{turkey meatballs over sweet potato ribbons}


Day #4 of the Trader Joe’s recipe round-up!  Not going to lie, I am so sick of talking about food…lol.  It’s been a food filled few days and I’m ready to move on to some cute #ootd’s or some kind of decor.  Who’s with me?

What a week!  Getting home from Tahoe and taking off to Alliance Redwoods the next morning, kicked my butt.   Bay’s now home!!!  Ready to get back into the swing of things!

Weekend plans: kickin it!  I’m itching to get some Spring cleaning done too.  Even though there is rain in the forecast.  The month of March always gets me wanting to clean + organize.  My closet desperatly needs some attention!  Meal prep.  Monday, I will be doing a little 2-day cleanse followed by a sugar cleanse for the remainder of the month.  Drink some wine with the girls!  Polish off the rest of the girl scout cookies.

Sounds like a damn good plan to me.  What’s on your agenda for the weekend?


Bay claims that I saved the best for last…..

Turkey meatballs!


Trader Joe’s products used to create this meal:

  • Sweet Potato Ribbons
  • Tomato Basil Marinara
  • Ground turkey


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{15 minute beef stir-fry}


It’s Thursday friends!!! Believe it or not, I’ve got another Trader Joe’s dinner for you today.  Day #3 of the Trader Joe’s recipe round-up.  I saved a good one for you.

But, I’d like to interrupt our TJ’s round-up for just a sec……

Because its International Women’s Day and I can 🙂

I read this about 15 times and I really, really love it.


Share or tag me in your favorite International Women’s Day quote.  I can’t stop readying them and I want to share them all!  Every.single.one!

Ok, now back to the recipe……

Who doesn’t love a quick dinner??  I’m always down to save some time.  Which therefore allows more time for me to catch up on my BRAVO shows.  Vanderpump.   Summerhouse.  Beverly Hills Housewives.  Who’s excited for New York to begin next month?  Man, I watched the teaser and they look + act crazier than ever!

And who doesn’t love an easy dinner?  Less dishes to clean.  Less prep.

Being in the kitchen is how I unwind each night.  Normally with a glass of wine in hand and the record player playing something good.  Just typing that made me smile:)

Oh and I almost forgot, I’d also be wearing my sweatpants + slippers…ha.  How did I almost forget the first thing I do when I walk in the door?

Where was I going with that?  Anyway, I love being in the kitchen, but weeknights can be cray-cray sometimes.  I try to plan at least one super easy dinner each week.

I look over my calendar and decide what night I’m going to take advantage of the pre-prepped veggies + protein.  Then save the tougher, longer to prepare dinner for a night that I don’t have much going on.  When you’ve got a little extra time to pour a glass of wine and take your time.  And maybe insta story as you go 🙂  Not that I’ve ever done that…lol.

This stir-fry was a hit in our house.  So easy.  So fresh.  So good.  BOMB.com leftovers.


Trader Joe’s products used to create this meal:

  • Asian vegetable stir-fry (fresh veggie mix)
  • General Tsao stir fry sauce
  • Frozen brown rice (for bay)



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{chicken teriyaki casserole}

Last week Bay was craving chicken teriyaki.  Every time I asked her “what sounds good” chicken teriyaki!!

Wait, is it teriyaki chicken or chicken teriyaki?   Hold on, let me google it.

Accroding to google, it’s teriyaki chicken.  But, I think I like chicken teriyaki better, so we’re just gonna go with it, K?

Anyway, where was I going…….

Ok, I’m not a big teriyaki fan.  Doesn’t it always feel like a sodium overload?  Or is that just me?  I googled it.  Again!  Found a bunch of recipes.  Made my own spin on this dish after reading about 4 similar recipes.  And it was killer.  It doesn’t taste like a salt lick….lol!  Bay was pumped.  I almost polished it off for lunch the remaining of the week.

I’d say that’s a winner winner chicken dinner.

Sorry, I had to 🙂


This dish is crowd pleasing.  Super easy to make.  You get all your food groups.  Healthy-ish.  And great leftovers!

Did I mention this feeds an army?  I dedicate this one to all my girlfriends with #hellakids

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{peanut butter + brown butter rice krispie treats}

Let’s do a little Bay update.  It’s been a while….

A couple of weeks ago, Bay decided to switch to English horse riding lessons.  After riding western since she was 4 years old.  Bitter sweet.  I loved watching her ride at the Junior Rodeo roping + pole bending.  But, she’s convinced that English is what she’s passionate about.  I think all those years of watching The Saddle Club got to her 🙂

Bay worked her first horse show last weekend at Stallion Station.  She still cannot stop talking about it.  Bay will be riding in the next horse show and I’m pretty sure she’s daydreaming about it right this very second.  Her love for horses is one of my favorite things.  As she’s grown, it’s never faded once.  After the show, her riding trainer gave her + Ruby (Bay’s bestie) a horse necklace, which she hasn’t taken off.  Even to sleep.

We talk about middle school daily.  All the things that will change.  What friends will be at the school.  What kind of backpack do middle schoolers rock?  Can I take zero period?  All the electives.  Leadership!  All the lunch options.  It’s mind-blowing for an 11-year-old girl.  I remember middle school being a huge change with EVERYTHING.  Nervous + crazy excited for my girl to experience it all.

Bay is wearing rubber bands on her braces.  Is that how you say it?  She’s to wear them for 22 hours a day.  Basically only taking them off at meals and teeth brushing.  They are kinda tucked in the back so you really can’t see them.  Which makes me forget she has them.  Until she digs her fingers in her mouth to pop them off at each meal…lol.  Then lay them on her plate.  Makes me wanna gag.  But, I’m so proud of the fact, I don’t EVER have to remind her about them.  She’s never forgotten them.  Man, she’s becoming so responsible.

Last month I convinced Bay to chop her hair off with me.  That sounds funny.  We didn’t chop our hair off..lol.  Allison, our hair queen, chopped our hair off.  I promised that I wouldn’t bother her to cut her hair, other than a trim here and there, till summertime.  DEAL!  It’s so dang cute, except Bay instantly looks so much older with shoulder length hair.

Bay gave up YouTube for lent.  This is a BIG deal for a tween, let me tell you.  She’s been doing great!  No slip ups yet, but it’s only been 1 week.  Me, on the other hand, I’ve been terrible.  Getting better little by little.  The F bomb struggle is real!

She’s still such a mama’s girl and I absolutely LOVE that.  I really hope she stays this way forever!!!

And last, Bay is still whipping up sweet creations all.the.time.



So, today, I’m going to share a new one.  Peanut butter + brown butter rice krispie treats.

Say that 5 times fast…lol!

Bay found this while searching the internet for something to satisfy her sweet tooth with ingredients we had on hand.  This recipe is from Joy The Baker.

Which is one of my personal baking idols.  Her creativity in the kitchen is crazy inspiring.

These rice krispie treats have been recreated 3 times in our house.  THREE TIMES!!

So, so good!


Here’s what you’ll need:

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{cookie dough cheesecake bars}


Missing my girl like CRAZY!!!  Bay gets home this weekend and I cannot wait to wrap my arms around her and squeeze her tight!!

A week is a lonngggg time.

And I bet she’s grown an inch too.

So today I’m sharing a post that she helped me out with.  Or I helped her out with?  Really she just baked another killer dessert and said I could post it.  Ha!

Bay is the baker in the house.  She calls me the cook.  But, I’m down with that.  Baking isn’t my specialty.  Bay on the other hand, LOVES it.  She’s also a math wiz and the exact measurements are her thing.  I’m more of a dump it in and think, yep….that looks about right.

I think her baking obsession started with the fact she has a massive sweet tooth 🙂  And my baking skills were lacking.

This is Bay back in 2014 with her heart-shaped chocolates peanut butter blossoms.

Look how little she is.  OMG, now I miss her even more….tears!



The only way I can get Bay on the blog these days is by picking up all the ingredients for a baking recipe she’s found or made up.  When she told me about this one, I was like, Yesss!  Done!


She’s grown just a little, huh?!?!


Ok, I’m done.  Back to the recipe…..

It’s easy.  It’s semi-homemade.  It will get your sweet tooth fix.

Just how Bay likes it.

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{tomatillo salsa + crispy cheese taco shells}


It’s Taco Tuesday friends!  Other than Friday, Tuesday is a pretty close runner-up to a favorite day of the week.  The Taco part.  Not the Tuesday part.

Who doesn’t love Taco Tuesday?

You guys, stop what you’re doing and read these easy recipes to take your Taco Tuesday from the same ol thang to WOW, that was bomb.com.  Ha.


This salsa is from my homegril Lisa at Salty Lashes.  She doesn’t know we’re homegirls yet.  I’ve made a few of her recipes and they are always easy, fresh and yumm.


Tomatillo Salsa //

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{weekend notes}

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G♥♥d Morning!  I woke up ready to kill it this week.  That doesn’t always happen, so I’m fully embracing it.  What a whirlwind of a weekend.  So many highlights.  So many good times.  So many sugar highs.  Hope you had a good one too.

Let’s start with the intentions…….

Intentions for the week:

  • Get my camera repaired.  Any suggestions where to go?  Locally?
  • Figure out how to add the recipe print option to the blogComing soon!!!
  • Squeeze my girl extra tight – ♥
  • Figure out WTF is wrong with our Netflix
  • Don’t hit “place order” a single time this week. #onlineshoppingproblems – (Epic FAIL!)
  • Make a turkey bolognese.  Over zoodles 🙂
  • Drop off donation pile
  • Lunch date with girlfriends
  • Finish/send last thank you cards
  • Call for online price adjustments!  Always do this friends! – I got back over $50!!


Last weeks intentions: {weekend notes}


Highlights from the weekend…..


Friday nights are for pizza //



Unless you are dieting.

I had a bite…not even going to lie.  I mean, look at it.  How do you say NO to that?

You don’t!

Taking pictures of them

taking pictures of their heart hands ♥


We hopped on Yolo Pedicab for a ride up and down Main Street.

If you have a chance, do it.  I believe they are out mainly on the weekends.  Busy weekends.  I messaged them via instagram and they called me right back.  Great customer service.


Country music cruisin’




Saturdayzzz //

When you wake up at 4am….

you watch movies and make a candlelit breakfast.  Obvi.


Home Again is such a cute movie.

Reese Witherspoon, a single mother of 2 girls living allows three young guys to move into her guest house.  She falls for one of the studs.  Her girls totally dig them.  Then she kicks them out.

That’s just a quick run though, but worth watching when you’re in the mood for a cute, easy movie.


Homemade bagels.  They turned out so good.  I even sent one to my official recipe taster (aka my Mom) for her input.  I little tweak and I will be sharing this week!  Stay tuned for this super easy recipe.


Breakfast for two!

Yogurt parfait


Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade bagels

With a side of chocolate milk in wine glasses.


Diggin in


Bay said it felt like she was on a date 🙂


Glee re-runs + french braids




DOCO: Downtown Commons.  Formerly known as Sacramento Downtown Plaza.  I had to google that shit.  DOCO just doesn’t sound right to me, but whatev’s.



The DOCO security robot is different.  Also had to google WTF it is…lol.  The girls dug it.


Punch Bowl Social //

We went to see what all the hype was about.

Food + bar + bowling + arcade + everything in between…..

Features Include: 8 bowling lanes, VR, 2 bocce courts, shuffleboard, 80’s arcade, billiards, giant scrablle, 2 karaoke rooms, bonzini, foosball, photo booth






Old Man Cans


As recommended, we made reservations for a table.  We actually didn’t even need reservations, but I can see where you would on a busy night.  We did find a table + arcade to hang at while we waited for a bowling lane.

All and all, I’d say this place has potential of being a fun spot to hang.  I was unsure how it all happens, so I think next time we’ll dive in and check everything out.

Their menu looks good….different, but good.

Other than the adult milkshakes (who orders that shit?) their drinks were good too.



Museum of Ice Cream //

I scream,

You scream,

We all scream for Ice Cream.

Santa brought Bay two tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream.  She opted for “experiences” over toys + other gifts this year.  I love it.  She loves it too.  Christmas morning she isn’t flooded with packages, which I wasn’t sure she’d be into.  Once she saw that Santa left Museum of Ice Cream tickets and I got her Safari West tickets…she was all about it.  We checked out Safari West just a couple of days after Christmas.  It was unbelievably cool and deserves it’s very own post…hopefully next week.

Ok, back to the Museum of Ice Cream……

Car selfies


Sooo cool


As we entered our tour guide offered pictures of everyone.  I dig it.


Pink everything.  Bay blended in perfectly 🙂


I was expecting a flood of peeps.  Crowding.

Not at all.

You’re in a group of 15 people.  Together you come up with a ridiculous team name.

Sprinkle-licous Bubblegum Buddies

Once you pass the second room, after the Ice Cream Vault,

You’re free to go at your own pace.

I’d say there are about 8 rooms.  This is considered a walking forward museum.  Meaning, you can’t backtrack.  Once you leave a room, you cannot return.  So peeps definitely take their time.

Bay and I were done in about 1 hr. 15 min.  from start to finish.  And we never felt rushed.

Why you look so pissed Bay?


Bay got so many complements on her hot pink fur….

Girls’ faux-fur coat


Let’s be real….

This place is 90% about the gram’

10% about the ice cream



This place is what Ice Cream dreams are made of.


Mary’s Dinner serves Spinkle Pool ice cream.  Cake batter with sprinkles of fizzy cotton candy.

Bay asked for seconds.


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