NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton

7 Ideas To Safely Celebrate Halloween This Year

Halloween hasn’t ghosted us just yet. Halloween may not revolve around the traditional celebrations like big costume parties or trick or treating. If we have learned anything during this pandemic it is how to be resourceful and creative in finding new ways to make things fun. Halloween is no different. Go overboard on decorations even if you can’t have a party. Buy candy and put on a scary movie. Regardless of how you spend Halloween this year, it is sure to be one to remember. I have put together 10 ideas to make Halloween fun, safe and social distanced. This is the year we have the opportunity to really test out our creative skills

Costume Fashion Show
Just because there aren’t Halloween parties this year doesn’t mean you can’t dress up! Use it as an excuse to bust out some old costumes too, for a full fashion show! Take photos or videos for your kids to re-watch and share.

Neighborhood Decoration Contest
Get all your neighbors to decorate their front yard for Halloween and have a contest. Winner gets an e-gift card at their favorite restaurant or a Costco-sized bag of candy.

Scary Movies
Whether you like silly or scary, there are tons of Halloween movies! How about watching one a night leading up to October 31? This is an easy way to make the whole week feel special!

Reverse Trick-o-Treating
This idea requires a bit of coordination by neighbors, but you could have kids set up at the end of their driveways and have adults or older teens drive around and throw candy like it’s a parade!

Party with your bubble
If you have been quarantining in a “bubble” or with a small group of other families that you trust, consider having a small party with them. Have each family bring lots of candy! Since it’s a small group you can definitely splash for the king sized candy bars! Put together some frightfully fun games like bobbing for apples or create your own murder mystery game. Another fun thing is to bring blindfolded participants to a Scary buffet of bowls that feel they are filled with eyeballs (peeled grapes), gummy bear worms, Jello and other objects that have odd textures.  Have paper towels to wipe their hands after their eerie experience and the reveal.

Throw a Virtual Halloween Party On Zoom
Let Snapology help save Halloween with scary fun virtual programs designed for kids of all ages. One of Snapology’s awesome party hosts will keep the activities and fun going during the hour-long program so you and the other parents can sit back and relax. Themed programs like Monster Mania and Virtual Escape Rooms will bring children together from a distance and help make this Halloween better than ever. Decorate the area around your computer to make for a ghoulishly fun Halloween background or choose from images on Google to save and add into your Zoom call.

Crafts At Home
Crafts are a great way to get festive. You can do these crafts on Halloween, or better yet, start them earlier in the month so they can double as decor inside your home!

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3 Bed 3 Bath Condo in Los Angeles Just Sold For $620,000

First day of October and I was able to help my clients close Escrow on this beautiful, extra-large, rare ground floor 3 bed, 3 bath condo at 3961 Marisol, unit 1 in Los Angeles. This property came with an amazing backyard size patio and sold for $620,000.

If you are looking for a new home or an investment property, please call me at 626-500-5504 and I will be happy to help.



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10 Ways To Stay Healthy This Fall


Where has summer gone? It seems like just yesterday we were starting to feel the warmth of the summer sun. And with the pandemic and everything else going on in the world we were forced to miss out on doing many of our favorite activities including travel. As hints of the fall season begin to surface, we need to do what we can to ward off the possibilities of getting sick. Homeschooling kids and working are remotely are a good start. Here is a list of 10 ways to stay healthy this fall.

1. Wear a face mask

Not everyone agrees with wearing a mask but it is the most obvious way to stay healthy this fall. Multiple experts have come forward saying that masks are the most effective way to slow the pandemic, protect yourself, and protect others. Wearing a face mask is not exactly comfortable but it’s easiest and most effective way to keep yourself healthy

2. Exercise

It will be a challenge  to stay active in the fall once the weather cools down, but it could be of great benefit to you. Yoga, running are just a few great ways to boost your body’s immune system. 

3. Get lots of sleep

The fall is when school starts back up for most and it can be hard to keep a sleep schedule going when you have to fulfill school work and perhaps a job, even if it’s remote.

4. Supplements

Supplements are a great way to boost your immunity slightly or remedy any deficiencies in your diet. While supplements are definitely not the answer to making your immune system more powerful, they do have benefits. Vitamins, A, C, D and trace minerals such as zinc have also shown favorable immune-modulatory effects in viral respiratory infections. 

5. Eat right

If you are concerned about getting the right amount of vitamins and nutrients, your diet is the best place to start. Food can often provide much higher quality vitamins than daily supplements. Eating a balanced diet is the best way to keep your body in tip-top shape. Yes, you can still enjoy a pumpkin spice latte.

6. Mental health

Mental health is equally as important as physical health. The same way to look after your physical health and avoid dangerous situations, you need to protect your psyche. Make sure you are taking the steps to practice self-care. This can be anything that brings you peace. Prayer and meditation are particularly great ways to put your mind at ease. This is a stressful time where life is more uncertain than it has ever been for most of us. Preserving your mental health is key to preserving overall health.

7. Social distancing

Another cornerstone in protecting yourself from COVID-19, social distancing is key to protect yourself from people who may be carrying the virus or preventing you from infecting others if you are an asymptomatic carrier. It’s not easy to be so distant from our fellow humans as people are biologically wired to be social creatures. But right now, it’s imperative we continue to practice social distancing to stay healthy. Lucky for us, we live in a time where we can stay virtually connected through the internet, so you are still more than able to maintain social contact. 

8. Disinfect your environment frequently

Disinfecting your living space is imperative to making sure that the surfaces you touch are free of contaminants. WebMD reports that COVID-19 can survive 5 days on metal and 4 days on wood, two very common surfaces in a living space. Using disinfectant wipes, like Clorox, can ensure that these surfaces are as clean as possible. Another surface that MUST be disinfected frequently is your cell phone. Your phone touches surfaces all day, then you pick it up with your hands, and then you put it to your face. This creates a huge risk of picking up a virus, whether it be the flu or COVID-19. Getting in the habit of frequently disinfecting is imperative as the threat of flu and COVID-19 will increase rapidly in the fall.

9. Wash your hands

Just like you disinfect surfaces, you must “disinfect” your hands. Luckily, COVID-19 can be killed with regular hand soap, even if it’s not anti-bacterial. To stay healthy this fall, you need to continue to be serious about washing your hands frequently throughout the day. We all touch our faces throughout the day and if your hands are carrying a virus, once you touch your face, the risk of being infected becomes heightened. Washing your hands will ensure your hands are clean and free of all contaminants.

10. Hydrate

Your body needs water and too often, we choose to go for a soda, a coffee, or tea. Nothing is better for your body than water, and keeping your body hydrated is key to staying healthy this fall. 

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Just Sold! Dream Vacation Cabin In Big Bear!

It’s official! We closed escrow on this dreamy vacation/investment cabin on Country Club Blvd in the beautiful city of Big Bear, California. The current low mortgage rates made it possible for my clients to find and purchase the vacation home they always wanted. This 2 bed, 2 bath cabin sold for $230,000 and the buyers received the keys on Sunday. It was such a wonderful experience to help this couple through the homebuying process and I hope they enjoy creating new memories for years to come.

If you are thinking about selling your home, purchasing or renting a new one, or looking for a vacation home. I am available for all of your real estate questions, concerns, needs and information about the current market trends, Please do not hesitate to reach out to me by phone at (626) 500-5504 or via email here. I will be happy to set up a Zoom call or schedule a virtual tour of your dream home.



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