Truth be told, you cannot be happy and envious at the same time. In fact, one of the greatest secrets to happiness in life is learning how to eliminate envy.
-Rick Warren

Category Archives: Holidays

Cocktail Corner: Easter Dining and a Toast to Spring!

by lesliedinaberg on April 10, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Spring is in the air, so what better time to sample some of the lovely new libations at our local watering holes. Hop on over and give these spring cocktails and dining options a taste: Ty Lounge at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has […]

Seasons Greetings: AwesomeBox = A Great Gift

by lesliedinaberg on December 12, 2016

It’s always tough to find affordable, creative gifts for loved ones—especially during the holiday season—but the AwesomeBox ( is something unique and well, ahem, awesome. More than a simple photo album or personalized photo gift (both of which are also great for the holidays), AwesomeBox allows users to build a customized box of memories, stories and photos […]

Seasons Greetings: Reusable Wrapeez

by lesliedinaberg on December 12, 2016

There’s nothing better than a holiday product that keeps on giving, except perhaps one that also saves you time.  There’s a new invention called Wrapeez, a reusable stretch fabric gift wrap! That’s right, now, you can have a nicely wrapped gift in less than 20 seconds.  Just stretch it, wrap it, and reuse it. No scissors or […]

SB Style File: Holiday Stress? Try Coloring Inside the Lines!

by lesliedinaberg on December 21, 2015

When young children need to “settle down” there’s something very calming about focusing their energies on a coloring book, which is probably why adult coloring and doodling books have become so popular. I finally got around to trying out some of the coloring books and, I have to say, coloring inside—or outside—the lines really is […]

SB Style File: Santa Barbara Greeting Cards

by lesliedinaberg on December 21, 2015

Looking for a special gift this holiday season? How about a trip to Santa Barbara in a tin? Donna Greene’s new venture, Santa Barbara Greeting Cards, offers two beautiful sets of cards and postcards spotlighting iconic Santa Barbara scenes that will appeal to both locals and visitors. “Living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, we […]

Editor’s Pick: Parade of Lights

by lesliedinaberg on December 7, 2015

Santa Barbara is always a beautiful place to celebrate the holiday season, and one of the most unique and charming events is the annual Parade of Lights, when boat owners literally “deck the hulls with bows of holly” and lots of glorious lights, then motor, sail and paddle between Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Breakwater. […]

Cocktail Corner: Labor Day Libations

by lesliedinaberg on September 4, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Savor the last sips of summer this weekend with some delicious, refreshing Labor Day cocktails! Here are a few recipes to get your creative juices flowing: Doit Avoir This award-winning cocktail is garnished with gold, sure to impress the guests at your Labor Day party. Ingredients: 1.5 […]

Cocktail Corner: Festive Drinks for the Fourth

by lesliedinaberg on July 3, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg What better time to raise a glass than on the 4th of July. Here a few fun recipes to impress your guests, both this weekend and throughout the entire summer! True Blue Cocktail 1 oz. CÎROC Vodka 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao 1/4 oz. Grapefruit Juice […]

Local Lowdown: Class-y Gifting

by lesliedinaberg on December 29, 2014

By Leslie Dinaberg In a season chock-full of stuff, the notion of learning a new skill, or improving upon an old one, through taking a class is a great way to give someone a gift that keeps on giving—providing memorable experiences and perhaps even spurring lasting new interests. Here are some class-y gift suggestions for […]

Celebrate Family Holiday Movie Weekend at the Granada Theatre

by lesliedinaberg on December 12, 2014

Enjoy the magic of the holidays at The Granada Theatre’s Family Holiday Movie Weekend on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14!  In addition to screening holiday movie favorites with the only 4K cinema projection system in the region, Santa Claus will make a special visit to The Granada Theatre to greet children, and there will be special seasonal musical performances by […]