Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas season, filled with family, friends, and lots of joy!

San Diego County Events for December 22 – 24

Squeeze in a couple more Christmastime activities here in San Diego County before actual Christmas Day!

San Diego county events this weekendBoardwalk Craft Market

The Boardwalk Craft Market – a juried show with crafts created and by San Diego County artists – is held every Saturday morning (through Christmas) at Old Poway Park. Artists are on-hand to answer questions about their work.

When: Saturday, Dec. 23 | 8am – 2pm
Where: 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: Boardwalk Craft Market


Seas ‘n’ Greetings

The magic of the holidays meets the magic of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal activities for the whole family.

From December 1 to 31, Birch Aquarium  is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa as well as themed animal encounters, a scavenger hunt, and fun photo opportunities. On Saturdays and Sundays, things are even more festive with live music and two daily dive shows. The schedule changes daily, so check the calendar for details. All Seas ‘n’ Greetings activities are included with admission.

When: Dec. 1 – 31 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Birch Aquarium | 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free with admission ($14 – $18.50)
More information: aquarium.ucsd.edu/experiences/events/seas-n-greetings


Holiday Nights at Bernardo Winery

For an entire week, December 18th to the 23rd, the winery is open til 9pm, lit up with twinkling lights and full of Holiday fun! Come enjoy an evening of old fashioned Christmas at the winery. An Annual Holiday Event in North County San Diego!

  • Tasting room and outdoor wine bar open
  • Multiple Food trucks every night
  • Winery Village shops open late for holiday shopping
  • Even more!

When: Dec. 18 – 23 | 10am – 9pm
Where: Bernardo Winery | 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128
Cost: Free
More information: bernardowinery.com/calendar-of-events/holiday-nights-at-bernardo-winery-december-11th-14th-4-830pm


Ice skating at Poway ICE Arena

Bundle up in warm clothes and go enjoy a public skate session for all ages and skating levels at Poway Ice Arena. The whole family can do this activity together as a fun and novel way to get some exercise. There are additional public skate sessions offered Weds.-Sun. Check here for more days and times.

When: every Friday at 1:45pm to 4:30pm
Where: Poway Ice Arena | 2455 Kerran St., San Diego, Ca
Cost:  $12 admission; $3 skate rentals
More information: redtri.com/socal/go-ice-skating-at-poway-ice-arena


Garden of Lights at San Diego Botanic Garden

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California Style! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening for a magical holiday experience. Bring the family and enjoy the Garden at night as the lights illuminate several spectacular Garden areas.

There is no Garden of Lights on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

When:  Dec 2, 2017 – Dec 30 | 5 – 9pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr., San Diego, Ca
Cost: $10 – $15
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/lights


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Tips on changing your financial impulses

Behavior hacks to avoid your worst money impulses, by CNN.

“Here are the biggest money challenges facing us right now…and how to get yourself to do the things you already know you should do.” “From Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist at Duke University and the author of the new book, written with Jeff Kreisler, “Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter.”

Picture from www.ccPixs.com

Problem 1: Invisible savings

Behavior hacks:

“Talk about what you’re saving, early and often. Yes, we’re also terrible at talking about money, but young people are more likely to do it than older people. The more we make visible what we are saving the better we’ll be at understanding it and comparing it, according to Ariely.”

Problem 2: Painless payments

Read the behavior hack and more on the article here: “Behavior hacks to avoid your worst money impulses“.

San Diego County Events for December 15 – 17

In the middle of the holiday season, San Diego County has festive events and activities galore!

San Diego county events this weekendQueen Bee Market Del Mar

At the Queen Bee Market, check off your entire Christmas shopping list here….and get a few things for other people too! Plus live music, free make and takes, food, desserts, drinks!

When: Friday, Dec 15, 4 – 9pm | Saturday, Dec 16, 9am – 4pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014
Cost: $3; under 12 free
More information: Queen Bee Market Del Mar


Menorah Lighting by Congregation Beth Am

To celebrate Hanukkah, the Congregation Beth Am will host a traditional lighting ceremony, choral performances and refreshments starting at 6pm.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17 | 6 – 7pm
Where: Del Mar Highlands Town Center | 12925 El Camino Real, J-28, San Diego, CA 92131
Cost: Free
More information: Menorah Lighting by Congregation Beth Am


Breakfast Under the Oaks

This 2nd annual community event will play host to a Mr. Santa Claus and will feature a hot breakfast, arts and crafts, and other entertainment. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is free, but there is a $3 parking fee.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16 | 10am – 12pm
Where: Felicita County Park, 724 Clarence Lane, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free, with a $3 parking fee
More information: Breakfast Under the Oaks


Fallbrook Breakfast with Santa

The entire family will enjoy a special morning with Santa Claus! Activities include a hot breakfast, entertainment, and more. Please call for specifics at your favorite park location. $5 for all ages.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16 | 8 – 10:30am
Where: Fallbrook Community Center | 341 Heald Lane, Fallbrook, CA
Cost: $5
More information: Fallbrook Breakfast with Santa


Let There be Light: Celebrating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa

Come Celebrate Brilliant Holiday Traditions at the San Diego History Center!

Hands-On Activities:

  • Make-and-Take Dreidel: Make your own dreidel
  • Make-and-Take Mkeka Mat: Make your own mkeka mat using construction paper
  • Make-and-Take Kwanzaa Jewelry: Make your own necklace or bracelets in traditional Kwanzaa colors.”

Performers: Rev. Alyce Smith-Cooper and The San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17 | 11am – 4pm
Where: San Diego History Center | 1649 El Prado, Suite 3, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free with Give Forward admission
More information


Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presents another holiday season of outdoor ice skating with support from SENTRE Inc., NBC 7 San Diego, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station and many friends of Rady Children’s.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.

When: Now – Jan. 7, 2018
Where: Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
More information: www.radyfoundation.org/icerink


San Diego Botanic Garden: Garden of Lights

The Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling the lighted Garden. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5:00 to 9:00 PM for a magical holiday experience.

When: December 2-23 & 26-30 | 5 – 9pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: $5 – $20
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/lights


San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17 | 5 – 7pm
Where: San Diego Bay | from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.
Cost: Free
More information: www.sdparadeoflights.org


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Homeownership Has Benefits

Thinking of becoming a home owner?

Homeownership has a few benefits; improved: educational performance, health, and civic participation, and lower crime rates.

Homeownership has benefits

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: Holiday Spending

Holiday Spending: 5 Ways To Reduce Financial Stress

  1. Discuss what the holidays mean to you and your family. Talk about your values and consider alternatives to unbridled spending.
  2. When you are dealing with extended families, set reasonable, manageable, and realistic boundaries.
  3. Instead of making the holidays a time where breaking the bank becomes the norm, make it a time to do meaningful activities that don’t revolve around spending unnecessary dollars.
  4. Create your holiday budget in January. Then you can divide the amount by twelve months and begin to set it aside monthly.
  5. Focus on celebrating what is most important to you and your family — not on the financial aspect.

This tips are from Forbes. Read more on this advice from Forbes here: “Holiday Spending: 5 Ways To Reduce Financial Stress.”

San Diego County Events for December 8 – 10, 2017

Another holiday weekend with plenty of events and activities in San Diego County, CA!

San Diego county events this weekendHoliday in the Village

The La Mesa Village Association’s new event, Holiday in the Village, follows a long history of Christmas in the Village events. They will have fire pits, caroling, lots of events for kids, and craft vendors to get everyone in the mood of the season! Walk the streets of La Mesa’s historic downtown and enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids’ area with holiday movies and activities.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 10am – 10pm | Sunday, Dec. 10, 10am – 6pm
Where: La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.lamesavillageassociation.org/events/holiday-in-the-village


Harbor Parade of Lights: Oceanside

Bring a blanket, some hot chocolate and pick a comfortable spot to watch this years Parade of Lights celebration in the quaint Oceanside Harbor. Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys will all be dressed-up in holiday swag and circling Oceanside Harbor enchanting onlookers along the harbor and at the neighboring restaurants. Many of the boats even feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd!

When: Saturday, Dec. 9 | 7pm
Where: Oceanside Harbor | 1540 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.oceansidewhalewatching.com


Holiday Dance 2017

When: Sunday, Dec. 10 | 5 – 8pm
Where: Junior Seau Beach Community Center | 300 North The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: $15
More information: www.oceansiderec.com


Christmas in the Park

Christmas tree lighting at 5:15 PM, followed by the arrival of Santa at 5:30 PM. Horse-drawn hay and pony rides, petting zoo, and face painting. Speeder rides, model trains, and live entertainment. Holiday sweets and warm dinner foods.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9 | 3:30 – 8pm
Where: Old Poway Park | 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: poway.org


Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presents another holiday season of outdoor ice skating with support from SENTRE Inc., NBC 7 San Diego, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station and many friends of Rady Children’s.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.

When: Now – Jan. 7, 2018
Where: Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, California 92106
More information: www.radyfoundation.org/icerink


Dreidel Day with Literature Comes to Life

Join us for our second annual Dreidel Day! This year, Literature comes to Life will bring ‘The Runaway Latkes’ to life by letting the kids in the audience dress up and be part of the play! We will also play dreidel and eat snacks!

When: Sunday, Dec. 10 | 1pm
Where: Poway Branch Library | 13137 Poway Rd., Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: www.sdcl.org/locations_PW


37th Annual PB Holiday Parade

This year marks the 37th Annual PB Holiday Parade! Please join us for this fun filled community event to celebrate the holidays together in Pacific Beach. There will be marching bands, local community groups, floats, businesses and dancing groups. To find out more info on how to get involved, please visit www.pacificbeach.org for an entry form! Anyone can participate! The parade route is on Garnet Ave from Haines to Bayard Streets.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9 | 1pm
Where: Garnet Avenue, San Diego, California
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/529949657355074


Annual Winter Concert

The first part of our concert will feature the seasonal favorite, Handel’s Messiah. Enjoy the beautiful and intricate melodies as performed by the Chorus and local professional solists. The second half of the program will include a variety of seasonal music. Regular concert-goers will know that there is always a surprise or two along with familiar carols and songs.

When: Sunday, Dec. 10 | 3pm
Where: College Avenue Baptist Church | 4747 College Ave., San Diego, CA
Cost: $17 – adults; $5 – children
More information: Annual Winter Concert


Liberty Station Hanukkah & Menorah Lighting

Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with an early evening Menorah Lighting, music throughout the evening and much more. It’ll take place in Central Promenade between the ice rink and The Lot.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 12 | 5 – 7:30pm
Where: North Promenade, 2853 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: libertystation.com/events/salute-the-season/hanukkah-menorah-lighting


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: How to stop overspending

“Here’s what financial experts recommended to help get out of the revolving door of overspending:

Personal finance and money

“Face the spending music

“It’s not easy, but step one is to take a hard (and honest) look at all your spending.

“That means identifying everything you spent money on in the last few months: housing, food, gas, entertainment, clothes, drinks…everything.”

“Find a budget that works for you

“Once you know how much money you are taking in and where it’s going, it’s time to create a budget.” (“How to get out of the overspending trap”. Kathryn Vasel. CNN.com. http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/30/pf/credit-card-debt-pay-down-debt/index.html?iid=SF_LN)

Read more of this article at CNN.com here: “How to get out of the overspending trap”.