An Easy Choice For Your Landscaping Needs

One thing I’ve heard from every homeowner I’ve ever met was that finding a contractor or landscaper that was actually good at their job is almost impossible. The field is absolutely rife with one horror story after another of workers slouching on the job, projects takin months longer than they should, and ever-expanding budgets with mediocre results.

One of the worst I’ve heard recently is a contractor that was charged with completely redesigning a kitchen from the ground up (literally, they took the flooring out and everything). The guy put the poor woman on a waiting list four months after the contract was signed, and then his team proceeded to utterly mangle every single part of the job she had spent so long stressing over and planning with the owner of the company as he partied away south of the border.

Her kitchen was out of commission for months, and during much of that time her entire house smelled of various chemicals used during the construction process and was frequently choked with concrete dust as the clumsy oafs ripped up her floors to install an extra support beam. At the end of everything, she got some mismatched countertops, but otherwise things looked fine.

Fast forward a few months, and her son happened to point out to her that the new arch installed that replaced the wall that was previously there seemed to be bowing slightly. They took a couple nails and string and, sure enough, the whole ceiling was starting to collapse inward. After strenuously denying any wrong doing, after getting the second opinion of multiple other handymen, it turned out that the support structure the contractors had put into place was nowhere near strong enough for the load it now carried. Another 2 weeks were needed to make the necessary repairs.

The point is, a good construction company is way harder to find than it should be. With the kind of razor-thin margins these guys are working with and the fact that their entire business is run almost exclusively on word of mouth, you’d think they’d want to provide the best job they could.

Well, if you’re in the market for a landscaping redesign for your back or front yard and are in the San Diego area, I have some great news for you: we may have found one of the few good ones in the industry. Torrey Pines Landscaping Company is THE premier landscape design firm for Point Loma, San Diego, Encinitas, and general San Diego County area. Just take a look at some of their most recent work, a French Garden in Mission Hills and a full back yard redesign for their client in Point Loma.

Whether you’re just looking to touch up your yard or completely transform it into a modern outdoor entertainment center, Torrey Pines takes an incredible amount of pride in the work that they do and works with you to make sure you’re getting the kind of backyard urban landscaping that you’ve always dreamed of.

If you’re lucky enough to be looking for some landscaping work in Mission Hills or beyond in the San Diego area, make sure to give Torrey Pines a call. You won’t regret it.

Torrey Pines Landscaping Company

(858) 454-1433 5560 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121

The Adventures We Hope To Never Take

We are always hearing about accidents on the road, but we never expect one to happen to us or our loved ones. The reality is that tragedy can strike at any minute, even on days that are normally expected to be the happiest days of the year. On Christmas, one was killed and one was seriously hurt in a serious vehicle crash on a Southern California freeway.

Man Crossing Road

For most Americans, a simple car ride is nothing to think twice about. Whether you are on the road to work, the grocery store, a friend’s house, or the gym, a car ride is an event day event. Cars are an everyday necessity for most working people. It isn’t a surprise to see a car commercial of the newest and coolest model every time you turn on the television.

However, it is equally unsurprisingly to hear and see a report of a car accident every time you turn on the television or read the news. These are the adventures we never hope to take in life. What was supposed to be a simple trip to a destination from A to B turns into a catastrophe no one wishes to find themselves in.

If you find yourself in an accident, you must call the police and seek medical treatment immediately. Be sure to receive a copy of the official police report and take photos of the scene of the crash, including vehicles and license plates. You should call your insurance company to inform them of the crash and consult with a personal injury lawyer.

Most victims of car collisions do not know that they may be entitled to compensation. At first glance, accidents that appear minor can leave drivers with injuries that are not detectable or diagnosed. Injuries involving impact to the brain often do not manifest until later. The pain and damage of the injuries usually emerge and become evident a few days after the initial shock of the incident. This is why it is highly recommended to consult with a lawyer even if you are unsure of whether or not you can make a personal injury claim.

We understand that finding the right attorney can be difficult and confusing. A quick online search for the terms “car accident attorney Poway” will bring up over 260,000 Google results. It can be difficult to know who has a strong and trustworthy reputation. If you have been involved in a car accident and are looking to turn to an attorney based in San Diego, we highly recommend Villasenor Law Offices. Christopher Villasenor has litigated hundreds of cases, including personal injury disputes. The firm has handled cases involving the most severe injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, burns, and paralysis. The firm consults with field experts and medical experts to provide an accurate and fair evaluation of compensation. Mr. Villasenor has achieved maximum recovery and effectively represented his clients in cases involving intoxicated driving, distracted driving, failure to yield, unsafe roads, and speeding. You can give them a call for a consultation.

Villasenor Law Offices
12396 World Trade Dr, San Diego, CA 92128, United States

The Life of a Business is a Highway

Brianna Heiz is the operator of a fleet at a small Californian trucking company that predominantly serves consumer product brands. In recent years, Brianna’s company has enjoyed steady growth, thanks to the year-over-year increase of new products created by more and more entrepreneurs and independent business owners in the area. “Whenever there are more products or new products in the market, businesses will require more shipments, either to retail locations where the product will be sold, or to the homes of their customers, if they are selling via direct to consumer.”

White Volvo Semi-truck on Side of Road

Truck driving is a demanding line of work, as well as an indispensable sector in our industrial economy. The commercial truck market is on the rise due to the growth of commerce, specifically e-commerce. Technology has greatly changed the nature of truck driving and operating a commercial trucking business. With the rise in demand for drivers, trucking companies have increased pay drastically as of 2019. Thus, the cost of business has increased in terms of worker compensation, making it even more critical for businesses to invest in commercial truck workers insurance.

“We knew that it was critical for use to invest in insurance for our business, because our entire operation needs to run smoothly and safely. If there are any accidents or other types of issues with the drivers who we employ, then we need to be prepared. The rising cost of labour has definitely made us more diligent about this,” says Brianna.

The job naturally involves risk, even though much is mitigated through skill and technology. And yet, accidents can still be common. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that in “2016, there were 7,242,000 nonfatal traffic accidents, and 7.4 of those involved at least one large truck or bus.”

FMCSA reports that trucking accidents occur due to two categories of reasons: critical events and critical reasons. Critical events are the conditions leading to the potential of an accident: environment (weather, road conditions), vehicle (brakes condition, machine failures), and driver (performance).

Critical reasons the moments that happen immediately before, and as a result, directly cause the accident. These are usually due to human error, such as distraction or fatigue, as well as the nature and action of other drivers on the road at the same time.

According to the FMCSA, the top ten factors in accidents for large trucks and their drivers were:

  • “Brake problems
  • Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue”

Byron Galindo is a State Farm business insurance agent who specializes in commercial truck workers insurance, landlord insurance, and earthquake insurance in Santa Monica. If you or your employees have been in an accident, seeking the guidance and expertise of a professional may ensure that you receive compensation. Business owners in the trucking industry should choose the right insurance professional with serious consideration, given the increased demand for commercial trucking services and the ever-present reality of life on the road.

Byron Galindo – State Farm Insurance Agent
214 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405, United States

The Life-Changing Magic of Design

It’s easy to overlook the beauty of everyday life. We think about what we see on a daily basis as ordinary, and thereby insignificant and unimportant. We get so caught up in the whirlwind of being busy all the time, forgetting to honour the magnificence of the present moment. We tend to move through the spaces and corners of our lives passively.

Modern design philosophy takes on the belief that the spaces of daily lives can be meaningful sanctuaries. Our spaces of work and enjoyment are not merely limited to their functional use. Just because a space has a specific intended purpose of utilization, doesn’t mean it also can’t be beautiful. Good design humanizes our surroundings, making them enjoyable to use and to gaze upon.

Personal style is a form of self-expression, a statement of the world we want to live in. Good design allows us to reflect and formulate a new life perspective. It allows us to see and move through life more consciously, with an appreciation and awareness for our environment. In many ways, it does what art can do for us – bring joy and hope to the most stressful and demanding moments in our lives.

207 Via Ithaca – Lido Isle

Many people prefer to stay in the comfort of their own homes, for both work and play. There are now over 56 million freelancers in the US, with an increase of over 3 million in the past 5 years. As a freelancer, you spend most of your working hours at home, when you are not at a coffee shop or co-working space

This means that your home surroundings become your work environment. Therefore, it is worth considering transforming your home’s aesthetic and construction to allow to you to be productive. Imagine being able to wake up every morning and walk downstairs to make your morning cup of coffee while opening up your laptop to work at the counter of your dream kitchen. On the weekends, imagine reading a book or hosting a friends and family gathering in your dream living room. This sounds like fantasy, but it is actually very practical.

Most people wishing for their dream home will look to relocate to a brand new city, or purchase a brand new home on the market. However, you can actually build your dream home to reflect your lifestyle and personality by working with a custom home designer and builder.

To explore this, we reviewed Sailhouse Custom Homes, a company who has been transforming the Newport Beach housing landscape as a custom home developer. They plan and execute all stages of building a custom home, from zoning to design to construction to completion. They offer 3 types of services for homeowners: the signature home, the custom home, and the remodelled home.

The company’s founder has more than two decades of experience with real estate in Southern California and founded Sailhouse Custom Homes in 2009. Every home in Sailhouse’s portfolio reflects a distinct style. They are excellent at achieving a noticeably striking cohesion of both functional and design elements. The designers focus on the homeowner’s distinct sense of style to ensure that the final outcome reflects their tastes and preferences.

Custom Home Builder Expands Horizons

Custom built homes and home improvement shows are becoming ever more popular across the country. In 2018, Global Market Insights estimated the home improvement industry to be worth USD 800 billion. This is no surprise, as home owners take pride in their place of family and dwelling.

We reviewed Sailhouse Construction, one of the best custom home developers in Newport Beach. They have been recognized with a “Star”, “Recommended”, and “1000 Saves” badges on Houzz.

The company certainly seems to have a stellar track record with clients. One review wrote:

I am an interior designer with over 30 years of residential experience, working with Sailhouse is a pleasure, his team is held to high standards and they deliver. […] Throughout the process Pat and the Sailhouse team provides valuable input into the project design, saving thousands of dollars on paper by advising from a builder’s point of view, and in the process, helping to create an even better and more functional home.

Sailhouse prides itself on being a full-service firm. This means that they are an end-to-end experience that handles the design, build, and development. This ensures consistent quality and care for every project.

Sailhouse works on residential, commercial, and office buildings. Their services for home owners are the signature Sailhouse home, the custom home, and the remodelled home.

Their signature homes are built from beginning to end with their high standards of excellence. This is apparent in the robust and impressive portfolio on their site. The firm even works on selecting the location. They describe what they do as creating optimal indoor and outdoor living environments.

The custom built service is where Sailhouse certainly shines. They focus entirely on the style of the client to ensure that the end result is one-of-a-kind. Sailhouse has a deep understanding that every individual has their own unique taste. Their portfolio of custom homes features a wide variety of aesthetics.

The remodelling service transforms an existing particular room and space. Sailhouse uses their own unique expertise in combination with a team of experts to plan and execute on a given client’s vision.

If you are considering a custom or remodelled home, we recommend you take a look at a builder’s previous project photos and client reviews. It is important to see past examples of their quality standards and success stories on jobs well-done.

We highly recommend Sailhouse Construction for your next project idea. They certainly have set the bar high for customer satisfaction. The company offers a wide range of services, including construction, development, brokerage, consulting, design, and management. Sailhouse has become a reputable and respected home builder in the community.

Their Houzz listing mentions that their typical project ranges between $500,000 – 10 million. Their services include all aspects of taking a home from a concept to reality. This places them a leader in the residential landscape of Newport Beach. We foresee great horizons upon Sailhouse’s future as they take on more exciting projects . You can contact them to learn more.

Sailhouse Custom Homes
170 Newport Center Dr Suite 220, Newport Beach, CA 92660, United States

Choosing the Best Termite Exterminator

According to the LA Times, about 60-80% of homes in certain areas are infested with termites. Some (possibly sensational) sources have claimed that termites are in plague-like proportions in Southern California. So, unless you’ve had a regular inspection, there’s a chance you’ve got termites. 

With termites comes a lot of myths and mysteries. People are afraid of them. Or, they’re afraid the damage could be incredibly costly. Then, there’s the concern of the effects of harsh chemicals. That’s a lot for a homeowner to deal with.

However, with the number of termite companies around, it’s hard to know that you’re working with someone who knows what they’re doing. So, with dozens of termite exterminators in Orange County, how can you find the right one for you? If you are looking for a company that does termite extermination in Glendora, where will you go to find a business that you can trust your home with?

With a saturated termite exterminator market, reviews become as valuable as gold. It’s important to look at the reviews for each business you consider, and their particular methods and ethics. Grand Oaks Termite Control is certainly one of the best. 

Grand Oaks Termite Control boasts a 5-star rating on Yelp, with a 20-minute response time and a 100% response rate. So, when you contact them you can be sure you will get an answer within 20 minutes. And the reviews suggest that you’ll have a 5-star experience as well.

Just recently, Dianne P. said, “We called Grand Oaks Termite for a termite inspection. … Our house needed local subterranean termite treatment, wood repairs, and fumigation. Justin took the time to explain all the aspects of the work involved and answered all our questions. He is knowledgeable, professional, patient and inspires confidence.”

The rest of her comment explains how they made the process much less intimidating and easy to deal with, giving her a great deal while they were at it. There’s not much better you can expect from a business.

Jim. G. reported, “They also replaced and painted all the damaged wood. In my living room, termites had eaten up the laminate flooring. I had a bunch of extra pieces in the garage, so they ripped out the bad pieces and put in my replacement pieces. Floor now looks like new again! 3 days and done! All on schedule. I really couldn’t be happier.  Great work at a fair price with a 10-year warranty. Thanks guys!”

When scheduling an appointment with termite exterminators, my expectation is that the exterminator will just rid the house of bugs and that will be it. However, as you can see, Grand Oaks can go above and beyond the call of duty. To know that they care enough to help a client with the repairs, on such a quick budget, is quite impressive. 

This is why reviews are so important. They give you an idea of the kind of man or women you’re working with. So, when you look for your next termite inspection and extermination in Glendora or Southern California, make sure to check out Grand Oaks.

Grand Oaks Termite Control

110 S Worthy Dr, Glendora, CA 91741

(626) 538-4156

One Family at a Time, One Case at a Time

Most people don’t associate family and the courtroom. Or at the very least, they do not wish to. Under perfect conditions, families never have to live life separately. They’re perfect. Unfortunately, marriages are made of people and people aren’t perfect. The rate of divorce has infamously risen to an unbelievable percentage. The national divorce rate is somewhere around 50% but recent studies have shown that California’s is sitting somewhere near 60%

Recently, we published an article on divorce mediation. Divorce mediation is when you and your partner forgo the fees and prices of a typical lawyer and go to a mediator who can help you come to an amicable and usually easier decision. As lovely an idea as it is, it’s not always practical for every family. It’s important to make sure that you and your family are protected when splitting ways during such an emotional and difficult time. That’s when it’s important to go to the right divorce attorney for you and your family. 

As such, the amount of divorce attorneys flooding the market is incredible. There are approximately 2,000 divorce attorneys in Orange County alone. On average, 33 people file for divorce every day. Tell me that’s not indicative of the situation. It also makes it so difficult to find the right attorney that you can trust, and who can handle the situation in an effective way. Divorce is an epidemic, and the attorneys are there to help guide you through the process. Dividing lives isn’t easy. 

Contrary to popular myths, divorce isn’t always even about splitting the money. Divorce also means setting up custody arrangements and asset settlements. You want to keep what is yours fairly and legally. That’s why you need a great divorce attorney. We’ve found that Shuff Law Firm has remained one of the people’s top choices of divorce attorneys in Orange County. Possibly the crème de la crème of divorce attorneys, Shuff Law Firm maintains a five-star rating. They always put the best interests of their clients first to bring every case to a resolution as quickly and effectively as possible. 

All of these glowing words sound impressive, but it’s important to hear it from those who went through with the experience. One such client of Shuff Law says, “My highest respect and regards for this law firm, in which I am extremely thankful for the level of professional care, support, advice, and representation I received during a most difficult divorce. Tamara is the first lawyer that actually understood the complexity of my situation AND took action.  Her support staff was caring and timely.  I highly recommend this law firm to all my friends and anyone who is need of understanding and intelligent help. I am forever grateful.”

As you can see, Shuff Law Firm is an excellent place to go with all of your family law and divorce needs. They’ll take care of you and fight for your best interests. If you would like to contact them, you can find them here:

Shuff Law Firm

2107 North Broadway # 301, Santa Ana, CA 92706

(714) 834-0175

Changing Lives, One Case At A Time

It doesn’t take a genius to know that immigration law is complicated. Not only is there a melting pot of accurate and inaccurate information about the subject, but it’s difficult to find any individual without a pre-existing bias about immigration law. With all the polarized news surrounding this drastically misunderstood topic, it seems that people either welcome all immigrants with open arms or are drastically against immigration in general, legal or illegal. 

However, there are lawyers who went to law school for this exact reason. They saw the immigration situation unfolding before their very eyes, and they were determined to clear up any misunderstandings. They saw the citizens who wanted to live and work in the United States, to live a thriving life while contributing to the economy but were running into trouble and getting bogged down and discouraged by a messy immigration system. Luckily, one firm called K Nair Law Group has stepped up to plate and we couldn’t help ourselves but bring them into the spotlight once again. Headed by Kiran Nair, a leading immigration attorney in Orange County, K Nair Law Group is based in San Juan Capistrano.

Now I know what you’re thinking; you’ve talked about this subject already. And the fact is, you are completely right. And I don’t often talk about a business twice on this site, mostly because it’s rather repetitive. But this business honestly deserves it. Why? Because companies like these, who are doing good ethical work and fighting for justice are in high demand, short supply, and they need all the promotion they can get. 

Now it’s one thing to hear it from us, but we want to show you some of the clients that were more than satisfied with their K Nair Law Group experience. One client recommended this business with high confidence saying:

“I have known immigration attorney, Kiran Nair for about six years when I referred a family member to her who was in immigration court removal proceedings. Since then, I have referred many other friends and family and they all have only wonderful things to say about her. I have personally observed her dedication and compassion. She truly cares and seem to do above and beyond for all her clients. With high confidence, I shall continue to refer my family and friends to immigration attorney, Kiran Nair.”

It is one thing to see an advertisement for someone, but when you get a personal referral who has experience working with the business, it adds a whole new level of confidence as you make your decision on whether to engage with them in business.

Let’s look at one more review:

“After the first time we met with Kiran Nair we felt a comfort to the situation we had with my wife’s immigration status. Several Attorneys had turned us down, some we felt they were just there for the money, and some we felt they didn’t have the experience to work on our case. The same day we met Kiran we decided she would be the one taking our case, we knew we were going to invest into something that had a possibility to have a negative outcome. We were up for it, because Kiran gave us honesty, and showed us that our case was going to be difficult, but not impossible. 

Let me tell you that as I write this my wife’s case is closed, and she is now a permanent resident of the United States. We feel Kiran changed our lives, and thanks to her my family can now live in piece without thinking one day we could be separated. TRUSTING Kiran is now the best decision we could have taken we appreciate all she did for us, and for being there every time we needed to talk to her about any questions we had. 

Thank you Kiran Nair you will always live in our hearts, and we wish you all the success in you life.”

As you can see, Mrs. Nair is truly changing the lives of the clients that she takes on.

If you are in need of an immigration attorney, please contact Mrs. Nair at:

K Nair Law Group, P.C.

31897 Del Obispo St Suite 225, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 493-4150


The Rise of Family Law Mediation Practices

The courts have a significant role in the resolution of disputes in any legal system. Often it is the first and most trusted system of adjudication that people will opt for when faced with a challenging situation. However, at the end of a court case, there is always a winner and a loser. This is not an ideal situation where the dispute is between family members. Families have opted to use alternatives to the traditional justice system to resolve any conflicts between members. One alternative is mediation.

The process of mediation is guided by a mediator who is usually a person well versed with the law. The mediator attempts to steer the parties to reach an amicable solution where both sides get what they want or at least a comfortable compromise. 

In the past year or so, Orange County has seen a rise in family law mediation practices. For instance, you will find a new family law practice in Irvine on every street corner. The mushrooming practices are a direct result of the increased number of family disputes such as divorce, adoption, succession, and other related matters. Parties to these disputes are quickly running away from costly court procedures, harsh penalties imposed by courts, and sometimes negligent attorneys. Mediation offers them a safe ground where both warring parties can go home satisfied with the final decision.

The rampant growth of Orange County divorce mediation practices can also be attributed to the new markets that have been created by an influx of recently enlightened clientele. Simply put, this is where the money is. By default, this causes a problem. 

A burgeoning demand for Orange County divorce mediation services will attract even the most unscrupulous of practitioners into the market. While it may take years of training and practice for one to become a professional family law mediator, the rapid growth of the shops indicates that most of these new practices are not properly equipped to handle or steer mediation proceedings effectively.  Consequently, mediations will be handled by practitioners who may be easily compromised or those who may miss the point of mediation entirely. Ultimately, the settlements reached will be oppressive to one of the parties to the process.

On the upside, new practices bring about a healthy competitive practice among mediators. Practices that cannot match up will eventually be forced to pursue other areas. Only the best will thrive. The competition drives the standards of practice higher and higher, which, in the end, is to the advantage of litigants. At this point, only elbow grease will get things done. 

Despite the uproar of new mediation firms, we have found that McNamee Mediations has remained in the upper echelons of premier Orange County divorce mediation firms. Its success is attributed to not just grit, but grit with a smile. McNamee Mediations boasts of many impartial settlements in their extensive service delivery. The practice has handled divorce and other forms of family mediation with the highest degree of professionalism and reverence to their clientele. McNamee Mediations is settlement-oriented and primed for even the most arduous of disputes. 

The legal system is dynamic and is bound to change in the near future. Mediation practices will come and go but only the best Orange County divorce mediation firms will survive the test of time.

You can contact McNamee Mediations at:

McNamee Mediations

4590 MacArthur Blvd Suite 500, Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 223-3836

Stepping up Your Office Space – Pre-Owned Style

Last time we highlighted this office designer, we discussed how they were innovating the office space in this new age of technology. Being constantly interconnected through the internet changes the way we work together and influences the kinds of spaces we need. This change in workflow means we need a change in the workspace.

Already a pioneer of this changing workforce, Creative Office Design has figured out the optimal way to get pre-owned office cubicles into the hands of small businesses and start-ups. They focus on supporting these start-ups and small businesses by making the office affordable. After all, they know you want to focus your money and attention on other investments. 

One of the first rules of design is that good design is invisible. It works perfectly for you and will serve its purpose so that you can focus on the important details. One of their more versatile pieces, a height-adjustable table, demonstrates this nicely. While standing while working is a new fad, studies have shown that work engagement and performance increases while standing. Not only that, but there are a number of health benefits. A height-adjustable table can also aid in collaboration and allow the desk to be more versatile.

While they do offer gorgeous, brand new pieces that come in a variety of options, Creative Office Design is perhaps better known for their impressive selection of used furniture. Mitigating start-up costs while maintaining a professional standard is incredibly important for a new business. What people may not realize is that due to the nature of it, used office furniture usually remains in good condition. If it’s well made, it can outlive the original office space it was used for. That’s how they offer such a variety of used cubicles, desks, tables, benches, etc. And that’s also why you should consider going that route.

Buying used furniture to start is always a good investment in the beginning anyway because you never know where your business will take you. You may have to upgrade later. It’s always good to start small and allow yourself room to grow in the future. When this happens, you will still want your office spaces to be helpful and dynamic. But, continuing to save money is always the smart thing to do. Creative Office Design has thought of this too.

Creative Office Designs has come out with a new program to allow small businesses to receive their furniture without having to wait on long shipping. With the new ODS Express Program, you can get brand new furniture at a lower price in less than two weeks. This is also available throughout Orange County and the LA area.

From sharing office space to working on projects on the web, studies show that a well-designed office environment is very important for productivity. Creative Office Design focuses on providing the equipment and design tools to allow you to create the most effective space. And now, they’re excited to say that they are expanding and have used office cubicles for sale in the LA area!

If you are in the are, be sure to check them out:

Creative Office Design

15440 Laguna Canyon Rd #120, Irvine, CA 92618

(714) 328-7627