Living with Heart Spring Gala

Join us for the annual Living with Heart Spring Gala, to benefit Mercy House on April 29, 2017 at the Newport Beach Marriot. It will be a wonderful night of dining, dancing, live entertainment and bidding in live and silent auctions.

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Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 2

The decision to remodel your kitchen (or ANY room) is an exciting one, but it is usually made with at least a little hesitancy. There are many unknowns when first beginning your project – you have to determine an appropriate budget, find the right contractor, plan for the disruptions, and more. Many homeowners feel justifiably overwhelmed by the prospects of a remodeling project and aren't sure where to turn to get answers to their questions. To help you with this process, we have complied a series of blog posts, this one is titled Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 2.

Establish Priorities – Needs, Wants, Desires

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To help you plan your budget, you need to develop a list of "Needs", "Wants", and "Desires". This helps you prioritize the styles and functional elements you want to see in your new kitchen and ultimately stay within your budget. To create this list, we recommend the following steps:

  • Make a list of everything you don't like about your current kitchen. Once you think you have a pretty good list of "dislikes" – you can always add more later – take a few minutes to number this list with one being the most important change you need to make.
  • Go through all of the design ideas you have gathered and make a second, separate list of every design and functional element you want to see in your new kitchen. Be sure to leave room for new ideas that come up as you're shopping. Draw three columns to the right of your list labeled "Need", "Want" and "Desire"
  • With your list of dislikes close by, begin going through your list of new features. For each one, if it clearly addresses one of the things you dislike about your current kitchen, put a check in the "Need" column If it does not, put a check in the "Want" column for something that adds value, or a check in the "Desire" column if it is simply an "oh wow" item, like docorative molding or chocolate glaze. This is one of the most important steps, and the challenge here is to remain honest with yourself.
  • Prioritize all of the items in each of "Needs", "Wants", and "Desires" columns, beginning with number one as the most important. Compare the item to what it "fixes" from your first list to help determine how important it might be. You might need to repeat this step a couple of times to make sure you are happy with the order.
  • Rewrite the entire list, in the order you have just selected. This last step may seem trivial, but it gives you a final opportunity to make changes and adds a little peace of mind that you were thorough.
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Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 1

The decision to remodel your kitchen (or ANY room) is an exciting one, but it is usually made with at least a little hesitancy. There are many unknowns when first beginning your project – you have to determine an appropriate budget, find the right contractor, plan for the disruptions, and more. Many homeowners feel justifiably overwhelmed by the prospects of a remodeling project and aren't sure where to turn to get answers to their questions. To help you with this process, we have complied a series of blog posts, this one is titled Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 1. 


Although this may seem like the easiest part of the project, it is unfortunately the one that most often gets the least attention. Design ideas come from a number of valuable resources such as TV shows, websites, blogs, social media, showrooms, and magazine articles. These ideas are very personal and reflect individual style and taste as well as needs and wants. Much like a snowflake, no two kitchen projects will ever have exactly the same requirements or identical layouts.

You will need to create a folder for your design ideas. This folder should contain:

  • Magazine clippings, photos from the internet, pictures and advertisements that show styles and functional elements that you like.
  • Pictures of your existing space and the rooms that lead into it.
  • Pictures of other areas of your home that are representative of your style and taste.
  • Accurate measurements of the space you need to remodel.

Our next blog post will discuss your kitchen "wants, needs, and desires".

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Alix Flamm Designs

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Alix Flamm Designs


With my knowledge and experience working as an Interior Designer…I collaborate with you, incorporating your ideas and lifestyle to create spaces that reflect who you are.  Whatever your project goal, I’ll add that extra flair that takes the design to the next level. I have worked years developing relationships with well respected, licensed and bonded architects, contractors, trades people, and vendors to give you the peace of mind that your project is going to be completed at the highest level.

Once we work together on an idea or design inspiration my approach is to focus on the details.  I have worked in all different styles and budgets.  I am very knowledgeable on the current trends and know the best resources to find your furniture and finishes, etc.  I can communicate directly with your contractor and oversee your project to make sure your materials and design are being properly implemented. 

Throughout my life, I’ve had a passion for Art & Design which is in my DNA. My father is an artist and designer, and credited with designing the first inflatable chair in the late 60s. The Metropolitan Museum in New York has his chair on display. Growing up I spent time drawing with my dad in his studio. Also, my mother loves to sew clothes and home decor, and decorated her own home.  She would take me to fabric and furniture stores. These were the early influences that helped me pursue a career in Interior Design.

I earned a B.A. from UCLA, and an Interior Design Degree from Interior Designer’s Institute in Newport Beach, an accredited and well respected college of design.  I am a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and currently serve as a Chairperson for Programs and Continued Education.

Phone: (949) 254-3772

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Anderson’s Floors, Kitchens & Baths

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Mark Anderson – Anderson's Floors, Kitchens & Baths

Anderson’s Floors, Kitchens, & Baths is a family owned business with Mark Anderson, a former CPA, as the owner and President. The business began in 1988 in Fountain Valley as Tile & Carpet Unlimited. The business was moved to Laguna Niguel 2005 and the name changed to Anderson’s Floors, Kitchens, & Baths to reflect the fact we do full kitchen and bathroom remodels in addition to flooring. Mark Anderson has strived to create a professional organization that focuses on high service and quality products and installation.

Anderson’s Floors, Kitchens, and Baths is fully licensed (Ca license #829337). As a fully licensed & insured remodeling company (General Liability and Workers Comp), we are reliable, trustworthy and reputable. We offer full service kitchen, bath, countertops, showers, flooring (carpet, wood, laminate, tile, and stone) providing many material and installation options. For kitchen and bathroom, we offer cabinets that range from fully customized to budget models. We also do refinishing or re-facing options. Office, entertainment centers and closets can also be designed to your needs. We have state of the art CAD programs that bring your project to life in full living color. You Dream It. We Build It.

We offer convenient one-stop design & construction with a showroom that makes your remodeling dreams come true with piece of mind and confidence.

What We Do:

  • Whole House Remodeling
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Cabinetry
  • Flooring
  • Countertops
  • Painting

Whole House Remodeling:

Remodeling an entire house or adding an addition requires a strong vision of what the end product will become. Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Bath's years of experience will allow us to fulfill your dream. You dream, we will build it.

In addition to enhancing your lifestyle, whole house remodeling is a great investment for the market value of your home



Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Baths makes kitchen remodeling easy from start to finish. Our designers will lead you through the process and will fit your style and budget needs.

Our portfolios of previous projects are in Classic, traditional and contemporary styles and we will match the cabinet style and color to the countertop and backsplash as well as the flooring.

Bathroom Remodeling:

Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Baths makes bathroom remodeling easy from start to finish. Our designers will lead you through the process and will fit your style and budget needs.

Bathrooms, especially Master bathrooms have become an area of the house for comfort and a retreat. Good for the mind, body, and soul.


Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Baths will customize our cabinets to your desires and needs. Projects will be designed on a state of the art CAD program that brings your project to life. Cabinets can be designed for the kitchen, bathrooms, entertainment centers, closets, and offices. Our cabinets are factory direct from major cabinet American manufacturers like Ultracraft, Midcontinent, and Showplace. In addition to new cabinets, we also provide refinishing (sand off old stain and put new stain or paint) and re-facing (replace doors and drawers but keep existing cabinets).


Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Baths provide and install a wide variety of Flooring. We have all styles of carpeting factory direct to you from the major manufactures like Mohawk Industries, Shaw , Camelot, and Royalty. We have a wide variety of stone or ceramic and porcelain tiles from various sources including Dal Tile, Mohawk, American Orleans, Royalty, and Bedrosions. Our wood and laminate offering is extensive including brands like Anderson's, Lauzon, Armstrong, BR-111, Max Windsor, Elegance, Mohawk, Bel Air, Summit, All American, Virginia Vintage, Provenza, Pacific Treasures, and California Classics.

We also provide and install Vinyl from Reward, Congoleum, and Armstrong.


Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Baths fabricates and installs both natural stones such as granite, marble, limestone, and travertine as well as Quartz factory direct from Cambria, Ceaserstone, Silestone, Dal One, and MSI.


Anderson's Floors, Kitchens, and Baths will paint interiors or exteriors using the best paints in the industry, Dun Edwards or your choice.



Phone: 949.495.9511

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Rob Sheets – Your Electrician

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Rob Sheets – Your Electrician










Rob began his electrical journey as an electrician in the Navy's nuclear power program. He attended electrical "A" school and Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina before joining the USS Jefferson City home ported out of San Diego, CA.

After serving 6 years in the Navy, Rob moved on to gather industrial experience in power plants, as well as the mining, oil, and natural gas industries. During this time he not only honed his technical electrical expertise, but he also became a certified fire fighter, first responder, rope and confined space rescue team member, hazmat technician, and served on various safety committees for several companies.

Along the way, Rob trained and studied in residential and commercial electrical practicum, obtaining his California journeyman's license and then his electrical contractor's license. He founded Your Electrician in 2012, choosing the name that paid homage to some sailor jokes going back to many long days on deployment onboard the USS Jefferson City.

Residential Services

Some of the many residential services "Your Electrician" provides:

  • Panel Clean and Inspections
  • Panel Repair and Troubleshooting
  • Recessed and Surface Mount Lighting
  • Outlets / Receptacles
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Outdoor Lightingshooting                  Panel Upgrades/ Repairs
  • Home automation
  • Generator / Solar Power Integration
  • Dedicated Circuits
  • Spa Circuits
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station Circuits
  • Thermal Imaging / IR Inspection Programs

Commercial Services

We specialize in many fields and understand your time is valuable. We get the job done fast and spend minimal time in the workplace to ensure your place of business gets back on track with all its electrical needs. Some of the many commercial services "Your Electrician" provides:

  • Thermal Imaging / IR Inspection Programs
  • Hi-Bay Lighting
  • Office Lighting
  • Circuit Relocation
  • Outlets / Receptacles
  • Troubleshooting
  • Panel Upgrade / Repair
  • Dedicated Circuits
  • Ballast & Lamp Replacement
  • Spotlights
  • Recessed Lights

Industrial  Services
In addition to custom tailored thermal imaging / IR inspection programs, we also offer a Safety, Work Controls, and Lock Out / Tag Out consultation service for our industrial and production customers! We have the experience and knowledge to get your Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) reduced! Some of the many industrial services "Your Electrician" provides:

  • Thermal Imaging / IR Inspection Programs
  • Custom Lock Out / Tag Out Program Development
  • Lock Out / Tag Out Audits
  • Troubleshooting
  • Lighting
  • Surge Suppression
  • Project Consultation
  • Repair
  • Equipment Relocation 


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5 Home Repairs You Should Never Do Yourself

Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you should. Face it, some jobs call for a professional, especially jobs that may cause injury, void warrantees, and/or compromise insurance claims – and some are just outright illegal. Here are a 5 home repairs you should never do yourself, call a professional and avoid risk and a ton of headaches!

1. Plumbing 

It’s a fact; if there's a way out, water will find it. Even the smallest leak can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage if it's not caught in time. Yes, a capable do-it-yourselfer can manage minor repairs like changing a shower head or replacing a faucet. Where you can get into trouble, though, is if you try to modify your plumbing system — extending hot water lines or re-routing your sewer pipes. Working with hot water means copper pipes, which will require a blow torch. So, unless you have some serious welding experience, it's best to leave the torch jobs to a professional. While this isn't as dangerous as electric work, plumbing problems can get out of hand fast and lead to a costly (and wet) future.

2. Roofing 

Roof repair isn't recommended for a do-it-yourselfer for one (pretty obvious) reason — it's easy to fall off! Yes, repairing a roof shingle or two sounds simple enough, but it's getting up and down and carrying your tools with you that pose the risk of injury or death. Think it through…t's tiring work, and when you're tired, you're more prone to make a mistake. Just a quick slip is all it takes to send you over the edge of a second-story roof.

Of course, if you live in a one-story home and your slope is less than 20 degrees, you can probably get away with gutter work and minor shingle repair. You may even be low enough to do it from the ladder. But even these minor repairs can still be dangerous, so never attempt any of them when you're home alone. Have a spotter in place to hold the ladder and be there in case of an accident. Always consider the danger involved. Most roofing work requires experience to get it right. If you bite off more than you can chew, the consequences could be more then a leaky roof and expensive water damage.

3. Electrical 

Simple chores like swapping out a light fixture or changing a socket cover are both safe for most homeowners. Beyond that, however, you really should hire a pro. Although it seems easy enough…you just turn off the breaker at the fuse panel and change out the items, right? WRONG. You’ve got to be careful because any miscalculation could burn down a house, and almost any amount of electrical current can kill you.

Another thing to consider is that most municipalities require you to hire a licensed electrician for anything involving rewiring or working with high-voltage lines. A pre-requisite for almost all complex electrical projects involves the city coming out to cut off your power, and they usually won’t turn it back on until you can prove a pro did the work.

4. Wall Removal

So you are hoping to transform your layout to an open floor plan; or maybe just looking for a little more room and removing a wall is the first thing on your to-do list. Picking up a sledgehammer and going to town on some drywall may seem like an easy enough project (it might even be fun!), after all, we see it on those home renovation shows all the time. Think again…what you don’t see on TV is that the experts have to carefully examine the home’s construction. Some cities even require permits if the wall in question is structural and if you don't call in a specialist for a consultation beforehand, you could be doing major damage to the integrity of your house. It is always advised to get professional advice first. It’s a good idea too to have pros on hand when you frame your new wall, since sloppy framing can look bad. 


5. Garage Door Repairs

Over time, garage door springs lose their tension and need to be replaced, but the first and final steps require releasing and returning the tension to the spring. Although there may be a YouTube video on how to do this, that does NOT make it safe. One wrong move and that spring could go hurtling toward your body, resulting in serious, even fatal injury. Even most seasoned handymen would not attempt this project, so to avoid a potentially hazardous accident, call a garage door installation specialist.


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16 Ways to Maximize Your BTN Membership

16 Strategies you can start using right now! (or just pick and choose a couple to start with…it’s okay – all this can be overwhelming.)

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1.     Everything starts with a goal, so set a few and figure out how to meet them.

Just like anything else in business, if you don’t clearly understand where you’re going or why you doing something, it is bound to fail.  Every time you go to a networking event, meeting, social, etc. you should have a clear goal in mind.

Examples of some great networking goals:

–       “I want to meet three people who share similar clients with me”

–       “I want to give 2 referrals this month.”

–       “I want to introduce 3 members of my chapter to other business owners I think they may benefit from knowing.”

–       “I want to set a coffee break with at least 2 people within the next 3 weeks.”

 *Notice, most of these goals are in reference of how you can connect others, rather than simply wanting something directly for yourself.

Just like any other goals, your networking goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely).

 2.     Become the “Hub”

This should be everyone’s #1 goal.  The more people call you for referrals, the more business you will get.  If you become the go-to for information (the new 411 if you will), ultimately you will remain connected with more people, and that will lead to more business.

 3.     What can you do for others?

Networking is not about you.  It’s about what you can do for everyone else in the room.  Just like any relationship, if you do not care about the people in the room as much as you care about yourself, then you are a doomed networker.  Those networkers who earn the most referrals in the long term, are those who help the most people in the short term.  On average, expects that you will need to give at least 5 referrals for every referral you receive.  People respond and want to help those they see helping others.

 In addition, you can stand out by being extra helpful, not just by giving referrals.  Helping people by email out your notes from a workshop, or reminding them about an upcoming event, will help keep you in their thoughts, and because you did something noce, they will want to do something nice in return.

 4.     Community Service Activities

If you are not already, become involved in BTN’s community service activities.  Not only will you feel good because you helped someone else, but your fellow BTN members will take notice.  Those people most involved in our community service efforts, enjoy the most referrals.  It’s a great way for members to get to know each other both personally and professionally.  It’s also, albeit less importantly, a potential great marketing story for your business.  And of course, let’s not forget, community service is a mandatory component of your BTN membership.

Furnishing Hope San Diego Installation, Thank You Ken Sisneros (Altrumedia), Tom Schulze (Listwell Realty), and Jeff Hart (Creative Tile Designs) for your tireless efforts on behalf of our Wounded Warriors!

Furnishing Hope San Diego Installation, Thank You Ken Sisneros (Altrumedia), Tom Schulze (Listwell Realty), and Jeff Hart (Creative Tile Designs) for your tireless efforts on behalf of our Wounded Warriors!

 5.     It’s not what you said, but how you said it.

Be careful about your tone of voice when talking to others in a group setting, and be very aware of your body language.  People who attend networking events are there to meet people, so if you appear unfriendly, or in a bad mood, you will not receive the benefits of being in the group.

Also, make sure you pay attention to the tone of voice others are using.  It’s amazing how little miscommunications (especially at 7AM) can damage what was otherwise a great working relationship.

Prior to walking in the door, or getting out of your car, you need to put on your networking “game face.”  If you had a tough morning or a bad day, forget about it for the time of the meeting, put on a big smile, and walk into the meeting as though there is no place you would rather be.  There may be tons of places you would rather be, but the people at your meeting don’t need to know that.  Make them feel special and act like you’re happy to be there.  You are expecting them, after all, to help improve your business.

 6.     Clearly define your expectations of others, and be aware that they have expectations of you.

Define exactly what it is you want and need from the members of your BTN chapter, and then share it with them.  Most people want to meet your expectations, but can’t if they don’t know what they are.  In addition, be aware that others have expectations of you, so ask them their expectations in return.  From there you should be able to create a solid understanding and working relationship.

 7.     Show up – people can’t refer you if you’re not in the room.

If you are absent two or more weeks in a row, count on the number of referrals you receive to plummet.  If you’re not in the room every week (except in cases of emergency or planned vacation), people will literally forget about you, or worse, become irritated that you are not showing the same level of commitment to the group as them, and therefore they will stop giving your referrals.  Once you lose this trust, it is very difficult to gain it back.  In other words, don’t be absent.  Make your meeting part of your weekly routine and you will benefit.

 8.     Don’t make excuses; everybody is busy!

Whenever I talk to networkers about things that bother them about networking, the number one irritation they have is when people tell them they can’t come to a meeting because they’re too busy.  I usually hear something along the lines of, “You know, I’m not saying they’re not busy, but I also am basically a 1-man band and I still manage to come to the meetings.”

If you have to miss a meeting for reasons other than an emergency, make sure you have a substitute on-hand that can go in your place. 

 The point of belonging to a networking group is to get referrals and increase business.  This necessarily means that as your business grows, you will get busier.  Missing meetings and neglecting those that helped get you the extra business will only end up hurting you, and momentum you were building, in the long run.

Our BTN 2013 CANstruction OC Team!!

Our BTN 2013 CANstruction OC Team!!

 9.     Find your power team.

Who are the people/types of businesses that you work with most regularly?  Find them and have regular coffee breaks.  By doing so, you will be in a better position to give, and get, referrals.

 10.   Get advice regularly.

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice.  If you are not getting everything you want out of your membership, then meet with your Membership Foreman, Training Foreman, or another member and ask how they think you can improve the results you are getting from your BTN membership.

 11.   Wear your nametag.

There will always be new people attending your chapter meetings.  Make it easy on them and wear your nametag.  It makes it easier for new people to come into a room of strangers, and it makes it easier for them to remember your name and business name later.

 12.   Ask for a specific referral.  Then ask for it again, and again, and again.

First, be very specific about the referrals you want.  The more specific you can be, the more likely you are to receive a meaningful connection.  Second, don’t expect to ask for something once and have it magically appear as a referral slip in front of you.  You have to ask for the same thing multiple times before people will be able to provide it to you.  It is, after all, 7AM and sometimes even multiple cups of coffee are enough for our brains to be fully functioning, especially when there is constant amounts of information coming at us the entire meeting.

 13.   Have coffee (or iced tea if you’re like you know who…)

 14.   Invite…everybody. 

Bring as many visitors as you can to your chapter meetings.  Whether it is other business owners, your best clients, your friends, or other business associates, a visitor is a referral for the chapter.

 Visitors can do 2 amazing things: (1) buy from your members, and (2) become a member.  If they don’t do either of those things (then they’re dumb…duh…just kidding), visitors bring new energy to the room, and this is always a good thing.

 15.   Make sure your profile is completely filled out on BTN’s website, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Your online presence is as important as your in-person presence.  Many of our members get calls from people who found them on the BTN website.  If your profile is not complete, then you are unable to compete against the other members in your category whose profiles are complete.  Also, if you do not have a website (I will talk to you later about that missy!), then your BTN profile is the next best thing to give your business credibility on the web.

 16.   Come to your chapter meetings prepared.

Make sure you show up smiling, with plenty of business cards, your nametag, and your commercial already written.  If you give a commercial from the top of your head, you will not get the kind of referrals you actually want.  Remember, you commercial should include:

    1. Your name, business name, and a 1 sentence summary of what you do
    2. Ask for a very specific referral
    3. End with a memory hook or tagline
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Newport Beach Visitor’s Day

We had a great time this morning at our Newport Beach BTN Chapter! With more than 25 visitors and BTN members, the room was bustling with positive energy (and donuts!). Thank you to the members of NB for all of their efforts to put this wonderful meeting together!

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New BTN Resource Center – Warehouse – Storage – Office – Fleet Parking!


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