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Christmas Bucket List

Okay guys, it’s CHRISTMAS CRUNCH TIME: 5 more sleeps until Santa comes!

It is so easy to get bogged down by the stress of shopping + to-do lists + gifting + holiday hullabaloo, that sometimes we forget our favorite parts of the Christmas season.  These are usually the simple pleasures that stick out in our minds, flooding us with joy when we near this season next year.

In one last attempt to reign in some Christmas magic, we present (pun intended) to you our Christmas Season Bucket List, where we hope to spark some ideas for increasing tradition/nostalgia/excitement/hope/light in your lives!

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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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Our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Shopping Local this Season

Okay, it’s the same old story every year: you want to come up with creative gifts, you want to shop local, you want to choose products that promote sustainability and environmental responsibility… but you still end up grabbing something off of Amazon — right?!

No excuses this year!  We’ve done the legwork for you by putting together our ultimate holiday gift guide, featuring local products + companies that will be sure to please any of your gift recipients!  All that’s left to do is browse through this list, click, and swipe 😉

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How to Make a Festive Tablescape {DIY}

Big dinners and holiday parties is one of the reasons why I love this time of year.  But we all know hosting friends and family can also be super stressful.  Last year Mark and I hosted Thanksgiving at our new house and I definitely was stressed. We had just moved into our new home, had a new baby, and were hosting family from out of town.  I was having major mom brain/sleep deprivation thanks ot my adorable 2 month old, so I had a vision of what I wanted to do, but no real plan.

And when I started laying out my generic plan of …

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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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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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Butternut Squash Soup {DIY Recipe}

So I am by no means a great cook, but one thing I can make is butternut squash soup.  And I only say this because my husband told me so:)  Thanks to Pinterest (yes, I actually made something that I found on Pinterest!) I found this delicious recipe for butternut squash soup complete with bacon… because as we all know, bacon makes everything taste better. Duh.

This recipe is from good old Martha Stewart, so you know it’s amazing and — believe me — it is pretty easy to make! I have a new baby so I’m not spending …

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Fall Bucket List {2017}

You’ve probably groaned at the sight of pumpkin-flavored-everything at Trader Joe’s, girls wearing UGG boots + yoga pants while sipping Pumpkin Spiced lattes, and the emergence of Halloween decor in stores everywhere… but let’s face it — fall is most definitely the best. season. ever.

Here are just a few of the things we are looking forward to this fall season… did we name any of your favorites?

Attend an Oktoberfest festival [Stonehaus’ Oktoberfest is this weekend!] Find the perfect pumpkin [Check out our post on the Perfect Pumpkin Picking Patches]

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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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Road Trip up Hwy 395 [local getaways]

Having married a man whom was born and raised in Lake Tahoe, it goes without saying that I have made many road trips from LA to Stateline, NV.

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Growing up, I was not a fan of long car rides.  I was the kid that kept asking, “How many more minutes until we get there?” and groaning at whatever answer I received.  Of course, I wasn’t completely miserable the whole time — …

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