Day Seventy: Veterans Day Parade November 12, 2011

Day Seventy: Thank a Veteran – Veterans Day Parade Sat. Nov. 12, 2011

It has been said that “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – W. A. Ward

No words can express our gratitude to the brave men and women who defend America’s freedoms with such selfless sacrifices. We are so thankful to them and their families for their giving hearts, their honorable service, and for loving this country so much they are willing to give their lives if necessary.

Come out and support our Veterans at the 2011 Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:11 a.m. in downtown Atlanta on West Peachtree Street, honoring all Veterans and celebrating the World War II Veterans as this year is the 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. For more information, click on link below.

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It’s Simple: Now Is the Time to Buy a Home

by The KCM Crew on October 31, 2011

“The millionaire says to a thousand people, ‘I read this book and it started me on the road to wealth.’  Guess how many go out and get the book? Very few. Isn’t that incredible? Why wouldn’t everyone get the book? A mystery of life.”  – Jim Rohn

Mr. Rohn explains that if we want to make the right financial decisions in our lives, we should depend on the same sources the wealthy read. This past month four different iconic financial resources said the same thing:


Here are all four resources.

Forbes Magazine: The Next Mortgage Crisis

Wall Street Journal: It’s Time to Buy That House Now Might Be the Best Time Ever to Buy a Home

JP Morgan Market Insights: Housing: A Time To Buy

Enjoy reading them!!

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Day Sixty-Nine: Dunwoody Music Festival October 22-23 – Brook Run Park

Day Sixty-Nine: Dunwoody Music Festival October 22-23 – Brook Run Park

Come enjoy a weekend of music and fun with a Battle of the Bands on Saturday and the Breakoff Battle Royale on Sunday. There will be a kids area with rides and bounce houses and a variety of good food and a Festival Marketplace with vendors through 6 pm. Saturday headline concert features Stars of 80’s Rock. Get tickets online now! CLICK HERE! General concert seating is $12.95

CBS Atlanta Main Stage Lineup

Saturday, October 22, 2011 Band Genre
11:00 am- 11:45 PM Jack Schneider Contemporary Folk
12:00 – 12:45 PM Ronalds Ray Gun Alt Country
1:00 – 1:45 PM Say Brother Alt Country/Rock
2:00 – 2:45 PM Olympia Drive 3 Piece Folk
3:00 – 3:45 PM 50 Million Fables Rock
4:00 – 4:45 PM The Deadfields Alt Country Rock
5:00 – 5:45 PM Nick & the Grooves Funk, Blues, R&B
Evening Concert Set    
7:00 – 7:45 PM Bob Bakert 4-piece Old-Time Experience
8:00 – 8:45 PM The Usual Suspects 20-Piece Jazz
9:00 – 10:30 PM Stars of 80’s Rock  Headline
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011    
12:00- 12:45 PM School of Rock House Band  
1:00 – 1:45 PM Barrel House  Blues Rock Originals
2:00 – 2:45 PM Grady Curve Band Classic Funk/Soul
3:00 – 3:45 PM Snapperhead Southern Rock
4:00 – 5:45 PM Family Trucksters 80’s Cover

“The Stars of 80’s Rock” Featuring:

Jeff Carlisi – founding member (38 Special)

Liberty DeVito – drummer (Billy Joel)

Jeff Adams –  bass guitar/singer (Starship)

Peter Stroud – lead guitar (Sheryl Crow/Stevie Nicks)

Jim Peterik – singer/songwriter (Survivor and Ides of March)

 Brook Run Park located at 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, GA

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Inspiring Fireplace Facelifts to Warm Your Home

Bright and Open: This fireplace was spiced up with a new facade of faux stacked limestone. The material is ideal for an affordable fireplace revamp because it looks and feels like real stone but is less expensive, and because it’s lightweight, it requires no additional floor support. The wall-length limestone fireplace complements the modern vibe and design of the room.


Before: Cramped Surroundings – Open shelving is normally a great way to open up a space, but that is not the case with this fireplace. The mantel got lost in all the bulky shelves that surrounded it. And with no practical reason for the excessive number of shelves, something needed to be changed.

After: Open Quarters – The homeowners removed the stones on the surround and added sleek, white pillars. Theses pillars transform the fireplace into an elegant focal point for the room and help the fireplace stand out in front of the shelves. This gives emphasis to the fireplace instead of the shelving. The white color adds to the coastal theme of the room, which was chosen to help play up the ocean view from this family room.


Before: Small & Dull This modest-size living room had plenty of potential in the beginning, except for one major problem: The focal point in the room was a giant, lackluster fireplace. When the room underwent a makeover, giving the fireplace a much-needed facelift was task No. 1.

After: Roomy & Darling – With a fresh coat of white paint and colorful new tile, the fireplace became bright and welcoming. The seafoam-green tile on the surround accents the room’s color scheme. Using colored tile freshens up a fireplace and is a creative source of color for this cottage living room.

Before: Washed Out & Plain – The color combination of cream-on-white left the fireplace washed out and boring. Lacking any authority in the room, this fireplace was in dire need of some color.

After: Bold & Beautiful – A fresh coat of black paint on the wood mantel brought focus to the fireplace. The black and stone combination gives the fireplace an upscale look and feel. Two chairs flanking the fireplace sets up a cozy seating area that’s perfect for a two-person conversation or a date with a cup of tea and a good book.




Before: Bland and Bulky – This living room was stuck in the 1970s thanks to dusty whites and tired brown tones. The bulky brown-brick fireplace did little to enhance the space, as it was placed asymmetrically on a long stretch of wall. 





 After: Light and Lively – Painting the brick facade white started the process of bringing this fireplace back to life. A wood surround enhances the look. Classic-lined built-ins integrate the fireplace, bookshelves, and an entertainment unit. The surround, built-ins, and walls were also painted white to brighten the room and layer on the cottage charm.

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Monthly Payments for Home Buyers

A home buyer purchasing a typical American home at the prevailing average mortgage rate today would have a mortgage payment of  $698 a month. This figure is not much different from what a home buyer would have faced 30 years ago. In 1981, home prices were much lower but mortgage rates were reaching 18 percent. Today, home prices have come down by about 33 percent on average from the bubble years, but prices still remain comfortably higher than those of the 1980s. However, thanks to record low mortgage rates, the monthly payment obligations have been greatly reduced. 

Compare the chart below on the 30 year payment growth of the overall consumer price index, rent, food prices, gasoline prices, college tuition, and medical costs, versus the monthly mortgage payment. The rapid increases in college tuition bills may also imply too much demand, perhaps even a bubble in term of students not getting their money’s worth. A recent spike  in college student loans is due primarily to weak job market conditions, but may also be due to ‘over investment’ in education in relation to the cost.


At the other end, one sees the slowest growth in monthly mortgage payments for homebuyers. It is not that this cost element rose slowly and steadily over time; rather, it is the result of volatile swings in home prices and mortgage rates. Compared with the other items, the value proposition for homebuying is blaring!

Very tight underwriting standards, unfortunately, are keeping some good, hard-working Americans from taking advantage of the super affordable conditions.

Please note that homeownership costs include not only principal and interest payments on a mortgage, but also property tax, insurance, and home maintenance costs, which probably rose in line with the overall consumer price index.

On October 6, 2011, in Economist Commentaries, by Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist
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Day Sixty-Eight: Fall Festivals in October

Day Sixty-Eight: Fall Festivals in October

What a glorious and colorful time of year! The perfect time for enjoying the outdoors is in the fall, and what better way to do it than at fall festivals! Take your pick and go celebrate the arrival of fall.

October 15 – 35th Annual Harvest Square Festival on the Historic Marietta Square. 9 am – 6 pm., Featuring local and area artists; Exhibits include painting, pottery, woodwork, metal, jewelry, glass, fabric and floral designs. Halloween Happenings and Scarecrows on the Square. There will be a children’s costume contest at 2 pm; Pet costume contest at 3 pm; Scarecrow contest winners announced at 1:45 pm. The festival is free. For more information, call 770-794-5601

October 15 – Taste of Acworth – There will be over 120 booths, lots of food, children’s activities, and two entertainment stages featuring local entertainment, a dog show, fashion show, and more. 10 am – 6 pm Main Street, Acworth.  770-423-1330

October 22-23 is the Fall Jonquil Festival located on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna. The festival will showcase arts and crafts by more than 150 artists/crafters from across the country. Continuous entertainment, a children’s section, and a wide selection of festival foods will make your day fun for the entire family. 10 am – 6 pm Saturday and noon – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, call 770-423-1330

October 27-28 is the Fall Shade Festival at Grant Park, featuring over 100 artists, food, children’s activities and live entertainment. The festival will be located along the shaded pedestrian roadways of historic Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest park.

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Budget Friendly Ideas for Outdoor Rooms

With the arrival of fall, the outdoors is where you want to be enjoying the cooler temps and the colors of fall. Here are a few economical ways to develop a cozy outdoor living area.

Fire Pit – The homeowner built his own fire pit with concrete culvert spacers — aka doughnuts — intended to fill culvert gaps in city sewer systems. Using 2-inch thick spacers, he nestled the first one halfway into pea gravel, then stacked the rest on top. He finished by painting the spacers with a concrete stain to darken and soften their utilitarian look.

Affordable Outdoor Kitchen – An outdoor kitchen can easily cost several thousand dollars. By reusing old materials and buying accessories at discount stores, this homeowner created a hardworking outdoor kitchen for a fraction of that cost — just under $700! A spacious counter for cooking and entertaining — made of recycled wood and cinder blocks — cost almost nothing. Originally, the cinder blocks were part of the chimney at the back of the house. Decorative painting gave them a pleasing gray patina. Vibrant containers and groundcovers dress up the space and visually link the outdoor kitchen with the rest of the garden.

High Style, Low Price – This outdoor room looks expensive. but that’s just what the homeowner wants you to think. Inexpensive building materials such as gravel, cinder blocks, and pressure-treated wood form the backbone of the design. Tile backboard and salvaged plywood, stained a soft blue and attached to a custom frame, give the tiny yard privacy. Concrete steppers laid in gravel create a cute pathway that connects the outdoor room to the back of the house. By covering the yard with gravel, the homeowner has very little yard maintenance to deal with, giving him more time to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

Budget-Friendly Bench – The homeowner built a clever concrete block bench for only $30. Scrap fabric covers the pillows and the plank that top off this truly brilliant seating area.

Colorful Ambience – Beaded candle lanterns in spicy hues surround the space and add inexpensive splashes of color and ambiance to this outdoor room at night.

Instant Outdoor Room – This elegant outdoor room was put together in just a few hours and without spending a lot of money. An alfresco dining spot, is arranged under a metal gazebo. Snap-on weather-resistant fabric panels shade the space from sunlight.

Darling Decor -By spending less money on the actual structure of your outdoor room, you can splurge on furnishings and decorations. Here, blue glazed containers filled with fragrant flowers make a lovely centerpeice and complement the blue-and-white table settings.

Fall Outdoor Updates from Better Homes and Gardens.

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Day Sixty-Seven: Marietta Grassroots Music Festival on the Square, October 8, 2011

Day Sixty-Seven: Marietta Grassroots Music Festival on the Square, October 8, 2011

2:00 – 8:00 p.m. on the Marietta Square – A FREE music festival performed by local talent around Metro Atlanta. Talent from the many diverse cultures now represented in our community will be selected to perform in the all day musical event promoting and encouraging the positive, small town, family atmosphere long present in Marietta. Marietta Grassroots was created in 2009 as an outreach program to provide safe, family friendly events and activities with a special focus on showcasing local talent in Marietta and surrounding communities.

Our 2011 Performers – click here for more information on these performers

Time Stage Band
2:00-2:45pm Main The Ali Doodle Band
2:45-3:15pm Gazebo Bob “Stitch” Stewart
3:15-4:00pm  Main Vacant House Band
4:00-4:30pm  Gazebo Ali Bartlett
4:30-5:15pm Main Catherine Kimbro & Shoal Creek
5:15-5:45pm Gazebo Tim Walker
5:45-6:30pm Main No Parachute
6:30-7:00pm Gazebo Jessica Fine
7:00-8:00pm Main Acorn Ridge
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Small Bathrooms by Style

How To Decorate a Small Bathroom

Modern Meets Traditional – A dark vanity, glazed white penny tiles, and a stylish medicine cabinet lend this bath a contemporary vibe that blends with the home’s classic style. Touches of color, such as a fresh coat of gray-blue wall paint, a green rug, and a bold, patterned shower curtain, are eye-catching details that add interest. A dark vanity with a granite top lends a polished touch and provides much-needed storage in this small space. Its rich wood tones bring visual contrast to the mostly white bathroom without overwhelming the space. A brushed nickel faucet was a small upgrade that adds big style points. The bathroom’s original mirror was in good condition, but this medicine cabinet offered practical extra storage without costing a fortune. Its decorative silver frame lends a touch of glamour and interest to the room.

Antique Style This spare but classic bath gets its appeal from vintage-inspired details. Everything except for the bath and toilet were overhauled to create a modern interpretation of a classic setting; the pedestal sink, beveled-edge mirror, subway bath tile, and tan tile installations lend themselves to the homeowner’s affinity for antique accents. To make the bath look larger, the vanity was removed and replaced with a slim pedestal sink. Beaded-board panels and a beveled-edge mirror showcase the soft, vintage style of this bath. Wall-mount hooks are put to use as a towel rack and a spot to corral jewelry in an easy-to reach location. A worn mirror above the toilet draws natural light into the small  bathroom and keeps with the color scheme.

Clean and Classic A merger of a half bath and an adjacent coat closet led to this light and airy guest bathroom. Brick-shape marble tiles in the shower, white subway tiles for the remaining walls, and hexagonal mosaic floor tile give the bathroom a bright, beautiful look. A small window salvaged from a potting shed allows natural light to soak the space. A pedestal sink offers vintage appeal without taking up much floor space. Borrowing space from a stairwell directly behind the bath wall made room for this valuable storage and display alcove above the toilet. Glass shelves conveniently house hand towels, soaps, candles, and more. Privacy glass on the door screens users, adds character, and allows additional light to enter from the hallway. This reinforces the room’s light and airy appeal. The small television squeezed into a  wall recess is a surprising guest-bath amenity.


Charming Cottage Bath Salvaged items, smart buys, and a surplus of natural light give this small bathroom greater appeal. The focal-point vanity is made from a piece of salvaged iron fencing that was welded to an iron frame to support the counter and sinks. The vanity is topped with gorgeous limestone and a pair of elegant vessel sinks. The flooring is inexpensive ceramic tile that mimics a classic pattern in black and white marble. Four-pane double-hung windows let in a plethora of natural light, which visually expands the bathroom.

Timeless Transformation – Here a top-to-bottom renovation resulted in an efficient and elegant small bathroom. The reconfigured layout eases traffic in and out of the room and makes the small area feel spacious. Classic white subway tile on the shower and bathroom walls replaced dated pink tile. The shag carpet was swapped for something more attractive and timeless: black and white hexagonal mosaic floor tiles. These elements ensure that the small bathroom will age gracefully.

Country Character – An antique claw-foot tub was restored and painted white to match the walls, and now it serves as the striking focal point. A salvaged shelf fits perfectly at one end of the tub to organize soaps and towels. The shelf is covered in its original blue-green paint to add subtle color and lots of character. An old stair railing is used as a handy towel bar.

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Day Sixty-Six: North Georgia State Fair, Marietta GA

 Day Sixty-Six: North Georgia State Fair

September 22 – October 2, 2011

Kachunga and the Alligator, Keith King Bike Stunt Show, K9’s in Flight, Oxcar the RobotShow, “Master of the Chainsaw” and the Petting Zoo are just a few of the shows and attractions at the North Georgia State Fair.

Enjoy concerts by Josh Kelley, Colt Ford, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Big Daddy Weave, and Mark Willis. Award winning exhibits and flower shows!

Chris Young

Don’t forget the Carnival Midway with over 40 rides and lots of games. Just a few more days left to enjoy the North Georgia State Fair at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta, GA.

For more information , call 770-528-8989 

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