Amanda Cascadden

Amanda Cascadden

Amanda Cascadden is a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, photographer, web designer, mom, and freelance blogger living the luxury and active lifestyle in San Diego.

dog sprayed by skunk

De-Skunking our Dogs…YUCK!

Have your dogs been sprayed by a skunk? Here’s what to do! At 2:30am this morning, I woke-up to our dogs barking, which usually means that they need to go outside to the bathroom.  We keep our dogs, Cocoa Puff and Cream Puff, in an indoor kennel at night with nice comfortable bedding, so I had to go downstairs to let them out.  As soon …

Dolce at the Highlands

Dolce at the Highlands Brings California/Italian Cuisine to Carmel Valley

View Larger Map Dolce at the Highlands Serves Delicious Cuisine, Great Wine and Artisan Cheeses “There’s nothing more romantic than Italian food.” – Elisha Cuthbert Dolce at the Highlands is a new “farm-to-table seasonal California/Italian” restaurant located within 5 minutes of any home in Pacific Highlands Ranch, a community in Carmel Valley, San Diego. Even though it on everyone’s “favorite” list around our neighborhood, I’m sure …

Flying Tours of San Diego

Experience Amazing Flying Tours of San Diego

View Larger Map San Diego Sky Tours Provides Aerial Tours and Flight Adventures Above America’s Finest City “To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything.” -Otto Lilienthal San Diego Sky Tours provides a unique look to all there is to offer here in this incredible city. From slow relaxed flights to dog-fighting mid-air, San Diego Sky Tours …

Rancho Santa Fe home for sale

Why are Homes in Rancho Santa Fe Not Selling?

View Larger Map In Rancho Santa Fe, It’s More Than Just a House “Inventory is low,” you hear Realtors saying all the time. However, overall in San Diego, there still aren’t enough homes being built as are needed for the people who are moving and living here. Until builders build more homes, land prices in California will simply continue to rise, and homes will continue …

Blind Competitive Sailor

Blind Sailor Hiro is Inspiring San Diegans

“San Diego is always sunny and always right wind you know, so as a sailor it is heaven. It’s paradise.” – Hiro Iwamoto Hiro Iwamoto is a competitive blind sailor who was born in Japan and moved here to San Diego ten years ago with his wife and daughter. He has conquered some incredible challenges, and now helps people all over the world learn to …

Move to San Diego

Tips for Relaxing During a Move to San Diego

Moving is never fun. When I mentioned that I was moving to a few of my friends recently, I got comments like, “I’ll be sending good thoughts your way,” “I hope it goes smoothly,” and, “Oh, how fun!” (Sarcasm obviously.) Dealing with boxes, packing paper, moving trucks, and bills with the wrong address can be very stressful for your family, work and overall well being, …

Legoland San Diego

Top 6 Things to Do at Legoland California

Legoland is targeted for children ages 3-12, but fun for the whole family! “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of stuff.” -Thomas Edison Legoland is a special place in San Diego, where anyone ages 3-99 can enjoy a full day of Lego fun! My family and I visit all the time and never get bored. Legoland is basically an entire amusement …

Easter weekend San Diego

5 Ways to Truly Enjoy Easter From Now On

“Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.” -Janine di Giovanni This is the first year I felt I truly got to “make my own traditions” when it came to Easter. As I was growing up, my family did a little of this and a little of that on Easter, but never the same thing every year. Even though there …

San Diego Zoo

Five Reasons to Visit the San Diego Zoo

View Larger Map The San Diego Zoo Provides All Day Fun and Entertainment “Life is a zoo in a jungle.” -Peter De Vries For one hundred years now the San Diego Zoo has been providing visitors an unforgettable experience. From morning tours with the pandas to 4D theater movies and the Skyfari, San Diego Zoo has something for everyone! My son and I visited San …

Encinitas California

Encinitas: Six Places To Discover

View Larger Map Restaurants, Bars, Stores and More to Visit in Encinitas, California “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust This year, I have decided to discover Encinitas, California! I love this small town in San Diego, and want to give you some ideas for next time you’re searching for a new place to …