Showing posts from December, 2016

9 Top Online Education Sites to Improve Life Skills

Make 2017 Your year of learning something 
Sure, we complain about what a pain technology can be. You can deposit checks without stepping foot into a bank, but what happens when there's an erroneous charge and you can't get someone that you can understand to assist?  Or when your laptop gives you the blue screen of death and all of your precious family photos that you meant to back-up onto that external drive but you were like, totally busy and you were definitely going to get around to it but your hard drive crashed right when you were going to do get the point.
Technology has its bugaboos, but for all of the frustration the fact remains that it has never been easier to delve into your next hobby or even learn a skill that can launch you into a new career. From woodworking to WordPress, graphic design to cosmetology, you can indulge your intellectual and creative side through free and inexpensive tutorials. Some sites even offer class sessions that matriculate into ac…
13 COZY HOMES IN AND AROUND SACRAMENTO DEC 27, 2016During this time of year, the cozy features of a home become a bit more attractive. We’re talking about rich wooden details, stone walls, unique fireplaces, warm lighting and other nap-inducing elements. These provide a comfortable and inviting feeling within a home — perfect for the fall and winter. Take a look at these properties that possess some or all of these cozy qualities!
1. OLD WORLD MANSION IN LOOMIS This estate in Loomis is absolutely extraordinary. Its unique blend of Old World craftsmanship mixed with modern touches makes it stand out in particular. Several rooms feature exposed wooden beams on the ceiling, brick detailing and other cozy design elements.
2. GOLF COURSE HOME WITH LOTS OF ENTERTAINMENT SPACE This property tucked away near Winchester Country Club in Meadow Vista enjoys a beautiful setting and pristine views. Within the home, you’ll find warm wooden elements, travertine tile, three gas fireplaces, and lots of …

Holiday table trivia...

Little known facts about favorite holiday carolsYou can bet your nutcracker that most folks won't know these facts. Watch out for #6...grandma may not appreciate caroling that one until she's had a few sips o' nog.

1.How the Grinch Stole Christmas You may know that Boris Karloff (given name William Henry Pratt) of Frankenstein fame was the voice of Dr. Seuss' classic 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' but because he couldn't carry a tune, Thurl Ravenscroft was brought in to sing the well-loved ditty . Never heard of Ravenscroft? You probably know his Grrrrrrrrrreat and  famous persona; cereal mascot Tony the Tiger.

2.White Christmas This beloved tune has a few factoids associated with. It was written by Irving Berlin, who was Jewish. As a matter of fact, he wrote it for a Broadway musical show (that was never even produced) before being used in the movie 'Holiday Inn' starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Bing Crosby’s version of “White Christmas” is …
HOUSING INVENTORY TUMBLES IN GREATER SACRAMENTO DEC 12, 2016 The number of active and available homes for sale throughout Greater Sacramento declined a hefty 18 percent since October and currently stands 11 percent below last year at this time. Market demand, measured by the rate of new pending sales, reflected a mere 1.6 months of remaining home supply on December 1st. This market information was presented by Lyon Real Estate based upon data provided by Trendgraphix Inc., a Sacramento-based reporting company. A total of 2,242 resale homes went under contract as pending sales, while 2,160 were posted as sold and closed across the entire region for the month of November. Both sales categories reflect single digit decreases when compared to October figures but also exhibit a normal seasonal adjustment in buyer activity. More notable however, is that sold units were up 14 percent and new pending sales 12 percent when compared to November of 2015. The average home sales price of $394,000…
NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS IN THE SACRAMENTO AREA DEC 2016We can hardly believe that 2016 is almost over. There is no better way to celebrate the successes, memories and events of 2016 than with family and friends at a local event or special dinner in the city. And of course, this is also an opportunity to make a toast to 2017 and look forward to a fresh start at the beginning of another new year. Celebrate all of the above at a special New Year’s Eve event or prix fixe dinner served at one of Sacramento’s best restaurants! NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTSNOON YEAR’S EVE 10 A.M. – 2 P.M. | CROCKER ART MUSEUM Photos Courtesy of the Crocker Art Museum Noon Year’s Eve at the Crocker Art Museum has become a beloved Sacramento annual tradition as families gather to count down to the new year at noon. This free event features live music, dance performances, and festive art activities throughout the museum. You can even explore the museum after the party, as it will be open for free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on …

Enjoy Some Warm Fuzzies This Holiday Season

HOLIDAY VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SACRAMENTO AREA Dec, 2016 Every holiday season, communities all over the country come together to celebrate our successes of the past year and the neighborhoods we love. In Sacramento, we’re no different. We celebrate with some of the most festive events, shows and festivals that remind us just how much we love to call this place home. While we are lucky for the opportunity to live in such a generous and community-centered area, it’s easy to forget sometimes that we’re not all equally fortunate. But this season, we can rally around our needy families and individuals and extend a helping hand. We found multiple opportunities for you to volunteer or donate — whether it’s time, materials or even just a smile. There are charitable fun runs, opportunities to spread warmth and even a chance to bake cookies! Find something you’re passionate about and spread the cheer this holiday.
FOLSOM CHRISTMAS CLASSICDecember 17, 8 a.m. Location: Lembi Park