Easter Egg Hunts in Chicago and North Shore

You may have been hoping to go to the Chicago Botanical Garden’s hunt this year but sadly they are already SOLD OUT! Here are some other fabulously fun options to go to with the kids and grandkids!

Right here in Evanston, IL at Ladd Arboretum, from 10:30am-3:30pm. Must Pre-register. Click the photo for more info.

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The annual Maggie Daley Hunt!

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This is a cool one- Egg hunt in the Chocolate Factory. A real life day of Willy Wonka!

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Lastly, if you are missing the Lincoln Park zoo they do a beautiful Easter event.

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Evanston Market Update February 2016

How does the Evanston Single Family Home market look so far this year? EXCELLENT! Thanks to this wonderful mild Winter we are having January sales for 2016 were up 50% from 2015. Further, the month’s supply of inventory is the lowest for January in the past 3 years which is phenomenal news for sellers. It’s the perfect time to list your home in Evanston!

Here’s a more detailed look:

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Looking for some ideas for New Year’s Resolutions that don’t have to do with dieting? Making some resolutions for your home improve your health, wealth, and lifestyle all in one!

Here are some examples:

Resolution #1 – Reduce Clutter

The most common thing I see when touring homes is clutter. We all have it, even if it’s just the ‘junk drawer’ or the unorganized shoe shelf. Every time you look at it, it can stress you out! Take a day for yourself to go to the Container Store or Hobby Lobby and pick up some great baskets for organizing the closets and shelves. Target also sells some wonderful drawer dividers so you can see your tools and items more easily and make sure that everything has a place.

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Resolution #2 – Spot Checks

It’s easy to put off that furnace service and fireplace cleaning. They’re those not fun expenditures that no one wants to make. But they’re so important to keeping the home functioning well and avoiding more costly problems later on!

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Resolution #3 Re-fresh 1 room

Tackling a whole house remodel can be daunting. Make a budget (even if it’s tiny), do some browsing on sites like Houzz and Pinterest to get some ideas for your room, and go ‘smart shopping.’ Look on Craigslist, at resale shops, or your favorite stores, if you have the budget for it, and give one room a makeover. It will improve the value of your house and give your Winter blues a kick in the pants!

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Holidays in the North Shore part 1

This month I’ll be posting different things to do on the North Shore that are holiday themed.

If you thought the Chicago Botanic Garden was only good to visit in the summer, you thought wrong! This month they feature the Holiday Wonderland Express. A unique holiday train exhibit unlike anything you’ve ever seen! They also have carolers and ice sculptures and many other family fun activities. Click the photo below to see a full schedule.

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