Tax Donations

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Today is the first day of spring. With all the rain in the last couple of months, San Diego is the greenest I've ever seen it. Be sure to head out and see all the pretty flowers. I heard a lot of people are heading to Anza Borrego Desert Park to see the colorful wildflowers. They should stay blooming the rest of this month and April. With Spring, comes tax season. If you haven't filed your taxes yet and made non-cash charity donations, I thought I'd post this donation value guide from Goodwill to help with your taxes. Happy Spring and Good luck! Category Item Type Price Bedding Bath Towel - $1.99 Bedding Bedspreads - $6.99 Bedding Blankets - $3.99 Bedding Comforter - $6.99 Bedding Curtains - $2.99 Bedding Drapes…
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My February

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It's been awhile since I've been able to update my blog. Besides the holiday months of November and December, February is one of my more busier months. Every year I have Chinese New Year, Valentine's day, my birthday, my Dad's birthday and Toby's birthday. This year I was fortunate enough to close escrow on a dream home for my client. This one-story home is located in a quiet area of Mira Mesa with a very open layout. Overall, the whole transaction went very smooth. The house did have some termite damage according to the wood destroying pest and organisms inspection report. In this report, there's a Section I and Section II. Section I items are issues where there's evidence of active infestations or conditions that have resulted from infestation. Section…
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Toby the Cavachon – Tear Stains

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Tear stains are the worst part of owning a beautiful white dog. Toby has had tear stains since he was a little puppy. Tear stains are these reddish-brownish stains that are commonly found underneath the eyes but can also be found on other areas of their body. For Toby, it started with just under the eyes. Over time it spread to his mouth and then eventually to all parts of his body that he licked excessively. Remedy We spent a good amount of time researching why this was happening. We tried changing his dog food and water type and both didn't work. We also tried the natural Angel Eyes and that did absolutely nothing. Finally, our vet recommended us to try probiotics.  We decided to purchase Dr Mercola Complete Probiotics…
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Our Honeymoon in Moorea and Bora Bora

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Sometimes you need to leave home to understand what home really is.  After the 1.5 years of wedding planning, we decided we needed a honeymoon that was relaxing and rejuvenating.  We contacted a travel agent, Melanie D'Souza (melanie@divinedw.com), that my cousin and his friends recommended.  We had a nice long conversation with Melanie and ultimately chose Moorea and Bora Bora as our honeymoon spot. Planning Melanie's been to Moorea and Bora Bora many times over the years.  She recommended staying at the Intercontinental Resort in Moorea for 4 days and the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso for 8 days.  She said Moorea is a great island for outdoor activities and a good appetizer to the main course of Bora Bora.  She gave us a list of restaurants/activities with comments from both…
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Toby the Cavachon

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Our home would not be a home without our baby, Toby.  So I decided to write this blog about how we found our best friend Toby.  Toby is a Cavachon, a mix between a Bichon and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and has been in our lives for almost 5 years now.  When we were searching for our perfect companion, my wife was actually scared of dogs.  I wanted a guard dog, specifically a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.  Our home was unfortunately broken into while we were at work and I figured a Staffy would be a great addition to the new alarm system.  Being afraid of dogs, I was vetoed pretty quickly.  Staffy's are pretty intimidating so I understood where she was coming from.  She said for her first dog she'd be…
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I am Home

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Happy New Years! This year, I was blessed with many positive and amazing changes.  I got married to my girlfriend of 10 years at the San Diego Botanic Garden and enjoyed a fantastic honeymoon in the French Polynesian Islands of Moorea and Bora Bora.  My wife Dung and Toby InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa We were also lucky enough to travel to New York City, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Sedona and San Francisco.  My sister in law gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and I also started a new career at Northrop Grumman as a Logistics Engineer.  I'm very fortunate that Northrop Grumman's work culture is similar to my old job at HP.  They both have flexible work hours and both my manager's support my real estate career.  With all…
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