Dress Up Fun

Growing up we played dress up all. the. time. It was a staple in the Anderson household year-round. My younger brother (not the one pictured above–sorry Luke, but you look dang good in that metallic dress) probably wore more costumes than regular clothes until he was in kindergarten. He was almost always wearing a tie, Davy Crockett hat or cowboy costume.

We had an ever-growing box full of fun pieces like the vintage hat I’m rockin’ above. I love when I see similar boxes at our M&Co. families’ houses. It brings back such fond memories.

October has been my favorite month thus far because so many of my family meetings have included impromptu Halloween costume fashion shows.

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Last year was my favorite Halloween to date because my whole family volunteered at a Star Wars-themed festival and went all out with costumes (I’m C3PO and Meredith is R2D2 in case you were unsure). My parents in the back are these guys made from boxes, duct tape and silver spray paint day-of! I’m still in disbelief that my cousins pulled off PERFECT Kylo Ren and Rey costumes from only watching episode 7 trailers. It wasn’t until after the movie was released that people realized how spot-on they were (excuse my nerding out on the subject of Star Wars, it can’t be stopped).

Needing some last minute costume ideas? We’ve got you covered.

  • DIY kids costumes–I love the snail and the Mary Poppins
  • These are great (Baby Frida Kahlo is my fave)
  • Must watch video of last minute ideas like dressing a baby as popcorn, so freaking cute
  • This stroller costume is such a great idea
  • This website had some cute ones
  • Food costumes are hilarious to me
  • Kudos for originality on these ones

Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween!

Strong, Smart and Bold Girls

This morning I volunteered at Girls Inc’s 15th annual Women in Leadership: Making a Difference Luncheon. Girls Inc has been in Santa Barbara for almost 60 years and I simply love everything about it. Their mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold through research-based, data-driven educational and enrichment programs.

In the background you can see Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson giving the keynote (she’s the best). Today she pointed out that Santa Barbara’s senator, congresswoman, DA, mayor and police chief are all female! #bossladies

The event was beautiful and inspiring. I am so thankful to live in a community where women are represented, celebrated and invested in. I found this video particularly moving, and all their literature is just spot on (seriously considering printing and hanging their Bill of Rights in my house).

If you have girls, I’d highly recommend looking into their programs or if you’re interested in getting involved it’s easy to volunteer–there’s a center in Santa Barbara and one in Goleta as well!

The Mom Made Market

You all know I LOVE supporting small businesses, so I’m very excited The Mom Made Market will be in Santa Barbara this weekend at the Impact Hub–they’ll have 65 local mama vendors!

The Mom Made Market’s main goal is to support moms in business (duh). By hosting markets, they offer #mommade shops a platform to sell their goods and services. They (we at Meredith &Co. agree!) believe that in supporting mom businesses we can help keep more moms home with their kids, help mothers contribute financially to their families, and encourage creativity and entrepreneurship.

Santa Barbara is their first central coast market so make plans to go shop local, shop small, shop #mommade at the Impact Hub (1117 State St) from 10am-5pm on Saturday 10/22 and 10am-4pm on Sunday 10/23. Hope to see you there!

Connect with them on instagram: @themommademarketsb and @themommademarket

Amazing vendors include (seriously, click on these links–sooo cute!): @musebath, @trendybubs, @potatofeet, @madyandgrace and @palomasoljewelry

Oh My Guac

Did y’all Avocado Festival this weekend in Carp? It was the 30th annual!

The local festival is free and exceeds 100,000 visitors each year over the course of the three-day weekend. Known as home to the world’s largest vat of guac, 75 musical acts and avocado food galore. I’m all about the deep fried avocado but not so much about the avo ice cream–everything’s worth a shot, right?

There’s an awesome kids’ section with games, face painting and other fun activities (those huge inflatable balls you can roll around in). There is also a cute little shopping section featuring many amazing local artisans as well as Avocado Festival merch.

In the avo expo tent we learned about the different types of avocado (who knew!), saw agricultural and historical photos, looked at antique tractors, and marveled at the largest avocado contest winners (above: 3.36 lb. first place avo with iPhone as point of reference for size).

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What a fun local tradition. I have to admit that although we scored a great parking spot, it was a little too hot and crowded for me to stay all day. But definitely something everyone should check out at least once!

Currently wishing for more fall weather in the coming weeks and, of course, planning our first trip to the pumpkin patch.

New Business Cards Are Here

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Meredith and I are obsessed with Rifle Paper Co. and are absolutely guilty of having matching floral phone cases from them (best Ross find ever). I’m already eyeing their 2017 planners and making mental pro/con lists of how they compare to my beloved Passion Planner…but that’s a topic for another day.

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Here they are! I’m just so smitten with how these turned out; I can’t wait to start using them. It is a little embarrassing how often I’m actually wearing stripes and sunnies though–hoping that look never goes out of style 🙂

Follow Along

I’m excited to announce that our Claire’s Neighborhood Instagram account is officially live! Be sure to follow along @clairesneighborhood and tag any friends who may be interested in either working as a caregiver or using our services 🙂

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Now the work to gain followers begins–14 down, many more to go!

And if you’re not already, be sure to follow @meredithandcompany as well to keep up-to-date on all things care-related.

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Some of my personal faves to follow are:

@historyphotographed, @thebucketlistfamily, @petesouza (the official photographer of the white house), @whole30recipes (beautiful to look at and try!), @laceroots (a friend’s gorgeous floral company), @lipstickstainsandblackcoffee (another friend’s fabulous travel/career tip blog account), @jojolomelino (close friend of mine’s daughter went viral with her sassy videos last year–always a riot), @groundedapproach (my best friend’s holistic nutrition account), and @humansofny (because, obviously).

Are you on Instagram? If so, do you have any must-follows? Do share!

Olympic Fever

Have you been watching the Olympics? I love how the whole world stops to watch—more than 11,000 athletes from 207 nations this year! I’ve been out and about but loving receiving text updates and watching highlights. I’m most obsessed with Simone Biles, but shout outs are also deserved by Simone Manuel, MP, Usain Bolt and Katie Ledecky.

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How are you celebrating the Olympics? It’s not too late to jump on board and make a party of it!

This blog showcases some creative backyard olympic game ideas.

Another momma shares her celebration here (I’ve decided ribbon twirling should be incorporated into many more festivities year round). I liked this one too.

Olympic-themed craft ideas here.

Books to read with your kids about the Olympics and olympians.

Also a great opportunity to teach kiddos (and adults) international flags.

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This chalk photo shoot is still my favorite (credit: Huffington Post from the 2012 Olympics).

You can view the full schedule in Rio here and remember the closing ceremony is this Sunday!

PS. My Pinterest research concluded that gold medals are best made (and enjoyed) out of golden Oreos and Fruit by the Foot if you’re in need of a little treat while watching this week.