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It’s Party time!

It’s my favorite time of the year! It’s the beginning of All things Holiday– from gatherings of friends to wrapping presents, I enjoy every moment. As the years go by, the kids grow up, and the nest gets emptier, I long for the simpler days of having everyone in the same home 365 days a year. But alas, they are growing up and leaving the comforts of home. Side note for you long time customers– Do you remember little Catherine as she would assist with your purchases, that lovely smile and warm personality? Well, that little girl is going to be 23 early in the New Year and will have her MBA by May. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN??

I digress. But all this change means a change in our Holiday gatherings, and that means new ideas for you! So, grab a glass of wine or water and let’s talk through some of my tried and true traditions and some of the new ideas I am looking forward to trying.

This year, Thanksgiving revolves around some interesting travel schedules as we look forward to honoring our past in the ‘warmer than I am accustomed to’ Tampa area. The kids are flying in from their respective state universities and are super excited about the first item on our Traditions List– the Annual Turkey Trot. The different city comes with a change to the cause, this year our donation goes to cancer survivors. It feels like the right way to honor my sister as she finishes up her chemo and the All-clear on her cancer! Yay Diane– she is a Rock Star!  After the run we will be filling our bellies with the traditional egg souffle aka egg bake that I make every year. This year I may even bring back the famed Monkey Bread.

As another little change, my sister is Hosting this year. I think this is a tribute to her strength…and the fact that she has a larger dining room than I do. But, I’ll still be pulling out all the stops with this year’s table– beginning with a lovely tray filled with stems and some great new pumpkins that we added this year, the awesome new scents from Ella B candles, my tiered cake plate collection on the credenza that will hold all of those fabulous desserts and pies. YUM. And yes, I really will bring all these things to her home…it’s just how I roll. No need to have her do something she doesn’t love as much as I do. Oh, and yes, my kids will ask if that is really necessary!

Adding to our new traditions, the men in our group are golfing as part of this year’s Turkey celebration. That will give us ladies some time to reconnect as we whip up some of our favorite dishes. No fear, though, there is a clubhouse complete with pool and tennis if we decide to get out of the hot kitchen (how weird is that to say??)  Otherwise, the wine gets opened shortly after noon and some even gets added to the recipes.

What’s on the menu this year? Tried and true recipes to be certain: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy. Newer traditions: roasted Brussel sprouts with pancetta and garlic. Catherine made an amazing upside-down Apple tart last year; I am hoping she brings that recipe home.

But, no matter what we eat, what house we eat it in, or even what state, the best thing about the holidays is being with my loved ones and doing what I love (see: bringing all those decorations for the table).

If you’re looking for a little Holiday inspiration, come stop by the store and see us! We have a cornucopia’s worth of decorations and ideas for you to see.

Is Fall your Restart Season?

For many of us, Fall has become our New Year. It is the start of the school year, of football, soccer, and swim season. It is the time of bonfires and apple picking, sitting in front of a warm fire with a giant plate of comfort food. This is the time when we gather our friends, our families, and share meals and make memories before the temperatures drop and leaving the house becomes that much harder.

It is also a time to refresh, reevaluate, and redesign our homes and our lives. ­It is a time to figure out what the season means to you.

For me, this is the time of year to embrace the scents and sounds of the season. The crackling of the fire, the warm smells of pumpkin and cinnamon that fill our store. I also love to bring the colors and smells of fall into my own home with our seasonal stems and sprays.

I have to admit, though, it is going to happen a little later in the Tampa house. It is a bit harder to think of chilly autumn nights when it is 90 degrees outside! However, I’m pulling the storage bins out as I type, feeling my way through decorating for fall in Florida. I guess that’s what my restart is this season. On the other hand, I know exactly what Christmas will look like — stay tuned!

What does the beginning of this new season mean to you?

Maybe fall means baking with your kids or grandkids. Well, then you’ll want to join me as I try out a few new recipes from my favorite cookbooks, including “What Katie Ate”. Sidenote: If you don’t follow Katie Quinn Davies on Instagram, you really should! Her photography, food styling and recipes- everything she does is amazing. @katie_quinn_d

If fall means lounging with a good book on a “Sunday sofa” or the “Nappin’ Couch,” well, you’ll be happy to know that is exactly what we call our sofa that made the trek to the Tampa house…and there isn’t a golf match or football game that I can’t manage to dose off during! Blasphemy- I KNOW!

Here in Tampa, I am making my way through so many refreshing new “starts” to this “cooler” season, meeting new people, exploring new places and making our home feel fresh for this season we call Fall. I hope that you also get to take an afternoon or an entire weekend to make your home as “Re-freshed” as you are able. And don’t forget to take some photos and share them with us, we would love to see what you have done in your home.

If you’re looking for a refresh on your home this season, now is the time to wrap up those projects (before the wrapping is all taken up by Christmas presents). The team at Y&M makes it so easy to tidy up and sort out all the rooms in your home.

Whatever this season means to you, whatever way you choose to welcome these cooler days and nights, the team at Yours & Meyn and Home by Yours & Meyn has a full fall event schedule to help you make the most of your time AND have some fun along the way.

We hope to see you soon at one of our exciting October events! Happy Fall y’all!

 

May 2019

THE MOST COLORFUL MONTH OF ALL.


This month in the store:

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Y&M’S ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
>Thursday, May 9th from 5-7PM<
This month’s event is for our birthday! Help us celebrate nine years of serving you the best in all things home! We can not believe we are going into our 10th year of business and we’re so grateful to you for allowing us to do what we love. Find out more>> here !
shopping
We are heading into summer with bright colorful art gracing our walls and lanterns galore for the outdoor dining and design. Come shop our stunning new summer merchandise- it’ll be rejuvenating!
design services
Being a full service Interior Design Studio and Retail Store allows us to truly assist you in all aspects of creating your ideal space. Our talented team of In-Store Home Stylists provide you with on-the-spot design assistance and our Interior Designers provide in-home consults for projects big and small. Make 2019 the year of your dream home – call the store today!

 

 

 


Now that we offer FiveStars as our loyalty program, we’ll be sending ALL rewards and deals through it!

You can earn reward points to redeem in the store and get discounts right to your phone or e-mail! How do you get started? Next time you visit us, simply ask to join our loyalty program! You can also text MEYN to 578-277 to start receiving offers! Otherwise visit Yours & Meyn Rewards Page to learn more and sign up!

We look forward to having you start earning Yours & Meyn Rewards! Happy shopping!


What’s on Mary’s mind?

MOM’S ARE PEOPLE TOO

“May is the month we celebrate a very special person or persons in our lives…MOM. We all have a mom, she may be a Heavenly mom, an out of the picture mom, a mom that you couldn’t live one hour of the day without kind of mom- no matter how you live life with your mom- she is special. For me, this will be my second Mother’s Day without my mom and there isn’t a day that goes by that she isn’t thought of. May also marks the 18 th year since the passing of my dad- he too was a super special man. So, I thought I would share some of the things that each of these special people taught me in life.

Stubbornness- Yep, got that from both! Although, sometimes being stubborn also means…” Continue Reading

 

 

 


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DESIGNING THE OUTDOORS

WHAT’S A GREAT TIP?

Picture reference: House & Home

TAKING DESIGN OUTSIDE

As the weather is finally turning toward spring and summer, it’s time to consider the exterior of your home. I always find it refreshing to be able to spend more time outside. Entertaining friends and family is the perfect excuse to refresh and style your outdoor spaces. The first space beautify is my front porch. The reason for this is because it’s the first thing people see including folks walking their dog and general traffic. Something else to consider is the perceived value of your home. If the exterior and the front of the house is well kept, more than likely the interior will be as well.

Start with a good cleaning of the entrance to your home. This includes washing down the door and repainting it if necessary. I tend to set out a small seating arrangement of two chairs and a small side table. From there I like to bring in greenery and large planters to soften the space and make it more inviting. The best tip I can give for decorating a front porch is to go BIG. The easiest way to check if sizing of the embellishments are correct is to take a stroll down to the sidewalk. Look at the scale of the home and see if the pieces selected are big enough to make an impact from the road. Found objects like funky dried wood or vintage bicycles with a basket planter or even a wagon with planted flowers are fun pieces to incorporate and welcome visitors.

Let’s be honest, if the front porch is as far as you get, that is okay! Quick tips for the back deck or porch are to bring the indoors out. I like to create a space that feels like a cabana. Think indoor/outdoor or washable curtains hung from a simple rod made of anything. Lightweight fabric can even be stapled to your home in a real pinch. Don’t forget the pillows! Outdoor furniture isn’t always the most comfortable so embellish the seating with comfortable pillows. Creating an intimate environment will make the space feel special. Then I usually drag out my bar cart and fill it with a signature drink for the occasion. Ice cold cucumber water will make any guest feel pampered. Impress guests with one last surprise; incorporate a fire pit for after the sun sets. Have extra blankets ready and use the fire to incorporate desert for the evening. S’mores never disappoint. I hope you found these tips helpful when considering your outdoor spaces. Lastly, don’t be afraid to take risk. I am sure the risk will be well received.

Wendy Rice
Y&M Interior Designer


A FEW QUICK TIPS

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR HOME ONE A BUDGET

Are you looking to give your home a noticeable boost but worried about the price tag? Even on a budget, you can do wonders to update the look of your space. Our designers offer these tips on how to do that without breaking the bank:

1. Set your design budget preference
Decide whether you want quality vs. fast-appealing aesthetic. Many of today’s shoppers are leery of investing in a piece of furniture with a price that is more than what they expected. When faced with this, owner Mary Meyn said to keep this break down in mind: the high-quality created piece will last more than 10 years. Take the cost and divide it by 10 (years) and see how much you’re investing in each year to have it.
A designer will use a budget in the areas where quality makes the most financial sense.
“Poor quality decisions can add up to spending more in the long run,” Mary Meyn.

2. Work with designers
Y&M Designers know where to invest your budget and focus it on the right pieces. And their job is to stay within your budget preference while not sacrificing beauty. In the nine years Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed has been in business, Mary Meyn has found the highest-quality pieces in the market at every price point for her clients.

“One advantage to working with a designer is that we are able to work with a budget and placing value in the key quality areas of a room,” Meyn said. “Too many people realize too late that they may have spent their entire budget on upholstery and then have to wait to finish the room for years. A designer will allot dollars to every component of your room making sure that we complete the project in full.”

3. Custom doesn’t necessarily mean expensive
Having something personalized and tailored to your needs simply means designers guide you while the focus remains on you and your home. To that end, we create spaces based on the individual need of the homeowner. Our interior design team can do as little or as much as you need!

*Call or stop by the store to get on-the-spot design assistance with your projects or sign-up for an in-home consult!

*Stay tuned for next month’s quick tips!


 

Spending Time Together

Recently I was working on an article about making our homes more welcoming for guests, and I shared some of the things that I have done to make our new home welcoming for friends. I wanted to share more of that experience with you, to “open my home” to you- so to speak- and share what I do to bring friends and family together.

With any new adventure such as a new home or just a change of season like FALL it reminds me that it’s time to come inside and make our home ready for the winter months ahead and guests! And we are fortunate enough to have had several grace our home, from traveling college students to siblings it’s been a fun summer of welcoming folks into our home. So, what makes my home that special place for our family and friends to gather? Is it the warm people that greet them at the door, the wow factor as they walk into your kitchen greeted by the scent of fresh baked goods, or is it the little touches that say- ‘Home is important to us and we are glad to share it with you’. I’d like to think it is all of it that makes our guests remember their time spent with us- well, there won’t be baked good necessarily, but there will be good food.

Here are a few more fresh ideas that I have implemented into making our home ‘guest ready’-

Nothing says ‘Welcome’ like a Fresh set of new bed linens and towels. Simple right. Moving makes it easy to look at your linens and decide ‘is that tattered towel worth spending money to move’? Even if you aren’t moving, Fall is the perfect time to spruce up the linen closet with a fresh eye and purge your old, worn out linens. If you missed our linen event at the store this Spring, you don’t know the benefits of investing in good natural quality fabrics and the long-term savings they allow…but we can share that information with you in store.

A new home also makes it easy to re-think how you ‘live’ in a kitchen. I planned my kitchen around someone else’s design so I really had to work through the layout as it wasn’t how I would have designed it. My challenge, as with any kitchen layout design, is to process how you live in your home. I wanted to make my kitchen work well for not just us, but guests as well. Making sure coffee mugs are where they should be is a VERY welcoming touch for guests. Again, it’s FALL and that makes it the perfect time to re-think your kitchen layout, and the accessories that make it functional and fashionable.

Lastly, welcoming guests means have comfy places for them to ‘sit a spell’ and visit! Whether that is a comfortable counter stool, a quiet chair for reading or a rooftop deck, each of those spaces needs to have a few key elements to make your guests ready to kick back and enjoy your company. I like to have a drink table (for both coffee and wine) easily accessible in any sitting area, as well as a comfortable stool for hanging in the kitchen. I recently had to replace my stools and found some great new styles and designs. Lighting is hugely important in any space, and guest spaces are no different. Lamps for reading in bed or in a chair, overhead lighting for tasks, ambient lighting for gathering areas help make a house feel welcoming for your guests.

When our guests come walking through our doors, we see our homes through their eyes and sometimes I don’t like what I see! So, let’s make this our reminder to start our preparations early, so when everyone starts to arrive, we get to do what really is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of any visit. Spending Time Together.

Will you forgive me?

It has been a long spring and summer and I thought I’d take this moment to fill you in on some of the details that surround the “talk” of my life.  This is not a pity party, this is a WOW- maybe I can do more with my life, career, businesses, homes and family (I know some of you that are close to me are shaking your heads at that thought). But really, I may be a highly functioning multi-tasker or maybe I love being busy, creative, thought-provoking. Maybe I need to just slow down and enjoy every moment of the fact that I have a life that takes me from the sea to the prairies to the mountains almost every month…hmmm, how do I ask forgiveness and explain this:

My husband, love him to death, took a new position in Tampa- don’t love that- but it’s a great opportunity for him, in March. Yep, sold the house, bought a town home, moved us out, moved us in, moved 2 kids in and out of college apartments/houses, started a remodeling project on my pied-a-terre (Not in France but that’s okay) so that I have a place to land when I am being a ‘travel for her career’ women- cause let’s face it- I am an empty nester and I should be able to have a business, a life, a husband and so much more. The kids love that their mom works and sometimes plays. I am not suggesting that I can “do it all” because really can anyone really ‘do it all’? No.

Here is the thing…I need you, my customers/friends to know that I am here- in Illinois and Colorado and I am staying. You haven’t seen me a lot but that’s where I need the forgiveness, I need to know that you understand that I didn’t predict or anticipate any of this and If you’d said to me on Feb 23rd, ‘You are going to: 1. Buy a home in another state 2. Move out of one family home and 2 college apartments 3. Move into storage 4. Set up temporary housing for you AND one for your husband 5. Move your 2 college students into new places (in 2 separate states) 6. Move back into one home 7. Remodel another home 8. Move into said remodel 9. Drive cross country 3 times to make sure everyone has the vehicles and ‘stuff’ they need and #10. Finally get to be with your husband for 2.5 weeks for the first time in 4 months…YOU would have told me to throw up my arms and QUIT because no one should be willing or able to do all of that. (PS. Did I mention we had a college graduation in all of that as well?)

Well, I don’t quit! I just ask that you come in and say HI- because I would love to see you again. And see me is exactly what you will be doing. I will be in the Illinois and Colorado stores seeing you again for 2 weeks every month. I am saving all that boring office paperwork for the time I am in Tampa. Like I said, I don’t want sympathy, I just thought I would share where and what I have been doing for the last 4 months. And here is the thing- I have the privilege of being able to make 2 houses into homes and that is exactly what I love to do!

So, let’s reconnect. Let’s share a glass and make your home as special as you. Because no one actually wants to do what I’ve done these last months without a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

And YOU ARE MY BRIGHT LIGHT!

Please stop by and see me at Mingle with Mary on August 15th from 5-7pm- I’m looking forward to it!

THE SUMMER OF CHANGE

Okay. Not going to lie. This blog has been difficult to start. See, we sold our home. The one that we spent 2 years renovating, the one that was our blood, sweat and tears, the one that made me smile every time I walked through the doors. Yes, that one. Here is the thing, I do love change- so even though I am sad about it, I am also very excited because that means…I am on to a new project! This project won’t be nearly as extensive as our previous home, however it does involve some inside and outside updates. So here we go- Welcome to Summer. Right?

Speaking of outside and summer- what are your plans? Will you be hanging out with Team Y&M at the first Main Beach Concert in the Park? That’s right- some of the team is going to be at the beach bringing Home décor ideas to you! We are very happy to sponsor the concert and to see you as we spread the word locally about what we do at Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed. If you aren’t able to join us in June, don’t worry we will be back in July and August as well. If you prefer the indoors while learning about the outdoors you can join us for our 2nd Annual Picnics, Patios and Prosecco event on June 13th. This well attended event has brought many of our customers up close with their inner-INA (Garten) as they set the perfect table-scapes for their summer dinners, beach concerts and Ravinia picnics.

As for me, I will be updating a new patio space so that I, too, can get back to some summer fun. In the meantime, I am still cooking with friends and family in some different spaces and locations, but still cooking! As a matter of fact, my daughter and I shared a lovely ‘hotel’ picnic- no cooking required- just last evening as we get her settled into her new digs for the summer in beautiful Boulder Colorado. My husband and I will be celebrating Father’s Day in Tampa hanging out along the Riverwalk and then cooking out on the balcony. And I have an extensive menu planned while I teach a friend how I make my pork carnitas for the upcoming weeks. I’ll be sure to share some of those moments on our Instagram and Facebook pages soon.

Whatever your summer brings I hope you enjoy every last drop of sunshine with all that are near and dear to you! That is what life is all about.

Mom’s are people too

May is the month we celebrate a very special person or persons in our lives…MOM. We all have a mom, she may be a Heavenly mom, an out of the picture mom, a mom that you couldn’t live one hour of the day without kind of mom- no matter how you live life with your mom- she is special. For me, this will be my second Mother’s Day without my mom and there isn’t a day that goes by that she isn’t thought of. May also marks the 18th year since the passing of my dad- he too was a super special man. So, I thought I would share some of the things that each of these special people taught me in life.

Stubbornness- Yep, got that from both! Although, sometimes being stubborn also means being strong. Strong enough to weather the storms of life, the ups and downs of owning a business, the ins and outs of relationships, the ability to wake up every day and say TODAY is going to be GREAT! No matter what.

Love- They both taught me that as well. We weren’t a mushy, huggy, lovey every day kind of family, but we felt love and lived with love in our home. Everyone knew they were loved- and even liked- everyday. The special times playing in the yard with my whole family- all 7 of us- Thanksgiving football “games” in the back yard- those were great times with much laughter and love.

Laughter- Ditto. Both again. Sure, we got yelled at- after all 5 kids 9 and under at one point had to break down any parent. I am sure there were many days when my mom wanted to push us all out the door and lock them tight! Actually, she probably did! Another of my favorite childhood memories was being allowed to stay out until dark- and most of the time we were laughing and hanging out with the pals in Pennsylvania! As I recently sorted through a few photos (thank you Jenni and Diane for going through the rest) from my mom- there were so many where she was smiling, and my mom had a beautiful smile! I like to think that I got my smile from her- although my dad had an awesome smile as well (think Elvis Presley)

Cooking- It’s funny because my mom always said that she doesn’t know how we all learned to cook since she didn’t know how. Well, she may not have known how when she first got married in 1957, but by the time we were all in sports and activities we were all being fed well! Recently, I made her ‘special’ frosting for the rest of my siblings- I didn’t realize that they had not been making this frosting for the last 20+ years as I had (yes it has something to do with the ingredients) but my husband, kids and I can’t imagine a birthday without ‘Grandma’s Frosting’. Also, did I mention that one of my brothers is a chef?? See mom, you really did teach us the value and ability to cook. It’s something that I treasure and share with anyone that will allow me to do for them.

Homes- My parents both taught me the value of owning, building, living and designing a home. My dad was in the homebuilding business and he shared that love and industry with all of us. Some of us finance them, some of us design them, some build them, and we all share special moments in them. My mom always kept a tidy home and designed elements of our homes over the years as her budget allowed (just like all of us). I had the privilege of designing the last home she lived in as her health was declining. That opportunity allowed me to get to spend important time with her visiting both as a ‘client’ and as her daughter. For that, I will always be thankful.

For YOU- my mom and dad shared the love of family, friends and business relationships that turned into friendships for as long as I can remember- I have had the honor of those same relationships here at Y&M for 9 years! Yes, 9 years this month. I hope that you will come celebrate with us at our 9 is Fine Anniversary Celebration on (appropriately) May 9th! I look forward to thanking you for all that you have shared with me.

 

NEWNESS IS IN THE AIR!

April this year seems to be bringing even more newness for some of us- from the snowy cold days of Dec, Jan, February and even March- we are looking for NEW & fresh! Spring seems to be arriving just a touch later than usual and I for one am ready for the grass to turn green- I got a few days on the slopes- so now I am ready for it! There seems to be so much happening in our lives these days that it’s sometimes hard to take that “moment” and watch the coming of Spring.

What is on your spring agenda? Are you wrapping up that much needed warm weather vacation? Are you awaiting the purchase or sale of a new home? Are you living the sacrificial Lenten season and awaiting the Risen Lord? Maybe you are doing all of this and more. I know that this is the time of year we all start to spend more time outside, freshening up our yards as well as preparing our homes for the season and the fun summer events that we have penned in the calendar.

As I left a client home this morning, I noticed the crocus and daffodils sprouting reminding me of the days ahead when I get to play in the yard. This season, I have another project on the list that will really let me “dig into” my love of landscaping and updating the look of another older home from the outside in…stay tuned as I get going on this project.

As for my other seasonal activities, I leave “my’ teenage years behind as my youngest hits the “20” milestone, my other graduates from college- HOW DID THAT HAPPEN??- my husband will embark on a new adventure, we will begin the 10th year here at YOURS & MEYN, we will host our annual Ladies Night Out, and the team and I will continue to beautify homes each and every day here at the store and in your homes.

It’s Spring! Let’s share it together- we look forward to greeting you at the store!

Do you feel lucky?

I am not a lucky person. I don’t win lotteries, contests, or prizes (well unless you count the set of steak knives from my dad’s company picnic- I was 7). But I do feel FORTUNATE! I have some great friends that humor me by filling my cup and their bellies with many of my home-cooked meals. You see, I love to cook. I designed a hardworking kitchen to make those meals easy to prepare…and when I ask- people show up. It’s awesome.

As we roll into the month of March and we are tired of the snow and cold, I turn to warm meals and time with friends to get me over the “is this winter ever going to end” hump. My kitchen where you will find me most evenings and, on many Sundays, planning my week of meals is where I feel great joy. I was recently asked by a fabulous customer, how I put my meals together for a busy work week.

Here is my top 5 list of what makes my kitchen work well for me.

#5- A well-stocked pantry. I don’t enjoy grocery shopping (my husband Bob does 99% of the grocery shopping- #besthusbandever). And you must have cans of beans, tomatoes, artichokes and many other little “toss in” items.

#4- A stack of white plates and platters. I appreciate restaurant quality products, like the Fortessa brand that we carry at the store. I am not a delicate chef. I don’t want to break every plate I own.  

#3- Rows and rows of cook books- my favorites- What Katie ate, any and all Ina Garten cookbooks and some of the oldest ones- the Joy of cooking, Betty Crocker and Better Homes and Gardens. My sweet girl bought me- Julia Childs- Mastering the art of French cooking for my last birthday! I have not tried one recipe yet…must read the book first. 

#2- An imagination and a willingness to try new things…because never do I follow a recipe exactly.

#1- Hungry friends and family

Some notes about me regarding the above- yes, I read cookbooks like most people read books… I can feed a small army with what is in my pantry and I have been mocked many times for it (I wear it like a badge of honor)…Every kid (and many adults) that come into my house, know that they can walk into that pantry- anytime- and find something to eat… I have never been turned down for providing food to others… In the event of the apocalypse, stop by I’ll be making lots of food! In the meantime, happy eating! 

Love Where You Live

As we enter the month of February, the month of Love, our Downtown Association will begin the soft rollout of our new campaign-LOVE where you LIVE! As my new role of President of the Downtown Crystal Lake Association’s Board of Directors I thought it would be a good time to share why I love where I live.

So, let’s start big- AMERICA- I love the freedoms that our great country stands for, our freedom of speech, freedom of religion and so much more. We can voice our opinions and have conversations (typically without angst) that allow lively discussions and interaction with our fellow Americans. I do look forward to some of the current conversations to calm down and allow more respect of both sides of issues.

Illinois- What do I love about Illinois? The people. Have you ever noticed that some of the best people you run into in your travels end up being from Illinois? It seems crazy to me, that I can be thousands of miles away, and run into someone else that has a common thread that draws me to them. Is it the solid- hardworking people of the Midwest that keeps us grounded? I’m not 100% certain but I know that the work ethic and friendliness is something you just can’t beat.

Crystal Lake- The best of the best people. The small city with big hearts, helping hands and amazing sense of community pride. As I begin my next step on the DTCL assoc as board President, I look forward to assisting in the growth of our community events, the organization and the vision that we have set forth over the last several years.

My home- The place that I gather family and friends. I love my home because it is my sanctuary from the busyness of life. My kitchen is my happy place, the place I prepare meals, share laughs and nourish both mind, body and soul. My comfort zone is standing at the island ready to prep for the next meal, whether it’s for an army or just my husband I love every minute of it. I love the history of our home as it gives me a sense of community as well, as I think of the families that have walked its’s halls. Our efforts in preserving this home for the next 100+ years of families gives me a sense of purpose in life, a contribution to the future. I can only hope that the next generation or family feels the same love of history and dedication to preserving it and sharing this amazing property with their friends and families as we have. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to preserve this piece of Crystal Lake history, right here in Illinois in the USA. Yep, I LOVE where I LIVE. I hope you do too.