Archive for February 2021

Millennials and the Luxury Real Estate Market, SoCal Gardening Tips and more to know this week

February 28th, 2021

Wishing you good luck, blessings, and happiness for today and every day. Read on for everything you should do this month and discover lifestyle tips curated just for you.

Real Estate in the News

Millennials Are Changing the Luxury Real Estate Market

Bloomberg states that tech-savvy and environmentally conscious millennial preferences are poised to dramatically reshape the high-end housing market. According to a 38% survey, millennials—adults born from 1981 to 1996—represent the largest share of homebuyers in the U.S., according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors released last year. Courtesy of Bloomberg

Local Events

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SoCal Garden Calendar: Here are 9 things for garden lovers to do this month

The Calscape Garden Planner is a free and easy online tool from the California Native Plant Society to help you plan your native plant garden based on your zip code, sun availability and the goals for your yard. Just answer a few questions and get a long list of suggested plants, along with their requirements for water, shade and the types of pollinators they attract. Read more here.

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Desert X Brings Outdoor Art Back to the Coachella Valley

Local museums remain closed due to the pandemic, but art-lovers will soon be able to experience something special–and pandemic-safe. Desert X is returning to the Coachella Valley, bringing new, large-scale, outdoor art installations to explore. Read more here.

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Monday Meal at All Saints’ Church

Every Monday, All Saints’ Church opens its doors to people experiencing homelessness or who are otherwise food-insecure offering a hot meal, hygiene products, and food to take on their journey. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Jean Dillingham.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

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Interior-design Trends That Will Disappear and New Trends You’ll See Everywhere

Interior-design trends are always going in and out of style. Insider spoke to professional interior designers to find out which decorating trends will be everywhere in 2021 and which styles will fade away in the new year. Read More from Insider Here.

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99 Stylish Bathroom Design Ideas You’ll Love

Explore dozens of stylish, inspirational design ideas for your own bathroom remodel. From boho chic to bold bright colors, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Courtesy of HGTV

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Closet Organization Ideas That’ll Make Your Space Feel So Much Bigger

A clean, organized closet streamlines your morning routine, and all that extra space gives you an excuse to expand your wardrobe. If you want to make the most of your space, try some of these closet organization and storage ideas from House Beautiful. Courtesy of House Beautiful

The Best Outdoor Patios in LA, How to Buy a Fire Pit and more to know this week in LA

February 22nd, 2021

Real Estate in the News

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How To Stop Renting And Buy Your First Home This Year

The real estate market is hot, and experts predict that it won’t be cooling off anytime soon. The good news is that low mortgage rates have made it possible for many people to buy their first home earlier than planned. Renters everywhere, especially the 12 million Americans spending more than half of their income on rent, would be well served to at least consider whether now is the right time to buy a home. Read the story here.

Local Events & Happenings

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How, where and when will I be able to get the vaccine in L.A.?

Already confused by the past year’s onslaught of reopening phases and tiers? Well, here’s yet another series of phases and tiers to familiarize yourself with. Learn more here.

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Metro might make bus and rail service free in Los Angeles

Metro has provided a brief update on its free fare proposal: A fareless pilot program could launch with free bus and rail trips for low-income riders and K–12 students. The test period would start for low-income riders in January 2022 and students in August 2022; both would run until June 30, 2023. After that, it would then be up to the Metro board to decide how they want to move forward with its fareless system initiative. Get the story here.

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The Most Unique Patios In LA

From plant-packed green houses to massive Japanese castles, and a secluded garden filled with rare gems, here’s 10 Totally Unique, Talented, Brilliant, Incredible, Amazing, Showstopping, Spectacular, Never The Same, Completely Not Ever Been Done Before patios in LA.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

11 Upcycling Hacks to Win at Pantry Storage

Is it weird to say that one of my passions in life is organizing cabinets? I find it incredibly satisfying when pantry items are neat and accessible, and I’m forever buying bins and baskets to help organize my pantry ingredients. However, the cost of these little items can add up (not to mention that it’s single-use plastic, which isn’t exactly an eco-friendly choice), and it got me thinking: There’s got to be a better way to keep cupboards organized with things I already have around the house. Get the story here.

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How to Buy a Fire Pit, ‘Cause Baby It’s Cold Outside

There’s something magical about gathering around these big bowls of fire that keep a frosty winter at bay. It’s comforting and primal and ritualistic (in the best sense of the word). It’s also fast becoming clear that these objects are no passing trend—they’ll likely remain a permanent fixture in our immediate landscape. Get the story here.

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Recipe: Miso-Braised Kale With Multigrain Rice

It’s a harrowing task: preparing a healthy meal that the entire family, including my persnickety kids, will eat with gusto. This nutrient-rich, decidedly grown-up rice bowl is just that. Plus, it comes together in under 30 minutes. For our family of five, I double the recipe. Leftovers are my answer to a fast-casual lunch bowl the next day. Get the recipe here.

An Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Comes to LA, The 15 Best Day Trips and more to know this week

February 16th, 2021

Real Estate in the News

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It’s Time For Residential Real Estate To Connect Customer Health With Their Projects

The approach of having open space, parks, gyms and sustainable energy options like solar have become the standard way of promoting a healthy, sustainable community. However, in GlobalScan’s 2020 study across 27 markets, the overwhelming response was that people are trying to improve their health and well-being but don’t know where to start. If the focus on health isn’t new, then why is there such a large disconnect on how where we live can improve our health?  Read the story here.

Local Events & Happenings

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The 15 best day trips from Los Angeles

Experience everything that SoCal has to offer with these day trip from Los Angeles to stunning nearby beaches, wineries and small towns. Get the list here.

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Sugar Rush is bringing a sweet, candy-themed drive-thru to the Valley

With Halloween and Christmas well behind us, so too are pretty much all of the spooky and sparklydrive-thrus that sprouted up last year. But with most indoor attractions still shuttered, we’re not quite ready to part with from-our-car diversions just yet. Thankfully, the folks behind Haunt’oween LA and WonderLAnd are back with another drive-thru. Read the story here.

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The ‘Immersive Van Gogh’ exhibition is coming to L.A. to devour your social feed

“Immersive Van Gogh,” an exhibition that, true to its name, transforms the iconic paintings of Vincent van Gogh into moving, wall-filling projections, will come to L.A. this spring. The installation promises half-a-million cubic feet of projections that pull from some of the post-Impressionist’s most recognizable pieces, including The BedroomSunflowers and, yes, The Starry Night.  More info here.

Lifestyle Tips and Tricks

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Craving Better Sleep? These Home Set-Up Tips Will Help.

10 tried-and-tested ways to create a restful vibe come nighttime. Read the story here.

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The Best Vacuums for Every Kind of Dust, Dirt & Mess

If you’re in the market for a killer vacuum, or like us, simply love swapping tips with other dirt-busting experts, read on for Food 52’s top picks here.

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How to Make the Most of Every Awkward Nook in Your Home

Some might think they’re strange, but we’d prefer to say they add character and stir up creativity. Besides, even if it’s unclear how or why these little spaces came to be, there’s no reason why you can’t make good use of them now. Find out how here.