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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


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 Entertaining Ideas

‘How to Throw the Backyard BBQ of the Summer’

By: Tomer & Isidora Fridman

Photo Courtesy of the Cooking Channel

Photo Courtesy of the Cooking Channel

Ready for some summer entertaining? We’ve found a fun nautical party theme to break into the wonderful summer season ahead. From decor to a delicious menu, here are some fabulous and simple tips to tantalize your guests appetites as well as get them in the spirit of summer. Read More


Best 4th of July Fireworks Locations

‘The best venues to watch fireworks and celebrate America’

By: Tomer & Isidora Fridman

Hollywood Bowl

For those of you who have yet to make plans to celebrate the 4th of July and you are in a panic of where to find the best firework shows, we are here to help! We understand the need to get more ‘bang for your buck,’ pun intended. So here is a fabulous list of locations to wow your senses with the vibrance that is the 4th of July. Of course there is always Dodger Stadium for an extraordinary show, and the extremely popular Hollywood Bowl, but for smaller crowds perhaps this list will better suit you. Information courtesy of ABC 7. 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.


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


Juiceries sprout up in Calabasas, Woodland Hills

Green Smoothie

The latest trend in health and nutrition has resulted in new juice bars opening their doors to the fit and fabulous locale of Calabasas, Woodland Hills and neighboring communities.

By: Karen Lee

According to nutrition expert Dove Rose-Grennan, organic juices are an easy way to get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables, plus vitamins. Most juiceries offer to-go and delivery options, as well as three and five-day cleanses. 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


The Tale of Two Cities

Major Success in Vancouver, BCA Tale of Two Cities, Merging the East and the West for real estate alliances.

With the continual influx of immigrants looking to move Canada and the US, many realtors are left looking for answers in a sea of immigration laws and foreign direct investment programs. The Visas Consulting Group along with a collection of brokerage firms recently collaborated to put on “A Tale of Two Cities” in Vancouver, BC on May 4, 2013. The seminar set to address these immigration and investment programs, as well as provide market updates on surrounding areas and cities along the US West Coast. The event was an incredible success with over 125 guests and as Realogics Sotheby’s stated, “standing room only”. Read More


Tifa Chocolate and Gelato

“Dedicated to the Pure Enjoyment of Chocolate”

Tifa Chocolate has moved. Owner and Barista.

Owner Denise and able bodied super-barista Cory.

By: Roger Ewing

Tifa Chocolate and Gelato just relocated their store to a new location in the Whizzin’s shopping center, right across from The Canyon Club and easy walk from Wood Ranch and the other restaurants in the Whizzin center. They have outstanding gourmet chocolate and the home made gelato that is to die for. Not only that, but they make what I consider to be the finest coffee to be had in the Conejo Valley. Friendly service combined with outstanding products at a reasonable price. If you are a prior customer, or if you haven’t yet enjoyed the Tifa experience, you must visit their new store and sample some of their amazing gelato, chocolate and coffees. 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


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 Entertaining Ideas

‘How to Throw the Backyard BBQ of the Summer’

By: Tomer & Isidora Fridman

Photo Courtesy of the Cooking Channel

Photo Courtesy of the Cooking Channel

Ready for some summer entertaining? We’ve found a fun nautical party theme to break into the wonderful summer season ahead. From decor to a delicious menu, here are some fabulous and simple tips to tantalize your guests appetites as well as get them in the spirit of summer. Read More


Best 4th of July Fireworks Locations

‘The best venues to watch fireworks and celebrate America’

By: Tomer & Isidora Fridman

Hollywood Bowl

For those of you who have yet to make plans to celebrate the 4th of July and you are in a panic of where to find the best firework shows, we are here to help! We understand the need to get more ‘bang for your buck,’ pun intended. So here is a fabulous list of locations to wow your senses with the vibrance that is the 4th of July. Of course there is always Dodger Stadium for an extraordinary show, and the extremely popular Hollywood Bowl, but for smaller crowds perhaps this list will better suit you. Information courtesy of ABC 7. 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.


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


Juiceries sprout up in Calabasas, Woodland Hills

Green Smoothie

The latest trend in health and nutrition has resulted in new juice bars opening their doors to the fit and fabulous locale of Calabasas, Woodland Hills and neighboring communities.

By: Karen Lee

According to nutrition expert Dove Rose-Grennan, organic juices are an easy way to get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables, plus vitamins. Most juiceries offer to-go and delivery options, as well as three and five-day cleanses. 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


The Tale of Two Cities

Major Success in Vancouver, BCA Tale of Two Cities, Merging the East and the West for real estate alliances.

With the continual influx of immigrants looking to move Canada and the US, many realtors are left looking for answers in a sea of immigration laws and foreign direct investment programs. The Visas Consulting Group along with a collection of brokerage firms recently collaborated to put on “A Tale of Two Cities” in Vancouver, BC on May 4, 2013. The seminar set to address these immigration and investment programs, as well as provide market updates on surrounding areas and cities along the US West Coast. The event was an incredible success with over 125 guests and as Realogics Sotheby’s stated, “standing room only”. Read More


Tifa Chocolate and Gelato

“Dedicated to the Pure Enjoyment of Chocolate”

Tifa Chocolate has moved. Owner and Barista.

Owner Denise and able bodied super-barista Cory.

By: Roger Ewing

Tifa Chocolate and Gelato just relocated their store to a new location in the Whizzin’s shopping center, right across from The Canyon Club and easy walk from Wood Ranch and the other restaurants in the Whizzin center. They have outstanding gourmet chocolate and the home made gelato that is to die for. Not only that, but they make what I consider to be the finest coffee to be had in the Conejo Valley. Friendly service combined with outstanding products at a reasonable price. If you are a prior customer, or if you haven’t yet enjoyed the Tifa experience, you must visit their new store and sample some of their amazing gelato, chocolate and coffees. Read More