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Monday.  Also President’s Day.  And I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in the world that is working today.  Ha!  Anyone taking advantage of the awesome online sales today?  I pulled the trigger on a couple of items I’ve been eyeing.

You guys, this weekend was so good.  I got to slip away to the coast.  Celebrate one of my besties turning the BIG 4-0.

Now if only I could be back on that trail staring at the ocean right now.  That would be pretty great!


Intentions for the week:

  • Make a pretty spring table setting(coming to the blog this week)
  • Bay requested chicken teriyaki.  Thinking of making it into a casserole? – (coming to the blog this week)
  • Sale 10 items from my closet.  Running out of hangers!! – (FAILED)
  • Hang out with my nephews ♥
  • Celebrate Nidia’s Birthday with the girls (always a good time) 
  • Research a mother + daughter New York trip
  • Workout Mon – Fri – (almost, skipped Friday to clean the house) 
  • Ride bikes – (too damn cold brrrr)


Last weeks Intentions : {weekend notes}


And how about some weekend highlights…..


Picking up my girl as a “car rider” on Friday was just as much a treat to me as it was for her.  I can’t remember the last time I waited in the pick-up line.  And I got a couple more smiles + squeezes before she left for her Dad’s house for the weekend.


#ootn (outfit of the night) not pictured is my leather jacket, because #socold

denim // tank // bralette  //  leather jacket (not pictured)


Spontaneous Friday afternoon trips to the coast are always a good idea!

Pit stop at The Tide’s for chard + chowder


Paul, the bartender, showing off.  Guess how many wine glasses he has in one hand?


Answer: 14 glasses

I’d probably show off too.

Tried some Donkey Piss #yolo


Waking up at Jenner Inn was a treat


We were lucky to grab one of their last rooms


And this view from our front door


Jenner Inn is a bunch of cottages right on HWY 1 overlooking the Russian River.  About 10 miles north of Bodega Bay.  Just far enough.


Other than the birds, it was dead silent and so crazy relaxing.


Beautiful walkways

I highly reccomend checking this place out.  I can’t wait to go back.


Up early to explore.



Surprise plan to hike the Kortum Trail.  This has been on my bucket list for a few years now ♥

You know when your driving up HWY 1 and you see all the trails that wind along the coastline?  That’s it.  I always thought, wow I bet it’s beautiful.


Just a mile south of Jenner you hit Goat Rock/Blind Beach.

More beautiful than I ever imagined.


Four miles of trails that look just like this.


Kortum Trail, connecting Blind Beach to Wrights Beach.


With continuous views like this




Blind Beach

When you’re out exploring by 8am, you get the beach ALL to yourself.

Nothing more peacful.

The water looks like glitter!


Blind beach is divided by a parking lot.  It’s crazy because the south side of the beach is a beautiful sandy beach.  The northern side of the beach reminds me of glass beach.  Full of colorful rocks.

And old tractor looking equipment….



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Weekend Notes //

Intentions for the week:

  • Make a big ass salad for lunchesmade a bomb.com quinoa salad
  • Find the perfect 2018 planner I finally decided.  Stay tuned, I’ll share this week
  • Purchase a new makeup bag + makeup ordered!
  • Make something using pumpkin (it’s Fall y’all) I made not 1, but 2!!!
  • Bust out all the fall decor tubs
  • RHONJ premierIt’s going to be a good season
  • Decorate a cute pumpkin for 4-H {marble pumpkin diy} is ready for tonight
  • Stay sugar-free (ish)
  • Workout 5 days a week – 4 days was all I could squeeze in
  • Work on November budgetdone
  • Sign-up for running groupSigned up and ready for this weekend
  • Watch Tom Petty Runnin’ Down A Dream on Netflix  –  Hopefully this week


And for the weekend highlights…..


Damage //

Sometimes you have to treat your damn self to some cute shit!!  I partly blame this purchase on Salinas Julie!!!  I had to!



Heaven //

After a full week of eating clean, I caved and had pizza.  But not just any pizza.  This is Masullo pizza.

1/2 Margarita + 1/2 Pepperoni (so basic)

Gilda (not so basic)

Mozzarella, Fontina, Olives, Red Onion, Garlic/Parsley/Anchovy Persillade

With a side of oven roasted mussels + chard.  Pure heaven!

If you are a pizza lover, like myself.  Do yourself a favor and try out Masullo!  The Hildebrand chicks told me all about this place!!  And it didn’t disappoint.



The City //

A day in the City with your girlfriends is good for the soul!!!


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Weekend notes a day late.  Only for my Mama!  Hope you all had a good one.  Between Napa + volunteering + cooking + wine-ing…it was a nice weekend!  I woke up Monday morning ready to conquer the week.  Don’t you love it when that happens?


Intentions for the week:

  • Stay sugar-free (ish)killed it during the week/failed on the weekend
  • Drink 75 oz. of water a day aka 3 Yeti cups + a little more
  • Organize my closet (it’s on here AGAIN, I know)
  • Work out 5-days this weekAnd I actually enjoyed it!!!
  • Send back returns
  • Hang shit on the walls (not shit, but art/decor) Almost done!
  • Challenge myself to not place ANY on-line orders (last week was redic) – FAILED miserably.  In my defense, J.Crew was having a good sale and I had Nordstom bucks burning a hole in my pocket. 
  • Change passwords/update names for wifi + make a cute sign
  • Make smoked paprika roasted chickpeasmade another batch for this week…so good!
  • Get blonde again
  • Chill out on the BRAVO channel – Can’t stop, won’t stop


I’m getting the hang of this crossing shit off!  Take a peek weeks Intentions {weekend notes}


And here are some highlights….

Martini night kicked my ass Saturday.  But, I’ll do it all over again when Alex calls and invites me over for ”A” drink next time.


Especially when you’re 6:30 am alarm goes off to do a Kaia workout with Melika.  I didn’t die.  Almost though.

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I did wipe out the whole hour of exercising afterwards.  Believe it or not, I was an El Patio breakfast burrito virgin.  Until now!  I’ve been missing out…BIG time.

I also drank a soda the size of my face.  Probably haven’t had a soda since 2006.



A quick trip to Napa!

Dinner at Boon Fly Cafe made my dreams of staying at the Carneros Resort even bigger.  The grounds are to die for.  The price tag….Not so much.

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The fried chicken, that they are known for….legit!

And then I found this cute swing





If you follow me on Instagram Stories, then you are well aware of how I spent Sunday.

Meal preppin!

Pioneer Women Restaurant Salsa.  I always have a mason jar full of this in my fridge.  It’s my favorite, easiest, homemade salsa.  It goes on eggs + salads + chicken, you name it.


Chicken Burrito Bowls

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Whipped Ricotta + Feta Dip


3-bean salad

(I’ll share this one later this week.  It’s a good one!)


I even prepped everything for Monday nights dinner:

Steak Roll-Ups

Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream Pie

New York Times No-Knead Bread



Omega Nu sisters volunteer for the CASA event!



After our Friday night meeting, I was so inspired by the CASA organization.  I thought I knew what they were all about.  I had no idea what an impact they really make on kids in our community.  And now I understand why guests at the event are also so supportive of the CASA organization.  The speeches.  Watching the paddles fly up in the air.  We lost count at $150,000 during the live auction.  Speechless!

Oh and Park Winters isn’t too shabby either…….

That pool though.  I’m thinking we need a pool day soon!


Take a peek at the menu.


The food.  Equally amazing.  Look at the halibut ♥


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Happy Holiday Weekend!!

This week has flown by and I’m perfectly okay with that!  I’ve got 4 consecutive days off….AGAIN.  How is the fuck did I manage to pull that off 2 weekends in a row?  I could cry.  It’s so GREAT!  Have I ever told you that 4th of July is like my favorite Holiday?  I mean, I love them all, but the 4th is just extra special.  We spend the Holiday at our family cabin in Lake Tahoe.  We go to the beach + sit/eat on the deck + play 31 over and over + go for walks + BBQ + sleep in + just chill with the family.  And pray that the bears don’t break in and eat us for a snack…HA!  It almost happened to my parents and the kids last night!!!  Swear!

Before I check out for the weekend, let’s talk about what I’ve got on my mind this beautifully fucking perfect Friday……


ONESeka Hills // Family Fun.  Food.  Fireworks.  And that’s exactly what they delivered.  What a fun night.  This is the second year in a row that I’ve attended this event.  The firework show is pretty damn impressive.  The Live music.  And the kid zone.  Although I was kidless, I did notice how cute the kid zone was.  Crafts galore and a photo booth too!  I was busy double fisting tuluk’a + rose and scarfing down Chandos Tacos Mulitas.  OMG…amazing by the way!

Until last night, I had never heard of Mulitas…..

Expertly made by layering jack cheese and your choice of meat between two corn tortillas. Top it off with Chandos’s signature fresh cilantro, delicious diced onions, creamy guacamole and tangy salsa for an instant flavor explosion.



Special thanks to Alex my wrap/knot shirt expert.  She fixed me up after every bathroom trip:)  I love the top, but it’s a lot of fucking work…HA!

J.Crew Wrap T-Shirt


TWO – Hershey Kisses // Red + white + blue wrapped treats just taste better.  I’m not going to admit how many of these Kisses I’ve devoured in the last week…FML!  I bought them for the Bike Parade and completely forgot to set them out on the treat table.  Darn it!  9 kisses for 200 calories, not bad!  These festive foils wrapped kisses are sold exclusively at Target, so don’t waste your time (like I did) look for them anywhere else.  I promise, you need these in your life!

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses Red-White and Blue Bag-11 oz.



THREE – Strait to Vegas //  We purchased our airline tickets!!  Shit is getting real!!  REAL exciting!!  Even my knocked up sister is pumped to tear up Vegas again.  I’m already mapping our the restaurants we’ll dine at.  Even though I heard it’s a disappointment….I have to check out the fancy Taco Bell.  Remember, I’m a TB junkie 🙂

29 days till I’m reunited with my main man, George!!

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3 glasses…..of wine, that is.

During a conversation this week, I was asked “what do you do for fun?”  Shit.  I always tell the truth.  So maybe sugar coat it a little?

  1. I like to cook
  2. I like to take day trips, hike, go to places I’ve never been.  Check shit out.
  3. I like to drink wine with my homegirls.

Problem is…..

#3 is really my #1.  Ha.  I told the truth, just maybe not in the correct order?  But, that’s ok…right?

Anyway, I read the article 3 glasses monttthhhhsss ago.  Ask Korine, she can vouch.  She was the first to agree to do this “experiment” with me.

What happens after drinking 1, 2 and 3 glasses of wine?

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{bacon broccoli + potato frittata}

Sundays are made for brucnhing + wine drinking with the girls.  Although we’ve decided to stick with Saturday’s from now on.  No particular reason though…Ha!

Anyway….I’m sure you saw this recipe floating around social media all last week.  That’s how I found it and knew it had to happen.  Foodie Crush recipes are always good ones.  ALWAYS!!  Remember my love for eggs, right?  Over easy, hard-boiled, baked…you name it, I love it.

The Frittata is so crazy versatile.  You can serve it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  You can serve it cold, room temp or warm.  And you can add any variety of meats + veggies + even leftovers and end up with a masterpiece.

The bonus….it’s so incredibly easy too.


8 eggs


salt + pepper

and add all your favorites to customize your own.

Check out all the combos.  The Greek…yumm.  Or how about the Spring with smoked salmon?  WOW!


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Happy Monday!  Hope you had a happy weekend too!  This is my thought today…Coffee (lots of it) till cocktails…lol!  I found this sweater at Target and it some how hopped in my cart as I walked by.  It’s pretty accurate!


Anyone else love checking the mailbox this time of year?  I get so excited to open all the Holiday cards from our family + friends.  Friday night was a good one.  Our card wall is almost full.

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Friday night Bay and I planed to have a chill “stay home day”  that’s what she used to call the weekends when she was little.  Not sure why, because we never stayed home?!?!

We kicked it in our PJ’s + tested some new recipes for the blog (stay tuned…they are bomb) + watched Home Alone!!  My ultimate top Christmas movie!  I can watch it twice in a row and be completely content.

Bay helping me made a delish TJ’s soup.

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Speaking of Christmas movies….what’s your favorite Christmas classic?


National Lampoon’s?

The Christmas Story?

And looking at this 25 days of Christmas TV got me thinking…not only do we have 6 days left of these awesome shows, but the Holidays will be here and gone in 6 days too.  Holy cow!




Yaya Christmas…..

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