Thursday, May 25, 2017

Help Dad Get Fitter Faster This Year!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge,from FSB Associates, for blog review purposes. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.


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Is Dad ready for Summer?

or did he fall off of his January resolutions and is moaning he needs to get in shape?

if so, this new book is great for him to get back in shape, while checking out modern exercise physchology and phyics!

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Synopsis:

Avid runner, Robert J. Davis set out to transform exercise from a time-consuming chore to an enjoyable everyday activity. To achieve his goal, he teamed up Brad Kolowich Jr., a personal trainer sought out by celebrities and ordinary folks of all ages and sizes. 

Fitter Faster shares the result: a time-efficient, comprehensive, varied, customizable, convenient, and effective workout plan for real people. Requiring as little as 15 minutes a day, these quick workouts maximize efficiency—all without ever having to set foot in a gym. With photographs illustrating each exercise routine, this eye-opening book will forever change the way you work out—and help you get fitter faster.


Review:

This is a GREAT book to get you back into working out, or for figuring out a travel routine, that you can do anywhere! I was really impressed with the concepts presented, like the excerpt I shared earlier this morning, that makes you rethink the ways you have traditionally dieted, thought about exercise and worked out. Dad may be stuck in those 20 year old ideas, and this book might just be the eye opener that he needs to get on a great workouot routine, The routines are well thought out and include really easy to udnerstand directions and photos! There is NO guesswork here, everything is laid out in a concise manner, that MAKES sense! This is a book for everyone looking to loose weight, or just to get in better shape! With swimsuit season upon us, everybody in the family might want to check out this great book!


About the Author:

Robert J. Davis,

Robert J. Davis, Ph.D., is the author of Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day (AMACOM) with Brad Kolowich, Jr. He is an award-winning health journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, PBS, WebMD, and in The Wall Street Journal. The president of Everwell, he hosts its popular myth-busting “Healthy Skeptic” videos and is the author of two other consumer health books, Coffee Is Good for You and The Healthy Skeptic. A graduate of Princeton University, he holds a master’s degree in public health from Emory and a PhD in health policy from Brandeis University, where he was a Pew Foundation Fellow. Having grown up hating exercise, he today enjoys running, hiking, and working out. For more information, please visit www.fitterfasterplan.com.

Brad Kolowich, Jr.

Brad Kolowich, Jr. is an Atlanta-based certified personal trainer whose celebrity-packed client list includes actors, athletes, and TV personalities. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he has received fitness certifications from several respected organizations including the American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). Recognized as one of the “Best Bodies of Atlanta” and featured in fitness magazines, Brad enjoys a number of sports and other outdoor activities including tennis, wake surfing, kayaking, skydiving, and snowboarding.

Fairy Tales Makes Camp BUG FREE

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge,from Fairy Tales for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.



Well Summer is almost here, officially, and you know what that means....

Yup, SUMMER CAMP!

Are you ready?

It’s important to start thinking about that camp packing list. Most overnight summer camps provide the basics for your child, but many don’t prepare for the creepy critters, that tend to spread between little wilderness warriors. That’s right – pesky problems such as bed bugs, mosquitos and lice are full-time attendees at most summer camps, so it’s important to pack safe and effective essentials to keep bad bugs at bay!

I know you just aid, "EWWWWWW", didn't you?

But it's NOT just at overnight camp that these problems can come up! 
They can happen at ANY Summer Camp where your child is exposed to different kids, or is sharing items, that have been used by other campers in the previous weeks!

Today I've got some SUPER all-natural products to help protect your child from all types of critters, no matter whoch camp they attend this Summer (and hint, you just might want to use them on Summer vacation too!). 

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From Fairy Tales, a company you know and love for everyday licec protection, come 3 products that naturally keep your child bug free, and NOT smelling like bug spray!

Let's start when kids arrive at camp!

Camp cabins are a breeding ground for bed bugs. Not only will they leave your child with itchy bites, but they’ll also be coming home with them in their suitcase (yikes). Bed bug sprays are often harsh and unsafe, so be sure to read the ingredients before packing one. Fairy Tales Sleep Tite Bed Bug Spray ($5.95) is an EPF exempt formula that is classified as minimal risk and uses natural ingredients that have been shown to help kill bed bugs and their eggs. 

With its convenient travel size, all your camper needs to do is to spray their mattresses, bedding, furniture and curtains. Then just spray their luggage each day and up to a week after they return home, just to be sure no pesky critters caught a ride home! It's also handy to use in hotel rooms, apartments, college dorms, airplanes, movie theaters, camps and more. You might want to get a bottle for everyone in the family!

Even if your child loves creepy, crawly things, mosquito bites and bee stings can make summer camp unpleasant. So don't forget the bug spray — just be sure to use one made for kids. FairyTales Bug Bandit DEET-free formula ($13.95) promises to repel fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies all with a mere spritz.  Plus, it is free of harsh chemicals, pesticides, toxins, parabens, sulfates, dairy, gluten, and nuts that can trigger allergic reactions. This stuff works SO SO well, even here at home! We are already infiltrated with mosquitoes here in Louisiana and I was shocked at HOW well this spray worked, even at the 5pm buffet-o-rama that occurs when I walk outside at that time. Thanks to this spray, no bites! Miss Grace has used it multiple times and also been bite free! We lvoe the smell and how well it sprays, and it's our go-to spray! 

There is nothing worse than a visit from Aunt Louise at summer camp! Close proximity in camp cabins, and sharing caps and clothing create the perfect storm for a lice outbreak. To protect your child, simply pack a shampoo that will naturally repel lice. Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Daily Shampoo ($12.95) gently cleanses the scalp while a proprietary blend of organic Rosemary, Citronella, Tea Tree and Geranium oils help prevent lice.

We've used this shampoo before while Miss Grace was at school, and it works AMAZINGLY well! Once we started using it, we had no more worries about any critters coming home with her! I've also found that if you have a reaction to something (shampoo, style products, etc,), one use and it can calm an irritated scalp, due to its oils and rosemary! So it's not just for bug protection! Which means it's also perfect for all your Summer travel needs too!

So there you go, THREE greta products perfect for taking to camp,
or on your Summer vacation travels! 

And don't forget fairy Tales makes great sun care and hair care products too! 
They're your one stop Summer shop!


How to Reduce Sitting Time While You Work By Robert J. Davis, Ph.D.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this post free of charge,from the author, and FSB Associates, Publishing for blog posting purposes. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

My review will be later today, but first a great post from Rovert J Davis!


Adapted from Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day (AMACOM) by Robert J. Davis with Brad Kolowich, Jr.  

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You’ve probably heard the trendy phrase that “sitting is the new smoking.” While it’s an exaggeration to equate the two behaviors—nothing comes close to smoking in its many ruinous and deadly effects on the body—research does show that prolonged sitting may be harmful, even if you exercise regularly.

Pooling results from more than 40 studies, researchers concluded that the more time people spend on their duffs—whether at a desk, on the couch, or in the car—the greater their risk of premature death, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and especially type 2 diabetes.  

Regular exercise, particularly higher levels of physical activity, appears to blunt these harmful effects somewhat but may not eliminate them entirely. An analysis of more than a dozen studies concluded that we need at least 60 minutes a day of moderately intense exercise (such as brisk walking, doubles tennis, or ballroom dancing) to counter the increased risk of premature death due to prolonged sitting.  But another study found that the same amount of exercise – which is more than most physically active people get – doesn’t undo the negative effects of sitting on insulin levels and blood fats known as triglycerides.

The damage from prolonged sitting is thought to be due to reduced muscle activity—especially in the large muscles of the legs and back—which can decrease the body's ability to regulate blood sugar and remove harmful blood fats.  Sitting for long periods may also adversely affect blood vessel function and increase food cravings, causing us to eat more and gain weight.

To reduce sitting time:
  • At work, stand up for a few minutes every half hour, perhaps during phone calls, coffee breaks, or meetings.
  • If possible, use a desk that lets you work both standing and seated. Or try one attached to a treadmill that allows you to slowly walk while you work.
  • In the car, park as far away as possible from the door so you'll be able to walk more. Stand if you ride the bus or subway.
  • At home, get up regularly from your computer. Try standing and doing chores while watching TV. 
Incorporating short bursts of standing and movement like this will keep you from becoming an “active couch potato” – someone who exercises and then remains largely sedentary the rest of the time.  By thinking of fitness as something that entails what you do the entire day – not just the relatively few minutes spent sweating – you’ll be able to fully reap the rewards of your workouts.


About the Author:

Robert J. Davis, Ph.D., is the author of Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day (AMACOM) with Brad Kolowich, Jr. He is an award-winning health journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, PBS, WebMD, and in The Wall Street Journal. The president of Everwell, he hosts its popular myth-busting “Healthy Skeptic” videos and is the author of two other consumer health books, Coffee Is Good for You and The Healthy Skeptic. A graduate of Princeton University, he holds a master’s degree in public health from Emory and a PhD in health policy from Brandeis University, where he was a Pew Foundation Fellow. Having grown up hating exercise, he today enjoys running, hiking, and working out. For more information, please visit www.fitterfasterplan.com.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Book Review: The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Press, 
for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.


In the ninth Ruth Galloway mystery, Ruth and Nelson investigate a string of murders and disappearances deep within the abandoned tunnels hidden far beneath the streets of Norwich.



Synopsis:

Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one’s sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent, a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more, she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation.

Meanwhile, DCI Nelson is hunting for a missing homeless woman, Barbara, who he hears has gone “underground.” Could she have disappeared into the labyrinth? And if so, is she connected to the body Ruth found? As Ruth, Nelson, and the rest of their team investigate the tunnels, they hear rumors of secret societies, cannibalism, and ritual killings. When a dead body is found with a map that appears to be of The Underground, they realize their quest to find the killer has only just begun—and that there may be more bodies underfoot.

Review:

This book is really 2 stories in 1- there is the mystery of the bones and multiple missing person cases, that may or might not be connected. But it is also the story of Ruth and DCI Nelson- where their relationship over their shared daughter will end, or continue. It's a story of six degrees of seperarion and how well we THINK we know those around us. It is a page turner of a read, as the reader struggles to find the connections that solve the mysteries, as the officers do. Fo fans of the series, it's a ust read, for new comers it can be read by itself, but I do recommend reading at least the previous book, so you have more of the backstory to understand the tension between Ruth and Nelson. Highly recommend it!

About the Author:


ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series. She is the recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her work has been praised as "gripping" (Louise Penny), "captivating," (Wall Street Journal) and "must-reads for fans of crime fiction" (Associated Press). She lives in Brighton, England.

Wordless Wednesday: Even the Yard is a Stage....

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