Pantone’s 2021 colors of the year and how to use them in your home

It’s a new year, which means that it’s officially time to start using Pantone’s annual Color of the Year around the house! Pantone has been designating a color of the year for over 20 years, and for 2021 the company chose not just one, but TWO colors. Allow us to introduce Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, a color…

My Top 5 Sledding Hills | Chicago

It’s snowing today, finally, and it’s big huge flakes, the sticking kind. Although winter is not my favorite season, if it is going to be winter I prefer to see the snow and have fun outside with the kids. Kids loooove the snow, but most of the time we can’t do much in the winter,…

New Loan Limits for Homebuyers in 2021 & What it Means for You

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced that it will raise loan limits for mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, giving some homebuyers greater purchasing power. Starting in 2021, the maximum conforming loan limit for single-unit properties will increase to $548,250 – a 7.4% increase from the current limit of $510,400. When purchasing a…

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Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021: How to Make the Most of NYE

The new year is right around the corner, bringing with it the hope of more face-to-face interactions and in-person engagements. However, in true 2020 fashion, New Year’s Eve is getting a little shake-up this year, and won’t involve the same big crowds and parties of years past. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun ways to…

Insta-Worthy Renovations Made Easy

It may be a seller’s market in many areas, but when it comes to getting the highest possible sales price for your home in the shortest amount of time, “turnkey” is still key. With more people working from home and kids e-learning, it is a challenging time for homebuyers to take on a home improvement project.…

Shop Local for Last Minute Gifts

It is so important to shop and support local businesses now more than ever. Below are some of my favorite local shops with ideas for last minute gifts! In this post I’m featuring stores in Southport Corridor, North Center, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood and a gem in Lincoln Park! Comment below on your favorite shops in…

Super Yummy (not so) Christmasy Cookies // Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Jump to recipe here I love baking, but especially at the holidays, but my favorite cookies are not your traditional Christmas Cookies, but simply cookies that my family and I love to eat and indulge in. I have been trying to perfect an ooey gooey oatmeal cookie sort of like the…

Socially Distant & Festive Holiday Ideas Chicago

If you are feeling down and out about 2020, there is still time to get your spirits lifted and get into holidays. Here is my top 5 list of fun things to do in and around Chicago. Grab your hand-sani and mask and get ready to get festive! Zoo Lights: Lincoln Park Zoo // There…

CPS Schools: Deadline to Opt-back-into In-Person Learning is Extended

The deadline to opt-in (intent) for in-person learning at CPS schools has been extended until December 7th! Having all 3 kids learning from home this year plus a full time job has been challenging to say the least. This year has been definitely interesting and tough for all parents and children that are learning remotely.…

Inside Chicago’s Starbucks Reserve ☕️

Take a look inside the largest Starbucks right here in Chicago. Great to know about parking!  Get up to 4 hours for only $12, this is less than the metered street parking.  Just make sure to not forget to get your ticket validated. Enjoy Chicago, Juliana   — Video Cred: @properties: The Local