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{weekend notes}

Tank (clearance) // cardigan // coffee mug

Monday got my ass. Typically I kick Mondays ass, but that was not the case today. Dropped Bay off at school in my robe. Got to work and I was swamped beyond belief. Then my site was down for a portion of the day. Half of my already typed post was GONE! So I grabbed a bottle of Bogle chard + the most gorgeous dahlias I’ve ever laid eyes on. Thanks TJ’s. And declared it to be “National Treat Your Damn Self Day!” Which I think I’m going to start celebrating every Monday. Because, why the hell not?

Intentions for the Week:

* buy myself some pretty flowers

* give cucumber roll-ups a shot

* Lee VS Douglass volleyball game

* target try-on…I found some cute shit

* style a pretty coffee table

* hand and foot card night. Wayyy overdue

* make spooky tacos. ‘Tis the season

* participate in plastic-free produce for International Day Of Doing

* MOD pizza fundraiser for Lee Leadership Wednesday, October 17th

* don’t give up on my 45 minutes a day even on the hardest days

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

Highlights from the weekend……

Friday night dinner + drinks //

To celebrate Sarah P’s Birthday. We’re a little early, but you gotta fit it in when you can. And I should probably stop calling Sarah, Sarah P. Since she is technically Sarah T.

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Happy Birthday to you.

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Pena Adobe //

Morning stroll with a view. Nikki quoted it, we swapped our wine glasses for water bottles lol. Such a perfect day to hike Pena Adobe.

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That view though. If you’ve never tried this hike, I highly recommend it. Takes about an hour from start to finish. And you’ll feel it. Now if only one day I can find the damn tree swing. Lol.

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Stallion Station //

Meanwhile, Bay volunteered at the horse show. I went to pick her up a little early and was happy to see they really put her to work.

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Patio work //

Can’t really call it a yard, since it’s a concrete patio. But damn it looks so good when I take the time to clean it all up, hose it off and dig around the flower beds.

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Question //

What should I do with these box springs? I’m thinking hanging them someplace outside. But then what to put on them? And I want to spruce up my garden bench too. Hmmm.

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Saturday Mass //

Bilingual mass is not my jam. And I missed sitting in our beautiful church.

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Eighth Grade // 

Have you seen this movie? I read so many great reviews. And I kinda want me 2 1/2 hours and $1.99 Redbox fee back. Not a fan. I kept waiting for the “good part” and then it was over.

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They’re Home //

Happy they’re home is an understatement. We picked them up Saturday evening from the airport. As soon as Bay spotted them coming down the escalator, she bolted from the car ❤️

Date Night //

Just me and Bay. She pickled Steve’s and you’ll never believe it….we didn’t get pizza. But we did order breadsticks and that’s kinda the same thing.

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Sunday //

Word!!

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Abercrombie sale //

All my top Abercrombie picks prices keep getting reduced more and more. I shared these items on Instagram stories this morning too…

Embroidered Peasant Top $20

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Perfect Puffer coat ONLY $30

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{friday 5}

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Hey, Hey, Hey…it’s Friday!  I hit the ground running ready to check everything off my to-do’s.  Because, guess what?  We have another kick back weekend.  You know, the weekends where they only things you have to do, you actually want to do?  Does that make sense?  I can get used to this!  What I’m looking forward to: dinner + probably a little too much wine with girlfriends tonight.  Hiking with my homegirl.  Making it to church #homework.  Picking up my parents Saturday evening.  That’s quite possibly the highlight!

Here’s a quick run-down of 5 things on my mind today……

Free People We The Free Molly Tee

ONE – Same, right? // Proof that everything I order does NOT work out…lol.  Lisa Allen fucking failed me on this one.  How does she have that perfect bunched up front tuck?  (Not to mention, she’s tiny and I could technically eat her as my afternoon snack!)  My top came really, really cropped.  Even Bay made the comment, “who’s that shirt for”  lol.  As much as I love this print, pretty sure I shouldn’t be rockin my 36 year old belly hanging out.  Return!!!  Or maybe exchange for this Daydream Textured Long Sleeve?

Totchos

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

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TWO – Totchos // Totchos, like nachos.  But, with tater tots.  Piled high with all the toppings.  I’m not going to lie, these are straight up dangerous.  It’s impossible to not dig in once you pull them out of the oven.  I originally made these for Bay last Friday night, but couldn’t resist.  To die for!  And super easy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • tater tots
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup olives, sliced
  • cilantro
  • hot sauce
  • sour cream

Here’s what you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread tater tots on baking sheet at bake for 20-25 minutes.  Give them a good shake about 1/2 way though.

Sprinkle cooked tots with shredded cheese and stick under the broiler till cheese is melted and bubbly.  About 3 minutes.

Pile on the toppings.  I had some leftover turkey taco meat that I added.  And I also added sliced radishes on “my side” because Bay said eww.  Ha!

Set baking sheet on the table and dig in!

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{date night + day ideas}

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Date nights or day dates don’t have to be fancy.  Just something fun.  Whether it’s a couple of hours mid-day, a night out, maybe even a weekend away.  At the end of the day it’s just spending time together.

That was so lame, I can’t believe I just typed it…lol.

In case you’re all out of ideas and looking for something new, I hope you’ll find one or two on this list of downright cheesy ideas  🙂 Ha!

 

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{september // in review}

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Tank (similar) // Jacket // Jeans // Booties // Necklace // Bracelet 

September was a quick month…blog-wise.  I took a solid week off and spent some time working behind the scenes.  Lots of coding…which it quit possibly the worst thing ever.

We’ve got a new look.  A face-lift, I like to call it.  When I started this blog…over 3 years ago, I obvi had a totally different style.  Polka dots aren’t really my jam anymore 🙂

You’ll notice I added a “Print” option for recipes.  Sounds like you guys are loving this feature the most!

Have you checked out my ShopStyle account?  There is a click-able image on the blog.  From your phone, scroll all the way down to the bottom.  On a desktop, you’ll find it on the top right corner.  This is where you can find ALL THE THING I love and share.  They will be kept here forever for your reference.  I’m forever grateful for everyone that has clicked on one of my affiliate links and some that even placed an order.  For each purchase through one of these links, I make a very small commission.  But, every little bit helps.  And it will keep me going back to all our favorite stores and finding the best deals for cute shit!!!

And lastly, the ads.  I know they are really annoying.  Forgive me!  It’s another way to create traffic and make a few pennies.  Some day, when I go big-time, I’ll remove every single ad and never use them again…PROMISE!

In case you missed it, here’s what went down in September……

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{magnolia table lemon bars}

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Yesterday was just one of them days.  Instantly as I typed that first line, a song popped into my head.  You know, the Monica song from the 90’s?  “Don’t take it personal!”  Now do you remember?  In case you have no flippin clue what song I’m talking about: Monica – Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)

And now it’s going to be stuck in your head, like it is mine.

We had one of dem days (as Monica would say).  Sometimes I look at my calendar and thinks Dayuuuum Gina!  What exactly were you thinking Ha!

I went from work straight to a smog test.  The good ol Honda Pilote passed.  Flipped a bitch and almost ran into my homegirl, Andrea on West Street as I passed Bay’s school (on accident).  Grabbed her from volleyball practice early to make her 5:15 pm 12-year doc appointment.  Then to the 4-H officer meeting which is followed with a club meeting.  But she missed dinner, so I had to make a detour at good ol Taco Bell.  Then go back to the meeting…lol!  Too bad I don’t get paid by the mile.  We left the house at 7:20 am and got home around 8:15 pm.  These are the days of our lives…..

Since we’re on the subject, how about a Bay update?

At her doc appointment, we discovered she is currently…….

144 weeks old (sorry, I had too)

64 inches (5’4″)

92 lbs

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Bay grew 4 whole inches in 365 days.  What happened to my little girl?  She wears the same size shoe as I do.  And frequently tries to steal my shoes too.  Bay also rocked one of my plaid shirts to school.  Tried around her waist.  She looked so cute.  And so grown up.

Bay obviously still LOVES to bake.  She’s always up to try a new recipe or google ingredients we have on hand to create something for her sweet tooth.  Like these amazing lemon bars she scoped out in the Magnolia Table cookbook that lives on our coffee table.

Magnolia Table Cookbook

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Bay’s still riding horses once a week.  She’s competed in two English horse shows and loves every second of it.  So much, that she opted to spend her whole Saturday volunteering at this coming weekends show.

1st quarter report cards come out this week.  I never thought the sight of a 4.0 would stress me out.  Bay’s been kicking ass at school in all zero – 6th periods and has straight A’s.  She was sick one day last week and logged in and messaged all her teachers for the days assignments and completed them from her bed.  I’d like to say she’s just crazy excited for school.  Ha.  But, truth is, I made a promise that if she gets a 4.0 and maintains it – She get’s social media.  I know, I know.  I said I wouldn’t do it.  I’m crazy proud of her and this is the ONE and ONLY thing that she wants in exchange for acing the first quarter of middle school.  We shall see how this goes!

 

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{weekend notes}

Hi friends. Can you believe yesterday was my 3 year blog-versary? Time flies when you’re having fun!! I went back and looked at some of my first posts and wow. Things have changed. We’ll have to take a trip down memory lane sometime this week.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Ours was equal parts relaxing and productive. Just how I like it. And I stayed in my pjs till around 9am both mornings. When’s the last time you scheduled a “chill” weekend? Honestly, I can’t remember. It was needed and enjoyed!

Intentions for the Week:

  • practice daily gratitude(writing this down creates a huge shift in your mood..try it) 
  • date night with my 2019 planner  – (switching is so much work)
  • watch my girl play volleyball(still undefeated #gowildcats)
  • finish my Portland post – (almost done, so much to pack into one post)
  • dinner + drinks with the girls(perfect way to end a crazy week)
  • 15,000 steps per day(didn’t even make it to the gym Thursday and still did it.  Shocked my damn self)
  • clean up the back patio(now if the wind will just go away)
  • find something cute to hang behind my stove – (still searching) 
  • drink 1/2 my body weight in oz of water every day #hellabathroombreaks(fact: you eat less when you’re so focused on water intake) 
  • write a post on my favorite + easiest salsa(coming soon…stay tuned) 
  • one random act of kindness each day (“cute top” “let me hold the door for you” smiling at randoms…in the most uncreepy way possible) 
  • make chili(so bomb and packed with veggies)
  • wait patiently for my parents to get home from Cabo lol – (failed) 

Highlights from the weekend…….

Friday night at the movies // I saw A Star Is Born.  Such a great movie.  I’ve had so many people ask me if it “that good” YES, it really it.  Bradley Cooper is beyond handsome, even when they try to make him look like he’s not.  Gaga was amazing.  I bawled my eyes out.  And when the movie was over, nobody even stood up.  Everyone just sat there.  That’s a sign of a good movie, my friends.

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Tochos // aka tater tot nachos.  I accidentally made these. Ha.  They were so killer.  Bay and I sat the pan straight from the oven to the coffee table and started digging in.  It’s pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll share exactly what I did on {friday 5} this week!

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45 Minutes a Day // It’s part of the #Last90Days Challenge.  Move your body every damn day.  I made it to the gym Saturday + Sunday.  Which is a really fucking BIG deal.  I’ve never, in my history, ever went to the gym twice in one weekend.   #shitsgettingreal

Coffee Table Vibes // In my {fall to-do’s} I listed that I want to do a coffee table series.  I LOVE changing up my coffee table.  Sometimes I do it multiple times a week.  It’s such a small space that makes such a big impact.  And I’m burning my fallen leaf Chloe & Co. candle.  You can now pick them up at Serendipity Boutique.  Go get one!

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Pretty Packaging // Love a pretty package.  Well done Free People.  I ordered the We The Free Molly Tee.  Hoping I can find a way to style it and keep it.  Stay tuned.

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Football // We watched my nephew Benny play football.  They are on a winning streak!

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I watched the game with Daniel in my lap, when Bay didn’t have him on her hip.

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This is how Bay watches football games…lol.

Target Basket // Julie from Salinas sent me a photo of her front door hanging basket from Target.  Straight up front door #goals  And the eucalyptus.  I’ve already warned her I’m going to steal clippings the next time I’m in town.

Target Basket $19

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Side Hustle // Worked on my side hustle.  Which I realized I don’t believe I’ve ever shared here on xoxo stacyb.  I’ve started doing social media for a couple of downtown shops.  I get to snap pictures and come up with catchy one liners.

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Front Porch // Which inspired me to get creative and complete my front porch.  Pumpkins + purple fountain grass for the win.  It’s killing me to not clip the fountain grass and stick it on my dining room table.

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Rib Cook-Off // The only photo I took, so not like me.  Cory’s team, Whiskey River BBQ Crew didn’t take the win this time.  But, it was still a good time.  And of course I’m wearing my J.Crew scoop neck Henley, AGAIN!

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The Fight // Cory taught my nephew how to place bets…lol.  For the record, he didn’t win.  But the fight was pretty entertaining.  Not the actual fight though…I’m talking the after show.  WOW!  What happens now?

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Pizza // Cory’s homeboy Rich made the BEST homemade pizza on this bbq insert.  And I officially added one to my wish-list.  Or better yet, maybe I should get Cory one for Christmas so he can make me pizzas?  Hmmm.

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Cousins Sleepover // My nephew Joe stayed the night with us.  I was nice to have an extra kid around.  The laughter make me crazy happy.

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{friday 5}

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It’s Friday.  I got a job.  And I’ve got a shit-ton to do.  Ha!  But, I don’t have a single plan for the whole damn weekend.  You guys, I’m going to drink coffee on my couch in my PJ’s tomorrow morning.  And again Sunday morning too.  It’s been so long.  And maybe a little day-date with my girl.  Nephews football game.  Meal prep.  Outfit prep.  Done!  Oh, I did splurge and grab some extra wine.  So, I’ll be gettin tips too!  I almost forgot… the one thing I’m most looking forward to (other than drinking wine + coffee obvi) shampooing the seats in my car…Ha!  It’s the little things peeps.  Have a great weekend friends.

Before I let you go……

Let’s chat about 5 things on my mind real quick!

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ONE – A Star Is Born // Oh man everyone keeps saying how great the new Gaga + Bradley Cooper movie is.  I have my fingers crossed I can sneak away at some point and go see it.  For those of you that have seen it….on a scale from 1 to 10.  How good is it?

You can watch the movie trailer here: A Star Is Born movie trailer

 

 

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Threshold Decorative Basket Natural with leather strap

TWO – Target Basket // Posted a photo of the basket I found at Target yesterday.  You guys clearly liked it as much as I did.  My ShopStyle account as of this morning showed 5 basket orders.  BIG thank you to all of you for clicking on my affiliate links and placing orders.  Today, my first ShopStyle check posted for $47 and I’m fucking giddy…lol.

I found inspo image with a similar hanging basket for my girlfriend Nicole.  She has the best front porch.  She picked up the Target basket yesterday and I can’t wait to see how she styles it!

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{fall to-do’s}

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Bay’s LA Sweatshirt  // My LA Sweatshirt  // Van’s // Levi’s

 

Happy October, friends!  Am I the ONLY freak that was uber excited that October 1st fell on a Monday?  Monday’s are already for fresh starts, but when the 1st + a Monday collide….happy AF!

A happy little buzz (not the wine kind of buzz) comes along with the month of October.  How can you not crack a smile when you walk past piles of pumpkins at the grocery store.  The temps start taking a slight dip.  Dream of hearty recipes.  Fluffy blankets.  Cozy sweaters.  Red wine…oh yeah.  Festive fall candles.  Changing of colors.  We saw a lot of this in Oregon last week, which I’ve never experienced before here in California.  Slowing down.  And starting fresh.

Hence the 1st falling on a Monday.  And it being the last 90 days of the year.  It’s the perfect time to freshen up.  Change your routine.  I’m jumping on the #last90days challenge.  Basically living the last 90 days how you lived the first 90 days of the year. We’ll touch more on that next week though.

I need to add #twinning with my tween to the list!  Ha!

Our LA sweatshirts have been on maj repeat.  We’ve declared them to be our weekend wear.  And she still thinks it’s cool to match me!  Insert happy dance.

Wanna twin with us?  lol!  Our sweatshirts are 40% off with code: BIGSALE  And the Levi’s are marked down today too!

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Bay’s LA Sweatshirt  ($23) // My LA Sweatshirt  ($35) // Van’s // Levi’s ($73)

 

Today, let’s chat about ALL THE THINGS we plan + hope to do this fall!

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