Patrick McCarran

Going Green: Seeing the Light If you want to be eco-friendly and want to help the environment, yet worry that making changes in your home will be costly or inconsequential, think about lighting. Making-energy efficient home improvements doesn’t have to mean sweeping changes. You can help do your share to go green and creating a better carbon footprint for your house by taking a first step and start changing out your lights. Recent studies have reported that 80% of homebuyers identify energy savings and comfortable surroundings as key factors when deciding between listings, so more agents today are working with home sellers on innovative energy, environmental and ecological approaches and opportunities for selling the home. One simple … [Read more...]

On the House

5 Ways Gardening And Plants Can Reduce Stress In today’s busy world, we’re continually searching for new ways to slow down and unwind. This has led more people to discover the calming benefits of gardening and how incorporating plants into decor provides a way to reduce everyday stress. Studies have shown that indoor plants clean the air by removing 87 percent of airborne toxins in 24 hours, and can make people more relaxed. In fact, the very act of planting and maintaining a garden provides relaxing stress relief in today’s busy world. With such pronounced benefits, there are many reasons people who live in crowded cities and spacious suburbs have taken up gardening. For a closer look, green industry experts at RISE (Responsible … [Read more...]

Pick of the Vine

Apollo Dental Care Dr. Sujatha “Sue” Padavettan has had a passion for dentistry since she was very young. So, in 2004, she opened Apollo Dental Care because she felt that opening her own office would be the best way to fulfill that passion. Dr. Padavettan, or Dr. Sue as many of her patients call her, says she is rewarded every day when she sees her service has changed a patient’s life for the better. Their smile of happiness brings them back to the office and she enjoys building personal and long-term relationships with patients. Apollo Dental Care provides gentle, quality dental care for children and adults. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, braces, Invisalign, dental implant restorations and much … [Read more...]

For Your Dental Health

Ankylosing Spondylitis and Dentistry Oral health is an important part of systemic health. We are beginning to understand more and more links between poor oral health and other diseases of the body, such as, the link between gum disease and respiratory or cardiovascular disease. Recent research has indicated an association between chronic incurable diseases like gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Anyone who has experienced these types of arthritis firsthand or in a family member or friend understands how life changing it can be. Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune disease, which causes chronic inflammation of the joints, mainly the spine and the pelvis, and can cause eventual fusion of the spine. Men … [Read more...]

Who’s Who In East County

Mr. Handyman Mr. Handyman is the epitome of home improvement professionals since 2016, serving Brentwood, Antioch and Discovery Bay. They pride themselves on providing high quality home and commercial repairs and maintenance. With five vans and technicians and over 30 years of experience, you can be assured the job will be done right the first time, resulting in excellent customer satisfaction. With experience in the corporate world, Mr. Handyman has the customer service experience needed to let a business thrive. They help the community take care of their homes and businesses. Mr. Handyman is licensed, bonded, insured and offer a 1 year “Done Right” guarantee. Their technicians are their own employees and come with 10 years of … [Read more...]

Who’s Been Snooped?

No Housework This Weekend! Well, the 4th of July is just around the corner and the local farmers are bringing in the harvest every day. This is when our famous Brentwood Sweet Corn makes it to our local Safeway, U-pick farm stands of Harvest Time in Brentwood and your dinner table. That, along with our other local fruit and vegetables, it is the perfect time of year to invite your friends and family over for weekend of fun. What a great time to check in on a local business who can get you ready for the crowd. Class Act Cleaning Services has been in this area for 30 years and is family owned and operated. Here at the Monthly Grapevine, we are super excited to have Class Act be this month’s Snoop, because, they are indeed a class act … [Read more...]


One Week Of Healthy Meals, With Minimal Effort We all know that the week can get hectic, with work and whatever life can throw at you. In between the chaos is it important to provide a healthy yet hearty meal for your family. American household spend $70,000 on takeout annually. With such a high number, saving money is also a dire reason that cooking at home is healthy as well as frugal. The key to a week of healthy meals is choosing two days to cook and prep your food for break, lunch, or dinner. Whether it is all three meals or one, the choice is up to you. Let’s begin with the first meal of the day. Breakfast. The meal that gets you energized and ready for the day ahead. Though this meal is the most important of the day, it is … [Read more...]

Law Offices of Joan Grimes

What Happens to my Non-Trust Assets After I am Gone? If you have established a Revocable Living Trust, you have two (2) types of assets: Trust assets (assets held in the name of the Trust) and non-Trust assets (assets that have been intentionally or unintentionally excluded from the Trust). In general, once you die, the terms of your Trust will dictate how your Trust assets will be distributed. But what happens to your non-Trust assets? Some assets are intentionally excluded from a Revocable Living Trust including, but not limited to, retirement accounts (IRAs, 401ks, etc.) and life insurance policies. Upon your death, these assets will be distributed to your designated beneficiaries. However, complications arise if you have not … [Read more...]

Amy’s Bright Advice

Ready To Get Motivated? Do you find yourself unable to finish, or sometimes even start, any needed projects? Do you write to-do lists and only get 10% of the tasks completed by the end of the work day? Is the label “Procrastinator” an understatement for you? Do you go to bed at night feeling upset and ashamed that you were unable to get done the needed things for the day? Maybe these feelings have plagued you for weeks or even months. This feeling of lack of motivation can be a success-stopper or worse case a career ender. Don’t worry you can stop this pattern, and become a motivated, successful professional again but first you need to explore deep within yourself to find out why this is happening. The following process will take … [Read more...]

From the Desk of the CEO

Return on Ad Spending Your first step will be determining exactly what ROI (return on investment) means to you. Many people use the term but often confuse the meanings. If you’re looking at trying to calculate how much your spending in print advertising translates into sales, you’re technically looking at Return on Ad Spending (ROAS), but the terms are similar enough that many people just use them interchangeably. Other things to consider are, again, to determine what qualifies as “success” - a lead, a conversion, increased advertising awareness, increased brand awareness, etc. For simplicity’s sake, assuming that you’re looking at increased store traffic as your measure of success, here are some things you can do to calculate your … [Read more...]