Delight Your Party Guests With A Zesty New Backyard

Delight Your Party Guests With A Zesty New Backyard

The true essence of summers is in making the most out of the bright and happy season by spending it with family and friends. For those who always relish in the experience of being the host, it is now your time to let the creative juices flow and orchestrate the most astounding barbeque parties. If you have a patio in your backyard, it can be easily transformed into an outdoor kitchen as well, setting an alluring stage for the party. With the trend of Outdoor Kitchens becoming increasingly popular in San Diego, we wanted to discuss some ideas on turning your backyard into the ultimate kitchen and dining patio.

The ideal backyard provides plenty of room for cooking, socializing, and playing. A professional landscape designer will start by assessing your space. They will provide recommendations that may include arrangements on replacing the pavement or deck. For those who are looking for a Landscaping expert who specializes in outdoor kitchens in La Jolla, we recommend Torrey Pines Landscaping Company. When it comes to client satisfaction, they have an excellent reputation for hitting the nail on the head. You can take a look at their website for a portfolio of the various projects that they have completed in the past, as well as the range of services they offer, including design, build, and maintenance.

If there is enough space, you would be crazy not to install an island and grill. If you have an old grill that was once upon a time chucked into the garage or storage room, consider buying a new one. An alternative would be to spruce up the grill by installing a platform and glamorizing it with stone or brick, giving it an enhanced, modern appeal. A barbecue and bar will offer plenty for the guests to serve themselves with a nice juicy burger and a drink or two.

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Consider adding more functionality to the backyard. Shelves are useful for storing outdoor cooking essentials. The kitchen can be covered by a pergola to give it a welcoming and cozy feel. You have plenty of options, but keep in mind that space shouldn’t be overcrowded. 

The kitchen must be situated in a way that gives way to the natural flow and dynamic of the backyard. It should allow people to move freely while appearing balanced and symmetrical. This way, the view of the natural surroundings will not be compromised from any angle whatsoever, offering guests a view of everything surrounding your home, from the inside out.

One of the hottest trends lately is fusing unalike textures and materials. Gone are the days when combining different patterns and materials together was considered too wacky. In the present day, the more eclectic, the more alluring and interesting a space seems. In a patio-turned-kitchen especially, having seemingly opposite textures and components co-exist with one another will enhance its charm, offering your guests a subtle hint of versatility. For instance, imagine having stainless steel appliances, white crockery, brick floors, stone counters, and redwood furnishings; this can be a game-changer.

If you are thinking about taking your backyard to the next level, considering calling one of the best landscapers in town:

Torrey Pines Landscape Company
5560 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121

Signs That Your Dog Might Be Suffering From a Heart Problem

Signs That Your Dog Might Be Suffering From a Heart Problem

As a pet owner, one of the most worrying things that you can have is a pet with health problems. It’s not like talking to a human being where you can ask them to explain symptoms or tell you how they feel. A dog that is showing a lot of breathless signs or appears to be suffering could merely be having a bad day or recovering from a minor infection or injury. However, it could also be the sign of something more serious…

While the following signs are not a clear call that your dog has a heart problem, they could be indicators that your friend needs some help.

A general sense of lethargy

While it may be common for your dog to simply be tired, an overall sense of lethargy is a bad thing. If your dog is normally up for playing for extensive periods of time and now appears to be unable to play for any considerable period of time, it could be a sign that it has a heart issue.

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Weight loss

A common sign that something is seriously wrong with your dog is if their eating habits change. If your canine is normally enjoying its food and keeps a steady weight, any immediate or lasting weight loss is a big red flag. This often points to a dog that is suffering from a variety of issues, but it could also be a heart-based problem. That’s why weight loss is an essential part of diagnosing your dogs health issues.

Coughing

If you notice that your dog appears to be coughing a lot, then you should definitely get them evaluated as soon as possible. A dog with a regular cough is not normal, and though it could be environmental, it could also be a physical problem. If the coughing persists, the best thing that you can do is get them checked out. It’s tough to think about, but acting quickly and proactively is absolutely essential.

Swollen stomach

If your dog has any kind of lasting swelling in the abdomen, then it must be looked at by a vet immediately. This is one of the most obvious signs that your dog has a problem that needs to be attended to by a professional. Do not let your dog’s health issues become something you ignore; get in touch with a vet if you notice any abdominal swelling. This is not something that you can ignore, as it could be a sign that something is seriously wrong.

Getting expert advice right away

This article should not be taken as professional or veterinary advice. If you think that any or all of the above signs indicate that your dog has a heart defect or problem, then you need to get in touch with a veterinarian. A vet can diagnose the issue, and then refer you to a specialist, known as a veterinary cardiologist. Cardiac Vet offers cardiac telemedicine to veterinarians and hospitals across the country and across the globe. Dr. Carley Saelinger, VMD, DACVIM (Cardiology) can assist rDVMs in confirming their suspicion of cardiac disease via telemedicine to interpret of ECGs, thoracic radiographs, Holters, event monitors, and echocardiograms.

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Cardiac Vet
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Changes Are The Only Constant

Changes Are The Only Constant

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, once said “The only constant in life is change.”

If there is any universal truth in existence, it is that life, despite our best efforts in planning, will rarely go according to plan. Sometimes, no matter what preventative or proactive measures we take, it is always impossible to eliminate risk.

Whether you are an individual or a business owner, risk is incurred in every facet of life. For instance, you must first sign a lease, if not purchase a car, in order to be the owner of a vehicle. Car accidents are always a looming possibility on the roads, which is why car owners or lessees purchase car insurance. In business, no matter what industry you are in, every entrepreneur or corporation takes on a certain degree of risk in starting a new business. There is additional risk that carries through the lifetime of the business itself. This is why enterprises have business insurance.

The best way to mitigate risk is to be prepared for the tragedies of life.

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David Weber has owned and operated a small distribution chain in California for the past ten years. “I have anywhere between five to ten trucks going out at any time throughout the day. Our drivers are on the road 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through alternating shifts, in order to ensure that our shipments are delivered on schedule,” he says. For nine of those years, his business ran smoothly, without any hiccups or accidents. However, on one evening, three months ago, one of his trucks had been hit by a drunk driver at around midnight on the highway. “It was a complete shock. Highway accidents might be common in the trucking industry, but it just had never happened to us. And you tend to hear these things on the news and think, ‘Oh, but it won’t happen to me or my company.'”

Luckily, Weber had business insurance. His company was able to recover the cost of the damages to the truck, and his driver received compensation for the physical injury and trauma.

Everyone should be insured in the event of any unforeseen personal or business incident. We wanted to highlight Byron Galindo, a State Farm Santa Monica Agent that offers home, renter, auto, and business insurance. Team Galindo has a focus on commercial trucking workers’ compensation insurance, landlord insurance, and earthquake insurance.

If you are contemplating whether or not you need insurance, consider the cost of doing business or living life without preparation for all of its uncertainties. The harsh reality is that—yes, anything could happen to any of us. No one is universally safe from the laws of nature. We are all human, and life is fragile. We should never take life for granted or assume only the best case scenarios.

If you are looking for an insurance agent to discuss the best form of coverage for you, you can give Byron Galindo’s office a call.

Byron Galindo – State Farm Insurance Agent
214 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405, United States

Better Land For Man’s Best Friend

Better Land For Man’s Best Friend

Matt Christensen woke up after a long night in his home office. He stumbled into the kitchen for his morning coffee ritual. 30 grams of Estonian medium roast, hand-ground. Unbleached, biodegradable coffee filters steamed for one minute. Sixteen ounces of boiled water, no cooler than 195 F and no hotter than 205 F. Frothed almond milk and a touch of cinnamon.

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“Oreo” was Matt’s canine best friend. He was a well-natured dog who had been with him through many life changes: moving twice across the country, career changes, and a divorce. Oreo loved Matt unconditionally. He would greet him at door with a wagging tail and smile every time Matt came home. Whenever Matt seemed to feel anxious, Oreo would jump up onto his lap and cuddle with him.

Matt had the tendency to take his curiosities to extremes. He was a former marine biologist turned cartographer, with a fascination for all of nature’s creations. He had been up all night in studying the cellular biology of grass. The day before, he noticed that Oreo was walking in a strange way on the lawn. He seemed to be in uncomfortable and wouldn’t place each paw down as he walked. Matt was puzzled. Per his curious and quirky self, he got down on all fours to mimic his four-legged friend.

“Ouch!” he said. The grass was prickly! “How can this be?” he thought. He had spent all summer caring for the lawn to try to grow it into a luscious playground for Oreo.

The next morning, Matt sat down at his desk with his freshly brewed cup of coffee. Through his research, Matt realized that the city he had just moved to was notorious for prickly, yellow grass, rather than the soft, green grass he had been trying to grow for his lawn. The issue seemed to be the moisture levels and the type of clay of the soil underneath. He needed to figure out how to replace the grass in his backyard without a ground excavation. After researching his options for brand new turf, he stumbled upon artificial grass. It seemed like the best choice: easy installation, low maintenance, and aesthetically pleasing.

Now he had to find the best artificial lawn installation company in Orange County. After reading reviews on Yelp, he found NoMow Turf Grass, a service specializing in synthetic grass and pet turf. It turns out that many pet-owners opt for artificial lawns because their animals have been destroying the natural grass. Moreover, it turns out that pets can go to the bathroom on the turf, as long as it is maintained with deodorizer and regular washing.

NoMow Turf has a specialty pet turf line that looks and feels so real that most animals are unable to tell the difference. It is made for pets of all sizes and is guaranteed to withstand the roughest of wear and tear.

If you are interested in a better land for man’s best friend, give NoMow Turf, Inc. a call!

NoMow Turf, Inc. – Synthetic Lawns & Putting Greens
26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630, United States

Why Can’t We Just Meet In The Middle?

Why Can’t We Just Meet In The Middle?

No one imagines that their marriage will end in divorce, and when it does happen, most pray and hope that their divorce will be seamless. Why not just split assets evenly and amicably? After all, isn’t heartbreak painful enough to endure? Why add more difficulty to the situation?

But why does it seem impossible to meet in the middle? Unfortunately, the process of separation often becomes more combative than procedural. Lovers turn into enemies; a relationship that began as the art of seduction ends as the art of war. As the old adage goes, “Love and hate are one in the same coin.”

We’ve all heard of funny or horrific stories of parties acting out of spite or pettiness during divorce litigation. As we listen, we wonder how grown adults come to behave so childishly, in an effort to make someone they once loved now feel bad.

What if you find yourself in a divorce where you cannot agree on anything with your soon-to-be-former spouse? You might be embarrassed to admit to family and friends that matters have become tedious.

In the United States, the average divorce costs $15,000 in legal fees, and couples tend to separate more during the holiday and new year season. For those looking for a fresh start in life without the hefty price tag, more and more couples are looking for more cost-efficient ways to cut the cord. Our investigative reporter Jacques Godiva spoke with legal expert Alice Donovan to learn about an alternative to litigation. “In my opinion and experience, litigation requires more time, energy, and money than what most people anticipate. Couples rarely come away from the process feeling like each got what they deserved on fair terms.” Donovan recommends that couples consider mediation. “Mediation is the facilitation of negotiation and resolution by a neutral third party. The meditator helps the couple navigate toward an informed settlement that is privately agreed upon by the family members, rather than publicly in front of a judge.”

We reviewed several divorce mediation firms based in Orange County and were so pleased to find McNamee Mediations that we decided to highlight them here. Mediation specialist Colleen McNamee has a stellar track record and one of the best Yelp reviewed profiles we have ever come across. One of the many five-star reviewers explains how mediating through Colleen had been the best decision she made throughout her divorce:

“I learned that I could a) hire a lawyer, (and he hire a lawyer) and we go through litigation in a very public court room setting with the risk of a bitter fight and be completely drained financially with money we really don’t have, or b) find a good mediator and dissolve the marriage amicably, peacefully and as budget friendly as possible.  I looked everywhere – and found a couple mediators, but none that were as responsive, capable, knowledgeable, calm and professional as Colleen.  I cannot speak highly enough about her.  She is on top of every single detail.”

Photo of McNamee Mediations - Irvine, CA, United States. 2016 Top Legal Power Players in O.C.

If you are considering a divorce through a family law attorney but want to first explore your other options, you can give McNamee Mediations a call.

McNamee Mediations
4590 MacArthur Blvd #500, Newport Beach, CA 92660, United States