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{monster tacos}

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Two things I really, really love.  Tacos + holiday themed food.  If you’ve been following for some time now, then you know I’ve got a thing for tacos.  If it’s Tuesday, I can almost guarantee we’re having tacos in some shape or form.  Homemade tacos.  Maria’s Taco Tuesday.  Taco salads.  Scroll down and bit and I linked up some of my favorite taco recipes from xoxostacyb.

Thing #2 you also know, I’m a complete sucker for Holiday themed dinners + treats.  My now 12-year-old has had her fill of spooky treats.  And I have to admit, I can’t get the reaction I used too…lol.  Maybe I need to have another kid?  Nahh!

Last year around this time I made {mini spider pizzas} and {monster treats}.  I LOVED seeing everyone recreating them for their kiddos at home.

 

This year, I wiped up Monster Tacos.  Just your average taco.  Any kind of meat will do.  Toppings, the more the merrier.

 

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Honestly, I’ve had to become the 30 minute meal mama the last couple of weeks.  We legit have maybe 30 minutes between Bay’s Volleyball games + Faith Formation class on Tuesdays.  So I’ll let you in on a little trick.  I went to the Nugget on my way home from the gym.  Bee lined it for the salad bar.  They have cooked chopped chicken for salad toppings.  I diced it up a little smaller.  Threw it in the skillet with some taco seasoning to warm it up.  Bam!  Done!  I used the leftover chicken over salads + quesadillas for lunches the next day.

 

In case you’re looking for some Taco Tuesday inspo, I got your back:

{halibut tacos + roast corn salad}

{baked chicken tacos}

{spinach pesto tacos}

{ranch chicken tacos}

{taco salad bowls}

{sheet pan shrimp fajitas}

{tomatillo salsa + crispy cheese taco shells}

{taco shells}

{taco tuesday….salad}

{slow cooker carnitas}

I even went as far as making a Taco Pizza once

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{friday 5}

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It’s Friday.  I got a job.  And I’ve got a shit-ton to do.  Ha!  But, I don’t have a single plan for the whole damn weekend.  You guys, I’m going to drink coffee on my couch in my PJ’s tomorrow morning.  And again Sunday morning too.  It’s been so long.  And maybe a little day-date with my girl.  Nephews football game.  Meal prep.  Outfit prep.  Done!  Oh, I did splurge and grab some extra wine.  So, I’ll be gettin tips too!  I almost forgot… the one thing I’m most looking forward to (other than drinking wine + coffee obvi) shampooing the seats in my car…Ha!  It’s the little things peeps.  Have a great weekend friends.

Before I let you go……

Let’s chat about 5 things on my mind real quick!

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ONE – A Star Is Born // Oh man everyone keeps saying how great the new Gaga + Bradley Cooper movie is.  I have my fingers crossed I can sneak away at some point and go see it.  For those of you that have seen it….on a scale from 1 to 10.  How good is it?

You can watch the movie trailer here: A Star Is Born movie trailer

 

 

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Threshold Decorative Basket Natural with leather strap

TWO – Target Basket // Posted a photo of the basket I found at Target yesterday.  You guys clearly liked it as much as I did.  My ShopStyle account as of this morning showed 5 basket orders.  BIG thank you to all of you for clicking on my affiliate links and placing orders.  Today, my first ShopStyle check posted for $47 and I’m fucking giddy…lol.

I found inspo image with a similar hanging basket for my girlfriend Nicole.  She has the best front porch.  She picked up the Target basket yesterday and I can’t wait to see how she styles it!

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{meal prep tips + greek salad}

Greek salad meal prep for a week!  4 days to be exact.  Because, even I, a creature of habit.  One that can eat the same thing over and over.  Can only do 4 solid days before I need something new up in the mix.  Ha!

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Before we get to the recipe, I’m going to answer a question I get ALL THE TIME.  Meal prep.  Who?  What?  How?

I know so many people who stop by the grocery store on their way home from work to grab that evenings dinner.  Personally that gives me the chills.  I despise going to the grocery store.  Well, other than Trader Joe’s.  So, I make it a once a week thing.  Which could give you the chills…lol.  With a little practice and some strategy, I promise you can do this too.  It’s such a life/time saver!

Tips for easy meal-prep

1 – Pull out your calendar.  Take a peek at the week ahead.  Realistically, how many days will you be home for dinner.  Meetings, sports, kids activities, happy hours all play into this.  My goal is to cook at least 3 of the weeknights.  And plan for leftovers the nights I wont have time.  Picking recipes that can double duty.  Like, cook extra chicken one night for dinner.  Make soup or chop up extra chicken for salads the next night.  I know that if I have a meeting on a Tuesday night, I need to:

A.) prep or cook the night before.

B.) plan something super simple.

C.) pick up dinner somewhere.

 

2 – Pick one day a week to decide on actual meals.  Every Wednesday I do my meal plan for the following week.  Now that you’ve figured out how many meals you need to plan for the upcoming week.  Flip thought magazines.  Scroll through pinterest.  Pull out all your fave cookbooks.  Just pick a day and make it happen.  I actually enjoy this part!  Then write it out in the notes on your phone.

Monday – chicken + rice + veggies

Tuesday – chicken tacos + green salad

etc…

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{morning routine + 1st day of school #ootd’s}

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denim // top // kimono // heels // earrings 

 

The beginning of a new school year is kinda like a fresh start.  New Goals.  New routines to help us put our best foot forward as we head out the door.  Which all make me happy…..once we work out all the kinks.  HA!  The begging always tends to have a rocky start, let’s be real!

That’s where planning comes into place.  I’m always looking for was to prepare either the night before or first thing in the morning to make our mornings a run little smoother.

Here’s what we’ve implemented to make an EARLIER than ever start-time work in our house:

 

The Weekend Before:

  • meal plan (breakfast + lunch + dinner for the following week)
  • grocery shop (I do this on Thursday’s or Friday’s for the following week) 
  • make a list of lunch main dish options (sandwich, quesadilla, lunchable or leftovers)
  • fill snack bins see ours on {slow cooker salsa chicken // and back to school hacks}
  • meal prep (wash, slice, chop and roast veggies.  bake muffins – for Bay’s breakfast.  prep anything that can make your life easier) 
  • outfit plan.  Have everything for each day: top, bottoms, chonies, bra, socks, shoes.  EVERYTHING! (I even did this for myself this week and it’s such a time-saver) 

 

The Night Before:

  • fill Hydro Flask or water bottle
  • make lunch main dish
  • fill lunch bags and leave in the fridge
  • don’t forget a lunch box love note 🙂
  • pack + clean out backpack/bags for the next day
  • lay out gym clothes for the morning
  • Bay showers at night
  • this year we did 1st day pictures the night before!  #lifehack

 

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The Morning:

  • up bright and early for GTL (gym, tan, laundry) minus the T & L…lol.
  • time batch.  Set a timer and get as much shit as possible done (anything that needs to be cleaned, folded, loaded etc)  You’d me amazed at how much can be accomplished when a timer is set!
  • ACV shot + shower + get ready
  • Bay wakes up and gets in my way…lol.
  • grab #ootd
  • throw lunches in our bags
  • Bay grabs a muffin, I grab a shake (going to miss my morning eggs) and out the door.

 

Are you still there?

Boring, I know.  But, I get asked ALL THE TIME, so there you have it.  Our “new” morning routine.

Now on to the good stuff….#ootd’s

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dress // top // shoes // backpack // letter board

 

Bay’s #ootd details:

 

Dress –  Corduroy Mini Overall Dress Thanks for voting on my instagram stories last night.  We went to Forever 21 yesterday to pick up a couple of things and I spotted this dress.  I begged Bay to try it on.  She wasn’t too sure about it.  I put it on a poll and asked if she’d wear it, if she got 30 “YES” votes and she agreed!  By the time we went to check out at F21 there were already 40 “YES” votes.  Thanks friends.  It brings me back to the Clueless days.  Totally something Cher would have rocked!  But, Bay didn’t get that reference.

Top – Just a basic Target Tee shirt.  Nothing fancy.

Shoes – Someone told me that in middle school you have to own a pair of Checkered Classic Slip-On Sneaker.  Thanks Kissey + Tio for making sure she was fitted:)  I also own a pair of these and they are one of my faves too!

Backpack – I scored this HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. Retreat Backpack during the Nordstrom sale last month.  More than I’ve ever spent on a backpack.  Bay claims this will last her whole middle school carer.  Maybe we should do a poll on that one too?  Hmmm!

Letter Board – This Amazon Letter Board was a gift and I can’t tell you how often I pull it out.  No printables needed this year.  The 10 x 10 board that Bay’s holding is only $13!

 

And yes, I do buy myself a back to school outfit too!  I think all Mama’s should get a new #ootd for the special day…Ha!

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{summer tops under $40}

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I’m the self-proclaimed Queen of Summer Tops!  Ha!  Once you’ve got your key bottom pieces: black denim + white denim + the perfect fit denim + cut-off’s!  You’re set!  You can rotate your bottoms all year-long with a cute top.  I am always on the hunt for tee’s + tops + peplums + tanks….you name it.  Since I’m constantly adding tops, price tag is KEY!

So, today I’ve rounded up TWENTY SIX tops under $40.  Some I own.  Some are on their way to my doorstep.  Some are on the ol wish-list.

Let’s start with this Bow Tank Top I tried it on in the white.  Thought, nahhh – I need a color.  Spotted the navy.  SOLD!  At $19.50, you really can’t beat it!  And it looks great with white denim + cut-offs + my fave jeans.  You’ll be seeing this heavily rotated this summer!

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Top // Denim // Slides // Bag 

 

 

Top – $19.50 comes in white + navy!

Denim – GAP from last year.  To be honest, I no longer love these jeans.  I’ve spoiled myself with Madewell and can’t turn back.  So, I am currently on the hunt for THE PERFECT white denim.  If you’ve found them, holla at me K!!

Slides – Good old Target!  $22 with over 120 reviews.  They are so cute and actually go with wayyy more than I originally thought!

Bamboo Bag   – My $40 amazon knock-off is still coming out to play at least once a week.  So fun!  NOTHING falls out.  At least, I haven’t lost anything yet!  Did you see Target came out with one too?  A New Day Bamboo Clutch $34!  SCORE!

 

Here’s a better look at this top!  Best part – the straps on this top are so well designed!!  You can wear a regular bra without any bra straps peeing out!  Can I get a hell yeah?!?!  I will forever be team hate the strapless bra!

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And here are 25 super cute.  Super affordable.  And ALL under $40!  You can thank me later 🙂

J.Crew Factory //  You guys.  Factory has been on FIRE lately.  I’ve been frequenting the Vacaville store more than I’d like to admit.  New arrivals are all marked 50% off + FREE SHIPPING!!  I included some dressing room shots below for reference.  Here’s my top picks:

 

 

Striped Tie-Back Tee // Friday Tee // Tie-Front Tank // Eyelet Peplum Tank // Printed Tie-Shoulder Top // Embroidered Shell // Scalloped Cami // Tiered Tank Top // Tie-Shoulder Cami Top // Embroidered Tie-Sleeve Top

 

 

Madewell // Madewell rarely has a sale or a decent promo code.  Until today!  Use code SPARKLER for 20% off select Summer Must Haves.  Sign up as a Madewell Insider (which is FREE) and receive FREE SHIPPING with every single order!!

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{gift guide: father’s day}

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How about this gem above?  I asked my Mom to find a good one of the three of us, and she killed it!

I’m not sure who’s bangs are better?  Mine?  Katie’s?  Or my Dads?  Instagram Poll?

If my parents didn’t already have this framed, I would 100% be adding this to my Dad’s Father’s Day Gift!

Speaking of Father’s Day….ummm, it’s T-minus 3 days away!  Have you scored the perfect gift for your Dad yet?  Let’s be real, shopping for dad’s is hard.  And if you ask him what he wants, he’ll always say nothing.  Or I have it all.  WTFE!

 

Today I’ve got you covered.  I scoured the internet for some fun + practical + top rated gifts that I’m sure every Dad would LOVE.  Shit, there’s even a couple of things on here I’d like for myself.  The iGrill…never over cook meat again!  Smart WiFi plug…Alexa turn off the lights!  Never lift a finger again…HA!  That pool lounger has a cup holder, just saying.  Bay + I gave Cory the Bosca wallet for Christmas.  I did a lot of research for the perfect front pocket bifold and this one is it.  Just ask Cory!  A pressure washer is a win-win, all your shit will be clean.  It’s so addicting.   And that chair with an ice chest on the side. Hell yes!

Hope this gift guide gives you some inspiration to grab the Dad’s in your life a little something special.  Something he’s sure to love!

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{friday 5}

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Happy Friday!  It’s been a really good week.  A nice calm week.  Just what we needed.  Spent as much time as possible outdoors which makes all the difference in shaking my creative juices up.  So many projects I can’t wait to start.  So many fun ideas for the blog.

Take the weekend to recharge, relax and treat yo self Mama’s!  And I wish you all the happiest Mother’s day!

 

 

ONE – Hot Sauce Debate // No doubt, I’m a tap-your-uncle girl.  Tapatio, that is.  It’s my hot sauce of choice…always.  On my eggs.  On my tacos.  On anything, really.  But, recently, I’ve been told that I need to spread my wings a little.  That there are wayy better hot sauces out there?  Say whhhattt?  You know I’m always down to try out new stuff, so next week, we’re going to do a hot sauce taste testing.  Not really sure of the logistics just yet.  So, tell me….what’s your fave hot sauce?  What should I add?

Here’s what I’ve picked up for the Hot Sauce Debate so far…..

Valentina // Srirahca // Cholula // Tapatio

 

 

TWO – Madwell Top // I love a good striped tee!  Stripes pretty much go with anything + everything.  You’d die if you saw stripe tee collection in my closet.  I found another good one to add to my selection.  Originally I had a whole post planned for this newby, but when I saw that it was marked down to $29, I decided to scratch that and share it NOW!  This will sell out, and you probably need another one.  You’re welcome!

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Madewell Mock Neck Tank

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THREE – Easy Pickled Red Onions // I got lots of DM’s after posting this on insta-stories yesterday.  So, here ya go!  This is a quick-pickled onion recipe.  Cory claims it’s not authentic enough.  lol.  I had all the ingredients on hand.  And they are killer.  I’ve been topping turkey burgers, sandwiches + salads with these bad boys all week.

My homegirl Nikki, she made pickled cabbage for her ahi tuna tacos last night….fucking outstanding.  That will be on my to-make list for next week!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

 

Cram all the sliced red onion in a mason jar.  Stick your filled mason jar in the sink, because you will spill and this shit is stinky!

Add all the rest of the ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat.

Pour mixture over the red onions.  Allow to cool.  Then pop them in the fridge.

Enjoy!

 

FOUR – Coffee Table // Kinda like my dinning table settings, I love styling the coffee table.  I love that it’s a small space.  Also a space that gets a lot of attention.  Stealing items from other rooms to change it up is my jam.  I can’t get enough of baby daisies.  I grab a bunch ($3.99) every time I make a TJ’s trip lately.  I believe they’re called chamomiles.  But, I think baby daisies sounds cuter 🙂  So, here’s what my coffee table currently looks like and I’ve linked all the sources below if you need one of these items for your coffee table look!

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{easter basket goodies}

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All the kids want is the CHOCOLATE!!  And let’s be real….all us Mama’s want our kids to fall asleep so we can steal all their Reese’s Eggs.  Am I right?  I like to call it “quality control.”  I can’t buy them for myself, because #noselfcontrol obvi.  So, I buy them for Bay.  Then eat them. Ha.  Makes total sense to me!

Ever since I was a kid, my parents always filled our baskets with a new swim suit + salt water sandals…and all the candy.

I totally copycat my Mom and do the same for Bay each year.  I always try to throw in the realistic things that I will need to buy anyway.  And with summer right around the corner, the summery basket was always the ticket.

Except this year.  Bay already has new suits + flip-flops + beach towels + googles….we had to stock up earlier for her Hawaii trip.

This year the Easter Bunny is bringing her museum ticket.

Remember my Adventure + Experiences gift idea.  We’re still rollin with it.

Still jazzing up the tickets with some fun goodies that I know she’ll love too.  #reeseseggs

 

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{dupes + the pretty pink blouse}

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Do you ever just itch for a change?  Is it the in-between of seasons that’s got me ready for a change?  Honestly, I’m not even sure what the change is…ha!  I’m so complicated like that.  I think I’m tired of the same ol thing.

Last time I had “the itch” (that sounds really terrible) It was the hair itch.  (that sounds even more terrible) You know, the one where you need a cut or color change?  So you hit up your hairdresser and make it happen.  That was me last month.

But, I still have “the itch!”

I know that when I’m feeling like I need a change, it’s because I DO need a change.  Now I have to figure out what will do the trick.  It doesn’t have to be anything maj.  Sometimes it’s shifting a couple little things, that make “the itch” go away.  Ok, I have to be done with that….sounds worse and worse every time I type it.

 

  • 100% the sun!  That would be fabulous.

 

  • I might move around some furniture?

 

 

  • Switch up the weekly dinner menu with something funky?

 

  • Try a new beauty product?

 

  • Maybe all of the above?

 

What do you do, when you feel like you need to switch things up a little?

 

In the meantime, since I have NO frickin idea what the change will entail, I bought myself a few pretty things.  Springy things.  Obvi, that should do the trick for now….lol.  A new blouse.  A pretty pink one.  One that screams spring.  And it made me feel better.

 

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I apologize in advance for the terrible photos today.  I had every intention of taking outfit pictures over the weekend when it was beautiful and sunny.  But decided to save that task for a rainy, dark, stormy Tuesday morning.  Totally makes sense, right?  HA!  And my house it a dungeon.  I get zero natural light.  Which KILLS me.

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{friday 5}

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I’m waiting for you, 5 pm!!

We’ve got a super chill weekend planned.  Or should I say unplanned?  Pool time + friends + family.  Just how a summer weekend should be spent!

It’s Friday and I’ve got 5 things on my mind today……..

 

ONE – Look what happened last week.  Bailey learned how to mow the lawn.  It’s the best thing since sliced bread.  Get this – she asked me to teach her.  And she offered to take care of it every week from now on.  Yessss!!  Then she reminded me, only for 8 more years.  Damn it.  Crazy thing is, I never touched a lawn mower till I was in my late 20’s.  Haha.  I love this girl and her enthusiasm to help out around the house and take on more chores.  Of course, for a little added weekly allowance.

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TWO – Leather scalloped trim.  A feminine take on a classic tank.  Thank you J.Crew.  You fucking killed it!  You need to get your hands on one of these tanks asap.  Trust me!!  You cannot pass it up, especially when you see the price tag.

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