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{easter round-up}

Bunny Cookie Cutter | Floral Placemat | Milk Glass Dish

How adorable are these little bunny butt cookies? Bay helped me make them and I LOVE how they turned out. So simple too. We used a sugar cookie package to make these. Because, sometimes….we just don’t have time to whip out the mixer and make a hot mess. lol.

All you need is your fave sugar cookie recipe. Or a packaged mix. A bunny cookie cutter. I found this one on Amazon after searching all the stores in town (with NO luck) and Amzon delivered in 1 day. Well done Amazon, well done. And a cute dab of frosting for a cotton tail.

This is a great cookie to make with little ones. You can’t mess it up. And they take no time at all. Nothing gets you into the Holiday spirit like a cookie baking day anyway.

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{weekend notes}

It’s just another manic Monday

Wish it was Sunday

Cause that’s my funday

Back to the grind! I like to start Monday’s thinking of 3 things I’m looking forward to during the week. Little or small.

This week includes:

  1. NO evening plans all.week.long. Not even sure how that happened.
  2. George Strait’s new album release on Friday
  3. Watching Bravo’s Summer House tonight….just keepin it real!

What are you looking forward to this week?

Intentions for the Week:

  • share our Spring To-Do’s and Easter outfits
  • find all the zero weight watcher point meals + snacks
  • get all my new plants in the ground
  • work on some new recipes
  • organize the junk drawer
  • put together a simple Trader Joe’s flower arrangement
  • reservations at Barrel House Tavern
  • make 1 point weight watchers cookies #sweettooth
  • gather ingredients for a char-kid-erie
  • pack for the beach

This week on the blog: Easter table setting. Spring To-Do’s. Easter #ootd’s.

Highlights from the weekend……

You’re never going to guess what Cory + I did Friday evening…

Symposium in Davis is legit. Cory took me for the first time a few years ago and I fell in love with this little hidden gem. Amazing Greek food. And that pizza right there was divine! Bill Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger have dined at this place…..just a tid bit I thought you should know…lol.


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{diy succulent wreath}

Happy Hump day. This post is a day late, I know. Anyone else having major Instagram issues? I can’t post. I can’t comment. Stories wont load. This is day #2 and Instagram needs to get their shit together. Because, I’ve got a lot to share…lol.

First off, I have to give credit to Dixon Florist. I spotted one of these succulent wreaths on their feed right after the Holidays. I could have gone to the store and picked one up. 100% down with supporting all the local businesses. But, I’ve been craving some creativity. That’s a mouth full. Ha. Just using my hands to make shit. So, I called my succulent dealer (aka, my mom) and she dropped off an assortment of the prettiest variety from her yard.

Buying a variety of succulents can get pricey, I get it! There is a group on Facebook called: Woodland Succulent Exchange. A women named Lola Gutierrez sells variety packs for $15! She ships and even does local deliveries. Check her out! Even if you just want to plant some in your yard, it’s a really great deal!

Remember back in October, when I shared my: {fall table setting + DIY succulent pumpkin}

Then in January I shared my: {DIY $12 eucalyptus wreath}

I LOVED seeing all your photos following my two DIY’s. Makes my damn day! For reals!

Well, this is kinda the same idea. A cross between the pumpkin and the wreath. Same tools + materials. Just swapping the pumpkin for a grapevine wreath.

And can we take a moment to mention, I took this photo at 6:30 PM! Do you notice anything. Frickin sunlight! You guys, as much as the time change can suck, I’m here for it. All this extra sunshine is giving me all the spring feels.

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{weekend notes}

Monday, here we go……

Intentions for the Week:

  • write a bad review every place I can for Camden Spit & Larder valet parking
  • get my car repaired (fucking valet dude)
  • keep on hitting my daily step goal
  • set up a Poshmark
  • share my new TJ’s finds
  • make chicken tortilla soup and tell you all about it
  • solidify Spring Break plans…thinking LA area?
  • try my luck at a dessert hummus
  • go to bed early…like really early!

This week on the blog: Trader Joe’s finds. My Greek salad recipe. 5 things about me.

Highlights from the weekend……..

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{DIY $12 eucalyptus wreath}

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Annnnndd it’s FRIDAY!

Can I get a hell yeah?!?!  Hell Yeah!

Did you catch what Bay baked in my Instagram stories this morning?  She was asked to bring dessert to the Truitt’s house tonight and she straight up killed it.  It’s a little more formal than the occasion, but I love her creativity.

I’ve gotten lots of messages asking me to share more details.  And don’t trip chocolate chip….you know I will!

 

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You guys, the SUN is trying so hard to come out today.  Which makes it kinda feel like beer drinking weather.  You know what I mean?  That spring weather that makes you wanna ditch work and get hammer-timed.

After all the rain lately, I think we’re all craving some vitamin D!

Anyway, switching things up today.  I just wasn’t feelin the normal {friday 5} thing.

Yes, it’s another DIY that involves eucalyptus.  You know my love for eucalyptus is REAL!  This aromatic greenery is typically referred to as a “filler” Which to me kinda means, the extra stuff.  Cheap.  Not the real thing.

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But, let’s keep it real….I would choose eucalyptus over any flower.  Wellll, maybe till Spring.  Then I may add tulips.  Only white ones though.  Ha.

You’ll find some kind of eucalyptus variety around my house year round.  And once it dries, it’s even better.

This simple DIY took me about 20 minutes.  Closer to 15ish…then an extra 5 to perfect it.

You really only need 3 things.  Unless you’re like me.  Then you’ll need all 4!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • grapevine wreath (I used an 18″) Joann’s // Michael’s // Amazon
  • fresh silver dollar eucalyptus ($2.99/ bunch at Trader Joe’s.  I used 3 bunches)
  • scissors
  • glass of wine

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{diy trader joes arrangement}

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Happy Tuesday friends!  If you’re anything like me, you’re scrambling around like a wild women.  So, let’s keep it short and sweet.

Remember how I keep saying I’m craving minimal + simple decor?  Not a lot of color.  Natural.  Greenery.  Clean.

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Marble Top Coffee Table //  Sunday Suppers Book // Candle Wick Trimmer //  Candle: Sweet Citrus // Mercury Glass dish

I was playing around with some ornamental cabbage I picked up from Trader Joe’s last week.  By the way, it’s only $4.99!!  And I was in TJ’s yesterday and they’ve got enough for everyone.  I kept sticking the long stalks in a vase and just wasn’t loving it.  So I chopped the stems and stuck them in a salad bowl.  Grabbed some seeded eucalyptus that I had in a vase.  Popped it all around the base.

And it was magic.  I fell in love with it.  This simple arrangement meets my checklist of needs: clean + minimal + natural + green.

Not to mention it cost me $8.  Trader Joe’s has hands down, the BEST flower section I’ve ever seen.  And right now it’s better than ever.

You could always add some flowers.  Hydrangea would be beautiful.  Or even babies breath.

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Marble Top Coffee Table //  Sunday Suppers Book // Candle Wick Trimmer //  Candle: Sweet Citrus // Mercury Glass dish

Here’s what you do:

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{diy blanket ladder}

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knit stockings (on sale) // sting lights // mercury glass garland 

Anyone else living life without a fireplace?

Where in the H-E-double hockey sticks to you hang your stockings?

I’ve tried our armoire…but, let’s be real, I don’t want anything blocking Vanderpump Rules.  And moving the stockings each time I want to watch the tube…nahh!  I’m good.

How does Santa get into your house?  When Bay was about 4-ish years old we had to leave a key to our house tied around the door knob…on the outside.   Beaucse we didn’t have a chimeny back then either.  I’m telling you, the stuggle is real.

Last year I said fuck it, and didn’t hang stockings at all.  It was kinda sad, really.

Christmas morning I chucked Bay’s stocking across the living room floor next to the tree.  DONE!

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knit stockings // sting lights // mercury glass garland 

This year though, I vowed to hang the damn stockings.  I mean, let me be 100% honest….the ol man comes down the chimney (I mean front door…remember – NO fireplace lol) in 12 days and we still don’t have a single ornament on our tree.  I did tie a pretty bow on the top.  And strung about 2 grand lights.

I’ve got this weird minimal Christmas vibe that I can’t shake.  I want everything to be clean and simple.

But, I really, really wanted a place to stick our stockings.

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I went to Pinterest and searched “ways to hang stockings” and about 8,237 DIY blanket ladders popped up.  Some say $10 ladder.  Or you don’t need a man to make this.  Others said, just buy the damn ladder and call it a day.  I pinned about 25.  You can check them out here: DIY blanket ladder Pinterest

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I printed them all out.  Waited till Cory was in a really good mood….about 5 bud lights deep, then showed him my idea.  We was on the fence….haha.

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{weekend notes}

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December 10th.  15 days till Christmas.  Monday.  Three things I’m just not down with today.  I must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.  Kinda in panic mode today trying to make all my list of “shit to do” by the end of the week.  Speaking of Monday, its Green Monday?  Is this a real thing?  I had never heard the term before today.  I guess it’s the last day to get regular/free shipping for online shopping.  One more thing to add to my “oh shit list” ha!

Oh and have you seen the meme that’s going around today?  The one about today being a special day, one that only happens once every 1,000 years.  Your age + the year you were born = 2018.  It works for everybody.  How?  I’m so stumped!

We had a nice relaxing weekend.  We slept in both Saturday + Sunday mornings.  Even cleaned the house, which I never do on the weekends.  Sat on the couch Saturday evening and couldn’t remember the last time we were home without anyplace to be on a Saturday evening.  I was very into it.

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • tackle Christmas shopping….I’m wayyy behind
  • dinner + drinks with my favorite Salinas homegirl ♥
  • lots of water.  Why is it so hard?
  • fab 40’s + ricks dessert diner tradition
  • make my {asian turkey + green beans}
  • diy blanket ladder
  • celebrate Daniels baptism
  • help Bay get ready for the 7th grade formal
  • wrap gifts
  • style my new gold bells
  • plan SF weekend
  • favorite things brunch
  • remember to count my blessings

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Tree Lighting //

We made it to the Downtown Woodland Tree Lighting.  Right after the tree was lit…lol.  It’s so cool to see how much this event has grown over the years.  About 10 years ago, hardly anyone went.  And they didn’t have all the extras, like bubble snow + Santa either.

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Coffee table vibes //

I have switched it up just about every single day this month.

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Reindeer Candle Holder $9: Walmart // White Emma Pitcher $24: Pottery Barn // Sunday Suppers Cookbook $24: Amazon // Candle Wick Trimmer $5: Amazon // Mercury Glass Dish: Serendipity Boutique // Marble Knox Coffee Table $125: World Market

 

Christmas Parade //

Bay walked in the parade, I went home and watched TV…lol.  It was too cold.  Also, I think it’s the first year I’ve miss the parade.

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Winter Formal //

Bay found a new dress for the dance.  It was $25, so I was down with it.  Nordstrom offers free alterations if you have a Nordy’s card.  Worth it.  Hands down, best customer service!

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Lunch Date //

Bay got a life lesson while sitting at Chando’s Tacos on Garden Hwy….

This is your brain on drugs!  Bomb ass tacos.  Terrible location!

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American Eagle Try-On //

So many great pieces + so many great deals!

 

FLORAL BORDER PRINTED MIDI KIMONO $17

Raw Edge Waffle Henley $12 // GREAT layering tank.  I love the raw edge.  And it comes in 4 color options.

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Ribbed Boyfriend Cardigan $34 // this cardigan feels like a cozy blanket.  It’s so good….and that price tag is pretty good too!

Ruffle Shell Top $20 // Great layering top with pretty details.

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{giveaway}

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* G I V E A W A Y *

BIG thank you for all the sweet comments on yesterday’s Tablescape in a Box. It was so fun to create. The holiday Tablescapes have found a home and I can’t wait to see how they look on their new table ❤️

And since this is the season of giving and I’m feeling crazy thankful + grateful for all my readers + followers…..I want to do a fun little giveaway!

Who wants one of my Garland Centerpieces?

Details: 8′ live cedar garland (treated to last through Christmas) with fresh eucalyptus + pine cones + string lights.

Which doesn’t necessarily have to be used on a table.  This garland can be draped over anything, really.  Even outdoors!

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Here’s how to enter……

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{tablescape in a box}

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You guys, I did it!  I made it happen.  Tablescape in a Box was born this week.  I say born, because I feel like I’ve given birth.  That’s actually kinda gross…Ha! This is my baby though.  Something I’ve thought long and hard about for a very long time.

I’m sure you all know by now that I live for a pretty table.  It’s inviting.  It sets the tone.  You know what I mean?  Changing around my table to fit the mood + season has become my jam.  You can check out all my past tablescapes here on my site: xoxostacyb table setting

 

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I went to every store in the area scouting table items that caught my eye.  I’m typically a very neutral + natural color tones kinda of gal.  Think white on white on white.  With lots of greenery.  But nothing says Christmas like a pop of red.  And reindeer.  I couldn’t help myself.

This is a tablescape I would proudly set on my table all December.  Hosting family + friends.  Weeknight dinners.  There is nothing more inviting than a festive set table.

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Here’s how it works……

  • I design a tablesetting.  Not just any tablesetting, but one that I truly love.
  • Snap photos of the tablesetting.
  • Box up ALL THE THINGS + photos.
  • Then you can purchase the whole set for your table.
  • I’ll even come and help you set your table, if you’d like ♥

 

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and without further ado, here is my very first born…Tablescape in a Box:

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