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{treat yourself}

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Life is busy and there are never enough hours in the day.  Girl, I get it.  We’re all busy AF!  Trying to keep up with kids, family, friends, work fitness…the struggle is real.  But, you just gotta schedule a little time for yourself.  No matter what it is.  Do something that makes you feel good.  Relax.  Rejuvenated.

Self care looks different for everyone.  Some think fancy spa days.  For others it can be cozying up with a good book.  Whatever it means to you, just do it.  Treat yo self!

Here’s how we practice self-care in our home……

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Typically Sunday’s are our weekly self-care day for the week.  Bay and I do all the things we love the most…..

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{meal prep tips + greek salad}

Greek salad meal prep for a week!  4 days to be exact.  Because, even I, a creature of habit.  One that can eat the same thing over and over.  Can only do 4 solid days before I need something new up in the mix.  Ha!

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Before we get to the recipe, I’m going to answer a question I get ALL THE TIME.  Meal prep.  Who?  What?  How?

I know so many people who stop by the grocery store on their way home from work to grab that evenings dinner.  Personally that gives me the chills.  I despise going to the grocery store.  Well, other than Trader Joe’s.  So, I make it a once a week thing.  Which could give you the chills…lol.  With a little practice and some strategy, I promise you can do this too.  It’s such a life/time saver!

Tips for easy meal-prep

1 – Pull out your calendar.  Take a peek at the week ahead.  Realistically, how many days will you be home for dinner.  Meetings, sports, kids activities, happy hours all play into this.  My goal is to cook at least 3 of the weeknights.  And plan for leftovers the nights I wont have time.  Picking recipes that can double duty.  Like, cook extra chicken one night for dinner.  Make soup or chop up extra chicken for salads the next night.  I know that if I have a meeting on a Tuesday night, I need to:

A.) prep or cook the night before.

B.) plan something super simple.

C.) pick up dinner somewhere.

 

2 – Pick one day a week to decide on actual meals.  Every Wednesday I do my meal plan for the following week.  Now that you’ve figured out how many meals you need to plan for the upcoming week.  Flip thought magazines.  Scroll through pinterest.  Pull out all your fave cookbooks.  Just pick a day and make it happen.  I actually enjoy this part!  Then write it out in the notes on your phone.

Monday – chicken + rice + veggies

Tuesday – chicken tacos + green salad

etc…

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{friday 5}

Bailey, do you love me?  Are you riding?  Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me…….

Happy Friday!  We did it!  We made it through another week!  Summer is hard guys.  Kids get bored.  I don’t really feel like entertaining.  And to top it off, its hot as balls and I don’t see an end in sight.  Speaking of balls…..

I’m sharing the Walnut Honey Oatmeal Balls Tuesday!  Whoop Whoop!  After an overwhelming (in the best way possible) response, they are coming to the blog!

And I have to give a BIG giant thank you to you all for the love on yesterday’s post.  I really wasn’t sure how it would go over.  But seems like you guys dig dirty little secrets…lol.  Someone told me my post was “click-bait” Ha!  I love it!

But, first let’s get this song nice and stuck in your head, K?  Ha!

Have a great day friends!

Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding?
Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me
‘Cause I want ya, and I need ya
And I’m down for you always
KB, do you love me? Are you riding?
Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me
‘Cause I want ya, and I need ya
And I’m down for you always

 

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ONE – In My Feelings Challenge //

It’s the Drake – In My Feelings dance that has basically gone viral.  Go to Instagram and type in #inmyfeelingschallenge  there are over 315K videos of peeps doing the famous moving car dance.  Bay + I watched them the other night crying we were laughing so hard.  Then she convinced me to let her do it.   Of course I said yes!  Then we proceeded to drive up and down our street dying laughing even more.  God, I love her!  ♥

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{friday 5}

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It’s finally Friday
I’m free again
I got my motor running for a wild weekend
It’s finally Friday
I’m out of control
Forget the workin’ blues
And let the good times roll

You’re gonna have that song stuck in your head all day too.  You’re welcome 🙂  Hope you all had a groovy week!  This week I hosted a rosé tasting + OC Housewives premier night.  Can’t wait to share all the deets!  Bay completed Algebra Academy today.  We planned out the upcoming Omega Nu calendar.  Website hopefully coming soon!  I started BBG and frickin love it.  Watched Mama Mia with my favorite ladies.  It was a very productive week, I might add!

And today we’re off to Ukiah today for another fun weekend.

 

Let’s chat about 5 things on my mind…….

 

ONE – Mama Mia // Here we go again!  My DM’s blew up asking how the movie was last night.  So, So good!  So good, that Bay couldn’t sit in her seat.  She’s very into musicals at the moment!  But, this one especially.  Bay + my Mom have been watching the first Mama Mia on repeat and pretty much know every.single.song.  My Mom was a little disappointing that Meryl Streep wasn’t a main character.  Not to spoil it, but she was literally in the last 5 minutes of the movie and that’s it.  Other than that, no complaints!  And the big screen at the State Theater is wow!  It was my first time watching a movie on the big screen.  It was so comfy I was worried I’d fall asleep…HA!  It has happened before!

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TWO – Anniversary Sale // Anyone else beyond sick of hearing about the #nsale?  This is normally right up my alley, but I’m legit so over hearing about it.  Today it opens to the public so be prepared for Nordstrom overload.  Not to mention, I’ve been waiting very patiently for my #nsale items to arrive.  Still NOTHING!  I placed my order Thursday, July 12th…the day the pre-sale stared.  As of today, my items show they will arrive by July 24th!  Ridiculous.  I read that since the PRIME sale + Nordy’s both took place at the same time, UPS is on major overload.  Like Christmas in July status.  So, if you too haven’t received your order yet, I’m right there with ya!

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THREE – BBG // Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines!  Have you heard of it?  So many instagramers are always chatting about how ah-mazing it is.  So I saw a “sponsored” ad

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{floral + herb smudge stick diy}

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You know about the smudge sticks, yes?  You know the bundles of dried sage that hippies like to burn?  It’s not just for hippies anymore.  Or maybe I’m becoming a hippie?  Who knows, but I’m all about it.

So what if we made our own with herbs + flowers?  They are so damn pretty, even if you don’t burn them and displayed just for looks.  Although, you should totally burn them (that’s the hippie in me coming out).  

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I’m going to break down the whole smudging thing right now…..

Why smudge?

Sage is traditionally burned in Native American ceremonially rituals.  The smoke from the burning smudges stick is said to cleanse of bad feelings + negative thoughts + bad spirits + negative energy.  I know I’m totally loosing you, but whether or not this is true, is up for debate.  I’m a believer!  And who doesn’t want to want to rid of all the negative shit?

When to smudge?

  • when you move into a new space
  • begin a new job
  • when you’re feeling angry + upset or negative
  • anytime you feel a conflict in your life
  • a struggling relationship
  • significant life event: marriage + birth + death + sickness

 

Are you down with it?

If you’re thinking, WTFE xoxostacyb, then look at the next image…..

It’s pretty AF, huh?  Are you feelin it now?

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I personally think these bundles would make for a beautiful gift for hostesses + housewarming + showers…you name it.

You’re going to die when you see how incredibly simple these floral + herb smudge sticks are to make on your own.

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{kaia BRIK goals}

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So, Kaia Fit Woodland BRIK began.  We’re right smack dab in week #2.  It’s been hardcore.  But, I love it!

I’ve gotten questions about when I’ll be sharing my pre-BRIK weight/measurements.  Well, I’m not!  I didn’t even do weight/measurements, to be honest.  No numbers.  No photos.  Not happening.

Here’s the scoop……

I generally consider myself to have a pretty healthy view of body image.  At 36, I have definitely spent years with my fair share of sad thoughts and imperfect expectations.  But for the most part, I feel like I’ve overcome insecurities + learning to be more and more confident.  Until the other day……

I let the scale ruin my day.  Sure it wasn’t what I wanted to see.  But the saddest part of it all is that I let that number (I mean numbersssss) define my day.

And that’s not ok!

So I’m doing BRIK a little different this time around.

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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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{kaia brik results}

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Getting healthy….again!

I feel like a fucking broken record!  Don’t I say this every January right before BRIK?

Yes, I do.  And unfortunately I have proof.  LOL!

In the last month or so, I’ve collected some new followers, so I thought I’d do a little run down of my Kaia Fit history……

 

It all started about 2 years ago.  2016!

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} // Post BRIK (June 2017) {kaia brik measurements}

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

 

Ok, now we’re to BRIK 2018

After a couple of months off, Melika said “you’re doing it!”

Which I can’t thank her enough for.  I needed that push.  BIG TIME!

 

I read this a while ago and it stuck!  So I saved to remind me……

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Here is my January (beginning of BRIK post)

{dear self,}

 

That brings us to BRIK results.  Remember last {friday 5} when I was happy AF?  This piece of paper below contributed immensely to that good ass mood.

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{spaghetti squash taco bowls}

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Happy Taco Tuesday.  There’s no lie that I’m just here for the tacos!  I can’t think of another food/day that is celebrated 52 times in one calendar year.

With 52 Tuesdays, you gotta change it up a bit.

And you know I’m all about jazzing things up.

 

Check out some other taco recipes I’ve shared over the years……

{tomatillo salsa + crispy cheese taco shells}

{baked chicken tacos}

{spinach pesto tacos}

{taco shells}

{taco tuesday….salad}

{ranch chicken tacos}

{slow cooker carnitas}

{sheet pan fajitas}

 

Today, I’m brining you the spaghetti squash taco bowl.

I know what you’re thinking, really B?!?!  Aint nobody got time for this!  Spaghetti squash + tacos….dont mix.

Keep reading.  Give the spaghetti squash a chance…lol!

I made this last week.  The week of BRIK weigh-in/measurements.  You can see all those taco recipes above.  I don’t mess around when it comes to Tuesday.  But, I also really, really wanted to get some results.  So, I had to ditch the taco sell + tortilla chips for a few weeks.

And this right here, this is what I came up with.

It was a slam dunk!

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First off, let’s go over how to cook spaghetti squash.  Most peeps I talk to are super intimidated by spaghetti squash.  Which KILLS me, because it’s so so simple.  I’m sure some veggie lover out there is currently working on bringing pre-cooked spaghetti squash to whole foods or TJ’s any day now.  I mean, you can buy just about any veggie noodle at this point, so it wouldn’t shock me.

  1. Using a sharp knife (must be sharp af) cut the top and bottom end off the squash. (I blew it and didn’t get a photo of this step, so I hope that makes sense)
  2. Stand the squash upright and slice in half lengthwise.
  3. Scoop out + discard seeds.
  4. Rub 1 teaspoon of olive oil on the inside of squash.
  5. Season with salt + pepper.
  6. Place squash cut side done on a foil lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for about 1 hour.  Depending on the size of the squash.
  8. Once you can easily pierce with a fork, squash is done.  And cut sides will be golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool for 2 minutes.  Then fluff with a fork making spaghetti like noodles.

There you have it!  Perfectly cooked spaghetti squash.  I’ve seen it cooked in a slow cooker + microwave + instapot.  I’m sure they all work well, but this is the no-fail, easy way to get perfect results.

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