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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:

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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

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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. *

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*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 nbovasso@hotmail.com, 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: http://www.laylagrayce.com/blog/2013/06/20/project-nurserys-skiphop-nursery-design-event/.

Good Luck!

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Summer Solstice

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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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midweek links

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I’m loving this new cookbook!  You’ll love everything in it.  I want her killer body.

I’m completely obsessed with these, and just bought this one. They’re very feminine and girly.

These guys are coming to the Santa Barbara Bowl.  Unfortunately tickets are already sold out.  Husband, can you pull any strings?!! PLEASE!

I finally bought this book, and WOW!, what a hidden gem.

I’m longing for a nice long vacay here, it’s been waaay too long!  I’m excited to go in the fall, with my hubby.  Can’t wait to visit my favorite spot.

If you have little ones, you should definitely shop here.  Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is adorable.

Why would anyone even attempt to remake this film?.  This was my favorite movie when I was younger, the original one.

Have you had these?  Probably.  I’m normally a straight water drinker, but I have a new little obsession with this particular one.

Who wouldn’t want to live here?!

Could this little one be any cuter?! I mean.

Happy midweek!

 

 

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We have a few new things around our home that I wanted to share…

things 003^^^We like to go to the beach and grill, so now we have our own portable one.  Also, when we go camping we don’t have to worry about finding a specific place with a grill, we have our own.  Found this one, here.^^^

things 008^^^Loving our new pouf.  My feet happen to be propped up on it right now.  Makes a great meditation pillow, or a foot rest.  We found it here.^^^

things 017^^^Love, love, love our bolga basket.  It makes for the perfect farmer’s market basket.  Also, for collecting flowers.  You can find one here.^^^

things 019^^^We have carpet in our place (boo), but I have to deal, because we rent.  But, we decided to throw a shag rug down over the carpet, to try to make it look better.  I yearn for hardwood floors.  You can find this one here.  I also FINALLY got a pedicure.^^^

things 022^^^I took my weekly trip down to Target, and found myself some cozy pants.  My husband calls them my blogging pants.  Ha! I say, they’re really cute, and comfy.^^^

things 028^^^We love records!  So naturally if I’m out shopping, I’m stopping by this awesome place!  We’re running out of space and need something new, to hold all of our records.  I was thinking maybe one of these options.  My dream is this.  Maybe someday.^^^

things 010^^^I love having fresh flowers in the house at all times, they make me happy!  My husband brings them home to me every week.  I love him so.^^^

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