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Weekend Divertente!

This weekend we have Madonnari, or street painters, transforming the Mission plaza using pastels on the pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large-scale images. Santa Barbara is the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from our sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy.

The festival benefits the Children’s Creative Project, a non-profit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.


To engage the other senses, live music and an authentic Italian market will be held adjacent to the painting. Enjoy an array of Italian cuisine and specialty items.


Location: Corner of Los Olivos and Laguna Streets


May 26, 27, and 28


10-6 Daily


Admission is free!!!


DIVERTIRE!
 
 
 

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Go Honey, Go Natural

   We love honey. Living in Santa Barbara we have fresh, local honey.


Honey is a natural sweetener. Sugar can be substituted with honey for many drinks and foods. I often substitute the sugar for honey when baking.


Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. Commonly it contains vitamin C, calcium and iron. Honey contains nutraceuticals, which are effective in removing free radicals from our body. As a result, our bodies immunity improves. Honey is a great antioxidant and cleansing property for our body. It’s powerful attributes have long been used thousands of years ago and known to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, and correct health disorders for generations. Honey not only fights infections and aids in tissue healing but also helps reduce inflammation and scaring.


We drink Yerba Mate tea in the morning and add honey with fresh mint. It is delicious. Locally you can buy honey from Tri-County Market or San Marcos Farms; sanmarcosfarms.com.
 
 
 


Below is a simple, great recipe using honey.


Raw Brownies


2 cups ground walnuts


2/3 cup cocoa powder


2-4 teaspoon raw honey


2 teaspoon pure vanilla


Process all ingredients in a food processor, press into brownie pan, then cool brownies for at least a half hour to firm up.


 

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Earth Day 2012


“Mobilize” was the theme of this years Earth Day. This year marks the 42nd year Santa Barbara has held an Earth Day festival.


Santa Barbara created one of the first Earth Day festivals in the nation, back in 1970. This year’s festival was divided into seven earth-friendly sections: featuring a kid’s corner, an eco marketplace, and even a beer and wine garden. Another section was the bike zone, where bikers had a place to park their bikes. The green car show, which featured 50 of the latest earth-friendly cars. The last section was a learning section for being more energy-efficient. Using reuseable bags, getting LED light bulbs or even using a water filtration system instead of water bottles.


My husband and I went on Saturday and cruised around, enjoyed some music and bought a couple of items to support the locals. I decided to go back on Sunday with our friends. The vibe is so great at festivals, especially Earth Day, that I wanted to soak up as much time at the park that I could. I posted some pictures below of the super-earthy day.


Enjoy!!!


 
 

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Plantify Your Home

My husband and I decided to detoxify our home.  After reading nonstop, about all of the possible dangerous chemicals in our home, we decided to go buy plants for starters. 
If you can believe it, indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air.  Between cleaning products, aerosols, air fresheners, paints, carpet and disinfectants, they all cause harm.  Children and adults spend 90% of their time indoors, which means improving indoor quality should be top priority.  A great way to combat this problem is to cleanse your air with indoor plants. 
All plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen and some actually remove chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde from the air.
The following is a list of plants that are known to function as efficient air detoxifiers and remove toxins from the air, as well as producing essential oxygen.  By the way all of these plants are low maintenance and high efficiency.

Peace Lily
Chinese Evergreen
Snake Plant
Daisies
Spider Plant
Dracaena
Ficus
Philodendrons
Aloe Vera
English Ivy
Boston Fern

If you live in Santa Barbara we recommend:
 7 Day Nursery: 3301 State Street
805-687-8036
We bought Dracaena, Boston Fern and Snake Plants.


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Earth Day

The Beginning of Earth Day

Earth day founder Gaylord Nelson supposedly started the day after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara.  As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets and parks to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. 
Come out and join us for some environmentally good, clean fun!
Alameda Park, Santa Barbara
Saturday 11AM-7PM Sunday 11AM-6PM

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Certified: The Only Way To Buy!!!

Easter is fast approaching, time to hit the Farmers Market.  Stay local and eat local is what we are doing this Easter!  If you are in Santa Barbara make sure you shop the Farmers Market for all of your fresh fruits, veggies and meats.  There are 130 grower members and every single one is certified.

Santa Barbara Farmer Markets
Tuesday: 4-7:30 Downtown State Street
Friday: 8-11:15 Montecito Coast Village Road
Saturday: 8:30-1 Santa Barbara and Cota Street






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