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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