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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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Fun Holiday Gift + Craft Ideas {DIY}

Trying to pull together some last-minute decor or gifts for the holiday season??

{Of course, this has never happened to us… we’ve never, ever waited until the final moment to get working on something we had been putting off since Thanksgiving… 😉  …amiright?!}

Here are some holiday crafts you can throw together with most of the items being from the dollar store, and whatever else you might have lying around your house.  Ok, you miiiight have to take a quick trip to a local craft store, but you can totally squeeze it into your busy schedule.

Christmas Cookie Plate

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Chocolate Stir Spoons: Holiday Gifting {DIY}

When it comes to the holidays, it’s often overwhelming to think of how many people there are to buy for — especially if you work in an office with a ton of coworkers!

There are a ton of great DIY gifts floating around the cyber-verse (ahem, Pinterest), but here is one of my new favorite gifts that you can give to bosses, co-workers, administrative assistants, your mail carrier, your child’s teacher, and anyone else that unexpectedly gave you a gift but you awkwardly didn’t get them ANYTHING.

I made a grip of these chocolate stir spoons as a party favor for last year’s Fakesgiving event, and people …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Interested in throwing a fun and easy Christmas get together?? We recently sat down with Kristine Bocchino from The Tasting Room at the Four Seasons Westlake Village on how to host the perfect wine pairing event and you can read all about it here.  We guarantee your friends will be wanting your party to become an annual event.

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Mulling Spice Bags {DIY Holiday Gift}

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a total sucker for a warm beverage during a crisp fall day.

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…especially with a little splash of an adult libation, ifyaknowwhatimsayin. [only on weekends, of course..! 😉 ]

Two of my favorites are Mulled Wine and Spiked Cider.  And both involve a little something called a mulling spice bag.  The good news: you can make these by the dozen, and hand them out as party favors or co-worker gifts.  The even better news is that you can keep them …

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Favorite moments from #LL805Holiday season {Best Of…}

…aaaand before you know it, the champagne has been popped, the decorations are down, the gifts have been given (and received!), and the regular work schedule has started (groan).

Since this is our first full week back to the normal work-life, we’d like to take one last walk down memory lane — to reminisce about some of our favorite moments during the holiday season, and in preparation for everything that 2015 has to offer.

Here’s what we were up to over this #LL805Holiday season ::

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This Week’s Edition {eat.shop.play.explore}

You guys…it’s the last weekend before Christmas.  I do not lie.  Did it come lightening fast for anyone else?!? I’m one of those people who counts down the days to Christmas– it definitely is my favorite time of year.  So now that it is almost here I am realizing all the things I have left to do/want to do.  I only decorated my tree with half the ornaments I usually do and I haven’t wrapped a single present yet. But you know what? Oh well!! No time for that (I think this has a lot to do with just having a baby and moving into a …

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Christmas Light Displays {local holiday}

Nothing spreads a little Christmas spirit like a cup of hot cocoa in your hands and looking at Christmas lights!  Save a few dollars (let’s be real, you know you overspent your holiday shopping budget AGAIN this year), and spend some time wandering around these free holiday light displays!

Christmas Tree Lane {Oxnard}

Dec. 14th through Dec. 25th. Nightly displays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., F & G Streets between 5th & Palm.  Stroll or drive through one of Ventura County’s largest holiday light displays in the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District!

 Animated Christmas Light Show {Newbury Park} [this appears to not be running this year — …

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This Week’s Edition {eat. shop. play. explore.}

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You guys have got to head to Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie in Agoura Hills — they have their new fall menu out! We love when restaurants change up their menus according to the season to feature fresh local ingredients.  We also love just about everything at Ladyface, including their amazing beer, beautiful patio, local wine selection, and their events, like live music and Ladies at Ladyface.

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I was just browsing their fall menu and already have a …

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