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Spring Cleaning, Summer Edition

Ever heard of Spring Cleaning? Well, this is the Summer Edition.  Here are 5 ways to declutter your home while making sure it's your oasis during quarantine: 1. Start in an area that is most cluttered. It’s helpful to start in the room that is most cluttered. Usually, this area is the bedroom or living room because that is where people spend most of their time and begin to pile household items. For some, starting big can be overwhelming but it actually gives motivation... Continue Reading >

Quarantine, Father’s Day Ideas

Father's day is in just a couple weeks; however, Father's Day might feel a little different while in quarantine. That's ok. Thinking out of the box, getting creative, while keeping it meaningful and simple can help Father's day run smoothly. Here are a few fun, simple, yet creative ways to celebrate Dad on his special day. Instead of reservations at his favorite restaurant out of town, maybe consider cooking a bountiful meal together. Fire up the grill, gift dad with... Continue Reading >

5 Positive Perspectives While in Quarantine

5 Positive Perspectives While in Quarantine Be not idle. Be not alone. Quarantine doesn't have to mean full isolation, so keep 'connection' front of mind. Reaching out to family and friends via Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, or even a simple call is very meaningful. A question like, "I'm just checking in on you. How are you?" may be the simple conversation starter you need to establish a meaningful connection that day. Embrace respectful kindness. By keeping anger, divisive politics, and hatred out... Continue Reading >

Tips To Avoid Unhealthy Air Quality: Saddleridge Fire

Here are a few tips from The Department of Public Health to help stay safe after a fire. Use this as a simple checklist to help avoid the effects of unhealthy air quality. Avoid unnecessary outdoor activity if smoke is detected. Keep windows and doors closed and run the air conditioner only if it draws air from the house. Check the filters on air conditions and replace them regularly (air filtration devices can reduce the level of harmful particles). If it... Continue Reading >

Spring Cocktail Recipe: Concrete Junglebird

    Try this refreshing cocktail this spring. It's a mix of chai, lime, pineapple, and run. Mix all the below ingredients and pour over ice. Don't forget to garnish with a pineapple leaf and share with a friend. This refreshing drink is a perfect choice for parties, meet and greets or just an afternoon on the patio. Enjoy. Ingredients: .25 oz demerara .5 oz lime juice .75 oz Campari 1.5 oz caramelized pineapple concentrate .75 oz Appleton Reserve Jamaican Rum .75 oz chai infused Jameson Black Barrel   Stay connected... Continue Reading >

Is Your Home Ready For An Open House?

Here are three simple tips that will help you catch the eyes of potential buyers and get your home ready for showings this spring.  Though show-ready sounds like an overwhelming term for some homeowners, it doesn't have to be. Remember, there is something special about your property that will bring home buyers to your home, so the prep work is just highlighting the best part for them to see when they arrive.  Centerpieces: It's normal to want to clean everything, but... Continue Reading >

Prepare Your Home for Monsoon Weather

  Has anyone else noticed the stormy, rainy weather approaching Los Angeles? Well, the rainy days are here and it's important that you are prepared for it. The more prepared your home is for the stormy days to follow, the less likely you'll be dealing with contractors, repair bills, or insurance for rain damage to your home.  Here are a few simple and easy ways to keep your home dry and ready for the rain ahead.  Check for leaks. It's easy... Continue Reading >

Candy Cane Lane is Back Again

Bringing in hundreds of families and people from across the state and beyond, Candy Cane Lane has been a staple for California Christmas lights. Some of the most creative, eye-catching, and holiday spirit building lights are found right at Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills, CA. The display begins the second week of December, so grab your hot chocolate and be sure to find the intersection of Lubao and Oxnard St.   The display continues until 10 PM on weeknights and about... Continue Reading >

3 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes To Keep Your Guests Happy

The Cranberry Gingersnap 2 oz. vodka 2 oz. ginger beer Cranberry juice Lemon juice Grounded ginger Garnished: gingersnap cookie and white chocolate shavings Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Top with white chocolate shavings and garnish with a gingersnap cookie. Source: Sugar Factory   Salted Caramel Chai Sangria 750 mL EFFEN Salted Caramel Vodka 750 mL cranberry apple cider 1 qt. pinot noir 1 qt. Tazo Chai Tea 3 oz. Lemon juice 2 red apples, sliced 1 pt. blackberries Club soda Combine vodka, cider, wine, tea, and juice in a... Continue Reading >

7 Plants That Don’t Require A Green Thumb

Having a green thumb is a luxury, so if you don't, you've definitely come to the right place! This list of beautiful and aesthetically pleasing plants can not only boost your home health but are easy to maintain. And for those looking to bring a little bit of joy into your office, studio space, or even patio, this list of green energy-boosting flowers may be the perfect solution for your space. If low-maintenance is your aim, then this list is... Continue Reading >

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