Posts by: Alicia Eisenbise

 

Since our nation’s beginning 241 years ago, more than 1.1 million sons and daughters have died in wars. Those deaths have touched generations and are why we commemorate a special day for the fallen on Memorial Day. One way to honor the fallen on Memorial Day is to fly the flag at half-staff until noon, and then raise...

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For many people, finding a new home is more than a matter of personal taste and financial considerations – it’s a family affair. Perhaps the your first house hunt was before kids, cats, hamsters and job changes happened. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering potential new homes for your...

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The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence…right? This year, my goal is to make my side of the fence the greenest! Our grass is more crabgrass than actual grass, so I’ve been trying to tackle the problem. The previous two years, the weeds have won. But is the year that we conquer weeds – I can feel...

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We became homeowners of an almost 100 year old Chicago bungalow in Old Irving Park two years ago in December. Yes, we bought during the winter. And yes, it was a great decision. At first I was a little overwhelmed and a little scared about not having a landlord to rely on for repairs, but now I wouldn’t trade it for...

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Don’t stress out about hosting a holiday party. With some organization and a few tricks/tips, you can have a party that everyone can enjoy…even you! Cocktail party or a sit-down dinner? The first thing to think about when planning a party is the format. A sit-down dinner is more formal, but intimate and usually much...

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5 Easy Holiday Appetizers

Posted in Dream Blue by  •  11/15/2016

The holidays often require a ton of cooking and baking, but sometimes simple is better for your sanity and your schedule. But simple doesn’t have to be boring. These simple appetizers will dazzle your friends and family and require little or no cooking. (Plus these have all been tested in my own ‘Alicia’s Test...

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Take our quiz to learn what type of house suits your style the best!

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The words ‘mortgage’ and ‘refinancing’ can be intimidating, but a little knowledge can easy your fears. I know as a first-time homebuyer, the amount of paperwork for the initial mortgage was daunting. Thankfully, refinancing is a bit easier than the original loan and it has the potential of saving you thousands of...

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Make saving fun with this cute and ultra-easy DIY Home Savings Fund Frame. It could also make a great gift for newlyweds who are saving to buy a house (especially if you fill it with money)! Using a top loading shadow/memory box makes this project very simple. And if you use a dry erase marker, then you can easily...

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Earlier this season we shared this amazing video (above) featuring Chicago Cubs switch-hitting second baseman, Ben Zobrist, as he showed Coldwell Banker and MLB his home in Chicago. That was back in August, now the Cubs are entering the playoffs and Chicago can’t wait for Friday, 8:15 pm! Later on in the season,...

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