{friday 5}


Oh hey Friday!  Happy to meet you again.  So ready for the weekend.  But first, can we take a minute to talk about this flash back Friday photo my Mom dug up?!?!  A few things.  My hair?  My Mom is a total babe.  Benny is a spitting image of my sis.  My Dad looks like a teenager.  And we’re sitting on the deck at the cabin.  Same place I will be spending this weekend ♥  along with a lot of snow.  It’s always fun to pull up to the cabin anticipating how much snow will actually be on the ground.  I have a feeling we’ll have more than I’m ready to deal with…Ha!  Did I mention, I’m not a fan of the snow…like, at ALL!  Cheers to the weekend friends!


5 things on my mind…..


ONE – The Skinny, Skinny Margarita //  Whenever I order a marg, I always ask for a skinny, skinny marg.  Ha.  I hate sweet.  The less sugar.  The less syrup.  The more tequila….the better.  Am I right?  I want to taste what I’m drinking.  You know when you take that first sip, and you pucker up because it’s so overly sweetened?  Not havin’ it.  So, I think I invented the at home skinny, skinny marg.  Unless some other jerk already has.  But, until then, I’m claiming it!  This is like my second invention in a week!  Remember the roasted cauli rice one last week on {friday 5}?  That was mine too 🙂


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 oz Patron Silver (don’t buy the cheap crap)
  • 1/2 cup lime La Croix
  • 1 lime juiced
  • Ice
  • Margarita salt


Run the cut side of the lime along the rim of the glass.  Dip in margarita salt.

In a shaker…or yeti, like I used, combine all ingredients.  Give it a good 15 second shake.

Pour into glass + add a little more ice.


Make another 🙂

Dos margaritas!


TWO – Velvet Tank // Velvet was such a BIG deal this fall/winter.  I was all about it.  As Spring starts showing it’s pretty face, I have a feeling the trend will fade.  But, this velvet tank top wont.  I promise you will continue to see me wearing it any chance I get.  I also layered necklaces for the first time.  Did I do okay?  I’m kinda diggin it.  Now I need some long necklace options.  This one here is from Forever 21 a longgg time ago.  And it’s still alive.  Don’t hate/discriminate on F21 jewelry.  Some pieces will outlive you 🙂


Velvet Tank Top // Ruffle Sleeve Kimono // Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace  //

Long necklace (Forever 21)


THREE – Oscar Bingo //  I can’t remember a time where I enjoyed the awards season more.  The red carpet fashion.  The stars.  All the movies.  I think watching a lot of the movies that are nominated helped.  I, Tonya.  Lady Bird.  The Post.  COCO.  Wonder.  The Greatest Showman.  The Big Sick.  And just this week we crossed Darkest Hour + Roman J. Isreal, ESQ. off the list too.  Denzel Washington deserves “Best Actor In a Leading Role” for Roman J. Isreal, ESQ.  He was, as always, fantastic!

Super pumped for Sunday’s Oscar Awards.  Bay + I plan to pop some popcorn, bust out some bubbles (for me obvi) + play a friendly game of Oscar BINGO!  Check out these super cute free printable cards I found on Pizzazzerie.   Four different cards so you can play with your kiddos + company.

2018 Nominees

May the best film win!!


Card #1

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Hi Friends!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  Bay + I kicked it hard.  Together.  Like we never left eachothers sight.  It was the best!  Slow mornings.  Extra cup of coffee.  Pie for breakfast….for Bay.  Early bedtimes.  With some adventures mixed in.  We need more go with the flow style weekends.  Together ♥


Intentions for the week:

  • Cook with bok choyUm yummm
  • Log food into My Fitness Paldid it!!!
  • Plan + pack for snowshoeingso fun
  • In bed by 10 pmneed to do this more! 
  • Craving stir-frymade it…blogged it. 
  • Pre-blog + schedule posts for next weekTJ’s week went down!
  • Work on TJ’s recipesso many recipes 
  • Get packed for Alliance Redwoodssurvived 
  • Lunch date with Nicole ♥always a treat
  • Prepare for March sugar cleansestarting MONDAY the 12th!
  • Stay out of the Girl Scout Cookies – epic FAIL!


Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}


Highlights from the weekend……



We celebrated Nidia’s 36th birthday!

Missing Rachel in this picture.


Dinner at Father Paddy’s

Who knew how fun Friday nights are right here in Woodland?



We were all pleasantly surprised at how great all our food was.  When you can make all 5 chicks at a table happy, that’s saying a lot!

I will for sure go back!


Tips bathroom selfies.

This top was sitting on my front porch when I got home from work.  I had about 2 minutes to get ready.  Slipped it on a was out the door.

TOP SHOP Cutwork Balloon Sleeve Blouse


El Charro for cantaritos.  Next time I’m ordering that big ass $100 one.  Ha!


Bay is still obsessed with snap chat filters.  This is me trying to drive and get in the snap…lol!


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{friday 5}


Frrriiiidaaayyyy!  Did you happen to check the weather forecast for mañana?  (I had to google how to do the ñ = Alt + 0241 try it!!)  Sunshine + 70 degrees.  I’ll take it considering it’s going to get cold and possibly rainy next week.  It’s been a very productive week.  Bay got her official 4-H officer shirt.  So cute.  Celebrated Fat Tuesday with a homemade King Cake.  Bay got the baby, so she’s in change of planning the next party/dinner.  Lent is in full swing.  We celebrated Valentine’s day ♥ Bay + I ugly cried for about 1 hr 53 min last night watching Wonder.  SUCH a great movie!  I completed week #1 of Kaia CORE this morning #sore

Speaking of this morning……

Do you ever have a day where you feel like a human garbage disposal?  I’m not sure what the hell happened to me this morning, but I could not stop eating.  Just to hold myself accountable, and so you can probably laugh your ass off.  Here’s what I consumed from 6:15 ish till 11am:

ACV shot

coffee with collagen

egg over leftover roast veggies

handful flaming hot Cheetos (they fell out of the snack bag I was packing for bay’s lunch)

chocolate covered macadamia nut (I totally thought they were gone…score)

another handful flaming hot Cheetos (damnnnn, I forgot how good they are)

package of fruit snacks (while I got ready, duh)

coffee #2

la croix


Atkins Caramel Chocolate Nut Roll (so so good)


Please tell me that this happens to other peeps every now and again?  I’m kinda freaking out…..

And I currently cannot stop thinking about lunch!


Enough of that, I’ve still got 5 things on my mind…..


ONE – Lent //  You guys are NEVER going to guess what I gave up for lent?!?!


No f bombs for 40 days.  FOURTY days!

Every.single.person I’ve told, laughed.  Nobody has any faith in me.  Let’s clarify….does this mean I cannot say bad words.  But, I can still type + text them, right?  Ha.  I’m giving up both.  The f bomb is probably one of my most typed words in my text messages.  My iPhone no longer auto corrects to “ducking”

As recommended, I’m wearing a rubber-band around my wrist and I snap myself when I say/write a bad word.

Bay says my wrists are going to be black + blue by day 40 🙂

I think I got this!  Oh and yesterday’s post didn’t count, since it was written pre-lent 🙂

Bay gave up YouTube.  Which is HUGE for her.  She’s a YouTube junkie.

Pray for us, K!!



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Hi guys!  How was your weekend?  Can you tell how Bay feels about the weekend?  ♥  I loved every second of it.  Everyday just flowed so well and it was super relaxing and perfect.  I need to plan or hope for more weekends like the last.  Bay did lots of baking.  I did lots of meal prep.  Shopping.  Pizza.  Date night at the movies.  And made some time to catch up with some gal pals.


Intentions for the week:

  • plan a cute valentine’s day bento box lunch for Bay
  • balance my check book (it’s been 2 weeks..fml)
  • find a floor lamp for the living room #dungeon (Picked this up from Target) 
  • celebrate Mardi Gras by making a king cake #oldaf  – (Bay got the baby)
  • wheel + deal with Dish for a lower monthly payment (it works!)
  • enjoy our low-key (no plans) week(such a nice change) 
  • workout mon-fri(Did it WHOOP WHOOP)
  • cleanup my email in boxes
  • create a sweet potato burrito bowl with leftover chicken(delish)

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes} 


Highlights from the weekend……


Friday was National Pizza Day, remember?  So how did I celebrate, you ask?  Just in case you were curious….

Masullo is Sac.

Pizza is kinda my thang!  And these is one thing I know well and that’s good pizza.




If you ever find yourself hungry in the Land Park area, do yourself a favor and go to Masullo!


Sleeping in till 8:01 am

Best idea I had all weekend.



Admiring Bay’s pretty Madewell heart earrings ♥



Changed up the coffee table situation



Pig duty

Rodeo #510 + Clover #511


This quote caught my eye


A trip to the cute shop, Papers and Pencils and Pens!  Oh my

Bay loves stationary.  So she was in pure heaven.


Bay was pretty pumped for her washi tape + eraser purchase.



Worked on a new frittata recipe for the blog.  You guys, this one is so good!  Bay, who doesn’t really do eggs even gave it a thumbs up!  That’s a big deal!



Have I ever told you that I’m basically the queen of sheet pan nachos?  1/2 with re fried beans (for bay) 1/2 with black beans + tomatoes (for me)



Sunday dinner request:

Twice baked potatoes



Movie date night

The 15:17 to Paris

The true story, directed by Clint Eastwood.  Casting actual heroes to play themselves.  Not just any heroes, these are local, Sacramento heroes.  Pretty cool!

The movie, just okay.  Not sure what I was expecting, but I didn’t love it.

Watch the trailer here: The 15:17 to Paris (movie trailer)


Valentine’s day gift

I’m going to share this next week.  Just a fun DIY.


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I’ve got a case of the MONDAY’S!  Big time.  Just not feelin it today.  Tomorrow is a new day!  And it will be a better day.  Maybe a little sunshine, Mother Nature?  Please!

What’s your Kardashian name?

Mine: LA North.

I feel like I could totally fit in with a name like that.


Intentions for the week:

  • Go to the Container Store
  • Declutter one room each day
  • Decorate a cauliflower crust pizza – (on this weeks to-do’s I’m thinking brussels sprouts + balsamic reduction)
  • Spoil Benny on his birthday
  • Meditate every morning for 10 minutes.  So not me, but I think I want to try. – (Who’s got time for that?)
  • Watch all the movies at the theater I’ve been wanting to see
  • Spruce up the front patio – It turned out so good ♥  Thanks to my Mom’s help!
  • Make a $12 grocery store flower arrangement for the blog
  • Lunch date with my Mom + Sis
  • Rice all the cauliflower in the fridge + freeze for meal prep – I’ve got cauli-rice for dayyysss


Last week’s intentions: {weekend notes} 


Here’s some highlights from the weekend……


Friday //

Nails + Vince’s with my girl.  She needed to get her Hawaii nails.  She picked white fingers + pink toes.  So cute ♥


It was one of those days that called for a Vince’s margarita.  We actually had two…but who’s counting?

Have you ever had their pork burrito?  It’s the ONLY thing I order anymore.  The best!  Ala cart, since I kill about two baskets of chips + salsa before 🙂



And she’s off //

I dropped my girl off first thing Saturday morning.  She’s spending the week in Hawaii with her Dad’s side of the family.


Pom Pom Luggage Tag

I found the adorable luggage tag at Walmart last week.  For $3.  I seriously looked everywhere for about 2 weeks then stumbled on this one and it matches her new luggage perfectly.


I snuck a little surprise care package in Bay’s carry-on for the long flight.  Her fave snacks + some cute games to keep her busy.



I, Tonya //

Don’t waste your time or money.  Other than the fact the acting was great, the movie was terrible.  I felt like I had 2 hours stolen from me when it was over.  Not a fan!!



Retail therapy //

A Nordstrom trip always solves the problem.  And their order pick-up is the best thing since sliced bread.  When you know what you want, but don’t feel like tracking it down or trying shit on.  Order online, wait about 30 minutes.  You’ll get a text when your order is ready.  Swing by the shoe department.  Show the cashier your ID, done!


Picked up a little something for my newest nephew.  Wayyy too cute to pass up.


Lunch + wine at the cafe.  Sugar cleanse is back in full swing today.  Sometimes you just have to say screw it and have a glass of chard.  The heart wants what it wants.



Willow Oak Crab Feed //

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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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