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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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Rediscover These Iconic Bay Area Destinations

It is great to be reminded of the amazing wealth of cultural destinations that surround us in the Bay Area. It’s easy to take for granted our proximity to attractions that lure visitors from around the world. The giant whale sculpture outside the Lawrence Hall of Science still begs to be climbed. And when was the last time your hair stood on end from touching...

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Perfect Fall Weather Activities

September often produces some of the Bay Area’s best weather: cool mornings, sunny days, and mild evenings. Let’s all get outside and enjoy this perfect time before the Fall chill inevitably hits. Here are some of our favorite activities: Giants Baseball: You don’t need to be a baseball fan to enjoy a day at the ballpark, especially when you have upper deck seats with a...

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Lake Tahoe, Landscape, Nature, Outdoors, Tourism

Family Fun Summer Getaways

We are fortunate to live in an area with many great getaway opportunities close by. A night or two at any of these local gems will make you feel as relaxed and refreshed as if you’d taken off a whole week. And the best part? Each is a short drive away: The Clement Hotel, Palo Alto: This is one of our favorite hotel secrets in...

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Looking for Summer Fun? We Got You.

School is out and the lazy days of swimming and backyard barbecues are here. We love Lafayette in the summertime, but it’s fun to mix up the routine every now and then. Here are some of our favorite Bay Area summer activities to help you expand your warm weather horizons: Watch the planes land at SFO: Take your airplane fans to the San Francisco Airport...

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Bay Area Outings

While it’s a fact that Lamorinda offers all we need for a happy life, it would be a shame to miss some of the amazing and endless Bay Area activities that surround us. It’s true that people from all over the world travel to Northern California for the abundance of cultural riches and natural resources. From North to South, and East to West, we’ve gathered...

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Give Thanks

It’s the time of year when we think about our lives, our families, and all that we are thankful for. And, we definitely have much to be thankful for here in the Lamorinda area. It’s also the time of year when we consider what we might be doing for others whose needs are greater than our own. I recently posted a blog about volunteerism, with...

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We Were the Grateful Ones

Earlier in September my team and I took part in one of the most fulfilling ventures we’ve ever undertaken. The end result of our efforts was something with which we are familiar – helping people and families find and create a home – but this time it was a bit different. Working with a wonderful group called Grateful Gatherings, we, along with the help of...

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Grateful Gatherings

Grateful Gatherings

In 2013, KTVU’s Frank Sommerville covered a story involving an East Bay family transitioning from a shelter to a home. Sommerville’s wife Donna took it upon herself to gather items to stock the family’s empty abode. Volunteers then helped to set-up the apartment. The effort was rewarding, and Donna, along with her friend Chris Flitter, set out to formalize and expand on the idea that...

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