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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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In Best Of..., Featured, Local Date Ideas, Local Eats + Drinks, local.eats

Our Favorite Local Brunch Spots

Not to sound too basic, but…

we LOVE brunch.

Like, borderline obsessed. And what’s not to love? Delicious, insta-worthy food. Acceptable day drinking, in public. Catching up with good friends. Beautiful, outdoor patios [our favorite, and — thanks to the 805 — it’s almost always patio-sitting weather :)]!

Today we’re sharing some of our fave brunch spots in the 805.  But friends, this is a two-way street — so if you have a fave brunch spot or two that we haven’t listed, please share in the comments below 🙂

S A N T A  B A R B A R …

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We’re // HOOKED // on Kanaloa Seafood

What started as an unassuming restaurant in the middle of an Oxnard industrial park, has quickly turned into our new favorite hidden gem.

Kanaloa Seafood, with locations in both Oxnard and Santa Barbara, is easy on both your environmental conscience and your wallet — while being some of the best seafood we’ve ever tasted.

Too good to be true?  NOPE.

We’re gonna let you in on a little secret… without naming names, Kanaloa Seafood supplies the exact high-quality seafood brought to your table that you …

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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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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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In Best Of..., Eat.Shop.Play.Explore., Local Eats + Drinks, Local Entrepreneurs + Shops, local.drinks, local.eats, local.events, local.giveaway, local.lifestyle, local.resources, local.shops

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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Five Friday Faves: Luck yeah.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Before you go indulge in all-you-can-drink green beer, check out our Five Friday Faves for a little luck o’ the Irish!

1. Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Frosting :: I made this for Brett’s birthday one year, and it. was. UNREAL. Plus, it’s pretty much the most deliciously Irish dessert ever.  Add green food coloring to the frosting to really add that extra St. Patty’s Day feel.

2. Sing-a-Long with Princess Beauty :: The Lakes in Thousand Oaks are …

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In Best Of..., Local Eats + Drinks, local.deals, local.drinks, local.eats, local.events

Best of … Happy Hour spots!

Did you say happy hour??

Why yes… YES we did.

Do you often find yourself wondering where to go for happy hour on a weekly basis? So do we. For some reason, no matter how long we’ve lived here, deciding on where to go for happy hour is always a difficult decision. #firstworldproblems

Luckily for you, we’ve done our best to compile our favorite local happy hour spots by neighborhood, as well as the favorites you all shared with us on Facebook and Instagram (thank you!).

PS if you didn’t get to share your favorite yet, please …

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In Local Outdoors, local.fitness, local.parks, local.trails

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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