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How To Burn Calories and Give Back To Your Community

…talk about killing two birds with one stone!

The HOPE4Kids Festival and Run is a community event that benefits the foster youth of Ventura County.  This 5K, 10K, and kids one mile “fun run” event takes place on Saturday, April 28th from 8am to 2pm in Lake Sherwood [2300 Norfield Drive, Thousand Oaks].  The festival and run is a community effort sponsored by Raising Hope Inc., Ventura County Children and Family Services, Living Oaks Community Church, and several other community partners.

This event is to raise awareness for the needs of foster youth in Ventura County as well as the need for additional …

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The [hand]Writing’s On The Wall {Brown & Co. Designs}

As avid DIY-ers, we have been loooving the new emergence of local artisans offering workshops on how to get crafty + creative in their own specialty.

One such artisan, Heather Brown from Brown & Co. Designs, has been offering brush lettering workshops that seem to sell out within hours of announcing a new one!

Lucky for us, we snagged two seats at her latest one, held at MadeWest Brewery in Ventura.  Even on a Tuesday night, this workshop was completely …

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The Must-Not-Miss Wedding Event of the Year

Calling all who are engaged, almost engaged, planning a wedding, dreaming of a wedding… you name it! This is THE wedding event that you cannot miss.

Queue, the Camarillo Ranch Wedding Showcase:

Mix and mingle with 60 wedding vendors who can help plan the wedding of your dreams

Sample decadent food, desserts and beverages as you plan the perfect menu

Be inspired by the latest trends in rentals, lighting and decor to help you wow your guests

Enter or cheer on the Grooms Dance Contest before the fashion show (prizes include a free …

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Fakesgiving: Your New Favorite Holiday

Friendsgiving… Fakesgiving… whatever you decide to call it, we are now approaching our 8th Annual Fakesgiving Celebration!  I know, right??

We’ve come a looong way since October 2010, the inaugural Fakesgiving celebration at my parents’ house with about 10 of us in attendance.

Now, we’ve hit around 75 adults + 15 kiddos, and host it in our own backyard!  It has definitely morphed into something bigger and better than we’ve ever dreamed, and we absolutely love this tradition every year (even though we now need to …

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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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Five Friday Faves [Cycle + Sweat Edition]

We are so excited for the grand opening of CycleBar at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks — so naturally, we decided to theme this #FFF for all things CYCLE.

1. CycleBar Thousand Oaks :: We are partnering with this new premiere cycle studio to offer our wonderful readers a FREE CLASS On Saturday, September 16 at 2pm!  To enter to snag a spot, head to our Instagram page, tag 2 friends, and we will announce winners on Wednesday 🙂  BONUS:  CycleBar will giving away 5 classes with a gift basket to one of the lucky attendees!  Sounds like the best day ever, right?!

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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!  She is totally rocking this DIY craft that we now love, and taking the 805 by storm with her own macrame workshops!  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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Five Friday Faves (This Week’s Edition)

It’s the last weekend of July, can you believe it?! Insane. That means we have to live up summer as much as we can in the next few weeks. We can do this! #YOLO 😉

Here’s a few things we’re looking forward to this weekend in the 805 —

1.This Saturday, 7/29 at 11amWestlake Brewing is hosting Pints & Poses. Enjoy a yoga class followed up with a pint of beer for $15! More info here.

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