How To Make Valentine’s Day Special For Long Time Couples

For those couples who have been in a relationship for a long time, keeping the spark alive and burning does take a bit of work. With life moving as fast as it does, we can all neglect our relationships from time to time–which is why Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to connect and fall in love all over again. Here are a few tips to try.


Hold hands: holding hands is an intimate gesture that can get lost in older relationships. Make an effort to touch, hold hands, hug and be in each others spaces during your date night. The closeness will create extra intimacy.


Put your phone away: phones can be a romance killer. It’s so easy to check your phone every few minutes and avoid intimate conversations. Leave the phones in the car, look each other in the eye and talk to each other.


Long walk: long walks are the stuff romance is built on. After dinner find a pier and go for a long walk and talk about life, your hopes, dreams, and desires. Nothing will make your relationship stronger.


Lakewood Bars: Find a Place To Watch Super Bowl LI

Do you need a place to watch the Super Bowl? This year the game takes place on Sunday, February 5th when the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in Houston. The game is typically the most watched event on TV draws over 150 million viewers worldwide. Even if you don’t like sports, chances are you’ll watch the game. The commercials are great, Lady Gaga is performing during half time, and the entire day is an excuse to hang out in a bar and have a few drinks.

For those in the Lakewood area, there are a number of excellent places that will be showing the game and provide various drink & food specials. Here is a quick look at two places near your Lakewood apartment to consider visiting.

Shipmates Restaurant & Sports Bar
11424 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703
Phone number (562) 924-3211

Glory Days Sports Grill
4132 Woodruff Ave, Lakewood, CA 90713
Phone number (562) 420-2424

Participate in the Lakewood Family Run

The City of Lakewood is all about family and that sentiment was never truer than with their annual family run. The event takes place on Saturday, March 4, 2017 with a 10k, 5k, and 1k fun run race that features Sheriff’s deputies, local runners, families, kids, and council members. The run begins at the Sheriff’s Station and goes through various streets long the city.

Anyone interested can register here with prices for the 5 and 10 k races at $35 and $15 for the kids fun run race. The top three that finish in each category will receive a trophy and all finishers get a medal. Proceeds for the city wide event will go to Soroptimist International and the Lakewood Sheriff’s department and it various charitable efforts.

The race starts at 8 am and 9:30 am but the day will also feature music, snacks, various healthy booths and much more. So sign up your family today and start training for this amazing city event.



Lakewood Manor: Come See What Apartment Living Should Be

The Lakewood Manor is what apartment living should be (and more). The complex is conveniently located in the heart of Lakewood and minutes from four major freeways (91, 405, 710 and 605) near the Lakewood Mall and other shopping centers. If you need a fancy restaurants, nightlife, or a local park, everything is within your grasps at the Lakewood Manor.

The apartment complex was built with open courtyards, a focus on greenery and trees in order to create an inviting and homey atmosphere. The community is pet-friendly (so bring your furry little family members) and the units come with walk-in closets, ceiling fans, AC units, garbage disposals, window coverings and tile floors. However, a tour can do much more than a blog ever could. If you are interested in moving to the Lakewood area, we offer 9 to 12 month leases. Call us at (866) 256-2737 to make an appointment for a FREE private tour. We look forward to meeting you!

Fun Things To Do In Lakewood, CA

The city of Lakewood is quintessential post-WWII suburban town located in Los Angeles County, California. Lakewood is known for its beautiful park facilities, quaint local businesses, and its deep roots in community outreach.

The suburban town has everything to offer its visitors. Guests can partake in Lakewood’s longest running community event, The Fiesta. This family-friendly event takes place at the beautiful Mayfair Park. Guests can enjoy free music, eat delicious food from several food trucks and booths, and can purchase hand crafted arts and crafts from over 50 vendors.

Another annual event that guests can attend is the outdoor Summer Concert Series at Del Valle Park. Guests can eat good food, listen to great music, and kick back in their lawn chair. Several musical acts, such as the Beatles tribute band, “Hard Days Night” and the 80’s inspired band, “Knyght Ryder ” has performed at this concert series.

Simply put, Lakewood is the perfect town to visit during the summer and holidays.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Queen Mary

Looking for something awesome to do to cap off the not-so-awesome mess that was 2016? Well then why not jump aboard the legendary Queen Mary and party the night way? Long Beach and the Queen Mary will be hosting an unforgettable NYE celebration on one of the most famous ships around.

The party starts on the 31st at 7pm and will feature a Hollywood themed night with decor inspired by The Godfather, Urban Cowboy, Mambo Kings, Avator and  more. Each ballroom will have a specific theme and decor tied with each movie in order to create multiple NYE experiences in various sections of the ship. If you are looking for a classically themed NYE experience get suited up and hang out in the Godfather room. But if you are looking to get a little wild (and blue) try the Avatar section of the ship.

The night will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks show at midnight and a champagne toast. The event is 21 and over and cost $99 per ticket.  Here is a link to the Queen Mary’s site for more information.

Lakewood Living: Holiday Shopping Tips

What! You haven’t finished Christmas shopping yet? Well, don’t panic (ok, maybe you can panic a little), there’s still a week left to get those last minute gifts. But with online shopping and countless malls in every city, there will be plenty of opportunities to find great deals on presents. Here are a few holiday shopping tips to try.

Dont’ Shop Without a list: the key to holiday shopping is to make a list. Wandering aimlessly through the mall will take up extra time and cause you to waste more money. And to top it off you might end up purchasing gifts you are not happy with, so map everything out in your head before ever stepping foot in a store.  

Use Your Smartphone: download a coupon app or the app from the actual store you’ll be shopping at to find various discounts you wouldn’t get otherwise. You can even shop from an app and then pick up the items in store.

Don’t shop all at once: In a recent study from Yale University researchers found making a purchase triggers a “shopping momentum effect” which is an impulse to buy more items If you’ve ever shopped before, you probably didn’t need a study guide to tell you that. So to save money spread your shopping over two days in order to combat that impulse.

Foodie Heaven: Eat At the Most Popular Spots in Lakewood

Let’s talk about food. We’re already hungry. For those Lakewood restaurants searching for the best and most popular eats in the city, there’s no better person to ask than Lakewood residents themselves. The locals have been raving about two excellent spots according to Yelp reviews, so here is a quick look at two tasty places to eat the next time you go out.

I Luv Sushi

3215 Carson St
Lakewood, CA 90712
Phone number (562) 421-8917

I love sushi, you love sushi, we all love sushi. I Luv Sushi has 1800 4.5 star reviews and is always one of the busier spots in all of Lakewood. Don’t let the crowds throw you off, however, as you can call ahead, place an order to go, or simply make a reservation.

Adobo Taco Grill

5695 Woodruff Ave
Lakewood, CA 90713
Phone number (562) 866-0608

The Adobo Taco Grill has a 4.5 star rating of nearly 1000 reviews, which means they must be doing something right. The guacamole is said to be amazing and the el pastor tacos just melt in your mouth. But the best part is the price. The tacos are as cheap as $1.50.

Adopt a Family This Holiday Season

The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on gratitude and be thankful for all the amazing things that happen over the course of a year. They are also an wonderful time to give back and help the less fortunate. While there are many wonderful organization that need help in the Southern California area, one great program is the DPSS Adopt a family holiday drive.

Every year the DPSS provides Christmas gifts to low income families in need. The program gives toys, clothes and food during the holidays and helps wonderful families across the Southern California area to have a happy and warm Christmas.

If you are interested in helping out, please head over to the DPSS’ website and fill out a form to adopt a family this holiday season. The charity drive is only possible because of the contributions of individuals, groups, and organizations that participate in the Adopt-A-Family Program.

Anthony Leoni

Serve Your Mac & Cheese With a Twist This Thanksgiving

Mac & cheese is a classic Thanksgiving side that sits right next to mash potatoes and stuffing as the go-to food during the holiday. The dish, however, can be a little straightforward and boring at times, so if you are looking to class up your mac & cheese this Thanksgiving, here is a tasty recipe to try.


Kosher salt
12 ounces of gemelli or other twisty shaped pasta
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
Cayenne pepper (pinch)
1 (12-ounce) can of evaporated milk
1/2 cup of milk
3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup of shredded monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley


For this upscale twist on mac & cheese start by cooking the pasta for about eight minutes. Next melt the butter, add the flour, mustard and cayenne into the saucepan and stir to make a paste. Now whisk in the milks and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let simmer and whisk occasionally for six to seven minutes. Once completed, throw in the cheeses and all but 2 tablespoons of the parmesan. Stir until the mixture is melted.

Next mix together the panko, herbs, 1 tablespoon of butter and the remaining parmesan and microwave for one minute. Drain the pasta, and throw in one tablespoon butter, then mix in the cheese sauce. Season the mac & cheese with some salt and sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top.