Home Improvement


I had to take an “emergency” trip to Phoenix to handle some unexpected repairs at my house, and it turned into a 3-day marathon of home improvements. We’re talking new carpets, painting all the walls and garage door, as well as fixing, replacing and DEEP cleaning of the entire house…among other things!

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Thank goodness my friends Reina, Christy and Angie were around to lend their helping hands and keep me sane. Reina even created task lists and kept me focused! 



Reina and I also made several Home Depot runs and discovered “Stardust Building Supplies” in Mesa, where you can find things like replacement toilet tank covers (yes, I needed to replace a damaged one)!

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I’m so amazed at what we accomplished in just a few days…I guess I should’ve filmed it and turned it into an episode of Extreme Home Makeover or something for HGTV! lol

The Clevelander

10th and Ocean in SOBE will be rockin’ again! The Clevelander is opening this week and of course I got the FIRST TV tour!! They’ve added a bar on the ground floor by the pool, then a four-story entertainment complex with a 24-hours sports bar, indoor nightclub, and two levels of ocean front rooms and suites! Then there’s 2 rooftop decks and on C-Level there’s this waterfall thing you can sit under to cool off…love it!!



I recently made my first trip to Costa Rica! I visted an out of this world Hot Springs and Mineral Spa called Tabacon near La Fortuna town at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano. The rainforest was so lush and amazing, absolutely breathtaking and the hot springs were unbelievable…the water and springs supposedly have healing powers…so I stayed in there all day! lol

Travel Style

Since I’m such a “jet-setter,” it was only appropriate for me to do a segment on travel. I love luggage with 360 wheels, and I never buy bags in black, so I can easily spot my stuff. SHUBI was brought to my attention by a friend in NYC, and are super cute…you can find them at http://shubilove.com. If you want to shop, shubi’s are 15% off (til the end of January 2009) with promo code: DECODRIVE …and shout out to “Michael Antonio Footwear” for providing the fashionable kicks for the Shubi spot! The travel jewels are from Susan Hanover Designs…I actually found them, reading the SPIRIT Magazine on a Southwest flight! She also makes special bracelets as part of JOIN RED, to help fight AIDS in Africa!