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{weekend notes}

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The weeks are long and the weekends short.  Am I right?  Never enough time.  Although the weekend was gone in a hot one, it was a damn good one.  Bay’s first middle school dance.  She looked so pretty.  Double date with the Truitts…that ended in a girls against boys basketball game.  Apple picking.  Really good margaritas.  Little Mermaid in Carmel.  And prepping for the week ahead.  Thanks Hostert’s for showing us a good time!

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • Set a pretty fall table
  • Pack for Portland
  • Watch Bay play volleyball
  • Order Christmas cards before my promo codes expire
  • Master pumpkin pancakes
  • Library for new reads + returns
  • Shoot new #ootd’s
  • Mani’s + face masks with Bay
  • Figure out the Inxtax share printer
  • 15,000 steps per day
  • Stay focused!

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend…….

And just like that, I dropped Bay off at her first middle school dance.  Is it just me or does she look 15 here?  OMG!!

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Some of the girls.

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While Bay did the Kiki, we went on a double date with the Truitt’s.  It was nice change to get out with no kids and catch up.

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We peeked in the window at the new Avila Winters.  Oh man, you guys need to go ASAP!

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Saturday morning treats at High Voltage Donuts.  We made a pit stop on our way to Salinas to try out the ever so famous baked donuts.

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1 dozen to go.

My fave: GF almond joy

Bay’s fave: chocolate with M&M’s

The bacon maple was a runner-up.  Along with the circus cookie.  Never trued the flaming hot…totally forgot.

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Bay is in sweet tooth heaven.

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Saturday was the official First Day of Fall!

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So we did the only logical thing…..

Apple picking.  The fallest fall thing to do 🙂  Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville is pretty bad ass.  We spent the afternoon walking though the apple orchards.

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J.Crew Scoopneck henley shirt // Jeans // Booties // Scarf 

My J.Crew package came just in the nick of time.  This scoopneck henley shirt it EVERYTHING.  I’ll share more this week, but get one before they sell out!  It comes in white, burgundy and black!

 

I’d steal this kid and take her home!

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Apple hunting

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Olallieberry Ice Cream was the highlight for the adults.  Apple slushies were the kids pick.

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Fun time at Gizdich Ranch with these chicks.  #girlsrule

hella kids & hella apples.

I’d say we were close to 115 lbs of apples between all these girls.  Haha!

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Luckily we stopped for margs at Jalisco first!  Cheers!

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{meal prep tips + greek salad}

Greek salad meal prep for a week!  4 days to be exact.  Because, even I, a creature of habit.  One that can eat the same thing over and over.  Can only do 4 solid days before I need something new up in the mix.  Ha!

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Before we get to the recipe, I’m going to answer a question I get ALL THE TIME.  Meal prep.  Who?  What?  How?

I know so many people who stop by the grocery store on their way home from work to grab that evenings dinner.  Personally that gives me the chills.  I despise going to the grocery store.  Well, other than Trader Joe’s.  So, I make it a once a week thing.  Which could give you the chills…lol.  With a little practice and some strategy, I promise you can do this too.  It’s such a life/time saver!

Tips for easy meal-prep

1 – Pull out your calendar.  Take a peek at the week ahead.  Realistically, how many days will you be home for dinner.  Meetings, sports, kids activities, happy hours all play into this.  My goal is to cook at least 3 of the weeknights.  And plan for leftovers the nights I wont have time.  Picking recipes that can double duty.  Like, cook extra chicken one night for dinner.  Make soup or chop up extra chicken for salads the next night.  I know that if I have a meeting on a Tuesday night, I need to:

A.) prep or cook the night before.

B.) plan something super simple.

C.) pick up dinner somewhere.

 

2 – Pick one day a week to decide on actual meals.  Every Wednesday I do my meal plan for the following week.  Now that you’ve figured out how many meals you need to plan for the upcoming week.  Flip thought magazines.  Scroll through pinterest.  Pull out all your fave cookbooks.  Just pick a day and make it happen.  I actually enjoy this part!  Then write it out in the notes on your phone.

Monday – chicken + rice + veggies

Tuesday – chicken tacos + green salad

etc…

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{weekend notes}

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It’s hard to believe we’re entering the very last week of summer. Crazy!  Remember when I told you I was going to keep things short + sweet?  Well, I’m going to do just that today.  We spent the weekend as low-key as possible.  Celebrated my Mom.  Showered a new mama and baby coming into our family.  Decorated with Mezger Zinnia’s.  Church and more kickin it.  Sometimes doing nothing, hung over or not, is just want the body and mind are in need of.  Woke up refreshed and ready to kick this weeks ass!  Rather than letting it kick mine again…lol!

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • watch Bay’s first Lee Middle School Volleyball game – (and they won…both games this week)
  • get blonde + catch up with my homegirl Allison – (thanks for dealing with my hungover ass Allison) 
  • go to Target….it’s been a long, long 30 day – (I was disappointed…hardly found anything I had to have)
  • hang out with the Hostert’s ♥ – (always a good time)
  • share my shopping freeze diary – {i gave up shopping for 30 days…kinda}
  • create a fall inspiration board – (still gathering…but it’s getting close) 
  • solidify Halloween costumes – (finalized…I’ll be a witch, again :))
  • complete our fall to-do’s – (coming next week) 
  • meal prep lunches for the entire week – {meal prep tips + greek salad}
  • old navy try-on – (so much good stuff)
  • hit 15,000 steps per day – (killed it) 
  • remember that everything is going to be okay – (#truth) 

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Friday night we celebrated these two turning the BIG 6-0!  My mom and her bestie, Ronda.  They’ve been thick as thieves since high school.  Their friendship makes me happy!

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The OG’s – The original 4!

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Tank (marked down to $29) // Denim (on sale for $79) // Earrings // Booties

I’m wearing the turtleneck tank that I shared the last week.  You 100% need this in your closet!

GG always smiling

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3 generations!

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I made {mom’s famous thai pasta salad} and Bay baked {magnolia table chocolate chip cookies}

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{sausage + potato + broccoli sheet pan meal}

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You guys, today is my first recipe post with my new blog format.  And I’m BEYOND excited to announce there is now an option to “print” the recipe.  Ahh!  I’m so frickin happy I could cry!  Ha!  This has been a long time coming and I’m crazy excited that everything is finally falling into place on this space of mine!

Pretty please drop me a line and let me know if it works properly for you.  And more than anything if you find this as helpful as I do!

Now let’s get to the recipe…..

So, you know I’m a big fan of easy weeknight dinners.  Let’s keep it real.  It’s such a busy time of the year.  Anyone else straight up dead at the end of the day?  But, still want to serve your family a healthy dinner and sit around the table?  Chat about the days peaks + pits?  Me too!

I made this super simple sheet pan recipe last night.  And it was such a hit at our house that I changed up todays original blog post to share it today!  I couldn’t wait.

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{trader joe’s haul}

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I asked.  You voted!  128 YES “show us your TJ’s haul” So let’s do it!

I first wrote about my LOVE for TJ’s back in March of 2016.  Many of the items I’m sharing today, you will also find on  {20 trader joe’s products i’m obsessed with}

I re-read the post and I think this is my favorite part, and still totally true:

Little does anyone know, I’m mainly there for the flowers, cheese and carbs….maybe something organic.  Sometimes.

Haha.  100% accurate!  I reward myself with a bottle of chard + the 99 cent bag of dark chocolate covered almonds after every successful trip too!

It’s clear that I have a THING for Trader Joe’s.  Other than Target, it’s my most frequented store that I don’t hate spending time in.

Another, more recent post {food finds} I added some newer TJ’s finds.

One time I even blogged about {$12 grocery store arrangement} I but fresh flowers weekly and TJ’s by far, has the best + most inexpensive selection!  I also made {floral + herb smudge stick diy} with TJ’s stems.  Probably my favorite TJ’s floral purchase – eucalyptus.  Remember when I made this for my shower? {a little of this + a little of that}

And if you scroll all the way to the bottom, I’ve linked up all my Trader Joe’s recipes for you too!

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SOME OF OUR FAVORITE TRADER JOE’S PRODUCTS 

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{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!!!

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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!

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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!!!

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And this succulent skull!!!

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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.

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

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Happy Dance!

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{mom’s famous thai pasta salad}

Mom’s Famous Thai Pasta Salad // I’ve share this gem before, but it’s not the easiest to find on my website.  I made a double batch last night.  Posted a photo of the ingredients and asked if anyone could guess what I was making.  Everyone guessed correctly.  Then I has a bunch of DM’s asking to share the recipe as well.  So, just for good measure I’ll share it again.  Because, it’s a keeper.  A crowd pleaser.  Now when you search “mom’s famous thai pasta salad” the recipe will appear rather than scrolling and clicking though any and every post I’ve ever mentioned it.  And the photo looks so much better than the original post…lol.  I have vowed to update old blog photos as I remake the recipes.

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{friday 5}

Friday has arrived!  We did it!  Barely!  Ha!  Weekend plans: family camping trip.  Celebrating the long weekend lake side.  Hope you have a good one.

5 things on my mind……

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ONE – News // Beginning next week, you’re going to hear crickets from xoxostacyb.  I’m shutting down the blog for a solid week.  I haven’t had a week off in a really long time.  This is a good thing.  Even though you wont see anything, I’ll still be working.  Just behind the scenes.  Come Monday, September 10th you’ll see a revamped xoxostacyb.  My storage is almost maxed, which results in a huge upgrade on my end.  You’ll find a fresh new look.  And, recently I was accepted to ShopStyle.  Similar to Like to Know it.  Unfortunately, I just haven’t had the time to dig into it yet.  So don’t be alarmed when you don’t get your xoxostacyb {new post} email 🙂  I’ll be back, better than ever!

 

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sweater // denim // bandana (similar)

TWO –  J.Crew Sweater //  Another pre-spending freeze purchase.  I was going to save this one for a rainy day, but this sweater is so good, it’s going to sell out in no time.  Perfect for slowly transitioning to fall.  Not pictured is the cutest pair of heeled mules I’ve ever layed eyes on.  But, You’ll have to wait for those 🙂

Point Sur allover pointelle crewneck sweater – ON SALE!  $35 with code: BIGSALE.  This sweater is from the new Point Sur collection an LA made denim brand.  All the pieces are timeless.  I’m obsessed with the all-over pointelle on this sweater.  Easy breezy.  It comes in 4 great fall color options too!  I have my eye on the Loden Green.

9″ High-Rise Skinny Jeans: Seamed Step-Hem Edition – super comfy jeans.  Love the edgy detail to them.  Magic pockets.  Step hem.  And a front seam.

Madewell Bandana – Following the {third piece rule}here with this bandana.  Madewell has lots of great bandanas to pick from.  This one is similar to the one I’m wearing.

 

 

 

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{slow cooker salsa chicken // and back to school hacks}

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The end of summer is almost here.  Can you believe it?  Me either.  We’ve created so many great memories over the last couple of months.  Everything from camping trips.  Long weekends + weeks at the cabin in Tahoe.  Catching crabs on the coast.  Weekend getaways to the city.  All the fun must come to an end.

With school about to start, it’s time to get back into the swing of things.  I thought it would be fun to do a little back to school series?  What do you think?  Highlighting everything from back to school shopping.  Organization.  Morning routines.  All the things to ease back into school mode.

This morning, Bay + I had planned to do a little practice run.  #fail  Ha!  We  were going to pretended it was the first day of school.  Get up early.  Do all the things.  But, I said F it and went to the gym, the grocery store and drank 2 cups of coffee.  I decided I deserved one last chaotic-free morning.

So, tomorrow will probably be an absolute shit-show.  You know what I mean?

But, one thing I got planned out is easy dinners for the week.  That also create lunch leftovers.  Can I get a hell yeah?

 

This one you’re gonna want to “pin” to your Pinterest page.  Screen shot.  Print it out.  Whatever you do.  I promise you and your family will love it.  It’s my go-to, no-fail, easy 2 ingredient dinner.  It’s crazy versatile too!  I’ll even show you 3 meals I made out of one slow cooker recipe.

 

Here’s what you need:

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{weekend notes}

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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.

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

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Say cheese

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Just spying on the big girls ♥

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The tornado

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

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

Now look at the photo below this one……

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

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The good ol Derby.  Always a good time.

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