First Day of Fall

Today marks the first day of Fall 2016, also known as the September or Autumnal Equinox. Always falling in September, the first day of fall arrives when the sun passes from north to south over the equator and the sun's rays are directly perpendicular to the Earth's axis. This is why it gets colder in the winter and warmer in the summer; the seasons are directly related to the sun. For most people this means pumpkins, football, hay rides, and leaves changing colors. Fall is...


Drink Local Think Global

Coming to Joplin this Saturday the 17th from 5-11PM is Drink Local Think Global. This event is sponsored by community businesses and aims to raise funds and awareness for The Global Water Crisis. Every day in less fortunate countries people walk miles carrying 40 pound water jugs to the nearest water source to get the water they need to survive. Often this water is unclean and the journey unsafe. These communities do not have the resources or funds to create a better water source....


History of Labor Day

Most people love to get days off from work, especially when they are paid to do so. But have you ever wondered exactly why you are getting a three day weekend? Labor Day was originally created as a celebration and recognition of American workers for all their hard work and economic achievement. The first Labor Day was actually on a Tuesday in 1882 in New York City. It wasn't till the third year of Labor Day that Monday was officially selected as the holiday's official day. However,...


Easy Home Improvements To Get Your Home Sold

Selling your home? Before putting it on the market look at these easy tips that will add to the value of the home while simultaneously drawing in more buyers. A little paint and decor can go a long way!

A fresh layer of paint can really take a room from drab to fab. Whether you touch up an existing color or repaint with a more vibrant or neutral color, paint can really change a room (for the better). Try to remove large furniture pieces. It can be hard...

Second Annual Zerkapalooza Festival

Zerkapalooza returns to Joplin this weekend, August 19-20th! Sponsored by the community and organized by LIVEJOMO, Zerkapalooza is held at various downtown establishments and Memorial Hall and features live music, food trucks, vendors, and games. LIVEJOMO is an entertainment and promotional organization that focuses on bringing together local businesses and the community. Zerkapalooza does just that-music begins Friday evening and picks up again Saturday evening; Saturday downtown will be full of vendors and games for the entire family. Food trucks will be handing out...


Dorm Decorating 101

School is right around the corner and for many college students that means leaving home for the semester and settling down in a dorm room. Dorms often get a bad rep for being smelly, dirty, ugly, and so on, but with some great tips from HGTV, any dorm can be a welcoming space that will have all your neighbors jealous. 

If you have a single dorm that is a little on the small side, try using white furniture. This makes the small space appear bigger and...

New Public LIbrary

Coming in spring of 2017 is Joplin's new Public Library, located on the corner of 20th and Connecticut. The new Public Library is set to total 56,000 square feet and will have such features as: an outside pavilion, meeting rooms, energy efficiency, a Sunshine Lamp Trolley stop on site, self-check kiosks, a coffee lounge, teen room, a Children's Library section, and a history/genealogy research and reading room. Excitement has been circulating around the new Library ever since plans began in 2015; projected images of the...


Bathroom Musts Every Home Should Have

Are you thinking of redoing your bathroom or are you house shopping and want the perfect bathroom? Before going any further take a look at these great bathroom ideas from our friends at houselogic.com:

Heated Ceramic Tile Flooring-it makes all the difference! Curbless Walk-in Shower- talk about stylish! A curbless walk-in eliminates the hazard of tripping in or out of the shower while also creating a relaxed, stylish look. Humidity Controlled Exhaust Fan Exhaust fans are a great way to cool off or heat up a...

Preparing for Fall

Fall is quickly approaching and with it comes fall cleaning. Preparing your home for the changing season can save you future time and money. Here are a few things you can do to take care of your home:

Drain all oil and gas from your lawn mower and weed eater, clean them off and put them away in storage. Roll up and store your lawn hose, insulate outside faucets, and winterize sprinkler systems. Inspect your roof for loose or damaged shingles, cut back any low hanging branches, and...

Decorating Tips

Decorating a space is a big task; getting it just how you want it can be tricky. Before you dive into decorating your new home or redo a room, check out these easy decorating tips to make sure your space is the best it can be: 

Hang your artwork at the right height. Instead of matching pieces with the room and ceiling height, match them to human scale. Don't crowd furniture. A room will look bigger and flow better if your furniture has...

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