{ojai // travelogue part #2 }

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It always takes me so much time to write these posts.  So hard to recap such an amazing time.  I don’t want to miss anything.  But, it’s impossible.  Unless you were there, you really just can’t understand.  Unless your body was aching.  Unless you were in desperate need of a shower.  Unless your socks were full of dirt.  Unless your belly hurt from laughing so fucking hard the night before.  Unless your bond with 3 of your best gals grew a mile.  Unless you just backpacked the Sespe Wilderness overnight, there is NO way possible I can explain how bad ass, strong, empowered, brave and relieved we all felt in this photo above.  We were DONE!  We survived.

We had our eye on the prize.  We were headed for a night stay at the Ojai Valley Inn.

Our reward to ourselves.

Probably the most brilliant idea we’d actually ever come up with.  I mean, the hike was for sure coolest part #2.  Ojai Valley Inn…coolest part #1.

That’s why I saved the best for last.  And I can 100% guarantee that we would all have to agree.

This place is like the best kept secret.  A little gem in the heart of Ojai.  A place I’d read about.  Shit let’s be real, the Beverly Hills Housewives had 2 episodes taped here.  Remember that?  That’s how I really heard of it.  Oh and remember Brothers & Sisters?  That show took place in Ojai too.

Here are a few photos I stole off their website to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about……

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Ojai Valley Inn is by far the most gorgeous resort I’ve ever visited.

The luxurious amenities.

Best in class customer service.  You guys, customer service is everything to me and I have never seen anything like it here.  Friendly.  Uber accommodating.

You really need to stay here.  Trust me.  I can guarantee you that you will have the most wonderful time.

Resort Map

The drive inn

 

You would have thought we were moving in.  Nahhh, just a 24 hour stay 🙂

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Our bell boy wan’t even slightly phased.  He loaded up every bag and we leisurely followed him to our room.

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The view from our patio wasn’t too bad either.

 

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and a bed.  After sleeping on the ground, this looked damn good!

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The Pool(s) //

Is this heaven?

Yes, it is!

There is a pool to suit whatever your needs.  Lap pools.  Adult pools.  Pool with bars.  Family pools.  Need I say more?

You could find me right here.

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We just so happened to arrive at the pool for Happy Hour.  My most favorite hour of the day.  But, you already knew that!

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Thank you!!!

Nicole + her Lavender Lemonade ♥

 

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It didn’t just look pretty either.

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The Spa //

Nicole + I slipped away to the Spa.

We both gave them an A+

A 50 minute relaxation massage after a backpacking trip.  Yessss please.

When the masseuse asked me which “spots” to focus on…..

Back

Head

Feet

And she straight up killed it.  Nicole would agree!!

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{the best quinoa salad}

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Just a friendly reminder: remember to eat a fucking salad!

Eating a salad is always a good idea!

And I’ve got The Best Quinoa Salad for you today!

I’ve tried so many quinoa salad recipes and they never do it for me.  To be honest, I’d rather go to the Nugget salad bar and pay $10 for a big ol scoop of their quinoa salad.

Then I dissected the Nugget salad one day and came up with a winner!!!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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{friday 5}

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Raise your glasses….

Let’s make a toast to FRIDAY!  My your work day be short, and your weekend long AF!

C H E E R S!!!

The days are getting shorter.  The air is finally getting crisp (at least this morning was).  Pumpkins everywhere you look.  I’m so ready to see the season’s change.  I’ve got all kinds of new sweaters begging to be worn.  Ha!  I hope you have a great weekend.  I’m pretty pumped for 5 o’clock to arrive so I can get mine started off!

 

5 things on my mind this Friday…..

 

ONE – Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants // I’ve bought these before, probably over a year ago.  Then last Salinas, trip my homegirl Nicole made them for the kids.  I didn’t have a bite, because you know me…. I can’t cheat on Salinas breakfast burritos.  Bay requested them last week.  So, I bought a box.  This morning we baked 2 of them.  And I completely forgot how un-fucking-believable they are!

NOTE: Be prepared that you have to set these guys out the night before.  I’m talking like 9-12 hours to proof (rise).  You pull them out of the cardboard box and think….Whaaatttt?  I’ll admit, I had my doubts.  It looks like a flat frozen nutrigrain bar.  Then you wake up and in the morning and you have beautifully risen chocolate filled croissants.  Then you pop them in the oven for 22 minutes.  Your house will smell like a Paris bakery.  Not that I would know, but that’s what I imagine it smells like 🙂  Try your verrrryyy hardest to allow a couple of minutes for cooling.  Remember you just heated up chocolate for 22 minutes….that shit is HOT!

Take a bite.  And think, Damn, xoxo stacyb was right.  UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE!  Ha!!

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Delicious, warm and flaky as they are, I think they are well worth the hours of proofing!!

Next TJ’s trip you will need to pick up a box.  Or two, or three.  They sell out!

 

TWO – Velvet Tie Sweater // The sweater arrived.  After all kinds of nonsense.  On Monday, J.Crew cancelled my pre-order back from October 13th.  According to customer service, “they don’t know what happened?!?”  Anyway, after bitching to the manager of customer service, they agreed to give me 40% off and next day air.  Can I get a Whoop Whoop!  My Mom is shaking her head right now reading this.  She dies at all the deals I can get.  This time they truly owed me that deal after the fiasco.

You guys, it’s fucking gorgeous!!!  I’m going to Tahoe this weekend and I’m packing this pretty.  I’m thinking tucked into black jeans (like the J.Crew model, just a bigger girl version) lol.

V-back Sweater With Velvet Tie

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It’s thick.  Soft.  And that velvet ribbon tie on the back is EVERYTHING!!

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THREE –  Keto // You guys, I’m giving Keto a try starting Monday.  I’m on a FB page with some girlfriends who have been posting about their success and it’s so inspiring.  I decided to give it a shot.  Meal plan + groceries are purchased.  Meal prep goes down Sunday.  I think I’m ready?  Little nervous, not going to lie.  Has anyone done the Keto diet before?  Or doing it?  Tell me all your secrets + tips + favorite recipes.

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{friday 5}

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Hello and happy Friday friends!!  Who’s ready for the weekend.  Meeeee!

Before we pop the wine bottles and crack open an ice-cold one…let’s chat about 5 things on my mind.

 

ONE – Challenge // Who’s down to start a new challenge Monday?  Not a wine drinking challenge.  A little fitness challenge 🙂  Push-ups + Squats + Sit-ups.  Not too bad, right?  You have all day to get it done.  Split it up.  Do half in the morning and the other half at night.  Or if your like me, I like to get it all done before I hop in the shower each morning.  It’s quick and doable.

(click on the image, print it and stick it somewhere where you will see it as your daily reminder)

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I found this one on My Healthy Happy Home

 

 

TWO – Crack Broccoli // I have found my go-to broccoli recipe.  The only way I plan to prepare this veggie for the rest of my life.  Bailey LOVES trees.  Her favorite green vegetable.  So, we have it quite often.  Steamed. Sautéed.  Then I became infatuated with roasting all the veggies I could get my hands on.  If you follow me on insta stories, you are aware of this.  It’s a weekly thing.  Two heads of broccoli should serve 4 people, no problem, right?  Well, Bay and I kill this whole batch between the two of us.  It’s so addictive!!!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 heads of broccoli, cut into steaks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • pinch of dry red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

 

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 475 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with foil

Cut broccoli into steaks: YouTube

In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil + garlic + red pepper flakes + salt.  Add broccoli steaks (and all the little pieces too) and toss to evenly coat.

Arrange broccoli cut side down on cookie sheet.

Roast for 12 minutes.  Flip  broccoli and add sliced almonds.

Roast for an additional 10 minutes.  Remove from oven once almonds are toasted and golden.

Gently toss with lemon juice then top with parmesan cheese.

Taste test.  Brace yourself.  This shit is highly addictive.  Hence the name 🙂

 

THREE – Thursday Night // Can we do chard + cheese every Thursday night?  Such a great time catching up with these chicks.  There’s just something really fucking great about sitting around a table (full of wine + cheese, of course) laughing and talking with girlfriends.  It makes my heart so happy.

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{photo cred: erica via nikki’s insta}

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{kaia brik measurements}

Kaia Fit Woodland Kondition Kamp BRIK came to and end.  About 3 weeks ago.  I’m fashionably late, as always.  It wouldn’t feel like BRIK if I didn’t share my results.

In the last month or so, I’ve collected some new followers, so I thought I’d share a more details about how and when I got started with Kaia.

Here’s a run down of my Kaia history…..

Pre BRIK (January 2016) {weekend notes} // Post BRIK (February 2016) {before + after}

Pre BRIK (August 2016) {friday 5} // Post BRIK (October 2016) {BRIK results}

Pre BRIK (January 2017) {four}  // Post BRIK (February 2017) {brik results}

Pre BRIK (May 2017) {pre brik measurements}

With lots and lots of CORE sessions in between…… {kaia fit core}

Which brings us to Post BRIK (June 2017) …….

 

 

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{friday 5}

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Man oh man, this week felt like it would NEVER end.  TGIF!!  What’s on the weekend agenda?  I made shit happen this week…clean car, full tank of gas, groceries purchased, yard work done, meals planned…which means only one thing.  I get to #chardsohard and lay out in the sun with every spare minute this weekend!  Whoop Whoop!

I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

 

 

ONE – Cold shoulder for girls // I have to admit, I wasn’t sure I was down with this trend on my daughter.  Anyone other mamas feeling the same?  Don’t get my wrong….I’m all about the cold shoulder for me.  But, my 10-year-old?  I had to remember how obsessed I get with new fashion trends.  She’s my daughter…it’s in her DNA to love the same things I do.  So, I caved and bought her one.  No wonder Bay fell in love with this adorable cold shoulder flutter sleeve top.  Cute, Stylish + Trendy!

And those blue eyes….I die ♥

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Cat & Jack Cold Shoulder Top

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TWO – Grilled Mango Salad // Not really sure why I call this a salad?  Salads don’t have to contain leafy greens, right?  Think potato salad.  Or pasta salad?  Fruit salad.  So guess what I did?  Googled that shit…..

Salad

a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredients.

Grilled Mango SALAD it is!

It’s the perfect combo of sweet, spicy, sour and salty flavors.  If you like a good kick, this is your salad!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 1 red jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 2 mangoes, cut into slices
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (I forgot this ingredient and knew something was missing)

 

Here’s what you’ll do:

Combine 2 tablespoons lime juice and jalapenos in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Coat mango slices with cooking spray, sprinkle with salt + pepper.  Heat grill pan over high heat until smoking hot (literally).  Coat pan with cooking spray.  Add mango slices and cook without touching for 4 minutes.  You want nice grill marks.  Flip and cook 2 additional minutes.  Then place on platter.

Combine renaming 1 tablespoon lime juice with sour cream stirring till thinned out and smooth.

Spoon jalapenos over grill mangoes.  Drizzle with sour cream mixture.  Sprinkle with cilantro.   Serve with lime slices.

I served this “salad” alongside grilled pork tenderloin.  But, this would be a great taco Tuesday side, don’t you think?

 

 

THREE – Kaia Challenge //  Week #1, I believe day #1? (correct me if I’m wrong) We were introduced to the BRIK Kondition Kamp Challenge.  Holy shit!  It’s a tough one.  For me, personally, the toughest yet.   Jump roping + running are the devil.  Long story short, I’ve got maj bladder issues.  Like so maj that I’ve jumped though hoops the last year to correct and still no results.  Specialist + bladder therapy (I fucking swear it’s really a thing) + gadgets galore (TMI).   Debated for months about writing more about this topic…maybe when I finally find a cure I’ll be more inclined to share?  That means, probably never…ha!

Anyway, back to the challenge…..

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Some days I feel like forest fucking gump and the next like a turtle that gasping for air.  There is no rhyme or reason to it…I just never know what’s going to happen when I hit the pavement.  From week #1 to week #3 I was able to shave 2:17 minutes off my week #1 challenge time.  I gave myself a damn high-five for that.  Ha.  Week #3 I must have had a forest day.  I was runnin!

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{pre brik measurements}

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It’s that time again folks!  Kaia Fit Woodland BRIK round #2 for 2017 has arrived.  Actually, it arrived 2 weeks ago.  This post is a little late.  The last two weeks (and more)….let’s just say, I’ve been a really shitty Kaia girl.  Attendance wise.  But, I think….I got my mojo back. Fingers crossed!  

Kaia Kondition Kamp BRIK (May 1st – June 10th)

Welcome to Spring training Kondition Kamp.  This isn’t your typical kiddie camp: We’re training your mind & body to be disciplined!  We will lead you to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.  This is the session to embrace challenges, find your strong and have a BLAST with your fellow Kampers!

Sounds like a massive ass kicking session to me!  Just what I need!  Just when I need it!

It’s never too late to get your shit together!!!  My current motto!

Which is why I’m ready to finally share my pre BRIK measurements.

I swear this holds me accountable.  I’ve been sharing these measurements since the very beginning……

Pre BRIK (January 2016) {weekend notes} // Post BRIK (February 2016) {before + after}

Pre BRIK (August 2016) {friday 5} // Post BRIK (October 2016) {BRIK results}

Pre BRIK (January 2017) {four}  // Post BRIK (February 2017) {brik results}

With lots and lots of CORE sessions in between…… {kaia fit core}

Which brings us to Pre BRIK (May 2017) …….

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