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LL805 3-Year BLOGiversary Party! [recap + photos]

W O W.

We are still in awe of our amazing 805 community and how many of you came out to our 3rd BLOGiversary party to build new relationships, support each other and celebrate our three years of this blog-venture!

For those of you that had to miss out on the fun, don’t you worry because we have a photo recap (special thanks to local 805er Kimberly Conley Photography for shooting our event!) and will be planning more #LL805meetup events in the future!Our BLOGiversary was hosted at the lovely 

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. California Strawberry Festival {Oxnard} :: So… if you don’t love strawberries, you should re-evaluate your priorities. 😉 You can’t miss this event, which features so many vendors, food and drink options, contests, family fun, and live entertainment.  It will be berry fun… okay I’ll stop.  Be there this Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm!

 

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Featured Vendors: LL805 3rd BLOGiversary Celebration!

In case you thought we were done with announcing our giveaways… we have MORE.  

Here is another sneak peak of what you can win at our BLOGiversary celebration [remember, it’s Saturday April 27 — a.k.a. TOMORROW — from 2-5pm at RELM Wine + Beer Bistro in Camarillo!].  See you there!

Copper Mugs Co. :: Who doesn’t love a good Moscow Mule, especially when it is served from a cold copper mug?  Thanks to Copper Mugs Co. in Ventura, we will be giving away a set of copper mugs PLUS a hand-stamped cuff that says “MOM” — perfect for Mother’s Day …

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The Perfect Central Coast Getaway

During the last week that my husband was out on paternity leave, we decided that we wanted to do something memorable before he headed back to work.  After a bit of searching on the HotelTonight app [genius concept, btw!], we settled on staying at The Cliffs Resort, located right between Pismo Beach and Avila Beach.

[hint: there’s currently a TravelZoo deal for this place, which includes a free upgrade!]

Also, perhaps in a moment of insanity, we decided to bring our dogs along, as well!  Decidedly outnumbered with two pups and a 3-week-old infant, we …

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10 Books On My Nightstand {2017 Reading List}

This year, one of my goals was to finally get to reading all those books I purchased from Amazon last year.  Thanks to my toddler and baby it’s been a bit difficult (#momlife), but I’m trying to be intentional about scrolling less and reading more.  So far I’ve started two books this year and have actually been making some progress (yay me!!!).

Here are 10 books that I am looking forward to reading {and I’ll be happy if I read half of them haha}:

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How To: Put Together the Ultimate Charcuterie Plate {featuring Boutique Wine Club}

So… I have a confession.

I. LOVE. CHEESE.  Of all kinds. Unconditionally. Head over heels. Wanna marry it. Obsessed.  {Phew, thanks for listening. I feel so much better with that out in the open.}

But, a man cannot live on cheese alone [that’s how the saying goes, right?].  A perfectly-balanced cheese plate needs more than just, well, cheese.  This is when the fancy term “charcuterie” comes in.

Pro tip: it’s pronounced “shar-KOO-ter-ee” — now you can sound very French and sophisticated. You’re welcome.

We …

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The Club Everyone’s Been Waiting For {& how you can JOIN NOW}

True story: 98{fd7f0a6624fbd2224f3c60e3404acbd2207eb416c38268e7e97265ebe361b912} of the time I buy wine, I look for the prettiest label.

Sure, I’d love to actually know what I’m buying, where it’s from, and hey, if I’d actually even like how it tastes.  But, as I peruse the wine aisle for the 437th time, I can’t help but go back to my old habits.

But, what if — just what if — there was a wine club that only sourced local wines from the Santa Barbara/Paso Robles area, delivered specialty-curated shipments directly to your door, promising ultra-premium, limited-production wines that you can’t find in grocery stores, at the lowest winery-direct pricing, that also …

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Five Faves: Things to do for Valentine’s Day

We know that not everyone is the red-roses-and-box-of-chocolates type of person — good thing there are tons of different ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day!  Here are a few of our personal faves:

1. For the Adventurous:

RUNdezvous 5k Fun Run // win prizes, such as massages, dinner gift certificates, chocolates, and more, while having fun (+ getting a workout!) with your significant other! Malibu Country Mart Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt // follow the clues for your chance to win $4k in jewelry, prizes, and gift cards hidden around the MCM! This is a great way to work …

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How to Make [+ Achieve!] Goals in the New Year {2017}

When the New Year comes around, I can’t help but feel nostalgic about everything that happened during the past 365 days. With the retrospective look, however, comes the reminder to look forward — making goals is one major way to ensure you’re getting to where you want to be.

As my wise dad says, “Aim at nothing, and you will surely hit it.”

Another fave is from an equally wise man, Albert Einstein: “Life is like riding a bicycle; to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

So, whether you’re all, “2016 was the best. year. EVER.” or you’re like, “Let’s never speak of 2016 again,” …

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