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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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kundalini yoga

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In my quest for a healthier lifestyle, I’ve been going back and forth about getting back in to yoga.  Here is how my past yoga experiences have worked.  I’m NOT a natural by any means, but I love the way it makes me feel.  I have scoliosis, so my moves are never exactly how they are suppose to be.  I’ve always gone to Montecito Yoga, while living in Santa Barbara, and I have always felt really comfortable with the classes there.  The teachers have always gone that extra mile to help me.

Long story short, I haven’t been in a long while, and I’m ready to get back into it, but in a little different realm.  I’m going to my first kundalini class this next week.  I’ve read a lot about the practice.  I love the meditation and breathing aspects of the practice. I’m learning how breathwork can really clear some different energies from your body.  I’m excited to elevate my spirit and to work on self-awareness.  My busy little mind, could use a little calmness and clarity sometimes, and I feel this practice would be beneficial.

I’m by no means an expertise in this area, matter of fact, I’m the furthest from that, and ok with it.  I do know,  that you have to try things that really interest you, or you will never know.  I’d love to hear if anyone has any experience with kundalini, and any insight you may want to share.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! Don’t forget Santa Barbara Earth Day is happening this weekend.  We’re excited to check  out all of the goodness!

xo

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a little hidden gem

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Happy midweek loves!

My husband called me the other day from work, to let me know he had booked me a 75 minute massage at a different place than our regular massage place.  I’m kind of picky about my massages.  Only because I really feel they are a treat when I get a chance to get them, so I want it to be GREAT!

The massage I was getting was at a place called Santa Barbara Body Works.  Folks that have lived here a while, may know this place.  It’s new to us. I was a bit hesitant when I arrived, only to be pleasantly surprised by how wonderful my massage was.  Here is the best part…75 minutes, for $35! WHAT! We pay A LOT more than that for 60 minutes.

However, you are in a room with probably 8 other people.  You are all divided with privacy curtains.  You do here a few moans and whatever other noises people make.  I heard a 70 year old man telling his therapist that he fell on his bum, so his left glute was sore. Hahaha! But, honestly, none of the noises bothered me, and they were not that loud.

If you are in Santa Barbara you should definitely give this place a try.  It’s a great deal, and the people could not have been any nicer. FYI: it’s hidden behind the Edward Jones building, on Mission street, and of course parking isn’t ideal.  I can manage the parking when I’m getting a 75 minute massage for $35.

Please check out their website, as the times change, and so do the prices depending on the therapist you choose.

I hope you enjoy your experience as much as I did.

 

***picture via Santa Barbara Body Works***

 

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