Friday, October 24, 2014

Protein Milkshake Bar

**Disclaimer: I have received products to try from Protein Milkshake Bar & am simply sharing my personal opinion which may vary from yours. I was not compensated for this review. 


We've all been there before. You're trying so hard to eat healthy, but you would kill for a cupcake or some Rocky Road ice cream! You may make it through the day, but that doesn't mean that you don't cave into temptation the next day & catch yourself eating every sweet treat in sight. Which basically puts you right back where you started. It's a vicious cycle. But it doesn't have to be. 

Protein Milkshake Bar as made for woman, by women, who understand that cravings can't be ignored forever. 


I got to try a sample of their Premium Blend Whey Protein Powder in Cupcake Batter. Yes, cupcake batter! And I have to tell you, it was amazing!!! (And definitely tasted like cupcake batter.)

Whey protein is essentially a type of milk protein. The whey itself is extracted from cow's milk during the cheese making process, which is a more natural process (unlike soy protein which uses a chemical process), therefore making it easier for your body to absorb & reap the benefits faster. 

Some Benefits of Whey Protein

•Fight hunger & cravings by making you feel full (for up to 3 hours).
•Aids in building muscle while promoting fat loss.
•Strengthens the immune system.

My first reaction after drinking my Cupcake Batter protein drink (which mixes easily with just a spoon by the way), was that I just indulged myself way too much! Even though I knew the benefits of whey protein, my mind instantly went into the "I'll be doing extra reps for that one" way of thinking. I didn't, but I totally killed my workout & felt great all day long! I even found it easier to skip over the sweets & treats throughout the day. 

But aside from the delicious flavors like Strawberry Shortcake, Cream Puff, Ice Cream Sandwich & Rocky Road (to name a few), the best part is the 100% Taste Satisfaction Guarantee. Of course with Protein Milkshake Bar's cold processed micro batches (no more tan 50 packages of each flavor are made at a time), you always get the freshest & tastiest product!


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Protein Milkshake Bar is also available on Amazon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Totchos


The Girl in Black Pajamas & a Giveaway!


R&B Investigations is under attack. Their employee is shot in the back as he enters the building, and a hacker is trying to compromise their secure network. While the Boston police investigate the shooting, Bogie McGruder needs to find the culprit who is trying to put them out of business.

Bogie and his partner Rose Jones can’t disclose their internet problems to the cops since Bogie is a hacker himself.

Bogie McGruder returns to Boston with his four- year-old daughter Isabella. He joins up with Rose Jones’ uncle Walter who is fresh for Lompoc Prison. Bogie and Walter strengthen their firewalls while they try to determine who is behind the invasion. As the R&B team hones in on the culprit, they uncover several murders and discover a plot to wipe out the financial institutions in Boston.

While Bogie is in Boston, his extended family in Palm Beach becomes enmeshed in a sex scandal that threatens to ruin lives and careers in the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

Feeling like a wishbone about to snap, Bogie tries to handle problems in both cities while Isabella continues her quest for someone to teach her the Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Heart technique as seen in Kill Bill Volume 2.

This tale of murder, revenge and greed takes the reader on a whirlwind trip from Boston to Palm Beach and back. Buckle your seatbelt!

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When Officer Bud the PR face of the Boston Police Department is gunned down, his brother, Bogie McGruder, returns from Palm Beach for the funeral. Since the BPD is investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip to Boston will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.

But interacting with a family fueled by alcohol and mired in scandals, Bogie is reminded why he does investigations for his Boston based company from a computer in Florida. Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie ponders how he can establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he thinks about it, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.

By the time Bogie meets Isabella, it’s apparent that he still loves the mother and adores the child. Bogie tells himself that he’s not interested in the BPD investigation into Bud’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.

The underlying theme of this mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be running on lies and half truths. The only pure and true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.


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About the Author
Chris Birdy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States, Chris settled down in the Boston area and became a true Bostonian by collecting college degrees while raising a family.

For more than twenty years, Chris has been a member of the legal community performing investigative work for Boston law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods.  Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, Chris watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop's every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept. Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, "Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie.."  Chris wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he'd be just as good a liar as they were. The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas were planted in that courtroom.

Chris lives outside of Boston and in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.


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My Review
I knew before I even started reading the second book in The Pajama Series that it was going to be good. What I didn't know, was that author Chris Birdy, was going to take me for an even wilder ride this time around!

The Girl in Black Pajamas comes back with all the key players - Bogie, Bailey, Amanda, Randy, Rose & of course, Isabella. But of course there's a bevy of new characters along with a few who were mentioned in the first book of the series, that really amp up the intensity of scandal in this "not so classic" whodunit.

I loved how this book had two main plots, full of twists & turns, that came together at the very end. The only thing that I didn't count on was having to get up & grab a tissue on more than one occasion (two, to be exact). No doubt the next in the series will be even better (as if that even seems possible).


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

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