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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:

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!



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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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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!




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Patricia Nash Designs


I always love being contacted by designers that are new to me, and have quality work.  As many of you know I was in the fashion industry for years, and now have my online store.  So, I can really appreciate quality workmanship.

Patricia Nash Designs, is based in Knoxville, TN.  Her love for traveling is shown in her work.  Her products are 100% authentic handcrafted Italian leather.  You can find them nationwide, or at

Here is a little bit about the designer…

What is your background?  I have been designing, selling, and marketing handbags and other accessories for other brands for over 20 years. First I was focused on licenses with Warner Bros. Disney, to private brand development for American Eagle, J Crew, and Ann Taylor to name a few.

When did you start designing?  I started designing and making wedding cakes to support myself in college to then designing kitchen products, children’s products to handbags and small accessories nearly 20 years ago

What other things do you design besides handbags?  Small leather goods, luggage, belts, hats, and boots. We look forward to expanding our product line as Patricia Nash grows as a brand.

Price range of handbags? $99-299

How would you describe your line? European Old world craftsmanship for today’s woman

What do you do outside of designing? Management of the business, still serve as Pres of Company-  mother of 2 and grandmother of 6 – still decorate cakes for family members. I love cooking, travelling and appreciating any type of old world craftsmanship.

Has designing handbags always been your passion? Designing and creating something in general sharing it with people has always been my passion whether cakes, food, bags, or a flower arrangement.

Patricia Nash Store and Macy’s La Cumbre Invite Customers to “Shop For A Cause”

 Patricia Nash is set to open its first ever shop-in-shop on Saturday, August 23rd at Macy’s La Cumbre located at 3805 La Cumbre Plaza Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. The new boutique, which will be a 400 sq ft. space located on the 1st floor of Macy’s handbag department, will offer a vast selection of handbags and accessories from the brand. At the opening of the new shop, the brand’s designer and founder, Patricia Nash will make a personal appearance from 12:00 – 3:00pm.

 In tandem to the unveiling, Patricia Nash will be participating in Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” event. Customers will have a chance to buy a $5 pass one week leading up to the opening, which proceeds will go directly to support March of Dimes, a leading non-profit organization which funds research for healthy pregnancy and baby health.  In return for purchasing the $5 pass, customers will receive a 25% off discount on all Patricia Nash merchandise on Saturday, August 23rd. In addition to “Shop For A Cause,” Patricia Nash will offer other in-store incentives for customers. The first 10 shoppers who spend $100 or more on Patricia Nash merchandise will receive a $20 Macy’s Gift Card. Additionally, Macy’s shoppers will also be given the chance to enter a raffle to win a one-of-a-kind Patricia Nash handbag.

Hope to see everyone there!

Until then, here are some of my favorites…






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beach day


We decided to take advantage of this gorgeous weather we are having.  I almost hate to say this, but it has been in the upper 70’s and low 80’s around here lately.  Can’t complain.  This is definitely what we pay for, and I tell you, we PAY for it!  The husband and I rarely have a full day together, so when we do it is definitely a treat.  We packed up the grill (best investment ever), which I’ve talked about here and here, grabbed some burgers,  and headed down to check out the surf.  It was PERFECT!

It’s days like these that I never want to move from Santa Barbara.  Everything seems just fine the way it is.

beachbbq^^^It really is the perfect, portable grill.^^^

beachbbq2^^^My latest craving.^^^

beachbbq1^^^Snacks and buns.^^^

beachbbq4^^^The husband shot this.  I’m over half way there.  Yay!!!^^^

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The other morning on the way to work I got to experience the most amazing sunrise.  It was almost as if the sky was on fire. The big man sure put on a show that particular morning, and I was lucky enough to be up to see it.  I had to share the beauty with all of you.  I will say, I feel pretty fortunate living by the ocean.  We have some amazing sunrises and sunsets.

I’m glad this particular morning I enjoyed it.  I sat down by the ocean and just starred.  I often take these sunrises for granted.  It’s amazing what the big man upstairs produces.  Not even an hour later the fog came rolling in, and it was all gone, just like that.

Here is to everyone having a wonderful, peaceful weekend.


sunrise3ps..not one filter was used on these photos.

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funk zone arts festival


funkzoneThis weekend in Santa Barbara there is a fun event going on!  It’s the second annual funk zone arts festival, which will be a neighborhood-wide day of events. This is a great time to come explore this newer area of Santa Barbara, and get to know some of the locally-owned businesses, galleries, and restaurants.  The “funk zone” is becoming what Noozhawk predicts as “the most exciting draw on the South Coast.”

Grab your friends and family, come out, and enjoy a little bit of Santa Barbara!

Below you will find the events going on for the day..

Funk Zone Arts Festival


OCTOBER 19, 2013

10:00am to 10:00pm

Maps available at local businesses across the Funk Zone

Full event listings at


10am-6pm Consensual: Painting, flm, drawing and video by Adam Berg at Cabana Home

10am-8:30pm Nonrepresentational: Fine art photography at wall space gallery

10am-10pm Tintype portraits with Lindsey Ross at La Chambre Photographique

11am-5pm A Formal Afaire: Art-Making in Black and White at The Arts Fund Gallery

11am-7pm “Art cart” selling Funk Zone graphic t-shirts and other surprises at CMND-Z

12-5pm Singer/songwriter showcase including Jesse Rhodes at MichaelKate Interiors

12-6pm Live art by homegrown Santa Barbara talented artists at Youth Interactive

12-8pm Assemblage and paintings by Philip Koplin and Dan Levin at Koplin / Levin Studio

1-7pm Erica Ohm handmade photography, Shelly Robertson “petite fea,” Tal Avitzur

Assemblage Robot Sculpture Night Lights, DJ William Pasley at Earl Arnold Table Salt Screen Printing

1-10pm “Beware of the Humans” Artist Invitational at GONE Gallery

3-11pm Gregory Beeman art, DJ Mac and Friends, and SB PYROGORIA at Funk Zone Studios

4-7pm Tina Schlieske and the Graceland Exiles perform at Reds Bar and Tapas Art Zone SB in the Funk Zone

3:30-4:30pm Artist talk with Victoria Mara Heilweil at wall space gallery Nonrepresentational: Kim Kaufman and Victoria Mara Heilweil

5-6pm Artist talk moderated by Ted Mills at The Arts Fund Gallery

A Formal Afaire: Rick Aber, Tony Askew, Austin Danson, Joan Rosenberg-Dent and Peggy Ferris

6:30-7:30pm Artist talk moderated by Charles Donolan at MichaelKate Interiors

Featuring work by Christina Tonges Korn, Barbara Romain, Christopher Ulrich


5-8pm Live music and wine at Green House Studios

Featuring new work by Donna Ayscough, Erika Carter, Ashley Dart, Virginia McCracken

5-8pm Guest Djs and art reception at MichaelKate Interiors

7-10pm Plantae: Chalcidis Lucidus by Joy Brenneman at La Chambre Photographique

7:30-midnight “Fashion in the Funk Zone” projections by Lindsey Michelson of CMND-Z

9-midnight Morganfeld Burnett and Da Blues perform at Reds Bar and Tapas


Crista Dix | Nathan Vonk

805.637.3898 |

Funk Zone Arts Fest EVENTS

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apple picking

apple1This past week we drove out to the country to do a little apple pickin.  I’m only working till noon at another job right now, then come home and work on orders for the store.  I decided to take a break from it all, and go have a little fun.

We decided to stop and have lunch at the famous Andersen’s Split Pea Soup.  It was awesome!  We each had two bowls. We were nice and full and wanted to take naps, but we drove over to the apple orchard, and even made a quick stop at the pumpkin patch.  I have never been apple picking, but I see pictures of friends on the east coast doing it every year at this time.  I’m so happy we went, we had a ton of fun!

Oh, and while at the pumpkin patch we bought a huge bundle of hay to put on our front porch, with all of our pumpkins. True country livin’.  I wish.

apple7^^^This place was the best, if you’re ever in Solvang, go!^^^


apple5^^^Obligatory apple orchard picture.^^^


apple2^^^I feel so bad for all of the apples that don’t make it.  What a waste.^^^


apple2^^^My partner in crime.^^^






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