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When it comes to roofs, there’s a word that seems to pop up almost as frequently: proper. What exactly does the word proper have to do with roofing? A lot more than you think.
Home improvement websites and blogs throw the term around like hot cakes. The headlines read: “Proper ventilation is the key to extending the life of your roof” or, better yet, “Proper insulation is the key to extending the life of your roof.”
Which leaves the average homeowner with two kids, a dog and a mortgage paymen...
Yet it is in these incredibly familiar images that one of the most common misconceptions about pollution is conceived. This is not to say issues like excessive vehicle emissions and trash infested waterways are insignificant.
In fact, CNN reported in an Oct. 19 article that reports are linking nearly one in nine deaths in 2015, or an estimated nine million worldwide, to some form of pollution.
It is an everyday problem with major consequences, but perhaps one of the most disturbing things abo...
Four Time Management Philosophies that Will Change The Way You Think
If it was easy, chances are there wouldn’t be a whole industry built around making it more manageable. There are books and classes and apps and calendars and all these tools out there. There are college courses and work seminars based around it. Yet there’s this thing about time management that leaves most of us scratching our heads on an almost daily basis.
It’s one of life’s little mysteries how exactly a half hour waiting...
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve found your forever home and never intend to leave or if you’re looking to move someplace new. Chances are, your home is one of your most valuable assets.
It’s the roof above your head, but it’s so much more than that. Finding ways to boost home value is one of the smartest ways to protect your investment. Doing so in both small and significant ways over time will pay dividends, regardless of your long-term plans for the property.
Not only will you be happier, ...
From staples like eggs any way you like it and toast with just the right amount of butter to more inventive menu items, there’s just something Milwaukee about brunch.
At least that’s the opinion of Hi Hat Lounge and Garage’s own Jayk Burczyk.
“I think Milwaukee is the kind of city where we all know we only get a few really good months of weather and otherwise we need to find the best places to collect, convene and catch up,” said Burczyk, general manager for Hi Hat. “That is what brunch is to...
Words are a mighty powerful thing in business.
There are so many commonly used words that business owners throw around to make the magic happen at networking events or important meetings. Words like efficiency. Time management. Money-saving.
These big words do indeed pack a commanding punch for any business’ bottom line.
But none of that matters without one very important thing: people. And the buzzword that makes a difference for them? Compassion.
Ultimately, it’s the people who are managing...
And just like that, the holiday season is upon us. From holiday parties and family gatherings to shopping excursions and other family traditions, the next two months define hustle and bustle. Are you ready?
Those calendars tend to fill up pretty quickly, particularly as the countdown to Christmas intensifies. With that in mind, here are a few festive activities you don’t want to miss in November:
A holiday tradition in Chicago for more than 100 years, the lighting of the “Great Tree” will occ...
Never heard of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Chances are you’re not alone.
That is among the reasons why the Marquette University Jiu-Jitsu Club has teamed up with BJJ 4 Change. The duo will host, film, and broadcast a BJJ Micro Tournament right here in River House’s backyard on Saturday, Nov. 18.
“Jiu-Jitsu Micro-Events, such as this, have been popping up lately throughout the Midwest and the next few months are sure to create a lot of buzzes as this event will be broadcasted, professionally edited a...
The early October weather set the stage marvelously.
The aroma of freshly baked cookies and other dainty delacacies wafted through the air, which was the absolute perfect compliment to the way the afternoon sun illuminated the red carpet outside the lobby. Dozens of people gathered in preparation outside the building as the ribbon cutting ceremony began.
Just about one month ago, Mayfair Reserve celebrated something pretty spectacular. On Oct. 5, more than 100 people gathered together to shar...
Artisans and farmers and murderers, oh my! Things are heating up this weekend in Milwaukee’s own cauldron of culture and arts otherwise known as the East Side.
“I think there’s something special about downtown Milwaukee this time of year, and Iron Horse aims to embrace it all,” said Adam Tremble, director of sales for The Iron Horse Hotel.
Tremble is new to the gig at Iron Horse, but he said that just means he’s even more excited about the events at the iconic hotel this weekend.
The Artisan ...
Community runs deep at Sketchbook Brewing Company. Roughly 64 or 128 ounces deep, to be exact.
A brainchild of Evanston locals Shawn Decker and Cesar Marron, Sketchbook Brewing Company opened three years ago at 821 Chicago Ave.
Last April, the dynamic duo opened the Tap Room, which has since become a favorite among locals and beer connoisseurs.
And it all comes down to community.
Decker and Marron met through Evanston’s Homebrew Club, where they found they shared a passion for brewing. They s...
Most of us know it. There is truth to the adage that loving what you do means you “never work a day in your life.” But that doesn’t mean we all don’t need regular breaks.
It’s based in more than an innate desire to catch a breather from time to time. Huffpost recently pooled together several studies that demonstrate the following scientific support for taking breaks:
Taking a break once an hour increases productivity
A break can fuel our minds
Physical movement keeps our minds active as well
Since a new roof is a considerable investment for most homeowners, best practice is to recognize the signs you need to replace your roof before it gets to that point.
Prepare ahead of time so you can make smart financial decisions and not end up in a bind. Here are some questions to ask to determine when it’s time to replace your roof:
How long does a roof last?
According to a 2015 article by U.S. News and World Report, homeowners can expect the average asphalt shingle/composition roof to las...
PLEASANT HILL, IA – (September 27, 2017) – yellowblue™ Eco Tech has a pretty profound response to a recent report by Reuters Health.
In a Sept. 19 article entitled “Energy-efficient green buildings may emit hazardous chemicals,” Reuters reports the same newly renovated low-income homes in Boston that earned awards for being green failed indoor air quality tests.
“Researchers found potentially carcinogenic levels of toxic chemicals in the remodeled homes before and after residents moved in,” t...
By appearance, she had it all together. She had the quintessential messy mom bun that managed to be cute instead of greasy. She sported a well-coordinated outfit that made her look like she walked off the pages of a lululemon catalog. There wasn’t a drip of sweat to be seen as she swiped her Red Card. And her children, a boy and a girl, probably about seven and nine, were content and quiet. She was a vision. And that’s when she started speaking.
“You can’t imagine what we’ve been through toda...