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{chocolate mini layer cakes}

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Bay Bakes, again!  A few weeks back I shared Bailey’s beautiful Chocolate Mini Layer Cakes.  I was such a tease.  Ha!  I have planned to shared them the whole time.  Promise!  Just waiting till it got a little closer to Valentine’s Day.  As I think this would make the perfect festive treat.

Since it is the month of all things chocolate + flowers.

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Made from a simple sheet cake.  Boxed…that’s our jam.  Or homemade cake batter.  Whatever you prefer.  These mini cakes are crazy simple to put together.

The best part.

The Buttercream frosting recipe.  Be careful…..it’s dangerous.  And you will have leftovers.  Which can be refrigerated for up to a month in an airtight container.  If you can keep your hands out of it for 30 damn days!

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{weekend notes}

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Sherpa Sweatshirt: Abercrombie

Hey Monday!  Anyone else think the Monday after Super Bowl should be a holiday?  Because, hot damn, I’m tired.  And I was in bed by 8pm.  Technically I didn’t really even watch the Super Bowl.  Really, I was just there for the food + booze + commercials.  I bought a shit-ton of pool squares and didn’t win a dime.  Typical.  Our weekend was everything I’d hoped it would be.  Chill AF.  But, I still accomplished all the things too.

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • sign making class with Emily Murphy Designs
  • work on photo editing the night before
  • go through Bay’s closet #growthspurt AGAIN!
  • donate + sale all everything before the weekend
  • wash my car inside + out
  • style a festive coffee table
  • deep clean bathrooms
  • make a cute Galentine for my main gals
  • watch Bay horse ride
  • insta story parmesan chips
  • hit the gym

 

This week on the blog: Greek Salad over hummus.  Abercrombie try-on.  Bay Bakes.  And we’ll see what else I can come up with!

Highlights from the weekend……

We started the weekend off with face mask night.  Minus Kissey (she was sick) so we’ll have to do it again soon.  My Mom had never done a face mask before so we treated her.  I tried to get her to let me shave her lips too, but it was a no go.  Maybe next time.

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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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{tried + true makeup products}

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{tried + true makeup products} sharing ALL THE THINGS makeup products today. Anyone else obsessed with trying new products?  I’m basically your guinea pig 😂. Today I’m sharing my TOP items that I can’t live without. From under eye patches to the best zit cream. The organic facial oil I’m hooked on and the $5 eyelash primer that changed my life 💁🏼‍♀️

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{cheery yellow tops + the jeans of my dreams}

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Floral Shirt $26// J.Crew Jeans $25// Mule Booties // Earrings // Bracelet 

Three things are making this cold rainy Wednesday better ✨

1. My new favorite jeans 👖 and would you believe me if I told you they are only $25? I’m gonna tell you all about em.

2. Wearing bright cheery yellow tops 💛and pretending it’s not freezing cold.  Bay and I both are sharing our #ootd’s today!

3. Bay’s ring light that made these early morning photos possible. I kinda want my own 💁🏼‍♀️

(I lied 🤥, I really have 4)

4. That Bogle chardonnay 🍷 I stuck in the fridge, because today is one of them days. It’s a minimum day.  Pig pens to clean 💩. Parent conferences. And Bays receiving an award at school tonight ❤️ So I’ll be drinking my dinner. Cheers 🥂

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Yellow Cactus Top $12 // Cardigan $16// Joe’s Jeans $20// Vans (on sale)// Earrings

Before we get started with #ootd’s – let’s chat about the Ring Light, since I got so many questions about it.  Bay got this for Christmas.  And it’s legit!  Our house is a serious dungeon.  We have 2 windows, throughout the entire house.  And 2 sliders.  They are the length of our bottom floor, but still.  Our shack it dark!  AKA zero natural lighting.  Which makes taking photos really tricky.  This thing is a dream come true…lol.

Ring Light

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Let’s start with Bay’s outfit today…….

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{caramel snickerdoodle bars}

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A thick layer of caramel sandwiched between layers of white chocolate + crumbly oatmeal + cinnamon and sugar.

If you’re trying to fit into your skinny jeans.  Or on that new year, new me diet.  DON’T makes these.  I repeat….DO NOT MAKE these.  Just close this page right now and move on with your life…ha!

Bay made these right before Christmas.  And they are so bad.  In the VERY best way possible.

Crazy sweet.  Crazy good.  You can’t just have one.  You’ll go back and pick at it.  One of these kind of desserts.  Ya know what I mean?

Every time you walk past the dish, you’ll cut off a tiny little sliver.  Then next thing you know…..

They’re fucking GONE!

And no one know what happened or who ate them all.

Forreals though.

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{weekend notes}

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Monday!  The first Monday of 2019 that I hit the ground running.  Literally, well, more like walking…Ha!  Me and my morning walking/workout partner have been under the weather, so it was nice to get back at it today.  Our weekend was chill AF, and it was much-needed.  I heard the word “hygge” (pronounced hue-guh) for the first time and decided to embrace it.  Meaning: The Danish word for the sensation of extreme coziness and deep contentment.  Lit some candles.  Pulled out all our cozy blankets.  And straight up kicked it Sunday morning – afternoon.  I found this new eucalyptus variety at Trader Joe’s and it added the finishing touch to my coffee table vibe.

Hope you had a great weekend and are ready to kill it this week.  And if not, that’s perfectly okay too!

 

Intentions for the Week…..

  • Keep it simple
  • Be kind
  • Get more sleep
  • Know my limits
  • Recycle + reduce household waste
  • Worry less
  • Drink more water
  • Let shit go
  • Meditate
  • Say no without any guilt
  • Keep making ALL THE THINGS around me pretty AF

 

This week on the blog…..

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{friday 5}

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Top // Denim // Flats

FRIIIIDAYYYYY!  You guys, there is only one more Friday left in 2018!  So NUTS!  What’s on the agenda today?  Shopping? Wrapping?  I have finally completed my Christmas shopping.  Miracles do happen…HA!  Just patiently waiting for the final packages to arrive….with my fingers crossed.  I got up super early this morning.  Turned on the Christmas tree lights.  Made a cup of coffee.  And had a serious wrapping sesh.  The UPS delivery guy dropped of more packages at 6am…and they are officially wrapped and under the tree.  4 more sleeps till Christmas!

How great is it having a full weekend before the Holiday madness hits?  We have a couple more {christmas traditions} to mark off the list.  Then I foresee, lots of lounging and hanging out at home.  Which I’m so looking forward too.

ONE – Target Top // I walked into Target the other day….how many sentences have I started like that…lol!  So, I walked in.  Spotted this Who What Wear top out of the corner of my eye.  Straight up got out of the long ass customer service line (I was like 2 peeps from being next).  And grabbed the top!  In the meantime about 38 people got in line in front of me.  But, I got the top!  And that’s all that really matters.  It’s super cute guys.  Get one!

Leopard V-Neck Button-Up Blouse

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TWO – Mary Poppins Returns // Last night my Mom, Bay and I went to see the new Mary Poppins movie.  You guys, it’s so good.  Stick it on your list of things to do while your kids are on Winter break.  I was a little bummed they didn’t sing a Spoonful of Sugar though.  Now I need to get my hands on the original.  Bay doesn’t think she’s ever seen it.

Watch the trailer here: Mary Poppins Returns Trailer

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THREE – Starbucks “Coldbuster” drink //

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{christmas traditions}

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Christmas traditions are what make the Holiday season magical.  Everyone I know has something they do each Christmas.  Whether it’s opening 1 gift Christmas Eve.  Reading The Night Before Christmas at bedtime.  Baking something extra sweet for Santa.

Here are some of our favorite traditions including a few new ones we’re adding to our list…..

* Christmas Pajamas // for the whole fam bam if you can get them on board

* Winters Tractor Parade // this year we checked out the tractor parade for the first time.  It’s pretty cute!

* Elf on the Shelf // this is purely for bribery!  Last year I did weekly Elf On The Damn Shelf ideas…remember that?

* Caroling at GG’s // our whole (very large….23 great grand kids large) family goes to GG’s house and sing Christmas carols at the top of our lungs.  I made Christmas Carol books that we’ve used each year.  You can print one from this blog post: {christmas caroling}

* The Night Before Christmas // reading this book at bedtime Christmas Eve.  This one is our favorite: The Night Before Christmas

* Christmas Ornament // I started the Hallmark Mary’s Angel collection for Bailey years ago.  Each year Hallmark releases a new Angel.  We’ve got quite the collection and Bay cherishes them!  Mary’s Angels Allium

* Home Alone // watching our favorite Christmas movie on repeat.  I have it saved on our DVR so we tend to watch it year round.  What’s your top Christmas movie?  Oh and by the way, Die Hard is NOT a Christmas movie….if you ask me.  Cory will disagree.

* The Pickle Ornament // hiding the pickle on the Christmas tree Christmas Eve.  Who ever finds it gets a special gift.  And rumor has it, whoever finds the pickle, will have 1 year of good luck!  The Christmas Pickle

* Gram’s Christmas Breakfast // my Mom has made the same Christmas morning breakfast for as long as I can remember.  With a mimosa in hand, there is no better breakfast!

* Hang Mistletoe // it’s felt, but it does the trick.  And trick everyone that comes over into walking under it.  It’s on sale for $3 too: Felt Mistletoe

* Christmas Tree Hunt // this year we cut down a tree in the Eldorado National Forrest.  Trekking through the snow searching for the perfect tree was such a good time, we vowed to do it every year.  And the trees are $10…can’t beat that.  You can read more about it here: {weekend notes}

* Letters To Santa // this is the second year we haven’t hosted this fun night.  Unfortunately kids grow out of traditions that were started when they were little kids.  I miss it though.  I went back to the archives and found photos from 2016: {weekend notes} + 2015: {weekend notes}  Be still my heart ♥

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