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In Defense of the Flip Phone.

Whether you are focused on mindfulness, have no need to post pictures to social media, have not yet the mastered the fine art of the "selfie", or only need a telephone for what it was designed for (to make and receive phone calls); the flip phone is gaining popularity over smart phones and tablets. There are also luxury phones that while not actual flip phones, are also not the usual smart phone or tablet and warrant a second look.

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Día de los Reyes! On January 6, Latin Americans celebrate El Día De Los Reyes, the Epiphany, remembering the day when the Three Wise Men following the star to Bethlehem, arrived bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for Baby Jesus. The festivities are celebrated with Rosca de Reyes, an oval sweetbread, decorated with candied fruit. Beware: the tradition is that whoever finds the doll in their slice must host the next party!

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Give and Get.

Children with special needs and their families are invited to a photo session at Fashion Valley with Caring Santa on December 7 at 8:30 a.m. Presented in association with AbilityPath and Autism Speaks, Caring Santa is set up to support sensory, physical and other developmental needs. Many steps are taken to reduce sensory triggers - music turned off near the Santa set; nearby escalators shut down; lights dimmed – creating a more comforting experience for the children's magical visit with Santa. www.fashionvalleycaringsanta.eventbrite.com

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Holiday Gift Guide.

Looking for holiday gifts for your loved ones? Here are some unique gift ideas for everyone on your list.

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Tiffany's Brilliant Holiday Gifts.

Tiffany & Co. creates jewelry and accessories to dazzle the eye and warm the heart..

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December 2014.

Holiday Festivities. Join in the holiday cheer this December by attending various festive events and performances throughout San Diego. Kick off the holidays at Balboa Park's December Nights or for a fun twist to the festivities; take in San Diego Zoo's Jungle Bells which is transformed into a magically lit wonderland. Skate by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado while viewing stunning views of the ocean or view Floating Christmas Lights at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.

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From Switzerland with Passion.

Montblanc cultivates the inventive spirit that is shaped by the history of classical watches. The watches are made in Le Locle and Villeret, both precious sanctuaries for the craft of traditional Switch watchmaking and the art of innovative horology

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Celebrate! This very special time of the year is filled with good cheer with The Old Globe Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 15. This fun family event features a special live performance by members of the Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas cast and a delightful holiday snowfall on the Globe Plaza. Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

whats-inWondering how can you can get involved and help make a difference? Here is a list of FREE mobile applications that make it easy to give.

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Ultimate fall guide to beer! Beer lovers can head to Hotel del Coronado on September 26-28 for Oktoberfest. Experience a Bavarian-style beer garden on the Sun Deck with authentic food such as bratwurst with sauerkraut, chicken schnitzel and Munich-style pretzels and select specialty beers. Guests will also enjoy traditional entertainment including daily ceremonial keg tapping and live musical performances.

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