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  • Enjoy summer in San Diego without breaking the bank! With its 70 miles of beautiful coastline, nice weather and a variety of street fairs, concerts, art exhibits, and cultural events, you will never run out of things to do in San Diego! So come out and play and experience a perfect and fun summer getaway with your friends and family for FREE!

    Below is a list of fun and FREE activities that you can enjoy during San Diego's summer months!

    San Diego's Beaches

    Nothing beats summer in San Diego with its 70 miles of beautiful beaches!

    59-Mile Scenic Drive

    Free Summer Concerts

    Free Summer Movies

    Balboa Park After Dark

    When: May 27 - September 2, 2016

    Twilight in the Park

    When: June 21 - September 1, 2016

    International Summer Organ Festival

    When: June 27 - August 29, 2016

    Stagecoach Days: Celebrating The Wild West In San Diego

    When: July 9 - August 27, 2016

    Supergirl Pro

    When: July 22-24, 2016

    Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition

    When: July 30, 2016

    San Diego's Farmer's Markets

    Sample some of the more than 200 varieties of fresh produce grown in San Diego at one of the region's many Farmers' Markets, held daily at locations throughout the county.

    Mission Bay

    Bike, walk or jog along many trails along Mission Bay Park. Bikers, walkers and joggers share more than 20 miles of scenic paths winding through sunlight and shade near the shoreline with workout.

    Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

    Hike the trails of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Park and see the rare and elegant Torrey pine trees, a number of animal species and miles of unspoiled beaches below.

    Mission Trails Regional Park

    Visit Mission Trails Regional Park featuring a state-of-the-art Visitors Center where guests explore and learn about the wonders of nature and the native people who once lived on the land. The park also offers over 40 miles of natural and developed hiking and biking trails.

    South Bayfront PowWow

    South Bayfront PowWow invites visitors to the Chula Vista bayfront for a weekend of traditional Music, Dance, Arts and Crafts and Food.When: August 4-6, 2016

    Chula Vista Lemon Festival

    The Lemon Festival celebrates Chula Vista's heritage as the "Lemon Capital of the World" and will feature live entertainment, a kids' fun zone and lemons galore.When: August 7, 2016

    ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station

    ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station brings fine art outside under San Diego's sunny skies to create the perfect viewing art under natural light and purchase artwork directly from the finest artists in the region.When: August 13-14, 2016

    Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

    Cardiff-by-the-Sea is ready to celebrate man's best friend! Set in a beautiful beach community, Cardiff Dog Days of Summer is a fair for dogs and dog lovers.When: August 13, 2016

    Hillcrest Cityfest Street Fair

    CityFest takes place in the heart of Hillcrest under the Hillcrest Sign and is a huge celebration of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and food.When: August 14, 2016

    Chula Vista Haborfest

    Chula Vista HarborFest is a family-friendly celebration that welcomes everyone to enjoy a classic summer festival with breathtaking ocean views as a backdrop.When: August 20, 2016

    Ramona County Fair

    The Ramona Country Fair is a great place for family fun featuring rides, carnival games, vendors, beer and wine gardens, food, entertainment, and much more!

    When: August 25-28, 2016

    Imperial Avenue Street Festival

    Imperial Avenue Street Festival is a multicultural street scene that will celebrate the rich culture of the Logan Heights community.When: August 27, 2016

    National City Automobile Heritage Day

    The National City Automobile Heritage Day features a dazzling display of those cars from very early models to the latest Super Cars.When: August 27, 2016

    LeucadiART Walk

    Join us for LeucadiART Walk, a revival of the original 80's art event in historic Leucadia with art, entertainment, a children's art pavilion and more.When: August 28, 2016

    Scuba diving or snorkeling

    Go scuba diving or snorkeling off San Diego's shores to see spectacular creatures of the sea. La Jolla Shores and Cove offer some of the clearest waters on the California coast, as well as miles of protected underwater preserve to explore.

    The Embarcadero

    Walk along downtown's beautiful Embarcadero, featuring the Waterfront Park, promenades and an 830-foot-long water fountain to splash and play. Visitors can view impressive public art sculptures and memorials celebrating San Diego's international ties, cultural diversity and military and maritime heritage.

    Bayshore Bikeway

    The iconic 24-mile Bayshore Bikeway in San Diego is a must-do for bicyclists visiting the area. Of course, there are plenty of other amazing bike paths to explore throughout the county.

    Balboa Park Trails

    Take a walk or run along the 65+ miles of trails of Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the United States, and discover its beautiful Spanish Colonial-Revival architecture and glorious gardens. Also, visitors can take advantage of the Park's variety of other free offerings, including ranger-led walking tours.

    South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival

    South Bay Pride Art and Music Festival will be a day (and evening) of fun for all with live entertainment, local art, food, drinks and more!When: September 10, 2016

    Coronado Art Walk

    The 2-day Coronado Art Walk is put on by the Coronado Historical Association and is an admission free, public event designed to foster creativity and appreciation for the wonders of art.When: September 10-11, 2016

    Old Town Fiestas Patrias

    It's that time again to head to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to celebrate Mexican Independence! The annual Fiestas Patrias festivities commence with the ringing of the bell at the historic Casa de Estudillo.When: September 17, 2016

    Source: http://www.sandiego.org/

    More fun SUMMER activities in San Diego can be found athttp://www.sandiego.org/.

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  • Inflatable, portable PhotonGrill cooks your food with nothing but the sun

    The barbecue of the future is here. Meet PhotonGrill, an inflatable 100 percent solar-powered grill that lets you ditch the charcoal for greener cooking. Perfect for camping and areas with fire bans, the lightweight, fire-free and fuel-free PhotonGrill is designed for portability and easily folds down to fit in a backpack. The best part? Its NASA-inspired technology is so efficient the grill reaches 500F in just five minutes.

    Recently launched on Kickstarter, the PhotonGrill is available at a discount for early bird backers and comes with a lightweight carrying case, solar-optimized pan, BBQ tongs, and an air pump. The portable and durable grill weighs only seven pounds and can easily be set up in just three minutes. A pot can also be attached for cooking. An optional add-on module will transform the PhotonGrill into a highly efficient power generator so you can charge your electronics with sun-powered electricity wherever you go.

    Heres how the PhotonGrill works: once fully inflated, the grill, made of lightweight plastic film, takes on the form of a reflective parabolic mirror that concentrates the energy contained in the rays of light into a small area, creating highly-localized energy thats powerful enough to cook with. The design team says the technology was based on experiments carried out by NASA in the 1960s

    By using heat to thermally deform the plastics polymers structure, the plastic is able to remember and transform into the desired parabolic shape when inflated, says the PhotonGrill team, who also claim the grill has 1,000 watts of power. Set atop a stable tripod, the parabolic mirror is made with highly robust polymer foils tested to ensure they can withstand all contingencies, even a large splash of boiling grease. PhotonGrill is looking to raise $111,964 on Kickstarter to bring the solar-powered grill to production.

    Courtesy of California Association of REALTORS. Click Here for Original article.

  • Millennials also known as Generation Y (those in their 20s and early 30s) are the current basis of the housing market nowadays. Given that millennials are the largest generation in history after the baby boomers, it means there is a potential for strong underlying demand.

    As the population of millennials surges, local developers and architects are rethinking the way they provide living spaces and homes for this generations demand. San Diego is among the top 10 best US Cities for them to live in. Millennials love San Diego. About 15% of population in the area are millennials.

    With a median rent of $1,261, median income of $30,196 and a low crime score definitely San Diego is the place to be for this generation. Imagine a blue sky and a year round 70 degree temperatures, who wouldnt want that? Aside from that there are plenty of military and government jobs to go around especially for those fresh graduates.

    70 miles of beach and great neighborhoods like Little Italy are also one of the reason why millennials prefer San Diego. Little Italy is considered as the citys most millennial-friendly neighborhood. Nightlife, cultural attractions, shopping, and fitness hubs are among the factors why this city and neighborhood are favored.

    Need to know more information about San Diego Real Estate/neighborhood? Are you thinking of moving into San Diego area home for sale? We can discuss the steps to get your dream home! Call me today!

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  • A great suburbanSan Diegorestaurantis serving up delectableSouthern Cookingwith style. Formerly Magnolias Restaurant,Felixs BBQ With Souloffers down-home barbecue and soul food in a warm, upscale environment. Initially, they were serving satisfied customers inOceanside, and now, the owner Felix Berry has decided to come down toSan Diegoto serve up the samedelectable home style cookingthat keeps customers coming back for more. Designed with large, luxurious tables and beautifully paneled walls lined with modern art and photography, the restaurant caters up to 150 seat and specializes inSouthern comfort food. Must try's include smoked bbq pork ribs, gumbo, collard greens, catfish, Alabama grilled pork chops, Chicago style sausage, chicken with waffles, mac n cheese, tasty braised cabbage, sweet potato pancakes, red beans mixed with rice, biscuits and gravy, fried green tomatoes, and black-eyed peas. Follow it up with sumptuous deserts like sweet potato pie and candied yams. Enjoy the crazy good food as you relax with the smooth bluzzy-jazz playing in the background. They also have an entertaining open mic event every Tuesdays. Friendly and courteous staff. Hours of operation are: Mon Thu: 11:00 21:00; Fri Sat: 08:00 22:00; Sun: 08:00 21:00. Felixs BBQ With Soulis located at 342 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114.

  • March 1, 2014

    We are now entering our third month of 2014. As we welcomed this new year, and started out to a great start, we are also focused to write a new chapter in this book of ours called LIFE. May this article and the simple things below inspire each of us to create good episodes of our own stories.

    This year.

    Learn to approve of yourself instead of looking for approval from others. Forget perfection, find satisfaction.

    Slow down. Appreciate lifes simple pleasures. Treasure relationships. Cherish friendships. Life is too short to be unhappy. Grudges are a waste of time. Laugh a lot. Apologize when you should. Let go of what you cant change. Love deeply. Forgive quickly. Take chances and dont live with regrets.

    Learn about different things and nurture your passion. Live simply but dream big. Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions be louder than your words.

    Do what makes you happy. Go for long walks. Indulge in hot baths. Eat clean. Sleep well. Be kind to yourself.

    Travel. Talk to strangers. Take too many pictures. Live for the moment. Loosen up, let go, and just be.

    Count your blessings and share them and help others.

    The beauty of life is while we cannot undo what has been done, we can see it, understand it, and we can changeso that every moment is spent not in regret, fear, or anger but in wisdom, understanding, and love.

    Everyday is beautiful if you choose to see it as so. So when you wake up tomorrow morning, appreciate the life that was given to you. Its a gift. Not a guarantee.

    I was guilty of missing out on lifes pleasures and the simple things. Often times we find ourselves trying to provide for our families that time flies by us so fast and we look back and say where did the time go? Living in Diego, there are so many things to do and see. So for 2014, I have made a commitment to experience 10 things in San Diego that I have not experienced before. If you would like to join in on this journey visitsoldbylani.comand send me an email. I would love to hear from you.

  • December 19, 2013

    Celebrate the holidays skating by the sea.

    Its still not too late to celebrate the holidays near yourCoronado Home Southern California style. For the ninth year,Skating by the Seais hosted byHotel Del Coronado. Kids and adults will all have a wonderful time. Everybody can enjoy the unique experience ofice skatingwhile enjoying the scenes of the Pacific Ocean.

    Windsor Lawnat The Hotel was made into an ice rink. The rink opened on November 27th. Its a great treat, especially if you have out of town guests in your Coronado home. Ice skating overlooking the ocean will be such a great experience!

    Theskating rinkoffers daily skating sessions of 11 am 1 pm, 1:30 pm 3:30 pm, 4 pm 6 pm, and 7-9 in the evening . The skating rink will be open until January 5th, 2014. Tickets are on sale for $23 (adults) and $16 (children 10 years old and younger), valid for a two-hour skating session. A portion of the proceeds will go to theMake-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego. Dont miss the fun of beach ice skating near your Coronado home!

  • November 1, 2013

    Earlier this month I attended a beautiful memorial ceremony. Meloney Mimi Evans-Echols, A Garden Department Specialist at the Imperial Marketplace Home Depot located in San Diego, California, passed away of Leukemia, 1 year ago on October 5th 2012. In honor of Mimi as everyone knew her as, Home Depot dedicated the garden department to her. They officially named the garden department Mimis Garden. Mimi lived in the community and served her community. For more than 10 years, she went out of her way to make every customer feel special about their gardens. She provided useful tools, provided resources, information, and shared her knowledge to each of her customers. She believed that everyone should have a beautiful garden. She knew many customers in the community that shopped at this Home Depot on a first name basis. A dedicated employee is one of the many things I knew about Mimi. She was my friend who will forever be missed.

    Amy who works for Home Depot human resources and was also a dear friend to Mimi, had an instrumental part in making this all possible. Mimis family, friends, employees of Home Depot, and customers showed up to remember and celebrate her life. What a great thing for this community to do. Her original uniform and a beautiful photo of her will be placed in a professional case in the garden department in honor of Mimi. Customers will come and go and still always be able to have Mimi in their heart.

    The store which is located right off Imperial Avenue and 805 Freeway was put there to serve the community. Known as a place where homeowners can go to purchase home improvement materials for DIY home projects or hiring local contractors to do the work, this store has definitely made an impact on this community. What an inspiring story to know that this store, this community, and its citizens really cared about a beautiful person who is truly missed. Thank you Home Depot Imperial Marketplace, San Diego, CA., for recognizing a community member who truly deserves it. If you have any questions or comments email me atsoldbylani1@gmail.comor visit my blog atSoldbylani.com.

    Click here to view the Home Depot Memorial Video