Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Memorial Day Activities in Kansas City

Looking for things to do in Kansas City this Memorial Day weekend, Check out VisitKC's list of things to do.

1. Bank of America Celebration at the Station • Take in a FREE patriotic concert by the KC Symphony.
2. Monet's Water Lilies • See Monet's famous triptych reunited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
3. Jiggle Jam • Groove with the kids at Crown Center's family music festival.
4. Kansas City Royals • Cheer on the boys in blue as they take on the Los Angeles Angels.
5. Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark • Make a splash with the region's only surf ride.
6. Diana, A Celebration • View Princess Diana's wedding dress, jewelry and more at Union Station.
7. Planet Snoopy at Worlds of Fun • Let the kids loose to enjoy 18 new rides, devoted to pint-size play.
8. National World War I Museum • Honor veterans at the only museum dedicated to the Great War.
9. Jurassic Gardens • Go prehistoric at Powell Gardens with giant dinosaurs and ancient insects.
10. Hot Air Balloon Invitational • Catch more than 30 hot air balloons in flight in Overland Park.

Monday, May 23, 2011

KC Ambush Makeover

Last week was the first ever KC Ambush Makeover by the KC Glam Squad.
I was their first "victim."
The Team Includes:
Anna Mc Connell - Wardrobe Stylist
Julie Hengel - Hair Stylist - Esthetician
Candice Diddle - Photographer Kristin Mudgett - Realtor and Marketing Guru
The Clothes were donated by Saffees
And the Reveal event was sponsored by Taste

I had a great time getting my makeover, trying on clothes then celebrating with my friends! Thanks to everyone involved!!

The Adventures of Jayden & JoJo

Mother's Day weekend I had my friend Ashley's daughter Jayden for the weekend. I picked her up around 1pm on Thursday and we were together until 6pm on Sunday. We had a BLAST!! Jayden will be two in July and is always on the move!!

Friday we met my friend Angie & her daughter Isla at Little Monkey Bizness in Shawnee. The girls had a blast!!

That afternoon we went to Cassy's dress fitting (I have a cute picture but for obvious reasons I can't post it - you'll just have to trust me!). Then we went to the mall. Needless to say we were exhausted by the end of the day!

On Saturday, we worked out then decided to head to Deanna Rose in the afternoon. I had never been there and it was a beautiful day!! We had a blast seeing all the animals, petting the small goats & going on a hay ride.

Jayden had a ton of fun playing with the girls. And of course the girls LOVE Jayden as well!

Jayden & I had a GREAT weekend together!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Great Starter Home!

Looking for your first home? Love the charm of Waldo? I have just the home for you!! This cute 2 bedroom, 1 bath Waldo home sits on a large corner lot and has a partially finished basement!

Contact me for more information or to set up an appointment! 816.289.3032

Great Shawnee Home

Looking for a place where you can sit on your back deck, drink a cup of coffee and just look out into an open field? If so, I have just the place for you! This Shawnee Home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a RARE 3 car garage. Sitting on a corner lot, this home backs to open green space.

Contact me for more information or to schedule an appointment! 816.289.3032

South Kansas City Home Shows Like a Model!

Looking for a beautiful home to just move right into? This South Kansas City home shows just like a model! This 2 story home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large master bath, walk-in closets and full walk-out basement. You can enjoy the beautiful green space on one of two back patios.

Contact me for more information or to set up an appointment. 816.289.3032

Plaza Living Without The Plaza Price Tag

Always wanted to live by the Country Club Plaza? I have just the place for you! This amazing Madrid Studio condo features an updated kitchen, private balcony, large bathroom, walk-in closet and close access to laundry. The Madrid also features a pool & party room available for owners.

Call me today for more information or to schedule an appointment! 816.289.3032

Monday, May 9, 2011

Simple Tips to Prevent House Fires

Simple Tips to Prevent House Fires

RISMEDIA, May 9, 2011—Every year home electrical problems cause more than 28,000 house fires and massive property damage. Electrical wiring is the root cause of many of these fires, of which countless could have been prevented. May is Electrical Safety Month. MXenergy, an independent energy provider, is encouraging everyone to review key electrical safety tips.

“Quite frankly, electrical safety is a key home safety component that is often overlooked,” says Marjorie Kass, MXenergy Managing Director. “Yet the truth is, it is an essential element of any home safety plan. Proper education, awareness and action can go a long way in preventing tragedy.”

Faulty or fixed wiring or improper use of electrical cords and other electrical items cause most home fires.

MXenergy Electrical Safety Tips

Pay Attention: Flickering lights, buzzing noises, and faceplates that are warm to the touch are all signs that a circuit may be overloaded or wiring may be wearing thin. Each one of those signs is cause for immediate attention from a licensed professional electrician.

Listen to Your Breaker: If you are continually tripping a switch and having to reset your breaker box, your house is trying to tell you something. There may be a fixture with faulty wiring or too high an electrical load on the breaker. Again, seek professional help.

Review and Replace: Frayed electrical cords, wobbly ceiling fans, and loose faceplates are more than mere annoyances. You should routinely inspect your home and replace or repair items in need of attention.

Safety First: Even the best preparation and newest equipment is not a guaranteed protection against fire. Working smoke detectors on all levels of your home is an absolute must. Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher and you know the proper way to use it.

“The good news is many of these fires are avoidable,” continues Kass. “In the case of electrical safety just a little awareness and preparation can make an enormous difference.”

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors Electrical Safety Month each May. More information and safety tips, including a home safety calendar, can be found at

For more information MXenergy please visit

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Speed-Clean Your Freezer in 20 Minutes

Speed-Clean Your Freezer in 20 Minutes
(courtesy of Real Simple Magazine)

Minutes 1 to 3: Unplug the refrigerator. Put on rubber gloves. Empty the ice from the freezer trays into a large cooler. Scrub the trays with water, liquid soap and a sponge. Set aside to dry.

Minutes 4 to 7: Unload the freezer. Ditch anything that has expired or is freezer-burned and covered in ice crystals. Put the rest in the cooler.

Minutes 8 to 11: Remove the drawers and detachable shelves and place them in the sink. Scrub them well with soap, water & a sponge. Set aside to dry.

**NOTE: Most freezers defrost every 8 to 12 hours. If yours has more than 1/4 inch of ice on the base of walls, manually defrost it.**

Minutes 12 to 13: Follow the premeasured spay bottle to make a cleaner from 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 1 teaspoon dish soap. Shake to blend.

Minute 14 to 17: Douse the interior with the cleaner. Wipe down the walls and shelves with paper towels.

Minutes 18 to 20: Plug the unit back in. Hang or place the odor fighter in the back. Return the shelves and food.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Speed-Clean Your Refrigerator in 20 Minutes

Speed-Clean Your Refrigerator in 20 Minutes
(courtesy of Real Simple Magazine)

Minutes 1 to 2: Unplug the Refrigerator. Slide a coil brush underneath the unit's kick plate to remove dust.

Minutes 3 to 7: Empty the contents. Toss anything past it's prime.

Minutes 8 to 10: Remove the drawers and place them in the sink. Scrub the drawers with a sponge, warm water & liquid dish soap. Leave them out to air-dry.

Minutes 11 to 15: Douse the interior with a multi surface spray. Wipe down the walls, then each shelf.

Minutes 16 to 17: Plug in the refrigerator. Return the drawers. Put the food back in, wiping down jars and bottles.

Minute 18: Attach the baking-soda pod's suction cups to an interior wall.

Minutes 19 to 20: Clean the exterior.


Monday, May 2, 2011

10 Tips for Living Green at Home

10 Tips for Living Green at Home
(courtesy of American Home Shield)

Besides recycling and water conservation, there are many other ways to live a little greener at home. We’ve put together 10 easy tips to help you get started today.

1) Take reusable bags with you when you shop. Most retailers sell their own reusable bags at checkout, but you can always bring your own. It’s a good idea to keep a few in your car for those spur-of-the-moment shopping trips. Think about how many plastic bags we’ll keep out of our landfills!

2) Buy in bulk. You’ll save on fuel and packaging material. Plus, you’ll spend less money in the long run.

3) Keep heating and air conditioning contained to the spaces you use daily. If you have rooms you only use for guests or storage, close off the vents and doors to help reduce costs and increase efficiency.

4) A programmable thermostat can make a big difference in your energy bill. They’re inexpensive and easy to install. You simply pre-program your ideal temperature settings for when you wake, leave and sleep. You’ll notice a difference in your bill the first month.

5) Does your computer or TV run 24/7? That’s unnecessary energy consumption for items that aren’t in use. Set your computer to sleep mode when you’re finished with the task at hand. If you need the comfort of the TV to fall asleep, you can set the sleep timer to automatically shut off.

6) Shower time. It’s a necessity, but to help conserve water and energy—install a low-flow showerhead. It’s highly efficient and affordable.

7) For less than $150, you can install ceiling fans in your living room and bedroom. You can reduce the thermostat temperature and the room will still feel cool with the fan on.

8) Painting is a quick and easy way to redecorate. When you start selecting colors, try to find low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) or no VOC paint. Avoid most latex and oil-based paints to eliminate toxins being released into the air.

9) Anytime you remodel or redecorate, try to find green furniture manufactured from recycled or reclaimed materials. The local thrift stores, antique shops and flea markets have great options, so you can recycle and save money at the same time.

10) At any given time there are at least 10 items in your home that require batteries, so why not switch to rechargeable? You’ll help keep all the remotes and gadgets going while keeping dead batteries out of our landfills.