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{weekend notes}

Tank (on sale) | Skirt | Heels | Clutch (similar) | Sunglasses

Just another manic Monday. I wish it was Sunday. Cause that’s my fun day! We had the most relaxing weekend. One that we really needed. When someone asked what I did over the weekend…..Umm, wine + sleep. Repeat. Ha! And are you even truly hungover if you don’t watch 5 hours of TV? I say NO! Let’s just say, I got caught up on 12 episodes of Beverly Hills Housewives…lol! And it was amazing.

Intentions for the Week:

  • Old Navy Try-On
  • Weight Watchers weigh-in
  • Master blueberry scones
  • Chat about my lemon obsession
  • Share cute summer tops under $25
  • Put the finishing touches on our summer bucket list
  • Maintenance appointments: get our pearly whites cleaned + get blonde AF
  • Summerland Whoop-Whoop!
  • Bike rides
  • Trader Joe’s burger throw-down

This week on xoxostacyb: Bramuda shorts….yep, I’m diggin them. Recipes I’m excited to try. Spillin the tea on new Trader Joe’s goodies. And our Summer Bucket List.

Highlights from the weekend…..

Cheers to the Freakin Weekend. Dad’s ready to party on a Friday night.

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{gift guide: father’s day}

Father’s Day is right around the corner. I’m talking 10 days ladies. I swear, Father’s Day sneaks up on me every year. And I think we can all agree…..Men are either the easiest to buy for or the very hardest? Am I right? Like, there is NO in between. So, we better hop to it!

Sometimes we overthink things. Don’t stress. It’s not all about the fancy gifts. Sometimes it’s just the thought of planning some quality time. A little extra effort. Especially when it comes from the kiddos. I’m sharing some ideas on how to make Father’s Day extra special.

Plan one of his favorite activities //

Whether you go out to his fave brunch or dinner spot. Maybe the golf course or Top Golf to hit some golf balls. The lake for a day on the water. The local brewery for some beers. Does he like going to the movies? Grab all his top candy + snacks and head to the show. Or the store he loves to shop at. Whatever it is – makes reservations and arrangements ahead of time. That way you can just go and have fun!

Plan a BBQ or brunch //

Pick his number one meal. Breakfast. Brunch. BBQ. Whatever it is….grocery shop and have it all prepped. Have the kids set the table. How cute are they necktie napkins? Super easy to do. I’ll share the DIY below. These menus are the perfect touch. They are customizable do you can add anything you’d like.

Square Dish Set (on sale) | Gold Flatware | Linen Napkins | Table Runner (only $7) | Stainless Steel Vase: Serendipity

Click here: Necktie Napkin Fold DIY // Free Printable Menu

A fun gift //

Big or small. Something he’d never buy for himself. Or maybe something you know he could use. Have the kids wrap it up with the Sunday newspaper. Make handmade cards. I promise whatever is in the box will put a smile on his face.

I rounded up a bunch of tried + true great items that I think any dad would LOVE.

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{easter round-up}

Bunny Cookie Cutter | Floral Placemat | Milk Glass Dish

How adorable are these little bunny butt cookies? Bay helped me make them and I LOVE how they turned out. So simple too. We used a sugar cookie package to make these. Because, sometimes….we just don’t have time to whip out the mixer and make a hot mess. lol.

All you need is your fave sugar cookie recipe. Or a packaged mix. A bunny cookie cutter. I found this one on Amazon after searching all the stores in town (with NO luck) and Amzon delivered in 1 day. Well done Amazon, well done. And a cute dab of frosting for a cotton tail.

This is a great cookie to make with little ones. You can’t mess it up. And they take no time at all. Nothing gets you into the Holiday spirit like a cookie baking day anyway.

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{tablescape in a box}

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You guys, I did it!  I made it happen.  Tablescape in a Box was born this week.  I say born, because I feel like I’ve given birth.  That’s actually kinda gross…Ha! This is my baby though.  Something I’ve thought long and hard about for a very long time.

I’m sure you all know by now that I live for a pretty table.  It’s inviting.  It sets the tone.  You know what I mean?  Changing around my table to fit the mood + season has become my jam.  You can check out all my past tablescapes here on my site: xoxostacyb table setting

 

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I went to every store in the area scouting table items that caught my eye.  I’m typically a very neutral + natural color tones kinda of gal.  Think white on white on white.  With lots of greenery.  But nothing says Christmas like a pop of red.  And reindeer.  I couldn’t help myself.

This is a tablescape I would proudly set on my table all December.  Hosting family + friends.  Weeknight dinners.  There is nothing more inviting than a festive set table.

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Here’s how it works……

  • I design a tablesetting.  Not just any tablesetting, but one that I truly love.
  • Snap photos of the tablesetting.
  • Box up ALL THE THINGS + photos.
  • Then you can purchase the whole set for your table.
  • I’ll even come and help you set your table, if you’d like ♥

 

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and without further ado, here is my very first born…Tablescape in a Box:

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{friday 5}

Happy frickin Friday!  I haven’t been this excited about Friday…since last Friday!  Tomorrow is December 1st!  Which means 26 days till Christmas.  But, doesn’t it kinda feel like we’ve been Christmasing already for months?  I’m nowhere even close to ready though…Ha!

Weekend plans: Bay’s having some homies for a sleepover, which means pizza 🙂  Ha!  Who’s going to the Dicken’s In the Valley Home Tour?  I can’t wait to see all the homes, especially the three Karen of Serendipity Boutique decorated.  Got a little sneak peek last week, but can’t wait to see them with all the finishing touches.  Fingers crossed the rain holds off for a bit Saturday evening so we can check out the Winter’s Tractor Parade.  Other than that, relaxing and finishing up our Christmas decor.  I still have yet to put any ornaments on my tree….well talk more about that below.

 

5 things on my mind…..

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ONE – Naked Tree // Would it be bad if I left my tree naked?  So far I’ve got about 2,000 little white lights on our tree.  Every morning I come down the stairs and plug-in the lights. Sit back take it all in.  Having a tree in your home is crazy fucking magical.  I don’t care how old you are.  I’m struggling with the thought of over crowding the beauty of the simple tree with our 623 ornaments.  Ha!  To be completely honest, I just want to start all over with our Christmas decor (unfortunately that aint happening).  I’m craving a super minimal Christmas this year.  We’ll see how long I can put off ornaments.  I did buy new Pottery Barn Ornament Hooks, so many I’ll throw on a few?

 

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TWO – 1958 McCall’s Magazine // 129 Ways To Get A Husband.  This is 100% not any tips or advice I think anyone should follow.  Just absolutely historical to read.  To think, a women possible wrote this in the 50’s.  It straight up kills me….for example:

#9 “sit on a park bench and feed the pigeons”  – get shit on and hope some dude wants to talk to you?

#16 “volunteer for jury duty” – what in the actual fuck?  Maybe you can land a convict?

#58 “get a sunburn” – I guess it’s better than being pasty?  Really?  A Sunburn?  I guess you’ll be super “hot” then?

Click here: And read all 129 (perfectly not-normal) Ways to Get A Husband!

 

 

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Floral-Print Georgette Swing Blouse

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{thanksgiving kids table // graham cracker crust pumpkin pie}

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My dining room table isn’t large enough accommodate the whole fam-bam.  Someday when I grow up (I say this all the time..Ha) I’ll have a table that can seat an army!  Until then, we shall set up the kids table.

Not just a boring kids table though.  A fun + entertaining table is key.  They stay busy = you get to enjoy your wine + pie with a little peace…HA!  Love them to death, but let’s be real.

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I’m also sharing my graham cracker crust pumpkin pie.  Which I’m really sad to announce…I can’t take the credit for inventing.  Bobby Flay patented it about 8 fucking years ago.  What the hell.  As soon as you think you’re onto something BOMB.  Google it and it’s already been done!

Which isn’t always the worst thing.  I honestly had NO idea how long to bake.  So I followed Bobby’s baking directions, which gave me the perfectly set pies!

And how about this kids table.  The activity table-cloth is so perfect.  And the leaves.  My Mom collected each one of them at Casini Ranch while camping last weekend.  They have the most gorgeous trees that were dropping these giant leaves.  Thanks Mom!

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I kept it simple using everything I had on-hand.  Including the used to be white mini pumpkins that are now yellow-ish.  I did buy them in September, so I should stop bitching.  Coloring crayons…we’ve all got some lying around.  Poured some Trader Joe’s chocolate covered sunflower seeds…mainly for the color factor.  But, for snacking too!

This color on activity tablecloth is from the one, the only….Target.  There is a word search for the older kids.  A pumpkin + turkey maze.  Even a spot to write what they are Thankful for!  Love it so much.  It completed the kids table.

Color In Thanksgiving Tablecloth  $3.50 at Target

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Just bring on the turkey…we’re all set over here!

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Here are some of the recipes we will be enjoying for Turkey day tomorrow:

Cory has our Branigan’s Turkey in brine as I type.  He’s on turkey duty and will be cooking it in an air fryer.  I’ll be sure to snap some pictures tomorrow.

Pioneer Women Creamy Mashed Potatoes the main attraction, if you ask me!

I’ve been making these Stuffing Balls for years. I found the recipe in one of the old Kraft Magazines that used to come out monthly.  Do they still do that?  I sub the ground pork for good ol Jimmy Dean sausage.

My Mom will always be in charge of the gravy.  It’s the one thing that I just can’t get down with on the Thanksgiving menu.  Honestly I can’t even make it without wanting to gag.  Bay’s the same.

Her Pretzel Jello Salad (similar to this one) is probably our “weirdest” side.  Poop-A-Doop, my late Grandfather LOVED this salad.  Really, it’s not even a salad.  It’s a layer of pretzels + sugar + butter.  With a cream cheese center and strawberries + jello on top.  So random, so good!

Kissey will forever bring her favorite side, Campbell’s Classic Green Bean Casserole. She makes it the BEST!!!

Along with canned cranberry (the only way to serve it).  With lots of cans of whole olives to stick on our fingers.

Mom makes homemade rolls that are to die for too!

And for dessert, my Mom is trying a new recipe for mini pecan pies and I’ll be serving my, I mean Bobby Flay’s Graham Cracker Crust Pumpkin Pie (recipe below) with homemade whipped cream (made by Bay)

What’s on your menu?  I love hearing about families one random, kinda weird, side dish they can’t have Thanksgiving without.

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{weekend notes}

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Happy Monday Friends!  Not sure what it is about today, but it feels so festive.  I guess we are officially kicking of the first week of the Holidays!!!  I’m at work though…ha!  Just knowing we’re going to finish off the week with turkey + pie…lots of shopping!  Oh, and we’re headed to Tahoe to cut down our tree this year.  Stay tuned, we’ve never done this before.  I’m sure it will be a shit-show.  I have my heart set on a couple of trees this year.  I know, crazy.  Considering I live in a tiny ass condo!

Okay, hold on tight, this week is gonna be over before you know it!

Intentions for the Week:

  • work on some gift guides
  • cut down out Christmas tree(s)
  • american eagle try-on
  • set a cute kids Thanksgiving table
  • drink more water than chardonnay…this is gonna be a hard one!
  • tackle outdoor Christmas decor
  • a new spin on the classic pumpkin pie
  • host Thanksgiving
  • head to the cabin ♥

And here’s a little recap of some of the highlights from our weekend….

When you finally get to #chardsohard with your homegirl Nikki!

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“make us look super hot and super skinny please!” HA!  It’s been the saying for years now!

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We celebrated this babe turning the big 4-0!  Lookin hot AF + young AF!  And still a damn good time!

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Us ♥

You guys were blowin me up about my sweatshirt.  It’s full-price, which I rarely do…but I made an exception for this one.  It’s perfect for that, I wanna go out, but I also wanna be cozy AF!  This is it my friends! Ha!  Linked some other leopard-dot print items from Madewell too!

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{thanksgiving table setting // DIY centerpiece}

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Hi friends!  If you follow me on instagram, then you know my heart is 100% Christmas.  Butttt, I am hosting my family for Thanksgiving.  What do you think they’ll say when they see I have a mixture of Christmas garland + wreaths + pumpkins?  Ha!  Most likely nothing.  Nothing at all.  They know how batshit crazy I am by now 🙂

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BIG thank you to everyone for voting on my instagram poll this morning.  This setting won.  Although, it was really close.

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I threw together this pumpkin centerpiece over the weekend.  The things I do for a table setting.  It will definitely be rotten by Thanksgiving.  But, I was dying to do a little DIY.  Whenever I’m creating with my hands, I’m the most happy.  Whether that means cooking.  Rearranging.  Planting.  Organizing.  It makes me really frickin happy.

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I found these Hearth & Hand Stoneware mini pedestals at Target and knew I’d find a way to incorporate them some how.  Tealights are in Spice jars – World Market.

Found them for cheap.  6 for $6.  Pop the top off and you’re good to go.  I love the shape.  The eucalyptus clipping was the finishing touch.

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I love adding a clipping to the back of these target chairs too!  The burlap ribbon, I leave it there year round.

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These plates have seen more food.  Ha!  They are my everyday dishes.  Super affordable, I’m talking $20 and come in a set of 12.  They make a great gift for the hostess with the most too!   Along with the gold flatware (it’s 20% off).  Although we don’t use it daily, I don’t hesitate to pull it out.  Dishwasher safe and they come out like new!

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I really wanted to keep this table simple.  Mainly because, I’m ready to set it for Christmas…lol.  I’ve got too many ideas.  It’s killing me to wait.

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Here’s a little video I took to give you a closer look!

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{fall table setting + DIY succulent pumpkin}

 

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Hi friends.  Thanks to having Monday off…this week is flying by.  Bay was home sick yesterday.  Luckily she’s back to her spunky self today.  I cleared our calendar for the week.  Skipped things I/we probably shouldn’t.  Just to straight up stay at home!  We never, ever do this.  But, it felt necessary.  You should try it…just saying.

Our house is all set for Fall.  Yesterday’s morning rain storm gave me all the feels.  But, then it got hot AF and I had to turn the AC on…lol.

Let’s chat about our Fall table.  You know I have a thing for a set table.  Well, I do!

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A beautifully set table makes any meal feel like a special occasion.  And yes, we 100% sit at this table and eat dinner every night.  I pick  up the place settings and move them to the side.  Then put them back in place when we’re done.  It takes maybe 2 minutes out of my day, so I don’t mind it one bit.  Someday, when I grow up (lol)  I dream of having a big long formal dining table.  It will be set year round.  With all the pretty things I can find!

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This year I planned the table all around this show stopper.  My succulent pumpkin.  Real succulents.  Spanish moss.  Eucalyptus.  All spread over the top of a real pumpkin.  Keep scrolling and you’ll find the DIY below.  I even figured out how to make a printable version, which knocked my own socks off Ha!

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My everyday gold flatware.  Linen napkins.  Gold rimmed stemless wine glasses.

Pulled out my trusty gold-rimmed white dishes too.  Bet you can’t guess where I bought them?

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I scored these dishes from the Dollar Store.  Last Christmas.

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The Target dollar spot had rolls of boxwood garland for $3.  I picked up one.  Which made each wreath place setting and chair backers.

I was inspired to use mini white pumpkins and wreaths after seeing Karen of Serendipity Boutique’s table setting at her own home.  Simple + clean + festive.

I picked up the gold leaf garland that is strewn down the center of the table from Serendipity Boutique too.  For $12.  I think it would look so pretty across a mantle.

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