{i am the keeper}

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I read this article last weeks.  It definitely resonates with me.  And I thought you all might like it too.  It’s like a Mother’s Pledge.  The other side of parenting…the vital but invisible tasks that take up so much of our mental space.

Her tribute to Moms honoring all the things that go unnoticed.

I see you!

And I salute you!

 

I Am The Keeper

 

I am the keeper.

I am the keeper of schedules. Of practices, games, and lessons. Of projects, parties, and dinners. Of appointments and homework assignments.

I am the keeper of information. Who needs food 5 minutes before a meltdown occurs and who needs space when he gets angry. Whether there are clean clothes, whether bills are paid, and whether we are out of milk.

I am the keeper of solutions. Of band aids and sewing kits and snacks in my purse. But also of emotional balms and metaphorical security blankets.

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{a little of this + a little of that}

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Happy Hump Day!  Happy November 1st!

Today I’m sharing a little of this + a little of that…..

 

Yesterday was Day #2 of Keto diet.  And Halloween.  WTF was I thinking?

I normally wait for Bay to fall asleep.  Then I sneak all the Reese’s peanut butter cups.

The pumpkin shaped ones first, because they are fresh AF and delicious.

Then I move on to the regular peanut butter cups.

No limit soldier!  I thought I told ya!

Then obviously hide all the evidence.

When Bay wakes up the next morning, I act as though I’d never seen a single Reese’s.

Reese’s?  What’s that?  Never saw one.

Last night, I ate……

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{friday 5}

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We did it friends.  We made it to Friday.  And through another crazy week.  The weekend is looking bright.  So many fun things planned that we’re looking forward to.  The Hostert’s are coming to town!!!  Pumpkin patch trip.  We are taking Christmas card pictures.  Running Group, which I’m actually looking forward to.  WEIRD!  Bay is finally having her bake sale that she’s been begging to do since Summer.  She also decided that she wants to donate the money made to the Napa fire relief.  God, I love her ♥

Cheers to the weekend peeps!!  And now, 5 things on my mind……

 

ONE – Celebrating // We celebrated our homegirl Sarah P’s birthday this week.  We had a good time for a Wednesday night!  HA!  We laughed.  We had an amazing meal at Kitchen 428!  We told funny stories.  We talked a little shit to eachother…lol.  We reminisced.  We shared the pits + peeks of life.  We toasted new endeavors.

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Living our best life!

Jason’s white linens = new fave

Polenta Fries = stop what you’re doing and go to Mojo’s RIGHT NOW!  You need these!

Dinner Special = we all ordered the prime rib and it was damn good

Cheers = mini pumpkin pie cheers

Groupies = “Make us super hot + super skinny, k!”

 

And I think I get the award for the best birthday card.  Thanks to Nugget.  I laughed out loud (for reals) when I read it in the store.

 

TWO – Ojia, Ca // Yesterday I booked a massage.  In Ojia.  After our backpacking trip.  At our Hotel.  Ojai Valley Inn.  Can you say check off the ol bucket list?!?!  I’ve had dreams about vacationing in Ojia.  And shit got real.  We booked our second backpacking trip in Ojai for next month.  Remember I wrote all about our first backpacking trip here: {weekend notes}  A trip I will NEVER forget!  So we are headed down for trip #2.  We decided to extend our stay and check out Ojai after we’re done backpacking.  So many amazing places I want to see.  Places I want to dine.  Bars I want to drink “the very best G+T!”  Does anyone have any recommendations?  I’d love them all!!  Anyway, just super excited!  That’s all.

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THREE – Sweater Weather // So, I went to Target this week.  Crazy, right?!?!  It was one of those Target trip where they had ALL THE THINGS!  It was like the first time I’d ever walked down the women’s clothing section.  Did you happen to get the BOGO 50% off sweaters email?  Yah, me too!  Luckily I’m the kind of person who finds great shit Target and comes right back here to tell you all about it!!

First off, So Many Cute Sweaters.  And it’s BOGO, so you’ll at least need two!

Remember the pink leopard cardigan I shared last week?  It’s now online!  It also comes in camo too.

Camo Print Cardigan //  Leopard Print Cardigan

 

You all know I love a good Instagam Stories Poll, but I have to say…..

My Insta friends and I clearly have different taste.  Ha!  I always buy the things you all vote “NO” on.  That red sweater to the right.  See it?  It gives me life.  I’m in love with it.  And it’s currently waiting in my closet for me to wear this weekend!!  The pink chenille sweater has already made an appearance.  It’s so so soft and comfy.  I skipped the destructed leopard (sorry insta polls)

Pink Chenille (Mossimo) not online yet // Leopard Destructed Pullover Sweatshirt // Red Sweater (A New Day) not online yet

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{friday 5}

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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

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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!

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Butternut Squash Pizza

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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.

Enjoy!

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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{a little of this + a little of that}

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A little of this + a little of that…….

 

I went to the dump yesterday morning.  That about sums up how my week is going…lol.  Dumpy!  Have I told you that moving sucks yet???

I realize I’ve been super negative lately.  A major funk has taken over my life.  I’m not going to apologize, because guess what?  It’s life!!  Hoping that after “the move” (how many times have I said that..lol) this weekend…it will disappear.  Fingers crossed, K?

Am I the ONLY person on this planet that does NOT watch Game of Thrones?

Did you know there are 23 days till Fall?  After the awful high temps the last week (and as far as I can see in the forecast) I’m so ready for sweater weather + pumpkin everything + homemade soup + fall to-do’s.  Then December will roll around I’ll start bitching about how cold it is and wish for Summer again!! 🙂

My Mom + Bay + I cracked up watching this video the other night.

Which reminded me, this tortoise bangle has been on repeat since it arrived.  Best part, it’s on sale for $9!

Link (our beloved rabbit) recently started thumping his hind foot.  Only around me.  I thought, oh how cute he loves me.  Bay googled it last night……

Foot-stamping in rabbits indicates that something in their environment is bothering them or causing fear.

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{friday 5}

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H A P P Y!

F R I D A Y!

Ok, just for fun.  Complete this sentence:

Everyone who knows me, knows I love_________?

Our weekend is full.  SO much to do…so little time.  I’m actually in the middle of writing a blog post for next week about making the most of the weekend.  How to get the most accomplised and still be able to enjoy the two shortest, fastest days of the week.  Untill then, let’s chat about what’s on my mind…….

 

ONE – Yard Sale // Come buy our shit tomorrow!!

If you’ve text, messaged, emailed or commented on item…I apologize I’m not responding.  I should have waited to post the picture tomorrow.  I didn’t realize how overwhelming that was going to be.  I got over 30 FB messages and I just gave up.

Everything will be available tomorrow!

 

Bay was in charge of making signs and they turned out perfect ♥

Saturday, August 12th – ONE DAY ONLY

8am – till I’m over it!

Mount Whitney Drive (cross street – Ashley Ave)

Bailey + Ruby are also having a bake sale….Cookies + Cupcake + Rice Krispy Treats + Lemonade + Bottled Water!!

  • Ladder Shelf
  • Storage with baskets
  • Dinning room table
  • Armoire
  • Twin day bed + mattress (never used, just for looks…lol)
  • Elliptical
  • Computer Desk
  • Coffee Table
  • Cute AF clothes
  • Lots of other shit

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TWO – Happy Birthday Toni Toni Tone // A little early.  We celebrated one of the homies last night at Thai Pepper.  Drinks, Dinner, more drinks.  As always, such a great time.

Let’s talk about Thai Pepper for a minute.  Don’t be fooled by the ambiance.  Or the fact that the place is always empty.  Because the food is legit!  I’d call it a little hidden gem right in our little town.  I tried (actually 3 of us ordered the same thing)

#8 Mango Curry under House Specialty.

Shrimp, fresh mango, broccoli, carrots and bell pepper in a sweet creamy peanut red curry sauce and coconut milk.

You guys, I wish you could have been there so see it.  Smell it.  Taste it.  So fucking bomb.  Everything about it.  Everyone loved their good.    Go try this place out.  Let’s spread the word!

 

 

THREE – When your homegirl leaves you this on your front porch.  Attached with the sweetest message.  Thank you Melika 🙂  Total day maker!!!

Goal weight:

Sexy AF

I fucking LOVE it ♥

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