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Painting Tips - by Jeffrey M Lambert

Painting Tips

1. Different paint finishes have their advantages
Before you begin to paint, consider wall imperfections and other factors. High-gloss paint offers greater durability and is very easy to clean. If your wall is less than perfect, however, high-gloss paint can enhance the imperfections. Flat paint will do a much better job of hiding imperfections, but it's much easier to damage than high-gloss. Eggshell is a great middle-of-the-road option. 

2. Small samples prevent big surprises. 
It's very difficult to tell what a color is going to look like on your wall using a small paint swatch. Investing in a "test gallon" can get expensive, especially if you can't make up your mind. Many paint manufacturers are now offering small sample cans of their colors. They cost only a few dollars and will prevent you from wasting money on a color that just isn't right. 

3. Square footage is only half of the equation.
When you go to buy your paint, you have to know the square footage of your room. There are many other factors that contribute to the amount of paint you will need, however. Always consider the surface you're painting, whether you're priming walls and the number of coats you are going to need. All of these things will af... Continue Reading

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There are many types of love. There is family love, friendship or brotherly love, romantic love, and there is Agape which is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love and it is the highest type of love.

When February comes around we think of romantic love. It can all be fun and games on Valentine's Day but keeping a romantic relationship going on a daily basis is hard work. Both parties must always be willing to give 100%. Some of the best advice I've read about marriage came in a blog by a man who was divorced after 16 years of marriage. It is a lengthy blog so I will give you a few highlights and a link to read the entire article. Don't just read it. Print it, read it over and over, LIVE it. It has wonderful advice for any type of love relationship. http://geraldrogers.com/marriage-advice-i-wish-i-would-have-had/

Never stop courting. Never stop dating. Don't get lazy in your love.

Protect your own heart. Never allow anyone into that space in your heart that is hers/his. 

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I know it's only February and spring is still a few weeks away but why wait until the weather is nice? Do it now and you can enjoy spring!

Clean out your file cabinets! Organize all those important papers and trash the ones you don't need anymore. Be careful when disposing of papers with sensitive information like your social security, banking, credit card and loan information. Either shred these at home or take them to a pro. I live out where we can burn so it's time for a weinie roast and a paper burning session. 

Clean your computer up. Get rid of old emails and files you no longer need. 

Purge your medicine cabinets of old outdated medicines. The new police station out on South Side Drive has a lovely and convenient box outside where you can safely dispose of unused medications.

Empty that closet of clothes, shoes, and handbags you haven't used in over a year. These may be donated at several places such as New Life Pregnancy Center thrift store just off Pershing Road on Kandy Lane, LSA Resale Shop at 421 East Cerro Gordo, or the Salvation Army. I look at this as preparing room for new clothes and S... Continue Reading

For Sale: 1474 POST CT, Decatur


Custom design is evident throughout this third owner home with gorgeous views of Basin One of Lake Decatur. Tudor 1.5-story has casual entertaining appeal with oak hardwood floors, especially the pegged planks in the living room, wood cathedral ceiling and rustic beams, remote-controlled gas ventless fireplace with "copper" hood and limestone hearth in the living room, and in the lake style dining porch, a wood plank ceiling and patio doors to the multi-level deck. There is pickled cabinetry in the kitchen. Both main floor and upper floor master bedrooms (all bedrooms boast full bathrooms too), ceramic tiled floors, amazing amount of storage space, main floor laundry room. Upper master bath has spacious corner, jetted tub, separate shower, and dual sink vanity. Huge walk-in closet accessed by both upper bedrooms. Over garage storage accessed through closet. Terraced back yard and multi-tiered deck lead to covered boat dock with lift with capacity for float boat, lifts for jet skis. Sea wall. Updated Marvin windows on front of house on main and upper levels. Updated 50 gal. Energy Smart water heater. Radon Away Radon Reduction System. Enviracare Elite air cleaner and humidifier on high efficiency furnace. Reflective insulation sheeting added to attic. Ameren budget billing was $279/month when occupied.

  • Price: $395,897
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Full Baths: 3
  • Partial Baths: 1
  • Square Footage: 2234
  • MLS #: 6135087
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Featured Event: Events Around Illinois

Illinois Events:

Eagle Watching Opportunities!
Eagle Watching at Starved Rock through Feb 28
Bald Eagle Bus Tour Feb 14. Galena
Bald Eagle Trolley Tours at Starved Rock through Feb. 25
Eagle Watching in Alton through Feb. 15
Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, Illinois through March 7

Feb 14 & 15 Galesburg Historical Society Annual Chocolate Festival, Galesburg, IL

Feb 14 thru March 28 Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours in Alton, IL

Feb. 14 thru 22 Chicago Auto Show

Feb. 19 thru 22 48th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

Feb 24 thru March 1 36th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL

March 14 & 15 58th Annual Fox Valley Antiques Show, St. Charles, IL

March 14 thru 22 Chicago Flower and Garden Show

March 21 St. Patrick's Day Festival in Murphysboro, IL

April 11 & 12 Gem and Mineral Show, Marion, IL

April 12 Kane County Flea Market, St. Charles, IL

April 24 & 25 12th Annual Spores N More Mushroom Festival, Shelbyville, IL

Visit  http://www.enjoyillinois.com/en-us/events for TONS MORE EVENTS and INFORMATION!

Live Theater events:

Jan. 14 thru Feb. 15 The Who's Tommy at Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL

Feb. 6 thru 15  Married Alive! Crystal Lake, IL

Feb 13 thru 22 Bye Bye Birdie, Oaklawn, IL

Jan. 28 thru March 29 La Cage aux Folles - Lincolnshire, IL

Feb. 20  The Golden Dragon Acrobats Present: Cirque Ziva. Grayslake, IL

March 7 - 4D Comedy Juggler Mark Nizer. Effingham, IL

March 18 thru 26  Paramount Theatrical Production: Les Miserables. Aurora, IL

March 20 thru 29  Jesus Christ Superstar, Oaklawn, IL

March 24  Gary Krinsky presents Toying with Science. Effingham, IL

April 10  The Second City Hits Home. Grayslake, IL


Feb. 21  Miranda Lambert at the Peoria Civic Center

Feb. 28 CLC's 31st Annual Salute to Gospel. Waukegan, IL

March 13  Newsboys. Effingham, IL

March 18 Phil Vassar  Genessee Theatre in Waukegan, IL

March 20 Foreigner   Genessee Theatre in Waukegan, IL

March 26  Mel Tillis    Effingham, iL

March 27   Loretta Lynn  St. Charles, IL

April 2   REO Speedwagon   Genessee Theatre, Waukegan, IL

April 25   Lynn Anderson   Effingham, IL

This is only a FRACTION of the things going on in Illinois! Please visit http://www.enjoyillinois.com/en-us/events for a much more extensive listing and information. There really are things to do in our city and nearby. Go! Enjoy Illinois!

  • Date: 04/30/2015
  • Time: Various
  • Location: Various - Illinois
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