$50 OFF Audible Deal + Audiobook Recommendations for Dog Lovers

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Prime Day is finally coming (Oct 13-14) but you don’t have to wait to claim some some epic deals!

If you are an Amazon Prime Member you can get $50 OFF an Audible membership NOW and get 12 audiobooks of your choice!

You get all 12 Audible credits up front rather than being limited to 1 per month. You own your entire Audible Library for life, even if you cancel your membership in the future.

If you aren’t already a Prime Member, go here to snag a FREE 30-Day trial membership now so you can take advantage of all the savings for the big event.

Learn more about Prime and sign up for a 30-Day Free Trial here.

An annual Audible membership is usually $149 but with this Prime Day Deal you’ll get a year of audiobooks for just $99.

I’m an audiobook fanatic and this is the BEST Audible discount I’ve seen in ages, so don’t miss it.

Use this link to claim your discounted Audible membership by 10/14.

 

Audiobook Suggestions for Dog Lovers

If you need some suggestions for which audiobooks to choose, here are some recommendations for dog lovers to get you started!

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Love Is All You Need: The Revolutionary Bond-Based Approach to Educating Your Dog

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

Want to find more great audiobooks? Visit this page to claim the $50 OFF Audible deal now and start listenting!

Target $50 OFF $100 (Ends Soon)

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Calling all Target fans!

Right now you can get $50 off a $100 purchase when you get a Target Red Card.

Both the credit card and debit card are eligible for this deal. We recommend a credit card over debit card especially for online shopping security/protection, and it helps build your credit history as well. But choose the type of card that works with your budget and spending habits. The last thing anyone needs right now is debt or more bills! I’m using my card only for necessities right now, and pay the balance off in full each month.

With social distancing and coronavirus cases on the rise in our area, I’ve been doing more online shopping than ever for pet supplies, disinfecting and cleaning supplies, pantry items like canned foods, pasta and rice, and paper goods. Since we are in hurricane season here, it’s more important than ever to stay stocked up! Target’s prices are great, and orders usually arrive in 2 business days.

I really love Target’s organic brand “Simply Balanced” especially for herbal & green tea, healthy snacks, beans and almond milk. I also love that Target has a great selection of books at very competitive prices.

It takes about 3 minutes to signup online here and you get your approval email instantly. Offer ends 8/16 so don’t miss it.

In addition to the $50 OFF for new Red Card approvals, all Red Card holders receive 5% OFF all future Target purchases (in-store and online), free shipping on most items, plus special exclusive offers and an extra 30 days added to the exchange and return window.

Visit Target’s Red Card page here to learn more and get started.

Book for Dog Lovers: The Dog Lady of Mexico

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been spending a LOT of time reading recently. I’ve always been a book-lover and avid reader, but since the coronavirus shutdown, I’ve been devouring just about every book I can get my hands on.

Most recently, I’ve been reading The Dog Lady of Mexico by Alison Sawyer Current. It’s a fictional novel, based on a true story. It’s heartwarming, inspiring, and sure to tug at the heartstrings of dog lovers and animal rescue supporters everywhere.

From the book’s back cover

Rose’s lifelong dream was to move to a tropical paradise and continue her work as an artist. She imagined waking up by the ocean, sipping her coffee on the beach and heading to her pottery studio. There she would spin sun-drenched inspirations while her husband would share his passion for food at his ocean side cantina. It was all coming together for Rose when a good deed changed her life forever. Little did she know that this small favor would gradually become an obsession that she could not ignore. Take a trip with The Dog Lady of Mexico – a fictional novel based on a true story. Follow this heart-wrenching journey of love, loss and survival while building an animal rescue on the tiny island of Isla Mujeres in Mexico.

Part of the book sale proceeds will go to support Isla Animals, the rescue organization Alison founded in Mexico in 2004.

The Dog Lady of Mexico is available in paperback here, and is also currently FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited.

If you haven’t done so already, you can sign up here for 2 months FREE of Kindle Unlimited ($19.98 value). You get unlimited access to over 1 million books, magazines, audio narration, and more. And you don’t need a Kindle device…read on any phone, tablet, PC or device using the Kindle app.

Always Eat After 7 PM Book Review Wrap Up

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Over the past several weeks, I’ve been trying out the diet plan in the book Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion.

If you missed the previous updates, you can read them here:

I’ve had several weeks to review the book, try out the plan and recipes since receiving my review copy, and overall I’m pleased. The plan is easy to follow and you can eat more carbs than some of my previous diets have allowed. I really enjoyed trying out some new recipes and there are still lots more that I’ve bookmarked. Braised Cuban Flank Steak is next on my list!

I’ve lost about 7 pounds so far which might seem slow to some of you, but is great for me. I find from experience that if I lose weight too quickly, I just put it back on again. I’ve been looking for something that I can stick to long-term. This book includes sample meal plans, menus and food lists along with the recipes, so there is plenty here to keep me going.

What makes this diet different than others is that we’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. But the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal.

In addition to not avoiding all carbs, a couple of things that make the diet do-able are: the overall variety of food choices, and that it doesn’t require eating breakfast (I don’t do breakfast, except for brunch on special occasion).

From the book:

 “Fact is, most diets are extremely narrow with regard to food choices and variety, and many even limit entire macronutrients altogether over the course of the entire program (think low-carb and low-fat diets). Three months with no carbs? No thanks. Such practices not only are entirely unnecessary, but make for a miserable, unsustainable experience.”

and

“Those who ate breakfast ended up eating about 260 calories more a day, the review found. Those who skipped breakfast were about one pound lighter than those who ate breakfast. These findings led the researchers to conclude that eating breakfast isn’t necessarily a good strategy for losing weight. The science isn’t really there. Breakfast could very well be the least important meal of the day.”

The Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals, and The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good.

 

If you’d like to try it for yourself, Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

Can Eating Dessert Help You Lose Weight?

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At first glance, there’s no way something this delicious-looking could be healthy—right? Wrong. It’s one of the recipes from Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight. It’s the new diet book I’m following, and you can get caught up by reading my earlier updates here and here.

Things I love about this rule-breaking diet include the recipe ideas and the easy to follow meal planning. Desserts and even bedtime snacks are included and encouraged!

The No Bake Salted Caramel Bars are one of my favorite treats from the book and are made with some smart and healthy ingredients.

The coconut oil and coconut flour offer a naturally occurring source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of fat that your body can easily absorb and burn as energy, which may aid weight loss, and the pecans add an extra boost of healthy fats, plant-based protein, and fiber. Raw nuts have also been associated with reduced risk of heart disease and even deaths associated with cancer and diabetes. This combination of healthy fats will keep blood sugar at bay before bed (or any time of day), keeping the body in a fat burning environment. The book and recipes have introduced me to some new ingredients, including Swerve, which is a sugar replacement with zero net carbs.

Learning when and what to eat has helped me on the path to achieving my goals to lose some pounds and gain some energy. The most challenging times to curb hunger are just before bed and in the morning. By following the Always Eat After 7PM program, you have the most willpower to stay on the diet because you are eating during the hours when you are most hungry. This also puts you into both intermittent fasting increasing testosterone and your metabolism, while putting you into ketosis.

In addition to the recipes and food lists, the book goes into the science behind eating and dieting. According to the book, “Specific higher-carbohydrate foods (including berries and cherries) support your fat-burning metabolism while you sleep, providing your body with a steady stream of fuel throughout the night. The trick is knowing how to combine them with other evening and pre-bedtime fat-burning foods to fuel your metabolism as you sleep.”

If you want to check it out, Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.