{floral + herb smudge stick diy}

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You know about the smudge sticks, yes?  You know the bundles of dried sage that hippies like to burn?  It’s not just for hippies anymore.  Or maybe I’m becoming a hippie?  Who knows, but I’m all about it.

So what if we made our own with herbs + flowers?  They are so damn pretty, even if you don’t burn them and displayed just for looks.  Although, you should totally burn them (that’s the hippie in me coming out).  

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I’m going to break down the whole smudging thing right now…..

Why smudge?

Sage is traditionally burned in Native American ceremonially rituals.  The smoke from the burning smudges stick is said to cleanse of bad feelings + negative thoughts + bad spirits + negative energy.  I know I’m totally loosing you, but whether or not this is true, is up for debate.  I’m a believer!  And who doesn’t want to want to rid of all the negative shit?

When to smudge?

  • when you move into a new space
  • begin a new job
  • when you’re feeling angry + upset or negative
  • anytime you feel a conflict in your life
  • a struggling relationship
  • significant life event: marriage + birth + death + sickness

 

Are you down with it?

If you’re thinking, WTFE xoxostacyb, then look at the next image…..

It’s pretty AF, huh?  Are you feelin it now?

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I personally think these bundles would make for a beautiful gift for hostesses + housewarming + showers…you name it.

You’re going to die when you see how incredibly simple these floral + herb smudge sticks are to make on your own.

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{floral top + random thoughts}

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Top // Denim // Slides // Earrings 

 

Happy Hump Day!  AKA, drink a bottle of wine day to celebrate we’re 1/2 way there day!  Ha!  You guys, we had our challenge this morning at Kaia.  You can read more about it here: {kaia brik goals}  Running is so not my jam, but damn I feel good (and hangry) when it’s done.  If you could have only heard all the voices in my head.  “Fake and injury and walk” or “Don’t walk, you’ll never be able to get back up to speed” or “wonder if anyone would notice if I ran to my car and went home?”  That’s the shit I had to deal with, not once, but three separate times this morning.  In good news, I shaved off over 1 minute from week #1 and I didn’t die!  Ha!

Now I’m, about to get real long winded….I apologize in advance for my random thoughts today……

So I started to write a post on this outfit the other day.  I have the tendency to listen/half-ass watch Instagram stories in the background.  So bad, I know.  Anyway, I was listening to a blogger do an unboxing.  Which, for the record, I think is tacky AF.

I guess I shouldn’t say tacky, because I’ll probably do one next week to stay relevant…lol. But, I watch them every.single.time.  Why?  Do your kids watch the weird ass grown adults on YouTube that unbox American Girl Dolls and toys?  Just fucking weird.

Anyway, she made the comment that ALL her packages were in their home office…to keep them out-of-the-way or something like that.  What really got my attention, was she hadn’t opened a single package in TWO whole weeks?  That’s 14 fucking days!  WTF?  Maybe that’s what happens when you get to be a BIG DEAL?  IDK!

I’m not gonna lie…That’s not how I roll over here.  Most of my online shopping carts at J.Crew + Nordstrom + Target + Madewell are maxed out with hundreds of dollars of clothes.  Technically, I’m not going to buy 90% of them.  But, I like to keep them safe.  Right where I can see them and stalk them.  Then they go out of stock and I kick myself for not pulling the trigger.  Or I decide they aren’t all that cute anymore after looking at them for so damn long.  Then every once in a while, that shit goes on sale and I hit “place order”.

In my head, I already have the outfit planned.  Where I’ll be wearing it.  Who will be there.  Ha.  I’m just keeping it really real.  But, that’s not where it ends.  I then proceed to track my orders like a psycho.  I can pretty much tell you where each of them are in the US at any given time…lol.  Maybe not any given time, but I have an idea.  I get notification emails and shit.  I’m waiting very impatiently.  Like, I wanted that J.Crew top 2 days ago.

Then when I finally get that “Delivered” email….it kills me to not hop in my car and go grab it off my front porch.  Open it up within seconds.  Half the time I completely destroy the box trying to get to the goods.  Then I try it on instantly.  I gotta make sure it’s as good as I’d hoped and dreamed about…Ha!

So, when these bloggers talk about storing their orders/packages for TWO whole weeks, I just don’t get it.  They clearly don’t love their online purchases as much as I do, right?  Ha!

End of rant!

Without further ado, here is one of the many outfits I stalked + waited for 🙂

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{april in review}

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Happy weekend, friends!  It’s that time again.  Time for the monthly round-up.  Didn’t I just do this?  April frickin flew by.

Now, lets take a look back at what went down on xoxostacyb in April.

  1. {weekend notes} Easter + remember my crudites board?
  2. {asparagus tart} And some fun pictures from Spring break in Santa Cruz
  3. {march in review} first time breaking down the month + that cute Madewell top
  4. {how to make the most of your weekend} According to STATS you guys like this one
  5. {friday 5} Bay’s fave carrots + that rose gold hair color
  6. {mexican hot pot} Now I want a bowl of that soup
  7. {spring fever} When I first introduced my new zapatos ♥
  8. {push-pin map // travelogue}  Map love
  9. {two sisters} The Woodland book you all fell in love with
  10. {friday 5} This was my #1 viewed post for the month of April
  11. {weekend notes} plants + hiking + wine drinking….that was a damn good weekend
  12. {avocado toast 4 ways} Which is your favorite?  I’m still stuck on the over easy or BLT
  13. {statement tees} Raise your hand if you’ve added a couple to your closet
  14. {double chocolate banana bread} Ok, now raise your hand if you’ve whipped up loaf of this for your peeps
  15. {friday 5} now I want some hummus….and that fanny pack.
  16. {weekend notes} damn that was a good weekend: Color Factory + pig barn + rosé 🙂
  17. {taco pizza} Have I ever told you how much I dig pizza?
  18. {orange table setting} I have to say this one is by far my best yet.  Should I start a monthly table setting series?  Would you guys be into something like that?
  19. {current closet faves} this top has been on maj repeat + my sunnies broke #bawling 😦
  20. {friday 5} PLEASE tell me you’ve all bought the eyelash primer?  And made those polenta croutons.
  21. {weekend notes} Casini Ranch with the fam bam ♥ Jessi and I are already excited for the shuttle to and from Blue Herron for next time!

 

It sure was another busy month here at xoxostacyb!  As always, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for continuing to read, comment, like and share your ideas with me.  It truly makes my day ♥

 

Speaking of making my day…….

Check out these dresses I found on sale at where else but, TARGET!!!

You guys….hold the phone.  Dress at Target are currently BOGO 1/2 off!  That’s basically 2 dresses for under $40!  Cute ones too!

Target BOGO 50% off Women’s Dresses 

I picked up two.  Might go back for another round.  So many cute options to choose from!

This button front strappy dress is so good.  It comes in black too, which I originally had in my cart.  Then I thought, nahhh, go for the red!  It’s a subtle red.  Linen.  Functioning buttons.  And the best part…

drumroll……it has pockets!

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{kaia BRIK goals}

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So, Kaia Fit Woodland BRIK began.  We’re right smack dab in week #2.  It’s been hardcore.  But, I love it!

I’ve gotten questions about when I’ll be sharing my pre-BRIK weight/measurements.  Well, I’m not!  I didn’t even do weight/measurements, to be honest.  No numbers.  No photos.  Not happening.

Here’s the scoop……

I generally consider myself to have a pretty healthy view of body image.  At 36, I have definitely spent years with my fair share of sad thoughts and imperfect expectations.  But for the most part, I feel like I’ve overcome insecurities + learning to be more and more confident.  Until the other day……

I let the scale ruin my day.  Sure it wasn’t what I wanted to see.  But the saddest part of it all is that I let that number (I mean numbersssss) define my day.

And that’s not ok!

So I’m doing BRIK a little different this time around.

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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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{how to make the most of your weekend}

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Why is it that the week days go by so damn slow, but you blink and the weekend is OVER?  Between checking off all the household chores + grocery shopping + trying to cram as many fun activities as humanly possible, there is never enough time to get it all done.  Then before you know it, the Monday scaries kick in.

The question I get ALL THE TIME…..

“how do you find the time on the weekends”

I’m going to share tips on how to make the most of your weekend.  I bust my ass all week, so that I can do my thang on the weekend.

My idea of the perfect weekend is one that leaves me feeling not only recharged, but accomplished and ready to take on the next 5 grueling work week days.

Plan ahead //

Buy the concert tickets.  Make reservations at the restaurant you’ve been dying to try.   Google fun things to-do in the area you want to spend some time.  Pencil in some ideas.  Having something to look forward to will give you a little extra momentum to get you through the week.  You will be dancing in place, come Friday!

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