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Local Christmas Tree Farms {conejo valley + ventura county}

When do you get your Christmas tree?

The day after Thanksgiving (every year, without fail) my parents would load up the car with all four kids, a big blanket, and a huge roll of twine, and head to a local Christmas tree farm.  Once the first few notes of the Amy Grant Christmas album started playing, everyone knew it was officially Christmas tree time!img_9686img_9686

…alright, thanks for letting me have …

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In Best Of..., Local Entrepreneurs + Shops, local.events, local.holidays, local.lifestyle, local.resources, local.shops

Perfect Pumpkin-Picking Patches

Okay, sorry about that ridiculous title — I do love some alliteration…! 😉

Fall means all things PUMPKIN (and of course a few other things from our fall bucket list, am i right??).  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.  Here are some of our favorites that are going on in the 805!

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In Best Of..., local.events, local.fitness, local.lifestyle, local.resources

Get Inspired at Global Wellness Day {Four Seasons Westlake Village}

We have always admired Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village‘s commitment to health and wellness, and look forward to their Global Wellness Day events every. year.  

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This year, however, they have totally one-upped themselves.

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, in partnership …

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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 RELM Wine …

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In Best Of..., Local Eats + Drinks, local.eats, local.resources

Your Guide to Local Farmers Markets

Spring time means longer days, beautiful flowers, sitting on porches and eating farm fresh foods. Don’t you agree!?

And luck for all of us, the Conejo Valley and surrounding 805 area are home to an abundance of farmers markets. We didn’t even realize how many there really were until we started researching – which just adds to the ever-growing reasons of why we love living in the 805. We’re so fortunate to have access to numerous farms who provide their locally grown produce, honey & jams, eggs, meats, nuts, flowers and more to our local farmers markets. Pretty amazing, right!?

So now to the important questions, when and where can you find your nearest farmers market? Well, …

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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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Five Friday Faves {Featured Vendors: LL805 BLOGiversary}

Right now, the rest of the country is all like

… but here in the 805, we’re all

Sorry, we’re not sorry..?!  😉

Happy FriYAY 805-ers!  Here is a roundup of our five Friday faves , featuring a few of our favorite vendors that will featured at our 3 Year BLOGiversary [we’re talking swag bags and giveaways, people!].  So get ready to sink into that weekend bliss — that …

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In Best Of..., Local Outdoors, local.parks, local.resources, local.trails

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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How to Treat Yourself & the Environment {Lessons from The Wellness Kitchen}

We still can’t get over the amazing food we cooked at the Wellness Kitchen and how much we learned in so little time. Our tummies left very satisfied, but more importantly, we were inspired to make a change in our diet and share this nutritional wisdom with anyone we can.

Seriously, there was so much that we didn’t know about nutrition, and how it not only effects our own health, but also the environment.LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingLocalLove805 - Four …
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Everyday Battles: Safe + Effective Postpartum Strength Training [+ giveaway!]

During my pregnancy, I stayed very active — I was doing cycling, HIIT classes, Pilates, and barre classes up until the week before I delivered, determined to keep my body strong for the marathon of birth that was to come.

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In my search for pregnancy-safe exercises, I was inundated with Instagram pictures, emails, and advertisements touting postpartum fitness plans that guaranteed I would get my “pre-pregnancy …

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