With the ever-increasing popularity of vinyl records, and the need for your collection to have new life and new ears, we bring attention to some of the unique, useful and even most expensive turntables in the world. Vinyl sales just saw a 54% increase: being the only format that you can hold in your hands, look at the cover art and not lose with a hard drive crash, the allure is undeniable. These turntables range from the extreme to everyday; as do their prices- but either way, keep those records spinning.

what-we-loveHelp Keep San Diego Fashionable! On May 13 join Giving Back Magazine and Fashion Valley Mall for the Third Annual TOGETHER FOR CHARITY FASHION SHOW. 100% of the proceeds sponsor an orphanage in Tijuana with 52 Children and an expansion project to build a new home. Community leaders from both sides of the border will model from the best boutiques in Fashion Valley Mall, cocktails, great appetizers from amazing local chefs and auction items.


Celebrate children and families this April with Children's Day (Día Del Niño). A longstanding Mexican tradition, highly celebrated in our binational region, El Trompo Children's Interactive Museum in Tijuana is hosting a festival and The New Children's Museum invites children to Think, Play and Create through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art. www.thinkplaycreate.org & www.eltrompo.org


Irresistible spring offerings.

1. Venissimo Cheese - Spring is bountiful in the world of goat cheeses. So every year, they create our special Chevre in Foglie, or "goat cheese in leaves." It is sweet and savory at the same time, ultra-amazing and delicious, a true spring essential.


1. Think, Play, Create!

The New Children's Museum is kicking off March with Reading Week. A celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday and all things inspired by literacy. They are also hosting their first-ever March Museum Madness party on March 21 at 5 pm: an art-inspired evening of friendly competition that the whole family can enjoy together! www.thinkplaycreate.org


Valentine's Gift Guide.

February is the month of love! Give the perfect gift to those who bring joy to your life. Here are a few ideas.


Carnival of Love! On February 14, celebrate love and music at the Brazil Carnival Mardi Gras which features dancers in glittering costumes dancing to Pulsating Beats, Samba Dancers, Capoeira Performances and Nonstop Brazilian Music. So come dance the night away and dress up for one of the biggest Brazilian Carnivals on the West Coast.


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.


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!


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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