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First day hikes at America’s State Parks
 December 27th, 2012

hiking Anza Borrego Desert State Park and San Diego HikesLast year (2012), America’s state parks launched what they call “First Day hikes.” This year, more than 600 first day hikes are taking place. What a great way to start the year, get your New Year’s better health resolutions off to a great start, and just have fun. The hikes chosen are between 1 and 4 miles and suitable for families.

You can find out the scoop on America’s state parks’ first day hikes here, and even locate a hike close to home on this first day hikes map. Anza Borrego Desert State Park is participating, as are several other California State Parks.

Hiking is a great activity, whether along with many at a public event like America’s state parks first day hike, or with family or friends here locally.  If you’re not going on a scheduled hike like the first day hikes, it’s a good idea to get informed and be prepared. Check out these San Diego hiking guides. – - including one for Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

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Daffodil Show in Julian
 March 22nd, 2012

Daffodil Show March 24 and March 25

Who doesn’t adore the cute flowers that pop their heads up to brighten the hills — and our days? Drive up into the Julian area and you’ll see them in bunches along the roads. Wouldn’t it be nice to get up close, see what makes a winner, and truly enjoy these little beauties? This weekend in Julian, you’ll have your chance. Open to the public is the Julian Daffodil Show with exhibits in the town hall (2129 Main Steet) and at the Blue Heron Garden Shop (2116 Third Street). You can learn from expert enthusiasts about the daffodil, known as the flower of hope.

There are lots of other things going on in Julian on the weekends as well. Western street theatrics, homemade apple pie – - and this year, maybe even a little snow left from last weekend’s storm (?)!

Learn more about Daffodils at the California Daffodil Society website. Members will be at the show.

Look at some lovely daffodil photos from the 2010 show.

Find out more about Julian and Julian events.

Your personal space, free 8 x 10 canvas
 September 11th, 2011

Psychologists and Feng-Shui experts agree –  a personal space holding items that make us feel good provides a positive emotional boost.

Whether you’re decorating a home office, want to help your college-age child claim a bit of home and hearth in the dorm, or like the idea of hanging up your summer vacation memories for all to see, photos can help.

Canvas People will create an 8 x 10 canvas from your fave photo for free (plus shipping), or give you $50 toward any other size.

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San Diego Photography Class Discount, Botox Deal
 July 30th, 2011

Ever want to learn how to make your camera turn out pictures that look as professional as … well … the professionals? Maybe you don’t have semesters-long to spend in a class, or hesitate to make a huge dollar investment. Now you can get local San Diego photography knowledge for an inexpensive price at So Cal Pixels. With So Cal Pixels’ 5-hour San Diego photography class deal you can learn how to avoid deadly pic-taking sins, and take shots you can be proud of. See offer and details about So Cal Pixels San Diego photography class

This is the last day for your budding musical genius to get 4 half-hour lessons at School of Rock for $50. See the School of Rock music lesson deal.

Looking to loose a few fine lines and wrinkles. Shaft in San Diego is offering 15 units of Botox for just $129. A real San Diego botox deal. Limited time only on this Shaft botox treatment deal, a deeply discounted botox deal.

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Free Mini photo book from MyPublisher
 July 12th, 2011

To take advantage of this free mini photo book offer from MyPublisher, first you gotta “like” MyPublisher on Facebook, then click the “free my mini” link on the left of the page. Enter your email address and you’ll be directed how to proceed (you’ll need to download a little software, add your photos, etc). Have fun with your free mini photo book from MyPublisher. Hey, when they’re giving away good products, MyPublisher is easy to like.  Offer good for just a few days, so hurry!

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San Diego International Orchid Fair
 September 29th, 2010

For many years, I admired orchids from a distance, thinking they would be too difficult to grow. Every year, my mother-in-law would cut me bunches to take home and enjoy in vases. When she passed away, I hesitantly asked my father-in-law if he’d mind sharing a couple of her plants. Maybe, with effort, I could bring a little of her spirit into my own garden. . . . Those pictured here graced my garden earlier in the year.

As it turns out, I was wrong about the difficulty level in growing them! Here in San Diego County, orchids grow quite well.

Have you ever thought about growing orchids? Whether you want to grow them or simply stroll through many varieties for the sheer beauty of the experience, you can get 1/2 off tickets to the Orchid Fair that takes place in San Diego October 1 through 3. See coupon for details.

Get the details about the San Diego International Orchid Fair.

Get the 1/2 off coupon to the Orchid Fair. COUPON VALID ONLY October 1 & 2.

SD County Fair
 June 14th, 2010

San Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair is on! June 11 through July 5 (closed Mondays except for July 5). For photography, art, hobby crafts, deliciously fattening foods, shopping, animals, and fun … get out to the fair!


* Do you know someone who went to opening day? If so, ask to use the $2 fair entry coupon (it was in the booklet given out with a reusable bag they received opening day). Speaking of reusable bags …. they’ll be giving this out on closing day (July 5), too.

* Tuesday, June 15, everybody gets in for just $3! (That’s $10 off the adult ticket price! – - use your savings to park; that costs $10 unless you park at the horse park for free and take the free shuttle buses).

RIDES: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, ride all day for a special price – - some other days too if you buy the pass online and exchange it at the fair.

Find out about ALL the discounts (military, groups, survey discount, etc).

Free National Park Entry
 May 12th, 2010

This year, we had free days during National Park Week in April, but did you know that there are plenty of other  2010 FREE NATIONYosemiteAL PARK ENTRY DAYS?


In addition to its free entry days to more than 100 parks, the National Park Service provides an economical annual pass deal for nature-lovers who visit the parks often. Some of my favorite times have been spent with family at our awe-inspiring National Parks. This year, take advantage of  free national park entry, get to know our beautiful National Park lands. San Diego’s closest parks are:

* Cabrillo National Monument

* Joshua Tree

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