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{bay’s triple chocolate cookies}

Rich + fudgy.   Soft + chewy.  Loaded with chocolate, hence the name.

Bay came up with the name based on 1 ingredient used 3 different ways.


  1. melted semi-sweet chocolate chips melted with butter
  2. cocoa powder
  3. M&M’s + more chocolate chips are stirred in at the end.

Lotttssss of chocolate!  Just the way Bay likes it!


Here’s what you’ll need:

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{weekend notes}

I hope you had a great weekend.  Our’s was everything I hoped it would be.  We celebrated + relaxed and enjoyed every second of it.  I’m short on time today, so here’s a little recap.

Oh and our sugar cleanse results too!!!



Beers + root beers at Blue Note.  One of our favorite Friday night spots!



You’ll never guess what Bay did first thing Saturday morning?!?!  You guessed it….she baked cookies.  Two batches!  Sugar cookies and double chocolate m&m cookies.  Which she is allowing me to share on the blog this week.  Thanks Bay 🙂



I posted my new Gentry California shorts.  You guys, get a pair.  She’s a local Woodland girl which makes it that much better ♥  I hate a few messages asking for a link so here ya go:

Women’s Seersucker Scalloped Edge Shorts with Monogram – Pink or Blue



We celebrated Benny Bear’s 6th Birthday with a little board breaking.



Watch Bay go!  Every kid was able to break their board.  So cool!  I’m not gonna lie, I kinda wanted a turn too!



Oh yeah, in case you missed it on Snapchat – We got Ben a BB gun.  The classic Red Ryder.  And some safety glasses too…Ha!!  He look so stinkin cute!!IMG_3302.JPG


We also celebrated Alec’s 1st birthday and I didn’t take a single picture.

Sunday morning pig barn duty!  Bay + Barbie-Q posing for a picture.



Check out this crazy ass barn cat…..



Sunday was pretty much the best day I’ve had in the last 20 days.  Yessss!  It was the end of our 20-day sugar cleanse.  Well, kinda!  Sarah P + I did it together.  This chick right here is a bad ass.  She was basically sober for 20-days.  Which is really fucking hard to do…lol.  I failed at the booze free part.  Like, really bad.  I stuck to the food part though and got results!!


Combined we lost 15 lbs in 20 days!


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{friday 5}


This image is me, but this Sunday..Ha!  I cant wait to #chardsohard and slam some carbs!!  The weekend is here.  I have hardly any plans.  Which means Bay + I are going to kick it hard.  Starting tonight with Valentine making.  And I’m pretty sure she’s going to whip up some cookies  Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine…while it lasts.  I washed my car today, so it will for sure rain soon!

FIVE things on my mind…..

ONE – Origins Charcoal Mask // Doesn’t everyone do face masks with their kiddo and watch This Is Us on Wednesday nights?  It’s kind of our new thing.  I’ve read some many great reviews about the ever so trendy charcoal masks.  So I did my research and purchased Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask  from Nordy’s.  Here’s the scoop…..the active charcoal clears clogged pores while the clay absorbs toxins.  Sign me up!

Bay only left hers on for about 5 minutes.  It does get pretty tight as it dries and she totally freaked out…lol.

I left mine on for about 20 minutes.  I recently acquired sensitive skin.  Not fun!  This didn’t irritate my face at all.  Left my face smooth as a babies butt + clear + refreshed.  I will be using this poop looking (as Bay said) mask on a weekly, that’s for sure.



TWO – Since love is in the air.  Kinda!  I found these Valentines Day cards on Brickyard Buffalo this week.  I mean come on, aren’t they perfect.  I’m so glad I swiped right…LOL!!

Anyway, they are on sale for 2 more days and only cost $3.50.  You can’t even find a Hallmark card for $3.50 in this day and age.

Ps – Brickyard Buffalo is the only online pop-up shop that I still subscribe to.  They always have cute + unique + affordable deals.  Check them out.

I currently want this, this + this!

Brickyard Buffalo Valentine’s Day Cards



THREE – Spiralized Carrot Spaghetti // I’ve been living on this the last two weeks.  Super easy recipe to make.


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{Jo Malone}

It’s THURSDAY!!  Almost the end of THURSDAY!  I meant to post this sooner…and I got distracted and forgot.  You guys, I could eat a house today.  After that killer Kaia workout this morning, all I can think and talk about is FOOD.  Please tell me I’m not the only one?  Those Kaia squat thrust with a push-up, then a hop, turn, down for another squat thrust.  What was that even called?  I think Mallory made that shit up.

Anyway….today’s post is here:

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Cooking · Food · foodie · Healthy · Kitchen · Recipe

{slow cooker white chicken quinoa chili}

I saw this recipe on my instagram feed last week and knew it had to happen ASAP!  This is the ideal recipe for this cold AF California weather we are currently experiencing.  Raise your hand if you’re ready for some higher temps + sunshine!!


You guys, this recipe is what I call HANDS-OFF!  It’s a dump + go.  Ha…that sounds bad.  Throw and go sound better?  You know what I mean!!  The slow cooker does all the work for you!  And the outcome is a hearty + healthy + delicious meal you and your peeps will dig.

This is a spin on the classic white chicken chili….only difference is the quinoa.  And you’ll be happy you added it!

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{weekend notes}



Raise your hand if you could have used 1 more day between Sunday + Monday!!!

I don’t have much to report.   We did a lot of the same ol thing.


You’re never going to guess what Bay did….

She baked cookies.  Funfetti cookies with vanilla icing in the center, to be exact.  They look + smell pretty damn amazing.



I meal prepped.

Homemade salsa

More carrot noodles, because they are so damn good

Roasted veggies

Hard boiled eggs

Our menu:

BBQ pork tenderloin + mashed sweet potatoes + Italian green beans

White bean chicken chili

BBQ turkey burgers + sweet potato carrot tots

Kaia quesadillas + brown rice + guacamole


What’s on your menu for the week?

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{friday 5}

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It’s Friday!  Is it just me, or did this week just fly by?  I was productive AF!  Checked so many things off my to-do list.

House is clean √  Laundry done √  Grocery shopping √  Taxes √  Birthday gifts purchased √

I like to make sure my shit is done before a fun weekend.  Work hard, play harder!!!  Now if only I could drink margaritas tonight…that would be a perfect Friday activity.

I’ve got 5 things on my mind today…..

ONE – Omega Nu Pledge Party // Tuesday night our new pledges threw a party for all the Omega Nu sisters.  They pulled off such a great night.  The food + booze (I didn’t partake…boo), the company were all perfect.  The activity: floral arranging.  I have to admit, I seriously suck at making pretty arrangements.  For instance, I buy them at the store, cut the cellophane off and hurry up and shove them in a vase before they get messed up.  LOL.  They had step-by-step instructions that made it so easy.  Have I mentioned my love for eucalyptus?   Everyone put together beautiful arrangements.  Best part, we get some pretty cool new sisters to join the group ♥

(photo cred: Greta + Tom}

TWO –  Heritage Plaid Infinity Scarf //  I’m not much of a scarf girl, but I have been rocking the shit out of this one.  I got it as a Christmas gift and have probably wore it 6 times since.  Super warm.  Super soft.  Easy to wear.  Goes with everything.

I went to link it today and it’s currently sold out…boo.  Good news, it was sold out when I put it on my Christmas list too.  Chances are it will be restocked.

‘Heritage’ Plaid Infinity Scarf


Here are some other cute options….

Plaid Knit Infinity Scarf // Stripe Infinity Scarf // Brushed Plaid Infinity Scarf

THREE – Divorce on HBO //  Did anyone watch the first season?  If so, LUCKY bitch!!

Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in the new comedy series, Divorce. Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.

First off, I absolutely LOVE SJP.  Not so much her Golden Globes gown though.  I watched the first Divorce episode the other night.  HBO totally fucking tricked me.  You see, I don’t have HBO.  So when I clicked on it and the whole first episode was available to watch, I was pumped!!  SCORE!!  Want to know how they tricked my ass?  I got so hooked.  And I could ONLY watch the first episode.  Which was sooooo good.  After the episode was over, it gave me instructions on how to order HBO.  Well done HBO, Well done.  I’m actually considering adding the damn channel just for this show.  That’s how good it was.  Click on the link below and watch, then let me know if you want to order HBO too 🙂

Divorce (episode #1)


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