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{weekend notes}



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Monday AGAIN

I swear the weekend was gone in the blink of an eye.  Things didn’t go exactly as planned.  We weren’t able to do everything we had hoped.  I don’t like changes in plans, at all.  But some things just happen for a reason.  We had lots of down time, which was nice.

Friday night was a TV and chill night.  Bailey still wasn’t feeling 100% so we had pizza (my true love), it was a skinny crust, so it doesn’t really count, right?  We layed in bed and watched TV till we dozed off, around 8pm.  LOL.  It was a real party.

I kicked off my Saturday morning with Kaia Fit POWER HOUR.  Great workout that kicked by butt into gear.  Lots of handbag exercises.

Thanks for the photos Val!!

Today marks the first day of Hell Week.  I’m not going to lie, I’m scared.  From what I’ve heard, the exercises get even more intense.  I figure that I’m going to be exhausted by the end of each day.  Other than having my meal plan + prep work, we also have a mellow week.  Sometimes it all works out that way for a reason.

Here’s what’s on our menu:

  •  Monday – Bailey’s cooking
  • Tuesday –  Turkey Taco Tuesday (lettuce wrapped) + guacamole + salsa + pinto beans
  • Wednesday – Cory’s cooking, Grilled steaks + broccoli + mashed sweet potato (twice baked for Cory + Bay)
  • Turkey burgers + zucchini fries
  • Friday – out to dinner


  • Kaia Tasty Thai Salad (my favorite)
  • Kaia Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
  • Leftover Turkey Burger


  • Egg White + Spinach Scramble
  • Kaia Wild Workout Smoothie (I’ve mastered it, whoop whop)


  • Kaia Buffalo Kale Chips
  • Almonds
  • Kaia Happy Heart Juice
  • Apples


Saturday afternoon we celebrated my nephew’s 5th birthday at DK’s Place.  You’ve got to try their supreme pizza.  It’s pizza perfection.  And yes, that was my second time having pizza in two day.  Oooops.  But, damn it just so good!!




Isn’t he the cutest.  This picture captures his personality to a T.  He’s always making funny facial expressions.  This is his, hurry up and take my picture so I can eat my cupcake Tita, look 🙂

OK, so I never win ANYTHING.  Like ever.  Then, I won.  A Seka Hills Olive Mill + Tasting Room private tasting.  I was so pumped when I opened that email.  The tour was impressive.  Our guide, Allison is so knowledgeable about the process, history and every fact imaginable.  She always had an answer.  We are not an easy crowd, let me tell you.


Our wine glasses were never empty.  I told you, Allison is the shit!!

The Mill is a stainless steel heaven.  Everything is spotless and looks as though it’s never been used.  I’m looking forward to visiting the Tasting room this year while the mill is in use.  It runs 24 hours a day for a couple of months.


Next we sampled more wine (of course) + honey + olive oils + balsamic vinegar + nuts.  This was my favorite part 🙂  Check out the cheese tray we enjoyed.  Everything was delish.

I was a little skeptical on the olive oil tasting, I was pleasantly surprised.  Allison showed us how to warm it up with our hands.  It similar to swirling your wine in the glass before tasting.


Our olive oil warming model, Nikki, showing how it’s done.


Believe it or not, that amazingness above is olive oil vanilla ice cream.  We topped it with some of the nuts and balsamic vinegar.  Holy moly, this was to die for.  Perfect treat to end our tour.


I have no idea what was going on here, but this photo makes me laugh.


Big thank you Seka Hills for the tour + tastings.  We had a great time and really enjoyed all you have to offer.  We will be back!!

You can call the tasting room at 530-796-2810 to book your very own private tasting + tour.  I highly recommend it to everyone.

Sunday morning was spent with my Yaya’s.  I’m still in shock that we didn’t take a single photo in the 3 hours we spent together.  Or have a single alcoholic beverage.  What the hell Yaya’s?  We tried something new, really new to everyone.  Amba Yoga.  It was completely out of my comfort zone.  Meghan Morris, the creator of Amba Yoga lead us in a 3 hour amba yoga workshop.

Amba  is an embodied practice of yoga, movement, and dance that is based in the elements found in nature. The practice ranges from strong, earthen postures to fluid, sensuous  movement to nourishing breath and sound to deeply restful stillness.

Amba teaches you  awakening your physical vibrancy so that you have access to the richness and pure joy of being alive in a physical body.

Many Amba offerings are  specifically designed  for women. As women, when we have permission to discover our own unique  movement – the movement that feels really, deliciously good from the inside out, our spirits get fed and our bodies get nourished.

Amba embraces the balance of hard work and deep rest, sensuousness and higher awareness, individual exploration and community learning. Amba workshops and retreats for women have 3 components: movement, nature, and community. Through physical yoga and movement practices we become more alive and awaken the elements within us. Through nature adventures, we connect to the awe and power of the elements on the planet. We open to the nourishment of the natural forces. Through social gatherings such as Amba Lodge, singing circles, mandala making, and group sharing, we awaken the vibrancy of our hearts and learn from one another.

I personally would summarize it as movement with your whole body, awakening your inner energy + lots of breathing techniques.  I had no idea how much your breathing can effect your mind + body.  It was interesting.  You can check out some of the YouTube videos here: Fluid Amba Practice + Air Element Amba Yoga Practice + Amba Yoga Fire Element Practice + Amba Earth Element Practice. 

Thank you Kathy for introducing Amba Yoga to me.  Something I would otherwise never known anything about.  I can’t wait till you become an instructor.  Your passion and commitment is inspiring.


Sunday afternoon Bailey had pig pen duty.  These girls get right in there without complaining.  It still shocks me.  When I tell Bailey it’s time to head to the pig barn…..she jumps up so quick, ready to go.  Excited to go.  Maybe it’s because this is still new and fun?  I hope her enthusiasm continues though this project.

It’s dirty + it stinks so so bad….lol.



Bailey + Babe ♥



xoxo stacyb


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