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{weekend notes}

Happy President’s Day…..coming from the only person on earth that is working today. Lol! According to Instagram story polls, there are about 4 of us total. I cant bitch too much, since I did take Friday off for a long weekend in Tahoe. Cold very cold and snowy Tahoe. Hope your Monday is off to a great start. It’s going to be a good week! I can just feel it!

Intentions for the week:

  • insta-story fried rice recipe
  • drink more water (I’ve been really bad)
  • spring wreath DIY
  • balance my checkbook #scared
  • watch Bay horseback ride
  • celebrate 2 girlfriends birthdays
  • play around with some new photo editing apps
  • hit 10,000 steps per day
  • make a new sheet pan dinner
  • work in my tiny garden/flowerbed
  • share some new items I’ve picked up and love

This week on the blog: Random Acts of Kindness. Easy sheet pan dinner. Friday 5.

Highlights from the weekend….

Thursday evening we ventured over the hill and through the snow to South Lake Tahoe.

With a pit stop at Strawberry Lodge, as always.

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{weekend notes}

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Happy Cyber Monday friends.  This is a sale I can get behind!  It doesn’t require going anywhere.  No lines.  A shit-ton of good deals.  All from the comfort of your own home….of office, in my case.  Believe it or not, I didn’t make a single purchase on Black Friday.  I probably would have, had we not been headed to Tahoe for the weekend.  Maybe it was a blessing in disguise?  Ha!

Is anyone else insanely happy that we still have 1 more week till December?!?!  Just a little more time till the festivities really hit!  I’m going to embrace this week to the fullest.  We are going to get all the rest of our Christmas decor up tonight.  Hoping to get it all on the blog next week.

Intentions for the Week:

  • Get in 15,000 steps per day…No matter what – I lost my fitbit 🙁 
  • Pick up Trader Joe’s garland.  How much garland is too much?  Asking for a friend! – Gimme all the garland.  I’ve gone the extra mile to take all the steps to care for it too
  • Hydrate (god knows I drank wayyy too much wine over the weekend) – Kinda sorta did a good job….till Thursday.
  • Find all the best Cyber Monday deals – Did anyone score an awesome deal?  Tell me all about it.  
  • Work on all the outdoor lights + garland – They’re up.  Now to get our front porch tree lit up!
  • Dinner + drinks to celebrate Robin – Always a good time!!!
  • Get my pearly whites polished up – Bay + I are cavity free still
  • Share Bay’s Christmas bedroom decor – Thanks for all the love on Bay’s room ♥
  • Transfer dates to 2019 calendar – Didn’t even crack open the 2019!!
  • Dickens in the Valley Home Tour – Gorgeous homes….crazy inspired!!!  
  • Make turkey noodle soup with our Thanksgiving carcass (I hate that word FYI) – It’s happening TONIGHT!  

 

 

Let’s chat Cyber Monday first!  These are a few of my favorite things….and a couple are on my list:

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Click on any of the images below to shop…..

Couple other items that caught my eye today on Amazon…..

Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Echo Dot combo // AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing Ethnicity

 

 

Highlights from the weekend…..

Thanksgiving!!

“kid wine” cheers at the kids table!

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Quick photo shoot with Gram + Papa ♥

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The olive lover #olivejuice

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Real men wear women’s aprons to carve the turkey!

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I re-set my table…AGAIN!  After the rotten pumpkin fiasco.

My mom collected the most beautiful leaves while we were camping at Casini Ranch the other weekend.  These clipping lying across the table are the ones we stole off the side of the road.  Festive AF! And free!

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This is what our plates looked like.   Although, we’re all eating turkey.  I feel like everyone’s plate I saw on the ‘gram looked totally different.  And I LOVED hearing about the weird menu item each family serves.  Our’s is pretzel jello salad…yummm.

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Friday morning we hit the road for Tahoe.  With a pit stop in Placerville to pick up tree permits.

We picked up our permit at the Forest Supervisor’s Office: 3034 Briw Road.  Placerville, CA 95667.  Phone number: (530) 622-5061.

I called to confirm today and they do still have tree permits available.  They are first come first serve. $10 cash each.  2 Tree permits per family.

Once you purchase your permit you’ll get the orange permits that you attach to the tree(s).  And a map showing you all the spot for tree cutting.

Here’s more info on tree permits: Eldorado National Forest Christmas Tree Permits

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Pit stop at Strawberry Lodge.  It was raining + snowing.

My girl all bundled up…in my jacket…lol!  The struggle is real!!!

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Just a little snow….

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Dressing the cabin up for the Holidays ♥

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Avocado toast is my weekend jam  #basic

I used the leftover Thanksgiving ham.  Bomb.com

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We hit the Fallen Leaf Lake trail from the campground.  Such a pretty trail.  Great for kids too!

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Just give me all the snowy trails.

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Then you get to this.  I mean, could it have been a more beautiful day?  The sky.  The mountains.  The lake.  I can’t pick which one I like the most.

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My people ♥

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{top 5 favorite beaches}

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We are on our final week of August….holy smokes, how did that happen?  September is the craziest month (other than December) of the year, in my opinion.  Everything begins.  School.  Sports.  4-H.  Activities.  Omega Nu.  Faith Formation.  Boosters.  My head is spinning just typing all this…yikes.  Already planning September blog content too.

But, before we get into fall + September.  Before I start sharing transitioning to fall clothing.  Before I set my fall tablescape.  Before I start filling my feed with casseroles  + comfort food recipes.

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I HAVE to share my favorite beaches!

I’ve been writing this post since……

Last summer.  I kept starting and stopping.  The problem is, I had the hardest time ever narrowing down five beaches.  Honestly, I could easily do 10!

I want nothing more than to ditch work early on Friday’s and head to the nearest beach.  Bury my toes in the in the sand.  Open an ice-cold bud light lime.  Turn on some country music and lounge in the sun.

This my friends, is my paradise.  Even if it’s only 2 hours from home at the Lake or the Ocean.  There is absolutely nothing more relaxing and good for the soul than sitting on a beach!

While the water may not be warm enough for swimming.  Toe dipping is always do-able.  Seashell hunting is possible.  Picnicking is always a good time.  Or just sitting on your ass staring at the waves.

Here is a list of my favorite beaches, tested + approved by yours truly.

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{weekend notes}

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Hello Monday!  After the weekend we had, I woke up refreshed and ready to take on the new week.  Last week almost, kinda, sorta killed me.  So, a relaxed couple of days in my most favorite place was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Intentions for the Week:

  • load up on H2O
  • use all the produce I’ve been gifted
  • face mask + mani night with Bay ♥
  • write out recipe for grilled steak with corn salad
  • 18k steps per day
  • finish up {things I’m loving} post
  • share what I’ve given up for 30 days
  • make grilled hasselback potatoes
  • pack + prep for camping trip
  • donate/sale 5 items from my closet
  • miracle grow all my plants
  • go through Bay’s jeans…she wont stop growing
  • continue being punctual AF

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

Highlights from the weekend…..

We began the weekend the best way, celebrating.   A little impromptu dinner.

I used to throw the most elaborate Birthday parties.  With ponies + Disney Princesses + giant bounce houses + Taylor Swift cover band + butterfly releases.  You name it!  For about 8 years.  Spent hundreds.  Invited anyone and everyone.  Now I tape homemade Happy Birthday banners that were made minutes before, to the wall.  But guess what?  Bay thought it was the coolest shit ever.  And it didn’t cost me a dime.  Crazy how things change and evolve over the years of being a parent.

We did, however, get the Timothy’s Bakery funfetti birthday cake.  This is one of our many birthday traditions that will never change.

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Bay + GG ♥

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GG testing out Bay’s new beats by dre.  And I kinda love that her life alert is sticking out around her next.  God, I love her!

(Photo cred: Kissey)

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Bay made a saran wrap ball game filled with money + candy.

That shit got wild!

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About to boomerang!

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I wrapped up Bay’s lunch for school.  She said #embarrassing 🙂

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Cory won for most creative wrapping papper.  Nugget bag with sale adds as tissue paper.

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Packing list for Tahoe:

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Strawberry Lodge pit stop.  It’s a tradition!

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Cabin, sweet cabin ♥

This place never gets old!

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Lake Tahoe Pizza Co.  Another Friday night tradition.  We walk to pizza.  It’s right around the corner from the cabin.  We secretly hope we see bears too…lol.

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Home of the liters of red wine.  And delicious pizza!  Be still my heart!

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Hey bartender.

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Everything tastes better at the cabin too.  Like my avocado toast.

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Pope beach twins!

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My dress is and old J.Crew from years ago.  I scored Bay’s on super sale though….

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Girls’ neon ruffle dress

Toes in the water

Ass in the sand

Not a worry in the world

A cold beer in my hand

Life is good today!

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When you drive through Camp Richardson and there isn’t a line to the street at the Ice Cream Parlor, you GOOOO!

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They say you only get 18 summers with your kids. I call bullshit. I’m 36 and my mom still can’t shake me! Hard to see but we’re 9,100 feet in the air on the HeavenlyMountain gondola with the most beautiful view of Lake Tahoe behind us!

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We decided to try something new to us.  We’ve always talked about going to the top of Heavenly, but just never do it.

Lot’s of time spent suspended in the sky with views like this.  It even stops sometimes.  Scary AF!

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You have to hop out at the observation deck.  Super cool 360 views of Lake Tahoe.

And picnic areas like this.

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{weekend notes}

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Happy Monday friends!  We survived another Celebrity Golf Tourney.  As always, such a good time.  Friends + sunshine + celebrities + drinks!  That’s what this annual weekend trip is all about.  Hope you all had a killer couple of days too.  Now back into the swing of things.  Luckily I made prior plans to meet my homegirl for an early (4:30 am) workout….otherwise I’m pretty sure my snooze button would have gotten a good workout…HA!  Bay started Algebra Academy this morning.  And I’m hosting a rosé tasting + OC Housewives season premier this evening.  Have you watched the trailer?  It’s going to be ridiculous…just how I like it!

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Host a rosé tasting(gonna tell you all about it) 
  • Find a sunflower field – (hopefully this week)
  • Make caprese salad(my fave.  trying it with avocado this week)
  • Go see Mama Mia with Bay in the theater(so, so good Bay couldn’t stop dancing) 
  • Tell you all about the perfect white denim I found(come this week)
  • Stay away from Target(I did it….till Friday, but I had stuff I legit needed) 
  • Donate/sale 10 items from my closet – (pulled the items, but that’s as far as I got)
  • Try a new foundation…maybe back to Estée Lauder? – (getting color matched this week whoop-whoop)
  • Play tennis – (too damn hot for that shit) 
  • Finish cabin laundry(done √)
  • Send back returns(done √)

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……..

This was my third + final weekend in Tahoe for the month.  I’m tired!  Ha!

Always a pit stop at Strawberry Lodge.  And the bartenders are getting better + better at making a skinny, skinny marg each time!

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Pizza + carafe of red wine at Lake Tahoe Pizza Co.  It’s just how we roll.

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Quite possibly the highlight of the weekend…..karaoke at the Classic Cue.   If you follow any of us on Insta-stories, then you know what I’m talking about.  Classic Cue never disappoints on a Friday night.  And we even roped some of our favorite Golf Tourney homies to partake in the amazingness!

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Best part – one of the singers from Friday night, just so happened to be Andrea’s uber driver Saturday morning.  LOL!  You can’t even make this shit up.

 

Celebrity Golf Tournament

The 17th hole at Edgewood is such a show off!

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We got the guys to take 1 picture the whole day.  Thank god it turned out 🙂

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Drink of choice: skinny, skinny margs.  AKA tequila on the rocks with a squeeze of lime.

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{friday 5}

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Who else is ready to shake a tail feather?  We’re headed back to Tahoe and I couldn’t be more excited.  It’s our annual no-kids Tahoe trip for the Celebrity Golf Tournament.  Which means we’re gonna have a damn good time.  Ha!  Hope you all had a great week!  And even better weekend 🙂

5 things on my mind…….

 

ONE – Portland, OR //  You guys, Cory surprised me and booked a 4-day Portland Trip.  Get this – I’ve never been to Oregon!  Swear.  I’ve hardly been anywhere outside CA to be perfectly honest.  We chatted the other night about making a goal to visit a new State each year and he straight up delivered!!  Okay, so I need ALL THE THINGS Portland.  Where to eat.  Where to stay.  What do to.  Bar, ALL the bars.  We are renting a car to check out Cannon Beach (staying 1 night) #bucketlist and Multnomah Falls.  I think could spend the entire day on Pinterest pinning everything.

Check out what I’ve pinned so far: xoxostacyb – Portland

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TWO – Nordy’s Sale //  In case you haven’t heard, there is a sale going on at Nordstrom…lol!  Not going to bore the shit out of you, promise.  But, there’s some good stuff that I think we need to go over real quick:

Zella Leggings $35 // Madewell Step Hem Jeans $34 (call and ask for a price match) // BP Cardigan $31 // Halogen Seamless Bandeau $11 // Free People Thermal $44 // Top Shop Cardi $49 // North Face Jacket $68 // Top Shop Dress $39 // Top Shop Leather Jacket $47 // Madewell Black Skinny Jeans $84 // Free People Sweater $51 // Nike Sneakers $55 // Raw Hem Tee’s $11 // Studded Mules $49 // VANS $42 // Black Studded Boots $129 // Fleece Pullover $51 // Camo Military Jacket $149

And that’s just to name a few of my top picks!  What’s in your cart?  Tell me all about it.  I love this shit 🙂

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{weekend notes}

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Welcome Monday!  With open arms.  I can’t even remember the last time those words came out of my mouth….or in this case, typed on my keyboard.  It’s amazing what a relaxing weekend PLUS a goodnight sleep does for the soul.  Woke up ready to kick this weeks ass!  Even got some early morning steps, which hasn’t happened in far too long.  Monday’s are for fresh starts and I’m all about it today!  Just hope I feel the same way tomorrow 🙂

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Keep Bay entertained(pool dates + sleepovers + riding) 
  • Celebrate Alex’s birthday with all the homegirls ♥(good times as always)
  • Get 15,000 steps per day (did it…got a workout in every weekday…this is a big deal) 
  • Homemade ice cream(did anyone try the Circus Animal Cookie Ice Cream?)
  • Clean the back patio(it makes me crazy happy)
  • Get blonde again(Allison straight up KILLED it) 
  • Air dry hair 3x this week(been rockin a fro)
  • Taco Tuesday date with Bay(tacos + convos were so good)
  • Library for new reads(Magnolia Table + True Roots + Gray Malin…not really reading material though) 
  • Celebrity Golf Tournament (whoop whoop)
  • Walk the arboretum on my lunch break – (Too damn hot for that shit)

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Highlights from the weekend:

We headed back up the hill Tuesday evening to celebrate the 4th at the Cabin.

Fancy meeting my sis + bro in-law at Strawberry Lodge.

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Strawberry got fancy for the 4th.  But in sad news, the jukebox is broken.  Which is absolutely devastating if you’ve ever had the opportunity to play a song on it.

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2nd traditional pit-stop: Lake Tahoe Pizza Co!

Bay also takes a picture in this bug every.single.time too!  What can I say, we are creatures of habit.

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While we take pics, Cory makes friend with all the dogs 🙂

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Surprised the kiddos with a donut board for breakfast.

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I picked up every shape + size I could find.

And topped them with cute USA flags on toothpicks.  The kids where in heaven!

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Read to celebrate the 4th! #cousins

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To the beach!

 

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Getting in a beach on the 4th has become a little tricky.  We got it all figured out this year though.

Load up all the bikes.  Drive down early to get a parking spot.  Ride the bikes back to the Cabin.

Then we ride back and forth all day.  Luckily our cabin is fairly close and there is a nice bike trail.

A lot of woke, no doubt.  But 100% worth it!

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From the beach to The Beacon Bar & Grill for Rum Runners!  It’s a must!

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Bay + Gram swam to the bouy.  It was high on Bay’s beach to-do’s!

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Back to the beach after dinner for the fireworks!

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Is it just me, or does the Summer seem to fly by once the 4th of July is over?  As fast as it’s going by, we’ve been loving every minute of it!

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{weekend notes}

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Good morning!  To be completely honest, I cannot believe it’s already Monday.  I spent the last couple of days in Tahoe and it’s like I blinked and boom, the weekend was GONE!  Not a fan of a Holiday landing on a Wednesday.  Do you celebrate all week?  Last weekend?  Or next weekend?  I say we just celebrate all July?  What do you say?  I get lots of questions about where to eat.  Where to hike.  The best beaches in Tahoe.  I’m thinking of doing a South Lake Tahoe blog post.  Is that something you’d be into?  Leave a comment and let me know : )

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Blog June recapDone {june in review} 
  • Grill peaches for dessert(and a peach galette) 
  • Renew AAA roadside – (a must with all the miles I’ve been putting on the old Pilot)
  • Hike a new trail
  • Make a recipe from the Inspiralized & Beyond Cookbook
  • Take lots of pics with Bay’s Instax camera – (harder than it looks…iPhone pics are so much easier) 
  • Surprise the kids with a breakfast donut board(cool breakfast idea for the kiddos)
  • Celebrate the 4th of July in Tahoe (So much fun with the fam!)
  • Watch the fireworks from the beach(it’s a tradition) 
  • Wear red, white + blue all week long(I rocked all three tops
  • Put up all the American Flags I can find(always)
  • Cook with salmon #craving(made baked salmon over lemon spaghetti…BOMB)
  • Survive the work week + HWY 50(barely) 

 

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend…….

 

Friday night, date night //

I’ve been wanting to check out the Revival at the new Sawyer Hotel in Sac.  But, if you’re a male, you cannot wear flip-flops.  At a bar that has a pool?  Hmmmm!  Doesn’t make much sense to me.  Since Cory, (and I’m sure 90% of males on a 100 degree day) were also wearing flip-flops, we were turned away.  Question, are guys encouraged to rock dress shoes + shorts?  End of rant!

So we checked out Punch Bowl Social again.

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When Stover’s Home //

We get together for drinks + a catch up sesh.  Stover even shopped my closet for her outfit 🙂  Missing some homies, but always a good time.  The three of us here, we’ve been friends for over 20 years.  Crazy!  We can reminisce about the good old days all night long!

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Caboodle Poll //

I got another 100% poll Saturday morning.  Every person who voted, once owned (or still has) a caboodle.  I love when classics become popular again.

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Beach Cover-Up //

I was so excited to pack this cover-up, that I totally forgot to wear it….Ha!

SZ Blockprints™ for J.Crew Kitty top

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Peace Out //

Bikes loaded up, hitting the road

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My favorite Place //

Found my favorite peeps at my favorite spot Saturday morning.  Pope Beach!

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Bay + Daniel ♥

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Straight Chillin

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Daniel loved my hat

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Electra Snobs

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Gangs All Here //

One of the perks to our cabin, a brewery right around the corner.

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South Lake Tahoe Brewing Company

Love their blonde

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We ended up making ourselves at home at the brewery, once we found out there was an active shooter in our neighborhood.  SWAT + police EVERYWHERE!  Right up the street from our cabin.  Luckily it didn’t go on all night.  They finally got the bastard and we were able to go home.  Definitely makes for an interesting night!

South Lake Tahoe – deadly shooting

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Trying new recipes //

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{summer to-do’s}

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Hey Girl,

Consider today the OFFICIAL kick off to summer.  Happy Summer Solstice!

Summer’s here!  Which means it’s time to take a deep breath and savor everything the season has to offer.  In your happy place.  Whether that means sitting by the ocean.  Camping under the stars.  Sipping rosé in your own backyard.  Dinning al fresco.  Gardening!

You know I love a good seasonal to-do list by now.  I couldn’t be more excited to write down ALL THE THINGS we’re planning to try out this summer.

Because in the end, memories aren’t made by sitting around waiting for them to happen, but from when you get out and live.

 

2018 Summer To-Do’s 

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{weekend notes}

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Take me back to Tahoe please!

We had our final-final summer adventure last weekend.  Most peeps are celebrating their last summer hurrah this Labor Day weekend.  Unfortunately, we will be spending our 3-day weekend moving.  So. Much. To. Do!  Currently wishing I was still sitting on Pope Beach with a bud light lime in hand enjoying the 80 degree weather.  This 110 shit is for the birds.

 

Here’s a little recap of the highlights from our weekend……

We hit the road Friday with Ruby (Bay’s BFF) in tow.  I love these girls and their friendship ♥

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Pit stop at Strawberry Lodge for sodas.  First time ever (in my adult life) I haven’t sat at the bar, played Janis Joplin on the jukebox and enjoyed a coldie.

They did a boomerang cheers.  Like mother, like daughter.  Pretty sure that was Sara + I a couple of weekends ago….Ha!

 

The Cabin.  With mom waiting for us.

 

First thing first…Lake Tahoe Pizza Co. for pizza.  Pizza is kinda our Friday night thing, if you haven’t caught on yet.

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We did half cheese (borefest) + half Mean Greek.  You guys, it was BOMB.  Sundried tomatoes + sautéed spinach + feta cheese + red onions + peperoncino + chicken.  Sounds good, huh?

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Saturday morning breakfast on the deck.  Fueling for our adventure.

I had a bloody mary to calm my nerves 🙂

 

Along side avocado toast Carol Willis style.  I love avocado toast, but do you want to know how to make your avo toast even better?  Add crispy prosciutto.  Yes!  Carol had made this for my mom a couple of days before.  When she told me about it, I requested she show me Carol’s ways.  OMG!  It was killer.  She crisped up a couple thin slices of prosciutto on the stove then layered it up over a toasted pieces od Dave’s Killer Bread.  Try it.  And thank Carol after!

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Horseback riding!!  WTF did I get myself into?  I am afraid of horses.  Horses don’t like me.  Pretty sure they can sense how uncomfortable I am.  At least, that’s what I’ve been told.  I am 35 year young, and have yet to get on a horses.  I’ve had plenty of options, but have declined every single time.

The reason we are here….Bay + Ruby are completely horse crazy.

They’ve been riding since they were 5 years old.  Look how little they are in the images below.

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Then a couple of summers ago, Paige + Willy introduced Bay to Junior Rodeo.  She learned barrels + poles + roping.  Probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever seem my girl do.

She would ride out to a goat.  Jump off her horse.  With a hope in hand.  And tie up a live goat and lay it on its side.

Bay was 9 years old at the time.

I don’t think I could even do that now.

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Ok, so now that you have the history you know why it was time for me to finally get on a horse.  Bailey has asked me to a million times.

I said yes.

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We went for a guided trail ride in Tahoe at Camp Richardson Corral.  I can’t say tell you how great the guides + staff treated us.  They knew I was freaked the fuck out.  They got me on a horse and reassured me I would love every second of it.

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