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Oh Monday!  I’m not ready to adult yet.  These summer weekends are just passing by way too quickly.  Anyone else agree?

You know that meme, the one that says…..put on some gangster rap and handle it?  Or something like that?  That’s exactly what I did this morning.  Bay + I rocked out to Dr. Dre while we got ready for work + algebra academy.

I’m doing something a little new this week.  Maybe everyweek?

Intentions for the Week:

You know that shit you need/want to do.  I find that when I write/post them, it’s somehow easier to make them happen.

  • drink fucking water (sucked at this…BAD)
  • track ALL food on my fitness pal (on it, this week)
  • deep clean the fridge
  • eat outside (when it’s not 105 degrees) Wayyy too hot for that shit!
  • keep basil plant alive…HELP! (I’m happy to report…it’s still alive)
  • make a donation run
  • NO online shopping (already failed…FML.  I blame it on the J.Crew sale)
  • chill out on the peanut butter
  • go for walks/bike rides after dinner (maybe this week?)
  • make gluten-free brownies
  • delete old photos on iPhone
  • go to Morgan’s Mill (Saturday morning, this is happening!!)
  • use all the veggies in Farm Fresh delivery (just a handful of cherry tomatoes left)
I’ve got my fingers crossed this does the trick!  I’ll keep you posted!

Here’s some highlights from the weekend…..

Tahoe //

I spent another weekend in Tahoe.  This time with some of my girlfriends.  We’ve been attending the Celebrity Golf Tournament for a few years now…it’s become our fun weekend.

Quote:

hangovers are temporary….have fun!

 

First stop – You’ll never believe it?!?!  Strawberry Lodge!

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On the agenda for the night:

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Happy Friday, friends!  What a whirlwind of a week.  The weekend has arrived and I’m happy AF about it.

Here’s what I’ve got on my mind…..

 

ONE – Notes // If you’ve been reading for a while, then you know how much I love notes. I came home from Tahoe Wednesday to find this on my counter. With grilled chicken in the fridge. Enough that I was able to live off it for lunch + dinner the rest of the week.  I plan to repay Dad next week with a delicious delivery in his fridge. And a note to go with it.

It really is the little things!!

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TWO – It’s a…..

 

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Good morning and welcome to Monday’s Weekend Notes!  I woke up with a healthy dose of panic this morning.  My to-do list for the week is at an all time high in preparation for the long weekend.  Today I’m taking the advice I give Bay…..take it one step at a time and start with the most difficult item first.  Monday is always a bit of a beast, but Friday will be here before we know it and it will all be worth it!  Here’s to a productive day.  Hope you’re off to a great start!  Be a rebel and have a great day!

 

BALL PARK FRIDAY //

Love watching my nephews play ball.  Friday was Joe’s last game of the season.

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BAY THE BAKER //

Bailey was recruited to make the cake for Spencer’s Baptism Saturday.  She said YESSS, before she even knew what the baking task would be.

The naked carrot cake is back and more beautiful than ever.  I even invested in some new Wilton 8 inch pans.  Which made baking a breeze.

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I have become a professional taste tester…lol.

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BAPTISM //

Baby Spencer was baptized over the weekend.  We were so happy to be a part of the special day.  Even though I got lost on my way to the church.  Ha.  Only me.  How do you get lost in Winters?  The after party was a good one, as always.

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Bay + Spencer ♥

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Welcome back, FRIDAY!!  I think I can speak for everyone when I say we misssssed you!  This week was pretty standard…..appointments + meetings + barn duty + etc…with all that aside, it was an interesting week.  I cant help but smile and laugh thinking about the way life has a funny way of working itself out, ya know?  I clearly don’t have it all figured out, that’s for fucking sure, but constantly reminding myself to trust the timing of my life and that I’m right where I’m supposed to be.  Little deep for a Friday?  Yessss…

Enough about that shit!  The best part of this weekend?  We have almost zero plans.  Sleeping in.  Coffee in my pj’s.  Lot’s of baking for Miss Bailey, I’m sure.  Dinner in the backyard.  Did you see the weather forecast?!?!  Bring on the weekend!!

First I’ve got 5 things on my mind……

ONE – #myoshproject // OSH is hosting another Kids class.  Leprechaun Lantern Nightlight making.  So cute, right?  I showed Bay and she looked at me like, Mom – I’m wayyyy too old for that.  But, little does she know, she will be going.  Ha.  I know she will secretly dig it too!

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TWO – Please tell me you read Chrissy Teigen’s Open Letter that was released Monday morning?  As if I needed one more reason to love the perfect bitch!  She may be known for her modeling, but she’s also funny AF, a fellow chronic over-sharer, no-filter opinionated, full of hilarious jokes and cooks like a fucking boss.  This article is so real and raw, I even teared up a little….read it!!!

Click on the link below for the full article…..

Chrissy Teigen Open Letter

Chrissy Teigen, 31, is many things: a Sports Illustrated cover girl, a New York Times best-selling cookbook author, a host of the Emmy-nominated TV series Lip Sync Battle and the soon-to-be designer of a fashion line with Revolve. But she’s best known for what her husband, John Legend, calls her: “smart mouth.” She opines on everything from politics to stretch marks, 140 characters a time on Twitter. And her commentary is often so “you took the words out of my mouth!” that all you have to do is hit RT and add the word “PREACH.”

What women love about Teigen is that she is, as she admits, “an open book.” She will show off a perfect seared duck breast—and tell you she accidentally sliced off her fingertip on a mandoline. Ask her about the wildest place she’s had sex? She’ll answer. (An airplane.) She approaches any topic with that same raw, real candor.

But there’s one thing she hasn’t shared yet: After giving birth to her daughter, Luna, last April, Teigen developed postpartum depression, a condition affecting one in nine women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this exclusive essay forGlamour, she talks about her experience, why she kept it private, and how she’s doing now. And she is as raw and real as ever. Over to you, Chrissy.

THREE – Stir-Fry //  I grabbed a Taylor Farms Stir-Fry Kit at the grocery store last week.  I was looking at the bagged chopped salads (currently obsessed) and I spotted these kits.  Shortcut alert!!!  You know, sometimes the idea of trying to be creative with veggies is exhausting?  I make the same ol stir-fry with asparagus + chicken.  It’s good and all, but its the same thing every time.  These are packed with shaved brussels sprouts + kale.  I would never use that combo on my own.  They each come with a sauce packet too.  Just add your protein (like shrimp + chicken + steak) and bam…dinner in 5 minutes.  seriously!  I served our Teriyaki Stir-Fry with leftover shredded rotisserie chicken over Trader Joes’s brown rice.  BOMB!  You can find them in the bagged salad section at your grocery store.  They are $3 something each!!

Ginger Garlic // Madrain Orange // Sesame Chili // Teriyaki

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Happy Monday!  The weekend is gone.  I woke up STILL under the weather.  A lingering cold + a touch of the bottle flu.  But I have these beautiful tulips on my kitchen table that made me smile this morning.

I have officially started my 20-day’s of sugar-free.  So far so good….but, it’s still the morning.  Of the first day…lol.  I hear day #3 is going to be the hardest.  My homie Sarah P is doing the sugar-free diet with me.  I’ll keep you posted how it goes.

Ok, so about this weekend…..

My Mom and I went to the Tower Theatre to see Jackie.  Although I’ve read the awful reviews, I really wanted to see this movie.

Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that she created and loved so well.

I loved the reenactments of historical scenes, Jackie’s clothing and the iconic film clips.    Natalie Portman made a complete transformation.  She was great, but I was disappointed that they portrayed Jackie to be so unconfident, dark and distant.

I cant say I hated the movie.  It just wasn’t what I was expecting.

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I did some meal prep in my new Calphalon cookware set (thanks for the birthday gift Mom + Dad).  Life changing.  I no longer have to spray pam in my pan to cook my egg.  It just slides right out.  It’s fucking mindblowing. Below I’m simmering a cauliflower soup that I will be sharing this week.  It’s Kaia + sugar-free too!!

I cleaned, chopped and roasted veggies.  Hard boiled eggs.  Packed lunches.  I think I’m ready?!?!

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Bailey picked out her 4-H pig.  Say hello to Barbie Q.  Bay says she looking forward to getting her fat, brushing her and taking her for walks ♥

So much fun to be had from now till May 7th.

 

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Saturday night some of my favorites treated me to such a fun night.  Wine, lots of wine.  Yummy good.  Gifts galore.

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We laughed a little too…..

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I bet you didn’t know that two of the finest rappers reside in Woodland, CA!  Fact!   I hope you saw the snapchat video!!

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Nikki, you’re the best.  I thought we were going out for drinks….not a birthday party.  Thank you for planning and getting a great group together.  And thank you, Erica + Alex + Sarah P + Korine, from the bottom of my heart for such a fun night.  I couldn’t ask for better girlfriends.  I’m on day 2 and I’m still not back to 100% yet.  Sign of a good time.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….LONGEST short week in the history of short weeks.  Anyone else with me?  I still have all the same shit to get done, but with 1 less day to accomplish said shit.  Therefore I’m sooooo ready for the W E E K E N D!  I have good plans.  Movie + Girlfriends + Tequilla + Antique Faire.

Enough of my ramble….I still have 5 more things on my mind……

ONE – You guys…..I spilled an entire swell bottle in my purse.  According to Bay, I’m really lucky I didn’t have wine it my swell bottle this time.  This is true!  A wine drenched purse/wallet would be much, much worse.  I’m talking everything.  Medical/dental cards.  Money.  Checkbook.  Checkbook register that is no longer legible.

I went to the 76 Station to get my cherry chap stick (I cannot live without it).  I lent my old one to Bay in Tahoe and god knows, I do NOT share my cherry chap stick.  Long story short, my homie at the 76 station, told me “Stacy, your money is wet!”  I explained what happened.  He was very unimpressed.  Basically told me “I no take wet money, come one Stacy.”  So I gave him my debit card and went along with my merry wet wallet day.  Moral of the story, DO not lay a swell bottle ontop of your wallet in your purse.  EVER!  Worst part, it’s kinda Karma…FML!

 

TWO –  I’m gathering + prepping for the beginning of my 20-day no sugar detox.  Not really a detox.  Just ridding added sugar from my diet.  I had such great results the last time I tried it for a few days before Hawaii.  I found this recipe for slow cooker marinara sauce….it’s from Daily Dose of Pepper.  Zero smart points (for weight watchers peeps) + 60 calories per 1/2 cup of sauce.  Not bad, huh.  Best part – it’s BOMB.  You can adjust the spice to your desire too.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes, no salt added
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (stick to 1 tsp if you don’t like spice)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

 

Here’s what you’ll do:

Mix all ingredients in your slow cooker.  Put the slow cooker in your garage.  Unless you want your house and clothes to smell like an Italian restaurant for the next 2 days.

Set to low for 8 hours.

If you like a smoother sauce, (like me) once sauce has cooled.  Blend in a food processor (in batches this recipe makes A LOT) until smooth.

Freeze in freezer bags what you don’t plan to use right away.

I have a couple of meals next week I plan to whip this sauce out for.  Stay tuned!!

 

 

THREE –  The Golden Globes are on this Sunday!  Bay + I have an award show game we like to play.  Popcorn BINGO.  Check out this one that I found.  Best Dressed!!  I mean, If you’re anything like us, you’re watching for the amazing gowns + fashion too.  Remember to saved a few pieces of popcorn to use as your dauber….lol.

I’m sure we will see tons of Off-the-shoulder + backless + red!!  So excited!

Scroll below for the free printable link.  It has 8 different cards too.

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Golden Globes BINGO

 

 

FOUR –  American Eagle Soft + Sexy Double Lace Cami // Guess how much I paid in-store?  $9.00!  So good I bought two!!  I was looking for something that was just a little more than the basic cami.  Clearly for layering since its cold AF right now.   Super flattering silhouette.  Fitted at the chest, then flows, almost flaring at the waist.  The plunging neckline is beautiful, and not too revealing for small chested gals, like myself.  It’s lined in lace, not only on the front, but the back too.

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