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Perfect Pumpkin-Picking Patches

Okay, sorry about that ridiculous title — I do love some alliteration…! πŸ˜‰

Fall means all things PUMPKIN (and of course a few other things from our fall bucket list, am i right??). Β Sure, it’s cheaper to grab one from outside your favorite grocery store, but going to a pumpkin patch brings around a whole new level of nostalgia. Β Here are some of our favorites that are going on in the 805!

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Road Trip up Hwy 395 [local getaways]

Having married a man whomΒ was born and raised inΒ Lake Tahoe, it goes without saying thatΒ 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. Β I was the kid that kept asking, “How many more minutes until we get there?” and groaning at whatever answer I received. Β Of course, I wasn’t completely …

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Why Macrame Will Be Your New Fave DIY

I’m sure you’ve seen those gorgeous macrame wall hangings on all of your fave ‘grammer accounts — and then you go to buy one, and you’re like, “hi, NOPE.”

Thank goodness for Jessica Needham, entrepreneur and girl boss of homeMADE Ventura! Β She is totally rocking this DIY craft that we nowΒ love, and taking the 805 by storm with her own macrame workshops! Β She invited us to stop by and give it a try this month… and now, we’re hooked. Our workshop was in the beautiful barn at Camarillo Ranch, and provided the prime environment for a beautiful summer Sunday.

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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!” Β Well, if there’s one thing that annoys me, it’s when people tell meΒ how my life has to be. Β So… we traveled anyways.

Before our little one was 9 months old, he had already been …

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3 Must Do’s When Hosting Visitors in the 805

Living in Southern California, you get a LOT of visitors. And living in Southern California, there’s a LOT to see and do. When youΒ have visitors in town, it canΒ be difficult to narrow it all down to just a few “must see” spots. We recently had Luke’s mom and sister in town from Wisconsin, andΒ of course, high on their list of to-do’s was beach, wine tasting and shop.

So difficult to do in the 805, right?! HAHA not at all πŸ™‚

Here’s a look at a few of ourΒ fave “go-to/must-see” local spots for out-of-towner guests:

First on the to-do list, beach.

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

Summer means extra daylight, warm evenings, rosΓ© 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,Β the

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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?! Β 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 …

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Five Friday Faves {Summer Solstice Edition}

What did you do with all of that extra sunlight on Tuesday? Β 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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Father’s Day Recap: Biking in Ventura

Hope you all had a relaxing and refreshing Father’s Day weekend πŸ™‚ 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?!Β There’s a free parking lot at the far end of Main Street, …

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