Review: PRO Compression Marathon Socks #keepittight

My sister-in-law Emily has helped me out with today’s review. I was given the opportunity to review a pair of marathon socks from PRO Compression. Since Emily has been running more than I have lately and training for a half marathon coming up soon, I thought she could really benefit from a pair and sent them her way!

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The socks help increase blood flow in your vascular system, thereby relieving discomfort. Increased blood flow means a shorter recovery time! These socks aren’t just for athletes; if you’re on your feet all day, you could benefit from wearing a pair. I wish I had known about these when I was teaching full time.

PRO Compression marathon socks come in several sizes and colors/patterns. Over the calf, low cut, hot pink, black with red & blue dots…I always love when a functional product looks great too.

From Emily:

I absolutely love my compression socks. At first, I didn’t think wearing them would really do anything, but I have a couple running friends that swear by them. I have to say that I always have to wear them now, or else I’ll pay the price. The days I wear them, I don’t have a problem with my feet the rest of the day, but if I don’t wear them, my feet are very achy after my run. If there’s a day when I’ve been on my feet for a block of several hours, I’ll slip my socks on to help recover. Also, I love the many different designs offered. There were so many to choose from!

Find out more on PROCompression.com. They also sell calf sleeves, arm sleeves, and active wear. If you’re interested in buying a pair, you can get 40 percent off a pair of any PRO Compression socks or sleeves with discount code: COMP40

Want to win a pair? Come back tomorrow to enter a giveaway! 

If you won a free pair, which pattern or color would you choose?

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Book Review: “Undetected” by Dee Henderson

In spite of our move next week and job hunting, I’ve been able to find a few minutes here and there for reading. Amazing, right? I received a copy of Dee Henderson’s new book, Undetected, to review. What’s funny is that after I’d already signed up to review it, my mom called me, all excited about a romance book she’d just read on her Kindle. It was about the U.S. Navy, and since my husband is a sailor, she thought (rightly so), that I’d enjoy this book. Anyway, I figured out pretty quickly that the book my mom was talking about, I’d be reviewing soon!

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Author Dee Henderson is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling Christian author of more than 15 books. Her new book Undetected is a military romance.

Gina Gray, the heroine of Undetected, is a true genius. She went to college at age 14. Gina has an affinity of being able to see simple but profound scientific concepts where everyone else has overlooked it. Her oceanography discoveries have helped keep U.S. Navy submariners like her brother safe.

In spite of her brilliance in science (or perhaps because of it), she has difficulty with relationships. She’s known since she was a little girl that she wanted to get married. Now at 29 she’s having trouble finding a good guy that doesn’t feel insecure or overwhelmed by her intelligence and career.

All of that changes when she visits her brother in Washington state. Now she has two decent men vying for her attention. Both would make wonderful husbands, and she’s left wondering which one she should marry, or maybe neither.

Mark Bishop is turning 41. A widower and submarine commander, he’s ready to share his life with someone again. Daniel Field is about Gina’s age. He loves the water and is a sonarman on a submarine. Both of them help Gina during trying times.

During all of this emotional turmoil, Gina makes new discoveries for the Navy; discoveries that can both save and take lives; discoveries that make her a national security asset. As the book rises to a climax, Gina is able to use her skills to solve an international crisis and stave off the threat of war.

Christian themes are woven throughout the stories as the characters learn to trust God and lean on Him. Henderson also gives her readers a couple of glimpses of another story line, from her book Unspoken.

I was impressed with the research Henderson obviously conducted to write this book. Since I’m not familiar with the submariner culture, I couldn’t verify that it’s accurate, but it sounds realistic. Even the scientific “discoveries” that her character Gina made actually sound real. Henderson also did a good job of explaining Navy terminology. Overall, it’s a solid read.

You can find the first chapter of the book online here. Purchase Undetected on Amazon (affiliate link below), also at Barnes & Nobles, and Lifeway Christian Bookstores. Undetected is available in several formats: hardcover, paperback, Kindle, and audio.

What are some of your favorite types of books to read?

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Book Review: “Butterfly Stitching” by Shermin Nahid Kruse

I’ve been interested in Iran and its women since I was a little girl. You see, my mother was an exchange student there, before the Islamic Revolution of 1979 when the last Shah left for exile. I grew up with Persian art on our walls and Iranian biographies on our bookshelves. So I was excited to receive the book Butterfly Stitching by Shermin Nahid Kruse to review and will pass it on to my mother now that I’ve finished it.

 Book Review- "Butterfly Stitching" by Shermin Nahid Kruse

The author, Shermin Kruse, has been writing since she was a little girl in Iran. She’s a practicing attorney in Chicago, and, frankly, I’m impressed by her first novel. [Side note- Kruse is an intellectual property attorney, like my mom, who’s finishing up HER first novel! Interesting coincidence…Must be something in that Midwest water 😉 ]

The book tells the story of Sahar and her mother Samira. Although it’s a work of fiction, it’s “inspired by the true stories of Iranian women.” The prologue is set 2009  in the US and opens with Sahar and Samira. Part One then flashes back to 1988 and the events in Iran that led them to the States.

It’s the end of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), and Iran’s Morality Police beat people in the streets for wearing Western clothing and dancing. Public executions are not uncommon, and women must cover their hair and most of their body or risk beatings, imprisonment, or even death.

Samira is an artist, married to a poet. Because of the strict religious regime, their work is heavily censored, and they must keep their thoughts and actions guarded. Outwardly, they obey the laws and teach their children to do the same. But inside their little apartment, they sing, dance, and talk about the life they used to have…to an extent. Part One is told through little Sarah’s eyes. She’s 10 years old, and it becomes quickly apparent that her parents have secrets about the past.

Part Two is Samira’s story. It flashes back to her youth and her life before to the revolution. As a young, poor village girl, she was married to a wealthy but controlling man who already had one wife. Eventually the first wife’s brother comes to visit. His name is Armin, and they soon find themselves falling in love.

The third and final part of the story covers the family’s escape and journey to the US after Armin is killed. The epilogue is set in present day, 2014. At the very end, Sahar finds out a secret, the last puzzle piece of her family’s mysterious past in Iran.

I found the book fascinating and extremely well written. The prologue hooked me by alluding that their family had been destroyed in some way. I wanted to keep reading to find out how it happened.

The book deals with issues like child marriage, forbidden love, adulterous relationships, betrayal, divorce, women’s rights, and religious freedom. Kruse crafted a mesmerizing tale of familial secrets and struggles on a historical backdrop of war and religious turmoil.

If you enjoy books like A Thousand Splendid Suns and Memoirs of a Geisha, then you will like Butterfly Stitching. I highly recommend reading this book! You can find Butterfly Stitching on Amazon. Both a paperback and a Kindle edition are available.

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