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Noonday Collection Adoption Fundraiser

This evening I had the privilege to spend some time with a wonderful group of ladies for a more than wonderful cause.  More on that in just a minute…


For supper, I boiled a few eggs and baked some chicken to shred and made a quick chicken salad with a little mayo, brown spicy mustard and pickle relish.  For those of you that have seen this trick on Pinterest, it WORKS!  Pinterest Pass with flying colors!  I enjoyed a handful of mixed nuts while I was mixing together my chicken salad and then sprinkled a few on top as well.

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Now back to my wonderful evening!

The beautiful Wendy Wilson hosted a Noonday Collection Style Show Adoption Fundraiser to help support her friend Erin’s adoption.  Erin and her husband are adopting Lincoln (15 months) and Piper (6 months) from Africa and Wendy and her husband adopted the precious Roxie Kyle a few months ago as well (and are in the process of adopting little Hudson) so adoption is extremely close to her heart.

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Isn’t she gorgeous?!

Noonday Collection was founded by Joe and Jessica Honegger in 2010 after a visit to Uganda and their own personal decision to adopt from Rwanda as a means to raise money for the costly adoption process.

From their website:

At Noonday Collection, we believe every child belongs in a family. While the owner is no longer raising money for their Rwandan adoption (though they think more adoptions will come), the vision remains the same. We advocate for the orphan by:

  • Providing jobs that create a pathway out of poverty for families. A stable income means a family is less likely to abandon their child.
  • Help families raise money for their own adoptions. We give 10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host a trunk show.
  • Aside from donating 10% towards qualified adoptive families, Noonday Collection also gives towards orphan care and prevention. Watch the video to see one of our beneficiaries.
  • The dream: Take YOU on a trip to visit artisans and visit orphans in their distress.

Who wouldn’t want to support this?!  And all of the jewelry and accessories that make up Noonday Collection are truly unique pieces that you aren’t going to find anywhere else.

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You can see Lincoln and Piper there!


Sorry for the blurry pics, but here’s the snacks 🙂

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Even shoes!


Our Noonday Collection Ambassador Kayce explained to us the founding and history of Noonday and how the whole program works and also showed us several of the pieces on display as well as in the catalog which was FULL of great accessories.

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Wendy, Kayce, and Erin

If you have any questions about Noonday or want more information, please let me know and I will be more than happy to let you know more!  It was a wonderful evening, like I said, and I can’t wait to see Lincoln and Piper in person!

When I got back home, this happened.


Before you freak out, it is in fact a worm and not a snake, but still.

After Ryman went to bed, I managed to crank out a 2 1/2 mile run and a quick arm circuit-12 reps of bicep curls, tricep extensions, hammer curls, and tricep kickbacks and I did 3 rounds of that.  I also completely my 100 sit-ups for the day. Woo!

On a side note, my blog will be getting a face lift tomorrow forcing me to  be out of commission until Saturday so PLEASE be sure to check back in on Saturday and hopefully a new and improved, fresh-faced Sugar Coated Sheridan will await you.

139th Kentucky Derby

Being a born and raised Kentucky girl, I would be remiss if I did not say a big congratulations to the winner of the supper muddy 139th Kentucky Derby, Orb.  Congratulations Orb and Louisville native, Shug McGaughey!  I had picked Java’s War (just because the name supported my coffee love) and Andy had picked Normandy Invasion (just because he liked the name).  I don’t know if it’s my love for animals in general or the horse culture ingrained in my home state, but I always love watching the beautiful horses as they prance across the television screen in their regal way.



We started this Derby day with Starbucks and ran around with a now 48 hour fever free Rylnn and despite the weather reports of an all day rain fest, it didn’t rain once!  It was quite a bit colder than it has been, so we weren’t able to spend as much time outside, but we did find some mud puddles (of course) got to swing a little, watch Papa bush-hog a field, and play a little hide and seek.


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We decided to head to Paducah to grab an early supper at Flamingo Row and if you’re ever in the West KY area, I highly recommend it.  Always a favorite with my family, it’s a very different Caribbean soul type restaurant/café atmosphere that specializes in their Fillymingos, which are stuffed breads and they also have all kinds of sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, salads, and hamburgers.

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They also have a giant iguana (which Rylnn is super infatuated with) and he gets an iguana coloring page, always a plus with a 2 ½ year old boy.  This evening Andy had the Voodoo Burger, Rylnn had the cheese stuffed kid’s Fillymingo with fries, and I had the Boola Bites (sliders) and of course the little loaf of bread they bring to the table that’s a little garlicky but wonderful!

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By the time we got back home, I had just a sliver of daylight left and took advantage completing a 3 mile run just in time to see the sun sink over the top of the trees.  Now time to relax and enjoy a nice Saturday night at home 🙂

More Peas, Thank You Winner!

Another B-E-A-utiful afternoon for a run!

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However, the bad news is my legs felt like molasses running through quicksand.  Combine that with some anti-histamines already in my system drying me out as I try to fight off an impending allergy attack…needless to say, it was not a great run.  I did happen to see a black racer slither right over this bridge and that sped me up considerably as I RAN THE OTHER WAY!

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After the run, I picked up my Ryman and we headed over to Papa and Gamma’s (my mom and dad’s) for some play time and supper.  If you have ever read my blog before, you know how I feel about my mother’s cooking.  It’s hands down the greatest and that’s all there is to say about that!

Tonight we had grilled pork chops and asparagus, garlic bread, fried potatoes, and homemade applesauce with chocolate chip pound cake for dessert.  It was fantabulous!

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Then we headed right back outside to finish out the beautiful day.

When we got home, I found a package on my doorstep!  A few weeks ago, I won Tina’s Carrots ‘N’ Cake blog More Peas, Thank You cookbook giveaway!  When I opened the package, I was surprised by not only the cookbook, but a tumbler, a fruit-infused water bottle, and an insulated tote!  I get so excited when I get mail anyway, but I was totally surprised to see all the goodies that came with this wonderful vegetarian cookbook.

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I love that the cookbook starts by introducing not only the author, Sarah Matheny, but her family as well and then lists all of her pantry, fridge and freezer basics to help you be prepared to start any of her recipes.  She also has a substitution and a metric conversion section (always helpful) and all of her recipes start with a story and most mention or reflect her faith.  I love it!

I flipped through most of the vegetarian recipes and I’m really excited to try some of the dinner dishes, but this one recipe caught my eye immediately…I mean chocolate and peanut butter.  I think so.


Now it’s off to shower and to the bed…

This was my first EVER giveaway win…Have you ever won a giveaway?

Sunshine and French Bread Pizza

This afternoon was made for running!  Look at this beautiful-ness!

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I was actually able to just let myself run, and while it was still hard (running is NEVER easy for me) I really didn’t focus on my time and I enjoyed it so very much.  I even wound up finishing just around a minute slower than I usually run, so I was happy with that too.

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After that, I grabbed up my Ryman and headed home to play outside when Papa rode up on the Kawasaki Mule with some minnows to dump in the pond, located just beyond our front yard.  Rylnn was SUPER excited so we jumped in and rode to the pond so Rylnn could “help” his Papa and then we HAD to go across the road and see Babydoll the horse, and Rylnn actually wanted to get on her (shocking!) so he sat on a horse for the first time ever.  I was one proud Mama!

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From there, we had to go see the chickens and Rylnn just walked right in like he owned the place (my brave boy, I’m so very scared of them!) and then we came back to the house so we could start a late supper.


Rylnn helped me make our French Bread Pizzas, which are a wonderful, quick and super easy and CHEAP dinner.  I just take a whole loaf of french bread and slice it in half (just because that’s all we’ll eat between the three of us, but you can use the whole loaf or even two if you have several eating) then slice it lengthwise and top with sauce and all your favorite pizza toppings.  (It’s also a great way to use up leftover red or white sauce).

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Tonight, after a quick brush of olive oil on the crust, I used red sauce on one half and white sauce on the other, then added mushrooms to one half and then red and green bell peppers to both and topped with cheddar and parmesan cheeses and stuck them in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes.  Depending on what toppings and how much cheese you use, the time will vary.

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After supper, it was back outside to enjoy the rest of the daylight, then bath and bedtime.  I love these wonderful warm, sunny days!

If You Run One Step, You ARE a Runner

It seems like over the last few weeks I’ve had more conversations with folks that want to start running, but don’t know where to start, what kind of goals to set, or they simply just don’t feel like they can.  Trust me, if I can, YOU can too!

I started running back in high school, so I’ve got about 14 years (eek!) of running behind me and if you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I have a love/hate relationship with running.  I think it’s the most effective yet the most strenuous and difficult exercise out there and I think staying motivated is one of the hardest parts of being a runner.  It’s all mental, trust me!

There are so many good free websites and apps out there that can help ANYONE become a runner and achieve any goal that you set.

Some of my favorites

Couch to 5K-One of my favorite plans (also comes in app format) that I believe if I was just starting out, I would definitely utilize as it starts you out slowly and combines walking and jogging for various time periods.  By the end of 9 weeks, you would be able to run a 5K!


Hal Higdon Training Plans-I have been a big fan of all the Hal Higdon training programs, and used his Novice 2 Half Marathon training program when I trained and ran my first (and only) half marathon last year.  His plans also come in app form and his website contains training programs for 5K, 8K, 10K, 15K and 10 miles, Half-Marathons, Marathons, and Post Marathons, as well as Triathlon training and walking training.

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Runner’s World-As a current subscriber to Runner’s World magazine, I feel like I would be doing them an injustice if I did not recommend them as well.  Each month, they feature some type of training program for some type of race/fitness level and they are always very well researched with results.  I really liked this 8 week beginner’s program featured on their website but they offer 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, and Marathon training programs as well and their website is also full of all kinds of running tips like running for cold weather, stretching, pace calculators, etc.

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Workout Playlist-If I am not running in some super scenic place (and sometimes even if I am) I have to have some type of music to keep my mind off the thud, thud, thud noise of my feet (It really is all mental!) so here is a link to one of my favorite blogs to read, Peanut Butter Fingers and her amazing playlists that she has put together.  I am a huge lover of all kinds of music anyway, so putting together playlists for races or just an everyday run is always fun for me and switching the music up keeps my mind from focusing on the fact that I feel like I’m going to pass out halfway through my run.


Hope some of my favorite training plans/tips can help because I know they have definitely helped me over the last few years and if you have any tips or suggestions, please share!  Happy Monday!

Sunday Snapshots

I am very pleased to report that I did in fact finish my 3 miles last night and I did it in right under 30 minutes, so goal accomplished!

My Sunday Snapshots


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My day in pictures…Hope everyone had as wonderful of a Sunday as I did 🙂

Fat Witch Wicked Brownies

Since arriving back home from NYC this week, I have been completely and continuously exhausted!  I guess all the walking and not getting as much sleep as I’m used to (I require A LOT!) has caught up with me and I’ve just felt like a zombie for the last few days.

Today was a pretty lazy Saturday, for the most part.  We trekked into Paducah, for one purpose and one purpose only, to drop off my dear broken vacuum.  I am embarrassed to say how long it’s been since I’ve vacuumed my house, due to a short in the cord that makes me so angry when I even attempt to vacuum, it’s better for my sanity and my household to just live in filth!

After dropping it off, we came back home and played outside for about 15 minutes before it started raining yet again, so we came in and played with cars, watched some videos, and made macaroni and cheese…A classic.

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Today, I also sampled my three Fat Witch brownies that I purchased in NYC and was quite impressed with The Wicked Brownie.  The regular brownie was pretty good and the java brownie was good as well, but it didn’t have a very “java” flavor like I was hoping.  I would definitely recommend The Wicked Brownie though 🙂

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I am ashamed to say that I have not worked out one time since I returned from NYC but this evening I will remedy that situation!  I am determined to do at least three miles on my treadmill, and it may be super slow or half way walked, but three miles I will do.

Hope everyone has had a wonderful Saturday 🙂  Off to see if I can find my treadmill under the dust bunnies…

Tuesday Travel

After a LONG and bit of a crazy drive last night with two of my favorite co-workers (which included a stint on a two lane road with no lights) to a LONG and wildlife filled drive today (including turkeys, a dead armadillo, and a fox) we finally made it back home in time for me to grab my boy and head to the house.

We immediately changed clothes and ran straight back outside until the daylight was gone, swinging and playing in puddles.  I love being a mom to such a playful boy 🙂


Getting ready now to get on the phone to get details all organized for NYC on Saturday (Woo!!!) and then to the treadmill for a nice run.

I also want to add a little note about Boston.  Since I posted yesterday before I really had many details, I want to say once again that my heart breaks for all the people who are dealing with this tragedy.  I choose to keep this blog positive so I’m not going to rant and rave about the state of our world, because we all know that we live in a lost and completely fallen nation.  What I will choose to say is that while there are a few sick and twisted people in this world, I focus on all the people who ran TO the bomb site to help.  All the first responders, EMT’s, paramedics, police officers, runners that ran to hospitals to donate blood…For the ONE or TWO that had a hand in planning such a horrific event, HUNDREDS ran to help, and for that, I am truly thankful.  Proves to me that there is still hope here, God is still in control and I know as a runner I will remember every time I take a step onto the road and every time I run a race, I will pray for those affected and I will remember those who were lost.  Pray for Boston.

Monday, Monday, What?!

Despite this Monday being the first day back from vacation, my day wasn’t too bad, just a little busier than usual.

For breakfast, because I was SUPER hungry this morning, I had not one but two Crunchy Peanut Butter Clif Bars, which if you are not familiar with those, I would get acquainted because they are wonderful!  Then before I knew it, lunch rolled around and I had a romaine salad with some grape tomatoes and a touch of honey mustard dressing and some cauliflower and made it through the rest of the afternoon munching on some cinnamon graham crackers.  So yummy!

This evening I have to travel to Waynesboro, TN so it will be a late hotel workout if I can manage to get one in and then it will be another full day tomorrow.  I believe I’m to the point of almost exhausted.

One more quick note that stopped me in my tracks…I know that details are still emerging about the explosion at the Boston Marathon and I just want to ask you all to pray for everyone involved, families, runners, first responders, volunteers, investigators, just everybody that might have a connection there.  I can’t imagine the terror and the shock of the runners as they completed or attempted to complete their marathon and it’s just appalling to me as a runner to be able to picture myself there and what I would be thinking as I was running to that finish line.

Please pray for all involved.




Shawn McDonald Concert

For my first full day back at home, I have to say the weather welcomed us home nicely!  It was simply beautiful outside and I was able to sneak in a 2 mile run and still have time to play outside before heading to Murray for an evening with three wonderful couples, which included coffee, eating at Jasmine’s and a Shawn McDonald concert.

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My coffee was wonderful and my dinner at Jasmine’s was my usual Tropical Fried Rice with Chicken, which I HIGHLY recommend and then we headed over to Lovett Auditorium on the campus of Murray State University.  It was a very intimate, small setting with more of an acoustic type feel and it was a great concert.

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It was a wonderful way to wrap up our vacation week with some amazing friends.

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