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How to Enjoy Halloween at Any Age

It’s the time of the year when green leaves have turned a vibrant red, pumpkin patches are opening up across America, and pumpkin-spice everything is now stocked on store shelves: from popcorn, to coffee, to pancakes. These signs mark the start of the Fall season. While scenic nature and pumpkin spice lattes are the highlight of the autumnal season for many, others anxiously await for Halloween to roll around. Halloween is a holiday which sparks warm childhood memories. People look back fondly at early memories of selecting a Halloween costume with their parents, exchanging costume ideas with their peers at elementary school, and trick-or-treating with friends. While sometimes it can seem as though the magic of Halloween dissipates in adulthood,...

Cinco Ranch self storage – take the tour

Take a tour of our Cinco Ranch Self Storage Facility.  Currently offering move in specials up to 50% off first month and reduced monthly rates on some units.  Free Move In truck.   

Shepherd’s Pie Irish style – Winter comfort foods

Have you ever wondered how to make an authentic Shepherd’s pie?  Now is your chance to delight your family with this heartwarming comfort food.  The secret is in the sauces.  You can freeze leftovers (that is if there are any!).   If you want to make a larger batch and freeze a portion for another day it is best to leave the potato off and freeze the meat sauce by itself then defrost and add the mashed potato on day of cooking.  Ingredients: 1 Large onion chopped 1.5 lbs. of lean ground beef 1 cup peas (Trader Joe’s does English style shelled peas or you can use frozen) 1 cup of diced carrots 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 2...

Storing Halloween Decorations

Once Halloween is over it’ll be time to take down all your decorations and pack them away with costumes until next fall. While many stores are now offering containers in black and orange for your Halloween needs, successful storage requires more than just buying a few random tubs. You need a plan. Storing Halloween stuff doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out the steps below and set yourself up right for next year! Sort, Sort, Sort The best thing about sorting is that you can start the process while your decorations are still in use. Just walk around and make a list of all Halloween items. Make a note of what you want to keep and, therefore, store, what needs to be...

Oregano’s to Open 3rd location in Scottsdale

Oregano’s, one of Scottsdale’s and Arizona’s most popular Italian restaurants, will be opening a new location in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you are reading this and you live in the area, we’ve probably captured all your attention, just with that one sentence. Now is a time for carb lovers all over Scottsdale to rejoice. Everybody in Scottsdale knows about Oregano’s. Ever since the restaurant was first opened in 1993 over in Old Town Scottsdale, it has become a Scottsdale staple. Within the span of the 25 years Oregano’s has been in business, locations have sprung up all throughout Arizona, from Flagstaff to Tucson. Between the delicious pizzas, wings, cheese-loaded garlic bread, pasta, and most importantly, their pizza cookie, Oregano’s is a...

Katy ISD Removes Its D Letter Grade

Is your child stressed out about school and grades? If so, they’re not alone. According to statistics from the National Institutes of Mental Health, 31.9% of all adolescents in the United States have an anxiety disorder. Even kids who haven’t been diagnosed with anxiety can experience intense stress when dealing with homework, standardized testing, and report cards. As you might expect, parents and educators have been working to devise ways of helping children and teenagers cope with school-related stress. The Katy Independent School District has come up with a unique solution they think will help: eliminating the “D” grade from kids’ report cards. An Update to the Grading System Prior to the recently announced changes, letter grades in the Katy...

H.E.R.O.S. Inc. Moves Its Headquarters to Chandler

It’s always good news for a local economy when a respected company moves into the area. These arrivals nearly always bring new jobs and a boost to other businesses, as well. That’s why Chandler residents are celebrating the relocation of H.E.R.O.S. Inc. headquarters from its original location in California. The opening of its new HQ at the end of 2019 is highly anticipated by everyone involved. About H.E.R.O.S. Inc. H.E.R.O.S. Inc. got its start in Santa Clarita, California in 1988. According to their website, the company provides: One-on-one, customized, quality engine repair and overhaul services for the Model 250 series of engines and accessories. The Model 250 series is a line of helicopter engines manufactured by Rolls Royce. However, H.E.R.O.S....

Fry’s Food Stores to Open New Phoenix Location

Arizona supermarket chain Fry’s Food Stores has recently announced that they will open a new Phoenix location on October 23, 2019. The news is very welcome to Phoenix residents, who have been eager to welcome a new location of the popular store. The new Fry’s location will offer convenience to nearby residents and new job opportunities, as well. Here’s what you need to know. About Fry’s Food Stores Fry’s was founded by Donald Fry in 1954 in Northern California. He operated the business together with his brother, Charles Fry. The chain grew quickly, expanding into the Phoenix area by 1960 and continuing to grow. In 1972, Donald Fry sold the chain to Dillon’s. Charles Fry’s two sons used the money...

Why San Marcos Was Named as One of the Best Suburbs in America

Between the world-famous San Diego Zoo, fresh sea air, and a thriving economy, it’s understandable why millions of people from around the globe have flocked to San Diego. Currently, over 3 million people call San Diego County home. Many purchase homes here looking to invest in real estate, wanting to settle down with a family, or are those just wishing for a change of scenery, and the San Diego area seems to be the perfect place to fulfill those California dreams. While the city of San Diego itself is an exciting place to live, what surrounds the city is a plethora of suburbs. With an extensive list of surrounding towns, it can be overwhelming for one looking to relocate to...

New Data Center Opens in Rancho Cucamonga

It’s common for municipalities to be slow to adopt new technology. After all, they’re using taxpayer money – and must justify spending it on anything new. However, the future of technology is bright in Rancho Cucamonga, where the city has just unveiled its brand new data center. About the New Data Center Rancho Cucamonga’s new data center is part of the city’s recently completed public safety campus, which was built by the fire department. The data center is a state of the art facility that’s designed to help the city in a variety of ways. It is located about three miles from the city’s first data center and will work in conjunction with the existing center to improve conditions for...

Monsoon Season Has Hit the Valley of the Sun After a Late Start

All of those who have grown up in the Phoenix Metro Area can recall memories of fierce monsoons. One moment, the sun is sweltering and the air is dry, and then the next moment, your neighborhood is being covered by harsh rains and the sounds of booming thunder. While monsoons are just a normal part of living in the desert, it seems as though this year, monsoon season is behaving quite differently than it usually does. Monsoon season has come off to a late start this year. The season usually hits the Southwestern United States from July to mid-September, but in 2019, the season has hit Arizona later than it usually does. June 15 through September 30 is considered the...

Houston to Play Key Role in Return to the Moon

It was 50 years ago that astronaut Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon and said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The last time a human being landed on the moon was in 1972. And while there has been a hiatus on lunar exploration, the experts at NASA have long wanted to return. Now, they’ll get that chance, with an expedition planned for 2024. And the Johnson Space Center in Houston will play a key role. Why Return to the Moon? NASA announced its plan to return to the moon with these words:  President Donald Trump has asked NASA to accelerate our plans to return to the Moon and to land humans on...

Summergrass – Live Bluegrass Festival Coming to San Diego Area on August 16

Summer is the perfect time to sit outside and listen to live music. Even in a place that has a mild climate, there is still something special about music, warm weather, and sunshine. Bluegrass fans in the San Diego area can look forward to Summergrass, a live bluegrass festival scheduled on August 16 – 19. What is Summergrass? Summergrass is a summertime bluegrass festival currently in its 17th year. It debuted in the summer of 2003, but the idea for a bluegrass festival had been percolating for a while. The festival came to fruition thanks to the efforts of members of the San Diego Bluegrass Society and The North County Bluegrass and Folk Club. The festival is held at the...

Luxury Housing Development is Coming to Chandler

What’s not to love about Chandler, Arizona? Between the warm weather, plethora of restaurants, and the numerous job opportunities, it comes as no surprise that many are hurriedly relocating to this developing area. Many large technology companies such as Ceiba Technologies, Orbital ATK, and MTI Tech Solutions, have recently sprung up in the Chandler area, providing the city of Chandler with a booming economy. After the market crash of 2008, many Arizona homeowners sadly watched as their property values plummeted. The Arizona real estate market has very much been a buyer’s market throughout the previous decade, but thankfully, recent statistics show that Arizona real estate values are steadily rising. With the market beginning to favor sellers and a swiftly increasing...

How to Safely Store Belongings When Renovating

They say home is where the heart is. It is often our sanctuary after long, stressful days. That is why your living space should be your personal idea of heaven. If your home’s interior aesthetic is becoming outdated, or if you simply dislike the look and feel of your home, you may have thought about home renovation. But remodeling can also get quite messy; entire rooms must be emptied out with their items stowed away. When dealing with remodeling costs, contractors, movers, and more, it can be quite overwhelming dealing with storing belongings. Home renovating can be a time of anticipation, stress, paint, and of course, a lot of dust. You do not want debris ruining your household’s treasured items,...

The State of the Houston, Texas Real Estate Market as of 2019

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the famous city of Houston is certainly no exception. Houston is a place renowned for it’s larger than life atmosphere and iconic culture that makes Texas, well, Texas. Many wish to relocate to the Lone Star State, but the property and housing market has faced tremendous setbacks in recent years. Luckily, if you are someone who dreaming of moving to Houston, you may not have to postpone your plans much longer. The devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey back in late 2017 saw horrific amounts of property damage. This sadly followed with economic devastation and a property market that unfairly benefitted sellers. The Houston market went into a chaotic state, with demand for...

You Can Do Home Organization with Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo has recently built quite a name for herself in the home organization and cleaning sphere. Since starting her tidying up business at the tender age of 19, she has helped many turn around their cluttered living space. The prospect of cleaning up a disheveled home can be quite daunting; many people begin their household cleaning unsure of where to even start. People often feel overwhelmed at the prospect of having to organize an entire home. Luckily, Marie herself decided to take the confusion out of home organization and cleaning by developing her KonMari method. This method has rapidly become popular, with many testimonials singing praises of this method. This method began to pick up steam with the 2014...

Why it’s Time to Declutter Your Home (and Mind)

Everybody is familiar with the proverbial war between clean and messy roommates. One mindlessly drops their trash and belongings throughout the home, creating a cluttered environment, while the organized one grows to resent their roommate’s less-than-stellar habits. This dilemma is a common one, but is it possible that the organized roommates could be onto something? A clear and organized home gives one a clear and organized mind. Some experts state that coming home to a cluttered living space can release the stress hormone cortisol. Seeing various items scattered throughout the home can overwhelm the mind, with many psychologists stating that outside environment is a major factor in overall mental well-being.  Through anecdotal evidence, many understand how a messy home brings...

City of Surprise Information Site and Mobile App

Are you planning a move to the city of Surprise, Arizona? If so, you might be wondering where to find information about the city. You may also be looking for storage in Surprise, AZ. Why Surprise? One of the most unexpectedly charming things about Surprise is its name. While residents are well versed in the city’s history, visitors and new arrivals are likely to be curious about how it got its unusual moniker. Surprise was founded by a woman named Flora Mae Statler in 1938. She chose the name because, as she said, she would “be surprised if the town ever amounted to much.” Flora Mae would probably be surprised, herself, to know that the tiny town she founded now...

Traveling to Fontana This Summer? Visit Their Community Site

The city of Fontana, located in Southern California’s San Bernardino County, is a wonderful place to live or visit. We know because Fontana is the site of one of our facilities for storage. Fontana has a lot to offer residents and visitors alike. Fontana’s History The City of Fontana was founded in 1919 by a man named Azariel Blanchard Miller. It straddles Route 66 and was, at first, an agricultural community. Its primary crops were citrus fruits, grapes for wine, and chickens. It wasn’t until World War II began that Fontana expanded. Henry J. Kaiser built a steel mill just outside the city limits. At that time, it was one of only two steel mills located west of the Mississippi...

Amazon Will Fill 1,300 Positions in North Las Vegas

Storage West has North Las Vegas storage available. For long-time residents and new arrivals, there’s never been a better time to live in NLV. Online mega-retailer Amazon has plans to launch an 850,000 square foot fulfillment center in North Las Vegas. The new facility is in addition to Amazon’s existing facility in the area, which is off Interstate 15. Construction on the new fulfillment center is already underway. The massive facility will employ approximately 1,300 people, offering a significant opportunity to residents of North Las Vegas and nearby locations. Why North Las Vegas? When asked why Amazon is opening another facility in North Las Vegas, the company cited increasing demand in the area. That’s likely true, but NLV Mayor John...

Irvine, California – A Great Place to Raise a Family

Who doesn’t love Irvine, California? With a kid-friendly shopping center and within close proximity to Disneyland and Newport Beach, Irvine is a family’s dream. As you drive into the town, you’ll notice how clean and spacious the city truly is, and if you have plans to raise a family, you’ll want to move in straight away. The town is set bulls-eye in the iconic Orange County of Southern California. From Fullerton native, Gwen Stefani’s musical declaration of her status as an Orange County girl, to the 2000s hit soap opera the O.C, you will see why Orange County has become a staple in music and T.V. Shows once you step foot into Irvine. We’d recommend taking a visit into the...

Mission Viejo, California: A Wonderful Place to Live

There’s a reason they call California the Golden State, and it’s not only because of the Gold Rush. The breathtaking landscapes and mild weather make it an ideal spot for singles, families, and retirees. If you’re considering a move to (or within) California, why not think about settling down in Mission Viejo? This historic community has much to offer its residents, who are proud to call the city home. Mission Viejo’s Roots Date Back to the Mexican-American War Mission Viejo sits on a tract of land that was purchased by American John Forster at the time of the Mexican-American War. It was first seen as “undevelopable” due to its geographical complexity. The area was used as pasture for cows and...

4 Things That Make Atascocita a Great Place to Live

There are many communities in the area around Houston, but Atascocita is special. It’s a community that has grown rapidly since 2000, but it still retains its small-town charm. Here are 4 things that make Atascocita a great place to live. #1: It’s an Easy Commute to Houston One of the best things about living in Atascocita is that you have the benefit of living in a small city with plenty of green space while being only 18 miles away from Houston. That means that Atascocita is a good place to live if you’ve got (or want to get) a job in Houston. It also means that Houston’s museums, parks, sporting events, and nightlife are within reach. Whether you want to...

6 Things That Make Cinco Ranch a Great Community

Cinco Ranch is located near Houston, spanning parts of Harris and Fort Bend Counties. It’s a planned community with lots to offer visitors, but it’s an especially wonderful place to live. Here are 6 things that make Cinco Ranch, located near Katy, TX, a welcoming community. #1: Professionally Designed Homes One of the benefits of living in a master planned community like Cinco Ranch is that every home is beautiful and designed to create an attractive place to live. The homes in Cinco Ranch have been designed by six top-notch building companies. Each home has been created with the goal of providing families with a safe and comfortable place to live. There are six model homes you that you can...

Rancho Cucamonga Fitness Program Geared Toward Older Residents

It can be difficult to get your body in shape as you get older, particularly if you’ve experienced an injury or have joint pain due to arthritis. But for Rancho Cucamonga residents, there’s an option that’s tailored especially to them. It’s the 40-50 Fit Club at Self-Made Training and it’s helping to change lives. About the 40-50 Fit Club The 40-50 Fit Club is the brainchild of trainer Dion Hudson. He got the idea for the club after noticing that he had a lot of clients coming in to work out at Self-Made Training who had lower back pain, knee injuries, and other issues associated with aging. With that realization came a recognition that his more mature clients needed workouts...

The Top Things to do in Santa Ana

Santa Ana is a city with a lot to offer. If you live there, you might lose sight of its attractions and high points because you see them all the time. Here’s a list of the top 15 things to do in Santa Ana – just in time for summer! #1: Visit the Old Orange County Courthouse The Old Orange County Courthouse is Southern California’s oldest courthouse. In addition to the courthouse itself, the building houses the Orange County History Center and the library of the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society. You can find more information here. #2: Check out the Animals at the Santa Ana Zoo The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is a fun and educational experience for...

Try This Smokehouse BBQ in Orange

Southern California may be miles away from the American South, but that doesn’t mean you need to book a flight to get authentic southern BBQ. Instead, simply head over to the Old Crow Smokehouse in Orange to get all the BBQ and sides your heart desires. What is the Old Crow Smokehouse? The Old Crow Smokehouse is a true Southern restaurant with its roots in the Midwest. The first restaurant opened in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago, but today there are two locations in Southern California, in Orange and Huntington Beach. Unlike some BBQ joints, the Old Crow Smokehouse doesn’t discriminate when it comes to flavor profiles. Their menu includes BBQ from the Carolinas, Kansas City, Memphis, and Texas.  The...

Yardi Matrix Self Storage Report 2019 – San Diego leads the way in rates

Yardi Matrix has released its April 2019 Self Storage Report.  Data shows a small decline in development and rates Nationally.  San Diego leads the way in 10X10 units  with rates holding strong and increasing.   You can download the full report here Download

Sprouts to Open New Store in Lake Forest

Lake Forest residents in the market for high-quality groceries at affordable prices are in for a treat. Sprouts, the rapidly-growing organic grocery chain, has announced that it will open a new store in Lake Forest in the second half of 2019, bringing new jobs with it. About Sprouts Sprouts Farmers Market is a grocery store with the sensibility of a farmers’ market. The first Sprouts store was opened in Phoenix, Arizona in 2002, and their corporate headquarters are in the same city. According to their most recent information, Sprouts: Operates more than 300 stores in 19 states Employs more than 30,000 people Sells over 20,000 products, 90% of which are natural or organic The company also prides itself on participating...
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