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Friday, November 21, 2014

I Was There When the Giant Fell Book Review

Three years. That is how long it has taken my dear husband to finish his first novel, I Was There When the Giant Fell. In fact, he changed careers to focus on the writing of this first book and his overall passion for writing. Now that it is finished, he is very excited to share it with all of you! Here is a little taste of what you will read about...

Disrespected. Rejected. Alone.  Join Benaiah as he struggles to prove his worth and make a name for himself until truth surprises him in one of the most famous battles in human history.
During the turbulent and tragic reign of Israel’s first king, Benaiah, an outcast from the village of Pirathon, turns his back on his troubled past and the love of his life and seeks fame and acceptance in the king’s army.  There he faces fears and foes that loom larger than life and experiences one of the most famous battles recorded in Scripture.  When the dust settles will he have the respect he craves and the woman he loves or will he lose all he holds dear?

 I Was There When the Giant Fell imagines a life story for Benaiah of Pirathon, a man mentioned in only 3 verses in the bible. He is listed as one of David’s mighty men. The book follows him as he leaves behind the disrespect and abuse he has experienced in his home town and becomes a soldier in King Saul’s army.  There he experiences firsthand the famous battle between David and Goliath and is forever changed.  Follow him, his girlfriend, Hannah, and his mother, Serah, as they struggle with faith, love, rejection and abuse and seek comfort and strength in the only real God. 

Of course, I was highly anticipating this book, since I have been along for the journey of writing it. As I started reading the final copy, I was completely drawn in. I think I could have read it all in one sitting, but I was reading on my tiny little iPod Touch, and my eyes needed rests. By the time I finished, I told him that I ranked it right up there with some of my absolute favorite Christina fiction books. It was that good! 

Overall, I give this book a big two thumbs up, and I highly recommend it to all teens, women and men. I think you will find inspiration from many of the characters and be able to apply some of the key themes to your own life.

About the Series

Each book in the I Was There… series takes a character who is very briefly mentioned in Scripture and imagines what his or her life might have been like.  I want readers to experience a pivotal moment of Bible history and see it from a new perspective.  In God’s story no one is a minor character—including you and me! We all have a wonderful role to play.  My prayer is that these stories remind you that your life is important to God. I want you to get excited about God’s Word and the story of YOUR salvation.  May God use these books to glorify his name, draw people ever deeper into his word and there, open blind eyes to see the bright reality of God’s undeserved love expressed in his Son, and the world’s only Savior—Jesus Christ.

As you just read above, Adam is planning on writing many books in this series. He has already started on his next book, which will be a take on the familiar Bible story of Jonah and the big fish. So stay tuned...

Adam Nitz is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI and a former pastor. He regularly contributes to the website Bread for Beggars. He has always had a love and passion for writing. He lives with his wife and children in North St. Paul, MN. You can learn more about him, his writing and follow his blog at Also follow Adam on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for the latest updates and news.   

Buy I Was There When the Giant Fell here, on Amazon or find it on Kindle.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Teamotions Delicious Tea Giveaway

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There is nothing better on these cold, snowy days than a nice warm cup of tea. When you start learning about how beneficial certain teas are for you, that makes it even more rewarding. I drink tea twice a day, and I love the health benefits!

One of my favorite brands is Teamotions Tea. Teamotions is a revolutionary tea company dedicated to helping others manage stress and support both physical and emotional well-being. They accomplish this by using adaptogen herbs and other complimentary botanicals in each of their tea blends. Used for centuries and backed by science, adaptogens are remarkable stress fighting herbs that help boost immunity, improve the body's response to all types of stress, and restore well-being in every way. That is something we all need!

If you are feeling especially stressed this holiday season, why not combat that with a nice cup of their newest tea - Cranberry Orange Spice - with ashwagandha and schizandra berry to help manage holiday stress and encourage gratitude blended with black tea, cranberry, cinnamon, and orange peel. It is a limited edition tea, so get it now!

Give Thanks

My favorite variety of theirs is the Rooibos Coconut Chai. This tea is made from healing milk thistle, rooibos, dandelion root, with the bold chai spices and creamy coconut taste. It is perfect for super stressful moments or days, as it helps to release frustration and encourages you to let go of all those pent up emotions! Plus, this tea is caffeine free and all organic, so I can drink it as a pregnant momma with no concerns.
Seek Peace

When you are shopping Teamotions, be sure to use the code, especially for our readers: YWHN_10OFF to get 10% off your order. This offer is good until Dec. 19th, 2014.

We are also offering a giveaway to (1) winner of (1) tin of Have Hope tea!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

$100 Giveaway

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Here's a fantastic $100.00 giveaway bonus from Hyundai - they want to know what you think about their Hyundai Smarter campaign by commenting on their Smarter living videos. 

Who wants an extra $100 to spend this holiday season? Enter below!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

How To Get the Most Out of Your Workout

I was provided samples to try out for myself. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am always asking my personal training clients - are you getting your protein and carbs after your workouts? I take them through really intense workouts, and I want them to get the most out of their workouts. During those intense workouts, they are actually breaking down their muscle fibers, which is why it is so important to fuel afterward with the right foods and/or drinks. For more of the details on why you want to consume protein and carbs within about a half hour after a workout, check out What Should You Eat After a Workout?

Here are a few great ideas on what you can use to refuel after your workouts.

I recommend Shaklee Physique (after workout drink) all the time! It is a pure, natural, high-octane fuel for rapid muscle recovery, endurance, and strength. The intelligent-release protein blend and unique protein-to-carb ratio:

• Allow your body to absorb a full spectrum of amino acids over time
• Help build firm, lean muscles
• Help restore muscle energy
• Support muscle repair

Physique contains the right amount of protein and carbohydrates to help you recover faster and optimize muscle rebuilding. It contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners or added preservatives, and is made by a company I trust and use myself - Shaklee!

Another choice for protein shakes are Vegan Nutritional Shakes and 25g Organic Protein Shakes by Orgain. Like all Orgain products, the shakes use organic protein, organic brown rice, organic fiber and 23 vitamins and minerals. All products are USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, and there are no artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and preservatives. I love how creamy these are - they almost taste like you are drinking a milk shake!
  •  Vegan Nutritional Shake – The perfect blend of organic veggies, fruits and vitamins, this shake is the first-ever USDA Certified Organic vegan shake on the market. High in protein, the Vegan Nutritional Shake is dairy free, uses 16 grams of organic plant-based protein and is a great ready-to-drink option for moms on-the-go, busy professionals, athletes and more. *Available in Sweet Vanilla Bean and Smooth Chocolate 
  •  25g Organic Protein Shakes – Made with 25 grams of organic, grass fed protein, this first-ever organic high-protein shake is only 150 calories, has no added sugars and contains only 3 grams net carbs. The 25g Organic Protein Shake is perfect for athletes, weight management, patient nutrition and more.*Available in Creamy Chocolate Fudge

BOTAN is an all-new health beverage start-up and the world’s first 100% soluble vegetable protein beverage. If you are interested in non-animal protein products, this might be a great fit for you. BOTAN is changing the landscape by offering an option that’s vegan, organic, gluten-free and rich in antioxidants while providing 25% of the recommended daily protein intake (12g). 

It is available in three flavors - Strawberry Cucumber, Mini Tomato and Pineapple Coconut - BOTAN is now offering consumers an entirely new way to nourish themselves that’s healthy, sustainable and convenient. I was a little skeptical of this drink and these flavors, especially Mini Tomato, but they all tasted great! They are delicious and refreshing served nice and cold.

A different way to help you get the most out of your workouts is in little tablet form. I have been a long-time fan of RECOVERYbits and ENERGYbits. RECOVERYbits are 100% non GMO, organically grown chlorella – an algae long recommended by homeopaths as the safest, most natural way to build your immune system and prevent colds.

ENERGYbits are 100% organically grown spirulina algae, which is a power food! These are power-packed little tabs that you swallow, loaded with heart healthy Essential Fatty Acids like Omega 3 and GLA which reduce inflammation in blood vessels, plus tons of other fabulous nutrients your body is craving!! Research done by NASA showed that that 1 kg of spirulina had the nutritional  equivalent of 1000 kg of fruits and vegetables! If that is not enough for you, did you know spirulina also provides the highest concentration of protein in the world? How is that for a superfood?

Swallow (or chew) at least 30 tabs a day to experience all the health benefits from algae. I love to take mine before or after exercising, since they help fuel my body and help it recover after intense workouts. I love these little bits, and when I strike it rich, I will be eating them all day long!

I am always telling my fitness clients that no matter who you are, everyone needs to get their protein and carbs for recovery after a workout. Your muscles need this to rebuild. Otherwise, you are not getting the most out of your workout, and we certainly dont want that!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Luxury For Your Skin

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It can be so easy to take our skin for granted. However, without eating the right foods, drinking enough pure water, and moisturizing and protecting with great products, your skin takes a beating!
So, how do you achieve glowing skin your whole life long? Take care of your body and only ingest and and apply to your skin the most pure, nutritional ingredients possible!
One of my favorite new products can help you feed your skin the right way. In fact, Ellovi has created a wonderful raw butter that is only made with six, ethically sourced and wildly harvested ingredients. 


Simply put, it is dreamy. This is luxury for your skin!

It is silky to the touch, feels amazing on your skin, and a little goes a long way. Better yet, it is so pure, without any synthetic chemicals, water, or preservatives, that you can eat it! Yes, go ahead and have a lick.

Right now, I am 35 weeks pregnant with my fourth baby, so I have really beefed up the moisturizing of my growing belly. I use Ellovi every day right after I get out of the shower. Not only does it make my skin feel silky smooth, it has helped me prevent stretch marks and the itchy skin most pregnant women suffer with.

 Ellovi Lip Butter
They have now taken all of the best things about Ellovi Butter, and made the perfect portable variation for your lips. Like Ellovi Butter, their Lip Butter is made with just six ingredients so pure you can eat them. That is a good thing, since what you put on your lips will almost certainly go into your mouth.

These six heavenly ingredients are Hawaiian coconut, sunflower, hemp, macadamia, Ghanaian marula, and shea.

Check out more about their story, their ingredients and find these great products on their website.

Monday, November 10, 2014

$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway

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Boy, do I have some fun for you today!

Hyundai reached out to a number of smart, savvy women to talk about the smarter decisions they make in their everyday lives. They asked them to create a video to coincide with this fall's 2015 Sonata launch...enjoy!

Also, enjoy the awesome giveaway - a $100 Target gift card! Enter to win right below the video!

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Be Beautiful - Inside and Out

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I have a new favorite skin product, and I love it so much I knew I had to share it with you (look for the giveaway at the end of this review). I am so excited about how effective, pure, and overall awesome it is, so let me get right to it. 

First off, I love the name! The product line is called Beautiful, and when you order your own bottle, you get it shipped to you as Beautiful [Your Name]. Check out my bottles for AM Moisturizer and PM Revitalizer below.
What girl wouldn't want to be reminded they are beautiful every day? I know I love it! Seriously, though, I love this because how often are we getting down on ourselves, picking ourselves apart, being overly critical, and not feeling very beautiful? This is a great reminder!

Now, that is not even the best part. The 7 ingredients that are inside these small bottles are the real magic. Pure. Simple. Powerful. Those are the best three words to describe them.

Here is the breakdown of the 7 pure botanical oils found in Beautiful AM Moisturizer and PM Revitalizer along with their benefits:
  1. Almond - Moisturizes, soothes and softens skin, relieves itching from dry skin and gives complexion appearance of improvement and glow.
  2. Orange - Cleanses the skin through natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to help fight acne and restore smooth appearance to skin.
  3. Lemon - Natural cleanser, preventative for wrinkling and aging. Significantly increases the anti-oxidative potential of the skin bio surface (to help stop damage to the skin).
  4. Olive - Cleanser and moisturizer. Has shown preventative effects for formation of skin cancer and tumors.
  5. Avocado - Significantly increases the soluble collagen content in the skin to enrich dry, damaged, chapped or wounded skin. Loaded with vitamins A, D and E.
  6. Evening Primose - The nutrients in Evening Primrose Oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. There is evidence that it can help reduce wrinkles and even help repair stretch marks. It is also rich omega 6 fatty acids.
  7. Apricot - light and gently moisturizes the skin.  Containing vitamins A and E, it soothes the skin and slows signs of aging as well as firming and toning.
So when you combine the benefits of these pure ingredients together you will:
  • moisturize, soothe and soften skin
  • help relieve itching from dry skin
  • give complexion the appearance of improvement and glow
  • cleanse the skin
  • help fight acne
  • help restore smooth appearance to skin
  • increase collagen
  • enrich dry, damaged, chapped or wounded skin
  • improve skin's elasticity
  • slow signs of aging
I love how well the Beautiful skin care system works. I drop 2-3 drops onto my middle fingers and quickly spread them across my face. It takes probably 20 seconds, and my skin feels awesome all day and night long. Plus, the natural smell that these oils give off is so energizing!  

You can buy the Beautiful products online. Guess what? They also have a men's line - You're the Man! That would make a great Christmas gift. Also, don't forget to stay up to date on all their great products with their Natural Health Blog and Newsletter.

Now, on to that giveaway I promised...

Three (3) lucky ducks will win (1) bottle of AM Beautiful Moisturizer!
Open to the U.S., Canada, England and Australia. You – or anyone in your household - may win one bottle of Beautiful one time only. Previous winners please do not apply.

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 “For a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer (for women) or You’re the Man A.M. Moisturizer (for men) and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer!  They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports – The Poisons You Put On Your Face Everyday and Why Your Skin Care Products Have Never Worked: The Truth Revealed .”  That’s a total value of over $40.00. Click here to get your FREE Bottle and FREE reports now!”