{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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{spring to-do’s}

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And just like that, it’s SPRING!  To say I am excited for the season change is an understatement.  I’m sure you’re sick of hearing me talk about it.  Spring always seems to be the season we wait the longest for.  Rain and all, I’ve got my eye on the long warm sunny days to come!

The shift from Winter to Spring always leaves me feeling super inspired too.  Always craving to create + explore after the Winter blues (which is a legit real thing).  I think we all, mentally NEED Spring..lol.  Everything seems to suddenly come to life.  Colorful life.

Last night I threw together a Spring mood/inspiration board (pictured above) with all the images that have been catching my eye lately.  Add the wooden flower from our Park Winters Garden Tour.  The pretty pom-pom tassel I originally got for Bay’s Easter basket.  And lastly, wrapped twine around a bunch of ranunculus to dry.

Another way Spring inspires me is by compiling our Spring list of the fun things we plan on creating + making + exploring + doing + wearing ♥

Keeping a running list is a great way to remember all seasonal things you enjoy doing or look forward to do.  When we have a free weekend, I like to refer to our To-Do’s and check items off as we go.

 

Spring To-Do’s 

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{2018 intentions}

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While 2017 was a good year, I just know that 2018 is going to be even better!!  So excited for a fresh new start.  And….THIRTY SIX.  Holy shit!  How did that happen?  Ha.

It’s that time were we all set resolutions.  Some love em’ and some hate em’.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those “new year, new me” bullshit artists.  I’m still the same ol’ chardonnay guzzling, F bomb dropping, crazy bitch that I was December 31st.  But why not set some realistic achievable goals?  Intentions.  New habits.  Shit you want to do that would make you feel better.  Make you happier.  I guarantee if you consistently add a few “good things” to your routine, by the time 2019 rolls around you’ll be happier + healthier + stronger + calmer and enjoying the hell out of life.

I truly believe that you have to write that shit down.  Put pen to the paper.  Writing them down gives them power.  Too much?  I swear by it.

And without further ado……

Here’s what I’ve got planned to improve my overall health + happiness for 2018!

 

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Punctuality //

If you know me, then you know I’m ALWAYS late.  Like 20 minutes late.  At least…FML!  I hate it.  Such a terrible way to start the day or plans.  Being late leaves me frazzled and feeling like a total ass.  My co-workers are going to fall out of their seats if I can keep this up!

Update: We’re on week 3 of January and I’m happy to report I haven’t been late yet!!! 

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Learn to take a break instead of give-up //

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{winter to-do’s}

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And then it was Winter!  Winter Solstice, to be exact.  First day of Winter.  Or how I like to identify it….the shortest day of the year.  Some say that once Winter Solstice arrives, the temperatures drop.   Today, I think I will agree with that.  It’s so, so cold.  You know that with every season, I like to make a list.  I’m ready to wrap up the year and set some fun Winter goals.  The Holiday buzz + all the lights + celebrating with loved ones + festive parties + comfort food galore….It really is the most wonderful time of the year.  As we move through the Holidays + New Year, I like to make fun plans + intentions for the rest of the season.

 

 

Here’s how we plan to make the best of Winter….

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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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{fall to-do’s}

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It’s no secret that Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  As sad as it is to say goodbye to those long summer days, I’m literally craving the cooler temps + pumpkin everything + cozy sweaters!!!

Especially the month of September!!  It’s like summer’s last hoorah!

And I plan to enjoy it to the fullest!!!  Since the seasons come and go so quickly, I like to make a list of the things that make me love this time of year so much.

You can check out some of the older To-Do’s below…..

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{spring to-do’s}

{summer to-do’s}

 

Here are our 2017 Fall To-Do’s….

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{summer to-do’s}

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Happy solstice my friends.  Today is the beginning of SUMMER!!! (the longest/hottest day of the year too..Ha)  Celebrate it!  We’ve been patiently waiting for this day all year.

Bailey and I stayed up last night discussing what we want to-do and see over the summery months.  We’ve made our list and can’t wait to begin checking things off as we go!!

We tend to make these fun lists every season.  Back in March I posted our Spring list…and September our Fall list.  You can read them below 🙂

{spring to-do’s}

{fall to-do’s}

 

Summer To-Do’s 

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