My crockpot has become a dear friend over the past 6 years... Pretty much when I started having kids. Its so easy to throw all your ingredients in, cover, and the let magic happen. Whether you work outside the home or from inside the home, there's nothing better than to smell the wonderful aroma of your dinner cooking and to know that all you have to do is grab a plate and fork. Sigh. There are a plethora…Continue
Added by Jazelle on July 30, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
Last night, the kids and I had the opportunity to pack some lunches for the West Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) organization. This non-profit agency gives emergency food and shelter to individuals and families in the West Suburban Cook County area. They operate a shelter every Tuesday night and provide lunches for the next day. There are many PADS programs available all over with some even supplying permanent housing and supportive services for their…Continue
We love the look of reclaimed wood. So many people are styling their homes with a more rustic look these days and we’re all in! There is nothing cozier than the addition of warm tones throughout your home. While this may not be to everyone’s taste, those who like it, like it a lot! So how do you add this look to your home without re-vamping your whole décor?…Continue
Added by Kristi Blok on July 21, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments
We all know that the exterior of your home when maintained really creates a welcoming atmosphere but as your friends, family and guests enter your home that inviting feeling should also transfer into the entry. Also if you are staging your home for the real estate market, you will want that inviting feeling as soon as buyers walk in! Make that first impression from the curb last and carry through to the…Continue
Added by Kristi Blok on July 5, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments
It is selling season and if you are selling your home you know how busy this time of year is! Lost of Showings, Previews and Open Houses - exposure is key when selling your home! But a last minute showing can be tricky! Of course, you want your home to be seen but at the same time your home may not be up to par! What do to?
During the week, we suggest a cleaning routine :including…Continue
Added by Kristi Blok on July 5, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Realistic or not...every home buyers dreams of purchasing a home that belongs in the pages of a magazine. Staging your home or making it look it's best, is one of the first steps to putting it on the market. Since many eyes will be on your home during showings, open houses and all through marketing and promotional materials, this is why you will want your home to look show room ready! Many…Continue
Added by Kristi Blok on July 4, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Have them cook with you :-)
If you make it fun to participate in making the meals, they will look at the food differently... AND as a bonus, they might LIKE cooking and keep on helping :-) I have an 11 year old and he LOVES to cook.…Continue
When you first think of the word "date," it's easy to assume that it involves two individuals roughly around the same age who are in some type of romantic relationship, whether new or seasoned. While this may be true, "dates" can include kids, too. (preferably not in addition to the two individuals in a romantic relationship- that's what babysitters are for!) Special outings with just one child and…Continue
I love spinning tales of romance in the Silicon Valley setting. I'm told I seriously over-glamorize the lifestyles of my heroes and heroines but whatever. I write FICTION so isn't that kind of a requirement? I mean, I have to keep things interesting. right? <wink, wink="">
As an entrepreneur, I am fascinated with goings-on in the Valley. There's such an aura over Sand Hill Road; it's just bubbling over with innovation, creativity and energy. Being part of that atmosphere,…Continue
Added by Kristen Luciani on March 27, 2015 at 9:57am — No Comments
Marketing. It's a word that simultaneously excites me and makes me cringe. Platforms are constantly changing, making it difficult to reach a target market (ahem, Facebook), prospective customers are tuning out more and more because there is a constant glut of information being thrown at them, key performance metrics that trended positive six months ago may not mean much now because marketing channels are flooded with content and becoming largely ineffective.
So the question is...with…Continue
Added by Kristen Luciani on March 25, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments
Definitions for one thousand, Alex.
"To introduce something new, make changes in anything established."
Taking a basket of sometimes intimidating, many times…Continue
Added by Kristen Luciani on March 23, 2015 at 1:17pm — No Comments
Happy Friday everyone!
Here's a question to all you self-proclaimed entrepreneurs out there - How long does it take you to get back on the proverbial horse once you've been bucked??
Check out this great little clip from Barbara Corcoran on the secret to handling rejection.
It's not about how many times you fall, it's about how quickly you get back up that counts. And by "get up quickly," I mean, how enthusiastic are you to potentially fall again? Are you excited to move…Continue
Added by Kristen Luciani on March 6, 2015 at 4:56pm — No Comments
Usually, I save my supermarket shopping for Monday mornings,…
Boiling the ocean.
So cliché. We hear those words all the time in corporate America. It basically means you are trying to do way too much within a given endeavor/timeframe. Usually, those projects end up failing because you didn't focus your efforts on the goal at hand and you let things get way out of control to the detriment of your resources.
But those words also have a lot of relevance for startup entrepreneurs, whose budgets are considerably smaller and time to market may…Continue
Added by Kristen Luciani on February 9, 2015 at 4:27pm — No Comments
I'm a big "Shark Tank" fan. Love the way they refer to themselves as a venture capital firm on steroids. Well, maybe only Mr. Wonderful made that reference...in one episode. But it stuck with me...because it's kind of true. =)
I love ALL the sharks. I think they each bring their own unique elements to the show and I've purchased more than a few products while the entrepreneurs are busy…Continue
Click on the link below to see how I spent my b-day!
What I absolutely adore most about this experience is how many people said they were going to pay it forward. And the fact that when I logged onto Facebook that night a friend had said that someone paid for her coffee and she…Continue
Added by Kat Tom on January 21, 2015 at 10:33pm — No Comments
Want to know one of my biggest pet peeves?
The chronic complainer who LOVES to point out problems but NEVER volunteers a solution.
Those people irritate the hell out of me.
Guess what? If you want to be successful in business, DON'T be one of those people.
I'm fired up, can't you tell with all the caps? LOL!
Now, I can certainly appreciate the fact that people may get deterred by a lot of red tape and invisible barriers to change within their corporate…Continue
Added by Kristen Luciani on January 15, 2015 at 8:33pm — No Comments
Now here's the party of all parties! Talk about economical, creative, interactive and downright fun ... this birthday party idea will be the hit of the neighborhood for children ages 3 - 8. The joy just won't be in designing their own cardboard car, but whatever movie you select and snack you…Continue
Every year I say the same thing, "don't overdo it, Krystal!". What do I end up doing? You guessed it. Don't we all though? You're walking through the store and those little voices go off in your head as you near the toy aisle of just how much this would make your daughter light up. Or how much fun your son would have building this with his dad. The list goes on. We're always finding ways to justify overdoing it for our kids. And why not? They're our kids! Since we want to always…Continue
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