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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

 

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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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{weekend notes}

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December 10th.  15 days till Christmas.  Monday.  Three things I’m just not down with today.  I must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.  Kinda in panic mode today trying to make all my list of “shit to do” by the end of the week.  Speaking of Monday, its Green Monday?  Is this a real thing?  I had never heard the term before today.  I guess it’s the last day to get regular/free shipping for online shopping.  One more thing to add to my “oh shit list” ha!

Oh and have you seen the meme that’s going around today?  The one about today being a special day, one that only happens once every 1,000 years.  Your age + the year you were born = 2018.  It works for everybody.  How?  I’m so stumped!

We had a nice relaxing weekend.  We slept in both Saturday + Sunday mornings.  Even cleaned the house, which I never do on the weekends.  Sat on the couch Saturday evening and couldn’t remember the last time we were home without anyplace to be on a Saturday evening.  I was very into it.

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • tackle Christmas shopping….I’m wayyy behind
  • dinner + drinks with my favorite Salinas homegirl ♥
  • lots of water.  Why is it so hard?
  • fab 40’s + ricks dessert diner tradition
  • make my {asian turkey + green beans}
  • diy blanket ladder
  • celebrate Daniels baptism
  • help Bay get ready for the 7th grade formal
  • wrap gifts
  • style my new gold bells
  • plan SF weekend
  • favorite things brunch
  • remember to count my blessings

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Tree Lighting //

We made it to the Downtown Woodland Tree Lighting.  Right after the tree was lit…lol.  It’s so cool to see how much this event has grown over the years.  About 10 years ago, hardly anyone went.  And they didn’t have all the extras, like bubble snow + Santa either.

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Coffee table vibes //

I have switched it up just about every single day this month.

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Reindeer Candle Holder $9: Walmart // White Emma Pitcher $24: Pottery Barn // Sunday Suppers Cookbook $24: Amazon // Candle Wick Trimmer $5: Amazon // Mercury Glass Dish: Serendipity Boutique // Marble Knox Coffee Table $125: World Market

 

Christmas Parade //

Bay walked in the parade, I went home and watched TV…lol.  It was too cold.  Also, I think it’s the first year I’ve miss the parade.

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Winter Formal //

Bay found a new dress for the dance.  It was $25, so I was down with it.  Nordstrom offers free alterations if you have a Nordy’s card.  Worth it.  Hands down, best customer service!

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Lunch Date //

Bay got a life lesson while sitting at Chando’s Tacos on Garden Hwy….

This is your brain on drugs!  Bomb ass tacos.  Terrible location!

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American Eagle Try-On //

So many great pieces + so many great deals!

 

FLORAL BORDER PRINTED MIDI KIMONO $17

Raw Edge Waffle Henley $12 // GREAT layering tank.  I love the raw edge.  And it comes in 4 color options.

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Ribbed Boyfriend Cardigan $34 // this cardigan feels like a cozy blanket.  It’s so good….and that price tag is pretty good too!

Ruffle Shell Top $20 // Great layering top with pretty details.

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{cyber wednesday?}

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Top // Denim // Mules(similar)// Necklace  

Happy Hump Day/Cyber Wednesday.  Since when did Black Friday + Cyber Monday sales stretch through Wednesday?  NO complaining over here…that’s for sure.  Here’s to hoping this becomes a trend.  Because, I’m fully taking advantage of the 30-40% off at J.Crew right now.

Today I’m sharing this simple crisp white + denim number along with some super sale items that I’ve got my eye on right now.

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{bay’s christmas bedroom}

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{bay’s bedroom makeover}

May you never be too grown to search the skies on Christmas Eve ♥

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Santa Pillow

The struggle is real when you’ve got a tween.  Does Elf On The Damn Shelf even come to our house this year?  Or do you donate her?  Pack her up in storage?  I’ve hinted about the Elf and haven’t really gotten a response.

Trying to come up with new age appropriate traditions.  No more Polar Express.  Letters To Santa.  Pictures on Santa’s lap.  So, what to do to continuing making the season extra magical?

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Felt Mistletoe // Pottery Barn Stocking (Bay’s is 12 years old)

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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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{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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