The Tustin Chili Cook-Off is Almost Here!

Chili, food stands, wine and beer booths, entertainment, music, and kids areas–it must be time for the 34th annual Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off! Head to Old Town Tustin anytime from 10am to 5pm to taste the best chili Tustin has to offer. If after the street fair you want to keep the party going, head to the “Party in the Park” from 4:30pm-6:00pm at Peppertree Park (230 W. First Street.) For all details, go to www.tustinchilicookoff.com. Continue Reading →

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Charity Spotlight: The Orangewood Foundation

 

A woman named Dr. Harris grew up in Orange County–she became a doctor just over a year ago. She attended UCLA and achieved a BA in Molecular Biology, and went on to medical school in Albany. And, Dr. Harris was born to a drug-using and physically abusive family. She was placed into foster care at the age of six. After being taken in by her grandmother, she began to find stable footing. Determined to become a doctor, she was able to rely on the Orangewood Foundation to provide her the resources and support necessary to get to where she is today. This is just one of the many success stories from The Orangewood Foundation for Foster and Community Youth Services. Continue Reading →

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Alternative Transportation in SoCal

We know, what do we mean, “alternative ways to travel in Southern California?” Is it even possible to get anywhere without a car and long waits in traffic on the 405? Believe it or not, yes. While we’re not anywhere close to Tokyo’s system or the London Underground in terms of public transit, there are ways to be more environmentally friendly and efficient in your commute or state-wide travel.

Using one of the following alternatives can save you money, reduce your carbon footprint, and dial back the wear and tear on your car. Continue Reading →

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Spring Into Energy Efficiency

The temperature outside is slowly making its way toward summer highs. Before it  reaches the peak of the season, we want you to know about the many ways you can make your home into an energy efficient home. Just these few easy ways to go greener will help the environment, your energy bills, and keep you in comfort in hot weather! Continue Reading →

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Natural Cleaners – Do They Work?

The smell of some cleaners alone is enough to alert us to the present of some chemical or toxin. But when is this a necessary evil to properly disinfect our home, and when is it worth looking into natural cleaners? What are “green” cleaners, “organic” disinfectants? How can you tell the ones that work from those that do little more than add some shine to your counter?

What’s wrong with industrial strength cleaners? It does depend on the individual sensitivity and the environment in which it is used, but there may be some problems. Volatile organic compounds, used to enhance the performance of a product, can impair neurological functions, while other chemicals can act as respiratory irritants, carcinogens or reproductive toxins, depending upon the extent of exposure, according to the National Environmental Trust and other environmental groups. Continue Reading →

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How to Avoid Tire Trouble

The trouble with tires is we sometimes won’t do any maintenance until they’re giving out underneath us on the freeway. We’ve all driven past someone with a flat and been thankful it wasn’t us–then comes the day where it is us. Here are some reasons we wind up with a flat tire:

  1. Puncture by a sharp object
  2. Failure or damage to the valve stem (the piece that sticks out from the tire that you unscrew when a tire needs air)
  3. Tread wear/rips
  4. Improper inflation

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Charity Profile: The California Heart Connection

When a child is facing health hardships a parent can feel helpless. Almost 20 years ago, two SoCal parents of children with heart defects took that feeling of helplessness and turned it into action. Their actions gave birth to the California Heart Connection. Located in Irvine, the California Heart Connection is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to building a community of friends and families who are affected by congenital heart defects. Continue Reading →

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Top Car Seats in 2018

Every time you buckle your child properly into their carseat, you are ensuring their safety. In 2016, 723 children died in car accidents. Of these, 15% were unrestrained. These stats show that there is no question: a car seat or booster seat is a must. And in case, you don’t believe us, it’s also the law.

Each year, safety recommendations change, and the age and height of your child must also be taken into account. Continue Reading →

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Insurance for Spring Break

Where are your kids heading for Spring Break? The older ones, in their teens and early twenties, may be taking off for a beach vacation to Miami or Cabo. A well-deserved break from school, fun with friends on the beach– what could go wrong? Unfortunately, a few things.

Even the most responsible of young adults might find themselves in a dangerous or tricky situation, when surrounded by large groups of young students, ocean activities, and alcohol. Spring Break travel insurance can provide important medical, airfare, and trip interruption coverage. Continue Reading →

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