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{shopping is my cardio}

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Floral Top ($20)// Coffee Mug ($3)// Bracelet ($9)// Bracelet 

Shopping is my cardio.  Target 🎯 shopping, that is. It’s been a little quiet over here. Just needed some off time…literally. But I did hit up Target once or twice.

Okay fine, three times in the last week 🤷🏼‍♀️

My motto: When all else fails, just got to Target.  Buy a cute top. Get a new mug. It solves all the problems 😂

so let’s chat about all the new finds I scored at the one, the only, Target!!

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Let’s start with cute tops, because you know I’m a sucker for a cute $20 top!  I have to admit this was the ONE section that was a little disappointing.  I’m gonna give Target a pass this time though.  They are transitioning to Spring….and I cannot frickin wait.  I vowed today to not buy another long sleeve top!  Sooooo…Target best get that shit out STAT!  Ha!

ps…All the underlined + bold words are “clickable” links.  They will direct you to the actual item on Target.  I’m saving you all the searching time 🙂

Yellow Off the Shoulder //  Red Blouse

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{friday 5}

I came down with the cold of the century.  I hate to be a complainer, but this is no joke, the worst cold I’ve had.  Currently feeling bad for all my fellow peeps that said they had a bad cold and I really thought they were being a bunch of wimps.  lol.  Sorry!

Weekend plans: attending a class tonight with the deacon to prep for my nephews baptism next weekend.  I will officially be the god mother to all 3 of my sweet nephews.  Bailey gets her spring show pig, which she’s been counting down the days for.  Cory and I really want to do a hike we’ve been stalking on instagram, if I’m feeling up for it.  And I’m dying to pick up a new pair of these Madewell Jeans using my birthday giftcards at some point too.

What’s on your weekend agenda, friends?  Are you gearing up for a busy couple of days or are you ready for some down time?

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ONE – Lauren + Bailey // Lauren (aka Bay’s idol) picked up Bay for a coffee date to catch up before she left town.  Back when Bay was in Kindergarten, Lauren mentored Bailey during her first year of 4-H.  Lauren has made a point to keep in touch since.  She’s travel the United States while in office with the State FFA.  And now calls Oklahoma home as she studies at Oklahoma State University.  Shes a one-of-a-kind and we feel extra lucky to have met her ♥  I even found their ice cream date back in 2016: {friday 5}

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{weekend notes}

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Monday!!  And I’m finally BACK!  Took some time off to enjoy the holidays.  But, now I’m overwhelmed with everything we need to chat about.  Christmas.  Yosemite.  New Years.  My 37th.  Plans + goals.  Recipes.  #ootd’s  Oh my!  I’ve planned my content for the week and thought I’d start sharing what’s on the agenda.  So on Weekend Notes, under my Intentions for the Week.  I’m now listing: This week on the blog…..

Anyway just want to say a BIG ASS THANK YOU for all the birthday shout outs.  You all sure know how to make a girl feel special AF on her 37th birthday ♥  One more celebrating and we’re calling it a wrap!

Intentions for the Week…..

  • Get Bay back on a good morning routine (she’s been sleeping till 10am) We killed it all week….on time and sometimes even early…NEVER happens
  • Take down outdoor Christmas lights We are Christmas FREE Ha.  So can I put up Valentine’s Day decor now? 
  • Practice my own {busy gals guide to self care}
  • Style my front porch – Still trying to decided what I want to do…I’ve got a patio area too
  • Meal prep like a boss – meal prep is so key for staying on track!
  • Go to bed early AF – Came down with a nasty cold, so I really didn’t have a choice
  • Find some baskets + pots for our family members #houseplants – I found some super cute baskets + pots.  I’ll be sharing more this week.
  • Clean the downstairs closet
  • Hit my step goal + water goal each day – being sick didn’t help this goal, but I made up for it over the weekend.  
  • Celebrate our birthday with Sara B

 

This week on the blog…..

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{top 10 xoxostacyb recipes}

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How is Christmas 2 frickin weeks away?  I’m not sure what the hell is going on in my world, but I’m wayyy behind.  Like, I’ve never been more unprepared than I am now.

Shit – I still don’t have a single ornament on my damn tree….ha!  Stockings are still in the Christmas tub, along with everything else.  And that’s the least of my worries.

I still have to pick up a gift for just about every person on my list.  And most of them, I don’t even have a clue what to even buy for them.

Anyone else struggling this year too?

So let’s chat about something else today, like…..food!!!

Everyone has that go-to recipe they straight up kill it on every time.  A crowd pleaser.  That recipe you always get asked to bring to every party.

It’s kind like your magic power, you know?

So, I’m sharing my Top Recipes.  The one’s I’ve made over and over again.  If you’ve ever had dinner at my house, chances are you’ve sank your teeth into one of these dishes before.  The food, not the dish.  Ha.  I crack myself up.

If you’ve stuck in a dinner rut, save this post.  You can “Pin” it to your pinterest page.  Print it.

 

Okay enough rambling…here they are:

 

{Hawaiian Grilled Chicken}

My Mom gave me this one.  It’s a total crowd pleaser.  Whenever I can’t think of anything to make, this is my go-to.  It’s best if you leave the chicken in the marinade overnight.  And you HAVE to use chicken thighs.  Tried chicken breasts and it just wasn’t the same!

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{thai coconut curry shrimp}

This one is quick + easy + healthy + packed with flavor.  I’d have to take off my shoes and use my toes to count how many times this recipe has been served in my house.

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{slow cooker salsa chicken}

The most versatile chicken recipe.  Throw frozen chicken breasts + a jar of salsa in the slow cooker.  Done!  Then use the chicken for the week….in tacos + over salads + enchilada filling.  You name it.  This is the recipe I use on a crazy busy week.  When I want to eat healthy, but have zero time.

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{steak roll-ups with balsamic glaze}

Save this one for a weekend when you have more time to prep.  But, please promise me you’ll try this recipe.  It’s a great way to get all kinds of veggies on your kids plate.  Serve over mashed potatoes….BOMB!

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{weekend notes}

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….and the last month of the year comes rolling in.  All nonchalant.  2018 is about to come to an end!  Which makes me sit back and think about the last 11 months that just happened in the blink of an eye.  Craving a slow down + reset.  I’ve got my fingers crossed January will deliver just that.  Looking forward to a trip to SF.  All the cozy layers!  Christmas movies.  Holiday gatherings.  Wrapping gifts.  Maybe a spontaneous trip to Tahoe?

Intentions for the Week:

  • Bring the Table in a Box alive….it’s happening and I’m beyond excited!
  • Mani night with my girl
  • Order Christmas Cards….can you believe I haven’t done it yet?
  • Plan caroling night at GG’s
  • Find Bay shoes for the winter formal
  • Plan 3 Holiday outfits so I don’t have to think about it later
  • Share my top recipes
  • Mug gift ideas

Last week’s Intentions: {weekend notes}

Highlights from the weekend……

Kicked off the weekend having dinner + drinks with some of my favorite chicks.  Celebrating Robin’s Birthday!  I swear we could sit around the table and chat all night long.

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Bay had her besties over for a sleepover ♥

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Decided on this years gift wrap.  Hardly bought any gifts yet though.

Cream with Black Santa Lettering // Cream with Black Large Polka Dot

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The tree is still naked AF, but we did get the outdoor lights up and I LOVE them.

I used 3 of the same $2.38 garlands that I used in {bay’s christmas bedroom} and wrapped them in a $5 box of white lights from Walmart.  Keeping it clean + simple this year!!

9′ Non-Lit Branch Garland($2.38)

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Made a trip into A Well Stocked Home to pick up these bells.  BIG shout out to Jamie for finding them and remembering I was on the hunt.  The best $16 I spent all weekend!  The bells are currently hanging out on Bay’s advent calendar for the time being.

Back in November 2015 {weekend notes} , Sarah + I decided to make these Tree Advent Calendars.  Thank god Alex was home and stepped in..ha.  It was more work than we had anticipated.

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I’ll go ahead and take 1 of everything!  Ha!  If you’ve been searching for Paper white lillies…your search is over.  A Well Stocked Home has more than you’ll know what to do with.  Hint: I’m using these in tomorrow’s post {mug gifts}.

Pit stop for bubbles before the Dickens in the Valley Holiday Home Tour.  This is our 4th year going and it’s a fun tradition.  Bay was going to join and bailed last-minute.  #tween

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My tank is on MAJOR sale…..

$16 with code: 11750 and it’s in stock in all sizes.  I went with a medium and it fits perfect!

LACE TRIM PLAID CAMI

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We toured the homes and got crazy inspired.  Karen of Serendipity Boutique styled 3 of the 7 homes on the tour and absolutely killed it.  Well done Karen!!!

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{current closet favorites}

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Sweater // Denim // Booties (similar) // Bangle Bracelet //  Leather Tote

Grainy or not, this is all I got. I thought about retaking photos, but who’s got time for that.

This, my friends, is my current uniform. Grey sweater. White denim. Always wear white after Labor Day because rules were made to be broken. Leather tote. Free peeps booties. Sunnies and I’m out the door.

Bay gets the photo cred for this one. She took it and told me I should “for sure” use it on my blog post. I typically do a quick selfie before I walk out the door. But I like a change every once in a while.

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{weekend notes}

Tank (clearance) // cardigan // coffee mug

Monday got my ass. Typically I kick Mondays ass, but that was not the case today. Dropped Bay off at school in my robe. Got to work and I was swamped beyond belief. Then my site was down for a portion of the day. Half of my already typed post was GONE! So I grabbed a bottle of Bogle chard + the most gorgeous dahlias I’ve ever laid eyes on. Thanks TJ’s. And declared it to be “National Treat Your Damn Self Day!” Which I think I’m going to start celebrating every Monday. Because, why the hell not?

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • buy myself some pretty flowers
  • give cucumber roll-ups a shot
  • Lee VS Douglass volleyball game
  • target try-on…I found some cute shit
  • style a pretty coffee table
  • hand and foot card night. Wayyy overdue
  • make spooky tacos. ‘Tis the season
  • participate in plastic-free produce for International Day Of Doing
  • MOD pizza fundraiser for Lee Leadership Wednesday, October 17th
  • don’t give up on my 45 minutes a day even on the hardest days

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

 

 

Friday night dinner + drinks //

To celebrate Sarah P’s Birthday. We’re a little early, but you gotta fit it in when you can. And I should probably stop calling Sarah, Sarah P. Since she is technically Sarah T.

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Happy Birthday to you.

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Pena Adobe //

Morning stroll with a view. Nikki quoted it, we swapped our wine glasses for water bottles lol. Such a perfect day to hike Pena Adobe.

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That view though. If you’ve never tried this hike, I highly recommend it. Takes about an hour from start to finish. And you’ll feel it. Now if only one day I can find the damn tree swing. Lol.

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Stallion Station //

Meanwhile, Bay volunteered at the horse show. I went to pick her up a little early and was happy to see they really put her to work.

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Patio work //

Can’t really call it a yard, since it’s a concrete patio. But damn it looks so good when I take the time to clean it all up, hose it off and dig around the flower beds.

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Question //

What should I do with these box springs? I’m thinking hanging them someplace outside. But then what to put on them? And I want to spruce up my garden bench too. Hmmm.

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Saturday Mass //

Bilingual mass is not my jam. And I missed sitting in our beautiful church.

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Eighth Grade // 

Have you seen this movie? I read so many great reviews. And I kinda want me 2 1/2 hours and $1.99 Redbox fee back. Not a fan. I kept waiting for the “good part” and then it was over.

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They’re Home //

Happy they’re home is an understatement. We picked them up Saturday evening from the airport. As soon as Bay spotted them coming down the escalator, she bolted from the car ❤️

Date Night //

Just me and Bay. She pickled Steve’s and you’ll never believe it….we didn’t get pizza. But we did order breadsticks and that’s kinda the same thing.

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Sunday //

Word!!

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Abercrombie sale //

All my top Abercrombie picks prices keep getting reduced more and more. I shared these items on Instagram stories this morning too…

Embroidered Peasant Top $20

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Perfect Puffer coat ONLY $30

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{pumpkin protein pancakes}

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Hello October! So happy to meet you again. I think I say this every season change, but I’m really feelin Fall right now. Today even feels like Fall 🍂 What better way to kick off the first day of October, than with Pumpkin Protein Pancakes?

I snapped this photo in a downtown park in Portland yesterday. We hit Oregon at the most perfect timing to see all the colors of fall. I can’t get enough of this color palette right now.

About the recipe…..

I don’t do pumpkin spiced anything. Especially the ever so trendy lattes. But I do like some pumpkin in my life. The real stuff though. I kept seeing recipes pop up for pumpkin pancakes so I decided to put my own little spin on them. Not too pumpkiny. Not too sweet. Just how I like it. Technically you can sweeten them up as much as you’d like with all the toppings.

I should probably state that I have never, in my life made a pretty pancake lol. How do peeps get them so perfect? What’s the trick?

But what I can promise, is that these pancakes are delicious. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Ha.

And I’m trying to find ways to use up all my Vital Proteins Collagen powder. (I’m not a fan). Picked up the new one Trader Joe’s has on the shelves and I’m excited to give it a go. Fingers crossed it’s actually “tasteless”

Let me know if you give this recipe a whirl. Makes my day when I get the tag, message or text saying you tried out an xoxostacyb recipe 🧡

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