Short night, long days!

Howdy!
I’ve been very scarce lately on posting my meals and workout but I promise I’m still eating good and working out, it seems like my nights have gotten short and my work days are getting longer! But at least I have a job! This weekend though, I will be traveling up to Maine (4 hours away) and visiting Chris who is staying up there for business! I’m really excited because there are some awesome restaurants that I have been drying to try since he’s been up there! It’s like a little mini vacation for me! His hotel even has a alt water pool, how cool is that?!
Since Chris has been away, meals have not been terribly exciting because I don’t have to cook for anyone but myself so I typically get home late from work and make something really quick and then go to sleep…
I have been spending a lot of time on the site Little Black Bag because it’s awesome and you get to trade items in your little black bag until you’re happy with you little black bag and then they ship it to you…I still have five days of trading but I love all of the items in my bag :). Take a look at what’s in my little black bag here!
I have also been spending a lot of my time on the website called Posh Mark. It’s actually an apple app and you can buy and sell designer clothing on it which is great because there are so many things I need to get rid of and I don’t have a consignment shop near by! You can check out what I’m selling by clicking here!

As far as working out is going I sort of feel like I’m in a slump…I have been following the couch to 5k app and it is only three days a week for running and I sort of feel like I need to do more cardio than just that if I want to loose more weight! I have been losing about a pound every week or so but I just need a little more! I wish I was a member of a gym so I could take some fun classes that I’m always reading about!

Well….it’s off to bed for me! I have to go watch the cutest little man ever tomorrow morning at 6AM!

How is your week going…even though it is only Monday?!
Have you ever sold your used clothes online? Poshmark?
Have you ever signed up for a subscription service?

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The Secret Keeper …book review!

So this past month I have been reading the Secret Keeper for Julie’s book review!

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Book Description (taken from Amazon):
From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, and The House at Riverton, a spellbinding new novel filled with mystery, thievery, murder, and enduring love.
During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

So here is what I thought! *Spoiler*

During the first couple of chapters of The Secret Keeper I had a hard time following along with the characters. Because the chapters switched between characters so often and new characters were being thrown into the mix I had to make sure I knew which era I was trying to read into. Also, in the beginning of the book it almost started off backwards because by the end of the book it was like I was reading the same chapters as I had read in the first couple of chapters…once I could differentiate who was who the book was extremely intriguing and left me guessing until the last page.

I was not entirely “feeling” the book until about the 100th page of so and because it was such a large book I am very happy that i stuck with it. After about 1/3 of the way through the book I did not want to put it down. Kate Morton certainly knew how to keep the readers guessing until the final page of the book! I honestly could not have predicted how the book was going to end, in fact I had to actually go back and reread the final chapter to make sure I hadn’t missed anything because I was not prepared for what happened! Every single possibility went through my head except for the fact that Dorothy was actually Vivienne…I mean seriously?! I thought maybe the Thank You card was written by Vivienne after Dorothy had killed Vivienne ex husband… I thought maybe Jimmy was actually Laurels dad… I was seriously guessing the entire book… but what I did not pay attention to or did not see if it was actually answered was who was the Thank You card written from? Anyone have an answer to that question?

I almost found myself hoping the Dorothy had married Jimmy and that Vivienne had been able to leave her god awful husband! Or that if Dorothy and Jimmy had not worked out that Vivienne and Jimmy could have found a way to be together!

All in all I would highly recommend this book but just know that it definitely takes a little while for the book to pick up its pace but once it does, rest assured that you will not be able to put it down! I look forward to reading other books written by Kate Morton and I hope you join us for next months book review!

And the winners are…..

And the winners are…

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If your name is on this list please send me an email at rachel.nichols1@gmail.com…

Below are the choices for the winners remember it is first come first served because I only have one nail shield of each style!

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1. Plaid
2. Birds
3. Hearts
4. Colored leopard
5. Stripes

Hope you had fun with this giveaway! Stay tuned for more!

Little Black Bag!

So…I caved and signed up for another subscription site! I’m making sure that the sites I’m signing up for you can cancel at any time otherwise Chris would be very unhappy with me 😉

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This one is called Little Black Bag and what you do is you pick an item that you want to buy, mainly accessories, bags and jewelry and then Little Black Bag gives you two items and then this month they have two bonus items! So I started my bag with five items total! Once you have those five items you can then trade other people on the site for items that they have! It’s a lot of fun and there are great designers! You have seven days to trade and within that time lots of new items pop up so it gives you plenty of chances to trade with people who have some of the newest items! The subscription is signed up for is $55/ month…that’s a lot but the handbags are in the upwards of $100 which is awesome! If you are interested in signing up please feel free to ask me questions! Here is a link to the site if you want to sign up Little Black Bag
Here is the bag that I will not be parting with, no matter how many trades I get! 🙂 It’s Olivia and Joy!

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The Proposal!

I thought I would give you guys a little insight into how Chris proposed to me almost a year ago! Honestly I don’t remember much I just remember him getting down on one knee with a blue Tacori box in his hand! 

It was May 12, 2012 and I had just finished working my first overnight shift for a job that I absolutely hated (luckily I no longer work there). I was working about an hour away from home so after taking a long bus ride home at 8AM, I got home and could not sleep…because my body was not adjusted to going to sleep at 8AM! So Chris had asked me if I wanted to go to his favorite park which is somewhat near our apartment. I said sure why not, I can’t sleep anyways and it was a beautiful sunny day! I hadn’t showered and my hair was a mess but honestly I didn’t think anything of a trip to the park so I figured I had no one to impress anyways!

Here is a picture of the park, it has a huge dam that you can walk along. Image

Anyways, we walk along the dam and there is this beautiful hawk flying above us and it was just a really nice day. Chris started talking about how much he loved me and how much I had been there for him recently because while we were at the gym his locker was broken into and some very important items for his work were taken, along with a gold cross necklace, his wallet, and his cell phone. It was a very hard time for us but we got through it so I didn’t think anything of his ramblings until he got down on one knee and proposed to me with the most beautiful ring I could have imagined! Shockingly I didn’t cry…I actually asked him if he was serious and then he joked with me about how he has bad knees and he wouldn’t be down on one knee if he didn’t have to be! 

We walked all the way to the end of the dam and sat down on a picnic table where he filled me in with all the details about how he told me he had to go and travel for work but in all actuality he had just gone to ask my Dad if he could marry me… of course I was clueless! Chris had also told me that he went to the bank to take out money for my ring the day that his locker was broken into but he decided to leave it with his parents instead of taking it in his backpack to the gym…that still gives me goosebumps every time I think about it. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and this just makes me believe it even more. I can’t even imagine what would have happened if he had not left that money with his parents… ugh! Anyways after the proposal we each called our parents and my mom was in the car driving and she had to pull over because she began crying! Oops! We raced home after we were done at the park because I needed to shower so I could go and get my ring sized! We went to the jeweler and left the ring for less than an hour while they sized it! I didn’t want to take it off even for that hour but I also didn’t want it to fall off! 

 

So there you have it! A simple proposal but I will always remember that park and the thoughtful and caring words Chris used to make me feel so special! 🙂 I’m going to bring him to “our” park this year on the anniversary of our proposal for a picnic, he just doesn’t know it yet!

Jamberry Nails!…again! :)

Hey everyone! Hope your Friday is flying by and your excited for your weekend! I received an email from Erin over at Jamberry Nails and she let me know that anyone who orders from my blog can select Healthy Epiphany at check out! That way she knows where the traffic is coming from! These nail shields are B3G1 free and would make awesome gifts! I have personally tried them out at they are awesome! They stay on through dish washing and showering which is great because I hate having to paint my nails a few times a week! Don’t forget about my giveaway! You can read more about it here! Jamberry Nail Giveaway!>

Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @healthyepiphany

Where have I been?! Don’t forget about the giveaway!

Sorry I haven’t been around for a few days! Tuesday and Wednesday I had to wake up at 5AM to watch this little cutie!

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He truly is one of the most fun and cute one year olds I have had the pleasure of entertaining! He is Chris’ godson and his Mama works early and Dad works overnights so they needed someone to watch him for a couple hours! He slept most of the time but when he did wake up he was too cute!
So I have been extra tired by the time I get out of work so I really have just grabbed my book The Secret Keeper and read it until my eyes were too heavy to keep open! I finished the book last night and am going to start writing my book review for Peanut Butter Finger book review! If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it! I couldn’t have predicted what was going to happen in the last chapter! I had to re-read the last chapter to make sure I understood what was going on! This is a winner!

Here are a few pictures of things I have been eating over the past few days!

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Lots of yummies! Although I only worked a four day work week I am very happy that today is my Friday! I feel like I have been going non stop this week and I need a break! On Tuesday I went and looked at another house and I love this one but the price is at the top of our budget and we Wally wouldn’t have too much of a backyard which is hard for because because I grew up in the middle of nowhere with hardly any neighbors! This neighborhood is highly residential!

In other news a friend of mine told me that she is pregnant again and I am so happy for her! It’s such an exciting time! Although Chris and I aren’t getting married for another year and a half I couldn’t picture myself having children right now so I am happy that my friends are so I get to spend time with their kids!

This morning I slept in because I needed a little extra rest! Remember a few days ago when it was only 3 degrees? Ya well today and yesterday temperatures reach about 60 degrees…oh New England! I headed right to the gym after I woke up and did an awesome running workout!

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DONT FORGET ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY!
We have a few more days left for the Jamberry Nail giveaway so make sure you get those entries in! Read about the giveaway here!
Click here to enter the Giveaway!

Have you entered the giveaway yet?!
How has your week been?

Love getting mail! And…a giveaway!!

Is it just me or does receiving mail just make your day that much better?! I honestly get excited opening my mail box every day! Especially after today’s cold and snowy day I needed a pick me up! When I opened my mail box it was stuffed full of stuff! And it even had a note that I had ANOTHER package to pick up at the club house that wouldn’t fit in the mail box!

So my first piece of mail that I was excited about was a bzzagent package that I was waiting for! I talked about what bzzagent was in this post. This campaign is a Schick hydro silk razor! So this package included one Schick razor, two razor heads, EIGHT $5/1 Schick razor coupons (awesome), and a booklet about the razor!

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I use this razor everyday so it’s not going to be too hard for me to state my opinion in this but I definitely recommend this razor to anyone who hasn’t tried it! It is a little pricey but I find that it lasts me quite a while!

The next piece of mail that I received is my giveaway!! I am so excited to be able to give my readers a giveaway when I have only been blogging less than a month! And this way people can be just as excited as me to get some mail in their mail boxes!
So…I have had the pleasure of working with a wonderful lady over at Jamberry Nails to bring you, my readers, this awesome giveaway! If you aren’t sure what Jamberry Nails are then here is a little bit about them!

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The picture below are the styles that the winners are going to get to choose from!

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The five styles are: birds, color leopard, blue stripe, plaid, and hearts!

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So there you have it ladies (and gents), five lucky winners will have the chance to try these fancy nail shields out! There are five different styles that you can choose from and it is first come first served but trust me that they are all very cute!

So…below you have FIVE chances to win! Each time you complete a task is one step closer to you winning! Have fun! If you have any questions please feel free to ask! click the link below and follow the tasks for each chance to enter!

Jamberry Nail Giveaway

*please note that I can only send out to winner in the United States! Thanks for your understanding!

Have fun! 🙂

Uneventful Sunday!

Well…Sunday was an uneventful day with a few errands and a lot of reading! I usually work on Sundays but luckily I switched with a coworker and I had a three day weekend! And now only a four day work week! I woke up relatively early yesterday morning because I wanted to get grocery shopping out of the way! I grabbed a lot of great food and ingredients to make some yummy recipes from my Taste of Home diet Comfort Food cookbook!

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Lunch yesterday was a rueben, Trader Joe’s butternut squash soup and mango and peach smoothie!

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After grocery shopping I literally parked my butt on the couch and really got into the book The Secret Keeper for PBFingers book review! I’m almost done with it and it is really good!

For dinner I made buffalo turkey burgers with crumbled blue cheese on top! Yummy!! That’s a recipe from the Taste of Home diet Comfort Food cookbook!

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I served it with some oven roasted green beans and raw red pepper strips!

Yesterdays workout was done in the comfort of my apartment because all I had to do was sit ups and push ups! They are getting harder slowly each time I do them because the amount keeps increasing so my arms and abs are usually burning by the end!

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I love how in the upper right corner it tells you how many you have done since the beginning of the program!

For my dessert after my workout I recently discovered that health choice makes frozen yogurt and they come in three packs. Each cup is only 100 calories which is great! I bought the strawberry and the vanilla! Last night I had the vanilla with craisins!

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This morning is back to the work grind so I woke up early to hit the gym but of course I forgot my gym card so I had to head back to my apartment to get it…luckily we live a minute from the club house! I felt really good after this workout! Full of energy and ready to tackle Monday!

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The running durations are quickly getting longer and my tolerance levels are way higher!

After my workout I had a filling breakfast of chicken sausage, one egg, and multigrain toast with butter! Now it’s off to work I go! I’m hoping that when I get out tonight I can finish my book so I can write my review!

Wow! That’s a lot of pictures! That’s what is get for not posting yesterday!

Check back this week because I’m going to be having a giveaway and there will be (5) winners!!!

Wedding locations!

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with the cutest little man in the world! Chris’ godson Aiden! He slept most of the time, he’s a year and two months but he is the cutest! He says meow now and it is the funniest thing I have ever heard! For lunch I had some butternut soup from Trader Joes with croutons…yummy! After Aiden left I had some chicken sausage and turkey bacon stir fry which was awesome!

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After dinner I had to run to the store to buy my brother K-Cups for his birthday because my parents bought him a mini kuerig!! And then get gas because I was coming to my parents house early today to look at a wedding reception location and celebrate my brothers birthday! After doing my errands I hit up the gym with my new iPhone arm band! It was a great workout! I’m gradually getting into running longer and longer lengths of time!

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My legs are killing me this morning, nothing a good stretch can’t fix!

This morning I was up at 5am because I had to drive out to visit my parents who live 2 hours away so my mom and I could go take a look at a wedding venue and also we are celebrating my brothers 26th birthday! It was a whopping 10 degrees this morning when I left!

Any who, I’m pretty much in love with this location for the reception! It is so rustic and I love it!

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It was freezing in the barn because it has been winterized but it really is beautiful! There is also a cute patio, covered in snow, that we have have as well for the reception!

Welp, on to celebrations!

What degrees was it when you woke up this morning?