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Road Trip up Hwy 395 [local getaways]

Having married a man whom was born and raised in Lake Tahoe, it goes without saying that I have made many road trips from LA to Stateline, NV.

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Growing up, I was not a fan of long car rides.  I was the kid that kept asking, “How many more minutes until we get there?” and groaning at whatever answer I received.  Of course, I wasn’t completely miserable the whole time — …

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Five Friday Faves [Cycle + Sweat Edition]

We are so excited for the grand opening of CycleBar at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks — so naturally, we decided to theme this #FFF for all things CYCLE.

1. CycleBar Thousand Oaks :: We are partnering with this new premiere cycle studio to offer our wonderful readers a FREE CLASS On Saturday, September 16 at 2pm!  To enter to snag a spot, head to our Instagram page, tag 2 friends, and we will announce winners on Wednesday 🙂  BONUS:  CycleBar will giving away 5 classes with a gift basket to one of the lucky attendees!  Sounds like the best day ever, right?!

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Solar Eclipse Viewing on Monday, August 21 :: Thanks to our beautiful Santa Monica Mountains Parks Service, there will be 3 locations hosting Solar Eclipse events!

Downtown L.A. (L.A. State Historic Park; 1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles): Bring out a blanket and enjoy one of L.A.’s newest parks! Come straight to the park, or meet with rangers at 8:30 a.m. to hike over from the new Gateway to Nature center in El Pueblo. Calabasas (King Gillette Ranch; 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas): Join a ranger at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center for a program about the total solar eclipse and more at …

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How to Travel Abroad with a Baby [and actually enjoy it!]

My husband and I have a serious case of the travel bug.

Everyone always told us, “Get your traveling done now, because it’s over once you have a baby!”  Well, if there’s one thing that annoys me, it’s when people tell me how my life has to be.  So… we traveled anyways.

Before our little one was 9 months old, he had already been on 12 flights.  We …

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29-ish: A Backyard Birthday Bash

I find a lot of joy in planning parties for other people, but not gonna lie — when they’re for me, it is 100{fd7f0a6624fbd2224f3c60e3404acbd2207eb416c38268e7e97265ebe361b912} stressful.  I waffle back and forth between “I don’t want any attention on myself” and “people are giving up a Saturday night, so I want it to be worth their while.”  And then I get on Pinterest, and that’s when the downward spiral begins.

I kept brainstorming for how I wanted to ring in the big 3-0, and soon decided that all I wanted was to have all of my friends, sitting around a table together, drinking wine, and eating delicious food …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

Summer means extra daylight, warm evenings, rosé ALL day, and some of our favorite things… so, here we go!

1. Tequila + Taco Music Festival [Ventura] :: These are a few of my faaaavorite things… $10 admission [kids 12 and under are free!] gets you in on the fun! There will be tequila tastings [Saturday], margarita madness [Sunday], tacos galore, and plenty of live music. Proceeds benefit Food Share, Ventura County’s food bank.

2. Dallas Cowboys Training Camp [Oxnard] :: Yes, the Dallas Cowboys …

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Stars + Stripes {Independence Day Edition}

Oh, say, can you see how many amazing events are going on in the 805 area (and beyond) this 4th of July?!  Hold onto your stars and stripes — here they come!

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Fireworks (le duh!)

Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park Janss Marketplace and The Oaks parking lots, 9pm Bethany Church on the Hill Westlake Village Westlake Village Golf Course and Calvary Community Church [9:10pm] Moorpark [3rd of July] Arroyo Vista Park, $5 admission (ages 4 and under: FREE) Simi Valley Rancho Santa Susana Park [9:20pm, live music, crafts, …

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Five Friday Faves {Summer Solstice Edition}

What did you do with all of that extra sunlight on Tuesday?  This is white-wine-drinking, porch-sitting, live music weather — and we are soaking in every minute of it!

Here are five ways to take advantage of these balmy summer evenings…

1. Outdoor Concerts :: because it gives you a great excuse to drink wine out of a travel coffee mug and have it be socially appropriate (or is that not socially appropriate…?)

Janss Marketplace Summer Concert Series [Thousand Oaks]: Check it out each Wednesday night from 6-8pm — this week kicks off the series with Ticket to Ride, a Beatles tribute band! Don’t forget …

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Our Go-To Guide for Hiking Solstice Canyon {local trails}

Summer means spending lots of time outdoors, especially since the days are long and it is always gorgeous out here! If you’re looking for a great hike [with lots of shade… hiii heatwave!] that is dog- and kid-friendly, look no further than Solstice Canyon.  Here’s one of our favorite throwback posts for today’s Work-It Wednesday — enjoy!

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So, I woke up on Saturday morning and got the strange urge for a hike.

Now, for me, hikes are fine and all, but I have a couple of caveats:

1. The hike needs to be pretty gorgeous and/or have …

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Father’s Day Recap: Biking in Ventura

Hope you all had a relaxing and refreshing Father’s Day weekend 🙂 It was Brett’s first Father’s Day as a new “dada” (as Graham calls him… ok he calls me that too sometimes, haha!), so I decided to take our little family north to Ventura for the day!

[photo cred: Brooke Borough Photography]

We loaded up our bikes and lathered on the sunscreen because hellooo did you see how beautiful it was yesterday?! There’s a free parking lot at the far end of Main Street, right near …

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