NEWSFLASH! – Articles of the Moment

We love to share articles that have peaked our interest! The articles can be about any business industry, self-help, inspiring individuals, insightful tips, etc. Here ya go!

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How to Close a Gender Gap: Let Employees Control Their Schedules

The Top 5 Reasons to be a Jack of All Trades

Micro Habits: When Big Goals Escape You, Think “Too-Small-to-Fail”

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Favorite Podcasts of 2017 So Far…

Podcasts – LOVE THEM. My love for podcasts first began while working my 9-to-5 corporate accounting job. What better way to keep your mind active while sitting at a desk all day? Nowadays I listen to them while driving, working from home, or just when needing some inspiration.

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Here’s a few of my favorites right now:

Listen Money Matters 

A non-boring and totally relatable finance podcast. The two hosts, Andrew and Thomas, open a beer each episode and talk money in an easy-to-understand way.  They cover everything from rental income, repaying debt, and the broke-ass bride wedding guide.

Notable Episodes: Closing the Wage Gap

The Tim Ferriss Show

Proclaimed human guinea pig. Tim Ferriss interviews experts in all industries and facets of life with the purpose of finding out their best tips, tricks, and stories. His podcast will absolutely captivate you.

Notable Episodes: Jamie Foxx Part 1 and Part 2, Mike Rowe

How I Built This

A fairly recent to the scene podcast that I have been obsessed with since day one. An NPR produced show that delves into the beginnings of some of the most well-known businesses. Find out the story behind the company and be inspired.

Notable Episodes: Patagonia, Spanx, Mark Cuban

Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso

Shout out to all the girl bosses around the world – it’s all about the ladies on this podcast. Sophia Amoruso, the girlboss behind Nasty Gal, interviews and celebrates successful business women in all industries.

Notable Episodes: Anne Marie Slaughter

Anna Faris is Unqualified

When I need a good laugh, I listen to this podcast. Anna Faris is awesome. Anna and her co-host Sim invite celebrities to come hang out and call strangers on the phone to help them with their relationship problems.

Notable Episodes: They’re all good! I most recently listened to Isla Fisher’s episodes.

What are a few of your favorite podcasts right now?

-Gigi

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5 Under the Radar Southern California Wedding Venues

One of the first decisions you have to make when planning a wedding is the venue. This sets the tone for the date, the dress, the style, and pretty much everything else that’s to come. It’s also probably THE hardest decision (besides the dress, maybe) that you will have to jump right in and make.

Let me just say – we had a really difficult time finding the right venue for us. We wanted somewhere non-traditional and somewhere we could have full control over food/drinks. Unfortunately a lot of under the radar venues aren’t listed on any of the main wedding webtes! So here’s a list of non-traditional, reasonably priced wedding venues in Southern California.

  1. The WoodShed by Booze Brothers – Vista, CA

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This was one of the first venues I was really drawn to when beginning my search. It is a brewery that built an event space in one of the neighboring units and it is gorgeous! If you like wood paneled walls, succulents, and beer this could be a serious contender.

2. The Riverbed by Renewable Farms – Anaheim, CA

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This venue is unique in that it is a non-profit, renewable urban farm that donates 100% of plants, produce, and fish grown to surrounding low income families. They recently started holding events to fund their efforts, and we are glad they did! Between the raised planters and bohemian vibe, it is truly unlike other wedding venues.

3. Mission Brewery – San Diego, CA

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This is another brewery venue located in downtown San Diego. It is a two-story loft with brick and industrial accents. It also boasts a pretty cool view of the city skyline. The event space is connected to the main brewery onsite and gives you 12 taps to serve a variety of their brewed beers on the day.

4. Owl Creek Farms – Temecula, CA

This one is for the rustic brides! Owl Creek Farms is a family-owned pomegranate farm and they have various locations on their property for hosting ceremony and reception, with one of the most popular being a gorgeous old oak tree. They also offer all different kinds of packages that allow you to personalize your wedding.

5. The Clarke Estate – Sante Fe Springs, CA

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A nice choice for someone looking to get married outside, but not necessarily at a winery or garden. The Clarke Estate also features a very private and shady courtyard that can host the ceremony or a cocktail party. I will say the the booking process seems to be outdated and must be done one year in advance – so not a choice for short engagements.

These were some of my favorite venues that I found while searching and wish they would have been easier to find! But I suppose that is what makes them under the radar after all!

Do you have any others we should add to the list?

xx Gigi