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Creating a Home Office

If you are a parent of a remote student you’ve likely set up a successful space for their distance learning.  But what about your workspace? Fortunately, as many of us pivot to creating home work environments, there are a few simple tips that can make the transition both effective and fun: 1. Stake Your Claim: If you have the space, find an area in your...

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Creating a Home Gym? No Sweat!

Last month we highlighted some of our favorite walks and hikes, and with great weather for months to come, there is no better time to enjoy the beauty and open spaces that breathe life into our local community. Another fun option is to include exercise at home by creating your own fitness sanctuary. Fortunately, home gyms come in all shapes and sizes. Here are a...

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A Different Spin on ‘Back to School’

August typically finds many of us and our children shopping for school supplies, searching for the perfect backpack, and waiting in anticipation for our class schedule. But things are a little different this year. ‘Back to School’ has a new meaning. If you have a student who will be distance learning it is important to separate ‘home time’ from ‘school time’. One way to accomplish...

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Outdoor Entertaining

As warmer weather and dusky evening skies draw us outside, it’s a good time to take a look at your outdoor entertainment spaces and perhaps kick things up a notch with a few new elements. While a string of twinkle lights, some soft music piped through hidden speakers, and an icy cocktail alone can set a welcoming tone, we’ve got a few more ideas to...

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Our Favorite Walks and Hikes

The sky is blue, the wildflowers are blooming, and the East Bay’s multitude of open spaces beckon. There’s no better time to enjoy our trails. I love hiking the ridge in Burton Valley’s Lucas Ranch. Start at the Lucas Ranch gate (at the very end of Lucas) and walk up the paved streets. Turn left at the gravel road at the top of the hill...

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Shop Local for Valentine’s Day

Whether it be for a loved one, a friend, or a neighbor, a Valentine’s Day treat given and received is always welcome. And, while we at the Dana Green Team never turn down chocolates and flowers, these two mainstays are not the only ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Lafayette is chock full of retailers offering both caloric and non-caloric ways to show you care. The...

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Spring Clean Early to Help Those in Need

The post holiday period is a great time for a little pre-spring cleaning. As you make room for new items that require space in cupboards and closets, take stock of items that continue to be useful and that continue to ‘give you joy,’ as Marie Kondo would say. For any item that has outlived its usefulness, consider donating it to one of the many Bay...

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Find Your Holiday Spirit at One of These Bay Area Festive Happenings

Warm and sunny fall days are behind us and we’re on to embracing the holiday spirit! The Bay Area is full of wonderful ways to influence a festive mood. We might not have snow, but we can surely find some mistletoe. Start your holiday spirit search at Orchard Nursery’s Holiday Shop. The theme this year is Holiday Handmade from Around the World. Find beautiful, one-of-a-kind...

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Gratitude

When my children were in preschool, their teachers would ask them at Thanksgiving what they were thankful for. Their replies were translated to paper in the teacher’s handwriting, and their answers (the dog, etc.) always made me laugh. But I appreciated the exercise, and I continue it myself to this day. I love Thanksgiving for its reminder to us all to count our blessings. It’s...

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Giving Back

Lafayette realtor Dana Green’s commitment to the community runs deep. Providing local and regional support to worthy causes both personally and via the Compass Cares program, Dana knows that healthy communities begin and end with selfless giving.

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Sports and Our Community

The benefits to students of participating in high school sports are many. Physical activity is good for the body and the soul. Participation within a team fosters cooperative skills and helps to build self-confidence and self-esteem. Teamwork encourages leadership and social skills. And practice brings discipline. Student athletes often do better academically, as the determination and goal-setting skills required of a sport can be transferred...

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Outdoor Living

Lafayette Realtor Dana Green provides simple and economical suggestions to transform your yard and garden for outdoor living during warmer weather. Move the party outside with these easy lighting, music, and design ideas.

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Take Me to Your Reader

It’s hard to imagine in our world of technology that sitting down with a book once filled the lazy summer moments between swim team competition, family vacations, and time outdoors with friends. These days, adults and children are more likely to be found scrolling through their phones than relaxing with a good read. But even the innovators who created and rely on technology are attempting...

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