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Stars + Stripes {Independence Day Edition}

Oh, say, can you see how many amazing events are going on in the 805 area (and beyond) this 4th of July?!  Hold onto your stars and stripes — here they come!


Fireworks (le duh!)

Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park Janss Marketplace and The Oaks parking lots, 9pm Bethany Church on the Hill Westlake Village Westlake Village Golf Course and Calvary Community Church [9:10pm] Moorpark [3rd of July] Arroyo Vista Park, $5 admission (ages 4 and under: FREE) Simi Valley Rancho Santa Susana Park [9:20pm, live music, crafts, …

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In Eat.Shop.Play.Explore., Local Date Ideas, Local Entrepreneurs + Shops,,, local.getaways, local.hangouts,, local.venues

A Day at the Races {Santa Anita Race Track}

It’s tough living the “suite” life … which is exactly what we did on Opening Day of Santa Anita Race Track’s 2016 season!

Aptly named #theGreatRacePlace, it is absolutely the place you want to visit this year.  After undergoing a ton of incredible renovations, it has a whole new look — and it definitely isn’t your Grandpa’s weekend haunt anymore.


We started the day off by entering through the Chandelier Room — a gorgeous hall (with — you guessed it — chandeliers) featuring live jazz music and food stations …

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How to Host House Guests {Tips + Tricks}

This weekend, I will be attending the much anticipated [for reals] annual Schussel Family Reunion!

Lucky for me, I married into a pretty awesome family that values time spent together.  Since the reunion is taking place in Southern California this year, we are hosting my brother-in-law, sister-in-law [whom is pregnant with my future nephew!], and The World’s Best Niece [don’t argue with me, because it’s true] for a few days before we make the trek.


I love hosting people, especially now that we have some guest rooms …

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Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch, Pt. 1 {Local Eats & Venue}

So I may have a soft spot for Calamigos Ranch [my husband and I got married there in October 2012], but it really is a magical place – perfect for any occasion.

Malibu Cafe at Calamigos RanchMalibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch

Malibu Cafe offers a plethora of seating and games on their huge lawn, making it super dog- and kid-friendly too (so don’t be afraid to bring those little ones with you – they’re more than welcome here and they’ll love it!).

You can spend the day …

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10th Annual Reyes Adobe Days {Agoura Hills}

Maybe you’ve seen the signs around town, but the 10th Annual Reyes Adobe Days are here this weekend!  Lots to do and see, so check out our guide so you don’t miss a single event! Plus, look at their tag line: play. eat. shop. …sound familiar..?? 😉

{All weekend}

Self-Guided Tours with site docents at The Historical Reyes Adobe will continue throughout the weekend.  Come learn a bit about the area’s culture and contribution to California’s history.

{Friday, October 10}

6 – 9pm :: Night at the Adobe [$20 advanced ticket purchase, $25 at the door] A casually elegant evening of art, music, wine, …

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The Local Low-Down {May Events}

May 1st

Free Live Entertainment, The Commons at Calabasas – 5:30-8:30pm {more}

May 2nd

Operation Glow Run 5k Run/Walk, Camarillo Airport – check in starting at 7pm {more}

Free Live Entertainment, The Lakes at Thousand Oaks – 6-9pm {more}

May 3rd

Ride 2 Recovery Honor Ride, Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station – ride start time 8am {more}

Hamburger and Hops Music Festival, Collection Park of Oxnard – 11am-5:30pm {more}

Free Live Entertainment, The Promenade at Westlake – 6:30-9:30pm {more}

May 4th

Free Yoga at Lululemon Athletica, The Promenade at Westlake – 9:30am

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In Local Date Ideas, Local Eats + Drinks, Local Entrepreneurs + Shops, local.eats,, local.hangouts, local.shops

Stonehaus Winery {local eats & drinks}

One of our favorite local spots is Stonehaus. I mean, really — any place that serves wine, good food, and has a good vibe… we’re IN. Plus, a spacious, dog-friendly, outdoor seating area brings it to the top of our list. Priorities, people.

Here are just a few reasons why we love this place…

It’s classy. It’s great for large parties (we stopped here for wine tasting during a friend’s bachelorette!). Did I say dog-friendly? Gelato and delicious baked goods (the macaroons and muffins are my fave!). Serves all three meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bocce Ball courts for playing outside – um what? Indoor …

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