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Dec 27

Four Achievable New Year Resolutions

We all can attest that January 1 carries a satisfying disposition of another year well spent, but it also rings in the pressures of resolutions for the new year. Instead of making empty promises to yourself that you don’t necessarily manifest into permanent changes, give yourself realistic and logical resolutions that are achievable and nurturing for your soul.

Prioritize Power:

Utilizing the power of prioritization can be the key to mastering success in life. However, learning this skill can be tougher than one initially anticipates. Getting distracted and overwhelmed by the sea of emails, meetings, carpool duties and squeezing in a little “me” time is common. Although all tasks might seem equally as important at times, a day-to-day priority list can make all the difference. Some days, your top priority may be ensuring you get the kids to soccer practice in a timely manner and making certain they eat, at least a bite of protein-rich food. Other times, thoughtfully responding to all of your emails may be the biggest task to tackle for the day. Dividing and ranking your daily priorities will keep the workload lighter and deliver a sense of accomplishment by the end of the week. After all, it’s said that there’s no such thing as double tasking – it’s more efficient to focus solely on one assignment before engaging in another simultaneously. Check out these functional 2019 planners.  

Race to Conflict:

The nemesis of procrastination would certainly be racing to conflict as soon as it emerges. People procrastinate the things they prefer not to do at all or the things they fear most. And as we all already know, putting it off until the last minute doesn’t make it go away- so why do we continue to procrastinate so often? Research conducted by psychologists has concluded that people who procrastinate have higher levels of stress and lower well-being- an alarming but not entirely surprising discovery. This year, make decisions more selfishly for the good of your mental health and overall wellbeing. Avoiding procrastination and racing to conflict, conquering it head-on, will not only ease your stress levels but bring an overall improvement and stability in your everyday life.

Positive Mindset:

Having a positive mindset is crucial in mental health and lifelong success. Of course, you can’t say “yes” to every single thing life throws your way, but you can choose to have a positive attitude and that makes all the difference. It’s easy to incorporate once you develop the tools to do so. When you find yourself thinking negatively, stop, ground yourself (sometimes, think of four senses in the room- something you can see, smell, hear or touch to better calm your mind), and then make the lifestyle decision to swap your negative thought with a positive one. Practicing this with due diligence will change your entire life for the better.

Take Up A New Hobby:

Starting something new is filled with excitement and energy. This year, find a hobby that relaxes you like yoga, meditation, or regular massage therapy sessions. We all need a little R&R in life no matter how hectic our schedules are. Treat yourself, for once, to something peaceful that you genuinely enjoy. Whether an hour a day or an hour a week, a newfound, relaxation-inspired hobby will work wonders for your mind, body and spirit.

Dec 21

2019 Home Design Trends

Out with the old and in with the new! What better way to ring in the new year than with a little redecorating to spruce up the home? Follow these six home design trends for a mini home décor facelift to celebrate the start of 2019.

Geometric Patterns

Kitchens and bathrooms have long surpassed a monochromatic color scheme and advanced to graphic tiles and bold colors, perfect for nearly all home decorating styles. From bold kitchen backsplashes to uniquely shaped sconces, geometric shapes and patterns have already emerged this year as a preview of a prominent home décor trend for 2019.

Natural Elements

Earthy, sustainable materials such as jute, stone, granite and clay are on the rise this coming year. From handmade pieces like pillows and beachy jute and seashell chandeliers, to clay pottery and concrete coffee tables, these organic elements bring a sense of calmness and worldliness from the outside-in.

Brass Decor

As rose gold and copper dominated the home accent trends of 2018, brass takes center-stage as the new year’s trendiest fixture and accent finish. Interchange bathroom faucets, kitchen drawer handles, wall sconces and mirrors with new brass accents, adding new, trendy compliments to any room for an easy, modern decor update.

Acrylic Furniture

Acrylic furniture gives any room a sleek and artsy aura without looking too cluttered or giving off a ‘contemporary cold’ perception. Its transparency is ideal for layering books, throws, and candles on top of a clean-cut acrylic accent piece. From coffee, entry and dining tables to chairs and desks, acrylic is making an impressive, modern comeback in 2019.

Matte Finishes

Out is the matte lipstick trend and in is a whole new side to the matte look. Instead of applying that ruby red matte lip for your New Year’s parties, invest in a new décor item with a matte finish, adding a twist and unique trend update from the traditional stainless steel, or sleek chrome finishes. From lighting fixtures, such as sconces and lamps, to chairs, bar carts and bathroom fixtures, adding a pop of matte delivers a contemporary and sophisticated aura while perfectly paralleling one of the top 2019 design trends.

Color of the Year:

In the home design world, another year around the sun channels designers to collectively announce a ‘color of the year’. As the new year begins, you’ll find ‘Night Watch’ green popping up in home decorating websites, design magazines, retail displays and everywhere in between. The dark, moody green emits modern flare paired with chic elegance – the perfect element for a mini home makeover.


Dec 14

The Best Winter Getaways in California for Families

As mountain resorts gear up for ski season this winter, California natives rush to find the best snow in the state. Whether skiing, snowboarding, ice skating or leisurely and luxuriously après skiing, these four mountain resorts offer thrilling activities for all generations of the family.

  1.    Mammoth Mountain

Gather the family, pack up the car and hit the road toward one of California’s top ski resorts in the state. For many Southern California residents, Mammoth Mountain claims some of the best skiing in proximity to Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. The popular ski resort offers over 3,500 acres of terrain, long seasons and an amenity-rich central village for relaxing and enjoying a delicious meal after a long day on the slopes. Other local activities include ice skating, bowling, snow tubing, scenic gondola rides, snowmobile excursions and more.

  1.   Northstar California Resort

Situated between one of Tahoe’s stunning alpine lakes and upscale mountain town rests Northstar California Resort. Surrounded by 5-star lodging and dining, distinct mountain terrain and immaculate upkeep, the resort reaches well above 8,000 feet and presents visitors with superb grooming and versatile trail runs. Personalized ski and snowboard lessons as well as group sessions are available for all levels and ages, including adults. During a mid-afternoon recovery break, sip some bubbly at Tost, the resort’s elevated, ski-up champagne bar boasting awe-inspiring views and an unforgettable après ski experience. Or, after a long day on the mountain, take the kids for complimentary s’mores in alpine village while sipping on a warm Dirty Snowman (adult hot chocolate).

  1.    Big Bear

For a quick and simple weekend getaway, Big Bear Mountain is the perfect spot for spending the day on the slopes and the evenings gathering at the local eateries and bars. Lift tickets are offered at a mid-range price point so treating the entire family to a ski day is economically feasible.

  1.   Heavenly Mountain

Located on the California-Nevada border, Heavenly Mountain Resort presents visitors with the largest amount of skiable acres and the highest elevation in all of Lake Tahoe. With historically frequent bluebird days and over 300 inches of annual snowfall, it’s no wonder the mountain has been deemed one of the world’s top scenic ski resorts. Conveniently provided for any age group is Heavenly’s ski school, available via private or group lessons catered to your liking. Finally, after an undeniably angelic day on the mountain, kick back and enjoy the après ski scene atop California Lodge’s rooftop at Latitude 38.


Dec 10

Prims Pub: Trumark Communities breaks ground on first age-qualified community devoted to wellness

SAN RAMON, Calif. — Trumark Communities, a national award-winning master planned development division of California development company Trumark Companies, announced November 19 that it has commenced construction on The Collective, the country’s first age-qualified community devoted to wellness.