{ojai // travelogue part #1 }

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And it all started…..

(in Greta’s best Lester Holt voice) 4 girls set of to backpack in the wilderness…lol.

Backpacking trip #2.  Same girls.  Minus 1.

In case you miss the first backpacking trip, you can read more about that adventure here: {weekend notes}

Almost exactly 2 years later, we hit the road again.  This time 320 miles south of home.

Ojai, CA.

I can honestly say, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  Although, Ojai is far AF!

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A long off the beaten path to our trail head.  In the middle of fucking nowhere.

Piedra Blanca Trailhead

Los Padres National Forest – Sespe Wilderness

Here’s a map to give you a better idea.

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We met our fearless Treks + Tracks guide, Nick.  He was wayyy more chill than our last guide.  She was cool as shit, don’t get me wrong.  I think Nick may have hit the bottle pretty hard the night before. (I am in no was shape or form hattin on homeboy, it happens to the best of us)  Anyway, we had no eating utensils and missing tent poles…thank GOD not ours.

We divvied up all the gear.  Sleeping bags + bed rolls + food + tents + polls, etc.  Loaded up our packs.

Heavy AF, let me tell ya.

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Maybe we had enough food?  Maybe we packed too much booze?  Nahh.

 

Oh, and you know I made the girls goodie bags.  Bailey’s for our morning coffee…a MUST!  That shit was Folgers instant shit. Which I’ve never had till that day.  Tylenol for the headache after a night of drinking cheap bagged wine.  Glow sticks so we didn’t loose each other.  And power bars.

Take a Hike!

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But first, let’s take a groupie ♥

We look so clean + happy.  Because we were!

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• YOU ARE HERE

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And we were off.  All 8 of us.

Single file.

for miles.

and miles.

at least it seemed 🙂

You could hike this trail about 40 more miles and reach the Grand Canyon.  Crazy shit, huh?

We went in about 5 miles!  Ha!

 

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If only I could share 360 degrees.  You could stand on the trail and turn and in every direction, this is what you’d see.

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Through dense goves of oak + bay tress.  Then the grassland plainds.  Wide valley views.  Alongside a creek.  Swimming holes too.

This is backpacking southern california.

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Our new friend, Nurse Rucci, between Sara + Nicole.  Hi Rucci!

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Sharing the trail.

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Always stay to the left!

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About half way to camp, we stopped for a lunch break.

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We ate lunch.

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These crazy b’s jumped in the cold ass water.

Umm…NO!

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Camp

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The view from our camp.

This photo does it no justice.  It was breathtaking.

The shadow of the trees on the water.

Reminds me of Bob Ross painting.

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We set up camp.

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Chilled the chard.

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#twinning

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{friday 5}

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Hi guys!  Happy Friday!  I’ve been a MIA the last couple of days.  I was starting to come down with a cold, tired AF and busy AF.  I knew I had to lay low the rest of the week in order to feel better.  Went to bed super early.  Drank tons of water.  Emergen-C’s.  And I’m back to feeling good.  Just in time for our backpacking trip this weekend.  Can you imagine backpacking in the middle of nowhere, sleeping outdoors being sick?  No way Jose.  But, I’m back for a quicky Friday 5!

5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Backpacking // We are hitting the road tonight for our second backpacking trip.   Saturday morning we will arrive in Ojai, CA and set off into the mountains.  With everything we’ll need for the next 30 plus hours on our back.  Tents + sleeping bags + food + water + cooking tools + toiletries + wine!  Obvi lots of wine.   I’m so excited that I hardly slept last night.  Our last trip was one that I’ll never forget.  And I can’t wait to do it all over again and make more memories with these chicks (minus one). 

I wrote all about our first backpacking trip back in October 2015 here: {weekend notes}

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TWO – Cheerios // Hey fellow Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup fans, Cheerio’s just release a new flavor.  The best one yet, in my opinion!  Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios!  Did you know Cheerios now offers 15 flavors?  Crazy, right?    I broke my diet last weekend to eat a handful of these and hot damn, I don’t regret it for a second.  They are everything you’d want them to be.  Chocolaty, peanut buttery, and so so good.  Trust me!

The ONLY store I’ve been able to find them at is Target in Woodland.

GO GET SOME!

Oh, and next week I’m making a fun treat with this cereal.  Think rice krispy treat, but with chocolate peanut butter cup Cheerios.  OMG, doesn’t it sound heavenly?  Stay tuned!

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THREE – J.Crew Top // My new favorite shirt.  It’s so preppy, and I dig it.  The little tartan plaid pocket got me.  I kinda forgot about J.Crew Factory for a minute.  Then remembered why I used to love it so much.  They have so much cute shit.  Check it out and I promise you’ll find something cute that you must have.

They are offering 50% off all clearance items

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Long-sleeve shirt with tartan plaid pocket

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Wanna see something crazy?

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{gg’s crumb coffee cake}

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Life is short….eat cake for breakfast!  And I’ve got the quintessential breakfast cake for you…..

This is a classic!  Mainly, since it’s one of GG’s recipes.  Which I treasure ♥

It’s also a recipe I almost forgot about.  Until we planned the menu for our family Memorial Day Casini Ranch camping trip.  I’m working on a big ol post all about Casini Ranch…coming soon!

The reason I remembered this recipe….it’s something my Mom makes every camping trip.  Clearly someone had to step up to the plate and bring the tradition along.

Guess who volunteered?  Bay 🙂

Any reason she can find to pull out her kitchen aid and bake!!

 

Trust me, this is not just a camping recipe.  Since Bay made it Memorial Day weekend….we’ve made 2 more batches since.  A slice of GG’s Crumb Coffee Cake with a warm cup of coffee in the morning…..pure heaven!  Bay swears it goes great with her chocolate milk too 🙂

Make it for a weekend breakfast and let me know what you’re peeps think!!!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{friday 5}

Hello and Happy Memorial Day Weekend.  Whoop Whoop!  A weekend with a little taste of summer, that I always look so forward to.  In true long weekend fashion, I plan to celebrate the long sunny days with my family camping.  Whether you’re hanging out at home or heading to the lake, it’s one of the best laid back holidays where ice-cold beers and barbecues are the priority!

I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Dinner Al Fresco // We had our first backyard dinner last night.  And celebrated #nationalwineday!  I gotta say, it was a good day 🙂

For Mother’s Day, Bay got me new chairs for our outdoor table.  I’ve been waiting and ready to sit around the table and enjoy a dinner.  Annddd #chradsohard.  It was probably the most perfect night we’ve had so far this year.  I made grilled pizza and it was legit.  Go to #2!

Dinner al fresco was one of the items on my {spring to-do’s}.  I’ve got 25 days left of Spring to cross off more of my to-do’s.  But, let’s be real…I’m already drafting my Summer to-do’s at the moment…Ha!

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TWO – Grilled Pizza // I straight up, stepped up my pizza making game with this one.  Crispy, charred, cheesy goodness.  Once you have your toppings prepped, this comes together in just minutes.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb pizza dough (Trader Joe’s is the only way to go)
  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced or shredded
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 5 oz pepperoni
  • olive oil
  • flour

 

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Here’s what you do:

Remove pizza dough from package and allow to set for 30 minutes.  If you’re using Trader Joe’s.

Prepare toppings and have everything organized and ready.

Sprinkle a sheet pan with flour.  Using your hands, press or roll dough out into a thin rectangle.

To Prepare Grill: Using a paper towel soaked in oil, rub gates of your grill.

Carefully slide pizza dough onto grill over high direct heat.  Close the lid and cook 3 minutes.  Check to see if lightly brown.

Using tongs, flip the dough so it’s grilled side up.  Brush top of crust lightly with olive oil.  Spread pizza sauce.  Top with mozzarella and pepperoni.  Add additional toppings too!

Close grill and cook 2-3 minutes or until the bottom is crispy brown and cheese is melted.

As soon as you get the slide and flip motion down, it’s easy!

Try it!  Maybe over the weekend.

 

THREE – Lunchbox // Not just any lunchbox, say hello to the OmieBox.  A smart bento box for kids lunches.  You guys, I ordered this back in December.  It’s been out of stock for months.  Then it would become available, but only in blue.  I’m not that big of a pink snob…I just wanted what I ordered 5 freaking months ago.  So I waited.  It finally arrived and Bailey was a pretty happy girl!  Not only is it cute AF, but this is the first lunchbox with an insulated thermos that actually works and doesn’t leak.  I put it to the test.

Check it out…..

  • Thermal insulated bento lunch box with two temperature zones for storing hot and cold foods
  • Integrated stainless steel vacuum insulated thermos food jar provides powerful insulation for hot foods
  • Double walled, air insulated bento lunch box keeps fruits & vegetables cool and fresh
  • 3 separate leak-proof bento compartments keep food separated and visually appealing
  • Food grade safe, FDA-approved, BPA-free materials

 

OmieBox – Amazon

 

I didn’t realize that the thermos came out when I made her first lunch.  I shoved the sandwich in it…lol.  Bay couldn’t believe it when she opened her lunchbox at school that day.  She was cracking up when I picked her up, telling me what a blonde moment I had 🙂

Oh and the other good thing about it….dishwasher safe!!!

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FOUR – Target Top // Dramatic cold shoulder with embroidery?  Yesss!  And it’s $19 peeps.  The back is so good.  Scroll down (since I can’t take a picture of my back..Ha) and check out the image from Target’s website.  You can’t tell in this picture, but I paired this top with white denim and Tory Burch flip-flops.  This will be on repeat.  I can promise you that.  Just one more reason to make a Target trip this weekend ladies 🙂

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{sutter’s fort}

Tuesday we left Woodland early in the morning for the Plainfield Elementary School 4th Grade Sutters Fort over night trip.  We told the girls we were pretty sure the Donner Party would have made a Starbucks stop too, if they had the opportunity.  They clearly thought it was a great idea too.  We got some funny looks 🙂

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The 4th Graders took a bus to Old Sacramento where they rode though Sacramento to Sutters Fort.

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All the parents met at the Fort to get their stations ready for the kids arrival.

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All 47 4th graders in character arrive to the fort at 10am ready for a fun day.

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{weekend notes}

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I asked everyone I was with this weekend and the vote was unanimous –  You definitely start MONDAY!!  Haha.

We headed to Westside Regional Park New Years Eve afternoon for a weekend of camping with our Trailer Hood.  7 camping trailers filled with friends, makes for a fun weekend.

We rang in the New Year over April’s amazing seafood stew….sea bass + prawns + mussels + clams.  Sat by the fire with drink in hand till midnight.  Yes, I actually kept my eyes open past 10pm.  I was even impressed with myself.

Spud Point was conveniently 1/2 mile from our campground…score.  Have you ever tried their clam chowder?  Do it next time you’re in Bodega.  You wont be disappointed!!  Our trailer hood packed up and headed out by foot and bicycle.  This was our fieldtrip for the day 🙂

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Friday night the Truitt’s + Barclift’s  threw a fiesta.  I mean the real frickin deal.  The food was on point.

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Sombreros + Ponchos included.  See our cute models below 🙂

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{weekend notes}

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My favorite shopping day of the year.  Who’s with me.  Shopping from the comfort of your own computer.  No crowds.  Hallelujah.

ps….your boss is shopping online today too, so it’s totally OK!!

Abercrombie Kids: 40% off + free shipping.  Use code MONDAY40

Anthropologie: 25 percent off sale items + free shipping.  Use code XTRAGOOD

ASOS: 30% off everything.  Use code BLESSED

Banana Republic + Gap + Old Navy:40% off EVERYTHING (no exclusions)  Use code BESTCYBER

Boden: 30% off.  Use code 7J4Z

Forever 21: 21% off off + free shipping.  Use code RSTYLE21

J.Crew: In stores & online: 40% off 507 styles & 30% off everything else + extra 40%–50% off sale styles (free shipping too)  Use code MONDAY
 
J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything (prices as marked) + get an extra 15% + free shipping.  Use code TODAYONLY
Madewell: 25% off.  Use code SHOPATWORK
Pottery Barn Kids: 20% off + free shipping.  Use code EXTRAGIFT
Target: 15 % off + free shipping.  Use code CYBER15

 

Believe it or not, I even placed a couple of orders from my cell phone laying in bed in the trailer this weekend….seriously!!

Ok – let’s get to the weekend.

Friday morning we headed to Lawson’s Landing in Dillon Beach to spend the weekend camping.  Lawson’s Landing is a fishing and boating resort and campground, situated at the mouth of Tomales Bay, Californian.  It’s known for generations of family camping fun.  Who remembers trips to Dillon Beach back when they were kids?  We spent many weekends clamming + camping + vacationing growing up.

 

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Our first fam photo with Sally the Sun Chaser

(photo cred to April)

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