A Love of Cast Iron

Ruggedly handsome!  Strong! It may sound odd for an individual to describe an item of cookware in such loving terms; however, I am not alone. Generations of families have considered the cast-iron pan, kettle, or skillet a staple of their households.  Versatility allows it to go beyond the range top and oven into a campfire […]

Accent Prone – Home (and Gifts) for the Holidays!

The holidays are quickly approaching, which means you’re probably starting to put together your holiday gift list.  When you start to think of the things you need to buy, you probably also start thinking of the places that you can get the great gifts you need for your family and friends.  If you are looking […]

Budget Bzzz: The Right Time to Tip

Do you ever find yourself in situations where you aren’t sure how much you should tip or whether you should tip at all (for example, a barista)? For me, this is a common dilemma, especially when trying to stick to a budget. Tipping is a key element in setting up your budget. For example, if […]

The Gift of Experience

As people get older, many people no longer want “stuff.” After all, over the years, things accumulate, and it can get pretty overwhelming. It makes things difficult during the holidays when you want to give a gift to someone, but they are adamant that they don’t need (or want) anything. Enter the gift of experience. […]

Why the EGG?

Brown eggs.  White eggs. Even pink, blue, green, and speckled eggs.  The coloring of an eggshell does not indicate the quality or nutritional value; however, it does determine the breed of the hen, as well as her diet.  A happy hen who feasts on grass and bugs, grain and vegetables, and has access to fresh […]

Dear June: Style, The Latest in Décor & Design

This year has been an exciting year for us.  We just heard that we won the WSJ Reader’s Choice Award. This is an honorable award, and we are so appreciative of our clients for voting for us.  The second award was the Fall Parade of Homes Platinum Award. This award takes a lot of hard work […]

Midtown Cafe & Dessertery: 30 Years, Still Fresh and New!

For over 30 years, Midtown Cafe & Dessertery has been a community favorite for get-togethers with friends, dinner with the kids, business meetings, and more!  After all, when you serve breakfast all day long, have a great lunch and dinner menu, a case full of scratch-made cakes and delectable sweets – it’s pretty much a […]

Constructing Dreams: Security and Home Monitoring Systems

Whether you plan to build or buy a home, remodel a room or seek ideas to expand your “green” footprint, we are all in the beginning stages of constructing our dreams. Each month, this column will invite you to look beyond the usual ideas and consider alternative cost-effective and eco-friendly options. With so many topics to […]

Keeping It Real: The Lies Of Loneliness

One in five people surveyed admit they are lonely – really lonely. It surprises me, yet it doesn’t. We are more linked to each other than at any time since the beginning of time. No matter the geographical divide or passing of time, we can engage relationships from every era of our journey. Previous coworkers…folks […]

Kwanzaa – A Cultural Holiday

KWANZAA It’s commonly known that Kwanzaa is a pan-African celebration that is also celebrated by many African-Americans who don’t celebrate Christmas. There is a lot to take in about this spiritually-led celebration. Let’s start with the fact that this is a relatively young holiday in comparison to many traditional ones. It was established in 1966 […]

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