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Hard Times In DUI Land

It was supposed to be a fun weekend. I would meet up with some friends from high school in Chico and we’d have a blast. But unfortunately, I ended up having to call a DUI attorney Chico called DUIChicoAttorney.com. It was supposed to be a carefree weekend and it wound up being one of the worst weekends of my life.

I was a student at Sacramento State University and I just wanted a fun weekend away from Sacramento. I arrived later that night and proceeded to get so drunk I don’t even remember half of what I did that night. Seriously. It wasn’t until the morning when I was driving us home that I got pulled over and subsequently booked for a DUI.

I guess I’m kind of lucky that this happened while I was at least 21, because just a month prior, I would have been underaged. Amaya & Associates really worked with me to make sure everything was taken care of. Since I was good in school, they got a lot of the charges dropped and I was able to do a lot of community service to diminish some charges. They were really respectful and treated me like an adult even when I certainly didn’t feel like one.

Confronting Cosmetic Dentistry

Josh Bernstein, Cosmetic Dentist

I have really high standards for a whole lot of things in my life. But the one thing I kind of let slide was my teeth. I never got braces and I didn’t care to keep them white and shiny. Then I got some sense and called All New Smiles, the best cosmetic dentist in the Bay area. Josh Bernstein, DDS is one of the kindest dentists I’ve ever had the privilege to work with.

Originally, I never wanted to have any work done on my teeth. I didn’t think it was important, nor did I have any money to work with. But once I started making some changes in my life and once I had enough money, I started thinking about my teeth more and more. Finally, I decided to find the best cosmetic dentist in the area and see what they could do for me.

I was lucky enough to hear about All New Smiles from a colleague who got veneers earlier this year. Her teeth look perfectly natural and I love they way she looks. She is always smiling and it’s contagious. So, since I was smiling more, I wanted to smile wider than usual. I wanted to get veneers, but I wanted them to be great. I love my new teeth and I love my new dentist!

Car Heroes!

Oh boy, am I glad that I have a car repair shop like Angelo’s Performance, specializing in BMW & Mercedes Repair in Folsom and El Dorado Hills. I hate having car trouble– the only thing worse than that is having health problems. I’m lucky I don’t have too many of the latter, but with a European car, the former can get pretty expensive. And it can be hard to find just the repair shop that works for you. I like to go to a shop that specializes in BMWs because that’s the car that I own.

I used to have a Honda, but when I got promoted a few years ago, I decided to reward myself for all my hard work with a beautiful new car. It’s a deep blue exterior and a light tan interior. Leather, of course. I worked really hard to get where I am, so I thought it was appropriate to actually give myself a reward for everything I’ve done in the last ten years of my career.

And I don’t trust my car to just anyone– Angelo’s Performance is one of the only car shops that I will actually go to because I know they care about my car as much as I do. At Angelo’s, I”m not just another paycheck– I feel almost the same way I feel when I take my dog to the groomer’s. I trust them with one of my favorite things– and that’s a pretty big deal!

Moving in Seattle and Kent

I moved recently from Seattle to Kent, Washington when we decided we needed to get a bigger house for our growing family. I didn’t hesitate to call Local Seattle Movers because I had worked with them on a commercial move I did the year prior. They did such a great job that I have continued to evangelize for them ever since. When we closed on our new place, they were the first call I made.

Puget Sound Movers Yelp Page did a GREAT job on moving us, just as I suspected. I figured if they were able to get a handle on moving 150 employees into a high rise, I figured they could just as easily move a family of 4 into a new home in Kent. And I was right! They did an amazing job and I was so excited that I was able to find such a great and experienced mover!

In conclusion, it’s clear that I am very good at knowing a good business when I see one. But really, Puget Sound Moving did a great job and I was more than stoked that they were able to move us in a day flat. They were professional, organized, and just plain friendly. I will definitely hire them again so long as I am able to move again!

Retail Property Market Roseville

Originally, I called CBRE in hopes of opening up a business in Sacramento, but by the time we looked at prices and figures, we decided it might be best for me to start in Roseville with plans to expand the business to Sacramento when I got enough capital. I thought this was a sound idea because I really wanted to test my market and put out feelers to other markets later on.

I knew that there was a need for my services in Roseville, so I would start there. And CBRE helped me get just the retail property I needed in the busiest spot in Roseville. I also thought that they did a great job researching this and deciding where the best place to open my business would be. I was pretty stinkin excited about it, actually. They were the first people who really helped me get what I needed to succeed as a business owner.

And four years later, they are helping me with my expansion to Sacramento. I am more confident than ever that I will be able to make the profit and get the clientele I need to make my business successful. I am grateful to CBRE for all that they have done for me in the past and what I am excited for them to help me with in the future. I am an unstoppable force with CBRE on my team!

New Property and Window Kings

We bought property in Sacramento a year ago and have slowly and surely been making updates to it while we rent a small apartment nearby. The most recent update we made has made the biggest difference– who knew windows would make an older house look so beautiful!? On second thought, maybe it takes a special window installer to do the job. Someone like D&D Replacement Windows in Sacramento.

D & D Windows was a great company to work with because even though they are a new company, the management is not new to the industry. Not at all. They are a family run company and know how to deal with both the business and physical labor portion of the job. They were friendly and professional as well as being able to perform great work.

We were really impressed with the work that D & D Windows did because it completely made over the look of our home, both inside and out! It was amazing what a difference it made! Next time (haha) that we buy a home and fix it up, we will make sure that adding new windows or replacement windows will be the first thing on our list.

A DUI in Chico

I know this story isn’t original by any means. I’m sure there have been many DUIs in Chico in the past and there will be many to come as well. However, I will say that I don’t think many people have had such a great experience with their DUIChicoAttorney.com. I know it sounds weird, but as far as DUIs go, I had a not-nearly-so-bad experience.

Of course it was devastating to my finances and to many people. My parents were very disappointed, but at the end of the day, they were forgiving and under standing. They realized that I had made a huge mistake and that I understood that too. It was not easy to get through, but I did with the help of Amaya & Associates. They knew everything that I needed to do and made sure I completed it all on time and to the judge’s standards. I couldn’t have done it without them.

I hope that I never have to go back to them again, but I know that if any of my friends find themselves in a pickle, I will be able to help them find a way out. It’s a hard time in one’s life when you get a DUI, but it doesn’t have to be. Amaya & Associates really pulled through for me!

Gold in my pocket.

The other day I stopped by Oxbridge House just to see what they offered and to get a feel for the place. I was pleasantly surprised that when I went in, it was very well laid out and very well organized. I guess I always pictured a place like that to be chaotic and over whelming, but this wasn’t at all.

I decided that I would go home and get all of the gold I was holding on to and sell it. I wasn’t going to do anything with it but hold onto it, so I figured why not cash it in? I knew that Oxbridge Gold Bullion San Francisco would be a good place to that, so I figured there was no reason to wait any longer.

And I was so glad I cashed in the gold when I did– I got such a GREAT price for it. Well, I mean that they gave me a very fair rate for the gold I brought in. Especially since I wasn’t doing anything with it, it was a great idea to cash it in so I could use it toward my vacation!

For more information on Oxbridge House:

Oxbridge House, Inc.
2115 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109
415.409.6086

 

Pest: Controlled!

I am so lucky I found Specialized Pest Control when I did, because having a mouse in my kitchen was not the best thing to wake up to in the middle of the night. Luckily, Specialized Pest Control helped me get rid of the mouse and prevent more from getting in my house.

I heard some noise late last night and it sounded like it was coming from the kitchen. It was erratic and random, which led me to believe that it was a living creature. This was obviously something that freaked me out. I called my boyfriend and asked him what I should do. He found Specialized Pest in a Google search and I called them the next morning.

They did a great job of figuring out where the mouse got in and preventing any more from entering my home in the future. I was pretty thrilled that they were able to come first thing in the morning because I didn’t like the idea of a mouse living with me!

Sac Town Heat

 

It was summer, and it was hot. So when our A/C broke, I felt a ping of panic. I had no idea how we would be able to live in the house without the A/C on, so I called Alley Heating & Air Conditioning Repair in Sacramento to come out and take a look.

They were able to come out that same day and responded quickly to my call. They took a look at what was happening and determined the problem. Fortunately for us, it was just a small problem that they were able to fix right up.

They had all the supplies they needed already with them, and were very knowledgable. They were able to solve the problem quickly and got everything back up and running. I couldn’t have called a better company!

My New Dentures

I needed some new dentures. In my old age, I finally decided it was time to stop living with my worn out, bad looking teeth and just move completely to dentures. I had had enough of the pain and strife. I heard from my best friend about My Tooth Spa a dentist in Carmichael and Fair Oaks. She gets her denture work done there, so I knew it was a place I could trust.

They were able to get me scheduled for a time that worked for me. They were very friendly on the phone and made sure I knew exactly where their office was because I hadn’t been there before. I was greeted by the friendly staff, and their personality on the phone matched how kind they were in person!

They took at look at what was going on with my mouth and agreed dentures were a great option for me. They planned everything and I didn’t have to do a thing. They knew what they were doing and I trusted them. They got the rest of my teeth out and created beautiful dentures for me. The whole experience was the best it could have been and I’m so grateful.

This Vending Company Rocks

San Francisco Bay Area Vending is an incredible company to work with. We needed a vending machine in the 2 new apartment buildings I just bought in San Francisco, and they took care of us big time. They’re a local San Francisco company, and they are the best vending company around.

They have all the latest machines and let us choose exactly what we wanted in them. They installed the machines for us and loaded them up with all the beverages and snacks. I didn’t have to do a thing. They just bill you each month based on what was used out of the machines.

My tenants love the machines, and I couldn’t be happier with the service. If you’re looking for a great vending company in the area look no further than these guys. They’re the best around.

The New Place to Move

 

I looked on Yelp for a San Francisco moving company and found Golden Bay Movers. They have over 160 reviews and 5 stars! How could they be that good? I had to find out for myself, so I gave them a call. They quoted me based on the space we currently had, how much stuff we had, and how far they’d have to travel. They were extremely competitively priced compared to other companies around.

I needed a San Francisco mover because I started  my business in a small office right outside the city, but we had grown and it was time to finally move into the city and start making the real magic happen. I found a great place that was coming available soon. Once it was ready, I grabbed it and we started making moves. Everything was settled and it was time to find a moving company.

Yeah, they have that many good ratings for a reason. These guys are awesome. They have no issues working in the city, they have it down. They packed us all up and worked so fast and efficiently. They took care with the items that were more fragile and cumbersome, and we had no issues with anything being broken or damaged. Overall the move was such a success and we couldn’t be happier.

New House

Puget Sound Movers in Seattle really helped me get my bearings on my new city. I had come to a crossroad where we needed to either remodel our old, outdated home or move into a new home. We started looking around casually and by complete accident ended up finding an amazing home that had been a foreclosure. We hopped on it right away and sealed the deal.

When it came time to move, I started asking around for who were the best moving companies in town. Seattle is a big place, so it can be hard to narrow down the best companies. A number of my friends who had moved in recent years suggested Puget Sound Moving. They’re a local Seattle company that has been around a long time, and it was evident right away why all my friends were so satisfied with their services.

They were timely, professional and just all around pleasant to work with. They knew exactly how to move our big items, how to measure to make sure everything fit out of the doorways, what packaging equipment was necessary–they had it covered. They’re a great team of people with a lot of experience under their belt.

They moved all of our stuff out so efficiently. I couldn’t believe how well they managed to pack it into the truck, it looked like a very successful game of Tetris. Nothing got damaged, and they did everything from start to finish. They moved us out and into the new home with no problems whatsoever. They are truly amazing!

Our Maui Vacay Spot

We were looking for a vacation getaway in Maui that the entire family could enjoy. We have a large family, so I wanted to make sure we had a great property with a lot of space. Because we weren’t living there, I needed a Maui Real Estate company I could trust to find the perfect place for us. The Smith Team was the perfect choice for us.

They have an incredible list of properties available in Maui. There were so many to choose from that met our criteria. The team is great to work with and were able to tell me first hand what each of the properties was like. I finally narrowed it down and we found an incredible beachfront home on 5 acres.

The Smith Team took care of everything–and I mean everything. They got all the paperwork taken care of, they put everything in line for us, they really did an outstanding job and I never was worried about a thing because I knew we were in good hands. They got us the perfect vacation spot for an unbeatable price.

Welcome To Seattle

I had lived in Olympia for a long time but was finally making the move to Seattle for a new job. I was looking for local moving companies in Seattle and found Puget Sound Moving. They had great reviews and have been around for a long time so I gave them a call.

They quoted me a great price and were able to schedule my move for the exact day I needed. They were a great company to work with and made everything really easy for me. Everything with their pricing was very straightforward and there were no grey areas.

On moving day they were so great. They got everything out so quickly and efficiently. They’ve seen it all before so when they showed up they knew exactly what plan of attach to take to get everything out safely and quickly. What a great company.

Moving On

I’ve lived in the same apartment for years now and decided it was time for a change. I was tired of having no back yard space and of the noisy neighbors that lived above me. I found a perfect spot about 10 minutes down the road in a different neighborhood, so it was time to schedule the move. I searched on Yelp first and the first thing that caught my eye was the company with 5 stars and over 160 reviews: Golden Bay Movers, Yelp Movers in San Francisco. I called them right away.

They were able to quote me right then and there based on how far I was moving and how much stuff I had. They have a great process and make it so easy. You can tell they’ve been doing this for a long time. It was also great to have a company that’s so familiar with the San Francisco area and the unique demands of moving in this city.

They were amazing. They got everything packed and moved down to the truck faster than I could have imagined! I always thought I had a lot of stuff but apparently not, according to how fast they moved it all! They were great people to work with too. They were friendly, hard workers who were knowledgeable and knew how to get the job done right. I couldn’t have chosen a better company.

Dental Emergency

My son got hit in the mouth by another boy’s head during a soccer game. They were both going for a head ball at the same time and collided. He wasn’t bleeding or anything, but we noticed after the game he had actually chipped his front tooth.

I was worried about getting help because it was a weekend, but I called My Tooth Spa a Dentist in Fair Oaks and Carmichael anyways. They have emergency service 24/7 and were able to answer our call. They had us in to take a look at the tooth and make sure it wasn’t severe enough for him to lose the tooth.

Fortunately the chip just missed the nerve in the tooth, so the tooth is safe. They fixed him up and filled the chip in. They matched the filling to the exact color that his tooth was, you couldn’t even notice! Hurting your teeth is bad, especially when it’s one of the front teeth. I was so grateful that My Tooth Spa was there for us when we needed them!

Alley

I needed to get help fast. Our air conditioner went out and we just had our first child 3 weeks ago. We were in no condition to be living without an air conditioner in the house! I called Alley Heating and Air Conditioning Repair of Sacramento CA and they came right out.

They responded quickly to my call and understood the urgency we were feeling. They didn’t waste any time and got right to work. They determined the problem, it seemed something was clogged, and they fixed it in no time. They had all the tools they needed with them and were able to get right to the problem.

I can’t say enough how great of a company they are. Their employee that helped us was so kind and really sympathetic to our issue. He fixed the problem and got the house cooled down!

Pest Control

I was worried about the amount of bugs I’d been seeing around the house. I decided it was time to call in the professionals. I could no longer take care of it on my own and didn’t know where they all were coming from. Specialized Pest Control is a local Sacramento pest control service provider and came right out to my house.

They took at look and treated the inside of my home. They then treated the outside and got all of the entryways blocked where the bugs had been getting in. They determined where the bugs were getting in and where they were nesting, and took care of them right at the source.

I’ve been bug free ever since my treatment! They have a great staff and provide amazing service. I couldn’t have asked for a better company.

Out Of Town Worries

I own a property in the Sacramento area and was looking for a property management company to help manage it while I was gone. Vienna Property Management Roseville, Folsom, Granite Bay, Rocklin, Lincoln was recommended to me by a friend so I gave them a call. They had me in to meet with me and get my information.

They were extremely friendly and open about how they operate. They have a great system down and really do treat their customers properties like they are their own. I was confident in my decision to go with them.

They give me regular updates on the status of my property and how everything is going. They are open about everything and I don’t have to worry that they are hiding anything from me. I’m now able to travel without worrying and I’m so grateful.

Family Move

Our family was moving to a bigger house in Seattle Tacoma and I needed to find a moving company. Puget Sound Moving has a great reputation in the area and seemed like the perfect fit for the job. I called them to see if they could accommodate our move.

They were able to schedule the move on the exact day we needed it. They gave us a quote based on the amount of items we had. They even take care of the packing services for you if you so choose.

They came and got all of our stuff packed up and hauled out to their truck within hours. I can’t imagine how long it would have taken us if we had done it on our own. It was amazing. They did an incredible job and I’ll be recommending them to everyone I know!

Roseville Properties

I wanted to move to Roseville because I liked the area and was tired of the boring town I had been living in. I also wanted to be closer to my job and relatives. I was going to be buying a home this time, for the first time, so I needed real estate help. ATK Team was suggested to me, they have homes for sale in Roseville, so I gave them a call.

I told them everything I was looking for in a home and they were on it. They didn’t waste any time. They showed me right then and there a few of the properties that they had that matched my needs and asked when I was ready to see them. They meant business!

I ended up finding the perfect home within a week. They had just put it on the market and it was perfect. ATK Team found it for me and helped me get it for the price I wanted. They took care of all the paperwork for me and just were such a great resource.

New Location

I wanted to add a new location to my storefront business. I had looked for the perfect spot but had zero luck. I decided I needed help choosing the right place, so I looked around for commercial real estate companies and found CBRE.

I called them and let them know what I was looking for. They told me it would be no problem for them to find exactly what I wanted. I met with them and picked out a few places that looked promising.

I ended up falling in love with the second place they showed me. It was absolutely perfect, exactly what I had been looking for and in the perfect area of town. They really meant it when they said they’d take care of me!

Straighter Teeth

I wanted straighter teeth but didn’t want to have to get braces and look like a 3rd grader as an adult. I used My Tooth Spa in Fair Oaks and Carmichael Dentist for my regular teeth cleaning services, so when I went in for my next appointment I asked them about Invisalign. They provide the service and are professionals at it.

They take a mold of your teeth and create a series of clear retainers that gradually move your teeth and make them straighter. I was so happy that I qualified as a candidate for Invisalign, and I signed up for it right away. They have a very competitive price for Invisalign and worked with my pay schedule.

I’m so happy with my decision to use Invisalign. My teeth are already straighter and I’m noticing a huge difference and reaction from other people. It’s so easy. All I have to do is wear the retainers, and people can’t even see them.

Moving in

My boyfriend and I decided we were going to move in together. We got our own place so we both needed to schedule move to get our stuff into the new place. I started looking around on Yelp to find a good moving company in San Francisco and saw Yelp. My jaw almost dropped when I saw that they have over 150 ratings with five stars. They were doing something right! I gave them a call.

They were able to give me an estimate right there on the phone based on the items I listed off. It didn’t matter that my apartment was on the third floor, they said they could handle anything. When they showed up the movers were extremely friendly and got straight to work. They boxed everything up and got it moved down to the truck so fast that I couldn’t believe it. They really have the system down.

My boyfriend hired them as well and had just as great of an experience with his move. All of our stuff arrived at our new place as good as new, they took great care of the items and packaged them appropriately. I couldn’t have asked for a better move. They made moving day stress free!

New Guitar With a Loan

I started a band with a few of my friends and we had a big gig coming up this weekend. Of course, my guitar decided to break the week before and I didn’t know what I was going to do. My buddy told me about Same Day Auto Title Loan right in Sacramento, so I went in to check it out.

They explained everything and all I had to do was show my ID and give them the title to my car. They keep the title until the loan’s paid back, but I get to keep my car the entire time. I walked out the door with the cash I needed in my hand.

I went straight to the music store down the road and they had the part I needed to get replaced and got it all fixed up for me. I don’t know how I could have done it without the extra cash. Thank you Same Day Title Loan.

In A Pickle, Need a Short Sale

We weren’t doing well financially and were going to lose our house. We weren’t sure what our options were or what we were going to do. Neither myself nor my husband have ever been in a situation like this before, so we needed help. I called Short Sales-Sacramento Agents to see what they could do for us.

They were extremely nice and understood what we were going through. They reviewed our situation and determined that doing a short sale on our home would actually be a great option, so we went ahead with it. The best part is that we don’t have to pay them for their services, the bank takes care of that after everything goes through.

We ended up doing it successfully and everything worked out for the best. They were able to help us make the best of what could have been a much worse situation. Now we are able to move on and get on with the rest of our lives, leaving this behind us. Thank you Short Sale-Sacramento!

Moving Ratings Don’t Lie

I was looking around for local San Francisco moving companies to help my office with our move to a new location. I searched around Google+ and discovered Golden Bay Relocation. They have incredible ratings and reviews, better than any other company in the city. I called them right away.

They were able to schedule us for the exact date we needed, and gave me a quote right there on the phone. They packed everything up for us on the day of the move and man do they work quickly. They have it down! They were in and out in no time. They packed everything up into their truck and got it into the new place.

Once we were at the new office I was able to direct them on where all of the major items should go, and they placed everything where we wanted it. They never made us feel rushed and were extremely accommodating. I couldn’t believe how friendly all of the employees were, even after a full day of heavy moving! They made our move a breeze!

Golden Bay Relocation also maintains a five star rating with the ever competitive world of Yelp, movers in San Francisco and other local’s business owners worst nightmare.

A Gentle Dentist

When we started going to Roseville General Dentist in Roseville, we were immediately impressed by the service and technology at the dental office. Not only did they offer the general dentistry that we were looking for, they also offered other services that I saw coming in handy.

One service they offer is tooth colored fillings, which I had been reading about for a while but had not yet found a dentist who provided the service. I didn’t like the look of the dark metallic fillings I had previously and was looking for a dentist who could replace my old fillings with tooth-colored ones.
I was excited to find out that My Tooth Spa in Roseville not only offered that, but they also offered several other options for cosmetic dental services. I could get my teeth cleaned and have general dentistry performed, but I could also get my teeth whitened or straightened. I really liked the comprehensive services offered.
The first time I went, however, I just had a great experience getting my teeth cleaned. My Tooth Spa has a great “gentle dentistry” philosophy, which means they focus on creating a positive experience when visiting the dentist for regular check ups, exams and other procedures. I really like how they treat me and always feel comfortable when I go there.

Office Space

I needed a place to expand our office in Sacramento. We wanted to open a second location so I started looking around for the perfect space,  but fell short. I was overwhelmed and started to get discouraged when I heard about CBRE in Sacramento. They offer commercial real estate services in our area and have so many properties around town. I immediately called them to see what they could do for me.

They met with me and we discussed exactly what I was looking for. They were excited to work with me and confident that they’d be able to find me the perfect place. And wow were they right. They showed me a few properties and all of them met my criteria. There was one in particular that I fell in love with and was perfect for our space. I don’t know how they did it!

They didn’t require a lot of work from me, they took care of everything. I was so happy with the services I received from them and wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own. I can’t imagine our office being in another space. Not to mention they have very affordable, reasonable prices. If you are in the market for commercial real estate, check out CBRE. They have so many options are are a great company to work with.

Woke Up To A Hot House

I woke up one morning to a strange noise and a stuffy house. It seemed our air conditioner decided to start having problems right in the middle of Summer. I was not thrilled! I had to get to work and wasn’t sure if someone would be able to make it out that day to get it fixed. I looked up AC repair companies and Alley Heating & Air Sacramento Roseville came up. They service the Sacramento area and do AC repairs 24/7, so I decided to give them a try.

They were able to meet me before I had to leave for work, which was so helpful. They arrived promptly and got right to work. They assessed what was going on with our system and determined the problem. Fortunately it looked like there was just a small part that had blown out and needed to be replaced. They didn’t waste any time. They already had the part they needed in their truck and ready to install. They got it fixed up in no time and the house was already starting to cool back down before I left for work.

I can’t say enough how great of service I received from Alley Heating & Air. They helped me out when I needed them and got the job done like true professionals. They are the type of company you are proud to have serving your community. Their employees truly care about your well being and will do whatever it takes to fix any problem you have and make you a happy camper!

Bug Treatments

We were worried about the upcoming season because we had a big problem with bugs last year. I didn’t want the same headaches and decided we needed to schedule regular treatments to prevent critters around the house. I had heard about Specialized Pest Control Sacramento because they offer their first service for free, so I gave them a call. They came out right away and assessed our home. They treated the inside for what bugs already existed and then made their way outside.

They were so thorough! They checked every inch and corner and didn’t leave a stone unturned. Their treatments are also 100% environmentally friendly and are completely safe and harmless to humans and pets. It’s great to know that they care and have out best interests in mind. They were very friendly and explained everything they were doing to the house and the theory behind every part of their treatment.

They took care of us and we haven’t seen a bug since their first treatment. They are now scheduled to come out for the rest of the year for regular treatments and it’s such a relief. It’s great to not have to worry about any problems popping up and to know we are being well taken care of!

Home Sweet Home

I just moved to the Sacramento area for a new job and needed a new place of my own. I had only rented in the past and was now looking to own my first place. The only problem is that I had no idea what I was doing, and because I was new to the area I had no idea where I should even begin looking. My boss told me about ATK Team and I called them immediately. They are real estate geniuses. They listened to everything I was looking for and got to work for me.

They only showed me properties that met all of my requirements and fell within my budget. They helped me to decide what a good budged would be for me in the first place, because that was another thing I was unsure about. After I saw a few places and good a good feel for what I could get for my money, I decided on one that was the perfect fit and in an amazing area I would never have been able to seek out on my own.

I love living here and I love the area they found my place in. Owning a new home has been an experience, and I got off to a great start because of ATK Team. They took care of every detail for me, all of the loads of paperwork and all of the time sensitive things like closing on the deal and deciding the final price etc. They are a great bunch of people and I would highly recommend them.

A Win Win Car Loan

I started my own business this year and needed some extra cash until it really got up and running. I had already taken out a loan with the bank but needed some extra cash for living expenses. I wasn’t sure where to turn for help but then a friend told me about Same Day Title Loan Sacramento and Roseville. I went in and they were extremely helpful. They explained everything to me and helped me decide if this was the right choice for me. All I needed to give them was the title to my car and show them a valid form of ID.

I walked out the door with the cash I needed in my hand. I couldn’t believe how easy it had been! Now I have the cash I need to get by until my business picks up and really starts bringing in income. All I have to do is pay back the loan on my schedule, the first payment isn’t even due until the following month. After it’s payed back I’ll get my title back. I’m able to drive my car during the entire duration of the loan. It’s a win win.

Same Day Title Loan helped me out when I was in a tough spot, and allowed me to get the money I needed to keep the ball rolling in my life and with my business. Since then I’ve gotten my head above water and now that my business is growing I’m able to pay back the loan with no problem. I don’t know what I would have done without my auto loan!

I Got Charged with a DUI

I couldn’t believe it had happened to me. I only had a few drinks and thought I was fine to drive, but I ended up making the biggest mistake of my life. I got caught. Now I was feeling scared and alone, and wasn’t sure of what the future would bring. It’s crazy how one mistake can define the rest of your life.

I was looking for someone who could help me out with the legal process and represent me in court. It was a long road ahead and I needed help. Fortunately someone recommended San Jose DUI Attorney, a dui attorney in San Jose. They have been around a long time and know the system.

They were exactly what I needed. They understood what I was going through and were’t there to judge me but to help me. There was a good chance they’d be able to lower my sentence, and they took care of all the paperwork for me. I was fairly represented and they were able to tackle everything for me. I’m so glad I found them.

The Choice Was Clear

I own an old home in San Jose and have been renting it out for a while. My wife and I have decided we now want to remodel it and move into it ourselves. Once the tenants moved out, I decided the first thing that needed to be taken care of were the windows. They were old and leaky, and the wood around them was starting to rot. A friend of mine who had his own home remodeled recently told me about California Window Masters in the San Jose Area, so I gave them a call to see if they could help with my new home window needs.

They offer an incredible selection of windows, and nothing but the best. They have so many different options for sealants and looks for your windows. Once we decided which ones we wanted to go with, we prepared for installation day. I thought it was going to be a long, drawn-out process. I was wrong! They were so quick and had our windows put in in the blink of an eye. I couldn’t believe how great of a job they did.

Now our home looks so fresh and beautiful. The windows provide excellent insulation and you can hardly hear a peep from outside. They’re also going to lower our energy costs significantly, which is such a perk. I’m so glad I decided to go with California Window Masters. They really are the best!

What a relief, Our AC Was Repaired!

I came home from work one day to an unbearably hot house–our air conditioning was out! It was the middle of Summer and a scorcher, so I knew we were going to need help fast. I wasn’t sure who would be available at that time of the evening, but when I was looking around I saw that Alley Heating & Air offers air conditioner service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the Greater Sacramento Area. I gave them a call right away.

They were extremely helpful and responded promptly to my call. They came out and took a look at what was going on with our air conditioner. They were able to diagnose the problem within minutes and began working to fix it. They had all the supplies they needed already with them in their truck, so there was no waiting around or wasting time.

They fixed the problem and had our air back on an running in no time! We were able to all sleep comfortably in our beds that night. I couldn’t believe how quickly Alley responded and came to our house to fix the problem. You can’t ask for better service than that. They were respectful of our home and got right to the center of the problem. What a relief!

Family Dentist

I live in Fair Oaks and our family needed a new dentist. Another mom on my son’s soccer team recommended dentists Fair Oaks called My Tooth Spa, so I thought I’d try them out. She told me they were a very friendly team of workers and that it was a family friendly office. I liked the sound of this. Our old dentist was not meeting our needs and the kids always loathed going to their appointments.

When I arrived I was immediately impressed by the condition of the office and how friendly all the staff seemed to me. Scheduling my appointment had been a painless process and they were able to get me right in. Once they took me back, they proceeded with my teeth cleaning. They let me know everything they were doing and talked me through the process. I loved this because it never left me guessing.

I can’t wait to take the kids to their first appointment at My Tooth Spa. I had such a great experience there and know they will love it. It’s a relaxed environment, everyone is friendly and they just make you feel very comfortable. They are definitely a step above the rest!

Growing and Growing – Bookkeepers Needed

My small business was growing, and we no longer were happy with the accountant we had hired. We needed a more efficient process and someone who understood the unique demands of a small business. Fortunately, I had heard about a bookkeeping business for small businesses and non-profits from a buddy of mine called e-Office Team, bookkeepers in Sacramento & Roseville. I gave them a call and saw what they had to offer.

Because they only work with small businesses and non-profits, they understood what my business was all about and that we have different needs than big companies. They sat down with me and we talked about a plan. They were able to customize their software so that it was unique to my business. It was set up so that everything I needed was programmed in.

We’ve been with e-Office Team for a year now and I can’t even begin to explain how great everything is going. The financial side of the business is running so much more smoothly, and everything is always well taken care of. They are great at what they do and have helped us so much. Not to mention, because they are a local business and in the area, they have always been right there for us when we needed them.

Snacks For My Customers

I wanted to put a vending machine in the store front window of my business. I thought it would be good for attracting customers, and great for the customers to utilize while they waited to get their services done. Being a small business, I prefer to give my business to other small businesses in the area when possible. That’s why I was so happy to find out about San Francisco Bay Area Vending Machines in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their vending services are top notch and they have new machines and put great products in them.

I call them and they were extremely helpful and accommodating. They let me know how everything works–it’s really such an easy process. I signed up and they took everything from there. They delivered the machine for us and put it in it’s place, I didn’t even have to lift a finger. They then stocked the machine and come back every month to re-stock it. We just get billed every month according to how much product from the machine has been used.

My customers have been so thrilled with the vending machine so far! They are grateful to be able to purchase a snack while they are waiting. It was a great choice to put the machine in, but an even better choice to go with San Francisco Bay Area Vending. What a great company! And what great service!

Coffee Addict With Pearly Whites

Let’s be real, I am pretty much addicted to coffee. I have multiple cups a day and the folks at all the coffee shops by my office know me by name. I’ve been drinking coffee for years, but the worst part is how yellow it makes my teeth. They’ve started to get really yellow and show stains from all of the coffee. I know I need to cut back on the coffee, but I was going to need some extra help if I was ever going to get my teeth back to a normal color. When I went into Roseville General Dentist for my regular teeth cleaning earlier this month, I asked them about tooth whitening and if they had any suggestions. I have tried everything they sell at the stores from whitening tooth paste to whitening strips, and nothing has worked for me.

They had some great suggestions and told me all about Zoom!, the teeth whitening process that they offer. I was sold right away and knew I could trust them that this was the best and safest option for me. I scheduled an appointment for the next week to get the treatment. I didn’t have to do anything but sit back and relax. They use a bright light on your teeth to get them back to a whiter color. When it was all finished, I hardly recognized myself in the mirror. I couldn’t believe the transformation! I look so much younger too, which I hadn’t even expected. It helped me to want to fight harder to drink less coffee, so that they would stay this white forever now!

All of my friends and co-workers noticed the huge difference it made for my teeth and I haven’t been able to stop smiling. It was such a simple fix that I should have done years ago. I am so thrilled with the results and I can easily say it changed my life. I look younger and feel more beautiful than I have in years. Thanks My Tooth Spa!

I Moved And Vienna Stepped In

I own a few properties in the Sacramento area that I rent out, but am planning on moving this year when I retire. I was looking for someone who could help manage my properties now that I won’t be around all the time to take care of everything. It was a difficult situation for me, however, because you just never know who you can trust. I had tried out a few people in the past with no luck.

A buddy of mine told me about a Sacramento property management company called Vienna Property Management serves Roseville, Folsom, Granite Bay, Rocklin, Lincoln and El Dorado Hills. I couldn’t believe all the services they offer, they literally take care of everything for you! From start to finish, they treat your property like it’s one of their own. They list it for you in all the right places, find great tenants, collect the money each month from the tenants and take care of any small problems that may come up.

Vienna Property Management has been around for a long time and have a great track record, so that really got me excited. Then when I met with their team I knew it was a done deal. They are so caring and nice, and truly have their hearts invested what they do. They understand the business and how important each detail is. They have a great system setup and I know my properties will be getting the attention they deserve.

Now that I went with Vienna Property Management, I can rest assured that my properties are being handled the way I want them to be. I’d even go as far as saying they’re being handled even better than they were when I was doing it on my own! I can’t thank them enough. They helped me out big time and are a great company to work with.

Roseville Dream Home

My family has lived in Roseville our entire lives and we knew we wanted to retire in the area. When we were looking for our dream home, it was an overwhelming task. We quickly realized we should get some professional help. We found out about ATK Team through a friend I golf with who has an amazing home in the area. Of all the realtors that had homes for sale in Roseville, I was impressed by what I had heard so I gave them a call.

One of the cool features that ATK Team is their Best Buy Alerts. They let you know when the best properties in the area come available or lower their prices. They treated us as if we were the most important customer they’ve ever had, and gave us their full attention. We were impressed with the properties they showed us and it didn’t take us long to narrow it down and find the house of our dreams.

They listened to the specific wants and needs we had, and only showed us properties that met our requirements. They didn’t waste our time like I’ve heard many other real estate agencies do. They were honest and up front about what was available and what properties they were showing us. They were a joy to work with and made everything so easy for us. They took care of all the paperwork and know the area like the back of their hand, so they were able to offer us great advice and support during our searching process. Going with ATK Team was a great choice and found us the house of our dreams.

Why Do it Yourself Kitchen Remodel

The last time we made any renovations to our kitchen, we did it ourselves, which was a disaster. This time, we wanted to do it right so we hired Premier Remodeling & Construction of Sacramento Roseville and El Dorado Hills to help us with the rest of our remodel.

We had successfully changed and upgraded our fixtures in the kitchen, but we had not yet gotten a chance to fix and redo the cabinets. Though it was probably a good thing because although we had already picked out what we were going to do for them, I was a bit worried about the execution portion.

Premier Remodeling & Construction really helped us figure out what we were going to do for the rest of the kitchen. Though we had a good idea of what we wanted to change about the kitchen, we didn’t have very many solid ideas of how we were going o change it.

Years prior, we had selected some granite countertops that we both liked, but when we looked at them again recently, we both thought it was totally hideous. We asked Premier Remodeling & Construction to help us find a granite countertop design that would be more timeless and wouldn’t make us cringe in five years.

They had many recommendations for us as far as design and layout. We were really impressed with the advice and recommendations they gave us because it was truly helpful in the remodel process. Plus, many of their suggestions were money-saving, instead of the other way around.

Hiring Premier Remodeling & Construction was the best idea we ever had because they saved us so much time, effort and money. On top of that, our kitchen is completely stunning and I am always trying to throw dinner parties to show it off. Premier did a great job and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to other friends.

Premier also offers Walk in Bathtubs

Move-in Ready!

We were so excited to move into our new home in San Jose, but we wanted to take care of a few things first before move in day. Our main priority was to get new windows, so we looked for New Windows in San Jose and found out about California Window Masters. They have great prices and all of the main brands we were looking for. They also have specials going on often that you can take advantage of for an added bonus.

My main concern was that we had some unique windows in the master bedroom, but it was no problem for them. They gave us an estimate and created a plan based on everything we wanted. We got to select everything from the window to the seal color. They explained everything to us and made sure we understood everything.

I loved the windows we chose but couldn’t even believe how amazing they looked once they were installed! California Window Masters installed them for us with no problems. They were so professional and worked quickly and efficiently to get the job done. We’ll also be cutting down on energy costs because their windows are such great insulators. Now our home looks even better that we had hoped and we can’t wait to move in!

The Best Vending Service Provider

I just opened a new office in the Bay Area and needed a vending service for our lobby and employee break room. I was immediately drawn to San Francisco Bay Area Vending Machines because they are a local, family owned company. Their vending machines are state-of-the-art and they offer great products for inside the machines for both snacks and drinks.

They worked with me step-by-step in choosing which machines would be best for my specific space and needs. They offer a super easy pay schedule, where you come and reload your machine and just bill you the next month. It requires no work for me, they take care of everything.

I also saw that they offer office coffee services, which I had’t even thought about! I had them bring in the coffee makers for our office and they provide the supplies as well. My employees love the selection and how easy it is to use the machines. It’s great for them to have right in the office so they aren’t always running out of the office when they need a snack or drink.

Corporate Cuisine has great service and takes care of all of my vending needs. I will be using their services for a long, long time.

Auto Title Loans Helped My Son Pay For College

I had some trouble in the past and my credit score was pretty low. I needed some extra cash because I wanted to help pay for my son’s tuition as he started his first semester of college. I didn’t think I’d have many options, but then I heard about Same Day Car Title Loan who provides car tile loans in Sacramento, Roseville, and Elk Grove. Having a bad credit score isn’t an issue and it doesn’t effect your ability to get a loan!

I couldn’t believe how easy the process was, and the employees were so kind and helpful. They explained every detail to me, from start to finish and I knew I was in good hands. I wasn’t worried that I was being tricked or taken advantage of. I only had to provide my title and a show them my ID, and I had the money I needed within an hour!

I’m able to keep my car and I’ll get the title back once the loan is paid off. They customized my pay schedule to make it specific for my needs, which I wasn’t expecting. It was such a relief to have Same Day Title Loans there to back me up and give me the support I needed regardless of my credit score.

The Worst Time Was the Best Time to Get a New Accountant

Thank God for the Internet, and e-Office Team a bookkeeper in Sacramento & Roseville! It was around tax season when I fired my bookkeeper, which in hindsight, wasn’t the greatest move. Really, I should have fired him much earlier, but instead I left myself high and dry during the time I needed an accountant most of all. Luckily, it didn’t take me too long to find e-Office Team.

In my desperation, I did a quick Google search for bookkeeping and accounting in Sacramento and came up with a few big companies and a few smaller ones too. I immediately dismissed the bigger ones because I wanted to have a smaller company so that I would get more personalized service. That was a priority for me—to get great customer service as well as accurate work from them.

e-Office Team seemed to be exactly the company I was looking for—small, but still driven and focused. I wanted to be able to as them questions and have them close by for when I wanted to have meetings with them. I was tired of having an accountant who was too many miles away to be useful to me when needed help with something.

When I met with e-Office Team for the first time, I felt like they really cared about my company—I don’t think that I really got that treatment from the other accountant I had. They even told me that it was their business practice to assign a specific associate to our account so that one person will be intimately knowledgeable with my account and would be available when I needed help.

I am really happy with e-Office Team and feel supported by them. I never thought I would be happy with an accountant that I hired, let alone one I just found on the Internet. But e-Office Team is a great accountant in Sacramento and I think their experience, knowledge and integrity will help my company immensely.

A New Life and an Old Dream, San Diego Moving

My move to San Diego was much anticipated, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Manpower Movers in San Diego. I had been planning to move to San Diego ever since I was a teenager, but various things kept getting in the way. Finally, this year I made it happen.

Even thought I had applied for colleges in the San Diego area, I didn’t get in to any of them. It was strange, because I was accepted to all of the UC schools except for UCSD. So it wasn’t like I wasn’t smart enough to get into any of the schools there—it just didn’t happen for me. I went to UCLA instead and then ended up moving back to Orange County where my boyfriend lives.

After three years of living with him, we broke up, and the stars finally aligned for me to move to San Diego when I got a job offer at a law firm in downtown San Diego. I was so excited that it was finally happening. I wanted my transition to be as smooth as possible, so I hired Manpower Movers because someone had recommended them as a great moving company in San Diego.

Since I was moving from another city in Southern California, there was really no way that I was going to be able to move by myself. Even if I wrangled some friends to help me, I didn’t think that I would be able to manage it entirely by myself. I had never tested my ability to move a couch by myself, but I also wasn’t especially keen on finding out.

The move with Manpower Movers was amazing and it let me move out of Orange County and into San Diego with little to no effort on my part. It wasn’t hard for me to see that I was going to like living in San Diego. And really, what’s not to love? You have the beach, a slow-paced lifestyle, and wonderful food and people. I am so excited to start my new life in San Diego.

With the help of Manpower and the support of my friends and family, I was able to start fresh.

A Day Date at Rendez-vous Winery in Sacramento

Going to a winery in Sacramento was my idea of a good time. And I am happy that my date agreed with me, because he took me to Rendez-vous Winery in Sacramento CA for our third date. Because of our work schedules lately, we’ve only been able to have daytime dates, so it was nice of him to still be able to make it a little romantic.

Thanks to Rendez-vous WInery of Sacramento, we were able to have a special and romantic day because we were able to take some time to get to know each other better over one of my favorite activities: wine tasting. And I’m not sure if he was just trying to impress me, but he actually knew a lot about wine. And it worked, because I was impressed.

But aside from being impressed that he knew a lot about wine, I was also impressed with how he treated the other people around us. He was incredibly gracious and courteous to all of the staff and other patrons around us. I liked this because my ex-boyfriend was really rude to the wait staff and I was always embarrassed by it.

At the end of wine tasting at Rendez-vous, once he had decided which wine was my favorite, he surprised me by buying for me. He told me that I didn’t have to share it with him, but that he wouldn’t mind it if he had to take one for the team. I told him that he could have some when I made dinner for him the following week. He seemed to like that idea.

I don’t know what is in our future, but I do know that I had a fun and relaxing day at Rendez-vous in Clarksburg, California. We didn’t get a chance to visit the other wineries, so he told me that if I accepted another date from him, that he would take me there again to visit the other wineries at Old Sugar Mill. I told him that it was a deal!

Vacation Condo, Our Home Away From Home

condos for sale in maui hawaiiEver since our family vacation last year, we started looking around for vacation condos in. As a young family, it is hard for us to get quality time together, but when we went to Maui, we were really able to have quality family time together we rarely get to have. We decided to make vacationing a priority, so we called Ken Smith at Maui Sales to help us find a condo that would suit our needs.

We felt that a vacation condo would be invaluable to us because when we got a chance to get away from the busy land of Los Angeles, we wanted to already have somewhere to stay. That way, we would never have to worry about booking a hotel when it was a holiday or peak season. We knew it wouldn’t be cheap, but it was worth it to us and important to how we wanted to raise our two children. We knew we wanted a condo in the price range of $300,000 to $315,000, and that we wanted to live on the island of Maui, but everything else was entirely up in the air. That’s where The Smith team at Maui Sales came in– they helped us get the best property for what we were willing to pay and what worked best for us.

Because it was going to be a vacation home, we were realistic about the fact that we wouldn’t be there very often, probably four to five weeks of the year, maybe more if we were able to take off work. But because we wouldn’t be there often, we wanted to live in a condo that had great amenities and would be low-maintenance for us. We wanted a pool and possibly to be close to a golf course, as my husband and young son are both avid golfers.

And boy did The Smith Team pull through for us! They found this lovely condo in Kaanapali Plantation with two bedrooms and two bathrooms with lovely views of the development with small, but beautiful glimpses of the ocean. AND it was in our price range! We only visited the place once and knew that it would be our new vacation home. It had a pool, garage and a newly renovated kitchen. It was perfect for us and our growing family to get away to when we need to.

It’s hard to believe that the process took as little time as it did because we went from simply thinking about buying a condo in Maui, to actually making it happen in six months. In fact, we moved in just in time for our oldest son’s summer vacation. The timing was beyond spectacular for all of us. But that makes sense because all of it is just perfect, like it was hand-picked for us. And it was– by The Smith Team.

The Sacramento Dental Appointment That Made Me Smile For Days

elderly couple smiling togetherI went to the dentist for a regular check up and ended up deciding to get Invisalign and teeth whitening services. It may seem otherwise, but this wasn’t such a hasty decision. I had been thinking about straightening my teeth for a while, I was just afraid of the price, the time commitment and, to be honest, I was afraid of braces. Even though my parents offered to pay for them, I refused to get them, not wanting to be stuck in metal and wires for the better part of my high school experience. And of course I would never tell my parents, but I eventually grew to regret my decision.

I had been seeing my Elk Grove dentist at Ultimate Dental Group for a while when I noticed a poster he had on the wall of the dental office. After I got my routine cleaning done, I asked him if he knew any orthodontists who offered affordable Invisalign teeth straightening services. To my surprise, I he told me that he offered it in his office and he was fully licensed to offer Invisalign treatments.

I was so excited I called my best friend who had also been thinking about getting Invisalign. I felt a bit silly, but although I had seen the poster in his office before, I never thought to ask him if Ultimate Dental offered Invisalign! So I made an appointment on the spot for the very next week. On my drive home, I couldn’t stop smiling, knowing that I was finally going to get the smile I wanted.

The next week, I went in to get a mold of my mouth and then have the trays made for me. It was a really easy and painless process. I assumed it would be uncomfortable, or at the very least, inconvenient, but it was just fine. It took only a few minutes and I could pick up my trays in the next few days.

It’s only been a few months using Invisalign and I am quite ashamed I didn’t do it earlier. But actually, I can’t be that mad at myself because now that the Invisalign process has become streamlined, it is much more affordable, and more dentists can offer it. Though there aren’t many dentists in the area who offer Invisalign.

I am so happy I finally made the decision to get Invisalign and especially with Ultimate Dental. I already knew my dentist and the staff at Ultimate Dental so I didn’t have to worry about finding the right orthodontist, etc. I would highly recommend Ultimate Dental, not just for their regular dental services, but also for cosmetic dentistry. I also got my teeth whitened the same day I began the Invisalign treatment, which is another reason I couldn’t stop smiling on my way home. After I finish my Invisalign treatment, I don’t imagine I’ll EVER stop smiling!

My Invisalign Experience

Showing difference between braces and invisalignAfter my children were out of the house, I decided it was finally time to update my smile. When I had small children, it seemed silly to want to do something for myself, but after talking to my dentists Fair Oaks at My Tooth Spa, I decided it was finally time to get the straight teeth I always wanted.

I had been going to My Tooth Spa in Fair Oaks for almost five years and, in fact, all three of my children had as well. We all loved the office and actually looked forward to going to the dentist, as funny as that sounds. I had been considering correcting my teeth for a few years, but when my dentist told me that they offered Invisalign at My Tooth Spa, I was excited that I wouldn’t need to go to a separate orthodontist to do so. I was especially thrilled to learn that I could afford Invisalign, a treatment I always considered to be out of my price range.

The more I researched it, though, the more I knew that not only was My Tooth Spa one of the only dentists in the area that offered Invisalign, it was also one of the most reasonably priced. It also helped that I already knew the staff at My Tooth Spa and regular visits wouldn’t be a problem because I lived in the area.

Although I had considered other options like braces and veneers, I found that Invisalign would be the easiest to adapt to with my lifestyle. I am a business professional, so I was reluctant to get braces that would be distracting and less practical. My dentist advised against veneers because the straightening process wouldn’t take very long at all and could be disruptive to the teeth I already have. I’m only forty-nine, so it was important to me that I preserve my original teeth for as long as possible.

Invisalign, however, was a no-brainer for me because it is invisible (as the name suggests) and also completely removable. So if I have an important meeting or event, I can simply take out the tray and no one would know that I was in the process of straightening my teeth. My dentist also recommended Invisalign because unlike braces, they are completely removable which makes brushing and flossing easier. With braces, special floss is needed to reach under brackets whereas with Invisalign you can clean your teeth like you normally would.

My experience with Invisalign and My Tooth Spa has been amazing. I feel better than ever about my smile. I am getting compliments from friends and family and I haven’t even finished the straightening process. I highly recommend Invisalign and I highly recommend My Tooth Spa.

Hawaii Faces Extreme Drought

barren hawaiian landThe Hawaiian islands are currently facing the worse drought in years. According to the Hawaii Drought Monitor, the percentage of drought in Hawaii is up 33% compared to 20 years ago. This is devastating to a great deal of local commerce, as Hawaii is a large exporter of agriculture.

An industry indirectly impacted by the drought is the ranching industry, as many of the cattle raised are grass-fed. Many ranchers have had to reduce their cattle by one third because of the shortage of grass. As grass-fed beef grow in demand in Hawaii, ranchers are struggling to keep up.

As a result of the drought, beef prices have increased. Although it helps the ranchers to keep the prices for their product high, they are still not high enough to offset the shortage of cattle. Although not as important to the economy as macadamia nuts or coffee, ranchers are becoming frustrated because they simply cannot keep up with the demand.

The drought has been going on since summer, 2008 and authorities warn it may continue. Though most of the drought is centralized on The Big Island and Maui, even the “Garden Island” of Kauai is feeling the effects of the water shortage. Many areas in Maui have even called for voluntary water reduction. This does not bode well for the future of Hawaiian cattle and crops because the drought has been damaging, and will continue to damage, the land for years.

In addition to affecting the local economy, severe drought also serves as a fire threat. A fire during a drought could have even more devastating results and could potentially affect the tourism industry as well as the Hawaii real estate market. Time will tell what the long-term effects of this severe drought will have on the future of the Hawaiian economy, but ranchers remain hopeful they will be able to recover.

Ken Smith of MauiSales.com, a local real estate broker in Hawaii, says property values are holding steady, but if the drought continues, the value of homes could be affected. It’s tough to say what a severe drought can do to the real estate market, especially in Hawaii. Because so many people want to live here; or use Hawaii as a vacation getaway, the drought would have to be fairly substantial and last a long time for the real estate market to be hit. Only time will tell what happens to property values, but I’m very optimistic that home values will remain strong, and the rain will come.

Supporting Local Windows and Shower Doors Company

Photo of the american flgOne of the few industries that still offer American made goods is the shower doors and windows industry. Many shower doors and window manufacturers offer products that are not only manufactured in the United States, but also provide jobs to local communities and sell their products to the same community where the products are built.

Take for example, American Windows Inc. American Windows produces and sells shower doors, windows, and mirrors in the Sacramento and Roseville area. Their products are manufactured in their warehouse, which is located in Sacramento and also sold to the same city. American Windows has over 40 years experience working in the community, but they are hardly alone.

Many of their competitors also do the same thing. “It’s just not an industry where we feel that producing products in China or some other country is worth it. We can produce the product in our own warehouse and install it at the customer’s home within a few days”, says Tony of American Windows Manufacturing.

It’s too bad other industries in the U.S. don’t take the same approach. Not only is it good for the economy to produce and sell products locally, but it also establishes good will, and gives the company roots in it’s own community. Consumers who recognize a company produces in the U.S. tend to become loyal customers. They know that their neighbors may work at the windows and showers doors warehouse. They know their money stays in the community. And they know the business the company stimulates the local economy. As long as an American company like American Windows Manufacturing can produce a competitive product at good prices, the rest falls into place.

So here’s to hoping other companies join the shower doors and windows industry. Keep it local, keep it green, and keep the economy vibrant. That’s the zietgiest that many consumers are taking when shopping for products. Companies should also use this approach when establishing their long term operations.

Countertop Designs Offers Advanced Technology

Countertop Designs storefrontEstablished in 1971, Countertop Designs, Inc. is an award-winning countertop fabricator serving the Northern California area. With the most advanced technology in the industry, Countertop Designs can transform your Northern California home with precision and accuracy.  Their friendly and knowledgeable staff is always willing to go the extra mile for their customers and are happy to offer comprehensive customer service throughout the entire process of designing and installing the perfect countertops for your home or business.

Countertop Designs is proud to offer materials from leading granite and engineered stone producers such as Silestone®, Cambria®, Caesarstone®, DuPont™ Zodiaq®. Countertop Designs is committed to customizing projects to the client’s budgetary, practical and design needs, and they will be able to assist you in selecting which stone is right for you and your home. They also offer granite and engineered stone remnants, which is a popular and cost-effective alternative to full slabs.

Serving Sacramento, Roseville, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Rocklin and the Bay area, Countertop Designs has the technology in place to provide precise and economical services to serve the needs of the project. Utilizing Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines and AutoCAD, Countertop Designs is able to conduct most of the work in their own warehouse, rather than in the home. This allows for a precise and speedy installation without disrupting the home as most renovations do. In addition to their advanced fabrication technology, Countertop Designs completes all design, fabrication and installation in-house, never subcontracting any work. This ensures that the same team performs all work comprehensively.

Countertop Designs has built a lasting reputation for expert customer service and quality of design as well as client satisfaction and customization. In 2012, Countertop Designs, Inc. was awarded for its “Excellence in Service” by the Consentino Group, the world’s producer of Silestone® quartz surfaces. They were recognized as one of the top 10 fabricators by volume in the U.S and are also a Platinum member of the Consentino Group.

Countertop Designs, Inc.  is always happy to discuss countertop needs for residential and commercial products and encourages prospective clients to visit their 36,000 square ft showroom. The showroom and warehouse are located at 1522 Silica Avenue, Sacramento, California and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.countertopdesigns.net or call (916) 929-4562.

Your San Diego Beach Home

San Diego condos and homes

While there are many excellent locations to choose from when purchasing a vacation home, San Diego is a popular place for many reasons. Its temperate climate and laid-back atmosphere make it the perfect place to buy a home on the beach without having to travel extensively. If you already reside in California, other popular destinations like Hawaii and Mexico aren’t terribly far away, but they still require hours of travel. San Diego, however, has the beautiful beaches and lovely scenery with the convenience of being located in California. If this is your first time you buying a vacation house, however, there are many things to keep in mind.

Although buying a vacation house doesn’t require a complete removal of items from the primary to the secondary home, you may want to bring many of your belongings with you. Golf clubs, changes of wardrobe, furniture and additional vehicles are items you may not want to have to purchase duplicates of. In this case, hiring movers San Diego can be helpful when you are bringing too many things to fit in a car or a carryon. Even if you don’t have very many items to bring, moving companies are also a great way to make sure your summer vacation plans aren’t thwarted by a back injury or lost or broken belongings.

Another advantage to having a coastal home in San Diego is that you will be able to visit in greater frequency. A short drive or flight means that you can truly make a second home of your beach house. You may want to bring some furniture from your current home, or you may opt to create a totally different feel to your new beach home. Either way, it is smart to hire a moving company to do the heavy lifting for you so that you don’t have to worry about your items arriving safely. The last thing you want is to create a stressful energy in your new vacation home so be sure to do your best to keep as much stress away from your new home as possible. This also includes the process of purchasing a home.

In the San Diego area, there are many popular places that people are moving to be close to the beautiful beaches of San Diego. Carlsbad is a favorite for its surfing and high cost real estate, while Oceanside is a little less sophisticated but certainly attainable. Each part of San Diego has a different feel to it, so you may want to visit different cities and towns nearby to get am idea of what it would be like to be a homeowner there. Think of it as a pre-vacation! This is not a casual decision, moving to the coast is going to be a considerable investment for you—you should be sure you are purchasing where you want to spend a great deal of time. It is also a good idea to bring any pets or children along to see how they fair in a new environment.

Moving to the beach will probably be one of the best things you can do for your health and will improve your quality of life. Even if you are only able to visit for a few weekends per year, having another place to retreat to during stressful times will be incredibly beneficial for the whole family. Especially in San Diego, where the homes are as beautiful as the beaches, you will be glad you bought a vacation home that feels like a home.

Understanding the D&d Dice

In a Dungeons and Dragons game, expect to find a character sheet, Dungeons and Dragons rulebooks and several polyhedral Dungeons and Dragons dices. These are the essential materials needed before you can officially start the game. If any of these are lacking then make sure that you procure it at the soonest possible time so you can experience what this role playing game is all about. Unlike other games, this one will require you to pay attention to the rules, to the Dungeon Master, to your teammates, to the storyline and a lot more. So before you start the game you have to brace yourself with all these requirements. To keep you in tuned and in sync with the story, you have to listen to what the other participants are saying and you must all follow the same storyline conjured by each of the players, making sure that none of you are breaking any of the rules of the game. This game would also necessitate that you read about the mechanics. So if in case you’re planning on gathering people for a Dungeons and Dragons game at your place, make sure that you are well versed on how the game is being played.

If you’re a new player, you’ll notice that the d&d dice is not your typical dice . This article will help you understand what this dice is all about. Since we all know that the characters in the game will be personified by the actual participants, understanding how this dice works will put the pieces of the puzzle together so you can be able to appreciate the game per se. During the game you will encounter several puzzling alphanumeric codes like 1d4+12+2d8 and so on. If you don’t know what those are and for sure, you won’t be able to finish an adventure. This article will help you understand what this is all about. In the game you will find a 4-sided die, 8, 10, 12 and a 20-sided die. D refers to the word die and the number that follows it will represent the sides it has. If you want to learn more about the d&d die, you can check out d&d websites online.

What’s the Deal With 800 Numbers

What are 800 numbers anyway? We see these numbers on print ads, at the bottom of business cards, on advertisements aired on television and among all other things but do we really know what it’s all about aside from the fact that it’s a strange looking phone number? Well, this article will explain to you what 800 numbers are all about.

800 numbers are actually called toll free numbers. These two can be interchanged because these 800 numbers were the first prefix used in reference to toll free numbers. True enough, these numbers aren’t in any way the same as with the numbers you can find in your local directory, which makes you question if these numbers are somehow special. If you consider calling a particular number in which the receiving end is the one who will be charged for that call then you can truly say that it is a special number and toll free numbers like the 800 number work this way. Big companies usually subscribe to toll free numbers so that they can have an increased interaction with their customers and potential customers.

It is important to know however, that not all toll free numbers come in the prefix of 800, there are other toll free numbers that use the prefix 888, 877 or 866. These numbers are all the same having the same features but it is said that the classic 800 numbers is better than the rest maybe because it was the first toll free number known to the market which makes advertising highly effective. The only drawback in choosing 800 numbers than the rest is that it can get a bit pricey.

Another thing that’s great about 800 numbers is that it can have multiple extensions even when you’re just in a single area like in an office for instance. Today, technology has found a better way for you to increase your interaction with your consumers by subscribing your home phone or your mobile phone to have a toll free number. So you can be contacted anywhere at anytime even when you’re not in your office.