Norse Mythology and the foreshadowing of a love triangle and you’ve one of the best first books in a series that I have read in ages.

I knew after 25% of the book that I would be giving The Last Valkyrie 5 stars, but I enjoyed it so much, I’m throwing in a glass of whiskey too.

If you are a fan of the UF genre, you do not want to miss out on reading The Last Valkyrie. I’m already on the lookout for book 2.

About the Author

Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy author of the Sins of the Fallen series and the Karina EspinosaMackenzie Grey novels.  Infatuated with travel, pop culture and the need to write everything down, she spends much of her days in front of a computer working on her next book, shopping online and listening to music.  With nomadic tendencies, she is currently resting her head in South Florida until the itch to move strikes again. You can usually catch her on Facebook, Instagram and live-tweeting during episodes of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Orphan Black.  Follow her on social media!

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Release Day | The Last Valkyrie | Karina Espinosa

THE LAST VALKYRIE RDB TOUR BANNER.pngHappy Release Day Karina Espinosa!!!

The Last Valkyrie, an adult Urban Fantasy novel,  is live today!

About the Book

Raven Romero is a washed up Valkyrie who is unable to return to Valhalla, spending her days in a haze of sex, drugs, and alcohol.The last Valkyrie_1

When she is wrongfully accused of murder, Raven has two options: run or clear her name. With a laundry list of enemies, she has no idea who could be framing her. One thing is for sure: they know what she is and they’ll stop at nothing until she’s behind bars or dead.

With no choice but to delve into the supernatural underground she tried so hard to avoid, Raven seeks aid and learns what it means to be human.

The world believes her kind no longer exists, but Raven Romero is The Last Valkyrie

Amazon   |   Goodreads
About the Author

Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy author of the Sins of the Fallen series and the Karina EspinosaMackenzie Grey novels.  Infatuated with travel, pop culture and the need to write everything down, she spends much of her days in front of a computer working on her next book, shopping online and listening to music.  With nomadic tendencies, she is currently resting her head in South Florida until the itch to move strikes again. You can usually catch her on Facebook, Instagram and live-tweeting during episodes of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Orphan Black.  Follow her on social media!

Website   |   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Facebook   |   Twitter

Kids | Sleep | Secure The Unsecure

Morgan Freeman says it best: “Go The Fuck To Sleep”

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I think every parent know that frustration of getting to the end of the day and your child will not go to sleep.  For some its just a faze and for others its a constant nightly battle.  Your child could right a book on excuses to delay the inevitable bedtime.  They have never had to pee more, drink more, or been more starving then at bedtime.

And us as parents??  We are freaking exhausted.  We just want some quiet. Some down time. Some me time.  Kids just don’t care!

If you are the parent of a child who goes to bed peacefully and on their own, then your a unicorn and will be the subject of tonight’s voodoo doll…..Just kidding, kinda, no really I am, maybe.

So all this bedtime battles normally takes place when kids are toddlers and maybe a bit older.   But what happens when this battle is still taking place in an older child? 478d8d7e0c63645b83a2a3d224459918When it turns from just not wanted to go to bed, to anxieties about going to bed.   And I am not writing this because I have any tips or tricks.  Actually I’ve have none.

I am writing this because I have none and desperately need some.

My son is 12 years old.  Extremely outgoing.  Loves being busy and is very social and independent from us, except for at bedtime.   He could be gone from first thing in the morning to late and night and be completely fine away from my husband and I, but when bedtime hits he needs to be home.  And not only that, he gets anxious at bedtime.  He has these anxieties about being awake and we are asleep.  Or not being aware of where we are in the house while he is trying to fall asleep.

He will not go for sleepovers at friends houses.  And he doesn’t even try to make excuses as to why he can’t.  He just tells them outright that he likes sleeping at home.  He is not at all embarrassed about it.

Now that he is getting old though, he is wanting to stay up later.  I am getting older and going to be earlier.  This is not a winning situation.  And I will say, and my husband will be completely agree, I am to blame in a lot of this.  I enabled it to happen for far longer than it should have.  Laying with him to fall asleep well past the years when he should have been learning to self sooth.

sleep7And I will agree a lot of it was purely selfish.  It was the end of the day and I just wanted him to go the fuck to sleep!  So why not lay with him if that was the fastest route from A to B.

Well his sleep anxieties now are why not!!!

So I am asking for help.  Have you experienced this with your older son or daughter, and if yes? What helped? Did they just grow out of it on their own? Tough love?

I have read many articles but they always seem to be geared towards younger children.  Nothing much for the older child.

We have tried Melatonin, but I really don’t want him to become dependant on a sleeping aid.  He gets tons of exercise.  Eats pretty well.

Really it just about getting him past this fear.  And I’d like to break it now because I don’t want him to miss out on things in life…… Let’s secure the unsecure!