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{on wednesdays we wear pink}

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Sweater $16 // Denim // Mules $18(similar)

Another day, another Old Navy sweater!  Old Navy is HOT right now.  Words I don’t think have ever left my mouth…HA!  But, for reals – you cannot beat those price tags + promo codes.  They have relevant styles and way better quality than I remember from the good ol days.

Before we get to that, I’m going to chat about my sugar cleanse for a minute.  If you DGAF….keep scrolling.  All my outfit details + top Old Navy picks are below.  I’ve been getting lots of questions, so let’s break it down real quick……

WHY

I’ve chatted before about why I cut sugar from my diet.  You can read about it here: {no sugar, no problem…sike} Basically, these jeans I’m wearing right here.  They are getting tight.  And I really like them, so I better get my shit together.  You know what I mean?  But, there are about 7 other reasons too.

HOW

I start each cleanse with a 2-day meal plan (below).  And the 3-day renew life cleanse.  Just trust me.  The combo does wonders and I feel so good within those first few days.  The 3-day cleanse you can find at Target and Nugget for $7.  I wrote about it more here: {friday 5}

Renew Life 3 day-cleanse

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I legit yanked this out of a Women’s Health magazine at Oasis about 5 years ago.  Sorry Melika.  I keep it on the side of my fridge.

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Breakfast – smoothie (I follow the recipe above) in my opinion, it’s the worst part of the 2-days

Snack #1 – cucumbers + vinegar + dill with a cup of green tea

Lunch – ground turkey + spinach + cilantro + green onions.  I top it with a shit-ton of hot sauce.

Snack #2 – should be asparagus.  I opted for carrots since the asparagus at the grocery store looked nasty.  With another mug of hot green tea.

Dinner – roast salmon + spinach + red onion + little olive oil + LOTS of lemon

In the evenings – you know, wine time + chill time?  I immediately brush my teeth.  Meaning kitchen is closed…NO MORE FOOD.  Ha!  Then follow-up with lot’s of green tea.  Especially the night your kid decided to try out a new chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Not gonna lie, I 100% snuck a bite of the dough.  #qualitycontrol

After the 2-day thing is over.  I stick to a strict no added sugar diet.  I don’t do fruit, because I don’t care for it.  I will use some brown rice here and there.  Sweet potatoes.  Homemade nut butters.  NO wine.  No beer.  No TJ’s dark chocolate covered almonds.  The struggle is real.  A clean diet.  Lots of protein + veggies.  With a few Skinny, Skinny Margs on the weekends.

HOW LONG

I was originally thinking till the end of the week.  But, who knows.  Maybe till Thanksgiving?

Now let’s get back to this outfit 🙂

Sweater // Denim // Mules (similar)

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{happy halloween // spider cupcakes}

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Happy Halloween!  It’s been a full month of all things orange + black + spooky!  We’ve baked.  We’ve decorated (twice).  Pumpkins are carved.  Pumpkin seeds roasted…(my mom’s best batch yet)  Bay DIY’d her costume.

The only thing left…Trick-Or-Treating!

Which is probably my least favorite part of the Holiday..lol!  The kids favorite, the adults…not so much.

 

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But, I realized today – this could possibly be that last time my girl dresses up for Halloween.  I was honestly unsure she was even going to be up for it this year.  I think the whole DIY costume really got her in the spirit.  Or the bribes?  HA!

Either way, we are going to Trick-Or-Treat our asses off tonight.  In the dark.  In the cold.  With strangers giving our kids candy.

I will have a wine in hand, though so I can’t complain too much.

Here’s to our kids ending up with shit-tons of Reese’s!  CHEERS!!!

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{old navy try-on}

Over the weekend, Bay and I hit up Old Navy!  It was actually my second trip within the week. You guys, they’ve got some cute shit right now.  Those price tags are legit too. I found some great J.Crew + Abercrombie dupes (look-a-likes for a fraction of the price)

Old Navy is a great place for simple basics. Cardigans. Tees. Sweaters. Especially today – everything, even clearance, is marked down 30%. No code needed 🙌🏻

I’m totally loving their buy online store pick-up. Does that even make sense? Truth – Old Navy online prices are always, without a doubt, better than in-store. So you buy all your shit online, select the store. Then pick it up. Ordered are ready within the hour and are held for up to 7 days. I’ll chat more about it at the end of true post too.

Bay came along and I taught her ALL THE THINGS dressing room try-on. You gotta start then young, right lol.

And I almost died when I realized Bay is now in women’s sizes.  What the hell? All the girls styles looked so toddler-ish. So, we grabbed some x-smalls and to my surprise….they FIT!

We even grabbed a cardigan that we can share. Talk about eye-opening. My girl is almost as tall as me too.

Anyway, we snapped some pics of the things we picked up. Some things we passed on this time, but still really liked. And a few items have been added to the good ol Christmas List.

Here are some of our faves!

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Slim-Fit Curved-Hem Thermal-Knit Tee for Women

We both agreed this was our favorite tee. Super soft and I always love a curved-hem. Looks great front tucked or untucked.  ONLY $9!  I’d recommend grabbing a couple of colors!

 

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Ruffled-Shoulder Lace-Trim Shirt

Reminds me of the J.Crew Ruffle-neck eyelet top except this one is only $23!  And I actually prefer the sleeves on this Old Navy top better than the expensive one.

 

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Relaxed Classic Soft-Brushed Twill Shirt (white plaid)

If you ask me, there is NO such thing as too many plaid shirts.  They come in so many color + print options, I say the more the merrier!  This one is a little longer, making it perfect for a front knot (without showing your belly) and front tuck.

 

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Bay Slim-Fit Rib-Knit Mock-Neck Tee //  Me Ruffle-Trim Clip-Dot Top

LOVE this mock turtleneck on Bay.  She said it’s for old ladies though.  WTF?  Ha!  Old lady or not, I dig the color combo.  My top is so much better in person.  Super flattering.  And ONLY $23!

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{weekend notes}

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Well, it’s a day late!  It’s been such a busy (work-wise) few weeks, that by the time I get home – I’m dead!  Which has left me little to NO time for this space.  I’m trying though!  Be patient with me, I’ll be back in the swing of things next week!

Intentions for the week:

  • Practice gratitude, it makes such a difference
  • Prune bushes and clean up the front patio #hotmess
  • Trader Joe’s for some goodies (chard + dark chocolate almonds too, obvi)
  • Faith Formation Parents night
  • Share mine + Bay’s Old Navy Try-On
  • Go greener
  • Celebrate Halloween with GG + family + friends
  • Swirl + Slice downtown Woodland….come see me at Serendipity!
  • Get back on the #last90days challenge and maybe share more about it?
  • Survive!

Highlights from the weekend…….

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{friday 5}

 

It’s Friday (hu-frickin-ray)!  Honestly, it’s really hard to believe October is coming to an end next week.  I feel like I cannot keep up with this year?  Anyone else?  I’ve got the Holidays on my mind BIG TIME.  I’ve started shopping too.  Which is one of my Holiday goals.  And after the Serendipity Boutique + bella moda boutique Christmas Preview last night, my wheels are spinning.

Weekend plans: My to-do list is staring me down.  It’s been growing longer each day this week.  I’ve been so swamped with work, I hardly have time to check my email or order my groceries.  I’ve been on survival mode…lol.  Tonight Bay and I are having a date night.  Mani’s + pizza + watching La La Land (she hasn’t seen it yet).  I can’t wait to sleep in.  Spend some time with friends.  Possibly get wine tips with Alex.  Maybe church?  God knows I need a little church in my life.

Before I let you get your weekend started, let me quickly chat about 5 things on my mind…..

 

 

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ONETurkey On The Table //  Kinda like Elf on the Damn Shelf, but for Thanksgiving.  Except, it’s not a pain in the ass at all.  And you don’t have to move it daily.  So, basically it’s nothing like Elf on The Damn Shelf…lol.  It’s more of a lesson on being grateful.  I’m all about gratitude.  I actually started practicing it daily, thanks for #last90days challenge.  Here’s how it works…for every day in November, write down something you are thankful for on the paper feather.  Each family member can take turns or everyone can write on the same one.  It’s totally up to you.  Place it somewhere that you’ll see it.  On Thanksgiving day, you’ll have a “fully dressed” turkey to display.  You can then read all the thankful feathers aloud.  It’s such a cute idea.  And the best part, for each Turkey on The Table purchased, 10 meals will be provided to someone in need through Feeding America.

Nordstrom (free shipping): Turkey On The Table // Amazon: Turkey On The Table

 

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TWO – Currently Reading // I had to ditch my last audio book.  So many great reviews, but the voice-over was absolutely terrible.  If you’re an audio book listener, then you get it.  Picked up Reese Witherspoons new Whiskey in a Teacup : What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking BiscuitsBest part, she’s actually the reader of her own book.  Which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before?  Anyway, it’s so cute and lighthearted…I’m really diggin it.  I also grabbed Chrissy Teigen’s newest cookbook Cravings: Hungry for More And she nailed it.  Everything looks so good.  I can’t wait to dive into it more this weekend and dog ear some pages to add to my “must make list!”  What are you reading?  Anything good I should add to my list next?

 

 

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{weekend notes}

Good day. Ha. Can’t say good morning. Monday rolled around real, real quick! Our weekend was full of family + friends + straight up kickin it. I still wasn’t ready for today though. The answer – coffee, lots of coffee. Followed by wine, lots of wine. That’s just how I roll these days. So this photo above kinda represents life these days pretty well. Throw your hands up and enjoy the wild ride.

Intentions for the Week:

  • Hit my step goal every.damn.day
  • And my water goal #hellaounces
  • Listen to my damn audio book, not sure I dig it yet
  • Bays first sports banquet 🏐
  • Make my Hawaiian chicken
  • Visit Serendipity + bella moda Christmas Preview…the most wonderful time of the year 🎄
  • Talk about my favorite new J.Crew sweater
  • And 10 things I’m diggin
  • Maybe, just maybe get my Portland Travelogue up?
  • Share a good ol healthy chili recipe

Highlights from the weekend…..

Beer me

Friday night at Blue Note. We need to make this a habit again.

How we feel about Taqueria Guadalajara nacho Friday 👍🏻

So, I didn’t win the Lotto Friday night, but I did walk around the corner at dollar tree to find my nephew, Benny with these stunna shades on. So it’s kinda the same thing, right?

Facebook memories that stop you in your tracks.

Watching our #4. Bay even made a sign, which Benny was pretty pumped about.

Orchard dinner set-up. It was all Anna, we just helped. She has a vision like no other and it came out better than I imagined.

To the pumpkin patch. Via jeeps, side-by-sides and pickups taking the back roads. Crossing a ditch and this was the view 🇺🇸

But first, solo cup roadies

And they’re off…..

The cow train

Bay + Spencer!

Hands up in the air, wave um like you just don’t care 🙌🏻

(Photo cred: Alex)

Pumpkin patch kids + Jessie ❤️

Bays shuttle service. She had more fun giving rides than anything lol.

Dinner time

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{monster tacos}

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Two things I really, really love.  Tacos + holiday themed food.  If you’ve been following for some time now, then you know I’ve got a thing for tacos.  If it’s Tuesday, I can almost guarantee we’re having tacos in some shape or form.  Homemade tacos.  Maria’s Taco Tuesday.  Taco salads.  Scroll down and bit and I linked up some of my favorite taco recipes from xoxostacyb.

Thing #2 you also know, I’m a complete sucker for Holiday themed dinners + treats.  My now 12-year-old has had her fill of spooky treats.  And I have to admit, I can’t get the reaction I used too…lol.  Maybe I need to have another kid?  Nahh!

Last year around this time I made {mini spider pizzas} and {monster treats}.  I LOVED seeing everyone recreating them for their kiddos at home.

 

This year, I wiped up Monster Tacos.  Just your average taco.  Any kind of meat will do.  Toppings, the more the merrier.

 

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Honestly, I’ve had to become the 30 minute meal mama the last couple of weeks.  We legit have maybe 30 minutes between Bay’s Volleyball games + Faith Formation class on Tuesdays.  So I’ll let you in on a little trick.  I went to the Nugget on my way home from the gym.  Bee lined it for the salad bar.  They have cooked chopped chicken for salad toppings.  I diced it up a little smaller.  Threw it in the skillet with some taco seasoning to warm it up.  Bam!  Done!  I used the leftover chicken over salads + quesadillas for lunches the next day.

 

In case you’re looking for some Taco Tuesday inspo, I got your back:

{halibut tacos + roast corn salad}

{baked chicken tacos}

{spinach pesto tacos}

{ranch chicken tacos}

{taco salad bowls}

{sheet pan shrimp fajitas}

{tomatillo salsa + crispy cheese taco shells}

{taco shells}

{taco tuesday….salad}

{slow cooker carnitas}

I even went as far as making a Taco Pizza once

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{friday 5}

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Hey, Hey, Hey…it’s Friday!  I hit the ground running ready to check everything off my to-do’s.  Because, guess what?  We have another kick back weekend.  You know, the weekends where they only things you have to do, you actually want to do?  Does that make sense?  I can get used to this!  What I’m looking forward to: dinner + probably a little too much wine with girlfriends tonight.  Hiking with my homegirl.  Making it to church #homework.  Picking up my parents Saturday evening.  That’s quite possibly the highlight!

Here’s a quick run-down of 5 things on my mind today……

Free People We The Free Molly Tee

ONE – Same, right? // Proof that everything I order does NOT work out…lol.  Lisa Allen fucking failed me on this one.  How does she have that perfect bunched up front tuck?  (Not to mention, she’s tiny and I could technically eat her as my afternoon snack!)  My top came really, really cropped.  Even Bay made the comment, “who’s that shirt for”  lol.  As much as I love this print, pretty sure I shouldn’t be rockin my 36 year old belly hanging out.  Return!!!  Or maybe exchange for this Daydream Textured Long Sleeve?

Totchos

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

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TWO – Totchos // Totchos, like nachos.  But, with tater tots.  Piled high with all the toppings.  I’m not going to lie, these are straight up dangerous.  It’s impossible to not dig in once you pull them out of the oven.  I originally made these for Bay last Friday night, but couldn’t resist.  To die for!  And super easy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • tater tots
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup olives, sliced
  • cilantro
  • hot sauce
  • sour cream

Here’s what you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread tater tots on baking sheet at bake for 20-25 minutes.  Give them a good shake about 1/2 way though.

Sprinkle cooked tots with shredded cheese and stick under the broiler till cheese is melted and bubbly.  About 3 minutes.

Pile on the toppings.  I had some leftover turkey taco meat that I added.  And I also added sliced radishes on “my side” because Bay said eww.  Ha!

Set baking sheet on the table and dig in!

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{magnolia table lemon bars}

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Yesterday was just one of them days.  Instantly as I typed that first line, a song popped into my head.  You know, the Monica song from the 90’s?  “Don’t take it personal!”  Now do you remember?  In case you have no flippin clue what song I’m talking about: Monica – Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)

And now it’s going to be stuck in your head, like it is mine.

We had one of dem days (as Monica would say).  Sometimes I look at my calendar and thinks Dayuuuum Gina!  What exactly were you thinking Ha!

I went from work straight to a smog test.  The good ol Honda Pilote passed.  Flipped a bitch and almost ran into my homegirl, Andrea on West Street as I passed Bay’s school (on accident).  Grabbed her from volleyball practice early to make her 5:15 pm 12-year doc appointment.  Then to the 4-H officer meeting which is followed with a club meeting.  But she missed dinner, so I had to make a detour at good ol Taco Bell.  Then go back to the meeting…lol!  Too bad I don’t get paid by the mile.  We left the house at 7:20 am and got home around 8:15 pm.  These are the days of our lives…..

Since we’re on the subject, how about a Bay update?

At her doc appointment, we discovered she is currently…….

144 weeks old (sorry, I had too)

64 inches (5’4″)

92 lbs

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Bay grew 4 whole inches in 365 days.  What happened to my little girl?  She wears the same size shoe as I do.  And frequently tries to steal my shoes too.  Bay also rocked one of my plaid shirts to school.  Tried around her waist.  She looked so cute.  And so grown up.

Bay obviously still LOVES to bake.  She’s always up to try a new recipe or google ingredients we have on hand to create something for her sweet tooth.  Like these amazing lemon bars she scoped out in the Magnolia Table cookbook that lives on our coffee table.

Magnolia Table Cookbook

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Bay’s still riding horses once a week.  She’s competed in two English horse shows and loves every second of it.  So much, that she opted to spend her whole Saturday volunteering at this coming weekends show.

1st quarter report cards come out this week.  I never thought the sight of a 4.0 would stress me out.  Bay’s been kicking ass at school in all zero – 6th periods and has straight A’s.  She was sick one day last week and logged in and messaged all her teachers for the days assignments and completed them from her bed.  I’d like to say she’s just crazy excited for school.  Ha.  But, truth is, I made a promise that if she gets a 4.0 and maintains it – She get’s social media.  I know, I know.  I said I wouldn’t do it.  I’m crazy proud of her and this is the ONE and ONLY thing that she wants in exchange for acing the first quarter of middle school.  We shall see how this goes!

 

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{weekend notes}

Hi friends. Can you believe yesterday was my 3 year blog-versary? Time flies when you’re having fun!! I went back and looked at some of my first posts and wow. Things have changed. We’ll have to take a trip down memory lane sometime this week.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Ours was equal parts relaxing and productive. Just how I like it. And I stayed in my pjs till around 9am both mornings. When’s the last time you scheduled a “chill” weekend? Honestly, I can’t remember. It was needed and enjoyed!

Intentions for the Week:

  • practice daily gratitude(writing this down creates a huge shift in your mood..try it) 
  • date night with my 2019 planner  – (switching is so much work)
  • watch my girl play volleyball(still undefeated #gowildcats)
  • finish my Portland post – (almost done, so much to pack into one post)
  • dinner + drinks with the girls(perfect way to end a crazy week)
  • 15,000 steps per day(didn’t even make it to the gym Thursday and still did it.  Shocked my damn self)
  • clean up the back patio(now if the wind will just go away)
  • find something cute to hang behind my stove – (still searching) 
  • drink 1/2 my body weight in oz of water every day #hellabathroombreaks(fact: you eat less when you’re so focused on water intake) 
  • write a post on my favorite + easiest salsa(coming soon…stay tuned) 
  • one random act of kindness each day (“cute top” “let me hold the door for you” smiling at randoms…in the most uncreepy way possible) 
  • make chili(so bomb and packed with veggies)
  • wait patiently for my parents to get home from Cabo lol – (failed) 

Highlights from the weekend…….

Friday night at the movies // I saw A Star Is Born.  Such a great movie.  I’ve had so many people ask me if it “that good” YES, it really it.  Bradley Cooper is beyond handsome, even when they try to make him look like he’s not.  Gaga was amazing.  I bawled my eyes out.  And when the movie was over, nobody even stood up.  Everyone just sat there.  That’s a sign of a good movie, my friends.

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Tochos // aka tater tot nachos.  I accidentally made these. Ha.  They were so killer.  Bay and I sat the pan straight from the oven to the coffee table and started digging in.  It’s pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll share exactly what I did on {friday 5} this week!

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45 Minutes a Day // It’s part of the #Last90Days Challenge.  Move your body every damn day.  I made it to the gym Saturday + Sunday.  Which is a really fucking BIG deal.  I’ve never, in my history, ever went to the gym twice in one weekend.   #shitsgettingreal

Coffee Table Vibes // In my {fall to-do’s} I listed that I want to do a coffee table series.  I LOVE changing up my coffee table.  Sometimes I do it multiple times a week.  It’s such a small space that makes such a big impact.  And I’m burning my fallen leaf Chloe & Co. candle.  You can now pick them up at Serendipity Boutique.  Go get one!

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Pretty Packaging // Love a pretty package.  Well done Free People.  I ordered the We The Free Molly Tee.  Hoping I can find a way to style it and keep it.  Stay tuned.

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Football // We watched my nephew Benny play football.  They are on a winning streak!

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I watched the game with Daniel in my lap, when Bay didn’t have him on her hip.

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This is how Bay watches football games…lol.

Target Basket // Julie from Salinas sent me a photo of her front door hanging basket from Target.  Straight up front door #goals  And the eucalyptus.  I’ve already warned her I’m going to steal clippings the next time I’m in town.

Target Basket $19

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Side Hustle // Worked on my side hustle.  Which I realized I don’t believe I’ve ever shared here on xoxo stacyb.  I’ve started doing social media for a couple of downtown shops.  I get to snap pictures and come up with catchy one liners.

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Front Porch // Which inspired me to get creative and complete my front porch.  Pumpkins + purple fountain grass for the win.  It’s killing me to not clip the fountain grass and stick it on my dining room table.

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Rib Cook-Off // The only photo I took, so not like me.  Cory’s team, Whiskey River BBQ Crew didn’t take the win this time.  But, it was still a good time.  And of course I’m wearing my J.Crew scoop neck Henley, AGAIN!

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The Fight // Cory taught my nephew how to place bets…lol.  For the record, he didn’t win.  But the fight was pretty entertaining.  Not the actual fight though…I’m talking the after show.  WOW!  What happens now?

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Pizza // Cory’s homeboy Rich made the BEST homemade pizza on this bbq insert.  And I officially added one to my wish-list.  Or better yet, maybe I should get Cory one for Christmas so he can make me pizzas?  Hmmm.

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Cousins Sleepover // My nephew Joe stayed the night with us.  I was nice to have an extra kid around.  The laughter make me crazy happy.

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