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{gimme all the white tops}

Tomorrow is the first official day of SPRING! I could cry….I’m that excited. Well, except there is rain in the forecast.

We’ve been all over the place today. Bay had an ortho appointment where they scheduled her braces removal. I cannot believe it’s been 2 years. And they also warned me that she’s going to look 10 years older than she already does. Noooo! She’s so excited and I’m so excited for her.

And I FINALLY got my car back today. I was driving a Dodge Journey for the last week. It’s wayyy newer then the ol Pilote. Has all the bells and whistles. And I was so excited to sit in the drivers seat of my 6 year old Honda.

I was also today years old when I learned that you can sign over a check to someone else. Where have I been? You just endorse it and anyone can deposit it? Doesn’t seem legit to me. I guess you learn something new everyday!

I had something else planned for today. Then I got a notification that my tunic, that I fell head over heels for, is on sale. 30% off! And it’s a newer arrival. So, this basically NEVER happens.

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{weekend notes}

Wasn’t it such a perfect weekend? Hey Mother Nature, keep up the good work! We rested. We relaxed. We enjoyed friends + family. And we had corned beef and cabbage. I gotta say, it was a good one.

But, hot damn…I woke up on the wrong side this morning. I’ve been grumpy AF and I can’t blame it on staying up too late or a hangover…Ha! Tomorrow will be a better day though, I’m sure of it!

I loved seeing everyone making xoxostacyb recipes over the weekend. Makes my whole day. And all the Weight Watchers questions and newbies. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions….I got your back. And keep posting food pics. Love all the fun ideas!

Intentions for the Week:

  • Host a GIVEAWAY….I hit some major goals because of you all!!!
  • Share my Easter table
  • Finish our Spring To-Do’s list
  • Work on Easter Basket ideas
  • Clean up the back patio
  • Plan a hike for the weekend
  • Wait patiently for my Mom to get home from Palm Springs. I’ve got so much to catch her up on
  • Pick up some flowers to plant
  • Hit my activity daily goals
  • Thursday weigh-in
  • Watch Bay at riding lessons

This week on the blog: New recipe. Things I’m loving. Annnddd…a giveaway! Stay tuned!

Highlights from the weekend…..

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{weight watchers 1 week results}

Cali Coast Tee: J.Crew (40% off) | Denim Jacket: J.Crew (40% off) | Black Denim: Madewell/Nordstrom (size down) | Flats: Nordstrom

So, I joined Weight Watchers! Some of you are into it. And some of you definitely are not. That’s totally fine. Since I’ve been getting a butt load of DM’s and questions, I’m going to share ALL THE THING Weight Watchers today. This is 100% my personal opinion. I am by NO means a health expert…lol. Just sharing what I know in hopes of answering some of your questions.

Backstory, I used Weight Watchers after Bailey was born – back in 2007. I lost over 25 lbs and became a lifetime member. Then…..I quit going.

My girlfriend Toni, who recently started Weight Watchers for the first time totally inspired me to go back. After hearing about her 18 lbs weight loss, I knew it was time to get my ass in gear. I recruited the OG’s, My Mom and Sister to join with me. Love you girls and thank you for all the support, recipe sharing, text messages! Let’s do this!

Does Weight Watchers really work?

Here we go…..I started Weight Watchers last Thursday, March 7th.

Today marks 1 week using the plan. Following it 100%. Some workouts + walking. But, mainly focusing on tracking my food. I did my weekly weigh in this morning and here are my results…….

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{5 items to buy for spring}

Eyelet Top: J.Crew | Levis: Nordstrom // Shopbop | Mules: Nordstrom Rack | Earrings: J.Crew | Bracelet: J.Crew | Bamboo Tote: Amazon

Yesterday I made a BOLD decision. I gave up booze for lent. Alex and I did the math, it’s 43 days. Whoever said lent is 40 days, is a damn lair! Just saying. And I joined Weight Watchers.

So, I apologize in advance for anything I say or do while I’m sober and starving!

In other news, the sun is shining! And my J.Crew Ruffle Neck Eyelet Top is on SALE! So, there are two things to be grateful for today!

See how I changed that to happy shit? I’m working really hard on that. For every negative thought….you have to cancel it out with 2 positive thoughts. Try it, I kinda think it works?

Now let’s talk clothes…….

J.Crew has a promo going on today. 30% off full price styles (aka new arrivals) with code: SUNNY

Eyelet Top: J.Crew | Levis: Nordstrom // Shopbop | Mules: Nordstrom Rack | Earrings: J.Crew | Bracelet: J.Crew | Bamboo Tote: Amazon

So I thought today would be a perfect day to chat about transitioning to Spring.

5 Items to buy for Spring

  1. A classic white top. My faves are my Eyelet Top (from this post) and this Funnel Neck Eyelet. You can never go wrong with a white top + jeans!
  2. Perfectly distressed jeans. See #1 🙂 Levi’s will forever be my go-to
  3. Fun statement earrings. I bought these Fan Earrings in sundrenched peony and I’m obsessed. Super lightweight and FUN!
  4. Bamboo or straw bag. I picked up my dupe to the Cult Gia bag last year on Amazon for $40 and rocked it all summer. ps…your shit wont fall out of the cracks either!
  5. A great pair of natural colored shoes. I cant stop wearing my $40 Block Heel Mules. They are such a staple in my closet. They come in 4 color options and you just cannot beat that price tag!
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{a little of this + a little of that}

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Eyelet Hem Sweatshirt: J.Crew | White Denim: J.Crew | Free People Flats: Nordstrom | Bracelet: Nordstrom | Bracelet: Nordstrom

It’s been a while since I’ve rambled about random shit, so today felt like a good day to let it all out…….

I shaved my:

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{cheery yellow tops + the jeans of my dreams}

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Floral Shirt $26// J.Crew Jeans $25// Mule Booties // Earrings // Bracelet 

Three things are making this cold rainy Wednesday better ✨

1. My new favorite jeans 👖 and would you believe me if I told you they are only $25? I’m gonna tell you all about em.

2. Wearing bright cheery yellow tops 💛and pretending it’s not freezing cold.  Bay and I both are sharing our #ootd’s today!

3. Bay’s ring light that made these early morning photos possible. I kinda want my own 💁🏼‍♀️

(I lied 🤥, I really have 4)

4. That Bogle chardonnay 🍷 I stuck in the fridge, because today is one of them days. It’s a minimum day.  Pig pens to clean 💩. Parent conferences. And Bays receiving an award at school tonight ❤️ So I’ll be drinking my dinner. Cheers 🥂

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Yellow Cactus Top $12 // Cardigan $16// Joe’s Jeans $20// Vans (on sale)// Earrings

Before we get started with #ootd’s – let’s chat about the Ring Light, since I got so many questions about it.  Bay got this for Christmas.  And it’s legit!  Our house is a serious dungeon.  We have 2 windows, throughout the entire house.  And 2 sliders.  They are the length of our bottom floor, but still.  Our shack it dark!  AKA zero natural lighting.  Which makes taking photos really tricky.  This thing is a dream come true…lol.

Ring Light

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Let’s start with Bay’s outfit today…….

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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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{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}

 

It’s Friday (hu-frickin-ray)!  Honestly, it’s really hard to believe October is coming to an end next week.  I feel like I cannot keep up with this year?  Anyone else?  I’ve got the Holidays on my mind BIG TIME.  I’ve started shopping too.  Which is one of my Holiday goals.  And after the Serendipity Boutique + bella moda boutique Christmas Preview last night, my wheels are spinning.

Weekend plans: My to-do list is staring me down.  It’s been growing longer each day this week.  I’ve been so swamped with work, I hardly have time to check my email or order my groceries.  I’ve been on survival mode…lol.  Tonight Bay and I are having a date night.  Mani’s + pizza + watching La La Land (she hasn’t seen it yet).  I can’t wait to sleep in.  Spend some time with friends.  Possibly get wine tips with Alex.  Maybe church?  God knows I need a little church in my life.

Before I let you get your weekend started, let me quickly chat about 5 things on my mind…..

 

 

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ONETurkey On The Table //  Kinda like Elf on the Damn Shelf, but for Thanksgiving.  Except, it’s not a pain in the ass at all.  And you don’t have to move it daily.  So, basically it’s nothing like Elf on The Damn Shelf…lol.  It’s more of a lesson on being grateful.  I’m all about gratitude.  I actually started practicing it daily, thanks for #last90days challenge.  Here’s how it works…for every day in November, write down something you are thankful for on the paper feather.  Each family member can take turns or everyone can write on the same one.  It’s totally up to you.  Place it somewhere that you’ll see it.  On Thanksgiving day, you’ll have a “fully dressed” turkey to display.  You can then read all the thankful feathers aloud.  It’s such a cute idea.  And the best part, for each Turkey on The Table purchased, 10 meals will be provided to someone in need through Feeding America.

Nordstrom (free shipping): Turkey On The Table // Amazon: Turkey On The Table

 

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TWO – Currently Reading // I had to ditch my last audio book.  So many great reviews, but the voice-over was absolutely terrible.  If you’re an audio book listener, then you get it.  Picked up Reese Witherspoons new Whiskey in a Teacup : What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking BiscuitsBest part, she’s actually the reader of her own book.  Which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before?  Anyway, it’s so cute and lighthearted…I’m really diggin it.  I also grabbed Chrissy Teigen’s newest cookbook Cravings: Hungry for More And she nailed it.  Everything looks so good.  I can’t wait to dive into it more this weekend and dog ear some pages to add to my “must make list!”  What are you reading?  Anything good I should add to my list next?

 

 

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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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