California · Camping · fall · family · friends · Holidays · weekend

{weekend notes}



My favorite shopping day of the year.  Who’s with me.  Shopping from the comfort of your own computer.  No crowds.  Hallelujah.

ps….your boss is shopping online today too, so it’s totally OK!!

Abercrombie Kids: 40% off + free shipping.  Use code MONDAY40

Anthropologie: 25 percent off sale items + free shipping.  Use code XTRAGOOD

ASOS: 30% off everything.  Use code BLESSED

Banana Republic + Gap + Old Navy:40% off EVERYTHING (no exclusions)  Use code BESTCYBER

Boden: 30% off.  Use code 7J4Z

Forever 21: 21% off off + free shipping.  Use code RSTYLE21

J.Crew: In stores & online: 40% off 507 styles & 30% off everything else + extra 40%–50% off sale styles (free shipping too)  Use code MONDAY
J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything (prices as marked) + get an extra 15% + free shipping.  Use code TODAYONLY
Madewell: 25% off.  Use code SHOPATWORK
Pottery Barn Kids: 20% off + free shipping.  Use code EXTRAGIFT
Target: 15 % off + free shipping.  Use code CYBER15


Believe it or not, I even placed a couple of orders from my cell phone laying in bed in the trailer this weekend….seriously!!

Ok – let’s get to the weekend.

Friday morning we headed to Lawson’s Landing in Dillon Beach to spend the weekend camping.  Lawson’s Landing is a fishing and boating resort and campground, situated at the mouth of Tomales Bay, Californian.  It’s known for generations of family camping fun.  Who remembers trips to Dillon Beach back when they were kids?  We spent many weekends clamming + camping + vacationing growing up.



Our first fam photo with Sally the Sun Chaser

(photo cred to April)

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Camping · fall · family · friday · friends · Holidays · travel · weekend

{friday 5}



I love a short work week.  I was in desperate need of a 4 day weekend.  Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m in full Christmas mode.  Christmas tree this weekend too.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!

Here’s my Friday 5:

ONE – Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year // I’m sitting this one out this year.  Just mildly stressed about the deals I will be missing.  But, let’s be real, I typically buy everything for myself on black Friday anyway…lol.  Guess I can save my pennies till Cyber Monday.  Check out the HOT black Friday deals + adds here.

Glitter Guide posted all the active promo codes for today:

Amazon Fashion: 30 percent off select clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry with the code 30BLACKFRI

Anthropologie: 25 percent off everything with the code SHOPTOIT

ASOS: Up to 60 percent off with the code BLESSED

Athleta: 20 percent off entire purchase (restrictions apply) in stores, and online with the code WORKIT

Banana Republic: Half off sweaters and 40 percent off the rest of your purchase (restrictions apply) with the code BRFRIDAY

BaubleBar: Snag some snazzy new jewelry with 30 percent off sitewide

Express: 50 percent off everything in stores and online, plus free shipping

Gap: 50 percent off everything in stores and online with the code BLKFRIDAY

H&M: Up to 60 percent off in stores and online, plus free shipping on all orders with the code 3265

J.Crew: 30 percent off select full-price items that are never on sale—plus an extra 40 percent off sale items—in stores and online with the code HOLIDAY

J.Crew Factory: 50 percent off everything in stores and online, plus free shipping on orders of $50+ with the code SHIPGIFTS

Kate Spade: Surprise sale! Up to 75 percent off select items

LOFT: 40 percent off almost everything (only excludes new arrivals from Lou & Grey) with the code BF40 An extra 25 percent off clearance designer handbags; 50 percent off select juniors’ collections; 60 percent off select women’s coats

Madewell: 25 percent off your entire purchase in stores and online with the code CALMDOWN

Nordstrom: An extra 25 percent off selected sale items in stores and online

Old Navy: 60 percent off hundreds of styles, 50 percent off even more and 40 percent off everything else online; 50 percent off everything in stores (restrictions apply)

Ralph Lauren: Up to 60 percent off, plus an extra 20 percent off select already-reduced styles with the code TURKEY20; online only

I hope Cyber Monday delivers, because God knows, I’ve got a lot of shopping to finish up.

Shop till you drop friends!!


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Cooking · fall · Holidays · Pumpkin · The Pioneer Women

{happy thanksgiving}

I want to wish all my xoxostacyb readers a very happy thanksgiving.

Enjoy your family + food + wine + pie!!


Speaking of pie.  I came across this Pie + Wine Paring chart.  This information will be crucial over weekend.


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One of my girlfriends, Sara, gave me a heads up – Prosecco pairs beautifully with apple pie.

Thanks for the snap shot Sara 🙂

I will be attempting this Pumpkin Meringue Pie from What’s Gaby Cooking.  Isn’t it gorg?  I will keep you posted on the outcome of my creation:)


I’m humbled and thankful for all my loyal readers.  You make this blog such a great outlet for me.  The two minutes it takes for you to comment on my blog or to send an email seriously leave me with a full day of inspiration and support. Your feedback fuels my creativity and makes me inspired to write another post.  THANK YOU!

OK, Im off to make my pies 🙂

xoxo stacyb


fall · fashion · Nordstrom

{the poncho}



p o n c h o

noun, plural ponchos.
1. a blanketlike cloak with a hole in the center to admit the head,originating in South America, now often worn as a raincoat.

It sounds awful, right?  Well, let me clear it up for you.  It’s amazing. These trendy boho-chic ponchos are basically a big cozy blanket you wrap around yourself (no, it’s not a snuggie). Best part, it’s publicly acceptable and fashionable too.  Haha.

The fringe and geometric pattern details are perfection.

Warm and trendy all in one.  Yes, please.

I will be rock’n my poncho for Thanksgiving.

ps….DO NOT look up the Urban Dictionary definition for poncho, I repeat – do not look it up.  The further I read the worse it got.  Just cray.

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diy · fall · family · Holidays · kid style · kids · mason jar

{thanksgiving kid table}



The Pottery Barn Kid’s Table always gets me.  So damn cute.  Clearly I’m not going to dump a grand on trying to duplicate this masterpiece.  But, I so admire the crap out of it.  Haha.

This year we will be hosting our family for Thanksgiving dinner.  When I say, “we are hosting”, what I really mean is, my mom will pretty much do everything.  Just at my house.  She will come over bright and early in the morning with the bird all ready for the oven.  I just might possibly stick the bird in the oven and set the timer.  That’s kind of it.

So, when I say “I’m hosting” it’s a joke.  I’ve never even roasted a turkey in my life.  It’s so intimidating.  Everyone sits around Thanksgiving day anticipating the turkey feast.  If it sucks, then you basically suck and ruined Thanksgiving.  I’ll leave that to my mom 🙂

My Thanksgiving role is setting pretty tables and baking a couple of pies.

As I walked though Target the other day, I came across cute Thanksgiving paper goods.  I thought it would make the most adorable kids table.


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diy · fall · family · friends · Holidays · kid style · mom & me · weekend

{weekend notes}



Happy Monday!  I’m so ready for this short work week and Thanksgiving break.  How about you?

I only have to pack lunches two days this week….hallelujah!!  Can I get a whoop whoop!  Are you with me?  Easy mornings, NO homework, extra time for Starbucks stops and slow evenings.  This is what Holiday weeks are all about.  Don’t forget family + friends + wine + the food too 🙂

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Cooking · fashion · Food · foodie · friday · friends · Holidays · jcrew addict · kid style · mom & me · weekend

{friday 5}




Weekend time is the best time!!! 😎

Friday 5, lets do it –

ONE – Last night I whipped up this baked polenta with sausage and artichoke hearts with a big green salad and grilled asparagus.  BOMB.  Martha Stewart never disappoints.  It’s an easy weeknight dinner that delivers.

Check out the recipe :

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 white onion, thinly sliced

1 pound sweet italian sausage

2 garlic cloves, chopped

3/4 cup marinated artichoke hears, coarsely chopped

1 tube prepared polenta, cut into 1/4-inch rounds

1/3 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped

salt + pepper

** I added sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan too, do it!!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large skillet, heat oil over medium.  Add onion and cook 5 minutes, until softened.  Add sausage and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Remove skillet from heat and stir in artichokes; season with salt and pepper.

In a 2-quart baking dish, layer polenta rounds and spoonfuls of sausage mixture. Pour stock over top and bake until bubbling and polenta is pale golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.




You can find the recipe and video here.

Thanks Martha – you’re still the shit!

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family · Holidays

{holiday cards}

It’s that time of year.  Time to order your Holiday cards.  As you can see, I already received my card order.  That’s because I placed my order in September…lol.  When you have promo codes that can be stacked (using multiple codes towards one order), you place your order early to save $40.  Yes, I saved $40 by ordering early.  Totally worth it to me.  Then I ordered a new top from J.crew with my $40 savings to reward myself for being the smartest chick in town and saving $$.  It totally makes sense to me 🙂

Here’s a peek at our 2012, 2013, 2014 Minted Holiday Cards.

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fashion · gold · Uncategorized · wishlist

{wednesday wish list}

I am definitely not a quitter.
Gold Everything Edition //  I love gold.  Golden.  Metallic gold.  Every single shade of gold.  Gold anything.  Gold Everything.  If it comes in gold, this B is buying it.  It’s classic.  Timeless.  Adds the perfect finishing touch to an outfit + display + table.  I remember when I associated gold with old.    I remember when gold was so uncool.  WTF was I thinking?
Gold Everything

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horseback riding · kids

{back in the saddle}

Bailey is back in the saddle.  Something she LOVES.  Something we both love.  She is obsessed with horses, and I love watching her do what she loves.

At Bailey’s 9 year doc appointment, her pediatrician asked her “what do you love to do the very most, what’s your passion?”  Without hesitation, “Riding horses!!”  I realized she hadn’t ridden a horse since last summer.  Holy guilt trip.  I called and booked her a package of lessons the very next day.



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