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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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{weekend notes}

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Hello Monday!  You kinda ruined my day, to be honest.  Not you, Monday did!  I somehow overslept by 2 1/2 hours.  Which means I feel like I’m 2 1/2 hours behind in EVERYTHING today.  But, damn I sure did get some good sleep!  Hope your Monday is off to a better start than mine!

In other news, I got a notification that today, this very post, is my 700th blog post.  CRAZY!  Seven hundred.  If you’ve been following since the beginning, you should know me pretty really well by now…HA!

 

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Set a pretty table(coming this week)
  • Share the newest addition to my room(what did you think?)
  • Organize (or throw away everything) both linen closets(thanks Bay)
  • Find a new houseplant – (looking for something unique is hard)
  • Gather goodies for Bay’s birthday surprise(I cannot wait to show her + you)
  • Have GG over for dinner(peek of my week)
  • Rock my new romper(think i need a size smaller, which is a good thing I guess)
  • NO-sugar for 10 days #FML(staying strong…till Tuesday)
  • Order Bay’s birthday cake from Timothy’s Bakery (It’s the best one yet)
  • 15k steps per day(straight up killed it + added BBG so I’m so sore) 

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Friday, Bailey spent the entire day riding + washing + braiding horses.

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Straight up braid #goals

It’s pretty impressive the work that goes into getting these horses ready for a horse show.

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Went downtown to check out First Friday.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new bella moda boutique, you need too.  So many cute tops.  And the priced are super reasonable.

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Cory surprised me with Steve’s Pizza + extra ranch.  It’s true love!

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Rise + shine its horse show time!

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I bribe Alex….bubbles for braids!

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Spencer photo bombing Bay’s braid pic.  Some day I need to learn to braid!

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Woodland Stallion Station!

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Bay + Ruby getting warmed up.

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That smile says it all

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Whispering sweet nothings ♥

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So proud of my girl!  She got her first horse show ribbon.  And watching her do what she loves brings so much joy!

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Cousins

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Wish I would have gotten a photo of them all dressed up.  Next time.

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Amanda, the girls trainer.  The girls adore her and their barn time with her each week.

Can’t wait to watch them do it all over again.

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Off to the Roots to Wine Twilight Picnic

Tabor Ranch tasting room is looking really good

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Let’s rock

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We checked in, grabbed our glasses and opted to walk (instead of shuttle) to the venue.  I’m really happy we did….the whole walk looked like this.

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Rosé all day

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All the local wineries hosted a tasting.  First stop…Seka Hills!  My favorite.

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The picnic area was the place to be.  The live band started right before the sunset.

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Wine tasting in the barn

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View from the top of Tabor Ranch.

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Food trucks + pizza!

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If only the skies weren’t full of smoke.  This view is breathtaking either way.

My date ♥

Big thank you to Seka Hills for inviting us to the Root to Wine event.  Such a fun night with all the local wineries we love so much!

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My dress is on sale for $17!!!  And it comes in 2 colors.

Women’s Off the Shoulder Smocked Top Maxi Dress

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Pit stop at the casino….which ended up being the longest pit stop ever.

And I didn’t fall asleep at the black jack table this time…for the record!

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Sunday morning vibes

Bay + I lounged all day long.  It was so incredibly nice!

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The cooking + serving crew at 4th & Hope!  Teaching these kiddos to give back to the community.

I think it’s safe to say, we all had the feel good’s by the end of our shift.

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We decorated the 4th & Hope table with Mezger Zinnia’s.

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Sunday dinner dates.

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{fathers day gift guide}

Father’s Day is RIGHT around the corner!  If you’re anything like me, then you are currently scrambling to find the “perfect” little something for the dudes in your life too.  We’ve got a solid 4 days to make shit happen ladies!!
I’ve rounded up some go-to classics and some things that I would even like…lol.  Hope this helps a sister out!
{fathers day gift guide}

 

Gift cards are always a great option for SUPER last minute too 🙂

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