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5 Summer Events Not to Miss!

As summer unfolds and the heat rises, it’s the best time to enjoy all that our beautiful county has to offer.  Relaxing beaches, cool summer nights on the island or chilling on the waves there is no end to the fun you can have this summer. Here are five local events coming to Newport Beach and its sister cities that you can enjoy this month:

 

Hyatt Regency Outdoor Concerts

Why go to LA when you’ve got an outdoor musical venue just down the road. The Hyatt Regency offers concerts all summer long in its Back Bay Amphitheater.  There is even upscale food and wine choices to help you enjoy your musical summer evening.  Here is a list of their July line up:

July 20: An Evening With Chris Botti
July 27: Vincent Ingala & Lindsey Webster

Hyatt Summer Concert Series

 

Balboa Peninsula Trolley

Hop on the trolley and enjoy exploring the Balboa Peninsula.  The trolley is free and stops at over 20 different spots including The Balboa Fun Zone.  Once there, we suggest visiting Sugar N Spice for a chocolate covered banana or Balboa Bar.  Stroll among the numerous shops and museums or become a kid again and play Skee ball or check out The Discovery Cubes Ocean Quest.  Tons of fun on a hot summer day. Open Saturdays and Sundays.

Balboa Trolley Times/Routes

 

Sawdust Arts & Crafts Festival

Hop on PCH and head 15 minutes up the road to sister sister city, Laguna Beach. Their famed Sawdust Arts & Crafts Festival goes all summer long through September 2nd.  You’ll be able to check out local artists, watch mind bending glass blowing demos or throw a pot on a potters wheel…all while enjoying various culinary delights, eclectic music and an assortment of beer and wine.

Sawdust Arts Festival

 

Goat Yoga!

Now you can get your workout for your body as well as your soul.  A mini farm in San Juan Capistrano is offering goat yoga for all ages.  Execute your downward dog while being surrounded by scrumptious mini goats.  Dress in clothes you don’t care about getting a little dirty as the goats are adorable but can leave a lil mess. Check out the link for days and times.

Goods and Goats Market

 

US Open of Surfing

Visit H.B. and check out the pros as they navigate the line up in the US Open of Surfing.  July 28th to August 5th you’ll be amazed at the numerous surfing, skating, and bmx exhibitions throughout the days. Here’s a tip… if you don’t want to deal with the throng of tourists and traffic go to the one of the shuttle stops and catch a free shuttle to the event at the pier.

US Open

Want an experience this Fathers Day?

Gifts may come and go but spending time with your dad on Fathers Day is a memory that will last forever.

 

Why not ditch the tie and golf shirt this year and instead do something new? Don’t get me wrong the popcorn necklaces and paper ties are adorable and will always be cherished but as the kiddos get older and as we get older, it’s fun to get a bit more in person with our gifts. We’ve put together some alternative experiences that are sure to make your dad feel like he is #1 in your heart and give him a lifetime memory:

 

 

Beer & Battleship

You had dad at battleship. Take a day trip to San Pedro and tour the USS Iowa. A battleship used in World War II and the Korean War.  Aptly nicknamed ‘The Battleship of Presidents’. This floating museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.  While your in the area stop over at Ballast Point in Long Beach. This unique brewery and restaurant has some casual bites and great beer you can enjoy while looking out at the Alamitos Bay.

 

 

Hot Rods & Classics

Does your dad like cars? If so this is the experience he’ll love.  Russo and Steele are holding their collector car auction this weekend at The Newport Dunes Resort.  Over 400 European sports cars will be on display on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a small ticket price. Muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods and custom automobiles will be on full display all weekend.  Sunday is special SundayFunday pricing at just $10 per ticket.

 

 

Chili at the Beach

Does dad like chili? Now you can hang at the beach and go chili tasting in your neighbor city, Huntington Beach.  Saturday, June 16th.  Chili at the Beach is a downtown HB event, which showcases rows of vendors showcasing their chili recipes and tastings.  There will also be live music and a kids zone for the younger crowd.  Plus bonus points… a portion of the proceeds earned goes to The Boys and Girls Club.

 

Any which way you go there is something fun to do this Fathers Day.

 

Happy Fathers Day to all of the hard working, amazing and courageous dads!!

 

 

 

3 Easy Steps to Get Renters Insurance

As an OMC Resident it has just become extremely simple to get renters insurance. Roost Insurance is now available through our online renters portfolio, AppFolio.  Simply login to your online portal and you will see there is now a section that allows you to Learn More or Purchase Renters Insurance.

 

Once you click on Purchase Renters Insurance, it will ask you when you would like coverage to start, what your contents limit is and if you have any additional coverage options. Then you Click Quote and an estimate of what your monthly payments will be will be displayed on the screen.

 

Now it is time to decide if you would like to make your purchase. If you do choose to buy the renters insurance you will then:

– see the total for your first payment and subsequent payments

– review your coverage selections, credit card information and payment schedule

– upon completion, you will click Buy Policy and you will be on the success page, which shows you all of your policy details and confirms payment

– once purchased, a Roost Renters Insurance box will appear on the Residents home page of their online portal

 

It’s that easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift ideas for the new, sporty, stylish or adventurous mom.

Want to celebrate mom this Mothers Day in style?  Whether she is a new mother, sporty mama, stylish mum or adventurous mom…we’ve got an idea for each. See some distinct gifts you can share with your best friend this Mothers Day and score points with one of the most important people in your life:

Mothers day experience to share – Sign you and mom up for the virtual Mothers Day Run in HB.  Choose your own course, time yourself and report it in. Medals mailed after times are reported.

 

Flowers for moms day –  Go traditional and grab some flowers for your special mum.  The Day Lily is the Chinese symbol of motherhood and Orchids symbolize “many children.” Purple Irises are also a special choice for mothers, symbolizing faith and hope.

 

Most valued mothers day gift – Take a few hours out of your day and choose a room to organize for your mom. Then surprise her with your craftiness.

 

For the new mom – New parents are in a daze for the first few months so make things easy on them and get mom a diaper backpack that’s understated from Land.  Bonus points that it doesn’t look like the ‘typical’ diaper bag.

 

Bring mom breakfast in bed – Ever gone wrong with breakfast in bed? Mothers around the world appreciate a little pampering whenever they can get it. The chocolate croissants from Trader Joes are an easy way to pamper your mum and adds some sweetness to her day.

 

Homemade gift for mom – Get crafty and make mom a gift she can use every week. Home made Lavender Linen Spray she can use on her laundry and sheets.

 

Brunch on the water for Mothers Day – Brunch in style this moms day and book a cruise through the Newport Harbor. Champagne brunch cruises $80 pp with Hornblower.

 

Personalized gift for mom – Get her a token of your love she wear every day. A Russian ring necklace from Etsy is the perfect go with everything statement piece she’ll adore.

 

Luxury gift for mom – Have a stylish mom that loves living luxe? A cashmere kimono robe from Saks is the perfect way to spoil your mom on the big day.

 

Something unique for mom – Moms that travel and enjoy experiencing different parts of the world with love these leather suitcase stickers from Away. They’ll spot their suitcase in the blink of an eye!

 

Happy Mothers Day to all of the fun, sporty, stylish, new and jr moms!

 

 

How to Simplify Your Lifestyle

Spring has sprung and its time for a lifestyle reboot.  No this is not another fad diet or cleanse so no worries that we are going to ask you to eat raw veggies or drink shakes 24 hours a day. This is about looking around  you and minimizing the clutter in your life so you can enjoy its awesomeness.

Kick the Clutter to the Curb

Look around your apartment home and really try and see what you need and don’t need on a daily basis. Is that Happy Meal toy from 2 years ago really being played with by your child each day?

– Clear out under the beds – Sort clothing and donate unused – Organize your closet with huggable hangars for added space – Toss expired prescriptions – Clear your desk (1 pen, 1 stapler…)

 

Live in the Moment

Yes it is easy to say and not to do but we are all spending way to much time online and not enough in the moment.

– Stash your cell or ipad an hour before going to bed – Switch off notifications on your phone – grab a book, take a walk or take out a board game…go old school

 

Stash the Cash

It’s amazing  to realize what you really need once you are forced to pay via cash rather than adding it to your credit debt. Pull a set amount from the bank and try to pay using only cash for one week. Monday through Sunday. You’ll soon realize how many items you didn’t end up buying or needing because it suddenly became more valuable once the cash wad started decreasing. Starbucks, Amazon deals, that cute top you just had to have… did it really add value to your life one week later?

 

Walk

Simple right? Yes but no. How many times have we all jumped in the car for a trip to the market, to go to the gym or to grab a bite to eat? Budget yourself a few more moments and walk it out. The grocery store, gym, coffee house and various restaurants are all within a mile of your home. Enjoy your walkable environment.

 

Cut Recurring Charges

By this we mean those charges that are just small enough that you pay theme each month without really realizing it. Sometimes it feels like more of a pain to cancel them than it does to simply let them keep charging, however when you add these up after a year you’ll be surprised at how much you save.

– Gym memberships (use yours) – home phone (you have a cell right??) – cut to basic cable (get a streaming service) – magazine subscriptions (read it all online)

 

Embrace the simplicity of each moment.

 

 

 

 

 

How to add a touch of green to your St Patties Day

Want to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Orange County and a bit beyond? Here are some ways to get your green on and embrace the day:

Create your own Pub Crawl!

Newport Beach has some of the best Irish pubs around so if you have a hankering to tip a beer and get lively here is where you want to go.

 

– 1st stop…Malarky’s is open from 6:30 am to 2:00 pm so get there early and avoid the lines. A Glennfidich on the rocks is your kick off cocktail. 3011 Newport Blvd., NB.

– Second stop…Muldoon’s Irish Pub opens their doors at 9:00 am. Featuring two live bands and no cover charge. 202 Newport Center Drive, NB

– Third stop…Shamrock Bar & Grill has live music and plenty of Irish fun. Grab a Guiness and join the locals. 2633 W Coast Highway, NB

 

Family Friendly St Patricks Fun

If you’re not in the mood to join the pub crawl and want to enjoy this festive holiday at home we dont blame you. Sometimes its good to create an intimate family fun day at home with some Irish centric activities and recipes. Here are a few to help you make your St Patricks day a green one for the whole family.

 

– A leprechaun trap kicks in St Patricks day fun the night before the big day. The Fickle Pickle has an easy trap for your kiddos to create and see if they catch some luck.

– Rainbow cloud donuts are the perfect way to start your kiddos day with a smile. Just grab some mini donuts, some fruit loops cereal and pipe cleaner and you’ve got a rainbow!

– Finish with a leprechaun hunt and have your kiddos put to the test as they enjoy this unique scavenger hunt. Make sure you leave them their pot of gold at the end of the hunt!

 

St Patricks Day Parade and Festival

Did you know that San Diego has a St Patty’s day festival? Thousands gather each year to see the floats, marching bands and dancing groups march their way down Laurel Street. The parade starts at 10:30 am and is on Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street. Once done the Irish Festival kicks in gear at Balboa Park where you’ll find live entertainment, craft booths, celtic food, a beer garden and kid zone. Fun for the whole family!

 

SAH Patties Day

Don’t feel like wandering out into the crowds on St Patricks Day? Stay at home and partake in some delish Irish dishes, take in a Celtic movie and avoid the crowds…

 

– Traditional Irish fare includes corn beef and cabbage, Irish beef stew, soda bread, bangers and mash, and of course you have to top it all off with an Irish Coffee!

– Irish Movies are not hard to find. Some great ones to chill in with are Brooklyn, In the Name of the Father, Far and Away, and The Departed.

 

However you decide to celebrate the day, we hope that you stay safe and have fun getting your green on.

 

 

6 Alternative Valentines Day Experiences

Want to celebrate Valentines Day without going broke? Here are 6 fresh ways to enjoy the day…

 

6 Alternative Valentine’s Day Ideas

 

  1. One of my favorite memories is when my husband took me for a Picnic at the Beach.  He waited outside my work with rose in hand and told me to hop in. We headed to Lookout Point in Corona Del Mar and had a picnic overlooking the water. So cop- a-squat at your favorite space and enjoy the simplicity of the day.

  2. Why not start early and wake up to a DIY Valentine Heart and Donut Love? Get some pink post-it-notes and write something that you love about your someone on each note. Then arrange them in a heart on a mirror for them to savor once up. After you’ve filled their heart with sweetness you can fill their belly with it too. Purchase a box of donuts from the neighborhood store (Dunkin Donuts is selling heart shaped sweets). Then write a love note on the inside lid.  It is a sure way to start their day with love in their hearts and sweetness in their tummies.  Check out our Valentine Fun Pinterest Board for examples.

  3. Take a tip from Parks and Recreation and celebrate Galentine’s Day style.  Grab some of your favorite no drama friends and enjoy some girl time with your best buds.  Make a waffle laden, heavy carb, sugary sweetness brunch and get your grind on.  You can even do a Valentine White Elephant gift exchange.  Have each friend bring a swoon worthy pair of new panties and after your done enjoying all of those breakfast sweets you can start the game.  Pick, open and swap. Everyone ends up with a cute new piece of lingerie for that special day.

  4. Go old school and take the family to a Drive in Movie.  You’ll have to drive a bit to get to a theater but the experience will be worth the wait.  Pack a picnic filled with some of your favorite move time treats, grab some blankets and sit back in the comfort of you car while you take in a new release.  Vineland Drive In Theatre is the closest we could find in The City of Industry, which is about a 45 minute drive via the 57 freeway.  Gates open at 6:15 pm and some of the movies currently showing are Maze Runner, Den of Thieves, Insidious and 12 Strong.

  5. Stay home and have a Romantic Movie Night with your sweetie.  Start the night off with a love letter (here is a link to some famous love letters from the past), then pick a romantic genre on Netflix or Hulu or whatever screening app you have and snuggle up.  You can even make some Pretty in Pink hot coco to enjoy during snuggle time.  Here is the Pretty in Pink hot coco recipe.

  6. Pretend you are in Venice on the canals and take a Gondola Ride through Newport Harbor.  Book it now for Valentines Day as times are getting tied up.  Pack a charcuterie tray, some wine and a blanket and glide through the channels of Newport while decompressing from the hectic work day.  Click here for Newport Beach Gondola.

 

Whatever your pick enjoy the day and enjoy another year of happiness.

 

Neighborhood Alert

Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Monday, February 5th 

6:30 pm

Newport Aquatic Center (1 Whitecliff Drive)

Please come to the neighborhood watch meeting on February 5th at The Newport Aquatic Center. This evening is in response to a spurt of recent break-in’s in the Dover Shores area.  The Newport Beach Police Department will be hosting this meeting.  At this evening, you will receive tips from experts on how to protect yourself and your home.  You will be given the opportunity to ask questions and make comments on the recent wave of burglaries in your area.

We will be discussing

Area Crime Trends

Overview of Residential Burglaries

Your Home Security Plan

Responding to Suspicious Activity

Question & Answer

To confirm that you will attend this meeting please email RSVP@NBPD.org

As always, if you car or home is vandalized please notify the Police and our OMC Property Supervisor, Rachel right away.

We hope to see you there!

TEAM OMC

What is 2018’s Color of the Year?

Ultra Violet

Pantone’s newest Color of the Year is not shy but rather a Bold, Inventive and Imaginative nod to the future.

 

 

This fantastical color brings to mind galaxies far away that are yet undiscovered. It brings in a playful hue while sparking your imagination and sense of wonder.  How to rock this chic new color of the year? Here are some pieces that will give your home and life a punch of this insatiable hue without overpowering:

Add flare to your kitchen with this cast iron teapot.
Go Moroccan with this vibrant pouf.

 

Provoke in purple with this lush polish.
Catch it all with this leather valet tray.
Own your style with this ultra violet neck tie.

 

Remember that a little goes a long way with this vibrant color.  Accent pieces are the perfect way to add a punch of color to liven up your home and style for the new year.

How to Bring Hygge to Your Home.

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah)

 

Be in the moment and have a conscious appreciation of all around you. Think of what gives you happy thoughts and try to instill these feelings within your home. Here are some ways in which you can instill these ‘moments’ throughout your life space:


Create a Reading Nook
This can be as simple as a beanbag chair, comfy throw and soft lighting to set the mood.  Then whenever you feel the need to hunker down and get your cozy on you can retreat to your new tucked in Reading Nook. Don’t forget to pull on a pair of  Hyggebukser (that pair of pants you’d never be caught dead wearing in public but that are so comfy you love to wear them around the house)

 

Spot of Tea Moment
Sometimes all it takes is a moment to help you slow down and appreciate all around you.  Take a few minutes each day to create your own Tea Time Ritual. Just the simple act of warming the water, brewing the tea and settling down to enjoy its warmth will give you a snug feeling to help you wind down and enjoy the moment.

 

Candlelit Bath
Run a steamy bath, throw in some epsom salts and light some candles…instant Hygge moment. Once in this experience you will be comforted and at peace from the stress’ of the day. A small moment in time to take you away from the hectic nature of society.

 

Netflix Together
Being with others and enjoying a sense of togetherness is another key to Hygge.  Invite a few friends over for a Netflix and cocoa night and enjoy a sense of fellowship that is sure to carry over into your next work day.

 

The essence of these moments is to make them a part of your daily lives. There you will be able to enjoy the simple pleasures of all around you and create a sense of Hygge.

 

 

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