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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!

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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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Five Friday Faves {Summer Solstice Edition}

What did you do with all of that extra sunlight on Tuesday?  This is white-wine-drinking, porch-sitting, live music weather — and we are soaking in every minute of it!

Here are five ways to take advantage of these balmy summer evenings…

1. Outdoor Concerts :: because it gives you a great excuse to drink wine out of a travel coffee mug and have it be socially appropriate (or is that not socially appropriate…?)

Janss Marketplace Summer Concert Series [Thousand Oaks]: Check it out each Wednesday night from 6-8pm — this week kicks off the series with Ticket to Ride, a Beatles tribute band! Don’t forget …

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Beachfront + Affordable Al Fresco Dining {Padaro Beach Grill}

This weekend, we went beach camping with Brett’s parents — they drove their vintage trailer on its “maiden voyage” from Tahoe, and will be spending a total of 14 days camping in various locations across the 805!

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We met up with them in Carpinteria, which immediately made me crave fish and chips from Padaro Beach Grill.  This preggo woman was appeased (thanks, guys!) and we decided to have dinner there Saturday night.

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In D.I.Y., local.home, local.lifestyle

DIY Dinner Party on a Dime {Keep it Casual}

I love having dinner parties, both low-key and fancy — but, dietary restrictions and preferences often leave me scratching my head about what to make.

My favorite solution often includes something that can be customizable by each attendee, and given my current pregnancy cravings for Mexican food (okay, can’t blame it on the baby… I’m always craving Mexican food), I went with burrito bowls!

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I recently did this for a group of college girls that I mentor — we had a little “goodbye” party before they headed their separate …

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Five Friday Faves {Super Bowl 50 Edition}

Ready for a Super-sized helping of Five Friday Faves: Super Bowl 50 Edition?! Five categories, five items each, of our favorite things that go down on the first Sunday of every February.  Football, friends, food… what more could you ask for?!

Five Fave Super Bowl Appetizers:

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Buffalo Chicken Dip [or try this lightened-up Buffalo Cauliflower Dip, which we loved last year!] 7-Layer Dips [we obviously enjoy the traditional Mexican one, …

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Foodie’s Paradise {LA + Santa Ynez Restaurant Weeks}

January is apparently a foodie’s favorite month — we’ve got not one, but TWO Restaurant Weeks coming up soon!

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Los Angeles Restaurant Week, hosted each year by dineLA, features a wide array of restaurants that are worth making the trek down the 101.  This is your opportunity to grab a 3-course meal from that one restaurant that you thought you could never afford!

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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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HelloHarvest {organic produce delivery}

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Eating locally grown, sustainably-farmed produce is all the rage these days — and for a pretty good reason. It’s so inspiring to see how our generation has shifted toward not only eating healthier, but supporting local farms. Farmers markets are a great way to buy produce, I just never seem to be able to go to them [12 hour nursing shifts are not conducive to mid-day farmers markets]. I was really excited when I heard about HelloHarvest, a business that delivers locally grown and sustainably-farmed agriculture products straight to your doorstep (no need to change out of your PJs to run to the store or …

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