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{slow cooker salsa chicken // and back to school hacks}

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The end of summer is almost here.  Can you believe it?  Me either.  We’ve created so many great memories over the last couple of months.  Everything from camping trips.  Long weekends + weeks at the cabin in Tahoe.  Catching crabs on the coast.  Weekend getaways to the city.  All the fun must come to an end.

With school about to start, it’s time to get back into the swing of things.  I thought it would be fun to do a little back to school series?  What do you think?  Highlighting everything from back to school shopping.  Organization.  Morning routines.  All the things to ease back into school mode.

This morning, Bay + I had planned to do a little practice run.  #fail  Ha!  We  were going to pretended it was the first day of school.  Get up early.  Do all the things.  But, I said F it and went to the gym, the grocery store and drank 2 cups of coffee.  I decided I deserved one last chaotic-free morning.

So, tomorrow will probably be an absolute shit-show.  You know what I mean?

But, one thing I got planned out is easy dinners for the week.  That also create lunch leftovers.  Can I get a hell yeah?

 

This one you’re gonna want to “pin” to your Pinterest page.  Screen shot.  Print it out.  Whatever you do.  I promise you and your family will love it.  It’s my go-to, no-fail, easy 2 ingredient dinner.  It’s crazy versatile too!  I’ll even show you 3 meals I made out of one slow cooker recipe.

 

Here’s what you need:

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{what’s in my bag}

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Women’s purses are basically mini suitcases.  I’m always so amazed when I see a blogger share what’s in her bag.  It’s click bait when I see an image of all her prized possessions strewn across the table.  I gotta know…ha!  At the ripe age of 36 I currently ONLY carry a tote.  AKA the black hole of no return.  I can never seem to find the shit I need, but I know damn well it’s in there somewhere. You never know what you’re gonna need, #amiright?  And I, for one, would much rather be overprepared than unprepared.

 

So without further ado….

What’s in my bag!!

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I’m not even about to show you what’s in my wallet though.  That’s a whole new post in itself!

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BAG //  The Drawstring Transport Tote I’m in love with ALL Madewell totes.  They are all I’ve used for the last maybe 5 ish years.  Great durable bags.  And I love that the leather ages with wear.

WALLET // MICHAEL KORS ‘Jet Set’ Leather Travel Wallet I admit, I am a total weirdo about my wallet.  It has to be a zip-around.  With lots + lots of compartments.  Before I bought this Michael Kors, I rocked a gigi hill from back in the day.  Remember when that was the “it” wallet to have?  You were a nobody if you didn’t have a gigi hill.

PLANNER // ban.do design Bando 12 Month Planner Raise your hand if you still use a paper planner? I am a loyal paper planner gal.  I refuse to use my phone.  And I wont remember shit if I don’t write it down.  I don’t leave the house without this bad boy.  I wrote about it here: {planning for 2017} + here: {baby, write this down….}

ORIBE // ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray This shit is GOLD!  Costs about the same as gold too.  HA!  This product is the ONLY thing that gives my thin flat hair any kind of life.  Read one of the 1,200 reviews and give it a shot.  You’ll thank me BIG time for this one 🙂

STAMPS // Always have at least one floating around in my purse.  Although, I rarely use them.  I’m about 95% online bill pay at this point.  I write 2 checks each month.  But you never know when you’ll need to send a love note or thank you to a homie!

$2 BILL // For good luck, that’s all.

PHOTO // I carry a Polaroid of my girl.  Just in case I miss her ♥

 

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NOTE PAD // Bay gave me this cute don’t forget sticky pad.

COLOGNE // Jo Malone English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne Did I tell you I started wearing men’s cologne?  Technically Jo Malone is unisex but this new English Oak & Hazelnut smells just like a man and I’m kind of obsessed.  I get women telling me how good I smell  all the time.  Ha!

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{july // in review}

Still can’t believe it’s August + summer break is about to end.  Time sure flies by when you’re having fun!  But we’ll be making the best of what’s left.  Two more weeks to go.  The thing is, we’re more carefree during the summer season.  There are just less responsibilities, less boring to-do’s and more fun to-do’s, the days are longer and bedtimes…what’s a bedtime?  Beach days + pool days + vacay’s.  ALL THE THINGS!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to finish this summer off with a BANG!

So, let’s recap July and reminisce about all the fun summer days.  24 blog posts that captured a huge part of our summertime.  In case you missed it, I’ve got you July all in one place at your fingertips.

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Romper // Disc Necklace // Choker // Sandals 

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{things I’m afraid to tell you}

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Every now and again I get a message that starts with something like: “your life is so perfect” or “how do you have your shit together all.the.time”

Ha!  Let’s be real…..I DON’T!!!

I mean, who does?

I’m not living in a life full of unicorns and rainbows.  I’m a mother, a single mother at that.  Daughter.  Sister.  Friend.  Girlfriend.  Full-time worker.  Blogger.  Volunteer.

Life is hard.

I like to think I’m pretty much an open book.  Although, I tend to share things I enjoy.  Things I dig.  Pretty things.  Who wants to post or chat about their flaws on social media?  The internet judgement committee is already working overtime, I personally don’t want to give them any fuel.

The idea of this post is to step out of my comfort zone and perfectly curated + filtered instagram photos and tell you some shit that I don’t post about!

 

So, here we go.  Things I’m afraid to tell you!  Some of my dirty little secrets……

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{june in review}

It’s Thursday, but man, it sure feels like a Monday.  Right?  Grateful AF tomorrow is Friday though.  Mid-week Holidays can really screw things up.  I’m all out of sorts today.

But I wanted to pop in and share a June review.  In case you missed it, June was another busy month.  Twenty one blog posts.  With a mixture of a little of this + a little of that.  Recipes.  Cute tops.  Weekend highlights.  Intentions.

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Top // Denim // Heels // Clutch // Sunnies 

 

In case you missed it….here’s what went down in June!

 

 

Before I die…..{friday 5}

6th grade dance + lots of pool time…that was a good one {weekend notes}

{may in review} THE dress + 23 blog posts 🙂

I was overwhelmed with all the love on my pesto recipe{caprese egg cups}

Did anyone attempt the {money + candy lei diy}

The highest viewed post of the month goes to: {friday 5}

That epic fruit platter + the quote I have on my fridge from {weekend notes}

My two loves combined {chicken caesar salad pizza}

The debate continues, but I’m still standing by my NO social media rule {tweens + phones…let’s chat about it}

Hope you found this one helpful {gift guide: father’s day}

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{a little of this + a little of that}

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

Two days until July.  How did that happen?

This is blog post #671.  How did that happen?

Question: would you hang out with me if I rocked a La Croixswimsuit all summer?  I recently had to wean myself of La Croix.  True story.  I was straight up addicted. Told you, random shit ha!

Let’s chat IGTV for a sec.  Are you into it?  I feel like I just don’t have time for it..lol.  Is it bad that I’m (not so) secretly hoping it disappears?

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{summer to-do’s}

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Hey Girl,

Consider today the OFFICIAL kick off to summer.  Happy Summer Solstice!

Summer’s here!  Which means it’s time to take a deep breath and savor everything the season has to offer.  In your happy place.  Whether that means sitting by the ocean.  Camping under the stars.  Sipping rosé in your own backyard.  Dinning al fresco.  Gardening!

You know I love a good seasonal to-do list by now.  I couldn’t be more excited to write down ALL THE THINGS we’re planning to try out this summer.

Because in the end, memories aren’t made by sitting around waiting for them to happen, but from when you get out and live.

 

2018 Summer To-Do’s 

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{friday 5}

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Hey Girl, Hey!  It’s Friday!  Weekend plans: eat pizza + watch movies (we rented 3) + lay by the pool + celebrate Father’s Day + volunteer + kayak.  A little bit of everything.  Super looking forward to all the things we’ve got on our agenda.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  Whatever you’ve got planned for the next two day, enjoy it.  Have a good one friends!

 

What to know what’s on my mind this Friday?  I’m just going to take up a hot second of your time…..

 

ONE –  Volleyball Camp // Today was the last day of the week-long Pioneer Volleyball Camp.  This was Bay’s first year and she absolutely loved it.  BIG thank you to Carrie + my Mom for getting her to + from while I’m stuck at work.  You guys, I swear she grew another inch this week too.  Today, she actually borrowed one of my workout tops.  And….it fit her.  WTF is happening?

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TWO – Food Find // Trader Joe’s Salad Topper.  Ingredients: Sliced almonds + roasted pepitas + salt + white sesame seeds + black sesame seeds + nigella seeds + crushed red pepper.  $3.99 for 8 individual packets.  Basically 50 cents per salad.  So far I’ve sprinkled this topping over eggs + tuna + salads.  So good!

 

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THREE – Holy Housewives // Did you watch the trailer for season 13 of Orange County?  What a shit show!  Bravo added three new housewives (that’s including Vicki and her new face HA).  Set your DVR for Monday, July 16th!  From the looks of the video below, it’s going to be a good season!

The Real Housewives of Orange County Gina Kirschenheiter Emily Simpson Shannon Beador Vicki Gunvalson Tamra Judge Kelly Dodd

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{gift guide: father’s day}

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How about this gem above?  I asked my Mom to find a good one of the three of us, and she killed it!

I’m not sure who’s bangs are better?  Mine?  Katie’s?  Or my Dads?  Instagram Poll?

If my parents didn’t already have this framed, I would 100% be adding this to my Dad’s Father’s Day Gift!

Speaking of Father’s Day….ummm, it’s T-minus 3 days away!  Have you scored the perfect gift for your Dad yet?  Let’s be real, shopping for dad’s is hard.  And if you ask him what he wants, he’ll always say nothing.  Or I have it all.  WTFE!

 

Today I’ve got you covered.  I scoured the internet for some fun + practical + top rated gifts that I’m sure every Dad would LOVE.  Shit, there’s even a couple of things on here I’d like for myself.  The iGrill…never over cook meat again!  Smart WiFi plug…Alexa turn off the lights!  Never lift a finger again…HA!  That pool lounger has a cup holder, just saying.  Bay + I gave Cory the Bosca wallet for Christmas.  I did a lot of research for the perfect front pocket bifold and this one is it.  Just ask Cory!  A pressure washer is a win-win, all your shit will be clean.  It’s so addicting.   And that chair with an ice chest on the side. Hell yes!

Hope this gift guide gives you some inspiration to grab the Dad’s in your life a little something special.  Something he’s sure to love!

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