Freekeh Foods

Disclaimer:  I received Freekeh to try through Fit Approach. All opinions are my own. Product in the giveaway will ship direct from Freekeh Foods.

Freekeh in Rosemary Sage and Original

Freekeh in Rosemary Sage and Original

The package that arrived with the freekeh in it was a true surprised. I could not wait to try this grain as I am always looking for new foods to fit in my vegetarian lifestyle.

Freekeh is an ancient roasted grain with a nutty, chewy texture. Freekeh Foods offer it organically in 3 varieties: Original, Rosemary Sage and Tamari. Freekeh has more fiber and protein than brown rice – which is a staple at my home.  Because of my love for the flavors of fall, I asked to try the original and the rosemary sage and am glad I did.

When I started cooking the rosemary sage freekeh, my kitchen began to smell like Thanksgiving. I immediately starting building a recipe to use freekeh instead of bread in a dressing for the holiday. I’m going to saute celery and onion in a pot and then add water and a full package of freekeh, some additional rosemary and sage, and cook to get a stuffing/dressing substitute.

For now, though, I treated the original freekeh as I would rice in my house so added beans to it for a meal one night with some garlic and some onion powder. This tasty meal – while slightly bland looking as I only had white beans in the house that day – filled me up one night.

Beans and Freekeh

Beans and Freekeh

I also spent a good deal of time perusing the recipes on their website to  see additional ways to utilize freekeh in a meal.

One lucky reader is going to get to try a package of freekeh courtesy of Freekeh Foods. The winner will get to choose the flavor: Original, Rosemary Sage or Tamari. For ways to enter just click the rafflecopter link below.

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Bulu Box

Disclaimer: I am a #sweatpink ambassador through and as such, received the opportunity to have a Bulu Box sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Christmas in August

Christmas in August

It was like Christmas the day I went to the mail box across the street and this orange box was wiggled in for me. I knew there were goodies waiting but I had no idea what. I found it exciting to have a “gift” to open in August – not Christmas or my birthday.

Bulu Box samples

Bulu Box samples


Bulu Box is a bit different from other box subscriptions. You can subscribe for one month or for a year or for smaller periods of time. The box contains samples of health, nutrition and weight loss items. After you receive your items, you can review the samples on the web site and earn points. The points will get you credit towards purchases of items on the site.


My Bulu Box came packed full of goodies. There was an instant coffee sample that I loved. I didn’t even wait until I was camping to try it out and am set to find more of it for when I do go camping in the near future. There were also Martha Stewart multi-vitamins that were gummies. I’ve never been a fan of gummy things but am taking these vitamins as I know I do not eat as well as I should. My box also contained a powder to help with stomach upsets, some protein chews (used these on a bike ride and they were perfect) and more.

If you would like to try Bulu Box, you can use the code SWEATPINK to get 50% off a three month subscription.

I definitely enjoyed getting my Bulu Box in the mail and am slowly using the samples that came with it. I am not sure I would want to get a box every month but think every other month would be good so I had time to use all the samples from one box before receiving another.

Salt Springs Trail Race Preview

Falls near the end of 5.5 mile race

Falls near the end of 5.5 mile race

Last year I was fairly upset as I managed to get to the preview of the Salt Springs Trail Race but I was in California Labor Day weekend so did not make it to the actual race or the rest of the festivities that day at the park.

There are two trail races – 2.5 miles and 5.5 miles. All runners run the same 2.5 miles to start and the longer race adds on more miles and additional trails. The first mile is uphill and on a dirt road mostly.

Uphill Start which leaves the race separated out a bit for the upcoming single track trail

Uphill Start which leaves the race separated out a bit for the upcoming single track trail

The course is a fairly technical trail race. The race director had the courses already signed for us on Saturday when we ran the preview. At times you will be following arrows.

Where the long and the short course split

Where the long and the short course split

At other times you will need to follow the blazes on trees.

Blue trail is in the 5.5 mile race

Blue trail is in the 5.5 mile race

I strongly recommend y’all come out and race on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend and then stick around for the rest of the festivities in the park.

Race registration and description of course

Scroll to September to see all the activities going on at the park after the race.

Come Rain or Come Shine – A Book Review

Disclaimer:  I received an advance reader copy of this book through Penguin’s First to Read. I am under no obligation to review the book. All opinions are my own.

Come Rain or Come Shine

Come Rain or Come Shine

After having read all the Mitford books and even plenty of Jan Karon’s other books, I was so excited to pick up Come Rain or Come Shine. I felt like I had watched Dooley and Lace grow up so to watch as they finally started their new life together as husband and wife was fantastic.

I love having a series of books to read. Each new installment is like a family reunion with characters you only see once in a while.

Best, in Mitford, there always seem to be small changes, just like real small town life. Now, Dooley is finally a vet. People have moved and Dooley and Lace are getting ready to become the occupants at Meadowgate. Dooley has bought Hal Owen’s vet practice and a wedding is coming up.

I laughed at the wedding being called The Big Knot. I actually loved everything about the wedding from it being a pot luck to Dooley’s childhood friend Tommy having his band provide the music.

If you, as I have, love Mitford and Father Tim and his family, you will thoroughly enjoy Come Rain or Come Shine.

Laguna Nights – Book Review

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Madison Alcott was back in her hometown, caring for her sick mom and working long hours at the best resort in Laguna Beach. She never imagined she’d return to the place where she became famous on the hit reality TV show Laguna Nights, and the place where she was humiliated on national television. Fortunately, the past had stayed tucked away until her old high school boyfriend appeared in the lobby.

Josh Welsh was a superstar by age eighteen, the bad boy break-out star of Laguna Nights. Since then, his star had lost its shine and he barely was holding onto his Hollywood status. When he was asked to host a new reality travel show, he jumped at the chance. The only problem was the first episode was shooting in Laguna Beach. Of all the reasons Josh didn’t want to return home, he hadn’t even imagined the worst scenario: running into Madison “Holly” Alcott.

Josh’s connection to Madison was still as strong as her anger at his betrayal. When the new reality series forces them together, they must face Laguna Nights past and present, and navigate a journey where nothing is as it seems.

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About the Author

Kaira Rouda is an Amazon #1 bestselling, multiple award-winning author of three women’s fiction novels including HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER’S DAY. Kaira’s work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader’s Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines.

Tule Publishing Group’s Southern Born imprint is publishing her new contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; LINES IN THE SAND, Book 2; and THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3. Four more books in the series will be out in 2015.

Her nonfiction title, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, continues to inspire women internationally.

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel.

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Laguna Nights captivated me for many reasons. The setting, the background plot, the characters all caught and kept my attention. I guess that is pretty much the entire book.
First, the setting. Off the coast of California is a beautiful area. I’ve been there. I wish I were there right now. It is picturesque. Kaira Rouda did the coast justice in words which is not an easy task.
Second, the background plot. I’ve never been a big fan of reality TV. I do get that there are a lot of people who love reality shows. Just as many want to know where those people are now. There is the plot and the background plot in a nutshell. I enjoyed it so much because I am not inundated with it in my life by not watching reality TV. Of course, if you are a reality TV fan, you would probably find the book even more interesting than I did.
The characters are well-rounded and old enough to have some experience in life. A few may be more shallow than others but only one truly surprised me in the end.
Laguna Nights is well worth reading and I highly recommend it.


I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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Summer Time

This coming weekend is my church bazaar. I could say that means it will be odd but this year I will not be there. Normally, I try to get to the bazaar at least once. It runs for two days from 4-11 and then a chicken BBQ on Sunday after church. My big problem is that there is little I want at the bazaar.

I don’t eat meat so the chicken BBQ is out. Many of the every day foods are either deep fried or other meats so there is little for me to snack on or want to eat. I could drink but I have rather picky taste as far as beer and wine are concerned. Neither of which get satisfied by the bazaar’s selection.

I am not a card player nor a BINGO fan. The casino tent is a big draw for many but not for me. Nor do I want to sit and play BINGO for hours on end.

This summer I am heading to Buffalo for the weekend. A selection of my children and my ex and I will be doing a pedal tour of some of the breweries in the area. Expect a review of the breweries, beer and pedal tour.

Tea Time

I joined a wonderful swap – the summer tea swap. You are paired with another tea person and send teas to try.

I was paired with Ann Marie who lives in a hotter climate than I do. I wanted to know if she preferred cold tea because of this. It would make a huge difference what I sent. She did not so I sent a selection of my favorite herbal and non-herbal teas. In return, I received a great selection from her.


To date, I’ve only tried one, a large tea bag for making a pitcher of green tea. I wish I had a whole box of these.

Great swap! I’ll definitely look to do it in the winter.