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Sunday, August 18, 2013


Today was a fun day. It started off annoying because I was tired and not wanting to dealing with a fussy almost 3 year old.

We woke up, I Vlogged my #VEDA topic right away because of the prompt for VEDA day 18 and we went to the early service at church. Immediately I regretted that... if you click on the link you will see I am not a very good morning person. I didn't have coffee, my husband was going golfing after church and that left me to go to the grocery store with a whiny almost 3 year old by myself, then to my house to clean... which my house was in serious need of.

I managed to take care of all of that and listen to my very favorite book "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon while cleaning. This really perked up my day. Listening to my favorite book and accomplishing something much needed while my daughter napped (YAY for Nap time!) was really uplifting. I stopped when she woke up because it's almost impossible to clean while she is up. I couldn't believe how much I got done while she napped! I have so much more room (for activities... hope you get that reference) after rearranging the living and dining rooms! I mean, not a ton this place is small, but more free space which makes me happy.

After a bit I headed to my friends house to pick him up and carpool to another friends birthday party at the lake. There was good friends and fun there. I rented a paddle board for the first time and took turns with the kids giving them a little ride each before having to return it for the night. It was a great work out and my daughter was watched by friends as I took kids out. My husband finally got done with his long day of golf and I was really glad to see him. My daughter was in a great mood after her nap, an although I would have loved one myself earlier in the day, the day still turned out to be pretty darn good.

Switching Subjects...

School is going extremely well and I am writing an essay on Exercise and Obesity that I plan on sharing here after it is finished in the next month or so.

Glad I finally had time to write a blog post. Feels good, just like today.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

"Never Wax Your Hoo-Ha!"

I saw this posted on Facebook posted by Wive Approved's page and laughed so hard I had to share!


All hair removal methods have tricked women with their promises of easy, painless hair removal - The Epilady, scissors, razors, Nair and now....the wax. Read on..........
My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner, play with the kids.

I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours: 'Maybe I should get the waxing kit from the medicine cabinet. So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom.

It was one of those 'cold wax' kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off. No muss, no fuss. How hard can it be?

I mean, I'm not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out. (YA THINK!?!) So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees. ('Cold wax,' yeah...right!) I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull.

It works!

OK, so it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me! I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin Extraordinaire. With my next wax strip I move north. After checking on the kids I sneak back into the bathroom for the ultimate hair fighting championship. I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet...

Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (it was a long strip).

I inhale deeply and brace myself.... RRRRIIIPPP!!!!

I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!..... OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!!
Vision returning, I notice that I've only managed to pull off half the strip.


Another deep breath and RIPP! Everything is spinning and spotted. I think I may pass out.... I must stay conscious.... I must stay conscious. Do I hear crashing drums??? Breathe, breathe.... OK, back to normal.

I want to see my trophy - a wax covered strip, the one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair. I hold up the strip!

There's no hair on it. Where is the hair??? WHERE IS THE WAX???

Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip... it's not! I touch....I am touching wax. I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair. Then I make the next BIG mistake ... Remember my foot is still propped upon the toilet? So I put my foot down.

Sealed shut! My butt is sealed shut. Sealed shut! I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself 'Please don't let me get the urge to poop....my head may pop off!'

What can I do to melt the wax? Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!! I'll run the hottest water I can stand in the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right ???


I get in the tub - the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit. Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together, is having them glued together and then glued to the bottom of the tub.....in scalding hot water. Which, by the way, does not melt cold wax.

So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cemented myself to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!! I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some secret of how to get me undone. It's a very good conversation starter.

'So, my butt and hoo-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!'

There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants to know exactly where the wax is located, 'Are we talking cheeks or hoo-ha?' She's laughing out loud by now ... I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box. YEAH!!!!! Right!! I should be the joke of someone else's night.

While we go through various solutions, I resort to trying to scrape the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels better than to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!! By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event.

My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace.....the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax. What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub some on and OH MY GOD!!! The scream probably woke the kids and scared the dickens out of my friend. It's sooo painful, but I really don't care.


I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up. I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and despair....THE HAIR IS STILL THERE.......ALL OF IT!

So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now. Nothing hurts. I could have amputated my own leg at this point.

Next week I'm going to try hair color......how bad can that turn out???

Sunday, July 7, 2013

I can't come up with a clever title

I miss blogging. I really need to find time to write more often and more regular.

I am going into my 3rd week of online college tomorrow at Grand Canyon University, and it's a pretty easy class right because it's University Success. University Success focuses on the online navigation through the system they use (LoudCloud) and navigation of resources you can find online. SO being from the technology age and having grown up using computers and having to type my papers in Jr. High and High School this class is easy. This doesn't mean it's not time consuming. I spent a good portion of today doing a "Scavenger Hunt" for a ton of things GCU has available online, I could find it on my own but they made an assignment where I actually needed to create a word doc for it and turn it in... it was like 6 pages long....

I am going for my degree in accounting, and since this class focuses on communication and navigation it will be interesting to see how you have discussion questions and classroom conversations in mathematics. I mean posting a question about a book or getting an opinion on psychology is different because you can have opinions and different points of view but in Math... 1+1 always = 2... so I think it will be interesting to see how that goes.

On the other hand in my personal life I am running 2 5k's in the next 2 weeks and ate like crap this weekend. I had a TON of fun with family and friends, but I had the 4th of July BBQ and 2 birthday parties, then a night out with friends at an Irish Pub and then hit up a lounge so alcohol was involved and most people are aware they don't really make "skinny" drinks calorie wise. So this next week is shape up and work it off week to say the least.

Aside from that I am pretty sure I am going to have a blast at these runs... Call me crazy but yes fun! One is an after dark run through the old part of downtown, the other is Rugged Maniac which has over 20 obstacles! I can't wait!!! I am doing both with friends so it should be hilarious!

I finally made time a few weeks ago to add some songs to my YouTube page so check these out!

Now leave a comment and have a good rest of your day/night!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Back to School

Life is so busy...

I don't want it to be that way but it's just the way it is when I cram everything (or try)   into the day. I need to fix that and decide what is most important.  Well I think I am on the right track with priority... I am finally going to go back to school and get my Bachelor's in accounting. It is time to stop complaining about jobs that don't pay enough or of no opportunity. While I realize this will contribute to my lack of time already, I believe this will make me get a schedule of normal chores and family time. I am going to have to be more disciplined and say no to hanging out sometimes. I need to focus on what matters and get through this for my family and in return have a better job with the ability to have more family outings and vacations. Less stress about money and what we can afford and build a savings for my daughters college fund and potential adoption of another child. I pray I can be given strength and better time management skills.

Did I mention I am blogging on my lunch...

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Night Dinner

I am very excited about this post because it is my first ever virtual dinner! My good blogger friend Emmy invited 3 of us to the kick off of Friday Night Dinner! 2 of us made it this Friday!

She is such a good host she had dinner out and ready for us with some take out Chinese because she didn't feel like burning the house down, especially when her cute dog Bandit was also very excited about this dinner, so excited he greeted us at the door! (Such manners!)

Emmy breaks right into it since she is aware Sarah and I do not know each other.

Emmy: To get conversation going, what do you all want to know about each other? 

If you know me... I am not shy so I jump right on this and the conversation goes as follows:

Me: Hmmm Well...I am not going to lie, my brain is not working 100% today lol SO I googled some ice breakers and picked some of my favorites so here I go:

1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

2. Name one thing you really like about yourself.

3. What is one thing you are looking forward to for summer? (in light of where I live getting warmer this week)

Here are my answers:

1. Scotland! I am in love with the land and the heritage, I am a sucker for romance books that have to do with a hot Scottish man! (Oh did I mention my husband happens to be part Scottish and has dark deep red hair? Among other things I am also part Scottish) I love the accent and there is so much I want to see, It looks gorgeous.

(for more on Question 2 Click HERE, for more on Question 3 Click HERE but only after you read the rest on Question 1, silly!)

Emmy: Haha. I love that you love Scotland and married a Scottish man. I can never decide on just one place that I would want to go. There is so much to see! Lately though I've been thinking about London a lot.

Sarah: I've been to a several places (40+ states, 12 countries, 3 continents), but the one place I've always wanted to go that I've never been to is France. All over it, to be honest. I want to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. All of the beautiful places that Monet painted in his Water Lilies. 

Emmy: Sarah- I'm so jealous of all of the places you've been to. For real. Which one has been your favorite?

Sarah: Emmy, there certainly are advantages to growing up as a military brat, that's for sure. Lol. As for my favorite place I've visited...that's kind of hard, as I visited several of the countries (Italy, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, and Germany) when I was about 3-years-old. If I remembered more of them, they might be my favorite, but since my memories of my time there are very vague, I can't say they really qualify. All I can say is I've been there. Of the ones that I legitimately remember, I'd say my favorite was probably Scotland, specifically the Isle of Skye. It's this beautiful spot in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. It takes like...9 hours to drive there and that's basically the only way to get there, but man is it worth it. The drive is gorgeous and the whole area is just breathtaking. I'd love to go back there. But I also really enjoyed Chiang Dao in Thailand. I would've liked to spend more than a couple of days there and would definitely love to go back.
Sandy, where in Scotland is your husband from? And does he have one of those crazy thick accents that are really hard for most people to understand? I noticed when I was in Scotland that there accents are soooo distinct and you can literally go 100 miles and not be able to understand the new accent because they're that different. Kind of cool, but also somewhat frustrating. Lol.

Emmy:And I always forget Sarah that your dad is in the military. That makes sense now! It's so great that you loved Scotland too though. Yay for people finding things in common! And I feel like Tailand would be interesting. One of these days I'm going to have to make it to Europe though. 

Me: Sarah- I didn't mean to be confusing my husband isn't FROM Scotland, he is part Scottish and has a lot of the Scottish look. Sorry for that! I wonder if I was a Military brat if I would still be terrified of flying... because if anything keeps me from actually going to Scotland that would be it... I HATE flying... I always try to give my fear up to God... but then I usually get a strong drink and I am still afraid! So dumb I know. If I ever go, the Isle of Skye is on the top of my list! 
Anyone read the Outlander series of books? Well they are amazing! (If you have read them you know that that was not a leap in topic lol)

As the night wrapped up, it was like three old friends hanging out. I had a great time at Emmy's first official Friday Night Dinner and hope to be invited again soon! 

Don't forget to check them and the rest of our conversation out and/or follow them on Twitter. Emmy @lovewokemeup and @dce_emilyh. Sarah @sarahannehayes , and if you aren't already following me I'm @sandywessel.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

It's all in the planning

So has anyone else realized just how much taxes hit you this year? OH MY GOSH! Going over our income and budget for this month and looking at the past 2 months I just can't believe how much less we are bringing in! It has made a huge difference in the not so good way! So this month more than ever we are buckling down! So it means I need to REALLY find places to cut out spending. I am finding out that eating healthy is actually cheaper so I have looked in my cupboards and looked at some yummy recipes that are healthy on Skinny Mom and have come up with this weeks meal plan.

 I will be making some great breakfast burritos for the husband and am using Advocare shakes for my breakfast. My daughters breakfast and lunch she gets at daycare. We have healthy sandwich stuff for lunch and I am making Skinny Shrimp Tacos for myself (because my husband doesn't like shrimp and it is packed with protein and calcium! Great for my lunch workout recovery. Dinner's are looking pretty tasty too! I am excited to try these so please click the next few links and give them a shot.
Skinny Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (Use this in some of the following recipes)
Spinach Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce
Skinny Lasagna Rolls
Skinny Turkey Meatloaf
Skinny Chicken Florentine

Greek yogurt, fruits, veggies and almonds for snacks :)

That is 4 meals sure to have leftovers because of the serving sizes that will get us through 7 dinners. So let's see if I can feed us for less than $100 this week, be full and healthy!

I am just praying we stick to our budget with no surprises this month (unless that is money coming in!) so that we can build our savings back up and do the things we have planned this summer! And if all goes well this year we will get rid of our only car payment and own both of our cars! YAY!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Newest Song

So this is the newest song I decided to do! Any suggestions on my next one? 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Healthy Healthy Healthy!

I have made some big strides in the past month... yes in just the past month! The ENTIRE month of January I ate healthy meals, and snacks. I worked out 5 days a week every week the ENTIRE month! I was determined and committed and it paid off! Friday Feb 1st 2013 I posted this on Facebook:

"Ok so today is a BIG DEAL!!! I have FINALLY reached my pre-pregnancy weight! After 2 pregnancies 1 c-section and a miscarriage my body has finally reached it!! It has taken a ton of hard work and time and I am just excited to get UNDER my pre-pregnancy weight and be in better shape too!" 

I went from 151.6 lbs to 144 lbs in 1 month! That is 7.6 lbs! And I lost over 3 inches a little more in a few areas! I could not be more happy with my dedication and progress! I only have 4 lbs to go until I hit my goal and see how much further I want to go. 

I am now having fun trying new recipes and making better choices, it makes me realize just how bad America eats. We are given such high calorie low nutritional food EVERY where! It's so easy to access! But I am learning that it isn't always cheaper to eat healthy! I also am so grateful for pinterest because there are so many recipes out there that I find! I wanted to share 4 recipes I am trying out this week! I got 3 from http://skinnymom.com/category/food/ and the other on biggestloser.com, I am sure they are all good, but we shall see!!! 

Italian Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
·         1 medium spaghetti squash
·         1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
 1 pound fresh Italian chicken sausage
 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced (green and yellow)
 1/2 cup onion, diced
·         1/4 cup red cherry pepper, minced
·         2 cloves garlic, minced
·         1 cup marinara sauce
·         1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Cut the two ends off of the spaghetti squash, and cut in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the seeds and discard.  Place the squash halves cut side down in a large glass baking dish.  Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 5 – 7 minutes, until soft.  Remove from the microwave, and use a fork to scrape out the insides of the squash, forming spaghetti-like strands. Transfer the squash strands to a bowl, and return the squash halves to the glass baking dish.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Remove the casings from the sausage, and brown in the skillet, breaking up the sausage as it cooks.  Once the sausage is browned, add the peppers, onion, and garlic. Continue to cook for an additional 4-5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

Add the reserved squash strands and the cup of marinara sauce.  Stir to combine with the sausage mixture, and cook for a few minutes until the mixture comes together and there is no excess moisture in the pan.

Fill each of the squash halves with the sausage mixture, and top with the grated Parmesan cheese.  Bake for 20 minutes, until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted and golden.  Serve immediately.

Skinny Turkey Rigatoni
Yield: 8 cups
Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories per serving: 305
Fat per serving: 9g
·        4 cups (32 oz) tomato sauce
·         1 lb. ground turkey
·         4 cups cooked rigatoni, look for a whole wheat variety (about 2 1/2 cups uncooked pasta)
·         1 1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese, divided
·         Cooking spray
·         1/4 cup (1 oz) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
·         Instructions
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.     Cook ground beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned; stir to crumble.
3.     Drain well.
4.     Combine beef, rigatoni, tomato sauce, and 1 cup mozzarella in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
5.     Top with 1/2 cup mozzarella and grated Parmesan.
6.     Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

  Skinny Mexican Casserole
     • 1 can (2 cups) fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
     • 2 (4.5-ounce) cans chopped green chiles, divided
    • 1 3/4 pounds skinned, boned chicken breasts
    •  2 teaspoons olive oil
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 1 cup skim milk
    • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) light cream cheese
    • 1 (10-ounce) can enchilada sauce
    • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas OR 4 Lo-Carb Multi-grain Tortillas (healthier option)
    • Cooking spray
    • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese $
    • 1 ounce tortilla chips, crushed (about 6 chips)
    1.     Combine broth and 1 can of chiles in a large skillet; bring to a boil. Add chicken; reduce heat, and simmer   15 minutes or until chicken is done, turning chicken once.
    2.     Remove chicken from cooking liquid, SAVING cooking liquid; cool chicken. Shred meat with two forks, and set aside.
    3.     In the same skillet used to cook the chicken - with the leftover cooking liquid - heat oil over medium-high heat. Add 1 can of chiles and onion; saute 3 minutes or until soft.
    4.     Add milk and cream cheese - stir until cream cheese is melted.
    5.     Add Monterey Jack (or whatever shredded cheese you are using), stir until cheese is melted.
    6.     Add enchilada sauce and mix well.
    7.     Add chicken (cue the, oh crap I should have used a bigger skillet sigh) Mix CAREFULLY. oy.
    8.     Layer two tortillas in a lightly greased baking dish
    9.     Top with half of your chicken mixture
    10.  Repeat - two tortillas then the other half of your chicken mixture. Top the last layer with cheddar cheese and chips. 
     11.  Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. 
     Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311; Total Fat: 11g; Total Carbs: 16g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Protein: 38g; Sugar 2g WW Points Plus: 8

  Broiled Barbeque Pork Chops
       8 ounces pork chops, center-cut, 1-1/4 inches thick
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup barbecue sauce, bottled
       Place the pork chops in a broiler pan. Mix together the garlic powder, mustard, brown sugar and barbeque sauce, and brush the mixture on the chops. Put the broiler pan on the top oven rack, 4 to 5 inches from the heat source, and broil for 8 to 10 minutes per side.
      Makes 4 servings
       Per serving:
119 calories, 13 g protein, 6 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat (<1 g saturated), 38 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 112 mg sodium

Saturday, January 19, 2013

KROD Match

I had Edwin this month! He is super nice and just has fun doing KROD, we missed him the last 2 months but he is back. Check him out!

Monday, January 7, 2013

2013 is a NEW YEAR!

If you are reading this... WE DIDN'T DIE! The 2 or three times that ya know... the end of the world was suppose to happen in 2012. Just goes to show that no one knows when the world will end. SO let's talk about the things I want this year to hold and you can share with me what you want this year in the comments below :)

So one of the first things of this year I would like to see happen is a typical new year resolution, I want  to loose weight BUT this year is MUCH less than last year because I lost about 45 lbs last year! I only want to loose 15 lbs! Reachable! I want to loose this by mid march at the latest! I am doing body by vi shakes to help me loose those extra pounds. I am ok with where I am now but I don't want to settle for ok, I want to get my body in the best shape I can. Along with the body by vi shakes I am working out as I have been since I started getting back to my pre-baby body.

The second thing I want to do is get out of debt and increase savings. I don't want to owe anyone anything again. Debt is slavery and I do not want to  have it anymore... The only debt I want to have is when we buy a house some day... if we ever decide where to for sure live.

That leads me to my 3rd goal which is move out of my Mother in laws house and hopefully into a house and not another apartment. I want safe neighborhood with a house, it doesn't have to be big but at least have a yard so we can play with my daughter and make it our own for the next little bit of time we are there. I don't want to buy a house because we want to move out of state and we would like it to be easier to make that transition.

Also I would like to start a book club! I love reading now, and if I can't find time to physically read I listen to audible.com books. I listen to books all week at work and it is great! I want to start a book club this year, even if it is small.

Lastly I want to try out new churches and find a good fit for our family where we can be a little involved and trust them. I want to start singing at church again. I miss it.

So in review here are my goals:
1. Loose 15 lbs
2. Get out of Debt/grow savings
3. Move out into a place we can settle
4. Start a book club
5. Find a new home church

I feel my goals are all realistic and obtainable with a little work. I will need encouragement and a few pushes to keep some of these but I think I can do it!

Now if I can just not be sick, I can get moving!