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March News & Events: Los Angeles

March 30th, 2020

In this week’s newsletter, learn about the ways you can spend quality time at home with your kids, discover a new way to volunteer- without leaving your home – and more tips and tricks you need to learn this week.

Local Events

17 Ways to Turn Quarantine into Quality Time with the Kids

We get so caught up in the things we ‘have to’ do, that we might forget to take advantage of the time together with our family and just play! Here is a list of 17 ways to turn quarantine time into quality time together and maybe even overshadow this chapter of our lives with unforgettable memories together. Hello Fashion blog shares more here.

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Looking to Volunteer Virtually?

In these challenging times, small acts of goodness are more important than ever. See below for a few ways to virtually extend a hand to those in your community – all from the comfort of your own home! Together, we can show how much #CompassCares.

UPchieve is a free, online platform that connects low-income high school students in the US with live, volunteer coaches (that’s you!) any time they need it, especially during this time of school closures. The volunteer experience is ultra-flexible so you can help students from anywhere with an internet connection!

Career Village provides students with free personalized career advice from real-world professionals. On a mission to democratize access to career information and advice for underrepresented youth, professionals answer questions from any laptop or smartphone, giving students the inspiration and education they need to make better decisions about their futures. Volunteer virtually to answer questions from students who want to be you when they grow up!

The Trevor Project is a national 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. TrevorChat & TrevorText volunteers are trained to answer online messages or texts from young people who are struggling with issues such as coming out, LGBTQ identity, depression, and suicide. TrevorChat & TrevorText volunteers must undergo a 40-hour virtual training and serve a minimum of a one-year commitment, with three to four 3-hour virtual shifts per month.

Tips and Tricks

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Door Storage to Simplify Your Cleaning Routine

What’s worse than having to take time out of your precious day to clean your entire house? Having to wade through a damp cave of cleaning supplies before you even get started. In this story, The Home Edit teaches you how to organize your door storage.

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Recipe: Quinoa-Chicken Meatballs With Garlicky Greens

As minimalist as meatballs get. While a lot of recipes add a lot of buffers, like grated cheese, fresh herbs, and eggs, in reality all you need are ground meat and a starchy binder. In this case, that means chicken and quinoa. Get the recipe here.

March Real Estate News & Events

March 23rd, 2020

Delaying that next trip to the grocery store or looking for a break from home cooked meals? Support one of LA’s restaurants by ordering delivery or takeout. Many of the city’s renowned restaurants have adjusted during these uncertain times by converting their menus for delivery — with some even temporarily converting into markets. Read on for lists of restaurants offering delivery or other services.

Restaurants Offering Delivery or Takeout

From Pasta Sisters in Culver City to Sqirl in Silver Lake, Eater LA has rounded up a running list of restaurants offering delivery or takeout across Los Angeles. Read the full list here.

Some LA restaurants convert to corner stores in response to crisis

Want to skip a trip to the grocery store?  These LA restaurants have responded to COVID-19 by “turning their full-service restaurants into corner stores packed with produce, jarred goods, dried noodles, rice, toilet paper and other hard-to-finds.” Read the full story.

Uber Eats offers free delivery for independent restaurants during pandemic

“As more people stay home, local restaurants need your business more than ever. That’s why we’re waiving the Delivery Fee for all orders from every independent restaurant on Uber Eats—more than 100,000 local restaurants on the app,” the company said in an email Monday morning. Read more.

 

Tips and Tricks

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5 Areas of Your Home that Deserve a Refresh

Whenever we start dreaming of home renovation projects, we like to take a step back and consider our current home décor. The fact is, it doesn’t always take a full kitchen renovation or retiling your bathroom to get the look you’re lusting after. Find out how here.

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7 Cleaning Products That Design Experts Actually Use at Home

In case you didn’t get the memo, there’s a lot more to a beautiful home than great decorations. Sure, indulging in the latest trends and peppering your place with personal touches will make your space shine, but your home has to be clean. You know, free of dirt, dust, and unnecessary clutter. Learn more here.

March Real Estate News & Events: Los Angeles

March 16th, 2020

With warmer (and longer) days just around the corner, our city is springing back to life. Read on for the local events you just don’t want to miss out on, as well as the insider tips and lifestyle cues curated just for you.

Real Estate in the News

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Refinancing Your Mortgage

The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage now stands at 3.45%, the lowest since 2016 — and that’s spurring a wave of refinancing activity. Read more here.

Local Events

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10 Take Out/Delivery Restaurants to try During Self Isolation

LA Breakfast Club

1447 2nd Street, Santa Monica

Try egg, bacon and cheese burritos, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt bowls, pancakes and scrambles. Available through Postmates with .99 delivery

Wexler’s Deli 

616 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica

Comfort food at its best with options like bagel, lox and cream cheese, babka French toast, and matzo ball soup.

Erewhon

Multiple Locations

The healthiest LA grocery store is offering catering of freezer friendly foods like bone broths, chicken, wild salmon, vegetables and more.

Kreation Organic Juicery

Multiple Locations

Keep your immune system strong with Kreation’s large variety of juices, smoothies and açaí bowls. For more substantial options, they have delicious salads and bowls.

Egg Tuck

7131 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood

An egg-centric breakfast cafe with plenty of egg sandwich options including avocado, as well as kale Caesar salads and iced matcha lattes

Alfred Coffee 

Multiple Locations

LA’s favorite coffee shop will deliver a lot more than just their signature lattes. You can also order patrias like chocolate croissants and vegan chocolate chip cookies as well as breakfast burritos, bagels, granola bowls and grab and go salads from Erewhon.

Backyard Bowls

Multiple Locations

For nutritious breakfast and lunch options, this cafe will deliver plant based açaí and oatmeal bowls as well avocado toast, smoothies, and quinoa salad bowls.

Birdies

314 W Olympic Blvd, DTLA

Spicy chicken sandwiches, strawberry donuts and chicken wings are the comfort foods we need. Try this delicious cafe for your next takeout order.

Lassens Natural Foods

Multiple Locations

This specialty grocery store will deliver everything from fresh made green juices and organic smoothies to breakfast burritos, wellness shots and fresh salads. Another great way to support local businesses.

Honey Hi

1620 W Sunset Blvd, Echo Park

Grain bowls, avocado toast on gluten free bread, breakfast sandwiches, dairy free options and breakfast and lunch all day menu with health meals fit for any diet type.

 

Tips and Tricks

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This Gallery Curator’s Home is a History-Filled Work of Art

Having spent more than twenty years in the entertainment industry, Sheila Bouttier’s passion and penchant for personal narrative is unparalleled—but her expertise in crafting stories falls far beyond her years working as a television executive. Case in point: her home. Take a tour here.

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12 Stylish Under-$100 Finds Interior Designers Can’t Get Enough Of

Sure, interior designers love the finer things in life, including custom-made furniture, designer wallpaper, and luscious linens. However, when it comes to designing a home, not all of their go-to pieces cost a fortune. In fact, many of their favorite finds happen to be under $100. Learn more here.