Jody Robinson

Jody Robinson

My husband and I have reached the stage where we (I) finally understand how important it was for our parents to go on vacation...without us. We adore our kids, but sometimes it is absolutely necessary to leave the younger set behind for an adults-only getaway to celebrate our anniversary month. The only problem? The absolute monkeywrench of this global pandemic. The solution? The casual, yet upscale L’Auberge Del Mar.

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I knew instantly that we’d look into the absolutely gorgeous beachside “dream home by the sea” when I learned that they renamed our most-used phrase of 2020 tropical distancing. Let’s be honest, how social is distancing when all you can think about are the most updated safety protocols or CDC warnings? L’Auberge has taken care of the hard work for its guests, and it shows. With extremely detailed protocols in place, there isn’t a more relaxing spot to head for a romantic fall escape. A stay at this award-winning Four-Diamond luxury resort is more akin to what you might expect to experience at a private coastal estate with luxurious rooms, gourmet dining an ocean-inspired spa, relaxing pool area and private access to the beach. That’s not even mentioning the property’s panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, inviting firepits and estate-style guest suites.

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Appealing to my inner foodie, the resort’s signature restaurant, Coastline, serves up sustainably sourced seafood, seasonal ingredients and a true SoCal style on their open-air terrace. For starters, try the delicious local bluefin poke paired with guacamole, yuzu, sprouts and puffed rice crackers or the shrimp ceviche in a spiced tomato broth accompanied by Japanese yams and salsa macha. For the main course, I went with a wonderful citrus-glazed Mediterranean salmon salad with flavor combinations unlike any I’d ever sampled - cous cous, smashed fingerlings, spiced yogurt, calabrian chiles and mint. My husband opted for the equally delicious Anderson Ranch Steak Salad with charred broccoli panzanella, parmigiana Reggiano, caper-raisin vinaigrette and creamy horseradish.

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Soak up Del Mar’s shopping via Electra beach cruiser or electric bikes, or simply stroll down a stretch of sand before heading back to the resort for an open-air meal at Coastline, or a delicious cocktail at Bleu Bar. We swapped out our sandals for swank at in The Living Room, enjoying getting gussied up for the night and not having to share a menu with the 10-and-under crowd. With plush, light, and luxurious rooms to retreat to after lunch for a siesta or after a late night out on the town, there really aren’t any reasons to stay away. Step out of the routine and the rush, and into your dream for a bit: you won’t regret it.

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L’Auberge Del Mar
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar
(858) 386-1336
laubergedelmar.com

Taking Care of the Skin You’re In with Dr. William James Tidwell, Golden Coast Dermatology, Skin Cancer and Vein Center

There are at least 19 popular “skin” related sayings. “Thick-skinned,” “by the skin of one’s teeth,” “no skin off my back.” The list goes on far longer than you’d think, especially considering how easily most people forget about their skin entirely. We carry around a bottle of expired sunscreen, or none at all. We get a new mole or freckle and think nothing of it. We worry about our developing wrinkles in front of the mirror and then walk right out the front door without a second thought. Yet there is an entire practice of medicine dedicated to treating your skin like the hero it is.

Dr. William James Tidwell, M.D. has made it his focus in the last decade to ensure that his patients receive top quality treatment by the best, most professional team around for their dermatology, skin cancer and vein care needs.

“My vision was to create a practice people looked forward to coming to,” says Dr. Tidwell. "Our newly renovated, modern office space is the realization of that vision, and the fulfillment of a long-time passion of mine that caused me to apply for medical school in the first place so many years ago.”

Taking care of the whole body means restoring his patient’s full health - no small task when you’re starting from the outside in. Yet being fellowship trained in both Mohs Micrographic Surgery and endovenous procedures, and dual Board Certified in Dermatology and Venous and Lymphatic Medicine certainly helps. What that translates to in layman’s terms is that Dr. Tidwell completed an additional training program after his dermatology residency - learning from the best physicians worldwide "how to cure cancer and leave only minimal evidence it was ever there. Using a microscope, we completely remove all the cancer in one treatment so you leave knowing that you are cancer free that day. No other method does that. It also saves more healthy tissue than any other option treating skin cancer."

Though the core of the practice is providing skin cancer screening and treatments, Dr. Tidwell and his team also use advanced procedures to treat painful and swollen varicose veins.

“Many people struggle with painful legs, swollen veins, cramps or restless legs at night which patients might not realize can be a result of venous insufficiency and circulation problems,” he says. “You don’t have to suffer with this any longer and insurance covers vein treatment when they meet medical criteria. We can help resolve this to get your sleep and shorts back."

Modern vein care, like the Mohs treatment, is minimally invasive, and requires virtually no downtime. Instead of taking days to find out results or lay up in bed after surgery, Dr. Tidwell’s patients can see the results in less than an hour.

“I really try to spend time talking to my patients about what their desired outcomes are - be it dealing neatly with cancer on the nose, lip, or eyelid, looking at diseased veins, or putting together a personalized, customized treatment plan for cosmetic procedures,” he says. Advances in medicine have made it possible to achieve holistic and rejuvenating outcomes. “Seeing where the issues are, restoring healthy blood flow, or reducing the risks of general anesthesia by having skin cancers removed in the office instead of on the operating table makes it possible for patients to experience an office visit where health and wellbeing are first.”

Billy Travis and Naomi Miller are just two of Dr. Tidwell’s many patients who took the time to write glowing recommendations about his skill, attitude and approach in addressing their specific medical needs.

“I have to say I generally don’t do the review thing BUT, Dr. Tidwell definitely deserves this review. He has such a positive attitude and genuinely cares about his patents,” says Billy Travis. "He does an incredible job. He takes time with his patients and answers all questions completely. No one likes going to the doctor, but please take the time and schedule an appointment with him. Skin cancer is not to be taken lightly. Thanks to Dr. Tidwell, I am cancer free. You can’t even see the scar from the 2-inch long incision! Thank you Dr. Tidwell, I will be coming back yearly for a checkup.”

Naomi Miller echoes Billy’s assessment and adds “… Dr. Tidwell has a professional manner and takes great pride in this work. But his peaceful and calming demeanor sets him in a class of his own …If you have a need for a dermatologist, I can highly recommend Dr. Tidwell and his staff, based on my real experience.”

While Dr. Tidwell doesn’t want skin to be your number one pressing question each day, he’d prefer it if you paid him a visit at least once a year: that way, when you walk out your front door, you do so with a confirmed sense of confidence in your own skin. And if there is a cosmetic treatment you might be interested in or wanting to know more about, Dr. Tidwell and his team are happy to advise you because “aging gracefully and feeling confident are wonderful things. I don’t believe in overhyped marketing or unnatural results. Just the right treatment, for the right person, in the right amount to make them happy."


Golden Coast Dermatology logo final copy26732 Crown Valley Pkwy. Suite 571
Mission Viejo
(949) 200-7008
GoldenCoastDermatology.com

By the time my friend’s grandmother passed away at 92, she had fallen six times. Two of those falls resulted in broken bones - once, her hip. Horrifying, to find oneself in that position. Tripped up by your walker or the corner of a rug. Often, a wet bathroom or kitchen floor. She was in a home for five out of the six falls, and still, it took some time to respond, get her stabilized, diagnosed, and fully recovered. Falls, my friend and her family quickly learned, are the leading cause of injury related deaths in Americans aged 65 and older. She didn’t end up passing because of a slip up directly, but her bones certainly didn’t give her a pass either, in those last days.

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Home Safety Advisor’s President Dave Riggle has a similar story, as do so many around the country. His mother passed from a fall in her bathroom, and was the direct impetus for his business beginnings. “None of us five kids had any idea she struggled, or we would have fixed it immediately. I have skin in this game - I don’t want anyone else to suffer like my mother did.” While other home improvement companies may include walk-in tubs as a part of their overall offerings, safe bathrooms are the entire focus and area of specialization for Dave and his team of professionals. So much so that Dave personally interviewed over 400 seniors about the difficulties they were experiencing in order to provide the best possible product to meet their needs.

While the business formally began in Indiana, the team at Home Safety Advisors expanded their operation into the Southern California market a year ago and are thrilled to have met with such a positive response and feedback to their scope of services. Many clients come to them via word-of-mouth. And it’s not hard to see why. Installing something that could literally mean the difference between serious injury or not is no small feat. And something that Dave’s team takes extremely seriously. All of their walk-in tubs and showers are made in the U.S.A., come with a lifetime warranty, are great for health and easy to clean. But perhaps a lesser known perk is the luxurious spa experience available in the privacy of your home.

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“Their (occupational therapists) confidence in referring us speaks volumes about our capability and their trust in us,” says Dave. “This is rarely done in our industry, and certainly not by any big company.” The showers and baths are crafted right here in California, providing clients a spa-like experience with a side door. Once inside, just relax. Ergonomic faucets, a hand shower, and marine grade fiberglass combine to make your bathing experience relaxing, instead of stressful.

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While most steps into a walk-in shower or bath are still 6-9” tall, Home Safety Advisors boast just a 2” threshold, low enough to greatly decrease - if not eliminate - your chances of spilling over the edge accidentally. Offering bench seats, grab bars, and shower wands, Dave can even customize the threshold or seat to fit the client specifically.

As Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS), Dave and his team understand the unique needs of older adults and will do everything they can to provide their clients and their families with a sense of confidence and safety in their own home. “We don’t want any slip ups: from the initial consultation to our single-day installation; we’re here to walk you through the unique experience of finding solutions to carry out your aging-in-place modifications.”


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(949) 456-4717
www.HomeSafetyAdvisors.net

I don’t use the word “jewel” lightly, when it comes to California resort properties. It’s a hard word to capture with descriptions of tree-lined estates, or themed accommodations. And yet there are a few properties tucked away into the state boundaries that encapsulate the multi-faceted beauty of a cut gem. One of the most seductive is the Alisal Guest Ranch, which leans into the old west, like a charming cowboy tipping his hat: to history. To the future. The 10,000-acre property is just 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara, and boasts two golf courses, tennis courts, a pool, spa, and a spring-fed lake.

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A perfect diamond reveals unlimited dimensions, and can catch the fiery glow of even the lowest candlelight. It is illuminating, clarifying. Such are the endless ways to spend one’s time (alone, with your partner on a romantic getaway, as a family retreat) at the Ranch. California’s temperate year-round clime and a rotating offering of seasonal activities ensure that every visitor finds something to keep them entertained. Indeed, though the times have changed drastically in recent months, Alisal’s spirit of exploration and dedication to the finest service hasn’t wavered.

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A recreation center unto itself, the 100-acre spring fed Alisal Lake, filled with bass; trout; and bluegill, offers “catch-and-release” fishing. You can rent a boat or fish off the dock – our son caught his first fish here (a Bigmouth Bass) by casting from the dock. This sportsman’s paradise attracts bird watchers and water enthusiasts with Bass Boat Pro rentals, canoes, rowboats, peddle boats, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.

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For those seeking to hit the links, Alisal showcases two 18-hole championship golf courses – the par 72, 6,500-yard Ranch Course and the par 72, 6,800-yard River Course with four lakes - provide impeccably manicured fairways and greens with spectacular views of the Santa Ynez River and nearby Santa Ynez Mountains. A full range of facilities and services are offered at both courses including a clubhouse, driving range, putting green and pro shop. Private and group lessons by PGA and LPGA professionals are also available.

A full-service Tennis Center with a well-equipped pro tennis shop is situated on a scenic area of the Ranch. Tennis buffs can choose from seven hard courts. Tennis professionals, one of whom is nationally ranked, offer both clinics and private lessons by appointment.

Visitors rarely leave the property during their stay and for good reason. Leaving at dawn, guests enjoy more than 50 miles of equestrian trails on horseback circling the magnificent hills and sycamore groves. Twice daily group rides, private rides and breakfast rides to the historic Adobe Camp (on horseback or in a wagon) round out a stay.

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Capturing the essence of California cuisine with the depth of flavor and heartiness of Western ranch cooking, Chef Anthony Endy (a Santa Ynez Valley native) serves up delicious culinary offerings from casual meals to fine dining dishes. Because Governor Newsom mandated special guidelines for dining at restaurants, guests can keep the outdoors theme going by dining al fresco (the Lake BBQs have been relocated to the Grassy Oval - an expansive green space surrounded by sycamore trees. All food can also be packaged for takeaway (think picnic lunch) or delivered to your room.

The Ranch Room, the resort’s signature restaurant, serves American and western style favorites. Guests enjoy a choice of a hearty a la carte American breakfast menu items that include Linguisa scrambled eggs over a Grilled Portobello Mushroom, savory Huevos Rancheros and the Alisal’s own Buttermilk Pancakes (which no surprise, were our kids’ favorite). A lavish Ranch Room breakfast buffet of Eggs Benedict and Corn Beef Hash is also served with freshly squeezed orange juice and homemade baked muffins, pastries and breads.

Dinner here is a formal affair (collared shirts and sportcoats are required for men over the age of 16) and “dinner dressy” for the ladies. Since opening the ranch in 1946, it’s been customary to “dress up” for dinner - and keeping the “country-formal” tradition alive is part of the property’s charm. Entree options include frontier-size portions of juicy barbecued steaks, tender prime rib of beef and the fresh catch of the day including swordfish, John Dory and Seabass. Specialty dishes such as Osso Bucco, Hickory Smoked Briskett and slow roasted Farm Raised Wild Boar are prepared with the freshest ingredients for the guests’ dining pleasure.

Not to be missed (and reservations highly recommended) is the horseback or Hay Wagon ride to the breakfast buffet at the Old Adobe Camp where the resort treats guests to a full ranch breakfast including buttermilk flapjacks, scramble eggs, bacon, sausage, ham and more. The highlight of the morning meal is the live entertainment in the form of a western crooner and a cowboy poet.

Accommodations

Alisal’s 73 pastoral suites and studios blends the charm of a gracious bygone era, decorated in authentic Western decor. Each guest unit, designed for maximum privacy and comfort, includes a wood-burning fireplace with complimentary firewood; high-beamed ceilings; Western art; refrigerator; coffee maker (coffee and tea supplied in rooms), and filtered water dispenser. In keeping with the resort’s timeless ambiance, there are no in-room televisions or telephones; however, complimentary wireless Internet is available throughout the ranch.

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With such close proximity to Los Angeles and Orange Counties, it is a wonder that such a treasure would remain as secluded and satisfying as it is. And yet there is something so pleasurable and refreshing in stepping away from the beaten path for a few stolen moments of luxury. Finding time with the family to create new traditions in the world of endless screens may seem impossible, but that’s just the beginning when you step away, and get back to what really matters. Some jewelers judge a gem by its “presence.” By that meter, Alisal Guest Ranch is a flawless cut above.

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Alisal Guest Ranch
1054 Alisal Road
Solvang
(800) 425-4725
www.alisal.com

By the time my friend’s grandmother passed away at 92, she had fallen six times. Two of those falls resulted in broken bones - once, her hip. Horrifying, to find oneself in that position. Tripped up by your walker or the corner of a rug. Often, a wet bathroom or kitchen floor. She was in a home for five out of the six falls, and still, it took some time to respond, get her stabilized, diagnosed, and fully recovered. Falls, my friend and her family quickly learned, are the leading cause of injury related deaths in Americans aged 65 and older. She didn’t end up passing because of a slip up directly, but her bones certainly didn’t give her a pass either, in those last days.

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Home Safety Advisor’s President Dave Riggle has a similar story, as do so many around the country. His mother passed from a fall in her bathroom, and was the direct impetus for his business beginnings. “None of us five kids had any idea she struggled, or we would have fixed it immediately. I have skin in this game - I don’t want anyone else to suffer like my mother did.” While other home improvement companies may include walk-in tubs as a part of their overall offerings, safe bathrooms are the entire focus and area of specialization for Dave and his team of professionals. So much so that Dave personally interviewed over 400 seniors about the difficulties they were experiencing in order to provide the best possible product to meet their needs.

While the business formally began in Indiana, the team at Home Safety Advisors expanded their operation into the Southern California market a year ago and are thrilled to have met with such a positive response and feedback to their scope of services. Many clients come to them via word-of-mouth. And it’s not hard to see why. Installing something that could literally mean the difference between serious injury or not is no small feat. And something that Dave’s team takes extremely seriously. All of their walk-in tubs and showers are made in the U.S.A., come with a lifetime warranty, are great for health and easy to clean. But perhaps a lesser known perk is the luxurious spa experience available in the privacy of your home.

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“Their (occupational therapists) confidence in referring us speaks volumes about our capability and their trust in us,” says Dave. “This is rarely done in our industry, and certainly not by any big company.” The showers and baths are crafted right here in California, providing clients a spa-like experience with a side door. Once inside, just relax. Ergonomic faucets, a hand shower, and marine grade fiberglass combine to make your bathing experience relaxing, instead of stressful.

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While most steps into a walk-in shower or bath are still 6-9” tall, Home Safety Advisors boast just a 2” threshold, low enough to greatly decrease - if not eliminate - your chances of spilling over the edge accidentally. Offering bench seats, grab bars, and shower wands, Dave can even customize the threshold or seat to fit the client specifically.

As Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS), Dave and his team understand the unique needs of older adults and will do everything they can to provide their clients and their families with a sense of confidence and safety in their own home. “We don’t want any slip ups: from the initial consultation to our single-day installation; we’re here to walk you through the unique experience of finding solutions to carry out your aging-in-place modifications.”


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(949) 456-4717
www.HomeSafetyAdvisors.net

Jul 30, 2020

Balboa Bay Resort

A Spectacular Summer Stay-cation Destination for Family Fun

The world has changed over the past few months. I’m sure, if you’re like me and most of my mom friends, you’ve already had to adjust, reschedule or even cancel some of your family’s much-anticipated travel plans during these unprecedented times of shelter-in-place, and safer-at-home.

Before we know it school will be back in session and our family didn’t want to let the entire summer fly by without some semblance of a “vacation.” We had our reservations about traveling too far away, but were definitely looking for a change of scenery. So when things started opening back up, we made a beeline for family fun at the Balboa Bay Resort in nearby Newport Beach.

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The resort features newly appointed guest rooms and suites, fresh, modern, contemporary furnishings and amenity-rich luxury including a full-service spa complete with nine treatment rooms and a premier blow-dry bar for moms who want a little extra pampering. The 24-hour fitness center and array of fun and energizing outdoor endeavors are designed to keep every member of the pack happily occupied. From the perfect pool day (think lounge chairs, daybeds, private cabanas and Pool Bar for drinks and lunch) to on-property recreation rentals including electric Duffy boats, kayaks, paddle boards and bikes, our family was able to create our own customized experience that combined the best of both - relaxation and recreation.

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Upon arrival, we stocked up on snacks and beverages at Blend Cafe and boarded a Duffy boat for a meandering self-guided tour of the picturesque waterways of Newport Harbor. Dinner at the resort’s seafood-focused waterfront restaurant A&O Kitchen+Bar showcased expertly crafted cocktails, local brews and shareable plates for even the most discriminating palate (by that I mean there is something on the menu for every member of our family, including finicky eaters). I opted for a flavorful tuna poke, my husband went with a grilled-to-perfection signature burger made from grass-fed beef, caramelized onion and white cheddar on brioche and the kids both cleaned their plates of fish and chips before diving into a sweet treat of peanut butter s’mores for dessert.

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Grab a gourmet coffee at Blend Cafe to start your day, paddle board the afternoon away, and come back home for a relaxing waterfront dinner at A&O Kitchen+Bar (casual indoor and outdoor seating, including fire pits and live weekend entertainment). The Resort is implementing safety measures, and offering a flexible cancellation policy (stays through September 30th can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance), in accordance with CDC guidelines, to ensure its guests are brought the highest level of service, no matter the changing landscape.

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Balboa Bay Resort
1221 West Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach
(877) 587-5983
www.balboabayresort.com

Helping Orange County Breathe Better Since 1978

The space between custom and conventional is vast. Between thorough and cursory. Committed and inconsistent. Jim Jerling, owner of Action Duct Cleaning of Orange County has been around long enough to know that space well.

Specializing in commercial and residential duct cleaning services (including duct and vent cleaning, kitchen exhaust cleaning, HVAC cleaning and pressure washing), Jim is no stranger to hard work, or to the inherent need for clean business practices in a dirty industry. Handling the most challenging, demanding jobs with alacrity isn’t easy. But it’s become second nature for Jim and his team, and he’ll be the first to tell you why.

“I wish I had an inspiring story about how I got into the industry. But I think the necessity of having this job just to pay the bills at first really clarified my mission,” he says. "Knowing what it was that I needed, and having no illusions about the work let me see what was best for our clients.” When it comes to serving industrial, commercial and residential clients’ duct cleaning needs, halfway isn’t good enough. Jim and his team pride themselves on being meticulous about the details, and providing the utmost in customer service. Offering fair prices is just the start. Offering peace of mind is the real goal.

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As members of the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA), Jim and his knowledgable team of service providers follow the “highest-level of industry practices. Our NADCA Air Systems Cleaning Specialist certification means we abide by the most stringent standards and operate under a strict code of ethics.” As an essential business, Action Duct Cleaning is open and fully operational during this global pandemic - on the front lines to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses by sanitizing residential communities, schools, hospitals, manufacturing and commercial facilities, restaurants, hotels, gyms and more.

“Everything went so smoothly working with Action Duct for the HVAC cleaning of our Laguna Hills store,”says Tamar M., facilities coordinator for Road Runner Sports. "They were very responsive, their quote was half the price of the other quote we received, and they made it as convenient as possible for us so it wouldn’t impact our business during store hours ...I would definitely use Action Duct again.”

Residential customer David C. agrees with Tamar’s assessment and adds “one of our family members having some asthma/allergy issues. So we wanted to try and make our home environment as pristine as possible. I contacted several air duct cleaners. Then we saw a documentary that said you should only work with those that are certified by the NADCA. That is where we found Action Duct Cleaning. That, plus the positive BBB, Yelp and Angie List ratings…”

Company values play a huge role in executing a clean business plan. Action Duct believes their work improves the quality of life around each client, has an immeasurable passion to do better, a commitment to honesty, and a penchant for remarkable service and selfless teamwork. For Jim, “decades of experience and a remarkable safety record, was the least I could give my clients, and to repay my own leaders who taught me everything I know about duct cleaning.” Clean or not clean. Washed or unwashed. There isn’t a middle ground to greatness, and Jim and his team of tenured and conscientious technicians are taking action on your behalf every step of the way.


Action Duct Cleaning Co.
of Orange County
(714) 639-1185
www.ActionDuct.com

Beauty has certainly changed a lot over the years. At the risk of dating myself, I’ve lived through trends like mini-buns, barrettes, chunky highlights in non-traditional hair colors. Blue eyeshadow. Half-hair up with cornrows. Thankfully, I’ve moved on (even though I was sadly unable to ever achieve “the Rachel”). I’m grateful for cutting-edge salons (pun intended) like Salon Capistrano where seasoned professionals keep up with the rapidly evolving trends to deliver world-class service to their customers.

Voted “Best of San Juan Capistrano” seven years in a row, Salon Capistrano is a full service salon that offers hair services, facials, chemical peels, waxing, nails and makeup/airbrush application. Since the salon opened its doors in 2012, Owner Paula Guerena and her team have strived to ensure that each of their clients “shine.”

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“We want to make the special events of your lives even better - from weddings and proms to class reunions, galas and teens/ladies/men’s night out,” says Paula, whose personal area of expertise since 1994 has been in anti-aging facials and chemical peels to help keep her clients’ skin youthful and healthy.

Paula and her team pride themselves on keeping up with the latest techniques and products in the industry through continuing education classes, and never let their standard of service falter. “Our clients continue to tell us how warmly received they feel the moment they walk in the door, and that the salon has a ‘great vibe.’” A fact that can surely be directly attributed to the kind and considerate group of independent contractors who truly work together here in harmony as a team. No egos ... just exceptional service.

“We all come from different backgrounds, but our passion for making people look and feel their best is what led each of us to the beauty and customer service industry,” says Paula.

PRECAUTIONS TO STAY SAFE

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Hand Washing Upon Entering
Appointments Only
Staff Wearing Face Shields or Masks
Taking Only One Client at a Time
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Salon Capistrano
32241 Camino Capistrano, Suite A103
San Juan Capistrano
(949) 212-6262
saloncapistrano.com

Defining Certainty in Uncertain Times

I’d love to see how many times the words mortgage forbearance has been looked up in the past three months, while the world has been on lockdown. It’s most certainly one of those I had to check with Mirriam-Webster for a sense of assurance on. Sure enough, it comes up with a great many results: “forbearance in loans,” “forbearance COVID-19 mortgage,” “forbearance vs. deferment.” More questions than answers come up and Google trends showed it was one of the top searches over the last few months. As we slowly emerge from our homes and return to work, the daily draw of our lives presents an alarming list of new challenges. Recovering financially is at the top of the list for most Americans.

A near 20% unemployment rate is nothing to shake a stick at, combined with the current climate of social unrest. Regal American Mortgage has the solution to at least one of the issues plaguing Americans at night, where Google just provides more questions: Your finances.

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“Forbearance is not the answer,” says Daniel R. Lara, CEO/Broker. “Not paying your bills and losing your home is not the answer. If you have renters who are not making payments, the mortgage on the investment property is still your responsibility. Refinancing the property could be the option that makes more sense than putting your credit and investment at risk.”

If you are gainfully employed, or being pulled off furlough or have a fixed income, this qualifies you for payment relief through a Regal Refinance. “We are helping homeowners qualify at historically lower interest rates. Through the refi we are able to defer two monthly payments (July and August or August and September) and return the escrow balance. Lowering the rate adjusts the monthly payments over the long term. Saving upwards of sometimes hundreds of thousands over the life of the loan. We are literally putting thousands into the hands of homeowners during these financially difficult times – we are doing this in as quickly as two to three weeks!”

"Individuals and families finding their way out of the quarantine is a huge priority right now for the team at Regal American, and homeowners all over are qualifying for interest rates that are historically low,” says Dan. "Not only are rates low (2.879% APR 30 years fixed), but the costs to accomplish keeping one’s head above water, despite the crushing wave that has passed over us recently, are historically low, and 79% of the time we are not even requiring an appraisal. I think of mortgage lending like a game of chess. Strategy will ensure we execute as promised, unsurpassed attention to details and focus on our trade ensures we deliver on our word.” Consider it a stimulus check, without the paper notice in your mail to accompany it.

If you have served in the US military, you have even more benefits due to you for your service. No income documents, no appraisal, and usually two deferred payments to lock in a record low-rate loan. Regal American is holding a financial lifeline for many families during these turbulent times. That’s a concept I understand. And security, confidence, assurance? Those are words I know the definitions for.


ram logo23022 La Cadena Dr., Suite 206
Laguna Hills
(949) 480-1635
www.RegalAmerican.com
NMLS #1765337 • VA #9069650000

When I was younger, my Mom loved to read me the book “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” The plot essentially revolves around an ever-growing list of to-do’s that had to be accomplished, all set into motion by the simple act of giving a mouse a cookie. This tale came back to me recently when I purchased a new television at Best Buy.

What was a simple shopping trip ended up being an adult’s version of that circular tale. If you give a grownup a television, they’ll have to measure their wall. When they measure the wall, they’ll realize they may actually have room for a bigger television. When they buy the bigger television, they’ll find out they have no idea how to mount it to the wall. When they start mounting it to the wall, they’ll see that the power outlets are all in the wrong places. When they realize the outlets need to be moved, they’ll call an electrician. (This could go on forever.)

Luckily for clients who have been on the receiving end of ReelTime’s patient, intelligent, and personalized service, the rabbit hole of home automation doesn’t have to swallow you entirely. With the help of their independent certified Control4 dealer, it’s easy to update your home without upending your entire life. After all, the true luxury of an integrated entertainment system is really dependent on its ability to deliver seamless entertainment. By placing every control at your fingertips, the team at ReelTime helps homeowners manage everything from how brightly lit your family room is, to your streaming devices - all with a single remote. And best yet? You can control your whole home from the comfort of your couch- even seeing who is at the front door, without ever leaving your seat. Simple, clean, and uncluttered.

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And on the home entertainment front … when you started planning for your ultimate home theater set-up and sound system, could you find the right media cabinetry for your particular space – cabinetry that wouldn’t catch on fire from the heat of the equipment, or that would simply look good in the room? Did you understand half of what the televisions, receivers and other devices could do, and did you have anyone to hold your hand to make sure you weren’t overspending for what you wanted?

Big box retailers, the professed champions of value, are happy to sell you any home theater and sound equipment you think you might like, and send you off to figure it out at home. That’s what they do. And that’s all they do.

If you want the home theater system that you envision, seek the services of Skip Myers and his team of experienced professionals at ReelTime to take you from start to finish for the home theater or sound system of your dreams.

“Usually there is a part of the job that you find you just can’t do by yourself,” says Skip, who has overseen the design and installation of thousands of home theater and sound systems over the course of 40-plus years in the business. “You get your brand new television home, you’re so excited, then you realize you need to move an outlet or none of the cabinets you can find will fit your space. We’re here to make sure you get the equipment that will give you what you want and the system that will work with that equipment, without leaving you to fend for yourself.”

Skip opened the doors at ReelTime in 1983. Today, the technicians and designers that Skip assigns to clients are all ReelTime employees, knowledgeable in all home theater and sound technologies. First, they work closely with you to determine what you’re looking for. Then they custom design every aspect of the project, from wiring to custom-built cabinets, frames, or built-in wall designs. Finally, licensed, in-house contractors install your entertainment system with care and precision.

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There are a couple of things that people may not think about when they embark upon the road to their own home entertainment system.

“You need to think about your home theater goals,” says Skip. “You don’t have to do everything at once – you can do it bit by bit – but if you know where you’re going, you’ll save money and when it’s all said and done, you’ll have exactly what you want and what you will actually use. We’re here to help you determine your goals.”

We’re here to make sure you get the equipment that will give you what you want and the system that will work with that equipment, without leaving you to fend for yourself.

Skip is also an advocate for getting what you’ll use, which is part of the design and planning process.

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“You can buy everything you want to, but if you can’t operate it, what’s the point?” he says. “There’s the television, DVD and Blue-ray; there’s the receiver, there’s Apple TV… it’s all great, but how do you get them to work together? We’re big advocates of the universal remote. Not everyone knows how to get the most out of their systems with one powerful remote – they’re not expensive, but the best ones are computer-based. We’ll set that up for you so you’re getting the most out of your custom system.”

It’s easy to assume that personal service is expensive, but a conversation with Skip and the experts at ReelTime is free. Ultimately, in planning your purchases for the right outcome, you’re likely to save money while avoiding chilling setbacks. The only chilling you want to be doing is in front of your fantasy home theater system.

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Connect with Skip Myers and ReelTime by calling (949) 240-0555, stop by their beautiful new showroom at 26381 Via De Anza in San Juan Capistrano or visit www.reeltimeav.com