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2017 Will County Farmer's Markets

2017 Will County Farmer's Markets 

Each year I share current dates and info regarding the many Farmer's Markets held throughout Will County, IL.
Well first, I have a very proud "farmer's daughter" for a wife.  We support family farmers at our house.
But eating fresh fruits and vegetables is good for us too.Did you know that the average American eats less than 2 servings of vegetables per day though? That's almost 5 times less than the amount recommended by physicians.
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables found at local Will County Farmer’s Markets is a simple and economic way to introduce healthy alternatives into your diet.  Here are 7 ways you'll benefit from doing so:  (From

1. You get 10-20 times more fiber in your diet without really trying
2. All nutrients are available in their natural form
3. You consume a lot less sugar and salt if you eat the real thing.
4. You experience more energy and you get full faster
5. You don’t spike your b…

Can You Be a "Daydream Believer" & Buy a Chicagoland Home?

Can You Be a "Daydream Believer" & Buy a Chicagoland Home?

Do you dream of owning a home?

If so, you're not alone.  Home ownership has been an integral part of the "American Dream" ... some say the defining portion ... for a long long time.  

The term "American Dream" was first coined by historian James Truslow Adams back in 1931 in his book "The Epic of America".  Adams wrote in that book, "The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement."

But the "American Dream" has taken a bit of a hit as of late ... and is now deemed unattainable by many younger potential home buyers.  In a new report conducted by search site Apartment List, it was found that "80% of millennials in Chicago want to buy a home, but 70% are waiting because they can't afford one."  

Is that really true though?  Do home b…

It's Graduation Time: Are Graduates Financially Ready for the Next Step?

It's Graduation Time: Are Graduates Financially Ready for the Next Step?

My goddaughter, Katie, is graduating from high school this week.  She's just one of the approximately 3.3 million graduates graduating from U.S. public and private high schools this year.

We'll be celebrating Katie's accomplishment(s), as well as her upcoming journey in fall for college in New York, with our entire family in early June.  So much life lies in front of her.  So many opportunities and experiences ... 
I think back to when my wife and I were celebrating our 2 boys graduations.  It was an unbelievably exciting time for them and us.  But as parents, we also worried a bit.  We knew what lay ahead of them could prove challenging.  

Little did we know when we sent them off to college just what the definition of "challenging" would really be.  What do I mean?

Both of our boys graduated from college (one from law school, as well), then stepped out into the world looking for employment, d…