The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Wedding Workout January 31, 2011

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Over the holidays I gain a little weight, well maybe more than a pound or two. Now, I have to go on a weigh loss plan were I can get my butt back into my dress. I just purchased a elliptical from Sears and started eating healthier things for lunch. I normally like to get fast food, just to get away from work for an hour. But, now I’m eating lean cuisines and salads when I do go out. My goal is to lose 20 lbs.  To some people that is not a lot but to me, it is huge. I have never been at this weight in my life. I know I’m not overweight but for my frame I need to loose at least 15 to be at the normal weight for my height. Plus, every girl wants to be thin on their wedding day.  I plan on doing this the healthy way not starving myself or taking crazy diet pills. I’m not looking forward to this 😦



Hiking in South Knoxville January 30, 2011

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Today was unseasonable warm day for January so and Phil and I took full advantage of it. Our poor pups haven’t been able to get out in a while now and they were more than excited about today’s hike. After, dealing with the hassle of getting all the leashes together and 2 dogs in the car, we were on our way.  Now where to? We have always talked about going to Ijam’s Nature Center for a while now, and today we decided to go check it out . Plus, it is only 15 mins down the road from us.  Here are a few photos we took today.

The best part of the place is the history that goes with it.  Check out to learn about the Ijams family.


Stressed Soon-To- Be Bride! January 28, 2011

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Oh the joy of weddings! Planning one is not what I thought it would be at all. I have numerous ideas in my head about the prefect day will play out. However, everyday it fades a little more and more. My dilemma is that I have too much input from other people. Most are telling me what I should do and shouldn’t do. Then some will even do things without asking my opinion. I just sit there in a daze 90% of the time not knowing what to say or do. I spend hours researching and finding the ideal things for the big day and when I share it with others they put it down or say oh the is nice … BUT you should do this and not that. I know they are just trying to help me out.  I have 2 dissimilar types of families planning this wedding. My mother, on one hand wants to do everything DIY to make it more affordable. And, on the other hand my new in-laws want everything to be fancy and “nice.” No one actually cares what I want. I feel like I want to pull my hair out and scream at the top of my lungs however, I doubt anyone will even turn their head.


VALENTINE’S DAY January 27, 2011

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I have been pondering on what to do for Valentines day for 2 weeks now and I can’t come up with anything 😦  We are short on money due to our up coming wedding and along with being short on money we are also short on time.  I was thinking maybe a trip  to the mountains and rent a cabin. However, we have so many meeting with caterers and bakers etc, we don’t have time to get a way. I want to do  something special but I am short on  ideas.

I was thinking maybe I could make something for him. This way I could save money and it would be a little more personal. I was thinking about this:

I hope I can figure this out soon it is a little over 2 weeks away!


I’m Posting every day in 2011! January 26, 2011

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I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day  for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.




Movie Review

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sheena @ 3:33 pm

One of mine (and Phil’s) favorite things to do is to watch movies. We normally watch one everynight before bed. In the past 2 nights we watched How About You.. and Salt

How About You

At first we couldn’t remember who picked this movie but decided we would give it a go. My first impression was that it was an older movie by the quality of the picture. However, when I was researching, the movie was actually made in 2007. The movie is about a women who moves into a retirement home owned by her sister. The movie is also set in Ireland.  There she works as an aid to earn money for a trip around the world with some friends. While working there, her mother becomes ill and her sister has to leave to care for her. The movie continues with the lady running the home and caring for the people to whom live there.

Review: All in all, cute movie. I would not give it 5 starts but it is a feel good funny movie. I recommend watching it.



A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

Review: At first I thought, oh boy another Angelina Jolie movie. But, after the first 3 minutes into the movie my mind changed pretty fast.  I can’t really go into much detail because the movie is set up in a way that can be deceiving. Over all I would give it 5 stars. Must See




Life gives you cake January 25, 2011

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Planning a wedding is no easy task. Some women eat it up and plan it even before the event of a boyfriend or a ring occurs. Here I am 1.5 years after the engagement and still I do not have the very basic of needs of a wedding. So, I am going to take baby steps. First: Cake. I have looked around online went to one cake tasting and have one this Friday. This is not an easy task. I thought I want a 3 tier cute cake. There are way too many options. I think I have decided that I want red velvet and vanilla white as the flavors.  But now what will it looks like? I have found 2 cakes that I really like. Just don’t know what to do?