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Our Favorite Mexican Restaurants

Buenos días!! 

Here are a few of our favorite places to grab Mexican food (if you can’t tell already, it’s pretty much our favorite food genre).  Did we mention any of your faves? Check it out and let us know!

Plata 

{28914 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills} — all-natural margaritas [try the blackberry + sage] + homemade tortilla chips!

Sabor Cocina Mexicana

{2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., The Lakes, Thousand Oaks} — huuuuge margaritas [and a killer brunch for the next morning]

The Latigo Kid

{NEW location: 5617 Kanan Rd., Agoura Hills} — …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Solar Eclipse Viewing on Monday, August 21 :: Thanks to our beautiful Santa Monica Mountains Parks Service, there will be 3 locations hosting Solar Eclipse events!

Downtown L.A. (L.A. State Historic Park; 1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles): Bring out a blanket and enjoy one of L.A.’s newest parks! Come straight to the park, or meet with rangers at 8:30 a.m. to hike over from the new Gateway to Nature center in El Pueblo. Calabasas (King Gillette Ranch; 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas): Join a ranger at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center for a program about the total solar eclipse and more at …

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29-ish: A Backyard Birthday Bash

I find a lot of joy in planning parties for other people, but not gonna lie — when they’re for me, it is 100{fd7f0a6624fbd2224f3c60e3404acbd2207eb416c38268e7e97265ebe361b912} stressful.  I waffle back and forth between “I don’t want any attention on myself” and “people are giving up a Saturday night, so I want it to be worth their while.”  And then I get on Pinterest, and that’s when the downward spiral begins.

I kept brainstorming for how I wanted to ring in the big 3-0, and soon decided that all I wanted was to have all of my friends, sitting around a table together, drinking wine, and eating delicious food …

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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.

What are some of your favorite local …

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A Date Night at the Theatre

It can be easy to get in a rut when it comes to date night.  We can easily find ourselves going to the same restaurant or seeing yet another movie, because that’s what we’ve always done and it doesn’t take much thought or planning.

But we challenge you to change that this weekend.  We are lucky enough to have the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks — one of the largest performing arts centers between Los Angeles and San Francisco. There are more than 400 performances annually, including Broadway musicals, dance companies, popular entertainers, concerts, and more!

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Five Friday Faves: Luck yeah.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Before you go indulge in all-you-can-drink green beer, check out our Five Friday Faves for a little luck o’ the Irish!

1. Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Frosting :: I made this for Brett’s birthday one year, and it. was. UNREAL. Plus, it’s pretty much the most deliciously Irish dessert ever.  Add green food coloring to the frosting to really add that extra St. Patty’s Day feel.

2. Sing-a-Long with Princess Beauty :: The Lakes in Thousand Oaks are …

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Best of … Happy Hour spots!

Did you say happy hour??

Why yes… YES we did.

Do you often find yourself wondering where to go for happy hour on a weekly basis? So do we. For some reason, no matter how long we’ve lived here, deciding on where to go for happy hour is always a difficult decision. #firstworldproblems

Luckily for you, we’ve done our best to compile our favorite local happy hour spots by neighborhood, as well as the favorites you all shared with us on Facebook and Instagram (thank you!).

PS if you didn’t get to share your favorite yet, please …

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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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Another Kipling Home Remodel {Part 1}

So people probably think Mark and I are crazy for moving and remodeling a home, yet again (ICYMI, it’s our 3rd home in 6 years of marriage!).  Not to mention, we keep taking on these projects while I’m pregnant…and this time with a toddler in tow!  Yeah, I guess we’re a little crazy 😉

For some reason, every couple of years we get the itch to buy a fixer upper.  Even through the stress and chaos, there’s obviously something about it that we really enjoy. Although this time, I told Mark “we’re not moving again until we’re 80…or at the very least we better stay in this house …

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