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Small Business Saturday {local shops}

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In case you didn’t know, this coming Saturday is Small Business Saturday- a day to celebrate and support the small businesses in our community.  Small businesses play a vital role in our 805 community and it is so important to go out and #shopsmall whenever possible, and this Saturday is the perfect day to do just that.

Here are a few of our favorite small businesses in the area and we would love for you to go out and support them or any of your own favorites.

Local.Coffeeshops:

Beanscene {Oak Park} Raggamuffin {Newbury Park} Beanovino {Newbury Park} Tifa {Agoura Hills & Westlake Village} The French …

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Life With Two Under Two {local mom}

I’ve made it almost two months with two girls under the age of two {thanks to a lot of grace, an amazing husband, and a whole lot of coffee}.  And while I won’t be saying that that much longer since Reese turns two at the end of the month (cue the tears!), life is definitely not going to be getting easier anytime soon.  While it’s chaotic and messy and I’m in need of a shower (praise the Lord for dry shampoo), I wouldn’t change a thing. I feel so blessed to be the mama of two healthy, beautiful little girls.

We’ve been pretty lucky that …

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Homemade Ventura {local shop}

We love to support small, local businesses, especially ones that make and sell things as adorable as Homemade Ventura.  Homemade Ventura was started by stay-at-home mom (of two toddlers no less!) Jessica Needham. She was born and raised in Ventura and was inspired by the laid back, small town vibe. She started creating macrame wall art using modern, but simple designs.  You can check out her beautiful macrame wall art on her etsy shop here.

Jessica will also be hosting a macrame holiday workshop at MadeWest Brewery in Ventura.  Join her on December 6th from 6-8pm and for just $60 a person you …

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Soon to be family of 4 {Kipling Maternity Photos}

I cannot believe that in just a couple of weeks (2 weeks and 2 days to be exact) we will become a family of 4.  I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I can’t wait to get this baby out of me (this heat wave is literally killing me) and see what she looks like (will she have red hair too??), but I’m also not totally sure I’m ready for the whole newborn stage all over again.  I’m definitely not ready for the lack of sleep it entails, especially with a toddler in tow.

But whether I am ready or not, this baby is …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

It’s the weekend and although we were getting really excited for fall with the cooler weather we were having and the PSL’s we were drinking, we don’t mind the late reminder of summer.  It will be a beautiful weekend to head outdoors and enjoy some of our Five Friday Faves!

1. Beer festivals and Oktoberfest events aplenty are coming to the 805 (yay!!).  All weekend long you can check out the California Beer Festival at Plaza Park in Ventura. There are several different events taking place this weekend along with lots of craft beer tasting, live entertainment, and food.  But hurry, this is a …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Searching for places to take out of town guests? Well look no further than Hayley’s post on must see local spots for visitors.  She has some great ideas and now even we can’t wait to hit up some of those wine tasting places in Santa Barbara!

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2. Not only are we planning out next trip to Santa Barbara, but after seeing Nicole’s pics from her quick local getaway to Avila Beach, we can’t wait to head …

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Another Kipling Home Remodel {Part 2}

We are in the final home stretch of our remodel (read my Part 1 here) and as you can see someone is excited to be back in her crib.  Despite being so close to the end, this is the part that feels like it takes the longest.  It’s all the little things, touch ups, and finish work that can take a long time to complete.

We definitely have to give a big shout out to our contractor Avi from ARY Construction. When you are taking down walls, adding a bathroom, redoing electrical, etc. it is so helpful to have …

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Another Kipling Home Remodel {Part 1}

So people probably think Mark and I are crazy for moving and remodeling a home, yet again (ICYMI, it’s our 3rd home in 6 years of marriage!).  Not to mention, we keep taking on these projects while I’m pregnant…and this time with a toddler in tow!  Yeah, I guess we’re a little crazy 😉

For some reason, every couple of years we get the itch to buy a fixer upper.  Even through the stress and chaos, there’s obviously something about it that we really enjoy. Although this time, I told Mark “we’re not moving again until we’re 80…or at the very least we better stay in this house …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

Can you guys believe it’s the last weekend in July already!? This summer is just flying by! Luckily there’s lots to do in the 805 this weekend to enjoy this last month of summer!

1. Zucchini Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins :: This weekend I made Running with Spoons‘ zucchini muffins {thanks to the abundance of zucchini growing in my mom’s garden} and Reese and I both loved them! Check out our post here for the healthy and delicious recipe! 

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Healthy Toddler (and adult!) Approved Zucchini Muffins

My mom’s garden is bursting at the seams with zucchini and yellow squash…like seriously — if you want some it’s yours.

So lately, I’ve been trying to find different recipes involving squash, and remembered how much I loved zucchini bread as a kid.  Of course I headed to Running With Spoons blog because a) I’ve made her stuff before and it’s always delicious, b) my baby (ok she’s a toddler now, but I just can’t stop calling her my baby yet) loves it too, and c) Her recipes are healthy and easy.

She had several recipes that called for zucchini, and I decided to …

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