Sustainable, Ethically Made, and Inclusive Activewear Brand

If you follow my instagram page, you’ll see that I’ve been trying to change to a healthier lifestyle. I made a decision last September that I was tired of starting to put on weight every year and buying bigger clothes. I was tired of feeling tired all the time. My confidence was low and I had some self loathing. When I started working out my main goal was to lose weight. I joined a gym started finding sources that worked for me to help educate myself about nutrition. I’m still learning and still trying. What I found though was my purpose is no longer just about losing weight. In fact, that purpose has become secondary. It’s helped me so much with my energy levels, my anxiety and depression, and my confidence.

What I noticed is when I started posting about my fitness and health and wellness journey I start getting pitches from activewear brands I never heard of to be an affiliate with them. I check them out but everyone of them were the same. In fact, I’m pretty sure I saw the same pieces and designs on about 6 different websites. And when you’re looking at these site and following fitness influencers it seems almost every one is lean and muscular, C cups or bigger, wearing skimpy clothing, and well..that’s just not me and every model in the ads looks the same.

Then I was pitched Girlfriend Collective. Honestly I wasn’t going to check it out. I was so tired of affiliate pitches for “ambassadors” that were really affiliate programs. But as soon as I hit the Girlfriend Collectives page I knew it was different.

First of all when you hit the page you find out that they are a sustainable and ethically made activewear company. If you check out the Girlfriend Collective about page they break it down what each piece and line of clothing is made from. Everything from recycled fishnets, to plastic bottles, cotton industry waste, and more.

To take it a step further, Girlfriend Collective’s packing is also 100% recycled and recyclable. They are made in a facility that is SA8000 certified, guarantees fair wages, safe and healthy conditions, and no forced or child labor.

Ok now let’s talk about when you actually start browsing the site. You see REAL women. Women of different size, different body types, different colors, with birthmarks, stretch marks, not air-brushed, not photoshopped. They have activewear from sizes XXS to 6XL which you just don’t see in the activewear industry very often. They even have a maternity line! It’s beautiful, it’s real, and it’s what we need to see more of in the women’s clothing industry.

photo credit: Girlfriend Collective website

I could go on and on about this company but the about page on their site has a wealth of information. All about their practices, their facilities, why they use the methods they use, etc. It’s refreshing, it’s transparent, and it’s responsible.

Girlfriend Collective prices fall right in line with other popular companies but still less than some of the more luxe brands out there. When you think about the effort and benefits overall of this company it’s an easy choice. You can feel good knowing that you’re supporting a company that is trying to do better for customers and for the environment.

Photo credit: Girlfriend Collective website

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The Jason Davey Mysteries Book Tour & Giveaway

Lost Time Jason Davey Mysteries Book 2 by Winona Kent Genre: Mystery, Amateur Detective

In 1974, top UK band Figgis Green was riding high in the charts with their blend of traditional Celtic ballads mixed with catchy, folky pop. One of their biggest fans was sixteen-year old Pippa Gladstone, who mysteriously vanished while she was on holiday with her parents in Spain in March that same year. Now it’s 2018, and founding member Mandy Green has reunited the Figs for their last-ever Lost Time Tour. Her partner, Tony Figgis, passed away in 1995, so his place has been taken by their son, professional jazz guitarist (and amateur sleuth) Jason Davey. As the band meets in a small village on the south coast of England for pre-tour rehearsals, Jason’s approached by Duncan Stopher, a diehard Figs fan, who brings him a photo of the band performing at the Wiltshire Folk Festival. Standing in the foreground is Pippa Gladstone. The only problem is the Wiltshire Folk Festival was held in August 1974, five months after Pippa disappeared. Duncan offers Jason a substantial sum of money to try and find out what really happened to the young woman, whose mother had her declared officially dead in 1981. When Duncan is murdered, it becomes increasingly clear to Jason that his investigation into Pippa’s disappearance is not welcome, especially after he follows a series of clues which lead him straight back to the girl’s immediate family. But nothing can prepare Jason for the truth about Pippa, which he discovers just as Figgis Green is about to take to the stage on opening night—with or without him. Goodreads * Amazon

Notes On a Missing G-String Jason Davey Mysteries Book 1

“A highly entertaining caper set in a sleazy London underworld…Jason is a well-crafted reluctant hero, and Kent’s writing is slick and engaging throughout.” – Kirkus Reviews The first time we met Jason Davey, he was entertaining passengers aboard the Alaska cruise ship Star Sapphire, Eight ‘til Late in the TopDeck Lounge. Then he came ashore, got a gig playing lead guitar at London’s Blue Devil jazz club, and gained a certain amount of notoriety tracking down missing musician Ben Quigley in the Canadian north. Now Jason’s back again, this time investigating the theft of £10,000 from a dancer’s locker at a Soho gentlemen’s club. Jason initially considers the case unsolvable. But the victim, Holly Medford, owes a lot of money to London crime boss Arthur Braskey and, fearing for her life, has gone into hiding at a posh London hotel. Jason’s investigation takes him from Cha-Cha’s and Satin & Silk (two Soho lapdancing clubs) to Moonlight Desires (an agency featuring high class escorts) and finally to a charity firewalking event, where he comes face to face with Braskey and discovers not everything Holly’s been telling him is the complete truth. As he becomes increasingly drawn into the seamy underside of Soho, Jason tries to save Gracie, his band-mate’s 14-year-old runaway daughter, from Holly’s brother Radu, a ruthless pimp, while at the same time protecting Holly herself from a vengeful Braskey—nearly losing his life, and Gracie’s—in the process. Notes on a Missing G-String is the first novel in a new mystery series featuring jazz musican-turned-sleuth Jason Davey. Goodreads * Amazon

Disturbing the Peace Jason Davey Mysteries Prequel

Jason Davey’s last job was aboard the Star Sapphire cruising from Vancouver to Alaska. Hired as one of the ship’s entertainers, he played guitar in the TopDeck Lounge. You can read about those adventures in the novel Cold Play here. Now Jason’s back on shore, and he has a regular gig at a jazz club in London. Jason’s son, Dominic, is studying film at university. When Dom asks his dad to help track down a missing musician for a documentary he’s making, Jason leaps at the chance. Ben Quigley played rhythm guitar in Jason’s parents’ folk group Figgis Green in the late 1960s. And he dropped off the face of the earth four years ago. Jason’s search ultimately takes him to Peace River, Alberta – 300 miles from Edmonton in the Canadian north. And what he discovers there is both intriguing – and disturbing. Disturbing the Peace is a novella which introduces readers to professional musician and amateur sleuth Jason Davey. Jason will soon feature in a new series of full-length mystery novels, beginning with Notes on a Missing G-String. Goodreads * Amazon

Winona Kent is an award-winning author who was born in London, England and grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, where she completed her BA in English at the University of Regina. After moving to Vancouver, she graduated from UBC with an MFA in Creative Writing. More recently, she received her diploma in Writing for Screen and TV from Vancouver Film School. After a career that’s included freelancing for magazines and newspapers, long and short fiction, screenplays and tv scripts, Winona has now returned to her first love, novels. She lives in Vancouver, Canada. Writing is Winona’s passion. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

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Fall Recipe Round Up: Desserts

As I visit Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest I’m bombarded by fall desserts that make me want to increase my workouts and adjust my macros so I can have a little taste of each.

In my opinion, fall has some of the best dessert recipes: pumpkin, caramel apple, pecan, spice, cinnamon, oh man so many combinations. Then there’s the warm desserts that just taste so good on a crisp fall afternoon like apple pies, pumpkin muffins, or a delicious dip. So here’s a list of the fall dessert recipes I will be trying

Recipes on my “To Make” list:

This is no lack of inspiration for fall desserts. I even have a fall themed Pinterest board that has recipes ideas, decor ideas, and costume ideas.

If that’s still not enough even Amazon is getting into the action with idea boards:

Fall Baking

Do you have your favorite fall dessert recipes? What are they?

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The Shale Controversy Book Tour

The Shale Controversy by Ian Dexter Palmer Genre: Environmental Nonfiction

The Shale Controversy assesses the pros and cons of the shale revolution. Written for lay readers as well as experts, the book lists the personal benefits of cheap gas and oil as well as the trade balance achieved for the United States. On a global scale, cheap energy has lifted millions of people into the middle class. But there are downsides of the revolution. One is the threat, present and future, of earthquakes in connection with drilling of shale wells. The biggest downside may be the threat of global warming –attributed to greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels, including shale-oil and shale-gas. Australia is a poster-child for global warming and Dr Palmer in 2019 drove past kangaroos killed by a severe drought that turned into the worst wildfires in a century in late 2019. He also visited the corals being bleached by global warming in an otherwise pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns. This leads Dr. Palmer’s thoughts to the immense challenges faced by oil and gas companies. Should they cut back on drilling and fracking, and by how much? Dr. Palmer rounds out the book with solutions to avoid potential disasters that that the experts insist are coming at us fast. Praise for The Shale Controversy “Despite having been in oil and gas for over ten years, I’ve always struggled with how to simplify the complexities of the industry. Dr. Palmer has done it in his book. It is thorough, fact rich, fair and easy to follow. If you want to explore the big questions, better understand the issues and decisions associated with powering our world, this book is a must read.” — Mark Madison, Managing member, Absolute Oil+Gas. “Dr. Palmer presents a balanced, informed, and captivating overview of the shale oil and gas revolution in the 21st century. The reader is given a clear understanding of shale fracking and the impact on the environment, earthquakes, and global warming as well as the economic benefits.” — John Cameron, Well Completions Consultant. “The author of this book will take you on a fascinating journey from the risks and benefits of fracking, to an examination of an undeniable threat and dilemma faced by mankind – all a part of the twenty first century shale gas and oil revolution. The book offers valuable ideas for solutions to the problems.” — Ion Ispas, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. Goodreads * Amazon

Ian Palmer has a Ph.D. in cosmic rays and spent thirty years as a petroleum engineer, consulting around the world. He gives entertaining talks on fracking, shale-gas, earthquakes, and global warming. He now lives and hikes in the Mountains of New Mexico. Website * Facebook * Bookbub * Goodreads


JAX Book Tour & Giveaway

Jax Knight Attack Book 1 by MLJ Quigg Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rock royalty. That’s what people call me. But all it took was a single phone call to bring me to my knees. Five years later, my life has changed irrevocably forever. Though someone lurks in the shadows threatening to tear all that I love apart. An obsession of the worst kind. Can I keep the woman I love safe? Or will everything burn to ash… Goodreads * Amazon

MLJ lives in NSW, Australia, with her husband, three adult children, and six cats—yes, you heard that right, six. Growing up in a huge family of eight kids was always noisy and didn’t give her enough alone time to unwind. Books have always given her an outlet from the craziness that is her life. Nothing is better than curling up with a good story to take her mind off her surroundings. As a new author, she hopes you enjoy her stories and that they help you get out of your world and into hers for a few hours. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

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