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{a little of this + a little of that}

Dress (on sale) | Denim Jacket (on sale) | Hat | Sunglasses | Necklace

Good Morning friends. It’s kind of hard to believe THIS weekend is Memorial Day.

I’m still on my NO online shopping this week kick. Totally knowing this sale was going to happen.

I had something completely different planned for today, but when I woke up and saw everything that was already SOLD OUT on the NSALE….change of plans. You gotta jump on it Mama’s. If there is something you want. Get it. Get it quick. Remember – Nordstrom has the very best customer service. If you get something and change your mind. Or just don’t like it as much as you initially thought, return it! It’s FREE! Just use the return UPS slip in your package and you’re good to go. But, I promise you one thing…..

ALL the good shit will be gone in the blink of the eye.

And for those of you that give zero fucks for the Nordstrom sale……

a little of this + a little of that //

As I was typing this blog post, I saw in the top corner the number 887. This my friends, is my 887th post! So nuts!

Question: What’s your Taco Bell order? We’ve all got one, right? Mine: beefy 5-layer burrito lots of mild sauce and a crunchy taco. Sometimes I get real wild and ask for chips + guac too!

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{going greener…baby steps}

Levis (shade: party like it’s 1999) (similar)| Sneakers | Net Bag

Happy FRIDAYYYYY!

A BIG HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the Mama’s out there. I hope you get to rest + relax at some point this weekend. I hope you get the day off from wiping butts. Maybe even brunch withOUT the rugrats. Or breakfast in bed? Preferably take-out so your kitchen isn’t f’ed up. A special handmade card from school. Oh and how about one of those macaroni noodle necklaces? Yes, I hope you get one of those too! And maybe a homemade coupon book? Filled with “leave me alone” vouchers. Ha! Whatever you do, have a good one! Cheers!

Weekend plans? You guys, I’m a free woman. Well, kinda. More like my calendar is free AF! Meeting some of my girlfriends for happy hour tonight. A little shopping tomorrow. Followed with a Mother’s Day spa date at Cache Creek Casino. Sunday we’re doing the Capay Garden Tour. Never done it before, but I keep hearing great things. I’m looking forward to a weekend of family + friends + cheers!

Now let’s chat about steps….baby steps. We’ve slowly been making an effort to be less wasteful and reduce our plastic waste. Today I’m sharing some of the simple changes we’ve made in our home. I know that even the small part I play can actually make a difference

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{photo editing tips + tricks}

Dress | Heels | Sunnies | Earrings (on sale)| Clutch (similar)

One question I get asked all the time? What I use to take my photos and how I edit my photos. I’ve been meaning to write this post for sometime…decided today is the day! Ha! Here are some tips + tricks that I’ve picked up from other bloggers along with lots of trial and error.

Before we get started……I strictly use my iPhone 8 Plus. I go back and forth from portrait mode to regular photo mode. Back in December, I purchased a preset and I’ve been using it ever since.

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{25 random acts of kindness}

Top: Target | Denim: Madewell / Nordstrom | Mules: Nordstrom Rack

This past Sunday, February 17th, was Nation Random Acts of Kindness Day. Out of all the cheesy “national days” I think this is one we could + should all get behind! Get outside your comfort zone…just a little bit. Kindness is straight up magic. And it can really brighten the shit out of someones day!

And to be completely honest, it’s a really great way to lift your own spirits too! It’s a two for one, baby!

For example: I was at Target the other day….go figure. Waiting in line. I let a women with #hellakids go in front of me at the self checkout. She was dumbfounded that I would let her go ahead of me. As though nobody had even done that for her before. She even offered to buy me the sugar free red bull I had in hand.

Which got me thinking…….

Just think if each of us do ONE simple random act of kindness each day. What if it became a chain reaction?

Here’s a list of simple acts that I came up with……

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{friday 5}

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Hey girl hey!  It’s Friday!  I died when I woke up and looked at yesterday’s blog stats.  Over 260 clicks from Facebook alone.  Lot’s of WTF messages.  Many of you guessed arms.  And no Alex, I did not shave my Brittany…this time.  Thanks for reading.  And if you do shave your lips….let me know what you think.  I guarantee you’ll be hooked.  I tried to convince my mom to let me do hers last night…and she wasn’t having it.

Weekend plans: kickin’ it hard.  We have a plan free weekend.  Waiting on that storm to hit.  Sleeping in.  Cooking.  Extra cups of French press coffee.  Working on Bay’s closet.  You guys, she keeps growing.  That means NOTHING fits, again.  I’m sure Bay will work her magic and get me to take her somewhere?  Who knows.  And Super Bowl Sunday.  Anyone else NOT watching football this weekend?  Half time show and I’m good!

Here’s 5 things I’ve got on my mind today……

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{a little of this + a little of that}

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Eyelet Hem Sweatshirt: J.Crew | White Denim: J.Crew | Free People Flats: Nordstrom | Bracelet: Nordstrom | Bracelet: Nordstrom

It’s been a while since I’ve rambled about random shit, so today felt like a good day to let it all out…….

I shaved my:

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{that was so last year…}

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Cocoon Cardigan (back in stock) // Vintage Tee // Denim // Letterboard

Favorite memories + photos of 2018…..

 

|| January 2018 ||

Highlights: Visiting Safari West with the Hostert’s.  And just now realizing I never wrote about it…FML!  Bringing in the new year camping on the coast.  Celebrating my 36th year for about a week straight.  Taking Bay to the city for a girls day.  Museum of Ice Cream and a garlic fest at the Stinking Rose.  Bay got her 4-H pig and named him Rodeo.  The {crispy cheese taco shells} were born.  Bay baked {cookie dough cheesecake bars} and they were yumm.  I fell in love with a new a new denim {what i wore}.  

 

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|| February 2018 ||

Highlights: Remember the {$12 grocery store flower arrangement}  Cory and I stayed in Jenner.  Long walks on the beach…lol.  I shared my {record player setup} And I still love it.  {chicken teriyaki casserole} happened…and now I want to make it.  Of course, Bay baked {peanut butter + brown butter rice krispie treats}.  We celebrated Valentine’s Day with lots of sweets + treats.  I gave up F bombs for lent.  It was hard AF!  HA!

 

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|| March 2018 ||

Highlights: The skinny, skinny Marg was born: {friday 5} I set a pretty table {spring table + rose napkin fold}Went on Bay’s 6th grade trip, organized my closet and got tips..that was a good {weekend notes} LOVE these photos of Bay {a little of this + a little of that} Cory and I went Snowshoeing for the first time {weekend notes}…we actually just planned our next snowshoe trip today!  We can’t forget about the week I dedicated to Trader Joe’s meals….{turkey meatballs over sweet potato ribbons} + {15 minute beef stir-fry} + {trader joes cauliflower crust pizza} + {halibut tacos + roast corn salad} And last but certainly not least, our annual Stinson Beach trip: {weekend notes}  That was a busy month!!!

 

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{things I’m loving}

Day 2 of 365.  But in my book it’s really day 1.  Since I was hungover and didn’t do shit yesterday, today feels more like that New year new me kinda day.  Ya feel me?

Except, it’s a new year, same ol me.  Ha!  Nothings changed.

I got goals….and a word.  But I really don’t feel like chatting about that today.  How about I share some thing I’m loving?  That sounds more fun.

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{i shaved my face and you should too}

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Teeth Whitening // Rose Water // Facial Razor // Jade Roller // Marble Tray

I shaved my face last night.  But, I’ve decided I’m going to say I tried dermaplaning instead.  As soon as the words “shaved” and “my face” are said, peeps instantly freak the fuck out.  Ha!  It’s okay, I kinda thought the same thing too.  Then I did some research.  I’m not going to grow a beard!

I really, really wanted to try and video a portion of it.  But, once I had the razor in my hand, decided safety first and put the phone down. lol!

Just like all the fads that come out.  Charcoal teeth whitening.  Jade rolling.  Rosewater spray.  Cory always says, “do you have to try everything?”

Yes, of course I do!  #YOLO

I’m what they call a sucker.  You tell this $10 conatiner of shit is gonna make me skinny or pretty…SOLD!

I’m also too cheap to pay for Amazon Prime, so I have to ask Cory to purchase all my random shit for me.  Ha!  Hence, why he’s concerned that I’m a sucker for trends.

Let’s chat about the fads that I’ve tried…..

 

Facial Razor // We have to start with this one.  I dermaplaned my face last night.  I read so many reviews.  Amazon alone has over 1,800.  You guys would straight up DIE if you saw all the peach fuzz and dead skin that came off that tiny little razor.  So disgusting.  I didn’t realize what a hairy bitch I was.  But, the results – I’m a believer.  My face is so, so smooth.  My makeup went on so incredibly smooth this morning.  Even a little glow!  It’s like an exfoliation at a deeper level.  All in the comfort of your very own bathroom.  And it only costs $5.  I will continue doing this procedure.  Maybe weekly?

Just trust me on this one, k?

This is the video I watched: LISTEN UP GIRLFRIEND | SHAVE YOUR FACE

What is dermaplaning?

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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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