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Posted on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Share what inspires you this Holiday Season on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #InspiredHoliday.

When you do, you'll not only inspire others, but will be entered to win prizes from Shea Apartment Living. The more photos you share, the more chances you have to win. Visit inspired-holiday.com for the details. 

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Fun Holiday Decorating Tips for Those on a Budget

Posted on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

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One of the nicest things about celebrating the festive season in your apartment is that you have the license to decorate it exactly the way you want to. But how can you achieve that festive feeling while staying on a budget? Here are some tips on holiday decorating ideas that won't break the bank.

Hit the Thrift Stores

If you're new to the thrift store experience, prepare to be surprised - as they say, one decorator's trash is another decorator's treasure. Thrift stores are like goldmines, and at this time of year, you won't have to hunt very far to find the Christmas items. Plus, aside from paying next to nothing for your new decorations, you've also got the opportunity to discover unique and retro-looking items that will be sure to encourage compliments from guests in your newly decorated apartment.

DIYS (Do It Yourself, Socially)

If you're on a budget, decorating your apartment for Christmas is a great opportunity to get creative. So invite a few friends over, pour some wine and put on your favorite Christmas music - and start decorating!

  • Spray pinecones, fallen branches and other miscellaneous items with gold or silver paint to create simple but classy looking ornaments for your tree
  • Remember making paper chains in school? These never go out of fashion, so grab a few different sheets of wrapping paper and get cutting and stapling!
  • Cut up old festive tablecloths or sheets to create Christmas cushion covers. Finish with a ribbon bow to make your cushions look like wrapped gifts

Don't Forget the Sales

After the holiday season is over, it can be tempting to sit at home with your roommate, eat leftovers and watch Christmas movies. But the few days after Christmas is the best time to buy next year's decorations - everything's on sale! Trust us - you'll thank yourself next year when you have a plethora of beautiful festive decorations.

Share your holiday decor this Holiday Season on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #InspiredHoliday.

When you do, you'll not only inspire others, but will be entered to win prizes from Shea Apartment Living. The more photos you share, the more chances you have to win. 

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How to Save Money by Cooking at Home

Posted on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 @ 02:15 PM

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So you've recently entered the workforce and are enjoying regular paychecks. You've worked out how much you can comfortably afford to spend on rent, and you've set aside a budget for clothes, socializing, etc. So where is all your money going?

The simple answer to this is food. Now that you're in the workforce earning steady money, it can be appealing to treat yourself to lunch every day. But even if this is just a simple sandwich, all this money spent will add up and leave you with little to spare in your bank account. So here are a few tips to cook at home, save some money and still have an interesting lunch.

Everybody Loves Leftovers

What's better than eating an amazing dinner at home? Bringing in the leftovers to work the next day for lunch of course! We can't quite put our finger on it, but there's just something about leftover dinner that makes the food taste that much more amazing. So whenever you're cooking dinner for yourself or your roommate, make a little bit more than needed and put away a container of it for tomorrow.

Share the Work

If you're living with a roommate, take it in turns to do the cooking. As well as saving money on lunch the next day, you'll also mix things up by combining two different cooking styles. However, this idea only works if your roommate actually can cook... you don't want to be living off frozen pizza every second night!

Eat More Vegetables

Once you're buying groceries with your own money, one of the biggest costs you'll notice is meat. Whether its beef, chicken, lamb or fish, meat is going to be one of your biggest expenses when cooking. And while it's a nice addition to your meal, you need to ask yourself - is it really necessary? One of the easiest ways to cut down on the cost of cooking is to replace meat with more vegetables. Alternatively, eggs or cheese can also be added to your meal to make it more interesting. You don't need to cut out the things you love completely, but by simply making them more of a treat than a staple item, you'll save yourself substantial money by cooking at home.

Seabrook at Bear Brand To Receive Upgraded Clubhouse

Posted on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 @ 02:06 PM

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Seabrook at Bear Brand is a collection of rental apartments and townhomes, owned and managed by Shea Properties, located in Dana Point, CA. The community offers a distinctive residential feel, close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, and convenient options for shopping, dining and entertainment at the next door Ocean Ranch Village shopping center.

In summer of 2015, Seabrook will debut a completely new leasing office, recreation center and resort-style pool, spa, adding to the myriad of reasons to call Seabrook at Bear Brand home.

A California Coastal / Beach-Chic structure, offering two levels of office, recreation and amazing facilities is under construction. We're talking resident lounge with all the bells and whistles, a fitness center that overlooks a brand new resort-style pool and spa as well as a lower level gaming room with bar, poker tables, air hockey and billiards table.

And to round out the amenities, a deck off the game room will feature an outdoor fire pit and seating area -- perfect for a glass of wine while the kids (or those that act like them) play inside.

The design will be high-end and distinctively Beach-Chic, ensuring the spaces complement the ocean-close setting and luxurious South Orange County Lifestyle afforded at Seabrook at Bear Brand. 

Stay connected to Seabrook on Facebook and receive updates on our progress. 

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Non-Traditional Christmas Tree Ideas

Posted on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 @ 09:21 AM

Whether you're on a budget, or you're just after something a little less traditional, there are plenty of alternatives to a regular old Christmas tree that will help give your apartment that festive feeling as soon as you walk in the door. Check out our list of DIY ideas for some inspiration these holidays.

A Book Tree

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If you're a bit of a bookworm, this quirky idea could match the style of your apartment perfectly - and it costs nothing! Take a stack of books - preferably hard covers - and simply stack the books like a pyramid. Then, drape a string of fairy lights around the layers and voila, you have a Christmas tree.

A 2D Tree

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If your apartment is short for space, a 2D Christmas tree could be ideal. All you need to do is get colored card stock, wrapping paper, branches or lights to make your tree-shaped creation and attach to your wall. The possibilities for decorating your DIY tree are limitless.

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A Cork Tree

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Do you host a lot of dinner parties in your apartment? Start collecting the corks from your wine bottles, then at Christmas time stack them all in a tree-shaped pile, using glue to secure them in place. You'll then be able to simply fasten your ornaments to your DIY tree with pins.

A Real Dead Tree

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A live tree can create much unnecessary mess in your apartment - so rather than buying a fake tree, why not create your own? If you live near a forest or park, search the ground for a few fallen branches with nice stems.

Clean them up a bit by brushing off any dirt or dead leaves, then tie together and spray paint them either gold or silver. Wait until the whole thing dries, then use a tall vase to help it stand up, and start decorating!

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How to Save Money by Cooking at Home

Posted on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 @ 03:25 PM

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So you've recently entered the workforce and are enjoying regular paychecks. You've worked out how much you can comfortably afford to spend on rent, and you've set aside a budget for clothes, socializing, etc. So where is all your money going?

The simple answer to this is food. Now that you're in the workforce earning steady money, it can be appealing to treat yourself to lunch every day. But even if this is just a simple sandwich, all this money spent will add up and leave you with little to spare in your bank account. So here are a few tips to cook at home, save some money and still have an interesting lunch.

Everybody Loves Leftovers

What's better than eating an amazing dinner at home? Bringing in the leftovers to work the next day for lunch of course! We can't quite put our finger on it, but there's just something about leftover dinner that makes the food taste that much more amazing. So whenever you're cooking dinner for yourself or your roommate, make a little bit more than needed and put away a container of it for tomorrow.

Share the Work

If you're living with a roommate, take it in turns to do the cooking. As well as saving money on lunch the next day, you'll also mix things up by combining two different cooking styles. However, this idea only works if your roommate actually can cook... you don't want to be living off frozen pizza every second night!

Eat More Vegetables

Once you're buying groceries with your own money, one of the biggest costs you'll notice is meat. Whether its beef, chicken, lamb or fish, meat is going to be one of your biggest expenses when cooking. And while it's a nice addition to your meal, you need to ask yourself - is it really necessary? One of the easiest ways to cut down on the cost of cooking is to replace meat with more vegetables. Alternatively, eggs or cheese can also be added to your meal to make it more interesting. You don't need to cut out the things you love completely, but by simply making them more of a treat than a staple item, you'll save yourself substantial money by cooking at home.

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Seabrook at Bear Brand To Receive Upgraded Clubhouse

Posted on Mon, Dec 08, 2014 @ 03:13 PM

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Seabrook at Bear Brand is a collection of rental apartments and townhomes, owned and managed by Shea Properties, located in Dana Point, CA. The community offers a distinctive residential feel, close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, and convenient options for shopping, dining and entertainment at the next door Ocean Ranch Village shopping center.

In summer of 2015, Seabrook will debut a completely new leasing office, recreation center and resort-style pool, spa, adding to the myriad of reasons to call Seabrook at Bear Brand home.

A California Coastal / Beach-Chic structure, offering two levels of office, recreation and amazing facilities is under construction. We're talking resident lounge with all the bells and whistles, a fitness center that overlooks a brand new resort-style pool and spa as well as a lower level gaming room with bar, poker tables, air hockey and billiards table.

And to round out the amenities, a deck off the game room will feature an outdoor fire pit and seating area -- perfect for a glass of wine while the kids (or those that act like them) play inside.

The design will be high-end and distinctively Beach-Chic, ensuring the spaces complement the ocean-close setting and luxurious South Orange County Lifestyle afforded at Seabrook at Bear Brand. 

Stay connected to Seabrook on Facebook and receive updates on our progress. 

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Ditch the Cable and Start Streaming

Posted on Thu, Dec 04, 2014 @ 03:11 PM

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Undoubtedly, we're in one of the best eras for television right now - and it's actually getting to the point where it's hard to keep up to date with everything new that's coming out! When moving into any new apartment, it's important to consider how you'll be watching television and get your system sorted. But rather than sign up for a traditional cable subscription which is both pricey and becoming outdated, why not ditch the cable completely, invest in a decent internet provider and jump on the streaming bandwagon?

Why Switch to Streaming?

The new way of viewing television - streaming - has possibly become so popular because of its affordability. Much cheaper than subscribing to cable, streaming sites such as Netflix offer monthly rates of just $7.99 - and they even offer a free month's trial. But another one of the greatest things about streaming is that you can watch whatever you want, whenever you want. You won't have to sit through commercial breaks and you won't have to sit through one show just to wait for the one you actually want to watch; you can watch it all right from your computer on demand.

A Different Way of Viewing

Online streaming has also changed the way we watch television. Many new series are now being produced exclusively for streaming services and are released in bulk. For example, NetFlix has begun to release many new series such as Orange is the New Black and The House of Cards. And rather than watch one episode a week, the whole series is released at once, so you can now enjoy marathons of your favorite series at your convenience. Additionally, when using streaming services, the loading time is fast and the viewing is smooth, meaning that unless your internet provider is acting up, you'll probably experience fewer interruptions than you would from your cable provider.

Don't Throw Away Your TV Yet

The switch to streaming from cable does not make your television set irrelevant...unless it's from the dinosaur age. Connect your TV in two easy ways:

  1. Connect to your laptop or smart device to your TV to give you a bigger screen
  2. Purchase a streaming player: Roku or Amazon Fire TV   

If you have some extra cash, you can even buy a Smart TV and all your streaming needs are built right in.

Viola…you'll be able to watch your streamed shows on your TV, just like you did when you had cable. Except you'll have many more options - and you'll be paying considerably less.

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Ditch the Cable and Start Streaming

Posted on Thu, Dec 04, 2014 @ 02:56 PM

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Undoubtedly, we're in one of the best eras for television right now - and it's actually getting to the point where it's hard to keep up to date with everything new that's coming out! When moving into any new apartment, it's important to consider how you'll be watching television and get your system sorted. But rather than sign up for a traditional cable subscription which is both pricey and becoming outdated, why not ditch the cable completely, invest in a decent internet provider and jump on the streaming bandwagon?

Why Switch to Streaming?

The new way of viewing television - streaming - has possibly become so popular because of its affordability. Much cheaper than subscribing to cable, streaming sites such as Netflix offer monthly rates of just $7.99 - and they even offer a free month's trial. But another one of the greatest things about streaming is that you can watch whatever you want, whenever you want. You won't have to sit through commercial breaks and you won't have to sit through one show just to wait for the one you actually want to watch; you can watch it all right from your computer on demand.

A Different Way of Viewing

Online streaming has also changed the way we watch television. Many new series are now being produced exclusively for streaming services and are released in bulk. For example, NetFlix has begun to release many new series such as Orange is the New Black and The House of Cards. And rather than watch one episode a week, the whole series is released at once, so you can now enjoy marathons of your favorite series at your convenience. Additionally, when using streaming services, the loading time is fast and the viewing is smooth, meaning that unless your internet provider is acting up, you'll probably experience fewer interruptions than you would from your cable provider.

Don't Throw Away Your TV Yet

The switch to streaming from cable does not make your television set irrelevant...unless it's from the dinosaur age. Connect your TV in two easy ways:

  1. Connect to your laptop or smart device to your TV to give you a bigger screen
  2. Purchase a streaming player: Roku or Amazon Fire TV   

If you have some extra cash, you can even buy a Smart TV and all your streaming needs are built right in.

Viola…Now you'll be able to watch your streamed shows on your TV, just like you did when you had cable. Except you'll have many more options - and you'll be paying considerably less.

How To Not Burn Down Your Apartment This Thanksgiving

Posted on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

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Thanksgiving is here and our number one concern, after ensuring that there's plenty of pumpkin pie to go around, is your safety. We did some research and discovered that there are some no-brainer tips that could ensure you and your family enjoy a nice Thanksgiving dinner, instead of a trip to the ER.

Get a kitchen fire extinguisher​ - This is probably the best $20 you can spend on Amazon. If a grease fire breaks out, attempting to extinguish it with water can actually make the situation worse, much worse. A fire extinguisher is your best option, followed by suffocating the fire.

Don't fry your turkey - Although it sounds delicious, this video offers all the proof you need to convince you to cook your turkey in an oven.

Don't overload the lights on your tree - Dry Christmas tree + short circuit spark = danger.

We wish you all the best this Thanksgiving and hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. 

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