Luminance Recovery Center Restoring Hope, Empowering Change

There is a soft moment, in the early early morning, when the curtain of darkness begins to lift – the world spinning over 1,000 miles an hour – and the first glow of dawn appears on the horizon.  A great many poets and romantics have drawn inspiration from this moment over the years, finding it […]

The Grand Del Mar. One of the country’s best resorts, a stone’s throw from home

We knew we were in for a memorable weekend when the driveway to the Fairmont Grand Del Mar (fairmont.com/san-diego) took its sweet time delivering us to the resort. A canopy of autumn colors rustled in a lazy and surprisingly warm San Diego breeze as we made our way into the canyon just a couple of […]

Sketching a Future. David Velasquez and the Art of Doodling

Since shopfronts became shopfronts, there has been a need for signs: the need for signs begetting the craft of sign painting. Hand-lettering arose in America in the 1800’s as a means of distinguishing between products and companies when capitalism began to boom. Until the advent of vinyl lettering in the 80’s, hand-lettering and sign painting […]

Claims with Confidence

Roby & Associates – Keeping Insurance Companies Honest Since 1987 It is rare to find someone who can say that they appreciate adverse events in their life. More rare perhaps to find someone who will admit that such a calamity led them to a job that they love with a company that treats them with […]

Have an Absolutely Fabulous Valentine’s Day!

Diane Silverstein had never heard of the show “Absolutely Fabulous” when she named her aptly-titled gifts and décor boutique in central Huntington Beach. But the fun-loving, irreverent, blonde, champagne-promoting show does give a glimpse into what makes Absolutely Fabulous such a treasure. Absolutely Fabulous is not your run-of-the-mill, Hallmark-style gift shop; they are as fun […]

Real Estate Spotlight. Sheri Normandin of Berkshire Hathaway

According to a recent LA Times article, “the Southern California housing market is red-hot again.” 2015 was the second-busiest year since the 2008 recession, and experts are calling for 2016 to be the year that the peak returns to Orange County. With so much hype in the forecast, it can be difficult for both buyers […]

36 Hours in Atlanta Family-Friendly Fun in the Capital of the New South

Since my husband and I started our family’s admittedly ambitious endeavor to visit all 50 states as a family by the time our son (now aged 9) graduates from high school, we have captured vacation photos posing by major attractions across cities in 15 states. This summer, we crossed Georgia off the list by spending […]

St. Augustine. Experience Old World Charm in Our Nation’s Oldest City

Established in 1565, St. Augustine is a paradise for history buffs and arguably the root the nation’s oldest city’s appeal as a popular destination. When my husband, Tim, and I mapped out (pun intended) our plan to visit all 50 states as a family by the time our son (now aged 9) graduates from high […]

Blake Vartanian and the Keller Williams Team

Market experts putting “conscience first, rather than commission” A sleepy farm town with a population of 15,000 before Disneyland moved in in 1955, Anaheim’s packing houses and Orange County’s citrus groves soon gave way to waves of tourism and real estate development. In 1984, Blake Vartanian earned his California Broker license three years after receiving […]

Absolutely Fabulous. Surf City’s Most Unique Gifts & Décor Boutique

Diane Silverstein had never heard of the show “Absolutely Fabulous” when she named her aptly-titled gifts and décor boutique in central Huntington Beach. But the fun-loving, irreverent, blonde, champagne-promoting show does give a glimpse into what makes Absolutely Fabulous such a treasure. Absolutely Fabulous is not your run-of-the-mill, Hallmark-style gift shop; they are as fun […]