A visit to the pumpkin patch

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We did our annual visit to the pumpkin patch this year.  Except this year we had miss Eleanor, so It was extra special.  The day was actually pretty humorous. First let me start by telling you, that back in the day if I had a day like this, I would have gone ballistic.  These days it takes a lot to ruffle my feathers. A LOT! I think it has something to do with having a baby.  Nothing ever seems THAT important, unless it has to do with my child and/or her health.

So, we started the day with some pancakes at home, daddy went to a meeting in the morning, came home and was off for the rest of the day, so needless to say, we were stoked!  I got Eleanor ready.  Dressed her in a super cute outfit, that somewhat matched mine, I showered AND washed my hair (its the little things, I tell ya), and, I pulled out the fancy camera.  We were ready, and in a timely manner.  Haha! Off we went.

Oh, and did I mention the pumpkin patch that we go to is 45 minutes away.  (we’re kind of particular with our pumpkin patches:))  We arrive and I get Eleanor out of her car seat and hand her to my husband.  He says “OH MY GOD, she has had a massive blowout, and it is all over her clothes”.  I’m like “Great!”  Mother of the year, totally forgot a change of clothes, and it was all over her outfit.  So we quickly jumped out to take pictures, with the winds probably 20 mph which, well, for lack of a better word “sucked”! It was the biggest catastrophe, but at the same time we had so much FUN!  Eleanor was laughing, Dave and I couldn’t stop laughing about the whole thing, and really, it turned out fine.  We got back to the car to strip Eleanor down, change her diaper (yes, I remembered that), and strap her back in her car seat, with just a diaper on.  She was in 7 heaven.  She loves having just her diaper on.  We were on our way back home, just like that! Oh, and Dave grabbed some hay and pumpkins, while I did the poop change. WHEW!!!

Here is the really great part about it.  If you really knew me, you’d know I’m not the most put together mother.  I’ve winged it since day one, and it works, for all of us.  I’m not one of those mothers that has a full day planned out for my little one, we fly by the seat of our pants, and we like it.  Eleanor has a schedule that works for her, and that works for me.  It’s ALL good!

I love this new little life of mine.  It’s so fun, and I feel so blessed to have this tiny little human next to me at all times.

Love you, little miss Eleanor, and daddy, love you too!  You’re the best daddy a little girl could ask for.

Hope you enjoy these funny pictures from our day at the pumpkin patch.

IMG_3832 (2)^^^Daddy and Eleanor, in the awkward hold because of the blowout. Haha!!!^^

IMG_3790 (2)^^^The entrance to the corn maze^^^

IMG_3865 (2)^^^We asked a stranger to take a photo, and this is what we got.  We’re not picky.^^^

IMG_3811 (2)^^^Daddy and Eleanor in the corn maze^^^

IMG_3777 (2)^^^Another attempt at a photo, but you know, that d*** wind.^^^

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IMG_3753 (2)^^^Eleanor loved all of the pumpkins^^^

IMG_3716 (2)^^^My two loves^^^

IMG_3886 (2)^^^Good ol’ Solvang pumpkin patch^^^

IMG_3861^^^ This is so funny!  This was our attempt at a family selfie.  FAIL!

 

 

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New Arrivals!

Don’t miss out on all of Love Threads new arrivals! Lots of plaids, florals, and knits.

Happy Fall!

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What to do when it’s HOT!!!

pop1I mean, really, it’s been 100 degrees here, and I can’t take it another day.  I remember this happened last year while I was pregnant, and now again. I’m so sorry if you’re pregnant and you live in Santa Barbara.  We have been getting creative with ways to stay cool (well, not that creative, but whatever). The old washcloth in the freezer, ice packs on the body, and today, we made popsicles.

This is seriously the easiest and actually a fairly healthy treat to make for you and your littles.  We used watermelon, because that’s what we had.  I still have a major addiction to watermelon, it all started while I was pregnant.  Here is the super simple recipe…

Makes 6 popsicles:

slice a half of a watermelon into large chunks and put it into the blender

a splash or two of filtered water

a drop or two of stevia liquid

blend it all together and poor into molds. We use these, and love them!

Enjoy!

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Come on, Fall!

blogblk cardiblog1cherry blossomdresstua top1We are anxiously awaiting Fall, here in California.  It’s been REAL warm.  I do like it, but at the same time, I also like brisk mornings and chilly nights.  That being said, Love Threads has a few new Fall arrivals, that are definitely worth checking out…

 

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3 years!

We may be sleep deprived, but we are laughing and loving each other more and more everyday.  Cheers to 3 years, babe! Love you!

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4 months

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Time has flown by…

Eleanor is four months now, and there are so many changes taking place.  She is rolling over, having lots of conversations with us, and has started teething.  She really is a good baby, and definitely has her own personality.  Motherhood sure is fun, but completely exhausting all at the same time.  I’m hangin’ on tight to these next few months, because I know they are going to fly by.

We have finally moved into a bigger space, a home! We have a small back area, and a beautiful front yard.  When you live in Santa Barbara space is hard to come by, well, unless you’re Oprah. haha!

September is here, and I’m kind of ready for some Fall weather.  Even though Fall in Cali isn’t quite the same as Fall in the Midwest, I’ll still take it.  I just want to be able to put on a sweater once a week. Ha!

Cheers to September!!!

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^^^Eleanor loves the beach^^^

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Minted

When we were contacted by Minted to do a collaboration with them, we didn’t hesitate.  Minted, is a marketplace for  independent design. You can buy personalized stationary, holiday cards, announcements, artwork, and much more.  We also love that they are such large supporters of up and coming artists from around the world.

Their newest creation is the foil-pressed stationary.  We love it! We picked the braided chevron foil pressed personalized stationary. We are big fans of snail mail over here, so we are beyond thrill to have our own personalized stationary.

Check Minted out here.  If you like the design we picked, which you can see below, here is the link.

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Patricia Nash Designs

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I always love being contacted by designers that are new to me, and have quality work.  As many of you know I was in the fashion industry for years, and now have my online store.  So, I can really appreciate quality workmanship.

Patricia Nash Designs, is based in Knoxville, TN.  Her love for traveling is shown in her work.  Her products are 100% authentic handcrafted Italian leather.  You can find them nationwide, or at Patricianashdesigns.com

Here is a little bit about the designer…

What is your background?  I have been designing, selling, and marketing handbags and other accessories for other brands for over 20 years. First I was focused on licenses with Warner Bros. Disney, to private brand development for American Eagle, J Crew, and Ann Taylor to name a few.

When did you start designing?  I started designing and making wedding cakes to support myself in college to then designing kitchen products, children’s products to handbags and small accessories nearly 20 years ago

What other things do you design besides handbags?  Small leather goods, luggage, belts, hats, and boots. We look forward to expanding our product line as Patricia Nash grows as a brand.

Price range of handbags? $99-299

How would you describe your line? European Old world craftsmanship for today’s woman

What do you do outside of designing? Management of the business, still serve as Pres of Company-  mother of 2 and grandmother of 6 – still decorate cakes for family members. I love cooking, travelling and appreciating any type of old world craftsmanship.

Has designing handbags always been your passion? Designing and creating something in general sharing it with people has always been my passion whether cakes, food, bags, or a flower arrangement.

Patricia Nash Store and Macy’s La Cumbre Invite Customers to “Shop For A Cause”

 Patricia Nash is set to open its first ever shop-in-shop on Saturday, August 23rd at Macy’s La Cumbre located at 3805 La Cumbre Plaza Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. The new boutique, which will be a 400 sq ft. space located on the 1st floor of Macy’s handbag department, will offer a vast selection of handbags and accessories from the brand. At the opening of the new shop, the brand’s designer and founder, Patricia Nash will make a personal appearance from 12:00 – 3:00pm.

 In tandem to the unveiling, Patricia Nash will be participating in Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” event. Customers will have a chance to buy a $5 pass one week leading up to the opening, which proceeds will go directly to support March of Dimes, a leading non-profit organization which funds research for healthy pregnancy and baby health.  In return for purchasing the $5 pass, customers will receive a 25% off discount on all Patricia Nash merchandise on Saturday, August 23rd. In addition to “Shop For A Cause,” Patricia Nash will offer other in-store incentives for customers. The first 10 shoppers who spend $100 or more on Patricia Nash merchandise will receive a $20 Macy’s Gift Card. Additionally, Macy’s shoppers will also be given the chance to enter a raffle to win a one-of-a-kind Patricia Nash handbag.

Hope to see everyone there!

Until then, here are some of my favorites…

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New arrivals!

Fall is fast approaching, and we are gearing up with a few new arrivals at Love Threads.  Also, keep an eye out for an upcoming handbag line that we will be talking about on here.  You won’t want to miss out!  If you are in Santa Barbara, you will have a chance to meet the designer.  Fun stuff, and we will keep you posted.

Until then, here are a few new items at Love Threads…

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She’s growing and so are we…

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Hi!

It’s been a long while since I’ve been to this little corner of mine.  Life is in full session.  Eleanor is getting bigger by the day, and Love Threads is growing by the week.  I made a joke the other day that I needed to hire help for Eleanor and for the store.  But, anyone who knows me well, knows I get a complete adrenaline rush off of being a busy body.  I’ve been trying to snap a few photos here and there of my little angel, as the days go by.  I love having this little blog of mine, but it isn’t going to be able to have as much attention as it used to get.  Maybe again down the road, but I will definitely pop in whenever I have a second and post about something.  Ultimately, I’d love to possibly find some guests editors to fill in here and there. (hint, hint)

So, there’s that.  Now, here are some pictures of my most prized possession, and I’m sure you’ll see why I’ve been a bit absent.

xo

baby love6^^^cheating with tummy time a bit^^^

baby love^^^she really is our little miracle^^^

baby love3^^^Eleanor loves to purse her lips.  it’s pretty darn cute^^^

baby love2^^^she also loves that tongue of hers^^^

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baby love8^^^First day to the beach. picture isn’t great, but couldn’t pass up this one with her darling swimsuit on^^^

 

 

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