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Chicken Little

Welcome to Chicken Little. Proud owners Jennifer Bouma, and Gregory Bouma opened their first store in 1979 and called it “chicken lips.” In 1981, they moved to 22 E. Victoria and changed the name to chicken little. They have always been the community store. Their love of people especially helping first-time parents, has been the highlight of their work. “We have customers visit us from all over the world.”

Eleanor did not hesitate to throw on her helmet when we told her we were showcasing her favorite store in the whole world on the blog. We’ve been welcomed by Jenny, since before she was born. The first time we walked in the door we felt like family. Jenny knew everything we were going through and everything we were about to go through. Her knowledge and experience made our journey into parenthood fun and exciting.

As first-time parents we needed everything. From diapers to car seat, blankets to stroller, Chicken Little has it all. Honest diapers, Original Sprouts hair, and body wash, Ergobaby and Baby Bjorn carriers, Aiden and Anais blankets, Nuna cribs, and UPPAbaby strollers are just a few of the quality brands you will find at Chicken Little.

Having survived our first couple of years, we are now enjoying the magic of interest, curiosity, and learning. Jennie’s selection of parenting and children’s book, educational toys, building toys, and musical instruments are complete with Lego and Playmobil products. If you are expecting, know someone who is expecting, in your third trimester, Chicken Little has everything for you and your child. Jennie’s love of family makes you feel right at home.

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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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TENNIS ANYONE…

 

Welcome to Dimitar Tennis Academy. Located across the street from the beach at the beautiful Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Dimitar offers three types of recreational tennis programs for the guests of Hilton Beachfront Resort or community members:
1) Adult clinics (Men’s, Lady’s, Drop In)
2) For families or groups of four, five, or more members; and
3) For a parent and the kids.
Each practice will be adjusted based on the participant’s tennis experiences, skill levels, and fitness abilities.

Being together on the court is so much fun. Eleanor takes after her mom, who takes after her mom, (who was ranked second in the state of Nebraska). Me, well let just say I’m taking lessons.

Summer Tennis Camps at Dimitar Tennis Academy provide a fun and great opportunity for tennis players to train with our world-class coaching staff while focusing on playing competitive tennis or simply improving their game at any level. DTA summer tennis camps combine physical and mental conditioning, technical and tactical training and match-play coaching.

I (Dimitar) am PERSONALLY on the court, coaching daily to players of all levels at all ages! Over the past 25 years, I have been very fortunate to coach and mold some of the best junior and professional players in the world. Coaching is an art, and that is why I believe that a smaller, more personalized program with an emphasis on each player is how to truly develop tennis players. You have my personal commitment that here at the Dimitar Tennis Academy we will do our best to help you develop as a person, athlete, and player as I have done over the years with Grigor Dimitrov, Anna Tatisvili, Sesil Karatancheva, Ksenia Milevskaya and Aleksandrina Naydenova to name a few.

 

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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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Good2Go

 

 

We are so excited to share one of our absolute favorite protein bars with you. Good2Go Organic Protein Bars, G2G. Niki and I are always on the Go. Up at 4:30 am, prayers and meditation, enjoying a cup of coffee, setting our intentions and not stopping until we collapse around 8 or 9 pm, everyday! So, when we need to fuel up G2G bars are our go too. I feel confident about putting the quality ingredients Good2Go use into to my body. Not only are the ingredients the highest quality, but they are also delicious.

Not only are Niki and I fans of G2G Bars, but Eleanor also loves them too.

ALMOND CHOCOLATE CHIP

  • Serving Size1 Bar (70g)
  • Servings Per Container1
  • Calories298
  • Calories from Fat126
  • Food ComponentAmount/Serving% Daily Value*
  • Total Fat14 g17.95%
  • Saturated Fat3 g15%
  • Trans Fat0 g
  • Sodium85 mg3.7%
  • Total Carbohydrate25 g9.09%
  • Dietary Fiber4 g14.29%
  • Total Sugars15 g
  • Protein18 g36%

 

 Feel free to pick up a G2G Bar and let us know what you think in the comments.

 

 

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A DAY IN THE PARKS

Eleanor and I are so excited to share this post with you. Today is moms day off, so we are off to the parks. We are so fortunate to live around the block from the Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens and Kid’s World at Alameda Park.

It may not look like it, but we’ve been up since 4:30 am.

I did say we live right around the corner from the parks, but I thought it would be a good idea to drive just in case Eleanor came up with a different plan.

We enjoy feeding the ducks and turtles at the garden koi pond.

The Memorial Garden features a collection of 75 different trees, and plant species. The Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Self-Guided Tree & Plant Tour includes a sensory garden with audio posts, interpretive Braille signs, walking paths, picnic areas; and Gazebo.

A butterfly garden includes host plants for butterflies and moths.

Moving right along, we spent the rest of the day swinging and sliding at Kids World.

We hope you enjoyed your day in the parks with us.

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Bye 2017…

 

Happy almost New Year!

First, I want to thank everyone that follows along on this blog and/or on Instagram.  It truly keeps me going some days. I love you all so much!

2017 proved to be the year of putting principles before personality. It was a true test for me, and not an easy one. It was a hard year, I’m not going to lie. Grateful for all of the lessons learned, but I’m definitely ready to move on.

Every aspect of my life was tested. My marriage, my business, parenthood, and myself. I spiritually grew stronger, not in a comfortable way, but in a “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” way.

I don’t want you to think I’m complaining, I’m not, I’m being honest. I heard a lot of “being my authentic self”, and “genuine” and a thousand other positive words on social media this year. While I think everyone gives it their best (their social media best), we still aren’t showing our “true” selves completely. I personally like to see the good, the bad and possibly the ugly. In my “real” life all three of those words can be seen at some point. I know everyone likes to keep it positive on social media, as do I, but once in a while sharing the “raw” truth is exactly what someone else needs to hear.

I remember going through IVF and having a miscarriage, two things everyone slides under the rug. I felt so alone and scared. No one talked about it. But, why? Why are we trying to be someone or something we’re not? Both of those things are mentally challenging for anyone who goes through them. You can’t deny that.  Mothers (women) more than anything need each other during such a painful time.

Why do we criticize other peoples grammar or punctuation issues, which I have so before you start judging… Why? Why can’t we leave people alone and let them be who they are. Because, they don’t write, talk or say things like you do? Who cares?

My daughter goes to a school, which we love, but some of the mothers there are something else. It’s small and you see the same people everyday, but they can’t acknowledge you, say a quick hi, nope nothing. Instead they put their head down or look in another direction.  Why? Are you too good to say hi? I don’t have as much money as you? Ego? It’s terrible, and that’s what we are teaching our children. They are little sponges soaking it all in. Yet, we want to raise kind humans. Well, news alert, you have to be one yourself.

We wonder why are country is loosing any such thing as community. It’s because in all honesty we don’t treat people the same. we judge, we ridicule, we’re opinionated, the list goes on and on…

Please, stop and pause before you make a judgement or do something you know isn’t right. You never know what a simple hello may do for someone.

2017 made me a pretty strong woman, but I’m ready to move forward and take on 2018. No resolutions, no dieting, no promises that I can’t keep. The one thing I will do as a promise to myself is work even harder on my spiritual growth. My spirituality has carried me a long way, and it is the one thing that never lets me down and helps me to become an even better person. I will also work on building community.

Peace and love to all of you!

xo

 

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Rigoni di asiago

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This family business is one that you will for sure want to add to your pantry.  Everything we tried from them was AMAZING!!  All of their products are clean, organic and GMO free. It’s always nice to find a sweet treat that is still very clean. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I had no problem trying each and every one of Rigoni’s spreads.  Of course, my favorite was the hazelnut spread with cocoa and milk. OMG!! An easy and great replacement for you Nutella lovers.  Also, their sweetner is so yummy in hot tea. It’s a low glycemic sweetner from apples. Win win!!

We are all about healthy living over here, and this company hits all of the marks.  Go try their products, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Happy Birthday, Love Threads!

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Love Threads turned 2! In celebration and to show our love and gratitude to all of you, we are offering 20% sitewide, until Sept 18th, 2015. All you have to do is use the code bday20 at checkout.

This past year has been amazing to say the least. We are building Love Threads into and amazing mix of fashion and healthy living.  We believe that health is just as important as fashion. We want you to not only look good, but, most importantly, feel good.

Hope everyone is having an amazing week! Now, go grab some fun things that you’ve had your eye on;)

xo

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holiday attire

I love this series that Sadie Sabin started over on her blog, simplysadiejane, called Holiday Party Dresses.  This one happens to be my favorite one so far (i’m not biased or anything), in which she is wearing our moto vegan jacket. The skirt is pretty amazing too.  It’s from Shabby Apple, you can find it here. If you get a chance pop over to Sadie’s blog and get inspired!

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