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It’s a new year, but this is my tried + true spaghetti sauce recipe and you need it as part of your 2019! And 2020. And 2021.. you get it.

I prefer to omit the cheese and use gluten-free noodles, but feel free to adjust and make it all your own.

Load up on tomato sauce and let’s get started.


RECIPE

makes 10-12 servings

1/4 Cup Oil (I use olive or avocado)

1 1/2 Lbs Ground Beef

1/2 Cup Celery

1/4 Cup Green Pepper

1/4 Cup Onions

1/4 Cup Parsley

2 Cloves Garlic

1 Tsp Oregano

1/4 Tsp Rosemary

1 Tsp Basil

2 Tsp Salt

1/2 Tsp Black Pepper

2 Bay Leaves

2 Medium Cans Whole Tomatoes

10 Eight Oz Cans Tomato Sauce

3 Six Oz Jars/Cans Tomato Paste

1 Cup Chicken Broth

Dash Brown Sugar

2 Lbs Spaghetti

Optional: 2 Tsp Parmesan Cheese

  1. Heat oil, add meat + brown.
  2. Chop all veggies. Add to browned meat with spices.
  3. Mash whole tomatoes and add to meat mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add tomato sauce, paste, chicken broth, sugar, cheese + bay leaves. Let simmer for 2 hours or hours longer if possible. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes!

Tip: You may optionally make on the stove top, then transfer to a crockpot to simmer all day.

 

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Happy New Year!

Another one down and it’s crazy how different they start to look with time, isn’t it?

In my 20’s, my New Year’s used to start off with a bang. A carefully curated outfit, slated goals, planned/established steps to reach them + a fun spot to hang were all on the agenda.

Enter my 31st birthday.

My birthday + Christmas both fall at the end of December and the only gift I wanted by this year of life was sleep or quality time with Netflix.

By my now 34th birthday, I continue along the same trajectory of stretchy pants, couch time + goals that don’t come as part of a pre-packaged plan. I’m comfortable + wingin’ it in 2019.  

We spent midnight playing games in the living room with family, to the background music created by the joyful chatters of our kids + cousins playing together in the basement.

My practice started late last year for making this the year of not stressing over things that don’t matter. Guys, I used to stay up late carefully curating those NYE outfits. Now you’ll find me peacefully asleep before 11pm in mismatched pajamas and 100% happy about it. 

On trend with stressing less about trivial stuff, the kids are also mostly dressing themselves. I know, I’m a little horrified too, but it’s fine. Mom helps pick out clothes for holidays, special occasions and cold days, but the rest is prettymuch free-reign. Dinners are even simple and repetitive around here these days and heyyyy, I’m one foot back into blogging again!

I spend a lot of time writing + formulating my posts across all platforms and I’m flattered when your eyeballs show up to read them.

So, where have I been?

It’s amazing how I decided to take a short break and a few months flew by! I have such a love + hate with social media.. 

If you read the post with my Thoughts on Social Media, you know I have strong convictions around the overuse + negative impacts of this growing beast. It’s a selfie nation out there and stress + anxiety are at an all-time high.. and I’ve been no exception. 

Have you ever tried to grow a social media following? It can be all consuming – especially when it’s not escalating as you feel it should. Enter daily stress, buzzing anxiety, the comparison game and the feeling of undervalue that can follow when there just aren’t enough people hitting ‘like’ or ‘follow.’ That’s a lot of mounting burden to feel over an artificial online space!

With all that said, it’s easy to forget why you started. I stopped enjoying it, so I stepped back from it.

In these months, I’ve done everything I always do, but with a little more joy and a lot less “stress” running in the background: keeping pace with kids at hip hop, karate, guitar, soccer or basketball + being room mom, regular mom, wife, cook, baker, decorator, part-time stylist, cleaner, grocery shopper, shiplapper (that’s a term I just made up for doing shiplap), etc.

Sometimes my head starts to feel a little like an unopened, but shaken up, can of pop. #adulting

If you’ve ever gone on an alcohol binge and then found yourself sick + wanting distance from the sight/smell of alcohol, or if you enjoy cooking when it’s optional, but not when you have a hangry family waiting on the meal.. social media can be kinda like that. More fun in moderation. More fun when it’s not mandatory.

I’m back + I’m doing it in moderation, and it’s for my own selfish creative reasons again. 😉

✔️New Year.

✔️Goals in progress.

✔️Let’s do it.

Thank you to Joe Katchka of Katch Moments Photography for the top image. Joe’s talents far surpass any other talent in Cali. Check him out!

 

Cheers to health, happiness + buckets of fun in 2019!

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sequin jacket | girls jacket | my tank | my leggings | similar booties | $8 leggings

Happy Holidays!!

I took a hiatus from blogging, I blinked, and now here we are already!

I always try to be proactive, but it rarely works out.

Like when I proudly buy new holiday décor at end of season prices in early Jan and then end up getting new full-priced décor in Nov because I’m excited and forgetful as the holidays approach again.. Yeah, like that.

But this year it all worked out! Well, at least more than usual. 😉

I’ve been trying out new products + watching trends all in preparation for the big one.. the Super Bowl of the female race.. what we know as holiday shopping!

I’m pretty sure a bell just went off. Did you hear it?

In the spirit of proactivity, have you noticed most retailers are starting early this year too?? Like, right NOW!

Here are my fave retailers with Black Friday deals right now:

Nordstrom | up to 60% off + free notes when you spend $300!

 

AE | 40% off everything + free shipping!

 

Quay | buy one get one with code: BOGO. this is amazing because these rarely go on sale!

Express | 50% off everything + free shipping!

Old Navy | 40% off everything!

Gap | 50% off everything with code: blkfriday.

Forever 21 | 30%-50% off select items.

Vici | 30% off with code: blackfriday30.

I’m also obsessing over anything cranberry colored this season. Breckin may or may not be sporting a cranberry bow tie with suspenders this year. Cue the heart eyes. Here are some looks in cranberry:

 

Up next are all the goods I’ve stumbled on over the last few months.
If you’re overly proactive and done with your holiday shopping, pat yourself on the back and then scoop up some of these finds for yourself! Here are some of my fave/most wanted items. You could say, these are a few of my favorite things:

Jessie James Decker Lip Kit | THE perfect nude! these were just restocked and they are already low in inventory! hustle!

 

BeautyCounter | the countermatch line has done wonders for my skin! the intense moisture serum, radiance serum, recovery sleeping cream and no.1 facial oil have made a huge diff in my skin’s appearance over the last few months. their citrus mimosa body wash is pure and great also. i can’t wait to try their makeup and suntan lotion! chances are you already know someone who sells this or buy straight from this link. 15% off your first purchase + free shipping over $50!

 

Juice Beauty | love their how pure their products are! i wear flawless serum foundation and i mix the colors sand + medium tan. this one give a dewy look, so pair with a blot powder if your prefer matte. this primer + brush + foundation kit is a great deal! 15% off your first purchase when you enter your email + free shipping over $30!

 

doTerra | so many favorite oils, but I actually can’t live without their lip balm trio and spa hand & body lotion (i cocktail my own oils in based on my mood/needs). must haves for colder weather. free 15 ml lavender when you buy a 15 ml turmeric!

 

Butter London Nails | this kit is on my to-try list! these peel off so they wont ruin your nails! this brand is high-end and one of the best. if you need my vote for a color this season, grab black!

 

Happy shopping and, as always, thanks for the support!

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I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled fashion to bring you the only banana bread recipe you will ever need.

If you knew me a year ago, you know that grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup + dill pickle/vinegar chips ruled my life. My gut needed a little breather and so I’m giving it one.

This bread makes me forget I’ve modified my diet.

If you love amazing things, smother a freshly cooked piece of bread with coconut oil and then message me about how amazing it is. 😉

This one is easily converted into a gluten-free option, just swap your regular flour for a g-free variety.



RECIPE

makes 1 loaf (I usually double it to make 2)

3 Ripe Bananas, well mashed

2 Eggs, well beaten

2 Cups Flour

1/2 Cup Sugar (I use 1/4c sugar + 1/4c honey)

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Baking Soda

Optional: 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg.
  2. Grease a loaf pan.
  3. In large bowl, mix bananas + eggs. Stir in flour, sugar, salt + baking soda.
  4. Optionally add walnuts and blend.
  5. Pour batter into greased pan + bake for 45-60mins. Bread is done when a knife is inserted into the middle and comes out clean.
  6. Serve warm or cooled. That’s it!
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What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the best sale of the entire year. If you have ever shopped it before, you know what I’m talking about!

For a limited time, brand new fall + winter styles (including lots of well-known name brands) are marked down at majorly discounted prices. These aren’t old, ugly, clearanced items that have been sitting on the shelves, these are brand new fall + winter styles on sale for a limited time only. Prices go back up following the sale. It may feel odd in shop warm clothes in the middle of summer, but these are key pieces. This is the sale where I snag all of the kids back-to-school items, because I would never normally spend for the items at full price + new warm pieces for myself. Because these pieces are brand new, you know you are buying what’s trending for the upcoming seasons!

 

When is the sale?


Early Access

Starts July 12, 2018

Ends July 19, 2018

 

Public Access

Starts July 20, 2018

Ends August 5, 2018

 

What is Early Access? How can I shop then? 


Early Access is a time frame where only Nordstrom cardholders can shop. The card has no annual fees and you will receive a $40 bonus note when you make any purchase on your new card the day that you’re approved. If approved, you can sign in to access your card online and start shopping right away.

The key benefit to shopping early access is everything (even the popular items) will be available to shop before sizes are limited or sell out. I cannot emphasize enough how quickly the popular pieces fly out. It’s proven to be true the past couple of years. It is possible that items will be re-stocked during the sale, however, there is no guarantee.

 

Shopping Tips 


My number one tip for shopping the sale: If you like it, buy it!

As mentioned above, once it’s gone, it might be gone for good. I even recommend purchasing something you love in a few sizes if you’re unsure of fit. Nordstrom’s return policy is amazing, so you shouldn’t have a problem returning anything that doesn’t fit or you change your mind on. They also provide a prepaid shipping label for all returns if you can’t make it into the store. Easy!

If you plan on shopping the sale, I recommend hopping online and shopping right away! The sale begins at 12am on July 12th. I will round up all my favorites for you once things kick off, so keep any eye out! I will also try and keep you posted on all re-stocks! Keep an eye on my stories on Instagram for details.

As far as sneak peaks prior to the start of the sale, look for a yellow catalog in the mail. You can also browse it here! That’s as much as Nordstrom has disclosed.

 

I think that covers it! Throw any questions my way! Also, feel free to DM me if you have anything specific you’re looking for. I’d love to keep you in the back of my mind while shopping/posting. 🙂

I can’t wait!!!

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