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Happy Friday, Friends!  It was a long busy week, but it felt so good to tackle the ol’ to-do list.  On a scale from starting to have an fing panic attack to gurrrllll, I got this…..where are you with your Christmas shopping?  Or is that just a loaded question 10 days away from Christmas?  Hope you get that shit done so you can enjoy the remainder of the Holiday season.

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

 

ONE – Wine // My most beloved chardonnay vessel of all time.  The glass you can find in my hand 90% of the time you’re in my home.  The other 10% is before 10am when I’m still holding my cherished coffee mug.  Both cups I love equally.  One just spends a little more time in-hand than the other.  Both from one of my favorite places to purchase beverage holders.  Anthropologie!  And guess what?  Anthropologie is having a sale.  It’s unheard of for Anthro to have 25% off ANYTHING + free shipping.  You’re welcome 🙂  You too can have this wine cup-glass-thingy in your hand 90% of the day.  $18 for a set of 4 glasses!

Unfortunately I will not be partaking in my normal weekend pastime, aka chardonnay drinking.  This cold finally got the best of me and I’m currently being medicated for a sinus infection.  Pray for me, K!

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Wine Glass – set of 4 ($18) // Homegrown Mug ($6) //

Petal Palette Mug ($7.50 ) // White Monogram Mug ($6)

 

TWO – Cow Print //  I stumbled on this cow print last week.  I’m totally in love with it and currently trying to figure out a spot I can place it in my home.  You can also get it in color too.  Honestly, I think I prefer the black + white image better.  What do you think?

Oh yeah, and it’s a free printable.  Even better!!

Clink on the link below and print!

MINIMAL COW WALL ART

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THREE – Twinning //  When you find matching tops at Target, you make your kiddo wear it the same day.  And you document that shit.  Thank god she’s still totally into matching me! It’s hard to see in the photos, but we were bumping arm ruffles in the picture.  Love that girl ♥

Both tops combined…under $20!

We both said, spontaneously – my shirt is so cozy.  And cute!

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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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Happy Friday, friends….hope you had a great week!  Cant even begin to believe that Christmas is two weeks away.  NUTS!  My weekend to-do’s are growing by the minute.  What’s on your list for the weekend?  I get to see one of my favorite group of ladies tonight for margs + cheers.  Baklava making with the Corbett babes.  Sleeping in.  Myabe even brunch?  And of course, wrapping gifts.

Have a good on, k!!

Don’t even think I’m going to let you go that quickly….I’ve got 5 things on my mind first…..

ONE – Goat Cheese Balls //  When I say it out loud all I can think of is Stassi on Vanderpump Rules.  Her love for SUR goat cheese balls is real.  She even tweeted about it: here!  Ha.  Anyway, I was assigned an appetizer for our yearly Omega Nu Holiday party.  I knew it had to be cheese, for obvious reasons.  I LOVE CHEESE!  And I’ve yet to play with goat cheese.  Soooo, I googled that shit.  Came up with about 8,732 recipes.  ALL fried.  I don’t fry.  Therefore I had to play with it a healthy it up a bit.

Goat cheese + honey + herbs + BAKED!  Bam!  Healthy-er!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8 oz. goat cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey (extra for drizzling)
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 cup walnut, crushed in food processor

 

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Stir together goat cheese + all spices + honey.

In two separate bowls you’ll need whisked egg + chopped walnuts.

Using a cookie scoop, scoop goat cheese mixture and form into a ball.

Roll goat cheese ball in whisked egg then walnuts.

Place on lined cookie sheet.

Repeat will remaining goat cheese.

Freeze for 1 hour.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Bake on cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

Serve warm with additional honey drizzled over the top.  Crackers or bread are a must too!

 

 

TWO – Ojai // I’m devastated to hear about the fires in Southern California.  Hasn’t CA had it’s fair share of fires for the year?  Or forever, yet?  Then to top it off, as I’ve been working on my {ojia // travelogue part #2}, the best part of the trip.  I was saddened to see that Ojai Valley Inn, the most beautiful resort I have visited to date, is under evacuation.  See this photo below?  I took this as I was sitting at the Ojai Valley Inn pool.  Less than 30 day ago.  It’s unreal that this could be gone.

Pray for California ♥

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THREE – Christmas Tree Frap // Starbucks debuted the seasonal Frap yesterday.  It all stared with the Unicorn Frap the Dragon and Cherry Blossom Frap.  The Zommbie + Vampire made a quick go around during October.  Which leads us to the final for the year….the Christmas Tree Frap.

Delicious mocha and peppermint are blended with milk and ice, topped with a festive tree made of matcha infused whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and candied cranberries finished off with a strawberry tree “topper.”

I picked one up for the queen of seasonal fraps….aka Bay.

I personally thought it looked like a seven layer dip in a Starbucks cup.  With a strawberry on top. It even smelled funny too.

The Frap Queens review:

It tastes like melty mint chocolate chip ice cream + coffee.

She LOVEEEDDD it.  And is currently wanting to hit every Starbucks insight to scoop up one of these $5 drinks before they vanish.

My review:

Dis-gus-ting!!!!

Coming from a black coffee non frap drinking girl.

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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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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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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

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Long-sleeve shirt with tartan plaid pocket

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Good morning, friends!  Everyone all rested + relaxed after the time change?  Yeah, me either.  The time change always take a little getting used to.  Coffee on top of coffe!  That’s how I plan to get through this Monday!!

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • Lay low!!!  You guys, I think I’m getting sick 😦
  • Plan Christmas table setting Plaid + white ♥
  • Donate/sale Bay’s clothes
  • Pack for backpacking trip + Ojai
  • Keep on the Keto train – I fell off after Ojai
  • Have Allison do her magic on my roots
  • Plant/pot all the new plants
  • Clean the back patio

Last weeks intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Our weekend highlights and not so highlights….

 

Link //

Our beloved pet rabbit passed away Friday afternoon.  We are guessing old age?  Or possibly the move.  He never seemed nearly as happy at the new place as he used to be.  I do know one thing, he lived a good life.  I will miss my morning rabbit greetings in the morning.  I still catch myself opening the slider and calling his name.  Bay is the fence about getting a new pet.  She’s assured me that, no pet could be as cool as Link.  I think she’s right.  Maybe with time….

You can read a little more about him here:

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Our Christmas cards came and I completely forgot that I added this picture above to the back out our cards.  Our little tribute to Link ♥

Some of our favorites…..

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RIP Link ♥

You even made this cold-hearted bitch shed crocodile tears!!!

 

We spent the rest of the weekend doing anything and everything to salvage what we had left of it.   Cooking + shopping.  Two of my favorite things!  And Bay got to cut a rug at the Father Daughter Dance ♥

 

Father Daughter Dance //

Bay + her dad (aka baby daddy) went to the Father Daughter Dance.  I love this tradition of theirs.  She did her own makeup and looks about 15…I die!!  But, she felt beautiful and looked beautiful, so that’s all that matters.

She said it was like a date night with her dad.  So sweet!!!

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UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale //

When they say they’re having a plant sale, they are not messing around.  We found our way to the Teaching Nursery located near the Arboretum.  Plants are organized by shade + sun.  Grasses + trees + shrubs + succulents.  Indoor + outdoor.  They even supply the wagons for you to load up with plants.  Garden experts ready for all the questions.  We had a student walk us to our car and load up our plants.

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Look at all the pretty plants I scored.  Actually, 2 of them are my Mom’s.  My 6 plants cost $25.00.

If you’re interested in the next sale, click on the link below.  I believe this was the last sale for 2017.  I’m sure there will be more come Spring.

Plant Sales at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery

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Davis Farmer’s Market //

I can’t remember the last time I went to the Saturday market.  I had apples on my mind.  In search of the best apple to make my first apple pie.

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I found all kinds of goodies.  And another plant.  Everyone needs a Christmas cactus.  When I spotted a white Christmas cactus, I knew it was meant to be.  The honey nut squash, which I’ve also never seen before is our veggie of the week.  It came with a recipe: roast honey nut squash with rosemary and gruyere.  OMG!!!  Stay tuned!

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