Secret Button at the West Highlands Pacific Children’s Pool

Secret Button at the West Highlands Pacific Children’s Pool

Recreation Center For Residents Offers Clubhouse, Multi-Purpose Room and Pool/Spa

Pacific Highlands Ranch Pool

Pacific Highlands Ranch is an area of Carmel Valley that is growing and flourishing. (Read all about PHR here!) Owning a home in this part of Carmel Valley is a dream come true for many homeowners here, and comes with some really great advantages like a village just 2 minutes away with grocery stores like Trader Joes and restaurants like Dolce at the Highlands, Crudo, and Westroot. Pacific Highlands Ranch also has very walkable streets, top-rated schools close by and a wonderful community pool at West Highlands Pacific, the recreational center nearby.

Pacific Highlands Ranch Pool

West Highlands Pacific is a private rec center for the owners of (and those renting) homes in Pacific Highlands Ranch. Paid for by dues to the West Highlands Pacific Homeowners Association, this rec center provides a pool and spa, clubhouse, and multi-purpose room which can be used for community events or rented out for pool parties, birthday parties, or other neighborhood events. The gym has treadmills, other cardio equipment, free weights and machines. The pool is large and has two laps for lap swim, but the most exciting area in my opinion is the smaller water park for younger children. Families love bringing their young kids to this water park to splash and squirt their friends with the water guns available, but many residents are confused…

How do you turn the water on?!

Pacific Highlands Ranch Pool

Many times my son and I get to the pool and look over to find the kid’s area completely dried up like a desert landscape. We always thought it was a bummer when the “water wasn’t on” UNTIL the other day when we discovered a secret that we want to share with you! Watch this clip:

This crazy button (that doesn’t look anything like a button) is actually the switch/sensor to turn on the entire water park! We couldn’t believe it! I must give credit to my son; if it weren’t for his creative thinking, we would’ve never found this button. We wanted you as neighbors to know about it so that you aren’t confused if you’re trying to enjoy the community pool. Hope this has helped!

Pacific Highlands Ranch Pool

Have you been to the community center? Which area do you like best? Have you hosted an event here? We’d love to hear your experience!

Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park Coming Soon

Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park Coming Soon

Parkour and a Bike Pump Track Coming to Pacific Highlands Ranch

Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park

Pacific Highlands Ranch plans to expand yet again with a large 13-acre park coming in 2018! This community park was designed with the entire community in mind, from children to teens, bikers to dog lovers and everyone in between. “The park is designed to facilitate community gathering, encourage social interaction, and offer the community with a diverse and unique blend of recreational amenities,” it states on the general development plan, which you can see in full here. The committee reached out to over 17,000 locals to get the opinions of everyone in the area before making a final decision on the design.

Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park

Along the southwestern edge of the park there will be an indoor recreation center which will have areas for multiple sports purposes. You can see the full renderings and architectural details of the building here. Visitors to the park will be able to play basketball, volleyball, pickle ball and badminton. It will also include an arts and crafts room, multi-purpose room for dance and other exercises, and restrooms. Outside of the recreation center there will be a 5-acre multi-purpose turf field. One one end of the field there will be a stage that will provide shade, and on the opposite end, there will be a full size softball field and gazebo.

Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park

For dog lovers, there will be two separate dog parks, one for small and one for large dogs. There will also be a parkour area, which this article describes as “an urban obstacle course that engages users by way of jumping, climbing, or running.” This area will be the first of its kind in the City of San Diego’s public park system. If you’re not familiar with what a parkour park would look like, or how to use one, check out this video:

There will also be a bike pump track, another concept not familiar to many neighbors. “A pump track is a continuous circuit of banked turns interspaced by rollers and other features that can be ridden on a bike without pedaling. Most commonly constructed from soil, riders create momentum via up and down body moments called pumping,” says this article on bermstyle.com. Although many are constructed of soil, I believe the Pacific Highlands Ranch pump track will be created of concrete. You can see photos of what the concrete surface would look like on the track here. The article also shows a lot of photos of various pump tracks so you can get a better idea of what they look like and where they came from (Surfers: think Groms of BMX) Here is a video showing a rider navigating a pump track, and explaining a bit about how to ride around the track safely. The track will be safe for riders of any age, and the best part? You don’t even have to pedal!

While 2018 does seem far off, I recently watched a video of an interview someone did in the Trader Joe’s parking lot when it was still dirt, and the video was uploaded in 2014! Time does FLY by, and Pacific Highlands Ranch keeps building and building! This community park is already underway and we should be seeing progress pretty quickly!

Although traffic will be pretty backed up during construction of this and a few other new developments, I believe that homeowners in Pacific Highlands Ranch will see the value of their homes increase due to this new development, and I cannot wait to take my furry friends to the dog park! What are your thoughts on the design?

Is Personal Style an Art or a Science?

Is Personal Style an Art or a Science?

Do you have a well-defined personal style? If not, consider consulting a Personal Stylist.

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” -Confucius

San Diego Personal Stylist

Personal style is both an art and a science. Style is like beauty. It is in the eye of the beholder and unique to each and every one of us. It’s like art if you will. Style is an authentic visual expression of who we are. Style evolves over time. The reality is that it is much easier to dress well when we understand our personal style. That’s where the science surfaces.

Purchasing clothing that reflects our personal style can take place once we define our visual image. That sounds great, right? But, what if you don’t have the time, interest or feel that you possess the skills to even identify your personal style? Don’t despair. A personal stylist can do the work for you.

San Diego Personal Stylist

Does Your Appearance Scream Excellence or Exhaustion?

Confucius’ statement on personal excellence is indisputable. Desire, focus and dedication are certainly paramount to attaining goals. Appearance, and your associated visual presentation, play into personal excellence too; perhaps much more than we realize.

Summer is Here. Do you Have the Right Things to Wear?

As a personal stylist, I’m often asked about the appropriate attire to wear to certain events. Fundamentally, we know that we must dress for success in job interviews, for important meetings, and to attend certain social events such as weddings, funerals, and fundraisers. So why don’t we always dress well? The answer is simple. There’s no time, interest or maybe it is lack of bandwidth after the rest of our obligations are attended to.

Appearance is more than who we are on the outside. Who we are on the inside is reflected in what we wear. Appearance correlates to how others perceive us and potentially influences the success we attain in life. Yes, many studies validate this last point.

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How Much Time Can You Dedicate to Your Appearance? 

These days the complicated demands executives, entrepreneurs and busy individuals face can divert attention away from appearance. Basic wardrobe considerations such as, “What message does my clothing present, could I improve my image, and am I getting the most out of my clothing budget” aren’t addressed. Higher priorities such as spending time with family, advancing one’s career or business objectives, taking advantage of San Diego’s outstanding climate, and life in general easily exhaust the twenty-four hours in a day.

If you evaluate your image and dream about a better way to handle your clothing and image, you may want to consider a consultation with a personal stylist.

San Diego Personal Stylist

What Does a Personal Stylist Do Anyway?

As a stylist, I help people reawaken their personal style, curate clothing to fill a variety of unique client needs, offer special-occasion preparation and onsite styling, and I collaborate with clients to redefine their image. I founded my company to empower men and women to not only look better, but also feel better about themselves. Stylists are now accessible to everyone, not just celebrities and wealthy individuals.

My specialty is working with professional men and women. My twenty-five years of corporate experience provides me with a solid understanding of the demands placed on professionals. I vividly recall how tough it is to balance personal and career priorities while trying to present a stylish appearance.

My experience has shown me that professional people dress to impress their customers. I collaboratively work with my clients to define the visual image they want to project. Then I provide the clothing they need to make that high pressure presentation, close that lucrative business deal, and stand out from the competition. When my clients have important events, they go to their closets to select an outfit from their wardrobe that I’ve created.

I’ve supplemented my business knowledge with significant formal training in fashion styling from School of Style, Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising, Style 20/20, and Simply Stylist. While my current aspirations significantly differ from my past career focus, I comprehend the challenges associated with looking good given time and budget constraints.

San Diego Personal Stylist

What Does Personal Styling Entail? 

Personal styling touches various aspects of a person’s wardrobe.

Closet Cleaning 

A closet cleanse declutters one’s closet and eliminates items that don’t fit properly, purges garments that are outdated or fail to support your desired image, and identifies items to purchase to complete your wardrobe.

Special Occasion Styling

In today’s digital age almost all events are photographed, featured on social media, and possibly captured in print format. How we look is remembered long after the event date. Searching for, let alone finding, the perfect outfit for life’s many celebrations can seem overwhelming. In addition to purchasing attire for photo shoots, television appearances, speaking engagements, award ceremonies, weddings, interviews and parties, on location styling is an option. Coordinating appearance prior to an event commencing, as well as wardrobe creation, fall into the personal styling domain.

Style Development Packages

Style Development packages create a signature style for clients. The process begins with a complimentary thirty minute meeting to discuss goals, current image, and create an action plan.

After the plan and image are agreed upon by the client, shopping for the new wardrobe takes place and styling looks from the new wardrobe follows. An optional follow-up meeting is available to ensure you are maximizing your new wardrobe and mastering your newly created style!

San Diego Personal Stylist

How Important is What You Wear? 

What you wear is critically important. Significant scientific research validates the fact that attire strongly affects first impressions, attitude and potentially professional success.

In 1920, psychologist Edward Thorndike validated his bias theory which is now known as the Halo Effect. The Halo Effect is a cognitive bias in which an observer’s overall impression of a person, influences the observer’s feelings and thoughts about that person’s character.

In other words, knowing positive things about someone, will result in attributing additional positive things to that person. This holds true even in the face of contradicting evidence. Appearance is a significant example of how the Halo Effect works. The role of a stylist is not only to provide people with a coordinated, functional closet full of exciting clothing but also to ensure positive visual impressions occur.

San Diego Personal Stylist

Could You Benefit from a Complimentary Consultation?

Are you like the vast majority of people who possess a closet full of attire that doesn’t create outfits, may be outdated, or doesn’t complement your body? Contact me for a complimentary 30 minute consultation to enliven your style.

In the meantime, follow me on Instagram for my “Work it Wednesday” weekly attire tips. It’s possible to have fun with your wardrobe while presenting a sophisticated professional look. I promise.

Carlsbad Gateway Center Attracts Flourishing Businesses

Carlsbad Gateway Center Attracts Flourishing Businesses

Bringing Local Businesses Together in a Place They Can Expand and Flourish

“Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.” -Dee Hock

Carlsbad Gateway Center

Tucked away on a popular road in Carlsbad sits the Carlsbad Gateway Center, a privately owned center that is home to a collection of fantastic businesses open to the public. I sat down with Toni Adamopoulos, who has been the full time property manager since 2005, to talk more about these businesses and what they have to offer. I also took a tour around the property to visit many of them, and was pleasantly impressed! The best part about most of these businesses is that you can actually watch them making their product right there on site! Most locations have large windows looking into the manufacturing/production side of the process. What an incredible grouping of local companies! Watch the video for the full story:

The owners of the Carlsbad Gateway Center are very involved with the day to day operations of the businesses that are housed here. Toni explains in the interview how refreshing it is to work for a company who truly goes through a lot of thought and focus to bring in the best tenants for the area. They are focused on fostering “makers” or the people behind the business, along with health & wellness professionals.

Carlsbad Gateway Center

It is an incubator park, with most spaces being around 1500 square feet, which is pretty small for this type of environment. Some tenants take more than one space, but for the average startup, Carlsbad Gateway Center has plenty of options for those that couldn’t get into a regular industrial park. Because of the special zoning here in Carlsbad, this gateway center is a wonderful collaboration of businesses, and once they start to grow, the center can easily allow for that, helping businesses get into larger and larger spaces on the premises as needed.

Carlsbad Gateway Center

As Toni says, “Where else can you go where you can get your taxes done, go get a facial, grab a beer, buy some workout clothes, get a kombucha and buy some bread?” Being at the Carlsbad Gateway Center, you’re not in the hustle and bustle of downtown, and although you’re not in the main village of Carlsbad, you’re in a park like setting, where trees are being replaced as they need to, with fruit trees for a more useful setting. Although we did not see every business in the park, we did have the pleasure of visiting a few very exciting places!:

Carlsbad Gateway Center

Happy Pantry – At Happy Pantry, they ferment anything and everything. Mostly fruits and vegetables, and they create delicious kombucha, which I tried for my first time on my visit to Carlsbad Gateway Center. Happy Pantry really believes in the health benefits of the culture, and they are starting the process of providing education to the public also so that others can begin to learn more about the benefits of fermentation.

Prager Bros. – Prager Bros was started by two brothers in a small backyard. Eventually they made it to the Carlsbad Gateway Center, where you can stop by and watch their breads and delicious pastries being made almost daily. The passion these brothers have for what they do is unmatched. They serve organic products that they really care about. They started with just bread, but now have expanded to cookies and other delectable pastries.

Carlsbad Gateway Center

Oh Juice – At Oh Juice! I met Katie, a passionate employee, who explained a lot about cold pressed juices and how much better they are for  you than home pressed juices. You can watch the juice being pressed right there through the large glass window if you stop by Oh Juice. You will be sure to find juices you like (and maybe a few that you don’t) and make a point to talk to one of the employees about the benefits of this incredible process. You will not regret it.

Carlsbad Gateway Center

Overall, if you love the farmer’s markets in town, but don’t love the farmer’s market experience necessarily, the Carlsbad Gateway Center is a perfect place to visit. There is plenty of parking, and the businesses are open much more often than one day a week! If you’re a fan of these fabulous businesses, I encourage you to come and visit, meet these owners and creators, and talk with them about their products and how they truly benefit San Diego. Do you come to the Carlsbad Gateway Center already? What is your favorite business you’ve visited? We’d love to hear from you!

Acupuncture is Your Go-To for Summer Injuries

Acupuncture is Your Go-To for Summer Injuries

As you already know (because you’re already reading these blogs), San Diego is the BEST place to live for outdoor activities! Seriously, where else can you enjoy such amazingly beautiful weather to be outside every day doing your favorite activities? Running, biking, swimming, hiking, team sports and more are all abundant and thriving here in San Diego. I think “America’s Finest City” says it all!

If you’re anything like me, you hate not to be able to participate in your favorite outdoor (or indoor if it’s sporty!) activities. Personally, I love to bike, swim at La Jolla Cove and practice yoga. (Read my favorite yoga mat options here.)

Acupuncture San Diego

Unfortunately, sometimes being so active means getting injured. You know how it goes. You pull it, strain it or bump it, and then you expect to heal quickly so you can get back to your favorite activities right away. But what do you do when the injury doesn’t heal quickly? When weeks are going by, it’s just not getting better, and you’re still not competing at your best?

What you do in these situations is you call me. I am an Acupuncturist with a specialty in summer sports injuries and long-term chronic pain, and I can help.

Acupuncture San Diego

Over the years I’ve seen that Acupuncture can work wonders for an acute injury, meaning an injury which took place in the past six months. I always urge my patients to see me as soon as they get injured. If you come in close to your injury date, most injuries can be healed in a few sessions. No need for long treatment plans. Sprains and strains will heal quickly and you’ll be back on the court having fun!

Acupuncture can also work wonders for chronic issues, i.e. things that have been going on for over six months  . I see a lot of chronic sports injuries because most people wait, hoping their injury will heal, the meds will work, or the sprain or injury really wasn’t that bad. Then at around the six-month point, most people start getting concerned, as they should. Often they have been to physical therapy and still have the pain. This is where I believe truly Acupuncture thrives: Helping heal these long-term nagging injuries that keep us off the court, or at a disadvantage.

When a patient comes to see me I start by doing a complete intake to understand the injury. Maybe it’s simple, maybe it’s not. Once I do my intake, I evaluate the situation and provide a treatment plan outlining how many sessions it will take to get back out there.

Acupuncture San Diego

There are many theories as to how Acupuncture works. I think the main reason it helps injuries so well is that the combination of the insertion of the fine Acupuncture needles, infrared heat, and the special Chinese herbal topical formulas I use increase the circulation in the area, pull out the inflammatory exudate, and bring in new nutrients to help the injured tissue heal. The cumulative and repetitive sessions result in less pain and an increased range of motion, and get you back to where you can play hard.

Acupuncture San Diego

At my clinic I also do Cupping and Gua Sha, other forms of therapy which bring increased blood flow to an injured area to increase the range of motion and help the area heal.

I would say the biggest question I get from people who have never tried Acupuncture is, “Do the needles hurt?” The quick and only answer I have for that is no. A seasoned, practiced Acupuncturist should be able to give you a comfortable, pain-free treatment for your injury. Sure, once in a while there may be a small pricking sensation, but overall, Acupuncture is a pleasant experience where you rest, feel endorphins, and walk away in less pain.

The next most important question I get is, “What else can Acupuncture treat?” Because Chinese Medicine, the practice of Acupuncture and Chinese herbs, is a complete medical system, I can treat everything from colds and flu to difficult-to-define illnesses. Several of my specialties which may interest you are gastrointestinal issues (anything that has to do with digestion and elimination), women’s issues (periods and menopause), headaches, cardiology, and again, auto-immune type disorders that many times become ill-defined and for which Western medicine may not have the answer.

Acupuncture San Diego

Want more information? I offer a free 30-minute consultation so you can meet me and find out if this medical approach can help you. Please feel free to visit my website, look for the orange boxes to schedule yourself a consultation or session, and get yourself back on the court!

*This is a sponsored article.*

4 Health Benefits of Golf

4 Health Benefits of Golf

San Diego Golf Health

Golf is a sport for all ages. Whether you are starting off at a young age or spending your retirement days playing a few holes it is an all-encompassing sport. The San Diego Lifestyle Blog previously wrote a post titled ‘5 Reasons I Love Golf’ so in this post we are going to expand upon one of the points: exercise.

Golf has a reputation for many things, yet one area that is often overlooked is the health benefits. No more. Here are 4 health benefits of golf.

Increased Life Expectancy

That’s right, those who play golf live longer to play more golf (and enjoy the other aspects of life, of course). According to the BBC, studies undertaken at Edinburgh University, Scotland found that golf could help players with chronic diseases such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer and strokes.

Dr. Andrew Murray from the university said: “evidence suggests golfers live longer than non-golfers, enjoying improvements in cholesterol levels, body composition, wellness, self esteem and self worth.” The next time a non-golfer questions your devotion to the game you can tell them that you are merely extending your life.

Low Impact Exercise

Golf is not like most sports where after a certain age people cannot continue playing as their body gives up. A round of golf is usually played at a leisurely pace over a time period of 4 – 5 hours. Yet don’t let the pace of golf fool you into thinking it is a poor form of exercise. Popular golf magazine Golf Monthly believes that a round of golf equals an average 30-minute gym session. If you forgo the golf cart then the magazine estimates that walking an 18-hole course will result in 1,400 to 1,500 calories burnt. You may not walk off the course with a six-pack but you will definitely reap the benefits of exercise.

San Diego Golf Health

Help the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

As you increase in age the fear of losing mental sharpness or falling victim to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease are very real. Keeping the mind active and engaged is one of the most effective methods to fighting these conditions. A round of golf engages the brain in many different ways from hand-eye coordination to tallying up scores when playing a friendly (or not) round against other players. Unlike most other sports golf can be taken up at any age making it ideal for those in their senior years looking for something new to do.

Reduce Stress

This point may seem contradictory to anyone who has read articles such as the one published by Play Your Course which looked at the world’s ‘Top 10 Angry Golfers’. While there is no doubt that at times golf can be club-breaking frustrating, the sport is also considered very beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that exercise not only helps reduce anxiety during the activity but also long after. Golf also has the added benefit of being an outdoor sport, and one where the outdoor surroundings can be enjoyed, which is also shown to help reduce stress and anxiety. You will also meet likeminded people on the course and hopefully create new relationships and friendships.

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