The Power of Inspiration

The other day, someone asked me, “Why are you in the art gallery business?” It was an oddly personal question to me, but I also realized it’s one that I’ve never answered. It made me think of the carefree time I spent traveling around the world as a surf photographer, chasing the endless summer. For more than 25 years, I…

Meet the Makers

When you think of the word “maker,” what comes to mind?  If it’s whiskey ... well, then that’s another story. But, if it’s about the plethora of artists, entrepreneurs and talents we have in Carlsbad, you’re getting closer. 

February 2018 Around Town

NextMed Center of Carlsbad, San Diego's destination for premier private practice medical care, has officially opened. NextMed is located at 6121 & 6125 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad.

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Local Chocolate Shop Crafts Irresistible Truffles

If you're after a decadent and rich chocolate treat, look no further than Doce Chocolates, located right here in Carlsbad. Doce was founded in 2015 by Linda Friz, a Southern California local. She curated a passion for desserts and entrepreneurship early on, drawing her inspiration from her parents: Linda’s mother was creative in the kitchen, and her dad was a business…

How to Plan a Home Renovation

Are you thinking about redoing an area of your home or maybe the entire yard, but aren’t sure how to go about it? After 48 years in business, I believe that a vast majority put off this endeavor because people are not sure how to start the process. 

A Day in the Life of Local Artist Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster began creating jewelry when he was only 15 years old. His keen eye for jewelry art then turned into a family-owned business that has operated since 1981 as Foster’s Fine Jewelry.

January 2018 Lifestyle Letter

 My Dear Friends,  It is a gray day...I am writing to you cozied up by the warm fire in my living room.  Last week it was 90 degrees. Change…all good.  My Dear Readers, it is time for me to say good bye as your publisher. It has been a sweet pleasure and an honor to bring Carlsbad Lifestyle to you these past…

Bluewater Grill Carlsbad VIP Party 
and Ribbon Cutting

Bluewater Grill hosted an evening for local VIPs and media on November 15.  Guests enjoyed food and drinks in the warm ambiance of their dining patio. The  event was hosted by Giorgio Tegami, GM, and Art Garcia,  executive chef.  Bluewater co-founders Rick Staunton & Jim Ulcickas were mingling as well.

Phyllis Hall’s “With Me Always” 
Launch and Book Signing

North County San Diego mother, entrepreneur and author Phyllis Hall introduced With Me Always, an inspiring new book based on her true story that helps families deal with separation and grief.  Phyllis shared her remarkable story of faith, survival and commitment to helping others who struggle with grief.  withmealways.com

January 2018 Around Town

The Mom Conference is presented by The Mom Connection in partnership with Moms in Prayer International.  How did the previous generations impact us as mothers? How can our daily walk today affect our children in the future? Are we taking advantage of the unprecedented gift of prayer that God has given us to go before the next generation? No matter…

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Why Your Gut Is Your Second Brain…

An extremely important aspect, that is often overlooked when certain health challenges need to be addressed, is the intimate relationship between your gut and your brain. As a matter of fact, scientists even refer to the gut as the “second brain”.

OSKA Pulse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain affects more than 100 million people a year and is a major contributing factor to the nationwide opioid epidemic. It’s been reported that 142 people in the U.S., die each day from opioid overdoses. This is not only a national crisis, it’s an epidemic impacting hundreds of families in…

Freezing Time with Fertility Preservation

Egg freezing seems to be in the news lately and it leaves many women wondering … should I? could I? To help sort out if egg freezing might be worth considering, I have provided some quick tips below:

The Mitchell Thorp Foundation

In 2008, Brad and Beth Thorp buried their 18-year-old son, Mitchell, after an excruciating five-year medical tribulation that maxed out their insurance, emptied their bank account, challenged their marriage and led them to specialists all over the country. 

Finding Your Soulmate

Are you tired of trying all the old ways of finding your life partner? Online dating, didn't work, being set up by your friends, didn't work, frequenting singles establishments, also a failure.  Don’t throw in the towel just yet…there is a BETTER WAY that has been field tested and proven.

Draft Republic Carlsbad VIP Pre-Opening Party

Draft Republic Carlsbad hosted a VIP Pre-Opening party on October 12. Guests enjoyed appetizers, beer and craft cocktail samples at the new Cohn Restaurant Group operation, which features over 100 beers on tap, 50 flat screen TVs, retro arcade games, table tennis, foosball, billiards and more! 

December 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Happy Holidays!! Let the Holidays begin!   I encourage you to grab your Carlsbad Lifestyle, a cup of whatever relaxes you, and indulge in the fun and informative stories we have for you this month.

Silvergate Bank and Carlsbad Lifestyle Partner for an Evening with Greg Voisen

Silvergate Bank and Carlsbad Lifestyle hosted an evening of education and networking featuring guest speaker Greg Voisen on September 21. Greg is the author of “Hacking the Gap - A Journey from Intuition to Innovation and Beyond.” Guests enjoyed getting books signed while enjoying delicious food from Gregorio's. 

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Luncheon

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce held their annual Small Business Awards Luncheon on October 6. Awards were given for Innovation in Small Business, Community Impact, Best Marketing Practices, Excellence in Professional Services, Woman-owned Business, Workplace MVP, Sustainability and Leadership Development. carlsbad.org

December 2017 Around Town

Hospice of the North Coast (HNC’s) Pacifica House is a sanctuary for the terminally ill and a blessing for the entire North County community. Newly reconstructed to better serve the needs of end-of life patients receiving symptom management care and their families, Pacifica House welcomed dozens of guests to a Blessing followed by tours.

Doctor’s Corner – Well Adjusted Kids

I want you to think about a time in your life when you had the most energy and excitement.  When you couldn’t wait to wake up and get out of bed in the morning and see what the day would bring.  Think about what age you were then.  Now perhaps that is right now in your life, but if you…

Modern Home Gadgets

“There’s no place like home,” and, there’s really no place like home when it comes to 2017 technology. With the modernization of technology and automation of homes, who wants to leave? We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest modern “home” gadgets you won’t know what you ever did without.

Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

Keeping your furry family members safe during the holidays can be a difficult task. There are the ornaments, plants, presents, lights -- oh, and who could forget the Christmas tree? Let's take a look at some simple steps that will allow your pets to join in the holiday fun, while avoiding any trips to the animal emergency room.

A Coastal Christmas

Red and green may be a Christmas tradition, but when you’re celebrating the season with some coastal-themed decor, the occasion calls for ocean-inspired hues. Embrace the colors of driftwood, sand and crashing waves with plenty of sparkle and shine to get your coastal home ready for the holidays.

Stop Wrapping, Start Remembering

December is a month of remembrance and celebrations, but too often it is also a month of overwhelming obligations and rampant commercialism. The combination of guilt, stress, lack of sleep, and overspending tend to turn the last month of the year into a whirlwind of overextended schedules. Don’t let negative emotions and unrealistic expectations take over this season.

Uniworld River Wine Cruise

Matchless experiences and exclusive opportunities are par for the course when cruising with Uniworld. From boutique ships outfitted with handcrafted furniture, fine antiques, original artwork and signature accents to an incredibly passionate staff that looks after your every need, each day of a Uniworld voyage is sure to be one of a kind.

A Tea Party to Remember

“It’s Always Tea Time” The Mad Hatter Tea parties are an age old tradition of creating sweet memories between Mother and Daughter…memories that linger for a lifetime, bringing smiles to your face whenever recalled. Whether on the bedroom floor with a few teddy bears as guests or high tea at a fancy hotel, there is something about a tea party…

Pacific Ridge School Hosts Amazing Quest Celebration

The Pacific Ridge community participated in the Amazing Quest September 3. Dozens of teams raced each other to complete a series of challenges. It was unveiled that the school’s Arts and Technology Center will be renamed the Ogle Center for Arts and Technology after Head of School Dr. Bob Ogle.

Baked Stuffed Apples

Enjoy a healthy breakfast in the morning or a delicious treat later in the day. Slow cooker stuffed apples will give you all the fall feels.

November 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Hello Holidays! I love the sparkle in the air, planning festivities, the anticipation of family coming to town and celebrating the seasons of giving, hope and joy! Carlsbad is a cornucopia of beauty and abundance, but what makes it so special, is the heart of its people. Carlsbad gives and gives and gives. I am privileged to have a vehicle…

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Annual 
Membership Appreciation Event

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Membership Appreciation and Capital Kickoff campaign was held September 16 at Henebery Spirits in Vista. Members enjoyed whiskey tastings and a light dinner before a short program focused on Lagoon Foundation membership and fundraising. aguahedionda.org

November 2017 Around Town

State Assemblyman Rocky Chavez recently attended the Friends of La Posada luncheon to present an award for outstanding community service to Kelly Cardenas. Kelly and his crew at Kelly Cardenas Salon dedicate their time offering free haircuts for the homeless and use their talents in many different ways to give back to the community.

Showers of Blessings

Generous is a word you often hear when people describe Carlsbad residents. Giving back through charitable donations and volunteerism is a hallmark of what it means to be a good citizen of Carlsbad. On the second and fourth Tuesday of every month homeless Carlsbad residents gather at the Father Moore Center on Madison Street to get a free hot shower,…

Discovering Olive Oils

The myths and mysteries surrounding olive oil are uncovered in a most delicious way, right in the heartbeat of our city. Humble Olive Oils, on State Street, is family owned and boasts 20 to 30 types of olive oils. Stopping by the store will elevate your understanding of the art and science of olive oil as well as delight your…

Carlsbad’s Hale Aikane – “House with Friends”

Ko and Michael Roston’s 6,000 square-foot home, Hale Aikane “House With Friends” overlooking the 14th Fairway of the legendary La Costa Golf Course, is nothing short of a personal Boutique Resort. When The Rostons purchased the original four-bedroom Mission-style home in 2002, there was none of the glamour and detail which the current residence boasts today. Roston, who has developed…

Customized Holiday Home Decor

The awe in the eyes of a child gazing upon a twinkling Christmas tree reminds us that the holiday season brings with it, great hope and lasting joy! Glorious holiday decorations bring out the child in each of us. This sense of wonder is what Nancy Starling (owner, Starling Designs) loves to bring to others with her inspiring holiday masterpieces.…

October 2017 Lifestyle Letter

As we kiss the warm and feisty days of summer good-bye and embrace the new cozy of October…things are changing. Everything is so crisp and clear. The ocean has a new deep blue with twinkling diamonds dancing atop…Catalina looks like someone just painted it on the horizon. Nights are cool and it actually feels good to have a bonfire, colors…

Aaron Chang Art Gallery presents “On the Trail of Ansel Adams”

Aaron Chang presented an impressive collection of black & white photographs at his sold out shows, On the Trail of Ansel Adams, at his Solana Beach gallery on July 21 and San Diego gallery on July 22. Guests enjoyed wine and cheese along with live music. Photos: John Cocozza Photography. Aaronchang.com/ansel-adams

Carlsbad Women’s Center Gelebrates the Grand Opening of NextMed Center

The Carlsbad Women’s Center celebrated the official opening and ribbon cutting of their new location, the NextMed Center of Carlsbad on August 10. Guests enjoyed office tours and meeting the physicians of West Coast OB/GYN, Fertility Specialists Medical Group and Femina Careo Uro/GYN. For more info and RSVP: Ivfspecialists.com/events

Silvergate Bank

Ask their customers why they choose Silvergate Bank over the competition and you'll receive a wide spectrum of positive responses. There is one consistent comeback though that perpetually appears: “It's their customer service.” Not just your generic type either, but the kind that makes an owner feel special, like their bank is truly their partner in the success of their…

October 2017 Around Town

Piper the Pig, an animal ambassador for the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation’s Discovery Center has become extremely popular with adult and children visitors alike. So much so that, when she was “missing” for awhile, the Discovery Center got phone calls and E-mails inquiring about her welfare! Piper has been a Monday through Friday outside exhibit at the Discovery Center since…

Craft Beer 101

You drink Bud Light. Always have, always will. Or maybe it’s wine. You have studied the varietals, contemplated the years and developed a sophisticated palette. You tell yourself that craft beer is not your thing. It is a fad…that you like to stick with what you know.

Audi 
2018 Q5

Redesigned and reimagined from the outside in, the Audi Q5 exudes style and refinement everywhere you look. From the flowing exterior shoulder line to the luxurious amenities within, you’ll see Audi is redefining how an SUV looks—and feels.

Dental Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Always check treats to make sure they’re safe and sealed before being eaten. Treats can wait to be eaten until you’re home. Never eat anything that looks suspicious. If a treat looks questionable, throw it away. Best to be safe.

Pacific Ridge School Students Go Global

Many Carlsbad residents were among over 570 Pacific Ridge School students and faculty who traveled around the country and the world for academic study, cultural immersion and service. 2017 destinations included Austin, TX; Australia; China; Costa Rica; Cuba; Grand Canyon; Greece; India; Morocco; Northern Sierras; Taiwan; and Washington, D.C. Pacificridge.org

Simple Asparagus and Watercress Soup

Over medium heat, pour one tablespoon of olive oil in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Add asparagus and saute until tender and lightly seared on all sides. Remove from heat and cut into 1-inch pieces. Season with salt and set aside. In a medium saucepan, heat remaining butter or oil, add spring onions and garlic and cook until translucent. Add…

Leap Coffee

“Let’s meet for coffee”! How many times have you said, heard, or been asked that question? Meeting for coffee is a common event embedded into our way of life. Shouldn’t it, therefore, be something amazing, every time? It can be! Thanks to Leap Coffee and the unique culture it embodies, the mundane meeting at the coffee shop can be a…

Our Children…

Where does a mother, coach, teacher, youth group leader, auntie and someday grandmother, begin to share... Of all of my letters to you, this one has me pondering the most deeply. I know this, I would be a very different person had I not experienced the challenges, mistakes, frustrations, exhaustion, commitments, delights, joys and LOVE of raising my two daughters.…