I have decided it is time to exercise. I’m just not a fan. I’ve been fortunate my whole life to be skinny. Then…I turned 35, and wowza! Can’t skip a few meals and hope to drop a few pounds. Nope that just doesn’t work anymore. So the one aerobic thing I have always enjoyed, is walking. I’m not a runner, I walk, fast. We live in a beautiful neighborhood, which makes for lovely walks. We took a few pictures on today’s walk, so I thought I would share.
We live in one of the most beautiful places and yes we do take advantage of it, most of the time. The weather is usually between 60 and 70, and pretty much perfect. My husband is a surfer and I like to catch rays. If you’ve never been to Santa Barbara, you really need to put it on your Bucket List. There is so much to do; the beach, museums, parks (gorgeous parks), eat, shop, and lots of hiking. Something for everyone. Living here I definitely feel blessed. Every once in a while I say that I miss the seasons, but considering it is 10 degrees in Omaha lately, I think I’m just fine with one season.
This weekend has been extra special. Husband was off of work on Saturday, which is pretty much unheard of, considering he is in the hospitality business. So we decided to start our day out at our special little club that we belong to (someday I’ll reveal, just not today), then I had read in one of the local papers about a new juicery, Juice Ranch, that had opened, so we decided to check it out. Fresh pressed juice, with ingredients from Farmers Market. Yes please! We stopped by to find out that they were closed, but the darling girl inside was sweet enough to help us, and make up a couple of green juices. Let me tell you…best stuff in town regarding juices. And, because of the great customer service, I will definitely be a repeat customer. Then we decided to head up North on the 101 to an organic farm that we found months ago. This place is so invigorating, the atmosphere is fresh, clean, and you feel like it’s your parents/grandparents farm. The whole thing works on the honor system, you pick what you want and write the items down, just like the good ole days. PS, their carrots are the BEST! Last but not least on our way back home we decided to stop in downtown Santa Barbara, in the Funk Zone. This place is rad! The murals that are painted on the walls are always fun and whimsical. Below are some of the ones we snapped. My favorite, because I’m a huge Andy Warhol fan, was the one done by Artist, Cory Anglin, of Marilyn Monroe. Also, if you ever get the chance to visit the area you must go and check out the Mermaid’s Chest. This place is thrifting at its best. We’ve bought many things from them. Oh and I almost forgot…we saw an amazing sunset as we drove far up into the mountains for a night engagement that we had.
So that sums up the shenanigans. We had so much fun! I’m very grateful to have such a loving, fun and adventurous husband.
Thanks, husband. I love you.
We have been praying for cool, Fall weather around here. I know it sounds silly, but it’s true. Santa Barbara is usually sunny and 70. Although, lately it has been much warmer. As some of you may know, most of us do not have air-conditioning. Santa Barbara usually has the so-called “perfect weather”, but this year it’s been off. My husband likes to say it’s “global warming”, I say “it’s just hot, and I’m over it”.
I left to go to Arizona for a few days for a girls trip and returned to what I say is “the perfect weather”. Cloudy, drizzly, and cool. Nice! Finally!
Today while out and about I shot a few photos of Santa Barbara showing more signs of Fall.
(My inner Midwestern girl is coming out, and I’m missing my four seasons)
I recently stumbled upon another great bag to carry my wares. Apple and Bee is an Australian based company that I found recently at Nordstrom. I love their bags. They are great for farmers market, shopping, and even a day at the park. The tote that I fell in love with is made from eco-friendly jute. It has biodegradable lining to keep your fruits and veggies fresh. The best thing about them is that they are earth-friendly, we like that!
In Santa Barbara, Nordstrom. Elsewhere, Whole Foods carries them.
This weekend was such an amazing time with friends. We started at The Palace, for the free breakfast, proceeded up State Street and ended up at Alameda park. We shopped, danced and ate. It was so nice to get out and enjoy what our beautiful city has to offer. What a fun time!
Hope everyone had an epic weekend!
My favorite time of year has arrived in Santa Barbara, Summer Solstice! The Santa Barbara Summer Solstice parade began in 1974, as a birthday celebration for a popular artist and mime, Michael Gonzalez. The parade grew into a gathering of over 100,000 spectators from around the world. The soiree originally had started at the Sunken Gardens and now has moved to Alameda Park. Come out and play this weekend. There will be over 75 different vendors, music and even a drum circle, for anyone who wants to participate.
Alameda Park, Santa Barbara
June 22, 4-9
June 23, 12-7
June 24, 12-5