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Tips for drought-resistant landscaping this summer

Photo courtesy of californiagardens.com

It’s no secret California is in the midst of a serious drought. Learn how to do your part with these tips.

As Californians do their part to save water in the midst of drought, many residents of Calabasas and surrounding areas have let their lawns go brown — but there are a multitude of native plants that thrive in arid conditions. Read More


Video of the Day: 4440 Hayvenhurst Avenue, Encino

4440 Hayvenhurst Avenue, Encino. A 6 bedroom Mediterranean estate, offered at $3,595,000 by Mary Pane.


Social Media influence on Travel

“Mobile apps and social networks have transformed travel”

By: Tomer and Isidora Fridman

Vacation

With an ever-expanding love for media, apps, and social media, Travel and Leisure Magazine supplied us with some insight into changes in travel due to those sites we use so often.  Whether it is to let friends know you will be traveling, find tips on places to stay, great deals from the hotel directly, social media is truly becoming a great travel companion.  The key is to know how to put the phone/computer/device down once you arrive, so you may enjoy and take in the beautiful destination you have chosen.

According to the article, travel companies and hotels/restaurants alike have taken advantage of social media sharing in order to better serve their customers. For example, when customers share the reason for their visiting, like an anniversary or birthday, these businesses can surprise them by catering especially to their needs. But being too attached to your smart phone can have its disadvantages. Co-founder and CEO of Gogobot, a social travel network, had this suggestion for Travel and Leisure magazine:

“Take the pictures in the moment and post them later. I spent Memorial Day weekend in Big Sur. There was no signal, so I couldn’t post anything. I snapped photos, and I got to watch the sunset without live blogging. It was fantastic. When I got back to civilization, I relived the moment [when I shared the photos].”

 

 


Summer Backyard Decorating Ideas

“DIY outdoor lighting”

By: Tomer and Isidora Fridman

Summer is here! How about some fun and eclectic ways to liven up your backyard lighting for any upcoming entertaining you will be doing this season? We love the idea of recycling old materials to create something beautiful as a centerpiece or a unique accent for outdoor decor. Add a bit of color for a specific celebration, or create that perfect something you just felt like you were missing to complete your dream setting. Read More


Villaraigosa Approves Plastic Bag Ban

‘Plastic grocery bags will be banned from the city, effective January 1 for large stores’

By: Karen Lee

Plastic Bags Banned in LA

Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

Following the lead of several SoCal communities, Mayor Villaraigosa has signed into law a ban on plastic grocery bags. The ban represents Villaraigosa’s final major act as mayor, and he is encouraging the state legislature to push for a California-wide ban. Read More


Photos of the Supermoon from around the world

‘Moon knows no language’

By: Tomer & Isidora Fridman

Photo Courtesy of businessinsider.com

Photo Courtesy of businessinsider.com

Some of you may have taken advantage of the breathtaking sight of the “Supermoon” this past weekend. The Supermoon refers to the “biggest and brightest” full moon of the year, when the full moon coincides with the moon being its closest to Earth, according to the Wall Street Journal. We enjoyed gazing at the work of art that illuminated the night sky, with the moon appearing 14 percent larger than usual.

Photo courtesy of space.com

Photo courtesy of space.com

In case you missed it, here are a couple of magnificent photos from around the world that capture the experience. For some of the best photos of the supermoon, check out this Wall Street Journal slideshow.


Summer Safety 101

‘Tips for a Safe Summer’

By: Tomer and Isidora Fridman

Outdoors

Our California summers are always hot! With the weather getting warmer and warmer, we found some fabulous tips for parents to help keep their children safe and healthy this season. From staying hydrated to keeping bugs away, these are just a few ideas to prevent summer dangers, inspired by www.Parenting.com’s Family Safety Guide. Read More


Home decor: accent walls add flair to any room

‘Temporary wallpaper: fad or fab?’

By: Tomer and Isidora Fridman

Temporary Wallpaper

A newer fad is becoming more and more popular among first time home buyers, renters and homeowners who want to spruce up their current boring walls. Gone are the days when wallpaper was a serious commitment that came with serious inconvenience — from application to removal. Temporary wallpaper offers the convenience of easily changing the design or color of your walls whenever you feel like it, without the hassle and damage to your house. Read More


Mullen’s Mobile Vet takes house calls for your pet

Dogs

Like many local professionals, I’m often inconvenienced by vet appointments. I wanted to share the story of a local business that specializes in giving your pets the same quality service they need at your convenience.

By: Roger Ewing

Dr. Andrea Mullen, a house-call veterinarian for more than 20 years, founded Mullen’s Mobile Vet to serve the beloved pets of the San Fernando Valley and surrounding area in their own homes. Although the vet does not provide emergency services, her visits are the perfect solution to the inconvenience of fitting an appointment into your busy schedule. House calls can also alleviate stress for the pet. Instead of a waiting room or a “back room,” pets and their owners can receive veterinary services in their own living rooms. Read More


The New Role of AR Technology in Real Estate

Trulia for Google GlassTrulia releases an app for Google Glass

With the spectacular presentation of Google Glass only a year ago, it is hard to imagine a world where augmented reality (AR) technology is a part of our every day lives, let alone real estate.  Now that Google Glass (along with a $1,500 price tag) has made it’s way into the hands of 8,000 lucky “Glass Explorers”, it is only a matter of time before we see the technology take off.  As these recipients have become accustomed to the new technology since the release in April, we have seen developers amongst these explorers, use the new Glass Mirror API technology to create Google Glass apps. The selection of apps is minimal at the moment, including brands such as Facebook, Twitter and even ELLE but will only increase as developers get their hands on their own pair of Google specs.

Read More


Tips for drought-resistant landscaping this summer

Photo courtesy of californiagardens.com

It’s no secret California is in the midst of a serious drought. Learn how to do your part with these tips.

As Californians do their part to save water in the midst of drought, many residents of Calabasas and surrounding areas have let their lawns go brown — but there are a multitude of native plants that thrive in arid conditions. Read More


Video of the Day: 4440 Hayvenhurst Avenue, Encino

4440 Hayvenhurst Avenue, Encino. A 6 bedroom Mediterranean estate, offered at $3,595,000 by Mary Pane.


Social Media influence on Travel

“Mobile apps and social networks have transformed travel”

By: Tomer and Isidora Fridman

Vacation

With an ever-expanding love for media, apps, and social media, Travel and Leisure Magazine supplied us with some insight into changes in travel due to those sites we use so often.  Whether it is to let friends know you will be traveling, find tips on places to stay, great deals from the hotel directly, social media is truly becoming a great travel companion.  The key is to know how to put the phone/computer/device down once you arrive, so you may enjoy and take in the beautiful destination you have chosen.

According to the article, travel companies and hotels/restaurants alike have taken advantage of social media sharing in order to better serve their customers. For example, when customers share the reason for their visiting, like an anniversary or birthday, these businesses can surprise them by catering especially to their needs. But being too attached to your smart phone can have its disadvantages. Co-founder and CEO of Gogobot, a social travel network, had this suggestion for Travel and Leisure magazine:

“Take the pictures in the moment and post them later. I spent Memorial Day weekend in Big Sur. There was no signal, so I couldn’t post anything. I snapped photos, and I got to watch the sunset without live blogging. It was fantastic. When I got back to civilization, I relived the moment [when I shared the photos].”

 

 


Summer Backyard Decorating Ideas

“DIY outdoor lighting”

By: Tomer and Isidora Fridman

Summer is here! How about some fun and eclectic ways to liven up your backyard lighting for any upcoming entertaining you will be doing this season? We love the idea of recycling old materials to create something beautiful as a centerpiece or a unique accent for outdoor decor. Add a bit of color for a specific celebration, or create that perfect something you just felt like you were missing to complete your dream setting. Read More


Villaraigosa Approves Plastic Bag Ban

‘Plastic grocery bags will be banned from the city, effective January 1 for large stores’

By: Karen Lee

Plastic Bags Banned in LA

Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

Following the lead of several SoCal communities, Mayor Villaraigosa has signed into law a ban on plastic grocery bags. The ban represents Villaraigosa’s final major act as mayor, and he is encouraging the state legislature to push for a California-wide ban. Read More


Photos of the Supermoon from around the world

‘Moon knows no language’

By: Tomer & Isidora Fridman

Photo Courtesy of businessinsider.com

Photo Courtesy of businessinsider.com

Some of you may have taken advantage of the breathtaking sight of the “Supermoon” this past weekend. The Supermoon refers to the “biggest and brightest” full moon of the year, when the full moon coincides with the moon being its closest to Earth, according to the Wall Street Journal. We enjoyed gazing at the work of art that illuminated the night sky, with the moon appearing 14 percent larger than usual.

Photo courtesy of space.com

Photo courtesy of space.com

In case you missed it, here are a couple of magnificent photos from around the world that capture the experience. For some of the best photos of the supermoon, check out this Wall Street Journal slideshow.


Summer Safety 101

‘Tips for a Safe Summer’

By: Tomer and Isidora Fridman

Outdoors

Our California summers are always hot! With the weather getting warmer and warmer, we found some fabulous tips for parents to help keep their children safe and healthy this season. From staying hydrated to keeping bugs away, these are just a few ideas to prevent summer dangers, inspired by www.Parenting.com’s Family Safety Guide. Read More


Home decor: accent walls add flair to any room

‘Temporary wallpaper: fad or fab?’

By: Tomer and Isidora Fridman

Temporary Wallpaper

A newer fad is becoming more and more popular among first time home buyers, renters and homeowners who want to spruce up their current boring walls. Gone are the days when wallpaper was a serious commitment that came with serious inconvenience — from application to removal. Temporary wallpaper offers the convenience of easily changing the design or color of your walls whenever you feel like it, without the hassle and damage to your house. Read More


Mullen’s Mobile Vet takes house calls for your pet

Dogs

Like many local professionals, I’m often inconvenienced by vet appointments. I wanted to share the story of a local business that specializes in giving your pets the same quality service they need at your convenience.

By: Roger Ewing

Dr. Andrea Mullen, a house-call veterinarian for more than 20 years, founded Mullen’s Mobile Vet to serve the beloved pets of the San Fernando Valley and surrounding area in their own homes. Although the vet does not provide emergency services, her visits are the perfect solution to the inconvenience of fitting an appointment into your busy schedule. House calls can also alleviate stress for the pet. Instead of a waiting room or a “back room,” pets and their owners can receive veterinary services in their own living rooms. Read More


The New Role of AR Technology in Real Estate

Trulia for Google GlassTrulia releases an app for Google Glass

With the spectacular presentation of Google Glass only a year ago, it is hard to imagine a world where augmented reality (AR) technology is a part of our every day lives, let alone real estate.  Now that Google Glass (along with a $1,500 price tag) has made it’s way into the hands of 8,000 lucky “Glass Explorers”, it is only a matter of time before we see the technology take off.  As these recipients have become accustomed to the new technology since the release in April, we have seen developers amongst these explorers, use the new Glass Mirror API technology to create Google Glass apps. The selection of apps is minimal at the moment, including brands such as Facebook, Twitter and even ELLE but will only increase as developers get their hands on their own pair of Google specs.

Read More