{weekend notes}

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Hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  Ours was everything I’d hoped for.  Super chill with a perfect mix of friends + family.  Exploring + pizza!  Ha!  A dream, really!

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • Visit Mezger Zinnia Patch + take flowers to GG
  • Clean out my work tote – so much shit!
  • Set a pretty Mexican themed table
  • Share asparagus caprese recipe
  • Organize + clean out the garage
  • Edible flower ice cubes
  • Labor Day camping trip
  • Dinner with girlfriends
  • Hang out at home
  • Workout…no excuses!

 

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Here’s some highlights…..

 

My girl //

Car selfies with Bay while we wait for Cory

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Friday Night Vibes //

We headed to Full Bell Farm for their Pizza Night.

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Set up out camp

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Popped open some chard

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Listened to so music

I ran into Nancy and she gave me a quick little tour of the gorgeous kitchen.  Best part, they have a dish washer that washes in 90 second.  Umm, I think I need one!

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Wood-fired pizza

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Pizza time

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The peach salad inspired me.  Crazy simple, yet so beautiful + delish.  Remember, I don’t even really do fruit and I really dug this!

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We opted for a sausage pizza

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And a margarita.  I can’t tell you which one was better.  It was a tie!

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The homemade salted caramel ice cream….to.die.for.

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The view from our chairs wasn’t too bad either.

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photo cred: Bay

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Get these dates on your calendar and go visit Full Belly Farm for one of their summer pizza nights.  It is a trek, but totally worth it.

Pizzas are $15 each.  We ordered 2 for the three of us and had leftovers.  You can BYO beer + wine.  Set up a picnic and hang out.

I’m now dying to check out one of their Farm Dinners.

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Saturday morning //

Always prepping + cooking in the kitchen.

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I’d swear I shared this one before, but I can’t find it anywhere.  So, coming soon!

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Pool day //

Bay + her flamingo

 

While Me + Nikki + Mom sipped rosé

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Always feeding my people.

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{friday 5}

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Hey Girl, Hey!  It’s Friday!  Weekend plans: eat pizza + watch movies (we rented 3) + lay by the pool + celebrate Father’s Day + volunteer + kayak.  A little bit of everything.  Super looking forward to all the things we’ve got on our agenda.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  Whatever you’ve got planned for the next two day, enjoy it.  Have a good one friends!

 

What to know what’s on my mind this Friday?  I’m just going to take up a hot second of your time…..

 

ONE –  Volleyball Camp // Today was the last day of the week-long Pioneer Volleyball Camp.  This was Bay’s first year and she absolutely loved it.  BIG thank you to Carrie + my Mom for getting her to + from while I’m stuck at work.  You guys, I swear she grew another inch this week too.  Today, she actually borrowed one of my workout tops.  And….it fit her.  WTF is happening?

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TWO – Food Find // Trader Joe’s Salad Topper.  Ingredients: Sliced almonds + roasted pepitas + salt + white sesame seeds + black sesame seeds + nigella seeds + crushed red pepper.  $3.99 for 8 individual packets.  Basically 50 cents per salad.  So far I’ve sprinkled this topping over eggs + tuna + salads.  So good!

 

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THREE – Holy Housewives // Did you watch the trailer for season 13 of Orange County?  What a shit show!  Bravo added three new housewives (that’s including Vicki and her new face HA).  Set your DVR for Monday, July 16th!  From the looks of the video below, it’s going to be a good season!

The Real Housewives of Orange County Gina Kirschenheiter Emily Simpson Shannon Beador Vicki Gunvalson Tamra Judge Kelly Dodd

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{gift guide: father’s day}

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How about this gem above?  I asked my Mom to find a good one of the three of us, and she killed it!

I’m not sure who’s bangs are better?  Mine?  Katie’s?  Or my Dads?  Instagram Poll?

If my parents didn’t already have this framed, I would 100% be adding this to my Dad’s Father’s Day Gift!

Speaking of Father’s Day….ummm, it’s T-minus 3 days away!  Have you scored the perfect gift for your Dad yet?  Let’s be real, shopping for dad’s is hard.  And if you ask him what he wants, he’ll always say nothing.  Or I have it all.  WTFE!

 

Today I’ve got you covered.  I scoured the internet for some fun + practical + top rated gifts that I’m sure every Dad would LOVE.  Shit, there’s even a couple of things on here I’d like for myself.  The iGrill…never over cook meat again!  Smart WiFi plug…Alexa turn off the lights!  Never lift a finger again…HA!  That pool lounger has a cup holder, just saying.  Bay + I gave Cory the Bosca wallet for Christmas.  I did a lot of research for the perfect front pocket bifold and this one is it.  Just ask Cory!  A pressure washer is a win-win, all your shit will be clean.  It’s so addicting.   And that chair with an ice chest on the side. Hell yes!

Hope this gift guide gives you some inspiration to grab the Dad’s in your life a little something special.  Something he’s sure to love!

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{tweens + phones…let’s chat about it}

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Tween + phones.  Let’s chat about it…..

As I mentioned in {weekend notes} Bay now has service on her iPhone.  Bay already had the phone, but used iMessage to text + facetime audio to call while on WiFi.  Since Summer plans have her in camps + babysitting + all over town, it was time for actual phone service.  We need to be able to get a hold of each other anytime of the day.  She needs to be able to call or text family, especially my Mom (aka her Uber).  So, this was her 6th grade promotion gift.  Technically the gift that keeps giving…Ha!

But, with all this new-found freedom + technology I’m kinda freaking out!

Clearly Bailey has proven herself mature + responsibly enough.

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{chicken caesar salad pizza}

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Made a salad for dinner!  Okay fine, it was pizza.  Chicken caesar salad pizza, so basically salad, right?

I combined two of my loves.  Pizza + caesar salad.  Insert mouth-watering!  Pizza has always been my guilty pleasure.  Caesar salad is my newest obsession.  Nothing better than a crisp cold caesar salad with parm + salt + pepper.  This week I’m even grilling the romaine to switch it up a little.  Stay tuned.

The results: absolutely delicious!

The crispy warm pizza crust.  Melty cheese.  Topped with cold crunchy salad.  I’m telling you, this pizza is a game changer.

Bay gave me the best compliment ever!  “This pizza is better than Papa Murphy’s” and she LOVES her Papa Murphys pizza…Ha!

I’ll take it!

You can take on the recipe two different ways.  Make the dressing from scratch, which would bring this to a whole nother level.  And make homemade pizza dough.  Yumm!

Or you could make this a quick + easy weeknight dinner with a few ingredients from the store.

Trader Joe’s has the best store-bought pizza dough.  It comes in a bag in the refrigerated section.  You can choose from original, whole wheat or garlic + herb.  They are $1.29 for 1 lb of dough.  And it’s damn good.  You take it out of the bag and place on a work surface sprinkled with flour and leave it there for 1 hour.  The package says 20 minutes, but it’s so much easier to roll out when at room temp.  This is a step you cannot skip!

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And if you wanna make this a whole-lot easier, grab a caesar salad bagged salad kit + rotisserie chicken.  Boom!

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{weekend notes}

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Happy first official day of summer (for the kids) School’s out for the summer!  When the weekend blends into the week.  At least for them.  Ha!  We had a super chill weekend.  Just what we wanted + needed.  And we’re following it up with a very mellow week.  I swear one week (last week for example) is a total shit-show, then the next is so nice and relaxing.  What are your kids up to this week?  Camps?  Hanging out?  Bay started Volleyball camp today and absolutely loved it!

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • Order Bike Parade invites
  • Finish {summer staples} blog post
  • Bike ride
  • Make a BIG summer calendar for Bay (think – lot’s of chores…lol)
  • Propagate succulents (so many babies) 
  • File all Bay’s 6th grade school projects + reports
  • Post my clothes on online yard sale (thanks for buying my clothes friends)
  • Clear photos off my iPhone (3,087 photos gone)
  • Eat dinner outside(Brunch + Dinner ♥)
  • Host a Father’s Day Brunch(we made Mom’s famous Christmas morning breakfast) 
  • Final 4-H meeting/BBQ of the year (Bay will be the 2018-2019 club Secretary) 
  • Volunteer with Bay at 4th & Hope – (Loved watching Bay experience serving people in need)
  • Self Care: charcoal mask(I’ve been using one by Origins and dig it) 

 

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Highlights from the weekend…….

 

Bay’s 6th Grade Promotion //

Not going to lie, we both shed a few tears walking to the car Friday morning.  I told Bay it was the last time she’d walk on the school campus as a student.  Crazy!!!

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So, Bay got service on her phone.  This was her promotion gift from me.  Honestly it was something that had to happen, considering our summer plans.  We have lots of rules that go along with it, but we’ll chat more about that this week.

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Gram made her the cutest candy sign.  Bay is a total candy freak FYI!

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We spend the afternoon doing this!  At 93, GG is still a damn good time!

 

Have you ever tried Baskin Robin Polar Pizza?  Do it!  Scroll to the bottom of this link and get a $2 off coupon

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I made not one, but two of these pretty fruit trays.  Think I can sell these things?  Make a business out of making pretty snack trays?

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The last couple of years, we’ve spent the last day of school at Robin’s.  Thanks for having us!  The kids swim.  We chat.  And Spencer feeds me chips + guac!  Ha!!

 

Dinner with Friends //

Friday night dinner with friends.  Bay fell in love with Brandon’s hoverboard.  And now that’s what she wants to buy with her pig money.  I’m still not a fan.  They seem like an injury waiting to happen!

 

Easy Saturday Morning //

We had the most chill Saturday we’ve had in such a long time!

For some odd reason I decided to make blueberry pancakes.  But, neither of us like pancakes or blueberries…HA!

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Packed a picnic and walked the Arboretum.  Check off the Spring To-Do’s!

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Ended the day with date night + catch up sesh with the Truitt’s.  They have the best swings in their backyard.  I could sit there all night, except I’d probably fall asleep….I kinda did.

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Sundayyyy //

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{friday 5}

Summer Fridays!  Is there anything better?  Fridays are powerful anytime of the year, but summer?   They’re basically everything! And when you have the day off work to celebrate your girl. That just the icing on the cake.

5 things on my mind today…..

ONE – 6th grade Promotion //  Today is the day.  Bay’s 6th grade promotion.  I found this picture from the first day of Kindergarten in Mrs. Chase’s class.  Be still my heart!

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And today. So grown and so beautiful. I can’t take it. Watch out Lee Middle School. You’re gaining so pretty cool chicks 😎

TWO – Bay Bakes // Strawberry Shortcakes.  This recipe is a classic.  I’m sure you’ve had them prepared this way at some point.  When I think strawberry shortcakes, I think the spongy round cakes you get in the 6-pack at the grocery store.  But, this real biscuit stuff is what dreams were made of!  Next time you have a bunch of berries makes this for your peeps!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 carton strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/3 cup bisquick mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • tub of cool whip

Mix strawberries + 1/4 cup sugar and stick in the fridge.

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

Mix together bisquick mix + milk + 3 tablespoons sugar + butter until it forms into a soft dough.

Drop dough onto baking sheet by the spoonfuls.  You’ll get 6 large biscuits.

Bake for 12 minutes until golden brown.

When ready to serve, split shortcakes in half and top with strawberries + cool whip!

THREE – Another cute + cheap top // I’m working on a summer staples post. I’ve grabbed some pieces that will take me through the whole summer. Super versatile items that go with everything. Wash well. Fit well. Like this perfect black tank top here. You guys it’s $19 and comes in white + pale pink + grey too. It’s thick and so comfy.

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