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Christmas gifts for the home

A recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that the average American spends 87% of their life indoors. That means most people spend twenty-one hours per day inside. Naturally, a lot of that time is spent at home.

So, this holiday season, consider giving your friends and family something that they can use every day in their Santa Cruz home. These practical gifts will not only garner use, but also add a little bit of every day luxury into your loved ones' lives.

Here's an idea for each room of the house.

Kitchen

Buying gifts for those who love to cook can be easy as pie if your foodie is big on kitchen appliances. Take a stroll through the aisle of Macy's kitchenware section and start weighing the pros and cons of a trendy

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While Black Friday is considered to be the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season, those with a proactive mindset are likely already halfway done. From Playstations to VR headsets and drones to fitness trackers, this year is all about the tech, especially in California where we're at the epicenter of it all. Beyond the gizmos and gadgets, there’s another emerging trend that we couldn’t be more excited to promote, and that's locally produced handmade goods.

Santa Cruz is filled with homegrown talent; you just have to know where to find it. Give back to the local economy, support arts and culture, and give awesome gifts your friends will remember for years to come, it’s a win-win!

Check out this year’s hot Christmas craft fairs in Santa

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The leaves are turning color, the kids are back in school, and the hearty soup recipes are coming out of the cupboard. It’s time to bench the surfboard and the bikini in favor of your favorite reading spot and a cup of tea, but why not bring a bit of festive fall spirit into your home while you’re at it?

Here are five easy ways to do it.

1. Candles

In the season with the warmest hues, what could be warmer than candles? Maybe pick up a candle with a festive scent. Perhaps pumpkin spice? Apples and cinnamon? There are plenty of options to choose from. Alternatively, try dressing up a mason jars with leaves or a coat of paint to make your own crafty candle holder.

2. Centerpieces

If ever there was a season for centerpieces it’s fall. Zip

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best places to live in santa cruz county if you love to hike

From clean Ocean air to the cascading slopes of the coastal mountains, Santa Cruz has everything an outdoor enthusiast could ask for. This area is home to some of the best hiking trails in the great state of California, which could be just minutes from your home in the Santa Cruz area! Here’s your exclusive guide to where you should live in Santa Cruz County if you love to hike.

Boulder Creek

This small mountain town is an idyllic escape from the busy city and your gateway to endless hiking trails with everything from easy walks to multi-day trips. Just one hours from Silicon Valley and half-hour from Santa Cruz, residents are immersed in an autonomous community where the past comes to life with unbeatable charm. The downtown consists of

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As much as we love to help you find homes in the city, we love to help you find homes away from home as well. Sometimes, a little getaway from the everyday motions are just what you need to hit your personal reset button. Fortunately, for residents of Santa Cruz, there’s no shortage of ways to kick back, relax, and get back to nature by the beach, in the forest, or near town.

Here are some of our most recommended places to camp this summer, whether you’re a tenting weekend warrior or a well-equipped ‘glamper’.

Sunset State Beach Campground

Sunset Beach offers great access to the beach and plenty of sites for whatever style of camping you prefer. If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s that Sunset State Beach is one of the most

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Santa Cruz County is widely revered as one of the best places in the world for surfing. No matter where you live, it’s somewhere everyone in the surfing community dreams about visiting one day, but to actually have the chance to live here would be a dream come true for many. Santa Cruz’s waves are great for all levels of surfers, whether you’re just starting out or are already braving the monster waves. If you’re looking to move to Santa Cruz County , here are some of the best places to live where you can make the best of the sun, surf, and sand, just seconds from your doorstep.

Downtown Santa Cruz

Live right in the middle of it all. Downtown Santa Cruz has the beachy vibe you want and the shopping, nightlife, and conveniences of a downtown

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Summer is just around the corner, and as the flowers bloom and the end of the school year draws near, the idea of spending time on the patio instead of inside is growing more enticing with each passing day. If you’re longing for the days of entertaining guests or just wish that you could have ‘that patio’ that’s the envy of all your friends, then take note of these great tips for getting your patio ‘decked out’ for the summer.

Get Creative With Your Outdoor Space

Regardless of your budget, it’s easy to take your patio living experience to the next level. Something as simple as painted palettes, colorful chairs, a few throw pillows, and a refinished dresser, can be just the thing your backyard needs to enhance the beauty of what living in Santa Cruz

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Memorial Day events in Santa Cruz

Memorial Day is the weekend Americans wait for all year as it is the official start of the summer vacation season. We all know that means days at the beach, backyard barbecues, and plenty of outdoor activities.

Santa Cruz kicks off the weekend in style with a number of events to enjoy. Depending on your taste, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Come out to any of the events being held in the area this Memorial Day weekend and kick off the summer season in style. The following are some of the highlights of the holiday weekend.

The Santa Cruz American Music Festival

The second annual Santa Cruz American Music Festival kicks off at 11 am Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th, running until 7pm each day. The festival is being held at

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Good things happen when private and public interests come together to achieve a shared vision. A partnership formed between The Land Trust of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Bicycles has resulted in a $500,000 donation by the bike company to help fund new trail development in the San Vicente Redwoods area. Adding more trails will not only create more places for the bike manufacturer’s clientele to enjoy their quality cycles, but it also opens up the land for everyone to enjoy. In the end, it’s a win-win for the entire outdoor community.

What More Trails Means For Santa Cruz Residents

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County outlined a plan for building 45-miles of mixed-use, environmentally concious trails through the region of San Vicente Redwoods, which

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Gardening isn’t just a therapeutic hobby with lucrative results, it’s also a fantastic way to spruce up your backyard, get active, and enjoy the summer sun. Spring is officially here and it’s the perfect time to start the planning process for your garden. Whether you’re looking to sell soon or are just wanting to spruce up your space, these tips can help you get the garden of your dreams and boost the value of your home.

Backyard Landscaping Can Boost Curb Appeal

Although the backyard isn’t necessarily visible from the front of the home, it’s still nice to peer out the back window and see an inviting space where you can enjoy all of the wonderful sunshine California receives. If you’re thinking about selling your home, it’s not just important, it’s

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