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{easter basket ideas}

I LOVE Easter time. Well, I love all Holidays. We have so many fun Easter traditions, which makes this Holiday so fun. I always fill Bay’s basket with all the things summer time. New swimsuit. Beach towel. Goggles. Cute floatie. I pretty much follow what my parents did when I was a kid. Always a swimsuit and saltwater sandals. Oh and lots of candy. You can’t forget the candy! It’s like a Christmas stocking, but with summer stuff. All the fun little goodies.

I used to be able to post all my goodies here, but now I have a tween that likes to read my blog and look at all my photos. And since I want her to be somewhat surprised, I’m going to save her exact basket for Easter morning. I’m sharing all kinds of ideas. Some are in her basket this year. Some I’ve used in previous years. I even got extra and did a boy basket too!

I try to think of things she’s going to need as summer approaches and Spring break rolls around.

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{spring to-do’s}

My top: Abercrombie | Bay’s top (50% off): J.Crew Factory |
My denim (40% off): J.Crew // but I’m saving my pennies for these (they’re on sale too): Madewell | Bay’s denim (ONLY $21): J.Crew |
My heels: Nordstrom | Bay’s sandals: Target (similar) |
My earrings: Madewell | Sunnies: Nordstrom | Bay’s earrings: Madewell

Spring is here (beating a dead horse, I know) and so is our seasonal Bucket List. All the things we hope + wish + plan on exploring + creating + making + doing!

Keeping a running list is a great way to remember all seasonal things you enjoy doing or look forward to do.  When we have a free weekend, I like to refer to our To-Do’s and check items off as we go

Spring To-Do’s

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{weekend notes}

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Happy Monday friends!  Hope you all enjoyed that sunshine over the weekend.  Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous.  Made me so ready for Spring.  January is like the longgessttt month ever…and we’re in the final week.  I’m looking forward to flipping my calendar to February and a fresh start on a new month.  One with less pressure.  Less shit to do…..Kinda.  Amway, hope your Monday is off to a good start.  I’m getting my hair done today, which always puts a smile on my face!

Intentions for the Week:

  • write thank you notes
  • pull out valentines day decor and get festive af
  • share stuffed bell pepper recipe
  • catch up on laundry
  • delete photos off my phone
  • hit my fitness + water goals
  • build the Omega Nu website…finally
  • have my mom + sis over for a facemask + wine night
  • make breakfast egg cups
  • give homemade celery juice a shot

 

This week on the blog: Stuffed Bell Pepper recipe.  Hopefully I can get my Yosemite post complete.  Black on Black on Black #ootd.

Highlights from the weekend……

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{friday 5}

Morning!

I can’t remember the last time I said morning or had a blog post publish in the am!  So, this is BIG!  Ha!

It’s been a busy week.  Hence the lack of blog posts.  Crazy thankful for my Mom + Cory who have helped me uber Bay around from school.  The pig barn.  Riding lessons.  GATE.  I couldn’t have done it without them!

Weekend plans: a trip to Madewell to shop for jeans.  You guys, I ordered the black Berkley wash, which I LOVE.  Sized down, like I always do in Madewell.  And they’re too big.  Trust me, I haven’t lost weight either…lol.  But, I do like my jeans real tight.  Anyway, the size I need is on back order till FEBRUARY 23rd.  Real life problems 🙂  Trying to convince Cory to take me to our fave pizza spot, Masullo too.  I’m craving a day in the kitchen.  Promised GG stuffed bell peppers.  Thinking meal prepping egg cups.  Spaghetti meat sauce.  And I’ve been craving a roasted tomato soup.

I could go on and on, but let’s get to 5 things on my mind……

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Sweater: Old Navy | Denim: J.Crew | Flats: J.Crew Factory | Earrings: Gorjana | Bracelet: Madewell 

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{the teddy bear coat}

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Teddy Coat // T-Shirt // Bandana // Denim // Booties 

It’s straight up frigid for us Californians.  The temps dip and bet your ass we’re pulling out the Uggs + sherpa lined everything.  Basically soft + fuzzy + comfy are all the qualifications lately.  Although you wont find me caught dead in Ugg’s, I imagine the newest Teddy Bear Coat is one and the same?  Just for the top half of your body?

So #basic, but I’m 100% okay with it.  I didn’t think the Teddy Coat was for me.  Then I stepped into J.Crew Factory.  Minding my own bit-ness in the dressing room.  And the sales clerk knocks on my dressing room door with some “items I think you might like!”  My first instinct is NO, I obvi grabbed all the things I like.  Leave me alone.

She caught me on a good day, I guess.  I didn’t feel my normal bitchy self, and kindly opened the door to retrieve, what I thought would be all the ugly shit I already saw.

There was a Teddy Coat.  Just for shits & giggles, I tried it on.

SOLD!

End of story.

I have to admit, I wouldn’t have ever picked up that coat.  Never!  And I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much it matches with everything in my closet.

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{what to wear to thanksgiving}

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Two days till the biggest cheat day of the year…HA!

Therefore I’m opting for stylish yet comfortable.  You know, so that you don’t have to worry about eating that second piece of pie.

Speaking of pie, I’m baking a new one tonight.  Pumpkin pie in a graham cracker crust?  Raise your hand if you LOVE graham cracker crust too!   I have NO idea if it’s going to be good.  So, I’m making 2.  One for tonight to test and one for thanksgiving.  Don’t even trip, I’m gonna tell you all about it!

I put together two Turkey day looks that I would actually wear.  I keep seeing chicks posting dresses.  Do people really wear dresses on Thanksgiving?

 

Thanksgiving Look #1

The Canadian Tux Pie Hider //

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{j.crew factory sale + try-on}

Today was going to be all about what to wear to Thanksgiving.  Since the table is set, let’s pick out the next best thing.  The outfit!  Then I got a notification that J.Crew Factory was having a bad ass sale.  So we’re gonna go ahead a switch gears.  I mean, technically these could all be great options for “what to wear for Thanksgiving” anyway.  Let’s just go with it!

The real question…..

Are you shopping for yourself?  Or for Christmas gifts?

I like to say I’ve got my eye out for others, and sometimes I need to test out the quality of an item before I buy for gifts.  Quality control, right?  That’s what I’m telling myself…FML!

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Here’s the deal……

40% off (price as marked)

PLUS an extra 40% off clearance with code: FESTIVE

FREE SHIPPING when you sign up as a J.Crew rewards member.  Which is FREE, so DO IT!  Ha!  To sign up, click here: J.Crew Rewards Member

Here are a few of my favorite things……..

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Ruffle-trimmed pullover

$39.50  NOW $22.50 – $32.50

Beyond cozy.  This is an everyday throw on and go.  It’s sweatshirt material!  It looks more like a sweater so it’s instantly more dressed up.  Really, really into cute sweatshirts right now.  Anyone else?

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Velvet Wrap Top

$39.50  NOW $22.50

You cannot pass this one up.  It’s so cute.  So warm.  I blamed my staticky hair on this top, but turns out it was the damn wind. lol.  It’s very slim fit, so you many want to size up.

I wore it here + here!!

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Faux-fur vest

$74.50  NOW $34.50

Thirty Four DOLLARS peeps!  Get one.  Buy one for your homegirl.  They WILL sale out and you won’t beat this price tag!  I know I’d be pumped if Santa stuck this in my stocking!

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Sherpa bomber jacket

$74.50  NOW $44.50

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{weekend notes // #last90days challenge}

 

I was listening to Rachel Hollis this morning.  You know the chick that wrote, Girl Go Wash Your Face?  She said something that got my attention.  I’ve actually been thinking about it all day.

Choose what you want most.  Not what you want right now!

It stuck!  What do I want the very most?  Damn.  That’s a good one.  It’s tough.  I want it all, really.  I can rattle off about 25 things I want right now.  But, one thing I want the very most?

Anyway, just those things that make you go hmmmm.

I’m also following her #last90days challenge.  Have you heard of it yet?  It’s been plastered ALL over social media, so chances are you’re very well aware.  Ha!  Let’s chat about it for a second anyway…..

What if you committed to living your last 90 days of this year as hard as you are committing to living the first 30 days of the new year? What if instead of a downhill slide into 2019, you are ramping up!

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Here’s how I’m tackling the challenge:

  1. Get up an hour early // I love to get up at the butt-crack of dawn and get my workout in.  To be honest, if it doesn’t happen before the sun comes up….then it aint happening.  I can tell myself all damn day that I’ll get it done after work.  #bullshit
  2. Workout for 30 minutes // First thing and then you don’t have to think about it!
  3. Drink your weight in oz of water // This is the hardest one for me.  I fill my yeti cup with lemon + water and try to re-fill it twice before lunch and one more time after.  Some days I straight up kill it.  Some days I straight up forget.
  4. Give something up // Sugar.  I gave up sugar again.  Added sugar.  It’s challenging.  But, I know it works for me.  I’ve done it many times and get the most + best results.
  5. Gratitude // So many ways to practice gratitude.  I’ve found the writing them down first thing when I wake up.  Before my coffee.  Before my feet hit the floor.  Before I have a chance to think about all the shitty things the day many entail.  This has been the best thing ever.  It really does shift your thoughts to being way more grateful.  Try it!

Are you doing the #last90days challenge?  Tell me how you’re doing it.  I love reading about this challenge and all the unique ways people are embracing it!

Intentions for the Week:

  • finalize Thanksgiving menu
  • get the house tidy AF
  • decorate Bay’s room for Christmas
  • work on two Thanksgiving outfits
  • pick up tree permits
  • make chicken soup
  • add extra blankets to our beds
  • set Thanksgiving table
  • shave my face…lol!  Have you heard of it?  I’m doing it!
  • pack for the coast

 

 

Highlights from the weekend:

Praying for California!

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Friday night I had margs with my homegirl Alex and didn’t snap a single photo.  I cheated and had one of her enchiladas too.  So good!

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Did you see that Nordy’s is having a sale?  I shared some shit that I have and LOVE that is all marked down.

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Leith dress // crazy flattering on any body style.  Comes in 8 color options and is only $44!!!  Get one.  Great layered or all alone.

Top Shop Leather Jacket // 40% off making it $55!  If you’ve been looking for a good classic leather jacket, this is it!  I LOVE mine.  Picked mine up last year on super sale too, and wear it more than I should admit!

Hunter Boots (in matte black) // $100!  This is a great gift!  I actually really like the matte better than my shiny black hunters.

Madewell Jeans // under $60 which is a steal.  If you’ve been wanting to try this brand of denim, now is the time.  They normally retail for over $100!

Vans // $38 and they are suede.  Love the color too.  Picked these up for Bay for Christmas…Shhhh!

Madewell glider bracelet // $20 and is one of my go-to girlfriend gifts.  Here it is on Madwell’s site too, since Nordy’s keeps selling out: Madewell Delicate Glider Bangle Bracelet

Denim Jacket + Mules (similar) pictured above but not included in the Nordy’s sale!

Picked up some TJ’s pretties for a fun DIY!  Coming tomorrow!

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Watching Benny play football.

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Go #4

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What a play!

When Martini Mama Liz invites you over for her famous martinis…you RUNNNN!

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Thanks for a fun afternoon Liz + Alex!

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{friday 5}

Hi and Happy Friday!  Raise your hand if you’re as happy as I am for FRIDAY!  I have been so inspired lately, it’s the best feeling.  Only problem – not enough time in the day to make it all happen.  I went to TJ’s and grabbed all the goodies to work on a fun Thanksgiving DIY to share next week.  Although, my heart + mind are 100% on Christmas.  Since I’m hosting turkey day, I have to slow my roll….for a minute.  Would it be weird to eat turkey with a Christmas tree in the living room?  Ha!  Just kidding.  I’ll wait till the day after!  Weekend plans: sleep-in (if only till past 5am) watch my nephew play in his championship football game #gobenny!  Take our Christmas card picture (they’re normally already ordered by now…who am I) Check out the Pixie Traders Vintage Market…more on that below!  And dinner with friends.

Have a good one friends!

5 things on my mind……

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FRIDAY sweatshirt

ONE – FRIDAY // When you find your second favorite F-word on a sweatshirt.  You buy that fucker.  I went to J.Crew Factory earlier this week and it fell in my shopping bag.  So, I had to take it home.  It’s $30 today with code: 2DAYSONLY!  Grab one and let’s be Friday twins Ha!  I also found a shit-ton of other really cute tops + sweaters + vests too.  I’ll be sharing once I get them all linked up for you!

 

 

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TWO – Egg White Frittata // It’s easy.  It’s clean.  It’s delicious.  This was my go-to breakfast this week on my sugar cleanse.  It re-heats so well too.  Top with some hot sauce + avocado.  BOMB!  Serve over roast sweet potatoes…even bomb-er.  Try it over the weekend, okay?!?!

Egg White Frittata

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 mushrooms, sliced
  • handful fresh spinach
  • 1 cup egg beaters (or egg whites)
  • everything but the bagel seasoning
  • parmesan cheese
  • hot sauce

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to boil.

Spray your frying pan with non-stick spray.  Avocado oil is my jam right now, but any will do the trick.

Add mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes, flip half way through.

Add spinach and cook till wilted.

Whisk egg beaters or whites till frothy and sprinkle with everything but the bagel seasoning.  Pour over veggies.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Don’t touch the eggs.  Even though you want to.  Once they start to look set, gently run a spatula around the rim.

Transfer frying pan to oven and boil for 2-3 minutes.

Once eggs are puffed, they are DONE!

Remove and add more parmesan….you can NEVER have too much cheese 🙂

Cut frittata into 4 wedges.  Top with hot sauce.  Add some avocado if you’re feeling fancy.

Enjoy!

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{friday 5}

 

Okay, so this week was weird.  But, I woke up this morning and instead of thinking how not-so-good it was.  I started thinking of all the good things that happened.  To me.  Around me.  With me.  And I gotta say.  It wasn’t really all that weird/bad after all.  I could list at least 5 things right now.  What ONE good thing that made you smile this week?  Mine – watching my daughter spot me at her volleyball game Tuesday afternoon.  She was scanning the bleachers.  I could tell she was looking for me.  Our eyes met and she shot me the biggest smile ever.  Happy that I’m able to sneak out of work early to be there ♥

Weekend plans: This evening we’re headed downtown on a double date with some friends.  Gonna drink some beerz, maybe some chard.  Who knows…I’m still debating on my drink choice for the night.  BIG decisions people, big decisions!  Bay’s going to her first middle school dance…I die!  The rest of the weekend we’re spending with our favorite Hostert girls in Salinas.  Apple pickin’ (photo ops + all the apple recipes to come) and an outdoor play in Carmel are on the agenda.  Probably going to drink too much wine and talk poor Nicole’s ear off too.  But, she loves me so it’s okay.

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ONE – Fall color scheme // Orange + white + green.  Brought to you by good ol’ Trader Joe’s.  You guys, they have the best pumpkins.  Gotta give Sarah P a shout out for this one.  I’ve been waiting patiently for the TJ’s pumpkin patch to arrive.  I even called Monday and Tuesday.  Fall arrived on Wednesday.  Runnnn don’t walk and get all the things ASAP.  They sell out so quick.  I’m going back today to pick up a leaf wreath and pumpkin pancake mix.  Back to the colors…this is what I’ll be sticking with for my front porch and dining room table.  Still working on it, but hopefully I can share all the details next week!

 

 

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TWO – Madewell Sale // Madewell rarely has a sale and they just extended the sale one more day.  Today is the last day to scoop up some great pieces.

Use code: HEARTEYES for 25% off!

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