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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!



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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!


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;)


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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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valentine’s gift guide

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that I go back and forth about.  It seems a little young, but at the same time, it is a holiday.  I guess the older I’ve become, the less of “something”, that it is.  But, I have a husband who loves it.  So I’ve decided to put together a little Valentine’s gift guide, to keep with the spirit.

For Her:

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Bag: Nena and Co.

Candle: Candelles

Lip cream: Aesop rosehip seed lip cream

Necklace: Geo necklace

Cuff: warrior cuff

For Him:

mens valentinesWhere to find…

Shaving oil: Williamsburg classic shaving oil

Socks: Burgundy Ze Moustache Cotton Blend Socks

Boots: Sorel mens caribou boot

Glasses: Bormioli Rocco Bodega Tumbler Mini Glasses, Set of 12

Scotch rocks: Set of 9 Chilling Whisky Rocks in Scotch Rocks Gift Box with Muslin Carrying Pouch

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Loving others

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I can let something build up in me and make it tens times worse than it needs to be, or I can meditate and let the universe take it.  This past weekend my husband and I had a conversation about some family members and why they choose to do the things they do.  We were talking about how we were hurt by certain actions.  After a long discussion, we both looked at each other and said, “really, it’s none of our business”.  It’s true, it’s not.  Yes, we feel affected, but at the same time we have to accept these people, who we do love, for who they are.  It’s hard! I’m not going to lie.  My husband is more calm about such things. I want to call the person and have an out right discussion of the behavior taking place. ha!

My point of this post,  is that we don’t have to like peoples actions, but we should try to love everyone.  It will only make us better people.  If you are honest in your own every day life, things will proceed the RIGHT way.  I’m a firm believer in karma.  You get what you choose.  I’ll end with this… Always be a giver, not just a taker.  It’s better for the soul.

Cheers to Monday!

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What inspires you to decorate your home? One Kings Lane just released this wonderful video (at the bottom of my post) that has completely inspired me to re-look at my home to see how I can update it. What I love about the short clip is how they don’t remodel the entire room, just a few pieces here and there to give the room an entirely new feel! One Kings Lane has new sales pop up all throughout the week and each sale lasts 72 hours, so when you see an item, don’t wait! They offer so many unique styles from fantastic brand names at great prices…head over and check them out today: One Kings Lane. And watch their new quick video here.


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Giveaway:Living Gluten Free/ E-Book


I’m really excited to share this review of the Living Gluten Free E-book.  The book was written by two lovely gals, Meg and Lacy.  The e-book is very informative on the way gluten affects your body, what celiac disease is, cross contamination in restaurants and much more.  Gluten is such a dangerous substance, especially if your body does not agree with it.  It can take weeks, even months for gluten to get out of your body.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and their derivatives.  Oats, normally are gluten-free, but because of cross contamination sometimes will have gluten on them, because of the manufacturing process.  This e-book completely informed me about the dangers of gluten, and just how much damage it can do to your body.  It also gives a list of always safe foods and products that have gluten.  Meg and Lacy also give a nice selection of recipes that are gluten-free.  They all look delicious!

So here is the scoop…I’m giving one lucky reader a free copy of the e-book, Living Gluten Free.  Here’s how to win:

1) Leave a  comment below

2) If you are on Instagram, follow us at goodnewssantabarbara.

3) If you’re feeling really kind, feel free to tweet about this awesome giveaway here.

Below is a sneak peak of one of the delicious recipes in the e-book.

Good Luck and thanks for playing!!!

*Winner will be announced July 5th. *




*Giveaway Closed*

*Winner is AndreaJune 27, 2013 at 10:46 am#Edit

My husband and I are exploring our diets to determine if one or both of us has a gluten sensitivity – this ebook would be awesome!

Congratulations Andrea! Please email me at, and I will send you your gluten-free e-book.





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Project Nursery

As part of Project Nursery’s Skip*Hop Nursery Design event, Layla Grayce joined actress Tiffani Thiessen, Joy Cho of Oh Joy! and Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay in an exciting baby room design contest, where each participant was challenged to design a beautiful nursery on a budget! Vote for Layla Grayce as your favorite nursery design for a chance to win a Skip*Hop Springtime Birds Musical Crib Mobile and $100 Layla Grayce gift card! Three lucky winners will win a mobile and a $100 shopping spree towards Layla Grayce! Hurry, because this contest ends on July 10th! Vote Now!

For more information on this contest, visit:

Good Luck!

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Summer Solstice


It’s that time of year again, Summer Solstice is here!  Santa Barbara turns into one big party, and I LOVE it!  You can check out last years post and pictures here.  I’ll make sure to post some from this year after the mayhem subsides.

Happy Solstice!!!


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