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Support Kids in your Local Community

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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 co

Happy Father's Day Infographic!

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Father's Day!

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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

Best of the Bay Area & Maui

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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 re

Hottest Trends in Home Paint Colors for 2015

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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 ful

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

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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 yo

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

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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

Farmers' Markets

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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 o