OC Charity Spotlight: Breast Cancer Angels

Within the communities of San Diego, Long Beach and our own Orange County, Breast Cancer Angels are behind the scenes, acting as providers of financial and emotional support to women (and men) fighting breast cancer. Breast Cancer Angels is an independent, non profit 501(c)3 organization. Corporate sponsors pay all overhead costs, allowing 100% of donations to go directly into their programs. Continue Reading →

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What is “Acts of God” Insurance?

These trees are not your friends…if they fall and cause damage.

For this post, we’ll start with a trivia question:

Which of these circumstances would be covered by insurance as an “act of God”? (Read to the end to find your answer!)

  1. Lighting striking and burning down multiple houses
  2. Fire set by an arsonist

Sometimes as much as you can try to prepare for the unpreparable, natural disasters– so-called “acts of God”– strike us unawares and unprepared. Fire, lightning, floods, and earthquakes– all might strike at a moments notice, and leave us with a crushed roof or burned down home. A Louisiana court (a state faced with its fair share of natural disasters) gave this definition of an act of God: Continue Reading →

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May Day: A History

The first of May is more than an embracing of summer, a welcoming of May flowers. Today we celebrate the day as a hybrid of the holiday’s origins and the story it took on following an industrial revolution in Chicago. We can follow its path through the centuries and the continents, to tell you a bit more about the May Day we celebrate every year. Continue Reading →

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Best Summer Camps in Orange County

The end of the school year is right around the corner, and a summer of the kids at home. For some families, summer is the ideal time to enroll a child in a summer camp, to take the summer as a chance to both entertain and educate the kids outside the classroom. From art to karate to outdoor adventuring, there is something for every kid. We’ve compiled a list of the top summer camps available in Orange County. We are lucky enough to have some of the best in the state, right in our backyard! Continue Reading →

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Meals on Wheels Orange County

SeniorServ’s Meals on Wheels OC has a vision: “a world that honors people throughout life”. They pursue this vision through the reality of their actions– bringing meals to over 1200 housebound seniors. It is is a provision that goes beyond nutrition and wellness, introducing the social interaction so often lacking in the isolated senior sector of our population. The program is helpful in allowing seniors to remain independent for longer, and avoid a premature transition to an assisted living community. Continue Reading →

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Organize Your Garage in Three Easy Steps

Garage organization can be the one of the most daunting tasks which we face, an insurmountable mountain of years, even decades of toys, tools, and who knows what else. When there isn’t even room for a car, it might feel like the floor of your garage will never see the light of day again. But when a garage reaches that point, the majority of it is usually multiples of tools, lost junk that you don’t actually want, and useful objects swallowed into oblivion. Taking a weekend to tackle this project, or even chipping away at the work over a month, will result in a clean, organized, and efficient space worth the tedium. So, open the garage door, take a deep breath, and take it one step at a time: Continue Reading →

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Tips for Tax Time

April and the spring season are seen as times of renewal, a fresh start — and with this comes the deadline to file your taxes, which is right around the corner! Hopefully you’ve taken advantage of the reductions available earlier on in the year, but we’ve gathered together some last minute tips to help you in the process. Whether veteran or amateur tax filer, it doesn’t hurt to have some extra tips for 2017 tax filing. Continue Reading →

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Damaged Windshield: Repair or Replace?

Broken and Shattered Windshield Pane

Is it just you or has that tiny chip in your windshield grown into a crack which has fingers reaching all the way over to the driver’s side? No, it’s not just you– chips from pebbles, sand, and other sources of impact can become big problems within no time. The windshield is a part of a car’s entire structural support, so damages need to be taken seriously. But when do we replace the windshield, and when do we repair it? Continue Reading →

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The Pros and Cons of Artificial Lawns

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Artificial lawns have seemed to be the answer to drought-stricken California’s prayers– but are they really all they’re cracked up to be? While they don’t require watering, fertilizer, or mowing, they still have environmental consequences as a petroleum-based, non-biodegradable product.

Time to move on from the perfect freshly mown lawn?

Unfortunately, we’ve learned more and more over the years about the environmental impact of real turf, and it doesn’t look good. Watering makes up one-third of residential water use, so it’s no wonder certain municipalities enforce maximum lawn sizes and watering hours regulations. Continue Reading →

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What To Do in a Power Outage

light-bulbs-1125016_1280Electricity runs a higher percentage of our lives than we can possibly imagine– everything from digital devices to garage doors. We can never be too prepared for a power outage. Here’s the rundown, what to do before, during, and after a power outage: Continue Reading →

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