Chicken Little

Welcome to Chicken Little. Proud owners Jennifer Bouma, and Gregory Bouma opened their first store in 1979 and called it “chicken lips.” In 1981, they moved to 22 E. Victoria and changed the name to chicken little. They have always been the community store. Their love of people especially helping first-time parents, has been the highlight of their work. “We have customers visit us from all over the world.”

Eleanor did not hesitate to throw on her helmet when we told her we were showcasing her favorite store in the whole world on the blog. We’ve been welcomed by Jenny, since before she was born. The first time we walked in the door we felt like family. Jenny knew everything we were going through and everything we were about to go through. Her knowledge and experience made our journey into parenthood fun and exciting.

As first-time parents we needed everything. From diapers to car seat, blankets to stroller, Chicken Little has it all. Honest diapers, Original Sprouts hair, and body wash, Ergobaby and Baby Bjorn carriers, Aiden and Anais blankets, Nuna cribs, and UPPAbaby strollers are just a few of the quality brands you will find at Chicken Little.

Having survived our first couple of years, we are now enjoying the magic of interest, curiosity, and learning. Jennie’s selection of parenting and children’s book, educational toys, building toys, and musical instruments are complete with Lego and Playmobil products. If you are expecting, know someone who is expecting, in your third trimester, Chicken Little has everything for you and your child. Jennie’s love of family makes you feel right at home.

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Paddle Sports Center

We are so excited to showcase one of our favorite local businesses with you. Paddle Sports Center offers rentals, memberships, camps, lessons, and tours for visitors and local residents. Located in the Santa Barbara Harbor, it is a three-minute walk from shop to sea. The Paddle Sports Center has been Santa Barbara’s premier kayak, SUP, surf rental center for over 25 years!

Fraser Kersey, Co-Founder, and General Manager oversees a dedicated staff, who are some of the most experienced water-men and mermaids around. With locations in the Santa Barbara Harbor, Goleta Beach Park, and Ledbetter Beach, access to some of the most beautiful views anywhere in the world, are yours to experience.

Paddle Sports Center Co-Founders conceived of the paddling membership, designed and implemented in 2010.  They have a program that has you the paddler in mind.  Paddle during your lunch break, before/after work, or on the weekend.  This is your alternative to the gym, it is your outdoor fitness center.  Just think, instead of lines to get on treadmills, you have dolphins & whales swimming alongside you! This photo (courtesy of Channel Island Outfitters and PSC) gives you a peek at where you can find yourself anytime you wish.

Everything you need is at your fingertips. Come to see the American Riviera on a once in a lifetime adventure or a daily inspiration. Paddle Sports Center has everything you need to get in the water.

 

 

 

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GOODNEWS IN THE DESERT

We took a well-deserved vacay to the beautiful California desert. One hundred and seven degrees felt really good in this cool pool located right outside our door. We stayed at La Quinta Resort and Club. This property is incredible, forty-one pools set amid lush grounds, with cozy fireplaces, secluded patios, and yards – many enhanced with poolside locations.

This little pool jumper, up at six o’clock and ready to go kept us on our feet and in the water for our entire stay. We picked up this cute floaty from Stearns at Target.

This hardworking momma deserved pampering at Spa La Quinta. A 50 min – Swedish Massage is a perfect way to chill and relax your mind and body. The refreshing scents of cucumber and melon throughout the full body massage, treatment was concluded with a chilled eye compress. Love Threads, Eleanor, and everything else life throws us is a twenty – four seven job. It was nice to rejuvenate and recharge.

Squinting from the desert sun, Eleanor visited Joshua Tree National Park for the first time.  Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness.

 

 

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Clothing that will make you swoon

Hi!

It’s been a minute, but we didn’t want you to miss out on some of our best sellers over at Love Threads.

There are so many new amazing items, and many that will take you right into Fall.

Fall is all about versatile pieces. Blazers, chunky cardigans, kimonos, camis and anything you can layer. We will be getting new arrivals each week.  You can also see everything over on our Instagram account, @shoplovethreads 

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TENNIS ANYONE…

 

Welcome to Dimitar Tennis Academy. Located across the street from the beach at the beautiful Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Dimitar offers three types of recreational tennis programs for the guests of Hilton Beachfront Resort or community members:
1) Adult clinics (Men’s, Lady’s, Drop In)
2) For families or groups of four, five, or more members; and
3) For a parent and the kids.
Each practice will be adjusted based on the participant’s tennis experiences, skill levels, and fitness abilities.

Being together on the court is so much fun. Eleanor takes after her mom, who takes after her mom, (who was ranked second in the state of Nebraska). Me, well let just say I’m taking lessons.

Summer Tennis Camps at Dimitar Tennis Academy provide a fun and great opportunity for tennis players to train with our world-class coaching staff while focusing on playing competitive tennis or simply improving their game at any level. DTA summer tennis camps combine physical and mental conditioning, technical and tactical training and match-play coaching.

I (Dimitar) am PERSONALLY on the court, coaching daily to players of all levels at all ages! Over the past 25 years, I have been very fortunate to coach and mold some of the best junior and professional players in the world. Coaching is an art, and that is why I believe that a smaller, more personalized program with an emphasis on each player is how to truly develop tennis players. You have my personal commitment that here at the Dimitar Tennis Academy we will do our best to help you develop as a person, athlete, and player as I have done over the years with Grigor Dimitrov, Anna Tatisvili, Sesil Karatancheva, Ksenia Milevskaya and Aleksandrina Naydenova to name a few.

 

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LOVE THREADS

Welcome to LOVE THREADS. A mom-made boutique created while Eleanor was still inside mommy’s tummy. The shops very first click happened in Vero Beach, Florida where we had gone on the wings of a prayer and the hopes of a miracle happening. The miracle happened, (one of many too come) and we were blessed with a little girl. Today, LOVE THREADS is a flourishing boutique offering contemporary women’s clothing and accessories. The inspiration for this post is to share some of the behind the scenes activities that drive the entrepreneurial spirit of this amazing woman.

https://shoplovethreads.com/collections/women

(Girls support girls tee available here)

Showcasing a few new arrivals to the store, hundreds of hours are spent filling orders, updating the sight, working on emails and social media all while being a mom and providing a fun loving, stable and secure home for Eleanor.

https://shoplovethreads.com/collections/women

(Alden pant available here)

Being a business owner is a twenty four hour job, but if you love what you do you never work a day in your life. The rewards of creating a successful business, (from scratch) is the confidence that anything is possible. The greatest sense of accomplishment derives from overcoming the challenges that stand in the way of your dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking For A Healthy Snack?

We are so grateful to LARABAR for sharing with us her amazing product. Simple, Pure, and Delicious. LARABAR believes the foundation of a sound mind, body and spirit is derived by what we eat. They are passionate about creating delicious, convenient snacks that are made from just a few, simple ingredients.

Lara’s products come Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, and Vegan. The Original Fruit & Nut Bars are made entirely from plant-based foods.

Created in May, 2000 by Lara Merriken, LARABAR was born. Starting with five original flavors: Cherry Pie, Apple Pie, Cashew Cookie, Banana Cookie, and Chocolate Coconut Chew, (featured here in front of The Bowery Mission) Lara launched the business. The first 500 bars sealed by hand. Today, millions of LARABAR bars are produced every year.

Lara says, “A passion for healthy living soon followed, and continues to be a driving force behind everything I do professionally and personally. I really appreciate the opportunity I have to make a positive difference in the world we live in. Health is our greatest wealth.”

 

 

Photos courtesy of: 1) thefitclubnetwork.com 2)thehonoursystem.com 3) blog.generalmills.com 4) godairyfree.org

 

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A Day At Disneyland

Eleanor turned four this month, and Disneyland was what her heart desired. Seeing the expressions on her face when she met Mickey Mouse, and her favorites characters were priceless. Join us for a fun filled day at the “happiest place on earth.”

Our first stop was Toontown, where Pluto greeted us. Pluto, also called Pluto the Pup, is a cartoon dog created in 1930 at Walt Disney Productions. Walt was inspired to create Disney’s top dog by remembering the personable pooches he met while living on the farm in his childhood home of Marceline, Missouri. Ever since Pluto has, as Walt put it, been “working hard and trying, but usually not succeeding, in staying out of trouble.” Pluto is Mickey’s pet.

Meeting Alice was Eleanor’s favorite experience. Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Alice books by Lewis Carroll. The 13th of Disney’s animated features, the film premiered in New York City and London on July 26, 1951. The Mad Hatter wished Eleanor the happiest of birthdays.

A day at the Magic Kingdom is not enough time to see all Disneyland has to offer, but we made the most of it. “It’s a Small World,” walking with the “Beast,” meeting “Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Minnie Mouse,” riding in the tea cups, pictures, popcorn and souvenirs made this the best day ever!

If you have a Disneyland experience to share feel free to share in the comments.

 

 

 

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Good2Go

 

 

We are so excited to share one of our absolute favorite protein bars with you. Good2Go Organic Protein Bars, G2G. Niki and I are always on the Go. Up at 4:30 am, prayers and meditation, enjoying a cup of coffee, setting our intentions and not stopping until we collapse around 8 or 9 pm, everyday! So, when we need to fuel up G2G bars are our go too. I feel confident about putting the quality ingredients Good2Go use into to my body. Not only are the ingredients the highest quality, but they are also delicious.

Not only are Niki and I fans of G2G Bars, but Eleanor also loves them too.

ALMOND CHOCOLATE CHIP

  • Serving Size1 Bar (70g)
  • Servings Per Container1
  • Calories298
  • Calories from Fat126
  • Food ComponentAmount/Serving% Daily Value*
  • Total Fat14 g17.95%
  • Saturated Fat3 g15%
  • Trans Fat0 g
  • Sodium85 mg3.7%
  • Total Carbohydrate25 g9.09%
  • Dietary Fiber4 g14.29%
  • Total Sugars15 g
  • Protein18 g36%

 

 Feel free to pick up a G2G Bar and let us know what you think in the comments.

 

 

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artists studio tour

12th Annual Carpinteria and Summerland Artists Studio and Gallery Tour Set for Mother’s Day Weekend – May 12th and 13th 2018.


(CARPINTERIA, CA) The annual Carpinteria and Summerland Artists Studio and Gallery Tour takes place for the twelfth consecutive year on Mother’s Day weekend, May 12th and 13th from 10am – 5pm. This event is FREE to the community with 32 artists and their studio/gallery spaces open for the public to tour throughout beautiful Carpinteria and Summerland.

The Artists Studio and Gallery Tour is a unique opportunity to see and buy work of established artists as well as emerging talent who live in the Summerland and Carpinteria Valley.   These participating artists will display and offer for sale their art in a huge variety of media and styles in their homes and studios.  Many of the artists have live demos and works in progress, offering the opportunity to see the art being created and get a feel for the process from concept to completion.

A map and listing of this year’s Studio Tour artists is available online at carpinteriaartscenter.org  and Facebook to direct people to the studios of all the diverse fine artists in Carpinteria & Summerland participating in this year’s tour.

This weekend long opportunity to  visit local artists studios is FREE and open to the public.  A percentage of art sales will benefit the Carpinteria Arts Center mission to promote and support our local artists in their studios and galleries, the Bellas Artes program, Art by the Sea kids camp, Art in Public Places, Art in Film series and more.
In the belief that the arts are vital to a healthy community, the Carpinteria Arts Center is committed to providing challenging exhibitions, innovative learning opportunities, and cultural enrichment for people of all ages, interests, and abilities from all segments of the community.

 

ADDITIONAL TOUR EVENTS:
In conjunction with the weekend’s activities there will also be an Artists Studio Tour group show that will run for ten days. Due to the current renovation efforts  by the Carpinteria Arts Center to build a new, larger gallery space to open later this year, this year’s group show will be at the Palm Loft Gallery ,410 Palm Ave # A-1, Carpinteria. The public is invited to an artist meet-and-greet reception at the Palm Loft Gallery on Friday, May 4th 2018 from 5pm to 7pm.

For more information please visit carpinteriaartscenter.org or contact Rebecca Stebbins at rls7jsm@msn.com or  (805) 684-7789.

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