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Archive for March, 2017

Blues festival of Coeur d’Alene is here!

It’s here!  It’s here!  What, you ask?  The annual Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival, hosted by our own Coeur d’Alene Resort!  This year marks the eighth year of the festival.  And interestingly, it has been the  winner of the title of “best blues festival” two years in a row.  This prestigious award is given out by the Inland Empire Blues Society.

What’s going on?

The festival starts Friday, March 31, and runs through Sunday, April 2.  This year’s headliner will be  Laith Al-Saadi, a finalist on the popular television program, “The Voice”.  He and his band will be performing in the big room at 8:30 PM.  Mr. Al-Saadi has worked with blues greats Taj Mahal,  Greg Allman, and B.B. King, to name a few only.  Most noteworthy,  Laith Al-Saadi was said to be  “a power performer who is so legitimate and memorable” by Entertainment Weekly magazine.  And, that’s not all!  The …

Great Spring rental ideas

door1Well, it looks like Spring is finally making an appearance here and people are finally going outside and moving around.  They will be looking for homes and apartments to rent. The last time you  updated  your rental property was when?  Use these three tips for easy cost-effective updates that will bring you a great return!

One: Install a new outside door

The first thing a potential renter will see about your property is the front door.  The first impression will not be great if the door looks old and worn out.  To change the front door is easy, inexpensive, and a great way to make your property more appealing to renters.  Also,  you can easily replace the door hardware if it is worn out.  Remember, the color and style that you choose will say volumes about what is inside.  Choose the right color and hardware and your rental will really …

Spring vegetable garden time is here!

vWe thought it would never come, and maybe it still won’t, but we are hoping that Spring will eventually arrive.  When it does, we want you to be ready to garden!

What grows in Coeur d’Alene anyway?

Well, according to the USDA,  Coeur d’Alene is zone 6.  This means that we can grow plants that can stand temperatures down to -10 or so.  With that in mind, what does that really mean?

Start plants indoors!

There are some types of hardy vegetables that can stand up to the uncertain weather that we all know as Spring.  Among these are, spinach, peas, lettuce, and the cauliflower family.  Tomatoes and  peppers love hot days and warm nights, and really need to be started inside where the temperature is more moderate and there is no threat of freezing.  You can start them either by seed or by seedling.  Usually, these can be purchased …

Spring clean that living room!

curtainJust in case Spring does arrive, we want you to be ready.  That means you had probably better think about Spring cleaning your home.  You have kept up with the vacuuming and dusting.  You have done laundry every Monday.  Good for you!  Now it is time to clean that living room!

Your living room

All Winter, you have been living in your living room.  You have been keeping warm by the wood stove or fireplace.  Or, you have been watching the snow from there.  You have spent hours and hours wishing you were outside.  Playing golf, planting the garden, taking a sunbath.  Whatever you have been longing for or  dreaming about, you have probably been doing it in the living room. Therefore, it is time for you to clean that most-used area.  First, those curtains!

Clean your curtains!

While we don’t know how you see your curtains, we don’t think …

Let’s clean up our Winter wardrobe!

closetWe thought we were headed  into the rain/mud season and away from Winter.  Really, we  just got more Winter.  Lots more Winter.  Instead of moping because Spring will NEVER come, let’s try to think of happier things.  Things like flowers, sunshine, clear skies, Spring cleaning!  Spring cleaning your Winter wardrobe!   While this might not be high on your list of happy things to think of, since the weather is still Winter-like, we may as well find inside projects to occupy our time until Spring actually arrives and stays.

Your closet is where to start

Therefore, a good place to start your Spring cleaning is in your closet.  First of all, it is just about time to put away your warm sweaters, snow boots, and funny knit hats.  While you have them clean and ready to hide away for another Spring and Summer, it is an excellent time to make some …