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6 Places to See the Best Christmas Lights in Los Angeles

When thinking of the holiday season, many people picture snow covered pine trees, family gatherings surrounded by frosted windows and cups of hot chocolate by the fire. However, that’s not the picture that’s being painted in all parts of the United States. Folks who reside in places like LA and Phoenix tend to be pretty content with their short sleeve holiday seasons. Who could blame us?

While Los Angeles isn’t 80 degrees year-round, temperatures here still don’t venture far below the fifties. Luckily, this means going outside to enjoy holiday decor isn’t detrimental to the warm fuzzy feelings we all strive for during the holidays...it’s just a different type of warm and fuzzy that doesn’t involve first needing to experience frostbite or having to defrost car windows before you can feel it.

One of our country’s favorite activities throughout...

Fall home maintenance

Preparing For The Cold: Fall Home Maintenance Tips


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For many homeowners, finding ways to keep up with the maintenance on their house without breaking the bank can be difficult. There are so many details to think about, from the lawn to the chimney, and it can be overwhelming if you have a large home or are on a tight budget. When it comes to getting a house ready for cold weather, however, it’s important to take...

Top 5 Fitness Centers & Gyms in Pasadena

Fitness as an industry is booming now more than ever. Pasadena gyms and fitness centers that provide a variety of styles of healthy habits are popping up everywhere, and choosing one that is right for you can begin to feel like a workout in itself.

Everyone has different preferences, as well as different body types. With so many different routes to finding health and wellness, knowing what your best options are in Pasadena is a must.

If you’re new to Pasadena or are looking for a good place to get a workout in, here are some options to consider:

Classic Bicicletta

Website: classicbicicletta.com

Located on Union street,...

Top 5 Reasons Your Family Should Move to L.A.

The City of Angels is widely known as a place for dreamers. Aspiring entertainers, actors, and entrepreneurs flock to Los Angeles in pursuit of a dream career. And while the allure of L.A.’s roots in the entertainment industry is enough of a reason for many to make the move, Los Angeles is a diverse city that has something to offer all demographics, especially families.

When you think of L.A., you most likely picture the Walk of Fame, surfers riding waves off Venice beach and Dodgers games at Angels Stadium; but these iconic images barely scratch the surface of all the city has to offer. Beyond its most well-known qualities lies a family-friendly city bursting with things to do and see with the entire family.

Los Angeles is comprised of many different neighborhoods, each offering their own unique atmosphere. Many families find themselves settling into the more suburban areas of town like Echo Park, Pasadena,...

Top 5 Scenic Drives and Sights for L.A. Locals

It's no wonder so many people call Los Angeles home. Some move here to be close to the coast. Others call it home because they love the big city. And some fall in love with the peace and quiet of the San Gabriel Mountains.

One of the best ways to explore the area is in your car — especially if you've mastered the art of maneuvering L.A. traffic on your joy rides. So roll the windows down and crank the music while you go enjoy these top 5 scenic drives and sights in L.A.:

1. Angeles Crest Scenic Byway

Angeles National Forest

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California is full of beautiful roads,...

5 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Spice Up Your Backyard

Outdoor kitchens and dining spaces are among the best amenities to install in your backyard and are perfect for hosting outdoor get-togethers in the summer. Having guests over for dinner is one thing, but having guests over for a backyard barbecue with games or a fire pit adds a new level of fun for guests.

 Outdoor kitchens come in a variety of different styles and designs, but what’s important is that you choose one that matches the feel of the rest of your yard. For example, if you have a rustic home, a sleek modern outdoor kitchen may not be the best idea, and conversely, if your house is stylish and modern, a rural kitchen design probably would clash with the aesthetic of the rest of your home.

 Here are five ideas for what to include in your outdoor kitchen, things to think about, and other suggestions:

Open-Air vs. Covered Outdoor Kitchens

Open Air Outdoor BBQ...

Top 5 Home Renovations to Consider Before Selling Your Home

When done correctly, renovating your home kills two birds with one stone. It makes the home nicer for yourself for the rest of the time you live there, and the home’s value can be drastically increased when you decide it’s time to sell it.

Renovations of all kinds, minor and major alike, are not cheap tasks though, and can become more expensive investments in the short term based upon the size of the project. In the long term, big renovations nearly always add value to the property, but be prepared to invest a large amount of money, the value of which might not be returned until a much later date and likely not 100%.

With that considered, here are the top 5 home renovations to consider before selling your home:

1. Garage Renovation

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Looking to Sell in LA? 5 Tips for Staging Your Home

5 Tips for Staging Your LA Home

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Staging your LA home for sale is easily the most important job. Crafting an inviting space is difficult when a home is specifically arranged to cater to the styles and needs of the inhabitants, hence the potential need to reconstruct your styles to make it more “home-like” to potential buyers.

Here are some tips on how to transform your Los Angeles house from your living space into someone else’s future home:

Maximizing Your LA Home’s Curb Appeal

When you’re attempting to sell your...

Tips for Letting Go of Sentimental Clutter

Tips For Letting Go of Sentimental Clutter

If you are having trouble decluttering your house, it’s probably because of one of these three reasons: 1) You can’t find the time to do it, 2) you’re too lazy to do it, or 3) you just have a hard time letting go because of the sentimental value you attach to your clutter.

If it’s the latter, then you really are going to have a tough time clearing your home of all that clutter. Sentiments are good, but you will have to declutter unless you want to be on a TV show that features people who are practically buried in all kinds of junk.

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It’s not easy letting go of sentimental items, but sometimes you have to do it. Here are some tips that might help....

Pasadena's Historic Buildings, Homes, and Landmarks

Pasadena, California is home of the Rose Bowl Stadium, the birthplace of Jackie Robinson, and a town packed with history. Located just ten miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, even the name of this city shows its lively culture.

Originally named by its early inhabitants, Pasadena is a Chippewa word that means “Crown of the Valley”. In 1873, settlers from Indiana put down roots on a narrow strip of land in the Arroyo Seco that grew into the city of Pasadena we know today.

In 1880, Pasadena designated itself as a resort town and became a hub for Eastern travelers looking to escape winter. Large, luxurious hotels sprung up, three of which are still standing: Hotel Green, Vista Del Arroyo, and a...

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