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It’s Monday friends!  Did anyone else notice that there are ONLY 12 days of school left?  You guys, summer is almost here!  This weekend felt like summer.  The sun was shinning.  We spent as much time as possible outdoors.  Family time.  Spent time with friends.  Good rosé.  Delicious dinners.

 

Intentions for the Week:

Last weeks intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend…….

Celebrating GG’s 93rd Birthday //

She told me that with 3 new grand-grand babies on the way, come December she will have 21 great-grands.  That’s pretty damn impressive.  This photo below is just a handful of them ♥

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GG + baby Daniel

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GG + her homegirl Dot.  GG’s mean-muggin.

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Kid table

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Cousins.  Missing two.  Can you believe that between us, there are 21 kids?  Crazy!

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The Royal Wedding //

Anyone else get up at the butt-crack of dawn to watch the royal wedding?  I had to.  Then when right back to sleep.  Woke up with Bay and watched it all over again.

So gorgeous.  I do think her dress was a little understated and was kind of swallowing her.  But dress #2 made up for it.

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Bay Bakes //

Bay made the best oatmeal peanut butter cookies.  Recipe coming this week!

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Skinny, Skinny Margs //

While I made margs…Ha!

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Babysitter Bay //

We had a special visitor for a couple of hours.  Bay is officially babysitting.

 

Pool platter //

Snacks for a pool date with my Mom + her homegirl.

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I can get used to days like this!

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Ended up hanging out with these chicks, not once, but twice this weekend.  We laughed a lot.

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Skinny, Skinny Margs round 2

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Pool date #2 //

Bay’s turn to have friends over for a pool date

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Charcuterie (kiddie) platter #2

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Happy Friday Senoritas!  This week was a doozy.  So tired.  So annoyed.  So grumpy.  For absolutely NO reason at all.  Hence the {floral + herb smudge stick diy}  For the record, it worked!  Feeling 100 again.  Friday might have a little something to do with it?!?!?  Weekend agenda: nada.  Zip.  Zilch.  Nada.  Well, kinda.  We are celebrating GG’s 93rd Birthday tonight, so that’s for sure something.  And the royal wedding…obvi.  Maybe lay out by the pool.  Drink some wine?  Sure, why not.  It’s a weekend dedicated to do what ever the hell we want.  And it happened just when we needed it the most.

Before we part for the weekend, let’s chat about 5 things.  Real quick…..

 

ONE – The Royal Wedding // Who’s getting up at the butt-crack of dawn to watch the Royal Wedding?  I originally said “hell yes,” but the more I think about it….kinda depends on how many cervezas I consume at GG’s fiesta tonight.  Just keepin it real.  DVR is locked and loaded in case I hit snooze.

Then I found this fun drinking game.  Basically, you’d be drunk by 5am if you play during actual time.  Not even sure I’m down with that.  Maybe I’ll play with my cup of coffee + Bailey’s?  Hmmm!  Mimosas?

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TWO – Friday Starbucks Date // Back in the day, I’m talking when Bay was around 5 years old, maybe?  We used to do Starbucks dates every Friday morning.  Bay would get the mini vanilla scones, two of them.  I always got a frapp.  Well, last Friday we randomly decided to go to Starbucks at 6am (I skipped the gym, hungover AF)  We ordered drinks + breakfast and sat together and talked about random life shit.  Like the fact she has a crush on this boy….OMG, kill me now!  It was so nice to have a little one-on-one date with my girl.  Before the hectic work/school day begins.  So, we’ve made a pact to make it our new Friday morning thing.  And you better believe she popped out of bed at 6am for our date this morning ♥

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THREE – Clean Fridge //  I’ve told you before that Thursday nights are my cleaning nights.  I’m a crazy routine person.  I have certain things I do on certain days.  Like the carwash.  Grocery shopping.  Banking.  Peeps think I’m so crazy, but I live for routine + schedule.  Keeps me organized and happy!  Last night, for some odd reason, I had a burst of energy around 10pm.  (I was like, where the fuck did that come from?)  After most of my cleaning was done.  So, obvi I stayed up till midnight to clean out the fridge.  Pulled everything out.  Threw out anything expired.  Wiped down all the shelves and drawers.  Woke up at 4:30 am tired AF and my workout was almost impossible due to lack of sleep.  But, when I opened my sparkly clean fridge this morning, I realized it was all worth it.  And I’m officially and OLD, because I find this to be so incredibly rewarding.  Ha!

And yes, I have a second fridge in the garage to house all my booze + La Croix.

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Perfect Spring weather.  Flowery bouquets.   Sweet words written in cards.  Bubbly mimosas.  These are a few of my favorite things about Mother’s Day.  But truth is, the main attraction is my Mother, My best friend.  The most incredible, selfless women that I know.  She taught me EVERYTHING!  I am forever grateful for her endless love + encouragement + support + friendship!  Gracias, Madre!

I hope you all you Mama’s enjoyed yesterday.  Got showered with extra love.  And had an extra big glass of rosé to celebrate ♥

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • Tie Dye napkinscan’t wait to show you! 
  • Work on 4-H record bookShe’s almost done! 
  • Celebrate GG’s 93rd Birthday ♥Always a good time 
  • Plan a hike for the weekendHiked Pena Adobe, one of our faves 
  • Tackle returnsSuch a pain in the ass, happy it’s done!
  • Make TJ’s cauliflower gnocchi
  • Try out a pigtail knot braid on Bay
  • Catch up on my DVRHangovers help with this task 
  • Craft some kind of cute key chain for the pool key
  • Make a kiddy charcuterie platterMade two in one day 
  • Hangout at home!We hardly left the house all weekend.  It was glorious!

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend…..

 

Kicking off the weekend //

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Thursday night dinner + chard with Nikki.  She made us her ahi tuna tacos.  You guys, there were so damn good.  Topped with her homemade spicy aioli + pickled cabbage.

Over-served myself on the chard….ha!

Thanks for a fun night Nikki!

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Friday night drive //

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We set out to watch the sunset at the Top of the world in Vacaville.  Not sure we ever found it.  The drive was beautiful though.

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And we watched the sunset.

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And we found pizza + chard, so I’d say it was a pretty successful Friday night ♥

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The great debate //

Toilet paper roll positioning.  I honestly don’t even think twice about it.  But, I do typically place a new roll to feed from the bottom.  According to the poll, there were just a handful of others, including my sister that do it this way…lol.   I died laughing over all the DM’s and responses.  We clearly do it all wrong…lol.  I think the poll ended up something like Top – 94% // Bottom – 6%!

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Strawberry + Baby daisy cake //

Thank you for all the love on my cake.

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Lots of DM’s asking if I’d share the recipe.

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{friday 5}

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Happy Friday!  It’s been a really good week.  A nice calm week.  Just what we needed.  Spent as much time as possible outdoors which makes all the difference in shaking my creative juices up.  So many projects I can’t wait to start.  So many fun ideas for the blog.

Take the weekend to recharge, relax and treat yo self Mama’s!  And I wish you all the happiest Mother’s day!

 

 

ONE – Hot Sauce Debate // No doubt, I’m a tap-your-uncle girl.  Tapatio, that is.  It’s my hot sauce of choice…always.  On my eggs.  On my tacos.  On anything, really.  But, recently, I’ve been told that I need to spread my wings a little.  That there are wayy better hot sauces out there?  Say whhhattt?  You know I’m always down to try out new stuff, so next week, we’re going to do a hot sauce taste testing.  Not really sure of the logistics just yet.  So, tell me….what’s your fave hot sauce?  What should I add?

Here’s what I’ve picked up for the Hot Sauce Debate so far…..

Valentina // Srirahca // Cholula // Tapatio

 

 

TWO – Madwell Top // I love a good striped tee!  Stripes pretty much go with anything + everything.  You’d die if you saw stripe tee collection in my closet.  I found another good one to add to my selection.  Originally I had a whole post planned for this newby, but when I saw that it was marked down to $29, I decided to scratch that and share it NOW!  This will sell out, and you probably need another one.  You’re welcome!

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Madewell Mock Neck Tank

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THREE – Easy Pickled Red Onions // I got lots of DM’s after posting this on insta-stories yesterday.  So, here ya go!  This is a quick-pickled onion recipe.  Cory claims it’s not authentic enough.  lol.  I had all the ingredients on hand.  And they are killer.  I’ve been topping turkey burgers, sandwiches + salads with these bad boys all week.

My homegirl Nikki, she made pickled cabbage for her ahi tuna tacos last night….fucking outstanding.  That will be on my to-make list for next week!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

 

Cram all the sliced red onion in a mason jar.  Stick your filled mason jar in the sink, because you will spill and this shit is stinky!

Add all the rest of the ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat.

Pour mixture over the red onions.  Allow to cool.  Then pop them in the fridge.

Enjoy!

 

FOUR – Coffee Table // Kinda like my dinning table settings, I love styling the coffee table.  I love that it’s a small space.  Also a space that gets a lot of attention.  Stealing items from other rooms to change it up is my jam.  I can’t get enough of baby daisies.  I grab a bunch ($3.99) every time I make a TJ’s trip lately.  I believe they’re called chamomiles.  But, I think baby daisies sounds cuter 🙂  So, here’s what my coffee table currently looks like and I’ve linked all the sources below if you need one of these items for your coffee table look!

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{friday 5}

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Fucking Friday!  Excuse my French, but I’m clearly really happy about it!  What a week.  Tomorrow is Kentucky Derby + Cinco de Mayo….Trying to figure out a fun way to celebrate the both of them in one day. Hmmm!   Patron is definitely on the menu either way…Ha!

Before you let loose and start celebrating, let’s quickly chat about 5 things first, K?……

 

 

ONE – Patron // RUNNNNN, don’t walk to Nugget.  Today!  Or tomorrow, if they don’t run out of ta-kill-ya.  Patron (little bottles) are on sale for about 1/2 off.  Making them $15/bottle!  You won’t EVER find it that cheap again.  Trust me.  I’m a loyal Patron Silver gal.  I pulled up to Nugget at about 5:55 am to grab my two bottle limit.  And what to my surprise to find my homegirl Jessie parked right in front of me…lol.  We were legit the very first peeps to enter the store.  Picture the commercial where the chicks are standing at the slider doors chanting, Open, Open, Open!  We beelined for the pinche patron.  Took a quick pic and headed out.  Everyone else was ordering coffee and breakfast.  Not us.  Nope!  Just tequila.  Two bottles each…lol.  Now I’m ready for some Skinny, Skinny Margs!

I should have added this to my Mother’s Day Gift Guide!  BTW,  Thank you for the great response on the gift guide.  I truly rack my brain to come up with fun new things that I think every Mama would enjoy!

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TWO – Spring Show // What these girls have been looking forward to since January.  All their hard work is about to pay off!  Bay had a tough year with Rodeo (her pig).  Damn pig just wouldn’t gain like we planned/hoped/wanted.  But do you see that smile?  That’s the smile of a girl who’s pig made weight!  226 lbs to be exact.  Of course we’d hoped for a 275 pounder, but that definitely wasn’t in the cards this year.  The minimum is 200, so that is the smile of a girl who gets to show + sell her pig!  After stressing the last month or so, that she may not be able to.  And at the end of that day, that’s all that really matters!  Proud of you Bay ♥

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THREEKaia BRIK // You guys, I survived week #1, barely.  It was touch and go Wednesday…lol.  The challenge/fit test this time around is straight up brutal.  It goes something like this: Jump rope (the devil).  Squat thrust.  Run (the biggest devil). Reverse lunge.  Run (again).  Push-ups.  Run (a-fucking-gain).  KB swings.  Followed by an ab workout.  I die.  Not really, but I hardly made it out alive.  My body hurts so good.  And in other news, I haven’t miss a class in 3 whole weeks.  This is a pretty big deal for me.

I’ve received a few messages asking when I’ll be posting my Pre-BRIK weight/measurements.  Post will be coming next week, but it’s going to be a little different that before.  I’m in the switching shit up kinda mood lately.  So, I’m also doing BRIK (personally) a bit different this time around.  Stay tuned!

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FOUR – Back Patio // I read that if you move your outdoor table right off the main door, you’re likely to use it more.  I really like the sound of that.  So, this week I did some re-arranging.  And it’s true.  The backyard or patio, in my case, is much more inviting.  This week alone, I’ve spent more time in the back than I have since we moved here in September.  I planted a bunch of succulents + plants too.  Once we get our potted herb garden all done, then I’ll share more on our small space.  In the meantime, I highly recommend re-locating your outdoor table visible from your main back door.  It’s entirely too nice out to not go and enjoy it more!

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Yep, it’s finally Friday!  And this girl is ready to shake a tail feather.  How about you?  It was a damn good week.  I got shit accomplished.  This weather….straight up beer drinking weather.  What’s on the agenda for the weekend?  We’re hanging out Saturday and headed to the city on Sunday for a mother-daughter date ♥

Before I wrap up this day…..

Let’s chat about what I’ve got on my mind?  Just some things I’m currently diggin…..

 

ONE – Fanny Pack //  Ok friends.  I’m thinking about pulling the trigger on a fanny pack.  Crazy to think the 90’s fanny pack is making its way back.  Goes to show, everything comes full circle.  Ha!  There are so many cute options, but obvi I have my heart set on a not so budget friendly pack.  I think it would be so great for vacationing.  Weekends.  Shopping.  Anything really.  What do you think?

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I found this on Urban Dictionary…lol:

A pouch or other device used to hold items usually worn around the waist. Most often used as an alternative to a man-purse.
Frank keeps his lube and lipstick in his fanny pack.

 

 

TWO – Songs // Do you ever listen to a song over and over till your almost sick of it? Me too!  Ha!  Midland has been on maj repeat.  This Old Heart + Burn Out have been my jam.  Having a little FOMO for Stagecoach.  Midland is on the lineup too!

Midland – Burn Out

Midland – This Old Heart 

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THREE – Snackin’ //  Hummus!  Like always, jazzed up!  Good ol’ Trader Joe’s hummus.  With a drizzle of olive oil.  And a couple sprinkles of TJ’s everything but the bagel seasoning.  Cut up veggies from the weekend meal prep.  TJ’s beet crackers, which I’m IN LOVE with.  I have to hide them or Bay + Cory will polish them off.

Jazz up your hummus this weekend and watch it disappear.

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Hello Monday!  I woke up on the right side of the bed this morning.  So, I’m taking full advantage of the day.  Even made it to 5am Kaia!  I truly believe that a weekend well spent brings a week of content.  Last week was a shit show, so this one is bound to be great.  The ebb and flow of life.  If one week sucks, the following is probably going to be wayy better.

Bay + I hit the sheets early last night.  Right after I completed my to-do’s for the week.  My blog content schedule.  Okay, so how was your weekend friends?  Saturday was absolutely frickin gorgeous.  Sunday too, till about 5pm when it started DUMPING!  Looking forward to more weekends just like this one……

 

Intentions for the week:

  • workout  (5 days last week and nothing feels better)
  • al fresco dinning
  • spruce up the back patio
  • meal prep
  • avocado taost blog post (say that 5 times fast)
  • hostess the next Omega Nu meeting
  • keep organized
  • positive vibes
  • set a pretty table – (coming this week)

 

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Breakfast + coffee date with my Mama!

Which inspired tomorrows post {avocado toast 4 ways} Stay tuned, it’s a good one.

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UC Davis Arboretum plant sale.

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They offered $10 off to everyone, since they rescheduled last weekend due to rain.  I’ll take it.

Some of the more unique plants.

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Our picks.  Succulants…always.  And some other pretties.  I’d tell you all about them, but I can’t remember what they’re called.  Why do plants have the most awful names?  The green leaf right in front is going in a pot on my front porch.  Little daisy like flowers will come summer time.

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Arboretum stroll

I can’t tell you how gorgeous the Arboretum is this time of year.

3.6 mile loop with views like this.  I really need to spend more time here.

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The poppies are everywhere.  Turtles galore.  Ducks for days.

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Perfect place for a Saturday stroll.

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A surprise Lavendar Topiary plant delivery from my homegirl Sarah P!

I mentioned to her last week, that I’ve been wanting one.  These are a Costco score.  So run now, they sell out quick!

You’re the best Sarah!!!

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Watching both of my nephews baseball games.  Benny got 2 doubles and Joe got an awesome hit too….he even slid into home.  Love watching them play.  And spending time with this little cutie.

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Happy Hour with the fam-bam!

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Sunday Hike

All over Putah Creek + Berryessa.

We pulled off on the side of the road and took the trail down to the Lake.  I never even knew there were trails.  So cool.

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Callie loves a good day hike too ♥

 

Pit stop at Turtle Rock for a cold beer + egg roll.  Always!

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Look for our $1 next time you stop.  It’s right under the sky light 🙂

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Greasy goodness!

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We stumbled upon Nichelini Winery.  Up the road from Turtle Rock about 3 miles.  We actaully saw a sign in the bar and the owner at Turtle Rock told us we should check it out.

Done!

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Nestled right on the side of Sage Canyon Road, you’ll come up on Nichelini Family Winery.

You’re probably passed by many times, like us and never stopped.

Do me a favor.  STOP next time.

You won’t be dissapointed.

It just so happened to be their Rosé release day.  And I just so happened to be wearing my Rosé the day away shirt.

The owners asked to take our photo for their FB page.  Yes, Yes + yes!  Ha.

It was meant to be! Rosé is the day — Nichelini Rosé is to die for!
Stacy and Cory

 

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Their Caberbet Sauvignon Rosé is to die for.  We both agreed.  And I’m not always a Rosé gal.

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