{friday 5}

Another day, another beach. We’re spending Spring Break chasing the sunshine. Yesterday we ended up in SLO. Chard pit stop at Madonna Inn. It’s been on the bucket list FOR-EV-ERRR, but to be honest I was kinda disappointed. It was kinda like a dingy Denny’s. Still really cool nonetheless. Beached the day away at Avila Beach. How have I never been here before? It’s like this little town was created for me lol. Thank for all the sweet messages + SLO suggestions. We googled them all and made our to-do list. It’s going to be 70 + sunny so we’re headed back to the beach, but first I’ve got 🖐🏻 things on my mind.

ONE – Rose gold hair, don’t care // Such a fun new product by Kristin Ess!  A gorgeous subtle rose gold tent.  Mom’s, it washes out. No Kool-Aid crap that never washes out. Bay had to have her red Kool-Aid hair cut off a couple of summers. So this shit is gold, literally.

Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Tint

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TWO –  More water //  The struggle is real.  I’ve been using all the tips + tricks to get my daily water intake.  It’s harder than you think. How do you get in your daily H20?

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Here’s what I’ve been doing to get those extra ounces…..

  1. Adding mint + cucumber + lemon to a big ol bottle of water and keep it in the fridge.
  2. Ice, Ice baby.  I take ice to work with me each day and store it in the freezer.
  3. Drinking out of a cute cup.  Or Yeti.  With a straw.
  4. Only refilling when I’m finished with my existing water so I can track how much I’m actually drinking.

My goal is at least 75 ounces a day, which probably isn’t all that crazy of a goal, but to me it feels kind of epic.  Ha!

Anyone got any other get-yourself-to-drink-more-water-hacks that I should know about?

THREE – Roast carrots // Super easy + super pretty. We love carrots at our house. It’s such a simple side dish and you can jazz up in so many ways. Use your imagination and the herbs in your fridge. Promise it will be good. Anyone else tell their kids that they’ll be able to see better if they eat all their carrots? Lol. I remember my parents tell me. And I’d swear, that after 1 bite, I had better eyesight.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 bag Trader Joe’s petite tri-color carrots
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • salt + pepper
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Here’s what you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil or silpat.

In  a large ziplock bag toss together olive oil + 1/2 lemon juiced, carrots.

Lay carrots on baking sheet.  Season with salt + pepper.

Bake for 25 minutes.  Give the pan a good shake about half way.

Remove carrots and place on a pretty plate.  Add the other 1/2 lemon juiced + top with crumbled feta.

This makes a great weeknight side dish.  And I can’t get over how easy tri-colored carrots are on the eye 🙂

FOUR – Opalhouse for Target //  How made a special Target run to check out the new Opalhouse colab?  Once again, Target KILLED it.  Over 1,300 authentically-inspired, eclectic pieces to choose from.  Colorful.  Unique design.  Elevated details.  But, not over the top.  Best part, most items are under $30!  I gathered my top picks to share with you today.  I’m dying to know what you grabbed or have your eye on.

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{easter basket goodies}

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All the kids want is the CHOCOLATE!!  And let’s be real….all us Mama’s want our kids to fall asleep so we can steal all their Reese’s Eggs.  Am I right?  I like to call it “quality control.”  I can’t buy them for myself, because #noselfcontrol obvi.  So, I buy them for Bay.  Then eat them. Ha.  Makes total sense to me!

Ever since I was a kid, my parents always filled our baskets with a new swim suit + salt water sandals…and all the candy.

I totally copycat my Mom and do the same for Bay each year.  I always try to throw in the realistic things that I will need to buy anyway.  And with summer right around the corner, the summery basket was always the ticket.

Except this year.  Bay already has new suits + flip-flops + beach towels + googles….we had to stock up earlier for her Hawaii trip.

This year the Easter Bunny is bringing her museum ticket.

Remember my Adventure + Experiences gift idea.  We’re still rollin with it.

Still jazzing up the tickets with some fun goodies that I know she’ll love too.  #reeseseggs

 

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{spring table + rose napkin fold}

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In celebration of March, today I’m sharing my Spring table setting.  Setting a pretty table has become one of my favorite seasonal projects.  Simple + clean.  Lots of white.  And it’s always fun to shop my own house for different pieces to finish the table off.
A set table makes the home feel so welcoming.
And nothing sets the Spring tone like a bright cheery room.
Keep scrolling to check out all the details…..
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Bay even helped me with this one too!  I’m rubbing off on her…Ha!
She rolled all the rose napkins.  Perfectly.  She knows how I roll….lol.
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Farmers Market flowers were my favorite find last Saturday.  Super unique.
Once these begin to wilt, I’ll probably grab a couple of bunches of eucalyptus to replace it.
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Fresh rosemary + thyme tied with bakers twine.  As soon as the candle was lit, I could smell the fresh herbs.  Such a fun touch.  The thyme wilts quickly.  If you decide to try this at home.  Either stick with rosemary for a longer lasting look.  Or do this the day of, if you’re having peeps over.  Either way, I love using anything fresh I can get my hands on.  I have rosemary planted out back.  Fresh thyme was leftover from a recipe.  I also love using up things I already have in the fridge.
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I wanted a layered look without chargers or extra on the table.  I bought this plate set at Walmart yearrrrsss ago.  It’s from the Better Homes and Garden collection.  Which is still available.  I have 2 sets making an 8 piece place setting.  They are great quality and don’t have a single chip.
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{gift guide for her}

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Another day, another gift guide.  Really I just feel like shit and I don’t feel like typing a recipe.  Or taking a #ootd.  Or pretending that I’m all peppy and shit.  So, another gift guide it is.
Once again, ALL tried + true or on my actual wish list for the holidays.
There’s something for the ladies that like to cook.  Lovers of pretty things.  And cute stuff to wear.
Those jams + robe are calling my name right about now.

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{gift guide bff + hostess + teacher}

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Today I’ve rounded up some of my tried + true favorite things.  Everything on this list would make for a great bff + hostess with the most + teacher gift.  I’m always on the hunt for the perfect little something for the chicks in my life.  You know, the ones that you want to put some extra thought into.  The ones that a Starbucks card or bottle of wine just wont cut it.  Don’t get me wrong, I like all those things!  Ha. 

There’s something for the lady who loves to entertain.

The friend that loves to cook.

Or the girl who just loves pretty things.

Oh yeah, and did I mention they are all under $25?  Yep.  Love my peeps, but I’m also on a budget.

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{shopbop sale}

I interrupt your regular scheduled programming to bring you this VERY public service announcement……
Shopbop is having a sale.
And I’m currently accepting applications for a sugar daddy so I can scoop up some of these great sales 🙂  Only till Friday night though.  Then the sale is over.  And your services will no longer be needed.
Ha!
I’ve told you before, and I’ll tell you again.  You need these Levis.
They are the “IT” jean.  GAP True Skinny are a close second.  I don’t know how to explain it, but they almost give you a nice little butt lift.  Sounds crazy, but you gotta try them on to understand.  You can even grab a pair for $70!!!  Do it.
I even wrote a post about it!!
Remember my shades from {friday 5}, yep, they are on sale too!!!
$55!
Check out my other picks and pretties that I currently have my eye on!  That Madewell bag is everything!!!
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xoxo stacyb

{table talk}

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No more living room floor picnics at our house!  Finally!  Ha.  If you follow along on Instagram stories, then you saw all our fancy floor sitting dinners we had.
Remember back in August when we had our first (and last) garage sale?  I sold my dinning room table.  My Mom was stressed the fuck out.  She was beside herself that I would sale something that I didn’t have a replacement for.  A piece of furniture that was completely in good condition.
She clearly has NO faith in me!
Just kidding, she was being a Mom.  I sold the table + chairs for almost the same price I bought it for back in 2002.  Yes, I said 2002.  The table was one of the first pieces of furniture I ever purchased as an adult.  It came from McMahan’s.  Remember that place?  Where InShape Fitness is now.  Crazy, right?  And chances are, I even financed that $100 table.  They were BIG on financing everything…lol.
Anyway, I just felt like it was time to part ways.
I was ready for a change.  My motto with the dreaded move….
“Sell it”
or
“Toss it”
A week later, as I was deleting all the 837 daily J.Crew, Madewell, Nordstrom, GAP, American Eagle, Pottery Barn emails, I came across…..
World Market 50% off dinning room furniture.
I gathered my Explorer Rewards + promo codes and pulled the trigger.  With a $320 savings (off the original price) I’d say it was meant to be.
Even my Mom agrees!
I love a good deal.
And pretty shit!
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Unfortunately I have to make a trip to Napa to pick up the bench.  Darn it!  I hate the wine country….said no one ever!
Using even more promo codes, I was able to score the bench for $102!
Still not set on chairs.  Stay tuned!
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Honest – I had NO idea how incredibly happy this table would make me.  Not just that it’s a table.  But, our new house is begging to feel like a home.  And a dinning room table is kind of a big deal!
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You can shop or check out my table setting below!!!  Message me or comment if you have any questions at all.  I’m honest AF!
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