On the House

Garage Storage Solutions: freedomRail Garages Design Tips Garage organization systems are increasingly becoming a focus in homes. The garage is the catch-all for excess storage, sports equipment, gardening supplies, tools, overflow food storage, and cars. It’s time to get control of the clutter with a garage system that works for you and your constantly changing storage needs. freedomRail Garage will keep the space functional and organized for years to come because of its impeccable strength and endless adjustability. The storage experts at Organized Living are here to help with the best tips to design and organize the ultimate garage system. The golden ratio for designing garage storage systems is 50 percent shelves, 30 percent … [Read more...]

For Your Dental Health

Flossing And Flossing Alternatives Brushing and flossing are the gold standard for oral hygiene as we all know. Dental floss has been available since 1815, yet more than 70 percent of the population doesn’t see the value of daily flossing in spite of the” flossing nag” they get every time they are in the dental office for their regular cleaning visits. The reasons for not flossing include pain, flossing takes too much time, gagging and not wanting to put their fingers in their mouth. There are a wide variety of floss types available including flavored, fluoride coated, xylitol coated, individual flossers and floss holders. Despite this variety of flosses available in the market, studies show an average of only 13 per cent of adults … [Read more...]

Who’s Who In East County

Kaiafit Strong bodies and powerful minds are the two words that can be used to empower women. At Kaia Fit in Brentwood, this is exactly what the owner Claudia-Boer Carrasco instills into her clients. Claudia and her staff recognize simple exercises and teamwork to ensure healthy habits for a lifetime. With teamwork and personalized training Kaia Fit dedicates their work to help women achieve healthy bodies as well as healthy minds. Kaia Fit started in 2015 and officially opened in 2016. Claudia began in 2015 with offering free classes for the entire month before officially opening for business. Her inspiration for Kaia Fit began in 2012 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She wanted other women to know that no matter what your … [Read more...]

Who’s Been Snooped?

Keep On Moving! The end of the relaxed summer season is fast approaching, making it time to prepare for the hectic schedules that accompany the fall. Increased travel during the summer makes it necessary to assure your automobile is in safe and reliable condition for the months ahead. Whether you plan on keeping the same means of transportation or selling it for a new ride in the future, proper maintenance and care from a skilled and trustworthy mechanic extends the life of the vehicle and increase its resale value. Keep It Auto Service in Brentwood is located at 550 Harvest Park Drive, Suite C, close to Harvest Park Bowl. They offer a variety of automotive services to keep your car running at optimum performance. Fluid services include … [Read more...]

Travel Time

Scottish Highland Gathering & Games It’s that time of year when the Scottish Highland Gathering and Games come to Pleasanton. This is our eleventh year so come on down to Pleasanton and enjoy being Scottish for a day (or two). The Caledonian Club of San Francisco’s Scottish Highland Gathering and Games have taken place every year since 1866. They have survived World Wars, earthquakes, economic depressions and Bay Bridge closures. Since that inaugural event in San Francisco’s Hayes Park, the scale of the Games has grown as more events were added and bigger crowds turned up. Over the years, the Games have been held at various locations in San Francisco, Sausalito and Oakland before settling on Santa Rosa in 1962. The Games remained there … [Read more...]

From the Desk of the CEO

Successful Spending 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). For all intents and purposes, what qualifies as a “success” is a conversion into a sale. There are the usual things to help that “success” along. Like putting a coupon in your print ad and have the consumer bring it in for a discount or “free gift.” Or you can ask each customer “how did you hear about us?” and calculate how many of them say “from the Grapevine.” Most business owners already know this but other variables to consider are: • Time of year, are the kids out of school and people are spending on vacations instead of painting their house? … [Read more...]

Law Office of Michael Primus

Bankruptcy The idea of bankruptcy scares people, primarily because of the credit ramifications. Often people wonder what will show on their credit report after bankruptcy. Some people assume bankruptcy will remove everything except the bankruptcy. Others are unsure what will show but assume it will be horrible. Credit reports are intended to be an accurate chronology of financial events, before and after bankruptcy. Most people assume their credit reports will be accurate, but that is rarely the case. The credit reporting laws do not require lenders to report anything. It is true, lenders are not required to report your payment history. Most major banks like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and Citibank routinely report to the … [Read more...]

Amy’s Bright Advice

The Art of Listening Did you know that the need to be understood and listened to is a basic human need, along with food, water and shelter? As Diogenes Laertius said: “We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.”  The art of listening is an invaluable life skill.  Not only will it help you succeed in your business but it will also help you communicate better with your friends and family and every other area of your life. “According to the International Listening Association, more than 35 studies indicate that listening is a top skill needed for success in business, yet less than 2 percent of all professionals obtain training to improve listening skills,” Majer says, “Instead, the advantage is in … [Read more...]


Down Payment Gifts, What You Need To Know To Keep Your Deal Alive! When assessing down payment gifts – our underwriter colleagues get to flex their ultimate decision muscle! Some will request a paper trail that dates back four, five months; while some will simply want bank slips from both the donor and recipient with a letter of explanation. While the process isn’t arbitrary, it can be a bit subjective, and that’s just for conventional loans! Examples paint the best pictures – a recent client of mine was fortunate enough to have some very generous Grandparents. The Grandparents offered to gift my client funds for their down payment. During my review of this client’s bank records, I came across two deposits that seems out of the … [Read more...]

Pick of the Vine

Holy Cross Cemetery Life is truly precious and every moment a cherished gift, as all living creatures are faced with the inevitability of leaving this world at one time or another. Holy Cross Cemetery and Holy Angels Funeral & Cremation Center of Antioch is a complete resource for all end-of-life services. The professional, dedicated, and supportive staff are honored to provide patrons with specialized funeral arrangements designed to meet the unique needs of each person they serve. Owned by the Roman Catholic Church, Holy Cross is a ministry of the Diocese of Oakland that has been in operation since 1862. A nonprofit organization founded by faith, they provide education, outreach, grief ministry, and funeral, cemetery, and cremation … [Read more...]