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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Sequioa National Park {local getaway}

Luke and I just spent a recent weekend at Sequioa National Park for our 4 year anniversary… and it was awesome. If you haven’t been yet, or it’s just been awhile, I definitely recommend it. We were looking into Zion and Yosemite for our anniversary, but both were a little too last minute to plan (and a bit further distance), so we opted for Sequioa — which is just a 4 hour (mostly beautiful) drive from home! img_9205img_9205 Sequioa National Park …
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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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Best of Dog-Friendly Trails, Parks & Beaches

It’s time for Work It Wednesday, and we’re including man’s best friend for today’s workout post 🙂

That’s right, we’re killing two birds with one stone today — not only will you get some fresh air and good exercise, but you can also bring your dog along too!

This is the perfect way to get your daily dose of pure 805 sunshine and exercise your pup (and yourself, of course) — we promise, both you and your furry friend will love the trails, parks, and beaches we’ve listed here!  And guess what (!?), our tax dollars pay for the maintenance anyways, so go get your money’s worth already!

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A Scenic Hike to the Top of Lizard Rock {Thousand Oaks}

Over Memorial Day weekend, my mom and I hiked up to Lizard Rock for a scenic outdoor workout. We entered from Hill Canyon in Santa Rosa Valley (which we’ve posted on a few times now!), and you can also enter it from Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks.

From Hill Canyon, you can head up the switch backs to the left of the entry gate. Luckily, it was a cool day — and of course, the earlier you head out, the better.

Here’s a couple reasons why we love Lizard Rock/Hill Canyon & Wildwood Park:

1. 360 views of …

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Maternity Photos: Malibu Creek State Park {Brooke Borough Photography}

I have known the lovely Brooke Borough of Brooke Borough Photography since she was a junior high student and hung out with my little sister — they both were adorably awkward and hilarious growing up, so it’s so much fun to see what a lovely and talented woman she’s become! (…still waiting for my sister to grow out of the awkward phase… just kidding TayTay! 😉

After seeing her work with Tanisha’s maternity photos, I knew that I had to have her take my maternity photos one day.  Funny story actually — in December, I was in the early stages of my pregnancy, …

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Best of: Summer Concerts {2016}

Your picnic basket is looking a little sad, sitting there in the corner of your closet.  Don’t you think that it’s time it got out a little?

Good news, everyone — Summer Concerts are almost here!!

Here’s a round-up of some great places to pack a picnic dinner and wine, grab a big blanket, and hear some tunes while taking advantage of these balmy summer evenings.  Singing along is strongly encouraged.

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The Cash Can Namast’ay in Your Wallet {Free Yoga}

Nothing can make you feel more centered and stress-free than knowing you are saving money and getting healthy, right?

Every Sunday in May (May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th) from 9:30-10:30, lululemon athletica and Kreation Organic are sponsoring free outdoor yoga! And helloooo, cherry on top: they will also be offering juice samplings, special in-store discounts, and weekly giveaways!

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And, for our more North-dwelling neighbors, you will LOVE what they are doing over at Ventura Grassroots Yoga!

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A Secret Garden Escape {local trails}

So far, we’ve had unseasonably warm days (thanks to El Nino), but it has cooled off just a bit this week which we are so thankful for. Cooler weather means time to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, with all this talk about El Nino rain storms coming Jan – March, we better get outside STAT before we’re all flooded in! Ok, that was a little dramatic, but you get the point!;)

One of our favorite local trails/outdoor activities is visiting the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden in Thousand Oaks off of Gainsborough Road.  It really is a secret garden escape – it’s quite the hidden gem. If you’ve never been to the …

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Join a Local Sports League – more fun, more friends! {local fitness}

Did you know that you can join adult sports leagues through the Conejo Recreation and Parks District?? [The Fall Basketball League just started, but you can register for the Fall Soccer League now. Check out here for more deets!]

My husband and brother-in-law Luke (Hayley’s husband) participated in the men’s soccer league last year, after first playing a few pickup games at the Pepper Tree Playfield Park in Newbury Park. A couple of the guys had invited them to join the league so they thought they’d give it a go.

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Outdoor Movies [plus tips + tricks]

I don’t know what it is about the thrill of watching a flick in the great outdoors — something about it is so strange, but so fun at the same time.

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Summer seems to be the perfect opportunity to watch a movie in a park, and although we’ve told you about big-time companies like Eat See Hear or Street Food Cinema that put on these events, there are quite a few local productions, as well.  Catch them before summer is over!

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