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Make Tough Cleaning a Cinch for your Holiday Prep

The holidays are here and the family is coming over.  If you are a busy family like us, larger chores have to be scheduled.  We cook at home a lot and those stovetop greases waft into the air with the steam of cooking, attaching to your range hood and surrounding kitchen cabinets.  To ensure a super clean kitchen when the guests arrive, we clean stubborn grease with Goo Gone, Kitchen Degreaser.    Goo Gone Kitchen Degreaser is a powerful cleaning solution that can help you remove tough grease and grime from your kitchen surfaces. Here are some of the benefits, ingredients, surfaces safe to use the product on, and directions of use: Benefits: The powerful foaming action in Goo Gone Kitchen Degreaser breaks down even the toughest gunk and grime, leaving your surfaces spotless. It is safe to use across your kitchen on most sealed stone (like countertops), glass (like cooktops), metals (like stove tops), and ceramic (like dishware). It is easy to use and can help you clean up your kitchen

Top Toy Recommendations for this Holiday Season

Here are some of the top toys for this holiday season based on age groups from 3 years old to 17 years old: For 3-5 year olds: Fisher-Price Little People Launch & Loop Raceway - This toy is perfect for kids who love cars and racing. It comes with two cars and a ramp that launches them into a loop. You can get it at Walmart  now for $39.97. LeapFrog LeapStart 3D Interactive Learning System - This toy is designed to help kids learn through interactive games and activities. It comes with a stylus and a library of books that teach reading, math, science, and more. You can get it at Amazon for $49.99 . For 6-8 year olds: LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Building Kits - T hese building kits are perfect for kids who love Harry Potter. Starting with 587 pieces, they are designed to look like all of your kids favorite locations at Hogwarts. You can get building sets at Target starting at $39.99 Nintendo Switch Lite - This game system is perfect for kids who love video games. It’s smaller and

Top Ten Gift Ideas for Women this Holiday Season

Black Friday is near and it is time to shop for the women in your life.  You can find amazing deals on a variety of products that will make them happy and show them how much you care this holiday season. These are the best gift ideas we recommend that are on sale this Black Friday. 1. Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask Price: Prices Vary Store: Amazon The Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask is a luxurious and nourishing lip care product that will make her lips soft, smooth, and plump. It is made from natural ingredients such as Japanese peach extract, camellia oil, and squalane that hydrate and heal the lips. It also has a subtle rose scent and a glossy finish that will enhance her natural beauty. It is a must-have for any woman who loves pampering herself. 2. I Phone 15 Pro and I Phone 15 Pro Max Price: Save $1,000 with qualified trade Store: Best Buy Meet the I Phone 15 Pro and Pro Max with dynamic island, a 48 MP main camera with up to 4X resolution and 2X telephoto, ceramic shield glass, splash, water and du

Top 10 Gift Ideas for Men on Black Friday

Black Friday is the perfect time to shop for the men in your life, whether they are your husband, boyfriend, father, brother, son, or friend. You can find great deals on a variety of products that will make them happy and show them how much you care. Here are some of the best gift ideas for men that are on sale this Black Friday.  1. Apple AirPods Pro Price: $190 (originally $249)  Store: Amazon The Apple AirPods Pro are the ultimate wireless earbuds for anyone who loves music, podcasts, or audiobooks. They have active noise cancellation, adaptive EQ, and spatial audio features that deliver immersive sound quality. They are also water-resistant, comfortable, and easy to use with Siri and other devices. They are a must-have for any man who wants to enjoy his favorite tunes without any distractions. 2. Solo Stove Bonfire + Stand Price: $259.99 (originally $419.99)  Store: Solo Stove The Solo Stove Bonfire is the ideal gift for anyone who loves camping, backyard parties, or cozy nights by

Protect Yourself - Install a Car Camera Today!

Societal politeness is becoming a rare event.  An increasing number of persons can be seen texting and driving, driving aggressively or making poor decisions with last minute lane changes.  Some drivers, with their high powered electric vehicles, are utilizing their vehicles' capacity to engage in more risky driving behaviors.  With technology advancing, it is important to protect yourself in the event of a crash or angry driver.  Installing a front and rear facing dash camera can make all the difference ensuring you are protected and made whole from another persons misjudgment. According to Forbes Advisor, in 2020, a total of 35,766 fatal car accidents occurred on roadways across the United States.  Another 1,593,390 crashes resulted in injuries and 3,621,681 caused property damage .    In 2021, 8% of fatal crashes were attributed to distracted driving, resulting in 3,522 deaths and an estimated 362,415 injuries. Road rage has become a serious issue that can lead to accidents, inj

Dia de Los Muertos at UC Irvine with Grammy Award Winning Mariachi Divas!


Celebrating our Loved Ones on Dia de Los Muertos

  Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday that is celebrated annually on November 1st and 2nd. The holiday is a time to honor and remember loved ones who have passed away. Here’s a brief overview of the holiday: Origination : The holiday has its roots in ancient Aztec culture, where it was believed that the dead could return to the living world for one day each year. The Aztecs would celebrate the lives of their deceased loved ones with offerings of food, drink, and flowers. History :  After the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the 16th century, the holiday became more closely associated with the Catholic All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Today, it is celebrated throughout Mexico and in many other parts of the world. Significance : Dia de los Muertos is a time to celebrate life and death. It is believed that the spirits of the dead return to the world of the living for one day each year to be with their families and friends. The holiday is a w

Family Fun Activities for the Holidays

The holidays are rapidly approaching and many families are looking for fun activities to entertain their house guests.  Keeping the little ones entertained and Grandpa out of the kitchen while the food prep and cooking ensues can be the difference between a burnt bird and a delicious meal that has Emeril Lagasse blushing with pride. **Image from Here are our Top 10 family traditions that you can try with your family during the upcoming holidays. Family Game Night : This is a great way to bond with your family and have fun together. You can play board games, card games, or even video games.  We recommend Monopoly, Uno, Sorry, Mario Cart and Madden 24 Family Movie Night : Pick a movie that everyone will enjoy and watch it together. Don’t forget the popcorn!  We recommend The Nightmare Before Christmas, Holidate, Love Hard , Trains Planes and Automobiles and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.  For a G Rated evening, try A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, A Charlie

Visiting the California Botanical Garden

The California Botanic Garden is a botanical garden located in Claremont, California, just south of the San Gabriel foothills. The garden is spread across 86 acres and is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants. It has curated collections of more than 22,000 California native plants, some of which are rare or endangered. The garden displays about 2000 taxon of California plants and includes those native to the California Floristic Province. The garden has several special features that make it a must-visit destination. It has a unique fruit grove, a massive 11,000 square foot organic vegetable garden, the Channel Islands garden, an extensive cycad collection, a conifer collection, a palm grove, community gardens, and a children’s playground. The garden also offers events and classes throughout the year that celebrate and explore our connections to California native plants and the larger natural world. Some upcoming events include: Herb Walk: Medicinal Plants of

Top 10 Holiday Travel Destinations for Families Who Just Need to Get Away!

Let's face it, the holidays are right around the corner.  With Thanksgiving only 29 days away, Hanukkah 43 days away and Kwanzaa & Christmas 61 days away, families are starting to make their holiday plans.  If you are like us, maybe you don't have extended family nearby or maybe their finances just can't stretch past $5.50 per gallon gasoline in Southern California.  Sometimes, we just need a nice, quiet, relaxing holiday vacation that is only your immediate household and doesn't break the bank. Even if your extended family is available, why not enjoy the Holidays in a home away from home.  Pamper yourself and consider some of our favorite locations, your coworkers will thank you for taking a super relaxing vacation and the family will be over the moon excited about this special holiday plan. Here are the Top 10 resort style places to stay for the Holidays.  All of these resorts can be reserved on travel sites such as Travelocity or Alisal Guest Ranch &a

Amazing Hawaiian Vacation Package for the Holidays!

Are you dreaming of a tropical getaway to Hawaii? Do you want to enjoy the sun, the sea, and the sand without breaking the bank? If so, you're in luck! We have found an amazing all-inclusive Hawaiian vacation package that is on sale now for the month of December. For only $1,999 per person, you can spend a week in paradise, with airfare, hotel, and rental vehicle included! This incredible deal will take you to the beautiful island of Oahu, where you can explore the vibrant city of Honolulu, visit the historic Pearl Harbor, surf the famous waves of Waikiki Beach, and hike the stunning Diamond Head crater. You'll stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, a 4-star beachfront property that offers 9 restaurants, 5 outdoor pools, a full-service spa, a children's pool, a waterslide, and beach umbrellas. Your accommodations will include a spacious room with a balcony, a mini-fridge, a coffee maker, and free WiFi. You'll also get a rental vehicle for three days,