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{diy blanket ladder}

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knit stockings (on sale) // sting lights // mercury glass garland 

Anyone else living life without a fireplace?

Where in the H-E-double hockey sticks to you hang your stockings?

I’ve tried our armoire…but, let’s be real, I don’t want anything blocking Vanderpump Rules.  And moving the stockings each time I want to watch the tube…nahh!  I’m good.

How does Santa get into your house?  When Bay was about 4-ish years old we had to leave a key to our house tied around the door knob…on the outside.   Beaucse we didn’t have a chimeny back then either.  I’m telling you, the stuggle is real.

Last year I said fuck it, and didn’t hang stockings at all.  It was kinda sad, really.

Christmas morning I chucked Bay’s stocking across the living room floor next to the tree.  DONE!

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knit stockings // sting lights // mercury glass garland 

This year though, I vowed to hang the damn stockings.  I mean, let me be 100% honest….the ol man comes down the chimney (I mean front door…remember – NO fireplace lol) in 12 days and we still don’t have a single ornament on our tree.  I did tie a pretty bow on the top.  And strung about 2 grand lights.

I’ve got this weird minimal Christmas vibe that I can’t shake.  I want everything to be clean and simple.

But, I really, really wanted a place to stick our stockings.

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I went to Pinterest and searched “ways to hang stockings” and about 8,237 DIY blanket ladders popped up.  Some say $10 ladder.  Or you don’t need a man to make this.  Others said, just buy the damn ladder and call it a day.  I pinned about 25.  You can check them out here: DIY blanket ladder Pinterest

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I printed them all out.  Waited till Cory was in a really good mood….about 5 bud lights deep, then showed him my idea.  We was on the fence….haha.

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{tween gift guide}

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Caboodle // Beats headphones // Chromebook // Letter Board // Instax Camera // Hydro Flask // Lighted Makeup Mirror

 

Scratching your head for ideas on what the hell to get your tween?  If somehow the teenager in your life made their way to the top of the “nice list” and deserve some good stuff Christmas morning, I got you!  With the help of my very own 12 year old, we’ve rounded up some tween approved gift ideas that they will enjoy unwrapping.  Just as much as you will enjoy gifting them.  And let’s be real…the older they get, the trickier gift giving gets.

Here’s to happy smiles Christmas morning.  And gifts they’ll actually keep…Ha!

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 Santa Lettering Gift Wrap  // Gold Scissors // String lights

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{top 10 xoxostacyb recipes}

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How is Christmas 2 frickin weeks away?  I’m not sure what the hell is going on in my world, but I’m wayyy behind.  Like, I’ve never been more unprepared than I am now.

Shit – I still don’t have a single ornament on my damn tree….ha!  Stockings are still in the Christmas tub, along with everything else.  And that’s the least of my worries.

I still have to pick up a gift for just about every person on my list.  And most of them, I don’t even have a clue what to even buy for them.

Anyone else struggling this year too?

So let’s chat about something else today, like…..food!!!

Everyone has that go-to recipe they straight up kill it on every time.  A crowd pleaser.  That recipe you always get asked to bring to every party.

It’s kind like your magic power, you know?

So, I’m sharing my Top Recipes.  The one’s I’ve made over and over again.  If you’ve ever had dinner at my house, chances are you’ve sank your teeth into one of these dishes before.  The food, not the dish.  Ha.  I crack myself up.

If you’ve stuck in a dinner rut, save this post.  You can “Pin” it to your pinterest page.  Print it.

 

Okay enough rambling…here they are:

 

{Hawaiian Grilled Chicken}

My Mom gave me this one.  It’s a total crowd pleaser.  Whenever I can’t think of anything to make, this is my go-to.  It’s best if you leave the chicken in the marinade overnight.  And you HAVE to use chicken thighs.  Tried chicken breasts and it just wasn’t the same!

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{thai coconut curry shrimp}

This one is quick + easy + healthy + packed with flavor.  I’d have to take off my shoes and use my toes to count how many times this recipe has been served in my house.

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{slow cooker salsa chicken}

The most versatile chicken recipe.  Throw frozen chicken breasts + a jar of salsa in the slow cooker.  Done!  Then use the chicken for the week….in tacos + over salads + enchilada filling.  You name it.  This is the recipe I use on a crazy busy week.  When I want to eat healthy, but have zero time.

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{steak roll-ups with balsamic glaze}

Save this one for a weekend when you have more time to prep.  But, please promise me you’ll try this recipe.  It’s a great way to get all kinds of veggies on your kids plate.  Serve over mashed potatoes….BOMB!

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{weekend notes}

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December 10th.  15 days till Christmas.  Monday.  Three things I’m just not down with today.  I must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.  Kinda in panic mode today trying to make all my list of “shit to do” by the end of the week.  Speaking of Monday, its Green Monday?  Is this a real thing?  I had never heard the term before today.  I guess it’s the last day to get regular/free shipping for online shopping.  One more thing to add to my “oh shit list” ha!

Oh and have you seen the meme that’s going around today?  The one about today being a special day, one that only happens once every 1,000 years.  Your age + the year you were born = 2018.  It works for everybody.  How?  I’m so stumped!

We had a nice relaxing weekend.  We slept in both Saturday + Sunday mornings.  Even cleaned the house, which I never do on the weekends.  Sat on the couch Saturday evening and couldn’t remember the last time we were home without anyplace to be on a Saturday evening.  I was very into it.

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • tackle Christmas shopping….I’m wayyy behind
  • dinner + drinks with my favorite Salinas homegirl ♥
  • lots of water.  Why is it so hard?
  • fab 40’s + ricks dessert diner tradition
  • make my {asian turkey + green beans}
  • diy blanket ladder
  • celebrate Daniels baptism
  • help Bay get ready for the 7th grade formal
  • wrap gifts
  • style my new gold bells
  • plan SF weekend
  • favorite things brunch
  • remember to count my blessings

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Tree Lighting //

We made it to the Downtown Woodland Tree Lighting.  Right after the tree was lit…lol.  It’s so cool to see how much this event has grown over the years.  About 10 years ago, hardly anyone went.  And they didn’t have all the extras, like bubble snow + Santa either.

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Coffee table vibes //

I have switched it up just about every single day this month.

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Reindeer Candle Holder $9: Walmart // White Emma Pitcher $24: Pottery Barn // Sunday Suppers Cookbook $24: Amazon // Candle Wick Trimmer $5: Amazon // Mercury Glass Dish: Serendipity Boutique // Marble Knox Coffee Table $125: World Market

 

Christmas Parade //

Bay walked in the parade, I went home and watched TV…lol.  It was too cold.  Also, I think it’s the first year I’ve miss the parade.

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Winter Formal //

Bay found a new dress for the dance.  It was $25, so I was down with it.  Nordstrom offers free alterations if you have a Nordy’s card.  Worth it.  Hands down, best customer service!

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Lunch Date //

Bay got a life lesson while sitting at Chando’s Tacos on Garden Hwy….

This is your brain on drugs!  Bomb ass tacos.  Terrible location!

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American Eagle Try-On //

So many great pieces + so many great deals!

 

FLORAL BORDER PRINTED MIDI KIMONO $17

Raw Edge Waffle Henley $12 // GREAT layering tank.  I love the raw edge.  And it comes in 4 color options.

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Ribbed Boyfriend Cardigan $34 // this cardigan feels like a cozy blanket.  It’s so good….and that price tag is pretty good too!

Ruffle Shell Top $20 // Great layering top with pretty details.

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{giveaway}

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* G I V E A W A Y *

BIG thank you for all the sweet comments on yesterday’s Tablescape in a Box. It was so fun to create. The holiday Tablescapes have found a home and I can’t wait to see how they look on their new table ❤️

And since this is the season of giving and I’m feeling crazy thankful + grateful for all my readers + followers…..I want to do a fun little giveaway!

Who wants one of my Garland Centerpieces?

Details: 8′ live cedar garland (treated to last through Christmas) with fresh eucalyptus + pine cones + string lights.

Which doesn’t necessarily have to be used on a table.  This garland can be draped over anything, really.  Even outdoors!

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Here’s how to enter……

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{tablescape in a box}

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You guys, I did it!  I made it happen.  Tablescape in a Box was born this week.  I say born, because I feel like I’ve given birth.  That’s actually kinda gross…Ha! This is my baby though.  Something I’ve thought long and hard about for a very long time.

I’m sure you all know by now that I live for a pretty table.  It’s inviting.  It sets the tone.  You know what I mean?  Changing around my table to fit the mood + season has become my jam.  You can check out all my past tablescapes here on my site: xoxostacyb table setting

 

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I went to every store in the area scouting table items that caught my eye.  I’m typically a very neutral + natural color tones kinda of gal.  Think white on white on white.  With lots of greenery.  But nothing says Christmas like a pop of red.  And reindeer.  I couldn’t help myself.

This is a tablescape I would proudly set on my table all December.  Hosting family + friends.  Weeknight dinners.  There is nothing more inviting than a festive set table.

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Here’s how it works……

  • I design a tablesetting.  Not just any tablesetting, but one that I truly love.
  • Snap photos of the tablesetting.
  • Box up ALL THE THINGS + photos.
  • Then you can purchase the whole set for your table.
  • I’ll even come and help you set your table, if you’d like ♥

 

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and without further ado, here is my very first born…Tablescape in a Box:

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{the teddy bear coat}

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Teddy Coat // T-Shirt // Bandana // Denim // Booties 

It’s straight up frigid for us Californians.  The temps dip and bet your ass we’re pulling out the Uggs + sherpa lined everything.  Basically soft + fuzzy + comfy are all the qualifications lately.  Although you wont find me caught dead in Ugg’s, I imagine the newest Teddy Bear Coat is one and the same?  Just for the top half of your body?

So #basic, but I’m 100% okay with it.  I didn’t think the Teddy Coat was for me.  Then I stepped into J.Crew Factory.  Minding my own bit-ness in the dressing room.  And the sales clerk knocks on my dressing room door with some “items I think you might like!”  My first instinct is NO, I obvi grabbed all the things I like.  Leave me alone.

She caught me on a good day, I guess.  I didn’t feel my normal bitchy self, and kindly opened the door to retrieve, what I thought would be all the ugly shit I already saw.

There was a Teddy Coat.  Just for shits & giggles, I tried it on.

SOLD!

End of story.

I have to admit, I wouldn’t have ever picked up that coat.  Never!  And I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much it matches with everything in my closet.

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{mug gift ideas}

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I’m all about the mug life.  It’s the perfect incognito beverage vessel.  Is it wine?  Or is it coffee?  You’ll never really know what I’m sippin on.

And these pretty initial mugs from Anthro are perfect for your instagram game too…Ha!

I’m sharing 3 fun + easy + inexpensive ways to gift a mug to your homegirl + kids teachers + hostess + hairdresser or anyone really.

If you keep scrolling, I’ve also added some of my top mug picks too.  Mugs are so damn cute these days, it was hard to just pick a couple so I shared a shit-ton.

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{weekend notes}

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….and the last month of the year comes rolling in.  All nonchalant.  2018 is about to come to an end!  Which makes me sit back and think about the last 11 months that just happened in the blink of an eye.  Craving a slow down + reset.  I’ve got my fingers crossed January will deliver just that.  Looking forward to a trip to SF.  All the cozy layers!  Christmas movies.  Holiday gatherings.  Wrapping gifts.  Maybe a spontaneous trip to Tahoe?

Intentions for the Week:

  • Bring the Table in a Box alive….it’s happening and I’m beyond excited!
  • Mani night with my girl
  • Order Christmas Cards….can you believe I haven’t done it yet?
  • Plan caroling night at GG’s
  • Find Bay shoes for the winter formal
  • Plan 3 Holiday outfits so I don’t have to think about it later
  • Share my top recipes
  • Mug gift ideas

Last week’s Intentions: {weekend notes}

Highlights from the weekend……

Kicked off the weekend having dinner + drinks with some of my favorite chicks.  Celebrating Robin’s Birthday!  I swear we could sit around the table and chat all night long.

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Bay had her besties over for a sleepover ♥

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Decided on this years gift wrap.  Hardly bought any gifts yet though.

Cream with Black Santa Lettering // Cream with Black Large Polka Dot

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The tree is still naked AF, but we did get the outdoor lights up and I LOVE them.

I used 3 of the same $2.38 garlands that I used in {bay’s christmas bedroom} and wrapped them in a $5 box of white lights from Walmart.  Keeping it clean + simple this year!!

9′ Non-Lit Branch Garland($2.38)

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Made a trip into A Well Stocked Home to pick up these bells.  BIG shout out to Jamie for finding them and remembering I was on the hunt.  The best $16 I spent all weekend!  The bells are currently hanging out on Bay’s advent calendar for the time being.

Back in November 2015 {weekend notes} , Sarah + I decided to make these Tree Advent Calendars.  Thank god Alex was home and stepped in..ha.  It was more work than we had anticipated.

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I’ll go ahead and take 1 of everything!  Ha!  If you’ve been searching for Paper white lillies…your search is over.  A Well Stocked Home has more than you’ll know what to do with.  Hint: I’m using these in tomorrow’s post {mug gifts}.

Pit stop for bubbles before the Dickens in the Valley Holiday Home Tour.  This is our 4th year going and it’s a fun tradition.  Bay was going to join and bailed last-minute.  #tween

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My tank is on MAJOR sale…..

$16 with code: 11750 and it’s in stock in all sizes.  I went with a medium and it fits perfect!

LACE TRIM PLAID CAMI

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We toured the homes and got crazy inspired.  Karen of Serendipity Boutique styled 3 of the 7 homes on the tour and absolutely killed it.  Well done Karen!!!

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