book recommendations · Community · Cool spots · fashion · Food · foodie · friday · jcrew addict · kids · Movies · Music · ootd · Outfit Details · Pumpkin · sale

{friday 5}

IMG_5219

Hello Friday!  Is it just me, or did this week fly by?  No complaining over here.  I mean, Friday is second favorite F-word 🙂   Weekend plans: celebrating my Mama turning the big 6-0!  Sleeping in.  Coffee in my PJ’s.  Meal prep and I’ll share it next week too.  Showering the new mom to be, Brittany.  Pulling out all the Fall decor.  And maybe, just maybe getting some pumpkins for the front porch.  What’s on your agenda for the weekend?  Whatever it is, enjoy the shit out of it.  Before you know it, it’s Monday all over again!

 

Welcome to your weekly dose of Friday 5…..

 

IMG_5706

ONECapper’s Refreshers // Always down to show some support for new businesses in town.  Formerly Stacked N’ Brewed turned Capper’s Refreshers.  Took Bay into the new establishment last night for a sweet treat.  She had an excellent day and there’s no better way to top it off than ice cream!  Except this isn’t actual ice ceam….it’s “shaved snow” with all the toppings served in  a waffle come.  Sprinkled with gold dust.  Looks like ice cream.  Tastes like ice cream.  I’m straight up SOLD on the shaved snow.  Try the “Dexter’s Delight” sans blueberries (because who likes them anyway) and you too will be in heaven.  Can’t wait to stop back in and try one of their meals.  Everything looked fantastic.  Go show your love for the new restaurant and let’s keep them around!!!

 

IMG_5769.JPG

TWO – J.Crew Factory Try-On // Shared this in IG stories already, so keep scrolling if you’re over it…lol.  Anyway, I went into the store this week to basically torture myself.  Really I was making a note of all the shit I’m gonna buy when this stupid {spending freeze} is finally over next week.  I own two of these tops already, but I have added quite a few items to my wish-list!  Crazy good deals right now!

  • 50% off Fall Faves (prices as marked)
  • 30% off shirts, tops & shoes Use code: SHOPTOIT
  • Buy 3 or more items get 15% off
  • FREE SHIPPING
  • Register here for a chance to win $2,500 cash.  10 runner ups will get $100 gift card!

*these are all affiliate links, meaning if you purchase one of these items after clicking on my link, I get a (very) small commission.  If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask!

You can find everything in one shop here: J.Crew Factory Try-On

Continue reading “{friday 5}”

blogger · Community · Cooking · Cool spots · Decor · family · fashion · friday · friends · jcrew addict · ootd · Outfit Details · Products · weekend

{weekend notes}

After a week off (kinda) it feels so good to type the words….Happy Monday!  We’re back in action over here at xoxostacyb.  What I mean by kinda is…I was busy working behind the scenes.  Updating.  Upgrading.  Adding.  Condensing.  The BIG questions is….

What do you think of the changes?  New layout.  My personal ShopStyle link has been added to the sidebar on a desktop.  Bottom if you’re using a phone.  Just like the LIKEtoKNOW.it.  You can shop everything from outfit details #ootds, products and home items.  Basically, if I rock it or love it, you’ll be able to find it here.  Click on the link on my blog or in my instagram bio, click “shop my looks” and direct links will be right at your fingertips.  If you purchase something through my ShopStyle, I make a (very) small commission.  So help a sister out…lol.  Currently still adding items, so bear with me.

Another change….recent posts, Archives and Categories have been condensed and now offer a scroll down.

And you’ll likely notice there are now advertisements.  Sorry!  I know it’s annoying, but it is what it is.

Don’t forget you can always subscribe and receive an email every time I publish a new post.  Go to Follow Blog Via Email.  Type in your email address.  Click FOLLOW.  And you’re all set!

My new goal is to keep it simple.  So although this is quite wordy, you’ll be seeing daily posts.  Weekly reviews.  Friday 5 and all the same xoxostacyb topics.  Just in smaller scale.

So, I’m dying to know.  What do you think?  Comment below.  On Instagram.  Facebook.  Let me know what you think of the changes.

And now back to our regularly scheduled program……

Intentions for the Week:

  • delete photos – (so satisfying lol)
  • plan a family dinner – (schedulded)
  • smog my car – (done√)
  • lunch date – (The Grad…cant remember the last time)
  • drink #hella water – (and pee all day long)
  • take a hike
  • find the perfect 2019 planner/calendar – (now I have to wait till Wednesday to order lol)
  • go apple picking
  • bust out all the Fall decor – (we’re half way there)
  • celebrate Mom’s big 6-0 – (love that lady)
  • mask + mani night with Bay – (our weekly thing)
  • register for 2018-2019 4-H – (It’s that time of year again)
  • phone date with Stover – (always feels good to catch up with a homie) 

 

Highlights from the weekend…….

I have to stop and thank all these pretty ladies right here.  They all showed up and supported and gave me all the feels.  So grateful for great friends + family to share life with!  Love you bitches!!!

IMG_5463

So Friday we all met at Sarah P’s home.  Her gorgeous home.  We drank wine.  Lots of wine.  We snacked of pretty food.  Like this grazing platter below.  I whipped this bad boy up in about 5 minutes.  Candied walnuts, crackers, rosemary, dried apricots, brie wedge, olive tapenade, honey comb and prosciutto.

We talked, a lot.  The room was so full of laughter…it made my heart crazy happy!

IMG_5465

We hit First Friday to check out bella moda boutique and Serendipity Boutique.  Personally, my favorite shops on Main Street.

Once I’m off my spending freeze, I’ll be buying this Tequila Por Favor tank!!!

IMG_5240

And this succulent skull!!!

IMG_5244

We took my Mom and her bestie, Ronda to The Stag.  My Mom, born and raised in this town has never been to The Stag.  So, we changed that real quick.

IMG_5263

I can’t thank Sarah P for opening up her home and hosting all of us!  Love you homegirl!!

IMG_5264

Happy Dance!

Continue reading “{weekend notes}”

Community · Cooking · Cool spots · Decor · diy · family · Food · foodie · friday · friends · kid style · kids · mom & me · Nordstrom · Summertime · weekend · Wine

{weekend notes}

IMG_3547

Well friends, we’re in the home stretch of summer.  Today I’m feeling equal parts excited AF for school to start and not sure “I’m ready” to drop my little girl off at Middle School.  The Sunday scaries got me good last night.  I tossed + turned over thinking. The hustle and bustle of school beginning has me getting all kinds of organized.  Ready for the routine.  The not so settling part – we’ve got so much “new” happening this year.  The whole new school.  Our morning routine is changing drastically.  Hello zero period.  You know what I mean?  All that unknown stuff.  Luckily Bay is beyond pumped which makes my heart incredibly happy!

I really wanted to dedicate this week on the blog to all things back-to-school.  But, then I remembered that whenever I spend the entire week on one topic, I get so burnt out.  So, we’ll be chatting about ALL THE THINGS.  School.  #ootd’s  Organization.  Oh and I’ve got the best easy weeknight dinner for you too.  It’s a crockpot recipe I’ve been making for years.

Lot’s of Inentions for this week!!!

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • Organize ALL THE THINGS(anything + everything is organized AF)
  • Meal prep like a boss(killed it)
  • Pre-plan outfits…for me + Bay(this was crazy helpful in the morning)
  • Make lunches the night before(lifesaver)
  • Celebrate Toni’s Birthday(love hanging with my high school girlfriends)
  • Workout Monday – Friday – (failed…skipped Thursday + Friday)
  • 15k steps per day(but I did get my 15k per day!!)
  • Forever 21 shopping trip(Bay found so much cute stuff)
  • EARLY bedtime(9pm yo my boo)
  • Punctuality(on time everyday…can I get a WHOOP WHOOP)
  • DIY Happy Birthday banner(we taped it to the wall….things have changed)
  • All the 1st day of school traditions (except Raley’s…so sad.  Damn zero period)
  • Final Tahoe summer hurrah(just what the doc ordered)
  • Spoil my girl on the 23rd(obvi I went a little overboard, per usual) 

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

The Yolo County Fair!!

Beer me!

If I don’t drink another not-so-cold keg beer till next Fair, I’d 100% be okay with it…lol.

IMG_3181

The tacos though, that’s another story.  Why are they only this good at the Fair?  365 days is a long time away.

IMG_3191

Say cheese

IMG_3192

Just spying on the big girls ♥

IMG_3185

The tornado

IMG_3539.PNG

The Midway of Fun aka kids heaven!  The most expensive place on earth…ha!

IMG_3366

Annual Beer Gardens cousins picture.  With the newest edition, Daniel.

Now look at the photo below this one……

IMG_3367

Beer Gardens 2009.  8 years ago.  Our babies!  #bestillmyheart

41051_1346271223893_6210756_n

The good ol Derby.  Always a good time.

Continue reading “{weekend notes}”

Community · family · fashion · Food · foodie · kids · mom & me · Nordstrom · Outfit Details · sale · Summertime · Target · weekend · Wine · Wine Tasting

{weekend notes}

IMG_2010

Hello Monday!  You kinda ruined my day, to be honest.  Not you, Monday did!  I somehow overslept by 2 1/2 hours.  Which means I feel like I’m 2 1/2 hours behind in EVERYTHING today.  But, damn I sure did get some good sleep!  Hope your Monday is off to a better start than mine!

In other news, I got a notification that today, this very post, is my 700th blog post.  CRAZY!  Seven hundred.  If you’ve been following since the beginning, you should know me pretty really well by now…HA!

 

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Set a pretty table(coming this week)
  • Share the newest addition to my room(what did you think?)
  • Organize (or throw away everything) both linen closets(thanks Bay)
  • Find a new houseplant – (looking for something unique is hard)
  • Gather goodies for Bay’s birthday surprise(I cannot wait to show her + you)
  • Have GG over for dinner(peek of my week)
  • Rock my new romper(think i need a size smaller, which is a good thing I guess)
  • NO-sugar for 10 days #FML(staying strong…till Tuesday)
  • Order Bay’s birthday cake from Timothy’s Bakery (It’s the best one yet)
  • 15k steps per day(straight up killed it + added BBG so I’m so sore) 

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Friday, Bailey spent the entire day riding + washing + braiding horses.

IMG_1828

Straight up braid #goals

It’s pretty impressive the work that goes into getting these horses ready for a horse show.

IMG_1827

Went downtown to check out First Friday.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new bella moda boutique, you need too.  So many cute tops.  And the priced are super reasonable.

IMG_1439.jpg

Cory surprised me with Steve’s Pizza + extra ranch.  It’s true love!

IMG_1871

Rise + shine its horse show time!

IMG_1877

I bribe Alex….bubbles for braids!

IMG_1884

Spencer photo bombing Bay’s braid pic.  Some day I need to learn to braid!

IMG_1885

Woodland Stallion Station!

IMG_1887

Bay + Ruby getting warmed up.

IMG_1917

That smile says it all

IMG_1934

IMG_1935

Whispering sweet nothings ♥

IMG_1980

So proud of my girl!  She got her first horse show ribbon.  And watching her do what she loves brings so much joy!

IMG_1987

Cousins

IMG_2013

Wish I would have gotten a photo of them all dressed up.  Next time.

IMG_2014

Amanda, the girls trainer.  The girls adore her and their barn time with her each week.

Can’t wait to watch them do it all over again.

IMG_2010

Off to the Roots to Wine Twilight Picnic

Tabor Ranch tasting room is looking really good

IMG_2045

Let’s rock

IMG_2046

IMG_2072

We checked in, grabbed our glasses and opted to walk (instead of shuttle) to the venue.  I’m really happy we did….the whole walk looked like this.

IMG_2156

IMG_2064

Rosé all day

IMG_2078

All the local wineries hosted a tasting.  First stop…Seka Hills!  My favorite.

IMG_2079

IMG_2066.jpg

IMG_2083

The picnic area was the place to be.  The live band started right before the sunset.

IMG_2085

IMG_2067

Wine tasting in the barn

IMG_2075IMG_2175IMG_2076

IMG_2123

View from the top of Tabor Ranch.

IMG_2170

Food trucks + pizza!

IMG_2172

If only the skies weren’t full of smoke.  This view is breathtaking either way.

My date ♥

Big thank you to Seka Hills for inviting us to the Root to Wine event.  Such a fun night with all the local wineries we love so much!

IMG_2283.JPG

My dress is on sale for $17!!!  And it comes in 2 colors.

Women’s Off the Shoulder Smocked Top Maxi Dress

53187176.jpg

Pit stop at the casino….which ended up being the longest pit stop ever.

And I didn’t fall asleep at the black jack table this time…for the record!

IMG_2177

Sunday morning vibes

Bay + I lounged all day long.  It was so incredibly nice!

IMG_2284

The cooking + serving crew at 4th & Hope!  Teaching these kiddos to give back to the community.

I think it’s safe to say, we all had the feel good’s by the end of our shift.

IMG_2255

We decorated the 4th & Hope table with Mezger Zinnia’s.

IMG_2224

Sunday dinner dates.

IMG_2286

Continue reading “{weekend notes}”

Community · fashion · Food · foodie · friday · jcrew addict · kids · ootd · Outfit Details · Products · Summertime · weekend

{friday 5}

Happy. Happy. Happy. FRIDAY!!!  This week I somehow ballanced being productive AF + chill AF.  No frickin idea how it happened that way.  But, I’ll take it!  Weekend Plans: Downtown Woodland First Friday Art Walk.  Who’s going?  Bay’s horseshow.  Cannot wait to watch my girl.  Roots to Wine Twilight Picnic.  Cook at 4th + Hope!  And sit by the pool + soak up some sunshine.  What’s your weekend looking like?

5 things on my mind…….

 

IMG_1325

ONE – Bay + Buckwheat // Bay is beyond excited for her first English Horse Show tomorrow.  She’s been practicing for months.  At the beginning of the year, Bay decided to switch from Western riding lessons to English.  I’ve never even seen her ride English.  #workingmom  So, I think it’s safe to say, I’m just as exciting to watch my girl do what she absolutely LOVES tomorrow too ♥  You got this Bay!!

Continue reading “{friday 5}”

California · Community · Cooking · Cool spots · Food · foodie · Kitchen · Products · Recipe · Summertime

{lemon spaghetti}

IMG_9153.PNG

I like carbs and I cannot lie!  The way I see it, God invented carbs for a reason!  #yolo

This isn’t your typical meat sauce + noodles.  It’s light and refreshing.

It’s an unexpected combo that works so so well together!  Perfect for a summer side dish.  I typically have all the ingredients on hand too!

A couple of thing before we get started.  “Good” olive oil is KEY!  It’s one of the main ingredients on this dish.  I bet you already know what I’m going to say, huh?  Seka Hills Olive Oil is the #1 in my book.  I don’t even mess with the store-bought stuff anymore.

IMG_9353

You guys, Seka Hills invited me out for a farm tour a few weeks ago.  I’m still blown away.  Over 17,000 acres!  Different olive varieties.  Grapes #wineo  Almond trees.  Honey (bay’s fave) Asparagus, which I have a new-found respect for.  Not that I didn’t love it before, but did you know asparagus has to be harvested daily?  By hand!  It’s a labor of love, my friends!

IMG_9349

60 acres of asparagus.  Crazy, right?

IMG_9350

The honey!

IMG_9351

Did you know they grow all the produce that is distributed to wine club members?  I figured they sourced it out.  Nope!  This photo below is where they grow the produce we get!  Just another plus!

Oh and if you’re interested in joining their wine club, here’s all the info: Seka Hills Wine Clubs

And can we talk about the fact they now have Beef Club, I might need to get in on that one.

IMG_9352

But the olive trees, they are beyond impressive.  Seka just released a new variety of Olive Oil.  It’s called the Tribal Blend.  It’s a unique blend of estate Frantoio + Picual + Arbequina.  The results are a medium to robust intensity.  It’s different.  More bold.

This week, I cracked open my second bottle of the Tribal Blend EVOO!  And It’s what I used in this Lemon Spaghetti recipe!!

Basically, I’m obsessed with it.

IMG_9347IMG_9348

 

The funny thing, I’ll drink cheap ass wine.  Pizza from Little Caesars.  But when it comes to olive oil, I straight up do not mess around with the cheap stuff.  Ha!

#oliveoilsnob

Lemon Spaghetti // 

IMG_9151

Here’s what you’ll need:

Continue reading “{lemon spaghetti}”

California · Community · Cooking · Cool spots · fashion · foodie · friday · ootd · Outfit Details · Products · Recipe · Summertime

{friday 5}

IMG_9144.JPG

Happy Friday friends!  Hope you all had a great 4th of July!!  And have a fun weekend planned.  I’m headed back to Tahoe to finish celebrating.  This whole Wednesday Holiday business is for the birds.

First, I’ve got 5 things on my mind…….

 

ONE – Mom’s Famous Chicken Tortilla Casserole // You guys are gonna want to “pin” print or save this one.  It’s one of my Mom’s (many) famous recipes.  My sis requests it for her Birthday dinner every year.  We have it every family pumpkin carving night.  Bay made it just a couple of weeks ago for Father’s Day.  And I realized, I’ve never shared this keeper with you guys.  It’s easy + delish!  Make it this weekend for your troops 🙂

* This recipe is best if you make it the night before or morning of.

IMG_8889.JPG

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cooked + shredded (or rotisserie)
  • 12 corn tortillas (taco size), cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 can Cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can Cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can Chili con carne (no beans)
  • 1 small can green salsa
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 can sliced black olives
  • Green onion, chopped

 

Here’s what you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl mix together chicken + tortillas + red onion + soups + chili + green salsa + chicken broth.

Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.

Top with shredded cheese + olives.

Bake 1 hour.

Top with green onions + serve 🙂

It’s one of those feel good meals that instantly remind me of my childhood.  I think we’ve all got one of those, right?

 

TWO – Beach Tote // I’ve had my eye on these net tote bags for a while now.  Picked one up at Urban Outfitters last week to see what all the jazz was about.  And of course, I fell it love with it.  I found some even cheaper on Amazon and I’m going to upgrade all my re-usable grocery bags with them.  They are super stretchy so they fit wayyy more than you think.  Washable…which is key!  My old bag has seen better days.  The Kate Net Tote comes in 6 other color options too.  Thinking I may need to scoop up a pink one next.

IMG_8904.JPG

 

Kate Net Tote Bag

45575370_012_b.jpg

 

 

THREE – ACV drink // You all know by now that I’m a huge Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar fan.  I drink a shot of that shit every.single.morning.  I promise with time, it really does get easier.  Honestly, I don’t mind it at all.  I spotted the new “drink” on the shelves last week.  And different varieties too.  I grabbed the Ginger Spice.  They also have Honey, Apple Cinnamon, Grape, Limeade, Pomegranate and Sweet Stevia.  It’s about $3 for a glass about the size of a Gatorade.  I saved it for my afternoon snack.  Drank 1/2 the bottle each day.  Then went and bought more.  It’s good!  Click below for more info:

Continue reading “{friday 5}”

California · Community · Cool spots · fashion · friends · Holiday Whore · Holidays · jcrew addict · kid style · kids · mom & me · ootd · Outfit Details · Summertime · Target · Twinning

{4th of july tee’s + local firework shows}

Image-1 (3).png

4th of July is one of my all time favorite Holidays!!  All the traditions that come with it are so fun!

We’ll be celebrating Independence day in Tahoe.  Every year our family gathers at the cabin for the long weekend.  Other than lounging at the beach everyday + watching the fireworks from Pope Beach, we really don’t have any other plans.  Which is crazy exciting.  I love anything + everything red, white + blue so I foresee some festive decor + crafts + yummy treats to celebrate!   And since the 4th falls on a Wednesday……you’ll need to rock red, white + blue Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday + Sunday, right?  At least I know I will be!!

I find red white + blue ALL year-long and think to myself “this would be sooo cute for the 4th!”

So, it’s safe to say, I’ve got a collection 🙂

IMG_9003

Bay’s Romper ($14) // Stars & Stripes Tee

 

Bay’s Romper // 

IMG_9005

So, so cute.  Bay’s only complaint, it needs pockets!  It’s on sale for $14!

$17.99 + 20% off with code JULY4

Cat & Jack Romper

 

My Tee’s // 

Continue reading “{4th of july tee’s + local firework shows}”

blogger · Community · Cool spots · fashion · friday · kids · Outfit Details · Summertime · weekend · Wine

{friday 5}

IMG_8632

It’s finally FRIDAY!  You guys, I knew it was happening, I let it happen.  Last week was a complete shit show.  HA!  I planned it that way, of course.  But, hot damn – I’m exhausted.  Straight up overstimulated!  I cannot wait to put my butt on the beach + enjoy the weekend with my family!!

But, first – I got some stuff on my mind……

 

ONE – Park Winters Summerland //  Yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at Park Winters Summerland.  My first influencer event.  It was nothing short of magical!  Great people.  Amazing vendors.  Delicious cocktails (still devastated I wasn’t able to stay for dinner)  Beautiful venue!  I’ll be sharing more next week!  BIG THANK you Park Winters for inviting little ol me 🙂

And I absolutely LOVED all the messages saying “yay, you wore the dress” it reassures me you guys actually read what I write 🙂  And yes, I had to wear THE dress!

IMG_8632

Striped Ruffle Maxi Dress

 

TWO – Mrs. Chase Letter //  I finally got to cleaning out all the end of school year paperwork and whatnot.  Digging through papers, I found an envelope addressed to Bailey.  She opened it.  Read it.  Tears rolling down her cheeks.  Then I read it.  Also with tears rolling down my cheeks.  What a great reminder of how much we LOVE Plainfield Elementary School + Mrs. Chase, Bay’s kindergarten teacher 7 years ago! #plainfieldmustang forever ♥

IMG_8633

 

 

THREESeka Hills Fireworks // My second time visiting Seka Hills this week!!!   Such a treat!  Last night was the annual Seka Hills Family. Fun. Food. Fireworks. 💥 It’s exactly that.   All our friends.  Arts + Crafts for the kids.  A photo booth even.  Chando’s Tacos…yumm!  And for the grand finale, the best firework show in our area!  

Continue reading “{friday 5}”

Community · Cool spots · Decor · fashion · friday · jcrew addict · ootd · Outfit Details · Summertime

{friday 5}

IMG_7857.PNG

Hello, Hello and Happy FRIDAY!!!  Cheers!

Hope you all had a great week and have an even better weekend ahead!  Before you get started……It’s Friday and I’ve got 5 things on my mind

 

ONE -J.Crew Factory // Factory has been on point lately.  I’ve been scoring all kinds of cute shit.  Cute summer tops are my jam.  And I’ve found so many good ones lately.  I’m thinking about doing a cute top round-up next week.  All under $30.  All super cute.  What do you think?

I did an insta-story last week and my first poll ever to get 100% YES was this top!  So, I bought it!

IMG_7851.JPG

Embroidered Cotton-Linen Shell // Denim Shorts // Tory Burch Miller Sandals 

 

 

TWO – 10 Day Pilates Challenge // I found this FREE 10-day challenge though insta stories this week.  Clicked on it….just to kill time, I guess.  Not really thinking I’d actually even look at it.  Well, Bay + I are hooked.  We’ve been doing the quick 15 minute Pilates workout together every night.  The best part, well it’s FREE.  The next best part, you need NOTHING.  And it’s totally made for anyone + everyone, which I love.  Check it out.  You’ll dig it.  It’s a good quick workout you can do before bed. Or anytime of the day.

Mind Body Pilates Challenge

10.png

 

 

THREE – Watermelon //  How to cut a watermelon into sticks.  Have you done it before?  It’s super easy and I feel like we waste so much less melon this way.

Cut the watermelon in half horizontally

Place both halves flesh down on the cutting board

Cut 1 inch slices across the melon

Rotate cutting board and cut 1 inches slices (perpendicular)

And there you have it!  Watermelon sticks!

Continue reading “{friday 5}”