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I hope your week has been a good one.  It’s been a chaotic, but productive one over here.  I’m beginning to think Friday’s are my new favorite day of the week.  Sorry Saturday!  I think it’s the excitement of wrapping up the week.  And obvi starting the weekend.  If only I didn’t have to work on Friday’s.  In other news, I’ve been wearing the exact same pair of shoes for 2 weeks straight.  I can’t take them off…true love!


Ok, and now on to 5 things on my mind…..

ONE – To-Do’s // You guys, I have nothing on my to-do list for the weekend.  I mean, I’m sure there are a million things I could do, but I don’t have anything I HAVE to do.  WTF am I going to do?  Ha!  The struggle is real.  I work to not have anything to do on the weekends, then when I have nothing to do, it kinda stresses me out.  I’m such a mess!  I take that back, I really, really want to see American Made.  Not a huge fan of Tom Cruise, but I keep hearing this movie is GOOD!  Has anyone seen it?  I’m sure I’ll add about 23 things to do by the end of the day.  That’s just how I roll.

Here’s the trailer…..

American Made Official Trailer




TWO – Veggie of the week // Butternut Squash!  Probably my favorite so far.  I’ve had it many times.  I’ve cooked with it many times.  I decided to try 2 new ways of preparing it, rather than my normal roasting.  Butternut Squash Pizza…Oh My God!  Delish!  Then I went and made a pasta sauce using only pureed butternut squash + shallots + garlic + a little reserved pasta water.  Equally delish.  And this one deserves it’s very own post.  I’m hoping to get it on the blog next week!


Butternut Squash Pizza


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butternut squash
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked + crumbled
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Pesto
  • Mozzarella Cheese, thinly sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt + Pepper


Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees + line a baking sheet with foil.

Peel + slice butternut squash in 1/2 inch slices.

Note: I used 1 butternut squash for 2 recipes, so I only used about 1/2 of the skinny-er side of the butternut squash.  About 8 slices.  Once you get to the bottom of the squash, you’ll find seeds and wont be able to get perfect slices.  

Brush slices of butternut squash with olive oil and season with salt + pepper.

Roast for 20 minuets.

Remove from oven.  Spoon marinara or pesto over the top.  Top with sliced mozzarella.  Then add bacon crumbles + thyme.

Back in the oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Bay tried them and said they were not her favorite, but if she were really hungry, then she’d eat them all.  Ha.  I guess I kinda won that one?  Maybe?

I on the other hand LOVED them.  Had the leftovers for lunch and told everyone in my office about them.  I’m thinking caramelized red onions would be a great addition next time around.


THREE –  Microwave // We’ve been without a microwave since we moved.  About 7 weeks.  I haven’t really missed it.  Maybe a handful of times.  Bay says every once in a while she wishes we had one.  Not that I can’t just go and get one.  I was curious if we really NEEDED one.  Honestly, I think they are ugly.  I don’t like extra shit on my counters.  At our last house it was above the stove and didn’t bother me at all.  This morning I was out of K-cups so I hit the Starbucks drive-thru.  Got ready for work.  Realized my coffee was cold AF.  I did the unthinkable.  I had to!  Re-heated my coffee in a pot over the stove.  As if Starbucks coffee doesn’t taste burnt enough as it is.  Bay witnessed and said, “I think it’s time, Mom!”  And guess what?  I’m still not 100% convinced.  Ha!  Maybe we’ll do an Instagram Story Poll….wondering how many peeps have microwaves?

Can you live without one?



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Happy Monday friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend.


Intentions for the week:

  • donate more shit (again)
  • try oil pulling (Sarah and I tried…for maybe 15 seconds, does that count?)
  • organize my closet
  • write + send thank you notes (almost done)
  • plan backpacking trip
  • find the perfect white shower curtain
  • make room to park my car in the garage (this is going to be tricky) – Tried NOT going to happen 😦
  • have mom + dad over for dinner
  • resist over booking the weekend
  • change address on all my 1,837 online/personal accounts
  • make Ina Garten’s Lemon Chicken Breasts
  • play tennis with Bay
  • pick 2 new Whole 30 compliant recipes to try out

(I was able to cross off a couple of things already)  Whoop Whoop!

What’s on you’re list in intentions for the week?


And now, highlights from the weekend………



It’s finally beginning to feel like home.

I’ve got a table for my coffee!  Topped with white tulips, which make me smile every single time I walk in the living room!


And this table runner can only mean ONE thing……


I found a dinning room table!  No more living room floor picnics!

I sold my old dinning room table at our garage sale.  Probably sold it for what I paid for it too.  Considering I bought it back in 2001ish.  Swear!  It was time for something different.

I had NO idea how happy this table would make me.  I had a little extra pep in my step once I got it all put together and decorated.

I busted out the linen napkins.  Gold flatware.  Gold rimmed glasses.  Wicker chargers.

I’ll share more details later this week.  I got lots of Instagram messages wanting to see more pics!  Hold on tight.


Oh, and we have the cutest morning guests at this house now 🙂 Claire just loves the babies.



Not to be mistaken by the one on TV.  I only watch the one at Pioneer High.  The one where I can watch my nephew do what he loves!

Goooo Joe!!!


Bay spotted her friend Lauren too.  The MOST adorable cheerleader I’ve ever seen.  Except for the fact she looks like a teenager.




We celebrated cousin Danny’s 40th at Blue Note with the family ♥


Boom cheers with GG!

Drank wine with Mom + watched Snatched!


Bay + Ruby made gigantic milkshakes and danced

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Good morning and welcome to Monday’s Weekend Notes!  I woke up with a healthy dose of panic this morning.  My to-do list for the week is at an all time high in preparation for the long weekend.  Today I’m taking the advice I give Bay…..take it one step at a time and start with the most difficult item first.  Monday is always a bit of a beast, but Friday will be here before we know it and it will all be worth it!  Here’s to a productive day.  Hope you’re off to a great start!  Be a rebel and have a great day!



Love watching my nephews play ball.  Friday was Joe’s last game of the season.




Bailey was recruited to make the cake for Spencer’s Baptism Saturday.  She said YESSS, before she even knew what the baking task would be.

The naked carrot cake is back and more beautiful than ever.  I even invested in some new Wilton 8 inch pans.  Which made baking a breeze.


I have become a professional taste tester…lol.




Baby Spencer was baptized over the weekend.  We were so happy to be a part of the special day.  Even though I got lost on my way to the church.  Ha.  Only me.  How do you get lost in Winters?  The after party was a good one, as always.


Bay + Spencer ♥


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It’s Friday!  Is it just me, or did this week just fly by?  I was productive AF!  Checked so many things off my to-do list.

House is clean √  Laundry done √  Grocery shopping √  Taxes √  Birthday gifts purchased √

I like to make sure my shit is done before a fun weekend.  Work hard, play harder!!!  Now if only I could drink margaritas tonight…that would be a perfect Friday activity.

I’ve got 5 things on my mind today…..

ONE – Omega Nu Pledge Party // Tuesday night our new pledges threw a party for all the Omega Nu sisters.  They pulled off such a great night.  The food + booze (I didn’t partake…boo), the company were all perfect.  The activity: floral arranging.  I have to admit, I seriously suck at making pretty arrangements.  For instance, I buy them at the store, cut the cellophane off and hurry up and shove them in a vase before they get messed up.  LOL.  They had step-by-step instructions that made it so easy.  Have I mentioned my love for eucalyptus?   Everyone put together beautiful arrangements.  Best part, we get some pretty cool new sisters to join the group ♥

(photo cred: Greta + Tom}

TWO –  Heritage Plaid Infinity Scarf //  I’m not much of a scarf girl, but I have been rocking the shit out of this one.  I got it as a Christmas gift and have probably wore it 6 times since.  Super warm.  Super soft.  Easy to wear.  Goes with everything.

I went to link it today and it’s currently sold out…boo.  Good news, it was sold out when I put it on my Christmas list too.  Chances are it will be restocked.

‘Heritage’ Plaid Infinity Scarf


Here are some other cute options….

Plaid Knit Infinity Scarf // Stripe Infinity Scarf // Brushed Plaid Infinity Scarf

THREE – Divorce on HBO //  Did anyone watch the first season?  If so, LUCKY bitch!!

Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in the new comedy series, Divorce. Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.

First off, I absolutely LOVE SJP.  Not so much her Golden Globes gown though.  I watched the first Divorce episode the other night.  HBO totally fucking tricked me.  You see, I don’t have HBO.  So when I clicked on it and the whole first episode was available to watch, I was pumped!!  SCORE!!  Want to know how they tricked my ass?  I got so hooked.  And I could ONLY watch the first episode.  Which was sooooo good.  After the episode was over, it gave me instructions on how to order HBO.  Well done HBO, Well done.  I’m actually considering adding the damn channel just for this show.  That’s how good it was.  Click on the link below and watch, then let me know if you want to order HBO too 🙂

Divorce (episode #1)


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Good morning.  Happy Monday.  Happy MLK Day.  I’m sure most of you are home from work today.  I am not!  Ha!

Day #8 of sugar-free.  ONLY 12 days to go.  Not that I’m counting or anything.  It’s been a little tricky, but so far so good.

We had an eventfull yet relaxing weekend.  Just how I like them!

Friday night I celebrated my final 35th birthday dinner.  It’s officially over.  Thank you Sarah P for planning and Nidia + Toni + Rachel for coming to celebrate with me.  We don’t see each other nearly enough.  Love catching up ♥

And a big shout out to our server at Jinju Sushi!  That poor girl accommodated mine + Sarah’s sugar-free requests.  It wasn’t easy.  Sushi may be at the top of my list once I’m back to hittin’ the sugar again!!!


Can we take a minute to talk about Rachel?!?!  I love that she’s always rocking a new look or style.  I never know what hair-do she’ll show up with.  Always wearing something super trendy and cute.  But look at her scarf?  She draped it around her neck and let it hang on each side of her shoulder.


She’s a fucking trendsetter.  I already found a scarf and will be bitting Rachel’s style this week!  Love you Rach!.


Final Final at Morgan’s (for some of us) lol!



I checked out Asha Urban Baths.  I wanted to go last weekend and happy I didn’t.  The girl checking us in Saturday morning said the line was out the door.  With over an hour wait.  F that!  We pretty much had the place to ourselves, other than the Jacuzzi.  My sore body loved every second of this little oasis.

A warm soak is RELAXING and NOURISHING. A cold plunge is ENERGIZING and HEALING. Sweating in a steam or sauna is CLEANSING and SOOTHING. Quality time alone or with friends is RICH and REWARDING.

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The weekend is over.  How did that happen so quickly?!?!  I miss it already!

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend doing what you love to do.

Friday night celebration // One of my favorite Yaya’s turned a year older, which calls for a celebration.  Happy Birthday Kristine!!  Friday happy hour cheers are always the best!



Saturday riding with the cousins!  Look how cute Benny is with the training wheels.


Bailey said they all mashed around Prairie City ♥img_0873


My Mom + I went out for dinner and a movie ♥  I finally checked out  Tower Cafe.  Can you believe I’d never been?  I can cross that off my must-try list.  It was soooo good!   We ordered a Thai seafood stew that was served over jasmine rice.  TO DIE FOR!!!  I can totally see brunching at Tower Cafe this spring/summer.  The outside area is fun.


Watched Manchester By The Sea at the Tower Theater , which I’d also never been too.  I swear it’s a replica of the State Theater in Woodland.

Here’s a what it’s all about…..

Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother’s heart has given out suddenly, and he’s been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

It was heartbreaking.  I’d be laughing then crying.  The gut wrenching  story was acted out beautifully.  I wish the ending was a little better though.  When the lights came on, everyone just sat still in their seats.  Like it couldn’t be over.  We needed more.


Annual Christmas brunch + favorite things exchange.  Thanks for hosting + cooking Sarah!!

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Happy Tuesday peeps.  I’m getting used to this Tuesday instead of Monday gig.  Sounds better than Happy Monday anyway, right?  Cheers to the week being 60% done!!

Friday nights that start like this are always my favorite.


Had to gear up for David Nail at the Grad.  Haha.  I literally have NOT been to the Grad since I was about 18 I’m guessing?  Well, it hasn’t changed much.  Except this time we were VIP.

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