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Officially Winter!

by The Rullo Team





Now that the temps have become positively frigid, here are a few tips to keep in mind as winter tightens it’s grip:

  1. Protect your pipes: Running a trickle of water will help prevent your pipes from freezing. Also keeping the thermostat at the same temperature day and night but will help keep your pipes becoming frozen and bursting. Your heating bill may be a bit higher, but you will avoid costly plumbing repairs and a huge mess!
  2. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire may be holiday tradition, but you can never be too careful with your fireplace! Always maintain your fireplace properly so that you can enjoy it safely and be sure all embers are extinguished before going to bed.
  3. Salting your sidewalks is a great way to keep them free of ice, but if you have pets try to purchase pet friendly ice melters. Salt gets in your pets tender paws causing irritation, so wiping their paws will also help keep them irritation free.

When the temps are truly dangerous, treat yourself to a day indoors (if you can!) watch a movie, do a jigsaw puzzle or maybe count the days till Spring!!

Happy Holidays from The Rullo Team!!


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Holiday Fun

by The Rullo Team




It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

And there is no shortage of exciting events to attend in the Fox Valley area! Our earlier post told you about the Holiday Homecoming event in St. Charles, but Batavia AND Geneva have some holiday fun planned as well.

Celebration of Lights Festival takes place on Sunday, November 27th from 4-7 at the Batavia Riverwalk located at 151 Island Avenue, Batavia and the admission is free!

Free hayrides (with food or $1 cash donation directly benefitting the Batavia Food Pantry), Holiday Craft Market, free roasted chestnuts, community sing-a-long and the arrival of SANTA! Mayor Schielke will light the ceremonial Christmas tree and much, much more!

For more information please go to


Geneva Christmas Walk

The festivities begin at the courthouse square on Friday, December 2nd at 6 pm with the arrival of Santa Lucia, Santa lighting the great tree and so much more! Don’t miss the Christmas Walk House Tour and a full weekend of events with something for everyone. This is Geneva at its finest!! You can also visit Santa on Friday evening and on Saturdays and Sundays visit Santa and take a complimentary carriage ride throughout the Christmas season.

For more complete schedule of events and House tour ticket information please go to


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Holiday Extravaganza

by The Rullo Team


CASA Kane County will be holding their Inaugural Holiday Extravaganza

Two special events combined in one great evening will be held on the eve of the Annual Geneva Christmas Walk. The event featuring a Holiday Carnivale for Kids and Families AND the Holiday Glam & Couture Fashion Show, helps us celebrate for a cause.

Thursday, December 1st

Holiday Carnivale for Kids and Families

4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

A magical evening with Santa and his Sleigh and our friends from Frozen!

Carolers with greet you as you enjoy gourmet candy stations, activities, hors d’oeuvres, premiere kid’s finger foods & desserts!

Holiday Glam & Couture Fashion Show

7:30 – 11:00 p.m.

Your holiday season will start in style with a couture fashion show featuring everyday, cocktail and evening attire!

Enjoy music and dancing provided by Vargo’s Dance as you watch the local models on the catwalk.

Hors d’oeuvres, food stations, wine & beer are included.


This event is for adults only, as space is limited.

Event is co-chaired by Shuki Moran of Exceptional Events & Jane Pabon Boutique

Beautiful venue decorated by DeMarco Designs Interior Holiday Decorating

Please RSVP by November 22

For more information go to

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court System.


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A Season to be Thankful!

by The Rullo Team

A season to be thankful…

5 ways to give back this holiday season

There are so many ways to help others this season, or all year long! Now, who wouldn’t love to do that??

  1. Support our Troops: United Service Organizations offers a variety of drives for soldiers. You could also sponsor the cost of a phone call home, the local USO division can assist you with information. This year, Yankee Candle Company is selling Thankgiving-themed candles with part of the proceeds going to support the USO’s programs.
  2. Donate to a Food Bank: This would seem an obvious one, but did you know that not only can you donate food….but donate your time and money also? Food banks such as Northern Illinois Food Bank will accept help sorting food at their facility but if you are short on time, you can make a monetary donation. Whichever you choose, they are grateful for your help!
  3. Visit a Retirement home: Retirement homes and Memory care facilities often have residents who won’t see a family member during Thanksgiving. All you need to do is check the visiting hours and bring the gift of good conversation!
  4. Help the home-bound elderly:  Meals on Wheels delivers daily more than 1 million meals to the home-bound, and a large number of them are elderly. This organization is always looking for volunteers to continue their good works!
  5. Visit a hospital: Sadly, there are no holidays in a hospital. Call your local hospital and inquire as to how you can volunteer for the holiday. Offer to distribute food, bring small gifts to children or elderly, or maybe the best gift of all, just simply sitting and visiting with someone.

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by The Rullo Team




As the temperature starts to dip pet owners should take a moment to prepare their pets for the colder months ahead. Here are a few things to remember to protect your pet:

General pet wellness: A visit to your Vet for a wellness exam is always a good idea, but remember certain conditions, like arthritis are made worse by the cold weather.

Knowing your pets limits: Just because our pets have a beautiful fur coat does not mean that they are unaffected by the cold weather! Coats and booties for dogs and short trips outside will help in the frigid temps.

Provide choices inside: Comfy dog and kitty beds away from drafty doors and windows will be provide a great place for a winter day snooze.

Watch their food intake: Contrary to popular belief a chubby pet is not a warmer pet! Factor in their reduced activity level when feeding and giving treats.

Avoid ice and salt: When cabin fever sets in a short dog walk is nice, but watch out for ice and salt on the sidewalk. Salt can irritate your pets paws and you should always wipe it off, but also so that your pet does not ingest the sometimes toxic salt crystals.

Common sense and a bit of planning will keep your pets happy till Spring!!

2016 Home & Lifestyle Expo

by The Rullo Team

Have you been thinking about updating your home? Or have you just purchased a home that is not looking like your own yet? Then this weekend you may want visit Pheasant Run Resort for the 2016 Home & Lifestyle Expo! Over 100 top brands and representatives will be on hand from the home improvement and home furnishings industry. High end custom home builders as well as local contractors, installers and vendors can answer questions and you can see a wide variety of products available for your home improvement projects.

Also featured will be Kelly Edwards, Host & Lifestyle expert who is best known for Hosting HGTV’s “Design on a Dime”. Kelly is known for her helpful design tips with an emphasis on personal style and affordable ideas and repurposing items for a new look for your home.

The Expo runs from Friday, September 30, 12-9 p.m., Saturday, October 1st, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

and Sunday, October 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door and can be purchased in advance

Pheasant Run Resort

4051 East Main Street

St. Charles, IL 60174


Kitchen and Bath cabinetry displays

Outdoor and Patio furniture

Carpet, tile, hardwood flooring

Living &Dining room furniture

Windows and doors

Lighting, bath, plumbing fixtures, tubs showers

Infant and Youth bedroom furniture

Home theatre, electronics and audio equipment

Saunas, hot tubs

Custom home building solutions

Celebrity appearances & much, much more!! for more information

Pumpkin Daze

by The Rullo Team





Set in an old-fashioned farm setting in Aurora is a variety of autumn activities that will please the entire family. The Pumpkin Daze runs from September 17 through October 31st and includes tractor rides, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, large corn maze, petting zoo and human hamster ball and more! The seasonal country store sells pumpkin and apple cinnamon donuts, pies and selection of homemade breads. Be sure to reserve a fire pit and enjoy relaxing in the Craft beer garden and wine tent. Abbey Farms is a nonprofit organization and all proceeds from events go to benefit the various ministries of the Monk of Marmion Abbey.

For additional information go to

2855 Hart Road

Aurora, IL 60502



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Antique Shopping in the Fox Valley

by The Rullo Team




Finding Antiques in the Fox Valley…

Did you love antiques? If you do, you are in luck because the Fox Valley is a great place to hunt for such treasures. Antiques are great way to add a personal touch to your home, but also repurposing furniture and household items is good for the environment. Here are a few to check out:


Kane County Antique and Flea Market

Located at the Kane County Fair Grounds on the first Sunday and preceding Saturday of every month from March to December, this Flea Market has a just about everything you are looking for.

525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles


Amazing Grace Antiques

Inside a historic home in Elburn, Amazing Grace is filled with affordable treasures, inside and out! You will enjoy the friendly hometown welcome when you arrive, and are sure to leave with a special item!

401 N. Main Street (Route 47), Elburn

630.365.2006, www.amazingraceantiques.dabz/


Bee Attitudes Antiques

Situated on the corner of Route 31 and Wilson Street in a historic home from 1886 called Gammon Corner, this shop has a wonderful variety of antiques! Set against the Victorian interior of the former home, this shop contains 8 dealers that have anything from furniture to silverware and everything in between.

Rt. 31 & Wilson Street, Batavia


Festival of the Vine

by The Rullo Team


Festival of the Vine in Geneva…


Looking for a really fun way to spend this beautiful upcoming weekend?? The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their annual Festival of the Vine, activities include wine tasting, the “Flavor Fare” which is a sampling of Geneva’s finest restaurants and great entertainment! Don’t miss the Arts & Craft show and for the kids there is complimentary face painting on the Courthouse lawn! You will find activities to suit everyone and be sure to ride the scenic trolley to get around town.

The festival runs September 9-11 and is not to be missed!

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by The Rullo Team



Looking for some fun activities to round up the end of Summer? The Elburn Lions will hold their annual Elburn Days event August 19-21 at Elburn Lions Park. The 3-day festival has a little something for everyone, enjoy the parade, craft show, 4H events, tractor pull, mud volleyball or bingo!! Kids will love the petting zoo and the carnival rides!! Don’t miss the food stands and beer garden in addition to live music in the evenings!! This is a great summer event and proceeds assist in helping the club meet their charitable goals…So you can have fun and help a great organization!!

Visit for more details!


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