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I’m very excited to announce that the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation has teamed up once again with Special Spaces Northern Illinois Chapter to create a bedroom makeover for Kyleigh, a 4-year-old Arlington Heights girl who lives with chromosomal abnormalities. Because of her condition, Kyleigh suffers from...

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If you’re a beer fan, give props to the monks from the Middle Ages, who became the predominant brewers of their time when nearly every monastery was equipped with a brewery. Their love of all things malty led them to the innovation of lagering – or cold storing – to enhance the beverage’s flavor and secure...

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Outdoor living is as important as indoor space, especially in the summertime. Everything in your backyard — whether it’s a fire pit, dining area and bar, or theater — should be part of a well-planned, integrated design. Here are a few outdoor accessories that will turn your backyard into another room of your...

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3 Ways to Celebrate Food in July

Posted in Dream Blue by  •  07/07/2017

If you need an excuse to get outside and indulge in tasty summer food and treats, July is the official month to celebrate picnics, grilling and ice cream. With warm, sunny weather across the country, it’s no surprise July garnered the titles of National Picnic Month, National Grilling Month and National Ice Cream...

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You can give your air conditioner a well-deserved break and lower your energy bills by considering other ways to keep the heat of summer from sweating your brow. The U.S. Department of Energy says alternatives such as energy-efficient windows and doors, shading and natural ventilation can help cool your home with less...

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July’s hot summer weather can be brutal. When the thermometer inches up, pay attention to your garden plants with proper watering. There’s a method to the madness of July watering that doesn’t involve drenching plants and soil. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says as much as 50 percent of the water you...

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Last year, the top 20 amusement parks in the United States and Canada attracted 148 million thrill seekers, according to the global attractions attendance report. Because July is traditionally a very busy month, it’s a good bet attractions in the Chicagoland and Milwaukee area such as Six Flags Great America, Navy...

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Backyard Summer Game Ideas

Posted in Dream Blue by  •  06/23/2017

Take advantage of the extra daylight and cooler evening weather while you can and play some backyard games with family and friends! Or, if taking it easy is your goal, venture outside to relax and enjoy the fresh evening air. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling. Bocce Ball. Also known as lawn bowling, this...

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6 Pool Safety Tips

Posted in Dream Blue by  •  06/23/2017

Put on the goggles and enjoy the health and recreational benefits of swimming in your pool. The history of swimming goes back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who built artificial pools for athletic training, nautical games and military exercises. There’s no better way to enjoy a beautiful summer day than by...

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Flag Day this week marked 240 years of Old Glory. Since the flag’s adoption by Congress on June 14, 1777, its design has been modified 27 times, with President Eisenhower ordering the current 50-star version of our flag in 1959. Symbolizing independence and solidarity, the Stars and Stripes are a powerful reminder...

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