{chardonnay}

When your homegirl tells you J.Crew has the perfect T-shirt.  Not just any old T-shirt.  A T-shirt that represent you.

A fucking chardonnay T-shirt you guys!

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You buy that T-shirt.  And you wear that T-shirt with pride.  Well done J.Crew, well done.

CHEERS!!!

The only thing missing is a big glass of chard in my hand.  But this was taken at 7:30 am and that may have looked kinda funny?

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T-shirt // Blazer // Denim // Wedges

 

Chardonnay

Cortese

Sauvignon Blanc

Pinot Grigio

Chablis

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{gift guide bff + hostess + teacher}

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Today I’ve rounded up some of my tried + true favorite things.  Everything on this list would make for a great bff + hostess with the most + teacher gift.  I’m always on the hunt for the perfect little something for the chicks in my life.  You know, the ones that you want to put some extra thought into.  The ones that a Starbucks card or bottle of wine just wont cut it.  Don’t get me wrong, I like all those things!  Ha. 

There’s something for the lady who loves to entertain.

The friend that loves to cook.

Or the girl who just loves pretty things.

Oh yeah, and did I mention they are all under $25?  Yep.  Love my peeps, but I’m also on a budget.

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{metallic ruffle sweater}

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Sweater: J.Crew // Denim: GAP  // Shoes: Free People

 

The J.Crew classic merino wool sweater with a metallic sparkly skirted ruffled hem.  It takes that plain heather grey sweater up a notch to that perfectly dressy-casual mix.  I think this would be perfection for the Holidays too.  As always, with a pair of your favorite jeans.  My only complaint is that the pink trim does shed a bit.  Not enough for me to return it though…it’s too cute.

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{friday 5}

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Hi guys!  Happy Friday!  I’ve been a MIA the last couple of days.  I was starting to come down with a cold, tired AF and busy AF.  I knew I had to lay low the rest of the week in order to feel better.  Went to bed super early.  Drank tons of water.  Emergen-C’s.  And I’m back to feeling good.  Just in time for our backpacking trip this weekend.  Can you imagine backpacking in the middle of nowhere, sleeping outdoors being sick?  No way Jose.  But, I’m back for a quicky Friday 5!

5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Backpacking // We are hitting the road tonight for our second backpacking trip.   Saturday morning we will arrive in Ojai, CA and set off into the mountains.  With everything we’ll need for the next 30 plus hours on our back.  Tents + sleeping bags + food + water + cooking tools + toiletries + wine!  Obvi lots of wine.   I’m so excited that I hardly slept last night.  Our last trip was one that I’ll never forget.  And I can’t wait to do it all over again and make more memories with these chicks (minus one). 

I wrote all about our first backpacking trip back in October 2015 here: {weekend notes}

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TWO – Cheerios // Hey fellow Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup fans, Cheerio’s just release a new flavor.  The best one yet, in my opinion!  Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios!  Did you know Cheerios now offers 15 flavors?  Crazy, right?    I broke my diet last weekend to eat a handful of these and hot damn, I don’t regret it for a second.  They are everything you’d want them to be.  Chocolaty, peanut buttery, and so so good.  Trust me!

The ONLY store I’ve been able to find them at is Target in Woodland.

GO GET SOME!

Oh, and next week I’m making a fun treat with this cereal.  Think rice krispy treat, but with chocolate peanut butter cup Cheerios.  OMG, doesn’t it sound heavenly?  Stay tuned!

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THREE – J.Crew Top // My new favorite shirt.  It’s so preppy, and I dig it.  The little tartan plaid pocket got me.  I kinda forgot about J.Crew Factory for a minute.  Then remembered why I used to love it so much.  They have so much cute shit.  Check it out and I promise you’ll find something cute that you must have.

They are offering 50% off all clearance items

J.Crew Factory

Long-sleeve shirt with tartan plaid pocket

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Wanna see something crazy?

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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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{rain boot dupe}

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Happy Hump Day!  We’re half way there friends.  Something crazy has happened 3 days in a row.

I’ve gotten to work early!  EARLY!

This basically never happens.  I know, it’s so pathetic being late.  All the time!  Especially to work.  Shouldn’t there be like a 5-10 minute grace period?  I think it benefits the company if I’ve got a Starbucks in hand and ready to kick ass when I arrive.  Late.  lol.

Anyway, all my coworkers have noticed and ask me to stand under the clock so they can take a photo to document the special occasion.

Truth is, I’m kinda diggin this whole on time/early streak.  Think I can keep it up?

 

Okay, okay…..Let’s get to the rain boot dupe!

There is NO surprise that I love a good deal.  Whether it be a huge mark down, or a brilliant designer dupe, I’m all about it.  But, it’s gotta be a good dupe.

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I’m a firm believer in saving money where you can #promocodequeen.  Not a believer in sacrificing quality.

So, when you find a dupe of an item you were planning to spend full price on, it’s…..magical.  A day maker.

Did you take the poll on my instagram stories yet?  If so, are you dying to know which boot, this is basically identical, but will save you $58??

 

Here’s the dupe…..

I’ve had my eye on the J.Crew Matte Chelsea Rain Boot.  They are $78!  Which isn’t too bad.  Considering what I dropped on my Hunter rain boots.

Then I take my weekly stroll through Target and see the dupe of the century.  Merona Alex Chelsea Rain Boot.  Ha.  Love that they threw Alex in there to make it their own.  Clearly they are copycats, BIG TIME.  But, I’m completely okay with it.

I tried them on.  Comfy AF.  Cute AF.  SOLD!!

Guess what I paid?

$20!

Booyah!

They would make a great Christmas gift too.  Did I just say that out loud?  Yes I did.  You guys, I’ve officially got Christmas on my brain.  Chistmas shopping has stated (this week) and I’ve already bought some cute shit.  61 days #justsaying

Can you spot the dupe?

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{weekend notes}

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Good morning!  How was your weekend?  We packed in so much in the last two days, but managed to find a good balance of fun + relaxing!  Don’t you love it when that happens.  Just enough downtime to feel refreshed Monday morning.

Intentions for the Week:

  • Meet or beat 15k steps per day (killed it!!!)
  • Slang poinsettia’s (still selling, let me know if you want one)
  • Order Christmas cards (done, check)
  • Log ALL food into My Fitness Pal – failed…only logged 3 days and gave up
  • Go through Bay’s closet/sale clothes (everything is too small…AGAIN) – 1/2 done
  • Run 3x this week (who am I?)
  • Write a post on Monster Rice Krispy Treats from my insta stories
  • Make spider pizzas for Bay’s lunch – will be sharing tomorrow 🙂
  • Come up with a Blog Giveaway.  Any ideas?

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Here’s some of the highlights from the weekend……

 

Plainfield Harvest Gala //

Friday night I attended my 7th and final Plainfield Harvest Gala.  Since I joined PTA Bay’s kinder year, I’ve been involved with this fundraiser.  Jenny + I brought it back to life and it’s crazy to see what it is now.  This was also the first year I was able to sit with my table, enjoy dinner and not work the whole event.  It was nice!  Hands up to Andrea for making shit happen!

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My last year folding those goddamn programs too…lol!

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Fun night.  Love supporting our Plainfield Elementary ♥

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Running Group //

Toni + I got up bright and early for our Saturday morning run!  It was a good one.  We chat the entire time, so it makes it go by quick.  We’re gradually adding distance and I’m still in awww over the fact that I’m enjoying this shit.

We’ve even decided to meet for a 3rd run this week.  Who am I?  LOL!

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Christmas Card Photo’s //

Even Link made it in a couple snaps.  Moments before we had our picture taken, I finally decided on outfits for us to wear.  I couldn’t for the life of my decide.  In my head I really wanted us in dresses.  That’s just not us though.  We’re jeans and a cute top kind of girls, so that’s what we went with.

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Monster Rice Krispy Treats //

When you’re in charge of Kid dessert.  You google that shit and find the cutest Monster Rice Krispy Treats and make them.  I’ll share exactly how we made these in a separate post this week.  Super easy.  Bay and I whipped them up together in about 10 minute.  I have Monster Brownies that we’ll be sharing too!  Stay tuned!

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Shopping //

We did a little damage at the one, the only…..

Target!

Bay had birthday giftcards that were burning a hole in her pocket.  So really, really wanted a cake decorating turn table.  I think that’s what they’re called?  Anyway, she found one.  Happiest girl in the world.  I got some really, really cute boots.  But, we’ll chat more about them later this week.

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50th Anniversary + Cam //

My homegirl Nikki hooked it up with tickets to see Cam at the airport.  You know the blonde curly-haired chick that sings Burning House.  It was in celebration of the Sacramento International Airports 50th Anniversary.

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Such a fun event.  Food.  WINE + beer.  Games.  Drawings.  Even birthday cake.

 

And the concert!!

 

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Pumpkin Patch //

The Hostert girls came to town.  Naturally we got the whole gang together ♥

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And this picture makes my heart happy.  The other thing that comes to mind……

We are out fucking numbered!

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Cow Train was a hit!  That thing jams!

I think all the kids got lost in the Milo Maze.

 

Pumpkin Patch Fun….check!

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Then Melika overfed us with her man dip and I was ready for bed!!  Thanks for hosting all out crazy kids Melika!  I think we need to start a go fund me to repair her house.

I even got to hang with the big girls on the car ride home.

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Bake Sale //

Bay + Ruby finally had the bake sale they’ve been asking for since summer.

They did change it up a but though.

These girls decided to donate all the money made on their tasty treats to the Napa/Santa Rosa Fire Relief.  God, I love them!!

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BIG thank you to all the visitors + friends that stopped by to hang out and buy treats.

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