{floral top + random thoughts}

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Top // Denim // Slides // Earrings 

 

Happy Hump Day!  AKA, drink a bottle of wine day to celebrate we’re 1/2 way there day!  Ha!  You guys, we had our challenge this morning at Kaia.  You can read more about it here: {kaia brik goals}  Running is so not my jam, but damn I feel good (and hangry) when it’s done.  If you could have only heard all the voices in my head.  “Fake and injury and walk” or “Don’t walk, you’ll never be able to get back up to speed” or “wonder if anyone would notice if I ran to my car and went home?”  That’s the shit I had to deal with, not once, but three separate times this morning.  In good news, I shaved off over 1 minute from week #1 and I didn’t die!  Ha!

Now I’m, about to get real long winded….I apologize in advance for my random thoughts today……

So I started to write a post on this outfit the other day.  I have the tendency to listen/half-ass watch Instagram stories in the background.  So bad, I know.  Anyway, I was listening to a blogger do an unboxing.  Which, for the record, I think is tacky AF.

I guess I shouldn’t say tacky, because I’ll probably do one next week to stay relevant…lol. But, I watch them every.single.time.  Why?  Do your kids watch the weird ass grown adults on YouTube that unbox American Girl Dolls and toys?  Just fucking weird.

Anyway, she made the comment that ALL her packages were in their home office…to keep them out-of-the-way or something like that.  What really got my attention, was she hadn’t opened a single package in TWO whole weeks?  That’s 14 fucking days!  WTF?  Maybe that’s what happens when you get to be a BIG DEAL?  IDK!

I’m not gonna lie…That’s not how I roll over here.  Most of my online shopping carts at J.Crew + Nordstrom + Target + Madewell are maxed out with hundreds of dollars of clothes.  Technically, I’m not going to buy 90% of them.  But, I like to keep them safe.  Right where I can see them and stalk them.  Then they go out of stock and I kick myself for not pulling the trigger.  Or I decide they aren’t all that cute anymore after looking at them for so damn long.  Then every once in a while, that shit goes on sale and I hit “place order”.

In my head, I already have the outfit planned.  Where I’ll be wearing it.  Who will be there.  Ha.  I’m just keeping it really real.  But, that’s not where it ends.  I then proceed to track my orders like a psycho.  I can pretty much tell you where each of them are in the US at any given time…lol.  Maybe not any given time, but I have an idea.  I get notification emails and shit.  I’m waiting very impatiently.  Like, I wanted that J.Crew top 2 days ago.

Then when I finally get that “Delivered” email….it kills me to not hop in my car and go grab it off my front porch.  Open it up within seconds.  Half the time I completely destroy the box trying to get to the goods.  Then I try it on instantly.  I gotta make sure it’s as good as I’d hoped and dreamed about…Ha!

So, when these bloggers talk about storing their orders/packages for TWO whole weeks, I just don’t get it.  They clearly don’t love their online purchases as much as I do, right?  Ha!

End of rant!

Without further ado, here is one of the many outfits I stalked + waited for 🙂

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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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{weekend notes}

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Happy Monday!  Did you know we are on week 18 of 2018?  I read it somewhere and thought, WOW!  That happened quick.  This week is a busy week.  Like real busy.  I was updating my iPhone notes “shit to do” and it basically said: Spring Show shit.  Monday – Sunday.

But, more importantly….how was your weekend?  Did you get to enjoy some sunshine.  Sleep in.  Hang with your faves.  And sneak in some relaxation + self-care.

I gotta say, we had a good one.

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Survive Spring Showbarely 
  • Try to cook/eat healthy during the busy ass week1 minor pizza slip-up otherwise pretty damn good!  
  • Send back all the ugly shit I ordered/boughtthank god for free-returns 
  • Blog: Currently Craving for MayWhat did you guys think? {currently craving // may}
  • Kill it at Kaia.  BRIK has officially begun. – Didn’t miss a class…whoop whoop
  • Chill on the chard….just a little.didn’t have a glass…WTF?
  • Celebrate my oldest nephew’s b-day – Missed it due to Spring Show weigh-in 😦
  • GATE Art Show – 
  • At home pedi’s with Bay
  • Move around patio furnitureAll the details coming soon!
  • Make pickled red onionsOMG yumm!

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

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Casini Ranch 2018 camping trip was a blast!

You know it’s been a good weekend when your abs hurt from laughing so much.  Never a dull moment with the family ♥

I never got around to blogging about our 2017 Casini Trip.  It was equally as good!  That’s what brought us back.  The perfect campground for families.  Daily activities for the kids.  Ice cream social.  Bonfires.  Feeding the Casini horses.  Panning for rocks.  Bike rides.  And of course the river.  If you’re looking for a new place to camp, I suggest you try out Casini.

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The Ukiah Brown fire-pit made its second appearance.

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Messy camp

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Burgers around the fire

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Morning cuddle with my sweet nephew

He digs insta-filters

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Queen of the castle

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When Mom’s in-charge of breakfast….she doesn’t mess around.

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Guernville has pretty walls

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And so many fun spots

Guerneville Bank Club is the cutest.  This place even has a photo booth.

Inside you find:  Chile Pie Baking Co // Nimble and Finns Ice Cream // Jar Jam (local gems) // Tasting Room // Museum

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Chile Pies Baking Co…..yummmm

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I found my heaven!  See ya later!

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Ice cold $6 cans of chard can also be found here.

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Home of the best town sign.  I stop and snap a picture here every.single.time.

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Ocean Trails

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Necessities

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Dead or alive?  I have no clue.

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Those succulents though

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Our State Flower is breathtaking (excuse Callie ass for the photo bomb) 

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Scaling cliffs…in flip flops with a beer in hand!  #skills

The fishing spots

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Cory fishes

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Callie + I collect coffee table treasures.

I came up with the best way to display these one-of-a-kind ocean finds.  I’ll be sharing soon!

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{weekend notes}

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Hello Monday!  I woke up on the right side of the bed this morning.  So, I’m taking full advantage of the day.  Even made it to 5am Kaia!  I truly believe that a weekend well spent brings a week of content.  Last week was a shit show, so this one is bound to be great.  The ebb and flow of life.  If one week sucks, the following is probably going to be wayy better.

Bay + I hit the sheets early last night.  Right after I completed my to-do’s for the week.  My blog content schedule.  Okay, so how was your weekend friends?  Saturday was absolutely frickin gorgeous.  Sunday too, till about 5pm when it started DUMPING!  Looking forward to more weekends just like this one……

 

Intentions for the week:

  • workout  (5 days last week and nothing feels better)
  • al fresco dinning
  • spruce up the back patio
  • meal prep
  • avocado taost blog post (say that 5 times fast)
  • hostess the next Omega Nu meeting
  • keep organized
  • positive vibes
  • set a pretty table – (coming this week)

 

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Breakfast + coffee date with my Mama!

Which inspired tomorrows post {avocado toast 4 ways} Stay tuned, it’s a good one.

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UC Davis Arboretum plant sale.

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They offered $10 off to everyone, since they rescheduled last weekend due to rain.  I’ll take it.

Some of the more unique plants.

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Our picks.  Succulants…always.  And some other pretties.  I’d tell you all about them, but I can’t remember what they’re called.  Why do plants have the most awful names?  The green leaf right in front is going in a pot on my front porch.  Little daisy like flowers will come summer time.

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Arboretum stroll

I can’t tell you how gorgeous the Arboretum is this time of year.

3.6 mile loop with views like this.  I really need to spend more time here.

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The poppies are everywhere.  Turtles galore.  Ducks for days.

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Perfect place for a Saturday stroll.

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A surprise Lavendar Topiary plant delivery from my homegirl Sarah P!

I mentioned to her last week, that I’ve been wanting one.  These are a Costco score.  So run now, they sell out quick!

You’re the best Sarah!!!

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Watching both of my nephews baseball games.  Benny got 2 doubles and Joe got an awesome hit too….he even slid into home.  Love watching them play.  And spending time with this little cutie.

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Happy Hour with the fam-bam!

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Sunday Hike

All over Putah Creek + Berryessa.

We pulled off on the side of the road and took the trail down to the Lake.  I never even knew there were trails.  So cool.

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Callie loves a good day hike too ♥

 

Pit stop at Turtle Rock for a cold beer + egg roll.  Always!

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Look for our $1 next time you stop.  It’s right under the sky light 🙂

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Greasy goodness!

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We stumbled upon Nichelini Winery.  Up the road from Turtle Rock about 3 miles.  We actaully saw a sign in the bar and the owner at Turtle Rock told us we should check it out.

Done!

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Nestled right on the side of Sage Canyon Road, you’ll come up on Nichelini Family Winery.

You’re probably passed by many times, like us and never stopped.

Do me a favor.  STOP next time.

You won’t be dissapointed.

It just so happened to be their Rosé release day.  And I just so happened to be wearing my Rosé the day away shirt.

The owners asked to take our photo for their FB page.  Yes, Yes + yes!  Ha.

It was meant to be! Rosé is the day — Nichelini Rosé is to die for!
Stacy and Cory

 

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Their Caberbet Sauvignon Rosé is to die for.  We both agreed.  And I’m not always a Rosé gal.

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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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