Category Archives: Review

Burpee Cardio Circuit

Hi everyone!

Sorry I’ve been MIA this week. I have been really busy with my internship. Which is going really well btw! I love occupational therapy more and more all the time. And I found this picture the other day that is awesome:

I can’t wait til I officially become an OT!

And now I have a great new workout for you all that I did today :). Wow was it challenging! It took me just over 20 minutes to complete and my chest was on fire throughout a lot of it haha.

Talk about completing a crazy amount of burpees! If you complete the workout the way I did, then you’ll do a total of 120 burpees at the end! However, I didn’t include push-ups in my burpees…I just didn’t feel like it…so you can choose which way to do it!

I followed this workout with a 20 minute walk through my neighborhood to cool down and get my heart rate lowered. All I can say now is bring on the food! This definitely worked up my appetite :).

If you are unsure of any move, you can search them on youtube!

I recently finished a great book called The Nightmare by Lars Kepler. It was awesome! This is Kepler’s second novel and the second in a series. I read the first one, The Hypnotist, last summer and it was really good as well! They are both swedish crime novels.

Here is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble:

On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, and the forensics team is sure that she drowned. Why, then, is the pleasure boat still afloat, and why are there no traces of water on her clothes or body?

The next day, a man turns up dead in his state apartment in Stockholm, hanging from a lamp hook. All signs point to suicide, but the room has a high ceiling, and there’s not a single piece of furniture around—nothing to climb on.

Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, but the logistics are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events. At its core, the most frightening aspect of The Nightmare isn’t its gruesome crimes—it’s the dark psychology of its characters, who show us how blind we are to our own motives.

This book was sooooo good! It was really intriguing and kept me guessing throughout it! If you like thrillers then I definitely recommend reading both of Kepler’s books!

Have a great weekend everyone :D.

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Nike LunarGlide+ iD

Hi everyone!!

I have such an exciting thing to share with you all today :D. I was recently selected by Glam Media to take part in a little program with Nike! This involves me designing my very own Nike LunarGlide+ shoes through NikeiD. Um seriously, when I got this opportunity I squealed with joy a tiny bit hehe.

The Nike LunarGlide+ iD is a lightweight shoe that is responsive, has “lunarlon” cushioning, and has a flywire lacing system that helps provide comfort, support, and stability. NikeiD allows people to create a personalized shoe. And the NikeiD exclusive options on the LunarGlide+ iD includes: adding a fade to the upper, mixing multiple midsole colors, and choosing a reflective inner sleeve for added visibility in low light.

I decided to use our wedding colors as inspiration for designing my pair of shoes :). I mean, I have wedding fever so why not let that carry over to something completely non-wedding related?

I knew that a straight orange color might be a little much for me on the shoes, so I decided to search and make sure that I liked blue and coral together. And I did :).

So, let’s take a little look at this customization process shall we?

I decided to have a solid color instead of going for the faded look and made the inner sleeve blue instead of reflective.

I also made the dynamic flywire blue because that color can be seen under the mesh part and I didn’t want two colors coming through.

Next I made the swoosh a coral color. Our wedding colors are more orange instead of coral, but like I said, the orange was just a bit much for me…it was too loud.

I made the midsole colors blue and white to keep it looking uniform and not too busy.

Then I went a little cray cray and made the laces coral ;).

Can you see what I wrote for my personalized toungue iD?? It says LOVE on the right shoe and LIFE on the left one. So looking at it you would read LOVE LIFE…and I love that!

Here is the final look!! Isn’t it so pretty?? I have a feeling that every time I wear these babies I’m going to be reminded of my wedding haha.

The customization process for the LunarGlide+ NikeiD was really simple to navigate and I loved playing around with all of the options! I think it’s amazing to have the ability to customize a shoe to look the way you want. I mean, not everyone likes the same color combinations and this allows your preferences to be utilized and you can make something truly unique.

I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to customize a pair of my own LunarGide+ NikeiD shoes :D. I can’t wait til they come in and I can parade them around for all to see!

I hope you all have an awesome day!

 

Brand Statement: NIKEiD is the ultimate customization experience and allows our consumers to take their unique inspiration and express it within our Nike product, which results in a perfect intersection: personalized looks on the best performance athletic performance gear in the world.

 

Disclosure: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike

 

Recent Reads

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!

I hope you all have an amazing holiday! I want to thank you so much for all of your support and well wishes on my last post :D. My first two days of fieldwork went well! I definitely know that I’m going to have a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I’m very excited. There is one thing however…I’m exhausted! On Monday, I got home around 7pm and wanted to go to bed at like 8 haha. I hope that this is just something that will take getting used to!

I’ve been trying to figure out my workout schedule with all of this too. I’ve decided to only workout 5 days a week now instead of 6. Two days of the week I start at 8:30 and the other two at 7:30. I’ve determined that those two 8:30 start days I’ll get up at 5am to go workout. Let’s hope those workouts are successful haha. Then I’ll workout on my day off and the two weekend days. I think 5 days of working out is going to be sufficient for me right now. I just know that 6 days would mean way less sleep than I need and not enough rest for my body!

Okay, so I mentioned last week that I’ve read a few good books recently!  They are:

– The Watchers by Jon Steele

Here is the synopsis from goodreads:

Meet Marc Rochat, a man-child who has devoted his life to being the bell ringer at the Gothic Lausanne Cathedral, one of the greatest architectural structures in the world. Eerie things have been going on in and around his church, including tremblings in the underground crypt and a variety of gruesomely murdered bodies showing up in nearby streets. Across the square from the cathedral lives Katherine Taylor, a beautiful young American woman who is making phenomenal money as one of the highest-priced call girls in Switzerland; she’s a bit too introspective for her own good and, unfortunately, much too observant of her clients’ peccadilloes. Rochat’s and Taylor’s lives collide with Jay Harper, a British private eye who has been sent to investigate the killings and other strange doings; alas, he has no memory of who hired him or precisely why he was chosen for the job. And now all the clues are pointing skyward, where fallen angels are said to haunt Lausanne.

At first, I just couldn’t get into this book. The character Marc Rochat is really quirky and I felt like things were so confusing for a bit because it kept jumping between characters…and I couldn’t tell how they were all going to be connected. And then, just as I was about to say screw it to finishing it…the book got incredibly interesting! So much so, that I ended up really liking it and I can’t wait for the next one!

– The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Here is the synopsis from goodreads:

The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

This book was really good! It was very engaging, although I don’t know if I would recommend that a guy read it haha. It definitely had some really sad parts that tugged at my heart, but I thought it was beautifully written and a really intriguing story. I loved how the chapters alternated between past and present and you were able to get a good picture of why the character Victoria is the way she is.

–  Arranged by Catherine McKenzie (I read her first book Spin a while back and loved it!)

Here’s the synopsis from goodreads:

Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, good friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share it with, however, she just can’t seem to get it right.

After yet another relationship ends, Anne comes across a business card for what she thinks is a dating service, and she pockets it just in case. When her best friend, Sarah, announces she’s engaged, Anne can’t help feeling envious. On an impulse, she decides to give the service a try because maybe she could use a little assistance in finding the right man. But Anne soon discovers the company isn’t a dating service; it’s an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. She initially rejects the idea, but the more she thinks about it-and the company’s success rate-the more it appeals to her. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, so why wouldn’t it work for her?

A few months later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack. And against all odds, it seems to be working out-until Anne learns that Jack, and the company that arranged their marriage, are not what they seem at all.

This was such a fun book to read! I love reading a good “chick lit” type novel….especially this kind that has a good plot, some twists that aren’t expected, good dialogue and characters that you can relate to! If you enjoy books like “Something Borrowed” you would probably really like this too :D.

And I’d say that’s enough for today hehe. Happy Holiday!!!

What’s the best novel you’ve read recently?