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Giving Your Bathroom A Budget-Friendly Refresh

Is your bathroom décor out of date? Do you want to make a change but lack the means to do so? Not to worry, you don’t need to try and tackle a hefty remodel to get a new, modernized look. Below are a few ideas to change up the design and give your restroom a budget-friendly refresh.

Updating a bathroom can not only make it feel more like your own but, according to a popular magazine, it may help upsell the home as well. Along with an updated kitchen, modern baths are highly desired in the housing market and often have an almost 100% ROI. If you’re renting, it’s still possible to give it a personalized touch with wall décor, linens and more to make the room more relaxing and refreshed.

For additional ideas on aesthetically restoring your restroom, please see the accompanying resource.

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Ways To Make Moving While Expecting Easier On Moms-To-Be

Easier moving can start with thorough preparation. Not only are expecting moms required to handle the chores of prepping the new place on top of packing the old, but they must always be thinking of what’s OK for the baby. One of the first things to do to help is to consult the doctor. Recommendations on avoiding heavy lifting may already be at the forefront of your mind, but medical experts could offer further advice. This also presents an opportunity to gather necessary medical information and documents to have for a new doctor once the move is complete. While stress can’t be completely removed, these suggestions and more like them can help the move be less stressful. For further tips and a handy timeline on moving while pregnant, please see the accompanying resource.

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The Nine Restaurants on the Santa Cruz Wharf

The Nine Restaurants on the Santa Cruz WharfOne of the most popular places to hang out in Santa Cruz is the Santa Cruz wharf. The Santa Cruz wharf stretches over half a mile and is known as the longest timber pier in the United States. This is a popular area to take a leisurely stroll while enjoying the sights of the water and other beachgoers. If you stay long enough you may even catch a whale or a dolphin out in the water. It is also prime territory to watch surfers in Santa Cruz.

In addition to hanging out near the water, you can also grab a bite to eat at one of the nine restaurants along the Santa Cruz wharf. Read further to get more information on each of the Santa Cruz wharf restaurants.

Santa Cruz Wharf Restaurants

 The Dolphin

The Dolphin offers a classic diner atmosphere at the end of the Santa Cruz wharf. This restaurant serves breakfast lunch and dinner just a half mile offshore in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Dolphin has long been a favorite of Santa Cruz locals and as such has become popular with visitors as well. They have indoor seating as well as outdoor seating on what some call the best patio on the wharf. There's even a walk-up window to easily order without leaving the beach. The Dolphin is open seven days a week 8 AM until they decide to close.

Gilda's Family Restaurant

Gilda's has been in Santa Cruz for more than 50 years. They are located centrally in the wharf area just across from the famous boardwalk. Some of the favorite foods include classic fresh fish entrées, plates of pasta, and comfort food favorites that they...

Surprising Items Homeowners Insurance Doesn't Cover

Surprising Items Homeowners Insurance Doesn't CoverHomeowners Insurance is vitally important for every homeowner and as such, it is important for every person who owns a home or plans to own one to know the basics about home insurance. When many of us think about homeowners insurance we think of it as protection to cover damage and loss in our homes with unforeseen acts of nature or emergent accidents.

This being said many of us have a preset list of ideas that we assume would be covered under homeowners insurance. Many homeowners are surprised to find out that there are some things homeowner insurance will not cover. It is wise for every homeowner to make sure they know their policy and exactly what their insurance covers them for.

Five Surprising Things Homeowners Insurance Does Not Cover

Flooding

Since this is most often caused by an accidental pipe burst in a home or through a crazy act of nature many people assume that flooding is automatically covered in their basic homeowner's insurance coverage. When it comes to a burst pipe this type of flooding is covered under homeowners insurance but when it comes to acts of nature most often homeowners insurance is not going to help to restore your home.

Earthquakes

Again another natural disaster that many would assume is automatically covered with homeowners insurance. However, it is best to check your policy as many basic insurance plans do not cover earthquake damage. Homes within areas prone to earthquakes may be able to purchase additional coverage from their homeowner insurance company at a discounted rate and it is well worth adding on to your...

The Best Places to Grab Coffee in Santa Cruz

The Best Places to Grab Coffee in Santa CruzSanta Cruz is home to many of the best things in California, including some great coffee shops. Most Santa Cruz coffee shops can be found along the San Lorenzo River and the Westside. Some say that strolling along the river will bring you to Downtown Santa Cruz's bursting coffee scene that gives a sort of European sidewalk cafe atmosphere. On the Westside you may find more of a modern coffee house with a minimalistic design aesthetic. 

Here is a List of Some of the Most Popular Coffee Spots in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting

This has been a Santa Cruz fixture since 1978, even before fancy lattes were a thing. You can find Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting along the river downtown. They are loved for their fair trade coffee responsibly sourced and their brew bar of hand-poured coffees made in small batches. 

Verve Coffee Roasters

There is more than one Verve Coffee in Santa Cruz, there are four to be exact. You can find them at Pleasure Point, Pacific Avenue, and the Westside. Verve is known for its seasonal coffee flavors serving up just what you are in the mood for at the perfect time. Everything is locally roasted and purchased directly from the farm. Some of Verve's regulars suggest trying the cappuccino. 

11th Hour Coffee

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Fun Santa Cruz Fall Activity: Take a Lost Boys Movie Tour

Fun Santa Cruz Fall Activity: Take a Lost Boys Movie TourA favorite fall activity of many people is to settle in at home as the skies turn dark at an earlier hour and the weather turns a bit colder and watch a spooky movie. A great movie to watch on your fall fun movie nights with a cup of warm apple cider and some popcorn is The Lost Boys. Much of the movie was filmed in Santa Cruz.

About the Film The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys was released in 1987. The name is inspired by Peter Pan and his group of friends who call themselves the lost boys. It is meant to show that Vampires never age. The story is about two boys moving to a fictional town in California with their mom. They move in with their eccentric grandpa after their mother's divorce.

The boys decide to hang out at the town's boardwalk (the iconic Santa Cruz boardwalk) which they find is wallpapered with posters of missing persons. As Micheal becomes intrigued by a girl he sees on the boardwalk dating a leader of a local gang, Sam the younger brother, meets two vampire hunters in the local comic book store. 

Micheal the older brother ends up hanging out with the members of the gang and gets involved in vampire activity without realizing it. Sam soon discovers Michael's plight as he begins the transition after trying to attack his little brother. Sam then begins to look for ways to help his brother reverse the transition into a vampire. 

When You are Done Watching the Movie Take a Lost Boys Tour in Santa Cruz

It is fun to discover all of the places the movie was actually filmed and walk through them and recognize them...

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