Category Archives: Workout

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.

Mixed Nuts Shred Chicken

Chicken Salad

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.

Roxie Kyle

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.

Return of the Eats

Today was another beautiful day so after work, we ran around outside for as long as possible.  My Rylnn did help me sweep out the garage 🙂

Rylnn Sweep

And my azaleas out in front of my house are just stunning this year!

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I have also not been doing a very good job at logging my food (and my waistline is proving that to me every single day!) so here it comes…The Return of the Eats!


2 of these beauties and half a Clif bar, with my two cups of coffee of course


Clif Bar


I had two salad bowls from the salad bar (with just a TINY bit of dressing), one slice of cheese pizza, and one cinnamon stick.  This afternoon, I did have another Clif bar for a snack because I was almost getting hangry!


I had another large salad with romaine lettuce, a touch of shredded cheddar, and the leftover shrimp from the Mother’s Day shrimp boil.  My dessert was one of the amazing Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles we picked up from Trader Joe’s last Saturday.  Yum.

My legs are still screaming at me from the 40-30-20-10 workout where I think I did 239847 million lunges, so tonight my cardio was running around the yard after my baby and then I just stuck to Giselle’s Summer Ready Challenge of 100 sit-ups, 50 squats, and 25 push-ups.

Now it’s time to go catch up on Hell’s Kitchen episodes (guilty pleasure show!) and then crawl into my sweet bed!

Do you have a guilty pleasure show?




Rylnn and I had to do some shopping this afternoon after work, since Daddy’s birthday is tomorrow!  Then we came home and changed clothes and all walked over to Papa and Gamma’s house to feed the animals and water the plants since they are camping this week.  And here’s a sweet bunny we saw at the edge of the yard while we were playing outside 🙂


Rylnn is such a good helper!


And here is the picture I promised on Saturday of the swing and frame that Papa and Rylnn built while we were in Nashville.


And here is the view when you sit in it…Priceless.  I absolutely love it!

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Tonight I finished a quick 20 minute elliptical workout and then BARELY finished my 40-30-20-10 workout.  My muscles are toast!


Tomorrow after work, we are headed to the campground to visit Papa and Gamma to celebrate Andy’s birthday with hot dogs, hamburgers, smores and who knows what else!  I can’t wait!

What’s your favorite camping treat?

A Few Updates

This afternoon, I just got to spend a little time with my button before Andy got home and they left for a boy date… “Tis the Season” as we say in our house 🙂

So I had a whole evening to myself…I honestly didn’t know what to do!  First, I thought of all the things that I should do; dishes, laundry, take the trash off, spray a hornet nest that decided to start growing on the side of the house, etc. and I quickly got overwhelmed so I just decided to jump on the elliptical for 20 minutes to clear my head.

I did actually spray the hornet nest and I did take the garbage to the dumpster so I accomplished two goals and I finished a workout.  Mission Completed.

I thought I could take a few minutes and update some things that I feel like I have left a little undone on my blog over the last month or so.

 Coconut Oil Face Cream

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I attempted this Coconut Oil Face Wash that I found on Pinterest back a little over a month ago to try and stop some horrendous break-outs on my face and the initial treatment only left my face feeling a little softer.  After a few more tries, I can tell you, this does not work for me.  It never stopped any break-outs and while it didn’t seem to make it worse, it sure didn’t make it any better.  The good thing is, Coconut Oil is wonderful to cook with 🙂

Streaming Television


We decided after much discussion about not watching nearly enough of our satellite television to make it worth the monthly payment, to cancel satellite and just stream Hulu or Netflix through computers or blu-ray player.  While we haven’t cancelled the satellite television yet (due to a hefty cancellation fee and not being sure about how well our new internet service will be since it was just installed yesterday) I believe we are definitely headed in that direction.  I think we will save a ton of money in the long run 🙂

Brooklyn’s Believers


I posted about this precious little girl, Brooklyn, about two months ago and I just wanted to let you know that according to the family’s Facebook Page she is doing really well.   A post just today stated that “post-operative scans showed no evidence of residual or new disease.”  Praise God!!  If you get a chance, please check out her precious little face on their page, I promise you won’t regret it.  I’ve never met her or any of her family, but just by reading their Facebook page and looking at their website you can tell they are just precious people!

So there’s some updates…Tomorrow we are headed to Nashville to see Andy’s 7 month old niece Sara who is still in Vanderbilt recovering (wonderfully!!) from open heart surgery and hopefully we’ll have time to make a stop at Trader Joe’s on the way back home.

Happy Friday!

Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

Yesterday afternoon was absolutely glorious!  The weather was warm, but not that KY summer humid yet, the sun was shining, we got to play outside all evening…I feel like I should be singing some Broadway song with jazz hands and a kick line 🙂

I know that we are in our “terrible twos” now but I am loving this age right now!  His personality is so funny and sweet and I just love watching his brain work as he tries to figure things out and come up with the right words for everything as he plays and discovers new things.

Since we watched Papa (my dad) use the bush-hog on the back of the tractor last week, Rylnn has to “put his bush-hog on” at least once or twice a day now.  These may look like clamps and hinges to you, but I assure you, they are in fact a bush-hog.

Rylnn Bush-hog

He also decided that he needed to fish (again, like his Papa) and then air up his tires.  I love his concentration face 🙂

Rylnn Concentration

Rylnn Fishing

Rylnn Tires

For supper we tried some of the stuffed peppers that I had mentioned yesterday and I thought they were great.  I decided to stuff ours with quinoa, black beans, and some broccoli slaw that I sauteed for about 10 minutes over medium heat with some coconut oil, and then topped them with cheese.  I used sliced Muenster Jalapeno cheese for one and then shredded Parmesan and cheddar for the other two.

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I really liked them, but if I make them again, I will definitely add some garlic and some onion (for some reason my mind simply went blank yesterday and I forgot to add any seasoning except for some salt!) and I would add just about a tablespoon of cheese between the layers, because who doesn’t like more cheese?!

Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

3-Bell Peppers

2-Cups Quinoa

1/2 –Bag Broccoli Slaw

1-Tbsp Coconut Oil

2-Cups Cheese, divided (whatever flavor you prefer, and it doesn’t have to be shredded)

1-Cup Black Beans

1-Tbsp minced garlic

½-Small onion chopped

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Sautee the broccoli slaw over medium heat with garlic and onion. 

Cut the tops out of the bell peppers and place in foil covered baking dish.  Stuff each pepper with quinoa, broccoli slaw mixture, and black beans, adding about a tablespoon of cheese between each layer.  Top each pepper with remaining cheese and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

I believe I could also add some salsa, sour cream or my Grandmamma’s hot pepper relish to have on the side with these peppers 🙂

Then we swiped some chocolate cake from Gamma (my mom) and I don’t know if I just wanted chocolate cake that bad or if my mom is just that good of a baker (it’s the second one, I promise!) but I swear it tasted better than any chocolate cake I’ve ever had 🙂

Chocolate Cake

Last night’s workout came from Danica’s Blog and it was a killer.  I only did the circuits through 2 times and I was done!  My arms are screaming at me this morning after the last two nights of workouts, so NO ARMS this evening!


Hope everyone has a great Thursday and remember, tomorrow’s Friday!!

I Feel Pretty

Today, I feel pretty.  I don’t have on a new outfit or new shoes, I didn’t do anything differently with my hair or makeup, but for once this morning when I looked in the mirror, I felt pretty.  Kinda like this…

Okay, maybe not quite like that, but it was nice to look in the mirror and not immediately think, “Well that’s as good as it’s gonna get today!”

Last night I did the Peanut Butter Fingers Workout that I mentioned yesterday afternoon with the exception of the bottom two shoulder sets.  I have the broadest shoulders of any girl I have ever seen (hello linebacker!) and I certainly don’t need any help making those more defined or bigger so I substituted a few oblique sets since my love handles absolutely need to be toned a tish.  However, I have to say that I think I have found THE workout for me…That workout style was perfect!  I didn’t get bored once switching between the treadmill and weights and while my arms were DEFINITELY fatigued by the end of the workout, I wasn’t so tired and worn out that I felt like I was going to pass out like I usually do after 30 minutes on the treadmill.  I will definitely have to plan more workouts like this!

I’m super excited that we have nothing planned this afternoon after work, so I can enjoy this beautiful 80 degree weather running around outside with my Ryman for the rest of the evening.

After seeing a recipe for some stuffed bell peppers on Cookie Dough Katzen’s Blog, I think I’ll be creating some version of those myself for supper because they just look so darn tasty, and not half bad for you!

Tried any good recipes lately?

A.M. Workout?

Yesterday I had some big aspirations of waking up early this morning for my workout, but guess what.  When my alarm went off, my stomach felt extremely questionable, so I turned my alarm off and went back to sleep.  I must face the facts…I am NOT a morning workout person.  As much as I try to and as much as I want to be, I am always super stiff in the morning and quite frankly I don’t feel like my eyes even open until I have my first sip of coffee.  I think my stomach was just me subconsciously saying no to a morning workout!

If I had more time in the morning where I could have some coffee and wake up and then get going, I think I could do it, but given my current employment and 2 ½ year old, I would have to wake up at 3:30am.  Not. Acceptable.

So this EVENING, I WILL be working out.  I can’t decide if I want to attempt the Tough Mudder training that I posted about yesterday since I am now 99% sure I won’t be able to run in it or if I would like to try Peanut Butter Fingers Workout that she posted earlier today since I have been fighting boredom in my daily workouts.  One of the two will be done!

And a few updates, here is my precious baby niece 🙂


And this is picture I posted yesterday of my Rylnn, but is this face not priceless?!  I can’t get over how much that boy makes me laugh 🙂

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And Andy’s youngest niece (7 months) had open heart surgery this morning and everything went as well as it could’ve possibly gone and they are already talking like she won’t have to stay in the hospital as long as originally planned, Praise God!

When do you like to workout?  

Any specific time of day or whenever?

What do you do when you get workout boredom?

YaYa’s Island

Today after a true Monday at work, I picked up Rylnn for the most fantastic afternoon ever.  We started at the bookstore where he became Spiderman.


Then we met Daddy, Granny, and all the cousins at YaYa’s Island for an evening of the most fun a kid can have with pizza on top.  This was our first experience at YaYa’s and it was absolutely wonderful…Completely and totally everything a kid could want from live birds, iguana, and fish to indoor inflatables, a massive wooden tree house, a little dance floor with a television where you can watch yourself, a car track, and this huge jungle gym type apparatus that went from floor to ceiling.  Rylnn found a little car to ride around on and even though I don’t think he was really supposed to, he rode it all over the entire place.  By far his favorite toy of the night.

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I also want thank you so much for all the helpful insight and recommendations on my credit card issue and I can tell you that I will take each into consideration!  After spending some time on I can tell you I will definitely be utilizing it whether or not I decide to apply for a card and I highly encourage everyone to check it out.  It’s a great site and I think it will be very useful.

Lastly, I am considering running in a Tough Mudder  type of race in a few weeks to benefit our company’s Relay for Life team so I have been researching training plans for such a race and tomorrow morning, I will be forcing myself out of bed to begin the training process.  I’m still not 100% sure I’ll be participating in the muddy race, but the training program I’ve selected looks like it would be a great workout anyway, so why not?

Have you run in a Tough Mudder?  Would you?

CrossFit Inspired

So yesterday evening after I got Ryman in bed, I had full intentions of completing a long-awaited and much anticipated Jillian date, but after I stuck in the shred dvd and started my usual routine, I just wasn’t feeling it.  I decided instead to come up with my own CrossFit inspired workout to try and change things up a little and keep my mind occupied instead of focusing on the fact that I was dead tired and just wanted to take a shower and lay down!

I came up with six different exercises and decided to see how long it took to complete 12 reps of each exercise and then complete each round 4 times.  First, burpees, then tricep dipsjumping loungesbutterfly sit-ups, push-ups, and jump squats.  It took me a little over 4 minutes to complete each round and by the end of the 4th round,  and I was flat WORN OUT and my quads are feeling it today!


This morning when Rylnn woke up, he was like a completely different child.  Totally fever free and back to his crazy, dragon self, running around with reckless abandon.  I. Loved. Every. Second.  After seeing him down and so miserable, I actually appreciated his “wild” today.  I started the day with an egg sandwich on Ezekiel Bread and homemade peach jelly (I know it may sound gross, but it’s amazing!) and then I had a Clif bar for a mid-morning snack.

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Lunch was another piece of bread (loving my carbs!) with peanut butter slathered all over the top and a handful of almonds, with three chocolate covered pecans.  Then I snacked on a banana this afternoon and enjoyed a Sweet Chili Chicken McWrap from McDonald’s for supper, followed by a salted caramel mocha from the bookstore this evening.  It was a yummy day!


It’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow, so I hope we can find something entertaining to get into indoors…Any suggestions??


Strep-1, Rylnn-0

Today started just about like any other day…work, coffee, work, coffee and then I got a phone call from Mel (who takes care of my Rylnn and whom I love more than life) but her calling me during the day means only one of two things, he’s sick or he’s hurt.  Unfortunately, he was sick, with a 104 temperature!  Since this was by far the highest fever he’s ever had and he hadn’t shown any other symptoms of not feeling perfectly fine, I freaked out just a little bit and straight to the doctor we went.

I do love my baby’s pediatrician and love the fact that he is so thorough, even though he took one look at him and immediately stated his diagnosis, “strep,” he still looked him all over while the strep test was (testing?) and gave him a blueberry sucker.  The strep test was positive so off to the pharmacy we went and then straight back home to rest.

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It took a little while for that fever to come back down, but eventually it did and he wanted to go play outside, so outside we went.  Love snuggling with my baby, but not when he feels puny…

On another medical note, please remember our niece Sara in your prayers…She is just over 6 months old and is going to have to undergo open heart surgery on Monday.  While the procedure is relatively routine, it’s still very scary and I honestly can’t imagine what Andy’s brother and sister-in-law are feeling right now as they are facing the thought of their baby not only going through such a major surgery, but also the recovery process and how it will affect their other 4 older children.

I took a day off today from working out to take care of my baby boy so tomorrow I am going to get back at it, maybe with Jillian Michaels…I feel like I might have ignored her shred for entirely too long, especially when it used to be my number one go-to workout!

Do you have a favorite go-to workout?

Any strep relief suggestions?

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