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Paddle Sports Center

We are so excited to showcase one of our favorite local businesses with you. Paddle Sports Center offers rentals, memberships, camps, lessons, and tours for visitors and local residents. Located in the Santa Barbara Harbor, it is a three-minute walk from shop to sea. The Paddle Sports Center has been Santa Barbara’s premier kayak, SUP, surf rental center for over 25 years!

Fraser Kersey, Co-Founder, and General Manager oversees a dedicated staff, who are some of the most experienced water-men and mermaids around. With locations in the Santa Barbara Harbor, Goleta Beach Park, and Ledbetter Beach, access to some of the most beautiful views anywhere in the world, are yours to experience.

Paddle Sports Center Co-Founders conceived of the paddling membership, designed and implemented in 2010.  They have a program that has you the paddler in mind.  Paddle during your lunch break, before/after work, or on the weekend.  This is your alternative to the gym, it is your outdoor fitness center.  Just think, instead of lines to get on treadmills, you have dolphins & whales swimming alongside you! This photo (courtesy of Channel Island Outfitters and PSC) gives you a peek at where you can find yourself anytime you wish.

Everything you need is at your fingertips. Come to see the American Riviera on a once in a lifetime adventure or a daily inspiration. Paddle Sports Center has everything you need to get in the water.

 

 

 

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GOODNEWS IN THE DESERT

We took a well-deserved vacay to the beautiful California desert. One hundred and seven degrees felt really good in this cool pool located right outside our door. We stayed at La Quinta Resort and Club. This property is incredible, forty-one pools set amid lush grounds, with cozy fireplaces, secluded patios, and yards – many enhanced with poolside locations.

This little pool jumper, up at six o’clock and ready to go kept us on our feet and in the water for our entire stay. We picked up this cute floaty from Stearns at Target.

This hardworking momma deserved pampering at Spa La Quinta. A 50 min – Swedish Massage is a perfect way to chill and relax your mind and body. The refreshing scents of cucumber and melon throughout the full body massage, treatment was concluded with a chilled eye compress. Love Threads, Eleanor, and everything else life throws us is a twenty – four seven job. It was nice to rejuvenate and recharge.

Squinting from the desert sun, Eleanor visited Joshua Tree National Park for the first time.  Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness.

 

 

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A Day At Disneyland

Eleanor turned four this month, and Disneyland was what her heart desired. Seeing the expressions on her face when she met Mickey Mouse, and her favorites characters were priceless. Join us for a fun filled day at the “happiest place on earth.”

Our first stop was Toontown, where Pluto greeted us. Pluto, also called Pluto the Pup, is a cartoon dog created in 1930 at Walt Disney Productions. Walt was inspired to create Disney’s top dog by remembering the personable pooches he met while living on the farm in his childhood home of Marceline, Missouri. Ever since Pluto has, as Walt put it, been “working hard and trying, but usually not succeeding, in staying out of trouble.” Pluto is Mickey’s pet.

Meeting Alice was Eleanor’s favorite experience. Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Alice books by Lewis Carroll. The 13th of Disney’s animated features, the film premiered in New York City and London on July 26, 1951. The Mad Hatter wished Eleanor the happiest of birthdays.

A day at the Magic Kingdom is not enough time to see all Disneyland has to offer, but we made the most of it. “It’s a Small World,” walking with the “Beast,” meeting “Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Minnie Mouse,” riding in the tea cups, pictures, popcorn and souvenirs made this the best day ever!

If you have a Disneyland experience to share feel free to share in the comments.

 

 

 

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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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Big Sur/San Francisco Trip

 

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Helloooo!!

I know it’s been forever since I have been in this space. Feels good to be back posting, even if it’s just for a minute. I have been so busy with Love Threads, that I have abandoned this space a little bit. Opps!

We decided last month that we needed a little getaway. We usually go to Sayulita, Mexico around this time, but we decided, with how busy the store was, we better stay somewhat close, and make it a quick trip.

We drove to Big Sur for a few nights, and stayed at Glen Oaks.  I highly recommend it.  Everyone was super nice and the rooms were very clean and comfortable.  We had the most amazing food while we were in Big Sur. Everything we ate seemed so fresh and healthy. We had brunch at Deetjen’s, lunch at Nepenthe , and dinner at Big Sur River Inn, which was perfect with Eleanor. On another day, we visited the most amazing bakery, Big Sur Bakery. So so tasty!! We also did the iconic hike to McWay Falls. Absolutely breathtaking! Big Sur is a sleepy town, with what felt like a lot of good, mellow energy. Exactly what we needed.

We drove up the coast to San Francisco next, and pretty much ate our way through the city. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities, but, I did noticed this time that it was a little more difficult with Eleanor. Now I know why people in NYC, and other big cities are always at the parks. Eleanor isn’t use to being in the car so much, but overall she did well. We did fall upon this amazing park, Dolores Park. We let her run and play for a good couple of hours, to get out some much needed energy.

I had to hit up the famous Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, for their cruffin. They make 150 a day, you’re only allowed two per person, and they go fast! I stood in line, while Dave sat in the car with Eleanor, and I hit the jackpot! Made the cut-off, barely. Totally worth the wait, do it!!!

I hope to be back in this space more, it’s just hard with being a mommy and running a business. Regardless, I will always pop back to share anything fun and exciting!!

Love you all!

xo

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Every year we take a trip to Mexico.  We switch it up, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Tulum, or Sayulita.  We usually go for a week or two, but this time we only went for 5 days.  We decided on a shorter stay this time around because we had Eleanor, and we weren’t sure how she would do.  She did great!  Sayulita, has always been a favorite for me.  The small town is very family friendly, with little ones everywhere.  We stayed right in the town square this time, at a quaint little boutique hotel, Hotel Hafa. It was perfect, very simple.

Back to the grind this week. Love Threads has so many new arrivals coming in this week, so keep your eyes posted.  Spring is here (at least for us Californians), and new things will keep rolling in.

Here are some photos from our trip, if you’d like to see this great little town.  It’s a great, inexpensive, little town to visit.

Have the best week ever!!!

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^^^the best homemade popsicles in town^^^

sayulita8^^^I wanted one of these gorgeous dream catchers, but how the heck was I going to get it back^^^

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A Trip to San Francisco

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We just got back from a lovely trip to San Francisco.  Wow, Where do I start! I completely fell in love with everything there! I was pretty much ready to come home, pack our bags, and move there.  I thought I had been there when I was a little girl, but after asking my mom and dad, they both said no.  It’s one of my dads favorite cities.  We grew up our summers on the east coast, so I’ve always had a love for NYC, but this trip had me rethink my love may be closer to me than I thought.

We decided to drive, which was super easy.  Eleanor was perfect! We stayed at the Hilton Union Square.  We got up every morning and went out for the day.  I had a list of places we wanted to go and see (most were food).  We don’t normally make lists of things we want to do, see or eat, we like going with the flow, but we had too many places we REALLY wanted to experience.  They were all good! We also got a chance to drive over to Sausilito, which is the prettiest little beach town.  This meant that we had to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, which I’m not going to lie, I was a bit terrified.  I have a horrible fear of heights.  Don’t think the day before I was taunted by the Bay Bridge, when I accidently made a wrong turn, and there was no turning back. YIKES!!!  The Golden Gate is so beautiful, and the drive over was easy peasey.  I’m not sure how I feel about that Bay Bridge yet????!!!

Some of the places we went and really enjoyed were:

Dynamo Donuts: ok, we don’t normally eat donuts, but these are, trust me when I say this, “THE BEST!”  All organic and local (when possible) and fun flavors like lemon tyme, guinness gingerbread, vanilla bean, poached pear, caramel de sel, I’m not a gluten carrot cake, maple glazed bacon apple (one of our favorites), spiced chocolate, and many more.

La Taqueria: a complete hole in the wall (we like those kinds of places), but some damn good tacos. I actually had a burrito and it was delicious, and my husband had the tacos and I tasted them.  Stick with the carne asada tacos and burrito.

Haight Ashbury: enough said!

Cow Hollow: great little shops and tons of places to eat.

Bernal Heights park: This place is amazing! You park and walk about 20 minutes to the top, and then you have 360 degree view of SF. It’s worth the hike. We met a local there, and he even said that this was one of the top 3 places to come to see all of SF.

Golden Gate park/bridge: It’s just what you have to do if you are in SF.

General Store: great up and coming artists’ work. located in a funky little area called outer sunset.

Ferry building: Such a great place to cruise around and eat your way through.  We had yummy pho at Slanted Door.

Boudin: I mean if you’re going to Fisherman’s wharf, you have to have the famous bread bowl and clam chouder.  Of course we had to have it at Boudins.

Blue Bottle Coffee: This was the BEST coffee! Just to see how they make you your own specific cup is worth going there and buying some. This is a good place for coffee connoisseurs.

We checked out so many more places, but these were some of our favorites.

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big bear, california

 

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  We just returned from a 4 day trip to Big Bear, CA. We had a wonderful time with lots of good, fun, friends, and we even made some new ones.  All we were hoping for was to see a little snow,  and we got it.  Yay!  I know you east coasters probably think I’m nuts.

We rented a large home and all stayed together, it was perfect.  We cooked, acted silly, skied and snowboarded. This was my first time to Big Bear, and I really enjoyed it.  It was a 3 1/2 hours from Santa Barbara, so a pretty easy drive.

We went on this trip for a friends birthday, but as we were booking it we realized it will probably be our baby-moon too.  I’m taking one more solo trip home, for a baby shower, and then my travel is restricted.  Our little lady is going to be here in no time.  So excited!!!

Have a great week and I will be back here Wednesday with some midweek links.

bigbear10^^^The second day we woke up, there it was…SNOW!^^^

bigbear3^^^Our first day in the snow.^^^

bigbear2^^^I love him so.^^^

bigbear11^^^I haven’t seen snow in 4 years, I was in heaven.^^^

bigbear7^^^The birthday girl, in all her glory.^^^

bigbear13^^^Getting ready for a day of skiing.^^^

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bigbear9^^^A little jacuzzi action.^^^

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bigbear18^^^Till next time…^^^

 

 

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The last of Florida

florida^^^The peace sign is because his shorts were falling down. ha!^^^

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We are back home and back to our regular every day activities.  I am working on a few projects and one really BIG one that I can’t wait to share with you VERY soon.  I’m so excited I can hardly wait, but I have to, just for a few more weeks.  We had the best time in Florida.  We were down there to deal  mainly with some medical stuff, but we had lots of free time to enjoy our surroundings.  The pictures below were of our last hooray at the beach with Dave surfing and doing his thing in the water. I wish I could surf, I’m afraid of sharks.  True story.  I even spent the summers of my childhood at the beach, and to this day I have a huge fear of sharks.  So I just put my toes and maybe a little more in and that’s it.  I leave the cool surfing thing up to my husband.

Thanks, Florida.  You sure are hot and humid, but you also have the most amazing clouds in your sky.

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a night on the river

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Hello from Florida!

We are still here and still enjoying every moment of it.  This place is so beautiful.  It’s amazing how every which way you turn there is water, whether it’s an ocean or a river.  We happen to not only be by the beautiful Atlantic ocean, which is by far, WAY warmer than the Pacific ocean, but we happen to be by two gorgeous rivers.  The Indian river and the Banana river are the two that we cross to get to the ocean.  When I first arrived here I thought the rivers were the ocean, because they are so gigantic that you can’t see to the end of them.  Their pretty amazing.

We had dinner on the Indian river the other night, and it was tasty.  The seafood is to die for down here.  It was the perfect night.  The weather was great, which in Florida, especially this time of year can be a tad HOT, but it was nice and breezy this night.  We ate, drank and laughed, and of course had another good night, with another good meal, with wonderful company.

Thanks, Donovan’s and Bonefish Willy’s!

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