{spring to-do’s}


And just like that, it’s SPRING!  To say I am excited for the season change is an understatement.  I’m sure you’re sick of hearing me talk about it.  Spring always seems to be the season we wait the longest for.  Rain and all, I’ve got my eye on the long warm sunny days to come!

The shift from Winter to Spring always leaves me feeling super inspired too.  Always craving to create + explore after the Winter blues (which is a legit real thing).  I think we all, mentally NEED Spring..lol.  Everything seems to suddenly come to life.  Colorful life.

Last night I threw together a Spring mood/inspiration board (pictured above) with all the images that have been catching my eye lately.  Add the wooden flower from our Park Winters Garden Tour.  The pretty pom-pom tassel I originally got for Bay’s Easter basket.  And lastly, wrapped twine around a bunch of ranunculus to dry.

Another way Spring inspires me is by compiling our Spring list of the fun things we plan on creating + making + exploring + doing + wearing ♥

Keeping a running list is a great way to remember all seasonal things you enjoy doing or look forward to do.  When we have a free weekend, I like to refer to our To-Do’s and check items off as we go.


Spring To-Do’s 

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{weekend notes}


Hello, Monday!

We’re at it again.  Another start to a new week.  We had a super low-key weekend.  Lots of sleeping in and relaxing.  Extra cups of  coffee.  Not much on the calendar for the week (unlike last week) And I’m really happy about it.

Hope you had a great weekend.  And here’s to a new week!

Intentions for the week:

  • Delete photos to clear up space on my computer + iPhone
  • Make someone happy
  • Create a springy mood + inspiration board
  • Drink 75 oz of water each day
  • Set a pretty Easter table
  • Balance checkbook (I’m off $1.83…makes me crazy)
  • Finish up our Spring To-Do list
  • Asparagus soup
  • Easter brunch menu

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Highlights from the weekend……

Friday night Beers + adult Connect Four tournament


When the Fricke’s drop off loads of asparagus

I’ve been googling asparagus everything today.


Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Green beer + green top

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Oh hey Friday!  Happy to meet you again.  So ready for the weekend.  But first, can we take a minute to talk about this flash back Friday photo my Mom dug up?!?!  A few things.  My hair?  My Mom is a total babe.  Benny is a spitting image of my sis.  My Dad looks like a teenager.  And we’re sitting on the deck at the cabin.  Same place I will be spending this weekend ♥  along with a lot of snow.  It’s always fun to pull up to the cabin anticipating how much snow will actually be on the ground.  I have a feeling we’ll have more than I’m ready to deal with…Ha!  Did I mention, I’m not a fan of the snow…like, at ALL!  Cheers to the weekend friends!


5 things on my mind…..


ONE – The Skinny, Skinny Margarita //  Whenever I order a marg, I always ask for a skinny, skinny marg.  Ha.  I hate sweet.  The less sugar.  The less syrup.  The more tequila….the better.  Am I right?  I want to taste what I’m drinking.  You know when you take that first sip, and you pucker up because it’s so overly sweetened?  Not havin’ it.  So, I think I invented the at home skinny, skinny marg.  Unless some other jerk already has.  But, until then, I’m claiming it!  This is like my second invention in a week!  Remember the roasted cauli rice one last week on {friday 5}?  That was mine too 🙂


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 oz Patron Silver (don’t buy the cheap crap)
  • 1/2 cup lime La Croix
  • 1 lime juiced
  • Ice
  • Margarita salt


Run the cut side of the lime along the rim of the glass.  Dip in margarita salt.

In a shaker…or yeti, like I used, combine all ingredients.  Give it a good 15 second shake.

Pour into glass + add a little more ice.


Make another 🙂

Dos margaritas!


TWO – Velvet Tank // Velvet was such a BIG deal this fall/winter.  I was all about it.  As Spring starts showing it’s pretty face, I have a feeling the trend will fade.  But, this velvet tank top wont.  I promise you will continue to see me wearing it any chance I get.  I also layered necklaces for the first time.  Did I do okay?  I’m kinda diggin it.  Now I need some long necklace options.  This one here is from Forever 21 a longgg time ago.  And it’s still alive.  Don’t hate/discriminate on F21 jewelry.  Some pieces will outlive you 🙂


Velvet Tank Top // Ruffle Sleeve Kimono // Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace  //

Long necklace (Forever 21)


THREE – Oscar Bingo //  I can’t remember a time where I enjoyed the awards season more.  The red carpet fashion.  The stars.  All the movies.  I think watching a lot of the movies that are nominated helped.  I, Tonya.  Lady Bird.  The Post.  COCO.  Wonder.  The Greatest Showman.  The Big Sick.  And just this week we crossed Darkest Hour + Roman J. Isreal, ESQ. off the list too.  Denzel Washington deserves “Best Actor In a Leading Role” for Roman J. Isreal, ESQ.  He was, as always, fantastic!

Super pumped for Sunday’s Oscar Awards.  Bay + I plan to pop some popcorn, bust out some bubbles (for me obvi) + play a friendly game of Oscar BINGO!  Check out these super cute free printable cards I found on Pizzazzerie.   Four different cards so you can play with your kiddos + company.

2018 Nominees

May the best film win!!


Card #1

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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!


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Highlights from the weekend……



We celebrated Nidia’s 36th birthday!

Missing Rachel in this picture.


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


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


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


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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)


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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.


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

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


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

Pit stop at The Tide’s for chard + chowder


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


Answer: 14 glasses

I’d probably show off too.

Tried some Donkey Piss #yolo


Waking up at Jenner Inn was a treat


We were lucky to grab one of their last rooms


And this view from our front door


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.


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


Beautiful walkways

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


Up early to explore.



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.


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

More beautiful than I ever imagined.


Four miles of trails that look just like this.


Kortum Trail, connecting Blind Beach to Wrights Beach.


With continuous views like this




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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Hi guys!  How was your weekend?  Can you tell how Bay feels about the weekend?  ♥  I loved every second of it.  Everyday just flowed so well and it was super relaxing and perfect.  I need to plan or hope for more weekends like the last.  Bay did lots of baking.  I did lots of meal prep.  Shopping.  Pizza.  Date night at the movies.  And made some time to catch up with some gal pals.


Intentions for the week:

  • plan a cute valentine’s day bento box lunch for Bay
  • balance my check book (it’s been 2 weeks..fml)
  • find a floor lamp for the living room #dungeon (Picked this up from Target) 
  • celebrate Mardi Gras by making a king cake #oldaf  – (Bay got the baby)
  • wheel + deal with Dish for a lower monthly payment (it works!)
  • enjoy our low-key (no plans) week(such a nice change) 
  • workout mon-fri(Did it WHOOP WHOOP)
  • cleanup my email in boxes
  • create a sweet potato burrito bowl with leftover chicken(delish)

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Highlights from the weekend……


Friday was National Pizza Day, remember?  So how did I celebrate, you ask?  Just in case you were curious….

Masullo is Sac.

Pizza is kinda my thang!  And these is one thing I know well and that’s good pizza.




If you ever find yourself hungry in the Land Park area, do yourself a favor and go to Masullo!


Sleeping in till 8:01 am

Best idea I had all weekend.



Admiring Bay’s pretty Madewell heart earrings ♥



Changed up the coffee table situation



Pig duty

Rodeo #510 + Clover #511


This quote caught my eye


A trip to the cute shop, Papers and Pencils and Pens!  Oh my

Bay loves stationary.  So she was in pure heaven.


Bay was pretty pumped for her washi tape + eraser purchase.



Worked on a new frittata recipe for the blog.  You guys, this one is so good!  Bay, who doesn’t really do eggs even gave it a thumbs up!  That’s a big deal!



Have I ever told you that I’m basically the queen of sheet pan nachos?  1/2 with re fried beans (for bay) 1/2 with black beans + tomatoes (for me)



Sunday dinner request:

Twice baked potatoes



Movie date night

The 15:17 to Paris

The true story, directed by Clint Eastwood.  Casting actual heroes to play themselves.  Not just any heroes, these are local, Sacramento heroes.  Pretty cool!

The movie, just okay.  Not sure what I was expecting, but I didn’t love it.

Watch the trailer here: The 15:17 to Paris (movie trailer)


Valentine’s day gift

I’m going to share this next week.  Just a fun DIY.


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G♥♥d Morning!  I woke up ready to kill it this week.  That doesn’t always happen, so I’m fully embracing it.  What a whirlwind of a weekend.  So many highlights.  So many good times.  So many sugar highs.  Hope you had a good one too.

Let’s start with the intentions…….

Intentions for the week:

  • Get my camera repaired.  Any suggestions where to go?  Locally?
  • Figure out how to add the recipe print option to the blogComing soon!!!
  • Squeeze my girl extra tight – ♥
  • Figure out WTF is wrong with our Netflix
  • Don’t hit “place order” a single time this week. #onlineshoppingproblems – (Epic FAIL!)
  • Make a turkey bolognese.  Over zoodles 🙂
  • Drop off donation pile
  • Lunch date with girlfriends
  • Finish/send last thank you cards
  • Call for online price adjustments!  Always do this friends! – I got back over $50!!


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Highlights from the weekend…..


Friday nights are for pizza //



Unless you are dieting.

I had a bite…not even going to lie.  I mean, look at it.  How do you say NO to that?

You don’t!

Taking pictures of them

taking pictures of their heart hands ♥


We hopped on Yolo Pedicab for a ride up and down Main Street.

If you have a chance, do it.  I believe they are out mainly on the weekends.  Busy weekends.  I messaged them via instagram and they called me right back.  Great customer service.


Country music cruisin’




Saturdayzzz //

When you wake up at 4am….

you watch movies and make a candlelit breakfast.  Obvi.


Home Again is such a cute movie.

Reese Witherspoon, a single mother of 2 girls living allows three young guys to move into her guest house.  She falls for one of the studs.  Her girls totally dig them.  Then she kicks them out.

That’s just a quick run though, but worth watching when you’re in the mood for a cute, easy movie.


Homemade bagels.  They turned out so good.  I even sent one to my official recipe taster (aka my Mom) for her input.  I little tweak and I will be sharing this week!  Stay tuned for this super easy recipe.


Breakfast for two!

Yogurt parfait


Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade bagels

With a side of chocolate milk in wine glasses.


Diggin in


Bay said it felt like she was on a date 🙂


Glee re-runs + french braids




DOCO: Downtown Commons.  Formerly known as Sacramento Downtown Plaza.  I had to google that shit.  DOCO just doesn’t sound right to me, but whatev’s.



The DOCO security robot is different.  Also had to google WTF it is…lol.  The girls dug it.


Punch Bowl Social //

We went to see what all the hype was about.

Food + bar + bowling + arcade + everything in between…..

Features Include: 8 bowling lanes, VR, 2 bocce courts, shuffleboard, 80’s arcade, billiards, giant scrablle, 2 karaoke rooms, bonzini, foosball, photo booth






Old Man Cans


As recommended, we made reservations for a table.  We actually didn’t even need reservations, but I can see where you would on a busy night.  We did find a table + arcade to hang at while we waited for a bowling lane.

All and all, I’d say this place has potential of being a fun spot to hang.  I was unsure how it all happens, so I think next time we’ll dive in and check everything out.

Their menu looks good….different, but good.

Other than the adult milkshakes (who orders that shit?) their drinks were good too.



Museum of Ice Cream //

I scream,

You scream,

We all scream for Ice Cream.

Santa brought Bay two tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream.  She opted for “experiences” over toys + other gifts this year.  I love it.  She loves it too.  Christmas morning she isn’t flooded with packages, which I wasn’t sure she’d be into.  Once she saw that Santa left Museum of Ice Cream tickets and I got her Safari West tickets…she was all about it.  We checked out Safari West just a couple of days after Christmas.  It was unbelievably cool and deserves it’s very own post…hopefully next week.

Ok, back to the Museum of Ice Cream……

Car selfies


Sooo cool


As we entered our tour guide offered pictures of everyone.  I dig it.


Pink everything.  Bay blended in perfectly 🙂


I was expecting a flood of peeps.  Crowding.

Not at all.

You’re in a group of 15 people.  Together you come up with a ridiculous team name.

Sprinkle-licous Bubblegum Buddies

Once you pass the second room, after the Ice Cream Vault,

You’re free to go at your own pace.

I’d say there are about 8 rooms.  This is considered a walking forward museum.  Meaning, you can’t backtrack.  Once you leave a room, you cannot return.  So peeps definitely take their time.

Bay and I were done in about 1 hr. 15 min.  from start to finish.  And we never felt rushed.

Why you look so pissed Bay?


Bay got so many complements on her hot pink fur….

Girls’ faux-fur coat


Let’s be real….

This place is 90% about the gram’

10% about the ice cream



This place is what Ice Cream dreams are made of.


Mary’s Dinner serves Spinkle Pool ice cream.  Cake batter with sprinkles of fizzy cotton candy.

Bay asked for seconds.


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