{weekend notes}

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It’s Monday.  Opps, It’s Tuesday!!  And I’m feeling refreshed after the weekend.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  I completely forgot to hit “publish” yesterday.  And didn’t realize it till late last night.  Hope you guys had a great weekend.  I did everything I had hoped and wanted too.  And even spontaneously snuck off to the city for the night.

 

Intentions for the week:

  • bake Christmas treats
  • caroling at GG’s ♥
  • wrap gifts as they are delivered/purchased
  • stay away from the See’s candy
  • drive around to look at Christmas lights
  • plan favorite things brunch
  • watch all the Christmas movies with Bay
  • serendipity/mojo’s fundraiser for Omega Nu
  • sort Christmas bins
  • sell Bay’s clothes (she wont stop growing)
  • gym mon-fri

 

What are your intentions for the week?  Christmas is around the corner and there is still so much to see and do.

Highlights from the weekend…..

 

Yaya’s //

Yaya’s reunite!  Nothing better than kicking the weekend off with a Yaya dinner!  It’s been far too long.  New babies.  New relationships.  New adventures.  So much to catch up on.  Can’t wait to do it again.  And maybe stay out past 9 🙂

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Christmas Traditions //

One of my (many) favorite Holiday traditions….Christmas cards with all your pretty faces.  I love them so much, that I’ve been known to keep them up well past May.

I’m displaying them the same as last year, on an old box spring from a Peterbilt.  A couple of years ago, I saw them in the dumpster and convinced one of my co-workers to help me dig them out.  I have two.  So hopefully I can fill them both up again this year 🙂  I stole this idea from Marilynn that had one in her living room years ago.

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Christmas Cactus //

I’m a sucker for anything white.  Or gold.  I can across a white Christmas cactus at the Davis Farmers market a few weeks ago.  It was full of buds, so I’ve been waiting patiently for it to bloom.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful Christmas cactus.  Fingers crossed I can keep her alive forever.

 

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Hostess Gift //

I put together my first set of Hostess gifts this weekend.  Anthropologie initial mugs.  Filled with spiced nuts.  Lori Carrion’s spiced nuts, to be exact.  I can’t remember who shared the recipe with me, but it’s a keeper.  Fresh rosemary + brown sugar + cayenne + more.

I tied a twine bow to a bottle brush tree and done!

I found these cute mini bottle brush trees in the Target dollar spot.  I’ll show you how else I used them as you keep scrolling.

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Wrapping //

I set aside some time to get my wrapping on.  It’s really beginning  to feel + look like Christmas at our house.  Bay came home and was so excited to see gifts.  Especially gifts with her name on them.

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The city //

Spontaneous trips to the city are always a good idea.

Especially during the Holidays.

The city lights are beyond beautiful.  Wreaths in each Macy’s window.  #goals.

The tree!

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When the cable car pick up is right outside your hotel, you 100% hop on.  I was like a kids in a candy store.

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{friday 5}

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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}

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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 ♥

 

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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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{weekend notes}

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Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving + long weekend.  It was the perfect break to spend time with family + friends.  Relax.  Cook.  And do a little exploring too.

Here’s a peek at some of our highlights…..

 

 

Baby Daniel cuddles //

This may be our new Friday night thing!

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And the best alphabet book finally arrived  ♥

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AB to Jay-Z

If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABC’s ain’t one.

E is for Eazy E

and he’s cruising down the street in his 6 4

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My personal fave….

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The book is super cute and we cracked up reading each letter and singing the song that goes with it.  Makes a great baby gift.   But, the delivery sucks.  I ordered this book back in September and it came last week.  That’s entirely unacceptable!!

 

Running of the Turkey’s //

Our Thanksgiving morning tradition.  But first, you order grande pikes in venti cups.  Have you mom pick them up on the way.  Fill them up with Bailey’s!  Perfect way to start the cold morning, if you ask me!

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Bay ditched us within seconds of finding friends to actually run with.  My mom + I are more of the walking with the turkeys.  We go at the same speed as the turkey’s on El Dorado + Midway.  Slow AF!

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Thanksgiving baking //

Bay made the cutest turkey cupcakes.

Super simple too.

Bake cupcakes or buy them at raleys.

Frost.

Add 6 candy corns to a mega stuffed oreo.  It’s a thing!

Top with candy eyeballs + a candy corn nose.

Voila!

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I whipped up (literally) a pumpkin pie with meringue topping.

Mainly so I could torch the top.  I love it!

 

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I got lots of DM’s about my top + the dish……

Pioneer Women Pie Dish (from good ol Walmart) 

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Shit you not, this top is currently $10!!!  That’s a steal.

Use code: SHOPFAST 

J.Crew Gingham one-shoulder ruffle top

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Thanksgiving //

BIG thanks to Uncle Sal + Aunt Penny for hosting the perfect family feast ♥

I was in charge of setting a pretty table.

Obvi I brought along the eucalyptus + pumpkins + knotted napkins.

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GG + Daniel

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Olive fingers!

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Look at that plate…lol!  And a side a chard, in a solo cup!

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Followed by a couple rounds of 31.

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Girlfriend day date //

Downtown Sacramento is absolutely beautiful this time of year.  All the colors of fall.

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And I got to #chardsohard with my #1 chard homegirl, Nikki!

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Always a good time catching up + laughing our asses off ♥

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Waking up in Tahoe //

Is always a good idea!  Even spur of the moment.

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Left a little Christmas cheer on the cabin door.

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Snow //

We found snow.  Off the beaten path.

 

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Watching a dog discover snow for the first time was pretty great.  She ran around kicking up snow + eating snow + rolling in snow.

 

 

Echo Lakes //

Echo Lakes acts as a portal to Desolation Wilderness.   With over 63,000 acres of untouched wilderness.  So fucking cool!

I’ve driven HWY 50 for years and never even knew this little hidden gem existed till a few years ago.  You take the snow park exit and follow the winding roads and signs to the lake.

 

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I finally got to hike around Echo Lake.  It’s been on my list to-do.   We took the Tahoe Rim trail a couple of miles in.

One of the most scenic trails I’ve been on.  Every turn I wanted to take another picture.

I can’t wait to come back in the Spring and take the water ferry to get back in and explore Upper Echo Lake.

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Lake Aloha has been added to the Spring to-do’s, that’s for sure!

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Cabins are scattered all around the lake.  Right on the water.  Accessible by boat or hiking only.

They were all boarded up for the winter.  Clearly they get a lot of snow.

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The trail is well maintained and I think it would be a great day hike even with kids.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas //

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Our tree that we cut down over a week ago, was standing undercoated in our living room.   We designated Sunday to be our deck the halls day.

George Strait Christmas included……

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{tip for hosting a stress-free holiday}

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T (urkey) minus 2 days!  Ha!  I had to.

Okay guys, I was thinking last week….

People get so stressed out about hosting.  I honestly LOVE it.  Weird?  Maybe?  I think I’ve done it so much that I’m really comfortable opening my home just about anytime of the year.  But, Holidays.  Holidays are my jam.  #holidaywhore.

I wanted to share some tips for stress-free hosting that I think might just make you chill the fuck out a little bit.

Here we go…..

 

Prep!

Do as much prep as possible ahead of time.  This is probably the biggest NO BRAINER!  It’s also is the one thing that makes the biggest difference.  Stay up late if you have to.  Run all your errands on your lunch break.  Make shit happen.  Groceries + paper products.  Grab an extra pack of TP.  And definitely DON’T forget lotttsss of wine.  That way the day of, you will be smooth sailing!

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You don’t have to make everything from scratch!

Cut yourself some slack sister.  I guarantee not a single person at your table is going to give a fuck that your rolls came from Nugget.  Shit, they might even be better than the 5 hours you could have put into making them from scratch.  Don’t chance killing the yeast!  How about pies?  You think guests aren’t going to smother that Costco pumpkin pie in cool whip and lick their plates clean?  Trust me….you’re gonna to be just fine.  And if they do mention somthing, then remove them from next years guest list.  You don’t want a jerk at your table anyway 🙂

 

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Set your table in advance!

The day before, or maybe even….the week before, take your time.  Set a pretty table.  Admire it.  Pull out all that fancy silverware + china you never use.  Have fun with it.  Then the night before or the day of, all you have to do is add some greenery or fresh flowers and you’re set.

I went with my forever favorite, eucalyptus.  It’s timeless.  Goes with everything.  You will always find a vase of eucalyptus in my home, year round.

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Ask your guests to bring a favorite dish!

Everyone likes to contribute, well except for lazy assholes..Ha.  It can get fun to see what your peeps sentimental dish may be.  Doesn’t each family have that one weird/odd item they HAVE to have on turkey day?  You get to try something new and hear a fun background story as to how this dish became so important.  Ours would have to be pretzel jello salad.  Every time a newbie comes to Thanksgiving they never know what to think.  But you better believe they ask for seconds.

 

{Anna’s beautiful charcuterie platter}

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{friday 5}

 

Happy Friday.  The 3rd Friday in November.  You know what that means?  We are inching closer + closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It’s truly the best time of the year.  Peeps get all festive AF and happy.  It’s magical.  I love it.  Full disclosure, I’ve already started decorating for Christmas.  I swore I’d wait, but I just cant help myself.

 

ONE – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas // I narrowed down my color scheme and I’m ready to decorate.  Our new home is pretty small compared to our old house.  This years Christmas decor goals: minimalist Christmas.  All the feels without it being overwhelming or too much.  Subtle. White + splashes of plaid + silver + gold.  What do you think?

ps…we’re also getting our tree this weekend.  Fuck it.  Christmas before Thanksgiving.  I guess that’s breaking the rules.  But you know what they say about rules?  They’re meant to be broken!

Tree Collar // Table Runner // Plaid Napkins // Tree Candle // Wood Bowl // Reindeer Baskets

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TWO – Target // Speaking of Target…..Spend $50 on food + beverage get a $10 giftcard.  Plus K-cups are buy one get one 1/2 off.  I did my grocery shopping for Friendsgiving + Thanksgiving yesterday sitting at my computer.  Walked in Target last night and went straight to the Customer Service desk.  Picked up my shit.  And I was on my merry way.  I didn’t buy a single thing that I didn’t need.  Record-fucking-breaking!  Try it!  Saves money + time and I think we could all use a little more of that around this time of the year!

Click here to shop: Free $10 gift card when you spend $50 on food & beverages.*

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THREE – Conference // This week was parent teacher conferences at Bay’s school.  They do it a little different in the 6th grade though.  They do student lead conferences.  It’s really cool.  The kids are given a list of items to show the parents.  We went through the whole list, then it said…..

Have your parents do a math problem on the white board.

HOLY FUCK!

I got so hot.  I was straight up panicking.  Bay is GREAT at math.  Her favorite subject to be exact.  Me, not so much.  I’m terrible.  I use my calculator for ev-ery-thing!

I think Bay could see the fear in my eyes…lol.  She offered to go up and help me out.  I wanted to bust out my phone a couple of times.  But, together we solved the math problem.

Moral of the story – I suck at math!  Big time!

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{friday 5}

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Hi guys!  Happy Friday!  I’ve been a MIA the last couple of days.  I was starting to come down with a cold, tired AF and busy AF.  I knew I had to lay low the rest of the week in order to feel better.  Went to bed super early.  Drank tons of water.  Emergen-C’s.  And I’m back to feeling good.  Just in time for our backpacking trip this weekend.  Can you imagine backpacking in the middle of nowhere, sleeping outdoors being sick?  No way Jose.  But, I’m back for a quicky Friday 5!

5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Backpacking // We are hitting the road tonight for our second backpacking trip.   Saturday morning we will arrive in Ojai, CA and set off into the mountains.  With everything we’ll need for the next 30 plus hours on our back.  Tents + sleeping bags + food + water + cooking tools + toiletries + wine!  Obvi lots of wine.   I’m so excited that I hardly slept last night.  Our last trip was one that I’ll never forget.  And I can’t wait to do it all over again and make more memories with these chicks (minus one). 

I wrote all about our first backpacking trip back in October 2015 here: {weekend notes}

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TWO – Cheerios // Hey fellow Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup fans, Cheerio’s just release a new flavor.  The best one yet, in my opinion!  Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios!  Did you know Cheerios now offers 15 flavors?  Crazy, right?    I broke my diet last weekend to eat a handful of these and hot damn, I don’t regret it for a second.  They are everything you’d want them to be.  Chocolaty, peanut buttery, and so so good.  Trust me!

The ONLY store I’ve been able to find them at is Target in Woodland.

GO GET SOME!

Oh, and next week I’m making a fun treat with this cereal.  Think rice krispy treat, but with chocolate peanut butter cup Cheerios.  OMG, doesn’t it sound heavenly?  Stay tuned!

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THREE – J.Crew Top // My new favorite shirt.  It’s so preppy, and I dig it.  The little tartan plaid pocket got me.  I kinda forgot about J.Crew Factory for a minute.  Then remembered why I used to love it so much.  They have so much cute shit.  Check it out and I promise you’ll find something cute that you must have.

They are offering 50% off all clearance items

J.Crew Factory

Long-sleeve shirt with tartan plaid pocket

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Wanna see something crazy?

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{marbled pumpkin diy}

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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.

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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.

DONE!

Making them.  Like, TODAY!

Holiday Whore in full effect over here!

 

Supplies:

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