{friday 5}

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Happy Friday!  It’s been a really good week.  A nice calm week.  Just what we needed.  Spent as much time as possible outdoors which makes all the difference in shaking my creative juices up.  So many projects I can’t wait to start.  So many fun ideas for the blog.

Take the weekend to recharge, relax and treat yo self Mama’s!  And I wish you all the happiest Mother’s day!

 

 

ONE – Hot Sauce Debate // No doubt, I’m a tap-your-uncle girl.  Tapatio, that is.  It’s my hot sauce of choice…always.  On my eggs.  On my tacos.  On anything, really.  But, recently, I’ve been told that I need to spread my wings a little.  That there are wayy better hot sauces out there?  Say whhhattt?  You know I’m always down to try out new stuff, so next week, we’re going to do a hot sauce taste testing.  Not really sure of the logistics just yet.  So, tell me….what’s your fave hot sauce?  What should I add?

Here’s what I’ve picked up for the Hot Sauce Debate so far…..

Valentina // Srirahca // Cholula // Tapatio

 

 

TWO – Madwell Top // I love a good striped tee!  Stripes pretty much go with anything + everything.  You’d die if you saw stripe tee collection in my closet.  I found another good one to add to my selection.  Originally I had a whole post planned for this newby, but when I saw that it was marked down to $29, I decided to scratch that and share it NOW!  This will sell out, and you probably need another one.  You’re welcome!

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Madewell Mock Neck Tank

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THREE – Easy Pickled Red Onions // I got lots of DM’s after posting this on insta-stories yesterday.  So, here ya go!  This is a quick-pickled onion recipe.  Cory claims it’s not authentic enough.  lol.  I had all the ingredients on hand.  And they are killer.  I’ve been topping turkey burgers, sandwiches + salads with these bad boys all week.

My homegirl Nikki, she made pickled cabbage for her ahi tuna tacos last night….fucking outstanding.  That will be on my to-make list for next week!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

 

Cram all the sliced red onion in a mason jar.  Stick your filled mason jar in the sink, because you will spill and this shit is stinky!

Add all the rest of the ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat.

Pour mixture over the red onions.  Allow to cool.  Then pop them in the fridge.

Enjoy!

 

FOUR – Coffee Table // Kinda like my dinning table settings, I love styling the coffee table.  I love that it’s a small space.  Also a space that gets a lot of attention.  Stealing items from other rooms to change it up is my jam.  I can’t get enough of baby daisies.  I grab a bunch ($3.99) every time I make a TJ’s trip lately.  I believe they’re called chamomiles.  But, I think baby daisies sounds cuter 🙂  So, here’s what my coffee table currently looks like and I’ve linked all the sources below if you need one of these items for your coffee table look!

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{gift guide: mother’s day}

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When you cant give them the world, opt for a pretty gift instead.  Here’s a gift guide for all the cool moms out there.

Guarantee you’ll be able to find a little something for all the Mama’s in your life…including the ones who swear they don’t need a thing.  Other than quality time and a long brunch (with wine included, obvi together, you know what the second best way to thank her……

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{currently craving // may}

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From delicious rosé to outdoor inspo and target must-haves, here are ALL THE THINGS I’m currently craving for May…..

Currently Craving // The May Edition.  Formerly Wish List Wednesday.  Wanted to switch it up a bit.  Thinking that monthly, I’ll share not only what I’ve got on my wish list, but all the things I’m craving.

Being right smack dab in the middle of Spring brings so much color + cool new finds.  Out with the old, in with the fabulous.  Ha!

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{friday 5}

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Fri-Day!  Planning on taking full advantage of the weekend and get some relaxing in.  Next week is Spring Show….aka shit show.  Only kidding.  It’s just a very busy week.  And a good week.  Bay entered a baked good.  Table setting.  And has a pig.  If you’re looking for us, we’ll be at the fairgrounds.

Weekend plans?  We’re hitting the road.  Camping on the Russian River.  I love camping.  It’s a lot of work and all, but being outdoors, roughin it a little bit.  Drinking from sun up till sun down (the best part in my book)  S’mores.  Sitting around the campfire laughing till your belly hurts.  That’s what we’ll be up too.

 

Ok, let the weekend begin!

 

One – Fruit Bowl // Found it.  Actually my Mom found it, within minutes.  I legit scoured Target.com for this wooden pedestal bowl I used in {orange table setting} for about 30 minutes.  I search pedestal.  Wooden bowl.  You name it.  But, fruit bowl?  That’s just dumb Target.  It looks very Pottery Barn-ish with a Target price tag.  Anyway, I got lots of messages about it.  So here ya go….

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Turned Wood Fruit Bowl – Threshold

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TWO – Polenta Croutons // Same idea as polenta fries.  These crispy little things are the perfect addition to any salad.  I still swear by Robin Nelson’s famous salad.  Mixed greens.  Brianna’s Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.  Blue cheese crumbles.  Sliced cherry tomatoes.  Croutons.  The only thing I’ve changed: thinly sliced red onion.  And of course, polenta croutons.  Shake it up in a big trash bag and pour into a salad bowl.  It’s  a crowd pleaser.  When you make this salad, remember to give Robin a shout out!

Polenta Croutons:

  • 18oz tube pre-cooked polenta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan
  • Salt + pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil or a silpat.

Chop polenta into cubes.  Don’t bother making them perfect….just try to keep them about the same size so the cook evenly.

Toss chopped polenta + the rest of the ingredients into a bowl.

Place polenta croutons on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Flip and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Or until golden brown and crisp.

How many polenta croutons should one eat in a sitting?  Asking for a friend.

These little fuckers are dangerous…just FYI!

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Robin Nelson’s Famous Salad with polenta croutons.

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THREE – Mascara Primer // New Product alert.  I know I say this all the time, but you guys…I found an amazing product.  Mascara Primer.  I’d honestly never even heard of it till last week.  Used this product everyday this week and the only thing I can say: So pissed I didn’t know about this sooner.  It’s life changing!  I coat my eyelashes with primer.  The primer is white, just fyi.  Let it dry for a sec, then top with my STILL fave mascara (L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise)  You’ll never guess how much this primer costs?

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{current closet faves}

Happy Thursday peeps.  I did another grocery store pick-up today.  Which allowed me to spend my lunch break doing more important things.  You know, like tan.  Go to the post office + bank.  And grab an iced coffee from Starbucks.  Try it out!  I’m telling you it’s so legit.  I was able to stock our house for next weeks meals + grab everything we need for our camping trip tomorrow.

I’ve been trying out Time Batching this week.  I can’t say too much, I really haven’t mastered this time-management hack just yet.  What I can say, is the time batching that I have done throughout the day has helped me focus and be productive AF.  Stay tuned though, I want to tell you all about it.  Once I’ve mastered the art of Time Batching.

But, what I’m really here to tell you all about today……

Current Closet Faves //  Denim that fits like a glove.  Colored top.  Sunnies, always sunnies.  Mustard Mules.  A neutral clutch to even out all that yellow.  And a cute little necklace on the side.

Too much?   Nahhh!

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You guys, I’m all about the burnt yellow.  Spicy Mustard.  Saffron.  Canary.  Like BIG TIME!  Yesterday was all the orangy hues, but what can I say…today is a new day!  I accidentally picked up two yellowy items this week, and I love them so much, that I’m gonna tell you all about them.

If wearing too much yellow is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right!

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Top // Denim // Shoes // Clutch // Necklace // Sunnies

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{orange table setting}

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Oranges + kumquat!  Nothing brightens up a room better than fresh fruits.  Totally stylish.  Super affordable.  And delicious too!  I envisioned using fresh produce of some sort in lieu of flowers for a change.  Honestly I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off.  I bought fresh stems at TJ’s as a backup plan…Ha!

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The oranges + kumquat both complement the spring + summer color palette perfectly.  Such an easy pop of color.  I’m typically not a HUGE color fan.  I like to keep it pretty neutral.  But, this is so pleasing to the eye, that I fell in love.

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The centerpiece consists of oranges + greenery (that I pulled from a bouquet my homegirl Nikki brought me) + Eucalyptus filler that I picked up from Target yesterday.  $7.99 for 3 bunches.  Originally I bought them for a different spot in the house and threw them in here last-minute.  Wouldn’t they look so cute in a bud vase?  They are super versatile and almost look real!

BIG shout out to Jamie Carroll + Allison Rose for the orange + kumquat delivery.  Thank you for making my table dreams come true ♥

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We have to take a moment to chat about these glasses.  I fell in love the moment I laid my eyes on these beauties.  They are vintage so I can’t link them or tell you where you can find some.  Sorry!  They look real pretty filled with rosé….I had to test it out the day I brought them home.  I’m thinking pretty desserts next.  But for now, they are showing off on my dinning room table and they make me uber happy!

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This $9 wine decanter was another Target find a few months back.  Filled with sliced oranges + water.  That’s what I’ll do.  I tried chardonnay and it looked kinda like urine…lol.  So, we’ll stick with water for now.

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Whenever I want to change-up the dinning room table, the first thing I do is linen napkins.  It’s impressive what a simple napkin can do for a table.  I picked up this white stripe 4-pack for $7 at Target yesterday.  They are a simple + classic, so they will be used over and over again.

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I think lemons + lavender would also be such a great combo.  Who knows, maybe I’ll try that next 🙂

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Tied a piece of greenery around the back of the white chairs.  It’s the little details that always get me.  Super simple and so pretty!

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Ok, here’s all the details:

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{friday 5}

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Let the lonnnggg weekend begin.  Today is my last day of work till April 9th.  I can’t even begin to tell you how frickin excited I am.  So excited that I couldn’t even sleep last night.  My brain was going a mile a minute of all the things I need to get done + can’t wait to do in the next 10 days.  Bay + I cleaned the house.  Washed the car.  Full tank of gas.  Grocery shopped.  Easter baskets are complete.  Eggs are filled and ready for the Easter bunny.  So, I plan to drink some LOTS of skinny, skinny margs tonight and begin celebrating.

Don’t even trip though, I kicked butt this week and pre-blogged so you will still get your daily xoxostacyb email 🙂  Just in case you were worried..HA!

Have a great weekend.  Enjoy Easter with your family.  And HAPPY SPRING BREAK!!!

 

Before I let you go, I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – The perfect black swimsuits //  I found it ladies!  I found THE perfect black one-piece.  And it doesn’t cost $300!  I actually found two!  Both from the one, the only…..

TARGET!

And did you see Target is doing a BOGO 50% off on suits for the fam?

What that means is, you can get both for under $60!  Two perfect black swimsuits!

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My suit // Bay’s suit 

Perfect black suit #1 // $39.99 (BOGO 50% off)

I actually bought this exact suit twice now.  A tragedy happened last year.  While I was at the Cache Creek Spa, I accidentally wrapped up the perfect black suit with my spa robe and threw it in the dirty hamper.  Called the next day and they tossed it!  Went back to Target to buy a new one….SOLD OUT!  Everywhere.  I even tried SF.  No go.  Moral of the story, get this suit.  It’s super faltering.  Lots of coverage.   Removable neck strap.  There are over 300 reviews…read them for yourself.

 

Mesh Inset One Piece Swimsuit

 

Perfect black suit #2 // $39.99 (BOGO 50% off)

This is the show stopper.  Obsessed with the low scoop back.  I saw this on so many bloggers on LiketoKnowit.  Clicked on the link.  And fell out of my seat when I saw it was Target.  It comes in white too.  I kinda want to order it.  I did size up to a large in this one.  Which worked out perfectly.  I have a long torso and I didn’t want it cutting into my shoulders.  It has great coverage.  Removable cups.  I could go on and on.  Get it before it’s sold out!

 

Ruffled One Piece Swimsuit (comes in white)

 

Bay’s perfect black suit // $39.50

Since we like matching, it only made sense that we both get the perfect black suits.  J.Crew suits fit Bay perfectly.  And we can twin on the beach all summer long 🙂

 

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Girls’ scalloped cropped tankini set

 

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