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I LOVE my puppy, Finn.  James and I adopted him from Baja Dog Rescue in May, and he quickly wiggled his way into our hearts.  We had both wanted a dog of our own for years, but logistically/financially, it just wouldn't have worked out.  When I began my career in real estate (with the flexibility to work from home), the timing seemed perfect to add a furry family member to the Aprill-Gray clan.  Along came Finn, an extraordinarily sweet and loving little mutt.  BUT, living in a townhouse with a puppy was such an adjustment!  If you are itching for a dog, and live in a condo or townhouse, check out my best tips (based on experience!) and evaluate whether there's room in your heart and home for a fur baby. 


Unfortunately, you can't just

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Fall began last week, and what's fall without a great Oktoberfest!?  Luckily for sun-worshippers like me, in San Diego, it feels like summer through late October or early November.  However, things like seasonal beer, pumpkins, crisp apples, and changing trees help me welcome autumn.  With numerous great Oktoberfests throughout San Diego county, it's easy to pick one to visit to get in the fall mood!  


Oktoberfest in El Cajon

Dates: Friday-Sunday, last weekend of September and first weekend of October

Traditionally held on the first two weekends in October, dance to various Bavarian bands at the two-weekend Oktoberfest event, located in El Cajon.

Oktoberfest in La Mesa

Dates: Friday-Sunday, first weekend of October


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Hi everyone!  If you live anywhere near Westfield UTC (or visit it occasionally), you've probably realized there are some big changes brewing.  Until a few years ago, UTC mall was not spectacular.  The stores were OK, the gym was OK, and there was no movie theater.  It was busy during the holiday season and relatively empty otherwise.  

A few years back, the first phase of the renovation was implemented (fall 2012).  The whole mall got a facelift, priced around $180M.  24 hour fitness expanded, new stores were added and unpopular stores left, and many new restaurants opened.  An ArcLight movie theater opened, which was a welcome addition.  There was a movie theater at UTC many years ago (as well as an arcade-let's reminisce about the 90s for a

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Hi everyone!  My boyfriend James and I adopted a puppy, Finn, about two months ago.  He has brought us so much joy and I just want to share a little bit about him today. 

Finn was originally named Bach.  He was rescued through Baja Dog Rescue, which is an organization that finds stray dogs in Mexico and brings them to their shelter in Baja.  The organization has gotten approval to bring up a handful of their rescue dogs to adoption events on Saturdays.  I believe they are able to bring 8 dogs each week.  Their website is  

Anyway, we had been thinking about rescuing a pup for a long time.  We never knew if the timing was right, due to our jobs, travel, the cats, etc.  I finally convinced James to at least go to an adoption

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Are you curious to when and where farmers markets are held in the San Diego? Look no further! Here is a list of farmers markets that are located/held in the San Diego County!


Escondido – Welk: 4-7 PM


Coronado: 2:30-6 PM

Escondido: 2-6 PM

Mira Mesa: 2:30-7 PM

Otay Ranch: 4-7 PM

Pacific Beach: 2-7 PM

UCSD/ La Jolla 10-2 PM


Carlsbad: 3-7 PM

Encinitas: 4-7 PM

Ocean Beach: 5-8 PM

Santee: 3-6 PM


Carmel Valley: 2:30-7 PM

Chula Vista: 4-7 PM

El Cajon: 3-7:30 PM

Linda Vista: 2-6 PM

North Park: 3-7 PM

Oceanside CFM: 9 AM – 1 PM

UTC: 3-7 PM

Warner Springs: 3-6 PM


Alpine: 3-7 PM

Fallbrook: 10 AM -2 PM

Imperial Beach: 12-6 PM

Kearny Mesa: 11

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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,

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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.

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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!




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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

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