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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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Santa Barbara Orchid Show

Excited for the 72nd annual Santa Barbara Orchid Show! If you are local or live somewhere close to Santa Barbara, I highly suggest checking this show out! It will literally take your breathe away.  Plus, I feel like anytime you’re around massive amounts of flowers the vibration is high.

The prestigious Show occupies 22,000 square feet of elaborate floor displays along with a 13,000 square foot international flower market.  This provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet premier orchid growers from around the world.  These growers are invited to exhibit and participate in the longest running show in the nation, which provides a unique experience each and every year!  Here are 9 reasons why you should attend this year’s Show:

1. The Grand Exhibits. Some of the most vibrant, rare and exotic orchids collected from around the world are show-stoppers in The Grand Orchid Exhibits. Award-winning growers and societies both domestic and international let their prized plants shine and truly demonstrate the show’s theme, “Orchid Mystique.”

2. International Orchid Show Market. Event attendees have the opportunity to find blooms that otherwise might not be available. Many of the finest growers both from the US and from Tokyo, Ecuador, Brazil, Thailand, Colombia and Hawaii make their rare, unusual plants available for purchase in the Sales Area near the Exhibit Hall. From orchids for the beginning windowsill grower to rare species and hybrids for the serious hobbyist, the variety of orchids and supplies is astounding.

3. Interactive exhibits by the Santa Barbara Zoo. New to this year’s show will be a number of STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, art and math) that will be hosted by the Santa Barbara Zoo.  These include both an indoor and outdoor booth that will provide hands on fun and activities for children and adults of all ages.

4. Art Show.  Talented artists will play on the theme of orchids at an exhibit that will be paired with the three-day event. Members of the Santa Barbara Art Association will let the allure of orchids serve a muse for their pieces that will add another dimension to the celebration of nature’s beauty and mysteries.  Both paintings and photographs will be on display and available to purchase.

5. Demonstrations and Educational exhibits.  Not just for the eyes and nose, but also for the brain. Potting demonstrations are scheduled throughout all 3 days, many of which are hosted by Master Gardeners. These give attendees the opportunity to see how the experts do it and to ask any questions they might have. Educational exhibits can be found throughout the Exhibit Hall. Past exhibits have shown how Vanilla extract is grown and produced. Another told the story of famed explorer Sir Joseph Hooker’s pursuit in the Himalayan foothills for the blue Vanda, Another displayed images taken using an Scanning Electron Microscope.

6. Floral Arrangements & Corsages Using orchids as their medium, local artisans will create stunning, themed floral arrangements and corsages from orchid blooms. The artisans tap their creativity to wow judges and vie for awards based on the principles of the Western School of Flower Arrangers.

7. Visit the Orchid Doctor.  Have an orchid that has fallen out of optimal health? Orchid Doctor Bruce Kidd is available in the Exhibit Hall throughout the weekend to answer orchid questions. Kidd is past president of the San Diego County Cymbidium Society and can diagnose orchid issues and prescribe a plan of action to turn around the health of the sometimes temperamental plants.

8. Visit the Local Nurseries. Commercial orchid cultivation is an important part of the local horticultural scene. In conjunction with the SB International Orchid Show, many local nurseries offer tours and open houses, at which festival attendees can purchase thriving orchids directly out of the greenhouses where they’re grown and from the growers who take pride in their products.  You can visit The California Orchid Trail website for more information HERE.

9. Attend the Cymbidium Conference.  Attend the 42nd Annual Cymbidium Society of America Congress on Saturday, March 18th.  Hear lectures by cymbidium and slipper experts, reconnect with friends (and make new ones), and enjoy the continental breakfast and luncheon, all right next to the Showgrounds.  The Saturday evening gala includes reception banquet, auction, dinner, speakers and awards ceremony.

Hope you can make this amazing show!!

 

 

 

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Bar Method Santa Barbara

Yesterday I had the privilege of taking a Bar Method class. I’m sure many of you have heard of this exercise. But, if you haven’t, here is a small explanation from their website that nicely sums it up…

“The Bar Method creates a uniquely lean, firm, sculpted body by combining the muscle shaping principles of isometrics, the body-elongating practice of dance, the science of physical therapy and the intense pace of interval training into a powerful exercise format that quickly and safely reshapes and elongates muscles”.

I have to say, it was kind of hard, and I’d like to think I’m in shape. What I loved about it, was the fact that they really focus on grace and posture, which I think is so important. We (I at least), tend to hunch our shoulders on a daily basis when tired, or working at a computer all day, or any of the other million reasons we do it. This really showed me that no matter how hard you work out there is always room for improvement. It also made me aware of other parts of my body that needed a good stretch. I felt Bar Method is a very effective exercise. Again great for balance and posture.

Lastly, Kendall, Bar Method Santa Barbara’s owner, is amazing! She couldn’t have been any nicer and was so helpful throughout the class, and I needed it, trust me.  Also, HUGE BONUS, showers that are so clean you’ll feel right at home getting ready AND childcare. Those are two HUGE things I always hear people saying they love about a place.

If you get a chance I highly recommend popping in for a class. I think you will be pleasantly surprise with the workout you get, I know I was.

Bar Method is located at;

130 S Hope Ave Suite D113

Santa Barbara, Ca 93105

805-898-9000

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Be Present. Be CALM

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Something we feel strongly about, is supporting different organizations around the country. One of them that we have recently learned more about is CALM. CALM’s prevention programs across Santa Barbara county help parents and children heal from their traumatic pasts. Raising our voices for the safety and well-being of our children will always be top priority for us.

On Thursday, November 10, 2016, from 11:30-1:00, CALM will hold their annual luncheon, CALM at heart.  The event will take place at the Coral Casino, Four Seasons Biltmore, in Montecito, California.

The event is to raise funds to support CALM’s vital child abuse prevention and treatment programs at CALM.  This years theme, Awakening, honors the mindful work CALM therapists do with children and families.  Guests will enjoy an afternoon of music and keynote speaker, Dr. Jennifer Freed, all while enjoying a two-course lunch and panoramic ocean views.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here,  and any further questions can be answered at 805-965-2376.

 

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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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a visit to the farm

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Happy Monday! I know it’s Monday, but I’ve realized if I keep putting a negative connotation on Monday’s, they will never be good. So, here is to loving Monday’s, because for us this means our weekend with daddy is right around the corner.  Dave’s weekends are Tuesday and Wednesday!

That being said, here is a fun, little joint we love going to as a family. Fresh veggies, fruits, and farm animals.  Win, win!! The Farm Stead, is a local, organic farm, that you can pick your own berries, and other produce. The have completely revamped the farm, formally known as Classic Organic. They still work on a honor system, which is so old school, I love it! The whole experience makes you feel like the world is still such an honest, pure, blissful place.  If you are local, or somewhat local, check the farm out! I think you will love it as much as we do.

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A day at the zoo

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The other day we decided to finally make a trip to our local zoo.  I’ve heard great things about the Santa Barbara zoo.  But, for some reason, I have never been. Now that we have Eleanor, we find ourselves exploring so much more. I like that! We decided to buy a yearly pass, and after our first time through, I feel like we made a great decision.

Santa Barbara Zoo, is small, but really nice. It’s actually really perfect, especially for Eleanor at this young age. Somewhere that is contained, that you can let your little one run wild, is definitely high up on my list. Eleanor loved the whole experience.  We probably didn’t pick the best time to go, as it was around Eleanor’s nap time, but she still enjoyed it. Heck, we all REALLY enjoyed it! We’re looking forward to going back very soon.

Can’t wait to see where we are going to explore next!

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Attn: moms with teens

Researchers at UCSB are looking for MOMS and TEENS (14-18) to participate in a PAID STUDY!

We are looking for local teens (14-18) and their mothers who are willing to participate in the UCSB Parent-Teen Study.  Participating in the study takes about one hour and involves having conversations with one another about different topics, including relationships, dating, sexuality, sexual orientation, marriage, and families.

There are lots of perks to participating!  You and your teen will each earn $15 cash for your time.  This is also a great opportunity to expose your teen to university research as they may be preparing to apply for college themselves.  Ultimately, the researchers will use information gathered through the study to create parenting workshops to help other parents have these conversations with their teens!

Appointments are available daily, including weekends.  Call Audrey at (805) 380-6897 to sign up or learn more about the study.  Or visit: ucsbstudy.wix.com/ucsbstudy

If you are reading this and aren’t a mom or teen, please feel free to share the link with someone you know who is!

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Earth Day

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This past weekend we celebrated mother earth. Dave took Saturday off, which is a rarity, so we got to hang with daddy all day!  We enjoyed all of the activities that were happening in Alameda Park, for Earth Day. One of the great things about Santa Barbara, is there’s always so many different activities for families to enjoy!

There were lots of kid activities too, which was nice.  Eleanor had the chance to play the drums, which she loved.  She loves her music! We took a semester off, but she will be back to her music class in a couple of months.  It’s been such a great investment for her.

We listened to lots of live music, and snacked on lots of healthy goodness.  It’s always nice to just throw a few blankets down, relax, and listen to some good tunes.  I also had the chance to check out one of my favorites, Sun Potion.  They had a booth and were offering 20% off all of their products, so I totally scored!  If you know me, you know I love my herbs!

We tied up the weekend with a children’s concert on the UCSB campus, where Eleanor got to enjoy a little fun, with some of her tiny friends.

Hope everyone is having an epic week!

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