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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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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Every Fall, without fail, I get an intense urge to go to Paris.  Yup — just sell my worldly possessions, buy a one-way ticket, and live in the City of Light.

Since I don’t plan on doing that (yet), I should probably just head to Chocolatine French Café in Thousand Oaks for a crêpe and café au lait, take a chill pill, and pretend I’m sitting at a sidewalk cafe.

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Five Fall Favorites {It’s Fall Y’all!}

We will be taking a hiatus for the rest of the week – spending time with family and friends, as I’m sure you will be as well 🙂 Make sure to check out our Instagram for posts/updates and please share your favorite fall moments with us by tagging @LocalLove805! Otherwise, we will be back next week!

Here’s a look at five fall favorites –

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Fakesgiving 2015: Recap {Part 4}

Things I learned this Fakesgiving:

I can fit 80 people (and 10 children under the age of 4!) in my backyard, Three turkeys are juuuuust barely enough to feed a small army, Egg nog + Kahlua is a very tasty and satisfying treat to wind down at the end of a successful party, and Fakesgiving has become bigger than I ever even imagined.

I’m still processing everything from last Saturday’s 6th Annual Fakesgiving festivities, but if I were to sum it up in one word, it would be: AWESOME.  Here’s a photo recap of how it all went down.

**But first, I need to give a special LL805 …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

Thank you Jeannine’s Gourmet Food Hall for this amazing pun — talk about a pick-me-up! 🙂  It’s FRIDAY, which means you are one. step. closer. to the freakin’ weekend. Let’s talk Five Friday Faves, shall we?

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1. Did anyone catch Britney Spears’ Instagram posts of her hiking in Malibu Creek State Park??  No need for a geotag, Ms. Spears — we’d recognize that beautiful background any day of the week 🙂

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FakesGiving {Part 3}: Decor + Details

The invitations have been sent, the food is planned out, and now… it’s time to make your house look festive!  Now, where to start?

When hosting a party the last thing I want to deal with is washing a ton of dishes.  I know it might not be the most ‘green’ option, but I use as many disposable items as humanly possible.  To keep expenses down, I find most of these at the dollar store, Smart & Final, or at Costco.

Here’s what you’re gonna need:

Paper plates Napkins – cocktail + dinner sizes Utensils [plan on twice as many forks as you think you will …

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FakesGiving {Part 2}: Food

Ready for Part Deux of the FakesGiving planning process?! [no idea what I’m talking about?  Click HERE]

Alright, now that you’ve got the invitations sent (or, almost?!), it’s time to figure out the main event, and frankly, my favorite part of any party: FOOD.

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First off, as the host(ess), it’s customary to provide the main course, which in the traditional sense of FakesGiving is a big, roasted turkey (or two, depending on how many people are …

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FakesGiving: A How-To Guide {Part 1}

You guys.  I can’t wait to share this post series with you.

The 8th Annual FakesGiving is almost HERE!

Ok, I know what you’re thinking… isn’t it called “FriendsGiving?”  The answer is no. No it’s not.

That’s because I legitimately feel like I made up this event over 7 years ago (call me crazy!) — yeah, I know it’s kind of a ‘thing’ now, and to be honest, it should be.  FakesGiving is my favorite pseudo-holiday in the whole entire universe!  Call it what you will, but the definition remains the same: gather your crew, tell everyone to bring a Thanksgiving dish, and have a huge dinner …

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Anxious for Autumn {favorite fall festivities}

So yesterday’s drizzle, cloudy sky and slightly cooler temps got me all kinds of giddy inside. Why, you ask? Fall is almost here!

Autumn is definitely my favorite season of the year, and I am getting so excited that it’s close {FYI, September 21st is the official first day of autumn}.  Don’t get me wrong– the summers in the 805 are amazing, but autumn has my heart.  There’s just something about the cooler temperatures, boots and scarves, the changing colors of the leaves (I know, I know it’s nothing compared to the east coast or  up north, but still), and of course, the plethora of pumpkin …

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