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Five Friday Faves

1. This Sunday is Mother’s Day and every mom deserves to be celebrated! In case you didn’t know, being a mom is HARD so to show your mom (or mother figure) how much you love and appreciate her (because you better!), we have our top 10 Mother’s Day ideas on the blog.

2. It’s our (Hayley and Tanisha’s) sister’s birthday this weekend (HBD Ry!) and we are going to celebrate with some local wine tasting at DeLiese Cellars and Giessinger Winery (we’ve never been to either).  We really like wine and love trying out new wineries.

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Our Go-To Healthy & Tasty Snack {local eats}

Put a little kick in your nuts.

We are totally loving this tagline from one of our favorite local entrepreneurs, Giddy Up Nuts — but, even more, we love this healthy, yet tasty snack!

We first met Kristy Mangia [her last name means “eat” in Italian — what a coincidence?!], owner and creator of Giddy Up Nuts, at the Blue Table Grand Opening party a couple years back.  Her almond snacks were absolutely delicious and we love that Kristy uses fresh, organic ingredients to create unique flavors! Plus, Giddy Up Nuts are …

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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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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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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Every Fall, without fail, I get an intense urge to go to Paris.  Yup — just sell my worldly possessions, buy a one-way ticket, and live in the City of Light.

Since I don’t plan on doing that (yet), I should probably just head to Chocolatine French Café in Thousand Oaks for a crêpe and café au lait, take a chill pill, and pretend I’m sitting at a sidewalk cafe.

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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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Welcoming Vintage Grocers to the Neighborhood! {Westlake Village}

Are you ready to see your new favorite grocery store/wine shop/juice bar/coffee stop/bakery/etc.?! Here it is… Vintage Grocers!

The grand opening event kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Paige Laurie, owner of Vintage Grocers, Eric Fuchser, Market Director of Vintage Grocers, and Rick Lemmo, SVP of Development-Community Relations at Caruso Affiliated.

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Live music and food samples from some of Vintage Grocers’ most popular vendors were aplenty, and the huuuuuge line of eager shoppers showed Vintage Grocers an incredibly warm welcome to the Conejo …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Grand Opening of Vintage Grocers [Westlake Village] :: This is a grand opening like you’ve never seen it, with a whole week of FREE activities!

Saturday, October 1 – Grand Opening (starts at 2pm) — Join us for the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, followed by a celebration with live music, our local vendors, kid’s crafts and a raffle. The first 500 guests will receive gift bags

Sunday, October 2 – Brunch (11am – 1pm) — Enjoy complimentary mimosas and breakfast items in the wine tasting room 

Monday, October 3 – Get Fit (11am – 1pm) — Experience our healthy offerings and juices and join us for a cooking demo

Tuesday, …

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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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