{friday 5}

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Don’t you just love Fridays?  Dumb question.  Of course you LOVE Fridays!  Especially ones that don’t come with a jam-packed weekend.  What’s on your agenda?  I was hoping to get a hike in, but not sure the weather is going to allow it.  Maybe the Davis Arboretum Plant sale?  Meal prep.  Movies.  Long mornings in our PJ’s.  Ready!!

 

5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Holiday Cups // November 1st, Starbucks debuted the 2017 Holiday cup.  No big deal, just the day after Halloween.  Not going to lie, I almost think my coffee tastes better in the Holiday cup…Ha!  And I look festive AF with my red matching sweater, don’t you think?  Anyway, go get your cup of cheer and make shit happen.  5 o’clock is just around the corner!

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My sweater above is now available online at Target.  And comes in a cream color too!  I’m obsessed with it.  The sweater is also included in the spend $40, get a $10 giftcard!!

Bishop Sleeve Pullover – A New Day

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TWO – Gratitude // Seems to be the theme of November.  And I’m totally into it.  I’ve already completed #1 + #2.  Promised Bay a Dutch Bros. after school, so does that mean I can cross off #3?  Make a Trader Joe’s weekly stem purchase on my lunch break #4.  #5 is going to be tricky.  WTF are my strengths?  And 3 of them.  Anyway, I think it’s a fun list.  Feel good shit.  Join me and try it out.

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THREE –  Halloween // So many kids.  So much candy.

We start Halloween night every year at GG’s house.  We gather all the cousins we can for the annual Halloween costume picture.  GG had a smile on her face the entire time.  Can you believe she’s the creator of all this.  All these great grand kids.  And that’s not even all of them.

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{a little of this + a little of that}

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Happy Hump Day!  Happy November 1st!

Today I’m sharing a little of this + a little of that…..

 

Yesterday was Day #2 of Keto diet.  And Halloween.  WTF was I thinking?

I normally wait for Bay to fall asleep.  Then I sneak all the Reese’s peanut butter cups.

The pumpkin shaped ones first, because they are fresh AF and delicious.

Then I move on to the regular peanut butter cups.

No limit soldier!  I thought I told ya!

Then obviously hide all the evidence.

When Bay wakes up the next morning, I act as though I’d never seen a single Reese’s.

Reese’s?  What’s that?  Never saw one.

Last night, I ate……

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{mini spider pizzas}

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The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the…..

PIZZA!

Get ready for a creepy crawly Halloween treat!

 

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Mini pizzas + spiders just scream Halloween!  Ha!  These simple festive pizzas are perfect for serving all the little ghosts + goblins on Halloween night.  Before they load up on all the candy.  And I love to play with food.  So it’s a win-win!  I like to call it Holiday food art.  Sounds good, don’t you think?  #holidaywhore

I make english muffin pizzas for pretty much every Holiday.  I’ve made Christmas pizzas.  Heart shaped pepperoni for Valentine’s Day.  One Halloween I made Jack-O-Lantern faces out of olives.

Fun + delicious way to get in the Holiday spirit!!!

Not only are these pizzas easy to jazz up for the Holidays.  They are easy to prepare….period.  4 ingredients.  Done!

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{weekend notes}

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Happy Monday.  How was your weekend?  How is it over already?  How is October almost over already?  Anyway, hope you had a good one.

Weekend highlights…..

I spent the weekend in Tahoe ♥ As you can probably tell from the first photo.

 

Cabela’s //

I’m no longer a Cabela’s virgin…Ha.  Reminds me a lot like the Bass Pro Shop.  Maybe bigger and better?

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I spent most of my time trying to figure out where the cookie smell was coming from.  The restaurant had these cones filled with candied nuts.  Oh.My.God!  Highlight of my first Cabela’s trip, that’s for sure.

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Pit Stop //

The Biggest Little City In The World!  I think I’ve maybe been to Reno twice in my life.  Both as a child or teenager.  And I’d never seen THE sign before.

Checked out the GSR ….What a cool spot!  That place has everything!

And we made a pit stop at Sierra Nevada Wellness.  Not a pot smoker.  Just curious…lol. It’s very interesting to say the least.

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Tahoe //

Tahoe in the Fall just might be my favorite.  It was the first time I’ve really felt like we are in the season.  I couldn’t get over all the colors of the trees ♥

Except it’s too cold for the beach, so it’s my second favorite time of the year for Tahoe.

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Stopped at some cool beaches.  Burnt Cedar Beach in Incline Village.  Not shown, is a big sandy beach to the left.

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Bench sitting is where it’s at.  Especially when you have a view like this.  I could have sat there the rest of the day and watched the sunset.  Except I ran out of chardonnay.  So, had to leave.

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Another pit stop //

I brake for bars + chard!  Jake’s On the Lake!

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Squaw Valley //

Room with a view.  Now I know why room at The Village are so cheap this time of year.  It’s dead!  Tahoe’s slow season.  But, I didn’t mind it at all.  Room upgrade and we had the place all to our self.

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The balcony was my spot.

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River Ranch //

I’ve spent some time in this spot.  You know the restaurant between Squaw Valley + Tahoe City.  The River Ranch.  Old stomping grounds.

It hasn’t changed a bit.

We stopped here for dinner to find it was their last night till they close up till Thanksgiving.  Perfect timing!

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That right there is their pan seared rainbow trout.  Parmesan polenta.  Lots of veggies.  Spinach.  Lemon cram sauce.  Heaven!

With a side of chard, of course.

Not pictured is my super cute velvet tie sweater from {friday 5}  I can’t wait to wear it again.  So, so cute!  It was for sure sweater weather in Tahoe!!

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Sunday //

Coffee in bed.  I need to do this more often.  The view and coziest bed I’ve ever slept in could have helped too 🙂

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Take a Hike //

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After asking around, it became clear that Shirley Canyon Trail was the hike to do.  Every single person we asked lit up and said, DO IT!  It’s absolutely beautiful.  One dude even said it was “legendary!”

The short walk from The Village to the trail head….this is what you see.  The trail begins at the base of this mountain.

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About .3 miles into the hike, the first waterfall was spotted.

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They were right.  This place is lived up to all the hype.

Waterfall after waterfall.

Can you tell that I kinda dig waterfalls a little?

Press Play!!

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I’ve got about 1,000 photos of this place on my camera roll.  It was so hard to pick just these few I posted.  I could go on and on.

Walking along the Squaw Creek.  Crossing a couple of times.  Then you come to this…..

You stand and turn 360 degrees, and this is all you see.  Completely surrounded.  Surreal!  Crazy beautiful.

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{monster treats}

Today I’m sharing a couple easy Halloween treat ideas!  I posted the Monster Rice Krispy Treats on my Instagam stories last weekend and got lots of messages asking for me to write a post.  So, here we go…..

First off, you can’t make Monster treats without the help of eyeballs.  Edible version.  Candy eyeballs, that is.  They are pretty much the best baking invention ever, don’t you think?  What kid doesn’t want to chew an eyeball?  Ha.

You can pick up these Wilton candy eyeballs just about anywhere these days.  Target + Walmart + most grocery stores in the baking isle.  They come in 3 different sizes too.  This package comes with about 60 pieces and cost roughly $3.50.

 

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I always have a package of 1/2 used eyeballs in my pantry from random baking projects.

 

When it comes to whipping up treats for parties or #hellakids, I skip the homemade steps and keep it simple.  Boxed brownies + pre-made rice krispy treats.  Once they’re smothered in sprinkles + frosting + chocolate, no body can tell the difference anyway.

 

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{weekend notes}

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Good morning!  How was your weekend?  We packed in so much in the last two days, but managed to find a good balance of fun + relaxing!  Don’t you love it when that happens.  Just enough downtime to feel refreshed Monday morning.

Intentions for the Week:

  • Meet or beat 15k steps per day (killed it!!!)
  • Slang poinsettia’s (still selling, let me know if you want one)
  • Order Christmas cards (done, check)
  • Log ALL food into My Fitness Pal – failed…only logged 3 days and gave up
  • Go through Bay’s closet/sale clothes (everything is too small…AGAIN) – 1/2 done
  • Run 3x this week (who am I?)
  • Write a post on Monster Rice Krispy Treats from my insta stories
  • Make spider pizzas for Bay’s lunch – will be sharing tomorrow 🙂
  • Come up with a Blog Giveaway.  Any ideas?

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Here’s some of the highlights from the weekend……

 

Plainfield Harvest Gala //

Friday night I attended my 7th and final Plainfield Harvest Gala.  Since I joined PTA Bay’s kinder year, I’ve been involved with this fundraiser.  Jenny + I brought it back to life and it’s crazy to see what it is now.  This was also the first year I was able to sit with my table, enjoy dinner and not work the whole event.  It was nice!  Hands up to Andrea for making shit happen!

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My last year folding those goddamn programs too…lol!

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Fun night.  Love supporting our Plainfield Elementary ♥

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Running Group //

Toni + I got up bright and early for our Saturday morning run!  It was a good one.  We chat the entire time, so it makes it go by quick.  We’re gradually adding distance and I’m still in awww over the fact that I’m enjoying this shit.

We’ve even decided to meet for a 3rd run this week.  Who am I?  LOL!

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Christmas Card Photo’s //

Even Link made it in a couple snaps.  Moments before we had our picture taken, I finally decided on outfits for us to wear.  I couldn’t for the life of my decide.  In my head I really wanted us in dresses.  That’s just not us though.  We’re jeans and a cute top kind of girls, so that’s what we went with.

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Monster Rice Krispy Treats //

When you’re in charge of Kid dessert.  You google that shit and find the cutest Monster Rice Krispy Treats and make them.  I’ll share exactly how we made these in a separate post this week.  Super easy.  Bay and I whipped them up together in about 10 minute.  I have Monster Brownies that we’ll be sharing too!  Stay tuned!

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Shopping //

We did a little damage at the one, the only…..

Target!

Bay had birthday giftcards that were burning a hole in her pocket.  So really, really wanted a cake decorating turn table.  I think that’s what they’re called?  Anyway, she found one.  Happiest girl in the world.  I got some really, really cute boots.  But, we’ll chat more about them later this week.

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50th Anniversary + Cam //

My homegirl Nikki hooked it up with tickets to see Cam at the airport.  You know the blonde curly-haired chick that sings Burning House.  It was in celebration of the Sacramento International Airports 50th Anniversary.

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Such a fun event.  Food.  WINE + beer.  Games.  Drawings.  Even birthday cake.

 

And the concert!!

 

My girl!

 

Pumpkin Patch //

The Hostert girls came to town.  Naturally we got the whole gang together ♥

#hellakids

And this picture makes my heart happy.  The other thing that comes to mind……

We are out fucking numbered!

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Cow Train was a hit!  That thing jams!

I think all the kids got lost in the Milo Maze.

 

Pumpkin Patch Fun….check!

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Then Melika overfed us with her man dip and I was ready for bed!!  Thanks for hosting all out crazy kids Melika!  I think we need to start a go fund me to repair her house.

I even got to hang with the big girls on the car ride home.

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Bake Sale //

Bay + Ruby finally had the bake sale they’ve been asking for since summer.

They did change it up a but though.

These girls decided to donate all the money made on their tasty treats to the Napa/Santa Rosa Fire Relief.  God, I love them!!

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BIG thank you to all the visitors + friends that stopped by to hang out and buy treats.

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{booed + boozed}

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It’s that time where again.  You know, when you open your front door to discover you’ve been “Booed” or even better yet, “Boozed!”  Then you think, shit!  Now I have to keep it going.  Ha!  If you’re my friend, then you know #thestruggleisreal

It’s not that bad.  It’s one time a year.  You’re not going to die!!  Come on, it’s for the kids!!

I kept it pretty frickin simple.  Nothing fancy.  Everything I used can be picked up in one Target or Walmart trip.  And I know you have a Target trip planned in the next day or two.  You got this!

 

Here’s what we “Booed” + “Boozed” this year…..

 

BOOED //

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Cookie Decorating Kit – Walmart $7.99

Spooky Excavation Kit – Target $1 (dollar spot)

Pumpkin Tote – Target $3 (dollar spot)

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YOU’VE BEEN BOO’ED

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BOOZED //

And something a little fun for the adults.  Booze!

Bogle Chard #duh

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