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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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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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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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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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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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Smoothie and salads for the brain

If there is one thing people who know me well know, it’s that I’m a thorough investigator with things that I am deeply interested in. I think has something to do with my father being a former investigator. Runs in the family. Ha!

When I first came across Bulletproof, the company completely intrigued me. First I tried their coffee, which is amazing and one that we always have in our home. Then, I moved on to the brain octane oil.  It’s a reliable and quick source of energy from fat, not sugar. It also helps your body burn fat. The best part, because I’m an overtired parent, it helps with mental clarity. Yes, please!

We’ve been using it for quite a while now, and I wanted to share a couple of different ways we incorporate into our lifestyle.

Smoothies, who doesn’t like a good smoothie. We make them often. Here is what we add…

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup strawberries

1 cup organic spinach

1 Tablespoon hemp hearts

1 Tablespoon brain octane oil

1 scoop Bulletproof collagen protein powder

1 cup of filtered water or more or less depending on what consistency you like. You can also add almond milk.

Blend it up and enjoy!

The other easy option for adding this amazing brain boost in, is salads.  We eat our fair share of salads around here, so this is an easy one for us too. Here is a simple recipe for a yummy dinner salad…you can add your own measurements depending on how much you are making.

1 cup arugula

1/2-1 avocado

chopped up cilantro

1/2 of a chopped up red onion

1 Persian cucumber

sun dried tomatoes or cherry tomatoes

For the dressing…

1-2 tablespoons brain octane oil

1 fresh squeezed lemon

Himalayan pink salt

sprinkle of pepper and I sometimes will add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.

That’s it!! Super easy and full of great fats.

I can’t wait to hear if you try the oil, it really is amazing for your body. Also, I would love to hear if you already use it and the ways that you incorporate into your life.

Stay healthy, friends!!

 

 

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superfood Smoothie and more

Hello!!!

I’ve been pretty quiet around here lately. Life is so busy, truth be told, I’m having a hard time keeping up with this space. We’ve gone through some changes all around in the last 6 months, and I’m trying to just stay afloat. All is good and will eventually get better down the road, but for now I’ve really had to keep my focus on Love Threads, as that is our main income.

I will however try to keep up more consistently on here. As some of you know I love anything health. After battling a few less healthy lifestyles in the past, this is something that I care deeply about. I’m hoping to share yummy, healthy recipes and anything else that may come to mind.

If you’re still hanging around, thanks for your patience. Life has a funny way of pulling you in different directions when you least expect it.

Love to you all!

This is my current addiction…

Cauliflower blueberry reishi smoothie

1/2 bag of Trader Joes’s frozen organic riced cauliflower

1 scoop Pescience peanut butter cookie protein powder

1/4 cup frozen organic blueberries

1 heaping teaspoon Sun Potion reishi (benefits of this adaptogen below)

1/2 – 1 cup filtered water

Blend together and enjoy! Add the water slowly so you get the consistency that you like for your smoothies. I like mine thick!

Ok, reishi!! First off, it’s amazing! Reishi is an adaptogen, which means it adapts to stress and exerts a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.

Reishi is known as the “queen healer mushroom”. This potent herb is capable of helping the body to overcome any health challenges it may encounter, while improving its ability to resist stress.  Promoting calmness, balance and inner strength. I love adding it to smoothies or making a tea.

I use Sun Potions reishi. I love their herbs and stand fully behind them. I also love that they are a local company in Santa Barbara.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Rigoni di asiago

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This family business is one that you will for sure want to add to your pantry.  Everything we tried from them was AMAZING!!  All of their products are clean, organic and GMO free. It’s always nice to find a sweet treat that is still very clean. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I had no problem trying each and every one of Rigoni’s spreads.  Of course, my favorite was the hazelnut spread with cocoa and milk. OMG!! An easy and great replacement for you Nutella lovers.  Also, their sweetner is so yummy in hot tea. It’s a low glycemic sweetner from apples. Win win!!

We are all about healthy living over here, and this company hits all of the marks.  Go try their products, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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