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{friday 5}

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Hey, Hey, Hey…it’s Friday!  I hit the ground running ready to check everything off my to-do’s.  Because, guess what?  We have another kick back weekend.  You know, the weekends where they only things you have to do, you actually want to do?  Does that make sense?  I can get used to this!  What I’m looking forward to: dinner + probably a little too much wine with girlfriends tonight.  Hiking with my homegirl.  Making it to church #homework.  Picking up my parents Saturday evening.  That’s quite possibly the highlight!

Here’s a quick run-down of 5 things on my mind today……

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ONE – Same, right? // Proof that everything I order does NOT work out…lol.  Lisa Allen fucking failed me on this one.  How does she have that perfect bunched up front tuck?  (Not to mention, she’s tiny and I could technically eat her as my afternoon snack!)  My top came really, really cropped.  Even Bay made the comment, “who’s that shirt for”  lol.  As much as I love this print, pretty sure I shouldn’t be rockin my 36 year old belly hanging out.  Return!!!  Or maybe exchange for this Daydream Textured Long Sleeve?

Totchos

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

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TWO – Totchos // Totchos, like nachos.  But, with tater tots.  Piled high with all the toppings.  I’m not going to lie, these are straight up dangerous.  It’s impossible to not dig in once you pull them out of the oven.  I originally made these for Bay last Friday night, but couldn’t resist.  To die for!  And super easy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • tater tots
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup olives, sliced
  • cilantro
  • hot sauce
  • sour cream

Here’s what you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread tater tots on baking sheet at bake for 20-25 minutes.  Give them a good shake about 1/2 way though.

Sprinkle cooked tots with shredded cheese and stick under the broiler till cheese is melted and bubbly.  About 3 minutes.

Pile on the toppings.  I had some leftover turkey taco meat that I added.  And I also added sliced radishes on “my side” because Bay said eww.  Ha!

Set baking sheet on the table and dig in!

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{september // in review}

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Tank (similar) // Jacket // Jeans // Booties // Necklace // Bracelet 

September was a quick month…blog-wise.  I took a solid week off and spent some time working behind the scenes.  Lots of coding…which it quit possibly the worst thing ever.

We’ve got a new look.  A face-lift, I like to call it.  When I started this blog…over 3 years ago, I obvi had a totally different style.  Polka dots aren’t really my jam anymore 🙂

You’ll notice I added a “Print” option for recipes.  Sounds like you guys are loving this feature the most!

Have you checked out my ShopStyle account?  There is a click-able image on the blog.  From your phone, scroll all the way down to the bottom.  On a desktop, you’ll find it on the top right corner.  This is where you can find ALL THE THING I love and share.  They will be kept here forever for your reference.  I’m forever grateful for everyone that has clicked on one of my affiliate links and some that even placed an order.  For each purchase through one of these links, I make a very small commission.  But, every little bit helps.  And it will keep me going back to all our favorite stores and finding the best deals for cute shit!!!

And lastly, the ads.  I know they are really annoying.  Forgive me!  It’s another way to create traffic and make a few pennies.  Some day, when I go big-time, I’ll remove every single ad and never use them again…PROMISE!

In case you missed it, here’s what went down in September……

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{i gave up shopping for 30 days…kinda}

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Shop everything here: Garment Rack + details

 

Sorry for the bit of radio silence yesterday, it has been a crazy week.  I worked on this post and just flat-out ran out of time.  Some posts take a hell of a lot longer to write than others.

Today is the day.  The day I’ve been looking forward to for 30 days.  Can you guess why?

My spending freeze has come to an end!!!

You can read more about my {spending freeze} here.

Yesterday, actually.  (Remember this post is a day late)

I had originally planned to spend my beloved lunch break at the one, the only, Target.  I have been in the store ONCE in the last 30-days.  And it was only to pick up an order for Bay.  Not me.

But, my homegirl Sarah P posted that Trader Joe’s FINALLY got their pumpkins.  Detour!  I ended up spending an entire hour stacking pumpkins and sending Sarah pictures.  Because my indecisive ass can’t make big decisions like this alone.

Proof – Just like Rachel Hollis preaches, when you give something up for 30 days, your relationship with said item, forever changes.  I truly believe this!  Not like I’m never going to shop again.  But, it wasn’t the first thing I did.  Which is shocking as shit!

Now today, shit.  Today is a different story.  Once I had time to really gather ALL THE THINGS that I’ve had my eye one, I pulled the trigger on another J.Crew order.  Ha!

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On Monday, August 20th the hardest 30-days even began.  I kept a little journal…..

I’m not going to lie.  I cheated a littttle bit.  In my defense, I had NO fucking clue how hard not shopping would actually be.  I mean, I gave up booze for 30-days.  So, this should be cake, right?  NEGATIVE!

August 20th – What the FUCK Madewell?  Promo codes on my first day of a shopping freeze?  Alex called and rubbed it in a little.  It burned..lol.

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{weekend notes}

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It’s hard to believe we’re entering the very last week of summer. Crazy!  Remember when I told you I was going to keep things short + sweet?  Well, I’m going to do just that today.  We spent the weekend as low-key as possible.  Celebrated my Mom.  Showered a new mama and baby coming into our family.  Decorated with Mezger Zinnia’s.  Church and more kickin it.  Sometimes doing nothing, hung over or not, is just want the body and mind are in need of.  Woke up refreshed and ready to kick this weeks ass!  Rather than letting it kick mine again…lol!

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • watch Bay’s first Lee Middle School Volleyball game – (and they won…both games this week)
  • get blonde + catch up with my homegirl Allison – (thanks for dealing with my hungover ass Allison) 
  • go to Target….it’s been a long, long 30 day – (I was disappointed…hardly found anything I had to have)
  • hang out with the Hostert’s ♥ – (always a good time)
  • share my shopping freeze diary – {i gave up shopping for 30 days…kinda}
  • create a fall inspiration board – (still gathering…but it’s getting close) 
  • solidify Halloween costumes – (finalized…I’ll be a witch, again :))
  • complete our fall to-do’s – (coming next week) 
  • meal prep lunches for the entire week – {meal prep tips + greek salad}
  • old navy try-on – (so much good stuff)
  • hit 15,000 steps per day – (killed it) 
  • remember that everything is going to be okay – (#truth) 

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Friday night we celebrated these two turning the BIG 6-0!  My mom and her bestie, Ronda.  They’ve been thick as thieves since high school.  Their friendship makes me happy!

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The OG’s – The original 4!

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Tank (marked down to $29) // Denim (on sale for $79) // Earrings // Booties

I’m wearing the turtleneck tank that I shared the last week.  You 100% need this in your closet!

GG always smiling

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3 generations!

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I made {mom’s famous thai pasta salad} and Bay baked {magnolia table chocolate chip cookies}

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{weekend notes}

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Good morning!  How was everyone’s weekend?  Were you ready for the Monday alarm clock?  I wanted to stay in my cozy bed, but I had an early morming walking date that I was looking forward to.  So up and at ’em it was!  This weekend I worked around the house.  Got lots of odds + ends organized.  Back to school season always gets in the organizing mood.  Anyone else?  Dinner with friends.  Biked the CCT, but don’t worry we’re going to talk all about that in a sec.  And celebrated a sweet 3 year olds Birthday last night.

Hope you all kick off Monday on the right foot!  Have a good one!!

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • Fair Hair.  Yep, you read it right haha. (Thanks Allison!!!)
  • Decide what I’ll give up for 30-days next?  Hmmm. (scared as hell to write it down)
  • 7th Grade Orientation.  Can Mom’s go? (Bay is ready for Wednesday)
  • Plan outfits for the week (we’re both set for Wednesday – Friday)
  • Dinner with girlfriends (good times, as always)
  • Soak up all the time with my girl before school starts (one last hurrah this weekend)
  • Order the cute top I’ve had my eye on 🙂 (done)
  • 15k steps a day (killed it, again)
  • Make salsa chicken (sharing this week)
  • YOLO COUNTY FAIR!!! (obvi!)

 

Last week Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Friday night dinner at Morgan’s On Main.  I’m all about the beet salad.

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We shared the special: prawn pasta with lotsa veggies.  Straight up heavenly!

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Up an at ’em.  5:30 is a little too early for my taste though….

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Off to explore in cooler temps

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I got DM’s about my top details….

I grabbed this during the Nordstrom sale for $40, it’s now re-stocked, but back to the original price.  But, I love it and think it’s 100% worth it at full-price tag.  And it comes in 4 color options.

FREE PEOPLE Rainbow Thermal Tee

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The ocean!  65 degrees + sunny ♥

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I’ve had the CCT on my to-do’s since last summer.  CCT: California Coastal Trail.

Upon completion, the 1,200 miles of coastal trails will span from the Oregon border all they way through California to Mexico.  How cool is that?

We chose to hit the 7 1/2 mile Half Moon Bay stretch from Pillar Point Harbor to The Ritz Carlton.

This trial is ideal for hiking + biking + walking + horse riding + dog + wheelchair + family friendly.  It’s all paved and very well maintained.

Beginning: Pillar Point Harbor.  The trail begins right in front of the parking lot.  You can rent bikes here too!  Bike WorksHalf Moon Bay Kayak Co.

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The first stretch of the trail, not bad.  Restaurants + bars right along the trail here too!

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Panoramic views of the ocean.

Piles of surfers at the first beach.  This is the home of the famous Mavericks big-wave surf competition.

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{statement earrings}

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Today I’m excited to share some of my favorite summer statement earrings with you! Contrary to my minimal jewelry beliefs, I dig a good statement earring.  Earrings are an easy and fun way to jazz up any outfit! Even a basic tee and shorts can be brought to life by adding a fun pair of earrings!  I am very particular when it comes to earrings though.  They must be lightweight, but they can’t feel super cheap either.  The heaviness + pulling drives me bananas.  And my rule of thumb, if I’m rocking a statement earrings all the jewels must be kept to a bare minimum.  This is also a great way to incorporate the good ol’ {third piece rule}we chatted about last week.

 

But first let’s chat about what I’ve got on in this picture.  The earrings, obvi.  The rest is Madewell + both the jeans & tank are on sale!  This doesn’t happen everyday, so let me give you all the details!

 

Tortoiseshell statement earrings // Currently 30% off at $27.  I’ve been rocking these earrings on major repeat.  If you’ve seen me in the last couple of weeks, you’ve met these beauties:)  They are super lightweight + comfy.  Two of my statement earring requirements!

Tortoiseshell statement earrings

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Madewell Top //  You guys, it’s on sale.  $39!  I gotta call and get a price adjustment 🙂  The color is so rich + gorgeous.  LOVE the high neckline.  With a front tuck, you’re good to go!

Gathered Sweater Tank

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9-Inch Seamed High Waist Step Hem Skinny Jeans // If I told you I grabbed these $135 Madewell jeans for $34, would you believe me?  Nordstom price-matches!  You just have to call or pull up the on-line live chat.  Madewell had them marked down, but didn’t have my size.  Lucky for me, Nordy’s did.  They gave me the Madewell price plus an additional 20% on top of that.  So, about the jeans.  Let me tell you all the reasons I’m obsessed: Cropped step hem for an edgy DIY look.  They fit like a fucking glove, just how I like it!   Madewell features super sleek “magic pockets” basically they are deep + sewn all the way around.  Meaning you can’t pull them inside out.  This creates that hold-you-in feeling.  Ya know what I mean?  If you’re in the market for a funky, not your everyday pair of denim – this is your ticket sister!

9-Inch Seamed High Waist Step Hem Skinny Jeans

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And now, here are some of my favorite summer statement earrings 🙂

 

URBAN OUTFITTERS 

Elizabeth Climber Earring // Half Moon Drop // Tortoise Statement Hoop // Resin Hex Hoop Earring

 

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{10 summer closet staples}

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I love the simplicity of Summer clothing.  Summer attire is so basic + minimal compared to other seasons which involve lots of layers + footwear.  With a few basic pieces, you can mix and match your closet with endless options!

So, today I thought I’d share some of my tried + true summer closet staples.

You know, ALL THE THINGS I believe every girls needs!  And things that can be worn over and over throughout the Summer!

But, before we get started – Let’s chat about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  If you follow fashion bloggers on Instagram, then you’ve already been overloaded with so much info.  So, I’ll spare you the overwhelming shit and keep it simple with 3 quick tips to help you navigate the sale, if you’re into it!

  1. Shop early!  Meaning, you must become a Nordstrom Card Holder!!!  This will grant you “Early Access!”  As in 8 days before the public aka non card holders.  You get a $40 credit upon approval and lots of perks year round too!  Typically, once the Anniversary Sale opens to the public on the 20th, sizes + colors + top items are sold out or wayy picked over.  So, if there is something you HAVE TO HAVE, this is the way to insure you get your pretty little hands on it!
  2. Add to Cart!  You can preview the sale here: 2018 Anniversary Sale – Preview.  This is not everything that will be on sale, this is just a sample.  I like to do a closet clean-out and toss/sale everything I know for a fact that I will not be wearing come Fall.  Reminder – the Anni sale is mainly Fall New Arrivals.  Stick everything you LOVE in your shopping cart! And patiently wait.  The worst part!
  3. Shop online!  Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with your computer Thursday morning.  Don’t even think of messing with the crowds.  If you want it – BUY IT!  You can always return, but you legit gotta act fast.  Nordy’s offers FREE shipping + FREE returns.  Their website it super user-friendly.  OR you can always buy online and do an in-store pick-up.  Technically you don’t even have to get out of your car.  They will bring it out to you!

With these tips, you should be ready to shop till you drop!  Set your alarms for Thursday morning friends!!

 

And now for 10 summer closet staples……

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{eyelet sweatshirt}

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It’s Hump Day…..unfortunately not Friday.  Even though it feels like it should be Friday.  Anyone else?  All day yesterday, I thought it was Wednesday.  I wrote it.  Almost screwed up some plans.  Then I realized it was Taco Tuesday, and that made it a little better.

Speaking of Taco Tuesday, Maria’s Cantina stepped up their Taco Tuesday game.  The normal 2 Woodland Tacos + Modelo for $5 have a new partner.  2 Woodland Tacos + Margarita for $10!  And the bartender can also make a mean skinny, skinny marg too!  You’re welcome.

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You guys…..

TOMORROW is the first day of March!  We are inching closer and closer to Spring.

20 days to be exact.  The countdown has begun.

I’m dreaming of Spring.  And all things Spring.  Nothing beats the onset of Spring.  Am I right?

And how about this scallop eyelet trim sweatshirt?  It’s perfection.  Crisp white.  Feminine eyelet detail.   Keyword: ON SALE!

I put this sweatshirt on and fell in love ♥

I can’t wait till it warms up just a little and I can pop this on with a pair of cut-off shorts + sandals.

But, until then, I’ll be rocking it with warm jeans + closed toed shoes…lol.
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40% off now through Sunday.  No code needed!

Comes is grey too!

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{friday 5}

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You guys, today is a great day.  Not only because it’s FRIDAY!  I mean, yes, that’s great!!  But, guess what national day it is?  National PIZZA Day!  And I did my final BRIK weigh-in this morning.  So, you best believe this ol girl will be partaking in the national day!  I’m thinking Masullo’s ♥

Ok, in other great news – my co-worker that I’ve been covering for is BACK!  Thank you sweet baby Jesus.  After 3 crazy ass weeks, my life as it once was, is officially BACK!  I’ve been MIA, scatter-brained, tired and busy.  Not a good combo, let me tell you!

So, let’s re-cap.  I lost weight.  F yes!  It’s Friday!  Double hell yeah!  National Pizza Day!!  And I’m not stressed the F out.  Today is going to be a damn good day!

Believe it or not, I still have a few more things on my mind……

 

ONE – Breakfast // I have a new favorite breakfast. It’s just too good not to share.  Spiralized sweet potato.  Arugula.  Egg.  Topped with a little tap-your-uncle (tapatio) + 2 slices of avocado.  Pure heaven!

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When I do my weekly meal prep….hard boil eggs.  Wash/chop/prep veggies.  Make dressings/dips.  Bay’s morning muffins.  I spiralize a sweet potato.  Throw it in a container and grab a handful each morning.

It’s such a great combo.  The arugula gets a little crunchy and the sweet potato makes is so fulling and delish.

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Ohhh, and a new kitchen gadget that I’ve been cooking my eggs in.  The Misto.  It’s an olive oil sprayer.  You fill it with your fave olive oil.  Give it a pump and coat your pan or veggies.  Straight up game changer.

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TWO – Bralette // If you’re an off the shoulder gal, but not the strapless bra kinda gal….this is SOOO for you.  A pretty crochet strap popping out is totally acceptable.  And I actually prefer it.  This is the Free People Adella.  She comes in 6 color options.  Which was the hardest part of buying this bralette.  Not only is beautiful, but super comfy too.  I can’t wait to rock this under tank tops this summer!

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