Thursday, April 21, 2011


It's time for Sasha Says to go on hiatus.

The blog has always been so much fun for me, and I have enjoyed it so much over the last 4 (!!) years.

But life has dealt the Sashas a very busy hand of cards right now.

Hopefully I'll be back soon. No promises though. Love to you all!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Let's All Be Country Chic

Yesterday P and I ran by the mall to grab him some shoes for Easter Sunday, and I stopped in Bath and Body Works to check out the new Country Chic scent that I had been hearing about. A blend of wildflowers, woods, and citrus. Since I am so sensitive to smells, I have to try them out before I buy. As in, put it on and see how I feel about it 2 hours later.

It's delightful! You know I have The Spring Fever, and this fits right in!

But I did not want to brave the mall again, so I just did my purchase online and got quite a great deal, so I thought I'd share it with you- I got 5 full-sized products for $33, shipped. And don't forget about ebates.....

1. I went through ebates and will be getting 3% back.
2. Right now BBW is running a special- Buy 3, Get 2 Free.
3. I used code S114069 to get $10 off.
4. Even after tax and shipping, I figure I saved a few bucks compared to going back to the mall.

What scents are you loving for Spring?

Monday, April 18, 2011

WC is Movin' On Up

At 5 years and 3 months, WC is finally about to hit 40 pounds (39.4 yesterday) so I bit the bullet and ordered her a booster. We moved P to a booster (a Britax Parkway SG) the week he started K at age 6. I chose to wait until age 6 mostly because boosters in general don't seem all that safe to me. The fact that they just sit in the seat, unattached to anything, is so strange. I do understand they are just meant to position the child in a safer place in relation to the seat belt.

But Britax took Boosters one step further and their newest Parkway, the SGL, includes a lower latch connection system that "secures the booster seat to the vehicle, preventing it from becoming a projectile when not in use, and stabilizes it during a crash". It also has the feature that sold us on the Parkway in the first place, Secureguard, which "works with the vehicle safety belt to prevent the child from sliding under the lap-belt portion of the safety belt (submarining) during impact, thus minimizing the risk of abdominal injury".

Hot Damn! That's genius! I am even thinking about replacing P's boosters with the newest model. It sound so much safer!

Friday, April 15, 2011

I Just Set My Tivo

to record Lemonade Mouth tonight on the Disney Channel. (And I did that right here at my computer at work, via DirecTV's website... love that technology!)

Although I'm most likely not in their demographic, I love me some teenage music movies. Plus Lemonade Mouth just told me on Twitter that it was totally OK for a 37 year old to watch their movie tonight. Phew.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ask the Product Junkie: Clinique Repairwear

Sassy Gal said... I am DYING to try the new Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle and UV Damage Corrector? Not that we need it or anything, but just curious?

Oh, but I DO need it! Even though I've done several laser procedures at the cosmetic surgeon's office, I still have quite a bit of hyperpigmentation on my cheeks- it always seems to come right back. I'm guess I'm just very prone to it, even though I am very good about wearing sunscreen every day.

And I thought I remembered getting a few samples of this from Sephora, so I went back through my sample stash and found two .5 oz samples, the equivalent of a full-sized bottle. So I'll be testing this out in the evenings over the next few weeks and will report back with a full review. At $44.50 for an ounce, it's pretty pricey, but since I scored some samples, I'm game to give it a try.

Here's the product description from Clinique's website: Potent serum gives every skin a second chance against lines, wrinkles, sun damage. In 4 weeks, see obvious reduction in lines, wrinkles, improved texture. At 12 weeks, the visible wrinkle-reducing power is remarkably close to a dermatological laser procedure. 63%, to be exact. Different commitment, different results. And yet impressive results guaranteed.

Anybody try this already? Let us know in the comments.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Are you MiO-ing?

I have no idea what the name of the product means, but I am loving MiO Liquid Water Enhancer. Anytime I see those initials I think Made In Oklahoma.....

So far I've tried Berry Pomegranate (super yummy) and Sweet Tea (still on the fence on that one).

But the concept is fabulous and perfect for moms on the go. I paid $2.50 for mine since I used the $1 coupon that was in the Smart Source insert on 3/27.

Have you tried the other flavors?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Top 2 Tuesday: Drinks!

Thought I'd join in on Top 2 Tuesday at The Undomestic Momma.... because I need a drink today! (But isn't it just Monday??????)

1. I have a ice-cold can of full-sugar Coke every.single.morning. Can't live without it! It's my coffee!

2. My alcoholic drink of choice for years has been Mike's Light Hard Lemonade or Cranberry Lemonade. 98 calories of pure bliss! (note that it was hard as hell to find that information out!)

Last fall, I started having trouble finding it, and a beer delivery guy at Target told me it was discontinued..... which led to my devastation and also to this:

Note that the Shiner box and the one next to it are full of Mike's Light.... you just can't see it!

But guess what? They really just reformulated it..... now it's spelled "Lite" (stupid spelling!) and has 109 (Lemonade) and 119 calories (Cranberry Lemonade).

I'm super glad it's still around, but I might not have stocked up for Y2K if I had know this tid-bit of info! Well, maybe I still would have..... having that stash in my garage is quite a conversation starter. :-)

Navigating the Waters

Drowning somewhat.

I'm in the midst of figuring out what sort of accommodations WC will need for K next fall (I'm telling you, these people need to be PREPARED for her) and also working on getting P the vision assistance he needs.

I am not feeling very welcome in Holland.

It's not at all what I planned. I wish I was an eloquent writer and could adequately express to you how I am feeling right now. I love my kiddos with all my heart, and can't imagine life without them, but UNCLE.

WC's IEP evaluation is tomorrow morning, and the Mr. is researching a local vision therapy place today for P. If all goes like we think it will, he'll be doing vision therapy twice a week along with twice a week Lindamood-Bell reading tutoring.

Other issues as hand: losing 30 pounds, continuing my running (next up: a 13K relay leg in May), and cleaning up/organizing our on-going home remodel. The Mr.'s dad is in the hospital, the dog needs a bath, and I don't like my nail polish today.

So how you doin'?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ask the Product Junkie.... Mani Tips

Jillian Inc. says: Totally agree with Mr. - that you could make a career. This isn't so much about a particular product but, in your opinion, what is the KEY to a good at home manicure? (base, top coat, etc?). How do you do yours? I really need to do mine myself but they always turn out looking like crap. Thanks!

Great question Jillian! I've been painting my nails since middle school, and through the years, I've found there ARE a few things that make a difference. I have a post here when I discuss the products I use and the order in I use them in. However, I think two of the steps are by far the most important so let's discuss them here.

1. Cuticle care. My mother was strangely incessant about pushing my cuticles back when I was growing up. Every morning she'd use a pencil eraser to ease them back. Although I hated doing it at the time, my mother was on to something: Taking care of your cuticles equals less problematic nails. Less splits, tears, and breaks.

Although I don't push my cuticles back with an eraser anymore, I do two things in particular to take care of my cuticles. First, a few times a week, before I apply fresh polish, I use a product like Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover. This softens the cuticles and allows them to be pushed back off the nail very easily. Having your cuticles pushed back allows a better, longer lasting application of nail polish.

Second, I use a cuticle cream with AHA at least once a day to keep them moisturized and maintained. Poshe Cuticle Care and CND Cuticle Eraser are two good ones.

2. Top Coat. A quick dry top coat will change your life! My potion of choice is Seche Vite, but there are quite a few different ones you can try- from what I read, based on body chemistry, some people have better luck with other choices. Others to try are Poshe, Out the Door, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri..... there are quite a few out there- you'll just need to figure out what works best for you. Most quick dry top coats need to be applied immediately after the last coat of polish is applied.

I usually start my mani about 9 and am done by 9:30 and go to bed at 10 and have perfect nails when I wake up.

Hope these tips helps Jillian!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Any CD Purchases Planned?

Amazon is offering an extra 20% off CD purchases through April 20th with the code MUSICOFF if you have an Rewards Visa (which I of course do.)

You don't? You need one!

(Thinking about getting the Adele CD and also I just cancelled my order for the Glee Warblers CD and re-ordered using the code and saved $2! Woot!)

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon referral links.

The Product Junkie Says....

Liz asks..... i have to know what color of creamy, nudey lipstick those kardashian gals wear. i loooove it! i don't think this fair skinned white girl can pull it off but if you hear anything, let a girl know!

Liz, I admit I was super afraid to use the words "Kim Kardashian" and "nude" in the same google search.... but just for you, I did some Nancy Drew-ing and came up with this answer.

Kim usually lightly applies MAC Lipliner in Stripdown ($13), then tops MAC Lipstick in Angel ($14.50) with NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight ($24). For a very nude, matte lip, Kim wears Nars Lipstick in Belle De Jour ($24) paired with MAC Lipliner in Subculture ($13).

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ask the Product Junkie

It's been a while since we've done this.... have a question for me? Are you wondering about any new products you've seen? Makeup questions? We're talking food, cleaning products, candy, beauty products, clothes, anything.

Cause here's the deal: If it's new, on an endcap, or there's a coupon for it, I've probably bought it. And believe me, I've got opinions. Mr. Sasha is convinced there's a career out there for me in product review, but I'm not so sure. I'm a little like Rosie Perez's character on White Men Can't Jump, I know a little bit about a lot of stuff.

Anyway, leave me a comment with your question and I'll post some answers later today!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Would You Tell Me About

your clothes-cleaning/drying machines??????

Unbelievably, both our washer and dryer have gone kaput within the same week. I've been being all college-student and dragging my laundry baskets/potions over to a friend's house. In fact, I made 5 trips over there yesterday!

So I need to know, do you have HE models? Do you have the stands? We are leaning towards getting a set, but sans stands.... is that a bad idea?