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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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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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MOXI

 

Eleanor said, “daddy let’s go on a date after school.” How could I resist? She has been such a help around the house and her teacher gave her the honor of being the leader today, that I said, “we can go anywhere you want.” Of course the MOXI was the first on the list.

After 20 years the dream became a reality. The MOXI opened February 25, 2017, after years of work by a determined and tireless group of volunteers, businesses, and foundations.

Their mission is to ignite learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity.

Feel free to leave your expectations at the door and get ready to discover, play and engage in a new way. Three floors of interactive experiences, organized around seven themes that all relate to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math awaits visitors daily.

We enjoy exploring the world of light, color, and shadows in this area where you can create a bold display of light patterns combined with the color mixing machine. Make sure to take the ultimate selfie at the mosaic faces exhibit.

“Are we having fun yet!”

Enjoy your day at the MOXI.

Please share your experience with us in the comments.

 

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EARTH DAY

The City of Santa Barbara hosts the two day Earth Day festival that includes live music, delicious food, and activities for the whole family. With support from sponsors: Community Environmental Council, Loa Tree, +One Events, New Noise, Firestone Walker 805 Beer and over 250 volunteers, Alameda Park is transformed into a sustainably conscious playground rooted in environmental action and awareness. It’s fun and exciting learning about everything our community is working on to improve our environment.

Eleanor is doing her best balancing. She did a great job. We were impressed! “One small step…”.

In the barrel of a plastic wave. Thank you to iSurfSchool, Green Project Consultants and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for this image reminding us to protect our oceans.

Island Seed and Feed, is an all natural pet, garden and farm supply store in Goleta. They are guided by principles of urban sustainability, organic horticulture, and community responsibility.

We purchased seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds, to start a tiny backyard garden. Eleanor has been asking us for a while to start one, so this was perfect timing. Now, it’s time to get to work!

We’re ready to plant yellow squash, Romanesco zucchini, little leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce and golden California wonder sweet peppers. Excited to get started!

Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association, is a nonprofit organization emphasizing, education, awareness and honeybee preservation to the community.

Making a stop at Mcconnell’s ice cream was a must! It’s creamy and delicious. Their ingredients are local, sustainable and organic. Yes, Please!

 

 

 

 

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Fun in the funk zone!

Hi friends!

Dave and I have been having a great time switching back and forth, sharing posts.  Hope you are enjoying them.

If you follow me on Instagram, here or here, then you know that I’ve been trying to trade in work for a little more play with Eleanor. Never trying to achieve balance (that word puts too much pressure on me), just trying to create as many memories with her as possible.

One of our favorite places to hang in Santa Barbara is the Funk Zone. You can find great food, yummy treats, fun shops and amazing art. Some of our favorites are:  Helena Avenue Bakery, they have amazing coffee and croissants, that melt in your mouth. We also love checking out Blue Door, they have amazing vintage and mid century furniture along with home decor.  Another favorite foodie spot is Lucky Penny, this is a great lunch spot. Casual, easy, yummy, and if you have little ones it’s perfect.

We are all always looking for the perfect instagrammable spots, right?! Well, there are plenty of them in the Funk Zone.

One of Eleanor’s favorite places to stop are the faces painted on the walls along Yanonali Street. They are fun, vibrant colors. All of them are painted by artist, David Flores.

If you walk a little out of the Funk Zone perimeter you will see the Moxi Museum, which is the children’s museum.  It’s a fun, science-based, great for all ages place for the family.

If you happen to find yourself in Santa Barbara be sure to check out these fun places. The whole zone is a fun experience. You can rent bikes and cruise around. There are also great hotels to stay at in the Funk Zone.  Hotel Californian, is a new modern luxury hotel, that’s amazing! We love going to the Goat Tree for breakfast.  It’s all fresh, healthy food.

We hope you enjoyed following along in one of our favorite parts of our city. Above is a small map outlining the Funk Zone. You can also click here to see a larger version. I’d love to hear if you have any favorite parts of Santa Barbara that you have enjoyed while visiting.  I love hearing an outsiders view of our city.

Wishing you all a great weekend!

 

 

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JOINING THE TEAM

I am so excited to announce that I will be a contributing member of the goodnewssantabarbara.com team. My excitement comes from finally making the decision, and following through with the action, to invest my time and effort into the dream we envisioned when Good News Santa Barbara initially launched in 2014.

Our mission is to provide a space where we can share who and what inspires us as parents, partners, and individuals.

Please reach out to us, leave comments, contact us personally with anything that intrigues and inspires you.

Here are a few pics from our day on Stearns Wharf. We enjoyed a great lunch at Long Boards Grill.

 

A couple of happy campers

A unique and interesting attraction on the wharf is the Ty Warner Sea Center.

The Harbor Restaurant and Santa Barbara Shellfish Company are great dining experiences.

Eleanor is on her way to lil’ ninjas, karate for kids class at Martial Arts Family Fitness. We love the fun, learning atmosphere.

In the year we’ve attended we have observed Eleanor build a strong body, a disciplined mind, and a resilient spirit. Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and an Indomitable Spirit are the school tenets.

Your first class is free.

Check them out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Favorite calendars of 2016

Call me crazy, but for some reason this year, I have multiple calendars around our home. I guess I need them. Maybe, I just really like the aesthetics of them. Anyway, I found some good ones and wanted to share them with you, before it’s too late.

We do use multiple calendars to help us stay organized for home, work and social activities. It helps us with keeping some sort of structure in our home.  Plus, it’s nice to see all of the pretty pictures.

Cheers to 2016!

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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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surf chic

We live on the coast, and therefore we surf.  Well, let me clear that up, my husband surfs.  I’m a beach girl.  I could stay, play and lay all day long if my life allowed.  Here are some homes that show just how chic surfing really is.  But, we all knew that anyway, right?!

Oh, by the way, can I please have all of these homes. One can always dream….

Chic surfing homes…

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getting inspired

There are a lot of gifts you could give this holiday season, but when it comes to something really meaningful, there’s nothing quite like the gift of a book you’ve made yourself. But before you start having visions of gluing and sewing together pages, check out the Blurb Gift Center.

Blurb lets you make seriously beautiful books using their free tools. Just add photos and text, choose your options (like paper and cover type), and then order. Of course, you do have to decide just what kind of book you want to make. But relax, because they have put together the cool Blurb Gift Center to give you lots of ideas.

For instance, if you’ve got a genealogical bent, there’s the Blurb Family History Book.

For those with newborns (or those that know someone with a newborn), a Blurb Baby Book might be just the thing.

And if you’re the kind of person who keeps getting asked for copies of your recipes, think about making a Blurb Food Book.

This holiday season, make your gift recipients feel really special by making them something special. There really is a book for everyone.

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