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We’re doing the HAPPY FRIDAY dance today!!  Wishing you all a really rad Friday!  Now bring on the weekend!

 

5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Back at it // Is it just me, or did every kid activity started up this week?  Bay started Horseback riding lessons + Volleyball + 4-H…THIS WEEK!  She even snuck in some tennis with the neighbor.  I love watching her do what she loves.  But, damn, I earned my wine this week.  Ever feel like you are your kids uber driver?  Except they leave all their shit + wrapers behind and don’t leave a tip?  I did sign her up for all these activities, so I can’t complain too much.  Cheers to the Septmeber craziness!

 

TWO – Chop Salad // You know those days where meal prep just aint gonna happen?  But, you don’t want a shit lunch with 5 bazillion calories?  I got ya covered.  Buy a bag of chop salad.  The southwest is my fave.  Open a can of black beans.  Slice an avocado.  Grab some leftover protein from your fridge.  Chicken, ground turkey, quinoa…anything will work.  Divide between two bowls.  You can toss the dressing (I didn’t, lazy AF) and use a homemade or healthier.  Or divide the packet into two ziplocks.  And you’ve got lunch for 2 days!

Affordable

Healthy

Zero prep.  Or maybe, like, 5 minutes tops!

And you use up the leftovers in the fridge

Chop salads come in so many combs.  I plan to try a new one next week.  If it’s a hit, then I’ll be sure to share it with my peeps!

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THREE – Table talk // Are you guys stick of reading about my table yet?  Me either 🙂

To make it a little fall-ish.  Probably as fall-ish as this table will get.  I added these super cute velvet pumpkins from the $1 bin at Target!  Go now!!  At a $1 a pop, these things will disappear in no time at all!

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Velvet Pumpkins

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Happy Monday friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend.

 

Intentions for the week:

  • donate more shit (again)
  • try oil pulling (Sarah and I tried…for maybe 15 seconds, does that count?)
  • organize my closet
  • write + send thank you notes (almost done)
  • plan backpacking trip
  • find the perfect white shower curtain
  • make room to park my car in the garage (this is going to be tricky) – Tried NOT going to happen 😦
  • have mom + dad over for dinner
  • resist over booking the weekend
  • change address on all my 1,837 online/personal accounts
  • make Ina Garten’s Lemon Chicken Breasts
  • play tennis with Bay
  • pick 2 new Whole 30 compliant recipes to try out

(I was able to cross off a couple of things already)  Whoop Whoop!

What’s on you’re list in intentions for the week?

 

And now, highlights from the weekend………

 

MAKING A HOUSE A HOME //

It’s finally beginning to feel like home.

I’ve got a table for my coffee!  Topped with white tulips, which make me smile every single time I walk in the living room!

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And this table runner can only mean ONE thing……

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I found a dinning room table!  No more living room floor picnics!

I sold my old dinning room table at our garage sale.  Probably sold it for what I paid for it too.  Considering I bought it back in 2001ish.  Swear!  It was time for something different.

I had NO idea how happy this table would make me.  I had a little extra pep in my step once I got it all put together and decorated.

I busted out the linen napkins.  Gold flatware.  Gold rimmed glasses.  Wicker chargers.

I’ll share more details later this week.  I got lots of Instagram messages wanting to see more pics!  Hold on tight.

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Oh, and we have the cutest morning guests at this house now 🙂 Claire just loves the babies.

 

FOOTBALL //

Not to be mistaken by the one on TV.  I only watch the one at Pioneer High.  The one where I can watch my nephew do what he loves!

Goooo Joe!!!

 

Bay spotted her friend Lauren too.  The MOST adorable cheerleader I’ve ever seen.  Except for the fact she looks like a teenager.

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PARTY TIME //

We celebrated cousin Danny’s 40th at Blue Note with the family ♥

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Boom cheers with GG!

Drank wine with Mom + watched Snatched!

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Bay + Ruby made gigantic milkshakes and danced

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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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Happy Monday!!

This weekend was kinda blah…I mean in a good way, but kinda lacking anything to really write home about.  Sleeping in.  Sitting in the backyard.  Cooking.  Cleaning.  Baking….lots and lots of baking.

You’ll never guess where we celebrated #nationalbeerday on Friday?

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Babies + Kids included.  Spencer was a pretty big deal.

 

Saturday we lounged all day long.  I mean we straight up wore our PJ’s all day long.  I got some spring cleaning done.  Which makes me so incredibly happy.  I love throwing shit away.  I cooked up a storm.  Bailey baked up a storm.

Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream….OMG!

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The start to my New York Times No-Knead Bread

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Pesto

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Nikki dropped off mint baking chips for Bay.  She found a recipe within minutes.  I’ve never even heard of Guittard.  Bay is not a big fan of mint….and she polished off almost all the leftover baking chips.  That says a lot!  Hence the ripped up wrinkled bag..lol.

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Bay used this recipe {Green Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies} subing the chips for the Andes mints.

 

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She also baked a batch of GG’s Snickerdoodles for Kissey ♥

 

Then we got distracted with an invite for one of Liz’s famous martini’s.  I did earn one after all that cleaning and cooking.

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Sunday we woke up and did the same thing.  Slept in.  Watched cartoons.  Cooked.  Told you not much to write home about.

 

Bay + I tried our luck at homemade pasta.  All I have to say….

TO DIE FOR!

You must try this super easy recipe.  I can’t tell you how easy and how good fresh pasta is.  Wish I would have known sooner.

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Easy Fresh Pasta

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{giveaway}

A couple of things happened this week…..

  1. I got some new blog followers.  Not a shit ton, but a few.  THANK YOU!
  2. I also got all Martha Fucking Stewart last night after a few glasses of wine.

 

And I’m so crazy thankful for all my loyal readers + friends + family that continued to support this little space that I love so dearly.  So today I’m doing a fun little giveaway.

Who wants to add one of these herb gardens to their kitchen window SILL (ha, for those of you that follow my instagram stories) BIG shout out to my Mom for the corrections this morning.

I white washed these terra-cotta pots and it was instant love.  I needed something not so terra cotta-y for my kitchen and this worked out just as I had hoped.  I hope you love it too!

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It’s easy peeps

Here’s what you do……

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I treasure the month of December!  It encompasses so many things I love ♥

Extra time with family & friends+ baking (lots of baking) + cozy nights + the best movies (aka Home Alone) + happy hour outings + so many festive events all around town + the lights, I just love all the lights!

I hope you all have a great weekend!!

 

ONE – George Strait //  Guess who’s going Strait (back) to Vegas?  So fucking pumped, I can’t even explain!!  My Mom bought tickets when they came out on pre-sale Saturday morning.  My Mom is the SHIT!  I can’t wait for another Vegas weekend with my Mom + Sis…the last one was one I’ll never forget.  At least the parts that I remember…lol.  You know that saying, “The nights I won’t remember with the people I’ll never forget.”  Kinda like that. Haha!  I’ve got Strait Out Of The Box on repeat non-stop.  Only 238 days, but who’s counting 🙂

You can read more about our Strait to Vegas trip last September here {weekend notes}.

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And you better beleive I will be visiting the 24-Hour Taco Bell Casino in Vegas too!!   Taco Bell has a special plance in my heart.  Similar the the special place in my heart for George Strait 🙂

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TWO – Christmas table setting // I’m not 100% it will stay this way, but it’s ok for now.  Still obsessed with eucalyptus.  I have it all over the house.  This tablecloth is just a large piece of melatic gold dot burlap that I scored at JoAnn’s.  The mini tree came from Target a few years ago.  These are the scented pine cones from Joann’s.   The still smell like cinnamon and I love it.  The same old candles I use each time.  I got the glass holders at Ikea.  They are considered wine glasses, but that’s bullshit because it can old hold a sip.  The plates + gold flatware are both from World Market.  I’ve been only hand washing the flatware and I’m happy to report they are still in perfect condition!!  I always grab these buffet napkins.  You can’t beat a 6-pack for $9.  I wrapped them with twine + cinnamon stick + christmas tree clippings.

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HAPPY FRIDAY and HAPPY WEEKEND!

Friday 5 is live…..

 

ONE – Since I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I got all Christmasy and shit.  Holiday whore is in full swing.  My lights are up on the house.  With a help from Bay and my Mom.  Taking turns holding the ladder so I didn’t die and handing me rain gutter clips.  We are cutting out tree down this weekend!  Yesss, you heard me right.  Long story, but if it doesn’t happen this weekend, then it wont happen at all.  Which clearly isn’t an option!  Saturday afternoon our halls will be officially decked the fuck out!  I can’t wait!  Since we are in the Christmas spitit, Bailey made her Christmas list.  Including a column for “what store” to help a mama out.  She totally get’s it from me.  I just email my Mom links with sizes and colors attached…lol.

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TWO – Mannequin Challenge //  Anyone else totally obsessed with the new craze?  I’m dying to do one.  I’m thinking once Alex has the baby.  Her nursing at the dinner table while we are all cheersing and pretending like she isn’t?  Haha.  If you haven’t watched them, you HAVE too.  I’ve linked 4 of the popular ones below!

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