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Create a Soup Bar!

Create a Soup Bar!
Baby, it's cold outside. Perfect timing to warm up with a bowl of soup, or two or three. Create this fun soup bar for family game night or your next casual gathering.

Behind the Apron | Chef Larry Gerstein

Behind the Apron | Chef Larry Gerstein
Larry's Philosophy: Championship Catering combines it's passion for food, integrity, knowledge & experience to deliver five-star catering services and top-notch customer service to your wedding or special event. Championship Catering provides an endless array of delicious, custom food pairings designed specifically for your event and to satisfy everyone’s unique tastes.
Creative Gardening: Getting a Fresh Start

Creative Gardening: Getting a Fresh Start

Straw bale gardening is fairly new to the gardening scene and focuses on recycling and repurposing. “It’s a new twist on raisedbed gardening,” said Jamie Granger, co-owner of The Potted Plant, a boutique garden center that carries tools, plants and home and garden décor to create the perfect outdoor living space. “You use natural materials to garden. It’s inexpensive. You can plant directly into them.”

A Seller's Guide: How to Deal with Multiple Offers

A Seller's Guide: How to Deal with Multiple Offers
In today’s competitive market with such low inventory and high demand from buyers, many sellers are receiving multiple offers on their home. But if you’re a seller, which offer should you choose? While you may think the obvious answer is to go with the highest offer, it is actually more complicated than that. Here are some tips to help you navigate any multiple-offer situation....

Buy? Sell? Are the Holidays the Right Time?

Buy? Sell? Are the Holidays the Right Time?
Are you hesitating to list or buy a home because you think winter is a horrible time to be in the real estate market? Well, hesitate no more! Despite what you might’ve heard about buying and selling during the winter months, there’s really no reason to wait for spring if you’re thinking of making a move. Interest rates are still at historic lows, and in spite of the common misconception that nothing and nobody moves during the winter, sellers want to sell and buyers will buy.

Holiday Trends

Holiday Trends
The holiday season is coming! Shopping, family events, work parties and more are just around the corner. With all the imminent stress, I am going to help you add some sparkle to the upcoming holiday trends. This season is all about simple styles, but with a different twist.
Spruce Up Your Home

Spruce Up Your Home

Midtown Home Improvements, located at 130 N. Central in O’Fallon, can help homeowners update both the exterior and interior of their home. The family-owned and operated company specializes in vinyl siding, fences, decks, roofs, doors and windows for the exterior. The company can also help families update the kitchen, bathroom or basement interior.

Ask the Expert... Unique Fall Decorating

Ask the Expert... Unique Fall Decorating

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns,” Mary Ann Evans (known by her pen name, George Eliot) wrote of fall most eloquently.

Fall is my favorite time of the year, and, based on random reactions from customers entering the store, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that most adults agree. The summer heat and humidity seem to drag on with no end in sight, sometimes returning again just when we th...

The Botanical Garden Has It All This Fall

The Botanical Garden Has It All This Fall
Fall is a beautiful time to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden. While each of its gardens is lovely in its own way, the Japanese Garden, especially, is acclaimed for its peak performance when it comes to fall color. From the majestic maples to the colorful chrysanthemums and the winding wall of mums, this water and foliage-based design offers a Zen-like haven for the mind and body from the madness of a busy metropolis.

Take Aim!

Take Aim!

The Archery Trade Association (ATA) reports that of 235 million total Americans age 18 and older, 18.9 million, or eight percent, participated in archery and/or bowhunting in 2012. Those numbers are even higher in the Midwest-- nearly 11 percent of all people living here participated.

Home Sweet Home... Camping Out for a Homesite

Home Sweet Home... Camping Out for a Homesite

Sales for new homes in the metro area have been solid over the summer. Great interest rates, higher consumer confidence and an improving economy are major factors.

But as always, it comes down to that old rule of real estate: location location location. In fact, there is much pent up demand for quality new homes in the market. So much so that for one builder, their Grand Openings are looking more like an old fashioned camp ground.

Habitat for Humanity and Little Free Libraries Partner

Habitat for Humanity and Little Free Libraries Partner

Over the last few years, you may have heard of the Little Free Library (LFL) trend, a new twist on a timeless hobby. LFLs began when Wisconsin resident Todd Bol wanted a way to remember his mother for her love of both education and books. Ranging in size from a birdhouse to a doghouse, these miniature libraries hold a small selection of books that are as unique as the people that use them. The idea is that readers take a book and leave a book, without a library card or overdue fines.

Fall Celebrations

Fall Celebrations

As summer in Saint Charles starts to wind down, we look forward to an exciting lineup of great local fall events for the entire family, with live music, food, and festivals nearly every weekend of the season.

September will certainly heat up before the cool winds of autumn breeze through, but it will also offer runs and walks, live music, living history, and a reason to brush off your beer stein!

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage
It is known for promoting circulation and lymph movement. It is relaxing. It leaves you feeling refreshed. For one hour your mind is free to wander. Yes, we all love a good massage. Massage enthusiasts will be happy to know that along with being relaxing, massages have many health benefits too. While there are hundreds of styles and techniques of massage therapy, the hot stone massage has blossomed in popularity and includes techniques such as deep tissue-specific work, hot-stone facials, ...
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