{weekend notes}

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Happy Monday!  Did you know we are on week 18 of 2018?  I read it somewhere and thought, WOW!  That happened quick.  This week is a busy week.  Like real busy.  I was updating my iPhone notes “shit to do” and it basically said: Spring Show shit.  Monday – Sunday.

But, more importantly….how was your weekend?  Did you get to enjoy some sunshine.  Sleep in.  Hang with your faves.  And sneak in some relaxation + self-care.

I gotta say, we had a good one.

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Survive Spring Showbarely 
  • Try to cook/eat healthy during the busy ass week1 minor pizza slip-up otherwise pretty damn good!  
  • Send back all the ugly shit I ordered/boughtthank god for free-returns 
  • Blog: Currently Craving for MayWhat did you guys think? {currently craving // may}
  • Kill it at Kaia.  BRIK has officially begun. – Didn’t miss a class…whoop whoop
  • Chill on the chard….just a little.didn’t have a glass…WTF?
  • Celebrate my oldest nephew’s b-day – Missed it due to Spring Show weigh-in 😦
  • GATE Art Show – 
  • At home pedi’s with Bay
  • Move around patio furnitureAll the details coming soon!
  • Make pickled red onionsOMG yumm!

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

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Casini Ranch 2018 camping trip was a blast!

You know it’s been a good weekend when your abs hurt from laughing so much.  Never a dull moment with the family ♥

I never got around to blogging about our 2017 Casini Trip.  It was equally as good!  That’s what brought us back.  The perfect campground for families.  Daily activities for the kids.  Ice cream social.  Bonfires.  Feeding the Casini horses.  Panning for rocks.  Bike rides.  And of course the river.  If you’re looking for a new place to camp, I suggest you try out Casini.

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The Ukiah Brown fire-pit made its second appearance.

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Messy camp

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Burgers around the fire

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Morning cuddle with my sweet nephew

He digs insta-filters

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Queen of the castle

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When Mom’s in-charge of breakfast….she doesn’t mess around.

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Guernville has pretty walls

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And so many fun spots

Guerneville Bank Club is the cutest.  This place even has a photo booth.

Inside you find:  Chile Pie Baking Co // Nimble and Finns Ice Cream // Jar Jam (local gems) // Tasting Room // Museum

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Chile Pies Baking Co…..yummmm

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I found my heaven!  See ya later!

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Ice cold $6 cans of chard can also be found here.

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Home of the best town sign.  I stop and snap a picture here every.single.time.

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Ocean Trails

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Necessities

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Dead or alive?  I have no clue.

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Those succulents though

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Our State Flower is breathtaking (excuse Callie ass for the photo bomb) 

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Scaling cliffs…in flip flops with a beer in hand!  #skills

The fishing spots

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Cory fishes

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Callie + I collect coffee table treasures.

I came up with the best way to display these one-of-a-kind ocean finds.  I’ll be sharing soon!

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{friday 5}

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Fri-Day!  Planning on taking full advantage of the weekend and get some relaxing in.  Next week is Spring Show….aka shit show.  Only kidding.  It’s just a very busy week.  And a good week.  Bay entered a baked good.  Table setting.  And has a pig.  If you’re looking for us, we’ll be at the fairgrounds.

Weekend plans?  We’re hitting the road.  Camping on the Russian River.  I love camping.  It’s a lot of work and all, but being outdoors, roughin it a little bit.  Drinking from sun up till sun down (the best part in my book)  S’mores.  Sitting around the campfire laughing till your belly hurts.  That’s what we’ll be up too.

 

Ok, let the weekend begin!

 

One – Fruit Bowl // Found it.  Actually my Mom found it, within minutes.  I legit scoured Target.com for this wooden pedestal bowl I used in {orange table setting} for about 30 minutes.  I search pedestal.  Wooden bowl.  You name it.  But, fruit bowl?  That’s just dumb Target.  It looks very Pottery Barn-ish with a Target price tag.  Anyway, I got lots of messages about it.  So here ya go….

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Turned Wood Fruit Bowl – Threshold

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TWO – Polenta Croutons // Same idea as polenta fries.  These crispy little things are the perfect addition to any salad.  I still swear by Robin Nelson’s famous salad.  Mixed greens.  Brianna’s Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.  Blue cheese crumbles.  Sliced cherry tomatoes.  Croutons.  The only thing I’ve changed: thinly sliced red onion.  And of course, polenta croutons.  Shake it up in a big trash bag and pour into a salad bowl.  It’s  a crowd pleaser.  When you make this salad, remember to give Robin a shout out!

Polenta Croutons:

  • 18oz tube pre-cooked polenta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan
  • Salt + pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil or a silpat.

Chop polenta into cubes.  Don’t bother making them perfect….just try to keep them about the same size so the cook evenly.

Toss chopped polenta + the rest of the ingredients into a bowl.

Place polenta croutons on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Flip and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Or until golden brown and crisp.

How many polenta croutons should one eat in a sitting?  Asking for a friend.

These little fuckers are dangerous…just FYI!

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Robin Nelson’s Famous Salad with polenta croutons.

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THREE – Mascara Primer // New Product alert.  I know I say this all the time, but you guys…I found an amazing product.  Mascara Primer.  I’d honestly never even heard of it till last week.  Used this product everyday this week and the only thing I can say: So pissed I didn’t know about this sooner.  It’s life changing!  I coat my eyelashes with primer.  The primer is white, just fyi.  Let it dry for a sec, then top with my STILL fave mascara (L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise)  You’ll never guess how much this primer costs?

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{push-pin map // travelogue}

I’m a weekend explorer.  But, you already knew that.  Nothing better than getting out and finding new places.  Hiking trails.  Restaurants.  Lots of bars.  Parks.  Beaches….you know I love a good beach.  Vista points.  Waterfalls.  Random stops on the side of the road for oohs and ahhs.

That’s where this push-pin map comes into place.  How fun is it to document where you’ve been on a map?  Using little push pins to marks all the spots you’ve stopped.

Maps are so incredibly gorgeous.  And the sad thing is, we rarely use or look at them anymore.   I mean really, when is the last time you held a map and actually looked at it?

Look below…all the colors.  Lakes.  Counties.  Freeways.  Waterways.

Fucking beautiful, right?

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Bay + I made a push-pin map for our home years ago.  We’ve been pinning our fave places since.  It just gets better and better as it ages ♥

We recently moved and it’s become my favorite wall art.  Without fail, every time someone new comes into our home, we end up in front of this map.

Maps make great icebreakers.  Not that I’m inviting strangers over…lol.  But, as soon as you start looking over a map, inevitably, you start reminiscing.  The town you grew up.  The yearly family camping trip.  That time you stopped and had the best meal of your life in such and such town.  “This one time I picked up a hitchhiker”……

I love the conversations maps start.

 

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(excuse my toter in the background)

So for Valentine’s Day, Bay + I decided to make Cory his very own.  He’s been in love with ours for years.

I snapped some pictures on insta-stories and I was going and got lots of DM’s asking what I was up too.  So here ya go.  Another easy + cheap diy from xoxostacyb.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{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

J.Crew Factory

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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