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{spending freeze}

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top // denim // earrings // mules

 

WTF is a spending freeze?  Other than the worst idea I’ve ever challenged myself too!  I’m going to attempt the unthinkable.  I GAVE UP SHOPPING!  Insert crying emoji with the green squirt gun pointed to the crying emoji.  That should sum it up!

Hi, my name is Stacy and I have a shopping addiction.

 

What’s a spending freeze?

Basically, it’s a period of time where you don’t spend money.  Obviously I can’t not spend any money.  We gotta eat.  Pay bills.  Live.  I think every person would define this differently.  Like what exactly falls in the category.  For me, I gave up clothing + Target + online shopping.  Pretty much pausing on spending when it comes to all the extra “stuff!”

 

Why a spending freeze? 

Remember when I gave up alcohol for 30 days?  In case you missed it, I got your back: {i gave up alcohol for 30 days!!!} I’m still crazy inspired by the book Girl Go Wash Your Face.  You know when you get that one book and you’re like Yassss!  Give me more!  Ha!  She talks about giving up a food item for 30 days.  She claims that after 30 days, you’ll have a different relationship with that item.

Well I’ve decided to challenge myself to give something different every 30 days for the rest of the year.  Something hard!  Something crazy challenging.

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{bay’s bedroom makeover}

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It’s Friday.  Halle-fuckin-lujah!  I ALWAYS share 5 things on my mind, but today I’m just flat-out too damn tired.  I couldn’t even fake it if I tried.  Did this week kick anyone else’s ass, like it did mine?

So, let’s just chat about this pretty room my Mom, Cory and I spruced up for the birthday girl instead……

I have to apologize in advance for the terrible pictures.  We have really bad lighting and it’s pretty much impossible to get a good shot morning, noon or night.  I did my best with the help of lots of filters.

Before:

 

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This headboard is actually Bay’s baby crib.  That was then converted to a toddler bed.  And now a full size bed.  We did remove the foot board in order to free up more room.  I didn’t realize how much room it took up before.  Then I did the unthinkable.  I thew it away…..the foot board.  I’ve been packing around all the pieces for the crib + toddler bed conversion for….12 years!  Remember this time last year when we moved?  My moto – just throw it away.  So that’s exactly what we did.  The thought gave be massive anxiety, to be completely honest.  The real question – why in the hell was I packing it around anyway?  I guess because it came from Goore’s Baby store.  And I saw the price tag.  That shit wasn’t cheap.  And that, my friends, is why it’s still around.  I don’t foresee ever buying different bedroom furniture for Bay.

Oh, and she reminded me that she’ll be moving out in 6 years anyway.   Thanks for the friendly reminder boo!!!

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{morning routine + 1st day of school #ootd’s}

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denim // top // kimono // heels // earrings 

 

The beginning of a new school year is kinda like a fresh start.  New Goals.  New routines to help us put our best foot forward as we head out the door.  Which all make me happy…..once we work out all the kinks.  HA!  The begging always tends to have a rocky start, let’s be real!

That’s where planning comes into place.  I’m always looking for was to prepare either the night before or first thing in the morning to make our mornings a run little smoother.

Here’s what we’ve implemented to make an EARLIER than ever start-time work in our house:

 

The Weekend Before:

  • meal plan (breakfast + lunch + dinner for the following week)
  • grocery shop (I do this on Thursday’s or Friday’s for the following week) 
  • make a list of lunch main dish options (sandwich, quesadilla, lunchable or leftovers)
  • fill snack bins see ours on {slow cooker salsa chicken // and back to school hacks}
  • meal prep (wash, slice, chop and roast veggies.  bake muffins – for Bay’s breakfast.  prep anything that can make your life easier) 
  • outfit plan.  Have everything for each day: top, bottoms, chonies, bra, socks, shoes.  EVERYTHING! (I even did this for myself this week and it’s such a time-saver) 

 

The Night Before:

  • fill Hydro Flask or water bottle
  • make lunch main dish
  • fill lunch bags and leave in the fridge
  • don’t forget a lunch box love note 🙂
  • pack + clean out backpack/bags for the next day
  • lay out gym clothes for the morning
  • Bay showers at night
  • this year we did 1st day pictures the night before!  #lifehack

 

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The Morning:

  • up bright and early for GTL (gym, tan, laundry) minus the T & L…lol.
  • time batch.  Set a timer and get as much shit as possible done (anything that needs to be cleaned, folded, loaded etc)  You’d me amazed at how much can be accomplished when a timer is set!
  • ACV shot + shower + get ready
  • Bay wakes up and gets in my way…lol.
  • grab #ootd
  • throw lunches in our bags
  • Bay grabs a muffin, I grab a shake (going to miss my morning eggs) and out the door.

 

Are you still there?

Boring, I know.  But, I get asked ALL THE TIME, so there you have it.  Our “new” morning routine.

Now on to the good stuff….#ootd’s

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dress // top // shoes // backpack // letter board

 

Bay’s #ootd details:

 

Dress –  Corduroy Mini Overall Dress Thanks for voting on my instagram stories last night.  We went to Forever 21 yesterday to pick up a couple of things and I spotted this dress.  I begged Bay to try it on.  She wasn’t too sure about it.  I put it on a poll and asked if she’d wear it, if she got 30 “YES” votes and she agreed!  By the time we went to check out at F21 there were already 40 “YES” votes.  Thanks friends.  It brings me back to the Clueless days.  Totally something Cher would have rocked!  But, Bay didn’t get that reference.

Top – Just a basic Target Tee shirt.  Nothing fancy.

Shoes – Someone told me that in middle school you have to own a pair of Checkered Classic Slip-On Sneaker.  Thanks Kissey + Tio for making sure she was fitted:)  I also own a pair of these and they are one of my faves too!

Backpack – I scored this HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. Retreat Backpack during the Nordstrom sale last month.  More than I’ve ever spent on a backpack.  Bay claims this will last her whole middle school carer.  Maybe we should do a poll on that one too?  Hmmm!

Letter Board – This Amazon Letter Board was a gift and I can’t tell you how often I pull it out.  No printables needed this year.  The 10 x 10 board that Bay’s holding is only $13!

 

And yes, I do buy myself a back to school outfit too!  I think all Mama’s should get a new #ootd for the special day…Ha!

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{friday 5}

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Happy Friday!  Hope all is well and you’re on your way to a great weekend!  My weekend plans: double fisting keg beers at the Yolo County Fair!  What else would one do during Fair week?  A BIG thank you for all the sweet messages on yesterdays {i gave up alcohol for 30 days!!!} post!  My current response: If I can do it, you can 🙂

 

Let’s chat about 5 things on my mind this Friday afternoon…….

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ONE – You can only keep 3 //  I keep seeing this floating around instagram.  I find it super interesting to see what peeps top 3 are.  This is hard!  I feel like 3 isn’t that fair.  I feel like we need at least 5.  Right?  I’m going with:

  1. Coffee
  2. Jeans
  3. Wine

In that exact order too.  lol.  But, now I want to know what would be your 3?  Dry shampoo would for sure be #4 for me.  And tacos for sure #5!

 

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TWO – Trader Joe’s finds //  I have a feeling I’ll be spending more + more time at TJ’s in the near future.  I haven’t told you guys what I’ll be giving up for 30 days beginning next week.  A piece of me doesn’t want to say it out loud…#indenial.  I think giving up booze will be wayyy easier than this one.  Anyway, I popped in to grab my weekly stems + Bogle Chard, and I spotted some new shit to try out.  Probably my least healthy TJ’s trip of all time…lol.

Spanish Olive Cream Cheese + BIG Soft Pretzels + Chocolate covered sunflowers + individual sun-dried apricots + Fruit leathers + Bay proclaimed her love for pears?

I’ll report back what we love!

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{summer table setting}

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Setting my last summer table for the year.  Bittersweet!  You know by now that I LOVE a pretty table.  It’s inviting.  Sets the tone.  You know what I mean?  Changing around the table setting to fit the mood + season has become my jam.  Still trying to come up with a name to make it a series.  Anyone have any cute + clever ideas?  Something with a good ring to it.  Maybe I can do a monthly table series?

In case you’re new or missed it, here are some of the other table settings I’ve shared on the blog…..

My personal favorite the {orange table setting}

Bay’s famous rose napkin fold was first done here {spring table + rose napkin fold}

Easter 2018 was a good one {friday 5}

Last Christmas ♥ {friday 5}

{Table talk} was my very first table setting in our new home with my new dinning table

How cute was the {thanksgiving kid table}

A Christmas table from wayy back in 2016 on {friday 5}

I may need to re-create this Fall table from {weekend notes}

Using my parents china they handed down to me for an Easter Brunch {friday 5}

I was setting pretty tables back in October of 2015 {friday 5}

 

Honestly, I had NO idea how many I’ve done till I searched “table setting” in the search bar.  WOW!

What’s your fave so far?  I wanna know!

 

This time around I wanted to showcase summertime.

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Mezger Zinnia’s are a showstopper!  My table wouldn’t have been complete without a big vase full of these seasonal beauties.

 

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After admiring all the beautiful + extremely expensive decorative wooden beads all over Instagram, I finally found some for my home.  Found this Wood Bead Garland while strolling (you’ll never believe it) goo ol’ Target.  One of the best $12 purchases I’ve made in a long time.  You’d be surprised at how versatile they really are.  These beads have been moved all over the house and I love them.

And added touch….rosemary wrapped in twice around cheapy little white candles.  Didn’t they turn out cute?

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{friday 5}

FRIDAY!  My second favorite F word!  I got everything marked off the to-do list…so you know what that means?  I’m so fucking ready for the weekend!  My last dry weekend…HA!  Still sober AF peeps.  We’re gonna have to discuss this more next week.  As it seems to be a hot topic.  Weekend plans: Kick it.  Dinner with friends.  Might check out a bike trail I’ve been dying to ride.  Workout (who am I?).  Catch some rays!  Before you cut loose for the weekend….

Let take a quick sec and chat about 5 things I’ve got on my mind!!

 

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ONE – Coffee Table // One of my favorite places to style in my home.  PSA: The Bath & Body Leaves candles are BACK!!  Get em while they last.  You can read about my love for this scent here: {friday 5} We cut some Mezger Zinnia’s ♥.  Remember when I told you I wanted to display all our seashells + beach treasures?  It’s really had to see here, but that glass jar…it’s currently holding all the sand dollars + driftwood + crab legs + whatnot’s that we’ve collected this summer.  I found it at good ol Target and it’s perfect.  1 gallon glass jar. I also picked up the marble “dipping” bowl which houses the matches.  And I can’t forget the Magnolia Table cookbook.  You guys, get your hands on a copy!  We’ve got a list of recipes to make!  Oh and our coffee table it’s marked down 1/2 off: Marble Knox Coffee Table

 

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Tank // Denim // Slides // Necklace 

TWO – Black on black // When in doubt, where all black.  It’s always, always a good idea.  I think my heart it telling me fall is upon us.  I keep pulling out all my black pieces.  This madewell top is so good.  Comes in white and a stone color too.  You can wear a regular bra…the straps cover that shit up!  These have been my go-to black jeans for the last year.  Love the distressing.  $12 Target slides + the necklace I can’t take off!

 

 

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{taco salad bowls}

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Surround yourself with tacos not negativity!  WORD!!!

It’s Taco Tuesday friends.  If you know me, then you know we’re having tacos tonight.  Sometimes we have tacos on Wednesday’s.  Even Thursday’s some weeks.  But, Tuesday’s.  Tuesday’s were made for tacos!

Tacos salad bowls have been on the menu quit a but lately.  I’m all about that easy + healthy weeknight dinner.  Here’s why:

  1. Simple + healthy + fresh
  2. I always meal prep the meat over the weekend so it’s ready to go.
  3. Customizable – each person can top their salad with whatever toppings they love
  4. Great for leftovers
  5. EVERYONE loves tacos.  EVERYONE!

 

The taco salad bowl shell is Bay’s new thing.  She loves them with pinto beans spread over the bottom.  Yumm!  Have you ever made them at home before?  You’re going to die when you see how easy it really it.  You don’t need any fancy cooking gadgets or tools either.

 

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Don’t get intimidated by the list of ingredients.  I will sometimes read a recipe and immediately say NOPE.  Just by the amount of items listed.  I promise you, this recipe is so simple.

Here’s what you need:

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{weekend notes}

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Hello Monday!  You kinda ruined my day, to be honest.  Not you, Monday did!  I somehow overslept by 2 1/2 hours.  Which means I feel like I’m 2 1/2 hours behind in EVERYTHING today.  But, damn I sure did get some good sleep!  Hope your Monday is off to a better start than mine!

In other news, I got a notification that today, this very post, is my 700th blog post.  CRAZY!  Seven hundred.  If you’ve been following since the beginning, you should know me pretty really well by now…HA!

 

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Set a pretty table(coming this week)
  • Share the newest addition to my room(what did you think?)
  • Organize (or throw away everything) both linen closets(thanks Bay)
  • Find a new houseplant – (looking for something unique is hard)
  • Gather goodies for Bay’s birthday surprise(I cannot wait to show her + you)
  • Have GG over for dinner(peek of my week)
  • Rock my new romper(think i need a size smaller, which is a good thing I guess)
  • NO-sugar for 10 days #FML(staying strong…till Tuesday)
  • Order Bay’s birthday cake from Timothy’s Bakery (It’s the best one yet)
  • 15k steps per day(straight up killed it + added BBG so I’m so sore) 

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Friday, Bailey spent the entire day riding + washing + braiding horses.

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Straight up braid #goals

It’s pretty impressive the work that goes into getting these horses ready for a horse show.

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Went downtown to check out First Friday.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new bella moda boutique, you need too.  So many cute tops.  And the priced are super reasonable.

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Cory surprised me with Steve’s Pizza + extra ranch.  It’s true love!

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Rise + shine its horse show time!

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I bribe Alex….bubbles for braids!

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Spencer photo bombing Bay’s braid pic.  Some day I need to learn to braid!

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Woodland Stallion Station!

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Bay + Ruby getting warmed up.

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That smile says it all

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Whispering sweet nothings ♥

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So proud of my girl!  She got her first horse show ribbon.  And watching her do what she loves brings so much joy!

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Cousins

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Wish I would have gotten a photo of them all dressed up.  Next time.

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Amanda, the girls trainer.  The girls adore her and their barn time with her each week.

Can’t wait to watch them do it all over again.

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Off to the Roots to Wine Twilight Picnic

Tabor Ranch tasting room is looking really good

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Let’s rock

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We checked in, grabbed our glasses and opted to walk (instead of shuttle) to the venue.  I’m really happy we did….the whole walk looked like this.

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Rosé all day

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All the local wineries hosted a tasting.  First stop…Seka Hills!  My favorite.

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The picnic area was the place to be.  The live band started right before the sunset.

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Wine tasting in the barn

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View from the top of Tabor Ranch.

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Food trucks + pizza!

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If only the skies weren’t full of smoke.  This view is breathtaking either way.

My date ♥

Big thank you to Seka Hills for inviting us to the Root to Wine event.  Such a fun night with all the local wineries we love so much!

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My dress is on sale for $17!!!  And it comes in 2 colors.

Women’s Off the Shoulder Smocked Top Maxi Dress

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Pit stop at the casino….which ended up being the longest pit stop ever.

And I didn’t fall asleep at the black jack table this time…for the record!

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Sunday morning vibes

Bay + I lounged all day long.  It was so incredibly nice!

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The cooking + serving crew at 4th & Hope!  Teaching these kiddos to give back to the community.

I think it’s safe to say, we all had the feel good’s by the end of our shift.

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We decorated the 4th & Hope table with Mezger Zinnia’s.

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Sunday dinner dates.

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{hosting a rosé tasting}

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Today we’re talking about one of my favorite subjects.  Wine!

Wine flies when you’re having fun!

Ain’t that the truth.  4 bottles between 5 girls….GONE!  Ha!

It was all in the name of the Rosé tasting game.  So, it was for a good cause.

Remember the time I convinced some girlfriends to do the {3 glasses} wine game?

I clearly have a thing for wine games 🙂

BIG thanks to Greta + Sarah P + Korine + Sara for playing along with another one of my crazy ideas ♥

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I hosted a Rosé tasting + OC Housewives premier at my house the other night.  I think it’s safe to say the two go hand in hand.  Wine + Bravo!  Right?

I get asked ALL THE TIME “what’s your favorite rosé.  One you can grab at Target when you’re gathering all the other shit you really don’t need.  Except the rosé.  You actually NEED the rosé.

So I put my homegirls to the test.  I bought 4 bottles of rosé from Target.  Covered them in tissue paper.  And handed out score cards.

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Here is the order we tasted:

Bottle #1 Dark Horse $7.99

Bottle #2 California Roots $5

Bottle #3 La Vieille Ferme $6.99

Bottle #4 Josh $10.99

 

The results:

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{weekend notes}

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It’s Monday peeps!  Time to get back into the weekday groove.  We’ve spent the last 4 weekends on the go out-of-town.  Which we have throughly enjoyed the hell out of, but it sure makes Monday a little tougher.  Raise your hand if you’re ready to do this!!!

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Dry brush consistently for results(I’m officially hooked!)
  • Continue doing BBG 3 days a week(Loving this do it when you want workout program!!!  Even got Sarah P lovin it too!)
  • Create a new morning routine….I’m over mine(Think I got my shit figured out…..wanna hear more about it?)
  • Find something cute to wear for Roots to Wine Twilight Picnic – (I found a dress, this one!)
  • Make a new recipe for the blog.  What sounds good peeps?(Made a savory galette.  Caprese stuffed avocados.  Walnut balls.  New chocolate chip cookies)
  • Pick up a trifling jacket for Bay’s 1st English show(holy shit, English riding is expensive, but we found a winner)
  • Remake + shoot my pesto recipe – (updating today)
  • Finish my 8 things I’m afraid to tell you post(My highest ratings since the first time I posted my weight.  You guys really like my dirty little secrets…lol) 
  • Bay requested {mozzarella stuffed meatballs} so we’re gonna go ahead and do it(still her fave)
  • Pool time(Nothing like laying by a pool) 
  • Stay focused AF!(√)

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend…….

We spent the last few days in Ukiah for Cory’s family reunion.

First stop was fishing, always fishing.  This time in the same spot Cory grew up fishing.

Even Bay got in on the fun.  I was in white jeans + sandals…not really fishing attire.

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Cory’s family rented the Yokayo Ranch.  This was our home for the weekend.  It housed, very comfortably about 40 people.

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I can’t tell you how perfect this space was.  So lush + green.

Yokayo Ranch legit had it all.  The Main House (where we stayed) with 3 bedrooms.  A two-story bunk house.  2 cabanas with kitchenette and all.  All the amenities you could possibly want + need.

The houses are surrounded by lawn + covered patios + pool + hot tub + outdoor kitchen + big screen TV + fire pit + lawn games.  You name it.  Makes hosting for a large group such a breeze.

Considering the amount of people, it never felt crowded.

I’d say Yokayo Ranch definitely exceed everyone’s expectations.

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This was our room with a view!

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To the pool

Que Bonita Senorita

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Que Bonita Senorita Graphic Cotton Tank Top ($12.99)

Saturday + Sunday, we spent 90% of our day right here.  Floating.  Playing cards.

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Eating snow cones.  Lots + lots of snow cones were enjoyed!

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They break from the pool for snow cones.  But, that’s about it.

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Covered walkways leading to each of the houses.

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Following Everett for our “nature walk”

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E + B showing us the way

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