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Newborn Photos [Brooke Borough Photography]

You’ve probably noticed ourย slight obsession with the photography skillz of Brooke Borough Photography [as evidenced by these adorbs photo shoots here, here, and here] — and, she’s responsible for making us look professional in our blog photos, as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

Three months ago [whoa, that flew by!] little Milo made his way onto the scene, and we of course contacted [okay, last-minute-panic-texted] Brooke to capture these early days as a family of four.ย  Luckily, she carved some time out …

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Pop-Up Fixer-Upper: Part 1

It’s no secret that these LL805 ladies loooove camping — what, you haven’t seen all of our Instagram posts?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Both my husband and I grew up camping with our families all of our lives [he in a pop-up tent trailer, me in a camper on the back of my dad’s truck]. ย We have such hilariousย ridiculous fond memories of sitting with our marshmallow-clad roasters extended over a roaring fire, eating hot dogs, and getting into various types of mischief in the middle of nowhere.

Regardless of where we set up camp, one thing was for sure — nothing makes a strong family bond like having …

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The [hand]Writing’s On The Wall {Brown & Co. Designs}

As avid DIY-ers, we have beenย looovingย the new emergence of local artisans offering workshops on how to get crafty + creative in their own specialty.

One such artisan, Heather Brown from Brown & Co. Designs, has been offering brush lettering workshops that seem to sell out within hours of announcing a new one!

Lucky for us, we snagged two seats at her latest one, held at MadeWest Brewery in Ventura. ย Even on a Tuesday night, this workshop …

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5 Musts for a Worthy Farmer’s Market [and where you can find them all]

The Farmer’s Market at the Westlake Village Promenade is definitely our new favorite addition to an already spectacular local shopping center!ย  Open from 10am-3pm on Saturdays, head to the Westlake Promenade Farmer’s Market to enjoy local produce, artisan goods, savories and sweets, as well as fun for the whole family!ย  There are always fun events coming up (like a pop-up CycleBar class, or even a petting zoo!) so you’ll want to head here every week to see what’s new.

These were our five favorite farmer’s market finds — what are your’s?

1. Fresh flowers

Our first stop at Vintage Grocers’ flower stand was …

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We’re // HOOKED // on Kanaloa Seafood

What started as an unassuming restaurant in the middle of an Oxnard industrial park, has quickly turned into our new favorite hidden gem.

Kanaloa Seafood, with locations in both Oxnard and Santa Barbara,ย is easy on both your environmental conscience and your wallet — while being some of the best seafood we’veย ever tasted.

Too good to be true?ย  NOPE.

We’re gonna let you in on a little secret… without naming names, Kanaloa Seafood supplies the exact high-quality seafood brought to your table …

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Christmas Bucket List

Okay guys, it’s CHRISTMAS CRUNCH TIME: 5 more sleeps until Santa comes!

It is so easy to get bogged down by the stress of shopping + to-do lists + gifting + holiday hullabaloo, that sometimes we forget our favorite parts of the Christmas season.ย  These are usually the simple pleasures that stick out in our minds, flooding us with joy when we near this season next year.

In one last attempt to reign in some Christmas magic, we present (pun intended) to you our Christmas Season Bucket List, where we hope to spark some ideas for increasing tradition/nostalgia/excitement/hope/light in your lives!

Get …

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Local Christmas Tree Farms {conejo valley + ventura county}

When do you get your Christmas tree?

The day after Thanksgiving (every year, without fail) my parentsย would load up the car with all four kids, a big blanket, and a huge roll of twine, and head to a local Christmas tree farm. ย Once the first few notes of the Amy Grant Christmas album started playing, everyone knew it wasย officially Christmas tree time!img_9686img_9686

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Our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Shopping Local this Season

Okay, it’s the same old story every year: you want to come up with creative gifts, you want to shop local, you want to choose products that promote sustainability and environmental responsibility… but you still end up grabbing something off of Amazon — right?!

No excuses this year!ย  We’ve done the legwork for you by putting together our ultimate holiday gift guide, featuring local products + companies that will be sure to please any of your gift recipients!ย  All that’s left to do is browse through this list, click, and swipe ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Fakesgiving: Your New Favorite Holiday

Friendsgiving… Fakesgiving… whatever you decide to call it, we are now approaching our 8th Annual Fakesgiving Celebration!ย  I know, right??

We’ve come a looong way since October 2010, the inaugural Fakesgiving celebration at my parents’ house with about 10 of us in attendance.

Now, we’ve hit around 75 adults + 15 kiddos, and host it in our own backyard!ย  It has definitely morphed into something bigger and better than we’ve ever dreamed, and we absolutely love this tradition every year (even though we now …

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Fall Bucket List {2017}

You’ve probably groaned at the sight of pumpkin-flavored-everything at Trader Joe’s, girls wearing UGG boots +ย yoga pants whileย sipping Pumpkin Spiced lattes, and the emergence of Halloween decor in stores everywhere… but let’s face it — fall is most definitelyย the best. season. ever.

Here are just a fewย of the things we are looking forward to thisย fall season… did we name any of your favorites?

Attend anย Oktoberfest festival [Stonehaus’ Oktoberfest is this weekend!] Find the perfectย pumpkin [Check out our post on the Perfect Pumpkin Picking Patches]

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