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January 2018

Found 13 blog entries for January 2018.

Cold and Flu season is upon us and it’s hitting all parts of Orange County with a force. Here are some of my favorite natural herbs and products that are known for boosting the immune system and fighting infections. My number one go to is, oil of oregano. This herb is a powerhouse. It fights infection and has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

Secondly, you need a good probiotic. Probiotics are known to promote a healthy digestive tract and immune system. Another favorite, but not so pleasant, is garlic in it’s raw form. It contains natural antibiotics. And of course D3, vitamin C and plenty of homemade ginger, lemon, and honey tea. All products can be purchased at Whole Foods in Fashion Island/Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and

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Ready to jump into California, coastal living (but without getting wet)? Check out Voyager Rentals and spend a beautiful afternoon cruising around the Balboa Bay in Newport Beach on an electric boat, better known as a Duffy. You can book your reservation online for however many hours you would like, check in right at the Duffy (adjacent to the Balboa Ferry which takes you across to the Balboa Peninsula), and a Voyager employee will be there to show you the ropes.

They even have a little map that demonstrates a great route to put around the bay. When we go, it’s usually with friends, in the evenings. We’ll bring cheese and wine to watch the sunset, then dock at one of the local waterfront restaurants. It’s such a fun experience for anyone as it’s simple

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The Super Bowl has been set - Tom Brady's New England Patriots vs The Philadelphia Eagles. This will be the Patriots 3rd trip in 4 years to the Super Bowl as they aim for their 6th Super Bowl title, which would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for most all-time. I understand rooting for David over Goliath as the thought of watching Tom hoist another Super Bowl is too harrowing to bare... But as we lament over the Patriots being in the big game once again - can we at least take a moment to appreciate the greatness that is these New England Patriots? Mind you - I don't have a horse in the race here. I am not from Boston, nor have any ties to the greater North East. This is purely appreciation of utter greatness.

 Yesterday the Patriots had 0 penalties in the

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I know a membership at Equinox can be on the pricey side but some of us need scheduled appointments and the perks of an awesome workout experience to meet our weekly fitness goals (ahem, me). The Newport Beach Equinox, right off of the 73 toll road and Jamboree is where you will find me 4 days a week. Great atmosphere, challenging classes with motivational instructors that really pump you up, and of course if you prefer a personal trainer, you have your pick.

The Pilates studio is where I work my toosh off (literally) - shout out to Emily! After my work out I find the locker room more spa-like than the standard gym locker room, and hit the smoothie bar for a healthy post-workout snack and can even grab a Cafe Gratitude salad to go if I'm headed

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Would you like fresher breath, whiter teeth and healthier gums? Coconut oil pulling is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote a healthy oral cavity. It literally sucks the toxins from your mouth. It's been known to treat tooth decay, kill bad breath, whiten teeth and prevent cavities. It's best to do first thing in the morning. Take one to two tablespoons of coconut oil and swish for 10-20 minutes, then brush your teeth as you normally would.

I do it upon waking, while I do my morning chores, like making the bed and emptying the dishwasher. When finished, be sure to spit it out in the trash because spitting in your sink will cause it to clog. You can pick up a jar of organic coconut oil at your local Whole Foods at the Fashion Island

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My wife and I thoroughly enjoy renting a “Duffy” electric boat at Duffy Electric Boat Rentals on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach. Newport Harbor is a fantastic area to cruise with friends and family and view the sights. We enjoy going in the early evening (although anytime is a good time) as the sun goes down and harbor lights light up the night. It is very relaxing.

The boats are comfortable with full stereo with iPod hookup, cushioned seats surrounding a central table to enjoy your own assortment of food and beverages on board (or tie up at one of several great places in Newport Harbor and dine), full canopy, full window enclosures (in the event the air is chilly). The rental office offers free popcorn and souvenirs to purchase while either

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It was Friday night and I was absolutely craving Italian food. Thinking we could go back to the always delicious Pirozzi in Corona Del Mar, or head down to Romeo Cucina in Laguna Beach - both of which rarely disappoint. But on this night, neither option was going to satisfy my appetite for Italian - I knew it was time to try something new. Every time I drive down the 405 to Shady Canyon I pass by a restaurant called Il Fornaio - and since I've heard only good things, it was time I tasted for myself. We made reservations day of and received an excellent table right at 7 PM.

Right away we noticed the exceptional service and attention to detail. Our server was expedient and helpful as we sorted through an expansive menu, and the army of gentlemen in red

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If you are ever in the mood to just soak up the beauty of nature, stroll around and de-stress at Roger's gardens nursery in Newport Beach. I'm always so impressed with their gorgeous potted arrangements and love getting inspiration. I recently had their floral designers make a garland as a centerpiece for a dinner party and it was absolutely etherial!

And they were awesome to work with - it was a bit of a rush order and they were happy to squeeze it in and accommodate me. The shops within are super cute and the Farmhouse restaurant is so delicious, fresh and a great ambiance. Nothing like taking a little time to calm the soul and nature always seems to do that for me!

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My family loves living near Fashion Island in Newport Beach. It is a great place for my wife and I to bring our four grandchildren during the warm California winters. Since moving here nearly three decades ago, we have enjoyed dining and shopping with our children in tow at this one-of-a-kind retail space. Yesterday, my wife and I met my daughter and our grandkids for a casual lunch at Wahoo's Fish Tacos in Atrium Court. The kids were enthralled by the 20 foot water feature in the courtyard so we could enjoy our meal in a relaxing atmosphere.

My wife and daughter were able to get in some shopping while the kids and I toured the other water fountains. Our favorite is without a doubt the koi fish pond. My own children loved looking at the dozens of koi

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As real estate agents, we’re in our cars a lot. I always prefer to have a clean car, even if clients won’t be inside of it. There are those days though where I’m pressed for time and I can’t go to the 100% hand car wash and wait for a good clean. A friend of mine recommended a newer drive-through car wash that is quick, inexpensive, and gives a good car wash if you’re in a hurry.

Fast5Xpress is located in Eastside Costa Mesa, just down the street from Newport Beach’s Newport Center. You pull in, pay the cashier (who gives you a free small towel for interior cleaning), and pull into the wash. Upon exiting, there is a large amount of self-serve vacuums should you want to clean the inside of your car as well. I’ve found it’s a great way to

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