{friday 5}

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I hope your week has been a good one.  It’s been a chaotic, but productive one over here.  I’m beginning to think Friday’s are my new favorite day of the week.  Sorry Saturday!  I think it’s the excitement of wrapping up the week.  And obvi starting the weekend.  If only I didn’t have to work on Friday’s.  In other news, I’ve been wearing the exact same pair of shoes for 2 weeks straight.  I can’t take them off…true love!

 

Ok, and now on to 5 things on my mind…..

ONE – To-Do’s // You guys, I have nothing on my to-do list for the weekend.  I mean, I’m sure there are a million things I could do, but I don’t have anything I HAVE to do.  WTF am I going to do?  Ha!  The struggle is real.  I work to not have anything to do on the weekends, then when I have nothing to do, it kinda stresses me out.  I’m such a mess!  I take that back, I really, really want to see American Made.  Not a huge fan of Tom Cruise, but I keep hearing this movie is GOOD!  Has anyone seen it?  I’m sure I’ll add about 23 things to do by the end of the day.  That’s just how I roll.

Here’s the trailer…..

American Made Official Trailer

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TWO – Veggie of the week // Butternut Squash!  Probably my favorite so far.  I’ve had it many times.  I’ve cooked with it many times.  I decided to try 2 new ways of preparing it, rather than my normal roasting.  Butternut Squash Pizza…Oh My God!  Delish!  Then I went and made a pasta sauce using only pureed butternut squash + shallots + garlic + a little reserved pasta water.  Equally delish.  And this one deserves it’s very own post.  I’m hoping to get it on the blog next week!

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Butternut Squash Pizza

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butternut squash
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked + crumbled
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Pesto
  • Mozzarella Cheese, thinly sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt + Pepper

 

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees + line a baking sheet with foil.

Peel + slice butternut squash in 1/2 inch slices.

Note: I used 1 butternut squash for 2 recipes, so I only used about 1/2 of the skinny-er side of the butternut squash.  About 8 slices.  Once you get to the bottom of the squash, you’ll find seeds and wont be able to get perfect slices.  

Brush slices of butternut squash with olive oil and season with salt + pepper.

Roast for 20 minuets.

Remove from oven.  Spoon marinara or pesto over the top.  Top with sliced mozzarella.  Then add bacon crumbles + thyme.

Back in the oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

Bay tried them and said they were not her favorite, but if she were really hungry, then she’d eat them all.  Ha.  I guess I kinda won that one?  Maybe?

I on the other hand LOVED them.  Had the leftovers for lunch and told everyone in my office about them.  I’m thinking caramelized red onions would be a great addition next time around.

 

THREE –  Microwave // We’ve been without a microwave since we moved.  About 7 weeks.  I haven’t really missed it.  Maybe a handful of times.  Bay says every once in a while she wishes we had one.  Not that I can’t just go and get one.  I was curious if we really NEEDED one.  Honestly, I think they are ugly.  I don’t like extra shit on my counters.  At our last house it was above the stove and didn’t bother me at all.  This morning I was out of K-cups so I hit the Starbucks drive-thru.  Got ready for work.  Realized my coffee was cold AF.  I did the unthinkable.  I had to!  Re-heated my coffee in a pot over the stove.  As if Starbucks coffee doesn’t taste burnt enough as it is.  Bay witnessed and said, “I think it’s time, Mom!”  And guess what?  I’m still not 100% convinced.  Ha!  Maybe we’ll do an Instagram Story Poll….wondering how many peeps have microwaves?

Can you live without one?

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{sweater weather}

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It’s officially sweater weather in California!!!  I’ve put one on every day this week and loving every second of it!

I grabbed this cute pink leopard print cardi last week.  Remember when I tried on the dress that Instagram Story Polls said “NO”?  Ha.  Clearly, I can’t let it go.  Not yet!  Maybe tomorrow 🙂

Do you follow Target Does It Again on Instagram?  If not, you really should.  Unless you don’t like Target.  Or super cute stuff from Target.  And if you fall under either of those categories, then we can’t be friends.

The reason I tell you, FOLLOW Target Does It Again….

They always post pics of the New Arrivals.  Sometimes before they’ve even hit the internet.  Then you drop what you’re doing.  Hop in your car.  Drive straight to Target to find the super cute shit they posted.

That my friends is how I found this cardigan.

 

$29.99 by Mossimo Cardigan

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Not to mention, they always look so damn cute in everything they post.

It’s currently only available in-store (not online yet).  Target Davis had a shit ton of them.  I  haven’t been to the Woodland store yet, but chances are they’ve got them too.

 

The rest of the ootd:

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{friday 5}

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Hello Friday, I’ve been waiting for you!  ALL week!

What’s the plan for the weekend?  My to-do list is growing by the minute.  But, it’s OK.  I’m going to sleep in + drink coffee in my pj’s before I conquer the world (and my to-do list) both mornings.  That’s something to definitely look forward to.  I’m going to drink some wine + indulge in yummy food too.  That’s what the weekends were made for!

Whatever you do, have a good one!!

Now, I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

ONE – Veggie of the week // One of my {Fall To-Do’s} is try a new veggie each week.  Last week we tried Jicama (aka dirty apple).  It was a flop!  This week – Delicata Squash.  I prepared it following a recipe from the one and only, Skinny Taste.  You guys, it was sooo good.  Even Bay enjoyed it.  I have proof on Instagram 🙂  “better than brussel sprouts!”  I won that one!!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cooking spray
  • 1 delicata squash, washed (99 cents/each at TJ’s)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line baking sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray.

Slice squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.  Slice seeded halves into 1/4 inch thick slices and place in a bowl.

Drizzle olive oil + salt + pepper over squash slices and toss well to coat.

In a small bowl combine parmesan + parsley + thyme + lemon zest.

Lay squash slices flat on prepared baking sheet.  Sprinkle parmesan mixture over the top.

Bake for 225 minutes until golden brown.

So good.  I can’t wait to make it again.

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TWO – Instagram Story Polls //  I’m fucking obsessed.  Who’s dinner looks tastier?  Who likes a full tank of gas + a clean car?  Should I buy the dress?

Instagram even keeps track of that shit.  I hope it stays FOR-EV-ERRRR!  That way you guys can all help this indecisive bitch make life decisions.

I cannot believe you think Bay’s dinner looks better.  I even had mayo!!!  But to each his own.

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Everyone can agree, it’s a good feeling!!  I do it every Friday and it makes my day start happy AF!

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I didn’t buy the dress:(  They only had it in a size large.  That’s why I’m holding it in the back.  It was huge.  Doesn’t mean that I wont find a nearby store that has a medium instock and drive there TONIGHT.  I’ve been known to do it!

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THREE – It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers // I read this.  Laughed my ass off.  Therefore I am sharing it with you.  I want to be friends with this writer.  I think we’d get along GREAT!

IT’S DECORATIVE GOURD SEASON, MOTHERFUCKERS

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{friday 5}

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F R I D A Y

The first day of Fall!

And oh my gosh, THE WEATHER!  It feels like Fall and I’m loving it.  Who else is with me in welcoming this change of season?

It’s Friday, and I’ve got 5 things on my mind……

ONE – Shady AF //  This one’s for you Lina!  I’ve been asked over and over by so many peeps to share my shade details.  I just got these a few weeks ago and I’m totally diggin them.  Matte black.  Polarized.  Great price tag.  I scored mine during the Shop Bop sale for $50.

And let’s take a sec to talk about Bay’s shades.  Until last month, I had NO idea Ray Bans came in Jr sizes.  Bay really really wanted a pair for her birthday.  She keeps them in the car and pops them on as soon as she buckles up.  It kills me.  She looks so teenager with them on.

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Le Specs Weekend Riot Polarized Sunglasses

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RAY-BAN JR.

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TWO – Wi-Fi Printable // This was on my Intentions for the week.  Check!  I want peeps to feel at home when they walk though the door at our house.  And what feels more at home than your Wi-Fi connecting?  I just recently figured out how to change the name on our Wi-Fi.  Ha!  It was some weird combo of numbers and letters and I had a hard time figuring out which one was ours.  Picking a name was kind of a big deal.  Especially when you recruit the help of an 11-year-old.  Here’s what we came up with:

HeyBayBay1

HeyBayBay2

Since when do you need two?  They explained all the technical shit to me and it went right over my head.  But we have Wi-Fi, so it’s all good.

Anyway, I printed out this cute FREE printable and put our password on it for all our guests.

Come over and get cozy AF!  Use our Wi-Fi!

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{twinning, again}

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It’s not every day this mother daughter duo find a denim top they LOVE!  But when we do, you best believe we are going to tell you all about it.

You guys, she’s still totally into taking selfie with me.  I really gotta enjoy this while it lasts.  I know one day, sooner than later, she’s going to look at me like I’m crazy when I tell her “let’s take a selfie!”  That day is going to be devastating.  I’ll have to recruit Link, the rabbit, I guess?!?!

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{weekend notes}

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Weekend notes a day late.  Only for my Mama!  Hope you all had a good one.  Between Napa + volunteering + cooking + wine-ing…it was a nice weekend!  I woke up Monday morning ready to conquer the week.  Don’t you love it when that happens?

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Stay sugar-free (ish)killed it during the week/failed on the weekend
  • Drink 75 oz. of water a day aka 3 Yeti cups + a little more
  • Organize my closet (it’s on here AGAIN, I know)
  • Work out 5-days this weekAnd I actually enjoyed it!!!
  • Send back returns
  • Hang shit on the walls (not shit, but art/decor) Almost done!
  • Challenge myself to not place ANY on-line orders (last week was redic) – FAILED miserably.  In my defense, J.Crew was having a good sale and I had Nordstom bucks burning a hole in my pocket. 
  • Change passwords/update names for wifi + make a cute sign
  • Make smoked paprika roasted chickpeasmade another batch for this week…so good!
  • Get blonde again
  • Chill out on the BRAVO channel – Can’t stop, won’t stop

 

I’m getting the hang of this crossing shit off!  Take a peek weeks Intentions {weekend notes}

 

And here are some highlights….

Martini night kicked my ass Saturday.  But, I’ll do it all over again when Alex calls and invites me over for ”A” drink next time.

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Especially when you’re 6:30 am alarm goes off to do a Kaia workout with Melika.  I didn’t die.  Almost though.

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I did wipe out the whole hour of exercising afterwards.  Believe it or not, I was an El Patio breakfast burrito virgin.  Until now!  I’ve been missing out…BIG time.

I also drank a soda the size of my face.  Probably haven’t had a soda since 2006.

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A quick trip to Napa!

Dinner at Boon Fly Cafe made my dreams of staying at the Carneros Resort even bigger.  The grounds are to die for.  The price tag….Not so much.

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#winenot

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The fried chicken, that they are known for….legit!

And then I found this cute swing

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If you follow me on Instagram Stories, then you are well aware of how I spent Sunday.

Meal preppin!

Pioneer Women Restaurant Salsa.  I always have a mason jar full of this in my fridge.  It’s my favorite, easiest, homemade salsa.  It goes on eggs + salads + chicken, you name it.

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Chicken Burrito Bowls

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Whipped Ricotta + Feta Dip

 

3-bean salad

(I’ll share this one later this week.  It’s a good one!)

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I even prepped everything for Monday nights dinner:

Steak Roll-Ups

Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream Pie

New York Times No-Knead Bread

 

 

Omega Nu sisters volunteer for the CASA event!

 

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After our Friday night meeting, I was so inspired by the CASA organization.  I thought I knew what they were all about.  I had no idea what an impact they really make on kids in our community.  And now I understand why guests at the event are also so supportive of the CASA organization.  The speeches.  Watching the paddles fly up in the air.  We lost count at $150,000 during the live auction.  Speechless!

Oh and Park Winters isn’t too shabby either…….

That pool though.  I’m thinking we need a pool day soon!

 

Take a peek at the menu.

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The food.  Equally amazing.  Look at the halibut ♥

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