Kick Those Post-Holiday Blues

The month of January can be melancholic for many, and how can it not be? The glitz and glam of the season is over, the beautiful lights have been taken down, and the “most wonderful time of the year,” has ended—it’s now back to mundane living.

If you find yourself feeling blue after the holidays, you’re not alone. Many people find it hard to transition back to the normal, everyday routine after months of celebration. But there are ways to kick those post-holiday blues! After all, a new year means new beginnings and new opportunities.

  • Make Plans with Friends

Once the holidays are over, your calendar may seem empty. After all, there are no more parties and no more boisterous family get-togethers. But just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean your social life has to be. Make an effort to get together with friends and try new things. Try a new restaurant or take a painting class with your girlfriends. Start the new year by exploring a new side to you.

  • Take Care of Yourself

It’s normal to feel out of sorts by mid-January. The stress is diminished, but you may still feel exhausted from a month of lively partying. Take time to treat yourself and indulge in some pampering. Visit a spa and melt away your blues. Try a new hairstyle, get your nails done, or even try skin rejuvenation to treat your skin.

  • Expand Your Mind

Albert Einstein once said, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” By taking a few minutes every day to learn about something new, you could slowly and gradually increase your understanding of a subject. Whether its politics, social issues, or learning a new language—Duolingo provides free language courses in a fun, stylized app.

  • Volunteer

Volunteering means providing a much-needed service to others. Consider using your time to help further a cause or provide aid. Help Habitat for Humanity fight back against the housing crisis by building, renovating, or repairing a home. Help distribute food to those in need with Feeding San Diego. Or if you’re a pet lover, volunteer at a Humane Society to help animals in need of love and care.

  • Limit Social Media

Our phones are practically glued to our hands—after all our lives are contained within them. But consider limiting your use of social media browsing this year. There are quite a few negative effects of social media use, from sadness to feelings of loneliness. If you’re finding it hard to kick the habit, consider using an app to track screen time to see just how much time is spent browsing Instagram or Facebook.

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Immaculate Home in Carlsbad!

Are you looking for an immaculate modern home? Look no further than 1671 Plover Court in Carlsbad, California! This model perfect home has a tucked away end unit location in Sanderling at Aviara, a beautiful gated community with two community pools, spas, a volleyball court, and walking trails.

This home has Sanderling’s most popular floor plan with a master bedroom downstairs. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 partial bath, and an attached 2 car garage. With 1,707 square feet, this spacious home has more than enough room for your family. There are upgraded kitchen cabinets, and stunning granite counter tops in the kitchen, baths, and the linen closet.

This house is filled with natural light, and Plantation shutters adorn the windows. Homeowners can look forward to recessed lighting, a new A/C unit, a fireplace, and tasteful hard surface flooring throughout.

There is a bright and sunny South facing back patio area. This oversized space is perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Host a barbecue party and enjoy some delicious food in the company of friends or relax in the sun with a good book. The decision is yours!

This luxurious home is currently listed at $719,000. View this listing by clicking here!

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Natural Air Fresheners for Your Home and Health

Everyone wants their home to smell nice. Choosing a scent for your home is simply another way of personalizing your space.  Scents are powerful mood changers, scents can energize or produce calming effects.

But when deodorizing the home, a lot of people use canned air fresheners—which are hazardous! Air fresheners such as aerosol sprays, diffusers, and even candles can be detrimental to a person’s health.

According to the Ackerman Cancer Center, air fresheners contain “hazardous chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, propellants, solvents, benzenes, and synthetic musk’s…”

Long term exposure to these chemicals could cause damage to a person’s organs and central nervous system—which could increase the risk of certain cancers and reproductive problems.

So rather than risk your health, consider using one of these natural air fresheners:

  • Eucalyptus: Laurels of eucalyptus are great for hanging around the house or in the shower, as the steam will release the invigorating scent from the leaves. Use wire to secure a branch of eucalyptus into a laurel. Feel free to add a sprig of rosemary or bay laurel as well.
  • Rose Water: The smell of roses is loved by many. The scent is sweet and yet not overpowering. Add a few drops of rose oil into a small bowl of water. Then add a few drops of solubilizer to combine the oil and water.
  • Lemon: The scent of lemon is known to be energizing by promoting concentration and calming effects. Simmer lemon slices and some cloves in water to tackle lingering kitchen scents.
  • Bamboo Charcoal: A bag containing bamboo charcoal can be a natural deodorizer. And the best part? The charcoal comes in a bag that you could place anywhere—your car, closet, by the cat litter box. One bag covers 90 square feet, and they help prevent mildew by absorbing excess moisture.
  • Pomander: Pomander is a sweet-smelling ball of perfume. Make your own by studding oranges with whole cloves (feel free to make your own designs). Set the oranges close together, but evenly spaced. Display the gorgeous pomander as a centerpiece.
  • Lavender: If you like the effect of calming scents, lavender is perfect for relieving tension and easing nerves. Make an easy air freshener by filling a spray bottle with a ¾ cup of water, 2 tablespoons of real vanilla extract, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and 5 drops of chamomile essential oil.
  • Jasmine: This flower scent is calming like lavender, but also uplifting and energetic. Make an air freshener by filling a small spray bottle with ½ cup and 5 drops of jasmine essential oil (use more or less based on your preference).

 

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Coastal Country Beach Home on Noma Lane

Located on a quiet dead-end street, this immaculate turnkey, highly upgraded beach home has an idyllic peaceful country feel. This charming home is located at 1675 Noma Lane, Encinitas, in the beach community of Leucadia.


Currently listed at $1,249,000, this home has been completely renovated from top to bottom with approximately $250k in upgrades! This newly renovated home has the charm you’re looking for! Located on 10,000+ square foot flat, usable lot with over 2,00 square feet, this country beach home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a re-built, oversized 2-car garage!

This home has been completely renovated inside and out with modern finishes. In the living area, there is an amazing vaulted ceiling, there’s an updated kitchen, a fireplace in the living room, and hardwood floors. You’ll have a home with charm and character!


The backyard pool was recently remodeled with a modern pebble tech finish, along with new landscape and hardscape from the front and back. There is even new drainage, irrigation, and an electronic gated entry and fencing.

Close proximity to several beaches, great schools, neighboring beach towns Leucadia and Encinitas, and EZ freeway access.  Check out the listing for yourself!

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Indestructible House Plants to Increase Your Health

Plants offer a lot of benefits to homeowners: they freshen the air by removing toxins, help improve concentration, reduce stress, and more! If you lack a green thumb, maintaining greenery around your house may sound tedious—especially if you know you’ll forget to water them. But it doesn’t have to be! There are numerous plants that are easy to care for and hard to kill—not to mention they provide some added health benefits to your home.

  • Aloe

Aloe plants have many uses and are lovely to look at. The best part? They require only bright light and minimal water! Which makes this plant super low maintenance. The gel inside the leaves of the aloe plant can be very versatile. The gel helps alleviate minor burns and cuts, can be used to soothe dry skin, and can even be used as a makeup remover.

  • Snake Plant

Known as one of the most tolerant plants, the snake plant can be neglected for weeks and still maintain its vivacity. They require low light and minimal water. This plant has also been proven by NASA to remove air toxins, including formaldehyde and benzene from the home.

  • Air Plants

Air plants are beautiful to look at, and they don’t require any soil! There are so many unique ways to display air plants, they can be hung from the ceiling or placed in a terrarium. If you’re prone to forgetting to water your plants, not to worry. Simply soak these plants in water every 2 weeks—that’s it!

  • Money Tree

This plant resembles a mini tree and is oh so cute. Not to mention, some say its lucky! Since it’s on this list, you already know its super easy to care for! This plant requires full or partial sunlight and doesn’t need much water. Water your money tree only when the soil looks dry, which can be once a week or even once every two weeks.

  • ZZ Plant

This easy to care for tropical plant is both gorgeous and tough. They require low light and infrequent watering. They could even survive in dark rooms! Which is why the ZZ plant is a popular office plant. This tall plant grows to be about 3 or 4 feet tall.

  • Bamboo

Bamboo is aesthetically pleasing and adds some good Feng Shui to your home. This plant requires little sunlight. They soak in water, so just make sure to replace the water every once in a while, and you won’t kill this lovely plant!

  • Peace Lily

This flowering plant is lush and pretty. It grows well in low light and can go weeks without water. When you notice the leaves are starting to droop, make sure to water the plant and it springs back to life!

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The Coziest Way to De-Stress This Winter

You may have heard about weighted blankets, but why are they so popular? Weighted blankets are blankets filled with material to make them heavier: glass beads, plastic pellets, etc. They are scientifically proven to be therapeutic. The magic lies behind the deep touch pressure (DTP) provided by the heavy blanket. This pressure, which mimics a hug, calms the nervous system by releasing feel-good chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin. Because of the calming sensation to the body, weighted blankets offer the following benefits:

  • Ease Insomnia

A lot of adults suffer from insomnia, about 10% of the U.S. population. If you find yourself feeling tossing and turning due to restlessness at night, a weighted blanket could be the answer to a good night’s sleep. The calmness provided by the added weight of the blanket helps soothe the body and ease the mind. Deep touch pressure helps the body release serotonin, which regulates both mood and sleep cycles. So that active brain of yours could finally get some downtime.

  • Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety is incredibly common, affecting 40 million adults in the U.S. If someone struggles with anxiety, a weighted blanket could help them sleep better at night and provide much-needed comfort when they need it. Wrapping oneself in a blanket could be a comforting coping mechanism. In a study, 63% of adults experienced lower anxiety when using a weighted blanket due to its calming sensation.

  • Reduce Stress

Stress keeps us on edge, and it messes with our quality of life. Too much stress can be bad for the body, as it can lead to restlessness, headaches, fatigue, and more. There are many ways to reduce stress but using a weighted blanket may be an easier way to relax. Simply wrap yourself in a blanket while you work from home, read, or watch TV and watch your body unwind.

Weighted blankets aren’t just beneficial for adults, they’ve been shown to help children as well—especially those with ADHD, autism, and anxiety. Help keep your little ones feeling extra cozy. As a guideline, a weighted blanket should be approximately 10% of a person’s body weight. The blanket should be comforting, not smothering or excessively heavy.

If you know someone who suffers from anxiety, insomnia, stress—or someone who simply enjoys self-care products—consider buying them a weighted blanket. Check out some of the best weighted blankets to gift—or to buy yourself!

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5 Tips for Minimizing Clutter in Your Home

There are many articles and books about the positive aspects of minimizing clutter in the home. The book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo started a cleaning craze around the world. People started becoming more conscious of their purchases and limiting the items allowed in their home.

Decluttering the home has been proven to have many positive benefits. Including having increased confidence, reduced anxiety, increased energy, and more. Having less can actually mean having more. If you want to declutter your home, follow these 4 helpful tips to get started.

1. Tackle Clothes First

There are many categories of items that may be currently cluttering your home. Start with clothing first, because it is usually the easiest place to start. Spring clean your entire wardrobe. Consider what clothes and accessories you love, what you stopped wearing, and what you are simply holding onto. If you haven’t worn an item in the past year, then donate it.

Clothing items should have a designated space in your home. If you have items balled up on shelves or overcrowded in the closet, then it may be time to consider limiting the number of items you have.

2. Avoid Nostalgia

When spring cleaning or decluttering your home, it can be easy to fall into a hole of nostalgia. You’ll find items you forgot you had, and mementos that you thought were long gone. Don’t become overly nostalgic about these items. A lot of people find it hard to declutter due to a desire to hold onto letters, clothing items, and other nostalgic objects. But look at what you have objectively. You can’t save everything. If it has no practical purpose—if you can’t use or wear it now—then let it go.

3. Folding vs. Hanging

Though we may hang a lot of clothes in the closet, folding items can actually save up a ton of more space. There are plenty of different ways to fold and organize larger clothing items, such as tees, bulky sweaters, and jeans. And rather than shoving underwear and socks in a drawer, fold them with purpose. Roll your underwear and “army fold” your socks into military tidiness. Not only will you have more space, but your items will be easier than ever to find.

4. Respect What You Own

The key to minimalism is to only own items that have a purpose—including giving you happiness. If you find your home is cluttered with knick-knacks, then gather them up and rethink how you want your home to look. What design elements are you trying to convey? What are you simply holding onto? Give your items the space and appreciation they deserve. In no time, your home will feel brand new and you’ll have the newfound confidence to tackle 2019!

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Charming Highland Homes in Encinitas


Located in a destination neighborhood, 1010 Arden Drive in Encinitas features not one, but two charming homes on one spacious lot! In the midst of gorgeous Highlands, these head-turning homes could be yours for $1,499,000 – $1,549,000. These two beautifully detailed homes are newly remodeled, and move-in ready!

The front home features 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, with approximately 1,100 square feet. The home located in the back has 2+ bedrooms, and 2 baths, and approximately 1,500 square feet.

Surrounded by luscious green flora and blooming trees, both homes have their own personal grassy yard areas. The spacious lot is measured at 9,147 square feet. Homeowners will have a lovely space to play with their pets, set up an outdoor sitting area, or even start a garden.


These stunning homes are located in the coveted Highlands neighborhood of Encinitas. These homes are also located near several beaches, shopping districts, parks, and high rated restaurants.

This property would make a great investment property, a primary home, or even a vacation home! For a closer look at this unique and stunning listing, click here.

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Fabulous Garden Paradise in Crestview

This gorgeous house is located in the beautiful city of South Encinitas. 568 Crest Drive can be found near the end of a cul-de-sac located in the neighborhood of Crestview Estates. This house has a plethora of desirable features perfect for families looking for a home akin to paradise.

This spacious home located on 0.25 acres contains a 4 bedroom floorplan, and 3 bathrooms. For comfort and warmth, there are 2 stunning brick fireplaces. One located in the master bedroom, and the other in the family room. There is a 3 car attached garage. One of the cool features of this house is that it has its very own renewable energy source, a solar system! This home comes complete with a new furnace, A/C, and water heater.



Paradise can be found right in the backyard. Luscious greenery throughout, where kids can play and pets can roam free. There is an attached patio pergola where you can relax in the cool shade. A calming spa and sparkling waterfall feature can be found among the palm trees and adorning rocks. The backyard truly is a garden utopia.

Homeowners don’t have to travel far to find what they need. This gorgeous house is located near Sprouts Farmers Market and Trader Joes, restaurants, shopping stores, LA Fitness, award winning schools, as well as several parks, nature preserves, and scenic beaches.

This garden paradise could be yours! Currently listed at $1,050,000 – $1,070,000, this house is perfect for modern families of all sizes.

Check out the listing for yourself, and envision yourself living in the fabulous coastal neighborhood of Crestview Estates!

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New Year’s Eve DIY Confetti Poppers

If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party, go ahead and get a little crafty! Make some memorable party favors for your guests to ring in the new year. Confetti poppers are a must-have party accessory, and they’re simple to make! Get your family involved; kids will absolutely have a blast making these.

  • Surprise Message Confetti Poppers

This confetti popper holds a fun surprise—a secret message! Make a gorgeous banner using the template given and write whatever message you want for your friends and family. After popping open the container, your scroll message will fall in-between the two halves of the container.

  • Elegant Black and White Poppers

These push-pop confetti poppers look super elegant and are quite easy to make. Up the design factor by spray painting the handles gold or silver. Fill the containers with glitter of your choice, and then use the template to print clip art to decorate your poppers.

  • Confetti Pop Balloons

Use a straw to add confetti inside a clear balloon and blow them up. When the new year rings in, simply pop the balloons and let the confetti fly! Add a bit of helium inside your balloons so they float just above your guests’ heads—let the confetti rain! This creates a beautiful display for pictures.

  • String Confetti Poppers

Using toilet paper rolls, twine, and confetti, you could make a simple confetti popper in so time. Decorate the rolls with a patterned paper of your choosing, depending on your theme or color scheme.

  • Pinata Poppers

If you love color, then this confetti popper tutorial is for you! Reminiscent of breaking a pinata, this loud popper holds so much color and joy inside. Use cracker snaps to add some fun pop sounds to your celebrations.

  • Firecracker Poppers

These adorable confetti poppers are shaped like rockets and are oh so easy to make. Pop these confetti poppers by tugging the paper at the bottom of the rocket. Add a message for your guests as a fun surprise.

  • Confetti Cones

Want to add some confetti fun to your party but don’t want to spend a lot of time making confetti poppers? Try making confetti cones instead! Simply roll up stock paper (design of your choosing) into a cone and fill up the cones with confetti or glitter—or both!

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