{i am the keeper}

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I read this article last weeks.  It definitely resonates with me.  And I thought you all might like it too.  It’s like a Mother’s Pledge.  The other side of parenting…the vital but invisible tasks that take up so much of our mental space.

Her tribute to Moms honoring all the things that go unnoticed.

I see you!

And I salute you!

 

I Am The Keeper

 

I am the keeper.

I am the keeper of schedules. Of practices, games, and lessons. Of projects, parties, and dinners. Of appointments and homework assignments.

I am the keeper of information. Who needs food 5 minutes before a meltdown occurs and who needs space when he gets angry. Whether there are clean clothes, whether bills are paid, and whether we are out of milk.

I am the keeper of solutions. Of band aids and sewing kits and snacks in my purse. But also of emotional balms and metaphorical security blankets.

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{booed + boozed}

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It’s that time where again.  You know, when you open your front door to discover you’ve been “Booed” or even better yet, “Boozed!”  Then you think, shit!  Now I have to keep it going.  Ha!  If you’re my friend, then you know #thestruggleisreal

It’s not that bad.  It’s one time a year.  You’re not going to die!!  Come on, it’s for the kids!!

I kept it pretty frickin simple.  Nothing fancy.  Everything I used can be picked up in one Target or Walmart trip.  And I know you have a Target trip planned in the next day or two.  You got this!

 

Here’s what we “Booed” + “Boozed” this year…..

 

BOOED //

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Cookie Decorating Kit – Walmart $7.99

Spooky Excavation Kit – Target $1 (dollar spot)

Pumpkin Tote – Target $3 (dollar spot)

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YOU’VE BEEN BOO’ED

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BOOZED //

And something a little fun for the adults.  Booze!

Bogle Chard #duh

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{weekend notes}

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Weekend notes a day late.  Only for my Mama!  Hope you all had a good one.  Between Napa + volunteering + cooking + wine-ing…it was a nice weekend!  I woke up Monday morning ready to conquer the week.  Don’t you love it when that happens?

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Stay sugar-free (ish)killed it during the week/failed on the weekend
  • Drink 75 oz. of water a day aka 3 Yeti cups + a little more
  • Organize my closet (it’s on here AGAIN, I know)
  • Work out 5-days this weekAnd I actually enjoyed it!!!
  • Send back returns
  • Hang shit on the walls (not shit, but art/decor) Almost done!
  • Challenge myself to not place ANY on-line orders (last week was redic) – FAILED miserably.  In my defense, J.Crew was having a good sale and I had Nordstom bucks burning a hole in my pocket. 
  • Change passwords/update names for wifi + make a cute sign
  • Make smoked paprika roasted chickpeasmade another batch for this week…so good!
  • Get blonde again
  • Chill out on the BRAVO channel – Can’t stop, won’t stop

 

I’m getting the hang of this crossing shit off!  Take a peek weeks Intentions {weekend notes}

 

And here are some highlights….

Martini night kicked my ass Saturday.  But, I’ll do it all over again when Alex calls and invites me over for ”A” drink next time.

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Especially when you’re 6:30 am alarm goes off to do a Kaia workout with Melika.  I didn’t die.  Almost though.

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I did wipe out the whole hour of exercising afterwards.  Believe it or not, I was an El Patio breakfast burrito virgin.  Until now!  I’ve been missing out…BIG time.

I also drank a soda the size of my face.  Probably haven’t had a soda since 2006.

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A quick trip to Napa!

Dinner at Boon Fly Cafe made my dreams of staying at the Carneros Resort even bigger.  The grounds are to die for.  The price tag….Not so much.

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#winenot

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The fried chicken, that they are known for….legit!

And then I found this cute swing

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If you follow me on Instagram Stories, then you are well aware of how I spent Sunday.

Meal preppin!

Pioneer Women Restaurant Salsa.  I always have a mason jar full of this in my fridge.  It’s my favorite, easiest, homemade salsa.  It goes on eggs + salads + chicken, you name it.

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Chicken Burrito Bowls

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Whipped Ricotta + Feta Dip

 

3-bean salad

(I’ll share this one later this week.  It’s a good one!)

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I even prepped everything for Monday nights dinner:

Steak Roll-Ups

Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream Pie

New York Times No-Knead Bread

 

 

Omega Nu sisters volunteer for the CASA event!

 

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After our Friday night meeting, I was so inspired by the CASA organization.  I thought I knew what they were all about.  I had no idea what an impact they really make on kids in our community.  And now I understand why guests at the event are also so supportive of the CASA organization.  The speeches.  Watching the paddles fly up in the air.  We lost count at $150,000 during the live auction.  Speechless!

Oh and Park Winters isn’t too shabby either…….

That pool though.  I’m thinking we need a pool day soon!

 

Take a peek at the menu.

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The food.  Equally amazing.  Look at the halibut ♥

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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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{good shit}

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How about National Be Kind Day?  Let’s start it.  Who’s in?  Today, the 26th day of July.  Let’s all do something kind.  Even if its just ONE kind deed.  Kindness doesn’t cost a cent and is worth it’s weight in gold.  Sprinkle that shit everywhere you go.  Open a door for someone.  Smile at a stranger (just not a creepy one).  Text a homie.  Call your grandma and say Hi!  It takes a couple of second out of your day.  Do good shit!  And guess what, not only will good shit come back to you, you will feel pretty damn good too!

Remember a {weekend notes} where I talked about all the “Good Shit” that happened that weekend?  More “Good Shit” happened last weekend.  Right as our spontaneous road trip started, a black cat ran across the road, right in front of us.  I’m not going to lie….I’m  superstitious.  Please tell me I’m not the only one?  It totally freaked me out.  How can you start a trip like that?  You know what it means when a black cat runs across the street in front of you?  It means you should turn around and go back.  Otherwise, bad luck.

Instead of turning around, I decided…let’s just do “Good Shit” and we’ll be fine.  So, that’s what we did.  I sprinkled “Good Shit” every place I went.  And guess what?  Not a single thing went wrong, bad…nothing.  No bad luck.  What I’m saying here friends, just do “Good Shit!”

Bay and I chatted about this on our way to summer camp this morning.  About all the super easy things you can do.  She decided that she’d pay lots of complements to other kids + counselors and smile at others.  Smiles are contagious.  Yet so simple!  And if my 10-year-old can do it..so can you!!!

Random Acts of Kindness aka “Good Shit”

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{friday 5}

Oh, hello!  And Happy Friday!  It’s the weekend again.  You cant wipe the smile off this girls face today:)  Heading back to Tahoe for a girls weekend.  I foresee lots of laughing.  Empty wine bottles.  Front porch sitting.  Celebrity golf.  Dancing with Arty the Party!  Hey, maybe I’ll hit the Harrah’s jackpot too?  And hopefully, a couple of shades darker (thanks to Tahoe’s dreamy forecast).

Whatever you have planned, enjoy!!

 

Here’s what I’ve got on my mind today…….

ONE – Mezger Zinnias // “It seems to bring out the best in people” – quoted from the The Davis Enterprise.   I think we can all vouch that this beautiful zinnia farm has brought out the best.  How can you not smile when you pull up to the 2-acre field of colorful zinnias?  Or how about the people you deliver a vase full of these beauties too?  Bay and I spent about 20 minutes last night gathering zinnias for bouquets to deliver to Grammy (a welcome home) + GG (my 92-year-old Grandmother).   We made a big vase for our living room + even saved a few for our night stands.  There’s just something about fresh flowers in the house that make me happy.  Try it, stick a little vase on your nightstand.

BIG thank you to the Mezger family for another Zinnia year ♥

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TWO – Sakura // Monday night we celebrated Alex (my ride or die homegirl) birthday!  If you follow along on Instagram Stories, then you saw it all.  Ha.  We had a good time.  As we always do.  I laughed till my stomach hurt.  Isn’t that the best?  When you wake up in the morning and still laugh out loud about the shit you talked about?  Anyway, we left happy + sake drenched.  The food was so good, once again.  Scroll down and take a peek at my tofu dinner.  I cleaned my plate…lol.  I woke up with the hangover of the century though.    Between the bottles of Bogle chard + the sake.  Thanks to our cook.  Or do they call them chefs?  I’m not really sure.  Anyway….he was fucking sake happy.  We all left (minus Melika + Robin) with sake all over our clothes, hair and faces.  “Who wants sake?” will forever be embedded!  ♥

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{weekend notes}

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Hope you all had a great weekend!  I’m sure you noticed that I was MIA last week.  I got lots of calls, text + emails asking where the fuck I was…lol.  Honestly it was one of those weeks where I knew I just couldn’t make it all happen.  This space is for fun.  And when I don’t have the time, this is one of the first things I have to put on the back burner.

 

One of the main reasons this blog didn’t happen…..

As many of you know, Spring Show was last week/weekend.  I spent the entire week going back and forth from the Fairgrounds with this girl.

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Monday + Wednesday were spent getting the fairgrounds ready for all the Spring Show projects to arrive.

Thursday the pigs arrived.  Vet checks and weigh-in.

Barbecue weighed in at 270 lbs.

 

Friday was Bay’s favorite day.  Farm Connection Day.  The Plainfield 5th graders took a fieldtrip out to the Fairgrounds to see these girls and their pigs ♥

Spring Show neighbors / besties / brothers.

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The pig barn cousins

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{photo cred: Sara Blickle}

The best part of Farm Connection Day, Lauren (Bay’s idol) came to visit.  Lauren is the sweetest girl…I wrote about the time she took Bay out on an ice cream date here {friday 5}.  Bailey decided that she’s saving all her money from the sale of her pig to buy a car, just like Lauren did.  Thank you Lauren, for being such a great role model of my girl!!!

And can we talk about Laruen’s super cute boots?!?

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Friday night was show time.  But, first we make a pit stop for a french braid.  Some day I’m going to learn to french braid, until then – we go to Fricke’s.  Margaritas + braids…lol!  Thanks Alex for hooking us up all weekend 🙂

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Love Claire the photo bomber!!

 

Bay’s dad (aka baby daddy) even made it in time to watch bay show.

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Some of their biggest fans came out to watch…Aunt Penny + Tyler

 

And of course GG ♥

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Bailey #768 // Ruby #769

Bay didn’t place for showmanship, but she did a great job out there.

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{photo cred: Nikki Jansen}

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She did place 3rd in her class for Market.  Which made the 6 hour wait all worth it!  This was around 10:30 pm Friday night.

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We watched some of our favorite Primary’s show their animals

Andee + her homegirl Louise the chicken

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