{weekend notes}

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Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving + long weekend.  It was the perfect break to spend time with family + friends.  Relax.  Cook.  And do a little exploring too.

Here’s a peek at some of our highlights…..

 

 

Baby Daniel cuddles //

This may be our new Friday night thing!

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And the best alphabet book finally arrived  ♥

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AB to Jay-Z

If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABC’s ain’t one.

E is for Eazy E

and he’s cruising down the street in his 6 4

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My personal fave….

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The book is super cute and we cracked up reading each letter and singing the song that goes with it.  Makes a great baby gift.   But, the delivery sucks.  I ordered this book back in September and it came last week.  That’s entirely unacceptable!!

 

Running of the Turkey’s //

Our Thanksgiving morning tradition.  But first, you order grande pikes in venti cups.  Have you mom pick them up on the way.  Fill them up with Bailey’s!  Perfect way to start the cold morning, if you ask me!

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Bay ditched us within seconds of finding friends to actually run with.  My mom + I are more of the walking with the turkeys.  We go at the same speed as the turkey’s on El Dorado + Midway.  Slow AF!

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Thanksgiving baking //

Bay made the cutest turkey cupcakes.

Super simple too.

Bake cupcakes or buy them at raleys.

Frost.

Add 6 candy corns to a mega stuffed oreo.  It’s a thing!

Top with candy eyeballs + a candy corn nose.

Voila!

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I whipped up (literally) a pumpkin pie with meringue topping.

Mainly so I could torch the top.  I love it!

 

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I got lots of DM’s about my top + the dish……

Pioneer Women Pie Dish (from good ol Walmart) 

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Shit you not, this top is currently $10!!!  That’s a steal.

Use code: SHOPFAST 

J.Crew Gingham one-shoulder ruffle top

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Thanksgiving //

BIG thanks to Uncle Sal + Aunt Penny for hosting the perfect family feast ♥

I was in charge of setting a pretty table.

Obvi I brought along the eucalyptus + pumpkins + knotted napkins.

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GG + Daniel

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Olive fingers!

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Look at that plate…lol!  And a side a chard, in a solo cup!

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Followed by a couple rounds of 31.

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Girlfriend day date //

Downtown Sacramento is absolutely beautiful this time of year.  All the colors of fall.

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And I got to #chardsohard with my #1 chard homegirl, Nikki!

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Always a good time catching up + laughing our asses off ♥

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Waking up in Tahoe //

Is always a good idea!  Even spur of the moment.

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Left a little Christmas cheer on the cabin door.

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Snow //

We found snow.  Off the beaten path.

 

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Watching a dog discover snow for the first time was pretty great.  She ran around kicking up snow + eating snow + rolling in snow.

 

 

Echo Lakes //

Echo Lakes acts as a portal to Desolation Wilderness.   With over 63,000 acres of untouched wilderness.  So fucking cool!

I’ve driven HWY 50 for years and never even knew this little hidden gem existed till a few years ago.  You take the snow park exit and follow the winding roads and signs to the lake.

 

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I finally got to hike around Echo Lake.  It’s been on my list to-do.   We took the Tahoe Rim trail a couple of miles in.

One of the most scenic trails I’ve been on.  Every turn I wanted to take another picture.

I can’t wait to come back in the Spring and take the water ferry to get back in and explore Upper Echo Lake.

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Lake Aloha has been added to the Spring to-do’s, that’s for sure!

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Cabins are scattered all around the lake.  Right on the water.  Accessible by boat or hiking only.

They were all boarded up for the winter.  Clearly they get a lot of snow.

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The trail is well maintained and I think it would be a great day hike even with kids.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas //

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Our tree that we cut down over a week ago, was standing undercoated in our living room.   We designated Sunday to be our deck the halls day.

George Strait Christmas included……

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Today I’m sharing a couple easy Halloween treat ideas!  I posted the Monster Rice Krispy Treats on my Instagam stories last weekend and got lots of messages asking for me to write a post.  So, here we go…..

First off, you can’t make Monster treats without the help of eyeballs.  Edible version.  Candy eyeballs, that is.  They are pretty much the best baking invention ever, don’t you think?  What kid doesn’t want to chew an eyeball?  Ha.

You can pick up these Wilton candy eyeballs just about anywhere these days.  Target + Walmart + most grocery stores in the baking isle.  They come in 3 different sizes too.  This package comes with about 60 pieces and cost roughly $3.50.

 

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I always have a package of 1/2 used eyeballs in my pantry from random baking projects.

 

When it comes to whipping up treats for parties or #hellakids, I skip the homemade steps and keep it simple.  Boxed brownies + pre-made rice krispy treats.  Once they’re smothered in sprinkles + frosting + chocolate, no body can tell the difference anyway.

 

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{weekend notes}

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Good morning!  How was your weekend?  We packed in so much in the last two days, but managed to find a good balance of fun + relaxing!  Don’t you love it when that happens.  Just enough downtime to feel refreshed Monday morning.

Intentions for the Week:

  • Meet or beat 15k steps per day (killed it!!!)
  • Slang poinsettia’s (still selling, let me know if you want one)
  • Order Christmas cards (done, check)
  • Log ALL food into My Fitness Pal – failed…only logged 3 days and gave up
  • Go through Bay’s closet/sale clothes (everything is too small…AGAIN) – 1/2 done
  • Run 3x this week (who am I?)
  • Write a post on Monster Rice Krispy Treats from my insta stories
  • Make spider pizzas for Bay’s lunch – will be sharing tomorrow 🙂
  • Come up with a Blog Giveaway.  Any ideas?

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Here’s some of the highlights from the weekend……

 

Plainfield Harvest Gala //

Friday night I attended my 7th and final Plainfield Harvest Gala.  Since I joined PTA Bay’s kinder year, I’ve been involved with this fundraiser.  Jenny + I brought it back to life and it’s crazy to see what it is now.  This was also the first year I was able to sit with my table, enjoy dinner and not work the whole event.  It was nice!  Hands up to Andrea for making shit happen!

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My last year folding those goddamn programs too…lol!

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Fun night.  Love supporting our Plainfield Elementary ♥

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Running Group //

Toni + I got up bright and early for our Saturday morning run!  It was a good one.  We chat the entire time, so it makes it go by quick.  We’re gradually adding distance and I’m still in awww over the fact that I’m enjoying this shit.

We’ve even decided to meet for a 3rd run this week.  Who am I?  LOL!

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Christmas Card Photo’s //

Even Link made it in a couple snaps.  Moments before we had our picture taken, I finally decided on outfits for us to wear.  I couldn’t for the life of my decide.  In my head I really wanted us in dresses.  That’s just not us though.  We’re jeans and a cute top kind of girls, so that’s what we went with.

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Monster Rice Krispy Treats //

When you’re in charge of Kid dessert.  You google that shit and find the cutest Monster Rice Krispy Treats and make them.  I’ll share exactly how we made these in a separate post this week.  Super easy.  Bay and I whipped them up together in about 10 minute.  I have Monster Brownies that we’ll be sharing too!  Stay tuned!

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Shopping //

We did a little damage at the one, the only…..

Target!

Bay had birthday giftcards that were burning a hole in her pocket.  So really, really wanted a cake decorating turn table.  I think that’s what they’re called?  Anyway, she found one.  Happiest girl in the world.  I got some really, really cute boots.  But, we’ll chat more about them later this week.

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50th Anniversary + Cam //

My homegirl Nikki hooked it up with tickets to see Cam at the airport.  You know the blonde curly-haired chick that sings Burning House.  It was in celebration of the Sacramento International Airports 50th Anniversary.

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Such a fun event.  Food.  WINE + beer.  Games.  Drawings.  Even birthday cake.

 

And the concert!!

 

My girl!

 

Pumpkin Patch //

The Hostert girls came to town.  Naturally we got the whole gang together ♥

#hellakids

And this picture makes my heart happy.  The other thing that comes to mind……

We are out fucking numbered!

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Cow Train was a hit!  That thing jams!

I think all the kids got lost in the Milo Maze.

 

Pumpkin Patch Fun….check!

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Then Melika overfed us with her man dip and I was ready for bed!!  Thanks for hosting all out crazy kids Melika!  I think we need to start a go fund me to repair her house.

I even got to hang with the big girls on the car ride home.

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Bake Sale //

Bay + Ruby finally had the bake sale they’ve been asking for since summer.

They did change it up a but though.

These girls decided to donate all the money made on their tasty treats to the Napa/Santa Rosa Fire Relief.  God, I love them!!

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BIG thank you to all the visitors + friends that stopped by to hang out and buy treats.

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{friday 5}

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We did it friends.  We made it to Friday.  And through another crazy week.  The weekend is looking bright.  So many fun things planned that we’re looking forward to.  The Hostert’s are coming to town!!!  Pumpkin patch trip.  We are taking Christmas card pictures.  Running Group, which I’m actually looking forward to.  WEIRD!  Bay is finally having her bake sale that she’s been begging to do since Summer.  She also decided that she wants to donate the money made to the Napa fire relief.  God, I love her ♥

Cheers to the weekend peeps!!  And now, 5 things on my mind……

 

ONE – Celebrating // We celebrated our homegirl Sarah P’s birthday this week.  We had a good time for a Wednesday night!  HA!  We laughed.  We had an amazing meal at Kitchen 428!  We told funny stories.  We talked a little shit to eachother…lol.  We reminisced.  We shared the pits + peeks of life.  We toasted new endeavors.

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Living our best life!

Jason’s white linens = new fave

Polenta Fries = stop what you’re doing and go to Mojo’s RIGHT NOW!  You need these!

Dinner Special = we all ordered the prime rib and it was damn good

Cheers = mini pumpkin pie cheers

Groupies = “Make us super hot + super skinny, k!”

 

And I think I get the award for the best birthday card.  Thanks to Nugget.  I laughed out loud (for reals) when I read it in the store.

 

TWO – Ojia, Ca // Yesterday I booked a massage.  In Ojia.  After our backpacking trip.  At our Hotel.  Ojai Valley Inn.  Can you say check off the ol bucket list?!?!  I’ve had dreams about vacationing in Ojia.  And shit got real.  We booked our second backpacking trip in Ojai for next month.  Remember I wrote all about our first backpacking trip here: {weekend notes}  A trip I will NEVER forget!  So we are headed down for trip #2.  We decided to extend our stay and check out Ojai after we’re done backpacking.  So many amazing places I want to see.  Places I want to dine.  Bars I want to drink “the very best G+T!”  Does anyone have any recommendations?  I’d love them all!!  Anyway, just super excited!  That’s all.

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THREE – Sweater Weather // So, I went to Target this week.  Crazy, right?!?!  It was one of those Target trip where they had ALL THE THINGS!  It was like the first time I’d ever walked down the women’s clothing section.  Did you happen to get the BOGO 50% off sweaters email?  Yah, me too!  Luckily I’m the kind of person who finds great shit Target and comes right back here to tell you all about it!!

First off, So Many Cute Sweaters.  And it’s BOGO, so you’ll at least need two!

Remember the pink leopard cardigan I shared last week?  It’s now online!  It also comes in camo too.

Camo Print Cardigan //  Leopard Print Cardigan

 

You all know I love a good Instagam Stories Poll, but I have to say…..

My Insta friends and I clearly have different taste.  Ha!  I always buy the things you all vote “NO” on.  That red sweater to the right.  See it?  It gives me life.  I’m in love with it.  And it’s currently waiting in my closet for me to wear this weekend!!  The pink chenille sweater has already made an appearance.  It’s so so soft and comfy.  I skipped the destructed leopard (sorry insta polls)

Pink Chenille (Mossimo) not online yet // Leopard Destructed Pullover Sweatshirt // Red Sweater (A New Day) not online yet

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Happy National Pumpkin Pie Day!!  At least according to my homegirl Martha Stewart.  I’ve seen some conflicting dates.  Some claim December 25th is the official day.  In my book, what Queen Martha say, goes!

Obviously I will be sharing my favorite, simple pumpkin pie recipe with you today!!

Mini Pumpkin Pies

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Doesn’t everything mini taste better?

Not only are these pies adorable, they are also the perfect individual portion.  Not that I would ever over indulge or anything.  Ha!  I’ve been known to kill two of these in a sitting.

They are GOOD #justsaying

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(styled by Andrea)

We served these mini pies at my sisters baby shower over the weekend.  Andrea gets styling cred.  The whole display was more that I could pull off.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{funfetti crumble}

Whether it’s your birthday or not, this Funfetti Crumble is loaded with sprinkles and perfect for any celebration.  Or any day, let’s be real.

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Have we chatted about funfetti before?  I’m sure we must have?  It’s essentially white cake, but filled with fun colored sprinkles.  Kids love sprinkles.  Shit, I love sprinkles.  Who doesn’t love sprinkles?  My sister’s wedding cake was funfetti.  Swear!  We kinda like it…a lot!

Who didn’t grow up in funfetti cake with rainbow chip icing?

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{friday 5}

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H A P P Y!

F R I D A Y!

Ok, just for fun.  Complete this sentence:

Everyone who knows me, knows I love_________?

Our weekend is full.  SO much to do…so little time.  I’m actually in the middle of writing a blog post for next week about making the most of the weekend.  How to get the most accomplised and still be able to enjoy the two shortest, fastest days of the week.  Untill then, let’s chat about what’s on my mind…….

 

ONE – Yard Sale // Come buy our shit tomorrow!!

If you’ve text, messaged, emailed or commented on item…I apologize I’m not responding.  I should have waited to post the picture tomorrow.  I didn’t realize how overwhelming that was going to be.  I got over 30 FB messages and I just gave up.

Everything will be available tomorrow!

 

Bay was in charge of making signs and they turned out perfect ♥

Saturday, August 12th – ONE DAY ONLY

8am – till I’m over it!

Mount Whitney Drive (cross street – Ashley Ave)

Bailey + Ruby are also having a bake sale….Cookies + Cupcake + Rice Krispy Treats + Lemonade + Bottled Water!!

  • Ladder Shelf
  • Storage with baskets
  • Dinning room table
  • Armoire
  • Twin day bed + mattress (never used, just for looks…lol)
  • Elliptical
  • Computer Desk
  • Coffee Table
  • Cute AF clothes
  • Lots of other shit

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TWO – Happy Birthday Toni Toni Tone // A little early.  We celebrated one of the homies last night at Thai Pepper.  Drinks, Dinner, more drinks.  As always, such a great time.

Let’s talk about Thai Pepper for a minute.  Don’t be fooled by the ambiance.  Or the fact that the place is always empty.  Because the food is legit!  I’d call it a little hidden gem right in our little town.  I tried (actually 3 of us ordered the same thing)

#8 Mango Curry under House Specialty.

Shrimp, fresh mango, broccoli, carrots and bell pepper in a sweet creamy peanut red curry sauce and coconut milk.

You guys, I wish you could have been there so see it.  Smell it.  Taste it.  So fucking bomb.  Everything about it.  Everyone loved their good.    Go try this place out.  Let’s spread the word!

 

 

THREE – When your homegirl leaves you this on your front porch.  Attached with the sweetest message.  Thank you Melika 🙂  Total day maker!!!

Goal weight:

Sexy AF

I fucking LOVE it ♥

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