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Created in May, 2000 by Lara Merriken, LARABAR was born. Starting with five original flavors: Cherry Pie, Apple Pie, Cashew Cookie, Banana Cookie, and Chocolate Coconut Chew, (featured here in front of The Bowery Mission) Lara launched the business. The first 500 bars sealed by hand. Today, millions of LARABAR bars are produced every year.

Lara says, “A passion for healthy living soon followed, and continues to be a driving force behind everything I do professionally and personally. I really appreciate the opportunity I have to make a positive difference in the world we live in. Health is our greatest wealth.”

 

 

Photos courtesy of: 1) thefitclubnetwork.com 2)thehonoursystem.com 3) blog.generalmills.com 4) godairyfree.org

 

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A week in photos

As many of you have heard our small community suffered a major mudslide last week. This comes right on the tail of the Thomas Fire. It has been unreal to watch family and friends lose loved ones. We are of course doing as much as we can to help.

We tried to explain it all to Eleanor. She goes to school in Montecito, and obviously hasn’t been able to attend, and has wondered why?. It’s hard to explain to a three year old what a tragic event it is.

Our hearts are broken, but we are a strong community that will rebuild.

We tried to bring happiness in this week, with it being such a hard and sad time.  Here are some pictures of the week, and I included a few photos from firefighter, Mike Eliason, of the mudslide.

Hold your loved ones close and be kind to one another. Life can turn in an instant.

much love~

xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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sadness

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I know the title of this post probably isn’t one that you want to jump on reading, but sometimes in the blogging world I feel like its good to read an honest, raw post.  The other day my parents called me to ask about a girl from my hometown.  She had died, she was 34, and the mother of 3 children.  She had committed suicide.  Supposedly there were no signs of her sadness, but to be honest I have no idea, nor is it any of my business. It just happened to make me stop and really think how precious this life is that we are living in.  It also made me so sad that she was so sad, and felt that lonely.

That’s our society though, and that infuriates me more than anything.  Push it under the rug, and ignore it. We live by, “there is always something or someone far worse”.  But, is there really? If you’ve never dealt with anxiety or depression, count your lucky stars.  The shit is no joke! And something that shouldn’t be hidden, but very often is. Families are ashamed or embarrassed, or sometimes even call it a selfish act(suicide).  But, in reality it needs to be spoken about to raise awareness.

I remember having a miscarriage (another push under the rug thing), I was so sad and didn’t know what or who to turn to, and thank god, found someone who I didn’t even know, via the internet.  She helped me immensely.  I’ve had a small case of anxiety my whole life, nothing tragic, but could have easily gotten there. I’ve always tried to self soothe, which is what I think we all do to some degree. ie. drinking, drugging, shopping, eating, exercising, etc…

After having my daughter, I felt really good. Then around 6 months, I would fall in and out of anxiety. feelings I couldn’t help. (postpartum, another very serious issue) I have a great life, a great husband, I live where most people would dream to live, everything is great! But, these were feelings I couldn’t explain.  Even today I still fight with those demons. My head can be a dangerous place. But, today I have people I can reach out to. I have friends who I trust and tell everything to, even when I am feeling sad or full of anxiety.  I’m not embarrassed to talk about it, or ashamed, or too good, or even too proud. Today, even on my saddest days (which are definitely more rare), I know everything will be ok.

I could go on and on about this topic. How social media affects people, holding grudges against people for years, especially when you have no idea what they are going through, judging and not knowing, family pressures, being better than, etc…

Whatever happened to being just a decent human being and loving someone for exactly who and how they are. We ALL have character defects, but essentially we are all one.  Maybe reach your arm out to that one person you normally wouldn’t. Because you never know who may need you when you least expect it, and you may never know when there won’t be a tomorrow for them. Life is so precious.

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Almost One!

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Where does time go? Eleanor is going to be ONE next month, and I’m kind of freaking out!  This is coming from the mouth of someone who didn’t even have children on her radar a few years ago.  I love this little human more than she will ever know.  Eleanor has made me a stronger, selfless, more laid back person, I even knew existed within me.  She has been my BIGGEST teacher so far in life.

Eleanor, is a strong willed, independent, full of personality, little child.  She LOVES music, and she loves playing the ukulele.  She loves the beach and the water.  Everyday I look at her and wonder how Dave and I got so lucky.  It was really hard for us to get pregnant, so, she by far, made us both BELIEVE miracles REALLY do happen.

It’s amazing how your own child can really make you a better person.  Not that I didn’t feel I was a good person before, but, I definitely feel I’m more dedicated to life now.

Thanks, Eleanor! We love you to the moon and back!

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letting go of the past

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I think we all have the ability to hang on to old things or habits, whether we want to admit it or not.   I know I do.  Lately, I’ve really been trying to clear away all negative energies from my body.  I feel like I have done a pretty good job with this, since I started the process 5 years ago, but there is always a little “shaping up” that can be done.  Along the way I’ve made some amends, did a little process called “cleaning house”, and multiple other things.  Today, I feel good, but I also think I could feel even better.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m super grateful for where I am today.

I’m a new mom, with a fairly new marriage (going on 4 years), and another new business, in a fairly new city.  We have the typical family issues here and there, you know?! (insert comedy here) All in all, life is completely fair.

So, I’ve decided to revisit certain inside issues, and really do a bit of self-care and self-love.  We are all amazing individuals, who really deserve to be on this planet, but so often we get lost in “things”, and forget about the simple pleasures like individualism, nature, self care, and so on…or just about being kind to others, even though you’re having a bad day, you just never know what that other person is going through.  For me, learning to pause and to be more patient, to be more present, and to listen.  I recently started reading this book, it’s about letting go, and finding your true intentions. Not forgetting about YOU. Which, I think we all do.

So, here is to the new you, and not being afraid of letting go! We are a lot of work, us humans, but we were put on this precious earth to be kind and loving, and to help others, and to all be ONE. Be grateful! Be kind! Love one another.

Below are a few websites that I have found to be completely uplifting, and really good reads for the mind, body and soul.

ashleyneese.com

thelocalrose.com

freeandnative.com

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

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She’s growing and so are we…

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Hi!

It’s been a long while since I’ve been to this little corner of mine.  Life is in full session.  Eleanor is getting bigger by the day, and Love Threads is growing by the week.  I made a joke the other day that I needed to hire help for Eleanor and for the store.  But, anyone who knows me well, knows I get a complete adrenaline rush off of being a busy body.  I’ve been trying to snap a few photos here and there of my little angel, as the days go by.  I love having this little blog of mine, but it isn’t going to be able to have as much attention as it used to get.  Maybe again down the road, but I will definitely pop in whenever I have a second and post about something.  Ultimately, I’d love to possibly find some guests editors to fill in here and there. (hint, hint)

So, there’s that.  Now, here are some pictures of my most prized possession, and I’m sure you’ll see why I’ve been a bit absent.

xo

baby love6^^^cheating with tummy time a bit^^^

baby love^^^she really is our little miracle^^^

baby love3^^^Eleanor loves to purse her lips.  it’s pretty darn cute^^^

baby love2^^^she also loves that tongue of hers^^^

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baby love8^^^First day to the beach. picture isn’t great, but couldn’t pass up this one with her darling swimsuit on^^^

 

 

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balancing life

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Is there ever a real balance? Or is life just a constant catch up?  I don’t know, I’d like to think I could find a balance.  I have so many projects going on right now, my head is going in fifty different directions, and, oh yeah, there will be a baby here in no time.  The baby is my (our) first priority, then what???!

I’ve always been a pretty organized (OCD) type of person, so this latest “scatter-brain” thing is throwing me off.  I’m trying hard to stay organized, but the more organized I try to stay, the more disorganized I get.  I don’t know how some of you people do it, I commend you.  Big time! Especially the mamas who make, create, and sell homemade things.  Do you stay up until midnight? Probably.

I’m trying to find a balance.  I’m happiest in life when things are more mellow, as opposed to chaotic.  I used to be the complete opposite.  The more rushed the better.  Not so much anymore.  But, with all of my “things” going on mellow isn’t exactly the word that is happening right now.

One of the reasons I loved being back home a couple weeks ago was the relaxation part.  I have a good friend who I just love being around because of her energy.  She probably has ninety things a day going on, yet she is always calm, and never seems to be rushing.  She gets pulled in fifty different directions, and still remains completely balanced.  I’ve asked her before, how she does it.  Her answer was simple.  “I have to stay calm for myself and others around me.”  Of course my type A personality wondered “hmmm, if only it was that easy”.  But, I honestly believe it’s all practice.

So, here I am, starting my practice. The practice of patience, tolerance, and slowing down.  It has to be more healthy, right?!  I’m not a runner, I’m not a gym person, but I enjoy eating healthy, and practicing holistic rituals.  Oh yeah, and all of you avid runners, good for you, I bet that helps with mega stress, but never going to be there, and never going to try. Sorry.  I only wish.

Cheers to finding a balance in life! God-willing it happens.  Soon. Ha!

Oh, and here is an interview with Sarah Jessica Parker.  I love her.  She nails it, and so flawlessly.  I mean…

 

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Baby shower

Hello!

It’s been a while.  I’ve been getting in some last minute travel, and other last minute things.  Love Threads has also been very busy, which means I’m very busy.  Oh, yay, then I have that full-time job too.

Last week I traveled home for a baby shower, given to me by three of my good friends.  It was wonderful. I had a great time! It was nice to see faces I haven’t seen in a while. I wish I would have captured more photos from the shower, but I was having  such a good time to even think about it too much.  Although, I did grab a few.

Thanks again, Omaha for another great time.  Even though you were pretty darn cold, you’re still my home.

Hope everyone has a great week!

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bbs3^^^I wasn’t lying when I said it was cold.  But I was happy to see some snow.^^^

bbs2^^^Little plants for the guests to take home.  such a great idea, Deniz^^^

bbs1^^^One of the areas set up for guests. Everything was perfection.^^^

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going home

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The time has come and I am going home.  Yay! Even though it’s going to be a high of 10 degrees, I don’t even care.  I’m excited to see friends and family, and just relax.  This last week has been a doozy! I had some unfortunate things to deal with.  People wanting to be complicated, and blah blah blah.  Some people just have a hard time being happy for others. I’ve never understood that, I’m just not one of those people.  Like my mom says, you have to feel bad for them, they’re sick.  You have to pray for them.  True, I guess.

I have so many exciting things for the future to look forward to.  Wish I could share them all, but not quite yet.  I will though.  Sorry I have been so relaxed on the blog, I’ve been working hard on Love Threads, and a few other things.

Today we get to go and have a sneak peek at baby girl, and say hi.  She is a kicker! This little angel has brought so much joy into our lives already, and she isn’t even here yet.  It’s really pretty amazing.

Hope everyone has a great rest of the week, and I will be back on Friday with some weekend links.

xo

(picture is of Omaha, my hometown)

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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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