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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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Crafting · Decor · diy · Giveaway · Holiday Whore · Holidays · home

{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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{mug gift ideas}

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I’m all about the mug life.  It’s the perfect incognito beverage vessel.  Is it wine?  Or is it coffee?  You’ll never really know what I’m sippin on.

And these pretty initial mugs from Anthro are perfect for your instagram game too…Ha!

I’m sharing 3 fun + easy + inexpensive ways to gift a mug to your homegirl + kids teachers + hostess + hairdresser or anyone really.

If you keep scrolling, I’ve also added some of my top mug picks too.  Mugs are so damn cute these days, it was hard to just pick a couple so I shared a shit-ton.

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{friday 5}

Happy frickin Friday!  I haven’t been this excited about Friday…since last Friday!  Tomorrow is December 1st!  Which means 26 days till Christmas.  But, doesn’t it kinda feel like we’ve been Christmasing already for months?  I’m nowhere even close to ready though…Ha!

Weekend plans: Bay’s having some homies for a sleepover, which means pizza 🙂  Ha!  Who’s going to the Dicken’s In the Valley Home Tour?  I can’t wait to see all the homes, especially the three Karen of Serendipity Boutique decorated.  Got a little sneak peek last week, but can’t wait to see them with all the finishing touches.  Fingers crossed the rain holds off for a bit Saturday evening so we can check out the Winter’s Tractor Parade.  Other than that, relaxing and finishing up our Christmas decor.  I still have yet to put any ornaments on my tree….well talk more about that below.

 

5 things on my mind…..

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ONE – Naked Tree // Would it be bad if I left my tree naked?  So far I’ve got about 2,000 little white lights on our tree.  Every morning I come down the stairs and plug-in the lights. Sit back take it all in.  Having a tree in your home is crazy fucking magical.  I don’t care how old you are.  I’m struggling with the thought of over crowding the beauty of the simple tree with our 623 ornaments.  Ha!  To be completely honest, I just want to start all over with our Christmas decor (unfortunately that aint happening).  I’m craving a super minimal Christmas this year.  We’ll see how long I can put off ornaments.  I did buy new Pottery Barn Ornament Hooks, so many I’ll throw on a few?

 

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TWO – 1958 McCall’s Magazine // 129 Ways To Get A Husband.  This is 100% not any tips or advice I think anyone should follow.  Just absolutely historical to read.  To think, a women possible wrote this in the 50’s.  It straight up kills me….for example:

#9 “sit on a park bench and feed the pigeons”  – get shit on and hope some dude wants to talk to you?

#16 “volunteer for jury duty” – what in the actual fuck?  Maybe you can land a convict?

#58 “get a sunburn” – I guess it’s better than being pasty?  Really?  A Sunburn?  I guess you’ll be super “hot” then?

Click here: And read all 129 (perfectly not-normal) Ways to Get A Husband!

 

 

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Floral-Print Georgette Swing Blouse

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{bay’s christmas bedroom}

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{bay’s bedroom makeover}

May you never be too grown to search the skies on Christmas Eve ♥

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Santa Pillow

The struggle is real when you’ve got a tween.  Does Elf On The Damn Shelf even come to our house this year?  Or do you donate her?  Pack her up in storage?  I’ve hinted about the Elf and haven’t really gotten a response.

Trying to come up with new age appropriate traditions.  No more Polar Express.  Letters To Santa.  Pictures on Santa’s lap.  So, what to do to continuing making the season extra magical?

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Felt Mistletoe // Pottery Barn Stocking (Bay’s is 12 years old)

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{thanksgiving kids table // graham cracker crust pumpkin pie}

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My dining room table isn’t large enough accommodate the whole fam-bam.  Someday when I grow up (I say this all the time..Ha) I’ll have a table that can seat an army!  Until then, we shall set up the kids table.

Not just a boring kids table though.  A fun + entertaining table is key.  They stay busy = you get to enjoy your wine + pie with a little peace…HA!  Love them to death, but let’s be real.

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I’m also sharing my graham cracker crust pumpkin pie.  Which I’m really sad to announce…I can’t take the credit for inventing.  Bobby Flay patented it about 8 fucking years ago.  What the hell.  As soon as you think you’re onto something BOMB.  Google it and it’s already been done!

Which isn’t always the worst thing.  I honestly had NO idea how long to bake.  So I followed Bobby’s baking directions, which gave me the perfectly set pies!

And how about this kids table.  The activity table-cloth is so perfect.  And the leaves.  My Mom collected each one of them at Casini Ranch while camping last weekend.  They have the most gorgeous trees that were dropping these giant leaves.  Thanks Mom!

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I kept it simple using everything I had on-hand.  Including the used to be white mini pumpkins that are now yellow-ish.  I did buy them in September, so I should stop bitching.  Coloring crayons…we’ve all got some lying around.  Poured some Trader Joe’s chocolate covered sunflower seeds…mainly for the color factor.  But, for snacking too!

This color on activity tablecloth is from the one, the only….Target.  There is a word search for the older kids.  A pumpkin + turkey maze.  Even a spot to write what they are Thankful for!  Love it so much.  It completed the kids table.

Color In Thanksgiving Tablecloth  $3.50 at Target

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Just bring on the turkey…we’re all set over here!

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Here are some of the recipes we will be enjoying for Turkey day tomorrow:

Cory has our Branigan’s Turkey in brine as I type.  He’s on turkey duty and will be cooking it in an air fryer.  I’ll be sure to snap some pictures tomorrow.

Pioneer Women Creamy Mashed Potatoes the main attraction, if you ask me!

I’ve been making these Stuffing Balls for years. I found the recipe in one of the old Kraft Magazines that used to come out monthly.  Do they still do that?  I sub the ground pork for good ol Jimmy Dean sausage.

My Mom will always be in charge of the gravy.  It’s the one thing that I just can’t get down with on the Thanksgiving menu.  Honestly I can’t even make it without wanting to gag.  Bay’s the same.

Her Pretzel Jello Salad (similar to this one) is probably our “weirdest” side.  Poop-A-Doop, my late Grandfather LOVED this salad.  Really, it’s not even a salad.  It’s a layer of pretzels + sugar + butter.  With a cream cheese center and strawberries + jello on top.  So random, so good!

Kissey will forever bring her favorite side, Campbell’s Classic Green Bean Casserole. She makes it the BEST!!!

Along with canned cranberry (the only way to serve it).  With lots of cans of whole olives to stick on our fingers.

Mom makes homemade rolls that are to die for too!

And for dessert, my Mom is trying a new recipe for mini pecan pies and I’ll be serving my, I mean Bobby Flay’s Graham Cracker Crust Pumpkin Pie (recipe below) with homemade whipped cream (made by Bay)

What’s on your menu?  I love hearing about families one random, kinda weird, side dish they can’t have Thanksgiving without.

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