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A DAY IN THE PARKS

Eleanor and I are so excited to share this post with you. Today is moms day off, so we are off to the parks. We are so fortunate to live around the block from the Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens and Kid’s World at Alameda Park.

It may not look like it, but we’ve been up since 4:30 am.

I did say we live right around the corner from the parks, but I thought it would be a good idea to drive just in case Eleanor came up with a different plan.

We enjoy feeding the ducks and turtles at the garden koi pond.

The Memorial Garden features a collection of 75 different trees, and plant species. The Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Self-Guided Tree & Plant Tour includes a sensory garden with audio posts, interpretive Braille signs, walking paths, picnic areas; and Gazebo.

A butterfly garden includes host plants for butterflies and moths.

Moving right along, we spent the rest of the day swinging and sliding at Kids World.

We hope you enjoyed your day in the parks with us.

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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 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~

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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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Fall Is Here!

Fall is here, well in most parts of the country anyway. Santa Barbara, has a little bit of a warmer Fall than most places, but it’s still Fall in my mind. I’m from the Midwest, and this will always be one of my favorite seasons.

I decorated the porch on Sept 29th, I couldn’t wait. I’m sure my neighbors think I’m crazy, but that’s OK. Halloween is right around the corner. YAY!!

The shop has so many new Fall arrivals, and I wanted to share a few with you. Also, some fun pictures from this last week.

Enjoy!

Life Lately…..

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New Fall Arrivals…

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Celebrating Summer in winter

 

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Sorry about the absence around here lately. We hope everyone is having a great February!

We have been enjoying this 80 degree weather we are having! What??!! It’s been pretty much summer around here, and we are not complaining. Although, I will admit, I loved the cooler, rainy weather we had, for all of 2 weeks. The midwest girl in me itches for cooler days.

Eleanor has been enjoying her sandbox, and playing at the beach and different parks. She’s definitely a sun child. Just like her daddy.

I’ve been trying to slow down a little bit with work during the days, to enjoy my time with Eleanor. She’s growing up so fast, and it’s starting to hit me hard.  I don’t want to miss out on her discoveries because my head was shoved in a computer. I’m sure you can all understand that.

Below are a few pics from our latest days spent together. Eleanor really is the most amazing gift I have ever received. Some days I want to rip my hair out (like we all have), but even on those days, I’m super grateful that I was given this beautiful soul.

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sadness

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I know the title of this post probably isn’t one that you want to jump on reading, but sometimes in the blogging world I feel like its good to read an honest, raw post.  The other day my parents called me to ask about a girl from my hometown.  She had died, she was 34, and the mother of 3 children.  She had committed suicide.  Supposedly there were no signs of her sadness, but to be honest I have no idea, nor is it any of my business. It just happened to make me stop and really think how precious this life is that we are living in.  It also made me so sad that she was so sad, and felt that lonely.

That’s our society though, and that infuriates me more than anything.  Push it under the rug, and ignore it. We live by, “there is always something or someone far worse”.  But, is there really? If you’ve never dealt with anxiety or depression, count your lucky stars.  The shit is no joke! And something that shouldn’t be hidden, but very often is. Families are ashamed or embarrassed, or sometimes even call it a selfish act(suicide).  But, in reality it needs to be spoken about to raise awareness.

I remember having a miscarriage (another push under the rug thing), I was so sad and didn’t know what or who to turn to, and thank god, found someone who I didn’t even know, via the internet.  She helped me immensely.  I’ve had a small case of anxiety my whole life, nothing tragic, but could have easily gotten there. I’ve always tried to self soothe, which is what I think we all do to some degree. ie. drinking, drugging, shopping, eating, exercising, etc…

After having my daughter, I felt really good. Then around 6 months, I would fall in and out of anxiety. feelings I couldn’t help. (postpartum, another very serious issue) I have a great life, a great husband, I live where most people would dream to live, everything is great! But, these were feelings I couldn’t explain.  Even today I still fight with those demons. My head can be a dangerous place. But, today I have people I can reach out to. I have friends who I trust and tell everything to, even when I am feeling sad or full of anxiety.  I’m not embarrassed to talk about it, or ashamed, or too good, or even too proud. Today, even on my saddest days (which are definitely more rare), I know everything will be ok.

I could go on and on about this topic. How social media affects people, holding grudges against people for years, especially when you have no idea what they are going through, judging and not knowing, family pressures, being better than, etc…

Whatever happened to being just a decent human being and loving someone for exactly who and how they are. We ALL have character defects, but essentially we are all one.  Maybe reach your arm out to that one person you normally wouldn’t. Because you never know who may need you when you least expect it, and you may never know when there won’t be a tomorrow for them. Life is so precious.

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ONE!

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Happy birthday, to our sweet Eleanor! You have taught us so much in this last year.  You have taught us how to love and nourish, and not to want and need. You have taught us how to live life to the fullest. We feel so, so blessed to have you as our own. We love you, baby girl.

Here’s to many more!

xo

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letting go of the past

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I think we all have the ability to hang on to old things or habits, whether we want to admit it or not.   I know I do.  Lately, I’ve really been trying to clear away all negative energies from my body.  I feel like I have done a pretty good job with this, since I started the process 5 years ago, but there is always a little “shaping up” that can be done.  Along the way I’ve made some amends, did a little process called “cleaning house”, and multiple other things.  Today, I feel good, but I also think I could feel even better.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m super grateful for where I am today.

I’m a new mom, with a fairly new marriage (going on 4 years), and another new business, in a fairly new city.  We have the typical family issues here and there, you know?! (insert comedy here) All in all, life is completely fair.

So, I’ve decided to revisit certain inside issues, and really do a bit of self-care and self-love.  We are all amazing individuals, who really deserve to be on this planet, but so often we get lost in “things”, and forget about the simple pleasures like individualism, nature, self care, and so on…or just about being kind to others, even though you’re having a bad day, you just never know what that other person is going through.  For me, learning to pause and to be more patient, to be more present, and to listen.  I recently started reading this book, it’s about letting go, and finding your true intentions. Not forgetting about YOU. Which, I think we all do.

So, here is to the new you, and not being afraid of letting go! We are a lot of work, us humans, but we were put on this precious earth to be kind and loving, and to help others, and to all be ONE. Be grateful! Be kind! Love one another.

Below are a few websites that I have found to be completely uplifting, and really good reads for the mind, body and soul.

ashleyneese.com

thelocalrose.com

freeandnative.com

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What to do when it’s HOT!!!

pop1I mean, really, it’s been 100 degrees here, and I can’t take it another day.  I remember this happened last year while I was pregnant, and now again. I’m so sorry if you’re pregnant and you live in Santa Barbara.  We have been getting creative with ways to stay cool (well, not that creative, but whatever). The old washcloth in the freezer, ice packs on the body, and today, we made popsicles.

This is seriously the easiest and actually a fairly healthy treat to make for you and your littles.  We used watermelon, because that’s what we had.  I still have a major addiction to watermelon, it all started while I was pregnant.  Here is the super simple recipe…

Makes 6 popsicles:

slice a half of a watermelon into large chunks and put it into the blender

a splash or two of filtered water

a drop or two of stevia liquid

blend it all together and poor into molds. We use these, and love them!

Enjoy!

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