{orange table setting}

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Oranges + kumquat!  Nothing brightens up a room better than fresh fruits.  Totally stylish.  Super affordable.  And delicious too!  I envisioned using fresh produce of some sort in lieu of flowers for a change.  Honestly I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off.  I bought fresh stems at TJ’s as a backup plan…Ha!

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The oranges + kumquat both complement the spring + summer color palette perfectly.  Such an easy pop of color.  I’m typically not a HUGE color fan.  I like to keep it pretty neutral.  But, this is so pleasing to the eye, that I fell in love.

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The centerpiece consists of oranges + greenery (that I pulled from a bouquet my homegirl Nikki brought me) + Eucalyptus filler that I picked up from Target yesterday.  $7.99 for 3 bunches.  Originally I bought them for a different spot in the house and threw them in here last-minute.  Wouldn’t they look so cute in a bud vase?  They are super versatile and almost look real!

BIG shout out to Jamie Carroll + Allison Rose for the orange + kumquat delivery.  Thank you for making my table dreams come true ♥

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We have to take a moment to chat about these glasses.  I fell in love the moment I laid my eyes on these beauties.  They are vintage so I can’t link them or tell you where you can find some.  Sorry!  They look real pretty filled with rosé….I had to test it out the day I brought them home.  I’m thinking pretty desserts next.  But for now, they are showing off on my dinning room table and they make me uber happy!

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This $9 wine decanter was another Target find a few months back.  Filled with sliced oranges + water.  That’s what I’ll do.  I tried chardonnay and it looked kinda like urine…lol.  So, we’ll stick with water for now.

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Whenever I want to change-up the dinning room table, the first thing I do is linen napkins.  It’s impressive what a simple napkin can do for a table.  I picked up this white stripe 4-pack for $7 at Target yesterday.  They are a simple + classic, so they will be used over and over again.

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I think lemons + lavender would also be such a great combo.  Who knows, maybe I’ll try that next 🙂

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Tied a piece of greenery around the back of the white chairs.  It’s the little details that always get me.  Super simple and so pretty!

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{taco pizza}

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What happens when a taco meets a pizza?  Let’s taco-bout it……

That was so bad, sorry…HA!

Raise your hand if you love tacos?

Raise your hand if you love pizza?

It’s safe to say, I see all your hands in the air.

I think we all know by now, that pizza is my jam.  Tacos are a very close runner-up though.  So, why not combine the two for Taco Tuesday?

 

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Years and years ago, I made a taco pizza.  I totally forgot about it, till last week.  I decided to re-create it.  Give it a shot.  See what my peeps think.

Well, it was a hit!  I got thumbs up!

Kinda like a Mexican Pizza, but kinda not.  You know what I mean?

Let’s take a moment and marvel at that pizza.  That crust.  Those toppings.  Bubbly cheese.

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{weekend notes}

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Peace out weekend.  It was good, real good!

MONDAY!  I’m ready for you.  Let’s do this.

 

Intentions for the week:

  • pick strawberries
  • make a salad with strawberries
  • get blonde
  • work on Spring Show buyers letters/buyer gift
  • complete Bay’s 6th grade yearbook custom pages
  • plant an herb garden
  • mother’s day gift guide
  • balance checkbook
  • order new reusable grocery bags
  • plan/pack for camping trip

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes} 

 

 

Highlights from the weekend……

 

Rachel’s Birthday //

In high school we’d ditch school on 4/20 and drive to the city for the day to celebrate Rachel’s birthday.  Now we uber/carpool to early dinner reservations downtown Woodland, so we can be home before dark lol.  But, still having a blast since 1998.  #oldaf #stillfunaf

Happy Birthday Rachel!!

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Watering day //

Pulled out all my babes and get them some water.  I think I am becoming the crazy plant lady..lol.  And I’m totally okay with it too!

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Pixie Trader’s Vintage Market //

Did anyone else go and say HI to Two Sisters at the Market Saturday?  So much cute stuff.

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Check out all the goodies I came home with…..

Flowers + Woodland Book + candles + kitchen towel + these glasses + bath bombs and more.

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Strawberry Picking //

Pacific Star Gardens posted that their U-Pick Strawberries are ready to go.  Each Spring we make a point to head out and pick berries.  Go home and make something delish with them.  I made a beet + strawberry salad.  It was killer, and I don’t even like berries..lol.  I’ll be sharing the recipe soon!

Pacific Star Gardens is open 7 days a week from sun up till sundown.  $3.50/lb for organic strawberries.  It’s one of those seasonal things I love doing with Bay!

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Lunch date //

Nikki came over and I made lunch.  Grilled chicken.  Asparagus.  Beet + strawberry salad.  It turned out so good.  With a side of Nichelini Rosé.  Notice my new glassware?  I picked up 6 of these glasses from the Vintage Market for $5!  I fell in love you guys.  The lady that sold them to me said they are for dessert.  I was like, noooo, Rosé would look so much prettier in them.  I can’t wait to style them and set a pretty table with them.

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This is the salad I made with the strawberries Bay + I picked.  So different.  So good!

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Bay Bakes //

4-H Spring Show Baking entries were due this weekend.  Bay made her peanut butter pie in an Oreo cookie crust.  Those judges are lucky people, let me tell ya. Oh and another Vintage Market find…..”let’s bake some shit” kitchen towel.  You’ll be seeing this on repeat!

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Bring your homies to the pig barn //

Rodeo + Clover just kickin it.

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I can’t believe I convinced them to come with us..lol.  Must have been the wine bribe that worked 🙂

photo cred: Kate

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My girl //

Cuddling after her sleepover ♥

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Color Factory //

The Easter Bunny, aka ME (as Bay explained to me on our way to SF) Brought Bay Color Factory tickets for Easter.  We’re still on our “experiences” kick.

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Stepping into the rainbow.

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Stairway to Happy!

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{friday 5}

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Yep, it’s finally Friday!  And this girl is ready to shake a tail feather.  How about you?  It was a damn good week.  I got shit accomplished.  This weather….straight up beer drinking weather.  What’s on the agenda for the weekend?  We’re hanging out Saturday and headed to the city on Sunday for a mother-daughter date ♥

Before I wrap up this day…..

Let’s chat about what I’ve got on my mind?  Just some things I’m currently diggin…..

 

ONE – Fanny Pack //  Ok friends.  I’m thinking about pulling the trigger on a fanny pack.  Crazy to think the 90’s fanny pack is making its way back.  Goes to show, everything comes full circle.  Ha!  There are so many cute options, but obvi I have my heart set on a not so budget friendly pack.  I think it would be so great for vacationing.  Weekends.  Shopping.  Anything really.  What do you think?

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I found this on Urban Dictionary…lol:

A pouch or other device used to hold items usually worn around the waist. Most often used as an alternative to a man-purse.
Frank keeps his lube and lipstick in his fanny pack.

 

 

TWO – Songs // Do you ever listen to a song over and over till your almost sick of it? Me too!  Ha!  Midland has been on maj repeat.  This Old Heart + Burn Out have been my jam.  Having a little FOMO for Stagecoach.  Midland is on the lineup too!

Midland – Burn Out

Midland – This Old Heart 

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THREE – Snackin’ //  Hummus!  Like always, jazzed up!  Good ol’ Trader Joe’s hummus.  With a drizzle of olive oil.  And a couple sprinkles of TJ’s everything but the bagel seasoning.  Cut up veggies from the weekend meal prep.  TJ’s beet crackers, which I’m IN LOVE with.  I have to hide them or Bay + Cory will polish them off.

Jazz up your hummus this weekend and watch it disappear.

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{double chocolate banana bread}

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Hey friends!  Nothing is a bigger buzz kill then going about your morning like it’s Friday.  Then realizing it’s only Thursday.  FML!  I never do that.  Switched my carpool day and I think it totally threw me off.  I even said Happy Friday to my co-workers when I walked in the office…Haha.

This morning I hit the pavement with my homegirl Sarah P.  It was so nice to be outdoors at the butt-crack of dawn, for a change.  I was thinking, damn, I’ve been in a really good mood all week.  Then it hit me.  It’s because I’ve worked out each morning.  I’m telling you, that shit is good for not only the body, but for the mind + the soul.  For every-damn-thing.  I REALLY need to stay on this workout everyday thing.

Anyway, since I had some extra time this morning, I whipped up something sweet for my girl.  She’s got the sweet tooth in the house.  We had nasty bananas.  And I hate throwing them out, knowing I could make something delicious.  Bay looovveeesss chocolate.  So, I googled it.  Found so many recipes.  Combined about 4 different recipes to use ingredients I had on hand.  And you guys…..

The Double Chocolate Banana Bread came out fucking magical!  (sorry Mom)

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Always thought this was a weird combo, but I promise you…it works!

So much better than I imagined.  I used only brown sugar, which keeps baked good super moist.  I mean, there were lots of other ingredients too, but typically when I use brown sugar, I also use regular sugar as well.  Not needed this time.

I reserved half of the chocolate chips to sprinkle over the top.  They didn’t fully melt, so when you take a bite…OMG, it’s like soft little clouds of rich chocolate.  I die!

Are you over listing to me go on and on?  Me too!

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{statement tees}

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Let your T-shirt do the talking.

Ha, I just came up with that.

Just like the LBD + Vans sneakers, the Statement Tee is one of those trends that has never gone out of style.  Not going to lie, I was completely anti statement/graphic Tee’s till recently.

Then, one day, I laid eyes on this Budweiser sweatshirt.  SOLD!  Next was the Cali top.  Soon after the Chard shirt.   Then the Salut!   This Mamacita is on its way to the house as I type.  And I’ve clearly jumped on the graphic tee bandwagon.  I find them to be casual + playful.  Just plain ol fun!

And I’m not talking Disney + sporting teams + cartoon shit.  Just to clear the air.  More like the punchy one-liners.  Destinations.  Old rock bands.

Here’s some of my faves:

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{avocado toast 4 ways}

 

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My love for avocado toast is deep.  Like soooo deep, I made 4 different types of avo toasts over the weekend.  We’re just gonna go ahead and call it avo toast, k?  It’s kinda my Saturday + Sunday jam!

But before we dive into avo toast, let’s get down to the basics……

How to pick a ripe avo.

There is nothing better than cutting into a perfect avo.  Am I right?  Especially when you just spent $3.99 for each of those little fuckers.

I even wrote a post about it!  {avocado love affair} Haha!  Which brought to my attention, that I’ve been making avo toast since 2015.  That’s before avo toast was even cool.

I buy about 4 avocados a week.  All different stages of ripeness.  That way they last me all week.  Cause I don’t want a hard ass avo.  And I also don’t want a brown-ish mushy one either.

Here’s what you do:

Remove the stem of the avocado to reveal the ripeness……

Green – under ripe

It may feel OK from the outside, but the inside will be hard as a rock…..no bueno.

Dark Brown – overripe

When you cut the avocado open it will be brownish, sometimes smelly and super squishy with the pit un-intact …gross!

Yellowish – just right

Avocado perfection.  The pit will be intact and it will have the perfect shade of green!!

I leave my avo’s in a bowl on the counter.  If you want an avo to ripen sooner, place it in a paper bag.  Always room temp!!!

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And don’t think this is just something I make for breakfast.  Avocado toast is completely acceptable any time of the day, in my book.

Wake up hangry or hungover?  Avo toast!

Looking for an easy snack?  Avo toast!

Dinner when you don’t feel like cooking?  You guessed it….Avo toast!

 

To begin, there is ONE GOLDEN RULE!

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