Simple Ways to Cut the Calories This Thanksgiving

caloriesCalories can add up, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving. After all, it’s the one holiday when we’re meant to gather with our friends and family for some delicious food. This may be good news for our taste buds, but perhaps not for our waistlines. You don’t have to skip your favorite foods, though. Smart, healthy choices are easy when you arrive at dinner prepared. Here are a few tips for keeping sticking to a low-calorie meal.

 

When it Comes to Turkey, Stick with White Meat

Opt for the white turkey breast, rather than dark turkey meat like the thigh. You’ll save roughly 50 calories. Turkey breast has been known for being a great source of lean protein, too.

 

When it Comes to Casseroles, Make it with Green Beans

Green bean casserole is a holiday favorite, but it’s actually one of the lighter casseroles you can add to your array of side dishes. Plus, green beans are already low in calories and provide plenty of vitamins and minerals. Mix in some creamy mushroom soup and crispy fried onions and you have a winner.

 

When it Comes to Pie, Pumpkin is a Great Choice

If you’re debating between apple and pumpkin pie, you’re better off going with the pumpkin. One reason is that apple pie recipes usually call for double the crust. We won’t blame you if you truly want that slice of apple pie, though. Go for whipped toppings instead of the traditional vanilla ice cream served on top.

Outdoor Fun for Your Halloween Celebration

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We know how much you love being home, especially when it comes to living at Casalago Eastlake. But did you also know that Chula Vista has some great ways to have some outdoor fun? With Halloween approaching, here are a few ways to make the most of it.

 

Movie Under the Stars

Friday, October 20th | 5:30 pm | Chula Vista Golf Course

Grab the lawn chairs and blankets because it’s about to get spooky! This year, “Movie Under the Stars” will be showing Goosebumps the Movie (PG) on the golf course driving range. This free event is the perfect way to gather with your loved ones for some devilishly good fun!

 

Halloween Glow Run 5k

Friday, October 27th | 5 pm | Rhor Park 

Keeping up with an active lifestyle is easy when you find fun things to do in outdoor Chula Vista. Need to burn off some energy before the holiday season approaches (not to mention the Halloween candy)? Put on those running shoes and get ready to run for fun this Halloween. Even if you’re a beginner, this Run/Walk 5k is the perfect way to get moving. It’s also untimed, which means that there’s no pressure! Entry fee is $20 per person and all participants receive complimentary glow sticks and swag bags. You can register here.

 

Fall Activities near Chula Vista

Fall Activities

Summer has finally come to an end but the fun continues this fall season! Here’s a list of fun fall activities near Chula Vista that you’ll love to do with family or friends.

Pumpkin Station:

One fall activity near Chula Vista that is fun for the family is the Pumpkin Station that is located in El Cajon! This event starts Sept. 29th through Oct. 31st and is free for everyone! Love everything this event has to offer like a Ferris Wheel, Pumpkin Patch, Play Center, and more! Plan the perfect weekend picking pumpkins to decorate and enjoy a nice picnic as you visit the Pumpkin Station!

Boomont Park:

Another great activity near Chula Vista is the Boomont Park that takes place at Belmont Park! Participate in various fun activities like a costume contest and trick o treating. Pick the perfect pumpkin and learn how to make your own Trick-or-Treating bag for this years Halloween! Enjoy a yummy funnel cake or be the first in line for the zombie mission at Zombie Laser tag! Experience a great October this year at Boomont Park!

Start your fall season off right with spooky adventures. Be sure to check out these fun fall activities near Chula Vista that you’ll love to do!

 

Fall Activities near Chula Vista

Fall Activities

Fall Activities

Summer is coming to an end but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Here is a fun list of fall activities near Chula Vista that you’ll love to do with friends or family!

2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

Be apart of the largest military Air Show in the country this year at the Marine Corps Station Miramar! Enjoy this year’s theme ‘A Salute to Vietnam Veterans’ and experience is amazing host and a lineup of military and civilian performers that include the U.S Navy Blue Angels for an amazing performance! Various of delicious food and beverages, as well as rides and fun activities for your family or friends, will be available at this event!

Uncorked: SD Live!

Another fun fall activity near Chula Vista is Uncorked, an event taking place in San Diego and takes place Sept. 23rd! Enjoy over 200 wines and ciders with gourmet food trucks, photo booths, and live music! Sip on great wine or cider while surrounded by great company. Bring blankets or beach chairs and love everything about this event!

Plan the perfect start to your fall season with any of these fall activities near Chula Vista that you’ll love to do with friends and family!

Under The Sea, Sea-Shells

Summer DIY

Summer DIY

Under The Sea, Sea-Shells 

Summer is definitely here and you are probably going to be at the beach. So why not collect sea shells you can turn into artsy decor pieces. Turn the seashells your collecting into a fun Summer DIY art project for you and your family. This is a great craft if you are looking to decorate your kid’s room or looking to just add a bit of a tropical decor to your apartment home this summer. Summer DIY

Materials Needed:

  • Seashells 
  • Variety of paint 
  • Googly Eyes 
  • Hot Glue 
  • Paint Brush

How to:

This project is pretty simple. It starts with collecting your seashells at the beach. If you’re not by the beach, Michaels or Joannes Craft Store has seashells, or you can always order them online. You’ll have to purchase googly eyes because you are not going to find those at the beach. After you’ve done that, grab some newspaper and lay it out and get ready to paint. Paint all your seashells. You can either use the same color or multiple colors to give it that variety. Let your seashells dry and once they have dried, glue on your googly eyes. Voila! Your seashells have just turned into charming decor pieces for you and your home! 

Best Places to Celebrate 4th of July in Your Area

Looking for something fun to do during the day this 4th of July? While you wait for night to fall to enjoy some fireworks, plan on starting your celebration a bit earlier. Check out one of Chula Vista’s local restaurants with friends or family to get the most out of the holiday.

Whether you have kids or you’re single, there are plenty of ways to indulge in a little fun around town this 4th of July. Here are the best places in and around your town to stay out of the sun and enjoy a good meal this Independence Day:

The Cheesecake Factory
American chain restaurant offering sizable portions from a vast menu including signature cheesecake
Located in: Otay Ranch Town Center
Address: 2015 Birch Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91915
Hours: Open today · 11:30AM–11PM
Phone: (619) 421-2500
Menu: thecheesecakefactory.com

Black Angus Steakhouse
Chain offers beef, seafood & surf ‘n’ turf combos plus traditional sides amid Western-themed decor.
Address: 707 E St, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Hours: Open today · 11AM–10PM
Phone: (619) 426-9200

Tacos El Gordo
No-frills Mexican counter-serve joint featuring Tijuana tacos, mulas, loaded fries & more.
Address: 689 H St, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Hours: Open today · 10AM–2AM
Phone: (619) 691-8848

How will you get your 4th of July this year started? Make this Independence Day your most memorable one yet!

Top Things to Do on Father’s Day

Have you thought of any fun things to do on Father’s Day yet? If not, consider treating dad to one of his favorite restaurants in town. Food, great company, and a greeting card with a personalized message are a wonderful combination of things to do for dad on Father’s Day.

Here are some of the best spots in Chula Vista to treat pops to a delicious meal:

Italianissimo Trattoria
Charming eatery featuring a menu of familiar Italian dishes backed by a robust wine list.
Address: 323 Third Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone: (619) 651-1457
Menu: italianissimotrat.com

The Cheesecake Factory
American chain restaurant offering sizable portions from a vast menu including signature cheesecake
Located in: Otay Ranch Town Center
Address: 2015 Birch Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91915
Phone: (619) 421-2500

Black Angus Steakhouse
Chain offers beef, seafood & surf ‘n’ turf combos plus traditional sides amid Western-themed decor.
Address: 707 E St, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone: (619) 426-9200

La Quinta Grill Mexican
Restaurant with regular live music, karaoke & sporting events on TV serves ample Mexican standards.
Address: 625 E St, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Hours: Open today · 10AM–1:30AM
Phone: (619) 476-7610

El Patio
Mexican Restaurant
Venerable, kid-friendly Mexican eatery serving a large menu of standards, plus breakfast fare.
Address: 410 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone: (619) 422-9745

Where will you treat pops to a warm Father’s Day meal this year?

Some Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Some Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is all about celebrating the mothers in our lives. To show them how important they are to us and how much we truly appreciate them. Do you have any plans for your mom this year? If you need some help with suggestions, that’s why we’re here. We’ve got a few helpful ideas for gifts that may peak your interest.

Recipe Cards

Your mom probably has a good cookbook or two. She may even love writing things down. Well you can get her a gift that combines both of those things. Get your mom some floral-themed note cards for writing down her favorite recipes.

A Daily Planner

Everybody is always trying to stay organized in one way or another. Help your mom keep up with her daily tasks by getting her a daily planner. Get her a journal that allows her to manage her time in an easier fashion. It will be much appreciated.

Birthstone

Picking up some jewelry every now and again isn’t such a bad idea. Your mom certainly deserves it, am I right? Get your mother a gemstone that represents the month of her birth, more specifically, a birthstone. It can come in the form of a ring or even a necklace.

3 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Apartment

3 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Apartment

Is your place starting to get noticeably dirty? Smelling things you probably shouldn’t be? It’s probably time to roll your sleeves up and get to cleaning. It’s that time of year for Spring cleaning. Tips and pointers are always needed and necessary, especially for those who aren’t sure what to do. So here are a few helpful Spring cleaning tips that should steer you in the right direction when it comes to keeping your place clean.

Stinky Food Containers

There must have been a few occasions where you were using a plastic bowl or container and were able to smell the food from a week before. It’s definitely gross. One sure-fire way to end this problem is to take one tablespoon of baking soda and wash the container with some hot water.

Cleaning Out the Dishwasher

Even things that we use to clean need to be cleaned every once in awhile. Let’s start with the dishwasher. Run a cycle with a cup of vinegar in a bowl on the top rack. Then run another cycle with some baking soda sprinkled on the bottom rack. Combined, these two things will help wash away any food particles and will keep the dishwasher smelling fresh.

Clean the Baseboards

Here is something we don’t often notice, the baseboards. Home Depot has some Magic Erasers that work wonders and really do the trick. Use these to keep your baseboards looking white, with no scuff marks.

Visit San Diego for St. Patrick’s Day Pilgrimage!

St. Patrick's Day in Chula Vista

When we think of emerald green landscapes, corned beef and cabbage and dark alehouses, it definitely brings Ireland to our mind. If you want to feel the same around Chula Vista, visit San Diego on St. Patrick’s Day.

Join your drinking buddies for the most eventful celebration in San Diego. San Diego ShamROCK in the Gaslamp is very popular among party lovers. This annual event is proud to announce its 23rd St. Patrick’s Day celebration which features non-stop music, plenty of green Bud Light beer and Jameson Irish Whiskey libations. Book your tickets if you don’t want to miss this energetic crowd.

Do not get sloshed on St. Patrick’s Day! Go Green! Beer Train Trolley Tour features local craft beer, guided brewery tour, brewery lunch, games and prizes. Avoid driving yourself, rather take the train! Visit sdbeerwinespirits.com to reserve your seats.

When you are in San Diego, you cannot avoid the beautiful bay! Have an amazing Saint Paddy’s Day on the Bay. Let your entire family participate in this luxurious celebration. First round of beer or wine is complimentary! Book your tickets today.

You are surely not missing Downtown San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl! Join you party crazy friends here.