{blog-versary}


Guess what guys?  Today is my two year blog-versary!!
Not much has changed in these two years. I still drop the f bomb daily.  Drink chard as if it were my day job.  Cook enough to feed an army.  Celebrate any + every holiday.  And obviously still a shopaholic!!  

What has changed, thanks to all of you are my stats….

485 blog posts later

Over 200,000 views

Views from 32 countries

My most popular post to date {before + after}

Last year on my 1 year blog-versary, I shared {37 random facts about me}

I can’t even top that off.  Or come up with 30 something random facts today.  I think you already know all the weird shit about me?

Today, I think we’ll do….

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{marbled pumpkin diy}

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I’m a big fan of no carve pumpkins.  Until, the day before Halloween.  We all know once they are carved…they are dead in a day or so.  Full of bugs.  Stinky.  But I’m still all about making them pretty + festive for Halloween.

Bay’s 4-H club hosts a no carve pumpkin contest every October meeting.  All the pumpkins are then donated to a rest home to be enjoyed.  LOVE this so much.

We had to get to work a little early and get a pumpkin decorated for next week.

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These nail polish marbled pumpkins caught my eye.  They were all over social media this week.  I’m sure you saw all the different methods.

Clicked on the link.

I have ALL the materials needed.

DONE!

Making them.  Like, TODAY!

Holiday Whore in full effect over here!

 

Supplies:

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{weekend notes}

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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
  • STAY AWAY FROM TARGET – FAILED big time.
  • 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!

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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.

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The City //

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

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{blueberry coffee cake}

Such a sad day for our country.  Waking up to the horrific news reports really stops you in your tracks.  My heart goes out to all the people + families suffering in Las Vegas.  There are really no words.  I just can’t shake it today.  And I feel as though there is nothing I can do, except be kind.  Do something nice for someone.  All this hate has to stop!

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Blueberry Coffee Cake //

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Sometimes, every once in a while, you have to just say fuck it and make cake for breakfast!!!

Coffee cake

with blueberries

and the secret ingredient…..

sour cream

Crumbly cinnamon + brown sugar topping sandwiched between rich layers of coffee cake.  You guys, this is a good one.

I will be pulling this recipe out again during the holidays, that’s for sure!!

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{kid kayaks}

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I got so many questions over the summer about Bay’s birthday kayak, that I thought I’d just write it all out and tell you all at once.

Let me start with – The Lifetime Youth Wave Kayak is pretty frickin cool.

Bay’s been kayaking for the last 4 summers.  She enjoyed it, a little.

Then Bay’s Dad bought her one (I mean two) of these kayaks for her 11th birthday.  We hit Lake Tahoe the next weekend.  They were a huge HIT!

Due to the compact size, they are super easy to maneuver.  Unlike the adult kayaks we’ve used + rented in the past.

Extremely safe.  The sunken in “cockpit” as they call it, keeps them tucked in.  Even when the BIG Lake Tahoe waves come in.

They are small + lightweight enough for kids to haul to and from the beach.  Now that is a HUGE plus.

Durable + stable enough for a game of bumper cars.

The design is simple!!

Oh, and they stack, almost nesting like for storage.  Can I get a hell yeah?!?!

Best part of all…..

These things keep kids busy for hours.  I shit you not, these girls spent 90% of the beach time cruising in the kayaks.  More time for mama to sunbath and enjoy a beer or two without, “Mom, I’m bored”

Hours people.  Hours!!!

 

Bay is going to create so many memories on these kayaks.  I can’t say enough about them!

I kinda want to get my own so I can cruise the Lake with her 🙂

 

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Here’s all the details you need to know:

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{friday 5}

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Hello, and happy Friiiiidaaaayyyyy friends!!

Today, I’ve got 6 things on my mind…..

 

 

ONE – Weekend Notes // I never got around to my Weekend Notes post this week.  But, I have to share, because last weekend was a good one!

We spent time with our favorites in Salinas.

2 days at Chamisal is good for the soul!!

I got tan lines.  Watched the kids swim for hours.  Cheers boomeragned our beverages with Nicole + Lina.  Made plans for our next adventure.

 

Peter Pan in Carmel ♥

The Outdoor Forest Theater has got to be the most beautiful theater ever.

The whole gang!!

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I would tell you all about it, except in true Stacy fashion….

I fell asleep though about 75% of the play.

BUTTT, the parts I did see (the end) was fantastic!!!

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We also met the new member of the Hostert family, Lulu the rescue dog 🙂  She the sweetest.  Until I tried to pick her up.  I don’t have the dog touch!!

El Charrito breakfast burritos!!  It’s a must every.single.time we wake up in Salinas.  And Nicole has the most amazing friends ever.  The last 4 times I’ve visited, her peeps delivered El Charrito to us.  I tell you, Salinas people are so damn sweet!!!  I also got a package of tortillas and Oh My God!  I’ve been hooking Bay up with quesadillas all week!  She said they are fantastic. I even got crazy and made her the jack-o-lantern quesadilla #holidaywhore (if you follow in insta stories, you saw it)

I’m a true El Charrito lover por vida!!!

Thank you Hostert’s + Odello’s for a FUN weekend ♥

We made it home Sunday evening just in time to catch another play.

Honk at the Woodland Opera House.  #socute

We love watching our friends/family do their thing on the big stage!!

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TWO – My Girl //  It was her 11 year check up this week.

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11 years old.

5’2″.

85 lbs.

She grew 4 inches in just 1 year!!  She’s predicted to be around 5’9 – 5’10.  CRAZY.

Bay was also due for 4 shots.  Tdap (I think that’s what it’s called).  Flu shot.  Some other one I can’t remember.  And HPV shot.   Last year I had to latterly restrain my kid.  I layed on top of her while she was laying on the doc office bed.  It was a sight to see.  She fought the entire time.  Fast forward to Thursday.  She sat there.  Got her shots.  Shed a couple little tears.  So we obvi went to Starbucks afterwards.

The doc handed Bay a sheet of paper explaining the shots she had gotten.  She got to the HPV and wanted an explanation.  I did my best.  I’m brutally honest with her.  At 11 years old, I’m not sure kids are ready for that explanation.  What are your thoughts?  Don’t get me wrong, I’m 100% on board with the vaccine!!

Anyway, just crazy proud of my girl!  She was so brave ♥

 

THREE – Jicama Sticks //  The veggie of the week.  Remember my {Fall To-Do’s}?  Try a new veggie each week?  Jicama sticks are week #1.  Before we talk jicama, lets clarify the spelling/pronunciation.  It’s spelled with a “j”, but sounds like it should be a “h”.  You read jicama, and say HICK-ah-muh.  You just ask the dude at TJ’s and he’ll know what you’re talking about.  Okay, on to jicama….

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I don’t like it.  I actually think it tastes like a cross between an apple + dirt.  The texture – crispy apple.  The taste – dirt.  Anyone else agree with me?

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{mozzarella stuffed meatballs}

When you say comfort food, I think pasta!  Always.

With Fall in the air, I’ve got pasta on the brain.  Big time!

I tried out a new recipe and it was such a hit.  Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs.

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Also, I’ve never, until now, ever made meatballs.

Now I want to throw them into the weekly rotation, like every week!  I feel like I need to make up for lost time.

But, you know I can’t just make the classic meatballs.  I always have to jazz things up a bit.

Cheeeeessseee.  It’s always a good idea, right?  The more the better!

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED THESE MOZZARELLA BALLS?  OMG!  Pure heaven!  If you’re anything like me, then you could kill this whole tub too!!

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The ooey gooey melted cheese center is an unexpected surprise.

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