My Peak Challenge

Inspired by My Peak Challenge 

***Updated 2/3/16***

I posted “Inspired by My Peak Challenge” originally in the early morning hours of February 1st EST.  Sam Heughan, Fight Camp, and Bear Strength Clothing Co. created the My Peak Challenge program to motivate individuals to reach their personal goals while at the same time raising money for Bloodwise.  I wish I had waited until the My Peak Challenge Prep Program went live to write this post.  Talk about inspiring!  Wow!  The amount of work that obviously went into creating this program is astounding!  It’s Day 3, there is still time to join if you have not already done so.  I may not go back to Titan Up Fitness.  Nah! I’m just kidding!  The MPC Prep Program complements what I’m doing at Titan Up Fitness, and my trainer says he’ll put on a kilt for Halloween. 

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Thanks so much for reading! Jenny Mc

February 1, 2016

I began blogging in October 2014.  After reading the first three books in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and watching the first eight episodes of the television series, I was “inspired” to write.  More than a year later, I am still inspired.  I am inspired by Sam Heughan, Bear Strength Clothing Co., Fight Camp, The Box Magazine, and by all of the My Peak Challenge participants.


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According to, inspire is defined as follows.


verb  in·spire  \in-ˈspī(-ə)r\

Simple definition of inspire

: to make (someone) want to do something

: to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create

: to cause (something) to happen or be created

: to cause someone to have (a feeling or emotion)

Full definition of inspire

in·spired in·spir·ing

transitive verb

a :  to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration

b:  to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on <was particularly inspired by the Romanticists>

c:  to spur on :  impel, motivate <threats don’t necessarily inspire people to work>

d:  affect <seeing the old room again inspired him with nostalgia>

a archaic :  to breathe or blow into or upon

b archaic :  to infuse (as life) by breathing

a :  to communicate to an agent supernaturally

b :  to draw forth or bring out <thoughts inspired by a visit to the cathedral>

:  inhale

a :  bring about, occasion <the book was inspired by his travels in the Far East>

b:  incite

:  to spread (rumor) by indirect means or through the agency of another

intransitive verb

:  inhale

Synonyms: bear up, buck up, buoy (up), cheer (up), chirk (up), embolden, hearten, encourage, inspirit, steel

According to, inspiring is defined as follows.

inspiring adjective

: causing people to want to do or create something or to lead better lives

: having an animating or exalting effect

Synonyms: breathtaking, charged, electric, electrifying, exhilarating, exhilarative, galvanic, galvanizing, hair-raising, heart-stopping, exciting, intoxicating, kicky, mind-bending, mind-boggling, rip-roaring, rousing, stimulating, stirring, thrilling

First Known Use of inspiring 1717

in·spir·er noun

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Do these definitions and synonyms sound familiar?  Do they remind you anyone you know?  I am reminded of all the incredible people I have “met” through my own My Peak Challenge journey.  I participated in My Peak Challenge last year, and was fascinated by the positive and overwhelming response.  In a blog post from February 20, 2015, I wrote, All of the participants of My Peak Challenge are amazing!  The sense of community, positive attitude, strength, and tireless energy to work together towards the common goal to Beat Blood Cancers are awe-inspiring to me.

There is still time to join My Peak Challenge.  Go to The organizers of My Peak Challenge this year have teased bigger and better, and they have delivered.  I joined the My Peak Challenge Prep Program January 18, 2016.  By joining the MPC Prep Program, you have access to a private Facebook group.  I am not surprised by the bravery and positive energy of this group. To join go to  All profit from the MPC Prep Program and the Supporter Packs goes to Bloodwise.

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If you would like to participate by ordering the Supporter Pack go to


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Personally, I am working on a more specific goal for the challenge.  I reread my posts from last year.  In January 2015, I wrote, My excuse has been that I don’t have time.  I think that as Moms we do tend to put ourselves last on the priority list.  A good friend of mine told me recently that if you give all of yourself away, you don’t have anything else to give to anyone.  With that thought in mind, I made a promise to myself to carve out time for exercise, to recharge.  I still need to carve out time for myself.  I joined a gym this year in Jacksonville Beach, Titan Up Fitness.  I need accountability.  So far, my goal is to “tighten up at Titan Up”.

I completed the first week of their 13 challenge on Saturday.  I attended Boot Camp.  At the end, one of the trainers asked me how I felt.  I said, “Good, it gave me ideas of areas to improve on.” She said, “Are you breathing heavy?”  I said, “Yes!”  She responded, “Then you did great!”  It struck me as I researched definitions of inspire that she was absolutely right.

Origin of inspire

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French inspirer, from Latin inspirare, from in- + spirare to breathe

First Known Use: 14th century

I am so grateful to all the My Peak Challenge participants for inspiring me.  I am looking forward to the launch of the My Peak Challenge Prep Program February 1, 2016.  Thank you so much for reading!

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My Peak Challenge 2016

Happy New Year!  I’m learning I should also wish readers a Happy Hogmanay! I am getting ready for My Peak Challenge 2016. I participated last year, and am very excited to set new goals for myself for 2016, physical and non-physical goals.

Sam Heughan, Fight Camp, and Bear Strength Clothing Co. created a program to motivate individuals to reach their personal goals while at the same time raising money for Bloodwise. The success of My Peak Challenge was overwhelming.


I went to to register my interest to participate in My Peak Challenge 2016. My Peak Challenge launches in January, and I will receive an email alert to the email address I provided to web site when they’re ready to go.

Information for My Peak Challenge can be found on various social media platforms. #MyPeakChallenge is the dedicated hashtag.

Follow: @MyPeakChallenge @BearStrength @F1ghtCamp & of course, @SamHeughan on Twitter To reach YOUR peak.

You can also follow #MyPeakChallenge on Facebook and Instagram. – Facebook – Instagram

Bear Strength tweeted that welcome packs will be available January 5, 2016 for pre-order. The web site,, is user friendly, and converts to your preferred currency. They ship to the United States, and internationally. I have had a wonderful experience every time I have ordered from the company.

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When you order the welcome pack, you receive information, Peak Gear, photos and a % of your purchase goes to charity.  This is last year’s pack. The bears have tweeted there is a new shirt this year.


I am proud to be repping Bear Strength in Florida.  Through the miracle of Twitter, I met an Outlander Fan that lives in my neighborhood, so I have my workout buddy. You might find some of our FL adventures by following RiverCity Sassenachs @saltlifesassies.


I look forward to seeing and hearing from all of the #MyPeakChallenge participants!  Bear Strength, Fight Camp, and My Peak Challenge accounts  have teased bigger and better things for 2016.

I’ll just leave this tweet from The Box Magazine here.

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Thanks again for reading!

Jenny Mc

@jennymcinspired – Twitter


ThePeakPosse Basket is Back to Support Action for Children

I spoke to one of my favorite people, Bonnie Terbush, Friday afternoon.  Bonnie is the Administrator of a Facebook Group called ThePeakPosse.  During the course of actor Sam Heughan’s My Peak Challenge, ThePeakPosse decided to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research by raffling an Outlander inspired Gift Basket.  The Gift Basket consisted of over 60 donations, including autographed items. Within five weeks, the raffle raised in excess of $25,000.00 US Dollars.  Their second raffle for World Child Cancer, Caitriona Balfe’s charity, raised over $17, 400.00 US Dollars.  Please see my blog post, “What’s in the Peak Posse Basket? Love, Generosity, Creativity, and Hope”, to read more about the previous raffles.


As we talked, Bonnie shared the story of the first time she met Graham McTavish at a L.I. Geek event in May.  Bonnie told Graham that he was the first actor to donate to the first basket raffle, and she continued, “We would like to raise funds for your charity that you support.”  ThePeakPosse is now focusing fundraising efforts to raise money for Action for Children, Graham’s chosen charity.  Bonnie says, “This is the first time anyone has ever raised funds for a charitable organization on behalf of Graham McTavish.”  Action for Children works in the UK in local communities to protect and support the young and vulnerable, as they grow up. They believe in taking action early to fix problems before a child is overwhelmed by them, and they help children at different stages of their lives. Action for Children runs over 650 services, from children’s centers to intensive family support, from fostering and adoption to respite care for the disabled.  For more information about Action for Children, go to their website at  You can follow them on Twitter @actnforchildren.


The current Gift Basket raffle runs from July 1, 2015 through August 30, 2015 at 8:30pm ET.  The winner will be chosen at 8:30 pm ET and promptly announced. In addition to many fantastic goodies, the basket includes autographed items, a navy blue Bear Strength Clothing Co. hoodie donated by one of ThePeakPosse members, an Outlander Quilt, and a luxury one day tour of Scotland donated by Outlandish Journeys.

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Outlander Quilt

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To enter the Gift Basket raffle, just follow this two-step process.

  1. Donate to Action for Children, interested parties may donate to the following site:  Donations to “ThePeakPosse Just Giving page in support of Action for Children” are being generously matched by Macquarie, the employer of Heather Lee Ying, a member of ThePeakPosse.  In order for the match to occur, the following statement must be included within the donation message “In support of the fund-raising efforts, ThePeakPosse/Heather L.Y.
  2. As a Thank You, donors may enter to win the Gift Basket raffle in support of Action for Children at

Bonnie also created Ten Dollar Tuesday.  Every Tuesday is Ten Dollar Tuesday. Here are the directions:

  1. Donate a minimum of $10.00 to  In the donation description include your Twitter name, #TenDollarTuesday and your best guess (number) and the matching statement “In support of the fund-raising efforts, ThePeakPosse/Heather L.Y.
  2. Guess a number from 1-200.
  3. The numbers closest to the winning number on either side, will win a set of Jamie and Claire note cards by The Animated Life (they’re in the Gift Basket).


You can follow ThePeakPosse on Twitter @ThePeakPosse. Additionally, individuals are invited to ‘Like’ the Outlander-ThePeakPosse Fundraiser page on Facebook in order to follow their fundraising endeavors,  You can follow Bonnie on Twitter @BonnieTerbush.  I thoroughly enjoyed talking to Bonnie last week.  She is an inspiration to me.

Thank you so much for reading!

Jenny Mc

@jennymcinspired – Twitter

A Cookbook inspired by Outlander

When I started blogging in October, I did not know where my journey would take me.  I joined My Peak Challenge in January, and posted about my adventures.  My Peak Challenge, Sam Heughan, and Bear Strength Clothing Co. continue to be the most popular topics searched on my blog. I am happy to be in a place where I can create a buzz about all the positive activities surrounding Outlander and its stars.

A cookbook is being compiled to raise money for Sam Heughan’s charity Beat Blood Cancer and Caitriona Balfe’s charity World Child Cancer. We would like recipe contributions from all over the world. We are asking for favorite recipes from stars, friends, family, and fans. See below for instructions to submit your recipe.

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Dinna fash if you do not cook! You can always submit a recipe that you love to eat.

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(I have meme envy. I’ve always wanted to use Memes in my blog, and now I’ve been given permission.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to email I look forward to seeing your recipes. I’ll be including some of my own as well. Thank you again for reading!

Jenny Mc

@jennymcinspired – Twitter


Fitness Test #2 Retest – My Peak Challenge

Thank you faithful blog readers for joining me on my adventures during My Peak Challenge.  This short post was inspired by a series of my tweets today.

1.  You can find these at #Cinnotti’s #JaxBchFL #bakery #yum

2.  Confession time, I did eat 2 Bachelor Buttons. Smaller than plaid cookies. I thought @BAMStrength was pro cookie?
 3.  I’m going 2 get put in “sin box” #badinfluence
Feeling the need to repent, I decided to do 20 minutes of cardio, a combination of walking and jogging guided by my Wii fit.  I was pleasantly surprised by the results.  The first time I tested I walked/jogged 1.9 miles (approximately 3057 meters, if is correct) in 20 minutes.  Tonight, I walked/jogged 2.9 miles (4667 meters) in 20 minutes.  I’m not sure how accurate Wii fit really is with results, but I was pleased.  I only burned 129 calories, maybe the two cookies?
I took this pic with 6 minutes and 29 seconds remaining of my 20 minutes.
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For those of you suffering from Preschool story withdrawal, I’ll give you a snap shot.  We had a low of 28 degrees in North Florida today, too cold for the four-year old children that I teach.  Inside Recess was required.  “Chicken Fat” was requested, and the CD I have has a music track of the same 6 minute 29 second routine.  Second time through, I let them pick what exercise they like the most.  They asked, “Mrs. Mc, can you do a sit up?”  Of course!  I started to demonstrate, and one of my little boys rushed over to hold my feet.  He was so cute!  I said, “Someone at your house must exercise.”
I received the My Peak Challenge pack yesterday.  Thank you Bear Strength, F1ght Camp, and Sam Heughan for the inspiration!
All of the participants of My Peak Challenge are amazing!  The sense of community, positive attitude, strength, and tireless energy to work together towards the common goal to Beat Blood Cancers are awe-inspiring to me.
Thank you so much for reading!
Jenny Mc
@jennymcinspired – Twitter

BAM Strength Girls Work Out Playlist

Music inspires and motivates me to work out.  The BAM Strength Girls held a #BooTEAlicious contest for January.  I entered with a Work Out playlist.  I really enjoyed reading everyone’s playlists.  It was fun to see songs I had in common with others, for example, “Uptown Funk” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Take Me to Church” Hozier, “Peace of Mind” We Were Promised Jet Packs, and “Turn Down For What” DJ Snake and Lil John.  I always like to get ideas for new music.  I wanted to share mine with you.



Fight Camp’s John Valbonesi has been posting playlists on their Twitter page @F1ghtCamp.  Thanks John for helping this My Peak Challenge participant!  I added Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” after I saw it on his list.

I continue to look forward to my work outs and will start today with the BAMStrength Girls February challenge YoFlex.  The girls will be doing a combination arm strength and yoga challenge.

The Salt Life Sassenachs are still meeting regularly to walk 5k, you can find us on Twitter @SaltLifeSassies.  I’d love to hear your My Peak Challenge stories!

J Mc

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Adventures of a Preschool Teaching My Peak Challenge Participant

I started writing this blog inspired by my BAM Strength Girls Day 19 work out. This teacher learned slacking off on BAM Change work outs is not advisable. I did complete the half jacks, climbers, jumping jacks, push-ups, plank jump-ins, jumping T’s, high knees, and alternate arm/leg raises. I wondered afterwards if I would be able to stand up after sitting in one of these teeny tiny chairs the next day at school.


The rainy day in Florida yesterday reminded me of other inside recess days at school. I’ll incorporate time travel into my own writing as I take you back to the Monday after My Peak Challenge Fitness Test #1 which as a conscientious My Peak Challenge participant; I completed Sunday evening.

On this fateful Monday morning, I’ve completed all 6 minutes 29 seconds of “Chicken Fat” routine with Bear Cubs when I realize I still have 14 minutes of recess time to kill, (“Chicken Fat”, Kimbo Records, 1961 with Robert Preston on vocals, This particular video will educate as well as entertain. Some really interesting pictures in more ways than one.

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I am very tempted to share this post with Henri le Worm as I describe next activity. It is called “Parade of Colors”. Hap Palmer’s classic song is featured in this link,

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If children’s music playlists are not your idea of fun, I’ll briefly describe. This listening activity requires each child to march around the room with a bean bag of the color of their choice. When their color is called, they follow directions in song and stand up or sit down. I also chose a bean bag and participated with the children. I’ll be honest, I did choose my color based on how many times the color chosen would require me to stand up and sit down. My quads were burning.

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I co-teach with another teacher in the classroom. We are marching, music is playing, and we are listening for our color to be called. Mine is called, and I sit down, an audible groan passing my lips. I look up and catch the eye of my colleague who is trying to contain her laughter. I start laughing, and both of us dissolve into a fit of giggles. The children are clueless as to why we are laughing, “What’s so funny?”


If you’re interested in yesterday’s rainy day recess activity, we had a dance party.  The children voted on the playlist which consisted of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, Baha Men “Who Let The Dogs Out”, and Chubby Checker’s “The Twist”.  I am working on my own playlist for the BAM Strength Girls “BooTEAlicious” January contest.  The details can be found in their blog,  I’ll post mine here when I enter their contest.

Bear Strength is shipping first batch of pre-orders for My Peak Challenge Welcome Kits at the end of January.  On their Twitter page, these wonderful bears responded to a customer’s question about ordering the Welcome Kit in February, “You sure can.”  Smart bears.  Go check out their website for all the information,  You can follow them on Twitter @BearStrength.


Thank you again for reading!  I celebrated 300 plus followers on Twitter this week by giving a sneak peak behind the kilt.  The “J” stands for Jenny.  I look forward to seeing you on Twitter @jennymcinspired.  As always, I look forward to your comments!

J Mc

Jenny Mc @jennymcinspired

Peaks and Valleys

Thank you so much for your kind comments about the last blog post! Blogging is a new endeavor for me so I really appreciate your thoughts. I’m just an early forties woman having fun writing and now getting fit.

I started My Peak Challenge on January 1, 2015, and I’d like to share some of my own Peaks and Valleys from the first week.

Peak – I began the 30 Days of change with the BAM Strength Girls with the Day 1 Work Out on January 1st, and completed 5½ out of 7 daily workouts.   I say 5½ because I can’t in good conscience count the 10 minute Mickey Mousercise routine I did with my children in my class on Friday. You’d be surprised, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are really good instructors. I had a fun “shaking a tail feather” with Donald. “Ducks Dance Too” appears as the name of a track on the CD, I kid you not.


Valley – Wall Sits are not my friend. I would rather do Burpees than Wall Sits. You wouldn’t notice if I substituted something else for them, would you?

Peak – I put batteries back in my scale.

Valley – I stepped on the scale this morning, and I’ve gained 2 pounds. I will operate under the assumption that muscle mass weighs more than fat. Right???

Peak – My children are doing My Peak Challenge with me. I’m fortunate, they would rather be outside than anywhere else.  My daughter rode past me on her scooter, and said, “Look Mom, I’m doing my cardio!” It is gratifying to show them that good health and fitness should be a priority.


Valley – My daughter is quite the task master in the role of trainer. If you were a fly on the wall in my house, you would have heard, “You’re doing those Mountain Climbers wrong. You need to do them faster.” After Cross Climbers, I heard, “Ugh! Maybe you should just do something else.”

Overall, I experienced more highs than lows this week. My Salt Life Sassenach sister and I met three times, walking a 5K on two of those occasions. I found myself looking forward to the work outs. I loved reading all the encouragement from My Peak Challenge participants on Twitter and Facebook. You have all kept me motivated this week. Thank you!

My Peak Challenge Goals

  •  Complete the 30 Days of Change with the BAMStrength Girls, and stay in the habit of work outs.
  • Run a 5K.

Allow me to offer some background on my second goal. I don’t run. As a matter of fact, I usually tell people, “If you see me running, someone is chasing me.”  You are more likely to see me in a Zumba or a Yoga class. I figured it was time to try something new.

Thank you again for reading!  I am off to go back to the Bear Strength web site.  I discovered that even though I’m in Florida, I need a Bear Strength Hoody.  There was a light dusting of snow in my area.  Crazy!  Apparently, I also need to order my cubs/trainers My Peak Challenge gear,

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As always, I look forward to your comments!

J Mc

@jennymcinspired – Twitter

My Peak Challenge 2015

Happy New Year!  My New Year’s Resolution is to exercise more, (after I eat a traditional Southern meal of pork tenderloin, collard greens, black eyed peas, and corn bread.) Unless you count teaching four year olds, I have gotten out of the habit entirely.  My excuse has been that I don’t have time.  I think that as Moms we do tend to put ourselves last on the priority list.  A good friend of mine told me recently that if you give all of yourself away, you don’t have anything else to give to anyone.  With that thought in mind, I made a promise to myself to carve out time for exercise, to recharge.

You have probably figured out, dear reader, that I am a fan of Sam Heughan and Bear Strength Clothing Co.  My immense respect increased dramatically when they unveiled My Peak Challenge on December 28, 2014.  In collaboration with Fight Camp, they have created a program to motivate individuals to reach their personal goals while at the same time raising money for Beat Blood Cancer.  When you sign up, you receive information, Peak Gear, photos and a % of your purchase goes to charity.  It is explained so well at Bear Strength’s web site,


My Welcome Pack is ordered, and I am so excited to start my own challenge!  I have ordered a shirt and a vest in the past.  They are so soft! The web site,, is user friendly, and converts to US currency. They ship to the United States.  I had a wonderful experience the first time I ordered from the company.  They carry men’s women’s, and children’s apparel, with plans for #MyPeakChallenge merchandise for our bear cubs in the future.

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I followed the BAM Strength Girls blog in December,, and am ready to jump in with both feet today.  The 30 Days of Change Challenge kicks off on January 1, 2015.  Follow them on Twitter, @BAMstrength; they are using the hash tag #BAMchange to track the fun.

I am also going to borrow the #Heughligans ‏@Heughligans  Twitter post from three days ago,

Follow: @MyPeakChallenge @BearStrength @F1ghtCamp & of course, @SamHeughan To reach YOUR peak. … #MyPeakChallenge

You can also follow #MyPeakChallenge on Facebook and Instagram. – Facebook – Instagram

I was on Pinterest yesterday, and found some items posted by pinners when I searched “My Peak Challenge”.

I am proud to be repping Bear Strength in Florida.  Through the miracle of Twitter, I met an Outlander Fan that lives in my neighborhood, so I have my workout buddy, #MyPeakChallenge pack preordered, and Inspiration.

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You might find some of our FL adventures by following RiverCity Sassenachs @saltlifesassies.


I am going to have to think about posting pictures.  For now, I am very comfortable keeping myself covered in plaid.  I look forward to seeing and hearing from all of the #MyPeakChallenge participants!

Thanks again for reading!

Jenny Mc


Something for Everyone on your Christmas List Inspired by Outlander

I found lots of inspiration on  I saw several items for my own Christmas List.  For friends and family, I’ll start with the most obvious. For the book lover on your list, I would most definitely recommend Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. There are now eight books in the series. I have multiple copies of the first three books with versions on my Kindle, iBooks, and in paperback. My local bookstores are Books a Million and Barnes and Noble. Diana autographs books at her local bookstore, The Poisoned Pen, Diana’s web site is a great resource if you have questions,

If you are in the Cape Cod area, I discovered some fantastic bookstores on Chatham Island while I was on vacation. Where the Sidewalk Ends featured Outlander as a staff pick.

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For the music aficionados on your list, I would recommend the show’s theme song composed by Bear McCreary, “Outlander – Main Title Theme (Skye Boat Song) [feat. Raya Yarbrough]”. My other recommendation would be the album Unravelling by We Were Promised Jetpacks, FatCat Records, 2014. The group is based in Glasgow, and the alternative album is produced by Paul Savage. Both are already in my iTunes music library.

For the chef in your life, you can surprise them with A Taste of Outlander, by Theresa Carle-Sanders. She is professional chef and a huge fan of the Outlander book series. I have made Theresa’s Shepherd’s Pie recipe, and both of my picky children gave it a two thumbs up review. “Mom, you should make this again!” Information to purchase the cookbook is on her website,

For the Exercise Enthusiast, I will direct you to Bear Strength Clothing Co. I have ordered a shirt and a vest, and they are so soft! The web site is user-friendly, and converts to US currency. You can find them at, and they ship to the United States. I had a wonderful experience the first time I ordered from the company. They carry men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel.



I haven’t forgotten the children on your list. If a Scout Elf visits your house from the North Pole, Elf on the Shelf has designed a Tartan skirt and boots combination. This Claus Couture Collection piece can be found exclusively at Target.


While shopping on Chatham Island, I stumbled upon the most adorable store. Ducks in the Window carries more rubber ducks than I have ever seen in one place.

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As you can see, a duck in a kilt is a must buy. It was the last one, so of course I bought him. I have also seen similar items on the Oriental Trading web site,

For the fashionista, it can be tricky; however, plaid seems to be a safe choice. I don’t think it is just my selective attention at work here either. I am seeing plaid everywhere. These two items made it into my shopping cart at Target. Notice the teal and black, in honor of the Jacksonville Jaguars fans on the list.

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I found this Cashmink acrylic scarf at Stein Mart.


If you are feeling brave, you could also visit The company makes hand-made ladies Celtic and Renaissance clothing. They are also coming out with a children’s line. I met some very nice representatives of the company at the Lannadoo Festival last weekend. My husband asked me what colors I preferred. He said, “If I am wearing my kilt to the NE FL Highland Games, you should also have something appropriate to wear.” I wouldn’t be surprised to find one of their creations under my tree.


For the person who has everything, you might consider a subscription to Starz. I firmly believe the show Outlander is worth the price of subscription. If you have children, our cable bundle also includes the Starz Kids&Family Channel. We all enjoy watching movies together.

On a different note, look what I found while shopping at my school’s Used Book Sale.

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The second and third pictures are from the book, The Cooking of the British IslesThe Crofter and the Laird, by John McPhee, according to the description on the back of the book, “gives us a deep and rich portrait of the terrain, the history, the legends, and the people of this fragment of the Hebrides.”  My husband will thank me for this book about his clan that I never would have found if not for my “obsession”.

I’ve made shopping for me easy on my family considering I have already purchased most items on this list. I know all of you are on Santa’s Good List, I hope you find an Outlander Christmas under the tree! Happy Shopping!  We have 17 weeks until April 4th, and 26 shopping days until Christmas.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Jenny Mc