{may in review}

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In case you missed it, let’s review what went down in May…..

23 blog posts.

Some of my highest viewing stats, thanks to the Patron sale at Nugget + my Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Something else that caught my attention, I had views from 44 other countries.  Forty four!  Crazy, right?  I’m really not even sure how that happens.

 

 

Here’s a little re-cap on what we chatted about in May:

 

{currently craving // may} should I do this again for June?

Bay requests this {crunchy iceberg salad bowls} weekly

According to stats this was my highest viewed post for May {gift guide: mother’s day}

{friday 5} this post came in second…all because that Patron sale at Nugget lol.

{weekend notes} a weekend full of Spring Show

The prettiest summer salad I ever did meet {strawberry + beet salad}

{kaia BRIK goals} meeting my goals, but missed two classes in the last 6 weeks (not bad, not bad)

{april in review} and 2 cute Target dresses

{friday 5} homemade pickled onions + a madewell top I love

Another good one {weekend notes}  Mother’s Day + Lucky In Kentucky + my strawberry + baby daisy naked cake

Taco Tuesday {sheet pan shrimp fajitas} with a side of guac…yummm

This {floral top + random thoughts} is another one that’s been on maj repeat + it’s currently marked down to $17!!

Getting a little hippie-dippie with these {floral + herb smudge stick diy}

Now I want to go home and clean my fridge again after looking at this {friday 5} And I’m happy to report….Bay + I are still doing our Friday morning Starbucks dates too ♥

{weekend notes} celebrating GG + pool dates + hiking…that was a damn good weekend

So, {do you kimono} now?

Bay Bakes {oatmeal peanut butter cookies}

Only 2 1/2 days of school left, do you have your {teacher gift} ready?  Loved getting tagged in everyone’s pics that duplicated this fun gift idea.

Still obsessed with this crop top from {friday 5}

Anyone made these {mexican burgers} yet?

Spending the weekend checking out Cory’s old stomping grounds on {weekend notes}

Currently want to tie dye everything after making these {tie dye napkin diy}

Have you added any of these {food finds} to your TJ’s list

 

What a month!

Once again, BIG thank you to you for clicking on this website and reading.  Thank you for sending me pictures of the cute tops you order from the blog.  Tagging me in your pictures on insta stories.  Texting me for that recipe.  Tips on how to make the naked cake.  You guys really do make my day ♥

 

And in other news, the dress of my dreams arrived last night.  Remember the one I told you about yesterday on {weekend notes}?

 

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I bought this dress for an event.  Otherwise, I would have no place to wear it.  Ha!  I’m not a big get super dressed up type.

It’s like a gown.  Never, I have ever owned a dress like this.  The quality is top-notch.  It’s elegant.  Classic.  The color is so vibrant.  Super faltering silhouette…almost like it was tailored.  The ruffle details are perfectly placed.  And it has pockets!  Basically the ultimate summer statement dress.  Exactly what I was looking for.

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{weekend notes}

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Monday, why?  Today I dropped a full mug of coffee.  Completely flaked on Kaia.  The snooze button won!  My house got invaded by some weird bugs as I was walking out the door for work.  Somehow wore my top inside out till about 15 minutes ago when I noticed.

Wishing I was back at the pool with these chicks right about now ♥

So there’s that.  Peace out, Monday!

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Grill zucchini (doesn’t it sound so good?) (will be sharing the recipe I posted on IG stores…so good)
  • Bay’s gonna bake and use strawberries…stay tuned (did you catch her strawberry shortcake recipes on {friday 5})? 
  • Homemade pizza (you guys, I made a caesar salad pizza…I DIE)!
  • Asparagus caprese…yes please (coming to the blog too)
  • Can you tell I’m hungry?
  • Can’t decide if I should cut my hair or let it grow a little…hmmm (shorter + blonder)
  • Going super blonde either way though 🙂
  • Toast to our final Omega Nu meeting (till after summer) (nothing for the rest of the summer!)
  • Sign Bay up for Faith Formation (she’s not very excited..lol) 
  • Make + blog a fun Graduation DIY (did you catch the {money + candy lei diy}?) 
  • Complete 4-H record book (DONE√)
  • Bay’s 6th grade promotion (I may cry a little) (got a little teary as we left Plainfield for the last time as a Mustang student/parent) 

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

 

6th Grade Dance //

My girl all ready for the dance.  Bay did her own hair + a little makeup.  She looked so grown up and beautiful!

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And their off.

BIG thanks to Jason + Destiny for sending the girls to their first dance in style.  I’ve never even been in a limo that cool!

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While Bay boogied, we had SOL margs!

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Full cup, Full heart, Full cart //

Saturday mornings are for two cups of coffee + online shopping in your PJ’s.

And those Trader Joe’s peonies are quite the show stopper.

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I was invited to my first blogging event at the end of the month.  So, I pulled the trigger on a pretty dress that I’ve had my eye one.  You know, one of those you can’t stop thinking about, but really you have no place to wear it?  As soon as I got the invite, I went to order this and it was sold out.  Saturday morning is was back in-stock in one size.  My size.  That’s meant to be friends!

Striped ruffle maxi dress

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This dress has mixed reviews, but for that price tag, I decided to give it a shot.  I grabbed it in navy.

Eyelet flutter-hem dress

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Since we’ve been spending a lot of time at the pool, these seem necessary.  And I technically got them for Bay, but we officially wear the same shoe size now.  So, I will be borrowing!

Tortoise pool slides

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I love these leather hair ties.  Bay has some in other colors.  These are the Lee Middle School colors for the win!

 

Leather bow hair ties

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Caprese Egg Cups //

Coming to the blog this week!  So good + so easy!

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Over avocado toast!

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Bay Bakes //

Bay made a delicious dessert for us!

Also coming to the blog this week 🙂

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Cousins pool day //

Happiest + cutest baby ever!

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Say cheese!

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Check out the frog.

Benny scooped him up in a solo cup to transfer him to the kiddie pool.  Handed me the cup (with the frog in it).  As the frog was trying to get out.  I don’t think I’ve ever run so fast in my life.

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Always laying on me.

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{friday 5}

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Memorial Day Weekend always gets me so excited.  The unofficial start of Summer!  Just reminds me of everything that’s right around the corner.  Longer evening.  Sunny days.  Pool days.  Barbecuing.  Cut-off + flip flops.  Lots of cold rosé.  Happy hours.  Family vacations.  Celebrations.  Long weekends.  There is no better way to welcome summer, than to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.

Weekend plans: Potter Valley Rodeo!  I haven’t been to a rodeo in yearrrsss.  Pretty pumped to dust off my shit kickers.  Some kayaking is on the agenda.  Lots of beer drinking.  And sunshine.  Whatever you do, make it a good one!

 

ONE – Saved By The Max // Did anyone else DIE over the Vanderpump Rules cast at The Max?  Raise your hand if you grew up on Saved By The Bell?  Zack ♥ You guys, I googled that shit.  There is a legit pop-up in West Hollywood.  It’s called Saved By The Max.  ANYONE can go.  It looks just like the Max too!  Kinda like the Museum Of Ice Cream + The Color Factory, but all about Saved By The Bell.  Basically it’s a place to go and get all the cool pictures that are wayyy insta worthy!

$40 a person and you can choose Brunch or Dinner in either The Max or Mr. Belding’s Office.

Check it out here: Saved By The Max

I really aged myself when I tried to have a convo with Bay about it…Ha!  “What’s Saved By The Bell?”

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Check out Vanderpump Rules visit here: Photos Of The ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Cast Channeling ‘Saved By The Bell’ Will Make ‘90s Kids So Nostalgic

 

TWO – Cilantro Vinaigrette //  You will want to put this shit on EVERYTHING!  Swear.  Sandwiches.  Salads.  Over cheese…yum.  Put a dollop over hummus.  Toss with your veggies and roast.  I even added some to ranch dressing.  WOW!  I’m going to marinade chicken in the little bit that I have left.  It’s got a little kick, but Bay didn’t seem to notice.

I’m tell you this stuff is gold.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • big ass bunch of cilantro (or 2 small ones)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (still in love with Seka Hills evoo)
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Toss everything in the food processor.  Blend for about 1 minutes, until everything is nice and smooth.

Pour into a mason jar and pop in the fridge.

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THREE – Crop Top //  Boxy + cropped + structured = perfect.  Just gimme all the crop tops!  I’m hooked on this look.  Front tucked.  Totally tucked.  Loving it!  And it’s pink.  Not only am I a sucker for a good striped tee, you make it pink and sold!  If you’re down with crop tops, grab this before it’s gone!

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Setlist Boxy Top

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FOUR – Memorial Day Sales  //  Whether you’re staying home for the long weekend or hitting the road, you MUST take a moment to check out all the crazy sales going on this weekend.  NOW is the time to scoop up some Summery stuff at a discounted price.

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Nordstrom Half Yearly sale.  Up to 40% off some good shit!  You need this, this + this for starters!  Marc Fisher’s Espadrille for under $100!  Free People fringe sweater.   Lush Knit Maxi for under $40!

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{oatmeal peanut butter cookies}

Bay bakes, again!

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Before we get to the cookie recipe, let’s do a quick little Bay update……

 

Spring Show/ 4-H is OVER!  Pig is sold.  Tablesetting is over.  Baking, will contiune in our own kitchen.  Now to complete the Record Book.  In my opinion, the worst ever.

I take that back, we are sitting in on a 4-H county meeting tonight to make up for a missing club meeting.  Think I can sneak wine?  I hear they are boring AF!

Bay was elected the 2018-2019 Willow Oak 4-H Secretary.  She’s so excited.

English horseback riding is the only activity Bay is currently doing.  BIG thanks to Sara for making it happen.  I remember when we had riding + swim team + gymnastics + soccer all at the same time.  WTF was I thinking?  Ha!  #lessonlearned

Filled out all the paperwork for Bay to begin Faith Formation again.  I was never confirmed.  I blame it on Mary Ann though 🙂

Summer camps: Volleyball + algebra academy + ASES.  Along with some babysitting and ditching me to hang with Gram + cousins in Tahoe.

Bay shaved her legs over the weekend.  I sat outside the tub and coached her.  I felt so proud and devastated at the same time.  Where did my hairy legged baby go?

In 16 day, Bay (and I) will no longer be Plainfield Elementary School peeps.  This is a hard one!  We’ve loved this school for seven years.  No more carpool.  No more PTA?  Shit is getting real…let me tell you!

6th grade promotion is also 16 days away (11 school days to be precise)  Thanks for all your instagram story poll votes, Bay picked out her 6th grade promotion dress.

 

 

 

Dress #1 // Dress #2 // Dress #3 // Dress #4

 

She picked Dress #4

Did I mention there is a 6th grade dance on June 1st at the Community Center?  ONLY 6th graders….No parents allowed.  OMG.  Promotion.  Shaving legs.  And now a dance too?  Dying!  So, in true crazy mama fashion, I ordered Dress #1 + Dress #2 for her to choose between for the dance.  Because, “you can’t wear that same dress to both” according to Bay.  Not sure where she’s heard that shit from?  In my defense, J.Crew is having a killer deal.  All the dresses are marked down 40% + free shipping.

 

Now, what you’re really all here for…..

The cookie recipe!  Bay did it again with this one.  Hit it out of the ballpark.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies //

Soft + chewy.  Peanut buttery little slice of heaven.  And chances are, you’ll have everything in your pantry you need to whip up a batch.  Beware, the dough is insane!

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{do you kimono}

I love a good kimono.  Duster.  Robe.  Whatever the hell you wanna call it.  Let’s just say kimono, it sounds so much more fancy + formal.

Kimono’s are super versatile.  You can dress up a pair of classic jeans + simple tank by throwing on a kimono.  That’s what I was going for here.

They can be worn at the beach or pool as a swimsuit cover-up.  This one’s for you Mama!  My mom and her girlfriends are leaving for Cabo this weekend….and she’s not stuffing me in her suitcase BTW!  I sent her home with some of my faves to take to with her.  And promised to round-up some good finds before she leaves.

And IF I were knocked up.  Which I 100% am not…Ha!  I got hit with about 8 DM’s + messages after posting the picture of GG on Friday night with her great-grand kids.  I laughed though, I think it’s great that you all thought I was one of the 3!  Nope!  Not happening!

The caption: “Happy 93rd Birthday GG // come December she’s adding 3 new babies for a grand total of 21 great-grand kids ❤️” You can see the post here: Instagram Picture

But, if I were prego, I would also rock the shit out of the kimono!

Even over a solid dress with a long necklace.  Done!

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Kimono // Denim // Tank (similar) // Shoes 

 

My homegirl Lisa at Salty Lashes posted Top 10 Kimonos last week.  Of course, I love them ALL!  But my wallet doesn’t…lol.  So, I’m doing a little spin-off.

Target Kimono’s.

Ones we can all actually afford.

Possibly even buy 2.

Best part, you can hit Target today and pick it up.  Win-Win!

 

Let’ take a minute to talk abou the kimono I’m wearing here.  I’m obsessed with the longer (duster) look.  And the crochet detail is so pretty.

Floral Print Sheer Crochet Kimono with Tassels

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{floral top + random thoughts}

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Top // Denim // Slides // Earrings 

 

Happy Hump Day!  AKA, drink a bottle of wine day to celebrate we’re 1/2 way there day!  Ha!  You guys, we had our challenge this morning at Kaia.  You can read more about it here: {kaia brik goals}  Running is so not my jam, but damn I feel good (and hangry) when it’s done.  If you could have only heard all the voices in my head.  “Fake and injury and walk” or “Don’t walk, you’ll never be able to get back up to speed” or “wonder if anyone would notice if I ran to my car and went home?”  That’s the shit I had to deal with, not once, but three separate times this morning.  In good news, I shaved off over 1 minute from week #1 and I didn’t die!  Ha!

Now I’m, about to get real long winded….I apologize in advance for my random thoughts today……

So I started to write a post on this outfit the other day.  I have the tendency to listen/half-ass watch Instagram stories in the background.  So bad, I know.  Anyway, I was listening to a blogger do an unboxing.  Which, for the record, I think is tacky AF.

I guess I shouldn’t say tacky, because I’ll probably do one next week to stay relevant…lol. But, I watch them every.single.time.  Why?  Do your kids watch the weird ass grown adults on YouTube that unbox American Girl Dolls and toys?  Just fucking weird.

Anyway, she made the comment that ALL her packages were in their home office…to keep them out-of-the-way or something like that.  What really got my attention, was she hadn’t opened a single package in TWO whole weeks?  That’s 14 fucking days!  WTF?  Maybe that’s what happens when you get to be a BIG DEAL?  IDK!

I’m not gonna lie…That’s not how I roll over here.  Most of my online shopping carts at J.Crew + Nordstrom + Target + Madewell are maxed out with hundreds of dollars of clothes.  Technically, I’m not going to buy 90% of them.  But, I like to keep them safe.  Right where I can see them and stalk them.  Then they go out of stock and I kick myself for not pulling the trigger.  Or I decide they aren’t all that cute anymore after looking at them for so damn long.  Then every once in a while, that shit goes on sale and I hit “place order”.

In my head, I already have the outfit planned.  Where I’ll be wearing it.  Who will be there.  Ha.  I’m just keeping it really real.  But, that’s not where it ends.  I then proceed to track my orders like a psycho.  I can pretty much tell you where each of them are in the US at any given time…lol.  Maybe not any given time, but I have an idea.  I get notification emails and shit.  I’m waiting very impatiently.  Like, I wanted that J.Crew top 2 days ago.

Then when I finally get that “Delivered” email….it kills me to not hop in my car and go grab it off my front porch.  Open it up within seconds.  Half the time I completely destroy the box trying to get to the goods.  Then I try it on instantly.  I gotta make sure it’s as good as I’d hoped and dreamed about…Ha!

So, when these bloggers talk about storing their orders/packages for TWO whole weeks, I just don’t get it.  They clearly don’t love their online purchases as much as I do, right?  Ha!

End of rant!

Without further ado, here is one of the many outfits I stalked + waited for 🙂

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{gift guide: mother’s day}

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When you cant give them the world, opt for a pretty gift instead.  Here’s a gift guide for all the cool moms out there.

Guarantee you’ll be able to find a little something for all the Mama’s in your life…including the ones who swear they don’t need a thing.  Other than quality time and a long brunch (with wine included, obvi together, you know what the second best way to thank her……

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