How to Start Your Own Herb Garden Indoors

Herbs are used in practically every dish, as they add flavor and delicious aromas. Grow your very own herb garden indoors to save money and ensure you always have access to the freshest culinary ingredients.

Deicide Which Herbs to Grow

To start, choose which herbs you would like to start growing in your house. Think of which herbs you tend to use most often, or if you lack a green thumb, consider which are the easiest to grow.  The following plants are easy beginner herbs:

• Lemon Balm          • Parsley              • Basil                   • Bay laurel

• Chives                   • Cilantro             • Thyme               • Lemongrass

• Mint                       • Oregano           • Rosemary          • Sage

Herb Garden Location

Before you buy the herb seeds or seedlings you need, make sure you know where you would like your indoor herb garden to be. Make sure there is plenty of sunlight available. Herbs need constant, bright sunlight to thrive so make sure your plants are kept near a window. If you don’t have a free space with adequate lighting, that’s ok! Use a lamp with a plant grow lightbulb.

Herbs thrive in environments that are between 60 and 70 degrees. The average home is typically kept at 75 degrees during the summer, and 68 degrees during the winter. But if you live in an environment that gets extremely cold, move your herbs away from anywhere drafty.

Decide on a Planter

Decide how you would like to display your herb garden, as there are dozens of ideas. You could plant them all in one big pot, use vertical planters, hang them upside down, and more.

The material of the planter is also important. If you live in a dry environment, use a ceramic pot to hold in more water. If you live in a humid environment, use a clay pot like terracotta because they are porous, and soil dries quicker than with plastic planters.

The type of soil to use is another important factor. Make sure the potting mix you use has good drainage and that the packaging states it is suitable for indoor plants. Adding vermiculite to soil can help plants retain more water, which is perfect for dry climates.

Use Accessories

Make sure your herb garden thrives by using draining holders with saucers. Plants tend to die quicker when the roots sit in water, and this is especially true with herbs. Make sure the drain hole is big enough to allow a moderate amount of water to be released. Use saucers to catch the water that is being drained and avoid wet, muddy floors.

Growing Tips

Herbs should be watered at least twice a week, maybe less. Make sure the soil has time to dry before adding more water. Less is better than more when it comes to gardening.

If you see any dry or brown leaves, make sure to cut them in order to promote new growth. When you use an herb leaf or branch, make sure to cut from the top not the bottom.

Growing an herb garden should be a form of therapy. Don’t feel stressed if you find your plants turning brown. Simply trim them, and adjust the light, water, or temperature. Herbs are great for beginner gardeners and are pretty resilient.

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Valentine’s Day Events Occurring Today

It’s not too late to make Valentine’s Day plans. There are plenty of events occurring around Encinitas today and this weekend. Show your loved one how much they mean to you today, and treat them to a new, exciting experience.

  • Rose Champagne Dinner

If your significant other enjoys wine, treat them to a 4-course dinner complete with 5 delicious rose champagnes to try. Each couple will also receive a special gift to take home. For a closer look at the menu and the selected wines, click here.

  • Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot air balloon rides are exhilarating and a bucket-list activity for many. Soar high above Encinitas and San Diego with a 3.5 hour ride overlooking the gorgeous coastline and rolling hills of California. This is an experience your beloved won’t soon forget!

  • Valentine’s Day Cooking Class

Trying something new is always more enjoyable with your significant other. Try your hand at making a deliciously fresh salad, searing the perfect steak, and making chocolate pot de crème to share. For tickets, check out this website.

  • Fall in Love with French Flavors

When thinking of romance, the mind may conjure up images of Paris and French cuisine. Enjoy a night of decadent food with Chef Isabelle as you learn how to make several French courses at The Moonlight Room Cooking Classroom. Vegetarian diets will be accommodated.

  • Valentine’s Day Cruise

Enjoy a serene night of music and dancing on a luxury cruise. Watch the San Diego city skyline and coastal views as you eat a delicious gourmet meal. This unexpected Valentine’s Day plan will sweep them right off their feet. For tickets, visit the Flagship website.

  • Song of the Angels Orchestra

Hear awe-inspiring music by the Angels Flute Orchestra on Sunday, February 17th at the Encinitas Library. If you or your significant other is a flutist, feel free to join in their closing number “Polar Express.” Enjoy a delectable dessert buffet as you listen to romantic music.

  • Brews and Bouquet

Learn how to create a beautiful flower arrangement for your beloved while you drink Culture beer!  This romantic workshop takes place Saturday, February 16th at Culture Brewing Co. This is a popup event, so don’t miss out!

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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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Scrumptious Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of the year to show friends and family how much they mean to you. If you’re not quite sure what to gift them, consider making them a homemade dessert. Here are 6 scrumptious recipes to entice every kind of palate. Pour your heart and soul into these stunning dessert presentations that take little to no time to make.

  • Heart Shaped Pies Pops

These adorable pie pops will melt anyone’s heart! And they only require three ingredients! Using Pillsbury dough, red filling (strawberry, cherry, or raspberry), and one egg white. The result is a lovely heart shaped pie that can be served as a lollipop or a cookie.

  • Cherry Walnut Fudge

For chocolate lovers, make some homemade semisweet chocolate fudge complete with dried cherries and walnuts. This super easy recipe can be made using the microwave and only takes 5 minutes!

  • Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Red velvet is the perfect Valentine’s day dessert, and you’ll wow everyone with these heavenly cookies. These red velvet crinkle cookies are quick to make and take minimal effort. Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top for a gorgeous presentation.

  • Cherry Bread

This sweet dessert is perfectly made for anyone with a sweet tooth. With maraschino cherries in every bite, this delicious bread loaf is topped off with almond cherry glaze on top. Be sure to save a slice for yourself, as this cherry bread dessert will be gone in no time.

  • Red Wine Brownies

Chocolate and wine pair very well together, so why not combine the two into a sinfully sweet dessert! These red wine brownies are extra decadent and they’ll leave you salivating for more. Top off with raspberries and powdered sugar for an extra sweet touch.

  • Heart Shaped Sugar Cookie Twists

Sugar cookies are the perfect dessert for your sweetheart, and these heart twists will leave anyone feeling extra loved. Simple yet elegant, these cookies are a no-fuss dessert. Simply create two dough ropes, one with red food coloring, and twist them together into a heart. That’s it!

These simple yet delicious desserts won’t leave your kitchen in ruins, so go ahead and get started! Use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to pamper your loved ones with scrumptious goodies and lots of love.

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All About the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce

I recently sat down and talked with Amy Scruggs, a host on the national cable talk show The American Dream, and Bob Gatinella, the President and CEO of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce.

Gatinella and I met as realtor and client over 20 years, and have stayed connected ever since. We discussed the thriving small businesses of Encinitas, what the Chamber of Commerce is, and how the Chamber influences both the city and the community.

The Chamber of Commerce is not affiliated with the city, as Gatinella explained, but it does independently help the community prosper by supporting and promoting business. The Chamber helps people connect with one another by providing resources about the numerous local businesses in Encinitas.

The Chamber hosts events throughout the year such as the Senior Expo, Business Expo, and the world-famous Oktoberfest. The Chamber also lists many more local events occurring throughout Encinitas on the Chamber of Commerce website.

Members of the Chamber of Commerce can attend monthly events to network with other business owners and members, have ribbon cutting events for their new businesses or support new business owners opening shop in Encinitas.

Encinitas residents can support new and existing small businesses and their local community by attending local events throughout the year, volunteering, and shopping small. Let’s all continue to help Encinitas thrive and help one another!

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Coastal Home Decorating Ideas

Many coastal homeowners wish to bring the essence of the beach into their home. The beach is inspiring, tranquil, and renewing. Recreate the feeling and look of the bright, sunny beach in your home.

Coastal décor is full of varying hues of blue, green, white, and grey—no dark colors. Add some light décor touches to your home and transform your living space into an easygoing retreat that clears the mind and relaxes the soul.

  • Choose Light Colored Wood

The beach evokes the feeling of lightness. For furniture, stick to light wood tones such as maple, ash, or pine. If you would like to transform dark stained wood, check out this helpful article.

  • Paint it White

Maximize your space with gorgeous white walls. White transforms spaces and heightens the natural light in a room. The lack of color allows your décor to take center stage, especially if you use lots of bright colors like blues and greens around the home. For family rooms, use a satin finish—it’s the easiest to clean.

  • Change Window Curtains

Keep the sunlight, but don’t lose your sense of privacy. Use sheer drapes that cover your windows, but still allow the natural light to shine through. Use wood blinds to add texture and color. Or if you want, add some solar shades to your windows to block harmful UV light but maintain the sunshine. Check out these window curtain ideas.

  • Don’t be Afraid of Colored Furniture

Most people stick to neutral colored furniture, but don’t be afraid to add some gorgeous colored pieces of furniture. A light blue couch or a lime green lounge chair will add some dimension to your home.

  • Use Ocean Elements

Bring bits of the ocean into your home. Incorporate water and air elements. Create these easy, stunning knotted hanging lanterns, hang some starfish sconces, or even a starburst driftwood mirror. Use design elements that speak to you, whether that’s marine life, seashells, or palm trees.

  • Bring in Some Plants

Add some color and texture to your home with some coastal plants. Add a palm tree, white bird of paradise, banana tree, vipers bowstring hemp, rubber fig, or any other tropical indoor plant.

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Geometric Accent Wall for Your Home

Artistically painted accent walls are very on trend. Add some color and eye-catching design to your living space by creating a geometric wall. This painting trend takes time to create, but the payoff is worth it. If you love the look of asymmetrical art, or even organized neat lines, then there is a geometric design for you.

  • Negative Space

For a simple artistic feel, create disorganized lines on a white wall. For a bold temporary look, use colored washi tape to create mismatched lines that intersect every which way. For permanent art, use painters tape to map out lines to be painted. Once the tape is secure, paint in between those designated lines of tape. Make sure to peel off the paint immediately, as the painted lines can crack once dry.

  • Colorful Shapes

Rather than bold lines, this paint idea is focused on colorful shapes. Best on white walls, this artful look is easy to create. Use painters tape to map out the shapes you want painted. You can create a cohesive look with one shape, in one size. Various shapes of one size. Or even one shape of various sizes. Paint the entire wall in one color or many, and then peel off the tape. What’s left is a unique accent wall that draws the eye.

  • Fan Pattern

If you like the idea of a pattern, this look is for you. Reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, this golden ombré accent wall is breathtaking. Map out giant squares with tape. For truly straight lines, use a lever or a ruler. Within each square, create square spirals. The direction of the spirals change with each shape, so change direction with each neighboring square. Once everything is set, paint the inner fan shape a light gold, and switch to a darker gold as you paint outward. Remove the tape once done.

  • 3D Shapes

This art look looks beautifully intricate but is relatively easy to recreate. Start by creating a line of triangles side by side. Make another line at the top, so the triangles are interlocking. Then, within each triangle, create 3 smaller triangles that meet in the middle. Once your designated painting area is mapped out, you can start painting. This look requires 5 different paint colors. Each triangle is going to be a different color, but this look is still cohesive. The secret lies in the pattern. Once complete, your accent wall be appear to pop out!

  • Hexagon Honeycomb

If you love the look of cohesion, why not paint your walls like a beautiful honeycomb? Create a hexagon shape on cardboard or sturdy paper, and use the shape as an outline. Once your accent wall is ready to be painted, simply go ahead and color each hexagon with your color of choice. In this demonstrative video, the painter chose to use three colors. But feel free to use as many or as few colors as you like.

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Client Experience Feedback

Working with people is the best aspect of my job as a realtor. I love helping families find their dream home and obtain top market value for their beloved house in the beautiful city of Encinitas.

Occasionally, my clients will submit comments or feedback about their experience working with me. Shari Barman and Jane Stratton, two recent clients, recently submitted feedback on my performance as a realtor. Brian Freeman, the Branch Manager for the Coldwell Banker, Encinitas office received the following comment:

“In 2018 Linda Moore not only sold our Cardiff home for a very good price but she also found us a new home in Cardiff within a couple of months. Linda is extremely knowledgeable, detailed oriented and can think outside of the box. Even after all transactions have been completed, Linda continues to stay in touch and follow up with any loose ends. She’s the consummate professional and we cannot think of a better representative for any of our real estate needs.”

I am so thankful for their kind words and elated that their experience was exemplary. I strive to make each clients’ experience just as noteworthy and special. If you are looking for a home in the gorgeous coastal city of Encinitas or the surrounding area, please contact me by calling (760) 310-0234 or sending an email to

I would love to help you find the perfect beach home or sell your current one. There’s so much vivacity in this California town, you would absolutely love it here!

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5 Feel Better Soup Recipes for Cold and Flu Season

You may have noticed a lot of people have been getting sick recently, and it’s no surprise why. The common cold and flu virus is most common in the fall and winter seasons, even extending into the spring. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Adults have an average of 2 to 3 colds per year, and children have even more.”

And when people get sick, they often eat soup to feel better. Chicken noodle soup is one of the most popular soup choices when fighting an illness, but any soup will help combat sickness. The ingredients in soup help strengthen the immune system, provide hydration, and stimulate nasal clearance. A hot bowl of soup is just the thing to help soothe the body and ease a throbbing head. So, if you’re feeling less than 100%, try one of these delicious soup recipes to feel better.

1. Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

This hearty soup might be the answer to a quick recovery. With a lemon base, this chicken and rice soup is robust savory. A great introduction to Greek food, this soup is a traditional favorite. This recipe is ready in an hour and serves 16.

2. Quick Delicious Ramen

When you’re sick, you don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking. You just want to curl up in bed and watch some TV. This delicious ramen recipe can be made in 20 minutes, and you only need a couple of ingredients. Enjoy a delicious bowl of ramen in little to no time.

3. Italian Orzo Soup

Yet another quick soup recipe, this Italian soup recipe will fill up your stomach and warm your heart. Make this flavorful soup in just 30 minutes. This soup is packed with vegetables to help build up your immune system, and herbs to fight nasal congestion.

4. Miso Shiitake Soba Soup

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free! Soups that contain ginger are best for fighting off illnesses. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties to help relieve sore throats and kill rhinoviruses. And the shiitake mushrooms will provide potassium and zinc to restore electrolytes.

5. Cabbage, Sausage, and Potato Soup

Packed with protein, carbohydrates, and nutrients, this pleasing soup recipe is bound to make your insides sing with joy. This recipe is extremely hearty and comforting. The total cooking time is 45 minutes and serves 8. Make a bowl of this soup, and relish the “smoky, garlicky flavors.”

Not only will making these soup recipes help ease any ailments, but your home will also be filled with the delicious aromas of herbs and spices! So go ahead and feel better with a pot of soup!

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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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