{weekend notes}


Peace out weekend.  It was good, real good!

MONDAY!  I’m ready for you.  Let’s do this.


Intentions for the week:

  • pick strawberriesmake a trip to Pacific Star Gardens so fun
  • make a salad with strawberriescoming next week
  • get blondeThanks Allison!  I picked up a bottle of purple shampoo with toner that I’m excited to try.
  • work on Spring Show buyers letters/buyer giftDone + Done
  • complete Bay’s 6th grade yearbook custom pagesBay was pissed last year that I forgot her custom pages, so she’ll be pleasantly surprised this year…lol.  
  • plant an herb garden – we made a plan, need to tackle it after Spring Show
  • mother’s day gift guideit’s a good one, coming next week 
  • balance checkbookthat was scary
  • order new reusable grocery bagsin route 
  • plan/pack for camping trippeace out! 


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Highlights from the weekend……


Rachel’s Birthday //

In high school we’d ditch school on 4/20 and drive to the city for the day to celebrate Rachel’s birthday.  Now we uber/carpool to early dinner reservations downtown Woodland, so we can be home before dark lol.  But, still having a blast since 1998.  #oldaf #stillfunaf

Happy Birthday Rachel!!



Watering day //

Pulled out all my babes and get them some water.  I think I am becoming the crazy plant lady..lol.  And I’m totally okay with it too!



Pixie Trader’s Vintage Market //

Did anyone else go and say HI to Two Sisters at the Market Saturday?  So much cute stuff.


Check out all the goodies I came home with…..

Flowers + Woodland Book + candles + kitchen towel + these glasses + bath bombs and more.



Strawberry Picking //

Pacific Star Gardens posted that their U-Pick Strawberries are ready to go.  Each Spring we make a point to head out and pick berries.  Go home and make something delish with them.  I made a beet + strawberry salad.  It was killer, and I don’t even like berries..lol.  I’ll be sharing the recipe soon!

Pacific Star Gardens is open 7 days a week from sun up till sundown.  $3.50/lb for organic strawberries.  It’s one of those seasonal things I love doing with Bay!



Lunch date //

Nikki came over and I made lunch.  Grilled chicken.  Asparagus.  Beet + strawberry salad.  It turned out so good.  With a side of Nichelini Rosé.  Notice my new glassware?  I picked up 6 of these glasses from the Vintage Market for $5!  I fell in love you guys.  The lady that sold them to me said they are for dessert.  I was like, noooo, Rosé would look so much prettier in them.  I can’t wait to style them and set a pretty table with them.


This is the salad I made with the strawberries Bay + I picked.  So different.  So good!



Bay Bakes //

4-H Spring Show Baking entries were due this weekend.  Bay made her peanut butter pie in an Oreo cookie crust.  Those judges are lucky people, let me tell ya. Oh and another Vintage Market find…..”let’s bake some shit” kitchen towel.  You’ll be seeing this on repeat!



Bring your homies to the pig barn //

Rodeo + Clover just kickin it.



I can’t believe I convinced them to come with us..lol.  Must have been the wine bribe that worked 🙂

photo cred: Kate



My girl //

Cuddling after her sleepover ♥



Color Factory //

The Easter Bunny, aka ME (as Bay explained to me on our way to SF) Brought Bay Color Factory tickets for Easter.  We’re still on our “experiences” kick.


Stepping into the rainbow.


Stairway to Happy!


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{march in review}


Top // Denim // Flats

In case you missed it…..

Doing something a little different today.

Compiling all March blog posts.  (in case you missed one) And how about throwing in a cute outfit with it?

You’ll have to let a sister know if you find this helpful, k!!!

But first a couple Santa Cruz highlights…..

I think it’s safe to say, we’re adapting to this beach life pretty well.

The girls hit the Boardwalk yesterday. Thanks to Groupon for the $30 wristbands 🙌🏻

Paying $9 for a tall boy isn’t so bad when you pack your George Strait tall can koozie 😍

Back to the beach in my perfect black one-piece that I shared last Friday. It actually doubles as a top. I wore with my cutoffs and it looked like a bodysuit. The low-cut back is so good. Buy yourself this suit, trust me.

My beach crew ❤️

My brace #ootd // Rosè the day away. And that’s 100% rosè in my solo cup 🍷

Here’s what happened in March:

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{weekend notes}

Good morning!  Happy Spring Break. I’ve got the entire week off and we are off to Santa Cruz. We’ve got Bay + her bestie in tow.   On the agenda: boardwalk + beach time.  Can’t beat that for a Monday!  Have a good one friends!

Intentions for the week:

  • go to the beach
  • relax
  • lay out
  • drink wine
  • eat good food
  • repeat

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Highlights from the weekend……

Friday night cards with the girls. Skinny, skinny margs + Alex’s bomb.com enchiladas.

We actually played cards too!!

Quick trip to Oakland with a pit stop at 900 Grayson for fried chicken + waffles. The best chicken + waffles I’ve ever had.

The cutest outdoor patio

Timothy Easter //

Balloon shoot out 🎈

My Easter crudités

Bays Bunny Ear cupcakes

Bay’s Easter basket. We’re going to the Color Factory.

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{weekend notes}


Hello Friends.  How was your weekend?

Bay came home from camp with a cold, not to mention, the poor thing was whipped out.  So, we changed our original plans and had a low key weekend.  Which I’m not mad about.  It was perfect.  I got the spring cleaning fever Saturday and organized my closet + shoe closet.  I love seeing all my money hanging nice + neat..lol!

I was looking over my calendar for this week and almost fell out of my chair.  Between Bay + I, we have something planned every night this week.  So, here’s to a busy week and NO wine rewards in the evenings…lol.  It’s ok, I’ll survive off my skinny, skinny margs 🙂


Intentions for the week:


Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

  • Don’t watch anymore Golden State Killer #nightmares only BRAVO shows 🙂 
  • Repot plants – on this week’s to-do’s 
  • Should I cut my hair shorter? shorter + blonder 
  • Parent Teacher Conferenceall 3’s ♥
  • Make a mexican hot pot for dinner
  • Parent Night at Lee Middle School OMG!in 5 months I’ll have a middle schooler 
  • Celebrate St Patrick’s DayCory mad the best corned beef + cabbage 


How do you feel about Springing Forward?

I’m 100% down with it.  I’d give 2 hours just to know Spring is on it’s way.  And it wont be dark on my drive home from work.  Hell yesss!!!


Highlights from the weekend……


Bay’s home!  Friday afternoon the 6th graders rolled into town after their week long Alliance Redwoods trip!

I was able to sneak out of work for a few days to hang with the 6th graders at Alliance Redwoods.  It was so damn cool.  Armstrong Redwoods.  Lots of fun hikes.  Selfies.  Groupies.  Our Accommodations were nice.  The Golden Ticket.  Cleanest room award.

Team Hoat (1/2 horse 1/2 goat) was the best.  Sweetest girls.  They made my stay a delight.  They also dressed me up as a Hoat and had me skip around and make funny noises in front of everyone too.


This was a once in a lifetime experience for my girl and I’m so happy I was able to spend part of it with her.


Friday nights at the Pig Barn.

The girls!


The Moms!


Not pictured was our pizza + wine night at the Fricke’s.  Thanks for having us.  Cant believe I didn’t take a picture.

Coffee table set-up

Changing things around…AGAIN.

But, can we take a minute to talk about the TJ’s ranunculas I picked up?

My favorite!


Sipping that extra cup of coffee.


The worst part of my Saturday morning…..

Getting up to grab my wallet.  I need to memorize my card number again.


I decided to organize my closet and utilize the hallway closet that we don’t use.


That’s what I get for shopping at Walmart..lol.


We took a break for burgers


And a car wash….while it rained.  Ha!


Pig walking


Then back to tackle the closet.

With a bud light lime 🙂


I really need to KonMarie again.  Since moving last fall, my closet has gotten out of hand.  I no longer have a walk in….it’s to sad.


Drum roll……

The final product.

Now I can see all my money hanging.  LOL!  Bay said I have problems.

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{weekend notes}

Good Morning! I can’t remember the last time I wrote morning. I’m no ally scrambling at 4pm to get this post live. Today is a special Monday. At 8am, I’ll be headed to Occidental, CA with Bays 6th grade class for one week of camp. Bays so excited she could hardly sleep. Me, on the other hand, savored every last minute in my nice, warm, cozy bed lol. Have a great week and keep your eye out for a week dedicated to Trader Joe’s. Each day will be a new TJ’s recipe. Hope you like it.

Intentions for the week:

  • Survive Alliance Redwoods 6th grade campsuch a cool experience as a parent
  • NO online shopping for a week (no phone service will help with that) – EPIC FAIL!!!
  • Find the perfect one piece #mombodfound it and I’m gonna tell you all about it
  • Come up with a cute Dime-A-Dip dessertBay made the cutest pig cake
  • March budget spreadsheet…..just a little latedone 
  • ONLY 1 grocery store trip.  Unless I run out of wine 🙂hit TJ’s once…record breaking
  • Tackle my closetfeels so good to see all my money hanging again
  • Figure out a new way to organize shoes bought some organizers, stay tuned!
  • Clean out the pantrydone 
  • Make a yummy granolacoming next week, maybe? 

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Highlights from the weekend……

Friday we headed up the hill to spend the weekend in snowy Lake Tahoe.

Pit stop at Strawberry Lodge. It’s a tradition. Minus the blizzard.

Waking up to lots of fresh snow.

The road had a little snow too.

I braved cold toes to get this shot lol. I could resist. Our cabin, the cabin my grandpa built, is a natural beauty.

Snowshoeing was added to the Winter To-Do’s list, not 100% intending to actually do it though. You see, I kinda hate the snow. I’ve never been a fan of snow sports. But I’m always up for an adventure.

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{friday 5}


Happy last Friday of February.  Cray, right?  Ready for the weekend?  Me too!  We don’t have much planned and I’m really looking forward to sleeping in and going with the flow.  I was busy marking things off my list this week.  My BIG to-do list.  You know, that one with all the big adulting things.  Got a new windshield…finally.  Mine has been cracked for over a year.  Ha.  True story – Bay + I wear sunglasses when we go through the car wash, because one time I envisioned the windshield shattering in our faces.  Yet, I didn’t replace it?   We just wear sunglasses…problem solved….lol.   I got a new phone.  If you know me, then you know it’s been long overdue.  We are currently working on naming him.  It’s a silver phone, which seems so masculine.  So, we’re calling it a him.  Scheduled an Edward Jones appointment.  Wheeled and dealed with Dish for a lower monthly payment….it always works.  Try it!  Skipped the gym this morning and deep cleaned my house from 5am – 7am.  Rollin into the weekend with a clean house is a must!  It feels so damn good.  Anyway, now that all that adulting is out-of-the-way, I’m ready to get this weekend started!!!

5 things on my mind……


ONE – TJ’s Haul + Menu // What would you guys think about me sharing my TJ’s haul and weekly menu?  Basically giving you a grocery list and recipes.  Showing you how I use all the fun finds from Trader Joe’s.  From breakfast to lunch and dinner ideas.  The cauliflower crust pizza I made this week.  Did you see it in my instagram stories?  That one will for sure be first up.  Ohhh, and how about halibut tacos with TJ’s delish green goddess salad dressing + roasted corn salad?

Back to my question…..

Is that something you all would be interested in?  I’m thinking about possibly dedicating a week to it.  Which will be a lot of work for my ass.  Ha!  But, for you, I’d do it.  If you’re into that kind of thang!



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fitness · health · Healthy · Kaia · Uncategorized

{dear self,}

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I’m going to keep this one short and sweet……

Tuesday, January 2nd marked the 1st day of Kaia Fit Woodland BRIK!

I didn’t want to do it!  I’ve been MIA since September-ish.  That’s a LONG time!

Melika made me…lol!  Honestly I love her for it.  She always knows when I need it the most.  Thank you Melika, for pushing me (actually shoving) Ha!

You can read all about my Kaia journey by clicking below….

Kaia Fit blog posts

You know what comes with the beginning of every BRIK….the dreaded measurements.

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diy · Holiday Whore · Holidays · kids · Uncategorized

{elf on the damn shelf // final days}


Raise your hand if you’re ready to the Elf on the Damn Shelf to disappear?  FOR-EV-ERRRR!

You’ve got two more night and DONE!  Done for 11 months!  11 months of sleeping soundly.  11 months of not waking up to OHHH SHIT!!!  11 months of not cleaning up a frickin mess that you made the night before.  11 months of pure joy!

Since we’re on the final stretch, let’s make it a good one.  You in?  Okay, good!


Elf on the Damn Shelf Final Days

Supplies needed:

  • lipstick or dry erase marker
  • free printable letter (below)
  • bottle of wine


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{elf on the damn shelf // week 2}


Okay mama’s, the big question of the day…..

How did week #1 go?  Did you forget to move the Elf on the Damn Shelf more times that you didn’t?

OMG…me too!

I never once remembered to move the Elf on the Damn Shelf the night before.  Every. Single. Morning. I came racing down the stairs as I heard Bay’s alarm go off.  Thank GOD I made this little guide/ideas post last week, because if came in handy.  I used it for each day.  How about you?  Did you find it helpful for the days you were just ready to say fuck it?  He’s not moving for the rest of the damn week?

Well, if so…I’m here to hook you up with 7 more easy ideas to get you through week #2.  This is what I like to call Hell Week.

The week where you just want to throw in the towel.

Don’t!  It’s for the kids, remember?  It’s the Holidays.  Think of all the memories you’re making for them.  And remember, one day, wayyyy down the road (better be) they will have to do this for their kids too.

I’m baking on that phone call…..

“Mom, you really did this shit for 25 frickin days?!?!”

Okay, let’s get to Week #2

Elf on the Damn Shelf Week #2

Supplies needed:

  • cheerios
  • leftover mini marshmallows from last week
  • a note: “HELP!”
  • box of candy canes
  • a note: “I have hidden 6 candy canes in the room.  Can you find them in 1 minute or less?”


Day #1

UR MOM IS HOT!  Sorry, I had to.  You’re a MILF and you know it 🙂  Our Elf on the Damn Shelf is a girl.  And I’m still 100% doing this.  Have a good sense of humor.  Or your kids wont…ha!  Promise this will make them giggle.  Then they’ll probably just eat all the Cheerios and go on about their merry day.

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Day #2

Yesterday was so funny that you deserve an easy day.  Shove that Elf on the Damn Shelf in a stocking and call it a day.

See you tomorrow fucker!



Day #3

Remember last week when I told you to save 1/2 of the bag of marshmallows?  Pull them out of hiding.  Hopefully they aren’t all hard and stale.  Even if they are, it’s totally OK.  Let’s give that little jerk a marshmallow bubble bath.  Don’t drown him, k!

Again, remember to use a sink you’re not planning on using for the next 24 hours.  A bowl next to the sink will do the trick too!



Day #4

HEEELLLLPPPP!  No explanation needed 🙂




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