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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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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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FOODIE SPOTLIGHT

Welcome to Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar. The line begins here, (you’ll be lucky if there is no line, the good news is, if there is, it moves quickly).

Life’s amazing, and of the many gifts we receive, the people we meet and the relationships we build along the way are the most enduring. Emre is one of those people. He is originally from Turkey and moved here nine years ago.

April 15, 2014, Emre opened Empty Bowl inside the Santa Barbara Public Market. Winner of the 2017 Santa Barbara Independent: Best of Santa Barbara Noodle Bar, his passion, and spirit for life and food are easily noticed as you place your order at the bar or take out counter.

Niki, Eleanor, and I were invited to the four year anniversary celebration last Sunday, and we loved every dish. We ordered the Larb Lettuce Tacos, Mama’s Hand Wrapped ” JIAOZI ” Pot Stickers, Pad Thai Khao San Road, and Pan Fried Pancit Noodle. The Summer Rolls and Roasted Duck Buns are extremely popular, so show up early!

On the menu is a great selection of beer and wine to quench your thirst.

So, if you’re just visiting or a local and craving Thai comfort street food, look no further.

Check ’em out on Instagram, @emptybowlnoodle 

 

 

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A week in photos

As many of you have heard our small community suffered a major mudslide last week. This comes right on the tail of the Thomas Fire. It has been unreal to watch family and friends lose loved ones. We are of course doing as much as we can to help.

We tried to explain it all to Eleanor. She goes to school in Montecito, and obviously hasn’t been able to attend, and has wondered why?. It’s hard to explain to a three year old what a tragic event it is.

Our hearts are broken, but we are a strong community that will rebuild.

We tried to bring happiness in this week, with it being such a hard and sad time.  Here are some pictures of the week, and I included a few photos from firefighter, Mike Eliason, of the mudslide.

Hold your loved ones close and be kind to one another. Life can turn in an instant.

much love~

xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A new YOU!

I wanted to take a moment to pop over here and tell you about a new venture I’ve added to the shop.  Closet Editor, someone who comes and organizes your closet to make you feel good, free of chaos, and have an order to your clothing, accessories and shoes.

Standing in front of your closet, staring at what to wear in the morning, is something we all have done once or twice. (eye roll) I will come organize you to exactly what fits your personality. This is something that tends to go deeper than the surface.

Fashion is something that should make you feel good, support who you are. Your wardrobe should speak to you, every single piece. Sometimes we have a hard time getting rid of “stuff”, I’m here to help you organize the chaos. I want you to feel good when you get up and get in that closet of yours every day.

Sometimes you just need a little guidance, and that’s where I come in.

Looking forward to turning your life back to where it needs to be. Happy, simple and fun!

Please feel free to email me at shoplovethreads@gmail.com for any questions and a quote.

Currently serving Los Angeles, Montecito, Summerland, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria.

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Healthy skin care

Hello!

We just finished up celebrating Summer Solstice in Santa Barbara. Always such a fun and exciting time here! Visitors from all over come to Santa Barbara to celebrate this fun weekend of parties and parades. After all of that, I’m taking a much needed self-care Sunday.

I wanted to share an amazing skin care line with you. I’m a huge fan of self care. I often will post with the hashtag #selfcare or #selfcaresunday on Instagram. I think it’s important for women to take care of themselves.  We have so much on our plates these days, that it’s important to nourish our own souls and skin 😉

One of my favorite lines is Mad Hippie.  Mad Hippie formulates their products with two things in mind, safety and efficiency. Each bottle of goodness is packed full of anti-aging actives, all formulated to complement one another and work in synergy.

Here are my top favorites:

Cream Cleanser: This is a hydrating cleanser that softens and smoothes the skin. It’s wonderful for my ultra-sensitive skin. It also contains jojoba oil, which is a natural moisturizer that resembles our skins’s own lubricant, sebum, and is readily absorbed into the skin. This cream also contains, orchid extract, organic macadamia oil and algae extract. Yes, please!

Vitamin C Serum: This brighten, tighten and smoothes the skin vitamin c is a vital element in the production of collagen. It can help reduce wrinkles and discoloration. This is a great collagen maintenance. If you know me, you know I’m big on my collagen.  This serum also contains vitamin E and  ferulic acid, which is a natural antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants. Lastly, konjac root, which is an exotic Asian flower that soften and smoothes the skin while forming a protective barrier. Rich in so many nutrients.

Face Cream: This amazing face cream contains so many goodies that are good for moisturizing, collagen and wrinkle reduction. Some of the ingredients are: matrixyl synthe ‘6, which is an advanced peptide that works to naturally smooth the skin and reduce wrinkles. Syn-tacks, is another ingredient, which is a dual peptide complex that helps tone and firm the skin. Resveratrol, which is a super potent antioxidant found in grapes that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and protects the skin. Lastly, niacinamide, which is believed to inhibit the harmful effects of ultra violet rays, even skin tone and smooth the skin.

Hydrating Nutrient Mist: This harmoniously hydrating blend works to minimize the appearance of photodamage. It’s hydrating and brighten and evens the skin tone, with ingredients such as, hesperidin, sodium PCA, ginkgo biloba, and my favorite, milk thistle.

Even if you want to start with one, I recommend the serum. There are so many companies out there today that claim to do so many different things. I like Mad Hippie, because their line is simple, clean, and honest.

Start today by carving out at least one day a week, even if it’s an hour, to pamper yourself. Do an at-home facial, read a book, take a nap, cook, do whatever feeds your soul. You will notice in a short amount of time, that this precious time you carve out will not only become a healthy habit, but will also calm your mind, body and soul. So important in todays society.

I hope everyone has a great week!!

 

 

 

 

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Turmeric Breakfast Muffins

 

 

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The other day I was cruising through Instagram, while nursing, and found this amazing recipe, that I had to share.  I’m always looking for that perfect, healthy, muffin recipe. Here is what I have come to understand, about 1 in every 5 healthy recipes, that I try, turn out to be keepers. So, after trying this one, we all agreed it was a good one!

I found it on the amazing IG account, @gkstories. If you’d like different alternatives for some of the ingredients, he does list them on his site.

Here is the recipe I followed…

Turmeric & Blueberry Breakfast Muffins with a Granola Topping
Makes 12 large or 15 smaller

This makes a rather large batch for our small family, so we usually freeze half of them.

Dry ingredients
100 g / 1 cup walnuts
85 g /1 cup rolled oats, use gluten free if intolerant
90 g / 2/3 cup buckwheat flour + 2 tbsp arrowroot (or potato starch)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp turmeric (use a little less if you are not used to the flavor)
1 tsp freshly ground cardamom
½ tsp sea salt
a pinch black pepper

Wet ingredients
160 ml / 2/3 cup buttermilk or plant yogurt
80 ml / 1/3 cup olive oil or butter
2 ripe bananas, mashed
5 fresh dates, mashed
3 large eggs (or 3 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 9 tbsp water)

A large handful blueberries, frozen or fresh

Granola topping
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp olive oil/coconut oil
1 tbsp runny honey

Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease the pan with oil or butter. Add walnuts and rolled oats to a food processor or blender (or mortle) and mix quickly into a coarse flour. Transfer to a large mixing bowl together with the rest of the dry ingredients. Add buttermilk, oil, bananas and dates to the food processor or blender and mix until smooth, then transfer to the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Crack the eggs in a separate bowl and beat them for about a minute before adding them as well. Use a spatula to carefully fold everything until combined. Divide the batter into the muffin tins, drop a bunch of blueberries on top of each muffin and gently push them down a bit. Mix together the granola crumble in a small bowl and add it on top of the muffins. Bake for about 18-20 minutes. Best enjoyed still warm from the oven.

Recipe is adapted from here.

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Terra’s Kitchen // home delivery

terras kitchen10 new - CopyIf you have followed us for a while, then you know we are huge health fans, we cook at home a lot, and we like anything that is farm to table. When we were approached by Terra’s Kitchen to try their home delivery meals, we were super excited!

I have to be honest with you, I love cooking and even grocery shopping (I know, weird), but lately with the store being so busy, and the hubby working long hours (hospitality business), it sure is nice to have your meals planned out and your ingredients delivered.

However, that being said, we still want to keep our meals as clean as possible. So, when I did a little research on Terra’s Kitchen, I loved the fact that they are farm to table. Keeping all of their ingredients clean, all-natural, hormone free and no antibiotics.

Because it’s been so hot here in California, we stuck with a couple of grilling options. Tonight we had, grilled ny strip steak, with tomatoes, zucchini and basil chimichurri.  Super easy, and super good! That’s another bonus, EASY!

Head on over to our Instagram page, where we are hosting an awesome giveaway, with Terra’s Kitchen, that you won’t want to miss!

Also, we’d love for you to try Terra’s Kitchen. So, for our readers and first time users, please use the code GoodNews at checkout and receive $50 off $100 or more.

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