January 2018 Lifestyle Letter

"Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I'll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair."
-  Minna Thomas Antrim

Welcome January to our Spanish Village by the Sea. What a gift it is to live here, be close to the ocean and the good people of San Clemente.…


Many parents struggle with teaching their children to save, to spend, and to use money as a form of helping others. Some families believe that an allowance is earned through household duties, while other families believe that an allowance should be given regardless of duties. Whatever a family’s personal choice is, the responsibility of what to do with money is…

35th Annual ‘Great Futures Gala’ Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser at Bella Collina San Clemente

Held on November 18, the event featured silent and live auctions, live art by C/ Greed and live music from Tijs Groen. The event was a great success.

On the Path to 2018

When I was sixteen I had a poster on the wall in my bedroom with the most elegant ballerina standing on point with a caption that read “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it, if you can dream it, you can become it,” by William Arthur Ward. This quote has resonated with me for more than four decades.

Fitness to Look Forward To

The Holidays are festive, familial and indulgent. So, as the new year gets started, people across the country vow to improve themselves. Most commonly, they resolve to lead healthier lifestyles, and undo all of the gluttony and leisure associated with winter.

The Healthy Estate

At the time of this writing, President Trump’s 
proposed tax plan is still uncertain. Along with tax reform, the proposal calls for a complete elimination of the estate tax in 2023 and an increased estate tax exclusion amount beginning January 1, 2018, through 2023. There is also a proposal to eliminate the generation-skipping transfer tax.

Pucker Up

Pucker Urban Farm is a lush boutique farm tucked into the hills of San Juan Capistrano. We grow certified organic lemons, with which we have created a beverage more fresh and resourceful than one can imagine. Our signature product is Mrs. Pucker’s Lemon Shot - a drink that uses the peel, pith, seeds and pulp from our locally grown lemons.…


Nutrition is the most important aspect of healthy living. Without proper nutrition, you won’t have the energy needed to stay active, and/or your body won’t be nearly as susceptible to both minor and severe illness. Whether you’ve been an athlete for as long as you can remember, or just since you woke up the first of this year, it’s crucial…

Exercise Your Creativity

Did you know that one way to take care of your health is to exercise your creativity? In the last 15 years, research has pointed to the health benefits of creativity. A leading magazine in psychology for 50 years, Psychology Today claims that creativity contributes to several health benefits, such as increased positive emotions, decreased symptoms of depression, reduced stress…


On November 10, 2018, Dr.’s Kristen and Cory Ritzau of Shoreline Dental, spent a day gifting dental services to veterans.