{weekend notes}



Hi guys!  How was your weekend?  Can you tell how Bay feels about the weekend?  ♥  I loved every second of it.  Everyday just flowed so well and it was super relaxing and perfect.  I need to plan or hope for more weekends like the last.  Bay did lots of baking.  I did lots of meal prep.  Shopping.  Pizza.  Date night at the movies.  And made some time to catch up with some gal pals.


Intentions for the week:

  • plan a cute valentine’s day bento box lunch for Bay
  • balance my check book (it’s been 2 weeks..fml)
  • find a floor lamp for the living room #dungeon (Picked this up from Target) 
  • celebrate Mardi Gras by making a king cake #oldaf  – (Bay got the baby)
  • wheel + deal with Dish for a lower monthly payment (it works!)
  • enjoy our low-key (no plans) week(such a nice change) 
  • workout mon-fri(Did it WHOOP WHOOP)
  • cleanup my email in boxes
  • create a sweet potato burrito bowl with leftover chicken(delish)

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes} 


Highlights from the weekend……


Friday was National Pizza Day, remember?  So how did I celebrate, you ask?  Just in case you were curious….

Masullo is Sac.

Pizza is kinda my thang!  And these is one thing I know well and that’s good pizza.




If you ever find yourself hungry in the Land Park area, do yourself a favor and go to Masullo!


Sleeping in till 8:01 am

Best idea I had all weekend.



Admiring Bay’s pretty Madewell heart earrings ♥



Changed up the coffee table situation



Pig duty

Rodeo #510 + Clover #511


This quote caught my eye


A trip to the cute shop, Papers and Pencils and Pens!  Oh my

Bay loves stationary.  So she was in pure heaven.


Bay was pretty pumped for her washi tape + eraser purchase.



Worked on a new frittata recipe for the blog.  You guys, this one is so good!  Bay, who doesn’t really do eggs even gave it a thumbs up!  That’s a big deal!



Have I ever told you that I’m basically the queen of sheet pan nachos?  1/2 with re fried beans (for bay) 1/2 with black beans + tomatoes (for me)



Sunday dinner request:

Twice baked potatoes



Movie date night

The 15:17 to Paris

The true story, directed by Clint Eastwood.  Casting actual heroes to play themselves.  Not just any heroes, these are local, Sacramento heroes.  Pretty cool!

The movie, just okay.  Not sure what I was expecting, but I didn’t love it.

Watch the trailer here: The 15:17 to Paris (movie trailer)


Valentine’s day gift

I’m going to share this next week.  Just a fun DIY.


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{bay’s valentine}

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  I’m talking like 7 days.  Crazy, right?

Bay decided on her classroom Valentine weeks ago.  We gathered supplies.  And she’s been busy stitching up her final hearts for the special day.

Check out how cute Bay’s Valentine’s are this year!!


Bay LOVES to sew.  She’s always got a needle threaded and fabric laying all over her room.  So, this just made since.

Not to mention, very budget friendly.  Which I’m a BIG fan of 🙂



  • heart doilies
  • embroidery floss
  • large needle
  • conversation hearts
  • personalized labels

I grabbed all the materials from good ol Walmart.


Here’s how Bay does it:

She stitches the heart all the way around leaving about a 1 inch gap.  Fill the doily pouch with conversation hearts.  Then continues stitching the rest of the heart.  Tie a knot at the bottom.  And that’s it.


Handmade Valentines are so special.  And I Love the way they turned out.



More cute ideas…..

I’m a sucker for you, Valentine


You’re Beary Sweet


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{friday 5}


December 1st!  The final chapter of 2017.  31 days left to make it a great one.  Who else is planning to finish it off with a bang?  It’s been one of those weeks, and I’m so, so ready for the weekend.  Lots of fun things planned.  One of those weekends where you’re looking forward to everything on your calendar.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  Have a good one peeps!


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


ONE – Elf on the Damn Shelf // Today, December 1st, our Elf on the Damn Shelf, Holly arrived.  It’s bittersweet.  On one hand, I LOVE the tradition.  The anticipation of where Holly may be hiding each morning.  Or what kind of mischief she’s gotten into in the middle of the night, while we’re all fast asleep.  On the other hand, it’s a royal pain in the ass to move the elf on the damn shelf every. single. night. for 25 days.  Being that I am a seasoned elf on the shelfer, I’m going to share a week of Elf ideas each Saturday morning.  For the next 3 weeks to get you though the agony.  Including supplies needed.  Promise, promise, promise…they will all be easy and with minimal items.

Come back tomorrow morning for {elf on the damn shelf // week 1}


TWO – Christmas Place Setting // This may not look like much more than a place setting to you.  To my Mom and I, this is the place setting from hell.  Ha.  Not really.  It was a pain in the ass to make happen.  In case you haven’t heard me say it before, I’ll say it again, My Mom is THE SHIT.  I called her Wednesday and chatted with her on the phone for about an hour.  I told her everything I could think of.  From ideas to current events to real life shit.  She’s a fantastic listener.  Then when we were ready to hang up, I remembered 5 more things I need to discuss with her.  One of them being this table…lol.

I’ve been wracking my brain to come up with something I LOVE.  Also something that’s different from what I’ve done before.  Without spending a shit ton of money.  After 3 trips to the Dollar Tree, made by the one and the only….My Mom, I finally have a place setting I love.  She originally went for the gold chargers.  Then sent me a pic of the gold-rimmed plates.  My love for gold will never die. Then went back to get the matching salad plates.  Then yesterday, went back AGAIN for 2 more place setting.  I can’t even make this shit up.

THANK YOU MOM!!!  I’m going to buy you something really great for Christmas ♥



Table Runner: World Market

Gold Charger: Dollar Tree

Gold Rimmed Dinner + Salad Plate: Dollar Tree

Plaid Linen Napkins: Target (Hearth & Hand)

Gold Flatware: World Market

Plaid Ribbon: Target (Hearth & Hand)

Garland Clipping: Trader Joe’s

I’ll share my full Christmas table soon!  Just a couple more finishing touches.

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{booed + boozed}


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…..





Cookie Decorating Kit – Walmart $7.99

Spooky Excavation Kit – Target $1 (dollar spot)

Pumpkin Tote – Target $3 (dollar spot)








And something a little fun for the adults.  Booze!

Bogle Chard #duh


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{marbled pumpkin diy}


I’m a big fan of no carve pumpkins.  Until, the day before Halloween.  We all know once they are carved…they are dead in a day or so.  Full of bugs.  Stinky.  But I’m still all about making them pretty + festive for Halloween.

Bay’s 4-H club hosts a no carve pumpkin contest every October meeting.  All the pumpkins are then donated to a rest home to be enjoyed.  LOVE this so much.

We had to get to work a little early and get a pumpkin decorated for next week.


These nail polish marbled pumpkins caught my eye.  They were all over social media this week.  I’m sure you saw all the different methods.

Clicked on the link.

I have ALL the materials needed.


Making them.  Like, TODAY!

Holiday Whore in full effect over here!



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{red + white + blue}

Happy 4th of July peeps!   We are all kinds of patriotic over here in Tahoe!  Just how I like it.  Red + white + blue ♥


Here’s a fun little game to play with you’re kiddos today….

Bingo //  How cute, right?  Best part…it’s a free download.  I’ve got them printed up and ready to play with the kids tomorrow in celebrating of the 4th of July 🙂

Oriental Trading 4th Of July Bingo


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{friday 5}



It’s hot AF…there I said it.  I know I said I wouldn’t, but damnnnn.  I was sweating this morning at 7am getting ready for work.  My AC kicked on before I hopped out of bed.  Don’t even bother looking at the weather forecast….nasty!  But, it’s Friday…thank god.  We are taking off for a quicky trip to see one of our favorite families.  I foresee lots of wine tonight.  Breakfast burritos in the morning.  Some pool time.  And lots of chit-chat.  Hope you have a great weekend planned too!

I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

ONE – Father’s Day Coupon Book // I don’t know about you, but I’m a total sucker for a cute handmade gift from my kiddo.  Especially when it’s a gift that is full of coupons for extra help around the house and more hugs!  You’ll find…Movie night (of your choice), Breakfast in bed, One bathroom cleaning, etc.  There are a couple of blank coupons too.  You can fill them out or let you’re Dad write in something special.  I didn’t have any colored paper handy, so I printed on white and Bay decorated them by hand.  Handmade, remember 🙂

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Say CHEERS to Dad with a frosty cake to help him kick back…lol!  Well done Baskin Robbins.


I’m a total sucker and ordered one!  You can even customize the flavor of ice cream and the personal message.  So cute, right? I picked cookies and cream with chocolate cake.  Maybe I really ordered it for myself?  🙂

Use code: BESTDAD for $3.00 off.  Making this cake $16.99!  Not bad!  


TWO – Kristin Ess hair care //  Kristin Ess aka the women behind Lauren Conrad’s forever covetable locks.  She released an affordable hair care line for Target.  And obvi I needed it!  I tried for at least 3 weeks after it was first released, back in January (um, this is JUNE).  It was out of stock on-line.  Out of stock at every store within reasonable driving distance.  You guys, the struggle was real, but I finally got my hands on some Kristin Ess The One hair care products.  The scent of the combo is unreal.  Some reported that it was a bit too strong for them.  Bay + I personally dig it big time.  Not to mention it leaves my hair silky smooth, soft + healthy.  And I have to say, on days I plan to curl my hair, I use this duo.  I feel like my hair styles so much better after using these products.

Try it out and let me know what you think!!   It’s only $10 a pop!

You can check out all of her products currently available at Target here:

Kristin Ess – Target


Kristin Ess The One Signature Shampoo:

The shampoo for pretty much anyone. The thing I love about this formula is it gets your hair super clean but also leaves it feeling moisturized and looking shiny. It’s hard to find a shampoo, particularly a sulfate-free shampoo, that can do both so well.

• For all hair types
• Lightly clarifying
• High lathering
• Safe for daily use
• Sulfate-free

Kristin Ess The One Signature Conditioner:

The conditioner is weightless, softening and it rinses clean. This can be used daily and will not cause build up.  Contains Zip-Up Technology™, our proprietary strengthening complex designed to “zip-up” split ends while targeting weak areas of the hair, smoothing the appearance of damaged cuticles and helping to protect hair from environmental stressors and color fade.  This is meant to soften and smooth the parts of the hair your natural oils can’t reach!


THREE – Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde // I saw this recipe featured on Foodie Crush a couple of weeks ago and thought, damn that looks good.  It’s clean.  It’s no-cook, which makes it a breeze to make.  Throw everything in the food processor and just like that, you’ve got your salsa.  The avocado gives this salsa a creamy texture, which is perfection.  I killed the whole batch in less than a week.  Great dip for veggies + chips.  Burrito bowl topper.  Sandwich spread.  And I even added a little extra virgin olive oil and finished off the last of it as a salad dressing.  It’s good shit!


Here’s what you’ll need:

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