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{weekend notes}


It’s Monday.  Opps, It’s Tuesday!!  And I’m feeling refreshed after the weekend.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  I completely forgot to hit “publish” yesterday.  And didn’t realize it till late last night.  Hope you guys had a great weekend.  I did everything I had hoped and wanted too.  And even spontaneously snuck off to the city for the night.


Intentions for the week:

  • bake Christmas treats so many treats…FML!
  • caroling at GG’s ♥
  • wrap gifts as they are delivered/purchased
  • stay away from the See’s candy – FAILED miserably
  • drive around to look at Christmas lights Muller Drive in Woodland is the best!
  • plan favorite things brunch
  • watch all the Christmas movies with Bay Home Alone + The Grinch, my faves
  • serendipity/mojo’s fundraiser for Omega Nu
  • sort Christmas bins – not even close
  • sell Bay’s clothes (she wont stop growing) Found more this morning that needs to go
  • gym mon-fri – Monday – Wednesday, before the sinus infection kicked my ass


What are your intentions for the week?  Christmas is around the corner and there is still so much to see and do.

Highlights from the weekend…..


Yaya’s //

Yaya’s reunite!  Nothing better than kicking the weekend off with a Yaya dinner!  It’s been far too long.  New babies.  New relationships.  New adventures.  So much to catch up on.  Can’t wait to do it again.  And maybe stay out past 9 🙂



Christmas Traditions //

One of my (many) favorite Holiday traditions….Christmas cards with all your pretty faces.  I love them so much, that I’ve been known to keep them up well past May.

I’m displaying them the same as last year, on an old box spring from a Peterbilt.  A couple of years ago, I saw them in the dumpster and convinced one of my co-workers to help me dig them out.  I have two.  So hopefully I can fill them both up again this year 🙂  I stole this idea from Marilynn that had one in her living room years ago.




Christmas Cactus //

I’m a sucker for anything white.  Or gold.  I can across a white Christmas cactus at the Davis Farmers market a few weeks ago.  It was full of buds, so I’ve been waiting patiently for it to bloom.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful Christmas cactus.  Fingers crossed I can keep her alive forever.




Hostess Gift //

I put together my first set of Hostess gifts this weekend.  Anthropologie initial mugs.  Filled with spiced nuts.  Lori Carrion’s spiced nuts, to be exact.  I can’t remember who shared the recipe with me, but it’s a keeper.  Fresh rosemary + brown sugar + cayenne + more.

I tied a twine bow to a bottle brush tree and done!

I found these cute mini bottle brush trees in the Target dollar spot.  I’ll show you how else I used them as you keep scrolling.



Wrapping //

I set aside some time to get my wrapping on.  It’s really beginning  to feel + look like Christmas at our house.  Bay came home and was so excited to see gifts.  Especially gifts with her name on them.



The city //

Spontaneous trips to the city are always a good idea.

Especially during the Holidays.

The city lights are beyond beautiful.  Wreaths in each Macy’s window.  #goals.

The tree!



When the cable car pick up is right outside your hotel, you 100% hop on.  I was like a kids in a candy store.

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{weekend notes}


Do you ever wake up Monday and think, damn that was a good weekend?  That was me this morning.  I woke up feelin it!  Maybe the 8 1/2 hours of sleep I got last night contributed to that?  Likely.  But, it really was a good one.  We had family tme + lots of time with Bay + did a little shopping + drank a margarita the size of my head + Yaya time + baking with Bay + sleepovers + cooking for GG ♥

Anyway, I hope you all have a little extra pep in your step today too!

Friday nights at Blue Note have become a family thing!


Somehow we all congregate here.  Sometimes unplanned.  But, I like it.  I love the kicked back vibe and it’s a bar that allows kids.  I mean, Yesssss!


And a band.  A good band….


Ran into one of my favorites, What’s up Rachel!!!


The fam-bam ♥


We had the boys for a sleepover.  They had me laughing all night!  Love those crazy boys!!


Saturday morning was the final workout/measurements for Kaia Fit Woodland BRIK.  Melika gave out awards to some special ladies.  Kaia Queen, The the hard working Mama (she’s a 5am’er that is pregnant and gets it), Biggest weight loss (over 14 lbs in 6 weeks), and a tribute to a Kaia girl who’s journey was documented/followed though out BRIK.  Melika’s words brought tears to the whole house.  Even my cold-hearted ass got teary!  It was a great 6 weeks!

I’ll be sharing my results later this week.  Stay tuned…..



The sun was out Saturday!  It was still cold AF, but the sun was out!  We spent time outside working in the yard, car wash and even a bike ride.  Who else is beyond ready for some sunny days + higher temps?

Then Alex rained on my parade (literally) by tell me that March is going to be the wettest month yet!  F that.  NO thank you!

Check out the cool video I snuck of Bay 🙂


And we went back to Blue Note…haha.  We kinda like it there a little.  The Squeeze Inn food truck was slangin burgers + hot dogs (lol).  “hamburgers are here!!”



Sunday was spent with the Yaya’s!  Brunch + Galentine’s + Pub crawl!  We celebrated 2 special Yaya’s Birthday’s too.  Nikki + Tara!  I convinced the girl in the Nugget bakery that writing “Happy Birthday Bitches” on a chocolate overflow cake was completely necessary. She finally agreed!  Haha!


After brunch we played a Pub Crawl B-I-N-G-O!

This was one of the easier cards.  Tramp stamp + sweat stains + dyed hair were marked off pretty quickly!

Hot Dude + Eye Candy + Suit & Tie + Last Call were not likely to happen at noon on a Sunday in Downtown Woodland…lol!

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If you’re planning a day or night out with your girls print these cards and try it out.  I think later in the day and more drinks downed, this could get fun!

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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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{weekend notes}


Happy Monday!!  I hope everyone had a nice relaxing weekend.  I took some time to unplug and recharge.  From EVERYTHING.  Adulting, life, work, bloggging…like I mean everything.  It’s clearly just want I needed, because I’m feeling like a new person.  Hallelujah!!


A friend sent me this over the weekend ♥

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And that’s just what I did.

Thankfully my J.Crew pajamas arrived Wednesday evening.  Just in time for my 4-day binge.


J.Crew Dreamy Cotton Pajama Set

You guys, I know the price tag is redic, but trust me on one thing – they are worth every penny.  I put them to the test, so I have proof 🙂  Use code: WARMSTYLE through midnight tonight and get 25% off.

Thursday I took the day off work to hang out with these punks.  They would rather play Minecraft than anything else in the world.



We checked out the new Topgolf in Roseville.

Benny’s favorite part – “my first credit card”



My favorite part – “a full bar…yessss”


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{friday 5}

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Who’s with me?

I had to pay $80 this morning to keep blogging.  Really?  I couldn’t upload anymore pictures.  All my gigs were used.  I bought 10 more and I’m good to go.  I couldn’t leave you all hangin!  Haha!!

At least it’s Friday!  And I have plans to eat Pho tonight.  Soooo, that makes it a little better.

Friday 5 means I’ve got 5 things on my mind……..



ONE – Thai Pasta Salad // I swear I’ve shared this gem before?!?!  I searched the blog and couldn’t find it anywhere.  Just for good measure I’ll share it again.  Because, it’s a keeper.  A crowd pleaser.


My photo really doesn’t do it justice.  It looks so boring.  But, trust me – it’s NOT!  This salad is packed with flavor.  Sesame oil…need I say more?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 package angel hair pasta (1lb)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup corn oil
  • ½ cup sesame oil
  • 6 tablespoons honey (seka hills preferably)
  • 5 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¾ cup peanuts, chopped
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds



Cook noodles, drain.  In a sauce pan, stir in red pepper flakes, corn oil & sesame oil over medium heat for 2 minutes.  Add honey, soy sauce and salt.  Mix well with noodles.  Cover and refrigerate for several hours. (I make mine the night before)

When ready to serve, add chopped cilantro, peanuts, green onion to noodles.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Is your mouth-watering?  Mine is.  My sister is making a double recipe for my Dad’s 60th birthday party this weekend….SCORE!!!


TWO – Have you ever heard of Julie Ann Art?  She’s so bad ass guys.  I’ve purchased many of her cards.  Her art speaks to me!  Check them out here.  Anyway, she released her new coffee mug designs.  Could it possibly get any better?  I think not!  These two mugs are me….to a T!   Best part, they come as a fucking set!  These were just too good not to share.


Julie Ann Art – Mug Set


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The weekend came and went.  Monday came and went.  Tuesday, please come and go just as quickly, Please!  Tomorrow is the Yolo County Fair!  Only one of my most favorite times of the year.  Bring on the corn dogs + carnies + beer gardens + derby + rides +  tacos.

I can’t even contain my excitement!!

We had the best weekend.  Lake Tahoe is always a good idea.  Even if it is only for 24 hours.

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Hi guys!  Took a couple of weeks off to re-group.  Take some me time.  Figure some shit out.  Slow down.  Hang some twinkle lights.  Everyone keeps asking if I quit blogging.  Of course not.  Not sure I’ll be blogging every day, like before.  (You have no idea how time-consuming blogging can be).  I do plan to hop on to share recipes + cool shit I find + rad ideas, you know – all that good stuff.

I actually wrote this post Sunday and for some reason it took me till today to hit “publish.”  I kept thinking, maybe wait one more week?  Then I decided today, fuck it.  Wait for what?  So, here ya go….{weekend notes} kinda late.  If you know me, then you know I’m ALWAYS late.  So it totally works…..

Saturday my girl had her first swim meet of the year.  It was a home meet, thank god.  I set up our pop-up tent and chairs at 6 am.  And the space was already limited that early in the morning.  Crazy!

My favorite photo of the day.  Bailey on the starting block.


Her best event is the backstroke.  That’s her below in lane 6 in the middle under the green flag.



Sara B with the sharpie art.  It’s a swim thing.


We hit up DK’s because she loves the games, and well, I love the pizza.  And beer!  DK’s selfies for a spin on the famous ticket wheel.  The mic with sound effects is the best part.  Vanna White has got some competition!


Country 4 Coaches // it was hot as hell.  We were exhausted.  When country music comes to Woodland, you go.  Boots + shorts 🙂

Granger Smith

David Ray

Brodie Stewart

Mark Mackay

Honestly, I didn’t know a single song.  Haha.


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Monday AGAIN

I swear the weekend was gone in the blink of an eye.  Things didn’t go exactly as planned.  We weren’t able to do everything we had hoped.  I don’t like changes in plans, at all.  But some things just happen for a reason.  We had lots of down time, which was nice.

Friday night was a TV and chill night.  Bailey still wasn’t feeling 100% so we had pizza (my true love), it was a skinny crust, so it doesn’t really count, right?  We layed in bed and watched TV till we dozed off, around 8pm.  LOL.  It was a real party.

I kicked off my Saturday morning with Kaia Fit POWER HOUR.  Great workout that kicked by butt into gear.  Lots of handbag exercises.

Thanks for the photos Val!!

Today marks the first day of Hell Week.  I’m not going to lie, I’m scared.  From what I’ve heard, the exercises get even more intense.  I figure that I’m going to be exhausted by the end of each day.  Other than having my meal plan + prep work, we also have a mellow week.  Sometimes it all works out that way for a reason.

Here’s what’s on our menu:

  •  Monday – Bailey’s cooking
  • Tuesday –  Turkey Taco Tuesday (lettuce wrapped) + guacamole + salsa + pinto beans
  • Wednesday – Cory’s cooking, Grilled steaks + broccoli + mashed sweet potato (twice baked for Cory + Bay)
  • Turkey burgers + zucchini fries
  • Friday – out to dinner


  • Kaia Tasty Thai Salad (my favorite)
  • Kaia Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
  • Leftover Turkey Burger


  • Egg White + Spinach Scramble
  • Kaia Wild Workout Smoothie (I’ve mastered it, whoop whop)


  • Kaia Buffalo Kale Chips
  • Almonds
  • Kaia Happy Heart Juice
  • Apples


Saturday afternoon we celebrated my nephew’s 5th birthday at DK’s Place.  You’ve got to try their supreme pizza.  It’s pizza perfection.  And yes, that was my second time having pizza in two day.  Oooops.  But, damn it just so good!!




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…..because it’s a short week!!!  Yessss.

Can you believe it’s Christmas week?  Yeah, me either.  I was thinking yesterday, I’m not the slightest bit stressed this holiday season??  I budgeted and purchased early, which helped a lot.  I just feel very calm and relaxed…this hasn’t happened in years.  I’m going to embrace it, friends!



(most of the Yaya’s)

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{friday 5}



High-Five friends….IT’S FRIDAY!


ONE – I made these adorable mini rosemary wreaths for my dinning table.  They make me happy 🙂  I have a big ol’ rosemary plant in my backyard and I’m always trying to come up with different ways to use it up.   I’ve seen this creative non food way of using them before and thought I’d give it a shot.  IMG_2169.JPG

Want to make some for your Christmas table?

Here’s what you need:

  • Rosemary
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Floral Wire (optional)

You will need long sprigs of rosemary for this project.   About 8 inches long.  I first soaked my rosemary  in a water bath to make the sprigs more pliable.  Be careful when bending into a circular shape, as the sprigs can snap.  Once you’ve created your wreath, tie a little floral wire to secure.  I didn’t have any wire on hand, so I tied my twine to hold the two ends together and it worked perfectly.  The floral wire would have made it easier though.  Tie a pretty little bow and you are done.  I practiced with red + white twine, which was super cute but didn’t match with my white and gold color scheme.  I set them on top of my folded napkins.  You could totally tuck your napkin through the center and use as a napkin ring too.  So many possibilities.

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