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Our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Shopping Local this Season

Okay, it’s the same old story every year: you want to come up with creative gifts, you want to shop local, you want to choose products that promote sustainability and environmental responsibility… but you still end up grabbing something off of Amazon — right?!

No excuses this year!  We’ve done the legwork for you by putting together our ultimate holiday gift guide, featuring local products + companies that will be sure to please any of your gift recipients!  All that’s left to do is browse through this list, click, and swipe 😉

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Five Friday Faves

1. This Sunday is Mother’s Day and every mom deserves to be celebrated! In case you didn’t know, being a mom is HARD so to show your mom (or mother figure) how much you love and appreciate her (because you better!), we have our top 10 Mother’s Day ideas on the blog.

2. It’s our (Hayley and Tanisha’s) sister’s birthday this weekend (HBD Ry!) and we are going to celebrate with some local wine tasting at DeLiese Cellars and Giessinger Winery (we’ve never been to either).  We really like wine and love trying out new wineries.

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Small Business Saturday {local shops}

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In case you didn’t know, this coming Saturday is Small Business Saturday- a day to celebrate and support the small businesses in our community.  Small businesses play a vital role in our 805 community and it is so important to go out and #shopsmall whenever possible, and this Saturday is the perfect day to do just that.

Here are a few of our favorite small businesses in the area and we would love for you to go out and support them or any of your own favorites.

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Beanscene {Oak Park} Raggamuffin {Newbury Park} Beanovino {Newbury Park} Tifa {Agoura Hills & Westlake Village} The French …

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Homemade Ventura {local shop}

We love to support small, local businesses, especially ones that make and sell things as adorable as Homemade Ventura.  Homemade Ventura was started by stay-at-home mom (of two toddlers no less!) Jessica Needham. She was born and raised in Ventura and was inspired by the laid back, small town vibe. She started creating macrame wall art using modern, but simple designs.  You can check out her beautiful macrame wall art on her etsy shop here.

Jessica will also be hosting a macrame holiday workshop at MadeWest Brewery in Ventura.  Join her on December 6th from 6-8pm and for just $60 a person you …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

It’s the weekend and although we were getting really excited for fall with the cooler weather we were having and the PSL’s we were drinking, we don’t mind the late reminder of summer.  It will be a beautiful weekend to head outdoors and enjoy some of our Five Friday Faves!

1. Beer festivals and Oktoberfest events aplenty are coming to the 805 (yay!!).  All weekend long you can check out the California Beer Festival at Plaza Park in Ventura. There are several different events taking place this weekend along with lots of craft beer tasting, live entertainment, and food.  But hurry, this is a …

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Tunes & Tastings {Whizin Market Square}

Every Thursday from 4-8pm, the Whizin Market Square in Agoura Hills is hosting a Tunes & Tastings event featuring artisanal food pairings and performances from local musicians and artists.

We love the idea of exploring the Whizin Market Square’s different boutique shops while enjoying small bites and beverages made from fresh local ingredients!  It’s a great opportunity to try something new, as well as support local businesses and artists (which we are all about).

The shopping center’s restaurants will be offering happy hour specials as well.  For more info on these events check out their event page here.

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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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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. We really really like Christmas and therefore we’ve already got our Christmas trees up, lit and decorated.  But if you’re still searching for the perfect Christmas tree, check out our post on Local Christmas Tree Lots.

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2. There are a ton of holiday events happening all over the 805 this weekend and here are just a few of our faves…

65th Annual Oxnard Christmas Tree Lighting Fri …

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