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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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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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A new YOU!

I wanted to take a moment to pop over here and tell you about a new venture I’ve added to the shop.  Closet Editor, someone who comes and organizes your closet to make you feel good, free of chaos, and have an order to your clothing, accessories and shoes.

Standing in front of your closet, staring at what to wear in the morning, is something we all have done once or twice. (eye roll) I will come organize you to exactly what fits your personality. This is something that tends to go deeper than the surface.

Fashion is something that should make you feel good, support who you are. Your wardrobe should speak to you, every single piece. Sometimes we have a hard time getting rid of “stuff”, I’m here to help you organize the chaos. I want you to feel good when you get up and get in that closet of yours every day.

Sometimes you just need a little guidance, and that’s where I come in.

Looking forward to turning your life back to where it needs to be. Happy, simple and fun!

Please feel free to email me at shoplovethreads@gmail.com for any questions and a quote.

Currently serving Los Angeles, Montecito, Summerland, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria.

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sayulita

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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^^^

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surf chic

We live on the coast, and therefore we surf.  Well, let me clear that up, my husband surfs.  I’m a beach girl.  I could stay, play and lay all day long if my life allowed.  Here are some homes that show just how chic surfing really is.  But, we all knew that anyway, right?!

Oh, by the way, can I please have all of these homes. One can always dream….

Chic surfing homes…

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beach day

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We decided to take advantage of this gorgeous weather we are having.  I almost hate to say this, but it has been in the upper 70’s and low 80’s around here lately.  Can’t complain.  This is definitely what we pay for, and I tell you, we PAY for it!  The husband and I rarely have a full day together, so when we do it is definitely a treat.  We packed up the grill (best investment ever), which I’ve talked about here and here, grabbed some burgers,  and headed down to check out the surf.  It was PERFECT!

It’s days like these that I never want to move from Santa Barbara.  Everything seems just fine the way it is.

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beachbbq4^^^The husband shot this.  I’m over half way there.  Yay!!!^^^

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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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cocoa beach

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Another stop on our journey through the sunshine state, brings us to Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Dave and I had lunch a cool place called Simply Delicious.  Everything at Simply Delicious is homemade, including the bread.  We tried hard to resist the homemade cookies, but eventually broke down and had one.  Our next stop in Cocoa Beach took us to the legendary, Ron Jon Surf Shop.  This place is wall to wall gear.  My husband was in heaven.  I kind of was too.  We purchased some fun stuff for us and for friends.  Our last stop in Cocoa Beach was “the beach”.  The beaches here in Florida are so white, with the prettiest color of blue/green ocean.

We really like you, Florida!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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cocoa12^^^Clearly you can see where we spent most of our time while in Cocoa Beach^^^

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beach grillin’

beachbbqandsalad 002 I’ve mentioned before that my husband works around the clock, 7 days a week.  Okay, I might be exaggerating a tad, but, seriously, a lot!  He finally got one whole day and night off this last week and we took full advantage of it.  I shared in this post, how we purchased a fun, new grill for the beach.  We tested that baby out, and she grilled like a dream.  It was seriously the best twenty bucks I’ve spent in a long time.  The weather was perfect, the atmosphere was great, and the company was beyond…

We grilled chicken and pineapple, with some yummy kabobs that we picked up from Trader Joe’s.  I love how Trader’s has so many already prepped items to chose from, perfect for an afternoon bbq.  Thanks for the good eats Trader’s.  And, most importantly, thanks, husband for taking one WHOLE day off!  I love you.

Hope everyone had a lovely solstice weekend!

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a beach bbq

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This last weekend we had a small bbq at the beach.  It was perfect.  “June gloom” has definitely set in, but I like it.  I’m sure by the end of June I’ll be over it.  The bbq, was a gathering to celebrate a special day for a beautiful journey that I am on.  I truly feel blessed to have so many special people in my life who care.  It has taken me a while (a long while) to adjust to California.  I have many wonderful friends, who have been through it all with me, and know me, almost better than myself, back in Omaha.  I speak with them almost daily, which almost makes it harder (i’m tearing up writing this).  But, I have made some new friends along the way, and they are special to me too.  So, this was a party with my new friends, that they so generously threw for me, and I am forever grateful for them.

Thanks, old and new friends.  I love you all!

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^^^My girlfriends son, Weston, is always in my pictures, because she is my only friend with a baby.  But, more are coming.  Yay^^^

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beach bbq bday 023^^^I had just received my super awesome present from my some of my favorite girls^^^

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beach bbq bday 006^^^My husband with our little buddy, Weston^^^

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