Life at Home

4th of July BBQ Ideas

June 24, 2014

The 4th of July is the highlight of the BBQ season. Are you ready for it? If you need a little inspiration, check out these ideas collected from some of our favorite bloggers, pinners and party planners. Create a (tastefully) star-spangled menu. Pinterest is flooded with red, white and blue cakes, kebabs, candies, salsa, cookies, ice pops and more. We’ve even seen patriotic pasta and popcorn! With so many options, it’s easy to go a little overboard. But, in small doses—and with the right recipes—a themed…

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Local Stories

Searching San Diego Real Estate? Find Luxury in San Elijo

June 16, 2014

At the highest point in North County is a master-planned community getting a lot of attention from San Diego area homebuyers. San Elijo Hills goes beyond the typical clubhouse many new home construction sites offer and takes neighborhood design to the next level. Towncenter: What’s often missing in new home communities today? A charming small-town atmosphere. At the heart of San Elijo Hills is a convenient town center, an urban space providing the services and local flavor necessary to any small town. Residents can gather…

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Life at Home

5 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

June 3, 2014

School’s out and the kids are home for the summer. Now what? Left to their own devices, many kids will spend all day using devices—like a computer, tablet or TV. If you’re looking for some more active, educational and creative alternatives for young children, check out some of our favorite ideas for summer fun at home. Break out the sidewalk chalk! If you’re feeling creative yourself, you can make your own ice chalk or sidewalk paint. We love this bonus idea from Crafting Connections: Have…

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Packing & Moving

How to Talk to Your Child About Relocating

May 27, 2014

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, relocating to a new area comes with its challenges. For children, who often have little or no say in the decision, it can be a difficult transition. As a parent, you’re in a unique position to help shape your child’s outlook on moving. Downplay the negative and promote the positive (after all, moving can be a wonderful adventure!) and your kiddo will be well on his or her way to a smooth and successful move! Here…

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Buying a Home

Tips on How to Buy a New Home

May 13, 2014

You’ve got all your ducks in a row; your finances are healthy, circumstances are right and at last you’re ready to buy a new home and leave the rental market for good. Even though it may have taken years of careful saving and patient planning to get to this point, there are still a number of decisions that remain before you arrive, new key in hand, at the threshold to your new home. But fear not—the homebuying process can be great fun and incredibly rewarding!…

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