fashion · ootd · Outfit Details · sale · Spring · Target

{eyelet sweatshirt}

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It’s Hump Day…..unfortunately not Friday.  Even though it feels like it should be Friday.  Anyone else?  All day yesterday, I thought it was Wednesday.  I wrote it.  Almost screwed up some plans.  Then I realized it was Taco Tuesday, and that made it a little better.

Speaking of Taco Tuesday, Maria’s Cantina stepped up their Taco Tuesday game.  The normal 2 Woodland Tacos + Modelo for $5 have a new partner.  2 Woodland Tacos + Margarita for $10!  And the bartender can also make a mean skinny, skinny marg too!  You’re welcome.

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You guys…..

TOMORROW is the first day of March!  We are inching closer and closer to Spring.

20 days to be exact.  The countdown has begun.

I’m dreaming of Spring.  And all things Spring.  Nothing beats the onset of Spring.  Am I right?

And how about this scallop eyelet trim sweatshirt?  It’s perfection.  Crisp white.  Feminine eyelet detail.   Keyword: ON SALE!

I put this sweatshirt on and fell in love ♥

I can’t wait till it warms up just a little and I can pop this on with a pair of cut-off shorts + sandals.

But, until then, I’ll be rocking it with warm jeans + closed toed shoes…lol.
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40% off now through Sunday.  No code needed!

Comes is grey too!

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Cooking · Food · foodie · Healthy · Kid Food · Recipe

{chicken teriyaki casserole}

Last week Bay was craving chicken teriyaki.  Every time I asked her “what sounds good” chicken teriyaki!!

Wait, is it teriyaki chicken or chicken teriyaki?   Hold on, let me google it.

Accroding to google, it’s teriyaki chicken.  But, I think I like chicken teriyaki better, so we’re just gonna go with it, K?

Anyway, where was I going…….

Ok, I’m not a big teriyaki fan.  Doesn’t it always feel like a sodium overload?  Or is that just me?  I googled it.  Again!  Found a bunch of recipes.  Made my own spin on this dish after reading about 4 similar recipes.  And it was killer.  It doesn’t taste like a salt lick….lol!  Bay was pumped.  I almost polished it off for lunch the remaining of the week.

I’d say that’s a winner winner chicken dinner.

Sorry, I had to 🙂

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This dish is crowd pleasing.  Super easy to make.  You get all your food groups.  Healthy-ish.  And great leftovers!

Did I mention this feeds an army?  I dedicate this one to all my girlfriends with #hellakids

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Adventure · California · Cooking · Cool spots · Decor · diy · Food · foodie · friday · friends · home · kid style · kids · mom & me · Movies · Nordstrom · ootd · Spring · weekend

{weekend notes}

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Hi Friends!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  Bay + I kicked it hard.  Together.  Like we never left eachothers sight.  It was the best!  Slow mornings.  Extra cup of coffee.  Pie for breakfast….for Bay.  Early bedtimes.  With some adventures mixed in.  We need more go with the flow style weekends.  Together ♥

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Cook with bok choyUm yummm
  • Log food into My Fitness Paldid it!!!
  • Plan + pack for snowshoeingso fun
  • In bed by 10 pmneed to do this more! 
  • Craving stir-frymade it…blogged it. 
  • Pre-blog + schedule posts for next weekTJ’s week went down!
  • Work on TJ’s recipesso many recipes 
  • Get packed for Alliance Redwoodssurvived 
  • Lunch date with Nicole ♥always a treat
  • Prepare for March sugar cleansestarting MONDAY the 12th!
  • Stay out of the Girl Scout Cookies – epic FAIL!

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

 

Celebrating

We celebrated Nidia’s 36th birthday!

Missing Rachel in this picture.

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Dinner at Father Paddy’s

Who knew how fun Friday nights are right here in Woodland?

 

 

We were all pleasantly surprised at how great all our food was.  When you can make all 5 chicks at a table happy, that’s saying a lot!

I will for sure go back!

 

Tips bathroom selfies.

This top was sitting on my front porch when I got home from work.  I had about 2 minutes to get ready.  Slipped it on a was out the door.

TOP SHOP Cutwork Balloon Sleeve Blouse

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El Charro for cantaritos.  Next time I’m ordering that big ass $100 one.  Ha!

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Bay is still obsessed with snap chat filters.  This is me trying to drive and get in the snap…lol!

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{friday 5}

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Happy last Friday of February.  Cray, right?  Ready for the weekend?  Me too!  We don’t have much planned and I’m really looking forward to sleeping in and going with the flow.  I was busy marking things off my list this week.  My BIG to-do list.  You know, that one with all the big adulting things.  Got a new windshield…finally.  Mine has been cracked for over a year.  Ha.  True story – Bay + I wear sunglasses when we go through the car wash, because one time I envisioned the windshield shattering in our faces.  Yet, I didn’t replace it?   We just wear sunglasses…problem solved….lol.   I got a new phone.  If you know me, then you know it’s been long overdue.  We are currently working on naming him.  It’s a silver phone, which seems so masculine.  So, we’re calling it a him.  Scheduled an Edward Jones appointment.  Wheeled and dealed with Dish for a lower monthly payment….it always works.  Try it!  Skipped the gym this morning and deep cleaned my house from 5am – 7am.  Rollin into the weekend with a clean house is a must!  It feels so damn good.  Anyway, now that all that adulting is out-of-the-way, I’m ready to get this weekend started!!!

5 things on my mind……

 

ONE – TJ’s Haul + Menu // What would you guys think about me sharing my TJ’s haul and weekly menu?  Basically giving you a grocery list and recipes.  Showing you how I use all the fun finds from Trader Joe’s.  From breakfast to lunch and dinner ideas.  The cauliflower crust pizza I made this week.  Did you see it in my instagram stories?  That one will for sure be first up.  Ohhh, and how about halibut tacos with TJ’s delish green goddess salad dressing + roasted corn salad?

Back to my question…..

Is that something you all would be interested in?  I’m thinking about possibly dedicating a week to it.  Which will be a lot of work for my ass.  Ha!  But, for you, I’d do it.  If you’re into that kind of thang!

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fashion · ootd · Outfit Details · Target

{universal thread at target}

Do you know what I love?  Long walks down each isle at Target.

ALONE!

That’s what I love.  HA!  Sometimes I even write it on my calendar.  Like a date!  A date with Target.  And I have a feeling I’m not the only one doing this?!?!

I designate a lunch break to Target.  Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever designated a lunch break (almost every week) to anything or anyone else.

Target, you’re my boo!

But, what I really want to chat about today is the new-ish clothing line at Target.

Universal Thread

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Have you checked it out yet?  They’ve got some good stuff!  So, if you’re trying to “be good” I suggest you don’t mosey you’re happy little self to the women’s clothing section.

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Here’s a peak at what I’ve purchased + what I’ve got my eye on…..

I wore this exact outfit to Madewell the other day and got stopped multiple times.  Chicks in the store thought I bought my top and shoes from Madewell.  Nothing better than saying, Nope – Target.  $20!  Ha.

Then I had a long covo with some of the gals working at Madewell.  We started talking about the Universal Thread line and ALL agreed on one thing.  They totally copied Madewell.  Which, for us, is a really GREAT thing.  I’m sure as hell not mad about it.  You can get Madewell style for a Target price tag.

All the pieces are simple.  Clean lines.  Well constructed.  Universal (hence the name).  I’d say more classic than trendy.

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Top // Levi’s ($39) // Shoes 

Striped Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt – Universal Thread™ Cream

This top is effortlessly cute.  It’s a classic striped button-down shirt.  Tied at the wait.  Tucked in.  Unbuttoned with a cami underneath.   I’ve tried it all three ways and love them all equally.  I gave mine one extra sleeve roll too.

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Only downfall…..

It comes out of the wash completely mangled.  And you know how I feel about ironing, right?  I don’t do it.

After reading over and over about how much Lisa at Salty Lashes LOVES her steamer.  I ordered one with my Christmas giftcards.

Say hello to my new best friend.  The Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam Handheld Fabric Steamer.

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Bay Bakes · Cooking · Food · foodie · Kid Food · kids · Kitchen · Recipe

{peanut butter + brown butter rice krispie treats}

Let’s do a little Bay update.  It’s been a while….

A couple of weeks ago, Bay decided to switch to English horse riding lessons.  After riding western since she was 4 years old.  Bitter sweet.  I loved watching her ride at the Junior Rodeo roping + pole bending.  But, she’s convinced that English is what she’s passionate about.  I think all those years of watching The Saddle Club got to her 🙂

Bay worked her first horse show last weekend at Stallion Station.  She still cannot stop talking about it.  Bay will be riding in the next horse show and I’m pretty sure she’s daydreaming about it right this very second.  Her love for horses is one of my favorite things.  As she’s grown, it’s never faded once.  After the show, her riding trainer gave her + Ruby (Bay’s bestie) a horse necklace, which she hasn’t taken off.  Even to sleep.

We talk about middle school daily.  All the things that will change.  What friends will be at the school.  What kind of backpack do middle schoolers rock?  Can I take zero period?  All the electives.  Leadership!  All the lunch options.  It’s mind-blowing for an 11-year-old girl.  I remember middle school being a huge change with EVERYTHING.  Nervous + crazy excited for my girl to experience it all.

Bay is wearing rubber bands on her braces.  Is that how you say it?  She’s to wear them for 22 hours a day.  Basically only taking them off at meals and teeth brushing.  They are kinda tucked in the back so you really can’t see them.  Which makes me forget she has them.  Until she digs her fingers in her mouth to pop them off at each meal…lol.  Then lay them on her plate.  Makes me wanna gag.  But, I’m so proud of the fact, I don’t EVER have to remind her about them.  She’s never forgotten them.  Man, she’s becoming so responsible.

Last month I convinced Bay to chop her hair off with me.  That sounds funny.  We didn’t chop our hair off..lol.  Allison, our hair queen, chopped our hair off.  I promised that I wouldn’t bother her to cut her hair, other than a trim here and there, till summertime.  DEAL!  It’s so dang cute, except Bay instantly looks so much older with shoulder length hair.

Bay gave up YouTube for lent.  This is a BIG deal for a tween, let me tell you.  She’s been doing great!  No slip ups yet, but it’s only been 1 week.  Me, on the other hand, I’ve been terrible.  Getting better little by little.  The F bomb struggle is real!

She’s still such a mama’s girl and I absolutely LOVE that.  I really hope she stays this way forever!!!

And last, Bay is still whipping up sweet creations all.the.time.

 

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So, today, I’m going to share a new one.  Peanut butter + brown butter rice krispie treats.

Say that 5 times fast…lol!

Bay found this while searching the internet for something to satisfy her sweet tooth with ingredients we had on hand.  This recipe is from Joy The Baker.

Which is one of my personal baking idols.  Her creativity in the kitchen is crazy inspiring.

These rice krispie treats have been recreated 3 times in our house.  THREE TIMES!!

So, so good!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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country music · Decor · diy · home · mom & me · Music

{record player setup}

Hi friends!  I’ve had DM after DM asking for more info on my record player.  So, you better believe I’m going to write a post about it!!

You know I’m all about sharing All.The.Things!

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Record players have always fascinated me.  There is just something about flipping from side A to B and watching them spin.  It’s also incredibly relaxing.  As is with any music, I get it.  It’s a total novelty, I know, but I just love it!

I remember blasting Prince at the Roberts house on their parents record player back in the 90’s.  Dancing + singing at the top of our lungs.

I want to do the same thing with Bay.  I’m so crazy thankful we both have a deep love for music ♥

I did a some research.  Googled it!

Without spending a grip, I wanted something to begin with.  Something that worked well.  Something I could use my Bose bluetooth speaker with.  Something simple.  Something pretty!

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Which brought me to the Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Portable 3-Speed Turntable with Bluetooth

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Adventure · California · Cool spots · friday · friends · hiking · travel · weekend · Wine · Wine Tasting

{weekend notes}

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Monday.  Also President’s Day.  And I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in the world that is working today.  Ha!  Anyone taking advantage of the awesome online sales today?  I pulled the trigger on a couple of items I’ve been eyeing.

You guys, this weekend was so good.  I got to slip away to the coast.  Celebrate one of my besties turning the BIG 4-0.

Now if only I could be back on that trail staring at the ocean right now.  That would be pretty great!

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Make a pretty spring table setting(coming to the blog this week)
  • Bay requested chicken teriyaki.  Thinking of making it into a casserole? – (coming to the blog this week)
  • Sale 10 items from my closet.  Running out of hangers!! – (FAILED)
  • Hang out with my nephews ♥
  • Celebrate Nidia’s Birthday with the girls (always a good time) 
  • Research a mother + daughter New York trip
  • Workout Mon – Fri – (almost, skipped Friday to clean the house) 
  • Ride bikes – (too damn cold brrrr)

 

Last weeks Intentions : {weekend notes}

 

And how about some weekend highlights…..

 

Picking up my girl as a “car rider” on Friday was just as much a treat to me as it was for her.  I can’t remember the last time I waited in the pick-up line.  And I got a couple more smiles + squeezes before she left for her Dad’s house for the weekend.

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#ootn (outfit of the night) not pictured is my leather jacket, because #socold

denim // tank // bralette  //  leather jacket (not pictured)

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Spontaneous Friday afternoon trips to the coast are always a good idea!

Pit stop at The Tide’s for chard + chowder

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Paul, the bartender, showing off.  Guess how many wine glasses he has in one hand?

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Answer: 14 glasses

I’d probably show off too.

Tried some Donkey Piss #yolo

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Waking up at Jenner Inn was a treat

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We were lucky to grab one of their last rooms

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And this view from our front door

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Jenner Inn is a bunch of cottages right on HWY 1 overlooking the Russian River.  About 10 miles north of Bodega Bay.  Just far enough.

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Other than the birds, it was dead silent and so crazy relaxing.

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Beautiful walkways

I highly reccomend checking this place out.  I can’t wait to go back.

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Up early to explore.

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Surprise plan to hike the Kortum Trail.  This has been on my bucket list for a few years now ♥

You know when your driving up HWY 1 and you see all the trails that wind along the coastline?  That’s it.  I always thought, wow I bet it’s beautiful.

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Just a mile south of Jenner you hit Goat Rock/Blind Beach.

More beautiful than I ever imagined.

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Four miles of trails that look just like this.

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Kortum Trail, connecting Blind Beach to Wrights Beach.

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With continuous views like this

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Blind Beach

When you’re out exploring by 8am, you get the beach ALL to yourself.

Nothing more peacful.

The water looks like glitter!

 

Blind beach is divided by a parking lot.  It’s crazy because the south side of the beach is a beautiful sandy beach.  The northern side of the beach reminds me of glass beach.  Full of colorful rocks.

And old tractor looking equipment….

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Celebrity News · Cooking · Decor · diy · Food · foodie · friday · Gossip · home · instagram · kids · mom & me · Movies · Products · Recipe · weekend

{friday 5}

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Frrriiiidaaayyyy!  Did you happen to check the weather forecast for mañana?  (I had to google how to do the ñ = Alt + 0241 try it!!)  Sunshine + 70 degrees.  I’ll take it considering it’s going to get cold and possibly rainy next week.  It’s been a very productive week.  Bay got her official 4-H officer shirt.  So cute.  Celebrated Fat Tuesday with a homemade King Cake.  Bay got the baby, so she’s in change of planning the next party/dinner.  Lent is in full swing.  We celebrated Valentine’s day ♥ Bay + I ugly cried for about 1 hr 53 min last night watching Wonder.  SUCH a great movie!  I completed week #1 of Kaia CORE this morning #sore

Speaking of this morning……

Do you ever have a day where you feel like a human garbage disposal?  I’m not sure what the hell happened to me this morning, but I could not stop eating.  Just to hold myself accountable, and so you can probably laugh your ass off.  Here’s what I consumed from 6:15 ish till 11am:

ACV shot

coffee with collagen

egg over leftover roast veggies

handful flaming hot Cheetos (they fell out of the snack bag I was packing for bay’s lunch)

chocolate covered macadamia nut (I totally thought they were gone…score)

another handful flaming hot Cheetos (damnnnn, I forgot how good they are)

package of fruit snacks (while I got ready, duh)

coffee #2

la croix

almonds

Atkins Caramel Chocolate Nut Roll (so so good)

 

Please tell me that this happens to other peeps every now and again?  I’m kinda freaking out…..

And I currently cannot stop thinking about lunch!

 

Enough of that, I’ve still got 5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Lent //  You guys are NEVER going to guess what I gave up for lent?!?!

Cursing!

No f bombs for 40 days.  FOURTY days!

Every.single.person I’ve told, laughed.  Nobody has any faith in me.  Let’s clarify….does this mean I cannot say bad words.  But, I can still type + text them, right?  Ha.  I’m giving up both.  The f bomb is probably one of my most typed words in my text messages.  My iPhone no longer auto corrects to “ducking”

As recommended, I’m wearing a rubber-band around my wrist and I snap myself when I say/write a bad word.

Bay says my wrists are going to be black + blue by day 40 🙂

I think I got this!  Oh and yesterday’s post didn’t count, since it was written pre-lent 🙂

Bay gave up YouTube.  Which is HUGE for her.  She’s a YouTube junkie.

Pray for us, K!!

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fitness · health · Healthy · Kaia

{kaia brik results}

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Getting healthy….again!

I feel like a fucking broken record!  Don’t I say this every January right before BRIK?

Yes, I do.  And unfortunately I have proof.  LOL!

In the last month or so, I’ve collected some new followers, so I thought I’d do a little run down of my Kaia Fit history……

 

It all started about 2 years ago.  2016!

Pre BRIK (January 2016) {weekend notes} // Post BRIK (February 2016) {before + after}

Pre BRIK (August 2016) {friday 5} // Post BRIK (October 2016) {BRIK results}

Pre BRIK (January 2017) {four}  // Post BRIK (February 2017) {brik results}

Pre BRIK (May 2017) {pre brik measurements} // Post BRIK (June 2017) {kaia brik measurements}

With lots and lots of CORE sessions in between…… {kaia fit core}

 

Ok, now we’re to BRIK 2018

After a couple of months off, Melika said “you’re doing it!”

Which I can’t thank her enough for.  I needed that push.  BIG TIME!

 

I read this a while ago and it stuck!  So I saved to remind me……

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Here is my January (beginning of BRIK post)

{dear self,}

 

That brings us to BRIK results.  Remember last {friday 5} when I was happy AF?  This piece of paper below contributed immensely to that good ass mood.

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