{weekend notes}

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Welcome Monday!  With open arms.  I can’t even remember the last time those words came out of my mouth….or in this case, typed on my keyboard.  It’s amazing what a relaxing weekend PLUS a goodnight sleep does for the soul.  Woke up ready to kick this weeks ass!  Even got some early morning steps, which hasn’t happened in far too long.  Monday’s are for fresh starts and I’m all about it today!  Just hope I feel the same way tomorrow 🙂

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Keep Bay entertained(pool dates + sleepovers + riding) 
  • Celebrate Alex’s birthday with all the homegirls ♥(good times as always)
  • Get 15,000 steps per day (did it…got a workout in every weekday…this is a big deal) 
  • Homemade ice cream(did anyone try the Circus Animal Cookie Ice Cream?)
  • Clean the back patio(it makes me crazy happy)
  • Get blonde again(Allison straight up KILLED it) 
  • Air dry hair 3x this week(been rockin a fro)
  • Taco Tuesday date with Bay(tacos + convos were so good)
  • Library for new reads(Magnolia Table + True Roots + Gray Malin…not really reading material though) 
  • Celebrity Golf Tournament (whoop whoop)
  • Walk the arboretum on my lunch break – (Too damn hot for that shit)

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend:

We headed back up the hill Tuesday evening to celebrate the 4th at the Cabin.

Fancy meeting my sis + bro in-law at Strawberry Lodge.

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Strawberry got fancy for the 4th.  But in sad news, the jukebox is broken.  Which is absolutely devastating if you’ve ever had the opportunity to play a song on it.

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2nd traditional pit-stop: Lake Tahoe Pizza Co!

Bay also takes a picture in this bug every.single.time too!  What can I say, we are creatures of habit.

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While we take pics, Cory makes friend with all the dogs 🙂

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Surprised the kiddos with a donut board for breakfast.

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I picked up every shape + size I could find.

And topped them with cute USA flags on toothpicks.  The kids where in heaven!

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Read to celebrate the 4th! #cousins

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To the beach!

 

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Getting in a beach on the 4th has become a little tricky.  We got it all figured out this year though.

Load up all the bikes.  Drive down early to get a parking spot.  Ride the bikes back to the Cabin.

Then we ride back and forth all day.  Luckily our cabin is fairly close and there is a nice bike trail.

A lot of woke, no doubt.  But 100% worth it!

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From the beach to The Beacon Bar & Grill for Rum Runners!  It’s a must!

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Bay + Gram swam to the bouy.  It was high on Bay’s beach to-do’s!

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Back to the beach after dinner for the fireworks!

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Is it just me, or does the Summer seem to fly by once the 4th of July is over?  As fast as it’s going by, we’ve been loving every minute of it!

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{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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{weekend notes}

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Good morning!  To be completely honest, I cannot believe it’s already Monday.  I spent the last couple of days in Tahoe and it’s like I blinked and boom, the weekend was GONE!  Not a fan of a Holiday landing on a Wednesday.  Do you celebrate all week?  Last weekend?  Or next weekend?  I say we just celebrate all July?  What do you say?  I get lots of questions about where to eat.  Where to hike.  The best beaches in Tahoe.  I’m thinking of doing a South Lake Tahoe blog post.  Is that something you’d be into?  Leave a comment and let me know : )

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Blog June recapDone {june in review} 
  • Grill peaches for dessert(and a peach galette) 
  • Renew AAA roadside – (a must with all the miles I’ve been putting on the old Pilot)
  • Hike a new trail
  • Make a recipe from the Inspiralized & Beyond Cookbook
  • Take lots of pics with Bay’s Instax camera – (harder than it looks…iPhone pics are so much easier) 
  • Surprise the kids with a breakfast donut board(cool breakfast idea for the kiddos)
  • Celebrate the 4th of July in Tahoe (So much fun with the fam!)
  • Watch the fireworks from the beach(it’s a tradition) 
  • Wear red, white + blue all week long(I rocked all three tops
  • Put up all the American Flags I can find(always)
  • Cook with salmon #craving(made baked salmon over lemon spaghetti…BOMB)
  • Survive the work week + HWY 50(barely) 

 

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend…….

 

Friday night, date night //

I’ve been wanting to check out the Revival at the new Sawyer Hotel in Sac.  But, if you’re a male, you cannot wear flip-flops.  At a bar that has a pool?  Hmmmm!  Doesn’t make much sense to me.  Since Cory, (and I’m sure 90% of males on a 100 degree day) were also wearing flip-flops, we were turned away.  Question, are guys encouraged to rock dress shoes + shorts?  End of rant!

So we checked out Punch Bowl Social again.

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When Stover’s Home //

We get together for drinks + a catch up sesh.  Stover even shopped my closet for her outfit 🙂  Missing some homies, but always a good time.  The three of us here, we’ve been friends for over 20 years.  Crazy!  We can reminisce about the good old days all night long!

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Caboodle Poll //

I got another 100% poll Saturday morning.  Every person who voted, once owned (or still has) a caboodle.  I love when classics become popular again.

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Beach Cover-Up //

I was so excited to pack this cover-up, that I totally forgot to wear it….Ha!

SZ Blockprints™ for J.Crew Kitty top

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Peace Out //

Bikes loaded up, hitting the road

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My favorite Place //

Found my favorite peeps at my favorite spot Saturday morning.  Pope Beach!

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Bay + Daniel ♥

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Straight Chillin

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Daniel loved my hat

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Electra Snobs

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Gangs All Here //

One of the perks to our cabin, a brewery right around the corner.

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South Lake Tahoe Brewing Company

Love their blonde

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We ended up making ourselves at home at the brewery, once we found out there was an active shooter in our neighborhood.  SWAT + police EVERYWHERE!  Right up the street from our cabin.  Luckily it didn’t go on all night.  They finally got the bastard and we were able to go home.  Definitely makes for an interesting night!

South Lake Tahoe – deadly shooting

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Trying new recipes //

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{gift guide: father’s day}

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How about this gem above?  I asked my Mom to find a good one of the three of us, and she killed it!

I’m not sure who’s bangs are better?  Mine?  Katie’s?  Or my Dads?  Instagram Poll?

If my parents didn’t already have this framed, I would 100% be adding this to my Dad’s Father’s Day Gift!

Speaking of Father’s Day….ummm, it’s T-minus 3 days away!  Have you scored the perfect gift for your Dad yet?  Let’s be real, shopping for dad’s is hard.  And if you ask him what he wants, he’ll always say nothing.  Or I have it all.  WTFE!

 

Today I’ve got you covered.  I scoured the internet for some fun + practical + top rated gifts that I’m sure every Dad would LOVE.  Shit, there’s even a couple of things on here I’d like for myself.  The iGrill…never over cook meat again!  Smart WiFi plug…Alexa turn off the lights!  Never lift a finger again…HA!  That pool lounger has a cup holder, just saying.  Bay + I gave Cory the Bosca wallet for Christmas.  I did a lot of research for the perfect front pocket bifold and this one is it.  Just ask Cory!  A pressure washer is a win-win, all your shit will be clean.  It’s so addicting.   And that chair with an ice chest on the side. Hell yes!

Hope this gift guide gives you some inspiration to grab the Dad’s in your life a little something special.  Something he’s sure to love!

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{may in review}

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In case you missed it, let’s review what went down in May…..

23 blog posts.

Some of my highest viewing stats, thanks to the Patron sale at Nugget + my Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Something else that caught my attention, I had views from 44 other countries.  Forty four!  Crazy, right?  I’m really not even sure how that happens.

 

 

Here’s a little re-cap on what we chatted about in May:

 

{currently craving // may} should I do this again for June?

Bay requests this {crunchy iceberg salad bowls} weekly

According to stats this was my highest viewed post for May {gift guide: mother’s day}

{friday 5} this post came in second…all because that Patron sale at Nugget lol.

{weekend notes} a weekend full of Spring Show

The prettiest summer salad I ever did meet {strawberry + beet salad}

{kaia BRIK goals} meeting my goals, but missed two classes in the last 6 weeks (not bad, not bad)

{april in review} and 2 cute Target dresses

{friday 5} homemade pickled onions + a madewell top I love

Another good one {weekend notes}  Mother’s Day + Lucky In Kentucky + my strawberry + baby daisy naked cake

Taco Tuesday {sheet pan shrimp fajitas} with a side of guac…yummm

This {floral top + random thoughts} is another one that’s been on maj repeat + it’s currently marked down to $17!!

Getting a little hippie-dippie with these {floral + herb smudge stick diy}

Now I want to go home and clean my fridge again after looking at this {friday 5} And I’m happy to report….Bay + I are still doing our Friday morning Starbucks dates too ♥

{weekend notes} celebrating GG + pool dates + hiking…that was a damn good weekend

So, {do you kimono} now?

Bay Bakes {oatmeal peanut butter cookies}

Only 2 1/2 days of school left, do you have your {teacher gift} ready?  Loved getting tagged in everyone’s pics that duplicated this fun gift idea.

Still obsessed with this crop top from {friday 5}

Anyone made these {mexican burgers} yet?

Spending the weekend checking out Cory’s old stomping grounds on {weekend notes}

Currently want to tie dye everything after making these {tie dye napkin diy}

Have you added any of these {food finds} to your TJ’s list

 

What a month!

Once again, BIG thank you to you for clicking on this website and reading.  Thank you for sending me pictures of the cute tops you order from the blog.  Tagging me in your pictures on insta stories.  Texting me for that recipe.  Tips on how to make the naked cake.  You guys really do make my day ♥

 

And in other news, the dress of my dreams arrived last night.  Remember the one I told you about yesterday on {weekend notes}?

 

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I bought this dress for an event.  Otherwise, I would have no place to wear it.  Ha!  I’m not a big get super dressed up type.

It’s like a gown.  Never, I have ever owned a dress like this.  The quality is top-notch.  It’s elegant.  Classic.  The color is so vibrant.  Super faltering silhouette…almost like it was tailored.  The ruffle details are perfectly placed.  And it has pockets!  Basically the ultimate summer statement dress.  Exactly what I was looking for.

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{weekend notes}

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Welcome back from the long weekend.  Hope yours was sunny + fun-filled + relaxing!

And apparently today is Tuesday, not Monday.  Which I didn’t realize most of this morning.  I’m all thrown off.  Here’s to probably getting it wrong everyday this week 🙂

 

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Wash all the sliders (like really good) (clean windows are everything)
  • Go through Bay’s closet #fuckinggrowthspurt (got rid of more than we kept)
  • List all her clothes on online yardsale (we made over $90..thanks FB friends) 
  • Buy clothes that actually fit her, again! (thank you target clearance section)
  • Set a pretty outdoor table (did you see {tie dye napkin diy})
  • Log all food in My Fitness Pal (totally failed last week)  (Pre-logging is a game changer)
  • Mani + pedi’s for the BIG 6th grade dance  (She picked the prettiest pale pink)
  • Throw together a quinoa salad with shit I already have in the fridge + pantry (bomb.com) 
  • Make more almond butter…yummm (so good on apples + rice cakes + spoonfuls) 
  • Checkout the Before I die wall on Main Street (really cool, check it out)
  • Play at the new park in town
  • Work on our Summer Bucket List (we’re going to have a fun/busy summer) 

 

Highlights from the weekend:

 

Festive ice cubes

Picked up a large ice-cube mold from World Market.  Added some strawberries + raspberries + blueberries.

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Kayaking Blue Lakes

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Crazy peaceful

 

Check out that set-up.  Yeti + Tackle Box + Fishing pole!  His heaven!

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Beautiful day on the lake

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Fishing pit-stops

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Lots of Bud Light Limes

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Lots of “little fish” – Everett

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Picnic lunch.  A turkey sandwich is always so damn good!

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Finding hiking trails

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Rope swings

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Checking out the local Ukiah watering holes

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Dinner at Cory’s favorite – The Broiler

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Bathroom selfies.  The only time I wore sleeves all weekend.

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When you ask for the smallest cut of prime rib and they bring you a piece the size of your head.

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Views from our room at the Redwood House

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View of Lake Mendocino from the porch!  It really doesn’t get more beautiful.

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We spent a lot of time sitting right here!

Coffee in the morning.  Cocktails in the afternoon 🙂

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Took Everett fishing

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His first fish.  If only you could have seen how excited he was.  He caught 3 more right after this.

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Cory showing Everett all the cool spots he used to fish as a kid

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That reflection though……

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Wine tasting at Barra

Their Rosé + chard were my faves, as always.

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Built to resemble an upside down champagne glass.  So cool inside.

Can’t wait to try out Testa next month when we go back.

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Potter Valley Rodeo, the main attraction of the weekend

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Keg beer + sunshine + cowboy boots ♥

I can’t remember the last time I went to a rodeo.

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Small town signs are the best….

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