{starbucks rewards}

Are you a coffee fanatic like myself?  Starbucks or Dutch?  I’m a loyal Starbucks girl.  The app is amazeballs.  I order my coffee then run in and out in a matter of minutes.  You can’t beat that for morning coffee shop lines.  They can be unreal.

I’m also a gold cardholder since 2008.  Told you I drink a shit ton of coffee.  I actually didn’t drink coffee, like at ALL.  Then in 2006 I had a baby and that shit changed real quick.  I realized mom’s NEED coffee.  It’s kind of a deal breaker.  No coffee No talk.  Once I get that warm cup of joe in my hands, I’m instantly a different person…lol.  True story.

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{what i wore}

My J.Crew Factory package arrived last week.  These are the items I categorized as summer staples.  Remember how stressed I was about the KonMari Method….well, I did what any practical girl would do.  Went shopping.  Nothing a little retail therapy can’t help, right?  I’m pretty sure this is 100% against Kondo rules, but F it!  It made me feel better about the situation.

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#ootd // J.Crew Factory + Old Navy

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{pad thai}

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This girl of mine has decided that she LOVES to cook.  Loves to bake.  Anything in the kitchen.  I can relate, I too love being in the kitchen.  So, I get it.  A few weeks ago, while I was in Seattle, Bailey went to Idol Night with my mom and her girlfriends.  They meet up once a week, cook dinner, and watch American Idol together.  I think it’s so rad that they have kept this tradition for so many years.  Well, Bailey got to tag along the night Kelly Morgan (mom’s homegirl) was cooking.  She made her specialty – Pad Thai.  Kelly was sweet and let Bailey help her prepare dinner.  Ever since, Bailey has talked non-stop about how she can make Pad Thai.  So, that’s what she did.  Monday nights are our standing Date Night.  We do all sorts of things….Ice cream, movies, park, shopping, facials, bike ride…etc.  You can read more about it here at {dating my daughter}.

We had a great time chatting and hanging out in the kitchen together ♥

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{weekend notes}

So I did it.  I got all Kondo on my closet.  It feels great.  I feel great.  I feel fucking happy too.  Marie Kondo is genius.

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Get the damn book.  Or Audio version.  It’s a quick easy read.  I felt so inspired after reading about the closet transformations.  The basic concept it to ONLY surround yourself with things that truly spark joy.  I’m probably not going to thank my purse each day for it’s hard work or believe that my socks are alive…lol.  Trust me, you’ve got to read the book.

You can purchase the book here The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  Or go the Stacy route and reserve it at the library.  They have audio and book versions available.

I’m sure you’re completely sick of reading about the KonMari method that I’ve been writing about over and over.  But, the more peeps I chat with, the more I realize they don’t even know what KonMari is.  Here is a brief breakdown….

Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly declutter your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Whereas most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, the KonMari Method’s category-by-category, all-at-once prescription leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have been repeat customers (and she still has a three-month waiting list of new customers!). With detailed guidance for every type of item in the household, this quirky little manual from Japan’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help readers clear their clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home–and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

8 Lessons From The Decluttering Bible

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{friday 5}

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C H E E R S – Clink!!  That was me giving a Friday toast.

Tonight’s Agenda: Rose + Netflix.  Maybe a yummy Caesar salad, if I can set my glass down long enough.  This week was NUTS.  My payroll software was updated at work and my brain hurts thinking about it.  Nightmare.  And I’ve lost sleep over my KonMari Method closet plans.  I know the outcome will be worth it.  I have a feeling my closet overhaul make take more than one day.  I’ve been reading and reading about all the success stories…I mean the B was on Ellen so obvi her method is legit.  Stay tuned for more on this topic next week.

ONE– K.O.T Challenge // About a month ago I documented my goals for the current Kaia CORE {earth + wind + kaia} session “Keep On Truckin’ Challenge.”  You can read more about the challenge here.

K.O.T. Challenge

AMRAP – 20 reps of each

  1. Shoulder Thruster
  2. Plank Frogger
  3. Sit Up
  4. Tricep Push Up
  5. Squat Jump
  6. Run (to stop sign + back)

* 15 minutes to get through this series as many times as possible

My goal was to make it through the AMRAP 4 times.  I got close….

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{smoothie bowl}

Get your camera ready.  The most instagram worthy breakfast.  I’m sure you’ve seen all the stars + bloggers posting pics of their amazingly photogenic smoothie bowls?

So what is a smoothie bowl you ask?  It’s a smoothie in a bowl.  Bowl-ed smoothie.  A smoothie with a spoon.  These bowls are the biggest breakfast trend out there.  And for a good reason.  These super bowls are packed with nutrient rich leafy greens, fruits, and most importantly, delicious.

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Let’s talk about toppings, you can use berries + bananas + chia seeds + nuts + honey + coconut + granola….the sky’s the limit.  Kinda like a froyo.  Yo!

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{good reads}

First thing first – let’s clear something up.  I’m not a reader.  I listen to audio books.  Reading puts me to sleep every.single.time.  For reals.  I recently became hooked on books.  Reading reviews to see what book I want to listen to next.  Asking for reviews.  Who have I become?  It used to be People + Martha Stewart magazines…ONLY.  So, this is kind of a big deal for me.  Anyway, I’m going to share the books I’ve finished.  The books I want to grab next.

I guess I really owe this new-found hobby to the “Book Club” a couple of my girlfriends started about a year ago.  When I said yes, that’d I’d join, I really thought I was joining a, let’s drink wine and hang out club.  Wong, these B’s really wanted to read books.  And drink wine too, of course.  I secretly wanted to un-join once I understood what was really going on.

First book – Wild.  I thought, sweet, I’ve watched the movie:)  Haha.  I’m dead serious.  About a week after the first meeting, the girls starting emailing about how much they loved the book.  I went to the Woodland Library’s web-site and decided to check out the damn book.  Then under the title I see, “audio version.”  Huh?   I checked it out.  Listened to the book in a little over a week.  Killed my car battery trying to finish chapter after chapter sitting in my garage.  I was hooked.  I’ve NEVER in my life been hooked to a book before.  Like I said, magazines only.

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This book actually prompted the over-night backpacking trip I took with some girlfriends last year.  I later realized I enjoyed Cheryl Strayed’s writing.

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