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Abcde Santos Turns the Other Cheek

We were shocked when we read that a local 7-year-old girl with autism was turned away by a mall Santa. Abcde Santos (pronounced “ab-suh-dee”) and her service dog, a pit bull named Pup-Cake, were turned away by a Santa Claus and a helper elf at The Shops at Mission Viejo. According to the Orange County Register, the   …Continue Reading

Written by Brian Jessup

Written by Brian Jessup on December 17, 2014

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A Lifetime of Memories In One Scrapbook

Every Christmas Eve you can find Jovita Morales, my grandmother, in her dining room wearing sweatpants and an apron, making tamales and demanding help from everyone sitting at the table.   I’ve helped my grandmother make tamales before but it was usually because I was early to her house on Christmas Eve and she needed   …Continue Reading

Written by Dayse Macias

Written by Dayse Macias on December 8, 2014

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Panda-monium for San Diego Woman

Dawn after her 3rd half-marathon with friends

Running a half-marathon (13.1 miles) is, for many, quite an accomplishment.  For Dawn Dacquisto, of San Diego, running 3x half marathons in one summer meant quite a bit more. Five years ago, Dawn was in a horrible bicycle accident, temporarily losing the use of her hands and one arm. Dawn has endured multiple surgeries, physical setbacks, and massive   …Continue Reading

Written by Dayse Macias

Written by Dayse Macias on August 19, 2014

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Dad ‘Bug Eyed’ Over Father’s Day Surprise

Black Bug Eyed Sprite and the Marcikic Family

48. That’s the number of cars Ronald Marcikic has owned. Austin-Healey Sprites were among his favorite cars. This Father’s Day, his sons surprised him with 4 classics… Ronald is perhaps best known for his love of swimming. A varsity swimmer, he founded the UCSD Masters swimming program in 1983. The program has become a hot-bed for triathletes and open-water swimmers, and San Diegans   …Continue Reading

Written by Dayse Macias

Written by Dayse Macias on June 12, 2014

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Touching Mother’s Day Tribute to ‘Mother’ of 100 Children

Katie reacting to her Mother's Day Gift

Katie Hosseinzadeh was brought to tears when 25 people converged to give her a surprise gift of letters of appreciation for Mother’s Day, and we were delighted to be a part of it. Why 25 people wanted to give Katie a moving Mother’s Day gift has a lot to do with Katie. With her first   …Continue Reading

Written by Dayse Macias

Written by Dayse Macias on May 6, 2014

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Inspiring Mother’s Day Story

Katie Hossienzadeh and family.

Katie Hosseinzadeh was living the American dream in Southern California until her husband was diagnosed with stage four liver cancer in 2012. Katie immigrated to the United States with hopes of building a better life. A native of Iran, she came to the United States to continue her education, married Amir and had four beautiful   …Continue Reading

Written by Dayse Macias

Written by Dayse Macias on April 18, 2014

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It’s The Surprise That Counts

3 year old gets surprise of a lifetime.

Think back to a time when you received a gift better than anything you’ve ever received before. How did it make you feel to know someone FINALLY got it right? Think about the emotions you went through while opening your best surprise gift. I still get the same warm and fuzzy feeling when I think   …Continue Reading

Written by Dayse Macias

Written by Dayse Macias on February 21, 2014

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Last Minute Gift Ideas that Might Just Buy You Some Time

Valentines day

So it’s Valentine’s Day. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have noticed the plethora of heart shaped EVERYTHING, stuffed animals, and flowers. Lots and lots and lots of flowers. Seriously, do you really think your boo wants more flowers and candy? I know I don’t but then again that’s just me. I would   …Continue Reading

Written by Dayse Macias

Written by Dayse Macias on February 14, 2014

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Small Acts of Kindness

Small random acts of kindness.

My neighbor, Jackie, asked if I could watch her dog overnight while she went away for a business trip. As any dog owner knows, it can be difficult to leave man’s best friend alone for an extended period of time without worrying about them. You know, like making sure your pup doesn’t get lonely, or   …Continue Reading

Written by Dayse Macias

Written by Dayse Macias on February 13, 2014

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Three Tips for Last Minute Gift Shopping

Only a few days remain before Christmas and for many people, that means the panic-shopping season has arrived. This is a perilous time of year when hurried last minute gift givers will waste their money on some of the worst gifts imaginable. Before you shop for a last minute gift, here are a few things   …Continue Reading

Written by Brian Jessup

Written by Brian Jessup on December 18, 2013