{diy flag luminaries + fruit pizza}

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

Enjoy your family + friends today!

If you’re looking for a fun + festive little craft to make with your kiddos, I’ve got it!  Flag luminaries!

Bay + I whipped up three of these 4th of July luminaries in about 5 minutes.  They are gorgeous once you stick a candle in them!

And Bay’s sharing a super easy fruit pizza.  Think sugar cookies + cream cheese frosting + berries!  It perfectly festive!  And perfectly easy for littles to assemble too!

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DIY Flag Luminaries // 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • pickle jars (or mason jars)
  • american flags
  • scotch tape
  • mod podge
  • sponge paint brush
  • twine
  • glue
  • candle

 

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I used pickle jars for this fun DIY.  I measured the flags with all the jars in my house and found the pickle jars were the perfect size.  No need to cut the flag.  GG had some laying around that I was able to take off her hands.  Any jar will do the trick.

If your jars have labels, just soak them in warm water + dish soap.  You’ll bed able to remove them pretty easily.

Scored the 3-pack of American Flags in the dollar spot at Target.  3 flags for a buck, you can’t beat that.  Carefully remove the flags from the wooden sticks.

Tape the American Flags to the jars.  This will help keep them in place.

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Using the foam paint brush, apply a coat of mod podge over the top of the flag.  Wait 20 minutes and repeat with a second coat.  Remove scotch tape.

Allow to dry overnight.

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Add twine or ribbon to the top and add a dab of glue to keep the twine in place.

Stick a candle and you’re good to go.

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I love coming up with fun festive crafts to make with items I have on hand.  Or can pick-up from the dollar spot!

 

 

Bay Bakes // 

And check out Bay’s adorable fruit pizza!

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{4th of july tee’s + local firework shows}

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4th of July is one of my all time favorite Holidays!!  All the traditions that come with it are so fun!

We’ll be celebrating Independence day in Tahoe.  Every year our family gathers at the cabin for the long weekend.  Other than lounging at the beach everyday + watching the fireworks from Pope Beach, we really don’t have any other plans.  Which is crazy exciting.  I love anything + everything red, white + blue so I foresee some festive decor + crafts + yummy treats to celebrate!   And since the 4th falls on a Wednesday……you’ll need to rock red, white + blue Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday + Sunday, right?  At least I know I will be!!

I find red white + blue ALL year-long and think to myself “this would be sooo cute for the 4th!”

So, it’s safe to say, I’ve got a collection 🙂

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Bay’s Romper ($14) // Stars & Stripes Tee

 

Bay’s Romper // 

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So, so cute.  Bay’s only complaint, it needs pockets!  It’s on sale for $14!

$17.99 + 20% off with code JULY4

Cat & Jack Romper

 

My Tee’s // 

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{mexican burgers}

Happy Memorial Day friends!  Let’s take a moment to honor + remember those who served this country and give them thanks ♥

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Sun’s out, fun’s out!  Buns out too!  Burger buns, that is 🙂

Remember Friday when I asked you guys on Instagram Stories what you wanted to see today?

It was really close, but the wining vote was for Mexican Burgers!

If you voted for the DIY tie dye napkins + outdoor table setting, don’t even trip.  It’s coming this week too!

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I think it’s safe to say that most of us will be enjoying something off the barbecue today.  If you’re throwing some burgers on the barbie, then you’re gonna want to keep reading…..

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Meet my new best friend, the Mexican Burger!  You know I love jazzing up the ol classics!  And this one is nothing short of that.

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{weekend notes}

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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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{strawberry + beet salad}

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Mother’s Day is THIS WEEKEND peeps!  Did you scoop up a little something for your Mom yet?  Check out my {gift guide: mother’s day} for some fun ideas.  Have you booked brunch resies at her favorite spot?  Or planned a delish menu to celebrate your Mama?

If you’re going the hostess route, I’ve got something you MUST add to the menu.

This could quite possibly, not only be the most gorgeous salad I’ve ever made, but it’s fucking delicious too!

I’ve even added steps to simplify and make it a little more semi-homemade.  This will blow your Mama’s socks off.  You will definitely become her “favorite!”

You can thank me later 🙂

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{gift guide: mother’s day}

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When you cant give them the world, opt for a pretty gift instead.  Here’s a gift guide for all the cool moms out there.

Guarantee you’ll be able to find a little something for all the Mama’s in your life…including the ones who swear they don’t need a thing.  Other than quality time and a long brunch (with wine included, obvi together, you know what the second best way to thank her……

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{friday 5}

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Let the lonnnggg weekend begin.  Today is my last day of work till April 9th.  I can’t even begin to tell you how frickin excited I am.  So excited that I couldn’t even sleep last night.  My brain was going a mile a minute of all the things I need to get done + can’t wait to do in the next 10 days.  Bay + I cleaned the house.  Washed the car.  Full tank of gas.  Grocery shopped.  Easter baskets are complete.  Eggs are filled and ready for the Easter bunny.  So, I plan to drink some LOTS of skinny, skinny margs tonight and begin celebrating.

Don’t even trip though, I kicked butt this week and pre-blogged so you will still get your daily xoxostacyb email 🙂  Just in case you were worried..HA!

Have a great weekend.  Enjoy Easter with your family.  And HAPPY SPRING BREAK!!!

 

Before I let you go, I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – The perfect black swimsuits //  I found it ladies!  I found THE perfect black one-piece.  And it doesn’t cost $300!  I actually found two!  Both from the one, the only…..

TARGET!

And did you see Target is doing a BOGO 50% off on suits for the fam?

What that means is, you can get both for under $60!  Two perfect black swimsuits!

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My suit // Bay’s suit 

Perfect black suit #1 // $39.99 (BOGO 50% off)

I actually bought this exact suit twice now.  A tragedy happened last year.  While I was at the Cache Creek Spa, I accidentally wrapped up the perfect black suit with my spa robe and threw it in the dirty hamper.  Called the next day and they tossed it!  Went back to Target to buy a new one….SOLD OUT!  Everywhere.  I even tried SF.  No go.  Moral of the story, get this suit.  It’s super faltering.  Lots of coverage.   Removable neck strap.  There are over 300 reviews…read them for yourself.

 

Mesh Inset One Piece Swimsuit

 

Perfect black suit #2 // $39.99 (BOGO 50% off)

This is the show stopper.  Obsessed with the low scoop back.  I saw this on so many bloggers on LiketoKnowit.  Clicked on the link.  And fell out of my seat when I saw it was Target.  It comes in white too.  I kinda want to order it.  I did size up to a large in this one.  Which worked out perfectly.  I have a long torso and I didn’t want it cutting into my shoulders.  It has great coverage.  Removable cups.  I could go on and on.  Get it before it’s sold out!

 

Ruffled One Piece Swimsuit (comes in white)

 

Bay’s perfect black suit // $39.50

Since we like matching, it only made sense that we both get the perfect black suits.  J.Crew suits fit Bay perfectly.  And we can twin on the beach all summer long 🙂

 

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Girls’ scalloped cropped tankini set

 

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