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{the very best chocolate chip cookies}

Bay Bake’s! The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies!

If you like a cookies with crispy edges and chewy middles. I got you boo! Well, Bay’s actually got you!

This recipe is super simple and chances are – you’ve got everything in your pantry to make them. Give them a shot and let us know what you think!

Cookies make for great teacher gifts + hostess gifts + everyone gifts…lol! Who doesn’t love a good ol chocolate chip cookie?

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{christmas light cookies | letters to santa}

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Bay Bakes. It’s be a while, but my favorite (not-so) little baker is back. You see, Bay’s now a teenager. So, sometimes she’s all about the blog, like right now. And other times, not so much. Ha! When she’s willing to bake, I take her up on it!

She made the cutest + yummiest Christmas Light Cookies. They are so fun and festive.

I included the sweetest Letter To Santa free printable at the end of this blog post. Although we no longer host our Letters To Santa night, Bay will 100% be forced to write a letter anyway!

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{asian meatballs}

I need to come up with a new name for this recipe. It just sounds bad. Or is my mind in the gutter? Ha!

Friends – I tried a new air fryer recipe the other night. Annnddd, it was a hit! Bay and I both had it for dinner. Then lunch the next day. We loved it! I’m including oven direction with this recipe as well, since I’ve also made it back in the day before air fryers were a thing.

This recipe tastes so fresh + delicious. The best part – it’s healthy and totally Weight Watchers friendly. You guys, I’m back on the WW train. I’ve been tip toeing around the program for the last month and last week, I am BACK!

And right when I get back, the entire program changes. FML! Now you get 3 options. Say whhhattt? I’m currently using the old program, but I’m attending the Saturday meeting to get all the details. So I can decide which option works best for me. Stay tuned.

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{DIY pumpkin centerpiece}

Wood Pumpkin Serve Board (on sale) | 9″ Pumpkin Halloween Décor Cream | Orange Berry Stem | Light Up Skull (similar) | Candle: Chloe & Co Golden Moss

The Faux Pumpkin Centerpiece DIY was born last week. I typically stick with the real deal when it comes to pumpkins. I just love real pumpkins. The colors. The textures. I legit cannot get enough…Ha! But, if you remember from last year, I had a little mishaps with the REAL pumpkin centerpiece. Although it was fucking gorgeous, it almost ruined my life.

Okay, I may be exaggerating a little bit.

It rotted out. I picked it up to move it and the whole pumpkin melted in my hands. All over my carpet + dining room table. The smell that came off that thing could probably kill some kind of small animal. It was horrific. Ha! I shared a photo of it below for old times sake.

{thanksgiving table setting // DIY centerpiece}

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{fall home refresh}

Hanging Basket with Leather Handle | Faux String of Pearls Plant | Faux Pampas Grass: Amazon // West Elm

It’s almost that time. I can smell it. I can feel it. Fall is officially here on September 23rd. Summer is my boo, but I think Fall just might possibly be my #1! Here are some ways that I welcomed Fall to our home. Easy things you can do without spending a ton of money. Just simple touches that make a BIG difference.

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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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{friday 5}

Leopard Flats (40% off): J.Crew Factory

FRIIIIDAAAYYYY! It’s here! We’re celebrating with a night IN. I’ve got a bottle of chard in the fridge waiting on my arrival. PJ’s are folded up on the foot of my bed…ha! Pizza and movies. We’re gonna have a lit night. Did I say that right? I’ve got 5 things on my mind today……..

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{weekend notes}

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Happy Monday friends!  Hope you all enjoyed that sunshine over the weekend.  Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous.  Made me so ready for Spring.  January is like the longgessttt month ever…and we’re in the final week.  I’m looking forward to flipping my calendar to February and a fresh start on a new month.  One with less pressure.  Less shit to do…..Kinda.  Amway, hope your Monday is off to a good start.  I’m getting my hair done today, which always puts a smile on my face!

Intentions for the Week:

  • write thank you notes
  • pull out valentines day decor and get festive af
  • share stuffed bell pepper recipe
  • catch up on laundry
  • delete photos off my phone
  • hit my fitness + water goals
  • build the Omega Nu website…finally
  • have my mom + sis over for a facemask + wine night
  • make breakfast egg cups
  • give homemade celery juice a shot

 

This week on the blog: Stuffed Bell Pepper recipe.  Hopefully I can get my Yosemite post complete.  Black on Black on Black #ootd.

Highlights from the weekend……

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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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