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Costco Membership on Groupon

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

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Costco is on GROUPON!!!  If you have been waiting to get a membership – this is an amazing deal!  After taking advantage of the freebies that come with this Groupon the membership is basically free!  We only shop at Costco maybe once a month, but the things we stock up on are a GREAT deal and you cannot beat the gas!  I can’t imagine this Groupon is going to last very long so make sure to grab one!

Click here to get this Groupon

Sunset Blvd At Moonlight on GROUPON!

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

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We have really been enjoying the 37th season of Moonlight Stage Productions.  Moonlight is a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in the heart of North County San Diego.  Tickets can be a splurge for sure, but right now they are on Groupon! Grab your tickets today.

Sunset Blvd Tickets on Groupon

Things to do in North County San Diego in August!

Posted on: July 30th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

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Summer is almost over, but there’s still plenty of great things to do. Check out on the many great FREE things to do in North County San Diego in August.


8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30 – OCEANSIDE | Sunset Trivia Night (FREE)

Join the fun every Wednesday for Sunset Trivia. Bring your team of smarty pants and have a go at the best trivia night around. The top three teams win prizes at the end. There is no cost to play, just a great time with friends drinking craft beer.

Wednesdays at 6pm

Belching Beaver Oceanside

1334 Rocky Point Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056
Get Directions



8/3, 8/10, 8/17 & 8/24 – CARLSBAD | Movie Under the Stars in Carlsbad Village (FREE)

Enjoy the warn weather while watching movies under the stars in downtown Carlsbad Village, just two blocks from the each. Festivities and the movie are from 6pm-10pm.

Thursdays starting at 6pm

Carlsbad Village

2930 Roosevelt Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Get Directions

 8/6 – VISTA | Vista Rod Run (FREE)

The Vista Rod Run returns for the 28th time to Main Street in Vista. With over 5,000 fans in attendance, come check out hundreds of classic and custom hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, and trucks along with 20 local vendors and live entertainment. Thirty trophies will be awarded. Proceeds from raffles benefit Vista teen-outreach program Hunger Hurts. Hosted by the Vista Village Business Association.

 From 9:00am-2:00pm

Mother Earth Tap House

206 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
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8/13 – ENCINITAS | 12th Annual Dogs Days of Summer (FREE for visitors; $5 for contest participants)

Bask in the sun amidst 200 dog-related vendors and rescue groups, pet adoptions, live music, dog contests, kids’ activities, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more. This year be sure to check out the new addition of Rescue Row presented by Rancho Coastal Humane Society and a Pet Health Expo presented by the City of Encinitas featuring pet services provided by the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services.

Does your dog like to strut its stuff? Enter one of 6 categories: Cutest Puppy, Best Looking Big Dog, Best Looking Small Dog, Best Trick, Best Dressed, and Dog/Owner Look-A-Like. Compete to take home a ribbon for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place and a goodie bag of cool prizes.

Registration is the day of the event from 11:45am-12:15pm $5 cash per entry. For more information, visit:

From 12:00-6:00pm

Encinitas Community Park

425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
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SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS IN AUGUST – DEL MAR | Family Weekends at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (FREE for Children under 17 years old; $6 for Adults)

Join the party in the infield with plenty of fun events for the entire family. The free activities feature pony rides, inflatable games & rides, magic show & GameZone, jockey stilt walkers, giant Scramble Slide & obstacle course, face painters, caricature artists & more!

 Saturdays & Sundays from 1:00-6:00pm

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
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Kara Courtney is a San Diego local and REALTOR® with Windermere Homes & Estates.Kara loves understanding the needs of home sellers and home buyers and putting a plan in place that will get them what they want while putting the most money in their pocket. As a result, Kara has created a business that meets the needs of sellers and buyers by making sure that they have the valuable information they need, their plans and transaction details happen on time and that they end up with the most net in their pocket.

Selling or buying a home is a big decision. Call Kara today before selling or buying a home in North San Diego County so you can get the best advice and end up with the most net in your pocket.

Call or text: 760-583-2226 |

PRIME DAY – amazing deals on Amazon 7/11

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik

Prime Day deals are MUCH better than last year!  If you are a Prime member (or want to become one today), you can save a ton of money on some of the most popular items in just about every department.

There are tons of deals – but they must be purchased today – electronics, back to school, clothing, housewares – check it out!

Prime Day Deals!

My favorite deal is the 7 – in – 1 Instant Post.  We use ours almost every day, it has almost retired my Crock Pot believe it or not. They can be pricey and rarely go on sale – but today they are more than 30% off!

The Echo is also sure to be popular (image from Amazon)

Click on through and check out what else is on sale – think ahead for the holidays or treat yourself!

Happy Shopping!


Everyone gets a FREE SLURPEE on 7/11

Posted on: July 7th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik

FREE Slurpee Day

Once a year our family goes out for Slurpees.  7/11 day is almost here!  On 7/11 anyone can go into any participating 7-11 store and grab a small free slurpee! No purchase necessary, just grab your free slurpee and enjoy!

We have looked forward to 7/11 day year after year, it is a really fun tradition.  Cool off and a completely free outing.  Totally San Diego Deals and Steals approved!  Share with a friend today!

Things to do in San Diego in July!

Posted on: June 30th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik


Warmer weather, school is out and longer days. Summer is officially here! Enjoy this list of budget friendly and free activities to do in San Diego in July. I am also including a few places to catch the 4th of July fireworks!


San Diego


Sign up July 10th


Summer Movie Night – Finding Nemo


Location: Flight deck on the Midway


Actual movie night is in August, however registration opens up on July 10th and fills up fast!


Balboa Park

Balboa After Dark

Beginning on Memorial Day and ending September 1, get more for your money! Museum hours are being extended in 8 different museums on Friday nights.

Enjoy special rates (as low as $5) at Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art and the Mingei International Museum for tickets to their evening hours only.

In addition, throughout the park there will be food trucks and entertainment

Check here to see all discounts, times and museums participating!


Chula Vista

Chula Vista Live Steamers

July 8 12-2:30pm

July 9 12-2:30pm

FREE but they do like donations

Operated by a group of people who like to share their love and enthusiasm for building, operating and maintaining trains. Kids can even ride a small scale train!

 Gaslamp Quarter

July 6th from 6-7pm


Pop up workout class on the Garden Terrace at the Westin San Diego Gas Lamp Quarter. Hosted by Fitness and Foolishness.

The “Ish” workout by Thrasher is described as a mix of barre and HIIT along with stretching. Give it a try for free! Yoga mats are also provided for your use. Complimentary super food snacks will be provided along with goodie bags sponsored by Reef Women! All fitness levels welcome.

To reserve your spot and get more info:

Qualcomm Stadium

Youth Football Clinic

July 15th at 8am

FREE and open to all ages between 6 and 14


Kids will get the opportunity to participate in drills, tackling, defense and offense. Skills are taught by university coaches and former NFL players. Some of the NFL players are Legedu Naanee, Stephen Cooper, Ryan Lindley and Larry Parker. Kids will also learn the fundamentals of being a good student/athlete and football player.

For more information and to sign up:

Imperial Beach

Sun and Sea Festival

July 14-15


Enjoy sand sculptures, parades, and kid’s activities.

For more info and to view the entire schedule:

Fireworks Schedule

I recommend double checking schedules for cancellations or time changes to be sure firework shows are set to go off as scheduled. Times posted are when fireworks are scheduled to begin. Check the websites for other activities that will be going on during the day and recommendations for where to view the fireworks.


Big Bay Boom 2017

San Diego

July 4th at 9pm

FREE event


One of the largest firework displays in San Diego County with fireworks located on 4 barges. Barges are off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Seaport Village/Coronado Landing and the Embarcadero. Set radio stations to 1090 AM or 105.7 FM for simulcast music!


Chula Vista

July 4th  Gates open at 6pm, fireworks begin at 9pm

FREE event but parking is $10


Location: US Olympic Training Center at 2800 Olympic Pkwy in Chula Vista



July 4th at 9pm

FREE event with all day activities and a parade at 10am


Location: Glorietta Bay


It is recommended to get there before 5am to claim your spot. Set radios to 96.5 for simulcast music.


El Cajon

July 4th at 9pm

FREE event with festivities beginning at 1pm


Location: Kennedy Park at 1675 E. Madison Ave in El Cajon


Imperial Beach

July 4th at 9pm

FREE event


Location: Imperial Beach Pier


Set radio stations to 96.5 for simulcast music


La Jolla

July 4th at 9pm

FREE event


Location: La Jolla Bay


Mira Mesa

July4th at 9pm

FREE event with all day activities and parade at 11:30am


Location: Mira Mesa Community Park


National City Fireworks

July 4th at 9pm

FREE event

There is a carnival going on from July1-5. Check for admission prices.


Location: Kimball Park in National City


Ocean Beach

July 4th at 9pm

FREE event


Location: Ocean Beach Pier



July 4th at 9pm

$5 admission as fundraiser for the high school, 11 and under are FREE


Location: Poway High School


Michelle was born and raised in North San Diego County. She began her career in the real estate industry in 1999 and in 2005, she launched her own full-service real estate brokerage, Harvey Homes Real Estate and Property Management at Her business is based out of North San Diego County, but she also works in San Diego and on occasion, Riverside County. Michelle is able to offer incredible deals to her home sellers because she operates a virtual office and you work directly with her, the Broker/owner. Home buyers are also able to benefit from the knowledge gained in her 18+ year career. Michelle opened a second business, Harvey Homes Designs, this year. She hand paints real estate sign riders and other custom wood signs and pillow covers at Join the Facebook group at In addition to running a successful full time business and second part time business, she is a proud homeschooler, CSUSM business graduate, wife to her incredible husband, Jason, and is always learning something new from her tenacious 7 year old son, Mason. Michelle enjoys family time, giving back to the community, never ending home projects with her husband, playing piano with her son, new travel adventures, and attempting to be crafty.

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