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!

 

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.

Head over to these Halloween Activities in Chula Vista

Halloween Activities

The fall colors have sprayed a mood of relaxation and festivity amongst everyone in Chula Vista. Amidst all the fun October happenings in this apartment city, you must have waited eagerly for the Halloween weekend. Have a look at some of the Halloween activities in your vicinity.

San Diego Monster Bash is a paid event taking place at Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown. Be here on October 29 from 6PM until midnight. Five hauntingly crafted themed stages include Scary Tales Stage, Doll House Stage, Wicked Whitelands Stage, Dia de los Muertos Stage and Monster Bash VIPs. Do not miss the costume contest and after party!

Find out if the star of India is haunted at Haunted Tales aboard the Star of India at 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego. This paid event starts at 6PM on October 29. Lantern led tours around the ship is the best part of this Halloween activity. Creepy events and eerie legends might frighten you for sometime!

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day at 1549 El Prado is the ultimate place for your friends and family. Participate in this Halloween activity on October 29 from 11AM-4PM where children below 12 have free admission with paid adult tickets. Costume contests and mini carnival games are the highlights of the event.

Labor Day Weekend in Chula Vista, CA

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is upon us once again, which means Summer is coming to a close. If you’re still lacking grand plans to send off Summer in style, don’t worry: we’ve compiled a list of 3 great Labor Day weekend options for you and your loved ones.

US Sand Sculpting Challenge

This weekend more than 300lbs of sand will be brought to the “B” Street Cruise Ship terminal in San Diego. Then, over the course of the 4 day event, 11 World Sand Sculpting Masters will craft those tiny pebbles into feats of unimaginable art. “Sand” Diego is the only place in the world where this competition takes place and it only happens once a year! If the sky high sand art isn’t enough to peak your interest there is still plenty to see and do here: music performances, giant art sale, and a sandbox and sand sculpting classes for the kids.

Festival of Sail

Anyone in your family love ships? Especially pirate-style sail boats? Then this event is for them. This weekend is the Festival of Sail! Hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, this event is the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast! There are plenty of options to fit many tastes and budgets. You could actually be a part of the parade by riding one of the parade ships. For the more adventurous sign up to be part of a mock canon fight! For a romantic touch, there’s a beautiful Twilight Sails trip. Whatever you Maritime merriment preference is, the Festival of Sail is sure to satisfy!

1812 Tchaikovsky Fireworks

For the lovers of classical music and beautiful pyrotechnics, this weekend the San Diego Symphony has the 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular! The SD Symphony will be performing 9 pieces by the famous composer while gorgeous fireworks play off in the background. Playing both September 2nd and 3rd, this performance is sure to be a blast!

 

Whatever you want your Labor Day weekend too look like, you don’t have to go far to enjoy it! Whether you choose, you’re weekend is sure to be good time if you stick around our vibrant community.

Top 3 Tech Gifts for Dad this Father’s Day

As you make plans to enjoy Father’s Day with your dad hanging out at the lakeside pool at his CasaLago townhome, one thing is clear, you need to come up with a unique gift for dad. This year’s tech gadgets have much to choose from so we have chosen the top 3.

According to the experts at Paste, the hero of the tech world is the Parrot Disco drone. This unmanned drone is striking in black and white and can fly for 45 minutes before needing to be recharged. The Parrot’s live streaming video gives a first person view to experience your world as you have never before.

The second tech gadget on our list is more on the practical side and much more affordable. For the man who can never find his keys, Tile is the answer. Tile uses blue tooth technology to track your things. When you lose them, simply use the app to send a signal that triggers a ring form tile, helping you find your item. At only $25 per tile, you can give your dad multiple tiles to help him find his misplaced items. Get personalized skins for Father’s day, which let you include a special memory.

Last we suggest the Polaroid Zip, a mobile photo printer that works with your Android or iPhone. Using Bluetooth technology, instantly print your Father’s day pictures from phone and share the memories now.

Fun Local Things to Do for Memorial Day Weekend in Chula Vista

Memorial Day is almost here. Many people are gearing up for their weekend by making arrangements with family and friends to hang out and partake in some of the local events. If you aren’t sure where to go or what to do, check out these events below in the Chula Vista area.

Pier Pressure Memorial Weekend Mega Yacht Party

If you love the water and listening to some amazing tunes, you have to check out the Pier Pressure Mega Yacht Party. There are two decks of music, six DJs and three hours of fun cruising around the water. It’s a great way to hang out with your friends and unwind from a long week at work. This is one experience you don’t want to miss out on.

American Freedom Festival

Show your support for the veterans by partaking in the American Freedom Festival. You get the chance to listen to hot music aboard the USS Midway. The event helps to raise money for local service members and their families. Not only do you get the chance to take in an awesome event, but you get to support a worthy cause at the same time. A great way to spend your holiday.

Memorial Day Club Crawl

Explore three of the hottest clubs in Hollywood at the Memorial Day Club Crawl. The event starts at 9:30 on Sunday night and runs through 2am on Monday. Head over to the Andaz Rooftop to check-in and have a great time this holiday.