Book of the Month April Selections

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Book of the Month Club is a monthly book club that gives you the option of picking one of five books selected for the month. If you like more then one book you can add the other books for $9.99 each. I really like this book club because you get hardback books and the price is amazing. The following are the selections for April 2017.

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – Judge Tyler Coates (culture editor at GQ)

Startup by Doree Shafrir – Judge Glory Edim (Owner of popular blog Well Read Black Girl)

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Graan – Judge Sarah Weinman

American War by Omar El Akkad – Judge Maris Kreizman

One Day We’ll All Be Dead by Scaachi Koul (Exclusive to BOTM) – Judge Kevin Nguyen

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Daily Goodie Box March 2017

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I recently found out about Daily Goodie Box from a friend. This company sends you free samples at absolutely no charge in exchange for your honest opinion of the products. You are not required to enter a credit card it is absolutely free. Each box contains a combination of full and sample size products for you to try out. To receive a Daily Goodie Box, you just go their site and answer a few questions. Whether or not you receive a box is based on several factors. Once you receive your box you simply log on and let them know what you thought of the products. Here is a list of the products I received in the March 2017 box.

Pipcorn Popcorn Mini Sea Salt . I like that it is a healthier snack, but there isn’t much flavor. I don’t think I would purchase it even though I really love popcorn. 

Gertrude Hawk – Peanut Butter Meltaway Bar. I really like this peanut butter chocolate bar. It has a really great chocolate flavor and the peanut butter is really creamy.

True Natural – Benecos Natural Beauty Lip Gloss. The shade I received is rose garden, it is a purple pink color. This lip gloss goes on really smoothly and has great coverage wear. I really like the creamy texture.

Bhakti – Yerba Maté Chai Artisan Tea. I received fourteen tea bags in a lovely metal tin. The smell of this tea is amazing and tastes better then it smells.

Miss Jones – Organic Cookie Mix. I really like that this cookie mix is organic. All you need is one egg and a stick of butter, along with this mix to make yummy chocolate chip cookies. I like that the directions are easy to follow. I will definitely buy these soon.

Elemental Herbs – All Good Organic Skin Food. I applied this after my bath. This coconut oil made my skin feel so soft and smell so good. I did not feel greasy, just silky smooth. This is a great way to prevent dry skin.

Savant Naturals – Savi Crisp Chocolate Protein Bar. This protein bar is more like a sweet afternoon snack then a protein bar. I love the taste and texture of this bar.

Wild Foods – Cocotropic, Chocolate Nootropic Drink. I really like how you can add this to water, tea or coffee for a sweet addition. The taste is really good but not to over powering.

RunGum – Energy Gum. I am a huge fan of this performance gum. I used it before my daily run and felt like it gave me added energy. The taste is ok, not a big fan. I will purchase this for my future runs.

Älsa – Energy Drink Mix.  I like the easy to carry and open packaging. I can carry them with my throughout the day and add to my bottle water.  The taste is really good and very flavorful. A great low calorie addition to your diet!

 

 

 

Safety First for Female Joggers

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I love to run or jog and try to everyday. I feel that this form of exercise is like therapy for me but without the cost. Running helps me to clear my mind and let go of all the stress life sometimes brings. However, this form of exercise can bring some scary moments when you feel volnerable due to being alone without any way of protecting yourself if an assault or attack was to occur. I have come up with a few ideas that could help make your daily run or jog less worrisome. There are many new tech gadgets out there and some are great and keeping you safe. I found the Wearsafe Tag that is a device that you clip onto your running belt or waistband and is connected to an app. If you get into a scary situation then you just click the device. Then the device will send live audio and your location to preselected friends and family. Also, I found Sabre Runner Personal Alarm which is a belt that as an alarm that is so loud it can travel father than your voice. All you have to do is will the ring to activate. This belt is good if you like to run or jog in remote areas or on trails that have spots where there is not a lot of people around. Another item I found is Tomtom Spark 3 Cardio , this tracker as a GPS tracker that tracks your footsteps as you leave them and guides you back to your starting point so you will never get lost again. You can also preload trails in unfamiliar areas. I feel these three devices are a great addition to any runner or joggers routine.

Fitness Finds from ProSource

 

Fitness, for me, is not just about the workout, but overall muscle health. I need to have a positive mental state so that I will have the will power and want to better myself. I experience aches and pains from my many different types of workout routines. I always like to switch things up so I will not get bored. I am unaware of what is causing my discomfort and pain so I am not sure how to treat it. That is why I am always on the search for any tools or massages that can help to relieve my pain. I can’t afford a professional message after each workout or yoga session. That is why I am glad I found ProSource! They have a wide variety of foam rollers, massage balls, arched back stretchers and acupressure mats. I highly recommend trying them out.

 

Ginger Detox Water Recipe

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Ginger is a powerful detoxifier that can increase your metabolism. Lemons are also considered to be a detoxifier, since they have a natural diuretic that helps to remove toxins from your body.

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 inch (5cm) ginger root
  • 1 quart (1 liter) spring water

Grate the ginger and cut the lemon into wedges, then add them to a pitcher. Refrigerate for three hours before serving. Add ice if desired.

Benefits of Matcha Tea

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There are many health benefits of drinking matcha green tea. They include mental alertness/clarity and better immune defense. Matcha promotes relaxation and helps promote prevention and treatment of many medical conditions including but not limited to bacterial, fungal and viral infections, cancer and diabetes. It also helps in maintaining heart health and works as an amazing energy booster which is great for weight loss. Matcha tea bushes are grown inside to reduce the amount of sunlight from reaching the plant which reduces the rate of photosynthesis and helps slow the growth of the tea bush. This makes the leaves a darker shade of green and stimulates the production of chlorophyll and amino acids. By doing this it allows the tea to achieve the maximum of health benefits.  Therefore since you are drinking the whole plant even the leaves (ground to a fine powder) just one cup of matcha equals the benefits of drinking ten cups of green tea. But if drinking Matcha is not really an enjoyable experience you can add it to smoothies, milk shakes, baking, oatmeal, or lattes and adding honey to help sweeten.  I have added the blueberry and raspberry matcha tea to my diet to help aide in my weight loss and better health journey.

Copper Health Copper Knee Sleeve

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I have stuck to my fitness routine for almost two months now. I even have commit to at least five days a week to the treadmill and yoga. All of this does make my knees a little sore. I  have read a lot about copper compression sleeves and thought that I should give them a try.  I found Copper Health copper knee sleeve  for a great price and decided to add this to my treadmill routine. After only one use I could tell a huge difference and will use this brace every time I run. I could tell a huge difference in not only the swelling that I usually have is gone but the pain is gone also. If you are looking for a copper sleeve that will help with pain and swelling than you should give Copper Health copper knee sleeve a try.