I couldn’t pass up sharing about this wonderful product I was introduced to the
other day. It’s a line of all natural beauty care, called Natura Culina. The brain behind
this phenomenal product is Lenka Tinka. She has developed products for the skin
that are all natural and made right here in Santa Barbara.
Lenka grew up in
the Czech Republic, outside of Carlsbad, one of Europe’s natural spa cities.
She was able to come to the United States and experience her passion. I had the
pleasure of meeting her, and what a beauty she is.
Lenka gave me a
beautiful gift basket, to try some of her products, and I’m hooked. The scents
alone attracted me. Natura Culina has absolutely no parabens, sulfates,
artificial colors or synthetic emulsifiers.
You can go online to purchase
the products at naturaculina.com or if you’re in Santa Barbara,
1131 Coast Village Road
Culina is “giving back”. Part of the proceeds go to American Cancer
I promise you that you will not be disappointed by these amazing
(Pictures courtesy of Natura Culina)
This weekend we have Madonnari, or street painters, transforming the Mission plaza using pastels on the pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large-scale images. Santa Barbara is the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from our sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy.
The festival benefits the Children’s Creative Project, a non-profit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.
To engage the other senses, live music and an authentic Italian market will be held adjacent to the painting. Enjoy an array of Italian cuisine and specialty items.
Location: Corner of Los Olivos and Laguna Streets
May 26, 27, and 28
Admission is free!!!
We love honey. Living in Santa Barbara we have fresh, local honey.
Honey is a natural sweetener. Sugar can be substituted with honey for many drinks and foods. I often substitute the sugar for honey when baking.
Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. Commonly it contains vitamin C, calcium and iron. Honey contains nutraceuticals, which are effective in removing free radicals from our body. As a result, our bodies immunity improves. Honey is a great antioxidant and cleansing property for our body. It’s powerful attributes have long been used thousands of years ago and known to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, and correct health disorders for generations. Honey not only fights infections and aids in tissue healing but also helps reduce inflammation and scaring.
We drink Yerba Mate tea in the morning and add honey with fresh mint. It is delicious. Locally you can buy honey from Tri-County Market or San Marcos Farms; sanmarcosfarms.com.
Below is a simple, great recipe using honey.
2 cups ground walnuts
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2-4 teaspoon raw honey
2 teaspoon pure vanilla
Process all ingredients in a food processor, press into brownie pan, then cool brownies for at least a half hour to firm up.