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{friday 5}

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It’s Friday.  I got a job.  And I’ve got a shit-ton to do.  Ha!  But, I don’t have a single plan for the whole damn weekend.  You guys, I’m going to drink coffee on my couch in my PJ’s tomorrow morning.  And again Sunday morning too.  It’s been so long.  And maybe a little day-date with my girl.  Nephews football game.  Meal prep.  Outfit prep.  Done!  Oh, I did splurge and grab some extra wine.  So, I’ll be gettin tips too!  I almost forgot… the one thing I’m most looking forward to (other than drinking wine + coffee obvi) shampooing the seats in my car…Ha!  It’s the little things peeps.  Have a great weekend friends.

Before I let you go……

Let’s chat about 5 things on my mind real quick!

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ONE – A Star Is Born // Oh man everyone keeps saying how great the new Gaga + Bradley Cooper movie is.  I have my fingers crossed I can sneak away at some point and go see it.  For those of you that have seen it….on a scale from 1 to 10.  How good is it?

You can watch the movie trailer here: A Star Is Born movie trailer

 

 

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Threshold Decorative Basket Natural with leather strap

TWO – Target Basket // Posted a photo of the basket I found at Target yesterday.  You guys clearly liked it as much as I did.  My ShopStyle account as of this morning showed 5 basket orders.  BIG thank you to all of you for clicking on my affiliate links and placing orders.  Today, my first ShopStyle check posted for $47 and I’m fucking giddy…lol.

I found inspo image with a similar hanging basket for my girlfriend Nicole.  She has the best front porch.  She picked up the Target basket yesterday and I can’t wait to see how she styles it!

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{fall table setting + DIY succulent pumpkin}

 

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Hi friends.  Thanks to having Monday off…this week is flying by.  Bay was home sick yesterday.  Luckily she’s back to her spunky self today.  I cleared our calendar for the week.  Skipped things I/we probably shouldn’t.  Just to straight up stay at home!  We never, ever do this.  But, it felt necessary.  You should try it…just saying.

Our house is all set for Fall.  Yesterday’s morning rain storm gave me all the feels.  But, then it got hot AF and I had to turn the AC on…lol.

Let’s chat about our Fall table.  You know I have a thing for a set table.  Well, I do!

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A beautifully set table makes any meal feel like a special occasion.  And yes, we 100% sit at this table and eat dinner every night.  I pick  up the place settings and move them to the side.  Then put them back in place when we’re done.  It takes maybe 2 minutes out of my day, so I don’t mind it one bit.  Someday, when I grow up (lol)  I dream of having a big long formal dining table.  It will be set year round.  With all the pretty things I can find!

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This year I planned the table all around this show stopper.  My succulent pumpkin.  Real succulents.  Spanish moss.  Eucalyptus.  All spread over the top of a real pumpkin.  Keep scrolling and you’ll find the DIY below.  I even figured out how to make a printable version, which knocked my own socks off Ha!

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My everyday gold flatware.  Linen napkins.  Gold rimmed stemless wine glasses.

Pulled out my trusty gold-rimmed white dishes too.  Bet you can’t guess where I bought them?

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I scored these dishes from the Dollar Store.  Last Christmas.

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The Target dollar spot had rolls of boxwood garland for $3.  I picked up one.  Which made each wreath place setting and chair backers.

I was inspired to use mini white pumpkins and wreaths after seeing Karen of Serendipity Boutique’s table setting at her own home.  Simple + clean + festive.

I picked up the gold leaf garland that is strewn down the center of the table from Serendipity Boutique too.  For $12.  I think it would look so pretty across a mantle.

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{friday 5}

Hello FRIDAY!  And good morning from the Oregon coast.

Five things on my mind….

ONE – Portland // I woke up in Portland this morning.  Cory planned + booked this trip for us all on his own.  The planner in me wasn’t too sure how I felt about it at first..lol.  But, we’re here and we’ve got so many fun things planned for the next couple of days.  Today we’re off to Cannon Beach.  Goonies never say die!  It’s been on my bucket list for years and I’m so happy we’re finally checking it off the list.  But first breakfast cocktails. Morning mules. Stay tuned for a shit-ton of Portland pics 🙂

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TWO – Centerpiece // Sneak peek at my Fall Table.  Which is coming next week.  I created another pumpkin + succulent centerpiece.  Back in October 2015, I shared the DIY.  {friday 5} Going back 3 years on this blog is really crazy FYI!  Anyway, its super simple.  And I got tons of questions about it.  I will go into more detail next week, but you really just need a pumpkin + succulents + moss + glue gun.  That’s it!

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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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{trader joe’s haul}

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I asked.  You voted!  128 YES “show us your TJ’s haul” So let’s do it!

I first wrote about my LOVE for TJ’s back in March of 2016.  Many of the items I’m sharing today, you will also find on  {20 trader joe’s products i’m obsessed with}

I re-read the post and I think this is my favorite part, and still totally true:

Little does anyone know, I’m mainly there for the flowers, cheese and carbs….maybe something organic.  Sometimes.

Haha.  100% accurate!  I reward myself with a bottle of chard + the 99 cent bag of dark chocolate covered almonds after every successful trip too!

It’s clear that I have a THING for Trader Joe’s.  Other than Target, it’s my most frequented store that I don’t hate spending time in.

Another, more recent post {food finds} I added some newer TJ’s finds.

One time I even blogged about {$12 grocery store arrangement} I but fresh flowers weekly and TJ’s by far, has the best + most inexpensive selection!  I also made {floral + herb smudge stick diy} with TJ’s stems.  Probably my favorite TJ’s floral purchase – eucalyptus.  Remember when I made this for my shower? {a little of this + a little of that}

And if you scroll all the way to the bottom, I’ve linked up all my Trader Joe’s recipes for you too!

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SOME OF OUR FAVORITE TRADER JOE’S PRODUCTS 

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{friday 5}

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Happy Friday!  Hope all is well and you’re on your way to a great weekend!  My weekend plans: double fisting keg beers at the Yolo County Fair!  What else would one do during Fair week?  A BIG thank you for all the sweet messages on yesterdays {i gave up alcohol for 30 days!!!} post!  My current response: If I can do it, you can 🙂

 

Let’s chat about 5 things on my mind this Friday afternoon…….

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ONE – You can only keep 3 //  I keep seeing this floating around instagram.  I find it super interesting to see what peeps top 3 are.  This is hard!  I feel like 3 isn’t that fair.  I feel like we need at least 5.  Right?  I’m going with:

  1. Coffee
  2. Jeans
  3. Wine

In that exact order too.  lol.  But, now I want to know what would be your 3?  Dry shampoo would for sure be #4 for me.  And tacos for sure #5!

 

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TWO – Trader Joe’s finds //  I have a feeling I’ll be spending more + more time at TJ’s in the near future.  I haven’t told you guys what I’ll be giving up for 30 days beginning next week.  A piece of me doesn’t want to say it out loud…#indenial.  I think giving up booze will be wayyy easier than this one.  Anyway, I popped in to grab my weekly stems + Bogle Chard, and I spotted some new shit to try out.  Probably my least healthy TJ’s trip of all time…lol.

Spanish Olive Cream Cheese + BIG Soft Pretzels + Chocolate covered sunflowers + individual sun-dried apricots + Fruit leathers + Bay proclaimed her love for pears?

I’ll report back what we love!

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{what’s in my bag}

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Women’s purses are basically mini suitcases.  I’m always so amazed when I see a blogger share what’s in her bag.  It’s click bait when I see an image of all her prized possessions strewn across the table.  I gotta know…ha!  At the ripe age of 36 I currently ONLY carry a tote.  AKA the black hole of no return.  I can never seem to find the shit I need, but I know damn well it’s in there somewhere. You never know what you’re gonna need, #amiright?  And I, for one, would much rather be overprepared than unprepared.

 

So without further ado….

What’s in my bag!!

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I’m not even about to show you what’s in my wallet though.  That’s a whole new post in itself!

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BAG //  The Drawstring Transport Tote I’m in love with ALL Madewell totes.  They are all I’ve used for the last maybe 5 ish years.  Great durable bags.  And I love that the leather ages with wear.

WALLET // MICHAEL KORS ‘Jet Set’ Leather Travel Wallet I admit, I am a total weirdo about my wallet.  It has to be a zip-around.  With lots + lots of compartments.  Before I bought this Michael Kors, I rocked a gigi hill from back in the day.  Remember when that was the “it” wallet to have?  You were a nobody if you didn’t have a gigi hill.

PLANNER // ban.do design Bando 12 Month Planner Raise your hand if you still use a paper planner? I am a loyal paper planner gal.  I refuse to use my phone.  And I wont remember shit if I don’t write it down.  I don’t leave the house without this bad boy.  I wrote about it here: {planning for 2017} + here: {baby, write this down….}

ORIBE // ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray This shit is GOLD!  Costs about the same as gold too.  HA!  This product is the ONLY thing that gives my thin flat hair any kind of life.  Read one of the 1,200 reviews and give it a shot.  You’ll thank me BIG time for this one 🙂

STAMPS // Always have at least one floating around in my purse.  Although, I rarely use them.  I’m about 95% online bill pay at this point.  I write 2 checks each month.  But you never know when you’ll need to send a love note or thank you to a homie!

$2 BILL // For good luck, that’s all.

PHOTO // I carry a Polaroid of my girl.  Just in case I miss her ♥

 

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NOTE PAD // Bay gave me this cute don’t forget sticky pad.

COLOGNE // Jo Malone English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne Did I tell you I started wearing men’s cologne?  Technically Jo Malone is unisex but this new English Oak & Hazelnut smells just like a man and I’m kind of obsessed.  I get women telling me how good I smell  all the time.  Ha!

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{chicken caesar salad pizza}

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Made a salad for dinner!  Okay fine, it was pizza.  Chicken caesar salad pizza, so basically salad, right?

I combined two of my loves.  Pizza + caesar salad.  Insert mouth-watering!  Pizza has always been my guilty pleasure.  Caesar salad is my newest obsession.  Nothing better than a crisp cold caesar salad with parm + salt + pepper.  This week I’m even grilling the romaine to switch it up a little.  Stay tuned.

The results: absolutely delicious!

The crispy warm pizza crust.  Melty cheese.  Topped with cold crunchy salad.  I’m telling you, this pizza is a game changer.

Bay gave me the best compliment ever!  “This pizza is better than Papa Murphy’s” and she LOVES her Papa Murphys pizza…Ha!

I’ll take it!

You can take on the recipe two different ways.  Make the dressing from scratch, which would bring this to a whole nother level.  And make homemade pizza dough.  Yumm!

Or you could make this a quick + easy weeknight dinner with a few ingredients from the store.

Trader Joe’s has the best store-bought pizza dough.  It comes in a bag in the refrigerated section.  You can choose from original, whole wheat or garlic + herb.  They are $1.29 for 1 lb of dough.  And it’s damn good.  You take it out of the bag and place on a work surface sprinkled with flour and leave it there for 1 hour.  The package says 20 minutes, but it’s so much easier to roll out when at room temp.  This is a step you cannot skip!

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And if you wanna make this a whole-lot easier, grab a caesar salad bagged salad kit + rotisserie chicken.  Boom!

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{food finds}

FullSizeRender (17)Forget to eat?  This cant be real?

After I eat, I immediately start thinking about what I’m going to eat next.  Anyone with me?

Or how about, “I was so busy, I didn’t have time to eat.”  Whatttt?  I’ve also never had this problem.  Even on my busiest days!  My days consistently revolve around my next meal…lol.

So, let’s chat about my second favorite subject (clothing being #1 obvi) FOOD falling closely behind.

I could spend all day talking about a cute top or a beautiful meal I can’t wait to create.  Ha!

Good food, though.

I recently came across 5 new (to me) items, at Trader Joe’s, like always, that I’m obsessed with.

Like, I’ve gone back and bought the same item more than once.  I’m sure you’ve seen these items all over the internet.  TJ’s products tend to break the internet from time to time…lol.

Back in March of 2016 I even wrote: {20 trader joe’s products i’m obsessed with} You should totally check it out…just saying 🙂

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So, in true xoxostacyb form, we’re gonna talk all about it!

All the things, always!

 

Tahini, Pepita & Apricot Slaw Kit

I’m not typically a bagged salad gal.  Tons of sugar.  Just okay flavor.  And let’s be honest, they are kind of a rip-off.  Each week I grab the big ass tub of mixed greens for about $4-5 and that lasts me all week-long.  Salad kits are a one shot meal.  Get soggy and gross.  But, this one, this one right here, it withstood the test.  Bay wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole…lol.  I feasted on this salad kit at one dinner + 3 lunches.  Never got soggy at all.  I even through the final leftovers on my taco salad.  BOMB!

 

* The $3.99  bag can be found in the bagged salad section for a “limited time” RUNNNN!

160 calories per serving // 10 grams fat // 13 carbs // 7 sugar // 4 protein

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Roasted Plantain Chips

Up until recently I was a plantain chip virgin.  I always figured they’d be sugary + sweet + banana tasting.  So gross!  That’s what I get for being a judgy bitch.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  They are so damn good.  I could kill the whole bag in one sitting just like a bag of tortilla chips.  And I’m a tortilla chip gal.  So much, that if I was stranded on a deserted island and could bring 1 snack, I think I’d pick tortilla chips + salsa.  Anyway, they are not a tortilla chip, by any means.  But, they are so good dipped in salsa + guac.  And the only ingredient: plantains.  Talk about real food!

 

* You can find these is the chip aisle and I highly recommend picking up a $1.69 bag or 2 (for safe measure).

20 chips: 140 calories per serving // 6 fat // 20 carbs // 0 sugar // 1 protein

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Premium Wild Salmon Burgers

Wild pink salmon from Alaska.  Sounds so fancy, right?  I promise you will open up the little individually wrapped burgers and think…huh?  xoxostacyb is straight trippin.  I also promise that if you bbq these bad boys straight from the freezer.  Top with a dollop of pesto when almost ready.  My homemade pesto is bomb, by the way!  Then serve them over a Caesar salad + on a bun or lettuce wrapped, you’ll understand.  This quick and easy protein-packed burger is a new staple in our home.  Bay LOVES them and I LOVE it!

 

*You can find a box of 4 individually wrapped burgers in the freezer section (aka the dangerous aisle) for $6.49

110 calories per serving // 3.5 fat // 3 carbs // 1 sugar // 15 protein

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Cauliflower Gnocchi

Fist off, let’s all say gnocchi together (NYOK-kee).  I feel silly every time I say it.  And I think everybody says it differently.  Ha.  Ok, now raise your hand if you’re down with the cauliflower everything fad?  My hand is up in the air!  Riced.  Mashed.  Pizza crust.  You name it, I’ve tried it.  I’m down with it.  The traditional gnocchi is made up of potatoes.  But potatoes “make you’re butt big”  Joking.  These bad boys are made up of cauliflower translating to NO wheat + sugar + dairy + eggs.  Resulting in fewer carbs + fat + calories.  Hell yes.

The internet give this product mixed reviews.  I believe it’s all in the cooking methods……

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{friday 5}

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Happy Friday!  It’s been a really good week.  A nice calm week.  Just what we needed.  Spent as much time as possible outdoors which makes all the difference in shaking my creative juices up.  So many projects I can’t wait to start.  So many fun ideas for the blog.

Take the weekend to recharge, relax and treat yo self Mama’s!  And I wish you all the happiest Mother’s day!

 

 

ONE – Hot Sauce Debate // No doubt, I’m a tap-your-uncle girl.  Tapatio, that is.  It’s my hot sauce of choice…always.  On my eggs.  On my tacos.  On anything, really.  But, recently, I’ve been told that I need to spread my wings a little.  That there are wayy better hot sauces out there?  Say whhhattt?  You know I’m always down to try out new stuff, so next week, we’re going to do a hot sauce taste testing.  Not really sure of the logistics just yet.  So, tell me….what’s your fave hot sauce?  What should I add?

Here’s what I’ve picked up for the Hot Sauce Debate so far…..

Valentina // Srirahca // Cholula // Tapatio

 

 

TWO – Madwell Top // I love a good striped tee!  Stripes pretty much go with anything + everything.  You’d die if you saw stripe tee collection in my closet.  I found another good one to add to my selection.  Originally I had a whole post planned for this newby, but when I saw that it was marked down to $29, I decided to scratch that and share it NOW!  This will sell out, and you probably need another one.  You’re welcome!

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Madewell Mock Neck Tank

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THREE – Easy Pickled Red Onions // I got lots of DM’s after posting this on insta-stories yesterday.  So, here ya go!  This is a quick-pickled onion recipe.  Cory claims it’s not authentic enough.  lol.  I had all the ingredients on hand.  And they are killer.  I’ve been topping turkey burgers, sandwiches + salads with these bad boys all week.

My homegirl Nikki, she made pickled cabbage for her ahi tuna tacos last night….fucking outstanding.  That will be on my to-make list for next week!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

 

Cram all the sliced red onion in a mason jar.  Stick your filled mason jar in the sink, because you will spill and this shit is stinky!

Add all the rest of the ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat.

Pour mixture over the red onions.  Allow to cool.  Then pop them in the fridge.

Enjoy!

 

FOUR – Coffee Table // Kinda like my dinning table settings, I love styling the coffee table.  I love that it’s a small space.  Also a space that gets a lot of attention.  Stealing items from other rooms to change it up is my jam.  I can’t get enough of baby daisies.  I grab a bunch ($3.99) every time I make a TJ’s trip lately.  I believe they’re called chamomiles.  But, I think baby daisies sounds cuter 🙂  So, here’s what my coffee table currently looks like and I’ve linked all the sources below if you need one of these items for your coffee table look!

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