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{weekend notes // #last90days challenge}

 

I was listening to Rachel Hollis this morning.  You know the chick that wrote, Girl Go Wash Your Face?  She said something that got my attention.  I’ve actually been thinking about it all day.

Choose what you want most.  Not what you want right now!

It stuck!  What do I want the very most?  Damn.  That’s a good one.  It’s tough.  I want it all, really.  I can rattle off about 25 things I want right now.  But, one thing I want the very most?

Anyway, just those things that make you go hmmmm.

I’m also following her #last90days challenge.  Have you heard of it yet?  It’s been plastered ALL over social media, so chances are you’re very well aware.  Ha!  Let’s chat about it for a second anyway…..

What if you committed to living your last 90 days of this year as hard as you are committing to living the first 30 days of the new year? What if instead of a downhill slide into 2019, you are ramping up!

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Here’s how I’m tackling the challenge:

  1. Get up an hour early // I love to get up at the butt-crack of dawn and get my workout in.  To be honest, if it doesn’t happen before the sun comes up….then it aint happening.  I can tell myself all damn day that I’ll get it done after work.  #bullshit
  2. Workout for 30 minutes // First thing and then you don’t have to think about it!
  3. Drink your weight in oz of water // This is the hardest one for me.  I fill my yeti cup with lemon + water and try to re-fill it twice before lunch and one more time after.  Some days I straight up kill it.  Some days I straight up forget.
  4. Give something up // Sugar.  I gave up sugar again.  Added sugar.  It’s challenging.  But, I know it works for me.  I’ve done it many times and get the most + best results.
  5. Gratitude // So many ways to practice gratitude.  I’ve found the writing them down first thing when I wake up.  Before my coffee.  Before my feet hit the floor.  Before I have a chance to think about all the shitty things the day many entail.  This has been the best thing ever.  It really does shift your thoughts to being way more grateful.  Try it!

Are you doing the #last90days challenge?  Tell me how you’re doing it.  I love reading about this challenge and all the unique ways people are embracing it!

Intentions for the Week:

  • finalize Thanksgiving menu
  • get the house tidy AF
  • decorate Bay’s room for Christmas
  • work on two Thanksgiving outfits
  • pick up tree permits
  • make chicken soup
  • add extra blankets to our beds
  • set Thanksgiving table
  • shave my face…lol!  Have you heard of it?  I’m doing it!
  • pack for the coast

 

 

Highlights from the weekend:

Praying for California!

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Friday night I had margs with my homegirl Alex and didn’t snap a single photo.  I cheated and had one of her enchiladas too.  So good!

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Did you see that Nordy’s is having a sale?  I shared some shit that I have and LOVE that is all marked down.

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Leith dress // crazy flattering on any body style.  Comes in 8 color options and is only $44!!!  Get one.  Great layered or all alone.

Top Shop Leather Jacket // 40% off making it $55!  If you’ve been looking for a good classic leather jacket, this is it!  I LOVE mine.  Picked mine up last year on super sale too, and wear it more than I should admit!

Hunter Boots (in matte black) // $100!  This is a great gift!  I actually really like the matte better than my shiny black hunters.

Madewell Jeans // under $60 which is a steal.  If you’ve been wanting to try this brand of denim, now is the time.  They normally retail for over $100!

Vans // $38 and they are suede.  Love the color too.  Picked these up for Bay for Christmas…Shhhh!

Madewell glider bracelet // $20 and is one of my go-to girlfriend gifts.  Here it is on Madwell’s site too, since Nordy’s keeps selling out: Madewell Delicate Glider Bangle Bracelet

Denim Jacket + Mules (similar) pictured above but not included in the Nordy’s sale!

Picked up some TJ’s pretties for a fun DIY!  Coming tomorrow!

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Watching Benny play football.

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Go #4

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What a play!

When Martini Mama Liz invites you over for her famous martinis…you RUNNNN!

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Thanks for a fun afternoon Liz + Alex!

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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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{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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{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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{fall to-do’s}

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Bay’s LA Sweatshirt  // My LA Sweatshirt  // Van’s // Levi’s

 

Happy October, friends!  Am I the ONLY freak that was uber excited that October 1st fell on a Monday?  Monday’s are already for fresh starts, but when the 1st + a Monday collide….happy AF!

A happy little buzz (not the wine kind of buzz) comes along with the month of October.  How can you not crack a smile when you walk past piles of pumpkins at the grocery store.  The temps start taking a slight dip.  Dream of hearty recipes.  Fluffy blankets.  Cozy sweaters.  Red wine…oh yeah.  Festive fall candles.  Changing of colors.  We saw a lot of this in Oregon last week, which I’ve never experienced before here in California.  Slowing down.  And starting fresh.

Hence the 1st falling on a Monday.  And it being the last 90 days of the year.  It’s the perfect time to freshen up.  Change your routine.  I’m jumping on the #last90days challenge.  Basically living the last 90 days how you lived the first 90 days of the year. We’ll touch more on that next week though.

I need to add #twinning with my tween to the list!  Ha!

Our LA sweatshirts have been on maj repeat.  We’ve declared them to be our weekend wear.  And she still thinks it’s cool to match me!  Insert happy dance.

Wanna twin with us?  lol!  Our sweatshirts are 40% off with code: BIGSALE  And the Levi’s are marked down today too!

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Bay’s LA Sweatshirt  ($23) // My LA Sweatshirt  ($35) // Van’s // Levi’s ($73)

 

Today, let’s chat about ALL THE THINGS we plan + hope to do this fall!

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{asian turkey + green beans}

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It’s Thursday peeps.  I stayed up till the butt-crack of dawn prepping + cleaning + packing.  We leave for Portland today!  Anyone else do that?  The night before a trip, stay up all night cleaning + organizing + cooking + decorating…..absolutely anything to avoid packing?  I get this crazy urge to make sure my house is clean AF.  Just in case a robber breaks in, my shit looks nice and tight?  Ha!  No, really – I get a huge since of ease knowing everything is tidy and right where it belongs.  And it’s gonna be just like that when I return.  And I despise packing.  #tiredaf

So, as I was editing photos I thought – let’s keep it really real today.  Remember when I posted {things I’m afraid to tell you} and I admitted that “I don’t really have marble counter tops”  I get DM’s ALL THE TIME about my fake marble counters and it makes me laugh out loud.  I think out of all the 11 things, this is the one you guys liked the most!

 

Here’s what I see…..

Half drank glass of red wine, which is never more than an arm’s length away while I’m cooking.

Random spices.

Cutting boards + knives.

Props and dishes.

Marble slab my homegirl Sarah P gave me.  Sometimes I use a roll of marble wrapping paper too.

And lo and behold…my beautiful tile counter tops.

Would you even follow me or make my recipe if I posted that?  Ha!

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{treat yourself}

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Life is busy and there are never enough hours in the day.  Girl, I get it.  We’re all busy AF!  Trying to keep up with kids, family, friends, work fitness…the struggle is real.  But, you just gotta schedule a little time for yourself.  No matter what it is.  Do something that makes you feel good.  Relax.  Rejuvenated.

Self care looks different for everyone.  Some think fancy spa days.  For others it can be cozying up with a good book.  Whatever it means to you, just do it.  Treat yo self!

Here’s how we practice self-care in our home……

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Typically Sunday’s are our weekly self-care day for the week.  Bay and I do all the things we love the most…..

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