IT'S ICE CREAM SEASON: SWEET LUCIE'S

We continue our ice cream series today with media darling Sweet Lucie's. I've long admired this family business on Instagram and dreamt of the day when I would have their beyond cute vintage ice cream cart at a Mila & Brixton party. So when I heard they opened up a shop, I had to check it out.

You know when you build something up so much that it's hard for it to actually be as good as you wanted it to be? Well, it was everything I wanted it to be!

We MAY have a had a few samples to lead us to our ultimate decision.

Here's our flight with chocolate, salted caramel, mint chip and strawberry. 

Their organic small batch ice creams (dairy and vegan options made with coconut milk) and sorbets are natural, made with simple, earth-friendly ingredients. 

Such a sweet family. The story goes: when Geri Czako was pregnant with her first child in 2008, she had a craving for something sweet. To satiate her ice cream craving, but also to ensure that the ingredients were delicious, superior, and organic, Geri decided to make her own. After years of experimentation, along with attending the world-famous Penn State Ice Cream course, Geri developed the ideal combination of organic ingredients and sweet perfection. Oh, and, Geri had her baby girl. Her name is Lucie.

Until next time! 

Sweet Lucie's is located at:

12222 Venice Blvd.
Mar Vista, CA 90066
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WATERMELON POPSICLES

We found our favorite summer treat! It's organic, inexpensive, easy to make and deliciously refreshing. And the recipe has only ONE ingredient -- watermelon.

You'll just need 1/4 of a large organic watermelon.

Place the fruit in your Vitamix (note: don't add water). The key is the tamper -- the tamper is going to keep the watermelon blending.

Now pour the watermelon juice you just made into your popsicle mold. We used the Zoku Classic Pop Mold.

Makes 6 full-size popsicles.

And then you can enjoy some beautiful outdoor time while your popsicles are freezing.

Icy goodness! 

Mila's dress is by Old Navy

SANTA BARBARA PUBLIC MARKET

Need a place to take Dad for Father's Day? How about the Santa Barbara Public Market?! It's a great place for lunch. I recommend the Bangkok Street Noodle soup from Empty Bowl or a burger and Spicy Fried Broccolini from Belcampo Meat Co.

And for dessert, the BEST ice cream in Santa Barbara from Rori's Artisanal Creamery. Dad's favorite is a double scoop of Serious Dark Chocolate and John Martin (coconut ice cream with coconut shreds and chocolate) -- yum! 

Here are a few more of my favorite purveyors from the market.

No better gift for Dad than some French salami, right? These guys are from Culture Counter.

Or a nice bottle of wine from Wine + Beer.

And then I always like to get a little grocery shopping done at Foragers Pantry before I leave.

SANTA MONICA FARMERS' MARKET

We have a very special correspondent today... our mom! And what does Mom love? Organic fruit and veggies! So she's taking us to the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. It's the largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs.

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Lets start with the berries. We're certainly lucky to have these fresh, vibrant, local berries.

Papayas grown in California! Have you ever heard of such a thing? Amazing!

Thank God for artichoke season!

You say 'tomato,' I say 'tomato.'

Lots of good greens for dinner.

The Santa Monica Farmers' Market is open every Wednesday from 8.30am - 1.30pm, and is located on Arizona Avenue at 2nd Street.

THE SWAN GUIDE

Swans, swans and more swans. Have you noticed an abundance of swans lately? So many cute swans! Here's a roundup of some of our favorite items.

Party decor from Pippa & Co. Shop.

Eco Baby Blanket in fuchsia from Spearmint Love.

Swan Queen Tutu in milk from Tutu Du Monde via Eggy.

Odette Swan Animal Head from Sew Heart Felt.

Soft pillow from Lulu Lucky.

Garland by VelveteenBabies on Etsy.

Onesie from Rylee + Cru.

Art print by Rifle Paper Co.

Boramiri Nina doll in gold via Shop Minikin.

Toddler sheet set in swan soiree from Land of Nod.

Little Lux limited edition Odette necklace by Gunner & Lux.

Fleece raglan pullover from Atsuyo et Akiko.

Costumes via Ilona Jongepier.

The cutest kid felt slippers from Sew Heart Felt.