Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Support Kids in your Local Community

Support Kids in your Local Community

The start of a new school year should be full of promise and excitement for all children. But for foster children who are entering a new school without the supplies they need to succeed, it can be a stressful time.

That’s why 5 A Rent – A – Space is supporting the Sleep Train Foster Kids School Drive this year. With the help of nonprofit foster organization partners, the Sleep Train Foster Kids program takes in donations and disperses them to those children most in need throughout California. Our goal is to collect 100 new school supply items for children of various ages and grade levels, and we need your help!

Donations of backpacks, paper, pens, crayons, pencils, rulers, calculators, dictionaries and more can be dropped off at our Foster City (1221 E. Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City 94404) and Moraga (455 Moraga Rd., Ste. F, Moraga, 94556) locations. We will take all donations to local Sleep Trains to be dispersed to school aged children in our communities. You can also make a donation online and the shopping will be done on your behalf. https://www.sleeptrainfosterkids.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.general

For more information on the Sleep Train Foster Kids School Supply drive, go to their website. http://www.sleeptrainfosterkids.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1012

We thank you for your support!

Best Regards,

5 A Rent – A – Space Team

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Father's Day!

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching and most families are cementing their plans to celebrate the men in their lives. It can be difficult to decide what to get the man who has everything. Below are a few suggestions for Dad’s and Granddad’s at a variety of price points.

Bespoke Post is a man’s answer to Birch Box. Each box is curated with items that are geared towards the men in your life. They can include things such as grilling items, trendy clothing items, and leather goods. You can research boxes online at BespokePost.com. Each box is around $55.00. 

For the Dad who appreciates something homemade, try making a collage on Shutterfly. They prices vary from $12 - $60 depending on the item and they usually offer online coupons. You can always fill a mason jar or galvanized bucket with his favorite snacks, drinks or foods. The more thought put into the gift, the more your Dad will feel appreciated. 

What ever you do for your Dad, you know he’ll appreciate the thought and effort you put into it for him. After all, our Dads are so important to us, and we want to let them know that. Have a wonderful Father’s Day holiday with your Dad and just enjoy the time with him.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Best of the Bay Area & Maui

Best of the Bay Area & Maui

When traveling, many people love getting the local recommendations for where to eat, what to experience, and what to avoid. The areas surrounding our local 5A communities are no exception to this rule. The San Francisco Bay Area and Maui are high volume tourist destinations with loads of fun experiences. Looking for a few places to check off your travel list when visiting our communities? See the list below.

Best of San Francisco Bay Area

  • Napa Valley: If you are a lover of great wine, Napa produces some great wines in a beautiful setting. Most wineries are close in proximity to great restaurants. My favorites are Robert Keenan (https://www.keenanwinery.com/), Grgich Hills (http://www.grgich.com/), and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (https://www.cask23.com/wines/release/1589/).
  • San Francisco: The restaurant scene in San Francisco is unparalleled. Make sure and check out the Gourmet Ghetto in the Mission District (16th & Valencia), and go to restaurants such as Bar Tartine, Limon, and Foreign Cinema. You’re in for a real treat. The Rose Pistola in North Beach as well as Colibri in Union Square are great local favorites. Check out this link from the San Francisco Chronicle for other great restaurants in the city. http://www.sfchronicle.com/food/top-100-2015/
  • Bay Area activities: Looking to explore more of the city? Check out all the museums and hiking trails in the Presidio as well as walk across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. You’ll see incredible beauty in the heart of an urban environment. Bring a sweatshirt because San Francisco can be cold even in the summer. 

Best of Maui

  • Merriman’s (https://www.merrimanshawaii.com/) and Mala Tavern (http://www.malaoceantavern.com/) are two of the best restaurants in Lahaina. They do great local cuisine and have an impressive wine and cocktail menu. Ono Gelato (http://onogelatocompany.com/index2.php#/home/) in downtown Lahaina is also not to be missed. 
  • Looking for an authentic Luau experience? Go to the Royal Lahaina Luau (http://www.royallahainaluau.com/). The show takes place right near the ocean and is a local favorite. 
  • Maui activities: Don’t miss the Ali’I Kula Lavender farm (http://www.aliikulalavender.com/in) Upcountry Maui. It’s a beautiful place to picnic and buy some wonderful lavender scented products. If you’re feeling particular brave, take the Road to Hana or a surf lesson through the Goofy Foot Surf School. Both activities are great for the active and adventurous. 

For more suggestions on what to do while visiting Maui or the San Francisco Bay Area, see our Best of Maui (https://www.pinterest.com/5aspace/best-of-maui/) and Best of the Bay Area (https://www.pinterest.com/5aspace/best-of-the-bay-area/) boards on Pinterest.

Hottest Trends in Home Paint Colors for 2015

Hottest Trends in Home Paint Colors for 2015

As in fashion, today’s trends for home décor, design and renovation are constantly evolving. The success of cable television stations such as HGTV and DIY have inspired many homeowners to take on these home improvement projects themselves. Wondering where to start? The simplest way to change your home environment is by changing the paint color. This Old House blog has listed this year’s 15 top trends in home paint colors. The list includes some unusual neutrals (Benjamin Moore: Guilford Green, Farrow & Ball: Tanner's Brown, & Devine Color: Devine Iguana) as bright pops of color (Sherwin-Williams: Coral Reef, BEHR: Essential Teal, and Kelly-Moore: Coastal Surf). 

Rooms can become a focal point in a home, be serene or enlivening, all through the use of color. Color can modernize a home, make it quaint or freshen its entire appearance. What effects for your home can you plan through the use of color? 

To see the full list of colors see the following link (http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20883974_last,00.html). 

For more Home: Paint Color inspiration, see our boar on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/5aspace/home-paint-colors/

Thursday, June 4, 2015

First Time Home Buyer? Take Advantage of a Storage Facility Near Lafayette

First Time Home Buyer? Take Advantage of a Storage Facility Near Lafayette

Buying your first home is exciting…perhaps a little daunting too. You have made it through the grueling loan process and you are ready for the move, but where will you put all your stuff? While you may be coming from a smaller home or even an apartment, you have spent the majority of your savings on your down payment, which means that any renovations will not start until after you move in. Luckily, you have options for getting your new space just how you like it without worrying about ruining your furniture or creating a cluttered mess inside the new home.

Storage Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

It is easy to become overwhelmed as a first-time homebuyer. From the moment you move into your home, you will have a long to-do list, but your budget may not be so accommodating. If you want to make a few changes, here are some great tips to get you started:

  • Create a List and Prioritize – Make a list of what you want to do in the new house, such as, a new kitchen, fresh paint in the living room, new flooring, bathroom remodel, etc. Then prioritize that list. Painting is affordable and easy, plus it makes the home look great overall, so that should be at the top. Kitchen and bathroom renovations may be tasks you have to save up for and schedule in the future. 
  • Find Storage for Your Stuff While You Work – Do not put your furniture in a room you are working in as you run the risk of ruining it with paint and whatever dust and debris will be in the room from construction. Instead, rent a storage facility near Lafayette to store your belongings while you remodel your kitchen, paint living spaces, etc. Short-term rentals keep your stuff out of the way and give you an open space to work comfortably and efficiently.
  • Acquire Stuff Slowly – While you are remodeling, keep an eye on furniture sales and even garage sales. Grab the stuff you want for your future renovation projects and keep them in a storage facility near Lafayette until you are ready to use them. That way you are not wasting your budget buying everything at top dollar for your new home. 

Buying your first home should be exciting and definitely not a budget-buster. By planning ahead, finding a place for your stuff and taking it slow, you can make your first home perfect!

Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 925-631-7000 to ask about our storage rental facility near Lafayette. Do not forget to read our FAQs to learn more about storage. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our friendly “Space Calculator” and reserve your unit online.

Downsizing to a Smaller Home? Reserve Your Unit at a Storage Rental Facility Near Lafayette

Downsizing to a Smaller Home? Reserve Your Unit at a Storage Rental Facility Near Lafayette

You have opted to move into a smaller home and you know that not all of your belongings will fit in less square footage. To help relieve some of the stress of sifting through all of your stuff – or worse, feeling pressured to get rid of items you cannot part with, there are steps you can take to help organize yourself and be less stressful for the move to a smaller dwelling.

Tips for Downsizing into a Smaller Home

Depending on the size of home you are coming from, you may have to get rid of a few things. Sometimes it takes a little creativity to achieve that. If your situation is temporary, do not discount the benefits of a storage rental facility near Lafayette so that stored items from your larger home are ready for you when you need them again.

Some easy ways you can make downsizing stress-free include:

  • Declutter – When you have a larger home, collecting items or allowing cluttered rooms is not a big deal because you have the space. Now that you are moving into a smaller place, you will need to get rid of the excess. That may mean getting rid of some of those décor items that fill your walls, the decorative tables, floor pieces, large houseplants, etc. 
  • Compare the Spaces – Measure each room for square footage. While you may be downsizing by total square feet, you are not always shrinking each room. For instance, you may not have to get rid of as many items from your bedrooms as you do from the living room.
  • Make a List of What You REALLY Need – List the items you absolutely must take to the new house – appliances, furniture, etc. Create a list of items that you can sell or donate. And for those items you cannot part with, such as keepsakes passed down between generations or your child’s baby clothes, you can get a unit at a storage rental facility near Lafayette to save those precious items.

Downsizing to a smaller home is never easy. Whether it is temporary or permanent, there are ways to make it successful without having to get rid of everything you love. If you are moving in a hurry, put the items you want to sell or donate in your storage unit as well. That way you can sort them later and aren’t rushed to get rid of them.

Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 925-631-7000 to ask about our storage rental facility near Lafayette. Read our FAQs to learn more about self-storage. You can also reserve your unit online now. If you are not sure how much space you will need for your items, use our online “Space Calculator”.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Farmers' Markets

In today’s economy it can be difficult for small businesses to thrive. There is a current movement for families and individuals to support local business as much as possible.  One way to do that is through buying your produce at a local farmer’s market. There are many benefits from shopping at a local farmers market.

There are many benefits from shopping at a local farmers market.  Anything you buy will be in season which guarantees it to be at peak flavor and nutrition. When you purchase produce out of season, the cost often is higher because of the cost of shipping internationally.  Also, vendors will allow you to try the different items that they sell. This will allow you to find the produce that fits your tastes.  Not sure how to cook all the different veggies and fruit you see? Ask the vendor, they always have great tips on preparing their produce.

If you want to save even more on the cost of purchasing produce at the farmer’s market, go within the last 30 minutes of the market before closing. The local farmers always drastically reduce prices to ensure the purchase of their produce. To find your local farmers market you can visit the USDA’s website (http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/) or visit one of the local farmer’s markets listed below. You can also visit our Pinterest Page for more opportunities on how to Shop Locally around our 5A Communities.

Moraga Farmer’s Market

Pleasanton Farmer’s Market

Foster City Farmer’s Market

Pacific Coast Farmer’s Market

Honokowai Farmer’s Market, Maui