**This post is sponsored by The Press-Enterprise & OC Register and we received compensation.**

Eating local, shopping small, supporting your local businesses---being involved in your local community is important, y'all! Picking up a local newspaper (such as The Press-Enterprise or OC Register) is an easy way to figure out just how to support those in the community around you. 

I don't know about you, but I would 100% rather buy a latte from a smaller, independent coffee shop than just going to Starbucks (and I'm not hating on Starbucks!). Being a small business ourselves, we've realized just how important this really is! We recently teamed up with The Press-Enterprise (a local SoCal newspaper) to emphasize the positive impact that results from keeping up with what's going on around you! 

We brought our copies of the P-E to Aroma Coffee & Tea, one of our fave local brunch spots in SoCal, to enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch. Aroma also sources its ingredients from various local vendors (and literally has the best brunch, like ever)! And anytime we brunch anywhere, we have an unwritten agreement---one person orders something sweet, and the other orders something savory, cause hello, we need options! So, Jenna kept it basic and ordered chocolate chip pancakes with strawberries, and Cortney ordered the Salmon Stack (smoked salmon on potato pancakes with poached eggs...yes, yes, and yes.). 

We sipped our coffees and read our papers on the patio while taking note of the cocktail recipes to try later on! 

You all know that we're both southern gals. We grew up in really small towns, both of which consisted mostly of small businesses. Like, we got our eggs from the farm down the road...that kind of small. We both love that small town feel, and while we love the big city vibe that most of Southern California has as well, that feeling of "being a part of something" can get lost in all the hustle & bustle. 

Picking up The Press-Enterprise, along with our morning coffee, has become a delightful addition to our routine here in SoCal. Especially in a world that's becoming increasingly digital, it's refreshing to be able to read & hold something tangible reporting on important world & local news, as well as recipes, activities, and what's going on around town! One of our favorite parts about this paper is the Life segment, which usually offers fun cocktail recipes, restaurant reviews, local art exhibits---and if you follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, or anything, you know this is exactly our cup of tea. 

We encourage y'all to challenge yourselves to be active in your local community! If you're in the Orange County or Riverside area, The Press-Enterprise is a good way to get you started! 

Love & Community

Jen & Cort

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