Moving Soon? Here's Your Packing Timeline

Posted by Emma Johnson on 5/10/17 9:00 AM

Moving is notoriously stressful. From the significant financial commitments to the logistics of packing up your belongings and resettling somewhere new. It disrupts your family’s routine which can create a sense of disorder.

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Out and About with Compass: Main Street Market

Posted by Emma Johnson on 5/4/17 9:30 AM

Shopping locally is socially responsible, provides a high-quality product, and allows for opportunities to delve deeper into the community in which you live. This is definitely the case at the Main Street Market, held in Rockford twice each year! Plan to attend this open air market, on May 20th, for an opportunity to buy handmade and vintage goods from over 150 vendors! Cute, quaint, unique and fun don't even begin to cover it!

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30-year Mortgage: "The Best Instrument in the World"

Posted by Emma Johnson on 5/3/17 9:30 AM

If you’re on the hunt for sound financial advice, your ears should perk up when you hear from billionaire American investor Warren Buffett, who’s proven he knows a thing or two about real estate and money management. His advice to Americans looking to grow their wealth? Buy a home. Particularly if you’re looking to put down roots and stay awhile.

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Out and About with Compass: Klehm Arboretum

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/27/17 9:30 AM

While the city of Chicago holds some amazing things, sometimes heading West for a couple hours, out of the city, can be a refreshing change of pace. This spring, head over to Klehm Arboretum in Rockford for a beautiful escape!

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Remember These Three Things When You Shop for a Home!

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/26/17 9:30 AM

When you’re shopping for a home, there are lots of important things to consider. How good are the schools? Will the neighborhood accommodate the lifestyle you hope to have? Is it close to extended family? These things are often in the forefront of shoppers’ minds, but there are some factors that are just as important that could be easily overlooked. Before you put an offer on a house, you may want to take these three things into consideration:

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: Grundy County Barn Quilts

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/20/17 10:00 AM

Nothing is quite as relaxing as taking a leisurely drive on a country road. Pretty scenery, windows down, and good music on the radio makes for a special afternoon. This spring, when you need to unwind a bit, take a trip to Grundy County to see their unique Barn Quilt Project that’s been in the works since 2003!

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Out and About with Compass: Maxwell Street Market

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/20/17 9:30 AM

Everyone loves a good deal, and when you combine a unique and inexpensive find with the art of bargaining, it deepens the appreciation because you really had to work for it! Chicago combines this experience while celebrating its culture and tradition at the weekly Maxwell Street Market!

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: Tulip Time Celebration

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/18/17 10:00 AM

Central Iowa has a deeply rooted Dutch heritage which means you don’t have to travel far if you live anywhere in the midwest to get a clear idea of the traditions and customs held by Dutch people. This spring, on May 4-6, plan to attend the 82nd annual Tulip Time Celebration, in Pella!

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Out and About with Compass: Deep Dish Pizza-Making Class

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/18/17 9:30 AM

Nothing is as synonymous with Chicago as pizza! Deep dish, to be more specific! The history of the tasty pizza pie creation dates back more than 70 years, and it’s since become an essential part of Chicago’s culture. Today, most Chicagoans have enjoyed their fair share of cheesy and saucy slices, but very few of us have ever tried our hand at buidling this epic pizza creation ourselves! This spring, plan an outing to Pizzeria Uno in River North, an historic Chicago eatery specializing in deep dish, for a tasty and educational DIY experience you won’t forget!

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: Jump 'n' Easter Egg Hunt

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/13/17 10:00 AM

Spring time often leaves us with inconsistent weather, making outdoor fun hard to plan for during this time of year! Easter is this weekeknd, and if you’d rather not cover up the kids’ Easter garb with a big coat during the egg finding festivities, plan a visit to Pump It Up, in Urbandale, for their Jump ‘n’ Easter Egg Hunt!

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