book recommendations · Cooking · Food · foodie · Healthy · Kaia · Recipe

{love + lemons creamy white bean & tomato soup}

Love + Lemons got it right with this recipe.  It’s soup-er easy…haha.  There is something relaxing about making a big ol’ pot of soup.  Especially healthy soup.  It’s hearty, but light and delicious.  White bean + thyme + tomatoes….yummm!

Best part – it’s Kaia friendly!


Creamy White Bean + Tomato Soup

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{fit test + 10 commandments}

I only have 3 words…..




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“I was running!  That’s all I have to say about that!” in my best Forrest Gump voice, obiv!

Like I said yesterday, if this is any indication as to how this BRIK session is going to go down – we are screwed!  Day two and my body hurts.  I’m not complaining though, it’s that good hurt.  That hurt where my fat is screaming….haha.

Here’s the scoop –

Get In Gear:

Each station – Push-ups + Sit-ups + Pull-ups/Upright Row + Jump Rope

3 times, 60 seconds each.

AMRAP:  (as many reps as possible)

10 burpees + 10 HB Swings + 10 jump squats


Timed run.  Last!

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California · hiking · Lake Tahoe · travel · weekend

{weekend notes}


First day of BRIK and guess what?  I turned my 4:25 am alarm off…instead of snooze.  I hit off.  I woke up at 5:00 am on the dot.  Jumped up and did the “oh shit” thought about laying back down and saying f it.  But, I didn’t.  Remember – NEVER miss a Monday.  Even if you’re 10 minutes late.  I’m so happy I made it, even though holy shit it was hardcore.  If today was any indication of how the rest of BRIK is going to be….I’m scared.  Very scared.  The stations were beyond intense.  Good luck today Kaia girls.

Hope everyone had a kick ass weekend!


Thank you Nikki + Kris for the bomb tacos and Chard.  #chardsohard Someone told me this last week and it just screams Nikki and her love of chardonnay 🙂


I can’t for the life of me remember what was so damn funny….but, clearly it was good!


I met up with one of my best high school girlfriends for drinks + a catch up session.  We were so busy chatting that I didn’t get a single picture.  Can you believe it?  Me either.



The mountains were calling our name.  Our family cabin just so happen to be vacant.  We loaded up bright and early and hit the road.   Ohhhhh Tahoe.  I love your fresh mountain air, sandy beaches + laid back living.  So happy we were able to take in your views one last time this summer.

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Does it get any better than this?  I think NOT!

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Decor · fashion · fitness · friday · Gift Guide · health · Healthy · Kaia · kid style

{friday 5}

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We got that Friday Feelin’ around here.  I think we can all agree – it’s been a long week and everyone is equally ready for the weekend.  Whatever you do or have planned, ENJOY!!!

It’s Friday, so you know I’ve got 5 things on my mind……

ONE – Back in January my new years resolution was to get myself back.  Not just back in shape.  But, back to feeling good again.  Click here to read about how I got started with Kaia Fit.  I’m currently 14 lbs down from those pre-BRIK photos.  They scare me every time Kaia Woodland shares them on Facebook…lol.  I can’t say enough about Kaia.  It’s changed my life + body.  I can’t thank Melika enough for getting me back here after a brief break.

Tour de Kaia BRIK begins Monday morning at 5am.  I’ve got my meal plan set.  Measurements + weight recorded.  The next 6 week are going to be intense and I’m 100% ready!

Sooooo, in true xoxostacyb fashion – I’m going to once again share with all my readers the nitty-gritty.  I’m sharing my measurements + weight with anyone in the world that wants to see.  Scary AF!  Embarrassing AF!  I’ve found that nothing holds you more accountable than sharing the truth!  Too bad we couldn’t have weighed-in before the Yolo County Fair.  Ha!


After seeing the pictures I made the conscious decision to crop my face.  I almost died.  That’s what I look like at 5am?  Haha…my poor Kaia sisters see me like this everyday and I had no idea.  My pre coffee + pre shower look is all bad. #iwokeuplikethis #sorry

Measurements –

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family · friends · kids · mom & me · weekend

{weekend notes}

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….and the booze!  Fair week is finally over.  Thank you baby Jesus.  Most of my weekend was spent double fisting…see the proof below.  I don’t think my body could handle another corn dog or keg beer.

If only I could ctrl + alt + delete the weekend damage away…lol.

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I’m sooooo ready for Kaia BRIK to start and get my ass in check.  You know what that also means?  I will once again post about my pre/post BRIK results.  BRIK begins next week – sign up girls….you don’t want to miss out!  I have a feeling this time around is going to be tough, but I’m ready for the challenge and the results.

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country music · fashion · friday · friends · kids · Summertime · weekend

{friday 5}


It’s F R I D A Y!  And we’re 2-days into the Yolo County Fair.  I’ve gained 10 lbs in beer + tacos and it aint over yet.

I’ve got 5 things on my mind this lovely Friday…….


ONE – Yolo County Fair, obvi had to be the #1 spot.  It’s that time of year.  Our favorite time of the year.  We’ve put in some hours, let me tell ya.  Tacos + corndogs + beers, oh my.  Not to mention the late nights + early mornings.  But, you gotta get after it.  Go big or go home, right?  The kids have so much fun, until they have to wait in the beer gardens for us to grab annnnoottther beer, as Bailey would say.  Someone told me last night, “in 11 years, these kids will be drinking beers with us in the beer gardens”  OMG!  Talk about freak me the fuck out.  Eleven years isn’t all that far away considering how quickly the last ten have flown by.  Anyway….we are going strong and ready for day #3!!  See you there friends.


TWO – Hayes Carll // How did I just hear about him for the first time?  Anyone else have a Hayes crush?  I have literally listened to him on repeat all week-long.  I’m crush’n hard friends!

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Cooking · Food · foodie · Healthy · Kaia · Kitchen · Recipe

{mediterranean bean salad + spiralizer}

Did you happen to catch the Skinny Taste Mediterranean Bean Salad recipe a few weeks ago?  It caught my eye.  I kept seeing it pop up on my facebook news feed and pinterest.  I finally made it….with a couple changes.  And it’s Kaia friendly!  Whoop Whoop!


This bean + veggie salad is light + fresh, using lemon juice and fresh herbs.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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family · fashion · friday · friends · Lake Tahoe · Summertime · weekend · Yaya's

{weekend notes}

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The weekend came and went.  Monday came and went.  Tuesday, please come and go just as quickly, Please!  Tomorrow is the Yolo County Fair!  Only one of my most favorite times of the year.  Bring on the corn dogs + carnies + beer gardens + derby + rides +  tacos.

I can’t even contain my excitement!!

We had the best weekend.  Lake Tahoe is always a good idea.  Even if it is only for 24 hours.

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