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ST LOUIS EVENT: Historic Shaw Art Fair

by Gina Koerner
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 (9 am to 5 pm)
 
Parkway of Flora Place, St. Louis, MO
 
Located on the beautiful tree lined parkway of Flora Place at Tower Grove Avenue, the Historic Shaw art Fair is the premier Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Fair in the City of St Louis. The lovely urban location, the new food court, the great music and, of course, the fabulous art all add to a fantastic visitor experience.

The Missouri Botanical Garden's Best Of Missouri market is held on the same weekend directly across Tower Grove Avenue. 10,000 attendees expected.

Call Gina for a full list of local events :) 636-229-8746

 

Household Mysteries Solved

by Amanda Lecky

HGTV Magazine shares explanations, and some surprising fixes, for the weirdest problems around the house.

Milky Stain on Wood Floor or Furniture

THE CAUSE: Moisture has penetrated the top layer of the wood’s finish, creating a ghostly looking blotch.

THE FIX: Lay a white cotton cloth (like a T-shirt or napkin) over the stain, then run a warm iron over it to draw out the moisture. Test the method in an inconspicuous spot first, says Don Vandervort, founder of hometips.com, to be sure you won’t damage the finish.



Musty Attic

THE CAUSE: “You probably have a leak or a ventilation issue,” says Lou Manfredini, host of the Mr. Fix-It call-in show on Chicago’s WGN Radio.  

THE FIX: It could be as simple as keeping the attic vents clear of furniture and other objects, and diffusing the smell with an odor-absorbing gel (Manfredini likes Natural Magic; naturalmagic.com). But the more thorough option is to have a pro check for leaks and other issues. “Sometimes insulation is incorrectly installed over soffit vents,” says Scott McGillivray, host of Income Property. You need one mushroom-style turbine roof vent for every 100 square feet of attic, and at least one fan.

Yellow Ice Cubes 

THE CAUSE: Minerals in your water, such as magnesium and calcium, give them that tint.

THE FIX: “If you have a refrigerator with an ice maker, you probably need to change the water filter’s cartridge, often at the top right of the fridge compartment,” says hometips.com’s Vandervort. But if you’re making the ice in trays with water from the faucet, you should have your water tested and possibly treated. To find a certified lab in your area, go to epa.gov/safewater/labs.

Gurgling Kitchen Drain 

THE CAUSE: Water can’t flow easily through the pipes. It’s bubbling loudly because the sewer line is clogged or improperly vented. 

THE FIX: “Try a liquid drain cleaner,” says hometips.com’s Vandervort. No luck? Clear any debris, often in the sewer line’s first few feet, with a drain snake. If gurgling persists, “have a plumber check for a blocked or improperly installed vent,” says Income Property’s McGillivray. He can add an air-admittance valve or vent to the drainpipe to improve the flow.

Rotten Egg Smell in a Bathroom 

THE CAUSE: “This usually happens in little-used bathrooms,” says hometips.com’s Vandervort. “Since you’re not flushing the toilet often, the drainage trap dries out and sewer gases rise through it.”

THE FIX: Flush the toilet and run water in the sink, tub, and shower to refill the traps. Next, suggests WGN Radio’s Manfredini, pour a tablespoon of vegetable oil down each drain. It’ll form a thin layer over the water you added, protecting it from air exposure and preventing evaporation—and sealing out the gases. Flush the toilet and run the water in each fixture a few times a week to keep the smell from returning.

Spontaneously Flushing Toilet 

THE CAUSE: Water is leaking from the tank into the bowl. When the level in the tank gets too low, it triggers a flush.

THE FIX: The culprit is likely the flapper, the rubber cover at the bottom of the tank, says Tom Feiza, author of the How to Operate Your Home series. If it’s damaged, replace it ($3, at hardware stores). If not, wipe under and around it with a paper towel, since dirt can prevent a tight seal.

Whistling Gas Fireplace 

THE CAUSE: Burner ports clogged with dirt or rust can prevent gas from flowing freely.

THE FIX: You may want to consult a fireplace technician since this involves turning the gas off and on. Once it’s off, he’ll remove the logs and embers from inside the fireplace, then scrub the surface of the burner assembly with a wire brush. If the burner ports are clogged, he’ll use a fine wire to dislodge any remaining debris. To prevent problems, have your gas fireplaces cleaned once a year.

Creaking Floorboards 

THE CAUSE: Fluctuations in humidity make wood shrink, pulling it away from the subfloor. Pressure from walking forces the boards to rub against one another and against the loosened nails, causing creaks.

THE FIX: Sprinkle talcum powder over the spot(s) and, using a small piece of wood, pound lightly, forcing talc into the cracks. If you use a hammer, cushion the floor with a towel folded a few times to prevent divots. “Powder lubricates the joints, eliminating the creaking,” says WGN Radio’s Manfredini.

Green Stain in a Bathtub

THE CAUSE: Corrosive water is likely causing your copper piping to deteriorate, leaving copper and brass particles in the water. When it drips, it forms a blue-green stain under the faucet head and/or by the drain. 

THE FIX: Douse a cloth with a stain remover such as Lime-A-Way; let it soak into the stain for at least eight hours. If the stain is on the tub wall, duct-tape the cloth in place. To address the corrosive water problem, have a water test done (see “yellow ice cubes”), and consider having a pro install a softening system, which costs anywhere from $400 to $1,200, depending on the size of the system.

Thumping Water Heater 

THE CAUSE: Sediment builds up in the tank, making the water heat unevenly. Steam bubbles rise to a cooler part of the tank, then pop and make a thumping sound.

THE FIX: “You’ll probably need a plumber to drain and flush the tank,” says hometips.com’s Vandervort. After turning off the power and/or gas to the tank, he’ll run a hose from the tank’s faucet to a drain or outside to empty and refill it. A water softening system, which removes minerals that cause sediment, can prevent future thumping.

ST LOUIS EVENT: Greater Saint Louis Hispanic Festival

by Gina Koerner

Friday, September 6, 2013 @ 10:00 am

Kiener Plaza - St Louis, MO

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival with live Latin bands and entertainment, Latin foods and drinks, crafts, children's pavilion with pony rides and Miss Hispanic Festival contest. Free admission. 19,000 attendees expected. 

Call Gina for a full list of local events :) 636-229-8746

ST LOUIS EVENT: Show Off Auto Show

by Gina Koerner
Sunday, Aug 11, 2013
9am to 4pm

It's the Third Annual Show Off Auto Show at Bridgeton Machinist Hall! Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 9am-4pm. All vehicles are welcome...that's cars, trucks and motorcycles. Every year we have grown and this year will be no different. We have new and exciting activities planned along with our usual giveaways and raffles. Mark your calendar today for Show Off 2013.

Machinist Hall (12365 St Charles Rock Rd., St Louis, MO)

Call Gina for a full list of local events :) 636-229-8746

ST LOUIS EVENT: St. Charles County Fair

by Gina Koerner

July 23, 2013 to July 27, 2013 (Recurring daily)

Location: Rotary Park
Address: 2577 West Meyer Rd., Foristell, MO 63348

Enjoy carnival rides, food & drink, music & entertainment, children's area, exhibits, tractor pulls & more.

Call Gina for a full list of local events :) 636-229-8746

Selling? Here's Tips for Showing Your House

by Terry Light

Your house should always be available for show, even though it may occasionally be inconvenient for you. Let your listing agent put a lock box in a convenient place to make it easy for other agents to show your home to homebuyers. Otherwise, agents will have to schedule appointments, which is an inconvenience.  Most will just skip your home to show the house of someone else who is more cooperative.

Most agents will call and give you at least a couple of hours notice before showing your property. If you refuse to let them show it at that time, they will just skip your house. Even if they come back another time, it will probably be with different buyers and you may have just lost a chance to sell your home.

Try Not to be Home

Homebuyers will feel like intruders if you are home when they visit, and they might not be as receptive toward viewing your home. Visit the local coffee house, yogurt shop, or take the kids to the local park. If you absolutely cannot leave, try to remain in an out of they way area of the house and do not move from room to room. Do not volunteer any information, but answer any questions the agent may ask.

Lighting

When you know someone is coming by to tour your home, turn on all the indoor and outdoor lights – even during the day. At night, a lit house gives a "homey" impression when viewed from the street. During the daytime, turning on the lights prevents harsh shadows from sunlight and it brightens up any dim areas. Your house looks more homey and cheerful with the lights on.

Fragrances

Do not use scented sprays to prepare for visitors. It is too obvious and many people find the smells of those sprays offensive, not to mention that some may be allergic. If you want to have a pleasant aroma in your house, have a potpourri pot or something natural. Or turn on a stove burner (or the oven) for a moment and put a drop of vanilla extract on it. It will smell like you have been cooking.

Pet Control

If you have pets, make sure your listing agent puts a notice with your listing in the multiple listing service. The last thing you want is to have your pet running out the front door and getting lost. If you know someone is coming, it would be best to try to take the pets with you while the homebuyers tour your home. If you cannot do that, It is best to keep dogs in a penned area in the back yard. Try to keep indoor cats in a specific room when you expect visitors, and put a sign on the door. Most of the time, an indoor cat will hide when buyers come to view your property, but they may panic and try to escape.

The Kitchen Trash

Especially if your kitchen trash can does not have a lid, make sure you empty it every time someone comes to look at your home – even if your trash can is kept under the kitchen sink. Remember that you want to send a positive image about every aspect of your home. Kitchen trash does not send a positive message. You may go through more plastic bags than usual, but it will be worth it.

Keep the House Tidy

Not everyone makes his or her bed every day, but when selling a home it is recommended that you develop the habit. Pick up papers, do not leave empty glasses in the family room, keep everything freshly dusted and vacuumed. Try your best to have it look like a model home – a home with furniture but nobody really lives there.

Colorful Touches for Outdoor Decorating - Part 2

by Better Homes and Gardens

With easy-to-please green as your backdrop, be bold and add a dash of color here and a splash of color there to take an outdoor space from dull to dazzling.

Color Overhead

Color Overhead

Add depth to your space by painting the porch ceiling a contrasting color. Even if the shift is subtle, like the blue on this ceiling, the color addition brings a unique twist to the space.

Front Door Style

Front Door Style

Set a colorful tone to your home with a front door decked in a fresh hue. Choose a color that works with your home's existing exterior palette. Here, a juicy red door pairs with pale seafoam green siding, creating a complementary duo.

Coordinate Color

Coordinate Color

Look to the flowers and plants in your yard for color inspiration. Use the hues you find to accessorize your outdoor spaces. Purple pillows on this patio match the flowers blooming in the nearby containers.

Pattern Play

Pattern Play

Use patterns alongside color to enliven your outdoor spaces. Implement patterns in your outdoor decor the same as you do indoors.

 

Colorful Touches for Outdoor Decorating - Part 1

by Better Homes and Gardens

With easy-to-please green as your backdrop, be bold and add a dash of color here and a splash of color there to take an outdoor space from dull to dazzling.

Stripes Underfoot

Stripes Underfoot

Turn a scrap of vinyl flooring into a colorful rug for an outdoor space. Flip the piece upside down and paint the backside in a colorful pattern that suits your tastes. Be sure to use paint formulated for exterior applications.

Sunny Day Umbrellas

Sunny Day Umbrellas

Provide sun protection with style. Upgrade your patio or deck with an umbrella that sports a fun color or pattern.

 

Jaunty Stripes

Jaunty Stripes

Unify furnishings in a spectrum of colors with the accessories you choose. An assortment of furniture pulls together as a seating area when they share stripe pillows. An outdoor rug unifies the arrangement.

Easy Solution

Easy Solution

Colorful containers are a simple way to brighten an outdoor space. Choose pots in various colors, sizes, and textures.

... see more ideas next week :)

 

5 Easy Ways to Feel More Confident Today

by Brittany Thomas

Want to feel more confident? Here are five easy ways to feel good about yourself today:

1. Turn to Your Life Cheerleaders. These are the people who can easily remind you of why you are so fabulous during challenging times that shake your self-esteem and confidence.Call your mom. Grab dinner with your best friends. Your closest friends and family adore you for your amazing strengths and qualities. Do you know what they are? Ask them to list five positive words they would use to describe you. Let them butter you up. When you associate with people who think you are a 10, you will start to believe you are a 10 too.

2. Keep a Brag List. It can be too easy to forget all of your impressive accomplishments when something terrible happens that makes you doubt yourself. To prevent your brag moments from going into a memory black hole, keep an on-going list where you can file your gold star achievements. It could be a binder that holds pictures, article clippings, and documents of your proudest life moments, or simply a digital folder. At work I have a “booyah” folder within my inbox where I file shout-out emails from clients and co-workers that praise my work. On a rough day when I feel overwhelmed and start to doubt myself, I reference that folder for a dose of confidence. (Bonus: Your brag list will also serve as a useful reminder of accomplishments to discuss during a performance review or interview!)

3. Focus on Your Strengths. Accept that you are not perfect. Trying to be perfect is just exhausting. You can’t be the best at everything, but when you focus on your strengths rather than your shortcomings you can be the first-rate version of yourself. To help identify your strengths, Tom Rath’s StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a terrific resource. The book comes with a self-assessment that helps you realize your top five talents.

4. Embrace Uncomfortable, new Situations. When you start a new job or learn a new skill, you can feel vulnerable and doubt yourself. It is natural; embrace it. Do not let your doubts derail your confidence. Remember that the uncomfortable feeling is only temporary. With practice and time, you will eventually feel confident. The first time I had to present in front of a senior leadership team, I was beyond nervous. However, my confidence grew each time I rehearsed the presentation. Practice made me feel comfortable and ready for the real meeting.

5. Dress the Part. Put on your best outfit that makes you feel like you could strut down the sidewalk and run the world. Your outward appearance and body language are a reflection of how you feel about yourself. Invest in staple pieces that fit well and make you feel fantastic. Evaluate your posture — Do you stand up tall? Do you slouch in meetings? Even when you have your doubts, portray confidence with your body language.

Go ahead and feel good about yourself. People are attracted to confidence. Hiring managers want to hire confident candidates and people want to date confident people. When you believe in yourself, others will too.

Consumer confidence rises in May to 5-year high

by Martin Crutsinger

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

* Index rose to 76.2 from 69.0 in April
* Overall economy grew at annual rate of 2.5% in January-March quarter
* Housing recovery, decrease in unemployment, stock gains making Americans feel wealthier

WASHINGTON — Americans' confidence in the economy jumped in May to a five-year high, lifted by a better outlook for hiring and business conditions. The increase suggests consumers may keep boosting economic growth this year.

The Conference Board, a new York-based private research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose in May to 76.2. That's up from a reading of 69.0 in April and the highest since February 2008.

The jump in confidence followed a separate report showing the housing recovery is strengthening.

Home prices jumped 10.9% in March compared with a year ago, the most since April 2006, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller 20-city index. All 20 cities showed year-over-year gains.

The reports contributed to a strong opening on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average surged more than 200 points in the first hour of trading. Broader indexes also jumped.

Consumers' confidence in the economy is watched closely because their spending accounts for about 70% of U.S. economic activity.

Conference Board economist Lynn Franco said Americans are more optimistic after worrying earlier in the year about higher taxes and federal spending cuts.

Still, higher home prices and stocks gains are making Americans feel wealthier. That could offset some of the pinch from the tax increase and keep consumers spending.

And the job market has improved steadily over the past six months. The economy has added an average of 208,000 a month since November. That's well above the monthly average of 138,000 during the previous six months.

The unemployment has fallen to a four-year low of 7.5%. Some of the decrease is because many people have given up looking for work. The government counts people as unemployed only if they are actively searching for a job.

The overall economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5% in the January-March quarter, up from a rate of just 0.4% in the October-December quarter. The fastest expansion in consumer spending in more than two years drove economic growth in the first quarter.

Many economists expect growth is slowing slightly in the current April-June quarter to a rate of between 2% and 2.5%. But there is hope among some economists that growth will strengthen in the second half of this year, boosted by the gains in housing and employment.

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