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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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Big Sur/San Francisco Trip

 

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I know it’s been forever since I have been in this space. Feels good to be back posting, even if it’s just for a minute. I have been so busy with Love Threads, that I have abandoned this space a little bit. Opps!

We decided last month that we needed a little getaway. We usually go to Sayulita, Mexico around this time, but we decided, with how busy the store was, we better stay somewhat close, and make it a quick trip.

We drove to Big Sur for a few nights, and stayed at Glen Oaks.  I highly recommend it.  Everyone was super nice and the rooms were very clean and comfortable.  We had the most amazing food while we were in Big Sur. Everything we ate seemed so fresh and healthy. We had brunch at Deetjen’s, lunch at Nepenthe , and dinner at Big Sur River Inn, which was perfect with Eleanor. On another day, we visited the most amazing bakery, Big Sur Bakery. So so tasty!! We also did the iconic hike to McWay Falls. Absolutely breathtaking! Big Sur is a sleepy town, with what felt like a lot of good, mellow energy. Exactly what we needed.

We drove up the coast to San Francisco next, and pretty much ate our way through the city. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities, but, I did noticed this time that it was a little more difficult with Eleanor. Now I know why people in NYC, and other big cities are always at the parks. Eleanor isn’t use to being in the car so much, but overall she did well. We did fall upon this amazing park, Dolores Park. We let her run and play for a good couple of hours, to get out some much needed energy.

I had to hit up the famous Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, for their cruffin. They make 150 a day, you’re only allowed two per person, and they go fast! I stood in line, while Dave sat in the car with Eleanor, and I hit the jackpot! Made the cut-off, barely. Totally worth the wait, do it!!!

I hope to be back in this space more, it’s just hard with being a mommy and running a business. Regardless, I will always pop back to share anything fun and exciting!!

Love you all!

xo

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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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A Trip to San Francisco

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We just got back from a lovely trip to San Francisco.  Wow, Where do I start! I completely fell in love with everything there! I was pretty much ready to come home, pack our bags, and move there.  I thought I had been there when I was a little girl, but after asking my mom and dad, they both said no.  It’s one of my dads favorite cities.  We grew up our summers on the east coast, so I’ve always had a love for NYC, but this trip had me rethink my love may be closer to me than I thought.

We decided to drive, which was super easy.  Eleanor was perfect! We stayed at the Hilton Union Square.  We got up every morning and went out for the day.  I had a list of places we wanted to go and see (most were food).  We don’t normally make lists of things we want to do, see or eat, we like going with the flow, but we had too many places we REALLY wanted to experience.  They were all good! We also got a chance to drive over to Sausilito, which is the prettiest little beach town.  This meant that we had to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, which I’m not going to lie, I was a bit terrified.  I have a horrible fear of heights.  Don’t think the day before I was taunted by the Bay Bridge, when I accidently made a wrong turn, and there was no turning back. YIKES!!!  The Golden Gate is so beautiful, and the drive over was easy peasey.  I’m not sure how I feel about that Bay Bridge yet????!!!

Some of the places we went and really enjoyed were:

Dynamo Donuts: ok, we don’t normally eat donuts, but these are, trust me when I say this, “THE BEST!”  All organic and local (when possible) and fun flavors like lemon tyme, guinness gingerbread, vanilla bean, poached pear, caramel de sel, I’m not a gluten carrot cake, maple glazed bacon apple (one of our favorites), spiced chocolate, and many more.

La Taqueria: a complete hole in the wall (we like those kinds of places), but some damn good tacos. I actually had a burrito and it was delicious, and my husband had the tacos and I tasted them.  Stick with the carne asada tacos and burrito.

Haight Ashbury: enough said!

Cow Hollow: great little shops and tons of places to eat.

Bernal Heights park: This place is amazing! You park and walk about 20 minutes to the top, and then you have 360 degree view of SF. It’s worth the hike. We met a local there, and he even said that this was one of the top 3 places to come to see all of SF.

Golden Gate park/bridge: It’s just what you have to do if you are in SF.

General Store: great up and coming artists’ work. located in a funky little area called outer sunset.

Ferry building: Such a great place to cruise around and eat your way through.  We had yummy pho at Slanted Door.

Boudin: I mean if you’re going to Fisherman’s wharf, you have to have the famous bread bowl and clam chouder.  Of course we had to have it at Boudins.

Blue Bottle Coffee: This was the BEST coffee! Just to see how they make you your own specific cup is worth going there and buying some. This is a good place for coffee connoisseurs.

We checked out so many more places, but these were some of our favorites.

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The last of Florida

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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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Melbourne Beach, florida

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Hello!  We are in Melbourne Beach, Florida.  Melbourne Beach, is one of the oldest beaches in Florida.  We are loving it! Everyone is so friendly, and the weather has been beautiful, hot, but beautiful.  The ocean and the sand color are so different from our beach in Santa Barbara.  The ocean is very green, with a touch of blue, and the sand is white.

I was here for one week before the hubby came down to meet me, and now that he is here, we have been exploring everywhere and everything.  One of the things that I love about Dave, is that he is so adventurous, and gets me out to be more adventurous.  Melbourne and Melbourne Beach are both very small communities, and tight communities, where everyone seems to know each other.  I like that.  Also, very clean, I like that even more.  We’ve had some great food, good laughs, and have met some amazing people.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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mb7^^^Downtown Melbourne, is an old, vintage part of town, with lots of history^^^

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mb1^^^This place was by far my favorite.  The people that work here have the best energy and could not be any nicer^^^

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mb10^^^He was thanking God for this amazing opportunity, and is so happy to be here^^^

 

 

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Ojai

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We’ve been on some adventures over here lately.  My mom is in town, and we pretty much haven’t stopped once.  Hubby has been working, as usual, and we have been cruising up and down the coast, and through the mountains.  The other day we decided to go to Ojai.  I love that place!  So did she.  I’ve been wanting to check out the Ojai Rancho Inn.  The place reminds me of something country/Indie, if you can only imagine.  That combination is right up my alley, and I’m looking forward to staying there, soon.  We also had lunch at one of my favorite spots, The Farmer and The Cook, which is an all organic farm-cafe marketplace.  If you’re ever in the area, stop by and at least try their smoothies, they are amazing!

Things may get a little slow around here in the coming months.  Our family has some fun, interesting projects we are working on, that are keeping us very busy.

Also, this month we are a sponsor over on Dani’s blog.  If you are a mom or mom-to-be, you should really check out her blog.  She gives lots of inspiring info and tips.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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lost pictures from mexico

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I came across these beautiful photos from Mexico, that my husband snapped while we were there, a while back.  I don’t know how they got lost, but now they’re found.  I miss this place.    A place where your everyday life is easy and simple, and smiling faces is all you see.  You read, eat and sleep, and that’s about it.  I like that life.   I like simple.   I like smiling faces.  Some days I wish I could close my eyes, say “poof”, and I’m back there.  But for now we have these amazing pictures to look at, and DREAM!

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