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Congratulations to a great family on buying and selling! We wish you many happy years in your new home!

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2017 Five Star Professional Award

Dawn is a recipient of the 2017 Five Star Professional Award!

Five Star Professional partnered with Chicago magazine to recognize a select group of Chicago-area professionals who provide exceptional service to their clients. This group of outstanding Chicago professionals represents fewer than 7 percent of all professionals in the market and is featured in the October issue. Professionals are measured using an objective, in-depth research methodology with significant focus on customer feedback and overall satisfaction.

Congratulations Dawn!

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What’s Happening In Plainfield?

What’s happening in Plainfield? Check out this list of fun upcoming local events!

What's happening in Plainfield? Photo of kids on a ride at the Plainfield Fest which is coming up in Plainfield.

  • Friday, July 7th-Movie In Settler’s Park. The Lego Batman movie will be shown Friday night beginning at 8:30 pm. The movie is rated PG and is about 104 minutes long. Settler’s Park is located at 24401 W Lockport in Plainfield. For more information, call 815-609-6124.
  • Sunday, July 9th from 12-4 pm the weekly Farmer’s Market will take place at 15025 S Illinois Street in Plainfield. Fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, crafts and more will be available.
  • Tuesday, July 11th: Cruise Night will take place from 5-9 pm in downtown Plainfield. Check out one of the great restaurants downtown while checking out the cars!
  • Wednesday, July 12th: Coffee with the Mayor at Village Hall at 9 am. For more information, call 815-436-7093.
  • Friday, July 14th through Sunday, July 16th: Plainfield Fest is happening this weekend and will be packed with fun things to do for the whole family! This event is always a highlight of the summer and includes carnival rides, food, live music, beer tent, craft vendors, bags tournament and much more! Musical guests include Gruband, Semple, Stephen Neal, School of Rock, Burning Bridges, The Boy Band Night, Hi Infidelity and more. The hours for the fest are 5 pm until midnight on Friday the 14th, 11 am until midnight on Saturday the 15th, and noon until 6 pm on Sunday the 16th.
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Kitchen Design Mistakes

There are several potential kitchen design mistakes that may be made but these tips will hopefully shed some light on the common mistakes and how to avoid them.

  • Forgetting a space for the trash: Sometimes a kitchen can be beautifully done except for the ugly trash can. Instead of using the traditional plastic can, opt instead for built in pull-out drawers that can house the cans.
  • Not installing enough electrical outlets: Get creative and install several outlets throughout the kitchen. Sneaky spaces include the sides of an island and inside a drawer.
  • Too much stainless steel creating a sterile look: Even though stainless steel appliances are very popular right now, they can create a sterile look instead of a warm look. To avoid making this mistake, think about using white, black, or even colored appliances instead.
  • A cluttered look due to too many open shelves: Instead of having many open shelves, install a few to display your prettiest dinnerware and use regular hidden shelving for the rest.
  • Not having enough lighting variation: Ideally the kitchen should have three different types of lighting. Spot lighting for tasks, overhead lighting to illuminate the room and accent lighting to showcase specific design elements. It’s important to vary the type of lighting in the space as well as the wattage used.

Photo of a beautiful and modern kitchen to illustrate points about kitchen design mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Showing Your Cabinets Some Love

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  • Paint:

    Painting cabinets a new light hue can really brighten up a dark and drab kitchen.

  • Install a plate rack:

Putting in a plate rack either above or underneath cabinets adds some interest and is a great way to display any pretty and colorful plates.

  • Put in task lighting:

Installing under-cabinet lighting really highlights the room while being very functional at the same time. Many kitchens do not have enough lighting so utilizing the space underneath the cabinets is perfect for making the kitchen more beautiful and user friendly.

  • Install a pull-out cabinet shelf:

Make the most of the cabinet storage space you have and put in pull-out cabinet shelves.

  • Reface:

Instead of investing in brand new cabinets and spending $5,000 and up, reface existing cabinets for under $1,000 to give them a brand new look.

 

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Great time to buy and sell

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Mortgage rates are down and home values are up making it a great time to buy or sell! For more information or a FREE market analysis call the Dawn Dause Group at (815) 954-5050!

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Back To School Tips For Parents & Back To School Slow Cooker Recipe


 

  • Meet the new teacher: Take advantage of any back to school nights or meet and greet sessions with your child’s new teacher. If face to face contact is not available, try to find the teacher’s picture on the school website so that your child can place a face with a name.
  • Take a tour: Take advantage of any opportunities to tour the school and to find your child’s classroom and desk. For older kids, have them take you on a tour of the school to refresh both of your memories.
  • Meet up with friends: See if any kids from last year’s class are in your child’s class this year and schedule a play date with them to refresh the friendship before the school year begins.
  • Supplies: Take your child on a special shopping for their school supplies and allow them to pick out a special pen, folder, or other supply that they can be excited about.
  • Get in the routine: Routines are very important to kids so to help them feel more comfortable making the transition into the school year and to avoid a chaotic morning on the first day of school, get in a routine ahead of time. A few days before school starts, set the alarm and go through the morning routine with your child so that they are comfortable. Have them get ready, eat breakfast, and get to the bus stop on time so that they know what to expect.
The school year can be a very busy time for parents as well so it’s good to have crock pot recipes on hand for days you don’t have a lot of time to spend making dinner.

Crockpot Orange Chicken 
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Ingredients
  • 4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup Smucker’s Sweet Orange Marmalade
  • 3/4 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Directions
  • Cook chicken in crockpot on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • After 3 hours, drain juices from crockpot
  • Mix together bbq sauce, orange marmalade, and soy sauce
  • Pour mixture over chicken and cook on high for 30 more minutes
  • Serve this chicken with some rice and enjoy!
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