Month: March 2015

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Easter Bunny Bait

Plainfield Patch 

Are you looking for a fun and kid-friendly Easter activity? Here’s a tasty recipe for bunny bait that kids will both enjoy helping with and eating:


  • 1 bag popped microwave popcorn
  • 11 ounce bag of white chocolate chips
  • 1 bag of Easter M&M’s (any variety)
  • Pretzel sticks (broken into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • Sprinkles
  • Food coloring (optional)
  1. Spread the popcorn and pretzels pieces out on a jelly roll pan or parchment paper
  2. Melt the chocolate chips according to the package directions (You may need to add a small amount of milk to get the chocolate to pouring consistency)
  3. Add food coloring to the melted chocolate if desired
  4. Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn and pretzel pieces. Add sprinkles but don’t stir.
  5. After the chocolate hardens, break the mix into small pieces and then add in the M&M’s and stir together.
  6. Enjoy!
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Real Estate Ad Terms And Lingo

4B/2B: 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

Assum.fin.: assumable financing

Closing costs: The entire package of expenses paid by the buyer and the seller when the real estate deal closes. These costs include the brokerage commission, mortgage-related fees, escrow or attorney’s settlement charges, transfer taxes, recording fees, title insurance, etc. Closing costs are usually paid through escrow.

CMA: Comparative market analysis. A CMA is a report that shows prices of homes that are comparable to a subject home and that were recently sold, are currently on the market or were on the market, but not sold within the listing period.

Contingency: A provision of an agreement that keeps the agreement from being fully legally binding until a certain condition is met.

Dk: deck

Expansion pot’l: Expansion potential means that there is extra space on the lot or the possibility of adding a room or an upper level, subject to local zoning restrictions.

Fab pentrm: Fabulous pentroom, a room on top, but under the roof, that has great views.

FDR: Formal dining room

Fixture: Anything of value that is permanently attached to or a part of real property. Examples include light fixtures, window coverings, landscape, etc.

Frplc, fplc, FP: Fireplace

Gar: Garage

Grmet kit: Gourmet kitchen

HDW, HWF, Hdwd: Hardwood floors

Hi cells: High ceilings

In-law potential: Potential for a separate apartment, subject to local zoning restrictions.

Listing: An agreement between a Real Estate broker and a homeowner that allows the broker to market and arrange for the sale of the owner’s home. Listing is also used to refer to the home for sale itself.

Lo dues: Low homeowner association’s dues.

Lock box: Locked key-holding device placed on a home for sale so real estate professionals can gain access to the home after obtaining permission from the listing agent.

Lsd pkg: Leased parking area; may come with an additional cost.

MLS: Muliple listing service. This is a site which collects, compiles, and distributes information about homes listed for sale by its members, who are real estate brokers. Membership is not open to the general public, although selected MLS data may be sold to real estate sites.

nr bst schls: Near the best schools

pot’l: Potential

pvt: Private

Pwdr rm: Half bathroom or powder room

REALTOR: A real estate broker or sales associate who is a member of the National Association of Realtors. Not all real estate agents are realtors.

Title insurance: An insurance policy that protects a lender’s or owner’s interest in real property from assorted types of unexpected or fraudulent claims of ownership. Usually the buyer pays for the lender’s title insurance policy.

upr: Upper floor

vw, vu, vws, vus: View

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‘Hugs For Hounds’ Canine Easter Egg Hunt


Posted By: Dawn Dause

The 7th annual ‘Hugs For Hounds’ Easter egg hunt for dogs begins Saturday, April 4th at 11 am at the Hammel Woods Dog Park in Shorewood. This unique and fun event is sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Will County and Shorewood HUGS which is a local non-profit group that fulfills wishes and also supports other charities. Bring your favorite dogs and a basket to collect Easter eggs hidden around the park. The eggs will be filled with dog treats as well as special prizes. The cost for the event is $5 per dog which goes to support the care, handling, and training of the Forest Preserve District’s K9 officer, Jullo. Donations can also be made by calling (815) 722-8193.
Participants can register on the day of the event beginning at 10:30 am although pre-registration is encouraged. To pre-register, visit and download the registration form; mailing instructions are included on the form. All dogs must be leashed, accompanied by their owner at all times, and current on their vaccinations. A dog park permit is not required to attend the event but 2015 permits will be for sale.

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Carpet Or Hardwood For Bedrooms?

Hardwood pros

  • Beauty/style
  • Increases saleability of home
  • Long lasting and can be refinished many times
  • Easier than carpet to clean for a home with pets
  • Hardwood doesn’t hang on to dust or allergens so it’s a better option for families with asthma or allergies
  • Hardwood does not give off potentially harmful chemicals the way that new carpeting can 
Hardwood cons
  • Hardwood can be loud when walked on 
  • Wood floors can creak, disturbing anyone sleeping
  • Hardwood scratches easily and even just getting in and out of bed everyday can damage the floor
Carpet pros
  • Adds warmth to a room, both visually and physically
  • Comfortable to walk on
  • Can be less expensive than hardwood
  • Helps reduce noise
  • Can replace carpet and completely change the look of a room
Carpet cons
  • May be less expensive than hardwood initially, but can end up costing more since it wears down and needs to be replaced
  • Stains easily
  • Traps dust and dirt and can make it difficult to clean
  • Holds on to dander, fleas, and fur from pets
  • Fumes, dust mites, and allergens can become stuck in the carpet fibers
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Open House

100 Bravery Court in Shorewood

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, March 22nd from 1-3!!
JUST REDUCED to $344,900!!

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Top 10 Outdoor Design Trends

Country Living 

1. Outdoor lighting-both for walkways and pathways as well as over a seating area such as a patio or deck
2. Seating and dining areas
3. Native plants
4. Landscaped gardens
5. Outdoor recreation elements such as pools
6. Installed seating on front or back porches, patios, decks, etc.
7. Vegetable and fruit gardens
8. Grills
9. Outdoor kitchens
10. Firepits

What would your ideal outdoor space include?

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Making Your Spring Cleaning Last Longer

House Logic

  1. Cut down on dust: Keeping the humidity in your home to between 40% and 50% will decrease the static that builds up in your home which will in turn decrease the amount of dust that is produced.
  2. Glass shower doors: Soap scum build up can be reduced by applying a rain-repellant product made for car windshields. This will cause water, oil, and debris to roll off the glass instead of sitting there causing soap scum. You can find the rain repellant at any auto store or where basic auto supplies are sold. 
  3. Seal stone countertops: If you have stone counters, including marble or granite, you need to seal them in order to keep stains from settling in them. Your contractor probably sealed the surface when it was installed but it is a good idea to re-seal them twice a year. In order to see if you need to re-seal, pour a small amount of water on your counter. If the water doesn’t bead up or stay beaded for 2-3 minutes, it’s time to seal once again.
  4. Furniture and carpets: Spray your carpets and furniture with a protective spray such as Scotchgard. This product will cause any liquids spilled to bead up instead of be absorbed. Once you deep clean or steam clean your carpets and furniture, it’s a good idea to use a protective spray to prolong your cleaning.
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