How to Spend Your Labor Day Weekend in San Diego

Trying to make plans near your San Diego apartment for this upcoming Labor Day? Check out one of these local events!

US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition: Thousands flock to San Diego every year to witness master-class sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art. This year is no exception.

Festival of Sail: Come check out the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. For four days you’ll get to spend time exploring this nautical theme park. Activities include visiting ships and their crew, a petting zoo, craft activities, face painting, Tall ship cannon battles, a 30-minute Festival of Sail bay cruise, beer garden, live entertainment, and much more!

Julian Grape Stomp Fest: Take part in this Italian themed event, with music by Roman Holiday, dancing, Bocce Ball competitions, wine tasting, food and crafts. Situated within vineyards and apple orchards, the Menghini Winery provides the ideal setting for the grape stomp.

Get Your San Diego Apartment Ready for Fall

Enjoy the upcoming fall festivities by prepping your home for the cooler weather, and many family gatherings to come!

  1. Make space in your entryway and closet for larger jackets and coats, boots and scarves.
  2. Give your living room a quick and affordable update with festive autumn throw pillows.
  3. Get your bedroom ready and cozy up with down comforters and blankets.
  4. Spend some time over the next few weeks clearing out your summer clothes and bringing out some of your jackets and boots.
  5. Prune your garden by getting rid of any weeds and dead plants, and adding planters filled with deep colored flowers.
  6. Wash your patio cushions with a mild soap, and be sure to invest in a durable weather resistant cover to prevent water damage.
  7. Create a more efficient work space for you to handle business and crafts at home.

How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom in 7 Easy Steps

Depending on your habits and tendencies, the bathroom is either the most tended to or the most neglected room in your San Diego apartment. Beach living has contributed it’s share of messiness in the form of the sand seaweed smells.

Use these tips to deep clean your bathroom!

  1. Submerge the showerhead in a bag of white vinegar and let the nozzle soak overnight.
  2. Dip a small bristle brush in liquid bleach and scrub discolored areas.
  3. After taking a steamy shower, wipe down all the walls, tiles, and ceiling.
  4. Pour a cup of baking soda into your toilet bowl. Let stand for a few minutes then brush and flush.
  5. Pour white vinegar or baking soda down the drain and rinse with hot water.
  6. Bleach bathroom towels.
  7. Remove the cover of your ventilation fan and soak it in warm water and dish soap. Then wipe off the fan blades.

Get Your San Diego Apartment Back to School Ready

The summer is almost over, and parents everywhere are scrambling trying to ready themselves for the upcoming fall semester. We all know that means early mornings paired with hectic schedules and lots of carpooling.

Try out these tips to help make the back to school transition easier!

Get your kids study space setup- clear off that desk you’ve been using to store your magazines on, make sure there is ample light and a comfortable desk chair.

Stock the space with all the homework essentials: pens, pencils, paper, ruler, binders, dividers, a stapler, and if you have preschoolers… lots of colored pencils and crayons.

Create a centralized family calendar. Color code it by person and make sure to jot down timelines and other important school functions.

Easy Upgrades for Your San Diego Apartment

Tapestries and movie posters were great for decorating your room during your teen years, but those days are long gone. So how do you transform your living space to reflect the times?

Try out these decorating tips in your Mission Pacific apartment!

Start by swapping out dated light fixtures, handles and doorknobs.

Opt for creative storage solutions, like woven baskets to hold magazines, your mail and keys.

Add drapery or colorful, boldly printed curtains to windows with standard blinds.

To add more pizazz, prop frames against the wall. Or better yet, prop oversize prints on the floor.

Use lots and lots of texture, from rugs, throw pillows, table cloths, blankets, and more.

Look for furniture that packs a punch of color. Or, paint and refurbish preexisting furniture.

How to Maximize Space in Your Mission Pacific Apartment

Whether you’re downsizing or trying to get more out of a small living space… try out one of these small space design ideas!

  1. Create the illusion of separate spaces by removing doors and hanging curtains instead, create small seating areas or add a window seat.
  2. Use furniture that can easily be converted such as a pullout couch, folding chairs, flip-top tables, or ottoman that doubles as storage.
  3. Add dimension with floor to ceiling curtains and strategically placed mirrors.
  4. Select a neutral color palette and add pops of color. This will minimize dark shadows and make the room feel bigger.
  5. Add vertical elements to your wall, including bookcases, cabinets, and paintings. This will draw your eye up.
  6. Sort through your belongings and donate items you don’t need. Keep things uncluttered.

Explore Your San Diego Neighborhood

Whether you’re new to town, or a San Diego native, there’s no better time than the summer to get out and explore the areas surrounding your Mission Pacific apartment. Check out this list of upcoming events!

  • July 9-12: Let your inner geek shine through at the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con International. Spend the weekend visiting exhibits, and listening to a number of special guests from comic creators to film and television producers and directors.
  • July 17: Featuring four different breweries, the Red, White, & Brew BBQ & Beer Garden will be selling tickets for $20 pre-sale, and $25 at the door.
  • July 25: Check out the South Park Summer Walkabout for free! You’ll be introduced to some of the shops and cafes located near your neighborhood. Shops will be open late, with entertainment, specials, and other surprises.

Best Rooftop Dining in the Gaslamp District

San Diego has some of the best views in all of Southern California, in addition to some of the best weather. Take advantage of the summer months and head to one of these rooftop restaurants located near your Mission Pacific apartment!

  1. Grant Grill: Open 7 days a week, from 6:30pm-11pm, customers rave about their truffle fries and mock turtle soup.
  2. Andaz San Diego: This sleek and modern hotel provides diners with an avante garde experience, as customers enjoy a rooftop pool and full service bar.
  3. Rare Form: Love creative sandwiches? This is the place for you! With a cocktail bar set inside an industrial warehouse space and just a short walk from Petco Park.
  4. University Club Atop Symphony Towers: This location offers panoramic views of the city, served alongside a high-end meal… perfect for an anniversary dinner. Dress code is strictly enforced.

Family Friendly 4th of July Celebrations in San Diego

Celebrate the Fourth of July with some of the best events San Diego has to offer!

  1. Annual Big Bay Boom July 4 Fireworks Show: One of the largest fireworks displays in the country, there are four barges strategically placed around the San Diego Bay, which can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. This event starts at 9 pm.
  2. Sea to Shining Sea 4th of July Firework: SeaWorld San Diego will be lighting up the sky with their own display of fireworks. This event starts at 10:30 pm.
  3. Ocean Beach: Spend the day at the beach. Then, once the sun sets, find a spot along the shore to watch fireworks launched from the pier. Start time is 9 pm.
  4. Old Town 4th of July: Head over to Old Town State Historic Park for an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration. Enjoy a parade, crafts, and patriotic themed activities. The event starts at 10 am.

DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With Father’s Day less than a week away, you might find it hard to spend an afternoon at the mall, much less a a full day trying to find the perfect gift for your dad. Instead of battling the crowds, try your hand at these DIY gifts!

San Diego is notorious for it’s beautiful weather and sandy beaches, so why not make a sand-and-sun gift basket? Head to your local drug store and purchase a small basket and fill it with all things beach-y! Include a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen and tanning lotion, flip-flops, a beach towel and a good book or magazine.

Or, how about a car wash kit? Grab a small bucket and fill it with all new drying rags, detail spray, sponges and soap.

You can also try a movie themed basket filled with candy, soda and popcorn, complete with his favorite movie on DVD or a gift certificate to the local theater.