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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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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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Filed under: Fashion, Favorites, Home, Life, Local, Miscellaneous

Finding the perfect rug

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Designing a home, office or retail space can always be a little daunting, especially if you’re doing it on your own and not with an interior designer.  I always feel like ‘the rug’ is one of the biggest statements of a room.  You almost tend to design everything around the rug, or at least I do.

I love anything brown, white and camel. So, I was pleasantly pleased when I found our beautiful animal print rug from Rugs USA.  I love it so much! It can pretty much go in any room, although, we chose to put in our dining room with our West Elm, mid-century wood table. It’s simple, yet makes a nice statement.

Both of these companies are so easy to work with and have fast and prompt shipping, with amazing prices.  I recommend both if you are thinking of redecorating or adding new pieces to your home, office or even retail space.

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Midcentury Living

We love anything midcentury! From the decor to the furniture, it’s all good! We decided to round up a few of our favorite styles and share them with you. Major design inspo for some of our future projects. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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All sources from here.

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Home decor part 1

Hey!!

We are so excited to start a small, home decor series! We wanted to share a few of the wonderful products from companies that we have teamed up with, which will come later. First, some major inspo that we have going on from a couple of our favorite online stores.

We love ecarpetgallery.com and bryght.com. Both, very reputable companies, and their prices are for everyone. Their products are great quality, and they have a wide selection.

Stay tuned for more amazing products from both companies, along with a few more.

Here are a few items we’ve been dreaming about…

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***Click on photos to direct you to their page***

***All photos from their company***

 

 

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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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Christmas 2015

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Christmas was so special this year. Eleanor was at the age, that she kind of knew what was going on. We began by reading her a few Christmas stories, leading up to Christmas, and cheated a bit, and gave her presents to open the week leading up to.  She loved all of the bows and wrapping. We probably could have just wrapped wrapping, and we would have been good. It’s so fun to watch those little eyes light up at everything, and watch those little hands pull at all of the bows.

Now, it’s time to get back to all of the healthy eating, and staying on track. My body wasn’t feeling so hot after putting stuff in it that I normally don’t eat. Of course, at the time it seems like an awesome idea, but I paid for it later.

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season!

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Filed under: Children, Family, Holiday, Home

Holiday Baking

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The baking continues over in our household. I came across this amazing vegan sugar cookie recipe (yes, it’s amazing), and wanted to share it with you.

I hope everyone is enjoying this season as much as I am. Having a little one, really makes it that much more special.

Also, I made a promise to myself, that I am hitting the gym after the holidays. UGH! I have never liked the gym, like not even a little bit. Send some good gym juju my way, please. Ha!

On that note, here is the amazing vegan sugar recipe…

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup soft but not melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk, soymilk, or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut, soy, or almond milk
  • sprinkles or sanding sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, coconut oil, 1/4 cup coconut milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed to combine. Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and cream of tartar until blended. If dough is too crumbly, add a little more milk until it comes together. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease with cooking spray. Divide dough in half. Roll each dough half to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface cut out with cookie cutters. Dough may need to warm up a little before it’s easy to roll out. Place shapes on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake 7-8 minutes until edges just begin to turn golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. To make icing, place powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Spread on cooled cookies or use a piping bag to make designs. Use sprinkles or sanding sugar to decorate. adapted from Betty Crocker

Yield: 12 cookies depending on size 
Prep Time: 10 mins. Cook time: 8 mins.
Total time: 18 mins.

Recipe from here.

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Gingerbread cookies + essential oils

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We have finally been getting into the groove of Christmas around here. I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but we like to start early. Who doesn’t?!

We’ve been trying to engage Eleanor in the kitchen a little more.  She loves the refrigerator, and she loves to get out all of the pots and pans, but, we’re trying to engage her in the cooking aspect of it all. She’s still a little young, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

The other morning I had a huge craving for gingerbread cookies, and of course, if you know me, you know that they had to be healthy. I remember a while back looking on the internet and coming across a somewhat healthy, and a very easy recipe, via My New Roots.

Here is the recipe I followed…

Healthy Holiday Gingerbread
Makes at least 2 dozen medium-sized cookies

Ingredients:
2 ½ / 350g whole spelt flour
¼ tsp. fine grain sea salt
½ tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. ground ginger (or less if you prefer more mild gingerbread)
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
5 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
½ cup / 70g coconut sugar
½ cup / 125ml unsulfured blackstrap molasses
3 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Sift the dry ingredients together.
2. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil, then whisk in the molasses, applesauce, and vanilla.
3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and fold to combine – you may need to use your hands to mix this, but don’t overwork the dough. Fold just until the ingredients come together evenly. Turn dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap, make a ball, then flatten into a large disc. Wrap and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
4. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C. Remove dough from the fridge, unwrap and cut in half. Wrap one half and return it to the fridge. Place the other half of the dough between two pieces of baking paper and roll out (if it is very stiff, you may need to let it warm up just slightly). Remove top half of the paper and cut out desired shapes with a cookie cutter or a knife. Slide a knife or thin egg lifter under each shape and place on a lined baking sheet. Ball up the scraps of dough, roll it out between the parchment and start again. Once the dough becomes too warm, return it to the fridge and repeat the entire process with the other half of the chilled dough.
5. Place cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes (7 minutes produces a softer, chewier cookie, while 10 minutes produces a crispier one). Remove from oven and let cool on pan.

For the frosting, that I drizzled lightly across each cookie, I used a recipe adapted from here.  I really wanted to incorporate essential oil some way. We used orange for this recipe, and it was divine!

Enjoy!

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Dream Bedding

 

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To continue on with our design décor series, we have found the dreamiest of dreamy bedding. Cariloha,

I’ve spent countless dollars on good bedding, because I firmly believe in, if you spend a little extra money you can have a quality product.  Not all of the time, but sometimes. Cariloha, is my new favorite brand. Their product is amazing.  The sheets and duvet both washed up nicely, and both are extremely soft.

On a side note, Cariloha has amazing customer service. The gentleman I dealt with couldn’t have been any kinder, and in today’s world, kindest to me means everything.

If you have a minute, go check out their products, I know you’ll love them.

We have this duvet, and this pair of sheets. Love them both!

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