{friday 5}

Happy Friday, Friends!  It was a long busy week, but it felt so good to tackle the ol’ to-do list.  On a scale from starting to have an fing panic attack to gurrrllll, I got this…..where are you with your Christmas shopping?  Or is that just a loaded question 10 days away from Christmas?  Hope you get that shit done so you can enjoy the remainder of the Holiday season.

It’s Friday and I’ve got 5 things on my mind…….

 

ONE – Wine // My most beloved chardonnay vessel of all time.  The glass you can find in my hand 90% of the time you’re in my home.  The other 10% is before 10am when I’m still holding my cherished coffee mug.  Both cups I love equally.  One just spends a little more time in-hand than the other.  Both from one of my favorite places to purchase beverage holders.  Anthropologie!  And guess what?  Anthropologie is having a sale.  It’s unheard of for Anthro to have 25% off ANYTHING + free shipping.  You’re welcome 🙂  You too can have this wine cup-glass-thingy in your hand 90% of the day.  $18 for a set of 4 glasses!

Unfortunately I will not be partaking in my normal weekend pastime, aka chardonnay drinking.  This cold finally got the best of me and I’m currently being medicated for a sinus infection.  Pray for me, K!

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Wine Glass – set of 4 ($18) // Homegrown Mug ($6) //

Petal Palette Mug ($7.50 ) // White Monogram Mug ($6)

 

TWO – Cow Print //  I stumbled on this cow print last week.  I’m totally in love with it and currently trying to figure out a spot I can place it in my home.  You can also get it in color too.  Honestly, I think I prefer the black + white image better.  What do you think?

Oh yeah, and it’s a free printable.  Even better!!

Clink on the link below and print!

MINIMAL COW WALL ART

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THREE – Twinning //  When you find matching tops at Target, you make your kiddo wear it the same day.  And you document that shit.  Thank god she’s still totally into matching me! It’s hard to see in the photos, but we were bumping arm ruffles in the picture.  Love that girl ♥

Both tops combined…under $20!

We both said, spontaneously – my shirt is so cozy.  And cute!

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{friday 5}

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Happy Friday, friends….hope you had a great week!  Cant even begin to believe that Christmas is two weeks away.  NUTS!  My weekend to-do’s are growing by the minute.  What’s on your list for the weekend?  I get to see one of my favorite group of ladies tonight for margs + cheers.  Baklava making with the Corbett babes.  Sleeping in.  Myabe even brunch?  And of course, wrapping gifts.

Have a good on, k!!

Don’t even think I’m going to let you go that quickly….I’ve got 5 things on my mind first…..

ONE – Goat Cheese Balls //  When I say it out loud all I can think of is Stassi on Vanderpump Rules.  Her love for SUR goat cheese balls is real.  She even tweeted about it: here!  Ha.  Anyway, I was assigned an appetizer for our yearly Omega Nu Holiday party.  I knew it had to be cheese, for obvious reasons.  I LOVE CHEESE!  And I’ve yet to play with goat cheese.  Soooo, I googled that shit.  Came up with about 8,732 recipes.  ALL fried.  I don’t fry.  Therefore I had to play with it a healthy it up a bit.

Goat cheese + honey + herbs + BAKED!  Bam!  Healthy-er!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8 oz. goat cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey (extra for drizzling)
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 cup walnut, crushed in food processor

 

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Stir together goat cheese + all spices + honey.

In two separate bowls you’ll need whisked egg + chopped walnuts.

Using a cookie scoop, scoop goat cheese mixture and form into a ball.

Roll goat cheese ball in whisked egg then walnuts.

Place on lined cookie sheet.

Repeat will remaining goat cheese.

Freeze for 1 hour.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Bake on cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

Serve warm with additional honey drizzled over the top.  Crackers or bread are a must too!

 

 

TWO – Ojai // I’m devastated to hear about the fires in Southern California.  Hasn’t CA had it’s fair share of fires for the year?  Or forever, yet?  Then to top it off, as I’ve been working on my {ojia // travelogue part #2}, the best part of the trip.  I was saddened to see that Ojai Valley Inn, the most beautiful resort I have visited to date, is under evacuation.  See this photo below?  I took this as I was sitting at the Ojai Valley Inn pool.  Less than 30 day ago.  It’s unreal that this could be gone.

Pray for California ♥

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THREE – Christmas Tree Frap // Starbucks debuted the seasonal Frap yesterday.  It all stared with the Unicorn Frap the Dragon and Cherry Blossom Frap.  The Zommbie + Vampire made a quick go around during October.  Which leads us to the final for the year….the Christmas Tree Frap.

Delicious mocha and peppermint are blended with milk and ice, topped with a festive tree made of matcha infused whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and candied cranberries finished off with a strawberry tree “topper.”

I picked one up for the queen of seasonal fraps….aka Bay.

I personally thought it looked like a seven layer dip in a Starbucks cup.  With a strawberry on top. It even smelled funny too.

The Frap Queens review:

It tastes like melty mint chocolate chip ice cream + coffee.

She LOVEEEDDD it.  And is currently wanting to hit every Starbucks insight to scoop up one of these $5 drinks before they vanish.

My review:

Dis-gus-ting!!!!

Coming from a black coffee non frap drinking girl.

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Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving + long weekend.  It was the perfect break to spend time with family + friends.  Relax.  Cook.  And do a little exploring too.

Here’s a peek at some of our highlights…..

 

 

Baby Daniel cuddles //

This may be our new Friday night thing!

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And the best alphabet book finally arrived  ♥

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AB to Jay-Z

If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABC’s ain’t one.

E is for Eazy E

and he’s cruising down the street in his 6 4

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My personal fave….

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The book is super cute and we cracked up reading each letter and singing the song that goes with it.  Makes a great baby gift.   But, the delivery sucks.  I ordered this book back in September and it came last week.  That’s entirely unacceptable!!

 

Running of the Turkey’s //

Our Thanksgiving morning tradition.  But first, you order grande pikes in venti cups.  Have you mom pick them up on the way.  Fill them up with Bailey’s!  Perfect way to start the cold morning, if you ask me!

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Bay ditched us within seconds of finding friends to actually run with.  My mom + I are more of the walking with the turkeys.  We go at the same speed as the turkey’s on El Dorado + Midway.  Slow AF!

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Thanksgiving baking //

Bay made the cutest turkey cupcakes.

Super simple too.

Bake cupcakes or buy them at raleys.

Frost.

Add 6 candy corns to a mega stuffed oreo.  It’s a thing!

Top with candy eyeballs + a candy corn nose.

Voila!

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I whipped up (literally) a pumpkin pie with meringue topping.

Mainly so I could torch the top.  I love it!

 

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I got lots of DM’s about my top + the dish……

Pioneer Women Pie Dish (from good ol Walmart) 

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Shit you not, this top is currently $10!!!  That’s a steal.

Use code: SHOPFAST 

J.Crew Gingham one-shoulder ruffle top

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Thanksgiving //

BIG thanks to Uncle Sal + Aunt Penny for hosting the perfect family feast ♥

I was in charge of setting a pretty table.

Obvi I brought along the eucalyptus + pumpkins + knotted napkins.

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GG + Daniel

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Olive fingers!

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Look at that plate…lol!  And a side a chard, in a solo cup!

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Followed by a couple rounds of 31.

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Girlfriend day date //

Downtown Sacramento is absolutely beautiful this time of year.  All the colors of fall.

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And I got to #chardsohard with my #1 chard homegirl, Nikki!

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Always a good time catching up + laughing our asses off ♥

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Waking up in Tahoe //

Is always a good idea!  Even spur of the moment.

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Left a little Christmas cheer on the cabin door.

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Snow //

We found snow.  Off the beaten path.

 

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Watching a dog discover snow for the first time was pretty great.  She ran around kicking up snow + eating snow + rolling in snow.

 

 

Echo Lakes //

Echo Lakes acts as a portal to Desolation Wilderness.   With over 63,000 acres of untouched wilderness.  So fucking cool!

I’ve driven HWY 50 for years and never even knew this little hidden gem existed till a few years ago.  You take the snow park exit and follow the winding roads and signs to the lake.

 

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I finally got to hike around Echo Lake.  It’s been on my list to-do.   We took the Tahoe Rim trail a couple of miles in.

One of the most scenic trails I’ve been on.  Every turn I wanted to take another picture.

I can’t wait to come back in the Spring and take the water ferry to get back in and explore Upper Echo Lake.

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Lake Aloha has been added to the Spring to-do’s, that’s for sure!

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Cabins are scattered all around the lake.  Right on the water.  Accessible by boat or hiking only.

They were all boarded up for the winter.  Clearly they get a lot of snow.

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The trail is well maintained and I think it would be a great day hike even with kids.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas //

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Our tree that we cut down over a week ago, was standing undercoated in our living room.   We designated Sunday to be our deck the halls day.

George Strait Christmas included……

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Happy Monday.  Happy Thanksgiving week/short week!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Here’s a little peak at ours……

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Friendsgiving x2
  • Go to the damn gym (it’s been over a week)
  • Enjoy time with family + friends
  • Set a pretty table
  • Christmas cards in the mail…Early AF, I know.  It’s how I roll.
  • Make Monkey Bread + Turkey Pot Pie
  • Dickens in the Valley Tickets
  • Catch up with Stover
  • Decorate the Christmas Tree
  • Toss all the pumpkins
  • Go through Christmas bins (shit you not, I’ve got 6 bins filled to the top)
  • Hold my new nephew as much as possible
  • Running of the Turkey’s
  • To Black Friday or not?  Still deciding.

 

Highlights from the weekend…..

 

Baby love //

I got to give my new nephew lots of squeezes this weekend ♥

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I could hold him forever and never get tired of it.  Until he cries, then I pass him to his mama 🙂

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Spencer turned 1 //

We celebrated Spencer’s 1st birthday!

The cake smash.

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Bay would have kept Spencer’s gift, had I let her.

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I was over served.  And I can’t blame it on Martini Mama Liz this time.

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Watched //

I rented The House.  For the second time.  The first time I paid like $16 and never watched the damn movie.  Redbox won that time.  So, I rented it again.  Do you ever just want to watch a funny movie?  This is it.  Dumb AF, but funny AF.  Just want I wanted/needed.  Will Ferrell + Amy Poehler play the part of parents.  Start an illegal casino in their neighbor’s house to make money to send their daughter to college.  They get busted.  Picture those two characters as parents?

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Holiday Cards //

Stamped + ready for the mailbox.  The day after Thanksgiving?  Maybe?  Melika beat me!

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Trader Joe’s //

I’m talking more about hosting + prepping tomorrow on the blog.  But, I always make a Trader Joe’s pit stop for fresh eucalyptus + Bogle chard.  Two key players in any dinner party.  Don’t you think?

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Apple Hill //

Fall Bucket List √

Christmas Tree Hunting!

I know.  Not before Thanksgiving.  I say fuck it.  Do what you want…ha.

Not to mention that the weekend before Thanksgiving is the calm before the storm.  I may get my tree this weekend forever.  Have you been to Apple Hill on the weekend?  Then you know what I’m talking about.

We had no traffic.  No lines.  It was perfect.

We chose Harris Tree Farm this year.  Mainly because it’s one of the ONLY tree farms open before Thanksgiving..lol.

My Tree hunters!

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We walked up and down the acres of tree hunting for the perfect tree.

We found it!  Gram found one too!

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Adorable ornaments that come with the purchase of a tree.

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Harris Tree Farm is the one stop Apple Hill shop!

Cut a Tree

Sit on Santa’s lap

Apple cider donuts

Full Bakery + Lunch options too

Lot’s of decorations for sale.  Ornaments + wreaths + reindeer.

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{friday 5}

 

Happy Friday.  The 3rd Friday in November.  You know what that means?  We are inching closer + closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It’s truly the best time of the year.  Peeps get all festive AF and happy.  It’s magical.  I love it.  Full disclosure, I’ve already started decorating for Christmas.  I swore I’d wait, but I just cant help myself.

 

ONE – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas // I narrowed down my color scheme and I’m ready to decorate.  Our new home is pretty small compared to our old house.  This years Christmas decor goals: minimalist Christmas.  All the feels without it being overwhelming or too much.  Subtle. White + splashes of plaid + silver + gold.  What do you think?

ps…we’re also getting our tree this weekend.  Fuck it.  Christmas before Thanksgiving.  I guess that’s breaking the rules.  But you know what they say about rules?  They’re meant to be broken!

Tree Collar // Table Runner // Plaid Napkins // Tree Candle // Wood Bowl // Reindeer Baskets

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TWO – Target // Speaking of Target…..Spend $50 on food + beverage get a $10 giftcard.  Plus K-cups are buy one get one 1/2 off.  I did my grocery shopping for Friendsgiving + Thanksgiving yesterday sitting at my computer.  Walked in Target last night and went straight to the Customer Service desk.  Picked up my shit.  And I was on my merry way.  I didn’t buy a single thing that I didn’t need.  Record-fucking-breaking!  Try it!  Saves money + time and I think we could all use a little more of that around this time of the year!

Click here to shop: Free $10 gift card when you spend $50 on food & beverages.*

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THREE – Conference // This week was parent teacher conferences at Bay’s school.  They do it a little different in the 6th grade though.  They do student lead conferences.  It’s really cool.  The kids are given a list of items to show the parents.  We went through the whole list, then it said…..

Have your parents do a math problem on the white board.

HOLY FUCK!

I got so hot.  I was straight up panicking.  Bay is GREAT at math.  Her favorite subject to be exact.  Me, not so much.  I’m terrible.  I use my calculator for ev-ery-thing!

I think Bay could see the fear in my eyes…lol.  She offered to go up and help me out.  I wanted to bust out my phone a couple of times.  But, together we solved the math problem.

Moral of the story – I suck at math!  Big time!

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{i am the keeper}

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I read this article last weeks.  It definitely resonates with me.  And I thought you all might like it too.  It’s like a Mother’s Pledge.  The other side of parenting…the vital but invisible tasks that take up so much of our mental space.

Her tribute to Moms honoring all the things that go unnoticed.

I see you!

And I salute you!

 

I Am The Keeper

 

I am the keeper.

I am the keeper of schedules. Of practices, games, and lessons. Of projects, parties, and dinners. Of appointments and homework assignments.

I am the keeper of information. Who needs food 5 minutes before a meltdown occurs and who needs space when he gets angry. Whether there are clean clothes, whether bills are paid, and whether we are out of milk.

I am the keeper of solutions. Of band aids and sewing kits and snacks in my purse. But also of emotional balms and metaphorical security blankets.

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