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{weekend notes}

I left my heart in San Francisco 🎶
A day in the Bay with my Baes ❤️

Ocean Beach. Sutro Baths. Union Square. Chinatown and the Marina. We hit all our favorite spots in the city. It was a fun weekend.

Somehow I woke up pumped to start the week. Here’s to making a new routine.

Intentions for the Week:

  • Finalize Holiday Cards (last year I didn’t send any out)
  • Figure out the new Weight Watchers plans
  • Try a new air fryer recipe
  • Deck the halls
  • Have Bay Bake something fun + festive for the blog
  • Pick up everything for my Christmas Table (velvet ribbon is hard to find)
  • Grab a coffee and walk the arboretum on a lunch break
  • Delete old photos from my phone
  • Find a fun Christmas pillow for my bed (I’m decorating my room too…lol)

This week on the blog: I’ll be sharing some sale finds. Dedicating a whole post to Bay’s new GreeLight debit card, because it’s that good. I have an Old Navy Try-On, because I keep popping in and finding new + cute things. I have a green jacket styled 4 ways that will be coming too!

Highlights from the weekend…..

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{halloween snack mix}

Halloween is 23 days away. Bay just decided today that she wants to be a bumble bee. So now I frantically try to find her the perfect bumble bee costume….that she actually likes. Say a little prayer for me, K?

And you know by now that I’m a complete Holiday Whore…ha! Sounds so bad. lol. Any excuse to make something fun + festive. I’m here for it. Pumpkin shaped everything. Ghosts + spiders. I’m on it!

Some good ones from the archives:

  • Remember the {pumpkin donut holes} They are not only crazy easy, they’re crazy good!
  • The {mini pumpkin pies} I’ve been making for years. They are the perfect individual sized dessert for those of us (my hand is raised) that have absolutely NO control when it comes to pumpkin pie.
  • {pumpkin snickerdoodles} a spin on GG’s (my grandmother) classic cookie.
  • Back in 2016, I shared {pumpkin muffins} and I need to put these on my to-make list to re photograph them!
  • Last years I busted out the {spider cupcakes} for our annual trick-or-treating night at the Nelson’s
  • And last but not least, {pumpkin spice creamer} inspired by my girlfriend Justine!

This year, I’d like to introduce you to a dangerously delicious snack mix.

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{weekend notes}

Just another Magic Monday. Switching it up. Moday’s don’t have to be manic. Let’s make them magic. What do you think? After a full 7 hours of sleep last night (which I never, ever get) I did NOT wake up refreshed and ready for the day. But, instead of thinking about how shitty today could be. I’m turning it around and thinking of all the ways it can me magic. I know, sounds corny, but my mind + heart can make or break my day. So, this is working for me….so far!

Hope you all had a great weekend.

This past weekend was sprinkled with a healthy dose of family + friends + sunshine + relaxation. It was pretty damn good!

Intentions for the Week:

  • stay on track with Weight Watchers
  • watch my girls first volleyball game of the season
  • celebrate my Mom’s birthday
  • finish decorating for Fall
  • shoot some new outfits for the blog
  • purge all my Fall decor
  • make it to the gym, no matter what
  • actually start a mini reset…and not just talk about it
  • try a tortellini soup
  • plan a Napa day-date with Cory
  • watch Jenny get married
  • complement someone different everyday

This week on xoxostacyb: Old Navy Try-On. Fall home refresh. The Mississippi pot roast recipe you’ve all been asking for.

Highlights from the Weekend……

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{weekend notes}

Wow, September is HERE! August was literally a blink of an eye. I’m 100% ready for Fall to begin. I think the excitement of each Season change get’s me so eager for what’s to come. September brings structure and everything falls back into place. Don’t get me wrong, I live for Summer and all it entails, but I’m craving the routine of our new September schedule.

We spent the long weekend at our family cabin in Tahoe. Our final, final beach weekend for the summer. Our last summer hurrah! And man – it was all that. We sat at the beach on Sunday for almost 6 hours and it was pure heaven!

Woke up on the wrong side of the bed and not really ready to take this Monday-est Tuesday by the horns. But, here we go!

Intentions for the Week:

  • Order a 2020 calendar
  • Give myself a mani + pedi…I’m thinking RED!
  • Gather everything for a Fall inspired GIVEAWAY
  • Make a Mississippi Pot Roast (even thought it’s hot as hell)
  • Track all my food on the Weight Watchers App
  • Finalize my Fall front porch
  • Clean out the fridge
  • Continue Intermittent fasting
  • Plan a fun date night
  • 4-H enrollment

This week on xoxostacyb: new Target finds. Pull out all the things Fall from the archives. And a Fall home refresh.

Highlights from the weekend……

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{weekend notes}

Monday! New start. New week. I somehow managed to make it to the gym at 5am this morning. Even after a long weekend in Vegas. Truth is, I haven’t made it to the gym on a Monday is about a month. Just like the saying goes “Never skip a Monday” that shit has some truth to it. I’m kicking today’s ass and I know I wouldn’t be if it hasn’t been for the sweat sesh! Going to try and make this a Monday habit!

Viva Las Vegas Baby! We pulled off a helluva surprise for Bay’s BIG 1-3! So much fun. But, man – there is no place like home. My bed never felt better than it did last night!

Intentions for the Week:

  • get my ass to the gym (everyday this week is my goal)
  • wine + planning with the Omega Nu “fun committee”
  • at home mani
  • celebrate my teenager one last time
  • get back to packing lunches the night before (such a time saver in the mornings)
  • clean out my purse + wallet (it’s straight up embarrassing)
  • try a new recipe
  • catch up on some much needed sleep

This week on xoxostacyb: celebrating another national day this week. I’ll be sharing a new recipe. Some sales. And maybe, hopefully my fern centerpiece DIY! Stay tuned!

Highlights from the Weekend…..

Somehow we (my mom, sister & I) pulled off the surprise of a lifetime. Back in December I pulled the trigger on 4 George Strait concert tickets. Then asked my mom + sis what they thought about taking Bay for her 13th Birthday. The concert was on her actual 13th birthday!

Friday, August 23rd at 6:30am. the morning of Bay’s 13th birthday, we woke her up with party hats and blowers.

She had 5 minutes to get up, get dressed, brush her teeth and catch our flight.

She was 100% surprised. And I was beginning to think she had an idea that something was up.

Thank you so much for all the sweet messages + texts + comments. Bay loved reading them all. She felt pretty special ❤️

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{white bean caprese salad}

Today was the day. The first day of school! The day some of us (myself) have been secretly praying for…lol! And some dreading. I decided next year we need to have a Woo-Hoo + Boo-Hoo party after drop off. Where we can celebrate or be bummed our kiddos are back in school.

You know, just at a bar preferably. Before everyone gets on with their day.

Bay’s last day first day at Lee Middle School. I was reminded of it, bright and early this morning. Holy shit!

Yes – I let her keep the baby blue acrylic nails. Even though I cringe every time I look at her hands. On one condition – she learns how to spell “remember” Ha!

We always take photos the night before. #momhack. Such a time saver in the morning on the first day! It’s almost like a trial run. What to wear. Does it need ironing. What hairdo. Makeup. All the things. It truly makes the morning of such a breeze.

I, myself, spent about 90% of my day scrolling though all the 1st day photos. I cannot believe how big everyone’s kids are. How grown and mature they all look. Including my girlfriends kids. We’ve had this tradition since pre-school. My girlfriend Sara and I met one year at Raley’s. Mainly because it’s always empty. Each year the group and photo have grown larger + larger. Makes my heart so happy! Thanks for organizing this year Alex! Love to see everyone dressed in their best ready to take on a new school year.

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{back to school}

Tee | Shorts | Vans (BOGO 1/2 off) | No-Show Socks | Backpack

I can hardly believe school starts in TWENTY TWO days! Where did summer go?

As much as I LOVE summer. I have to admit, I’m ready for our regular routine. You know – the one where nobody wants to get out of bed. Then we’re both up fighting over the bathroom. Bumping into each other to brush out teeth. And typically running late. Ha! Don’t you miss that too?

Bailey has opted out of taking zero period this year, so we’ve got some logistics to still work out. The 7:15 am out the door was actually kinda nice last year.

But, what we do have figured out is ALL THE THINGS back to school gear-wise. From backpacks to teen approved lunchboxes. Vans, ONLY vans. Cute tops + accessories that you “NEED”

With the help of my very own 12 year old, we’ve rounded up her top picks for back to school.

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{weekend notes}

After being gone the last few weekends, I was looking forward to a weekend at home. As Bay used to call weekends “stay at home days!” It was really, really nice to do NOTHING! Like, nothing at all. We slept in. Drank lots of coffee in PJ’s. Sat by the pool both Saturday and Sunday. Had some really good dinners. And straight up kicked it.

After lots of resting over the last couple of days, I woke up this morning ready to kick Monday’s ass….kinda. Ha! Got my steps. Working on my water in-take as I type. Have a great day friends!

Needless to say, today’s post is going to be short + sweet!

Intentions for the Week:

  • Date night to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Closet Clean out + blog post all about it
  • Loose 1 1/2 lbs at Weight Watchers weigh-in (I’ve got money riding on it)
  • Create a new centerpiece. Maybe using a fern?
  • Track everything: steps + food + water
  • Stock-up on Leaves candles (so sad the Davis Bath & Body closed)

This week on xoxostacyb: sharing a zero weight watchers point taco Tuesday recipe. Bay Baked Reese’s S’more dip and it was divine. Hoping to get that recipe up too. I did a closet clean-out. Still have more to do….so we’ll chat about that at some point too. And last but not least – Trader Joe’s. We tried a bunch of new products, so we’ll be spillin the tea on what we think!

Highlights from the weekend……..

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{weekend notes}

Tank (on sale) | Skirt | Heels | Clutch (similar) | Sunglasses

Just another manic Monday. I wish it was Sunday. Cause that’s my fun day! We had the most relaxing weekend. One that we really needed. When someone asked what I did over the weekend…..Umm, wine + sleep. Repeat. Ha! And are you even truly hungover if you don’t watch 5 hours of TV? I say NO! Let’s just say, I got caught up on 12 episodes of Beverly Hills Housewives…lol! And it was amazing.

Intentions for the Week:

  • Old Navy Try-On
  • Weight Watchers weigh-in
  • Master blueberry scones
  • Chat about my lemon obsession
  • Share cute summer tops under $25
  • Put the finishing touches on our summer bucket list
  • Maintenance appointments: get our pearly whites cleaned + get blonde AF
  • Summerland Whoop-Whoop!
  • Bike rides
  • Trader Joe’s burger throw-down

This week on xoxostacyb: Bramuda shorts….yep, I’m diggin them. Recipes I’m excited to try. Spillin the tea on new Trader Joe’s goodies. And our Summer Bucket List.

Highlights from the weekend…..

Cheers to the Freakin Weekend. Dad’s ready to party on a Friday night.

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{chocolate cupcakes with peanut buttercream frosting}

Bay Bakes! She’s back at it. I told her last week – she needs to get back on the blog. It’s been a while. In case you missed it….

Bay, my soon to be 13 year old, is the baker in the house. She’s got a major sweet tooth. So, she’s basically always digging through the cupboards for something chocolaty or sugary. You can find all her baking recipes here: {bay bakes}

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