Lately, I have been working heavily on my website's design. This is tough work for me, as I've had to teach myself coding, website layouts, etc. To combat the stress of the task, I gave myself a 30 minute morning walk break, an afternoon yoga class break, and a green juice.
Whenever I feel stressed out, sick, or generally unhealthy, I turn to my trusty Breville. If you haven't heard of Breville, it's a company that makes fabulous juicing products. I have the Breville Compact and it makes enough juice for 1-2 people at a time. I think juicing is wonderful--much of the nutrients carry over in the juice, and it is easy to chug numerous servings of fruits and veggies quickly. Here's what I used today:
You just set up the machine,…
Hi everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day. This was a post I wrote last year around Thanksgiving. The message rings true year-round, in my opinion!
In the midst of the season of giving, I wanted to write a quick post about organizations that need your support at this time of the year. I spent Friday at the San Diego Chapter of LLS (The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society), where I worked for 3 years in LA. I was the Annual Fund Manager, and a key part of that job is working on the year end appeal. It is a HUGE job and I was happy to help out my friend, the Donor Development Manager in SD.
LLS, as well as many other non-profit orgs, budget for a massive percentage of their yearly donations to come in between late November and early January.…
OK....I'm pretty sure James and I have one of the weirdest cats ever. Henry gets into EVERYTHING. We have "lost" him before, only to discover he was hiding behind pots and pans in a kitchen cabinet, curled up behind the toilet, or sleeping behind the shower curtain. Our town house is not that big, and he disappears almost daily. That's all I wanted to share today. Goodnight!
Finn the Puppy
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Christie Gray is a full-time REALTOR in the San Diego area who enjoys sharing real estate-related content. She is always striving to utilize the latest and greatest real estate technology to help her clients achieve their goals. When she's not working, you'll…
So, James and I moved back to San Diego in summer 2014. We have a handful of friends here, but not nearly as many as we have in LA, and it's a bummer!!!
We realized we needed to make new ones, but we aren't bar rats, my co-workers are all much older, and it's hard to meet random people and ask them to be your friend. Making new friends is actually quite similar to dating, when you think about it. "So....we should do this again soon." "Yes, that sounds great!" "Um, can I have your number?" "Sure!" :/
Anyway, James had been talking about joining a local softball league. I was very hesitant, as I'm not particularly coordinated and have never really played softball. He convinced me to sign up and we absolutely love it! We are now…
Hi all! A few weeks ago, I made oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chip, banana bread. A lot of people asked for the recipe, so I figured I'd just post it on my blog!
What You'll Need:
2½ cups rolled oats (make sure they are certified gluten free if you have a gluten intolerance)
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (3 bananas if they are small, or 2 very large bananas)
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup dark brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon non-dairy milk or water (I used almond milk)
1½ cup chocolate chips (I used Trader Joe's and added in peanut butter chips, too!)
banana slices for garnish if desired '
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly oil a loaf pan and set aside. Put rolled oats in a blender or food…
Hello! I want to share a funny family story with you today. About a year ago, my parents talked to my cousin's girlfriend, Shannon, and she told them that her side gig is painting portraits of people's pets.
You can imagine how their eyes widened as they realized that a portrait of the puggles had been sorely missing from their lives. They hired Shannon. She came over and took photos of Chloe and Tito in different parts of the house, from different angles, both together and individually. She chose the best photos and began to paint.
About a month later, Shannon came over with the portrait all wrapped up. She did the big reveal for all of us, and we were shocked. She completely captured our pups' little spirits and personalities! I think she…
I was talking to my friend recently, and I asked if he and his girlfriend were thinking about buying a home soon. He said that he'd done a couple of home searches and there weren't any desirable properties in his budget. BUT, as you savvy real estate consumers know by now, since he was not searching on the MLS, he was missing a TON of awesome properties. I asked what his budget would be (estimated) and where he would want to live, and quickly found 22 properties that fit the bill. He was shocked and so excited that they may be able to get a starter home sooner than he thought. I outlined a few tips for him as a first time, young home buyer, that I'd love to share with you as well.
Finances: Keeping your financial position stable will increase…
When I host open houses in condo complexes, potential home buyers usually have a lot of questions about condo living. I want to share a few of my thoughts with you on the ups and downs of buying a condo rather than a single family detached home.
Exterior Maintenance: Someone else handles the work on the exterior of your unit
Perks: Condos often provide amenities such as pools, parks, gyms, and community events
Price: Condos often have a lower sales price than single family detached homes Location: You may be able to purchase a condo in a central, popular part of town where there are few single family detached homes Security: The HOA may provide a security guard or security measures to make sure you and your property are protected.…
Hi everyone! Adopting Finn got me thinking about pets and how to sell a house with pets and move with them. Here are some tips to make the sale and move go as seamlessly as possible:
Make sure your pet's microchip and/or collar tag are up to date. With so many moving pieces, you do not want your pet to escape out of the house when someone is coming in or out and run off! You'll have more peace of mind knowing that if Fido does make a break for it, your contact number is on him. You can get new pet tags made at most pet stores for under $10.