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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Quick Last-Minute Appetizers for Your Holiday Party

This time of the year may be stressful for many. While the holiday season is almost over, there are still plenty of parties to attend! If you’re finding yourself unsure of what to take to your next party, try making one of these simple, quick appetizers. They’re absolutely delicious and can be made in a snap!

  • Strawberry-Goat Cheese Bruschetta

In just 15 minutes, you could have a deliciously fresh appetizer. Toast some sliced bruschetta and top with cheese, sliced strawberries, and arugula. Top it off with some herbs and spices and you’re done!

  • Holiday Cheese Ball Wreath

This beautiful presentation is sure to be the envy of the party! Although the total time to make this recipe is a little over an hour, the majority of the time is spent chilling the cheese. So, you could prep this recipe while you get ready.

  • Mini Everything Bagel Pizza

These tasty everything bagels (toasted biscuits) are topped with cream cheese, mozzarella, smoked salmon, and chives for a creamy and fresh appetizer. This recipe serves 8 and is sure to be crowd-pleasing.

  • Stuffed Mushrooms

This delicious appetizer is quick to make, and your guests will love these mushroom pops. Baby mushrooms are stuffed with a mixture of parmesan, cream cheese, parsley, and thyme. Bake them for 20 minutes and you’re all set to go!

  • French Dip Pinwheels

Using crescent rolls, assemble pinwheels using provolone, roast beef, and caramelized onions. These decadent warm rolls could be baked while you’re busy getting ready for the party or prepping your home for guests.

  • Chocolate Almond Butter Fruit Dip

This sweet and delightful fruit dip is made using minimal ingredients. Total cook time from start to finish is 15 minutes. So, if you are running late, this recipe is perfect! Not to mention it will seem like you took a lot of time to make it.

  • Smoked Salmon Zucchini Bites

If you love smoked salmon, then you will love this quick bite recipe. A delicious salmon mixture made of cream cheese, lemon peel, and flaked salmon is rolled into a zucchini strip for a lovely presentation. Total time for this recipe is 20 minutes.

  • Crab Guacamole

Turn traditional guacamole into a decadent appetizer with fresh crabmeat. Guacamole is a delicious beloved healthy snack, but show your friends and family how to turn ordinary dip into a festive surprise.

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How to Give Back this Holiday

Christmas is right around the corner and a lot of people are getting ready to celebrate with their families, making last minute trips to the store for gifts, and prepping food.

But for many, this Christmas isn’t nearly so cheerful. Many people are going to be working, and others don’t have the luxury of an annual family gathering. This holiday, why not give back to your community? Here are some easy and heartfelt ways to spread some holiday cheer this season.

  • Visit the Fire Department/Police Station

Some jobs require employees to work during the holidays. This includes police officers and firefighters. Show thanks to your local emergency responders by baking them some holiday cookies or a casserole. They work hard for the community, why not make this Tuesday’s shift just a little more cheerful.

  • Make Stockings for the Homeless

Buy some stockings and fill them with essentials like water bottles, snacks, and a toothbrush with toothpaste. Add some small clothing items as well, like socks and underwear. If you can, consider adding some gift cards so that they could buy what they like. Everyone falls on hard times, but some fall harder than others. Extend a hand this season and help those in need of some cheer.

  • Visit a Nursing Home

Not everyone has family to celebrate with this upcoming holiday. Visit a nursing home with family or friends and spend some time with elders. They have a lot of amazing stories to tell and would love the company. Call ahead and see if you could bring your furry pets as well!

  • Donate Your Change

There is always change around the house, why not gather those coins up and donate to a charity? If you have been saving your coins, now is the time to cash them! Turn that loose change into a holiday cash donation to a cause of your choosing like the ASPCA or the California Fire Foundation. No matter which charity you choose, make sure to research their reputation. Use Charity Navigator to search for trustworthy charities.

  • Cut Your Hair

Hair is dispensable to most, but for some, hair is a gift. If you’ve been considering cutting your hair, why not donate it? Consider making the cut and donating your beautiful locks to cancer patients looking for a wig. You could donate to Locks of Love or Wigs for Kids.

  • Adopt a Hero/Solider

Many servicemen/servicewomen won’t be coming home for the holidays. But you could help military personnel feel the love this Christmas by sending care packages and letters. With Adopt a Hero, you will be paired with a soldier and you could “adopt” them. Or you could donate to a specific military program on Soldiers’ Angels for veterans, wounded soldiers, and more.

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National Hot Chocolate Day!

National Cocoa Day officially falls on December 13th. Each year, people celebrate this day by enjoying their favorite hot chocolate recipes. But don’t settle for traditional hot chocolate today! There are so many recipes to try, so mix it up and enjoy these scrumptious chocolate recipes with family and friends. You might just find that you’ll never drink instant cocoa again!

  • Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

If you love the taste of peppermint, then this hot chocolate recipe is made for you! Combine peppermint herbal tea, crushed candy canes, and chocolate to make a refreshing cup of holiday cheer!

  • Mexican Hot Chocolate

This creamy recipe is a staple for the holidays. If you’ve never had Mexican hot chocolate, know that it is smooth, delicious, and just a tad spicy. The key to this classic recipe is to throw a pinch of cayenne or chili powder into your hot chocolate. But don’t be alarmed! This is simply done to heighten the cocoa flavors. A cup of this hot chocolate will warm you up in no time!

  • Double Chocolate Hot Chocolate

If you’re a chocolate connoisseur, then you must try this double chocolate hot chocolate recipe! Mix bittersweet chocolate and milk chocolate for a deliciously sinful cup of warmth. Enjoy a cup with your significant other, as this recipe serves 2. You could even mix in two tablespoons of whiskey to add a kick to your drink.

  • Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate

Tres leches is a traditional Mexican cake recipe that includes three types of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. The combination creates a heavenly sweet taste. This hot chocolate recipe calls for coconut milk, fat-free milk, and sweetened condensed milk. This recipe makes five servings, but considering how tasty it is, you may have to make more!

  • White Hot Chocolate

This simple recipe can be made in just 15 minutes and uses just 3 ingredients! Making hot chocolate from scratch couldn’t be easier! If you don’t want to dedicate a lot of time in the kitchen, give this decadent white-hot chocolate recipe a try. Stir milk, vanilla extract, and chopped white chocolate together and you’re all set. Of course, hot chocolate wouldn’t be complete without marshmallows!

  • Sugar Cookie Hot Chocolate

If you have a sweet tooth and love sugar cookies, then this recipe is a must! This super sweet hot chocolate is creamy and oh so divine! Children are sure to love it. And with whipped cream, marshmallows, sugar cookies, and coarse sugar as a topping, a cup of this will undoubtedly lift your spirits!

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Winter Activities to Do Around Encinitas

The winter season is upon us, and even though Encinitas is a coastal city you could still partake in winter activities. There are always events occurring in and around Encinitas. Take your family or plan a date at these winter themed events that are sure to put you in the Holiday spirit.

  • Welk Resorts 3rd Annual Winter Wonderland Celebration

Experience snow at this winter wonderland resort! Enjoy sledding, snow tubing, live entertainment, kid-friendly activities, and so much more! This event is only being held for two days, December 15th and December 16th. Don’t miss out! Santa will be in attendance so be sure to bring your Christmas lists.

  • Breakfast with Santa

If you have little ones, be sure to visit Bernardino Winery on December 17th to enjoy a delicious breakfast with old Saint Nick. Have some Holiday fun after breakfast with some animal friends from Wild Wonders! There will be ornament decorating, balloon fun, and face painting as well. Buy your tickets here.

  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Speed Dating

If you’re currently single, why not come to this Holiday themed event at the hottest upscale wine bar and eatery? You could meet the love of your life or just experience a fun night. Suggested age range is 25-40. This event will be held December 16th. For details and tickets, visit this website.

  • San Diego Holiday Lights Tour

Christmas light decorating is a beautiful winter sight. Some homeowners go all out for their decorations and it is a magical sight! Take this 2-hour light tour and see all of the jaw-dropping light displays from a Christmas themed bus complete with elves and holiday-themed cocktails! For tickets to this holiday bash, click here.

  • Teddy Bear Teas

Treat yourself and your family to afternoon tea at the Westgate Hotel. Drink premium tea, eat delicious house-made pastries and desserts, and enjoy the Holiday entertainment. Children will be able to meet Santa Claus and take home a keepsake teddy bear. This event will be held December 15th.

  • Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Have any pets? Or do you simply love animals? Come to the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade being held December 16th. Ring in the holiday spirit with dozens of costumed pets wearing their Holiday best. There will be 9 costume contests, live music, fun activities, and goody bags. It is recommended that participants register in advance.

  • Pinot Palette Holiday Painting

If you love art, even if you wouldn’t consider yourself an artist, come to Pinot Palette to paint some Holiday magic on canvas! Whether you love painting or have never held a brush before, there’s fun to be had! Check out the event calendar to see what painting you would like to replicate and create some personal art for your home!

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2018 Holiday Basket Donation

This year I am partnering with the Community Resource Center to help collect holiday donations. They have been brightening lives for 36 years, and this year they continue to collect charitable donations!

If you have gently used clothing items including jackets, coats, or sweaters, infant or toddler items, blankets and linens, new toys, or teen gifts please considering donating. The Community Resource Center is looking to collect 42 tons of food as well.

If you have bikes, even broken bikes, you may donate them. Every year there is a shortage of bikes for teens and children. Broken bikes are acceptable because they may be repaired.

Donations may be left at my office located at 740 Garden View Court, Suite 100, Encinitas, California 92024.

If you would like your item(s) to be picked up, call me at (760) 310-0234, or email me at, and I will arrange to have your donations picked up!

The holidays are a time to spread holiday cheer and exchange gifts with friends and family. Please consider donating to the Community Resource Center to brighten the lives of those that need a little extra cheer this upcoming Holiday Season.

Happy Holidays!

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Congratulations Linda Moore #1 Realtor Seller

I am so thankful and proud to announce that I have been listed as the number one realtor in the San Diego area for the month of October 2018! This achievement is a testament to the wonderful and inspiring individuals I work with.

I am deeply humbled to have my hard work recognized in such a monumental way. This achievement has been documented in the Coldwell Banker Recognition Report of Top Individuals for the month of October 2018. To know my achievements have been recognized by the NRT, LLC, one of the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage companies, is absolutely incredible.

I started working in real estate to help people build a future, find their dream home, and earn top dollar for their beloved house. Helping my community grow is one of the perks of my job, and I love every aspect of it.

This accomplishment has only inspired me to work harder and continue helping Encinitas flourish. I would like to extend my services to anyone looking to buy a home in Encinitas, California or the surrounding area. This dreamy beach town is unlike any other. Settle down in this picturesque city and call it home!

So give me a call at (760) 310-0234 or send an email to I would love to get to know the future residents of Encinitas and help them settle down in this gorgeous city!

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Country Ranch Paradise on Crest Drive


Surrounded by captivating fields and serene coastal views, this private paradise captures the essence of rural Rancho Santa Fe. “Nestled in nature with lots of natural light.”

1691 Crest Drive is a beautifully built ranch style home that is both aesthetic and functional for all kinds of families.

This beautiful home features breathtaking views of the mountains and the city of Encinitas. Close to practically everything, this scenic residence is near the beaches, towns, award-winning schools, and shopping districts. Enjoy the tranquility of a1.27 acre private property that is fully enclosed, with the convenience of a nearby metropolis.

This enchanting home features 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 2 half baths, and 1,419 square feet. “Easy rolling access in and out. Easy line of sight through all 3 rooms from 8 large doubled, sound isolating windows, angled appropriately.” This home has a convenient detached guest house that is approximately 315 square feet.

Create the next Grammy award-winning album in the soundproof music studio with a control room and vocal booth spaces. “Double walls, ceiling and hardwood floors. Best creative space for anyone concerned about sound bleed from indoors out, or outdoors in.” This home is perfect for musicians in need of peace and serenity.

Currently priced at $1,499,000 – $1,599,000, this absolute dreamy residence is perfect for anyone looking for an idyllic country experience within a convenient city expanse.

Enjoy a cup of coffee on the wooden deck overlooking stunning panoramic views of Encinitas, or talk a walk and explore the neighborhood on a cool evening.

For a closer look at this home, check out the listing here.

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Jolly Good Drinks to Spread Holiday Cheer

The holiday season is upon us, and that means getting together with friends and family. Why not make your next party or event even more delightful with these delicious holiday inspired drinks! These easy recipes will put a smile on your face and have you singing Christmas songs in no time!

1. Peppermint-Eggnog Punch

This ice-cream-based drink is super tasty and only takes 15 minutes to make. Rum may be added, but it is not needed. Throw in some peppermint sticks and you have a delicious holiday presentation!

2. Santa’s Sleigh Cocktail

This creamy martini is a sure hit! This holiday drink contains eggnog, brandy, amaretto, nutmeg, and ice-cream. This drink may be cold, but it will warm you up in no time with holiday cheer! Garnish with some cinnamon sticks, and you’re all set.

3. Hot Buttered Rum

For a warm holiday drink, you can’t go wrong with hot buttered rum. This spiced drink is a holiday favorite, and for a good reason! Fill your senses with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. If you prefer a non-alcoholic version, check out this recipe.

4. Mulled Wine

The combination of red wine and apple cider is a lovely combination that is sure to entice your friends and family. This cozy drink is filled with enticing aromas and is a perfect addition to any party.

5. White Christmas Margaritas

If you love margaritas, you’re in for a holiday indulgence! This recipe serves 6 people and can be made in 15 minutes. This drink will have you singing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

6. Cranberry Mule

If you like Moscow mules, this drink is for you! If you’ve never had a Moscow mule before, then this holiday inspired drink is a delicious introduction! This refreshing beverage contains both ginger beer and vodka. Serve in copper mugs for a proper Moscow mule.

7. Irish Coffee

You can’t go wrong with an enjoyable Irish coffee during the holidays. This drink may be served cold or warm depending on your preference. For the classic warm version, click here. If you prefer a cold brew, check out this recipe.

8. Mexicocoa

This warm drink transforms ordinary hot chocolate into a festive delight. Mix in a little tequila and some spices, and you have a drink that will transport you to Mexico.

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Enter My Holiday Cash Giveaway!

Would you like to have the best holiday season ever? Want some extra cash this upcoming Christmas? Enter my Holiday Cash Giveaway and you could win $1,000 in cash!

To enter the drawing, simply print out the form shown above, enter your information, and turn it in! Mail your entry to: 740 Garden View Court, Suite 100, Encinitas, California 92024. Only one entry per household, please.

If you don’t have time to mail the form, that’s ok! You may fax your entry to 760.753.5925 or email your submission to

Any and all entries must be submitted before the deadline on December 13th. The winner will be announced on December 14th!

Good luck and Happy Holidays!

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