Kristine has developed two new blogs about real estate in the New Eastside neighborhood.

E Randolph.com and North Harbor Dr.com.

Take a look! Her observa

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s include both rental and condos for sale and include comments on the units and what is a good deal.

Not everyone moves as much as we do (every 1-2 years it seems like) but when we do move we are often very disorganized and it seems like we are moving neophytes yet again! One of these days we should spend a full one or two months sorting through

our stuff whether or not we are engaged in a move and toss or sell anything of value to reduce our storage needs and have more room for new stuff!

So anyway, here’s my packing and moving advice. 1.) Related to the observation above – start packing as soon as possble. It will make settling into the new place much more organized and you’ll hit the ground running in terms of staying organized at your new home rather than being burdened by past disorganization. 2.) Get a variety of box sizes, however a good set of medium size moving boxes (preferably sturdy and new or little used with handles on the sides) are your base. You can order moving boxes online. Rummaging through the grocery store or elsewhere of moving boxes can be OK, however those boxes are not so great for moving a household.

3.) Be sure to have plenty of durable moving tape and other moving supplies on hand. Having to hold up production for even 20 minutes to run to the convenience store for another roll of $3 tape is a huge waste of time.

Most of all, have fun with your move! Savor your moments sorting through stuff you haven’t seen since the last time you moved and your last moments with once treasured possessions your spouse insists get tossed out.

I have started a new Journal at AOL. It seems like every big player in the Internet has a blogging platform to use people’s writing to make money. It did not look like AOL Journal is very sophisticated like Google’s Blogger/Blogspot but maybe it

has momre under the hood than I see at first glance. Anyway, the address of the new Journal is
http://journals.aol.com/ericwfrost/windy-city/
I am hoping that doing this post will help to get the AOL Journal indexed and visible to search engines. How’s that for honesty?
Today I am going to think about what to write more on AOL Journal.

We are beginning a new year now, I would like to send out some postcards to market myself as a real estate agent in the neighborhood, however, who to mail the list to is a question. We come across the viagra canadaumer_databases.php”>consumer mailing lists provided by wholesalelists.net, which only provides the finest consumer mailing lists and residential mailing lists. All of their lists are available on manuscript, mailing labels, magnetic tape, diskette, CD-Rom, 3×5 cards, or can be emailed directly to my computer. Also they will format the file to fit our specifications. This will save lots of time to get the names, addresses on the envelop. Also they are linked to the post office site so you could pick your own stamps on the site too, they you could print everything your need from the site.

We are thinking to get a magnet calendar with my picture and my info on it to mail, as in that case people would keep it on their fridge and then they would be able to see my name all the time, I got this idea from my father in law. He mush have gone to an open house, then he has received the little calendar in the mail.

My boss would be interested in this site too as each year he tends to send two mailings out in the neighborhood to promote our company, Help U Sell. He has been using the traditional way, which is way too much work, plus his mailing list is not accurate then he tends to get lots of returned mail. This spring I will recommend this site to him and I am sure that he would find it very helpful. The price is reasonable too. You could get a free quote by either e mail them at info@wholesalelists.net…or call them at: (866) 954-LIST (5478) between 8am-5pm PACIFIC TIME, their agent always returns phone calls within the next 24 hours.

Our current nanny, Ms Zhu was the nanny for our older daughter, and she came back to us last November to help taking care of Lydia, our younger daughter. However, she does not like Lydia as much as Elizabeth, She is working very hard to clean o

ur house and cooking, but I do not see that she is passionate with Lydia, so Lydia could not see me in the house, otherwise, she wanted me to play with her or pick her up. I like Ms Zhu, she might want to go back to the family that I have introduced to her while I was in China on my vacation at the end of January, so I am looking forward to get someone new, hope everything will be good!

Recently I have rediscovered by passion for Mahjong and I have been playing it a lot on Big Fish Games. Mahjong is a traditio

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The site Big Fish Games as many variations of Mahjong including Mahjong Holidays 2006, Mah Jong Quest II, Venice Mystery, Mahjongg: Ancient Mayas, Mahjangg Investigation – Under Suspicion, Mahjongg Artifacts: Chapter 2, and Cafe Mahjongg among many more including World Jongg. In total there are 33 variations of MahJong on Big Fish Games. The site also includes information on How To Play Mahjong and the types of melds: Pong, Kong, Chow, and Eye.

Go here to join me and get started playing Mahjongg online – bigfishgames.com.

We were visiting relatives over the holidays and our youngest daughter is turning 1 on January 4th so we wanted to throw a party for her.

Unfortunately the date we picked between Christmas and the new year also happened to be my birthday. So we ended up celebrating my birthday as much as hers. I really wanted it to be just our daughter’s party but I guess it was inevitable someone would buy a cake for me since it happened to be the actual date of my birthday.

I’m sure it’s the first time we ever celebrated my birthday with Curious George and Elmo decorations, Dora the Explorer cups and plates, and pink and purple balloons!

By the way, our older daughter is turning three in March so got her a cake and celebrated her birthday as well. In fact we sang Happy Birthday four times because my brother in law’s birthday was less than two weeks ago. I guess that’s what happens when family’s only get together a few times per year.

Recently I started to notice a trend, although I do not go to many weddings each year, it seems like many of them are now using LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs. I talked with a wedding planner friend and she explained the many benefits of using using LED rope and string lighting for decorations as wedding lights.

LED lights can be a variety of different colors and shapes and they are durable so they don’t break very easily or fail during the wedding.

For the environmentally conscious they are much more energy efficient than standard incandescent lights (80%). The LED light are also much less of a drag to install and work with. You can actually get 125 strings lit off just one outlet. The best lights are rated to last for 100,000 hours or more so they can be used over and over again at all of your weddings.

It makes it easy to be a wedding planner or facility manager these days as the lights save lots of work, electricity, and they last longer – all of which make a difference to the bottom line.

Our family visited Mexico and took a real vacation for the first time ever last week. We booked an all-inclusive resort which was only about the price of any downtown hotel in the states but included lots of entertainment, all the food and drin

ks you could want, and several pools, an oceanside jacuzzi, large inflatable to play on out in the ocean, etc. etc.

They also had free ocean activities like snorkeling, Hobie craft rides, kayaking, and windsurfing (assuming you know how to do it). There are also five restaurants some of which are more formal and some are very informal for the kids. We made the mistake of taking all the kids to a more formal restaurant one night and although the staff was very nice I am sure we annoyed some people around us.

I took our older daughter (3) later one night to one of the more formal restaurants and she was a perfect dinner companion actually, it was just when we had all the kids together (1 & 2 years old) that it was very difficult. Anyway, since we enjoyed it so much we’d like to go back again in March!

We have a company makes kids’ clothes in the bay area. A lot of this kind of companies have moved to overseas, but we are still surviving and actually we are make decent money. One thing is that we are using a Buy cialis online canadallment

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We went out on Friday afternoon to see the annual tree light at the Daily Plaza, between Washington and State Street. The tree is very tall and wide, like 10 floors tall, lots of beautiful decorations on the tree. It was very cold, but the plaza was packed. We found a place that we could peak behind layers of people. Then the exciting moment came, we were counting down together, wow, it is so beautiful with the light on. Suddenly we heard fireworks on top of us; it is from the ceiling of the Culture center. We have never seen fireworks from above, it was so cool!

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I did a showing at 340 on the park yesterday and I am very impressed with the interior design of the 2 bed rooms facing south, the view is spectacular, the design of each room is great, very easy to put furniture. The bathrooms are very well done

, pretty but not very luxury looking. The entrance is not big to waste lots of square foot. The price is a little too high for us, hope not too high for my client.

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There is a Thanksgiving parade each year which is sponsored by Macy’s. We have been there two years in a row, but this year we saw from the weather report that it is going to snow, so we are not sure if we will be able to make it. Maybe just st

ay in to keep warm.

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We have invited some friends come to our place to have a Thanksgiving lunch together. This will be our first time to hold a party, I am thinking to serve, mussels, cocktail shrimp, fruits, pork tenderloin, scallops and green bean casserole, so le

t’s see how I am doing that day! All the kids like the shrimp cocktail. After lunch, Eric took everyone to the roof top to enjoy the view of the city, but they came down very fast due to the cold weather. Everyone loves my green bean casserole, Lily and Shannon asked me to send them the recipe so that they will make it during the holiday season themselves.

We are in the process of refinancing, there are so many things to consider, such as front load fees, back load fees, discount points etc. So we are not only talking about interest rate, we have to consider all the related fees. But since the Fe

d has cut the rates recently and will meet again on Dec 11, 2007, I am sure to meet with your mortgages broker is a good idea, just to regroup to see what options you have as far as for refinancing. But also during this holiday season, lots of lay offs are happening, so we need to be careful, may be to get mortgage payment protection is a good choice, you could find lots of different options from this web site, they will help you when you lost your job for a period of time. In that case you do not need to foreclose your house, I do not understand why there are so many people go that route, there are so many other options before that, we need to plan our life better. remortgages has become a popular way for many consumers in the UK to enjoy the benefits of getting rid of a poor value mortgage and switching to mortgage that offers better value for money and huge savings over the term of the loan. When interest rates start to rise remortgaging becomes even popular, with many consumers looking for different ways to try and cut back on repayments and to save money on the interest that they have to pay on their mortgage loan. Since our interest rate is getting lower, we do not need to worry about it now.

I have graduated from college for over 14 years now, next year will be our 15 years anniversary, so maybe we could try to arrange something that we could get together. I have good contacts with most of my classmates, but since I have moved so far

away and had two girls, things change a lot. But it will be very nice if we could get together again before we are so old that we could not even recognize each other. Any thoughts?

Each year we will spend lots of money on Christmas lights, they are beautiful but pricy. This year we would like to try the LED lights. LED Christmas lights will last for more than 50,000 hours v. only 2

000 for incandescent lights. So not only will you save money on electricity but you’ll have money on replacement lights too. LED holiday lights also operate at only 1 degree above ambient temperature so they do not heat up and become a fire hazard like incandescent lights. Especially if we think to put on the fake Christmas tree, it will be so dry and easy to have fire with the light on 24 hours per day.

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