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BargainView – Fall Transformation

BargainView – Fall Transformation

BargainView By Monica Barber Fall Transformation Fall is an interesting time of year in the Central Valley, because it’s when a transition takes place. The streets are a little emptier with the children back in school, and the foliage begins to change as Ms. M finds herself exiting the Transformations Salon on McHenry, she’s welcoming […]

By September 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Bargain View- August Cool

Bargain View- August Cool

BargainView By Monica Barber August Cool As Ms. M is shading herself beneath a lovely Oak in one our area’s finest parks she realizes it is already August. The weather is hotter than usual this year and that means only one thing… Get cool! How do you get cooler in a town that’s already such […]

By August 3, 2015 Read More →
BargainView – July Around Town

BargainView – July Around Town

BargainView By Monica Barber July Around Town Oh my lovelies, it’s been way too hot! Are you melting? Although the temperatures are rising, Ms. M has remained a social butterfly and has been making my way around the Modesto area to find new things for you to do. It’s always amazing and appreciated when a […]

By July 1, 2015 Read More →
BargainView- Oldies & Nostalgia

BargainView- Oldies & Nostalgia

BargainView By Monica Barber Monica Oldies and Nostalgia The afternoon sun is warm on my skin as I sit sipping a Lemon Drop in Fuzio’s patio. Ms. M can’t help but people-watch as the crowd disperses home from a packed matinee at Brendan Theaters in Downtown Modesto. The hint of cool in the air indicates […]

By June 5, 2015 Read More →
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BargainView By Monica Barber May Whirls Again! May is a whirlwind of activity during the Spring season. There are plenty of things to do, but certainly the VIP on your list should be spending time with your Mom. Ms. M happens to love spending time with her mom and she finds there is absolutely nothing […]

By May 6, 2015 Read More →
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BargainView By Monica Barber Let the fools be plenty and the hearts merry, as the Spring cheers on through. It’s an unusually warm afternoon as I’m watching ants marching in the sun and I think about the end of the month stomping into April. Ms. M often wonders if people notice the foolishness of the […]

By April 2, 2015 Read More →
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BargainView By Monica Barber Waiting on the world to change is as much fun as watching paint drying, but on this lovely pre-spring morning I catch my breath. After witnessing the flowers start to open up between the mist and grey this morning, I know my waiting isn’t entirely in vain. Some believe that luck […]

By March 4, 2015 Read More →
BargainView – The Simple Joys

BargainView – The Simple Joys

The Simple Joys By Monica Barber The fog of the day has yet to burn off entirely and there’s a few birds dancing in the trees. The day is fairly grey as Ms. M finds herself writing in Downtown Modesto. A smile crosses my face with the sight of a man and his wife walking […]

By February 10, 2015 Read More →
BargainView – Bright Lights Big 2015

BargainView – Bright Lights Big 2015

BargainView By Monica Barber Bright Lights, Big 2015! It’s a warm winter’s eve and Ms. M has found herself walking through downtown Modesto after gathering with friends to celebrate the new Solstice. Looking up at the stars I wonder what 2015 will bring when lights flash in the sky above me. Fireworks paint the sky […]

By January 1, 2015 Read More →
BargainView – Santa Baby

BargainView – Santa Baby

BargainView By Monica Barber Santa Baby! It’s a time-honored tradition that Ms. M visits her favorite man in red and his best lady: Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus! I simply love to catch up with people and it’s a treat to get a peak at the naughty and nice list. This year I stopped by […]

By December 9, 2014 Read More →
BargainView – Ambiance of Fall

BargainView – Ambiance of Fall

BargainView By Monica Barber There’s a slight chill in the breeze that tickles the bones on this fine afternoon. In fact, Ms. Monica has caught a light sneeze while sitting outside of Concetta’s enjoying a glass of wine. Folding my handkerchief I realize how lovely it is to enjoy the ambiance of fall and a […]

By October 2, 2014 Read More →
Bargain View – September Specials

Bargain View – September Specials

BargainView By Monica Barber It’s nearly 8 pm on a Monday and I’m watching the Sunset from the veranda of the Queen Bean Coffee House. As the glowing orb of orange slides behind the church across the street I’m reminded in a month this will happen an hour earlier without the trick of the changing […]

By September 6, 2014 Read More →
BargainView – Sunday of the Summer

BargainView – Sunday of the Summer

BargainView Words and Photos by Monica Barber “August is like the Sunday of the summer,” she tells me before finishing the thought with a giggle, “And it’s pretty hot too!” I’ve settled in this afternoon in the Stanislaus County Library in Downtown Modesto for the next 30 minutes to write. Miss Aly who about to […]

By August 6, 2014 Read More →
BargainView-Beat the Heat on the Cheap

BargainView-Beat the Heat on the Cheap

BargainView By Monica Barber The heat is on and summer is in full swing! Rising temperatures have everyone occupied looking for anything to do before the dog days arrive. Now the drought may keep the crops from being knee-high by the Fourth of July but it shouldn’t damage your finances. Here’s a few distractions on […]

By July 8, 2014 Read More →
BargainView -May

BargainView -May

BargainView By Monica Barber To Market, to market to buy Mom a gift! May certainly has a lot to offer in the way of things to do, but perhaps the most important of all is spending time with your Mom. There’s nothing worse than running short on cash when you want to treat your favorite […]

By May 5, 2014 Read More →